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BITCOIN VS. GOVERNMENT-ISSUED FIAT MONEY

BITCOIN VS. GOVERNMENT-ISSUED FIAT MONEY

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………. Many freedom-oriented people are skeptical about long-term prospects for the U.S. dollar and other fiat currencies, which means they often invest in gold and silver while seeking other monetary alternatives. Let’s take a moment to define terms before proceeding. Fiat currencies are unbacked by precious metals or other commodities […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins for less than $500 each, Part 4; Bust Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins for less than $500 each, Part 4; Bust Half Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #173 …..   This discussion of bust half dollars follows part 2: dimes and part 3: quarters. There are many collectors do not wish to spend more than $500 for any one coin, yet […]

What Will The Federal Open Market Committee Try To Hide This Time?

What Will The Federal Open Market Committee Try To Hide This Time?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. This week, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is holding their regularly scheduled two-day meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.  As usual, at the conclusion of the meeting, a brief statement will be issued.  These statements are among the most highly scrutinized of any government […]

Numismatic Housekeeping: Summer Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Summer Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. O summer, you warmest of seasons! Now that the Fourth of July is just around the corner, it’s time for another round of Numismatic Housekeeping. In this edition, Hubert and I weigh in on the recent high profile sale of the 1971-S Reverse Nixon Proof, wrap up […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Graded Sets Moving Up; Baseball Coin Semi-Finals

The Coin Analyst: West Point Graded Sets Moving Up; Baseball Coin Semi-Finals

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… More on West Point graded sets While buyers of the 2013 West Point American Silver Eagle coin sets wait for the U.S. Mint to begin shipping their orders, which is expected to start on June 17, I have noticed that pre-order prices on e-Bay have increased substantially. This may be a sign that […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 3; Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 3; Quarters

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #172 ….. This discussion of silver quarters follows part 1: copper and part 2: dimes. Different collectors have different budgets. The idea behind this series is that many collectors do not wish to spend more […]

When Is A Dollar Not Worth A Dollar?

When Is A Dollar Not Worth A Dollar?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Question:  When is a dollar not worth a dollar? Answer:  When the US government says so. Money market funds were developed in the 1970s as a way for investors to park short-term money in assets that generally provided higher returns than interest-bearing savings accounts.  […]

Numismatics in Videogames and BioShock Infinite

Numismatics in Videogames and BioShock Infinite

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   Your kids might know more about numismatics than you think. People often talk about the importance of getting young people interested in coin collecting, but how do we do that? Some approaches seem effective – such as nurturing relationships with organizations like the Boy Scouts […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Sales End at the Mint, as Graded Set Price Wars Begin

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Sales End at the Mint, as Graded Set Price Wars Begin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   On June 6 the U.S. Mint ended sales of the special two-coin American Silver Eagle set marking the 75th anniversary of the West Point Mint. As of the previous day, 251,695 sets were sold, according to the Mint’s web site odometer, a number similar to the last day’s number for the 2012 […]

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach Show Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach Show Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ………….. Sorry Long Beach Show owners, we do not go to coin shows to see Dennis Rodman signing autographs. It was a myth he was a collector-his agent was Dwight Manely (founder of Spectrum Numismatics) was the coin buyer. Having said that, we did meet Dennis long ago at […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin News Round-Up

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin News Round-Up

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… New coins from Vatican City, Ireland, and Canada are featured in this installment of the modern world coin news round-up. Vatican City’s Sede Vacante Coins Released June 3 In an April column on Numismaster.com written after the inauguration of Pope Francis I, Patrick Heller commented that various world coins commemorating the new pontiff […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 2; Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins for less than $500 each, Part 2; Dimes

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #171 ….. As stated at the beginning of part 1; copper: The purpose here is to put forth options, mention some pertinent facts related to coin prices, and provide advice, for people who would like […]

Five Big Lies About Gold And Silver

Five Big Lies About Gold And Silver

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. As I have said before, the price of gold represents a report card on the US government, economy, and dollar.  If the price of gold is stable, that is probably a positive sign for all three.  If, instead, the price of gold is continuously […]

It’s Time for Third Party Grading Companies to Take Circulated Classic Coins Seriously

It’s Time for Third Party Grading Companies to Take Circulated Classic Coins Seriously

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ………. Hubert and I like to use our position as writers for Coin Week to advocate for everyday collectors. We believe that one way to grow the hobby is by focusing on areas that have traditionally been the purview of new collectors: modern coins and circulated classics. They’re easy […]

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Steve D’Ippolito

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Steve D’Ippolito

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   This is the seventh in a series of journals that we’re preparing in the lead-up to the August ANA elections. We’d like to thank ANA member Steve D’Ippolito for his participation. Since we started writing these profiles, the Association has surprised us by firing yet another […]

Coin Board News For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Coin Board News For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Number 27 — Summer 2013 ……….. SPECIAL WHITMAN SECOND EDITION BOARD LIST Continuing my recent theme of featuring specific publishers, the latest price list of Coin Boards for Sale #127 highlights one of the most underappreciated collecting areas. Whitman’s Second Edition titles are among the coin boards most often seen, yet they are rarely found […]

