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Rare Coin Road Warrior-Including the New “Road Rage” Commentary

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Including the New “Road Rage” Commentary

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Our January was very busy although the show schedule was somewhat slow after the ‘dynamite’ Florida United Numismatists Show. We took a long buying trip out West during the third week of January and bought some great coins from several dealers who could not attend the FUN Show. We often follow […]

By February 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Determining which coins will be low mintage keys in their respective series is a significant part of the fun of collecting modern U.S. coins. As one year nears its end, astute collectors study sales figures and compare them with the final mintages for coins in the same series. It is […]

By February 20, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
How Could Silver Short Sellers Cover Their Positions?

How Could Silver Short Sellers Cover Their Positions?

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In my previous column, I discussed how the COMEX Commercial traders in the silver market increased their net short position by more than 71 million ounces from January 17 through February 7.  Let me explain in more depth how the […]

The Coin Analyst: The Modern Commemorative Coin Program and the Launch of Infantry Soldier Dollars

The Coin Analyst: The Modern Commemorative Coin Program and the Launch of Infantry Soldier Dollars

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Critics often assert that too many modern U.S. commemorative coins have been issued, and that the program has been abused to raise money from surcharges. Each coin carries a surcharge that goes to non-profits groups that promote the interests of the constituency commemorated on the coins. In fact, the U.S. […]

By February 15, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Blatant Suppression Of Silver Prices

Blatant Suppression Of Silver Prices

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com One tactic used by the US government, its trading partners, and allies in its effort to hold down the price of gold is to also manipulate the price of silver. Most of the time, gold and silver prices move in […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dimes, including an 1802

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dimes, including an 1802

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #95 Contrary to popular belief, not all U.S. five cent coins are nickels. Actually, nickels are traditionally 25% nickel and 75% copper. Three Cent Nickels were struck in 1865 before five cent nickels were introduced […]

By February 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeits and coin doctoring: Two threats to long-term rare coin market

Counterfeits and coin doctoring: Two threats to long-term rare coin market

By Steve Roach First published in the Feb. 13, 2012, issue of Coin World The problems of counterfeit coins and “coin doctoring” are two issues that have the potential to harm the coin market in the long term if not properly addressed. For replicas, eBay sellers typically pictured coins marked COPY in accordance with the […]

By February 14, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Classic vs. Modern: Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

The Coin Analyst: Classic vs. Modern: Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The community of people who actively collect coins includes those who are mainly interested in classic coins, those who focus primarily on modern issues, and those who collect both. For the purposes of this column, classic coins will consist of American coins issued before World War II such as Morgan […]

By February 13, 2012 9 Comments Read More →
THE COIN MARKET VS THE ART MARKET

THE COIN MARKET VS THE ART MARKET

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report We know people think we are wrong for comparing the two. We are are NOT making a direct comparison. We’re just trying to show how cheap we perceive coins to be (especially vs art and other areas). Rare coins will NEVER have the history or appeal of […]

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Strong at 2012 Berlin World Money Fair

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Strong at 2012 Berlin World Money Fair

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Every year in February the most important international coin fair of the year is held in Berlin, Germany. It is known as the World Money Fair . This year’s event, held from February 3-5, drew over 15,000 visitors and more than 300 exhibitors. Unlike coin shows that mainly include a […]

By February 9, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Announces Some Major Changes to the America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Series

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Announces Some Major Changes to the America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Series

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The America the Beautiful five-ounce silver bullion and numismatic program has faced problems since before the first coins were even released. And in the one and a half years since then, the Mint’s management of the program has continued to raise questions from collectors, dealers, and analysts. US Mint officials […]

By February 9, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
Two Fresh Examples Of Gold Price Suppression

Two Fresh Examples Of Gold Price Suppression

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As I discussed in my last column, the US government’s suppression of gold prices in years past was done as secretly as possible.  The manipulation of the price was more effective if the public could be tricked into thinking that […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early Silver Dollars & Grading Issues

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early Silver Dollars & Grading Issues

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #94 Over the last two months, I have covered early large cents (Loring’s 1793s; Eliasberg Chain Cent), early $5 gold coins (in Baltimore auction; Jacobson Half Eagles in FUN sale), Saint Gaudens $20 gold coins […]

By February 8, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Using gold as an example, the first investing decision you need to make is whether you want to invest in “paper gold” or “physical gold.”  Paper gold is one of the investment instruments purchased through the securities market.  Physical gold is the real thing – you can hold […]

By February 6, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics February Long Beach Market Report

Legend Numismatics February Long Beach Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner Ever jump into a pool head first to find there was no water? We just did by attending the Long Beach Show. No question it is time for the promoters to wake up and realize the market has changed and the show is a shell of […]

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Let’s begin by looking at what money really is, using the settling of the United States by the European colonists as an example.  When European settlers came to America during the 1600s, they traded useful goods with the Native Americans who had lived here first.  The settlers traded […]

By February 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Interview with Dr. Michael Bugeja Part II: “Coins Are Art You Can Hold and Experience History in the Process”

Interview with Dr. Michael Bugeja Part II: “Coins Are Art You Can Hold and Experience History in the Process”

