Expert Columns

A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. Even those who claim to be purist collectors want to buy coins that will grow in value. Predicting tomorrow’s winners is a popular topic in numismatic circles, and the choices are usually based on the logical reason of underappreciated rarity and the educated guess of projecting current trends. How […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles Major Varieties

Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles Major Varieties

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… The true test of popularity for a series is when collectors begin to focus on varieties within the series rather than just dates. Some series, like Capped Bust half dollars, are actually more avidly collected by variety than they are by date. As a rule, gold […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin Update

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin Update

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… 2012 First Spouse series launch On October 2 the U.S. Mint finally announced the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated launch of the first 2012 First Spouse gold coin which honors suffragist Alice Paul. The coin is somewhat controversial because Ms. Paul was not a first spouse, and in previous years […]

How I turned a $1.50 Ike into a $5 Liberty Half Eagle

How I turned a $1.50 Ike into a $5 Liberty Half Eagle

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. Oh, the art of the deal. Wheeling and dealing has been a part of the coin hobby since its inception, which is ironic when you consider that coins were created primarily to replace the barter system. Collectors, however, have a different relationship with coins. Unlike those […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Philadelphia Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1904

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Philadelphia Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1904

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #132 ….. There has been a tremendous amount of discussion concerning the silver dollars of 1804, yet minimal talk about the half dollars of 1904, which are not as common as many collectors believe them […]

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Quit Buying Coins !

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Quit Buying Coins !

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Here’s some advice that applies to many collectors: Stop buying so many coins. Is telling numismatists to avoid adding to their holdings no different than ordering cats to stop chasing mice? Many coin enthusiasts cheerfully joke about needing to satisfy their “addiction” on a regular basis, so why would […]

By October 2, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Commemorative Coins of the 112th Congress

The Commemorative Coins of the 112th Congress

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. With so many important issues facing the country, it’s almost a tad impolitic to analyze and discuss Congressional proposals for commemorative coinage. But Hubert and I look back at another period in American numismatic history – the “great commemorative coin boom” of the 1930s – and […]

The Coin Analyst: New Legislation Aims to Change U.S. Commemorative Coin Program

The Coin Analyst: New Legislation Aims to Change U.S. Commemorative Coin Program

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On September 21 legislation was introduced by Republican members of congress that could have a major impact on U.S. commemorative coin programs. If passed and ultimately enacted into law, such legislation would require that any funds raised by such coins beyond the cost to recoup production expenses would go […]

By September 28, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Carson City Mint Morgan Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Carson City Mint Morgan Silver Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #131 ….. The topic here is collecting Morgan Silver Dollars that were minted in Carson City, Nevada. Coins struck at the Carson City Mint each have a ‘CC’ mintmark on the reverse (back of the […]

By September 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Board News – Number 24 – Fall 2012

Coin Board News – Number 24 – Fall 2012

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! TIME FLIES   Yes, it’s been five years since publication of my book Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940: A Complete History, Catalog and Value Guide. This book changed board collecting forever, and our hobby’s profile has risen considerably as a result. What was once a very small group of individuals […]

By September 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com …… Through clever marketing by auction companies and prominent media coverage of all major auction sales, many sellers of rare coins have been “conditioned” to believe that auctions are the only venues available to sell their rare coins. Major auction companies do a great job of promoting their […]

By September 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Interview with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) CEO Anna Maria Chavez

CoinWeek Interview with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) CEO Anna Maria Chavez

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Summary of the creation of the 2012 Girl Scouts commemorative coin program: Oct. 15, 2009 House bill H.R. 621 passed, calls for minting of 350,000 silver dollars, which will be issued in early 2013 Oct. 19, 2009 Senate bill S. 451 passed Oct. 29, 2009 President Obama signed legislation […]

By September 24, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

by Kevin Foley for CoinWeek ……. On the eve of the Civil War in 1861, the financial and banking system in the United States bore little resemblance to current institutions and practices. There was no central bank. The Federal Reserve System had yet to come into existence. Banking was largely a state regulated function. Money […]

By September 21, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Are You A BELIEVER?

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Are You A BELIEVER?

