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ULTIMATE RARITIES:  The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called, “the single most important coin in American numismatics.”  It’s the unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon with an “EB” hallmark stamped on the eagle’s breast, representing Ephraim Brasher, the coin’s designer.  […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with […]

Why Aren’t There “Hotel Sellers” Of Gold And Silver?

Why Aren’t There “Hotel Sellers” Of Gold And Silver?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In a recent five week period, there were “hotel buyers” for four of those weeks in the Lansing, Michigan area offering to purchase jewelry, coins, paper money, gold, silver, and platinum bars, and other collectibles.  Yet, in my 31 years as a coin dealer […]

IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Summer tends to be a slower-paced time in the bullion market, and 2012 has been no exception to the general rule so far. With everyone from major metals traders to small-scale retail silver buyers spending time outdoors and vacationing, the pause in the action is hardly shocking. Silver has […]

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com                 Without their stories coins are just “pieces of metal.”  At least that’s what the late Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, called them many years ago while she and I were examining a tray full of some of […]

2012 Australian One Ton Gold Kangaroo Named Largest, Most Valuable Coin in the World

2012 Australian One Ton Gold Kangaroo Named Largest, Most Valuable Coin in the World

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that the largest coin in the world is the unique 2012 Australian one ton Red Kangaroo gold bullion coin. It is also by far the most valuable coin in the world because of its gold content, blowing away rarer coins like the […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #114 This week, the firm of Stack’s-Bowers is conducting an auction at the Baltimore Convention Center. I viewed many of the lots. It turns out to be a much better and more important auction than […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Collecting Strategies: Low Mintage Sleepers

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Collecting Strategies: Low Mintage Sleepers

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Within the U.S. coin market, modern world coins are a growth field. American coins of all periods and types continue to dominate the market and collecting habits and interests, and that will likely persist for the foreseeable future. But at the same time, interest in modern world coins is growing […]

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. A special coin comes along – imagine a $5 gold Indian at close to melt value, an 1891-CC Morgan dollar in an PCGS or NGC EF-45 holder or a circulated 1807 Draped Bust half cent with appealing chocolate brown […]

By June 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior-July 2012

Rare Coin Road Warrior-July 2012

Plus:  ‘Old Time’ Seated Liberty Dollar Collection to be offered at Baltimore In this month’s Rare Coin Road Warrior, I will report on activity at the biggest shows over the last month.  In addition to the current show news I want to briefly touch on the HUGE disparities we are experiencing in early collector material […]

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …… 1981 marked the beginning of the Reagan administration and the seeming end of the coin Wilmington, Delaware shopkeeper Judson Ryan famously dubbed “Carter’s Quarter”[1]. Relegated to mint-set-only status, the near quarter-sized Susan B. Anthony dollar, with its quirky hendecagon ornamental rim and its non-sequitur Apollo 11 reverse, played […]

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As more people come to realize that “quantitative easing” (which is the current disguise to avoid stating “inflation of the money supply”) is simply a tax increase on everybody, support for this tactic will decline. But this growing opposition to depreciating the value of […]

Paper Views – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

Paper Views – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

by Kevin Foley Special Contributor to CoinWeek … I’m pleased to be joining Coin Week as a regular contributor, providing views and commentary about rare currency collecting. My own career in the field began in 1977, when I launched Kevin Foley – Rare Currency, specializing in United States paper money, Large Size Type Notes, Small […]

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2:  One-year type coins of the 1900s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2: One-year type coins of the 1900s

by Al Doyle Special Contributor to CoinWeek … Click here to read Part 1 – One-year type coins of the 1800′s …. Unique and short-lived items are eagerly sought in any collectible field, and coins are no exception. This overview of the one-year type coins (not commemoratives) of the 20th century includes silver and base-metal […]

By June 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Silver Dimes by Design Type

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Silver Dimes by Design Type

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #113 The topic here is assembling a type set of silver dimes. This discussion is aimed primarily at beginning and intermediate level collectors. Those who have no idea as to how to go about collecting […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold’s New Role in the Global Monetary System and the Euro Zone Crisis

The Coin Analyst: Gold’s New Role in the Global Monetary System and the Euro Zone Crisis

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Knowledge is power when it comes to any kind of investing.  There is probably no area where that is more true than precious metals, where being savvy can make all the difference between success and failure. But being knowledgeable about the precious metal markets is not simply a matter of […]

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

Posted by David W. Lange, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Research Director ….. Certain issues of United States coins seem to hold more appeal than similar coins of other dates and mints. Among my favorite coins are the various pieces coined at the San Francisco Mint in 1923. This was a significant year for several reasons, including the […]

Coin Shows: June Long Beach or the rebirth of a classic?

