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Merit Gold & Silver Lawsuit: Third Bullion Firm Targeted Under California Consumer Protection Law

Merit Gold & Silver Lawsuit: Third Bullion Firm Targeted Under California Consumer Protection Law

From CoinWeek reported by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……… On February 13, 2014, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Santa Monica-based Seacoast Coin, Inc., which is better known as the precious metals dealer Merit Gold and Silver. Merit is one of the most prominent precious metals dealers in the […]

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

By Doug Winter - RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’m basically an old school coin dealer. I market coins all the time but am not really a “marketer” in the numismatic sense of the word—although I deal with firms which are marketers. These companies are always looking for angles and if there is one thing I am pretty cognizant […]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Two of Four Known Strawberry Leaf Large Cents Sell in the FUN Auction of the Mervis Collection

Two of Four Known Strawberry Leaf Large Cents Sell in the FUN Auction of the Mervis Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #209 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. On Jan. 10, 2014, at the FUN Convention in Orlando, Heritage auctioned one of the most complete collections of large cents that has ever been assembled, which was owned […]

By February 12, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek………. Early American Commemoratives, Part 2: Commemoratives and Related So-Called Dollars In the first part of our story, we discussed a number of so-called dollars and commemorative coins issued during important national and international expositions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, […]

By February 11, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Jim Halperin

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Jim Halperin

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Heritage Auctions, a major player in the sale of higher-end coins, is today the largest collectible auction company in the world, and the third largest overall auction company.  The company was co-founded by Jim Halperin, who got into the coin business at a young age like some other legendary dealers […]

By February 10, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A recent question from a client got me thinking: is it possible for a coin dealer to be a coin collector? My answer short and sweet: certainly yes — but with a large asterisk. In most collectibles fields, many of the greatest collections ever formed were by […]

By February 7, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Quick Hits: The PCGS Doily Returns + Comments on the Girl Scout Commem

Numismatic Quick Hits: The PCGS Doily Returns + Comments on the Girl Scout Commem

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. The PCGS Doily Returns: A Retro-Remake of a Coveted Classic What’s old is new again. For a limited time only, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is reintroducing its coveted “doily holder” for a range of modern numismatic coins. The Doily, so-called because of its intricate, “doily-like” […]

The Coin Analyst: New Mint Survey on JFK Commemorative Coins Includes Possible Gold Half Dollar

The Coin Analyst: New Mint Survey on JFK Commemorative Coins Includes Possible Gold Half Dollar

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar, and the Mint has plans to issue special coins and sets to honor the occasion.  This is an important anniversary for collectors of American coins because of the longstanding popularity of the JFK halves.  President Kennedy is […]

By February 4, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 10: Colonial Coins and other pre-1793 American items

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 10: Colonial Coins and other pre-1793 American items

 Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #208 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. A year ago, the Eric Newman Collection was the most famous numismatic collection, which features United States coins, to be intact and not be in a public institution. […]

By February 3, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatic Market Report: The Missouri Cabinet Half Cent Collection

Legend Numismatic Market Report: The Missouri Cabinet Half Cent Collection

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report ONE OF THE GREATEST SALES EVER! Legend and its principals have attended and bid in EVERY major auction since 1980. NEVER before had we seen a display of wealth and aggressive bidding like what we just experienced in the Missouri Cabinet of Half Cents. Only the famed […]

The Coin Analyst: World Coin News- Wedge Tailed Eagles Multiply and Latvian Euro Sets

The Coin Analyst: World Coin News- Wedge Tailed Eagles Multiply and Latvian Euro Sets

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Multiple Versions of Wedge-Tailed Eagle Probably the most widely discussed modern world coin at the moment is the Perth Mint’s 2014 wedge-tailed silver and gold eagles that I covered recently and which my colleagues, Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, also discussed in a chat with the coin’s designer , […]

By January 31, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101 – Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

SILVER 101 – Small Circulating Silver Commemoratives

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Ask an American numismatist to describe commemorative silver coinage, and one of two possibilities will emerge. Younger people are likely to mention the silver dollar “commems” that have been struck since 1983, while more experienced hobbyists will point to the commemorative half dollars of 1892 to 1954. Despite the difference in eras, both […]

By January 29, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
The Missouri Half Cent Coin Collection, Part III: Astonishing $18.26 Million for Tettenhorst Set!

The Missouri Half Cent Coin Collection, Part III: Astonishing $18.26 Million for Tettenhorst Set!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #207 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……….. The Tettenhorst-Missouri set of just half cents totaled more than $18 million in just one day, for 228 half cents! The Goldbergs auctioned this collection on Sunday, Jan. […]

By January 29, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 3: Quarters

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 3: Quarters

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We continue our guide to the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set by taking a look at the 20th century’s workhorse denomination, the quarter. If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to check out parts one and two of our guide, which focus on cents, nickels […]

By January 28, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
The Missouri Half Cent Collection, Part II: Tettenhorst, Superb Gem 1794

The Missouri Half Cent Collection, Part II: Tettenhorst, Superb Gem 1794

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #206 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds The collector known as “Tettenhorst,” who lives in the State of Missouri, has assembled the all-time most comprehensive set of half cents, which includes many gem quality coins. This […]

By January 23, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Fallout Already Starting From Investigations Into London Gold And Silver Market Price Manipulations

Fallout Already Starting From Investigations Into London Gold And Silver Market Price Manipulations

