Modern Coins

Stampede of Buffalo Gold Coins

Stampede of Buffalo Gold Coins

By C. D. Daughtrey …….. Every so often the United States Mint releases a new coin issue that creates quite a buzz in the numismatic community.  In case you have missed it, this has actually happened twice this year (2013).  The first occurrence was with the two-coin Silver Eagle set issued by the West Point […]

By September 16, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Royal Canadian Mint sells out all 7,500 of second issue in Bald Eagle Series

Royal Canadian Mint sells out all 7,500 of second issue in Bald Eagle Series

The Royal Canadian Mint issues some commemorative coins with tiny mintages that are unheard of for United States issues—like just 7,500 of a $20 face coin, containing 1 troy oz. of the purest (99.99%) silver. Since the design features a pair of bald eagles, this could be nicknamed the modern “Double Eagle Twenty Dollar” coin. […]

By September 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Are the Chicago ANA Buffalo Reverse Proof Gold Coins Really That Special?

The Coin Analyst: Are the Chicago ANA Buffalo Reverse Proof Gold Coins Really That Special?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Leo Freese wrote recently  about the 2013-W Buffalo reverse proof gold coins, specifically those sold and graded at the recent ANA World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois and asked if he should buy those coins. He suggested that because no more than 1500 of the total mintage […]

By September 3, 2013 23 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2013 First Spouse Coins Coming Soon but Long-Term Series Demand Unclear

The Coin Analyst: 2013 First Spouse Coins Coming Soon but Long-Term Series Demand Unclear

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Probably no modern U.S. coin series divides collectors as much as the gold First Spouse coins issued by the U.S. Mint since 2007. The debate over these coins focuses on two main issues: whether the coins should have been issued in the first place and their long-term outlook. Some […]

The Coin Analyst: ANA Convention Highlights Include Buffalo Gold Coins and Future Plans of the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: ANA Convention Highlights Include Buffalo Gold Coins and Future Plans of the U.S. Mint

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… At the recently-concluded American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, the most important coin show of the year, a major highlight was the fact that the US Mint was selling the 2013-W American Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin in person to show attendees. From the start […]

The Coin Analyst:  Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin Sales Quickly Double Those of Regular Proof

The Coin Analyst: Reverse Proof Buffalo Gold Coin Sales Quickly Double Those of Regular Proof

 By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As expected, the most anticipated U.S. gold coin of the year, the 2013-W $50 Reverse Proof Buffalo, is selling at very brisk pace On Thursday, August 8, the day the coin was launched,  CoinNews.net reported that 2,641 orders for 12,630 coins were received during the first half hour of […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Shipments Delayed by Packaging, According to U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Shipments Delayed by Packaging, According to U.S. Mint

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… West Point set delays A large number of purchasers of the 2013-W West Point silver eagle sets have been frustrated by ongoing delays in the shipment of their orders. Although they found out as soon as their orders were placed that the sets would not ship right away, many […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Releases from Great Britain, San Marino, Australia, and Canada

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Releases from Great Britain, San Marino, Australia, and Canada

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… Modern world coin collectors have to be selective because so many different releases are issued regularly all over the world. Even if you only collect the coins of one country, most people find it necessary to zero in on the coins and series that have the most appeal to […]

The Coin Analyst: American Liberty Coin Series Proposed in New Bill

The Coin Analyst: American Liberty Coin Series Proposed in New Bill

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… On June 27 Rep. Andrew Barr (Republican of Kentucky) introduced H.R. 2535, the American Liberty Coinage and Deficit Reduction Act of 2013. So far the bill has four co-sponsors and has been referred to the House Committee of Financial Services. If the bill continues to garner support in the […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… Summer used to be a slower time for coin collecting, but it is increasingly becoming just as busy as the rest of the year is. There are many interesting recent developments at the U.S. Mint. These include lower prices on its silver coins, the release of some exciting new […]

