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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 […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The ANA Rarities Night, Part 1: Standing Liberty Quarters, Cents and 1796 coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The ANA Rarities Night, Part 1: Standing Liberty Quarters, Cents and 1796 coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #118 …… On Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Pennsylvania Convention center in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers will conduct their third Rarities Night event. Two weeks ago, I wrote about the unique 1873-CC ‘No Arrows’ dime that will […]

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

Factors That Influence Coin Prices: The Not-So-Obvious

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Coin prices are impacted by a number of factors. The most obvious of these are supply and demand. Simply put, if a coin has a greater degree of demand than available supply, the price is going to be strong. But what are some of the not-as-obvious factors […]

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: So Much for Summer Doldrums

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: So Much for Summer Doldrums

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek It used to be the case that summer was a slower period for coin collecting. Numismatists would take a break from their obsession with coins and go to the beach, though they undoubtedly brought some coin books to read. But in recent years that has changed. Summer coin shows are often […]

Collecting Strategies: Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

Collecting Strategies: Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Mention Mercury (official name: Winged Liberty Head) dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind.  Rather than automatically locking in on the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates, it might be a better idea to check out the many semi-keys that seem to […]

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African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Link to Part One Twenty-eight years passed between the last Carver Washington half dollar and the George Washington 250th Birthday half dollar. The purpose, scope, and distribution of commemorative coins under the resurrected program bore no resemblance to that which came before. There were still those, […]

We Don’t Need Inflation Of The Money Supply

We Don’t Need Inflation Of The Money Supply

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In an April 5 New York Times column titled “Not Enough Inflation,” economist Paul Krugman wrote, “a bit more inflation would be a good thing, not a bad thing.” Krugman’s proposal is completely wrong, as any first-year economics student should be able to explain. […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cents, Dimes and Quarters in the Pre-ANA Platinum Night Event

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Cents, Dimes and Quarters in the Pre-ANA Platinum Night Event

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #117 …… In early August, Heritage will conduct an extensive auction prior to the ANA Convention, which will be held the following week. For around ten days, rare coin related events will occur in Philadelphia. […]

Knowledge and Diversification Keys to Successful Coin Investing

Knowledge and Diversification Keys to Successful Coin Investing

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Anyone who tells you that making a profit plays no role in their coin buying habits is most likely not being honest. While there are many motivations for buying coins, most people want their coins to appreciate in value. But the degree to which making a profit is important varies […]

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Competing At The $100 Level

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Competing At The $100 Level

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. One of the most important issues in coin collecting is to find a financial comfort zone and work within those parameters. For some numismatists, anything over $10 might be a stretch, while others can write five and six-figure checks with little concern. How about a more typical scenario? For […]

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KABOOM!…An Update About Last Weeks Article on Coin Doctors

KABOOM!…An Update About Last Weeks Article on Coin Doctors

HOT TOPICS By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics LAST WEEKS HOT TOPICS I can say it definitely was well read. Unfortunately, it was not so well received by a small vocal group. Too bad! As far as I am concerned, the coin docs can rot away! Link to Article THE PNG First, my fave group-the […]

The Coin Analyst: Groundwork for Gold-Backed Reserve Currency is Being Laid

The Coin Analyst: Groundwork for Gold-Backed Reserve Currency is Being Laid

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Traditionally the notion of some new kind of gold standard is an idea that has appealed mainly to conservatives concerned about having a sound currency that does not lose its value over time to inflation. It was not long ago that any discussion of a new gold standard was considered […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Summer Edition-CAC is the REAL deal!

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Summer Edition-CAC is the REAL deal!

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarthcoins.com Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, The Fourth of July has come and gone and we are left with the HEAT and several weeks before the exciting annual American Numismatic Association Show in Philadelphia next month.  The Numismatic calendar for the Summer is busy, but not all the players are ‘on the […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Unique 1873-CC ‘No Arrows’ Dime

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Unique 1873-CC ‘No Arrows’ Dime

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #116 …… At the ANA Convention in August, in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers will auction a complete collection of Carson City (Nevada) Mint coins. The owner of the set has not revealed his name, though he has […]

Pricing “Difficult” Coins: A Real World Model

Pricing “Difficult” Coins: A Real World Model

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… I have written a number of blogs in the past few years about how I price rare coins. Despite this, I still get many questions from new and experienced collectors about pricing. I’d like to share a specific coin that I recently handled and explain how I came up […]

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Launch A Success

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Launch A Success

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint first proposed issuing a special American silver eagle proof set marking the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint in the spring, most collectors were excited about the new coins. They were especially intrigued by the prospect of the first “S”-mint reverse proof coin in the […]

The Coin Analyst: Eliza Johnson, not Julia Tyler, is the Current Queen of the Gold Spouses

The Coin Analyst: Eliza Johnson, not Julia Tyler, is the Current Queen of the Gold Spouses

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Identifying which coins are the lowest mintage pieces in a particular series has always been at the very heart of coin collecting in general, especially modern coin collecting. But collectors often lack the right tools to determine which coins are the low-mintage keys in their series. There are two reasons […]

The Coin Analyst: Veteran Dealer Steve Estes Launches Coin Blog and Discusses the Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: Veteran Dealer Steve Estes Launches Coin Blog and Discusses the Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Steve Estes of Portland, Oregon has been a professional numismatist and coin dealer since 1963. He works with his wife Debbi. Mr. Estes is an expert on many classic U.S. coin series, especially Morgan and Peace dollars. He has developed a 1-10 scale for assessing a coin’s eye appeal, which […]

US Government’s Financial Bluff Is Called

US Government’s Financial Bluff Is Called

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com There was a tremendous amount of news last week that will have long lasting impact on the lives of Americans and people around the world.  Both major US Supreme Court decisions affecting illegal aliens and the 2010 health care law got tremendous press coverage […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Ultra High Relief Saint Gaudens $20 Gold Pattern Realizes $2.76 Million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Ultra High Relief Saint Gaudens $20 Gold Pattern Realizes $2.76 Million

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #115 On Friday, June 29, the firm of Stack’s-Bowers auctioned an Ultra High Relief (UHR) Saint Gaudens $20 gold pattern for $2.76 million. In early August, Heritage will auction a different one, a sub-60 grade […]

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 […]

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