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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Rarities Night, part 5; Post-Auction Analysis of Silver Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Rarities Night, part 5; Post-Auction Analysis of Silver Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #69 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The first Stack’s-Bowers ‘Rarities Night’ event, which was held on Aug. 18th, is now history. As Heritage has been conducting ‘Platinum Night’ events for more than six years, it is curious that this is the […]

The Coin Analyst: Ten Reasons Why Gold is Not Yet a Bubble

The Coin Analyst: Ten Reasons Why Gold is Not Yet a Bubble

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Many people say gold is a bubble about to burst, but is that really the case? One of the problems with identifying bubbles is that one is not certain one exists until it has already begun to burst. I do not think that is the case with gold today, […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction at the ANA Convention, part 4, Results

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction at the ANA Convention, part 4, Results

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #68 Special Monday Edition by Greg Reynolds It is time to analyze the results of the first Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers ‘Rarities Night’ auction, which was held on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the ANA Convention in Rosemont, Illinois. In part 1, I provided an overview. […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-News from the 2011 ANA

Rare Coin Road Warrior-News from the 2011 ANA

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarthcoins.com Another ANA’s World’s Fair of Money annual convention is now behind us. Often touted as ‘The Numismatic Event of the Year!’ this year’s ANA truly lived up to all the hype and expectations of both collectors and dealers in attendance. Indeed, I have often had less than complimentary things to […]

By August 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com/1804Dollar.com A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago on August 19. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report – THE CHICAGO ANA SHOW 2011

Legend Numismatics Market Report – THE CHICAGO ANA SHOW 2011

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics A BLOCKBUSTER SHOW? We think it was pretty close. So far we have only heard ONE single complaint about someone not doing well biz wise at the show from any dealer we know. From our point of view, the activity was super strong and we know we did extremely […]

U.S. Mint Announces October Release of 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set

U.S. Mint Announces October Release of 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set

by Louis Golino for Coin Week For several years collectors of American silver eagles have speculated about whether the U.S. Mint would issue a limited edition set of American silver eagles to mark the coin’s 25th anniversary in 2011. The coin was first produced in 1986. This issue has been on collector’s minds ever since […]

Coins impacted when gold skyrockets to record price

Coins impacted when gold skyrockets to record price

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the August 29, 2011, issue of Coin World Investors went crazy for gold the week starting Aug. 7, building on the last decade of gains to an explosive high of $1,801 an ounce in the futures markets while reaching a New York intra-day high of $1,799.20 an […]

By August 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The King of American Coins – the Dollar of 1804 – Part 1

The King of American Coins – the Dollar of 1804 – Part 1

Background of the ANA’s Idler 1804 Dollar as Exhibited at the 2011 World’s Fair of Money in Chicago –  Part 1 By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The “Idler Specimen” of the 1804 Dollar, a coin issue that’s often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” will be exhibited by the American Numismatic […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction, part 3, Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction, part 3, Gold Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #67 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This is my third column in a series on the ‘Rarities Night’ event that will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18, during the ANA Convention, in Rosemont, near Chicago. In part 1, I provide an […]

THE PRE ANA SHOW 2011

THE PRE ANA SHOW 2011

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics SURPRISE! Not! It was exactly as we expected-looking like a morgue. You really can not have a show with 80 tables sold placed within a show where there are 500 tables. It is not an inviting atmosphere. Plus, Comic Con was in the Hall next door-almost 100,000 comic fans […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Suspends Sales of Gold Commemorative Coins to Develop New Pricing Structure.

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Suspends Sales of Gold Commemorative Coins to Develop New Pricing Structure.

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Within hours of the publication on August 11 of my column on exploding gold prices (http://www.coinweek.com/bullion-report/the-coin-analyst-the-explosion-in-gold-prices-and-the-gold-coin-market/), the U.S. Mint removed the $5 gold commemorative coins that I recommended to readers from its web site (http://www.usmint.gov) for repricing. The spot price of gold had reached the point that the Mint […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction, part 2; Dimes, Quarters & Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction, part 2; Dimes, Quarters & Half Dollars

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #66 Special Edition – by Greg Reynolds On Wednesday, in part 1, I provided an overview of the offerings in the upcoming Stack’s-Bowers ‘Rarities Night’ event. The Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers firm will conduct their inaugural ‘Rarities Night’ on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the ANA Convention. […]

The Coin Analyst: The Explosion in Gold Prices and the Gold Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: The Explosion in Gold Prices and the Gold Coin Market

by Louis Golino for Coin Week In the past three days (August 8-10) the price of gold has seen the largest percentage and dollar increase ever in such a brief period. Gold has surpassed the $1800 level as I write this article.  This bullish trend shows no sign of abating any time soon. And an […]

The ANA-You Gotta Go!

