Tips for Collectors

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market.” As I talked about in that article, once you’ve learned the basics of how the rare coin market works, you can start focusing on developing a plan with which to begin building your investment […]

Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

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 desperation, […]

Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market

Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Okay, so you’ve decided that owning rare coins for economic and personal reasons makes sense. Now, how do you get a grip on how the rare coin market works? First of all, take an interest in rare coins. You don’t have to become an expert, just learn the […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #55 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Dr. Robert Hesselgesser assembled one of the all-time most complete collections of regular issue, bust silver dollars. On Monday, May 30th, the firm of the Goldbergs auctioned Hesselgesser’s set of bust silver dollars at the […]

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com When I was a kid just beginning to get serious about coins, an older local dealer made a comment that has stayed with me for years. When discussing his buying philosophy he said, “Stick with the keys, kid, you’ll never go wrong.” What he meant, of course, was that if […]

Coin Terminology: Is it a Widget?

Coin Terminology: Is it a Widget?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com One of the newer catch-all coin terms that’s been making the rounds is “widget.” This is a derogatory term meaning a coin that is common, boring, and lacking in character. I would primarily characterize a widget as something that is generic in nature. No one goes out and says “I’m […]

What is a Fresh Coin?

What is a Fresh Coin?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I was recently having a numismatic conversation with someone about an auction (sad life, I know…) and the subject of “fresh coins” came up. This person is knowledgeable and I respect his opinion. And after three minutes of discussion, I realized that his view of freshness and mine were different. […]

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities A look at the PNNA – Tukwila,WA Dealers have prattled on and on about the lack of fresh material. The downturn in the economy and impending inflationary cycle have taken many of the high-end scarcer coins and pushed them deeper into already deep pockets. There were a number of articles […]

By April 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Rare Coin Market Report by Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics In this month’s RCMR I am going to talk about rare coin auctions and the ‘games’ some individuals play to manipulate the system. This is a two part series in which I will discuss auction venues where rare coins can be purchased. In next month’s […]

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, few of these articles mentioned the internet; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important development with numismatic applications since […]

The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

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 Services (ANACS) […]

By March 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and coin collecting #45 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the recent auction in Sacramento, two 1881-S Morgan Dollars with eye-catching toning realized sums that caught my attention. While the prices realized for these two silver dollars are not huge in the realm of auctions, these […]

Bozarth Rare Coin Market Report

Bozarth Rare Coin Market Report

We are already well into our third month of the year and the rare coin market is really cooking. Bullion prices are up, demand is up, bid levels are up, and sales are really climbing. Sounds good, right? Yes, I am pleased that prices are FINALLY starting to rise again, but ‘Where’s the BEEF’. In […]

By March 9, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In numismatics, there are essentially two types of coins. There are coins that are condition rarities and there are coins that are absolute rarities. A condition rarity is a coin whose value is primarily derived from its high degree of preservation. An absolute rarity is a coin whose rarity is […]

By February 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
One size fits all pricing approach doesn’t always work with Morgan dollars

One size fits all pricing approach doesn’t always work with Morgan dollars

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the March 7, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World The Morgan dollar is widely traded at all levels, from the top-grade rarities that sell in the high-six figures for investment portfolios to the low-grade polished coins that trade in bulk as collectible alternatives to silver bullion. The […]

By February 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins:  Basics For Beginners

Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins: Basics For Beginners

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds People have asked me, “What should I collect,” or, separately, “What are the best coins to buy now.” People frequently become angry when I decline to answer such questions with simple, encompassing statements. Much depends upon the budget and interests of the individual coin buyer. Each collector should read, […]

By February 16, 2011 5 Comments Read More →
4 Easy Tips on How to Build a Great Collection

4 Easy Tips on How to Build a Great Collection

By Legend Numismatics Legend Numismatics has built more of the FINEST KNOWN Collections of true classic US coins than any dealer active today. We’ve built the FINEST EVER Half Dime collection. our signature FINEST EVER MS Trade Dollar Collection, and we have just finished building the FINEST EVER $3 GEM Proof Collection (just to pick three […]

Numismatic Specialties Are Like Gold in Your Pocket

Numismatic Specialties Are Like Gold in Your Pocket

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investment When someone asks what type of rare coins I collect, and what suggestions might be valuable to another person, my advice is almost always the same: The foundation of collecting or investing in numismatics should be based on your personal preferences, so take the time to investigate the many […]

Coin Marketing: Not affiliated with, licensed or endorsed by the US Mint

Coin Marketing: Not affiliated with, licensed or endorsed by the US Mint

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments How many times have you seen this disclaimer on those cheesy TV ads selling something which looks like a 1929 proof $5 Indian gold piece? And don’t laugh I get a call on something like this once a week. For the record there were never any proof $5 […]

Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments “My Dad had a coin collection and has since passed on giving the collection to the family. How can I be sure to get full value if we decide to sell?” It is amazing how often I get this Email so a general answer might help everyone: Most […]

Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are some of these tips along with a bot of pertinent […]

By January 31, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a buyer of rare gold coins, nothing makes me happier than seeing choice AU58 pieces with original color and surfaces. I love “Gem Sliders” as these coins tend to have better eye appeal than most MS60 to MS63’s and are typically priced at a much lower level. They can […]

By January 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

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, St. 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 of […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting: Thoughts on Originality

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. With the […]

By January 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Are Rare Coins Investments?

Are Rare Coins Investments?

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Maarket Report Blog First published in the Jan. 10, 2011, issue of Coin World Are rare coins an investment class? They are according to the Wall Street Journal. For the past several years, Coin World has provided a “Classic U.S. Rarities Key-Date Investment Index” for use in the Wall […]

By December 30, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
What should I collect?  Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins.

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

Bozarth Rare Coin Market Report   During the holiday season 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 […]

By December 27, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Advice for beginning and intermediate collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Advice for beginning and intermediate 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 Until CoinFest occurs at the end of the month, there will not be a live event conducted by any of the four leading auction firms of rare U.S. coins. Plus, I am not aware of […]

By October 13, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
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