Expert Columns

Why Aren’t There “Hotel Sellers” Of Gold And Silver?

Why Aren’t There “Hotel Sellers” Of Gold And Silver?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In a recent five week period, there were “hotel buyers” for four of those weeks in the Lansing, Michigan area offering to purchase jewelry, coins, paper money, gold, silver, and platinum bars, and other collectibles.  Yet, in my 31 years as a coin dealer […]

IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Summer tends to be a slower-paced time in the bullion market, and 2012 has been no exception to the general rule so far. With everyone from major metals traders to small-scale retail silver buyers spending time outdoors and vacationing, the pause in the action is hardly shocking. Silver has […]

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com                 Without their stories coins are just “pieces of metal.”  At least that’s what the late Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, called them many years ago while she and I were examining a tray full of some of […]

2012 Australian One Ton Gold Kangaroo Named Largest, Most Valuable Coin in the World

2012 Australian One Ton Gold Kangaroo Named Largest, Most Valuable Coin in the World

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that the largest coin in the world is the unique 2012 Australian one ton Red Kangaroo gold bullion coin. It is also by far the most valuable coin in the world because of its gold content, blowing away rarer coins […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #114 This week, the firm of Stack’s-Bowers is conducting an auction at the Baltimore Convention Center. I viewed many of the lots. It turns out to be a much better and more important auction than […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Collecting Strategies: Low Mintage Sleepers

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Collecting Strategies: Low Mintage Sleepers

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Within the U.S. coin market, modern world coins are a growth field. American coins of all periods and types continue to dominate the market and collecting habits and interests, and that will likely persist for the foreseeable future. But at the same time, interest in modern world coins is growing […]

Learning How to Grade – Part 3

Learning How to Grade – Part 3

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Originally Appeared in Canadian Coin News In our previous installment of “Learning How to Grade” we spoke about circulated coins and the basics of learning how to grade them. In this, our third and final installment, we turn our attention to Uncirculated coins. Although there are eleven Uncirculated grades that can be […]

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 an PCGS or NGC EF-45 holder or a circulated 1807 Draped Bust half cent with appealing chocolate brown […]

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Rare Coin Road Warrior-July 2012

Rare Coin Road Warrior-July 2012

Plus:  ‘Old Time’ Seated Liberty Dollar Collection to be offered at Baltimore In this month’s Rare Coin Road Warrior, I will report on activity at the biggest shows over the last month.  In addition to the current show news I want to briefly touch on the HUGE disparities we are experiencing in early collector material […]

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …… 1981 marked the beginning of the Reagan administration and the seeming end of the coin Wilmington, Delaware shopkeeper Judson Ryan famously dubbed “Carter’s Quarter”[1]. Relegated to mint-set-only status, the near quarter-sized Susan B. Anthony dollar, with its quirky hendecagon ornamental rim and its non-sequitur Apollo 11 reverse, played […]

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

Can Global Financial System Avoid Crashing Before November US Elections?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com As more people come to realize that “quantitative easing” (which is the current disguise to avoid stating “inflation of the money supply”) is simply a tax increase on everybody, support for this tactic will decline. But this growing opposition to depreciating the value of […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Silver Dimes by Design Type

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Silver Dimes by Design Type

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #113 The topic here is assembling a type set of silver dimes. This discussion is aimed primarily at beginning and intermediate level collectors. Those who have no idea as to how to go about collecting […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold’s New Role in the Global Monetary System and the Euro Zone Crisis

The Coin Analyst: Gold’s New Role in the Global Monetary System and the Euro Zone Crisis

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Knowledge is power when it comes to any kind of investing.  There is probably no area where that is more true than precious metals, where being savvy can make all the difference between success and failure. But being knowledgeable about the precious metal markets is not simply a matter of […]

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

Posted by David W. Lange, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Research Director ….. Certain issues of United States coins seem to hold more appeal than similar coins of other dates and mints. Among my favorite coins are the various pieces coined at the San Francisco Mint in 1923. This was a significant year for several reasons, including the […]

Coin Shows: June Long Beach or the rebirth of a classic?

Coin Shows: June Long Beach or the rebirth of a classic?

