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The Gold Newsletter – Gold Catches a Cold – the Dollar Roars Reacting to EU Front-Load

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Catches a Cold – the Dollar Roars Reacting to EU Front-Load

Commentary for Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed down $20.90 at $1206.90, putting the brakes on its most recent move to the upside within its current trading range. So gold came down with a case of the sniffles today for two reasons. […]

Who Owns YOUR Information?

Who Owns YOUR Information?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Two weeks ago I wrote about where to find a good value, and a big part of that was about nurturing a good relationship between dealer and collectors. If a dealer wasn’t willing to go the extra mile to help you, I suggested, then you should […]

The D. Brent Pogue Collection: An Appreciation

The D. Brent Pogue Collection: An Appreciation

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant….   There have been auctions of American coins conducted in the United States since the decade following the nation’s founding. Even before the establishment of the United States Mint in 1792, collectors with an interest in art, geography, and history assembled cabinets of fine specimens, chosen for their rarity, their […]

CoinWeek Weekly Report – May 18th, 2015

CoinWeek Weekly Report – May 18th, 2015

CoinWeek Executive Producer David Lisot and CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan are both in New York getting ready to cover the Stack’s Bowers Pogue Sale. We have some amazing coverage we’ll be rolling our over the next several days. However, first we review a few of this weeks top numismatic stories; coverage includes a review of […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Zeus at Olympia

Ancient Greek Coins – Zeus at Olympia

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   As the Olympics became progressively more popular, the city of Elis sought to build a new, larger temple which was worthy of Zeus, the king of the gods. The project to build the Temple of Zeus began in 470 BCE and was completed in 456 BCE. […]

Legend Numismatics Pre-Pogue Sale Market Report

Legend Numismatics Pre-Pogue Sale Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics….   THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER! Finally, the sale that is so huge and dynamic that it actually stopped the upper end of the market in its tracks way back in October is now going happen on Tuesday. You can be positive every major player in classical numismatics will […]

Gardner III Powers To $13.8 Million In Big Apple; Rarities At Reduced Prices?

Gardner III Powers To $13.8 Million In Big Apple; Rarities At Reduced Prices?

Posted by Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report….   Rare US coins were in great demand, while many rare coins which are not fresh to the market were selling at reduced prices from their last appearances. May 2015 has certainly been a busy and exciting month in numismatics. As I write this edition I’m waiting for the […]

Liberty Coin Service Unveils New Coin Dealer Website

Liberty Coin Service Unveils New Coin Dealer Website

By Patrick A. Heller….   Three weeks ago on April 24, Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Michigan went live with an updated, feature-filled, coin dealer website. The new site, at http://www.libertycoinservice.com, replaced the company’s previous website that debuted in 1999. Said Liberty Coin Service Owner and General Manager Tom Coulson: “After a year of work, […]

Legend Numismatics Pre-Gardner Auction Market Report

Legend Numismatics Pre-Gardner Auction Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics….   Unusual Activity We can only make observations and report on what Legend did. Last week featured extra ordinary activity in the beginning. We posted some serious coins early afternoon last Saturday (we now prefer a Saturday early afternoon posting schedule). We sold a $50 Slug in minutes, followed by the […]

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Higher as the Dollar Fades after a Miss in US Retail

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Higher as the Dollar Fades after a Miss in US Retail

Commentary for Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (www.golddealer.com By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed surprisingly higher today up $25.50 on the Comex to a more respectable $1218.40. This after yesterday’s push to the upside of $9.40 is happy news but let’s not count our chickens just yet. This […]

The Incredible Gene Gardner Coin Collection, Part 6 –  Auction #3 with a focus on Half Dollars

The Incredible Gene Gardner Coin Collection, Part 6 – Auction #3 with a focus on Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #277 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   This discussion has two linked themes. The first is the implications of the results of the third Gardner sale for markets for rarities and the second is the […]

Q. David Bowers: Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part I

Q. David Bowers: Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part I

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers On behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, I welcome you to our auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of Early United States Coins. You are a witness to the most valuable collection of United States coins ever sold, formed over the decades from the 1970s […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part V: Coins from the Time of Hanukkah

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part V: Coins from the Time of Hanukkah

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

2015 Harry S. Truman Coin and Chronicle Set on Sale June 30

2015 Harry S. Truman Coin and Chronicle Set on Sale June 30

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   According to Lateefah Simms, Public Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Mint, the first Coin and Chronicle Set of 2015 (product code AX1)–featuring Harry S. Truman–will go on sale June 30. There will be a product limit of 17,000 and an order limit of five per household. As reported […]

