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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and coin collecting #45 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the recent auction in Sacramento, two 1881-S Morgan Dollars with eye-catching toning realized sums that caught my attention. While the prices realized for these two silver dollars are not huge in the realm of auctions, these […]

Sometimes when we’re wrong it’s a good thing

Sometimes when we’re wrong it’s a good thing

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana When Christine and I talked about the ANA’s spring show in Sacramento, we didn’t really expect much. I knew that there would be a large group of east coast dealers who wouldn’t attend, and I figured that many retail customers wouldn’t go the extra mile to get to a […]

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The recently concluded Heritage sale was not really a stellar offering from this firm. Falling after the outstanding array of coins sold at the 2011 FUN auction and occurring before what is likely to be a solid group at the Central States sale in late April/early May, the Sacramento auction […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Coin Show Reports by Viv Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, My name is Vic Bozarth and I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior. My wife Sherri and I attend forty coin shows a year to buy scarce and interesting coins for our customers. I have always been a coin show guy and […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #44 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds After discussing the motivations and strategies of bidders at coin auctions last week, and the meaning of auction prices in general, I am directing attention to current coin markets overall. I have posed questions to and […]

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

As the research I am doing for the third edition of my book “Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint, 1838-1861″ comes together, I am learning some interesting things about the availability of each issue, especially in higher grades. I thought it might be interesting to share some of what I’ve learned about high grade gold […]

Gold hits all time record high; silver dollars still blazing

Gold hits all time record high; silver dollars still blazing

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the March 21, 2011, issue of Coin World Gold reached an all time high on March 2, breaking $1,440 an ounce and hitting $1,441.30 an ounce during the day’s trading in the New York bullion markets before closing at $1,435.70. Silver continued to build on its gains […]

By March 10, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head half eagles were produced from 1839 until they were discontinued in 1908. This long-lived series is becoming popular with collectors who are attracted to these coins because of their history and rarity. This article is an attempt to make sense of the Liberty Head half eagle series for the beginning and intermediate collector. […]

What are Auction Prices?

What are Auction Prices?

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community by Greg Reynolds Though auction prices are often cited as market prices, little has been written about the nature and meaning of auction prices and how these relate to market prices. I am not talking about bullion items or generic coins (like […]

Gold And Silver Set Record Highs with More Room To Run !

Gold And Silver Set Record Highs with More Room To Run !

Demand Soars, Supplies Disappear, Prices Rising! Despite attempts by a handful of analysts to claim that supplies are plentiful, the physical silver market is experiencing a growing supply squeeze. Here are some tidbits to consider. In mid-February, the Perth Mint announced that newly received orders for silver bars would not be fabricated until April. In […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS list of U.S. coins & patterns valued at more than $1 million each

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS list of U.S. coins & patterns valued at more than $1 million each

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #42 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Feb. 15, the Professional Coin Grading Service announced an update of the “Million Dollar Coin Club,” a group of U.S. coins, pre-Federal pieces, and patterns, that are said to each be worth more than […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Rare Coin Road Warrior

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics In this month’s Rare Coin Road Warrior I will briefly discuss the strong bullion market and how it will affect the rare coin market. In addition, I will try and give you some insight into what is happening on the ‘Bourse’ floor at the major rare coin shows across […]

The Great Coin Drought

The Great Coin Drought

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There’s an ebb and flow to the coin market cycle. When it is in perfect, Zen-like harmony, the market works well. When it’s disrupted, the market sputters as is the case of what we are seeing in the beginning of 2011. I call it the Great Coin Drought and it’s […]

Do Young Coin Collectors Grow Up To Be Successful Adults

Do Young Coin Collectors Grow Up To Be Successful Adults

By Patrick A Heller – Liberty Coin Service Radio Broadcast transcript from WILS-1320 AM on 02/16/2011. The radio show titled “Things You “Know” That Just Aren’t So, And Important News You Need To Know” , presented by Patrick A. Heller, owner of Liberty Coin Service and Premier Coins & Collectibles in Lansing, Michigan. Sociologists have […]

Are Rare Coins Worth Owning Now?

Are Rare Coins Worth Owning Now?

Last month I mentioned that Peter Schiff,the CEO and Chief Global Strategist for Euro Pacific Capital wrote a column warning against ownership of rare coins and paper money. In my judgment, his warning is about 90% correct, but I didn’t have space to go into full details where we agree and disagree. Let me do […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

News and Analysis:  scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #41 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Today’s column features recommendations for collectors. Last week, the topic was advice for true beginners.  Back in September, I wrote about coins in the $250 to $1000 range. Most of my columns, feature articles and reviews […]

By February 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
One size fits all pricing approach doesn’t always work with Morgan dollars

One size fits all pricing approach doesn’t always work with Morgan dollars

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the March 7, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World The Morgan dollar is widely traded at all levels, from the top-grade rarities that sell in the high-six figures for investment portfolios to the low-grade polished coins that trade in bulk as collectible alternatives to silver bullion. The […]

By February 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why Gold And Silver Should Do Well By The End Of March

Why Gold And Silver Should Do Well By The End Of March

There are so many reasons why gold and silver, especially silver, are set to continue rising in price……… Here are some of the more notable ones: · JPMorgan Chase just announced that it is willing to accept physical gold as collateral for loans made by the bank. In effect, the bank is accepting gold as […]

Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins:  Basics For Beginners

Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins: Basics For Beginners

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds People have asked me, “What should I collect,” or, separately, “What are the best coins to buy now.” People frequently become angry when I decline to answer such questions with simple, encompassing statements. Much depends upon the budget and interests of the individual coin buyer. Each collector should read, […]

By February 16, 2011 4 Comments Read More →
Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’m busy updating my Dahlonega gold book (I hope to be finished with the manuscript in 45 days or so) and in honor of My Dahlonega Obsession, I thought it would be fun, or at least moderately amusing, to share some of my recent findings in the form of a […]

By February 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
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