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Silver Price Ready To Soar!

Silver Price Ready To Soar!

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Mysterious Withdrawal Of Gold From GLD Exchange Traded Fund Record Level Of Backwardation In Silver Commodity Markets 10-Year Treasury Debt Interest Rate Up 12% So Far This Year JPMorgan Chase Will Accept Physical Gold For Loan Collateral, But . . . There are too many news developments […]

Gold, silver bullion on rise, but ATB 5-oz silver coins settle down

Gold, silver bullion on rise, but ATB 5-oz silver coins settle down

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the February 28, 2011 issue of Coin World On Feb. 8, silver and gold made a big jump as the U.S. dollar showed signs of weakening and the market reacted to China increasing interest rates in an effort to fight inflation. However, the 2010 America the Beautiful […]

By February 13, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Ten Fearless Forecasts For 2011 By Patrick A. Heller

Ten Fearless Forecasts For 2011 By Patrick A. Heller

1. Gold and silver prices will rise by a higher percentage in 2011 than they did in 2010. If any of the lawsuits against JPMorgan Chase or HSBC (including one that is also suing the SLV silver exchange traded fund) for illegal manipulation of the silver and gold markets result in the disclosure of any […]

The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two newly discovered high grade 1840-C half eagles in the Heritage 2011 Platinum Night session of the FUN auction give interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to the discovery of these two coins, which were graded MS63 and […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

News and Analysis on, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #39 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about the auction of an NGC certified 1907 “Rolled Edge PF-67 SATIN” $10 gold piece for a record $2,185,000. I also listed all other American coins and related items that have sold at […]

By February 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Even the most available pre-1933 United States gold coin has some degree of “rarity.” A coin like a 1924 or 1927 St. Gaudens double eagle might have a total population in the 10,000’s and this certainly does not mean it is rare but in comparison to, say, a modern coin, […]

By February 8, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
ATB 5-ounce Silver Quarter Market Still Robust

ATB 5-ounce Silver Quarter Market Still Robust

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com/ First published in the Feb. 21, 2011, issue of Coin World. Collectors are still paying huge premiums for 2010 America the Beautiful 5-ounce .999 fine silver bullion coins and completed transactions on eBay continue to document the market as it progresses. While the nine authorized purchasers that purchased these coins […]

By February 7, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Coin Shows

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Coin Shows

By Vic Bozarth – February 2011 – Bozarth Numismatics In this month’s RCRW I am going to talk a little about the rare coin market before previewing the rare coin show schedule for the next two months. The rare coin show schedule follows a pretty predictable timetable each year. Many dealers and avid collectors schedule […]

By February 2, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A 1907 $10 Gold piece becomes the latest US Coin to be Auctioned for more than $2 million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A 1907 $10 Gold piece becomes the latest US Coin to be Auctioned for more than $2 million

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #38 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the 1990s, only four coins sold at auction for more than $1 million each. Over the last decade, many have done so. Now, the auctioning of a coin or other numismatic item for more […]

By February 2, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Premiums for generic gold coins – like MS-62 Saints and Libs – drop

Premiums for generic gold coins – like MS-62 Saints and Libs – drop

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com – First published in the Feb.14, 2011, issue of Coin World January was a hard month for gold. It opened on Jan. 4 at $1,405.50 (London AM fix spot price) and has gradually fallen since, hitting $1,325.60 during trading Jan. 25. It rebounded slightly before falling to a low of […]

By February 1, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are some of these tips along with a bot of pertinent […]

By January 31, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part Two

Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part Two

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The first part of this article, published at the end of December 2010, discussed some of my favorite little-known United States gold coins in the dollar, quarter eagle and three dollar denominations. In the second and final part of this series, I’m going to look at some of the more […]

By January 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a buyer of rare gold coins, nothing makes me happier than seeing choice AU58 pieces with original color and surfaces. I love “Gem Sliders” as these coins tend to have better eye appeal than most MS60 to MS63’s and are typically priced at a much lower level. They can […]

By January 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Fresh & Original Proof Gold Powers Platinum Night Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Fresh & Original Proof Gold Powers Platinum Night Auction

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #37 CoinWeek Exclusive: A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In yesterday’s feature article, I wrote about the business strike silver and gold coins in the Jan. 6th Platinum Night event. This auction, however, will be best remembered for the 19th century, Proof […]

By January 26, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Incredible Variety of Exemplary Business Strike U.S. coins Sell on FUN Platinum Night

Incredible Variety of Exemplary Business Strike U.S. coins Sell on FUN Platinum Night

by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek Every January at the FUN Convention, Heritage conducts a Platinum Night event as part of a large auction extravaganza that features rare U.S. coins and includes paper money, not so rare coins, tokens, medals, and more. Though one to three Platinum Night events are conducted at other coin conventions during […]

By January 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Auctions show continued resilience at top of market for rare coins

