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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 […]

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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 […]

MEET THE 2012 NUMISMATIST OF THE YEAR

MEET THE 2012 NUMISMATIST OF THE YEAR

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……. He’s one of those semi-familiar names who has accomplished as much or more in his field than others with greater notoriety.  That’s what happens when a person quietly and diligently goes about his business for more than half a century. Author and researcher R.W. “Bob” Julian will be honored […]

By August 3, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Coin Sales in 2012

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Coin Sales in 2012

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …….. Sales of U.S. mint collector and bullion coin products have generally been trending lower since last year, especially for the 5-ounce America the Beautiful (AtB) silver coins. But the new coin that honors Acadia National Park in Maine is attracting a lot of interest based on the latest sales data […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior – A.N.A. on the Way!

Rare Coin Road Warrior – A.N.A. on the Way!

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, In this month’s Road Warrior I am going to discuss the latest coin show news from the Summer FUN Show, the PCGS ‘Members Only’ Invitational Show, and the Missouri Numismatic Society Show in St. Charles.  I also want to talk about the upcoming ANA Show in Philly, the great Fall Show […]

Comprehensive Market Study Reveals CAC Price Premiums

Comprehensive Market Study Reveals CAC Price Premiums

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. Market Study Background It’s common knowledge that CAC verified coins have been selling for premium prices since the inception of CAC on November 1, 2007.  But until now, collectors, investors and dealers haven’t had a resource to find out how much those price premiums amount to by […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Battle Born 1870-CC Liberty Seated Quarter

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Battle Born 1870-CC Liberty Seated Quarter

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #119 …… The primary topic here is the “Battle Born Collection” 1870-CC Liberty Seated Quarter, which is PCGS graded AU-55 and is CAC approved. On Thursday, Aug. 9th, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, […]

Fourth Edition of Q. David Bowers’ Classic Guide Book on Morgan Dollars Released

Fourth Edition of Q. David Bowers’ Classic Guide Book on Morgan Dollars Released

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …….. There are at most a handful of people in the world who possess the knowledge and expertise on Morgan Dollars that Q. David Bowers does. Part of that world class expertise comes from being a full-time professional coin dealer for more than half a century. It also comes from decades […]

GATA Files New Freedom Of Information Act Document Requests

GATA Files New Freedom Of Information Act Document Requests

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In 2007 and again in 2009, the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee (GATA), whose website is http://www.gata.org, filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the US Treasury and Federal Reserve seeking documents related to gold swaps going back to 1990. In response, a modest quantity […]

San Francisco Liberty Head Eagles 1854-1878: A Date-by-Date Analysis, Part One

San Francisco Liberty Head Eagles 1854-1878: A Date-by-Date Analysis, Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner After many years of neglect, the Liberty Head gold coinage from the San Francisco mint is becoming popular with collectors. This makes sense as it is, for the most part, affordable and there is no denying the historic connotation(s) of the early issues. In my experience, one […]

Huge Physical Gold Shortage Looms

Huge Physical Gold Shortage Looms

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com A number of so-called experts are proclaiming that gold’s price is in a bubble that has burst.  However, actual market activity signals that demand for physical gold is draining available supplies. In the first five months of 2012, at least 315 tons (10.1 million […]

The Coin Analyst: What Can the U.S. Mint Learn From the Royal Canadian Mint?

The Coin Analyst: What Can the U.S. Mint Learn From the Royal Canadian Mint?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The Royal Canadian Mint has always issued a wider range of collectible coins that perhaps any other world mint.  For some of the Olympic games, for example, it minted a vast array of coins, of which some numismatic writers have said no one could afford to assemble a complete set.  It […]

Ok, I admit it. I was wrong or: Teach a man to fish…

Ok, I admit it. I was wrong or: Teach a man to fish…

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker If you’re like me and participate in an online collecting forum, you’ve no doubt come across threads where “newbies” share images of coins they’ve found in order to ask other members if they should send them in to get graded. For some posters, of course, it’s all about the […]

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