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2009 Ultra High Relief gold $20 on the move upward

2009 Ultra High Relief gold $20 on the move upward

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the April 4, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World One of the bigger winners among the recent issues produced by the U.S. Mint is the 2009 Saint-Gaudens, Ultra High Relief gold $20 double eagle. The coins first went on sale the week of Jan. 22, 2009, at […]

By March 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
1796 Half Dollar Leads $9.68 million Sacramento Coin Auction

1796 Half Dollar Leads $9.68 million Sacramento Coin Auction

Early rarities and gold add up to strong showing for March 17-20 ANA offerings at the Sacramento, CA Convention Center It was a 1796 Half Dollar, 15 Stars AU58 PCGS, a stunning coin featuring one of the rarest designs in all of U.S. coinage, that emerged from spirited bidding as the top lot in Heritage […]

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The recently concluded Heritage sale was not really a stellar offering from this firm. Falling after the outstanding array of coins sold at the 2011 FUN auction and occurring before what is likely to be a solid group at the Central States sale in late April/early May, the Sacramento auction […]

Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

One of Only Six Examples Positively Confirmed to Exist; The Breen Plate Coin Writing in the 1989 edition of his encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial proof coins, the late Walter Breen accounts for four die marriages of the proof 1836 Lettered Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar. Of the four varieties, two are of perhaps the […]

By March 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #44 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds After discussing the motivations and strategies of bidders at coin auctions last week, and the meaning of auction prices in general, I am directing attention to current coin markets overall. I have posed questions to and […]

Numismatic Americana Acquires Finest Known 1874 Proof $3 Gold Piece

Numismatic Americana Acquires Finest Known 1874 Proof $3 Gold Piece

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana For the second time in as many months, Christine and I have purchased the finest known (top pop) specimen of key date in a very collectible series. With a documented mintage of just 20 pieces, this coin, graded PR 65 DCAM by PCGS also carries the green seal of […]

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

As the research I am doing for the third edition of my book “Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint, 1838-1861″ comes together, I am learning some interesting things about the availability of each issue, especially in higher grades. I thought it might be interesting to share some of what I’ve learned about high grade gold […]

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head half eagles were produced from 1839 until they were discontinued in 1908. This long-lived series is becoming popular with collectors who are attracted to these coins because of their history and rarity. This article is an attempt to make sense of the Liberty Head half eagle series for the beginning and intermediate collector. […]

PCGS Exhibits First Complete Set of Certified Proof $3 Gold in Sacramento

PCGS Exhibits First Complete Set of Certified Proof $3 Gold in Sacramento

The first-ever complete set of certified proof U.S. $3 gold coins will be publicly displayed for the first time anywhere at the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) booth, #1101, during the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show™ in Sacramento, California, March 17 – 19, 2011. “This unprecedented 36-coin set was assembled over the past six […]

By February 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

News and Analysis:  scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #41 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Today’s column features recommendations for collectors. Last week, the topic was advice for true beginners.  Back in September, I wrote about coins in the $250 to $1000 range. Most of my columns, feature articles and reviews […]

By February 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
10,000 Free Lincoln Cent  Sets in Anniversary Promotion

10,000 Free Lincoln Cent Sets in Anniversary Promotion

To mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 inauguration, 10,000 specially-produced Lincoln cent kits will be given away free by rare coin dealer Paul Hollis of Mandeville, Louisiana. Each kit contains an illustrated brochure accompanied by four coins, one each of the commemorative Lincoln cent reverse designs issued for circulation by the United […]

By February 22, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Is There an Upward Trend in the CC Half Eagle Coin Market?

Is There an Upward Trend in the CC Half Eagle Coin Market?

While I hate to make bold pronouncements based on a small number of auction results, it looks like an interesting trend may be occuring in the Carson City half eagle market. Within two months, three important CC half eagles have sold at auction and brought tremendous prices. Let’s take a look at the three coins […]

By February 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Exceedingly Rare Proof 1836/1336 Bust 50c To Anchor Stack’s-Bowers March Baltimore Coin Auction

Exceedingly Rare Proof 1836/1336 Bust 50c To Anchor Stack’s-Bowers March Baltimore Coin Auction

Stack’s-Bowers Numismatics will conduct their inaugural auction March 28 through April 3, 2011, as the Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. The company was created with the merger of two great names in numismatics: Stack’s, the oldest rare coin auction and retail company in America, and Bowers and Merena […]

By February 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’m busy updating my Dahlonega gold book (I hope to be finished with the manuscript in 45 days or so) and in honor of My Dahlonega Obsession, I thought it would be fun, or at least moderately amusing, to share some of my recent findings in the form of a […]