Modern Coins Trading at Summer FUN in Orlando July 2013. VIDEO: 1:13

Modern Coins Trading at Summer FUN in Orlando July 2013. VIDEO: 1:13

Daniel Kedem, Gainesville Coin Interviewer: David Lisot………. Modern coins continue to garner a large portion of the market share of coins that trade both at coin shows and on the Internet. Daniel Kedem of Gainesville Coin talks about which modern issues are most popular. Copyright © CoinWeek July 2013 2013 Summer FUN SHOW – Orlando […]

By July 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Spring 2013 Gold Panda Coins Surge

The Spring 2013 Gold Panda Coins Surge

Guest Article by Jay Feldis on RarePandaCoins Submitted by Jef Andrews …….. February, March, and April were very exciting months for the Chinese coin market, especially for gold Pandas.  As the price of gold paper contracts on the COMEX and London markets declined from $1700 to $1350 per ounce, Chinese panda collectors went into full buying […]

By July 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Modern Coin Collecting: A Commemorative “Key-Date” MS-69 Short Set

Modern Coin Collecting: A Commemorative “Key-Date” MS-69 Short Set

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …….. Today we’ll talk about the modern commemorative “key date” MS-69 short set – a set comprised of the four most expensive half dollars in MS-69 condition. In the coin market, the health of key coins can dictate the growth potential of more common dates. By looking […]

West Point Silver Eagle Sets Shipping with Delays; Silver Coins May Be Repriced

West Point Silver Eagle Sets Shipping with Delays; Silver Coins May Be Repriced

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… West Point set shipments Last year when the Mint launched the 2012-S San Francisco two-coin American silver eagle set on a minted to demand basis, the fulfillment of orders took several months from the time sales ended in early July. That caused a lot of collectors to cancel their […]

The Coin Analyst: From the Trenches of the Whitman Baltimore Expo

The Coin Analyst: From the Trenches of the Whitman Baltimore Expo

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Three times a year Whitman Publishing sponsors the Whitman Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, an east coast city with a storied history that is known to locals as Charm City. The show is held at the modern convention center located around the corner from Camden Yards, the home of the Orioles, and near the […]

Collecting Modern Coins: Much has changed in recent years.

Collecting Modern Coins: Much has changed in recent years.

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Huge prices for finest knowns are just part of the modern coin market. For most of my career I have dealt almost exclusively in vintage United States coinage. This would be defined as coins struck from 1793 to around 1947. To me, series like […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Graded Sets Moving Up; Baseball Coin Semi-Finals

The Coin Analyst: West Point Graded Sets Moving Up; Baseball Coin Semi-Finals

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… More on West Point graded sets While buyers of the 2013 West Point American Silver Eagle coin sets wait for the U.S. Mint to begin shipping their orders, which is expected to start on June 17, I have noticed that pre-order prices on e-Bay have increased substantially. This may be a sign that […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Sales End at the Mint, as Graded Set Price Wars Begin

The Coin Analyst: West Point Set Sales End at the Mint, as Graded Set Price Wars Begin

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… On June 6 the U.S. Mint  ended sales of the special two-coin American Silver Eagle set marking the 75th anniversary of the West Point Mint. As of the previous day, 251,695 sets were sold, according to the Mint’s web site odometer, a number similar to the last day’s number for the 2012 San […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin News Round-Up

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin News Round-Up

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… New coins from Vatican City, Ireland, and Canada are featured in this installment of the modern world coin news round-up. Vatican City’s Sede Vacante Coins Released June 3 In an April column on Numismaster.com written after the inauguration of Pope Francis I, Patrick Heller commented that various world coins commemorating the new pontiff […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Coin News Round-Up

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Coin News Round-Up

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Allocations lifted on White Mountain coins and 1/10th ounce American Gold Eagles On May 28 the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) announced to its network of Authorized Purchasers that it is lifting restrictions on sales of the 5-ounce silver America the Beautiful coin for the White Mountain National Forest. Prior to the launch of sales […]

John Maben Talks About the New 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set. VIDEO: 6:05

John Maben Talks About the New 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set. VIDEO: 6:05

