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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 […]

The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bull Run Likely to Continue

The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bull Run Likely to Continue

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On August 22, the Federal Reserve released the minutes of its last meeting. The minutes revealed that a majority of members of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) believe further monetary easing is warranted soon unless the economy improves substantially. This suggests that the Fed is likely to launch […]

The ANA Rarities Night, Part 3: Capped Bust Dimes, Proof 1893-CC Silver Dollar, and Historic Gold Bars

The ANA Rarities Night, Part 3: Capped Bust Dimes, Proof 1893-CC Silver Dollar, and Historic Gold Bars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #124 ….. In association with the ANA Convention in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers conducted an auction extravaganza that lasted for several days. The night of Thursday, Aug. 9th was special. The lead event was the auction of […]

LIBOR Scandal Investigation Sparking Higher Gold And Silver Prices

LIBOR Scandal Investigation Sparking Higher Gold And Silver Prices

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On July 31, Numismaster.com published my article where I passed along information that the investigation into the LIBOR interest rate manipulation scandal in Great Britain would soon expand. Further, I anticipated that this scandal would lead to other investigations that would possibly cover the […]

The Battle Born Gold Coins: A Quick Analysis By Doug Winter

The Battle Born Gold Coins: A Quick Analysis By Doug Winter

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner The recently concluded Battle Born sale, held by Stack’s Bowers at the 2012 Philadelphia ANA convention, was clearly a benchmark for collectors of Carson City coinage. It was probably the finest collection of gold from this mint that has been sold at auction during our lifetime; only […]

By August 21, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The ANA Rarities Night, Part 2: Auction Results for Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The ANA Rarities Night, Part 2: Auction Results for Quarters

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #123 ….. On Thursday, Aug. 9th, at the Pennsylvania Convention center in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers conducted their third Rarities Night event. Earlier the same evening, the “Battle Born Collection” was sold. I have already written two […]

The Collapse of the 2001-S Sacagawea Proof

The Collapse of the 2001-S Sacagawea Proof

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker The sentiment among collectors who deride modern coins is that they’re overpriced and just plain common. They often argue that high-grade certified “condition-rarities” are nothing more than fool’s gold. And we have to admit, it’s hard to argue with that sometimes. So this week, we discuss one coin that […]

Modern World Coin News Round-Up: Interesting New Issues

Modern World Coin News Round-Up: Interesting New Issues

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… 2012 has been an amazing year for modern world coins with lots of interesting new issues and low mintage coin sell-outs. Here are a couple of the more significant new and forthcoming world coin issues: 1.) Latvia Tribute coin In late May the Bank of Latvia announced that it […]

Newly Emphasized Gold And Silver Price Suppression Tactic Unleashed

Newly Emphasized Gold And Silver Price Suppression Tactic Unleashed

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There are a wide variety of tactics whereby gold and silver prices could be suppressed. Perhaps the most frequently used method over the years has been for central banks to dump their physical gold reserves onto the market through the use of leases. By […]

Battle Born Results, Part 2: Carson City Gold

Battle Born Results, Part 2: Carson City Gold

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #122 ….. On August 9th, in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers Galleries (SBG) auctioned the “Battle Born” collection of Carson City, Nevada Mint coins. It was the only time that a complete collection of Carson City Mint coins […]

SILVER BULLION ALTERNATIVES

SILVER BULLION ALTERNATIVES

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors.  Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple Leafs, silver bars and rounds, pre-1965 half dollars, quarters and dimes and circulated Morgan and Peace dollars.  […]

By August 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
“Hotel Buyer” Scams Bring Federal, State, and Local Criminal Charges

“Hotel Buyer” Scams Bring Federal, State, and Local Criminal Charges

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On Tuesday morning, CBS News reported on the cessation of operations by THR Associates, which ran perhaps the largest “hotel buyer” operation in the US over the past few years.  To view the story, Click Here. In an earlier report in May about this […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: San Francisco 70 Sets Rising Fast and New Spouse Queens

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: San Francisco 70 Sets Rising Fast and New Spouse Queens

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… San Francisco 70 sets take-off As I suggested might be the case in July , there was significant appreciation potential for graded proof/reverse proof 70 versions of the San Francisco American silver eagle sets from the time we found out that only a portion of the total mintage would […]

Battle Born Results, Part 1: Rare Silver Carson City Coins

Battle Born Results, Part 1: Rare Silver Carson City Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #121 ….. On August 9th, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers Galleries (SBG) auctioned a complete collection of Carson City, Nevada Mint, U.S. coins. The consignor  refers to this set as the “Battle […]

Legend Numismatics 2012 ANA Show Report

Legend Numismatics 2012 ANA Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics A TRIBUTE Recently the dealer community lost two world class dealers-David Akers and Chuck Walanka. David Akers was our hero and idol. He was always willing to take the time and educate us. He just loved coins. Over the years he had built many of the finest collections-including the […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. In the past two articles, Hubert and I have catalogued the history of African-American representation on U.S. commemorative coins. But commemorative coinage is a niche product of the Mint and has rarely been widely distributed. Today, very few people outside of the numismatic community are even […]

Patrick Heller Named 2012 Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year

Patrick Heller Named 2012 Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year

Patrick Heller is the 2012 recipient of the American Numismatic Association Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, which was presented Aug. 7 at the World’s Fair of Money Kick-Off event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The award is presented annually to an ANA-member dealer who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the […]

By August 8, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Select Rarities in Pre-ANA Platinum Night event

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Select Rarities in Pre-ANA Platinum Night event

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #120 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds During or just prior to coin conventions, Heritage conducts two to four Platinum Night events each year, along with regular, live auctions. The purpose here is discuss some of the prize or otherwise noteworthy coins […]

The Coin Analyst: Special Coins and Medals Issued to Mark Philadelphia ANA

The Coin Analyst: Special Coins and Medals Issued to Mark Philadelphia ANA

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …….. One of the long-standing traditions associated with major national coin shows, especially the annual summer convention of the American Numismatic Association, is the issuance of special coins and medals that mark the occasion. They are different from show badges and medals, which the ANA itself issues and sells and which […]

Legend Numismatics – THE PRE ANA SHOW REPORT

Legend Numismatics – THE PRE ANA SHOW REPORT

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Normally we bash the PNG for everthing they do. This time, we can’t. Even though it is a show that should NOT exist (no matter who it is run by), the PNG/ANA PRE show wasn’t as horrible as it could be. There was a decent amount of dealers-and we […]

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