Expert Columns

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Last year the U.S. Mint saw its numismatic revenue decline by a third as a result of declining sales of gold and platinum coins due to higher underlying precious metal prices and strained collector budgets because of a still-struggling U.S. economy. Silver coins, on the other hand, continued to be […]

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You see a $25,000 coin in a dealer’s inventory and you really want it. The problem is you are short of funds and you are the sort of person who has made a promise to never take on debt to finance his hobby. Do you pass […]

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems:  Suppress The Price Of Gold!

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems: Suppress The Price Of Gold!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Over the next several weeks, the US government is facing a series of critical financial problems of its own making. Unless there is a last-minute agreement, this Friday the federal government will experience an automatic annual $85 billion reduction in spending increases called sequestration. […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Auctions in March

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Auctions in March

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #155 ….. March is typically a month when major coin auctions are held. This year, the Auctions  will include vast assortments of coins and related items, without Great Rarities or landmark collections. There will be […]

By February 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… From February 1-3 the largest world coin show in the world, the World Money Fair, was held in Berlin, Germany. This was the 42nd WMF, and the sixth time it was held in Berlin. 15,000 people attended the show, and there were 320 exhibitors, highlighted by the presence of major […]

By February 27, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
What Percentage of Classic Rare United States Coins Have Been Graded by the Services?

What Percentage of Classic Rare United States Coins Have Been Graded by the Services?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… After 25+ years of encapsulating coins and 50+ million submissions, it is clear that PCGS and NGC have had a huge impact on the way we view coin rarity. I have personally learned many things: which coins are rare and which are not; which coins are […]

By February 26, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

Why Some Coins Sell and Why Some Don’t

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At a typical coin show, I buy between 25 and 75 new coins. I like every coin  I buy and I always think think that they have something worthwhile about them; something that will find them a new home. The majority of the new purchases  I […]

By February 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We talked about Bicentennial quarters in one of the first pieces we wrote for CoinWeek. We discussed the characteristics of a full strike, analyzed the mint state grade distribution of Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins by PCGS and NGC, and questioned whether the coin would ever […]

By February 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… There is, quite simply, no better world bullion coin from a long-term value perspective than the Mexican Silver Libertad, in the opinion of the Coin Analyst. Silver Libertads are minted of .999 silver and come in 1/20th, 1/10th, ¼, ½, 1 ounce, 2 ounce, 5 ounce, and kilo sizes in […]

By February 25, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #154 ….. This is the second part of my series on classic U.S. coins that cost in the range of $250, or substantially less. In part 1, I discussed Indian Cents, Lincoln Cents, large cents […]

By February 20, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
G-20 Finance Ministers Finally Admit And Simultaneously Deny “Currency Wars”

G-20 Finance Ministers Finally Admit And Simultaneously Deny “Currency Wars”

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Within the space of a few days in mid-September 2012 the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Bank of Japan all announced plans to inflate their respective currencies.  This represented a scale of inflation never before experienced in world history. I […]

Doug Winter’s Answers to this Years “Rosen Report” on the state of the Rare Coin Market

Doug Winter’s Answers to this Years “Rosen Report” on the state of the Rare Coin Market

Every year, I participate in the Rosen Report in which I (along with an impressive panel of fellow dealers) answer a series of timely and interesting questions which pertain to the rare coin market. This year’s version of the report was interesting and I think that you will find my answers to be informative. Please […]

By February 18, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Booker T. on the Tarmac: A story about First Coinvestors

Booker T. on the Tarmac: A story about First Coinvestors

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen’s The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins: 1892-1954 has always been one of my favorite books. Sure, the topic’s been done better, most recently by Swiatek himself. And yes, the book is hopelessly optimistic about what was then the future […]

By February 18, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

by Al Doyle The good news: It’s tax refund season, which often provides collectors with the funds to indulge and buy a special coin. The bad news: Many Americans will be receiving lower refunds than they have gotten in recent years. There may still be enough to venture into the numismatic market, but this year’s […]

By February 13, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #153 ….. While it is true that much of my research and analyses relate to very expensive coins, I also write about coins that are not so expensive. My discussion here is about U.S. coins […]

By February 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Thinking of Trading Certified Rare Coins for Bullion?

