Expert Columns

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 →
The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Republicans, or at least many of their political leaders, just can’t seem to get enough of the gold standard. Marsha Blackburn, a GOP representative from Tennessee, told the Financial Times recently that Republicans agree on the idea, and that the House recently passed a bill on it.  She believes it “is something we think needs […]

By September 6, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Showdown of Walking Liberty Half Dollar Sets

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Showdown of Walking Liberty Half Dollar Sets

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #128 ….. The ‘High Desert’ set and the set assembled by Gerald Forsythe are the two highest ranked sets of business strike Walking Liberty Half Dollars, with major varieties, in the PCGS registry. At the […]

By September 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How To Become A Coin Kingpin

How To Become A Coin Kingpin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Deciding what to collect can often be a case of deciding what not to collect. This zen-like statement actually makes a lot of sense once you get over the initial “huh?” Let me explain. Anyone with a more-than-casual interest in coins wants to be a force within […]

By September 4, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ………. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

By September 3, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Amazing English Gold Sovereign of Henry VIII

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Amazing English Gold Sovereign of Henry VIII

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #127 ….. During the evening of Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Long Beach Expo, Heritage will auction a large and historically important, English gold coin of Henry VIII that is of amazing quality for a […]

By September 3, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Very Early U.S. coins in Southern California Auctions

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Very Early U.S. coins in Southern California Auctions

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #126 ….. Every September or October, the third Long Beach Expo of the year is held at the Long Beach Convention Center in the county of Los Angeles. This event is open to the public […]

The Coin Analyst: New Edition of Leading Modern World Coin Catalog Published

The Coin Analyst: New Edition of Leading Modern World Coin Catalog Published

Krause Publications is one of the leading numismatic publishing companies. It publishes a wide range of coin and paper money books. Its most well-known line is probably the standard catalog series of world coin catalogs. That series, which is divided into volumes that cover a century at a time, has served for decades as the […]

Legend Market Report: GOLD IS ALIVE!

Legend Market Report: GOLD IS ALIVE!

Legend Numismatics Market Report by Laura Sperber Sure, have it splashed across the news and Internet that two successful billionaire hedgies (Soros and Paulson) made large GOLD purchases and watch what happens. The two billionaires alone may not be enough to move prices, but shortly after the news broke, worlds PR machines were buzzing about […]

COLLECTING STRATEGIES/DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD

COLLECTING STRATEGIES/DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… This edition of Collecting Strategies isn’t designed to get anyone to trod along a popular or familiar path. Why not let your natural interests lead to creating a unique and customized approach to numismatics? It seems that the standard date and mintmark/Whitman folder method of coin collecting seldom works […]

By August 27, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions – The ANA Rarities Night, Part 4: U.S. Mint Errors

Coin Auctions – The ANA Rarities Night, Part 4: U.S. Mint Errors

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #125 ….. From Aug. 4th to Aug 10th, Stack’s-Bowers conducted the official auction of the ANA Convention, which was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The two auction sessions on the night of […]

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Note: A copy of this letter has been forwarded by the authors to CAC’s President John Albanese. Mr. Albanese, Over the past few years, CAC has distinguished itself by its ability to consistently recognize quality coins. The green and gold CAC stickers have become synonymous with quality, and as […]

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