Expert Columns

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   We speak sometimes of the Roman religion as though it possessed a firm basis, but in fact it was constantly changing, the gods melting away and being replaced by others (Hale, 73). Decline of Paganism BY THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH CENTURY CE, the religious life of the […]

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #345 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   It has already been explained, in Part 15 of a series about classic U.S. coins, that a set of regular issue, business strike Two Cent Pieces may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any one […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION We’ll be blunt: Anaheim for sure was a VERY poor choice to hold a major coin show. California’s nexus on taxes kept dozens of dealers away. Also, many East Coast dealers decided NOT to attend. The hotels at BEST were POOR. Add all that together and we […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …….   As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are coin collecting strategies with some specific tips,  with […]

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This […]

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part II)

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part II)

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   Read Part I Here 7.) Are there particular modern world coin series or coins of a specific country or theme that tend to sell better than others? “Yes, well designed modern world coins and really topical series tend to sell well. These are almost always based on history, […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Early Gains in a Nose Dive

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Early Gains in a Nose Dive

Commentary for Friday, August 12, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $6.70 on the Comex today at US$1,335.80 – what a roller coaster ride this turned out to be. Gold moved dramatically higher in price on the open – at one time trading […]

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Eisenhower dollars and the way they’re treated in the Redbook. The column made the rounds of the editorial boards of several coin magazines, Whitman Publishing (who want you to know that the “Professional Edition” of the Redbook does include […]

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   In numismatics, there are essentially two types of coins. There are coins that are condition rarities and there are coins that are absolute rarities. A condition rarity is a coin whose value is primarily derived from its high degree of preservation. An absolute rarity is a coin whose […]

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part I)

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part I)

By Louis Golino for Coin Week Ola Borgejordet is the founder and owner of Royal Scandinavian Mint (http://www.rsmint.com), a Salt Lake City, Utah company that specializes in modern world coins from almost 50 countries. It is the official North American representative for the Mints of Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland. RSM carries the full […]

Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments ……   “My Dad had a coin collection and has since passed on giving the collection to the family. How can I be sure to get full value if we decide to sell?” It is amazing how often I get this email so a general answer might help […]

Freedom-Oriented U.S. Coins And Notes

Freedom-Oriented U.S. Coins And Notes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Here’s a short but focused area of U.S. Numismatics: Coins and notes with a strong message of freedom and independence. These pieces go well beyond the ubiquitous portraits of an allegorical Miss Liberty, and they can be found at every price point on the spectrum. A pair of […]

World Coins – Early Silver Coins of Argentina

World Coins – Early Silver Coins of Argentina

COINS OF ARGENTINA. 2 Reales, 1813-J A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. US and World Coin Collecting Strategies #344   The present topic is the early silver coins of Argentina, during the era of the “United Provinces of the River Plate.” Early Argentine coins have notable artistic merit and are historically important. A silver type […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

The Fitzwilliam Museum – Cambridge, England By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek …. Ancient Coin Series   AS COLLECTORS OF ANCIENT COINS, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter is “Don’t these things belong in museums?” The answer, sometimes with a patient sigh, sometimes with a snort of derision, is an emphatic “No!” The Dirty Little […]

How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The issue of counterfeiting rare coins has been around for a very long time For years, the numismatic industry has dealt effectively with the problem of counterfeiting rare coins. You can read numismatic journals from the 19th century and realize that collectors were dealing with the problem […]

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BC. AR Stater [1] By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   One of the few ancient traditions to survive until the modern world is the Olympics. Occurring in the same four-year cycle today as in antiquity, they mark a time when differences are […]

The Coin Analyst –  Should the U.S. Return to the Gold Standard?

