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Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com What do you do with my commentaries? I have been writing them since 1995, gaining a wider audience as time goes on. Do you merely read them for entertainment? If that’s enough for you, I accept that. Or possibly do you read them to […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Plans for 75th Anniversary San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Address Critics’ Concerns

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Plans for 75th Anniversary San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Address Critics’ Concerns

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. Mint has announced that it will honor the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco branch of the U.S. Mint with a special two-coin American silver eagle proof set. The set will include two proof silver eagles with San Francisco mint marks. One will be a regular proof coin, […]

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek Please click here to read Part One of this Article Collectors with a hard money mentality who want to go beyond familiar series such as the American silver Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf have a growing number of options when it comes to one-ounce silver pieces. It could take some […]

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US Monetary Coercion Could Backfire, Resulting In A Global Gold Standard

US Monetary Coercion Could Backfire, Resulting In A Global Gold Standard

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com On March 17, through pressure from the US government and some European nations, Iran was cut off from access to the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) system. Belgium-based SWIFT handles almost all international banking transactions. Cutting off Iran from SWIFT was an […]

The Coin Analyst: There’s More to Gold’s Future Than Quantitative Easing

The Coin Analyst: There’s More to Gold’s Future Than Quantitative Easing

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek There is no question that the policies of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, specifically its role in shaping monetary policy, have a big impact on precious metal markets. The Fed sets short-term interest rates, whereas long-term rates are pegged to the 10-year Treasury bond, which is a function of how […]

Why I Made Collector X Mad

Why I Made Collector X Mad

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner The phone rang early Saturday morning. It was a collector calling. The conversation went something like this: “Hi Doug, this is “collector X” (the names have been changed to protect the innocent) and I’m getting ready to enter the convention hall. I want to see your […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Change is Good

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Change is Good

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, In this month’s Rare Coin Road Warrior I want to discuss a couple of ‘key’ developments in the business.  First, I am going to ‘revisit’ my market report from earlier this month titled “GIGO”.  Second, I am going to talk about the news from the Central States Coin Show last week […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Pleasing Coins on Platinum Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Pleasing Coins on Platinum Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #105 Last week, I covered the Silver Center Copper Cent pattern of 1792 that sold for $1.15 million in Heritage’s Platinum Night event of April 19, at a convention center near Chicago. This week, I […]

South African Reserve Bank Announces that Some 2011 Proof Gold Krugerrands Were Underweight

South African Reserve Bank Announces that Some 2011 Proof Gold Krugerrands Were Underweight

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek On Tuesday, April 24 a spokesman for the South African Reserve Bank, Hlengani Mathebula, e-mailed a statement to the Associated Press about a controversy regarding gold Krugerrand coins that first came to light last week. Mathebula stated that an internal investigation of proof Krugerrands produced last April and May had […]

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you ask the average politician, the financial problems of Europe have supposedly been cured. Oh yeah? If that is true, how come the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the G-20 Group of Nations had to have more emergency meetings in the last few […]

WHERE BULLION INVESTING AND COIN COLLECTING MERGE – PART 1

WHERE BULLION INVESTING AND COIN COLLECTING MERGE – PART 1

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek Are you a collector or investor? The answer doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. More than a few coin enthusiasts have a favorite series or two they pursue as a hobby while investing in gold and silver bullion for financial insurance. That’s the ideal situation, but what about the […]

By April 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFRareCoins.com As coin market trends change and evolve, and prices rise over the long-term, buyers’ demands change and become more refined.  The current demand trend for high-end coins is a preference for problem-free coins and premium quality.  By problem-free, I don’t mean coins without scratches, spots, or other imperfections.  […]

A BABY STEP FOR THE PNG AND THE HOBBY!

A BABY STEP FOR THE PNG AND THE HOBBY!