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. With all the investigations into market rigging in the mortgage markets, LIBOR interest rate market, and foreign currency exchange trading, it should come as no surprise that official investigations have started into the manipulation of the London market gold and silver price fixes.  Even […]

Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I have written extensively about the Condition Census as it applies to United States gold coins: what it is, its origin and significance and specific examples of issues and a listing of the Condition Census. I recently had an interesting conversation with an advanced collector about his […]

By January 20, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Forces Shaping Precious Metals in 2014

The Coin Analyst: Forces Shaping Precious Metals in 2014

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… After the worst year in three decades for gold and silver prices, the outlook for precious metals is currently a subject of even greater interest than usual to investors.  I believe 2014 will be a critical year for the metal markets, a possible turning point, leading either towards a […]

By January 20, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 9: European Coins

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 9: European Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #205 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Many collectors were surprised to learn that Eric Newman had a tremendous collection of European coins and many excellent coins from elsewhere in the world. After all, the Eric […]

By January 20, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
William Shamhart FUN Coin Show Report 2014

William Shamhart FUN Coin Show Report 2014

By William Shamhart, Jr. – Numismatic Americana ……….. As most of you know I am from Missouri. So was Mark Twain. He had many famous quotes, but the one I like the best (with a little artistic license) is: “Rumors of my retirement are greatly exaggerated” Many of you have emailed me or Tom asking […]

Coin Auctions: Famous Rarities Bring Millions in FUN Coin & Currency Sale

Coin Auctions: Famous Rarities Bring Millions in FUN Coin & Currency Sale

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #204 A weekly CoinWeek column by Greg Reynolds In the annual Platinum Night session of the FUN Convention auction that Heritage conducts every January in Florida, there are always famous rarities among a large offering of U.S. […]

By January 16, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
FUN Coin Show Auction & Market Observations by Doug Winter

FUN Coin Show Auction & Market Observations by Doug Winter

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The FUN show is clearly one of the two major market indicators. Symbolically, it is the beginning of a New Coin Year but it is, most of all, a huge economic event with hundreds of millions of dollars changing hands. For me, a good FUN show is […]

By January 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
A Quick Chat with John Mercanti on the Wedge-Tailed Eagle Proof Coin

A Quick Chat with John Mercanti on the Wedge-Tailed Eagle Proof Coin

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com ……….. Here on CoinWeek, Louis Golino reported on the recent release of the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle high relief one-ounce silver and gold proof coins by the Perth Mint.  The bullion coins are being offered for sale in the United States by The New York Mint on their […]

The Coin Analyst: Lackluster Girl Scouts Coin Demand Shows Need to Reform U.S. Commemorative Coin Program.

The Coin Analyst: Lackluster Girl Scouts Coin Demand Shows Need to Reform U.S. Commemorative Coin Program.

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On January 2 U.S. Mint official Tom Jurkowsky, who is director of the Office of Corporate Communications, told numismatic media sources that the Girl Scouts of the USA will not be receiving any surcharges from the sale of Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial commemorative silver dollars. The reason […]

By January 13, 2014 12 Comments Read More →
Legend Market Report – The 2014 January FUN Show

Legend Market Report – The 2014 January FUN Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. We’d guess every Mid West/Northeast dealer were just thrilled to be out of the wicked weather. In fact, many left home early to avoid all the weather issues. Attendance prior to the show and at the show was strong as we have ever seen it! As usual, the […]

Gold Coins and Quality Rules in Heritage World Coin Auction

Gold Coins and Quality Rules in Heritage World Coin Auction

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #202 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………. On Jan. 5th and 6th, Heritage conducted one of the official auctions of the New York International Numismatic Convention, which is held every January at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. Although this […]

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Issues Wedge-Tailed Silver Eagle Coin Design by John Mercanti

The Coin Analyst: Perth Mint Issues Wedge-Tailed Silver Eagle Coin Design by John Mercanti

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… The iconic American silver eagle, the most widely collected and traded silver coin in the world, now has an Australian cousin that was created by the same person who designed the American eagle, retired U.S. Mint coin sculptor-engraver, John Mercanti. On January 7 the Perth Mint in Western Australia […]

Ever Feel Like Selling All of Your Coins? I Did – Maybe You Should, Too.

Ever Feel Like Selling All of Your Coins? I Did – Maybe You Should, Too.

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …….. When I got the idea to sell my collection, I didn’t know what to think. Was I bored?  Had I lost confidence in the hobby? Had my interests shifted so much that everything I’d put together so carefully before no longer appealed to me? Did I […]

Coin Board Market Analysis with David Lange

Coin Board Market Analysis with David Lange

Coin Board Market Analysis 2014 By David W. Lange – COIN BOARD NEWS 2013 was the quietest year for coin board offerings since my book was published in 2007. There was the usual assortment of so-so boards found on eBay, but many of these contained coins, so it was hard to determine the value bidders […]

By January 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Historic Pioneer Gold Collection To be Displayed At FUN Convention

Historic Pioneer Gold Collection To be Displayed At FUN Convention

by Al Doyle ……….. It’s almost a given in modern numismatics. Top-level collections are sold by major auction houses, as exemplified by the ongoing dispersal of Eric P. Newman’s impressive holdings. Russell Augustin of AU Capital Management is taking a somewhat different approach, as he will be displaying a 150-piece collection of Pioneer gold coinage […]

By January 6, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
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