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CoinWeek IQ: Type Peace Dollar CAC Price Analysis

CoinWeek IQ: Type Peace Dollar CAC Price Analysis

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   It’s been awhile since we’ve dug into a bit of coin market analysis and we thought it might be interesting to introduce a new recurring feature on CoinWeek, where we break down price performance for type coins of the different collector series. Collecting type coins […]

Coin Collecting Strategy – Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment

Coin Collecting Strategy – Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …….   In general, segments of the coin market appreciate together, rather than by specific coin issues that pull away from the rest of the pack – such as 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents, 1889-CC Morgan silver dollars or 1911-D $2.50 gold coins, for example. Instead, during various time periods, […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Coinage of the Phoenicians

By the third millennium BCE, a unique culture was emerging on a narrow strip of the eastern Mediterranean coast that would have an enormous impact on Western civilization. CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   A SEMITIC PEOPLE, THE PHOENICIANS developed remarkable proficiency in shipbuilding, seafaring and trade, as the prophet Ezekiel (lived […]

US Coins – An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

US Coins – An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921. Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold coins, each had its own unique appearance. These designs were a clear departure from […]

Coin Collecting – Top 10 Most Important Coin Grading Tips

Coin Collecting – Top 10 Most Important Coin Grading Tips

By Scott Travers – USGoldExpert.com …….. With the advent of independent third-party certification, many coin buyers and sellers thought all their grading worries were over. No longer would they have to scrutinize each coin they bought and sold to determine its level of preservation. No longer would they need to concern themselves with grading pointers, […]

CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates – Audio: 12:15

CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates – Audio: 12:15

CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates Did the letter writing campaign of an astute numismatist sway the United States Treasury Department to drop charges against a Texas coin dealer and finally allow collectors to openly collect United States Gold Certificates? In this audio retelling of Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s NLG-award-winning […]

By February 29, 20160 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

Coin Collecting Strategies – Making The Transition from Coin Investor to Coin Collector

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……….   How does a person move from being a bullion investor to a collector? It’s not an either/or choice, as both options can be pursued simultaneously. Genuine concern about the declining value of the dollar is what normally motivates investors to purchase gold and silver. The beaming luster, various […]

By February 29, 20161 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek IQ: How Gold Coins Are Made: Spotlight on the Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: How Gold Coins Are Made: Spotlight on the Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin – 4K Video

In January 2016, the Austrian Mint gave CoinWeek unprecedented access to the inner workings of their state-of-the art coining facility. In this video, we share with you how gold planchets are made, we get to watch as a press operator replaces a pair of broken dies, we see the striking of Gold Vienna Philharmonic coins, and […]

Ancient Roman Coins – Military Strength in Rome’s Golden Age

Ancient Roman Coins – Military Strength in Rome’s Golden Age

HADRIAN. 117-138 AD. AV Aureus (7.19 g, 6h). Struck 124-128 AD. By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   Hadrian was the third of the Five Good Emperors, reigning during the peak of Roman prosperity. His ascension to the throne was met with some controversy as his predecessor Trajan had not yet chosen […]

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com ….   We are 47 years into the clad era and the dust is yet to settle. Even though there’s a lot of action to be had, it seems the hobby as a whole can give the clad era one great big shrug of the shoulders. We […]

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …..   “They’re just pieces of metal,” Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, the late curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian, once told me as she showed me a tray containing major U.S. rarities, like a 1913 Liberty nickel and an 1804 silver dollar, among others. I had trouble […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Building Short Sets of Popular Coin Series

Coin Collecting Strategies – Building Short Sets of Popular Coin Series

A Series on Budget Coin Collecting where anyone can enjoy building a collection of coins By Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com ….   For many collectors, the possibility of putting together a complete date and mintmark set of any older series is next to zero. High-priced key dates are the obstacle that can’t be overcome by […]

By February 26, 20160 Comments Read More →
The Real Diehl – An Unclassified Peek Inside the Fort Knox Gold Depository

The Real Diehl – An Unclassified Peek Inside the Fort Knox Gold Depository

The Real Diehl is a column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ………..  The public image of the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, was cemented in the 1964 movie Goldfinger. The four-story vaults of shining chrome bar-encased gold, suspended staircases, and vast interior are now classic Hollywood images of what […]

US Coins – America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

US Coins – America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with a soft […]

US Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 7 – Classic Head Half Eagles ($5 gold pieces)

US Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 7 – Classic Head Half Eagles ($5 gold pieces)

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting  #320 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………   The present topic is collecting Classic Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) that cost less than $5000 each, with emphasis upon the availability of Extremely Fine to AU grade coins and scarcity estimates. Half […]

The Proof Reverse Washington Quarter (1956-1964): An Unprecedented Variety, Pt. 3

The Proof Reverse Washington Quarter (1956-1964): An Unprecedented Variety, Pt. 3

