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Low Mintages To Create New Modern Rarities

Low Mintages To Create New Modern Rarities

By Steve Roach – The Rare Coin Market Report Blog The U.S. Mint’s Dec. 1 announcement that it is placing tighter than expected mintage limits on the new 2010 America the Beautiful 5-ounce .999 fine silver bullion quarter dollars may result in the creation of some new modern rarities. The large (3 inches in diameter) […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 2: Reform

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 2: Reform

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the collecting community #29 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I explain the PCGS SecurePlus program in part 1. Here in part 2, Don Willis, the president of the PCGS, responds to the explanation that I put forth in part 1, and I argue, with assistance […]

The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In the Bowers and Merena November 2010 Baltimore auction, a business strike 1875 half eagle sold without a lot of fanfare for a lot of money. I think this was one of the most significant individual sales in the rare gold coin market in 2010 and I’d like to spend […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 1: An Explanation

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The PCGS SecurePlus Program, Part 1: An Explanation

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #28 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On March 25, 2010, David Hall and Don Willis, the top officials at the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), announced and explained the PCGS SecurePlus™ program, known for weeks before as “The Big One”! For […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The B&M Auction of the Malibu Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The B&M Auction of the Malibu Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #27 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I. The Malibu Collection In Baltimore, on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, B&M auctioned the ‘Malibu’ collections of Standing Liberty Quarters (SLQs), Liberty Seated Halves and Liberty Seated Dollars. Though I have a strong affinity for […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Stack’s auction of the W. L. Carson Collection of Proof Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Stack’s auction of the W. L. Carson Collection of Proof Coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #26 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The current topic is the W. L. Carson collection, which features Proof U.S. coins. It was auctioned by Stack’s in Baltimore last week. B&M also conducted a major auction in Baltimore, which included the Malibu Collection. Next week, I […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The CoinFest, Washlady Dollar, 1861-O $20 gold coin, Connecticut Coppers

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The CoinFest, Washlady Dollar, 1861-O $20 gold coin, Connecticut Coppers

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #25 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I. The CoinFest The fourth annual CoinFest was held in Stamford (CT) from Oct. 28th to Oct. 30th. For the first time, Heritage conducted the official CoinFest auction and this auction was very successful. Below, […]

Is It Time to Buy an S.S. Central America Double Eagle Gold Coin ?

Is It Time to Buy an S.S. Central America Double Eagle Gold Coin ?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com For many years, it’s been no secret that I haven’t been a big fan of the 1857-S double eagles that trace their origin from the famous S.S. Central America shipwreck. I’ve written that price levels of these coins haven’t made sense to me and I’ve have had problems with their […]

Coin Market: Generics slow to match gains of gold, silver

Coin Market: Generics slow to match gains of gold, silver

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report First published in the November 8, 2010, issue of Coin World Some of the coins that one would expect to rise such as generic Mint State Morgan silver dollars and Coronet and Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles are showing only minimal gains, although they are trading at […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior – October 2010

Rare Coin Road Warrior – October 2010

Hi, my name is Vic Bozarth and I am a Rare Coin Road Warrior. I have spent most of my twenty plus years in the rare coin business at shows or on buying trips all over the continental U.S. My wife, Sherri Bozarth, and I own Bozarth Numismatics Inc. and our website is Bozarthcoins.com. In […]

Gold Dominates Coin Market as Records Fall

Gold Dominates Coin Market as Records Fall

By Steve Roach First published in the Nov. 1, 2010, issue of Coin World Gold is currently the engine that is driving the rare coin market. It seems that Coin World’s Market Analysis of late has been alternating between gold one week and everything else the next week. However, an emphasis on gold is appropriate […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #23 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week’s column was about dealer recommendations for new collectors who seek coins valued at $250, more or less, with consideration of a few that are valued at more than $1000. Among the experts that […]

The Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Market Report

The Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics – Below is a portion of the most recent Legend Market Report GOLD This is hard for us to believe that gold spot went up, yet ALL Generic $20’s came down! That is the most ridiculous thing we have ever seen. We have been told that the market makers […]