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the second part of the interview I did with Dr. Michael Bugeja, who serves on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The first part is available here: LG: 4.) What do you think of the artistic level of recent U.S. circulating and collector coins? Do you agree with […]

By February 2, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rush To Buy Physical Gold And Silver Hasn’t Started Yet

Rush To Buy Physical Gold And Silver Hasn’t Started Yet

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Even though gold and silver prices are up significantly since the beginning of 2012, that doesn’t necessarily mean that this trend will continue.  Buyers and sellers modify their decisions as prices change. When you look at who is and who […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Liberty Seated Half Dollars on Platinum Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Liberty Seated Half Dollars on Platinum Night

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the  collecting community #93 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds It has been a while since I have written about Liberty Seated Half Dollars. Indeed, I have not done so since August 2011, when I discussed several Liberty Seated halves that had then just been auctioned, […]

By February 1, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: GOP Presidential Candidates and the Gold Standard

The Coin Analyst: GOP Presidential Candidates and the Gold Standard

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek For the first time since the early 1980’s gold and a possible return to the gold standard have emerged as issues in American politics. One GOP presidential candidate, Ron Paul, has made it a centerpiece of his campaign; another, Newt Gingrich is interested in exploring the idea; a third, Mitt […]

By January 31, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Gold And Silver Strong In January—What Now?

Gold And Silver Strong In January—What Now?

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Through the COMEX close on Monday, January 30, the prices of gold and silver had increased more than 10% and 20% over the course of the month.  Had these results been realized by any of the major stock indices, you […]

Interview with CCAC Member Dr. Michael Bugeja Part I: “I Am There to Promote the Hobby”

Interview with CCAC Member Dr. Michael Bugeja Part I: “I Am There to Promote the Hobby”

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Dr. Michael Bugeja was appointed last year to serve on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, which advises the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury on U.S. coin and medal designs and themes. He is also a columnist for Coin World magazine, where he writes the “Home Hobbyist” column, and writes the […]

By January 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin collecting habits, and the patterns with which we collect, have been constantly evolving over the decades. During the 1960s collecting was very much different than it is today, as it also differed from the 1940s, and the 1890s, or even the 2000s…right before the great recession. Incomes, […]

By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Bust Half Dollars on Platinum Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Bust Half Dollars on Platinum Night

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #92 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Regarding the FUN Convention auction in Orlando earlier this month, I discussed quarters last week, the Garrett-Jacobson 1829 ‘Large Date’ Half Eagle the week before, the Eliasberg-Atwater-Jung 1793 Chain Cent right after the sale, and Dr. Duckor’s […]

By January 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
When Is Deep Cameo/Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

When Is Deep Cameo/Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Having recently handled a considerable number of impressive Proof gold coins, I’ve been thinking about when a specific coin is worth a premium because of is status as a Deep Cameo (PCGS’ modifier) or Ultra Cameo (NGC’s modifier). After a brief explanation of these terms, I’d like […]

By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Possible New U.S. Collector Coins Suggested in Mint Survey

The Coin Analyst: Possible New U.S. Collector Coins Suggested in Mint Survey

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Last week a polling company hired by the U.S. Mint e-mailed some of its customers a fascinating survey that sought to gauge the level of interest in some new collectible coins. Few things get coin collectors, especially those who collect modern U.S. coins, more excited than the possibility of new […]

By January 23, 2012 6 Comments Read More →
January 2012 Rare Coin Road Warrior – Follow the Money!

January 2012 Rare Coin Road Warrior – Follow the Money!

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior www.bozarthnumismatics.com This morning Sherri and I are on the West or the ‘left coast’. Over the years I have found lot of great coins in lots of unusual places, but the largest concentrations of the best coins are generally in biggest cities. The East Coast, especially the […]

By January 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Market Analysis and Latest Developments on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

The Coin Analyst: Market Analysis and Latest Developments on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Late last year the 25th anniversary American silver eagle sets that were released at the end of November dominated the modern U.S. coin market. There was literally a frenzy of interest in these sets. Thousands of opened, unopened, and graded sets traded on e-Bay and elsewhere, and for a while […]

By January 20, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic Silver Quarters sold on Platinum Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic Silver Quarters sold on Platinum Night

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the  collecting community #91 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds At the FUN Convention in Orlando, Heritage auctioned around $55 million worth of coins. In addition to a special section devoted to Dr. Duckor’s Saint Gaudens Double Eagles, lead offerings were organized in two Platinum Night […]

By January 18, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
1944-D Steel Cent: Rare, Off-Metal Cent Sold at Recent FUN has Interesting Story

1944-D Steel Cent: Rare, Off-Metal Cent Sold at Recent FUN has Interesting Story

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Steve Estes (http://www.steveestes.com) is a Portland, Oregon dealer who has in been in business since 1963, and who specializes in classic American coins, especially Morgan and Peace dollars. Last year I interviewed him for CoinWeek about his interest in coins and his expertise on silver dollars . An Oregon woman […]

By January 17, 2012 19 Comments Read More →
 
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