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Legend Numismatics Pre-Pogue Sale Market Report

Legend Numismatics Pre-Pogue Sale Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics….   THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER! Finally, the sale that is so huge and dynamic that it actually stopped the upper end of the market in its tracks way back in October is now going happen on Tuesday. You can be positive every major player in classical numismatics will […]

Gardner III Powers To $13.8 Million In Big Apple; Rarities At Reduced Prices?

Gardner III Powers To $13.8 Million In Big Apple; Rarities At Reduced Prices?

Posted by Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report….   Rare US coins were in great demand, while many rare coins which are not fresh to the market were selling at reduced prices from their last appearances. May 2015 has certainly been a busy and exciting month in numismatics. As I write this edition I’m waiting for the […]

Liberty Coin Service Unveils New Coin Dealer Website

Liberty Coin Service Unveils New Coin Dealer Website

By Patrick A. Heller….   Three weeks ago on April 24, Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Michigan went live with an updated, feature-filled, coin dealer website. The new site, at http://www.libertycoinservice.com, replaced the company’s previous website that debuted in 1999. Said Liberty Coin Service Owner and General Manager Tom Coulson: “After a year of work, […]

Legend Numismatics Pre-Gardner Auction Market Report

Legend Numismatics Pre-Gardner Auction Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics….   Unusual Activity We can only make observations and report on what Legend did. Last week featured extra ordinary activity in the beginning. We posted some serious coins early afternoon last Saturday (we now prefer a Saturday early afternoon posting schedule). We sold a $50 Slug in minutes, followed by the […]

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Higher as the Dollar Fades after a Miss in US Retail

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Higher as the Dollar Fades after a Miss in US Retail

Commentary for Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (www.golddealer.com By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed surprisingly higher today up $25.50 on the Comex to a more respectable $1218.40. This after yesterday’s push to the upside of $9.40 is happy news but let’s not count our chickens just yet. This […]

The Incredible Gene Gardner Coin Collection, Part 6 –  Auction #3 with a focus on Half Dollars

The Incredible Gene Gardner Coin Collection, Part 6 – Auction #3 with a focus on Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #277 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   This discussion has two linked themes. The first is the implications of the results of the third Gardner sale for markets for rarities and the second is the […]

Q. David Bowers: Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part I

Q. David Bowers: Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part I

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers On behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, I welcome you to our auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of Early United States Coins. You are a witness to the most valuable collection of United States coins ever sold, formed over the decades from the 1970s […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part V: Coins from the Time of Hanukkah

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part V: Coins from the Time of Hanukkah

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 3: Finest Known 1794 Half Dollar

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 3: Finest Known 1794 Half Dollar

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #276 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   The focus here is on the 1794 Flowing Hair half dollar in the Pogue Collection, which is definitely the finest known. Indeed, there does not seem to be […]

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

Coinage of Kyrene: A Greek City in Libya

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE JEBEL AKHDAR OR “GREEN MOUNTAINS” OF LIBYA stretches eastward from Benghazi for a hundred miles (160 km) along the coast. With an average annual rainfall of 15-20 inches (375-500 mm), these limestone hills are the most forested region in North Africa. In ancient times, before centuries […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Palace Collection of Egypt’s King Farouk

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Palace Collection of Egypt’s King Farouk

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   A lot of my writing about Pedigrees & Hoards is based on the research of others–gathering and processing information from many sources, trying to make contacts with people involved in the discoveries, and then writing the story as you see it. Sometimes you have to work hard to massage the […]

Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ……..   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 5/1/2015.   Ideally, a collector walks into a deal knowing everything there is to know about the coins that they’re buying. This includes the typical “Red Book” kind of knowledge like dates, mintages, mint marks and value, etc., along with […]

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards. Video: 11.07.

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards. Video: 11.07.

