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PCGS’ Members Only Las Vegas Show Report

PCGS’ Members Only Las Vegas Show Report

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana….   The last major coin show of the year was held this past week in Las Vegas at the beautiful Cosmopolitan Hotel. Put on by PCGS, the Members Only Shows are attended by a small but dedicated group of dealers and collectors alike. Most serious collectors are starting to […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #144 ….. Two of the five finest known 1792 half dismes will be offered at auction in January 2013 and at least six others will be offered as well. I estimate that just three hundred […]

By December 26, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The Year in Precious Metals

The Coin Analyst: The Year in Precious Metals

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… In 2012 gold and silver prices were up for the year, but they failed to retrace the record levels of 2011. Silver outperformed for the year, achieving an increase of 9.4% compared to gold, which was up 6.6%. It has been more challenging than usual to analyze the precious […]

By December 21, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The US Government’s Plans To Stick It To The American People In 2013

The US Government’s Plans To Stick It To The American People In 2013

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As we come to the end of the calendar year, it is good to do an overall synopsis of what the US government will unleash on the American people in the coming year. No matter the temporary wrangling in Washington over the “fiscal cliff,” the […]

Rare English Gold Sovereign of Queen Mary I

Rare English Gold Sovereign of Queen Mary I

Coin Rarities and Related Topics by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #143 ….. During the morning of Thursday, Dec. 13 on Madison Avenue in New York, Bonhams auctioned a noteworthy collection of English and British gold and silver coins dating from 1300s to the 1800s, […]

By December 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Releases Report on Alternative Metallic Composition for Circulating Coins

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Releases Report on Alternative Metallic Composition for Circulating Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… For the first time since 1965 the U.S. Mint has done major research into possible alternative metallic composition and changes in the method of production for all circulating coins with the goal of reducing production costs. The study, which was conducted by an outside metallurgic research consulting company, found […]

By December 17, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
Five Modern Coins You Should Be Looking for Right Now

Five Modern Coins You Should Be Looking for Right Now

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Has the holiday season sapped your coin budget? We know how that goes. But despair not! We’ve put together a list of five great modern coins that you should be looking for right now. None of them will break the bank, and finding them may be […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Large Cents, Silver Coins, and more, in the FUN Platinum Night Event

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Large Cents, Silver Coins, and more, in the FUN Platinum Night Event

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #142 ….. During or just prior to major coin conventions, Heritage conducts two to four Platinum Night events each year, along with regular, live auctions. Since this tradition began in 2004, the flagship Platinum Night […]

By December 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Launches 2013 Coin Program and Increased Focus on Customer Relations

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Launches 2013 Coin Program and Increased Focus on Customer Relations

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Customers of the U.S. Mint have frequently complained that they do not have enough notice about upcoming U.S. Mint products. This year, in particular, there were several months when virtually no information was made available on forthcoming coin releases, which many customers found frustrating. To address those concerns, as […]

By December 12, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
More Statistical Evidence That The US Dollar Is Doomed

More Statistical Evidence That The US Dollar Is Doomed

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com The magazine The Economist has just issued their annual economic review, this year titled The World in 2013. The issue does cover a number of social and political issues. Among the highlights are individual forecasts for economies of 79 of the larger nations. A commonly […]

Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money Show

Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money Show

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. Last week was the 56th showing of the Greater Houston Coin Club’s Money show of the Southwest. A Texas size shout out (thank you) goes to Carl Schwenker and all the members of GHCC that volunteered at the show. Their efforts make this venue a must attend event […]

The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

The Coin Analyst: Trillion-Dollar Platinum Coins and San Francisco Eagle Set Number Released

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Trillion-Dollar coins? A provocative idea is currently being discussed in the mainstream press that you may not be familiar with. With the prospect of another fight in Washington over raising the federal debt limit coming up in February, right on the heels of the current fight over the fiscal […]

By December 10, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

Silver 101 is a NEW CoinWeek column on Silver collecting and investing by Al Doyle. It will focus on the basics of investing in Silvers, but also provide time tested recommendations that any silver coin collector or investor can use to maximize their acquisitions Silver 101 by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… At current spot […]

