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Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money Show

Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money Show

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. Last week was the 56th showing of the Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money show of the Southwest. A Texas size shout out (thank you) goes to Carl Schwenker and all the members of GHCC that volunteered at the show. Their efforts make this venue a must attend event […]

The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Trillion-Dollar coins? A provocative idea is currently being discussed in the mainstream press that you may not be familiar with. With the prospect of another fight in Washington over raising the federal debt limit coming up in February, right on the heels of the current fight over the fiscal […]

By December 10, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

Silver 101 is a NEW CoinWeek column on Silver collecting and investing by Al Doyle. It will focus on the basics of investing in Silvers, but also provide time tested recommendations that any silver coin collector or investor can use to maximize their acquisitions Silver 101 by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… At current spot […]

By December 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Second Annual DWN Art Basel “I Was There” Blog

The Second Annual DWN Art Basel “I Was There” Blog

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… For the second year in a row, I went to the incredible Art Basel show in Miami Beach. For those of you who are not familiar with this show, it has become quite possibly the leading art show in the world and it turns Miami into […]

By December 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
USA Coin Album: Coin Ghosts of Christmas Past

USA Coin Album: Coin Ghosts of Christmas Past

Posted by David W. Lange, NGC Research Director …….. Because the holiday season is rapidly approaching, I’ll finally break precedent and do something I’ve never done before — write a holiday-themed column. It’s not that I dislike Christmas or any other holiday, but I’ve long resisted the temptation to write anything too obvious or predictable. […]

By December 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date? So why, then, do these series lag such non-gold 20th century designs as the Lincoln Cent, Buffalo Nickel, Mercury Dime and Walking Liberty Half Dollar when it comes to numbers of active set collectors? I can think of […]

By December 6, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Quarters of 1876, including a fabulous one in the news!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Quarters of 1876, including a fabulous one in the news!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #141 ….. Although 1876 quarters are not rare, all Liberty Seated Quarters are at least somewhat scarce and a fabulous 1876 quarter really grabbed my attention. It was in the Stack’s-Bowers Rarities night event of […]

By December 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… For many collectors, the possibility of putting together a complete date and mintmark set of any older series is next to zero. High-priced key dates are the obstacle that can’t be overcome by those working on a typical coin budget. So-called “short sets” are one partial solution to that […]

By December 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
New York International Numismatic Convention Announces Final Plans

New York International Numismatic Convention Announces Final Plans

The New York International Numismatic Convention, now in its 41st annual edition, will take place at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria over an 11 day period in early January, with activities starting on Friday, January 4 and the final convention related event concluding on Monday, January 14.  Kevin Foley, Bourse Chairman for the NYINC, said […]

By December 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… John Mercanti, who served as the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver until his retirement in 2010, holds the distinction of having designed more U.S. coins and medals than any other employee of the Mint in its 220-year history. In his new book for Whitman Publishing, American Silver Eagles: A […]

By December 4, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Houston Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Houston Show Market Report

ANY GIVEN SHOW We’ve all heard the term “any given Sunday” referring to the fact any NFL team can win on any Sunday (not just the favorites). The Houston Show is the same way. We had ZERO expectations. Originally we only attended the show because United Airlines was flying their new 787 Dream-liner between Newark […]

The Coin Analyst: Overview of House Hearing on The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense

The Coin Analyst: Overview of House Hearing on The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On November 29 the Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services, which is headed by outgoing Chairman Ron Paul, held a hearing on “The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense” that examined in detail the issues surrounding the replacement of paper dollars with coins and […]

By November 30, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Americana: Nov 2012 Whitman Baltimore Expo Show Report

Numismatic Americana: Nov 2012 Whitman Baltimore Expo Show Report

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. A lot has happened since I last sat down at my computer to do a show report. In a word: Sandy. I’d like to take this time to thank all of our customers, clients, and friends who inquired about how we weathered the storm. Everyday I see trucks […]

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Coin collectors and investors, especially those who purchase modern coins, love low mintages. And mints, foreign and domestic, are aware of that and use it as a marketing tool to drum up interest in their coins. Foreign mints in particular issue coins in small numbers to increase interest in […]

By November 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
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”, […]

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