Tips for Collectors

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 […]

Blanchard: The Beauty and Appeal of Toned Coins

Blanchard: The Beauty and Appeal of Toned Coins

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   In the many years that I’ve been in this market, one of my favorite areas of interest has always been type silver coins, regardless as to whether they are proof or mint state. One of the many factors associated with my […]

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 […]

Coin Collecting for Beginners – Why Short Sets Are No Small Potatoes

Coin Collecting for Beginners – Why Short Sets Are No Small Potatoes

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Short set of 1934-1938 Buffalo nickels, all protected in a custom-made display holder (image courtesy Littleton Coin Company). For many collectors, building a complete date and mint mark collection of any given coin series can be a daunting task. But there are some beautiful classic American issues that you […]

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   If you collect modern U. S. coins, then you collect commemoratives. Today, practically every coin the United States Mint produces commemorates someone or something. There’s a president on the obverse of every denomination, including Presidential $1 coins. The reverse of the quarter has been especially busy over the […]

Coin Collecting – How Long Should You Hold Your Collection?

Coin Collecting – How Long Should You Hold Your Collection?

Being in a rush when buying or selling coins will lead to poor results. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from collectors is about how long to hold before selling. This seems like a simple question, but the answer can be much more involved. Nearly all collectors pursue numismatics because they enjoy […]

Coin Collecting – What Is ‘Numismatics’?

Coin Collecting – What Is ‘Numismatics’?

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   If you’re new to the hobby or just starting to get serious about coin collecting, some of the lingo can sound pretty strange. And one word in particular may be the strangest of them all………. “Numismatics”. It looks funny, and it’s kind of funny to say. “NOO-miz-MAT-tiks”… reminds […]

CoinWeek IQ: Where the Smart Money is Heading in Today’s Coin Market – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Where the Smart Money is Heading in Today’s Coin Market – 4K Video

Where is the smart money heading in today’s rare coin market? Its a challenging question that e’re often asked by collectors and dealers as we travel the globe, covering the rare coin industry. In this CoinWeek IQ video, we set out to get an answer to this question by talking to Kagin’s Senior Numismatist David […]

By April 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #22 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …….. [This article was originally published on CoinLink in 2011.]  There will not be a live event conducted by any of the leading auction firms of rare U.S. coins in the next couple of weeks. […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   That was the exact question Collector X asked me, in a somewhat whiny manner, at a recent major coin show. But you know something? I can understand his disappointment. He had taken three days off from work, spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket, hotel and […]

Modern Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Silver Panda Coins

Modern Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Silver Panda Coins

2013 Chinese Silver Panda By Peter Anthony – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   A look at how others collect Chinese Panda coins may help you get your own collection started. A walk through one of China’s coin markets will reveal an amazing number of different types of Panda coins. On one shelf you can find […]

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   Grading practices are based on common sense aided by experience. In many instances the difference between two grades can be a significant amount of your hard-earned money. This is especially true comparing the prices of About Uncirculated and Uncirculated (Mint State) coins. Plainly stated, a coin is […]

US Coin Market – Expert Advice – The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

US Coin Market – Expert Advice – The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities.com ……   Three Old School Rules to Protect New Rare Coin Buyers I began my career in numismatics during the late eighties. Rare coins were undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Third party grading and encapsulation had begun in earnest. The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the American Numismatics Association Certifications […]

US Coin Collecting  – Thoughts on Originality

US Coin Collecting – Thoughts on Originality

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   “Originality.” It’s one of the most overused terms in all of numismatics. And it’s one of the most misunderstood as well. Given the choice, I believe that most people would rather own an “original” coin instead of one that has clearly had its appearance changed in recent years. […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ………   When I first started out in the coin business, I assumed I was going to sell everything; Morgan Dollars, Barber Dimes, Saint-Gaudens double eagles and Charlotte gold, I’d handle it all. But I quickly learned that it would be difficult–and costly–to be an expert in so many areas […]

By February 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Tips for New Collectors Joining the Numismatic Community