Coin Shows: June Long Beach or the rebirth of a classic?

By William Shamhart – NumismaticAmericana.com…. We, that is, Christine and I, just returned from the second Long Beach show of the year and WOW what a few months make. Christine is busy getting our new purchases ready for your viewing pleasure, but until then it is my job to write this show report. As I […]

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a dealer who works with collectors who range in experience from total beginners to full-on experts, I have a fairly good idea what separates the masters from the wanna-bes. Experience, obviously, is part of the equation; but some of the best collectors I have ever seen are fairly new […]

By June 19, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

By laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics NO DOLDRUMS HERE! We still do not know what happened in May. No one wanted to do anything and there were so few coins around we started to think about other careers. For us, it was the PRE LB purchases of the Large Cents that got people excited and […]

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 1 – One-year world type coins of the 1800s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 1 – One-year world type coins of the 1800s

by Al Doyle Special Contributor to CoinWeek … American coin collectors are naturally attracted to one-year type coins. This category includes the incredibly affordable 1883 Liberty no-cents nickel, the very rare (mintage 6146) and costly 1796 Draped Bust small eagle reverse quarter and a smattering of other issues. Likewise, the world coin field offers an […]

By June 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint issues a special silver eagle set, it is an important numismatic event. On June 7 the Mint launched the San Francisco Mint 2-coin proof American silver eagle set, and once again everyone clamored on the first day to get their orders in. Some people thought that […]

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #112 Click Here to read Part One of this article: An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins This week’s topic is the collecting of uncirculated Liberty Nickels. I focus on those that grade […]

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com An important market shift has occurred, as I expected, that now pits a growing number of foreign central banks against the plans of the US government. The US government, including its primary trading partners and a dwindling number of foreign allies, has a strong interest […]

Perth Mint Excludes U.S. Customers From Direct Dragon Proof Coin Sales

Perth Mint Excludes U.S. Customers From Direct Dragon Proof Coin Sales

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Coins from the Perth Mint in Western Australia are eagerly collected all over the world and are renowned for their high quality and innovative designs and themes. More than most other world mints, Perth has pushed the envelope of modern world coins into all kinds of interesting areas that involve […]

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek – Six and seven-figure “trophy” coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end items are in a completely different universe than where the average collector resides. Since the market for coins in the $1 to $250 range is much broader than the […]

By June 11, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Value of Old Numismatic Books

The Value of Old Numismatic Books

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Special Contributors to CoinWeek – When Hubert and I set out to write numismatic books, we did so because the kind of book that we wanted to read just wasn’t readily available. We weren’t sure if such a book had been written before and was somehow absent from store […]

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek If a professional numismatist is widely known as “Mr. Commem”, it’s obvious that he would carry a large selection of silver and gold U.S. commemorative coins issued from 1892 to 1954. That line of reasoning applies to Anthony Swiatek, but his interest in the field extends far beyond one area […]

Coin Board News – Summer 2012

Coin Board News – Summer 2012

By David lange – www.coincollectingboards.net MARKET ACTIVITY There’s not a lot to report with respect to internet offerings, which have been unremarkable this past quarter. I’ve been slowly selling coin boards through my eBay store Cagemast Coin Boards and Albums, but it is the albums which seem to attract more buyers. Most of the boards […]

Rare Coin Market Report – The Thrill of the Hunt & Market News

Rare Coin Market Report – The Thrill of the Hunt & Market News

June 2012 Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, What most NON Collectors don’t realize is how big a ‘thrill’ we Numismatists and collectors (in general) get out of the hunt or quest for that hard to find item.  Whatever you want to call ‘it’, the ‘thrill of the hunt’ is a very big part of what make […]

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