Expert Columns

The Coin Analyst: 2013 Gold Libertads a Great Choice for Buyers

The Coin Analyst: 2013 Gold Libertads a Great Choice for Buyers

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As regular readers of this column probably know, I believe one of the best ways to acquire gold and silver is to buy coins that are semi-numismatic. In my view, semi-numismatic precious metal coins are primarily modern bullion coins that have low mintages yet sell for a relatively small premium over melt value. […]

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate William Hyder

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate William Hyder

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… This is the third in a series of journals that we’re preparing in the lead-up to the August ANA elections. We’d like to thank collector and author William Hyder for his participation. William Hyder has an exceptional beard. He also holds a Masters’ degree in Anthropology […]

The Type One Double Eagle Market, An Update: Part One, Philadelphia

The Type One Double Eagle Market, An Update: Part One, Philadelphia

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a few years since I’ve written in depth about the Type One double eagle market. But in double eagle time “a few years” is equal to a considerable amount of time when compared to other less popular series. This is a changing, dynamic market which […]

SILVER 101/SCROUNGING AND SCUFFLING

SILVER 101/SCROUNGING AND SCUFFLING

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… The recent plunge in silver spot prices motivated a large number of buyers to search for physical product. There has been one glaring problem: Supplies were on the thin side even before spot dropped, and why would silver owners sell the metal at $23 spot when they had absolutely […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Only Known Proof 1839 Quarter

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Only Known Proof 1839 Quarter

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community … #164 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Tomorrow, Thursday, April 25, during a ‘Platinum Night’ session in the CSNS auction in Illinois, Heritage will sell the only known Proof 1839 Quarter. Though pre-1858 Proofs tend to be extremely rare, there are […]

The Coin Analyst: Bullion Coin Sales Go Parabolic, and U.S. Mint Announces Suspension of Sales of One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles

The Coin Analyst: Bullion Coin Sales Go Parabolic, and U.S. Mint Announces Suspension of Sales of One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… In the week since precious metal prices suffered their biggest decline since the 1980’s, buyers of silver and gold coins and bars have been taking advantage of the lower prices at a frenzied pace.  That bodes well for those looking for higher prices. There are all kinds of factors that show there is a […]

Legend Market Report – Better Karma This Week Ahead

Legend Market Report – Better Karma This Week Ahead

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report GOLD Sure, we couldn’t just have a little slowness because of tax day? NOT! Gold had to stage a massive sudden correction early in the week. For the first two days of the week, it pretty much slowed us to a crawl with our business-something we did […]

A Film For Gold and Silver Enthusiasts on Hard Money

A Film For Gold and Silver Enthusiasts on Hard Money

Is it possible to combine doom and gloom, sound money, good versus evil, shootouts, a creative plot and animation? That’s a summary of Silver Circle, the new film from Two Lanterns Media. The Federal Reserve celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and America’s central banker has gone from an under the radar entity to a […]

By April 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Surveys Customers about Possible Special Sets in 2014 to Mark 50th Anniversary of JFK Half Dollar

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Surveys Customers about Possible Special Sets in 2014 to Mark 50th Anniversary of JFK Half Dollar

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… John F. Kennedy remains one of the most admired and beloved presidents in American history as the 50th anniversary of his assassination, which will be on November 22, approaches. Already the Republic of San Marino, the oldest constitutional republic in the world and one of the smallest countries, is […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #163 ….. Barber Half Dollars were minted from 1892 to 1915. They were not struck at the Denver Mint until 1906. Each collector who would like to own a Denver Mint Barber Half Dollar should […]

Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

Precious Metals Prices: THE BATTLE OF THEORY AND REALITY

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Anyone with even a marginal interest in precious metals is aware of the brutal beatdown in gold and silver spot prices over the past four days. From its April 12 London close of $1535.50, gold fell off the cliff to $1395, with an even lower close of $1352.60 in […]

By April 16, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

The Coin Analyst: Electronic Trading Smashes Gold and Other Precious Metals Despite Strong Physical Demand

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the course of the last two trading days, April 12 and 15, gold has suffered its worst decline in dollar and percentage terms since 1983, going from almost $1600 to about $1350 in the past week . A drop of 10% and $250 definitely gets the attention not […]

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma–And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma–And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I recently sold an interesting coin (details to follow) and the entire process, which was reasonably quick and painless for both myself and the buyer, got me to thinking: can a coin get bad karma and if it does what does it take for it to […]

An Open Letter to Wayne Homren

An Open Letter to Wayne Homren

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… *For those of you who don’t know, Wayne Homren is the editor of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society’s weekly  e-publication, the E-Sylum, which is always chock-full of fascinating information and reader commentary. Visit http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum/index.html for more information. First of all, thank you for the work you do […]

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Mike Ellis

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Mike Ellis

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… This is the second in a series of journals that we’re preparing in the lead-up to the August ANA elections. We’d like to thank ANA Governor Mike Ellis for his participation. ANA Governor Mike Ellis is seeking a second term in the upcoming August elections. His […]