Auctions show continued resilience at top of market for rare coins

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report Blog [First published in the Feb. 7, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World] Things continue to be rosy at the top end of the rare coin market. Looking at the results of the recent Florida United Numismatists convention auctions reveals that collectors are paying strong premiums for […]

By January 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter Around a year ago, I wrote a blog that discussed original 19th century United States gold coins and used photos of specific coins to illustrate the points I was attempting to make. This was one of the most popular blogs to ever appear on www.raregoldcoins.com and I was pleased to get the […]

By January 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Introduction of the PCGS ‘Coin Sniffer’ to detect doctored coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Introduction of the PCGS ‘Coin Sniffer’ to detect doctored coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #36 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I covered the FUN Convention in general and, soon, I will post a review of the Platinum Night event. The primary purpose of the PCGS Luncheon on Jan. 7 was to formally introduce […]

By January 19, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Is a bubble forming for “Top of Pop” coins?

Is a bubble forming for “Top of Pop” coins?

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report Blog First published in the Jan. 31, 2011, issue of Coin World At the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. luncheon at the Florida United Numismatists show in Tampa on Jan. 8, NGC chairman Mark Salzberg presented some refreshing comments relating to his perceptions of the rare coin market. While […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com When I first started out in the coin business, I assumed I was going to sell everything; Morgan Dollars, Barber Dimes, St. Gaudens double eagles and Charlotte gold, I’d handle it all. But I quickly learned that it would be difficult–and costly–to be an expert in so many areas of […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting: Thoughts on Originality

Coin Collecting: Thoughts on Originality

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com “Originality.” It’s one of the most overused terms in all of numismatics. And it’s one of the most misunderstood as well. Given the choice, I believe that most people would rather own an “original” coin instead of one that has clearly had its appearance changed in recent years. With the […]

By January 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Doctoring and the PNG Decision

Coin Doctoring and the PNG Decision

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics The ‘COIN DOCTORING’ controversy is indeed the HOT topic currently.  My name is Vic Bozarth and I am proud to be a PNG-Professional Numismatist Guild member.  My wife Sherri and I both attended the PNG meeting prior to the opening of the Florida United Numismatists Show.  Talking about grading […]

By January 15, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jan. 2011 FUN Convention in Tampa

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Jan. 2011 FUN Convention in Tampa

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #35 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The Jan. 2011 FUN Convention in Tampa was successful, lively, and very enjoyable. According to Cindy Wibker, the convention coordinator, more than 9500 collectors and members of the “general public” attended, plus at least 1500 dealers […]

By January 12, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
A Quick 2011 FUN Rare Gold Coin Sale Analysis

A Quick 2011 FUN Rare Gold Coin Sale Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The 2011 Heritage FUN Sale contained some of the most interesting and freshest coins that have appeared at auction in the last few years. Yes, there were some retreads, some low-end “stuff” and some run-of-the-mill lots, but there were also some really exceptional coins; most of which could be found […]

By January 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Big money for 2010 silver ATB 5-ounce coins on eBay

Big money for 2010 silver ATB 5-ounce coins on eBay

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report – First published in the January 24, 2011, issue of Coin World The first 2010 America the Beautiful 5-ounce .999 fine silver bullion coins have entered the marketplace and collectors have responded by paying huge prices for the five-coin set on eBay. While the Dec. 20 Market […]

By January 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
New year, New Rare Coin Auction Firm

New year, New Rare Coin Auction Firm

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report The year 2010 ended with a bang for the rare coin market, as a merger of Bowers and Merena Auctions and Stack’s was announced, to form a new company, Stack’s-Bowers Numismatics. The merger will create a firm with a substantial presence on both coasts, with Los Angeles-based […]

By January 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Laura Sperber Hot Topics: COIN DOCTORING IS NOW ALLOWED!

Laura Sperber Hot Topics: COIN DOCTORING IS NOW ALLOWED!

First, I want to clearly state: I fully support the Board of Directors of the PNG in its fight. Since the meeting I had attended last year, they have tried to diligently work on the subject of coin doctoring. Granted, nothing has happened from their efforts, but I did not know it was the MEMBERSHIP that was blocking action.

By January 10, 2011 4 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Fun Has Begun

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Fun Has Begun

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #34 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While the Summer ANA Convention includes a wide variety of items of interest to collectors of U.S. coins, paper money, tokens and medals, plus some coins of the world, the Winter FUN Convention is the […]

Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part One

Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com One of the things about the Christmas/New Year’s holidays is that they are a time of remembrance. If you are a coin dealer (and if you’ve been one for as long as I have…) this is a good time to sit around and get all nostalgic about interesting coins that […]

By January 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Are Rare Coins Investments?

Are Rare Coins Investments?

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Maarket Report Blog First published in the Jan. 10, 2011, issue of Coin World Are rare coins an investment class? They are according to the Wall Street Journal. For the past several years, Coin World has provided a “Classic U.S. Rarities Key-Date Investment Index” for use in the Wall […]

By December 30, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
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