Expert Columns

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 →
How Liquid Is Your Collection?

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …….. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth? Do you have a game plan for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How you […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Hee Haw

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Hee Haw

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast ………… As a ‘child of the sixties and seventies’, I grew up with Gilligan’s Island, Gunsmoke, and because there was nothing else to watch at that hour on Saturday evenings-Hee Haw.  During my formative years, we had three channels on our TV set-ABC, CBS, and NBC.  Sometime in the late sixties […]

By January 28, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Silver Maple Leaf Supplies Dwindling and Other World Bullion Coin News

The Coin Analyst: Silver Maple Leaf Supplies Dwindling and Other World Bullion Coin News

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… With all the excitement surrounding the U.S. Mint recently, some modern coin enthusiasts may not be aware of important new developments in the world bullion coin field. Canada: On the heels of the U.S. Mint’s recent announcement of a temporary halt in sales of American silver eagles due to very […]

By January 28, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report and insights on buying the 1794 Silver Dollar

Legend Numismatics Market Report and insights on buying the 1794 Silver Dollar

THE 1794 $1.00 ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN RARITIES Legend Numismatics is proud to announce that our firm was the buyer of the spectacular $1 1794 PCGS SP66 CAC sold in the Stacks sale of the Cardinal collection on Jan. 24th. We are the undisputed leader in the classic rarity market outright buying and selling […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Incredible 1794 Silver Dollar To be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Incredible 1794 Silver Dollar To be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #149 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, at a hotel in Manhattan, Stack’s-Bowers will offer, at public auction, the amazing Amon Carter 1794 silver dollar, the best of fewer than 150 survivors of the nation’s first […]

By January 23, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Three Great New Orleans Coins

Three Great New Orleans Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I’ve heard it said many times that, “All the great coins can only be found at auction.” As my recent experience at the 2013 FUN show in Orlando will prove, this is far from the truth. At this show—and at most other major conventions—I am able […]

By January 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Our Best Sides: Taking a Look at 30 Years of Modern Commemoratives

Our Best Sides: Taking a Look at 30 Years of Modern Commemoratives

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker It’s hard to believe that the modern commemorative program is over 30 years old now. In some ways, it’s even surpassed what we consider the “classic” commemorative era. The classic series spanned 61 years, but coins were only struck in 36 of those, and breaks of up to ten […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Sells Out of 2013 Silver Eagles and Keeps Collectors Guessing About Early Numismatic Sell-Outs

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Sells Out of 2013 Silver Eagles and Keeps Collectors Guessing About Early Numismatic Sell-Outs

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Collecting modern U.S. coins just got a lot more interesting. During the past week there have been a series of rather dramatic developments involving the U.S. Mint, whose origins and implications remain unclear at this point. First, on January 17, just ten days after the opening of sales to its […]

By January 21, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Gem Quality 1793 Chain Cent To be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Gem Quality 1793 Chain Cent To be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #148 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Stack’s-Bowers will auction a landmark set of large cents, along with an NGC graded MS-68 1792 half disme and a PCGS certified SP-66 1794 silver dollar, all consigned by […]

By January 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Choice, historical British Coins Auctioned in New York

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Choice, historical British Coins Auctioned in New York

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #147 ….. Last week, Stack’s-Bowers and Heritage were among several firms that conducted official auctions at a world coin convention in New York that is held every year at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. […]

By January 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Is the Market for Dahlonega Varieties Starting to Heat Up?

Is the Market for Dahlonega Varieties Starting to Heat Up?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… For years, I’ve been commenting on the die varieties of Dahlonega coins. My take has usually been somewhere along the line of “they are neat and they are fun to collect but I’m not sure that I ever see the market for these coins taking off.” […]

By January 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Prices on Some 2013 Silver Coin Products

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Prices on Some 2013 Silver Coin Products

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On January 15 the U.S. Mint  published a notice in the Federal Register announcing new, higher prices for some 2013 silver coin products, including the five-ounce America the Beautiful silver coins, which will now be $244.95 instead of $229.95. The increase amounts to $3 per ounce of silver. The notice […]

By January 16, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

Budget Collecting: SHOP SMART – GOOD VALUES IN 2013

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Many numismatists have been forced to adopt cautious spending habits when it comes to buying coins as the U.S. economy and employment market stumbles along. Even lean times don’t diminish a strong collecting instinct, but having less disposable income means fewer impulse purchases and a greater emphasis on seeking […]

By January 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics 2013 FUN SHOW Market Report

Legend Numismatics 2013 FUN SHOW Market Report

By laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. A SUPRISING SHOW The FUN Show definately has the all time #2 position for being a “must attend’ great major show locked up. Only the ANA Summer Show rivals it. Yet again, Cindy and the FUN Staff put on an excellent show. The only show issue we question-was […]

The Coin Analyst: 2012 U.S. Mint Coin Sell-Outs Help Support Modern Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: 2012 U.S. Mint Coin Sell-Outs Help Support Modern Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Modern U.S. coin collectors often seem to have what could be called a Rodney Dangerfield problem. They can’t get any respect from serious numismatists, coin experts, and dealers who specialize in classic coins. They are told that the Mint mainly sells over-priced and over-hyped coins that will only be worth their […]

By January 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: European Gold Shines in World Coin Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: European Gold Shines in World Coin Auction

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #146 ….. On Jan. 6th and 7th, Heritage conducted one of the official auctions of the New York International Numismatic Convention, which includes multiple coin related events that occur every January at the Waldorf Astoria […]

Coin Board News for Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Coin Board News for Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

By David Lange – Number 25 – Winter 2013 ….. Special Lincoln & Oberwise List The newest list of Coin Boards for Sale #125 is a special edition highlighting my inventory of boards published by Lincoln Printing Company and J. Oberwise & Company. These two board lines have seldom received much respect from collectors, since […]

By January 8, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How NOT to Assemble a Great Collection

How NOT to Assemble a Great Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… While looking through thousands and thousands of coins recently in the 2013 Heritage FUN sale, I took a brief pause and read the preface to the catalog, where collectors are introduced and given the opportunity to write briefly about their collections. Some of these collectors, like […]

By January 7, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Some thoughts on Mentors

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Some thoughts on Mentors

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast: 2012 has come and gone and we start 2013 with a ‘clean slate’ and hope for a prosperous New Year.  One of the neatest aspects about a New Year rolling around is the ‘do over’ or  ‘fresh start’ feeling that many people, myself included, get with the change on the calendar.  […]

By January 7, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Despite Strong Track Record, Gold And Silver Are Not “Investments”

Despite Strong Track Record, Gold And Silver Are Not “Investments”

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Many people consider the ownership of precious metals to be an investment.  They are not.  Still, compared to many investments, gold and silver have outstanding track records for the past thirteen years. In my mind, the major purpose of owning physical gold and silver […]

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