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Mystery Babylon: Revelations Lead to Fraud Convictions for “End of the World” Gold Scammers

Mystery Babylon: Revelations Lead to Fraud Convictions for “End of the World” Gold Scammers

Former politician Larry Bates played on the beliefs of fellow Christians to sell gold and silver that he never delivered By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Seventy-year-old Larry Bates is a talk radio CEO, a former Tennessee state representative, and a gold and silver bullion dealer. Now, after a five-week trial in Memphis back […]

Legend Market Report – Long Beach Coin Show Report

Legend Market Report – Long Beach Coin Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   HOW TO MAKE A GOOD MARKET LOOK BAD Have a miserable Long Beach Show and Auction and then repeat and do the same thing in Baltimore in two weeks. Why don’t show promoters get it? Summer shows simply do not work. Even the mighty FUN Summer Show […]

CoinWeek: Let’s Grade Coins: Episode I – 4K Video

CoinWeek: Let’s Grade Coins: Episode I – 4K Video

When it comes to rare coins, condition and eye appeal can mean the difference of hundreds or thousands of dollars. In order to get the most out of your collecting dollar, you will need to study the market and hone your grading eye. In this episode of Let’s Grade Coins, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks […]

Legend Market Report – Pre-Long Beach Show Report

Legend Market Report – Pre-Long Beach Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A TIDAL WAVE HIT US WOW! Totally unexpected and out of the clear blue sky, between last Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening some way some how we did nearly $1 million dollars in sales! It all happened just that fast. We consider it a fluke, but MANY […]

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

Why Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins Wrong

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   I have endured what no one on earth has endured before. I kissed the hands of the man who killed my son. I loved my boy from the moment he opened his eyes until the moment you closed them. Let me wash his body. Let me […]

Modern Coins at Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction: Lots You Need to Know

Modern Coins at Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction: Lots You Need to Know

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   A diverse mixture of U.S. coins, tokens, patterns, and medals will be on offer when Stack’s Bowers kicks off its Official Sale of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland on June 21-23, and 26 & 27. More than 3,000 items will be offered for sale, […]

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. […]

Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ……   I enjoy being part of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team, including the auction program. Often I have contemplated a coin that would be nice to own–a Mint State 1839/6 cent, a lustrous 1794 or 1795 Flowing Hair dollar, an 1815 half eagle. These and other coins […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Numismatic Diversification

Coin Collecting Strategies: Numismatic Diversification

Diversifying your coin collecting areas of interest is a very enjoyable way to collect and learn about the history of different series By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   During a recent meeting with my financial advisor we discussed the importance of diversification. Having all of your eggs in any one basket is […]

CoinWeek Unboxing: 2017 Niue Guardian Angel Silver Coin – Gainesville Coins Exclusive

CoinWeek Unboxing: 2017 Niue Guardian Angel Silver Coin – Gainesville Coins Exclusive

Earlier this year, Gainesville Coins introduced an exclusive 1 ounce bullion coin struck under the authority of the island nation of Niue. With a face value of $1, the Guardian Angel Silver Coin evokes the calming and protective spirit of angels. Recently, CoinWeek gave two of these coins away as part of our weekly coin giveaway. […]

CoinWeek Podcast #67: Will a Major Score End My Coin Collecting Rut? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #67: Will a Major Score End My Coin Collecting Rut? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #67: Will a Major Score End My Coin Collecting Rut? – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan: A few weeks ago I found myself in a collecting rut. I hadn’t picked up a new coin […]

CoinWeek IQ: Collect Smart on a Budget – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Collect Smart on a Budget – 4K Video

Collect more of what you want by implementing these strategies… Not every collector has the unlimited means necessary to put together a world famous coin collection, but many collectors on a budget overlook methods that can help them get the most enjoyment and value out of the hobby. In this CoinWeek IQ video, editor Charles […]

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   THIS PAST WEEK’S ACTION Finally, Spring is in the air and so is coin collecting. We are greatly surprised how there was only a small dip in demand around tax time. Seems activity is back to normal. In fact, our sales this week were extremely strong and […]

Gold Markets Firm – Are You an Optimist or Pessimist?

