Expert Columns

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Twelve Months of Writing a Weekly Column on Coin Rarities & Related Topics

Twelve Months of Writing a Weekly Column on Coin Rarities & Related Topics

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #52 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While I previously wrote hundreds of articles about coins over a period of many years, I am startled by the fact that it is now been nearly a whole year since my weekly column commenced. In […]

Rare Coin Auctions, EBay, and the Games People Play, Part Two

Rare Coin Auctions, EBay, and the Games People Play, Part Two

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Click here to read Part One Rare Coin Auctions allow millions of individuals the ability to buy quality coins from the comfort and anonymity of their homes. There are literally millions of coins auctioned each year. While the coins being auctioned are numerous the ‘bargains’ are few and far […]

The Magnolia Collection of Early U.S. Gold Coins, late 19th century Patterns, Trade Dollars and more!

The Magnolia Collection of Early U.S. Gold Coins, late 19th century Patterns, Trade Dollars and more!

Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #51 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On the evening of Tuesday, May3rd, the firm of Spink-Smythe auctioned the ‘Magnolia Collection‘ in New York. A 1795 Eagle ($10 gold coin) sold for a record $379,600. This sale was a small, quaint, fun auction, much […]

Coin Market: Are Generic US Silver Coins in a Bubble?

Coin Market: Are Generic US Silver Coins in a Bubble?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Nunmismatics Silver in a Bubble? If you are a gold bug or someone who believes silver will go well beyond $50.00-do NOT pay attention to this message. This message is solely the opinion of Legend Numismatics and other dealers may not agree. Since we are handling the massive 50,000+ coin […]

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #50 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I have been asked why markets in rare or very scarce U.S. gold coins have not dramatically increased as the value of gold bullion (the price of the metal itself) has soared over the past […]

Look Who Is Touting Gold Ownership

Look Who Is Touting Gold Ownership

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service It would be natural for those who make a living buying and selling gold to tout the ownership of the metal. It is much more unusual to see a survey, such as one released last Wednesday, where the ownership of gold is touted by professionals whom you […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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