Expert Columns

Why I Do Not Want Gold And Silver Prices To Soar!

Why I Do Not Want Gold And Silver Prices To Soar!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. By now I think most of you know that I own a company that buys and sells a lot of gold and silver products.  You have probably also heard me predict that gold and silver prices have a strong likelihood of a major increase […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior: Ahead of the Curve

Rare Coin Road Warrior: Ahead of the Curve

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Every so often you hear a story you just have to pass on to others.  Because the gentleman who told me this story is a good friend and values his anonymity, I am going to cite nothing more specific than the actual historical events that made this story what it is.  […]

SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

SILVER 101 Series: Don’t Get Fixated On The Spot Price

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Silver investors tend to check the current spot price before making a purchase. That’s a logical starting point, as the cost for physical metal is usually – but not always – related to spot. Don’t expect former premiums to remain in place when spot plunges. Why does this happen? […]

By March 12, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: What’s Going on with Precious Metals?

The Coin Analyst: What’s Going on with Precious Metals?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… So far this year gold and silver have really been underperforming. Both have been stuck in a trading range for most of the past two months, and they have erased last year’s gains, which were already modest compared to their performance in the preceding decade. Precious market bulls keep […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Major Collection of Colonials To Be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Major Collection of Colonials To Be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #157 ….. On Wed, March 13, at a convention center in Baltimore, Stack’s-Bowers will offer, at public auction, a large part of the Ted Craige Collection of colonial coins and other pre-federal items. Pre-1792 coins […]

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 five […]

By March 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Nixon Presentation Ike Dollar Discovered

Nixon Presentation Ike Dollar Discovered

Exclusive News: By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. DISCOVERY PIECE After going unnoticed for more than forty years, a rare early Eisenhower dollar variety has emerged. As of right now, we’re calling it the Nixon Presentation Dollar. In this column, we’ll retrace our steps, tell you what we know about the coin, […]

From the Herb Hicks Files: The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

From the Herb Hicks Files: The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. In 1963, Coin World columnist and former ANA librarian Ted Hammer wrote about a coin dealer in Texas arrested for trying to sell a gold certificate. The dealer had run afoul of federal authorities who acted to enforce a thirty-year-old Executive Order outlawing private ownership of […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #156 ….. One of the all-time great collections was formed by Eric Newman, who is 101 years old and. Beyond a consignment of one hundred and sixty or so items from Newman’s “foundation” to the […]

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments at the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments at the U.S. Mint

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Update on U.S. Mint Price Increases On March 5 the U.S. Mint’s Michael White, who serves in the Mint’s Office of Public Affairs, provided some clarification regarding the issues discussed in my last column , which concerned the recent increase in premiums on gold and platinum numismatic coins at […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Raises Premiums on Precious Metal Coins as Metal Prices Decline

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Last year the U.S. Mint saw its numismatic revenue decline by a third as a result of declining sales of gold and platinum coins due to higher underlying precious metal prices and strained collector budgets because of a still-struggling U.S. economy. Silver coins, on the other hand, continued to be […]

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems:  Suppress The Price Of Gold!

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems: Suppress The Price Of Gold!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Over the next several weeks, the US government is facing a series of critical financial problems of its own making. Unless there is a last-minute agreement, this Friday the federal government will experience an automatic annual $85 billion reduction in spending increases called sequestration. […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Auctions in March

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Auctions in March

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #155 ….. March is typically a month when major coin auctions are held. This year, the Auctions  will include vast assortments of coins and related items, without Great Rarities or landmark collections. There will be […]

By February 27, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Ola Borgejordet on the 2013 World Money Fair in Berlin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… From February 1-3 the largest world coin show in the world, the World Money Fair, was held in Berlin, Germany. This was the 42nd WMF, and the sixth time it was held in Berlin. 15,000 people attended the show, and there were 320 exhibitors, highlighted by the presence of major […]

By February 27, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We talked about Bicentennial quarters in one of the first pieces we wrote for CoinWeek. We discussed the characteristics of a full strike, analyzed the mint state grade distribution of Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins by PCGS and NGC, and questioned whether the coin would ever […]

The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

The Coin Analyst: Mexico’s Silver Libertad Coins Offer Great Opportunity for Collectors

