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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 →
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 […]

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 →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Ten Leading Topics of 2010

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Ten Leading Topics of 2010

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #33 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This is my last column of the year 2010. It seems appropriate to list the ten leading topics of the year, starting with number ten. Please note that I am referring to news relating to […]

By December 28, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
LOOKING FORWARD TO A BIGGER 2011 – IS BIGGER BETTER?

LOOKING FORWARD TO A BIGGER 2011 – IS BIGGER BETTER?

Hot Topics by Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Consolidation in reverse! I expected a few firms to fold and smaller dealers to shut. Out of the blue comes the mega merger of Stacks and Bowers and Merena. I was not so shocked because for the last 3 years it had been no secret I tried […]

By December 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
What should I collect?  Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins.

What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins.

Bozarth Rare Coin Market Report During the holiday season I often reflect on the many blessings I have in my life. One of those blessings is the joy I receive from handling and looking at rare coins. In fact, I love my job. I get to look at coins virtually every day as a coin […]

By December 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Henry Miller Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Henry Miller Collection

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #32 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I. FUN Auctions Two weeks ago, I wrote about Jim O’Neal’s set of Indian Head Half Eagles ($5 gold coins), which will be auctioned during the Jan. 6, 2011 FUN Platinum Night auction in Tampa. […]

By December 22, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Three Big Rarities Offered at FUN Auctions

Three Big Rarities Offered at FUN Auctions

For the past few years, arguably the main annual event for the rare coin market has been the massive Heritage auctions at the Florida United Numismatists convention, a major coin show that will take place during the first week of the new year

By December 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Malibu Collection of Proof Liberty Seated Quarters, with information for beginning and intermediate collectors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Malibu Collection of Proof Liberty Seated Quarters, with information for beginning and intermediate collectors

Bowers and Merena will auction the second part of the Malibu Collection, among other consignments. The focus here is on Malibu’s collection of Proof Liberty Seated Quarters dating from 1863 to 1891.

By December 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: O’Neal Collection of Indian Head $5 Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: O’Neal Collection of Indian Head $5 Gold Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #30 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I. FUN Auctions During the Jan. 2011 FUN Platinum Night auction in Tampa, Heritage will offer Jim O’Neal’s set of Indian Head Half Eagles ($5 gold coins). This set is the “All-Time Finest” in the […]

By December 8, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Low Mintages To Create New Modern Rarities

Low Mintages To Create New Modern Rarities

By Steve Roach – The Rare Coin Market Report Blog The U.S. Mint’s Dec. 1 announcement that it is placing tighter than expected mintage limits on the new 2010 America the Beautiful 5-ounce .999 fine silver bullion quarter dollars may result in the creation of some new modern rarities. The large (3 inches in diameter) […]

By December 6, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 2: Reform

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 2: Reform

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the collecting community #29 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I explain the PCGS SecurePlus program in part 1. Here in part 2, Don Willis, the president of the PCGS, responds to the explanation that I put forth in part 1, and I argue, with assistance […]

By December 1, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In the Bowers and Merena November 2010 Baltimore auction, a business strike 1875 half eagle sold without a lot of fanfare for a lot of money. I think this was one of the most significant individual sales in the rare gold coin market in 2010 and I’d like to spend […]

By November 26, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 1: An Explanation

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 1: An Explanation

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #28 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On March 25, 2010, David Hall and Don Willis, the top officials at the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), announced and explained the PCGS SecurePlus™ program, known for weeks before as “The Big One”! For […]

By November 24, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The B&M Auction of the Malibu Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The B&M Auction of the Malibu Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #27 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I. The Malibu Collection In Baltimore, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, B&M auctioned the ‘Malibu’ collections of Standing Liberty Quarters (SLQs), Liberty Seated Halves and Liberty Seated Dollars. Though I have a strong affinity for […]

By November 17, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Stack’s auction of the W. L. Carson Collection of Proof Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Stack’s auction of the W. L. Carson Collection of Proof Coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #26 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The current topic is the W. L. Carson collection, which features Proof U.S. coins. It was auctioned by Stack’s in Baltimore last week. B&M also conducted a major auction in Baltimore, which included the Malibu Collection. Next week, I […]

By November 10, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The CoinFest, Washlady Dollar, 1861-O $20 gold coin, Connecticut Coppers

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The CoinFest, Washlady Dollar, 1861-O $20 gold coin, Connecticut Coppers

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #25 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I. The CoinFest The fourth annual CoinFest was held in Stamford (CT) from Oct. 28th to Oct. 30th. For the first time, Heritage conducted the official CoinFest auction and this auction was very successful. Below, […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Is It Time to Buy an S.S. Central America Double Eagle Gold Coin ?

Is It Time to Buy an S.S. Central America Double Eagle Gold Coin ?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com For many years, it’s been no secret that I haven’t been a big fan of the 1857-S double eagles that trace their origin from the famous S.S. Central America shipwreck. I’ve written that price levels of these coins haven’t made sense to me and I’ve have had problems with their […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Market: Generics slow to match gains of gold, silver

Coin Market: Generics slow to match gains of gold, silver

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report First published in the November 8, 2010, issue of Coin World Some of the coins that one would expect to rise such as generic Mint State Morgan silver dollars and Coronet and Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles are showing only minimal gains, although they are trading at […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – October 2010

Rare Coin Road Warrior – October 2010

Hi, my name is Vic Bozarth and I am a Rare Coin Road Warrior. I have spent most of my twenty plus years in the rare coin business at shows or on buying trips all over the continental U.S. My wife, Sherri Bozarth, and I own Bozarth Numismatics Inc. and our website is Bozarthcoins.com. In […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Gold Dominates Coin Market as Records Fall

Gold Dominates Coin Market as Records Fall

By Steve Roach First published in the Nov. 1, 2010, issue of Coin World Gold is currently the engine that is driving the rare coin market. It seems that Coin World’s Market Analysis of late has been alternating between gold one week and everything else the next week. However, an emphasis on gold is appropriate […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Market Report

The Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics – Below is a portion of the most recent Legend Market Report GOLD This is hard for us to believe that gold spot went up, yet ALL Generic $20’s came down! That is the most ridiculous thing we have ever seen. We have been told that the market makers […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I recently bought and sold a seemingly innocuous 1859-D quarter eagle that had a great degree of numismatic significance. Before I explain why, let me give you a little background on the specific coin and on this issue in general. This 1859-D quarter eagle has been graded as Fine-15 by […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Modern Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Modern Coins

News and Analysis on coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #24 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The purpose this week is to put forth clear, constructive points regarding the collecting of modern U.S. coins. Readers who are already familiar with modern coins may wish to skip to section three, where John Albanese, […]

By October 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part 2

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part 2

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #23-Part2 A continuation of a Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Usually, this column is published each Wednesday morning and not at other times. I came to believe, however, that this week’s topic is of tremendous importance and warrants two parts. [Click Here […]

By October 21, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #23 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week’s column was about dealer recommendations for new collectors who seek coins valued at $250, more or less, with consideration of a few that are valued at more than $1000. Among the experts that […]

By October 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Advice for beginning and intermediate collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Advice for beginning and intermediate collectors of U.S. coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #22 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Until CoinFest occurs at the end of the month, there will not be a live event conducted by any of the four leading auction firms of rare U.S. coins. Plus, I am not aware of […]

By October 13, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
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