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Rare Coin Road Warrior – Late November / Thanksgiving 2012

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Late November / Thanksgiving 2012

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast……. Turkey Day is upon us and I can’t wait. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. This is ALL about family, fellowship, food, and most importantly GRATITUDE. Let’s face it folks, regardless of your political leanings, we live in the greatest country on the face of the Earth. Just the fact […]

By November 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Fall 2012 Baltimore Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Fall 2012 Baltimore Show Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics As usual, David Chrenshaw, Lori Hamrick, and staff did an outstanding job (David was out kissing babies and shaking hands prior to set up)! The show was its usual well run problem free event. Our expectations were low due to Sandy and what we thought were uncertain times in […]

The Coin Analyst: Are Low Mintage Collector Coins the New Normal ?

The Coin Analyst: Are Low Mintage Collector Coins the New Normal ?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… In the last couple of years, particularly this year and in 2011, an interesting trend has emerged in modern U.S. Mint collector coins. The trend is that many coin series have seen the emergence of new low mintage key coins. For example, the 2011 Army uncirculated half dollar, which […]

By November 15, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFrarecoins.com …… A pedigree, in numismatic terms, is the line of ownership of a coin or piece of paper money.  In rare cases pedigrees can be traced all the way back to a mint, such as the pedigree of the rare 1804 silver dollar that Matthew A. Stickney received […]

By November 15, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Most Valuable Three Cent Silver Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Most Valuable Three Cent Silver Coin

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #138 ….. U.S. Three Cent Silver coins date from 1851 to 1873. These are smaller than dimes and are often called trimes. The auction record for any Three Cent Silver was set in 1996. The […]

By November 14, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Collecting Vatican Coins Can Be Rewarding in Many Ways

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Vatican Coins Can Be Rewarding in Many Ways

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Located within the city of Rome in Italy, Vatican City, or the Vatican, is the smallest independent country in the world. The Vatican issues its own stamps and coins, and like several other European micro states such as San Marino and Monaco, it relies on the sales of those […]

By November 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Dear Fellow Numismatists, I really love playing with coins.  I love the search for dates, varieties, undervalued series and issues, great color coins, and all those coins that just have “THE LOOK”.  Although I don’t particularly enjoy the business side of rare coins, I am actively involved in the market which means I get plenty […]

By November 7, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Are Many Classic U.S. Coins Common?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Are Many Classic U.S. Coins Common?

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #137 ….. Collectors and dealers often refer to their pursuits of “rare coins” without really reflecting upon the meaning of the term ‘rare.’ Indeed, sellers of common coins often represent them as being ‘rare,’ or […]

By November 7, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
John Mercanti Dishes on His Career, America’s Silver Bullion Program, and the Digital Age of Coining

John Mercanti Dishes on His Career, America’s Silver Bullion Program, and the Digital Age of Coining

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program (2012) Whitman, 154 glorious full color pages. MSRP $29.95 The first thing you notice about American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program is that it’s a big book. Measuring 11” x 8.5”, […]

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

by Al Doyle When it comes to being iconic in numismatic circles, nothing can top A Guide Book to United States Coins, universally known as the Red Book. This brightly colored source of information is often the first coin book bought by collectors, and hobby veterans are known to have decades worth of annual issues […]

By November 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

by Al Doyle American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck from 1929 to 1933. Likewise, half dollars were a no-show from 1930 to 1932, […]

By November 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Dimes of 1822

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Dimes of 1822

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #136 ….. Capped Bust Dimes were minted from 1809 to 1837. The 1822 is the only date that is truly rare, though a noticeable variety of an 1829 is even rarer, with a numeral ‘2’ […]

By October 31, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
“Experts” Shy Away From Short-Term Gold And Silver Price Forecasts

“Experts” Shy Away From Short-Term Gold And Silver Price Forecasts

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com This past week there were two investment conferences held simultaneously—the decades-old New Orleans Investment Conference and the 10th Annual Silver Summit.  I flew to Spokane, Washington to make a presentation to the attendees at the Silver Summit. There were a number of speakers at the […]

The Coin Analyst: Central Bank Gold Holdings Believed To Be Smaller Than Governments Claim

The Coin Analyst: Central Bank Gold Holdings Believed To Be Smaller Than Governments Claim

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… An important development about gold is not receiving the attention it deserves in the mainstream, non-specialized media. In particular, several reports have surfaced that the gold reserves of several Western countries are believed to be much smaller than previously estimated. That is a result of the fact that much […]

By October 30, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… First Spouse coin news Initial sales for the first 2012 First Spouse gold $10 coin have been strong. During the first week the coins were available from the Mint, buyers snapped up 1394 uncirculated coins, and 1808 proof coins for a total of 3202 units, or about 25% of […]

By October 26, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: First Part of Greensboro Collection Sells in Dallas

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: First Part of Greensboro Collection Sells in Dallas