Tips for New Collectors Joining the Numismatic Community

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ….   Oh, you’re a coin dealer? What should I collect? This is a question that people have been asking me throughout my career, so I thought with a new year upon us I would try to offer some suggestions as 2016 gets […]

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting….   Some ACCG (Ancient Coin Collectors Guild) members have asked what they can do to assure that the purchases they make are legal. One might theoretically ask the same question about many objects or substances that are traded domestically and internationally. The ACCG web site offers a few […]

By December 31, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com….   First of all, I want to point out that coin price guides are just that… GUIDES! For convenience, they list just one price for a given grade of a coin. It’s important to note that different coins of the same issue and grade often trade for higher and lower […]

By December 31, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Two of the most basic terms that anyone new to numismatics needs to understand are Business Strike and Proof. Business strike coins are those made by the mint for general circulation. Proof coins are the numismatic delicacies struck for collectors each year. In general, business strike coins […]

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Please click here to read Part One of this Article …… Collectors with a “hard money” mentality who want to go beyond familiar series such as the American Silver Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf have a growing number of options when it comes to one-ounce silver pieces. It could […]

By December 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Collecting Strategies and Modern Silver World Coins

The Coin Analyst: Collecting Strategies and Modern Silver World Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   A new modern coin collector can very easily become overwhelmed. Whether attending a coin show, perusing hobby web sites and periodicals, or checking out dealer stores and web sites, new collectors quickly discover that with so many coins out there it’s easy to become lost when you’re just starting […]

By December 12, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report – An Observation About The Top End Of Markets

Legend Numismatics Market Report – An Observation About The Top End Of Markets

  1895 50C PR68 Cameo PCGS. CAC By Legend Numismatics ………. Last week we briefly commented about how Sothebys and Christies rang up around $2 BILLION dollars in art sales in a week. Plus, a few big diamonds traded for tens of millions each, while rare high end cars kept up their frenzied climb. This […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Buying Coins From Digital Photographs

Coin Collecting Strategies – Buying Coins From Digital Photographs

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities, Inc……..   My first job in the industry was in the back of a coin shop. The store had a “bid board” where collectors put up their coins for sale. Other collectors wrote in bids and the store took a small percentage for its troubles. Today most of the […]

Methods of Acquiring Coins

Methods of Acquiring Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   The wonderful thing about coin collecting is that you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy the many pleasures our hobby provides. There are numerous methods of acquiring coins, many of which are inexpensive. One fun way to begin a collection is to search your everyday pocket change. By doing […]

Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Ancient Coins might seem like a daunting area of numismatics to focus on for beginners. “Not so,” says CoinWeek Ancient Coin Expert Mike Markowitz. In this short informative video, shot at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore in November 2015, Mike lays out five simple things that you need to get started. This is a great […]

By November 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

By CoinWeek….   If you’ve ever been fascinated by the rich glamour and history of the ancient world but have yet to make the jump into Ancient Coins, then the Whitman Expo has just the presentation for you! Once again, CoinWeek is proud to announce that our resident Ancient Coin expert Mike Markowitz will be […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Budget Coin Collecting – Ten Attractive and Inexpensive World Coins

Budget Coin Collecting – Ten Attractive and Inexpensive World Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   The current economic slump has forced many collectors to cut spending to the bone. Even with their allure, coins can’t compete with buying groceries and paying the mortgage or rent. So what can the cash-strapped numismatist do to stay involved in his favorite pastime? Perhaps it’s time for a […]

By October 17, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – What should I collect?  Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics ……… I often reflect on the many blessings I have in my life. One of those blessings is the joy I receive from handling and looking at rare coins. In fact, I love my job. I get to look at coins virtually every day as a coin dealer. I […]

By October 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   You know, one of the great things about this hobby is that there’s something in it for everybody. Let’s say that you were really into cars, a real gear head. Unless you’re independently wealthy or a hedge fund trader, it’s doubtful that you’d ever get a […]

Beyond Plastic:  It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

Beyond Plastic: It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company….   There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin based upon its slab. Those days are over, and collectors should be glad they are What many people outside of the numismatic profession don’t understand is how much […]

 
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