Expert Columns

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series The night sky was really important to ancient people. This can be hard for us to understand, living as we do in a world where light pollution denies us a clear view of the stars. What people saw in the sky – or thought they saw – […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: PNG Warning Premature + Decline in Future Prices for Baseball HOF Coins

Numismatic Quick Hits: PNG Warning Premature + Decline in Future Prices for Baseball HOF Coins

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Breaking Down the PNG Alert ………. Yesterday, one of CoinWeek‘s principles received an email communication from the Professional Numismatists Guild concerning a U.S. Justice Department initiative known as “Operation Choke Point”. The original email was intended for PNG members only, but was subsequently published yesterday on the NGC website. Having […]

This Coin Dealer Swoons at a Numismatic Auction Announcement

This Coin Dealer Swoons at a Numismatic Auction Announcement

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The last few years have been fertile, to say the least, for auction sales involving all-time great collections. We’ve seen the sales of the Newman collection, are seeing the current selling off of the Gene Gardner sets, and have also witnessed the not-as-splashy sales of a number […]

The Coin Analyst: Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollar Celebrates 31st President

The Coin Analyst: Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollar Celebrates 31st President

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. At 11:00 today, the new Herbert Hoover presidential dollar coin will be released at a ceremony to be held at the Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch, Iowa.  The event is jointly sponsored by the library-museum and the Hoover Presidential Foundation and will take place in the Figge Auditorium. The key speakers at […]

SBG to Auction Important Condition Rarity: The Eliasberg, Probable Finest Known 1906-S Double Eagle ($20 gold coin)

SBG to Auction Important Condition Rarity: The Eliasberg, Probable Finest Known 1906-S Double Eagle ($20 gold coin)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #227 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. A gem quality, 1906 San Francisco Mint Double Eagle ($20 gold coin) is ‘in the news’! On Friday, June 27, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers will auction a […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold Kennedy Half Dollar to be Sold at ANA Show August 5-8

The Coin Analyst: Gold Kennedy Half Dollar to be Sold at ANA Show August 5-8

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek At the ANA World’s Fair of Money held last August in Rosement, Illinois the U.S. Mint sold the 2013-W Buffalo reverse proof gold coin to show attendees not long after releasing the coin through normal Mint sales channels. Buyers had to wait in line for many hours both of the […]

The Coin Analyst: The Growing Popularity of Cup-Shaped Coins

The Coin Analyst: The Growing Popularity of Cup-Shaped Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. What is it about curved, or cup-shaped coins, that appeals so much to collectors? Various world mints have increasingly explored issuing coins in unusual shapes such as cylinders, cubes, squares, and so forth, but none of those shapes have been as successful as the convex/concave combination. In part it is […]

Hot Topics: Wow! Eliasberg + Pogue Rare Coin Collection in my Lifetime… Some Thoughts

Hot Topics: Wow! Eliasberg + Pogue Rare Coin Collection in my Lifetime… Some Thoughts

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Hot Topics Since hearing the news they are selling all I can do is think about the Pogue Rare Coin Collection – the ULTIMATE coin collection EVER formed. They took the best of the best and built something better. The collection is primarily Bust coins-but they have quiet “finest known” sets of […]

Trophy Coins for the Rest of Us

Trophy Coins for the Rest of Us

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The last article I wrote was about Trophy Coins. It generated a lot of buzz among my readers, not all of it positive. The negative comments I heard, not all underserved, typically went something like this: “You are an elitist, writing about coins which are $50,000, $100,000 […]

First Read: From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

First Read: From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America, by Dr. Philip L. Mossman “The Spanish Milled Dollar The Coin of Our Nation’s Founders” These words […]

The 1615-16 Coins of Bermuda (Sommer Islands): The First English Coins of North America

The 1615-16 Coins of Bermuda (Sommer Islands): The First English Coins of North America

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #226 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds In 1615 or 1616, coins were introduced in Bermuda. Although Bermuda was then called the Sommer Islands, for clarity, it is best to refer here to this place as Bermuda, […]

Elephants on Ancient Coins

Elephants on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Strong, intelligent, and long-lived – yet surprisingly gentle – elephants have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Prehistoric cave paintings depict elephants and their extinct cousins, the wooly mammoth and mastodon. Ivory from elephant tusks was a precious raw material in the ancient world because it […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part I

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part I

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking of the […]

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint’s Launch of Poseidon Coin Frustrates Buyers

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint’s Launch of Poseidon Coin Frustrates Buyers

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Once again a limited-edition, high-demand modern coins’ release resulted in web site problems and frustration for many buyers, which then produced a chorus of criticism aimed at the issuing Mint that was accused of catering too much to dealers. But this was not a U.S. Mint release of a hot […]

The First Coins Struck in The Original Thirteen Colonies: Massachusetts (‘NE’) Silver of 1652

The First Coins Struck in The Original Thirteen Colonies: Massachusetts (‘NE’) Silver of 1652

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #225 A CoinWeek Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds…. The original thirteen States of the USA were colonies of Great Britain before the declaration of independence in 1776. Massachusetts was one of these thirteen, though its name and boundaries were different […]

Economic World War 3 Declared On US Dollar!

