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Silver’s bull market lifts Morgan dollar prices higher

Silver’s bull market lifts Morgan dollar prices higher

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the May 9, 2011, issue of Coin World Morgan dollars have been one of the coin market’s main beneficiaries of the renewed interest in silver, as the prices for common examples have soared in the last year. This week silver continues its rapid ascent toward its 1980 […]

By April 26, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
What is a Fresh Coin?

What is a Fresh Coin?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I was recently having a numismatic conversation with someone about an auction (sad life, I know…) and the subject of “fresh coins” came up. This person is knowledgeable and I respect his opinion. And after three minutes of discussion, I realized that his view of freshness and mine were different. […]

The Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

The Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #49 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While I often write about topics of interest to knowledgeable collectors, today’s column is aimed at beginners and at other collectors who buy “Choice” or “Gem Uncirculated” uncertified coins. I am concerned that some advertisers […]

Legend Coin Market Report: THE GOOD TIMES ARE ROLLING AGAIN-SORT OF

Legend Coin Market Report: THE GOOD TIMES ARE ROLLING AGAIN-SORT OF

Legend Numismatic Market Report We did not expect things to be so good on tax week-boy were we wrong! In fact, we actually were partially closed (a huge mistake) because we were so confident things would be quiet. NOT! Starting on Monday collectors called us for coins listed on our web site. They were not […]

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

By 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 […]

Silver Markets: More JPMorgan Chase Shenanigans?

Silver Markets: More JPMorgan Chase Shenanigans?

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service At the beginning of 2011, I made a short term forecast that the price of silver would at least reach $38 by the end of March and that gold would reach $1,600. During intraday trading on March 24, the price of silver on the COMEX reached as […]

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 2, Gold Coins

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 2, Gold Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #48 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported last week, the first live auction conducted by the new Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers entity was held in Baltimore at the end of March and the beginning of April. In last week’s column, I discussed […]

Gold Coins With “MLD” – Multiple Levels of Demand

Gold Coins With “MLD” – Multiple Levels of Demand

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In my 25+ years of specializing in United States gold coins, I have noticed some interesting trends as far as collector preference goes. One of these preferences is what I call “multiple levels of demand” or MLD. A coin that has multiple levels of demand is popular with multiple layers […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior with Vic Bozarth

Rare Coin Road Warrior with Vic Bozarth

In this month’s RCRW, (April 2011) I am going to discuss shows just concluded in March as well as upcoming shows in April and May. In addition, I am going to discuss some critical tax issues as well as an extremely interesting dealer survey recently taken by the forward thinking folks with the Florida United […]

Legend Mid April Rare Coin Market Report

Legend Mid April Rare Coin Market Report

BUY GOLD COINS NOW (SORT OF)! We  do not know or project if gold will make it beyond $1,500.00 per ounce. What we do see is something we can not believe: PRICES/PREMIUMS OF MOST GENERIC GOLD COINS HAVE ACTUALLY FALLEN RECENTLY! Most of the series of coins that have inched downward are the ones that suffer from […]

How Proof Gold Coins Are Graded Differently Than Business Strikes

How Proof Gold Coins Are Graded Differently Than Business Strikes

How are Proof gold coins from the 19th century graded differently than their business strike counterparts? By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In order to fully grasp the topic of this blog, there are a few concepts that I’d like to introduce. The first is the mistaken concept that “Proof” refers to a grade. Proof is […]

The Collapse Of The US Dollar

The Collapse Of The US Dollar

By Patrick A Heller – Liberty Outlook Newsletter People have a psychological aversion to thinking about matters outside their experience, especially if the subject would mean something negative for the future.I’m like most people, where I have a tendency to talk around the fringes of a scary scenario, but don’t really want to dwell on […]

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #47 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported in my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, the West Coast auction firm of B&M, a subsidiary of Spectrum, merged with Stack’s, an East Coast coin firm. Spectrum, a Fortune 500 company, owns 51% […]

If they build it, they will come. My take on the Baltimore Coin Show

If they build it, they will come. My take on the Baltimore Coin Show

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana I’ve been going to coin shows since the late 1970’s, close to 1000 total. From VFW halls to the Staple Arena in Los Angeles, I’ve seen them come and go, from their humble beginnings, to their rise to the top, and with some, their eventual demise. I can say […]

Big demand for pre-1965 90% silver coins

Big demand for pre-1965 90% silver coins

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the April 18, 2011, issue of Coin World Pre-1965 90 percent silver U.S. coins are especially hot, while silver U.S. coins that aren’t so familiar to buyers — such as post-1992 Proof 90 percent silver coins from Silver Proof sets — are trading at discounts to melt […]

The Spring Baltimore Coin Show Market Report

The Spring Baltimore Coin Show Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics A NOMINATION FOR A NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Might sound s little extreme, but we can not say enough positives about the people who put on the Baltimore Show. Mary Counts, David Chrenshaw, Lori Hamrick, etc all do such a heroic job, they deserve to be nominated for the Nobel […]

How the Internet Has Changed Rare Coin Auctions

How the Internet Has Changed Rare Coin Auctions

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In my last blog, I discussed ways how the internet has impacted the concept of eye appeal when it comes to coins. Continuing this internet-related theme, I’d like to focus on how the web has impacted rare coin auctions. The impact of the internet on coin auctions in the past […]

By March 31, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #46 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds It has already been reported that the PCGS certified ‘Specimen-65′ Naftzger-Parrino 1793 Chain Cent, with AMERI. on the reverse (back), was acquired by Bruce Morelan, who is a leading collector and a minority shareholder in Legend […]

Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Rare Coin Market Report by Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics In this month’s RCMR I am going to talk about rare coin auctions and the ‘games’ some individuals play to manipulate the system. This is a two part series in which I will discuss auction venues where rare coins can be purchased. In next month’s […]

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, few of these articles mentioned the internet; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important development with numismatic applications since […]

It’s Not Too Late To Buy Gold And Silver

It’s Not Too Late To Buy Gold And Silver

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service Broadcast on WILS-1320 AM In just the past year, the price of gold is up more than 27% while silver has soared 107%! During the past decade the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up about 3% and the NASDAQ and Standard and Poors Index have declined. This […]

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 […]

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