By William Shamhart – NumismaticAmericana.com…. We, that is, Christine and I, just returned from the second Long Beach show of the year and WOW what a few months make. Christine is busy getting our new purchases ready for your viewing pleasure, but until then it is my job to write this show report. As I […]

Revisiting Reportable Bullion & Cash Transactions

Revisiting Reportable Bullion & Cash Transactions

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments (www.golddealer.com) It is hard to believe it has been a couple of years since my first comments about government reporting requirements within the coin business. I called this effort Rules for Reportable Bullion & Cash Transactions or Lack Thereof and it received comments which are included in this second […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

By laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics NO DOLDRUMS HERE! We still do not know what happened in May. No one wanted to do anything and there were so few coins around we started to think about other careers. For us, it was the PRE LB purchases of the Large Cents that got people excited and […]

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint issues a special silver eagle set, it is an important numismatic event. On June 7 the Mint launched the San Francisco Mint 2-coin proof American silver eagle set, and once again everyone clamored on the first day to get their orders in. Some people thought that […]

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #112 Click Here to read Part One of this article: An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins This week’s topic is the collecting of uncirculated Liberty Nickels. I focus on those that grade […]

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

Gold: Foreign Central Banks Versus The US Government

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com An important market shift has occurred, as I expected, that now pits a growing number of foreign central banks against the plans of the US government. The US government, including its primary trading partners and a dwindling number of foreign allies, has a strong interest […]

Perth Mint Excludes U.S. Customers From Direct Dragon Proof Coin Sales

Perth Mint Excludes U.S. Customers From Direct Dragon Proof Coin Sales

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Coins from the Perth Mint in Western Australia are eagerly collected all over the world and are renowned for their high quality and innovative designs and themes. More than most other world mints, Perth has pushed the envelope of modern world coins into all kinds of interesting areas that involve […]

The Value of Old Numismatic Books

The Value of Old Numismatic Books

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Special Contributors to CoinWeek – When Hubert and I set out to write numismatic books, we did so because the kind of book that we wanted to read just wasn’t readily available. We weren’t sure if such a book had been written before and was somehow absent from store […]

Coin Board News – Summer 2012

Coin Board News – Summer 2012

By David lange – www.coincollectingboards.net MARKET ACTIVITY There’s not a lot to report with respect to internet offerings, which have been unremarkable this past quarter. I’ve been slowly selling coin boards through my eBay store Cagemast Coin Boards and Albums, but it is the albums which seem to attract more buyers. Most of the boards […]

Rare Coin Market Report – The Thrill of the Hunt & Market News

Rare Coin Market Report – The Thrill of the Hunt & Market News

June 2012 Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, What most NON Collectors don’t realize is how big a ‘thrill’ we Numismatists and collectors (in general) get out of the hunt or quest for that hard to find item.  Whatever you want to call ‘it’, the ‘thrill of the hunt’ is a very big part of what make […]

The Coin Analyst: David Lawrence Rare Coins Eliminates Buyers’ Fees for Coin Auctions

The Coin Analyst: David Lawrence Rare Coins Eliminates Buyers’ Fees for Coin Auctions

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. John Feigenbaum is president of David Lawrence Rare Coins (www.davidlawrence.com), a retail and auction rare coin company founded in 1979. Mr. Feigenbaum is the author of books on Washington quarters and one on Barber coinage, written with his father, David Lawrence.The company holds online auctions on Mondays and Thursdays. This […]

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I’ve been warning you for well over a year that the US was not experiencing an economic recovery and that Europe was a basket case waiting to implode. Suddenly it seems like all the governments, central bankers, and the financial media are agreeing with me. […]

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #111 For more than a half-century, Liberty Nickels have been extremely popular with collectors, partly because these are classic coins that are not expensive and are readily available in a wide range of grades. Liberty […]

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Some U.S. Mint products have always been essentially made to demand, that is produced to whatever level buyers order, rather than set to a specific mintage level. Examples include proof and mint sets and proof and burnished American silver eagles. But in the wake of the widespread criticism the Mint […]

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach 2012 Market Report

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach 2012 Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics LONG BEACH-32 YEARS AND…. We have been coming to this show for over 32 years now. All we can do now is ask why? It is our sad opinion that Long Beach so long as they have 3 shows a year in this type of market is terminal. We […]

Learning How to Grade – Part 2

Learning How to Grade – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Link to Part 1 The grade of a coin is the single most important ingredient to its value. Before proceeding with this installment, I’ll repeat what I said last time. Make sure that The American Numismatic Association’s Grading Standards for United States Coins, now in its sixth edition, is the first book […]

 
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