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #135 ….. For only the second year so far, the ANA has held a convention in the fall. Last year, this convention was in Pittsburgh. Last week, it was in Dallas. Again, Heritage conducted the […]

By October 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Don’t Let Frustrating Coin Buying Experiences Cloud Your Judgment

The Coin Analyst: Don’t Let Frustrating Coin Buying Experiences Cloud Your Judgment

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Coin collectors tend to have strong views, especially about the mints and coin dealers with whom they do business. After a bad or frustrating experience, they will often decide not to any more business with that particular company or mint. In certain cases that is perfectly understandable. But unless […]

By October 23, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Late October 2012   Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Grading is everything in rare coins.  One of the old sayings in our business is that a coin’s grade goes up a ‘point’ once YOU buy a coin or own it.  Prior to third party grading services, this was the norm vs. the exception.  In fact, unscrupulous […]

By October 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. In addition to serving as the primary gold coin in commerce for more than a century, the French 20 franc piece was the model for identically sized gold issues by other nations. Why did Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Austria-Hungary strike their own versions of the “Napoleon”?  Signed in 1865 […]

By October 18, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. and Perth Mints Respond to Requests for Information

The Coin Analyst: U.S. and Perth Mints Respond to Requests for Information

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… I recently contacted the U.S. Mint  and the Perth Mint  in Western Australia for information on some issues that are of great interest to buyers of their numismatic coins, including in particular price increases and mintage levels. The questions for the U.S. Mint deal with the recent increase in prices […]

By October 18, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Choosing Grades, for Beginning & Intermediate Collectors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Choosing Grades, for Beginning & Intermediate Collectors

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #134 ….. When I wrote about 1904 Philadelphia Mint Half Dollars two weeks ago, I pointed out that a 1904 half in Good-04 grade costs less than $18, while the finest known Duckor coin, which […]

By October 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Five Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

Five Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek….   YouTube, that veritable cornucopia of pirated television shows, videos for every album track ever, and annoying oranges, continues to surprise us with the sheer depth of topics with which someone with a few too many free moments on his or her hands can indulge the rest […]

The Coin Analyst: PCGS First Strike Proof-70 San Francisco Sets Are On Fire

The Coin Analyst: PCGS First Strike Proof-70 San Francisco Sets Are On Fire

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… By the end of October the U.S. Mint plans to complete the process of fulfilling orders for the 2012 San Francisco two-coin American silver eagle proof set. Sometime after that it will announce the final mintage for the set, which will play a key role in shaping premiums for […]

By October 15, 2012 13 Comments Read More →
Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment Strategy

Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment Strategy

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …….  In general, segments of the coin market appreciate together, rather than by specific coin issues that pull away from the rest of the pack – such as 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents, 1889-CC Morgan silver dollars or 1911-D $2.50 gold coins, for example.  Instead, during various time periods, […]

By October 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Ends One-Week Suspension of Silver Coin Sales

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Ends One-Week Suspension of Silver Coin Sales

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On October 3 the U.S. Mint suspended sales of some numismatic silver coins because of the recent rise in silver spot prices and announced plans to increase prices for some silver coins by $5 per ounce. The Mint issued the following statement to the numismatic press: “Because silver has […]

By October 10, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Is It Ever Wise to Take Certified Populations for Modern Coins Seriously?

Is It Ever Wise to Take Certified Populations for Modern Coins Seriously?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. It goes without saying that certain modern issues benefit tremendously from having only a few examples certified by TPGs in high MS grades. As we’ve written here and here, there are coins where a buyer can make the reasonable assumption that high-end coins are truly scarce, […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Proof 1802 Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Proof 1802 Silver Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #133 ….. A Proof 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar is ‘in the news’ as it will be offered at auction by Heritage on Oct. 18th, as part of the “Greensboro Collection.” This 1802, which was […]

By October 10, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
Political Campaign Lies And Manipulation Of Gold And Silver Prices

Political Campaign Lies And Manipulation Of Gold And Silver Prices

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com According to the US Census Bureau as of 9 AM Eastern on October 2, 2012, the estimated population of the US was 314,544,755.  As of January 1, 2009, the Census Bureau estimated that the US population was 305,529,237.  So, since Barack Obama became president on […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Eye Appeal is Everything (well almost)

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Eye Appeal is Everything (well almost)

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast……… Last week we visited Missouri for the Silver Dollar Show in St. Charles.  We took advantage of the proximity of the show to visit my hometown of Warrensburg, MO about an hour out of K.C.  My Mom and Stepdad Don live on their farm near Knob Noster, MO the home of […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. Even those who claim to be purist collectors want to buy coins that will grow in value. Predicting tomorrow’s winners is a popular topic in numismatic circles, and the choices are usually based on the logical reason of underappreciated rarity and the educated guess of projecting current trends. How […]

By October 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
 
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