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… There is, quite simply, no better world bullion coin from a long-term value perspective than the Mexican Silver Libertad, in the opinion of the Coin Analyst. Silver Libertads are minted of .999 silver and come in 1/20th, 1/10th, ¼, ½, 1 ounce, 2 ounce, 5 ounce, and kilo sizes in […]

By February 25, 2013 6 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 2 – Half Dollars & Silver Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #154 ….. This is the second part of my series on classic U.S. coins that cost in the range of $250, or substantially less. In part 1, I discussed Indian Cents, Lincoln Cents, large cents […]

By February 20, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
G-20 Finance Ministers Finally Admit And Simultaneously Deny “Currency Wars”

G-20 Finance Ministers Finally Admit And Simultaneously Deny “Currency Wars”

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Within the space of a few days in mid-September 2012 the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Bank of Japan all announced plans to inflate their respective currencies.  This represented a scale of inflation never before experienced in world history. I […]

Booker T. on the Tarmac: A story about First Coinvestors

Booker T. on the Tarmac: A story about First Coinvestors

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen’s The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins: 1892-1954 has always been one of my favorite books. Sure, the topic’s been done better, most recently by Swiatek himself. And yes, the book is hopelessly optimistic about what was then the future […]

By February 18, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #153 ….. While it is true that much of my research and analyses relate to very expensive coins, I also write about coins that are not so expensive. My discussion here is about U.S. coins […]

By February 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Thinking of Trading Certified Rare Coins for Bullion?

Thinking of Trading Certified Rare Coins for Bullion?

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments The incredible rise in precious metals prices has given more than a few rare coin investors a reason to pause and question their investment strategy. And while this commentary will not be of much interest if you own the rare coins which have moved substantially higher this past decade […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 2: Draped Bust Large Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 2: Draped Bust Large Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #152 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned one of the all-time best collections of U.S. large cents. These are copper coins that were minted from 1793 to 1857, and are about the size of […]

By February 6, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Early Silver Dollars Gain in Popularity after Recent World-Record Sale

Early Silver Dollars Gain in Popularity after Recent World-Record Sale

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com …….. As we all know, it’s been all over the news in the world of rare coins – the recent world-record sale of the beautiful 1794 PCGS-graded, Specimen-66 silver dollar for $10,016,875.  And now the door’s open for more famous rarities to break through the $10 million dollar […]

By February 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
COIN COLLECTING AN ADDICTION?

COIN COLLECTING AN ADDICTION?

Laura Sperber Hot Topics – Legend Numismatics ………. What a long and trying year it has been. I thought this might be the year finally where coin doctoring meets it match. NOT! These days I  see plenty of puttied coins still being made. What a shame. The year started out with great hopes of the […]

By February 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
On the Passing of John Bordner and Alan Herbert

On the Passing of John Bordner and Alan Herbert

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. The recent passing of both John Bordner and Alan Herbert compels us to say something about the study and collecting of coins in its purest sense. Simply put, the numismatic community lost two pioneers this January. Both men exemplified the science of numismatics and paved the […]

SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

SILVER 101: Why Every American Should Own Silver

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Every American should own at least a little silver.  No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that?  If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea..  It’s amazing […]

By February 4, 2013 5 Comments Read More →
2013 FUN Show Report…A sign of things to come?

2013 FUN Show Report…A sign of things to come?

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. I am an optimist. I really am. But at the same time I am a realist. The annual FUN show, usually held in the first week or two of the New Year in the resort town of Orlando, is a bell-weather of the year to come. After a […]

Numismatic Research and Pricing in Today’s World

Numismatic Research and Pricing in Today’s World

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. A generation ago, basic numismatic research for most serious collectors consisted of checking prices in the latest edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”). I remember a time in the 1970s when coin dealers would not even […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 1: 1792 to 1794

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cardinal Collection Results, Part 1: 1792 to 1794

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #151 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned the Cardinal set of large cents, along with an NGC graded MS-68 1792 half disme and the PCGS certified SP-66, Carter 1794 silver dollar that alone realized […]

By February 1, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

by Charles Morgan Coin collecting is a hobby that connects us all to the past. The coins themselves are objects of commerce of course, but the very nature of their existence also helps in the important role of forging our national identity. They make tangible our shared cultural aspirations. And with their inevitable wear and […]

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