Expert Columns

Coin Prices: Liquidation Value Often Varies Greatly from Replacement Value

Coin Prices: Liquidation Value Often Varies Greatly from Replacement Value

By Mark Ferguson I recently completed a coin appraisal in which each coin was worth around $50,000. In the process of performing the appraisal questions came up about liquidation value as compared to replacement value. First of all, there is not just one price that a rare coin trades for, as price guides suggest. They […]

Top rarities like 1794 silver dollars in high demand at $22M+ Long Beach coin auctions

Top rarities like 1794 silver dollars in high demand at $22M+ Long Beach coin auctions

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 27, 2011, issue of Coin World Three firms held auctions immediately before and during the June 2 to 4 Long Beach (Calif.) Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, which in total realized more than $22 million. The pre-Long Beach auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers realized […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 1, copper and silver

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 1, copper and silver

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #57 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In my columns of April 6th and of April 13th, I wrote about the first auction by the recently formed Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers-ANR entity. In my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, I discussed the merger that […]

Where have all the good coins gone?

Where have all the good coins gone?

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Market Report Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, I am writing this morning from the Long Beach Coin Show. It is June 2nd and dealer set-up was yesterday afternoon and evening. Where have all the good coins gone? I’m not trying to be melodramatic. The fact of the matter is that […]

Gold And Silver Prices Clobbered Repeatedly, Hit Bottom, Start To Recover!

Gold And Silver Prices Clobbered Repeatedly, Hit Bottom, Start To Recover!

By Patrick A Heller – Liberty Coin Service Beware June 30–The End Of QE2! US Government Takes Two More Steps Toward Nationalization Of Private Retirement Account Assets! In aftermarket trading on April 29, the price of gold reached around $1,570 and silver climbed to about $49.50. With building momentum, it looked like gold had a […]

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to thank collector John Toffaletti for writing this interesting study of 1856-S eagles and contributing it to raregoldcoins.com for publication. I think you’ll find it very interesting and it contains information that has never been published before. There appears to be new interest in the older gold coins […]

Legend Coin Market Report: Generic Gold Is In Serious Trouble

Legend Coin Market Report: Generic Gold Is In Serious Trouble

By laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics We have wrestled with how to break this news. Unlike so many other dealers who are in denial, want to tell you about their lunch, do not believe in speaking negative on the market, we are straight people who are going to tell you like it is. In the […]

The Upcoming ANA Coin Show And Bourse Etiquette

The Upcoming ANA Coin Show And Bourse Etiquette

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments I just finished with the June 2011 copy of The Numismatist, which is the 120th Anniversary Convention Issue, and contains all the important information about the upcoming ANA World’s Fair of Money held August 16-20th of 2011 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago. There is […]

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com I get calls from potential new gold coin collectors nearly every day. Some of them have spent a good deal of time researching the gold coin market and have a good idea what the coins that they may be buying will cost. Others have no clue and are almost charmingly […]

Long-Term Coin Market Trends are Evolving

Long-Term Coin Market Trends are Evolving

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com To see where the coin market is headed into the future it’s often helpful to look back at how it’s evolved over time. When we look back at the coin market over several decades we see distinct market trends that have occurred during various time periods. For example, […]

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the first article in a new regular column for Coin Week that will discuss issues and trends in U.S. and world coins. My goal is to keep readers informed about major developments and to provide suggestions for ways to get the most out of your hobby. I welcome […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Long Beach Auction, with emphasis on Lincoln Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Long Beach Auction, with emphasis on Lincoln Cents

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #56 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The topic this week is a selection of the coins sold in the Heritage auction at the June Long Beach Expo in Los Angeles County. Over the last half dozen years, Heritage has conducted a few […]

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 16, 2011, issue of Coin World Demand is broad for Mint State Walking Liberty half dollars and many issues have seen prices increase steadily in the last month. As of May 25, there are at least five wholesale buyers who are aggressively buying MS-64 to MS-66 […]

The State of the Liberty Head Double Eagle Coin Market: 2011

The State of the Liberty Head Double Eagle Coin Market: 2011

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The level of popularity for the Liberty Head double eagle series, struck between 1850 and 1907, shows no signs of abating. In fact, I think these are the most avidly collected United States gold coins by date. How has the market fared for $20 Libs. in the last three to […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #55 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Dr. Robert Hesselgesser assembled one of the all-time most complete collections of regular issue, bust silver dollars. On Monday, May 30th, the firm of the Goldbergs auctioned Hesselgesser’s set of bust silver dollars at the […]

RARE COINS ARE ON SALE ?