Hot Topics by Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics FINALLY-A DEFINITION OF COIN DOCTORING HAS BEEN VOTED IN! The definition of coin doctoring FINALLY has been accepted by a major organization-The PNG. Next up, we need the ANA to accept it too. I personally did not think the PNG membership would vote to accept the definition. […]

By April 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Modern Coin News Round-Up: Recent World Coin Releases

Modern Coin News Round-Up: Recent World Coin Releases

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the first article in a new column that will provide brief news and analysis of significant developments in modern U.S. and world coins.  This edition focuses on some noteworthy recent and upcoming coin releases from around the world. 1.) Unique Canadian Bumble Bee Coin Sells Out During Pre-Release Period The Royal […]

The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek There has been some interesting discussion on this web site recently about the need for more accurate pricing information about U.S. coins. For example, Vic Bozarth recently wrote about the Coin Dealer Newsletter (CDN), commonly known as the Greysheet (www.greysheet.com), and said that its data is skewed by the inclusion of […]

Another Reason To Avoid Precious Metal ETFs—Complex Tax Reporting

Another Reason To Avoid Precious Metal ETFs—Complex Tax Reporting

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I have previously expressed concerns about owning precious metals exchange traded funds (ETFs) because of the possibility that some of the assets have multiple claims of ownership.  Now that we are past the deadline for filing taxes, precious metals ETF investors have learned the […]

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Eisenhower dollars and the way they’re treated in the Redbook. The column made the rounds of the editorial boards of several coin magazines, Whitman Publishing (who want you to know that the “Professional Edition” of the Redbook does include […]

Modern Coin News Round-Up: U.S. Coins

Modern Coin News Round-Up: U.S. Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 1.) Julia Grant Coin Now Lowest Mintage Proof First Spouse The proof version of the Julia Grant First Spouse $10 gold coin unexpectedly sold out on March 30.  Normally the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) keeps these coins on sale for one year unless they sell out of their maximum mintage before then. These […]

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence.  So What?

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence. So What?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the past four weeks, the prices of gold and silver have experienced a major decline once each week.  Last week, the suppression occurred on Friday, April 13 during the last 15 minutes of COMEX trading, between 1:15 and 1:30. How is it possible […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #104 – Updated on April 25, 2012 Among the most famous of all patterns is the ‘Silver Center Cent’ of 1792. The U.S. Mint did not begin striking coins until February or March 1793. Various […]

It’s Show Down Time for the PNG

It’s Show Down Time for the PNG

Laura Sperber – Hot Topics After a year or two of dodging the bullet, this week at CSNS the all mighty PNG will be voting to accept or reject a definition of coin doctoring. There is absolutely NO excuse to push it back, cancel, or delay the vote. The membership was given this information in […]

The Coin Analyst: What’s the Best Way to Invest in Silver?

The Coin Analyst: What’s the Best Way to Invest in Silver?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek I often hear newer coin collectors and silver investors ask what is the best way to buy silver. There are certainly many ways to accumulate, or as some people put it, stack silver, in the physical form. For those looking to acquire physical silver, I think one has to begin with some basic questions […]

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com My take on the first quarter of 2012 was if you ask ten different coin dealers how their business was, you’d get ten different answers. “Isn’t this always the case,” you ask? “Not really,” I’d answer, explaining that depending on the business model of the dealer in question, the response you’d […]

How to Spend $1000 on Coins

How to Spend $1000 on Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek For many Americans, the idea of having $1000 for totally discretionary spending is a dream that sometimes happens.  Anything from a tax refund to an inheritance or other bit of good fortune can put the average guy or gal in a position to cut loose and toss cash around in […]

By April 13, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Bringing You “The Rest Of The Story”

Bringing You “The Rest Of The Story”

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I get teased a lot as I present information that is overwhelming of the “doom and gloom” kind. I don’t really mean to come across that way. However, I think it is important that people make decisions for their own financial well-being on the […]

The Coin Analyst: Titanic Centennial Coins Popular with Collectors

The Coin Analyst: Titanic Centennial Coins Popular with Collectors

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s greatest maritime disasters, the sinking off the coast of Canada of the then largest and most luxurious ship in the world, the RMS Titanic.  1,517of the 2,229 passengers perished in the tragedy.  RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer.  None of the ship’s […]

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker CoinWeek content Contributor Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

What Is The US Government Trying To Accomplish?

What Is The US Government Trying To Accomplish?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Five years ago, the M2 definition of the US money supply (including coins, currency, checking and savings accounts, CDs and money market funds) was about $7 trillion. At the beginning of 2011, it was near $9 trillion.Today it is approaching $10 trillion. This inflation […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early U.S. $2½ Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early U.S. $2½ Gold Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #103 While I am focusing upon early Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) in a recent auction, I am covering more than just these coins. In my discussions here, I aim to contribute to the knowledge […]

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com I had an interesting experience at a recent show that I thought was worth sharing. A new-to-the-market collector/investor came up to my table and asked to see my “best coins.” I was happy to share them with him and pulled out a gorgeous 1802 quarter eagle in PCGS AU58 and […]

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