Expert Columns

Heritage Sues Christie’s for Copyright Infringement and Fraud

Heritage Sues Christie’s for Copyright Infringement and Fraud

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Monday, December 12, the Dallas-based coin and collectibles auction company Heritage Auctions announced that it was suing Christie’s auction house and its subsidiary Collectrium over multiple allegations of copyright infringement and computer fraud. Heritage had filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court in Dallas on […]

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download […]

By December 16, 20160 Comments Read More →
Gold Markets Report – Gold Weakens in the FOMC Aftermarket

Gold Markets Report – Gold Weakens in the FOMC Aftermarket

Commentary for Friday, December 15, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $4.70 at $1,163.70 but keep in mind this close happened before the FOMC announced its expected ¼ point increase in interest rates. So basically this market closed on an upbeat note perhaps because […]

By December 15, 20160 Comments Read More →
U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #362 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This is the fourth column in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 on any one piece. Patterns of interesting, alternative designs for five cent nickels […]

Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER We were surprised at how active this past week was. It wasn’t a mad house or anything, just even keel business. Very proud to say the biggest coin we sold was a $3 1886 PCGS MS65 CAC. That coin was the last coin […]

Gold Markets – Gold Modestly Firm but Interesting Plus Black Money in India

Gold Markets – Gold Modestly Firm but Interesting Plus Black Money in India

Commentary for Monday, December 12, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $3.90 at $1165.80 – not much but it could be important. An interesting price pattern in gold today considering this Tuesday and Wednesday will be dominated by the latest FOMC information including […]

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What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   From a numismatic point of view, 2016 wasn’t an especially good year. In most series, prices were down; in some cases by as much as 20-30%. Perhaps the only bright spot in the 2016 coin market was rare date gold. My business was strong in […]

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   ​In the 1970s and ’80s I used to teach the “All About Coins” class at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminars in Colorado Springs. This was always an enjoyable experience and the class was always well attended. Some of my teenaged students went on to […]

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……….   It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. A special coin comes along – imagine a $5 gold Indian at close to melt value, an 1891-CC Morgan dollar in a PCGS or NGC EF-45 holder or a circulated 1807 Draped Bust half cent with appealing […]

By December 10, 20160 Comments Read More →
Coin Board News – Number 41

Coin Board News – Number 41

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 41 — Winter 2017 BIG ANNUAL UPDATE ISSUE Yes, it’s that time of year again when I include a newly updated Check List & Value Guide for coin boards, as well as updated Revisions reports for each of my books. […]

Modern Commemoratives – 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Coin Bill Passes House

Modern Commemoratives – 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Coin Bill Passes House

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Monday, December 5, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation authorizing the production and sale of commemorative coins honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing – the first time mankind had ever set foot upon the surface of another planetary body. The bill […]

World Coins – Affordable Fourpence Silver Groats of King Henry VIII

World Coins – Affordable Fourpence Silver Groats of King Henry VIII

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #361 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Henry VIII is the most famous king in the history of England, and perhaps had the most impact on history of any English king. His second daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, may […]

CoinWeek Podcast #49: Q&A with U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson

CoinWeek Podcast #49: Q&A with U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson

CoinWeek Podcast #49: Q&A with U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Rhett Jeppson is the Principal Deputy Director of the United States Mint, a position he has held since January 2015. President Barack Obama nominated […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is a forgery is a crime.” –Leo Mildenberg (1913 – 2001)[1] FOR CLASSICAL NUMISMATISTS any discussion of fake ancient coins is… a delicate subject. Dealers worry that fear of fakes will […]

Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

By Leroy Van Allen, Special for CoinWeek …..   In November, Charles Morgan, Editor of CoinWeek, sent me an e-mail with three overall photographs of the two Morgan dollar hubs dated 1964 recently found by numismatists at the Philadelphia Mint. He wanted to know if I had any information on these hubs. This was the […]

Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Tallow: The white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants. –Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Tallow. Probably not a word we or any other numismatic authors and journalists have to use much, but it’s at the heart of […]

Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 26: Capped Bust Quarters

Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 26: Capped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #360 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This series of articles is aimed at collectors who do not wish to spend more than $500 for any one coin yet seek to build meaningful, enjoyable and noteworthy collections of […]

US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …..   Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, […]

Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Lydian Coins are considers to be the First Coins ever produced and used. The First Official Coin Natural resources are often a source of great wealth for a country, especially its king. The Pactolus River in Lydia, now modern day Turkey, was […]

Legend Market Report – Post Thanksgiving Coin Market

Legend Market Report – Post Thanksgiving Coin Market

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   GIVING THANKS For sure, this year was slightly better than this time last year. The plunge had been quick and deep in the coin market during 2014-15. Clearly the Gardner and Pogue Sales sped up the downward run. We felt that since May of this year the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ………   Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit coins, in this case a  1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the […]

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch –  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ……….   Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s […]

Gold Bullion Markets Report – Gold Rattled by Durable Goods Number

Gold Bullion Markets Report – Gold Rattled by Durable Goods Number

Gold Bullion Markets Commentary for Wednesday, November 23, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $21.90 at $1,189.30. So we have breached the important support at $1,200.00 – not exactly unexpected as we have been saying but time will be needed to see just […]

By November 23, 20160 Comments Read More →
Market Whimsy: More Perfect than Perfect – MS-70+ and Beyond

Market Whimsy: More Perfect than Perfect – MS-70+ and Beyond

Ask any retiree or coin collector and they’ll tell you: 70 ain’t what it used to be By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …..   Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. […]

Coin Collecting Commentary: How To Invigorate The Hobby

Coin Collecting Commentary: How To Invigorate The Hobby

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The US Mint forum attracted leaders from all areas of the hobby including the media, mass market sellers, numismatic artists, collectors, rare coin dealers and grading companies. A few weeks ago Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson of the United States Mint held a forum in […]

Philosopher King:  The Coinage of Marcus Aurelius

Philosopher King: The Coinage of Marcus Aurelius

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. –The Meditations, 2:1 OF ALL THE ROMAN EMPERORS, Marcus Aurelius […]

Million Dollar Coins, Part 3: Half Cents

Million Dollar Coins, Part 3: Half Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #358 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This discussion is about those U.S. half cents that are or were worth more than $1 million each, or may realistically retail for that much in the near future. As markets […]

Ancient Gold Coins :  The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

Ancient Gold Coins : The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The Colosseo Collection   The First Circulating Coinage Little is known about this mysterious archaic electrum coinage – the first ancient gold coin. It was minted in Ionia, somewhere in central Western Anatolia on the shores of the Aegean sea, but scholars have yet to identify […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Fights Against a Strong Dollar

Gold Markets Report – Gold Fights Against a Strong Dollar

Gold Markets Commentary for Monday, November 14, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $2.80 today at $1,219.10. Well so much for my feeling Friday that gold markets were oversold – I was sure we would see a bounce to higher ground today. The […]

By November 15, 20160 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING SILVER – Add Silver to Your Gift List This Year

COLLECTING SILVER – Add Silver to Your Gift List This Year

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   It’s that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift list? One word – silver – immediately comes to mind. Collectors and bullion investors often like to give silver coins, rounds and bars to others, and that is a […]

By November 15, 20164 Comments Read More →
 
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