RARE COINS ARE ON SALE ?

By Laura Sperber – Rare Coin Market Report No, Legend is not having a clearance sale or anything like it. However, after reading some very interesting articles we have come to the conclusion (actually reminded ourselves) how cheap rare coins really are. They are so cheap relative to other “collectible” areas it seems like they […]

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As much as coin dealers–myself included–try to compare the coin market to the art market, the more you look at coins, the more you realize how insignificant this market (currently) is when compared to art. Will the coin market ever “catch up” to the art market and is it fair […]

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com When I was a kid just beginning to get serious about coins, an older local dealer made a comment that has stayed with me for years. When discussing his buying philosophy he said, “Stick with the keys, kid, you’ll never go wrong.” What he meant, of course, was that if […]

Coin Show Reports- The Rare Coin Road Warrior

Coin Show Reports- The Rare Coin Road Warrior

by Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics My name is Vic Bozarth and I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior.  I travel to 40 coin shows a year.  I have never worked in a coin shop. I have always been a ‘show’ guy.  I had my first table at a coin show at the age of […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Two Cent Pieces

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #54 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Two Cent Pieces are interesting and fun to collect. Last week, I wrote about Three Cent Nickels. Those who never heard of Three Cent Nickels have probably never heard of Two Cent Pieces either. Unlike Three […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

by Louis Golino To view Part 1 of this article…Click Here Steve Estes is a Portland, Oregon coin dealer and a professional numismatist who has been in business since 1963. He and his wife, Debbi, sell primarily PCGS and NGC-certified and some raw coins, especially Morgan and Peace dollars, Walking Liberty halves, and a wide […]

Coin market affected by silver’s recent tumble

Coin market affected by silver’s recent tumble

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 6, 2011, issue of Coin World The gold and silver markets have been in a state of flux for the past several weeks, with silver experiencing a severe correction in recent weeks. On April 28, silver closed in London at $48.70 an ounce after reaching almost […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

by Louis Golino The Morgan silver dollar, minted between 1878 and 1921, has no real peer in the numismatic world. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars are everywhere. Look through the […]

Coin Markets: What’s Hot and What’s Not – Spring 2011

Coin Markets: What’s Hot and What’s Not – Spring 2011

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com – One of the more popular entries in the DWN Blogospehere is the “Hot/Not” feature. Its been a while since I’ve written one of these, and with groundbreaking ideas not exactly teeming in my little coin brain right now, it seems as good a time as any to analyze which […]

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #53 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds More than twenty years ago, there was a rage for Three Cent Nickels. During the rare coin boom from 2002 to 2008, however, hardly anyone mentioned Three Cent Nickels. Sure, many Three Cent Nickels quietly increased in value […]

Have Gold And Silver Reached A Peak?

Have Gold And Silver Reached A Peak?

In an overall boom market for gold and silver, there will be periodic bouts of profit-taking, where prices dip for a short-time. Also, as I have explained multiple times before, the US government, its trading partners, and its allies, have a huge incentive to suppress gold and silver prices. Those interested in precious metals need […]

The strong market for classic Proof U.S. coins

The strong market for classic Proof U.S. coins

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the May 30, 2011, issue of Coin World The Heritage Platinum Night auction on April 28 was led by gold coins, with classic U.S. Proof gold coins achieving the six highest prices in the sale. The auction was held in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society […]

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I published the second edition of my book on Dahlonega gold coinage in 2003. A lot of time has passed since then and, as part of the upcoming third edition, I’m going to be including a chapter in the new work that is a sort of State of the Union of […]

Crazy Precious Metal Markets and a robust Central States Show

Crazy Precious Metal Markets and a robust Central States Show

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com/ First published in the May 16 issue of Coin World – http://www.coinworld.com/ As this is being written April 27, there is lots of optimism about the Central States Numismatic Society’s convention in Rosemont, Ill., from April 27 to 30. Dealers are excited about the show being in an easy-to-get-to location, […]

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to share a photo and some information about a really interesting coin that I recently bought and sold. It’s a lovely 1858-O double eagle, graded AU55 by PCGS. What makes this coin really special, in my opinion, is its fantastic pedigree. To the best of my knowledge it […]

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