Expert Columns

Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’ve discussed many times the process in which how nice coins are assigned price levels. But how are problem coins valued? This is an interesting question and one which is becoming a bit easier to answer since NCS coins have become a well-accepted part of numismatics. (Before […]

Key 1896-S Barber Quarter in Stack’s-Bowers Auction, A Tremendous Condition Rarity

Key 1896-S Barber Quarter in Stack’s-Bowers Auction, A Tremendous Condition Rarity

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #235 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Barber Quarters are a popular series of U.S. coins. When I was a kid, I was extremely interested in them. Even now, heavily circulated, non-rare Barber Quarters are available […]

10 Selections from the New Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price Book You Have to See…

10 Selections from the New Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price Book You Have to See…

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… At CoinWeek, we love numismatic literature. This is why, when we saw the new Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price List for Select Numismatic Books, we had to put everything aside for a few moments while we took in the book’s 92 amazing offerings. Many of the books […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: 7 Ways to Improve Your Coin Collection

Coin Collecting Strategies: 7 Ways to Improve Your Coin Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Someone recently asked me a question that I thought was interesting and that merited a detailed response. To paraphrase this question, they basically asked me this: can you tell me some ways that I can improve my collection while spending little or no money? Are there any […]

CoinWeek Article Leads to the Discovery of Previously Unknown 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets

CoinWeek Article Leads to the Discovery of Previously Unknown 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets

A coin dealer’s article on Double Mint Sets leads to the discovery of 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets… By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. This is a story about five tiny cloth sacks, a numismatic mystery 70 years in the making, and a coin industry veteran, whose recollection of one particular missed opportunity led […]

Key 1849-O Quarter in SBG Auction, an Unnoticed Rarity

Key 1849-O Quarter in SBG Auction, an Unnoticed Rarity

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #234 … A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. One of the finest 1849-O quarters is ‘in the news’ as it will be offered by Stack’s-Bowers on August 6th, at the ANA Convention in Rosemont, Illinois. The […]

The Coin Analyst: A Second Look at the Prospects for the Gold Kennedy Coins

The Coin Analyst: A Second Look at the Prospects for the Gold Kennedy Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said: “”The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” That quote came to mind over the past week as I was thinking about the forthcoming release next […]

Kickstarter Campaign for 3rd Edition Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide

Kickstarter Campaign for 3rd Edition Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Rick Snow, numismatic author and owner of Eagle Eye Rare Coins in Tucson, AZ, is offering readers a special pre-publication deal on the upcoming 3rd edition of the Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide. First published in 1992 as simply Flying Eagles and Indian Cents, the “Snow” book started […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: Brisk Sales for Kennedy Sets + New PCGS Kennedy Label + Upcoming First Reads

Numismatic Quick Hits: Brisk Sales for Kennedy Sets + New PCGS Kennedy Label + Upcoming First Reads

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Sales Brisk for Two-Coin Kennedy Sets After One Day Michael White at the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications forwarded me this number: 68,974. That’s the total number of 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Sets that have been ordered by collectors and dealers in the […]

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Without a lot of fanfare, we have seen the dispersal of one of the most amazing collecting of Western branch mint gold coins in the history of numismatics. So far in 2014, the various sales of the Bently/Nob Hill Collection(s) of US Gold Coinage has seen no […]

The Coin Analyst: CCAC Endorses U.S. Mint Proposal for 2015 Ultra High Relief Coin and Medal

The Coin Analyst: CCAC Endorses U.S. Mint Proposal for 2015 Ultra High Relief Coin and Medal

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… During a teleconference held on July 22 the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee’s ten members unanimously endorsed a proposal by the U.S. Mint to use existing statutory legal authority to issue an American Liberty ultra high relief gold coin and silver medal in 2015. The proposal is for a 24 […]

The Spectacular Newman-Jung Coin and other 1818/5 Capped Bust Quarters

The Spectacular Newman-Jung Coin and other 1818/5 Capped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #233 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………… The most exciting consignment to the Heritage ANA auction is the pre-1840 U.S. material from Oliver Jung. Last week’s column covered the Jackman-Jung 1794 Apple Cheek Large Cent. […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy […]

The Coinage of Aksum

The Coinage of Aksum

by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Ancient Coin Series Where the south declines towards the setting sun lies the country called Ethiopia, the last inhabited land in that direction. There gold is obtained in great plenty… –Herodotus, The Histories, Book 2 (c. 450 BCE) Five days march inland from the Red Sea, on the hilly Tigray Plateau, […]

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report

By Charles Morgan by CoinWeek…. A few months ago, CoinWeek contributing writer Dave Provost invited me to the Raleigh Money Expo, a growing regional show put on by the members of the Raleigh Coin Club. The event, held this year in a 50,000 square foot exhibition space at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, boasted more […]

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs, by Edmund Moy Edmund C. Moy, who served as Director of the U.S. Mint from 2006 to 2011, has probably had […]

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Everyone likes good value when they buy coins, and more collectors than ever opt to buy coins from the two western branch mints located in Carson City and San Francisco. So why not write an article on said topic? And let’s double your enjoyment, dear reader, by […]

Does Ike Dollar Market Foreshadow a Crumbling Modern Coin Market ?

