Expert Columns

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   If a professional numismatist is known as “Mr. Commem”, then it’s obvious that he would carry a large selection of silver and gold U.S. commemorative coins issued from 1892 to 1954. That line of reasoning applies to Anthony Swiatek, but his interest in the field extends far beyond […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Genuine 1856 Flying Eagle Cent By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   NGC graders find an altered-date 1856 Flying Eagle cent and explain what to avoid. The 1856 Flying Eagle cent is an important and highly collectible issue because of its status as the first Small Cent. Large Cents, which had been struck […]

Buying Rare Coins: Numismatics and Credit

Buying Rare Coins: Numismatics and Credit

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …..   The use of credit for numismatic purposes is not a bad thing, but must be used responsibly The famed collector John J. Pittman is legendary for having the foresight to have mortgaged his home to have funds to acquire coins in the 1954 King Farouk […]

Precious Metals Market – Tycoon Reaps $1.3 Billion on Silver

Precious Metals Market – Tycoon Reaps $1.3 Billion on Silver

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Mexico’s second-richest man, Alberto Bailleres, has benefited greatly from his extensive position in precious metals so far this year. Between his majority stake in a pair of Mexican mining companies, Industrias Penoles SAB and Fresnillo Plc, the gold and silver magnate has outpaced his wealthiest counterparts in […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Surges over Disappointing Jobs Number

Gold Markets Report – Gold Surges over Disappointing Jobs Number

Commentary for Friday, June 3, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $30.90 on the Comex today at $1240.70 so it continues to surprise. Of course the reason gold popped to the upside was the dismal jobs’ number. This was not what Janet Yellen […]

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast Harvey Stack is a numismatic luminary. Having lived a full life completely immersed in the coin hobby and industry, the elder Stack has a love for coins and their collectors unlike any other living figure in the hobby. In this CoinWeek Mega Podcast, no topic is off […]

Pogue IV Auction Analysis: Why Did You Expect It To Be Easy?

Pogue IV Auction Analysis: Why Did You Expect It To Be Easy?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   “We have now one of the huge lots of the evening. The Sultan of Muscat–Childs–Pogue 1804 Dollar. The Class I Original. Finest Known Example of the King of American Coins… I am looking for a bid of Seven Million Six Hundred Thousand. Any interest at […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 19: Most Dynamic Half Eagles in 4th Auction

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 19: Most Dynamic Half Eagles in 4th Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #334 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Last week, silver coins in the fourth auction of the Pogue Family Coin Collection were covered. The Pogue IV sale was conducted in New York city by […]

Martha or George? Comparing First Spouse and Presidential Dollar Coins

Martha or George? Comparing First Spouse and Presidential Dollar Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   The First Spouse Bullion Coin Program consists of several different numismatic products offered by the U.S. Mint. The series runs concurrently with the Presidential $1 Coin Program and honors the spouses of our presidents. Over the course of each year since 2007, the Mint issues half-ounce gold coins […]

Remembering the Vietnam War and Those Who Served with Coins

Remembering the Vietnam War and Those Who Served with Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   I wrote about the Pacific island nation of Niue not too long ago, and a one-ounce, 99.9% pure silver coin it had issued commemorating the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. What I didn’t mention in that blog post was the fact the the Lincoln Memorial coin is part […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Blinks in the Face of Higher Interest Rates

Gold Market Report – Gold Blinks in the Face of Higher Interest Rates

Commentary for Friday, May 27, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold market closed down $11.40 at $1207.70 in another round of selling going into the long weekend. Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s public comments today were very hawkish – she is pleased with most aspects of […]

Popsicles And Indian Cents Stick With You

Popsicles And Indian Cents Stick With You

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   June Ushers in Traditional Long Beach Auctions Unlike in the olden days, like when I was a kid, late spring is becoming one of the busier times of the year in the numismatic world. As the merry month of May winds down, major record setting auctions […]

Pogue Family Coin Collection Part 18 – Half Dollars and Bust Dollars Fare Well in 4th Auction

Pogue Family Coin Collection Part 18 – Half Dollars and Bust Dollars Fare Well in 4th Auction

News and Analysis regarding coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #332 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   The fourth in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Coin Collection was conducted on Tuesday, May 24, by Stack’s-Bowers in association with Sotheby’s. Too much attention has been paid to the fact that the […]

US Coins – Jack and Ike: The 40 Percent Club Short Set

US Coins – Jack and Ike: The 40 Percent Club Short Set

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   1965 was a momentous year for U.S. coinage. It was the year we made the switch from silver alloy to clad, and for many it marks the boundary between “real” money and whatever you’d want to call our coinage since then. To some collectors, the word “modern” is […]

