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The Coin Analyst: Should Modern Coins be Graded?

The Coin Analyst: Should Modern Coins be Graded?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… I recently met a new coin collector and spent a little time giving him some advice about how to get the most out of his new hobby. He and wife had decided to put some money into silver bullion and some modern coins like American silver eagles and silver […]

By December 9, 2013 8 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: THE HOUSTON SHOW

Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: THE HOUSTON SHOW

This show is really Legends “escape show” more so then any other including our beloved Las Vegas Shows (lately they have personally cost us too much if you know what we mean). We LOVE the hotel-the Hilton of the Americas (of all the shows we do its our favorite) and last show we flew on […]

Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. It is interesting to study the grade distribution patterns for various branch mint gold issues. By this, I am referring to what percentage of a certain issue’s survivors exist in a specific grade range. In order to apply this to a practical numismatic situation, I am […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Silver Coin Series Gathers Steam

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Silver Coin Series Gathers Steam

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… A string of recent sell-outs of 2013 five-ounce silver America the Beautiful coins, especially the unexpected end of sales for several of the numismatic versions, is helping to drive increased interest in this series. All but three coins — two bullion and one numismatic – of this year’s ATB […]

By December 5, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Mention 1913, and the multimillion-dollar Liberty nickel of that year (five known) is often the first thing that comes to the mind of collectors. There were a higher than average number of other low-mintage coins issued a century ago. Buffalo nickels debuted in 1913 and are hugely popular with 21st century collectors. That […]

By December 4, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 8: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 8: Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #197 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Almost all of the U.S. silver coins that were in the Eric P. Newman Collection, plus some copper and nickel coins, were auctioned by Heritage on Nov. 15 and 16 […]

By December 4, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Is The Obamacare Fiasco Affecting Gold And Silver Prices?

Is The Obamacare Fiasco Affecting Gold And Silver Prices?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. It has been somewhat widely reported by the media that Thanksgiving weekend retail sales volume fell from 2012 levels.  I can think of two significant probable reasons why this occurred. First, even though the US government and the media are trying to pretend that […]

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com                 I was recently involved in a discussion with a collector about historic coin market trends.  He was fascinated with this history which gave him new insights into the areas he’s now collecting.  Therefore, I thought more people would be interested in a short background of the coin market during […]

By December 2, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek FAQ’s:  Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker.

CoinWeek FAQ’s: Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker.

Greetings, and welcome to the Winter edition of CoinWeek FAQ’s Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker………. Each and every month (or thereabouts), we take questions from you, the reader, and answer them in the way only we can. Got a question that’s been bothering you? Brave enough to ask? Email us at […]

The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bulls May Need to Rethink Their Position

The Coin Analyst: Precious Metal Bulls May Need to Rethink Their Position

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As the end of the first year in two decades in which gold prices are down for the year to the tune of 29%, it is a good time to review the outlook for precious metals and whether it is time to rethink one’s perspective. After all, if one […]

By December 1, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Independent Precious Metals Market Analysts Running Conservative

Independent Precious Metals Market Analysts Running Conservative

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. When you see gold and silver future price projections put out by the likes of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Bank of America, Citigroup, and other trading partners of the US government, keep in mind that they are almost certainly being told what to […]

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 7: Gem Quality Early U.S. Silver Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 7: Gem Quality Early U.S. Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #196 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………. The silver U.S. coins that were in the collection of Eric P. Newman, along with some U.S. copper coins and nickels, were auctioned by Heritage on Nov. 15 […]

By November 27, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

SILVER 101: Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… It’s that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift list? One word – silver – immediately comes to mind. Collectors and bullion investors often like to give silver coins, rounds and bars to others, and that is a timely gift […]

By November 25, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

A Letter from a Coin Collector Regarding the Newman Collection Sale

An Open Letter to Doug Winter – November 16, 2013 ………… Hi Doug, On the day following the Eric Newman Part II early silver auction, I wanted to take the time to thank you for all you’ve done for the hobby over these years. In internet parlance, I’ve been a lurker, someone who follows a […]

By November 25, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. Welcome back to the Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker guide to building the ultimate 20th century type set. In our last installment, we spelled out the basic principles of our type set strategy and focused on the most interesting small cent coins of the century. We […]