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 3: Finest Known 1794 Half Dollar

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 3: Finest Known 1794 Half Dollar

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #276 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   The focus here is on the 1794 Flowing Hair half dollar in the Pogue Collection, which is definitely the finest known. Indeed, there does not seem to be […]

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE JEBEL AKHDAR OR “GREEN MOUNTAINS” OF LIBYA stretches eastward from Benghazi for a hundred miles (160 km) along the coast. With an average annual rainfall of 15-20 inches (375-500 mm), these limestone hills are the most forested region in North Africa. In ancient times, before centuries […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Palace Collection of Egypt’s King Farouk

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Palace Collection of Egypt’s King Farouk

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   A lot of my writing about Pedigrees & Hoards is based on the research of others–gathering and processing information from many sources, trying to make contacts with people involved in the discoveries, and then writing the story as you see it. Sometimes you have to work hard to massage the […]

Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 5/1/2015.   Ideally, a collector walks into a deal knowing everything there is to know about the coins that they’re buying. This includes the typical “Red Book” kind of knowledge like dates, mintages, mint marks and value, etc., […]

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

Think modern coins are boring? Think again. Adapted from Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s in-depth article, On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards, this CoinWeek original production digs deep into this often overlooked modern issue and asks the question, what is the “optimum collecting grade” for an issue where more than 1.6 billion examples were struck. […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 4 (Thirty Pieces of Silver)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 4 (Thirty Pieces of Silver)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   With their natural grace and implied motion, Ships are among the most beautiful elements in the coin designs for nations around the globe and provide a wonderful collecting topic for beginning and advanced collectors. The appeal of a graceful Bahamian sloop or a smooth-sailing Fiji outrigger canoe in […]

Rare U.S. Gold & Silver Coins Sell Well in Central States Auction

Rare U.S. Gold & Silver Coins Sell Well in Central States Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #275 ….   A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds In Schaumburg, Illinois, a small city not far from Chicago, the annual CSNS convention was held from April 22nd to 25th. The focus here is on rare […]

The Three Levels of Coin Rarity: The Appearance, Eye Appeal, and Registry

The Three Levels of Coin Rarity: The Appearance, Eye Appeal, and Registry

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   If you’ve been around the coin market for a while, you know that there are many different types of rarity. In this blog, I’m going to discuss the types of rarity you might already be familiar with, and one which you might not: the eye appeal […]

The CSNS Show: Jekyll and Hyde

The CSNS Show: Jekyll and Hyde

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics….   This was certainly not the booming CSNS Shows we remember attending years ago in Indy or St Louis. It’s definitely NOT a “must attend” show for dealers anymore (we know several that stayed home). Mid-day Thursday, the aisles were so empty you could drive a street cleaner down […]

The Psychology of Coin Collecting

The Psychology of Coin Collecting

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   What does psychology have to do with coin collecting? Collectors have one distinct advantage over non-collectors. The hobby of coin collecting–and it is a hobby, pure and simple, not an “industry” or “market”–adds an extra dimension to the collector’s life, a safe and enjoyable retreat from the stress and pressure […]

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The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sadly Moves to Six-Week Lows

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sadly Moves to Six-Week Lows

Commentary for Friday  April 24th , 2015 (www.golddealer.com   By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc…. Gold closed down $19.20 on the Comex today at $1175.20. The market got weaker overnight in London and Hong Kong and the downward move accelerated in the domestic market. I don’t know what to makes […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: The 1916-D Mercury Dime, from AG3 to VG8

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: The 1916-D Mercury Dime, from AG3 to VG8

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   For as long as I’ve been around coins, the 1916-D Mercury dime has always been one of the most sought after and dangerous twentieth-century U.S. coins. Sought-after due to its status as the key date in the enduringly popular Mercury series; dangerous due decades of chicanery […]

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sinks as Home Sales Vault to 18-Month High

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sinks as Home Sales Vault to 18-Month High

Commentary for Wednesday  April 22nd , 2015 (www.golddealer.com By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed down $16.00 at $1186.90 on solid home sales data indicating the economy may be back on track after some data setbacks created by the winter cold snap. So we are now trading significantly […]

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2,500 – Part 1: Copper

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2,500 – Part 1: Copper

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #274 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   In the history of coin collecting in the U.S., most coin enthusiasts, at one time or another, have sought to complete, or nearly complete, a set of […]

 
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