US Coin Album –  Steel This Cent

US Coin Album – Steel This Cent

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   A number of years ago, I purchased a strip of webbing for 1943 steel cents. “Webbing” is the US Mint’s term for punched-out planchet strips. When a strip of coin metal is run through the punching press it comes out with a […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Breaks Lower over Possible Interest Rate Hike

Gold Markets Report – Gold Breaks Lower over Possible Interest Rate Hike

Commentary for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …..   Gold closed down $22.60 at $1228.90 – this was the other shoe falling. The easy answer as to why gold continued to sag this morning… new home sales. The actual number blew past the estimate […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 4

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 4

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In the U.S., sales tax is levied on a state and local level, so there is no one rule that fits all precious metal purchases. The complications wrought by conflict between the tax laws applying to the buyer […]

Gold Exchange Traded Funds May Have Hidden Risk

Gold Exchange Traded Funds May Have Hidden Risk

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are among the American Public’s most popular methods to hold, trade or speculate in gold. They were first offered in the 1990s. The largest, SPDR Gold Shares, began in 2004. The early ETFs encountered significant resistance because gold believers demanded physical […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz ….   The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise […]

The Coin Analyst: Silver Art Rounds Now Widely Collected

The Coin Analyst: Silver Art Rounds Now Widely Collected

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Over the past couple of years, a newer type of collectible silver product has become very popular–specifically, silver art rounds with attractive designs and high-quality minting. In addition, silver art rounds are sometimes struck in high relief or ultra-high relief and often in limited numbers. And some of […]

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Photo Credit: American Numismatic Association; CoinWeek By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   The numismatic hobby at the turn of the 20th century was much different than it is today. The pages of the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatist were filled with familiar faces and names. It was a club magazine in the truest sense. This […]

Coins, Artifacts from Ancient Roman Shipwreck Found off Israeli Coast

Coins, Artifacts from Ancient Roman Shipwreck Found off Israeli Coast

Biggest find in Israeli territorial waters in the last 30 years By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA), with the support of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation, has been very active in the ancient port city of Caesarea in recent years. Early in 2015, the IAA recovered the largest trove of […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 17: Importance of 4th Sale to Collectors who Cannot Afford the Coins

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 17: Importance of 4th Sale to Collectors who Cannot Afford the Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #332 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The fourth in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Coin Collection will be conducted on Tuesday, May 24, by Stack’s Bowers in association with Sotheby’s. […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Pre-New Orleans PCGS Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ….   WE CAN’T BELIEVE IT We thought May would be a decent month. So far, it’s turning out to be a record-breaking month! Again, late January thought early March was a “perfect storm” of negativity from the coin market (as well as oil, stocks, etc). Prices certainly fell sharply during […]

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Link to Part 1 5.) Irene of Athens Like much of the Middle Ages, the history of the Byzantine Empire is fascinating and complex. Unfortunately, it’s not a familiar topic to many Americans. Numismatically, it’s an exceedingly rich field of study, and the next woman […]

Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. As someone who sells a lot of coins, I have some selling tips/tricks/thoughts that I’d like to share. 1. Don’t Get Into a Forced Sale Situation. When it comes to buying coins, most people (dealers and collectors) are sharks. If they know that you are in a situation of […]

Silver Stacking 101 – DON’T PANIC!

Silver Stacking 101 – DON’T PANIC!

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. If I was given a $1 bill for every lament I’ve heard from those who bought physical silver just before the spot price dropped once the purchase was made, I could fill a briefcase with portraits of George Washington. So what if silver drops $1 or $2 after you […]

Coin Board News – Number 39

Coin Board News – Number 39

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 39 — Summer 2016 SPECIAL INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE! Several issues of CBN have gone by without a list of boards for sale, but the drought is finally over. In the absence of significant new purchases, I’m taking this opportunity to […]

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

Editor’s Note – World Mint Directors’ Conference XXIX: A Time for Cooperation

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   I’ve been home about a week from my trip to Thailand where CoinWeek was invited to be a presenter at the XXIX World Mint Director’s Conference. I have to say that the Royal Thai Mint did a fantastic job hosting the event in the heart of Bangkok, a […]

Building an Almost Uncirculated, Complete Type Set of Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins)

Building an Almost Uncirculated, Complete Type Set of Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins)

 News and Analysis regarding scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #331 A Weekly Analytical CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. There are eight design types of half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins). For a total of less than $60,000, a complete type set may be assembled, with all coins having been certified by […]

 
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