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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 Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Two Cent Pieces

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #54 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds   Two-Cent Pieces are interesting and fun to collect. Last week, I wrote about Three Cent Nickels. Those who never heard of Three Cent Nickels have probably never heard of Two-Cent Pieces either. Unlike Three Cent […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

by Louis Golino To view Part 1 of this article…Click Here Steve Estes is a Portland, Oregon coin dealer and a professional numismatist who has been in business since 1963. He and his wife, Debbi, sell primarily PCGS and NGC-certified and some raw coins, especially Morgan and Peace dollars, Walking Liberty halves, and a wide […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

by Louis Golino The Morgan silver dollar, minted between 1878 and 1921, has no real peer in the numismatic world. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars are everywhere. Look through the […]

Coin Markets: What’s Hot and What’s Not – Spring 2011

Coin Markets: What’s Hot and What’s Not – Spring 2011

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com – One of the more popular entries in the DWN Blogospehere is the “Hot/Not” feature. Its been a while since I’ve written one of these, and with groundbreaking ideas not exactly teeming in my little coin brain right now, it seems as good a time as any to analyze which […]

Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

By Dr. Thomas F. Fitzgerald – The California Numismatist….   Almost 60 years had passed since the two-cent piece was first proposed by a Senator in 1806. In 1864 this denomination finally became a reality during the coinage problems as a result of the Civil War. The two-cent coins then had a very short lifetime […]

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I published the second edition of my book on Dahlonega gold coinage in 2003. A lot of time has passed since then and, as part of the upcoming third edition, I’m going to be including a chapter in the new work that is a sort of State of the Union of […]

Members Comments on the EAC Convention

Members Comments on the EAC Convention

Hear comments from EAC club members, why they join and what it is about these coins that are so fascinating. Some of these folks have never been to an EAC Convention before and they explain what it is like to attend.   Member comments Early American Coppers Convention Copyright © May, 2011

EAC 2011 “Happening”

EAC 2011 “Happening”

When members of the Early American Coppers gather for one of their conventions participants bring coins with them to sell and trade as well as those in their collections. On opening night of the convention everyone gathers for what is called the “Happening”where a room is set up for large cents, half cents, Colonials and […]

New Discovery Half Cent at EAC

New Discovery Half Cent at EAC

Chris McCawley of McCawley-Grellman Auctions had on display at the EAC Convention a recently discovered rare variety 1808 half cent. This rare coin surfaced in a collection purchased by another dealer who had the coin attributed and then sold to McCawley. This is a great example of rare coin varieties waiting to be discovered.   […]

Bim Gander, EAC Vice President

Bim Gander, EAC Vice President

Bim Gander shares why EAC selected Portland for its host city for this year’s convention as well as why people become members of Early American Coppers.   Bim Gander, EAC Vice President Early American Coppers Convention Copyright © May, 2011

Byzantine Bronzes at EAC

Byzantine Bronzes at EAC

Members of EAC are collectors of early American copper coins. Once you get the “copper bug” you find out that copper coins have been used for centuries as a medium of exchange. Hear collector/dealer Jerry Bobbe describe and show a collection of rare Byzantine coppers even bigger than American large cents.   Byzantine Bronzes at […]

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to share a photo and some information about a really interesting coin that I recently bought and sold. It’s a lovely 1858-O double eagle, graded AU55 by PCGS. What makes this coin really special, in my opinion, is its fantastic pedigree. To the best of my knowledge it […]

Interesting Story of Repatriated 1921 Double Eagle in Heritage June Long Beach Auction

Interesting Story of Repatriated 1921 Double Eagle in Heritage June Long Beach Auction

We wish we had a gold dollar for every time we have thought, “If only this coin could talk!” Well, this one — a 1921 double eagle, graded AU53 by NGC — practically does. It tells a fascinating story: The consignor is a young man in Eastern Europe who wants a copy of the printed […]