Thinking of Trading Certified Rare Coins for Bullion?

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments The incredible rise in precious metals prices has given more than a few rare coin investors a reason to pause and question their investment strategy. And while this commentary will not be of much interest if you own the rare coins which have moved substantially higher this past decade […]

Some Thoughts on Rare Coin Pricing

Some Thoughts on Rare Coin Pricing

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I have been working on a few coin-related projects lately and one component which has made me stop and collect my thoughts on many occasions involves pricing. And then it hits me: if issues about coin pricing confuse me, how confusing must they seem to new […]

By February 8, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 2: Draped Bust Large Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 2: Draped Bust Large Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #152 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned one of the all-time best collections of U.S. large cents. These are copper coins that were minted from 1793 to 1857, and are about the size of […]

By February 6, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Early Silver Dollars Gain in Popularity after Recent World-Record Sale

Early Silver Dollars Gain in Popularity after Recent World-Record Sale

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com …….. As we all know, it’s been all over the news in the world of rare coins – the recent world-record sale of the beautiful 1794 PCGS-graded, Specimen-66 silver dollar for $10,016,875.  And now the door’s open for more famous rarities to break through the $10 million dollar […]

By February 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
COIN COLLECTING AN ADDICTION?

COIN COLLECTING AN ADDICTION?

Laura Sperber Hot Topics – Legend Numismatics ………. What a long and trying year it has been. I thought this might be the year finally where coin doctoring meets it match. NOT! These days I  see plenty of puttied coins still being made. What a shame. The year started out with great hopes of the […]

By February 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
On the Passing of John Bordner and Alan Herbert

On the Passing of John Bordner and Alan Herbert

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. The recent passing of both John Bordner and Alan Herbert compels us to say something about the study and collecting of coins in its purest sense. Simply put, the numismatic community lost two pioneers this January. Both men exemplified the science of numismatics and paved the […]

SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Every American should own at least a little silver.  No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that?  If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea..  It’s amazing […]

By February 4, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
2013 FUN Show Report…A sign of things to come?

2013 FUN Show Report…A sign of things to come?

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. I am an optimist. I really am. But at the same time I am a realist. The annual FUN show, usually held in the first week or two of the New Year in the resort town of Orlando, is a bell-weather of the year to come. After a […]

Numismatic Research and Pricing in Today’s World

Numismatic Research and Pricing in Today’s World

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. A generation ago, basic numismatic research for most serious collectors consisted of checking prices in the latest edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”). I remember a time in the 1970s when coin dealers would not even […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 1: 1792 to 1794

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 1: 1792 to 1794

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #151 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned the Cardinal set of large cents, along with an NGC graded MS-68 1792 half disme and the PCGS certified SP-66, Carter 1794 silver dollar that alone realized […]

By February 1, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
A Record-Breaking Dahlonega Quarter Eagle

A Record-Breaking Dahlonega Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Lost in the post-sale chatter about the 1794 dollar was a record-breaking Dahlonega coin which became the highest-priced single quarter eagle from this mint ever sold at public auction. Stack’s Bowers was able to do something which no one else has ever done before: elicit a […]

By February 1, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

by Charles Morgan Coin collecting is a hobby that connects us all to the past. The coins themselves are objects of commerce of course, but the very nature of their existence also helps in the important role of forging our national identity. They make tangible our shared cultural aspirations. And with their inevitable wear and […]

US Dollar Experiencing A Terrible Ten Days

US Dollar Experiencing A Terrible Ten Days

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The US Dollar (and, therefore, the US government) has experienced a terrible ten days: On January 23, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives temporarily suspended the current limit for raising the Federal debt ceiling until May 19.  This action was taken after the US government […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Top Ten Auction Records for Coins & Patterns

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Top Ten Auction Records for Coins & Patterns

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #150 ….. Last Thursday, I was present when the Carter 1794 U.S. Silver Dollar realized $10,016,875, a world record for a coin sold at auction. As the auction result for this 1794 dollar is unlikely […]

By January 30, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Stacks Bowers auctions made numismatic history last night by selling a PCGS SP66 1794 silver dollar for $10,106,875. This amount is by far an auction record for a single coin and it is very significant for many reasons. And it’s also time to fess up: I […]

By January 28, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
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