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast….  Remember that Rod Stewart song-Maggie Mae?  The lyrics of the song go something like this, ‘it’s late September and I really should be back at school’. Strange as this might sound, the coin business is starting to get that back to school or work feel to it.  In just the last […]

By September 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Go Beyond The Numbers

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Go Beyond The Numbers

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Inexperienced and veteran collectors alike share a fascination with mintage figures. Hand a coin person a Red Book or other source of information, and it’s likely that the annual mintages will receive some scrutiny. Focusing on the 20th century, there are dozens of U.S. coins with lower mintages. Although […]

By September 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Housekeeping

Numismatic Housekeeping

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……. From time to time, we find ourselves revisiting articles we’ve published to add in that one last argument we didn’t think of or that intriguing tidbit we left on the cutting room floor. We might have come across new information or just plain changed our minds, so we […]

By September 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
What If Only 3% of Adults Wanted To Purchase Physical Gold And Silver?

What If Only 3% of Adults Wanted To Purchase Physical Gold And Silver?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com The general public probably attributes the recent strength in gold and silver prices to a huge surge in demand from a wide swath of the population. That perception is completely false. Bron Suchecki of Australia’s Perth Mint was recently interviewed by the Financial Survival Network. […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Special 1839-O Liberty Seated Dime

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Special 1839-O Liberty Seated Dime

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #130 ….. Among classic U.S. coins, Branch Mint Proofs and Special Strikings are extremely rare. More than 99.9% of all classic Proofs were struck at the headquarters Mint in Philadelphia. Coins that are not business […]

By September 19, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……. We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it piques in us a strong, stubborn, contrary curiosity that […]

By September 17, 2012 11 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: QE3 and the Outlook for Precious Metals

The Coin Analyst: QE3 and the Outlook for Precious Metals

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the conclusion of a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced a third major round of quantitative easing, or QE3. This follows last year’s Operation Twist program in which short-term bonds were sold and used to […]

By September 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – It’s ALL about the Money (and Timing)

Rare Coin Road Warrior – It’s ALL about the Money (and Timing)

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Dear Rare Coin Enthusiasts, In this month’s RCRW, I am going to discuss some tremendously undervalued areas of the market as well as my regular discussion of recent shows and the next big shows on the horizon.  Most of you already know the coin market is slow as compared […]

By September 12, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Circulated Barber Quarters, with emphasis upon recent auction results for Key Dates

Circulated Barber Quarters, with emphasis upon recent auction results for Key Dates

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #129 ….. Barber Quarters are a very popular series of U.S. coins. Although I frequently write about gem quality (65 and higher grade) Barber Quarters that sell in major auctions, it is important to keep […]

By September 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Gold and silver prices have been strong since the end of July, with gold up more than 7% and silver up 17% since then.  The next two shocks to the precious metals markets will hit on Wednesday, September 12.  My expectation is that the impact […]

By September 12, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how that era has already […]

By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Date US Gold Coins – Grade Distribution

Rare Date US Gold Coins – Grade Distribution

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner There are essentially two types of rarity: absolute (a coin that is rare in all grades; an example of this would be an 1842-O half eagle) and conditional (a coin that is rare based mainly on grade; an example of this would be an MS63 1892-O eagle). […]

By September 11, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Americana Long Beach Expo Fall 2012 Show Report

Numismatic Americana Long Beach Expo Fall 2012 Show Report

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. It is well known to the readers of my show reports that I have a hard time writing them. Sometimes, like when a show is really good, I can sit down at the computer and it all starts to flow easily. Then there are the times when the […]

By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Long Beach Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Long Beach Show Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. First off, we noticed that David Hall and crew are working their tails off to try and make Long Beach a better show. It does indeed look like attendance has improved. Still, they have a lot of work ahead of them. Our show was terrific! No records set-not […]

LOOK FOR ‘UNCOMMON’ COMMONS

LOOK FOR ‘UNCOMMON’ COMMONS

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting the […]

By September 10, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The MS70 Debate Revisited

The Coin Analyst: The MS70 Debate Revisited

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… One of the most hotly contested issues in the modern coin realm concerns third party certification and MS70 coins. A lot of people love slabbed coins, while many others hate them. But at the end of the day, two points matter above all. First, having your coins graded or […]

By September 10, 2012 10 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: First Spouse Series Update

The Coin Analyst: First Spouse Series Update

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… 2012 has been an interesting year for the First Spouse gold $10 coin series. For the first time in the program’s history the release of the coins has been delayed all year with not a single coin being released so far. That led to all kinds of speculation that […]

By September 6, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
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