By November 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior:  Dot’s Coins

Rare Coin Road Warrior: Dot’s Coins

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, While some might accuse me of being somewhat of a ‘coin snob’, it has taken a lot of years and millions of dollars in rare coin purchases to get to that point!  You see, when I was a kid I was fascinated by money-any kind of money.  Old coins especially held […]

By November 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 6:  Auction Results for silver U.S. Coins

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 6: Auction Results for silver U.S. Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #195 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds The vast majority of the U.S. silver coins that were in the Eric P. Newman Collection, plus some other coins from the same collection, were auctioned by Heritage on […]

By November 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

Interesting and inexpensive coins of Russia

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Imagine a vast nation with a long and fascinating history of numismatic issues. Does that sound like an introduction for an overview of U.S. coinage? Guess again. The coins of Russia have a large collector following both internally and internationally. Eye appeal always plays a major role in popularity, and the Cyrillic lettering […]

By November 18, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report: The Eric Newman Collection Sale

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The Eric Newman Collection Sale

OF COURSE WE TOLD YOU SO! We’re not trying to be everyones warm and fuzzy friend, tell you how many cokes we drank at the auction, or the trip from hell we had to get there. The recent Eric Newman Collection auction was one of the most important auctions of past decade and we are […]

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… With a lifespan of just 15 years (1948-63) and no high-priced key dates even in Mint State grades, the Franklin half dollar is an ideal series for budget-conscious collectors. The 35-piece date set contains 12.66 ounces of silver, and it can be pursued by everyone from those with meager funds to numismatists who […]

By November 15, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views For those initiated into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the group has […]

US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. A member of Russia’s national legislature, Mikhail Degtyarev has introduced a bill in that nation’s parliament to outlaw the use or possession of US Dollar currency. Degtyarev, a member of the Liberal Democrat Party and a losing candidate for mayor of Moscow in the […]

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

By November 14, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #194 A Weekly Column for CoinWeek by Greg Reynolds …………….. This is the fifth in a series on the Eric Newman Coin Collection, the most famous coin collection to be auctioned since the Eliasberg and Pittman sales […]

By November 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: The Baltimore Show

Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: The Baltimore Show

Good grief! Where did all the people come from? Thursday had one of the best crowds we have seen a very long time. Saw many “old friends” and made a few new ones too. Legend did do more sales to collectors then normal for the show. Overall, the show was surprisingly good! As usual our […]

Coin Appraisals:  Sadly…you may need one, but don’t know it!

Coin Appraisals: Sadly…you may need one, but don’t know it!

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com ……….. It’s easy to become smug about valuing coins.  On the surface it seems easy – just look up the date, mintmark and grade of your coin in your favorite price guide or auction prices realized list and there you have it! This may be fine for common date Mint […]

By November 11, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: News from the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: News from the U.S. Mint

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Here is a round-up of news developments from the U.S. Mint and some recommendations for 2013 coins to watch. Commemorative coins Unlike in years past when sales ended in mid-December, this year the U.S. Mint has decided to sell its 2013-dated commemorative coins until the last day of the […]

By November 8, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Coins: Cassie McFarland’s Glove Design a Perfect Fit

Commemorative Coins: Cassie McFarland’s Glove Design a Perfect Fit

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. There’s something about an old ball glove. That’s the sentiment behind San Luis Obispo, California-based artist Cassie McFarland’s last-minute entry in the Mint’s baseball coin design competition, held earlier this year. Her winning design, entitled “A Hand Full of Gold”, will serve as the common obverse […]

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ?  Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ? Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Does that headline sound insane? How can a collector with limited funds even think of obtaining something from the jaw-dropping Eric P. Newman collection? It should be obvious that I’m not advising Joe Lunchbucket to bid on the 1796 Draped Bust Small Eagle quarter certified as MS-67* by the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. (all […]

By November 7, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Proof-only Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) of 1863

The Proof-only Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) of 1863

Coin Rarities & Related Topics #193: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community ……………………… A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1796 to 1929, though not in every year. The Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night auction session that will be held on Thurs. […]

By November 6, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
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