US Coins: The $103,500 1862-S Eagle

US Coins: The $103,500 1862-S Eagle

Lost in the hubbub surrounding the recently-concluded Central States coin show and the Heritage auction held with it was a sale that I think ranks as one of the more remarkable in the rare gold coin market all year. The coin of which I speak is an 1862-S eagle graded MS61 by NGC. Unless you […]

David Hall’s $10 Lib Gold Coin Collection Sold for $4 Million to Legend Numismatics

David Hall’s $10 Lib Gold Coin Collection Sold for $4 Million to Legend Numismatics

Legend Purchases the David Hall $10 Liberty Collection for Collector Bob R. Simpson Legend Numismatics (www.LegendCoin.com) of Lincroft, New Jersey, representing collector Bob R. Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas, has purchased the complete set of $10 Liberty Head gold pieces assembled by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) Founder David Hall. The transaction is valued at […]

Why are Proof Gold Coins Suddenly a Hot Commodity?

Why are Proof Gold Coins Suddenly a Hot Commodity?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Without a lot of fanfare, Proof gold coins have become a strong area of the market. In this blog, I’d like to postulate as to why Proof gold coins have become so avidly desired, which Proof coins are currently in greatest demand and what the short-term outlook is for Proof […]

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #50 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I have been asked why markets in rare or very scarce U.S. gold coins have not dramatically increased as the value of gold bullion (the price of the metal itself) has soared over the past […]

Silver’s bull market lifts Morgan dollar prices higher

Silver’s bull market lifts Morgan dollar prices higher

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the May 9, 2011, issue of Coin World Morgan dollars have been one of the coin market’s main beneficiaries of the renewed interest in silver, as the prices for common examples have soared in the last year. This week silver continues its rapid ascent toward its 1980 […]

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Gold Coins With “MLD” – Multiple Levels of Demand

Gold Coins With “MLD” – Multiple Levels of Demand

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In my 25+ years of specializing in United States gold coins, I have noticed some interesting trends as far as collector preference goes. One of these preferences is what I call “multiple levels of demand” or MLD. A coin that has multiple levels of demand is popular with multiple layers […]

How Proof Gold Coins Are Graded Differently Than Business Strikes

How Proof Gold Coins Are Graded Differently Than Business Strikes

How are Proof gold coins from the 19th century graded differently than their business strike counterparts? By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In order to fully grasp the topic of this blog, there are a few concepts that I’d like to introduce. The first is the mistaken concept that “Proof” refers to a grade. Proof is […]

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #47 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported in my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, the West Coast auction firm of B&M, a subsidiary of Spectrum, merged with Stack’s, an East Coast coin firm. Spectrum, a Fortune 500 company, owns 51% […]

Gold rarities, early proof specimens and S.S. Central America sunken treasure highlight Heritage Central States Auctions

Gold rarities, early proof specimens and S.S. Central America sunken treasure highlight Heritage Central States Auctions

Conducted April 27-30 in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society Glittering gold rarities, including elite proof specimens and a double eagle that survived the mass melting of its issue in the 1930s, are among the major highlights of Heritage Auctions’$20,000,000+ CSNS Signature® & Platinum Night U.S. Coin Auction, the official auction of the Central […]

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #46 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds It has already been reported that the PCGS certified ‘Specimen-65′ Naftzger-Parrino 1793 Chain Cent, with AMERI. on the reverse (back), was acquired by Bruce Morelan, who is a leading collector and a minority shareholder in Legend […]

Details on Legend Numismatics Coin Deal of the Decade

Details on Legend Numismatics Coin Deal of the Decade

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics We are still in shock. After going just about a full year with no big fresh coin deals other than in auctions (we consider the Sonnier Colored Morgans the last truly FRESH deal we purchased), here comes this monster deal out of no where. This deal had such powerful rarities […]

Legend Numismatics Completes Major Acquisition

Legend Numismatics Completes Major Acquisition

World-Class Type Set Includes SP65 1793 AMERI. Chain Cent Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey is pleased to announce the purchase of a world-class partial Type set that has been off the market for many years. This set contains a number of spectacular rarities in superb condition. Included in the set is the famous Mickley […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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