Opportunity Knocks In Golden State-Trio Of Early June Auctions A Gold Mine For Collectors

Opportunity Knocks In Golden State-Trio Of Early June Auctions A Gold Mine For Collectors

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC Market Report …..   Rare Coin Market Shows Unprecedented Strength and Scope. Goldberg’s, Bonham’s and Heritage’s Sales Take Spotlight; Key Date, Low Pop and High Grade Coins Will Be Targeted in Long Beach. After a brief respite for the numismatic faithful to enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday it was […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Coin News Round-Up

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Coin News Round-Up

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Allocations lifted on White Mountain coins and 1/10th ounce American Gold Eagles On May 28 the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) announced to its network of Authorized Purchasers that it is lifting restrictions on sales of the 5-ounce silver America the Beautiful coin for the White Mountain National Forest. Prior to the launch of sales […]

The Coin Analyst: Eurozone Considers Eliminating One and Two Cent Euro Coins

The Coin Analyst: Eurozone Considers Eliminating One and Two Cent Euro Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… The 17 members that share the euro, known as the Eurozone, are considering eliminating the two lowest denomination circulating euro coins, according to a new report from the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union’s executive branch. The proposals put forth in the May 14 report would need to be crafted […]

SILVER 101 – CHECK THOSE SILVER DOLLAR PREMIUMS

SILVER 101 – CHECK THOSE SILVER DOLLAR PREMIUMS

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……. The situation in the silver bullion market is interesting, to say the least. Many voices are saying this is the time to buy with low spot prices, but those who expect to pay something close to a paper (not real) value get a rude awakening when they discover that […]

Legend Market Report – THE LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL

Legend Market Report – THE LAS VEGAS INVITATIONAL

By laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……… This was an “off” show for sure. It had only about half the normal attendance, no auction (only one per quarter), and we believe the 100 degree temperatures limited public attendance. No, the PCGS Invitationals are not in any danger of collapsing or becoming miserable. What happened was […]

Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange Defaults On Gold And Silver Paper Contracts

Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange Defaults On Gold And Silver Paper Contracts

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Here’s another story that the US mainstream media seems to have missed. The Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange was established in May 2011 as an electronic trading platform for gold futures.  Two months later it added a platform for trading silver futures.  Exchange officials announced […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dollars of 1811, with emphasis upon two ‘in the news’!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dollars of 1811, with emphasis upon two ‘in the news’!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #169 ….. Though more than two hundred years old, Capped Bust Half Dollars of 1811 are or recently have been available, in many grades. Indeed, these are around in all grade ranges: Good-04 to 06, […]

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Richard Jozefiak

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Richard Jozefiak

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   This is the sixth in a series of journals that we’re preparing in the lead-up to the August ANA elections. We’d like to thank Georgia Numismatic Association member and American Numismatic Association District Delegate Richard Jozefiak for his participation. Richard Jozefiak is a collector, a numismatic […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior (May 2013) – Buy High-Sell Low

Rare Coin Road Warrior (May 2013) – Buy High-Sell Low

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiasts…….. The recent rare coin show schedule has been grueling.  In the last month we have had two major shows and recently visited Denver for the good regional spring show there.  Despite the drop in gold prices in mid April we are continuing to see STRONG dealer demand, yet our sales to […]

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Laura Sperber

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Laura Sperber

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   This is the fifth in a series of journals that we’re preparing in the lead-up to the August ANA elections. We’d like to thank Legend Numismatics, Inc.’s Laura Sperber for her participation. Long before the hammer struck on the record-breaking $10 million dollar sale of […]

EBay sellers—One More Scam To Watch Out For

EBay sellers—One More Scam To Watch Out For

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The advancements in digital photography and the ease of ability to post price lists and auctions on the internet have proved to be a real boon for coin sellers.  However, with the rise of legitimate online transactions comes new ways of trying to separate […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Silver Eagle Set Sales Break First-Day Records

The Coin Analyst: West Point Silver Eagle Set Sales Break First-Day Records

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Sales of the West Point Silver Eagle sets began at noon on May 9. According to David Harper of Numismatic News , during the first two hours 88,000 sets were sold, which is more than during the entire first day of sales of last year’s San Francisco sets. The 2012 sets sold 85,341 […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Southern Gold Rush, the Seymour Collection, and Templeton Reid

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Southern Gold Rush, the Seymour Collection, and Templeton Reid

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #168 ….. On Friday, May 10, at a convention center in New Orleans, Stack’s-Bowers sold a substantial part of the Dexter Seymour Collection of territorial gold coins, as part of the official auction of the […]

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

The Nickel-Hoarding Billionaire

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   Imagine being very wealthy – possibly a billionaire according to some accounts. If a person had that kind of capital, what coins would they buy? At a minimum, some rolls of $20 Libertys and Saint-Gaudens would make a nice stash for a high roller. If rare coins are […]

 
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