Gold Markets Firm – Are You an Optimist or Pessimist?

Commentary for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $6.40 at $1,236.40 today. The gold market continues to attract minor attention – I say minor because most investors are still looking at stocks as investor “fear” has exited the theater. This […]

Dogs on Ancient Coins

Dogs on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t nothing but a hound dog, crying all the time. You ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine. –Elvis Presley, 20th-century American philosopher, covering Big Mama Thornton’s “Hound Dog” […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes at a Seven Week Low

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes at a Seven Week Low

Commentary for Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $11.00 at $1,216.10 as momentum selling returns and the price of gold makes new recent lows. The domestic market broke down on the open and we did not catch much of a […]

Catastrophic Launch of Mint of Finland Collector Coin Ends with Scrapped Program

Catastrophic Launch of Mint of Finland Collector Coin Ends with Scrapped Program

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   Last Monday, the Mint of Finland announced a five-coin, five-euro commemorative coin set marking the 100th Anniversary of Finnish Independence. Each coin in the proposed series was designed to mark a 20-year period, with an obverse and reverse design showing the trials and tribulations of the country’s history. […]

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Weakens, Silver Eagle Monster Box Sales Down

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Weakens, Silver Eagle Monster Box Sales Down

Commentary for Monday, May 1, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $12.80 at $1,255.50 in another defensive round. It actually opened rather flat which has been the case lately – pitched higher and then reversed itself testing the $1,254.00 level before catching much […]

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 […]

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #380 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Vintage silver commemorative coins were minted from 1892 to 1955. Except for the Isabella quarter (1893) and the Lafayette silver dollar (1900), all are half dollars. Prices for these have never […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   On the wall of his office in the FBI building’s basement, Special Agent Fox Mulder of the TV series The X-Files has a UFO poster that proclaims: I WANT TO BELIEVE. The sentiment is widely shared, even among numismatists, who are generally a rather skeptical bunch. The “Alien” […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #283 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   [Originally published on June 24, 2015. –CW] Like Three Cent nickels, Two Cent Pieces tend to be interesting topics for conversations, even among non-collectors. Many people are astonished or curious to learn that […]

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   [Originally published September 17, 2012. –CW] 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 […]

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Commentary for Friday, April 21, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $5.30 at $1,289.10 and once again holds its ground. So where are we going into the weekend? I think traders are cautious but not ambivalent – on the short term gold is […]

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A NOTE FROM LAURA SPERBER Do know this is one of the toughest reports for me to write. George Huang, the co-founder of Legend and my business partner for 31 years had a very serious heart attack last Friday. George always did everything within his power to […]

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   How does a person become fascinated with silver dollars? Growing up in a place such as Helena, Montana where Morgan and Peace dollars were a part of daily life meant that Wayne Miller was constantly exposed to the hefty coins at an early age. “Montana was one of […]

Coin Board News – Number 42

Coin Board News – Number 42

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 42 — Spring 2017 LOTS OF HAPPENINGS This issue has been delayed a few weeks for the simple reason that so much has happened just recently in the world of coin boards. Every time I thought I was ready to […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Jewish War

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Jewish War

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The other practices of the Jews are sinister and revolting, and have entrenched themselves by their very wickedness. Wretches of the most abandoned kind who had no use for the religion of their fathers took to contributing dues and free-will offerings to swell the Jewish exchequer; and other […]

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek ….   Ancient Coin Series THE NIGHT SKY WAS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT to ancient people. This can be hard for us to understand, living as we do in a world where light pollution denies us a clear view of the stars. What people saw in the sky – or thought they […]

Circulated Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Gold Coins, Type 1

Circulated Liberty Head Double Eagle $20 Gold Coins, Type 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #379 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Liberty Head double eagle $20 gold coins were minted from 1850 to 1907. Before 1850, the largest U.S. coin denomination was the $10 gold piece (the eagle). This discussion is about […]

 
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