John Maben, CEO, Modern Coin Mart Interviewer: David Lisot……. John Maben owns a company that specializes in selling modern coins. He talks about the new innovative finish on the Silver Eagle being offered for sale by the US Mint. He discusses the breadth of the collector base for modern issues and shares his opinion about […]

US Mint Releases New 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set. VIDEO: 3:49

US Mint Releases New 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set. VIDEO: 3:49

Marc Landry, Plant Manager, US Mint, Philadelphia Interviewer: David Lisot The United States Mint continues its efforts to create new and interesting numismatic collectibles. Marc Landry runs the plant at the Philadelphia Mint and is also Acting Associate Director of Sales and Marketing. He describes the new Silver Eagle set available from the West Point […]

The Coin Analyst: West Point Silver Eagle Set Sales Break First-Day Records

The Coin Analyst: West Point Silver Eagle Set Sales Break First-Day Records

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Sales of the West Point Silver Eagle sets began at noon on May 9. According to David Harper of Numismatic News , during the first two hours 88,000 sets were sold, which is more than during the entire first day of sales of last year’s San Francisco sets. The 2012 sets sold 85,341 […]

The Coin Analyst: White Mountain Five-Ounce Silver Numismatic Coin Available May 16, as America the Beautiful Series Strives to Reach Series Maturity

The Coin Analyst: White Mountain Five-Ounce Silver Numismatic Coin Available May 16, as America the Beautiful Series Strives to Reach Series Maturity

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… After a three-month delay while the Mint determined mintage levels for the coins, the first 2013 five-ounce silver America the Beautiful coin for the White Mountain national park will be released on May 16. The next two coins in the series will follow on June 6 and 27. The last two for this […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint to Release West Point Silver Eagle Set May 9

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint to Release West Point Silver Eagle Set May 9

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… This spring is shaping up as a busy period for the U.S. Mint and an exciting, albeit expensive one for collectors of modern U.S. coins because so many coins are being released in rapid succession. On the heels of the release of the regular and silver proof sets, new presidential and Native American […]

The Coin Analyst: American Liberty Circulating Commemorative Proposal Aims to Revitalize Modern American Coinage

The Coin Analyst: American Liberty Circulating Commemorative Proposal Aims to Revitalize Modern American Coinage

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… If there is one idea for improving American coin designs that appears to command a broad consensus among collectors of American coins, it is that the U.S. should mint more coins with images of Liberty on them. That is a recurring them in recommendations from collectors that appear in online forums and elsewhere. […]

The Coin Analyst: 2013 Gold Libertads a Great Choice for Buyers

The Coin Analyst: 2013 Gold Libertads a Great Choice for Buyers

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As regular readers of this column probably know, I believe one of the best ways to acquire gold and silver is to buy coins that are semi-numismatic. In my view, semi-numismatic precious metal coins are primarily modern bullion coins that have low mintages yet sell for a relatively small premium over melt value. […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Surveys Customers about Possible Special Sets in 2014 to Mark 50th Anniversary of JFK Half Dollar

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Surveys Customers about Possible Special Sets in 2014 to Mark 50th Anniversary of JFK Half Dollar

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… John F. Kennedy remains one of the most admired and beloved presidents in American history as the 50th anniversary of his assassination, which will be on November 22, approaches. Already the Republic of San Marino, the oldest constitutional republic in the world and one of the smallest countries, is […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint’s New Laser Frosting Technique Pushes the Envelope in Coin Design Process

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint’s New Laser Frosting Technique Pushes the Envelope in Coin Design Process

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Modern U.S. numismatic coins have until recently tended to be more conservative in their use of newer technologies. But major change is brewing at the U.S. Mint today. Steve Antonucci, who serves as branch manager for digital process and development at the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia, is at […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Commemorative Coins Expected to Draw Widespread Interest

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Commemorative Coins Expected to Draw Widespread Interest

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… The U.S. commemorative coin program has been in the doldrums to some extent for the past couple of years. That can be seen in declining sales and mintage numbers, especially of the $5 gold coins, which have seen lower lows for each of the past three years. Moreover, the […]

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