Does Ike Dollar Market Foreshadow a Crumbling Modern Coin Market ?

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. As a member of the Ike Group, Charles tries to stay informed about the current goings-on in the series and keeps in touch with collectors and Eisenhower dollar researchers. They generally like to talk about the popularity of the series, research into new varieties, and the state of the […]

The Cutest of Apple Cheeks: The Jackman-Jung 1794 Large Cent

The Cutest of Apple Cheeks: The Jackman-Jung 1794 Large Cent

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #232 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. In early August, Heritage will auction a group of type coins consigned by Oliver Jung, including the finest known 1794 Apple Cheek Large Cent. Among coin collectors, Jung is […]

CoinWeek Summer FUN Show Report

CoinWeek Summer FUN Show Report

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. While the July FUN Show might not be as boisterous or headline-grabbing as its much bigger January sibling, the Orlando, Florida-based summer show is a fantastic opportunity for collectors to take in a Heritage Auctions Coin Auction and walk a bustling bourse floor replete with the wares of more than […]

The Coin Analyst: Minting to Demand of JFK Gold Coins Raises Problems

The Coin Analyst: Minting to Demand of JFK Gold Coins Raises Problems

Once again the U.S. Mint, for reasons I fail to understand, made a major announcement via Facebook.  And this was not even a major Facebook post, but rather it was a comment made on July 9 in response to a question from a collector, who asked how many of the gold JFK half dollars will […]

The Norweb 1797 Half Dollar, among the top five of the entire Draped Bust ‘Small Eagle’ type

The Norweb 1797 Half Dollar, among the top five of the entire Draped Bust ‘Small Eagle’ type

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #231 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek.com …… The Norweb 1797 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Half Dollar is, indisputably, the second finest known 1797 half dollar. It is certainly among the five finest coins of […]

The Coinage of Carthage

The Coinage of Carthage

by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Ancient Coin Series Most of what we know about Carthaginians was written by their enemies–first the Greeks, then the Romans. They are described as greedy, treacherous and brutal. Yet even Cicero, a Roman politician born 40 years after Carthage was wiped out, grudgingly admitted that “Carthage would never have held […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – First Week of July

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – First Week of July

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ………………….. We were suspect and not surprised at the fast paced major change of events we had happen in LEGENDS market. Its like a huge KABOOM of fireworks just exploded. Prior to the Gardner Auction, our market wavered but was still active. If we got the right coins, we had(have) […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. and World Mint News Update for July

The Coin Analyst: U.S. and World Mint News Update for July

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek.com More JFK coin details The U.S. Mint issued a press release on July 1  with a couple important details about the upcoming John F. Kennedy half dollar tribute coins that are going to be the highlight of the summer for many modern U.S. coin collectors and attendees of the August […]

Dimes of 1809 – A Key in the Capped Bust Dime Series

Dimes of 1809 – A Key in the Capped Bust Dime Series

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #230 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. The Capped Bust Dime series was minted from 1809 to 1837. The 1822 is the only date that is rarer than the 1809, though a famous variety of an […]

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

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

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 Incredible Eugene Gardner Collection, part 3: Stunning, Classic U.S. Silver Coins

The Incredible Eugene Gardner Collection, part 3: Stunning, Classic U.S. Silver Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #229, Special Monday Edition A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. As was said in part 1, incredible is the right word to describe the Eugene Gardner Collection. In part 2, famous coins that sold on June […]

Whitman Expo – Baltimore Show Report, Part 2

Whitman Expo – Baltimore Show Report, Part 2

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. The second day of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo was so busy that it took me halfway through Saturday to coalesce all of my notes and gather my thoughts. For a supposedly “small” summer show, a lot happened on the second day. Here’s a rundown of the topics […]

The Incredible Eugene Gardner Collection, part 2: Famous Coins in the June 23rd Auction

The Incredible Eugene Gardner Collection, part 2: Famous Coins in the June 23rd Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #228 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek.com …….. As was said in part 1, incredible is the right word to describe the collection of Eugene Gardner. Now, after many of Eugene’s coins were auctioned by […]

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