Economic World War 3 Declared On US Dollar!

Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com by Patrick A. Heller The 30-year $400 billion agreement for Russia to supply natural gas to China without using US dollars for payment is just one of the opening salvos by these two nations to destroy the US dollar. There are a number of other attacks on the US […]

The Real Diehl: Three Gold Myths that Confuse Buyers

The Real Diehl: Three Gold Myths that Confuse Buyers

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. Don’t fall victim to the following three gold myths…. I recently ran across an article entitled “The 12 Biggest Mistakes the Media Make When Covering Gold“, by Gary Alexander. It’s a good article for potential gold buyers […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: Saddle Ridge Hoard on Sale + Autographed Cuts

Numismatic Quick Hits: Saddle Ridge Hoard on Sale + Autographed Cuts

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Saddle Ridge Gold Hoard: Let the Selling Begin! Earlier this week, Kagin’s, Inc. began the sale of gold coins from the Saddle Ridge hoard. The discovery of over 1,400 gold coins, including several rarities and top-pops, excited both the numismatic and mainstream worlds.  If early sales figures […]

Copper and Silver Key Date U.S. Coins in Goldbergs Auction Next Week

Copper and Silver Key Date U.S. Coins in Goldbergs Auction Next Week

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #224 A CoinWeek Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds…. In the history of coin collecting in the U.S., a large percentage of enthusiasts have sought to complete sets. Indeed, almost all collectors of U.S. coins have aimed to […]

A Fresh Example Of Gold Price Manipulation!

A Fresh Example Of Gold Price Manipulation!

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service A major trade last week has all the tell-tale signs of institutional gold price manipulation… The suppression of gold and silver prices is virtually an all-day everyday experience. It is so flagrant and blatant that analysts like me actually grow weary of exposing the obvious manipulation of precious metals […]

The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to say, we believe that this […]

The Fabulous Eric P. Newman Collection, part 11: 
Auction Results for pre-1793 coins, patterns and tokens

The Fabulous Eric P. Newman Collection, part 11: 
Auction Results for pre-1793 coins, patterns and tokens

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #223 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….. A very substantial number of pre-1793 items from the Eric P. Newman Collection were auctioned by Heritage on May 16 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 East 79th St., New […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Update

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek   The U.S. Mint Comments on the Matter of Baseball Hall of Fame Coin Shipping Delays   LG- “As best I can tell orders placed during the first 30-60 minutes online have shipped, and the rest are waiting to be shipped.  I was told there is a computer glitch with the system […]

Hot Topics: Chatrooms Must Change

Hot Topics: Chatrooms Must Change

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Hot Topics THE OPINIONS AND COMMENTS IN THIS ARTICLE ARE THOSE OF THE WRITER ALONE  AND DO NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF LEGEND NUMISMATICS, LM AUCTIONS OR ANY OTHER COMPANY,ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL(S) TIME FOR DRASTIC CHANGES For too many years I’ve sat back and watched and experienced first hand how chatrooms […]

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret (…as revealed by the true story of the “Dexter Dollar,” The King of American Coins), by Mark Ferguson. The Long Shadow It’s […]

Top Ten U.S. Gold Trophy Coins and their Pitches

Top Ten U.S. Gold Trophy Coins and their Pitches

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I define a “Trophy Coin” as one which suitably combines rarity, appearance, and a great story in one neat package. Trophy coins aren’t necessarily the rarest pieces within a specific series. As an example, a 1907 High Relief is far from the rarest issue in the St. […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1893 Isabella Quarter

Commemorative Stories: The 1893 Isabella Quarter

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking of the […]

The Real Diehl: Gold and Another Stock Market Bubble

The Real Diehl: Gold and Another Stock Market Bubble

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. Has tax, monetary, and regulatory policy set in motion another stock market bubble? Robert Shiller, a Noble prize-winning economist, is among the market analysts and economists whose work I follow and admire. I discovered Shiller several years […]

Colonial Coins: Higley Coppers Auctioned Over the Last Ten Years

Colonial Coins: Higley Coppers Auctioned Over the Last Ten Years

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #222 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Amazingly, locally minted large copper coins circulated in Connecticut in the late 1730s and early 1740s; Higley Coppers are among the rarest and most exciting of all American colonial […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Signature Labels

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Signature Labels

Third party grading services offer real and replica signature inserts for 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Coins. Do they add lasting value? By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. One aspect of the much-discussed 2014 baseball commemorative coins that has not received very much attention yet is the special labels from PCGS and NGC that are signed by Hall […]

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