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   In Part I and Part II of this article I discussed the history, attributes, legends, intrigue, and ongoing controversy surrounding these exceptional coins. I described how I and an increasing number of noted numismatists believe the Philadelphia Mint’s error in judgement led to their creation and […]

By February 22, 20161 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Las Vegas PCGS Invitational Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Las Vegas PCGS Invitational Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ….   THE SHOW We never can say enough great things about the PCGS Invitationals in Las Vegas. They are by far the most intimate, secure, and well-pampered (the food spreads are delicious) shows to attend. Even in this choppy market, the majority of the real “players” attended. It was extremely […]

Coins of Dark Days: World War II in Occupied Europe

Coins of Dark Days: World War II in Occupied Europe

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   May 8, 1945 was VE Day, “Victory in Europe” Day, which marked the end of fighting on the continent in World War II. In our town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, most of the 1,200 residents of the town and neighboring countryside gathered at the Volunteer Fire House to celebrate […]

CoinWeek Podcast #19: Collecting Dimes – Audio: 20:55

CoinWeek Podcast #19: Collecting Dimes – Audio: 20:55

CoinWeek Podcast #19: Collecting Dimes Award-winning numismatic author and coin market analyst Greg Reynolds provides weekly analysis on the rare coin market and the hobby’s most important collector coins exclusively for readers of CoinWeek.com. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we adapt Greg’s in-depth guide to collecting United States dimes. Whether you are interested in putting together […]

By February 22, 20160 Comments Read More →
History of the Royal Canadian Mint

History of the Royal Canadian Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale….   The Royal Canadian Mint puts out some of the purest gold and silver bullion coins on the global market, but how much does the average American collector know about Canada and Canadian coins? So as part of my mini-series on U.S. and World bullion coins, I thought […]

San Francisco-Minted “Granite Lady Hoard” Type-I $20 Gold Coins Now Available

San Francisco-Minted “Granite Lady Hoard” Type-I $20 Gold Coins Now Available

By Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins ……..   It was April 18, 1906 and the thriving international city of San Francisco was beginning the hustle and bustle of a what probably seemed like just another beautiful crisp spring morning in the “City by the Bay.” However, Mother Nature had something else in store. A […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Affordable Coins and Banknote Eye Candy

Coin Collecting Strategies – Affordable Coins and Banknote Eye Candy

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com ……   Is it possible to over-think the coin collecting game? Does it really require constant study of population reports and other data to determine the right items to obtain? Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and gut in life, and this also applies to numismatics. When it comes […]

By February 22, 20160 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Market Presents Great Buying Opportunities For Collectors

Rare Coin Market Presents Great Buying Opportunities For Collectors

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Heritage Long Beach Sale Reels In $8.3 Million; My 5th Anniversary With Weekly Rare Coin Market Report. Here we are in the midst of winter 2016, another doozy too weather-wise. At least the venerable ground hog Punxsutawney Phil is predicting an early spring. I’m not sure […]

World Coins – The Latin Monetary Union Gold Coins

World Coins – The Latin Monetary Union Gold Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …. In addition to serving as the primary gold coin in commerce for more than a century, the French 20-franc piece was the model for identically sized gold issues by other nations. Why did Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Austria-Hungary strike their own versions of the “Napoleon”?  Signed in 1865 and implemented […]

By February 19, 20160 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coins, Third Party Grading and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 3

Counterfeit Coins, Third Party Grading and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …..   Editors Note: Links to the previous two Articles…. Part 1     Part 2 In this article I continue to tell of how the United States Government’s policies to stop counterfeiting affected Stack’s ability to import and sell an important European coin collection. Since dealing with a government […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Pt. 15: Reich Half Dollars from the 1830s

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Pt. 15: Reich Half Dollars from the 1830s

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #319 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…….. On Tuesday, February 9, Stack’s Bowers, in association with Sotheby’s, conducted the third in a series of auction of the Pogue Family Coin Collection. Last week, this third auction was reviewed in depth. In […]

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Money Fair Highlights

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Money Fair Highlights

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Each year the largest and most important coin show in Europe is held the first week of February in Berlin, Germany. From February 5 to 7, the 45th Annual World Money Fair was held in the eastern portion of Berlin, where it has been held for most of […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ………   When I first started out in the coin business, I assumed I was going to sell everything; Morgan Dollars, Barber Dimes, Saint-Gaudens double eagles and Charlotte gold, I’d handle it all. But I quickly learned that it would be difficult–and costly–to be an expert in so many areas […]

World Coins – Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

World Coins – Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   As with the 20-unit gold coins issued by France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and other members of the Latin Monetary Union of 1865 to 1927, silver pieces of uniform size and weight denominated in various national currencies were struck to facilitate cross-border commerce. Budget-minded collectors who are priced out of obtaining U.S. silver […]

By February 16, 20160 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   The trouble with the Second Persian Empire was that it was not an empire… And while the tradition … required that the king of kings should be a member of the royal house, it was not specific about which member, so that there was usually a war […]

 
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