Think modern coins are boring? Think again. Adapted from Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s in-depth article, On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards, this CoinWeek original production digs deep into this often overlooked modern issue and asks the question, what is the “optimum collecting grade” for an issue where more than 1.6 billion examples were struck. […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 4 (Thirty Pieces of Silver)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 4 (Thirty Pieces of Silver)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   With their natural grace and implied motion, Ships are among the most beautiful elements in the coin designs for nations around the globe and provide a wonderful collecting topic for beginning and advanced collectors. The appeal of a graceful Bahamian sloop or a smooth-sailing Fiji outrigger canoe in […]

Rare U.S. Gold & Silver Coins Sell Well in Central States Auction

Rare U.S. Gold & Silver Coins Sell Well in Central States Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #275 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds In Schaumburg, Illinois, a small city not far from Chicago, the annual CSNS convention was held from April 22nd to 25th. The focus here is on rare U.S. silver […]

The Three Levels of Coin Rarity: The Appearance, Eye Appeal, and Registry

The Three Levels of Coin Rarity: The Appearance, Eye Appeal, and Registry

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   If you’ve been around the coin market for a while, you know that there are many different types of rarity. In this blog, I’m going to discuss the types of rarity you might already be familiar with, and one which you might not: the eye appeal […]

The CSNS Show: Jekyll and Hyde

The CSNS Show: Jekyll and Hyde

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics….   This was certainly not the booming CSNS Shows we remember attending years ago in Indy or St Louis. It’s definitely NOT a “must attend” show for dealers anymore (we know several that stayed home). Mid-day Thursday, the aisles were so empty you could drive a street cleaner down […]

The Psychology of Coin Collecting

The Psychology of Coin Collecting

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   What does psychology have to do with coin collecting? Collectors have one distinct advantage over non-collectors. The hobby of coin collecting–and it is a hobby, pure and simple, not an “industry” or “market”–adds an extra dimension to the collector’s life, a safe and enjoyable retreat from the stress and pressure […]

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The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sadly Moves to Six-Week Lows

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sadly Moves to Six-Week Lows

Commentary for Friday  April 24th , 2015 (www.golddealer.com   By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc…. Gold closed down $19.20 on the Comex today at $1175.20. The market got weaker overnight in London and Hong Kong and the downward move accelerated in the domestic market. I don’t know what to makes […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: The 1916-D Mercury Dime, from AG3 to VG8

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: The 1916-D Mercury Dime, from AG3 to VG8

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   For as long as I’ve been around coins, the 1916-D Mercury dime has always been one of the most sought after and dangerous twentieth-century U.S. coins. Sought-after due to its status as the key date in the enduringly popular Mercury series; dangerous due decades of chicanery played out […]

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sinks as Home Sales Vault to 18-Month High

The Gold Newsletter – Gold Sinks as Home Sales Vault to 18-Month High

Commentary for Wednesday  April 22nd , 2015 (www.golddealer.com By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed down $16.00 at $1186.90 on solid home sales data indicating the economy may be back on track after some data setbacks created by the winter cold snap. So we are now trading significantly […]

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2500 – Part 1: Copper

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2500 – Part 1: Copper

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #274 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   In the history of coin collecting in the U.S., most coin enthusiasts, at one time or another, have sought to complete, or nearly complete, a set of a […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Miami Beach Mansion Currency Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Miami Beach Mansion Currency Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   I like to compare this story to the “Wall of Greed” story. It’s similar in many ways, and in many other ways it’s just the opposite. Most of the information in this article was developed with the assistance of Marc Michaelsen of Marc Michaelsen Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida. […]

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Ships on Ancient Coins

Ships on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   “We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well and live.” – Quintus Arrius, Ben Hur (1959) BY THE SIXTH CENTURY BCE, when coinage came into wide use in the Mediterranean world, ships had evolved to a high technical level. Most ships on ancient coins […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

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Government’s Case to Confiscate Langbord-Switt 1933 Double Eagles Crumbles

Government’s Case to Confiscate Langbord-Switt 1933 Double Eagles Crumbles

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   Three-judge ruling in Langbord et al v. U.S. Department of the Treasury et al puts renewed spotlight on 10 contraband coins… Little more than a week after a federal judge in California sided against the Federal Government in its efforts to seize an experimental 1974-D aluminum cent pattern coin, […]

Modern Coin Issues and the Secondary Market

Modern Coin Issues and the Secondary Market

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   I happened to take a look at the Royal Canadian Mint’s web site the other day to see what products were available for sale. It had been quite some time since I ordered anything. Long ago I dutifully ordered a proof-like set and an extra proof-like silver dollar every year. […]

Classic U.S. Coins less than $500 each, Part 13 – Indian Head Quarter Eagles

Classic U.S. Coins less than $500 each, Part 13 – Indian Head Quarter Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #273 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   For less than $500 per coin, a set of true classic gold U.S. coins may certainly be completed except for just one coin. Indian Head quarter eagles ($2½ […]

 
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