By April 11, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Many Exciting, Classic U.S. coins are not Expensive

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Many Exciting, Classic U.S. coins are not Expensive

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #162 ….. Collectors or prospective collectors should not get the impression that terrific, classic U.S. coins must be really expensive. People could certainly get such an impression from news reports or published commentary about great […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Commemorative Coins Expected to Draw Widespread Interest

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Commemorative Coins Expected to Draw Widespread Interest

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… The U.S. commemorative coin program has been in the doldrums to some extent for the past couple of years. That can be seen in declining sales and mintage numbers, especially of the $5 gold coins, which have seen lower lows for each of the past three years. Moreover, the […]

Coin Board News – Number 26

Coin Board News – Number 26

For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 26 — Spring 2013 Special Colonial Coin & Stamp Company List The newest list of Coin Boards for Sale #126 is another special edition, this time highlighting my inventory of boards published by Colonial Coin & Stamp Company of New York City. This business was established by German […]

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At shows or while viewing auctions, I look at a lot of coins. Most leave no impression, some make me pause for a moment before I resume looking at more coins and a small number get me to stop everything else I’m doing (I’m a notorious […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Historically Important Higley Coppers Always Draw Attention!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Historically Important Higley Coppers Always Draw Attention!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #161 ….. In some instances, very low quality coins are worth substantial sums, especially when such coins are very rare and very popular. Higley Coppers are legends among collectors of colonials (and other pre-federal items). […]

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… The Travers Article That Wasn’t In November of last year, Scott Travers and House of Collectibles published the 20th edition of The Insider’s Guide to U.S. Coin Values.  We picked up a copy and thought we’d write a review, much like we did with John Mercanti […]

The Coin Analyst:  Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

The Coin Analyst: Texas Wants Its Gold Back, but to What End?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… At first blush Texas might not seem to share much in common with Germany. But in addition to being the largest states in their respective unions, Texas, like Germany, now wants to take physical possession of its physical gold reserves stored outside the state. A few years back the […]

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

Silver 101 : THE WORLD OF EXPENSIVE SILVER

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… What will the bullion markets look like when silver reaches $100 an ounce? Some would say the previous sentence is an exercise in optimism by silver bugs. How does $1000 an ounce sound? That doesn’t mean silver investors would rule the world if this scenario came to pass, as […]

By April 2, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

By guest blogger Robert Kanterman for Doug Winter Numismatics …… I’d like to thank long-time DWN client and personal friend Robert “RYK” Kanterman for writing this excellent study on some of the potential avenues for the PCGS Set Registry which are available to collectors of 19th (and early 20th century) gold coinage. Robert’s suggestions are […]

Canada’s 2013 Budget Promises To Confiscate Part Of Customer Bank Accounts Of Any Major Troubled Canadian Bank

Canada’s 2013 Budget Promises To Confiscate Part Of Customer Bank Accounts Of Any Major Troubled Canadian Bank

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Are you one of the people who still have funds in a Canadian bank account?  Many Michigan residents, where I live, have such accounts because of the proximity of the Canadian border. Well, if you are unlucky enough to be one of them, make […]

The Coin Analyst: Royal Canadian Mint Dazzles Collectors with New Coins for April, But Distribution Method Shuts Out Many Buyers

The Coin Analyst: Royal Canadian Mint Dazzles Collectors with New Coins for April, But Distribution Method Shuts Out Many Buyers

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… I recently became a member of the Royal Canadian Mint  Masters Club, which confers some special benefits on those who spend $1,000 in a year on coins from the mint.  One of the benefits is advance notice about forthcoming numismatic coin releases, and the chance to pre-order them before […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. 500 Unit Silver Pattern of 1783 (Type 2 Quint) To Be Auctioned!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. 500 Unit Silver Pattern of 1783 (Type 2 Quint) To Be Auctioned!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #160 ….. During the fourth week of April, Heritage will auction one of two known Quints, which are ‘500 Unit’ U.S. silver patterns dated 1783. The sale will occur at the CSNS convention in a […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Creates New Finish for American Silver Eagles

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Creates New Finish for American Silver Eagles

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… In May or June the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) will begin taking orders for a special two-coin West Point American silver eagle set that will mark the 75th anniversary of the Mint’s facility at West Point. The set will include two coins that will only be sold in the special […]

Why Do San Francisco Gold Coins Get No Love?

Why Do San Francisco Gold Coins Get No Love?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… The City by the Bay gets my vote as by far the nicest city in which the U.S. Mint ever struck coins. San Francisco is a cultural hotspot with museums galore and a long history of supporting the arts. It relishes its history, isn’t afraid of […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) in March Rarities Night Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) in March Rarities Night Auction

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #159 ….. On Thursday, March 14, Stacks Bowers (SBG) conducted their sixth Rarities Night event. The first was on Aug. 18, 2011 and the next to last was on Jan. 24, 2013, during which the […]

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