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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Commentary on Liberty Seated Dimes in Rarities Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Commentary on Liberty Seated Dimes in Rarities Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #140 ….. On Thursday, Nov. 15, during a ‘Rarities Night’ event at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers offered a small, though impressive, group of Liberty Seated Dimes, including important dates and condition rarities. I discuss […]

By November 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Values: Buying the Jump Grade

Coin Values: Buying the Jump Grade

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… A few recent coin sales that were made by my firm have given me an idea for a blog that I think is interesting. I’ve written about this before so I’ll try to approach what I think is an important concept from a new perspective. The […]

By November 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… Is it possible to over-think the coin collecting game? Does it really require constant study of population reports and other data to determine the right items to obtain? Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and gut in life, and this also applies to numismatics. When it comes to […]

By November 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… As I have argued before, the U.S. Mint can learn from other countries’ mints. That does mean we should emulate all their practices, and I am well aware of the differences in the laws that our Mint has to follow, which tend to be more restrictive than those in […]

By November 25, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Astonishing Three Cent Silvers in Rarities Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Astonishing Three Cent Silvers in Rarities Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #139 ….. On Thursday, Nov. 15, during a ‘Rarities Night’ event at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned one of the most exceptional groups of Three Cent Silver coins that I have ever seen. While […]

By November 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Late November / Thanksgiving 2012

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Late November / Thanksgiving 2012

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast……. Turkey Day is upon us and I can’t wait. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. This is ALL about family, fellowship, food, and most importantly GRATITUDE. Let’s face it folks, regardless of your political leanings, we live in the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Just the fact […]

By November 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Fall 2012 Baltimore Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Fall 2012 Baltimore Show Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics As usual, David Chrenshaw, Lori Hamrick, and staff did an outstanding job (David was out kissing babies and shaking hands prior to set up)! The show was its usual well run problem free event. Our expectations were low due to Sandy and what we thought were uncertain times in […]

The Coin Analyst: Are Low Mintage Collector Coins the New Normal ?

The Coin Analyst: Are Low Mintage Collector Coins the New Normal ?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… In the last couple of years, particularly this year and in 2011, an interesting trend has emerged in modern U.S. Mint collector coins. The trend is that many coin series have seen the emergence of new low mintage key coins. For example, the 2011 Army uncirculated half dollar, which […]

By November 15, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFrarecoins.com …… A pedigree, in numismatic terms, is the line of ownership of a coin or piece of paper money.  In rare cases pedigrees can be traced all the way back to a mint, such as the pedigree of the rare 1804 silver dollar that Matthew A. Stickney received […]

By November 15, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Most Valuable Three Cent Silver Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Most Valuable Three Cent Silver Coin

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #138 ….. U.S. Three Cent Silver coins date from 1851 to 1873. These are smaller than dimes and are often called trimes. The auction record for any Three Cent Silver was set in 1996. The […]

By November 14, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Collecting Vatican Coins Can Be Rewarding in Many Ways

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Vatican Coins Can Be Rewarding in Many Ways

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Located within the city of Rome in Italy, Vatican City, or the Vatican, is the smallest independent country in the world. The Vatican issues its own stamps and coins, and like several other European micro states such as San Marino and Monaco, it relies on the sales of those […]

By November 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

How to Collect Dahlonega Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… One of the real pleasures to collecting Dahlonega gold coins is the variety of ways that the collector can pursue his avocation. Collecting these coins can range in levels of intensity from a mild flirtation to a complete obsession. As someone who has an abiding interest […]

By November 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Dear Fellow Numismatists, I really love playing with coins.  I love the search for dates, varieties, undervalued series and issues, great color coins, and all those coins that just have “THE LOOK”.  Although I don’t particularly enjoy the business side of rare coins, I am actively involved in the market which means I get plenty […]

By November 7, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Are Many Classic U.S. Coins Common?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Are Many Classic U.S. Coins Common?

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #137 ….. Collectors and dealers often refer to their pursuits of “rare coins” without really reflecting upon the meaning of the term ‘rare.’ Indeed, sellers of common coins often represent them as being ‘rare,’ or […]

By November 7, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
A Neat Knick-Knack: Counterfeit 1842 Dahlonega $5

A Neat Knick-Knack: Counterfeit 1842 Dahlonega $5

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… As you become a more passionate collector, “oddball” items become more appealing. I refer to these as knick-knacks and, as you can guess, this is a pretty broad term. For the coin collector, knick-knacks become more appealing as they become more relevant to your collecting specialty. […]

By November 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
John Mercanti Dishes on His Career, America’s Silver Bullion Program, and the Digital Age of Coining