The Coin Analyst – Should the U.S. Return to the Gold Standard?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……   August 15 marks the 45th anniversary of the end of the gold standard. In 1971 President Richard M. Nixon ended the convertibility of the dollar with gold, which paved the way for the system of floating, fiat currencies that exists today. Ever since then the U.S. dollar has […]

CoinWeek Unboxing: Two Silver Medals from the FAO – 4K Video

CoinWeek Unboxing: Two Silver Medals from the FAO – 4K Video

In this CoinWeek Unboxing video, editor Charles Morgan shares two new acquisitions to his collection of F.A.O. coins and medals: two silver medals struck to commemorate the United Nation’s Decade for Women (1976-1985) and the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981). These silver medals were offered for sale by the F.A.O.’s Rome office and now […]

First Read: The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein

First Read: The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein The period of our nation’s monetary history that began shortly after the turn of the century and ran until about 1932 or ’33 […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 21: Matron Head Large Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 21: Matron Head Large Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #343 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   For less than $500 per coin, an extensive and impressive collection of early U.S. copper coins could be assembled ‘by date.’ Although Matron Head large cents could […]

Appeals Court Rules for U.S. Gov’t in Langbord 1933 Double Eagle Fight

Appeals Court Rules for U.S. Gov’t in Langbord 1933 Double Eagle Fight

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Exactly one year after the Philadelphia United States Attorney’s Office filed a petition with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the U.S. Government to rehear the case of Langbord et al v. U.S. Department of Treasury et al (Case No. 12-4574), the en banc court […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Strong on BOJ News

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Strong on BOJ News

Commentary for Friday, July 29, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …..   Gold closed up $16.50 today on the Comex at US$1,350.30. This is the highest level gold has seen this week – the lowest close being $1,319.30 – the spread being $31.00. The gold markets got […]

Turtles and Tortoises on Ancient Coins

Turtles and Tortoises on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   A hare one day ridiculed the short feet and slow pace of the Tortoise, who replied, laughing: “Though you be swift as the wind, I will beat you in a race.” … On the day appointed for the race the two started together. The Tortoise never […]

English Gold Noble Coins of King Edward III (1327-77)

English Gold Noble Coins of King Edward III (1327-77)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #342 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   English Noble gold coins minted during the era of King Edward III are historically important, attractive, intricately designed and modestly priced in contrast to rare gold coins […]

The Coin Analyst: July Proves Eventful for United States Mint

The Coin Analyst: July Proves Eventful for United States Mint

With over half the year gone and some great coins on the way, July has nevertheless been a busy month for the Mint By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   With 2017 fast approaching, the United States Mint has a surprising number of headliner products yet to be released. While the 2016-W Mercury Dime Centennial […]

Silver Coins of the Central American Republic

Silver Coins of the Central American Republic

Silver Coins of the Central American Republic – GUATEMALA. 8 Reales, 1826 News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #341 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….   The present topic is the CAR silver coins of the independent societies of Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras, those minted under […]

Certified Coins – Introducing the New CAC Market Values Price Guide

Certified Coins – Introducing the New CAC Market Values Price Guide

By Mark Ferguson and CAC Market Values …..   PCGS and NCG coins that have been approved and stickered by CAC command premium prices compared with coins that lack the CAC sticker. But exactly how much more should collectors and dealers pay or ask for CAC coins when buying or selling? Now expert rare coin […]

Collecting Classic US Coins: Gem Circulated

Collecting Classic US Coins: Gem Circulated

Attractive coins can be found at all levels of the Sheldon scale Much attention in numismatics is focused on quality. One of the most common pieces of wisdom dispensed by experienced numismatists is to buy the best you can afford. For decades this advice has served most collectors very well. Top quality coins have been […]

A Most Distinguished Gentleman: In Memoriam – Gene Gardner

A Most Distinguished Gentleman: In Memoriam – Gene Gardner

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   I feel honored to have had the privilege of knowing Eugene H. Gardner, Sr., 80. He was one of the most distinguished, visibly active and enthusiastic collectors in the history of the coin community in the United States. I was saddened to hear of Gene’s passing on July 16, […]

Treasure News – 1804 Shipwreck Bullion Goes on Display

Treasure News – 1804 Shipwreck Bullion Goes on Display

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   More than two centuries after the Spanish warship Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (roughly, “Our Lady of Mercy”) was sunk off the coast of Portugal before reaching the Spanish port city of Cádiz, the massive haul of gold and silver bullion that was onboard is finally back […]

 
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