By December 9, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
USA Coin Album: Coin Ghosts of Christmas Past

USA Coin Album: Coin Ghosts of Christmas Past

Posted by David W. Lange, NGC Research Director …….. Because the holiday season is rapidly approaching, I’ll finally break precedent and do something I’ve never done before — write a holiday-themed column. It’s not that I dislike Christmas or any other holiday, but I’ve long resisted the temptation to write anything too obvious or predictable. […]

By December 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Quarters of 1876, including a fabulous one in the news!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Quarters of 1876, including a fabulous one in the news!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #141 ….. Although 1876 quarters are not rare, all Liberty Seated Quarters are at least somewhat scarce and a fabulous 1876 quarter really grabbed my attention. It was in the Stack’s-Bowers Rarities night event of […]

By December 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… For many collectors, the possibility of putting together a complete date and mintmark set of any older series is next to zero. High-priced key dates are the obstacle that can’t be overcome by those working on a typical coin budget. So-called “short sets” are one partial solution to that […]

By December 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
New York International Numismatic Convention Announces Final Plans

New York International Numismatic Convention Announces Final Plans

The New York International Numismatic Convention, now in its 41st annual edition, will take place at New York City’s Waldorf Astoria over an 11 day period in early January, with activities starting on Friday, January 4 and the final convention related event concluding on Monday, January 14.  Kevin Foley, Bourse Chairman for the NYINC, said […]

By December 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… John Mercanti, who served as the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver until his retirement in 2010, holds the distinction of having designed more U.S. coins and medals than any other employee of the Mint in its 220-year history. In his new book for Whitman Publishing, American Silver Eagles: A […]

By December 4, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Houston Show Market Report

Legend Numismatics Houston Show Market Report

ANY GIVEN SHOW We’ve all heard the term “any given Sunday” referring to the fact any NFL team can win on any Sunday (not just the favorites). The Houston Show is the same way. We had ZERO expectations. Originally we only attended the show because United Airlines was flying their new 787 Dream-liner between Newark […]

The Coin Analyst: Overview of House Hearing on The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense

The Coin Analyst: Overview of House Hearing on The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… On November 29 the Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Financial Services, which is headed by outgoing Chairman Ron Paul, held a hearing on “The Future of Money: Dollars and Sense” that examined in detail the issues surrounding the replacement of paper dollars with coins and […]

By November 30, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Americana: Nov 2012 Whitman Baltimore Expo Show Report

Numismatic Americana: Nov 2012 Whitman Baltimore Expo Show Report

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana ……. A lot has happened since I last sat down at my computer to do a show report. In a word: Sandy. I’d like to take this time to thank all of our customers, clients, and friends who inquired about how we weathered the storm. Everyday I see trucks […]

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Responds to Collector Concerns with New Mintage Policies

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Coin collectors and investors, especially those who purchase modern coins, love low mintages. And mints, foreign and domestic, are aware of that and use it as a marketing tool to drum up interest in their coins. Foreign mints in particular issue coins in small numbers to increase interest in […]

By November 28, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Commentary on Liberty Seated Dimes in Rarities Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Commentary on Liberty Seated Dimes in Rarities Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #140 ….. On Thursday, Nov. 15, during a ‘Rarities Night’ event at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers offered a small, though impressive, group of Liberty Seated Dimes, including important dates and condition rarities. I discuss […]

By November 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… Is it possible to over-think the coin collecting game? Does it really require constant study of population reports and other data to determine the right items to obtain? Sometimes it pays to trust your instincts and gut in life, and this also applies to numismatics. When it comes to […]

By November 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

The Coin Analyst: Should the U.S. Mint Reissue More Classic Coins?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… As I have argued before, the U.S. Mint can learn from other countries’ mints. That does mean we should emulate all their practices, and I am well aware of the differences in the laws that our Mint has to follow, which tend to be more restrictive than those in […]

By November 25, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Astonishing Three Cent Silvers in Rarities Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Astonishing Three Cent Silvers in Rarities Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #139 ….. On Thursday, Nov. 15, during a ‘Rarities Night’ event at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned one of the most exceptional groups of Three Cent Silver coins that I have ever seen. While […]

By November 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
 
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