John Mercanti Dishes on His Career, America’s Silver Bullion Program, and the Digital Age of Coining

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program (2012) Whitman, 154 glorious full color pages. MSRP $29.95 The first thing you notice about American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program is that it’s a big book. Measuring 11” x 8.5”, […]

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

by Al Doyle When it comes to being iconic in numismatic circles, nothing can top A Guide Book to United States Coins, universally known as the Red Book. This brightly colored source of information is often the first coin book bought by collectors, and hobby veterans are known to have decades worth of annual issues […]

By November 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

by Al Doyle American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck from 1929 to 1933. Likewise, half dollars were a no-show from 1930 to 1932, […]

By November 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Dimes of 1822

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Dimes of 1822

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #136 ….. Capped Bust Dimes were minted from 1809 to 1837. The 1822 is the only date that is truly rare, though a noticeable variety of an 1829 is even rarer, with a numeral ‘2’ […]

By October 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Why Are Nice Coins So Hard to Find?

Why Are Nice Coins So Hard to Find?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… When I’m at shows or talking to collectors and dealers over the phone, I hear a common refrain: nice coins are very hard to find. This appears to be the case in nearly all strongly collected series, be it Indian Cents, Civil War era gold or […]

By October 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
“Experts” Shy Away From Short-Term Gold And Silver Price Forecasts

“Experts” Shy Away From Short-Term Gold And Silver Price Forecasts

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com This past week there were two investment conferences held simultaneously—the decades-old New Orleans Investment Conference and the 10th Annual Silver Summit.  I flew to Spokane, Washington to make a presentation to the attendees at the Silver Summit. There were a number of speakers at the […]

The Coin Analyst: Central Bank Gold Holdings Believed To Be Smaller Than Governments Claim

The Coin Analyst: Central Bank Gold Holdings Believed To Be Smaller Than Governments Claim

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… An important development about gold is not receiving the attention it deserves in the mainstream, non-specialized media. In particular, several reports have surfaced that the gold reserves of several Western countries are believed to be much smaller than previously estimated. That is a result of the fact that much […]

By October 30, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… First Spouse coin news Initial sales for the first 2012 First Spouse gold $10 coin have been strong. During the first week the coins were available from the Mint, buyers snapped up 1394 uncirculated coins, and 1808 proof coins for a total of 3202 units, or about 25% of […]

By October 26, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: First Part of Greensboro Collection Sells in Dallas

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: First Part of Greensboro Collection Sells in Dallas

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #135 ….. For only the second year so far, the ANA has held a convention in the fall. Last year, this convention was in Pittsburgh. Last week, it was in Dallas. Again, Heritage conducted the […]

By October 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Don’t Let Frustrating Coin Buying Experiences Cloud Your Judgment

The Coin Analyst: Don’t Let Frustrating Coin Buying Experiences Cloud Your Judgment

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Coin collectors tend to have strong views, especially about the mints and coin dealers with whom they do business. After a bad or frustrating experience, they will often decide not to any more business with that particular company or mint. In certain cases that is perfectly understandable. But unless […]

By October 23, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Late October 2012   Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Grading is everything in rare coins.  One of the old sayings in our business is that a coin’s grade goes up a ‘point’ once YOU buy a coin or own it.  Prior to third party grading services, this was the norm vs. the exception.  In fact, unscrupulous […]

By October 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. In addition to serving as the primary gold coin in commerce for more than a century, the French 20 franc piece was the model for identically sized gold issues by other nations. Why did Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Austria-Hungary strike their own versions of the “Napoleon”?  Signed in 1865 […]

By October 18, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. and Perth Mints Respond to Requests for Information

The Coin Analyst: U.S. and Perth Mints Respond to Requests for Information

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… I recently contacted the U.S. Mint  and the Perth Mint  in Western Australia for information on some issues that are of great interest to buyers of their numismatic coins, including in particular price increases and mintage levels. The questions for the U.S. Mint deal with the recent increase in prices […]

By October 18, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Choosing Grades, for Beginning & Intermediate Collectors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Choosing Grades, for Beginning & Intermediate Collectors

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #134 ….. When I wrote about 1904 Philadelphia Mint Half Dollars two weeks ago, I pointed out that a 1904 half in Good-04 grade costs less than $18, while the finest known Duckor coin, which […]

By October 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Dallas Texas and the History of American Coin Collecting

Dallas Texas and the History of American Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am headed to Dallas later this week to attend the upcoming ANA National Money show. Going to Dallas is always a little bittersweet for me. I lived in The Big D for a significant portion on my adult life (a little over twenty years, in […]

By October 16, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
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