Expert Columns

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 […]

Silver Bullion News: The “New” Liberty Dollar is Back

Silver Bullion News: The “New” Liberty Dollar is Back

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… The Liberty Dollar – a one-ounce silver medallion that attracted the attention and wrath of the federal government and resulted in a pending prison sentence for its creator – is back in a revised form. Although the New Liberty Dollar retains the main design elements of a Liberty head […]

By March 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst:  Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

The Coin Analyst: Could Cyprus Be the Catalyst for Upward Momentum in Gold?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Over the weekend we learned that the EU was giving the small country of Cyprus, with an economy smaller than that of any U.S. state, a bailout of 10 billion euros, or 13 billion dollars. Then we found out that based on an initial plan by European authorities that holders […]

The Coin Analyst: Palladium Eagle’s Future Uncertain Following Release of Report to Congress

The Coin Analyst: Palladium Eagle’s Future Uncertain Following Release of Report to Congress

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On March 1 the U.S. Mint delivered to the Senate Banking Committee and House Committee on Financial Services a marketing study prepared by the CPM Group on the feasibility of minting American eagle coins made of palladium. The report was completed at the end of August, but additional time […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The March 2013 Baltimore Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The March 2013 Baltimore Show

By Legend Numismatics ………. A BUSY SHOW-HA! THIS WAS LEGEND BEST BALTIMORE SHOW IN YEARS! First, Mary Counts, David Chrenshaw, and team, did their usual outstanding job of putting on a great show. Baltimore is unquestionably one of the more friendly shows that BOTH dealers and collectors can attend. This show was so busy, even […]

A Close Look at PCGS Ike Populations, from 2010 through 2013

A Close Look at PCGS Ike Populations, from 2010 through 2013

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… Population reports, analyzed over a period of years, can tell you a lot about the future performance of a series. For modern coins like the Eisenhower dollar, whose vast and inexpensive raw coin reserves always allow for the possibility of massive population explosion, this type of […]

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you have a numismatic budget of $2,000-10,000 per coin and you want to explore a series that is reasonably short in duration but long on challenges, I’d strongly suggest No Motto half eagles from New Orleans. Let’s take a brief look at this area of […]

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By by Joe Jaroch – Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the US mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s […]

By March 15, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Gold Bullion Expert, Journalist, Financial Analyst and Coin Collector Jim Kingsland has Died

Gold Bullion Expert, Journalist, Financial Analyst and Coin Collector Jim Kingsland has Died

Jim Kingsland passed on Thursday, March 7, 2013. He was forty-nine years old. His funeral was held in New City, New York, on Monday, March 11. In addition to being a coin collector, Jim was an influential journalist and financial analyst in the New York Metropolitan area. He was also the author of a book […]

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