The ANA-You Gotta Go!

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, I am excited about the upcoming American Numismatic Association Show in Chicago. Although the January Florida United Numismatists Show is larger, the ANA World’s Fair of Money is ‘THE SHOW’ of the year. I attended my first ANA Show in St. Louis in 1979. One of my closest friends Bill Shamhart, […]

By August 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction, part 1, overview

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarities Night auction, part 1, overview

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #65 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While Heritage has been organizing ‘Platinum Night’ events for more than six years, the relatively new Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers combination will conduct this firm’s first ‘Rarities Night‘ on Thursday, Aug. 18, at a convention center in Rosemont, Illinois, […]

What Goes On at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money?

What Goes On at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com If you’ve never been to a summer ANA convention, or if you’ve never been to any coin show at all for that matter, I’d like to describe for you what goes on at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. This year the convention and coin show […]

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Stronger Abroad than in U.S.

The Coin Analyst: World Coin Market Stronger Abroad than in U.S.

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. numismatic press covers U.S. coins and the U.S. coin market in much greater depth than it devotes to the world coin market and world coins. Coin World’s monthly special edition and Krause Press’ World Coin News provide useful coverage, but in general world coins do not receive the […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Eliasberg coins will be traveling to Chicago

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Eliasberg coins will be traveling to Chicago

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #64 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the Internet era, there is no need to provide a list of the attractions at the upcoming ANA Convention near Chicago. Catalogues of the Heritage and Stack’s-Bowers auctions are available on the websites of these […]

Protecting Valuables: Commercial Safe or Bank Safe Deposit Box?

Protecting Valuables: Commercial Safe or Bank Safe Deposit Box?

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments Salt Lake City police investigate coin theft from residence / Burglars steal heavy gun safe containing $500,000-plus in coins: This headline along with the sad story was written by Paul Gilkes of Coin World (August 1, 2011). According to the published account the victims were away from their home […]

Specialist areas provide coins with rich stories

Specialist areas provide coins with rich stories

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the Aug. 15, 2011, issue of Coin World “People don’t just want to buy an object, they want to buy a story.” Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s head of Chinese works of art — a category that has exploded in the past three years — wrote this, and I […]

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The coin market is at the leading edge of an emerging trend in coin grading and coin pricing. It started four years ago with the recognition of premium quality coins by CAC, Certified Acceptance Corporation. The founders of CAC recognized that coins just making a grade were dragging […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jury Verdict in the case of the Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #63 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 20th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, the jury reached a verdict in the ten day trial regarding the title of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The coin collecting community was horrified […]

A Look at Advanced Rare Coin Collecting

A Look at Advanced Rare Coin Collecting

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com When most people think of coin collecting, they think of filling albums with coins organized by date of issue and mintmark, or organizing boxes of encapsulated coins in a similar way. But trends of collecting have changed over time. For example, collecting coins by mintmark wasn’t a recognized […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-What I did on my Summer Vacation (between coin shows)

Rare Coin Road Warrior-What I did on my Summer Vacation (between coin shows)

By Vic Bozarth The Dog Days of Summer are here and we are hiding from the heat in Colorado. Our home in Texas is hot, dry, and although lovely, pretty uncomfortable during the Summer. This Summer Sherri, my wife/boss and co-owner of Bozarth Numismatics, and I decided we would mix things up a little and […]

Gold Bugs Rejoice as Gold Hits Record Price

Gold Bugs Rejoice as Gold Hits Record Price

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the August 1, 2011, issue of Coin World Gold bugs rejoiced as gold hit a new all-time high on July 13, reaching nearly $1,590 an ounce in New York before closing at $1,583.50. Gold is up more than 10 percent in 2011, climbing for each of the […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #62 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 7th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, a trial began regarding the fate of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The U.S. Treasury Department is pitted against the Switt-Langbord family. This trail […]

Coin Analyst Special Report: Congress May End Dollar Coin Program

Coin Analyst Special Report: Congress May End Dollar Coin Program

By Louis Golino for Coin Week Major print and broadcast media seldom focus on coins. But in the past two weeks the news media has devoted considerable attention to an issue that coin collectors are well aware of, namely, the oversupply of $1 coins. This includes both the presidential dollar coins created through a 2005 […]

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market.” As I talked about in that article, once you’ve learned the basics of how the rare coin market works, you can start focusing on developing a plan with which to begin building your investment […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, part 2, early gold

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, part 2, early gold

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #61 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The official auction of the Summer FUN Convention was conducted by Heritage on July 7th and 8th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Last week, I wrote about the convention in general and about […]

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