A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I recently bought and sold a seemingly innocuous 1859-D quarter eagle that had a great degree of numismatic significance. Before I explain why, let me give you a little background on the specific coin and on this issue in general. This 1859-D quarter eagle has been graded as Fine-15 by […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Modern Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Modern Coins

News and Analysis on coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #24 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The purpose this week is to put forth clear, constructive points regarding the collecting of modern U.S. coins. Readers who are already familiar with modern coins may wish to skip to section three, where John Albanese, […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part 2

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part 2

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #23-Part2 A continuation of a Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Usually, this column is published each Wednesday morning and not at other times. I came to believe, however, that this week’s topic is of tremendous importance and warrants two parts. [Click Here […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #23 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week’s column was about dealer recommendations for new collectors who seek coins valued at $250, more or less, with consideration of a few that are valued at more than $1000. Among the experts that […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1796 quarter, San Francisco Liberty Seated Dimes, 1931 Denver Mint $20 gold coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1796 quarter, San Francisco Liberty Seated Dimes, 1931 Denver Mint $20 gold coin

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #21 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week’s column was devoted to cents and half cents. This week, I am writing about a few silver coins and a 1931-D Saint Gaudens Double Eagle ($20 gold coin). Though 1931-D Saints may be […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1943-D copper cent, 1795 Reeded Edge cent, 1811/0 cent, and half cent errors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1943-D copper cent, 1795 Reeded Edge cent, 1811/0 cent, and half cent errors

News and Analysis on coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #20 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I had originally intended to write this week about a variety of coins that were offered in the recently concluded Southern California auctions by the Goldbergs and Heritage. News regarding auction results, however, has been superseded […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1856-O Double Eagles and other Great Rarities that I have seen

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1856-O Double Eagles and other Great Rarities that I have seen

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #19 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This week, I wish to focus upon the topic of viewing Great Rarities. This topic relates to several key concepts: (1) To understand and appreciate Great Rarities, there is a need to see them. (2) […]

Extreme Rarities in the Greatest Collection of U.S. Silver Coins to be Auctioned in More Than a Decade

Extreme Rarities in the Greatest Collection of U.S. Silver Coins to be Auctioned in More Than a Decade

By Greg Reynolds for CoinLink …..   On April 29 and 30 in Cincinnati, Heritage will auction the collection of “Joseph C. Thomas,” which features U.S. copper, nickel and silver coins, from the 1790s to the mid-20th century. As far as I know, the Thomas collection does not contain any gold coins. In terms of […]

Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins By Q. David Bowers

Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins By Q. David Bowers

From Q. David Bowers comes a book so comprehensive and authoritative that only the “Dean of American Numismatics” could have created it! Drawing on the expertise of dozens of specialists from around the world, plus Bowers’s own vast knowledge of the subject, the Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins includes: * Chapter 1: […]

Unique 1870 San Francisco Mint Half Dime Exhibited at CoinFest

Unique 1870 San Francisco Mint Half Dime Exhibited at CoinFest

By Greg Reynolds for CoinLink Only one 1870 San Francisco Mint half dime is known to exist. It was on display on Oct. 27 & 28 at the first CoinFest, at the East Greenwich (CT) Civic Center. Please see my separate article about the CoinFest event. Most collectors have either never heard of the 1870-S […]

CoinFest a Success – CAC Accepts Submissions

CoinFest a Success – CAC Accepts Submissions

By Greg Reynolds for CoinLink The first CoinFest was held on Oct. 27 & 28 at the Eastern Greenwich (CT) Civic Center. The unique 1870-S half dime was prominently exhibited near the entrance, and is the topic of a separate article that will appear on CoinLink. The show was organized and promoted by Jon Lerner, […]

Book Voted as Pre-College Read

Book Voted as Pre-College Read

History of the United States Mint and Its Coinage by David W. Lange ranked 182nd among the “Books Everyone Should Read Before College,” according to a poll of Amazon.com independent booksellers. It was conducted by bookseller Seth Hopkins of Cup o’ Books in Rochester, N.Y. “This is an outstanding achievement for a numismatic book,” said […]

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