By February 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Martin Logies Director, Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation talks about the 1792 half disme in the collection, its numismatic significance, and how the early coins of America were struck. [Runtime 6:34] The player will show in this paragraph From CoinWeek Coin Guide – 1792 Half Disme Throughout the broad range of U.S. coinage from 1792 to […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two newly discovered high grade 1840-C half eagles in the Heritage 2011 Platinum Night session of the FUN auction give interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to the discovery of these two coins, which were graded MS63 and […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

News and Analysis on, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #39 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about the auction of an NGC certified 1907 “Rolled Edge PF-67 SATIN” $10 gold piece for a record $2,185,000. I also listed all other American coins and related items that have sold at […]

By February 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Even the most available pre-1933 United States gold coin has some degree of “rarity.” A coin like a 1924 or 1927 St. Gaudens double eagle might have a total population in the 10,000’s and this certainly does not mean it is rare but in comparison to, say, a modern coin, […]

By February 8, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Certifies Significant 1892 Carson City Gold Eagle Variety

NGC Certifies Significant 1892 Carson City Gold Eagle Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that they have certified a significant Carson City Variety. A coin submitted to NCS for conservation followed by NGC grading has turned out to be an unpublished variety. This gold eagle coined at the Carson City Mint in 1892 bears a distinctly tripled reverse die, which is quite visible […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A 1907 $10 Gold piece becomes the latest US Coin to be Auctioned for more than $2 million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A 1907 $10 Gold piece becomes the latest US Coin to be Auctioned for more than $2 million

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #38 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the 1990s, only four coins sold at auction for more than $1 million each. Over the last decade, many have done so. Now, the auctioning of a coin or other numismatic item for more […]

By February 2, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Premiums for generic gold coins – like MS-62 Saints and Libs – drop

Premiums for generic gold coins – like MS-62 Saints and Libs – drop

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com – First published in the Feb.14, 2011, issue of Coin World January was a hard month for gold. It opened on Jan. 4 at $1,405.50 (London AM fix spot price) and has gradually fallen since, hitting $1,325.60 during trading Jan. 25. It rebounded slightly before falling to a low of […]

By February 1, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part Two

Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part Two

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The first part of this article, published at the end of December 2010, discussed some of my favorite little-known United States gold coins in the dollar, quarter eagle and three dollar denominations. In the second and final part of this series, I’m going to look at some of the more […]

By January 28, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Americana Announces Purchase of Finest Known 1896-O Barber Quarter

Numismatic Americana Announces Purchase of Finest Known 1896-O Barber Quarter

By Bill Shamhart – Numismatic Americana Inc. Numismatic Americana Incorporated has recently acquired the finest known 1896-O Barber quarter. Graded MS 67 by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and displaying the coveted seal of approval by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), this lightly toned unusually sharply struck specimen is without a doubt the finest available […]

By January 28, 2011 0 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 →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Fresh & Original Proof Gold Powers Platinum Night Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Fresh & Original Proof Gold Powers Platinum Night Auction

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #37 CoinWeek Exclusive: A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In yesterday’s feature article, I wrote about the business strike silver and gold coins in the Jan. 6th Platinum Night event. This auction, however, will be best remembered for the 19th century, Proof […]

By January 26, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Incredible Variety of Exemplary Business Strike U.S. coins Sell on FUN Platinum Night

Incredible Variety of Exemplary Business Strike U.S. coins Sell on FUN Platinum Night

by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek Every January at the FUN Convention, Heritage conducts a Platinum Night event as part of a large auction extravaganza that features rare U.S. coins and includes paper money, not so rare coins, tokens, medals, and more. Though one to three Platinum Night events are conducted at other coin conventions during […]

By January 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
WHERE ARE ALL THE COOL COINS?

WHERE ARE ALL THE COOL COINS?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ( A portion of her Recent Market Report) The FUN show had a small group of monster coins in the Heritage Auction and a few in the B+M Sale. but we are really not talking about many coins. They were all bought up for record prices, and we highly […]

By January 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter Around a year ago, I wrote a blog that discussed original 19th century United States gold coins and used photos of specific coins to illustrate the points I was attempting to make. This was one of the most popular blogs to ever appear on www.raregoldcoins.com and I was pleased to get the […]

By January 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Is a bubble forming for “Top of Pop” coins?

Is a bubble forming for “Top of Pop” coins?

By Steve Roach – Rare Coin Market Report Blog First published in the Jan. 31, 2011, issue of Coin World At the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. luncheon at the Florida United Numismatists show in Tampa on Jan. 8, NGC chairman Mark Salzberg presented some refreshing comments relating to his perceptions of the rare coin market. While […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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