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Coin Market Realities & U.S. Gold Coins in FUN Platinum Night Coin Auction

Coin Market Realities & U.S. Gold Coins in FUN Platinum Night Coin Auction

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #313 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….   On Thursday, January 7, 2016, at the FUN Convention in Tampa, Heritage conducted a U.S. coin Platinum Night event as one part of an auction extravaganza. In the realm of U.S. rarities, […]

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1894-S Barber Dime brings almost $2 Million in Heritage Auction

1894-S Barber Dime brings almost $2 Million in Heritage Auction

A 1894-S Barber Dime, Branch Mint PR66 PCGS CAC, the finest known survivor, gave one collector a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own one of the most famous, mysterious and elusive coins in American numismatics on Thursday, January 7, 2016, as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night offerings at the FUN Convention in Tampa, Florida. Dime […]

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Numismatic History – The GSA CC Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Hoard

Numismatic History – The GSA CC Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Hoard

Veteran numismatists may remember the great rush on Morgan Silver Dollar that occurred during the early 1960s. For generations these coins had laid undisturbed in Treasury and Federal Reserve vaults, serving primarily as a backing for silver certificates. When, in 1935, Congress changed the written obligation appearing on silver certificates so that the notes could […]

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Coin Profile – 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar – Rarest Gold Dollar Issue

Coin Profile – 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar – Rarest Gold Dollar Issue

1849-C G$1 Open Wreath MS62 PCGS Secure. Variety 1. The following coin is being presented by Heritage  for sale at the 2016 FUN Platinum Night Auction as Lot # 5512. The description below is from the Auction Catalog. The 1849-C Open Wreath gold dollar is one of the rarest and most valuable coins in the […]

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….   “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

Coin Profiles – Proof 1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profiles – Proof 1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Extremely Rare Proof 1825 Half Dollar The Finest Specimen Certified by Either Service 1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Overton-113. Rarity-8 as a Proof. Proof-66 (NGC). The Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Proof Coins listed several Proof 1825 half dollars but none have been verified as Proofs in the modern era. No Proof 1825 half dollar […]

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Even with premiums of $2.50 to $4 an ounce above spot, government-issued bullion coins such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic and Mexican Libertad are extremely popular among modern silver investors. Cost-conscious shoppers tend to go for circulated pre-1965 U.S. dimes, quarters and half dollars […]

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What’s Hot and What’s Not – The US Rare Gold Coin Market in 2015/2016

What’s Hot and What’s Not – The US Rare Gold Coin Market in 2015/2016

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   As is tradition at DWN, at the end of every year we summarize our experiences buying and selling choice and rare United States gold coins and attempt to predict what will be the “hot” and “not so hot” areas in the market. We base this primarily […]

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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 […]

US Coins – Offerings of Great Half Dollars Characterized The Year 2015

US Coins – Offerings of Great Half Dollars Characterized The Year 2015

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #311 ……. A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……..   In the history of coin collecting, 2015 will be remembered as a year when a large number of extraordinary, classic U.S. half dollars were auctioned. Indeed, […]

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Consumer Advice – Coin Scam Victims – Where To Turn For Help

Consumer Advice – Coin Scam Victims – Where To Turn For Help

What do you do when a gold seller fails to deliver or the merchandise you received was not as described when you ordered it? Who can you contact for help when you don’t receive payment for coins you’ve submitted to sell? In two recent cases, “Howard” in Mississippi wired $20,000 several months ago to a […]

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Finest Known 1894-S Barber Dime Leads Heritage FUN Platinum Night

Finest Known 1894-S Barber Dime Leads Heritage FUN Platinum Night

Offered January 6-8, 2016, at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Tampa; PR 66 PCGS CAC ex: Eliasberg, makes only its fourth auction appearance in history An 1894-S Barber Dime, Branch Mint PR66 PCGS CAC, the finest known survivor, will offer one collector a once-in-a-generation opportunity to own one of the most famous, mysterious […]

Legend Rare Coin Auctions Closes 2015 with Strong Showing in Vegas

Legend Rare Coin Auctions Closes 2015 with Strong Showing in Vegas

Legend Rare Coin Auctions finished the year with another strong sale. The Regency Auction XV, which was headlined by a number of exciting early Bust coins, a run of terrific gold pieces and several dozen beautifully-toned Morgan Dollars, saw collectors and internet bidders in general come out in full force. At 477 lots, the sale […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollar By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)….   Since so many counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollars are, in fact, altered 1923 coins, it is particularly useful to know the diagnostics that are seen on legitimate examples. The 1928 Peace Dollar had the lowest mintage of any issue in this […]

Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places with Pinnacle-Rarities

Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places with Pinnacle-Rarities

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …..   Ezra Meeker – Champion of the Oregon Trail Over the summer months our numismatic travels took us to great historical cities like Boston and Philadelphia. And this week we travel to Baltimore, another city rich in early Americana. Of course, across the nation there are local historical sites […]

Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com….   Why Don’t More People Collect 20th Century U.S. Gold Coins by Date? So why, then, do these series lag such non-gold 20th-century designs as the Lincoln Cent, Buffalo Nickel, Mercury Dime and Walking Liberty Half Dollar when it comes to numbers of active set collectors? I can think of […]

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Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In this article I will continue to discuss how the rarity of Morgan silver dollars was affected by changes in supply and availability. This story is of a hoard of mostly Morgan silver dollars that was […]

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15 US Gold Coins Which All Coin Collectors Should Own

15 US Gold Coins Which All Coin Collectors Should Own

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com, a CoinWeek Content Partner…..   Even if you are an ultra-specialized collector of U.S. gold coins–let’s say with an emphasis on Type One double eagles or Dahlonega half eagles–there are still specific important gold types which you might find compelling. A collector recently asked me for a list of a […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #310 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Among the most fascinating of all American gold pieces are the fractional pieces struck in California starting in the 1850s. The California gold rush stimulated production of gold coins, […]

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US Coins – Collecting Southern American Gold Coins

US Coins – Collecting Southern American Gold Coins

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   The first gold rush that took place in the early 1830s in the American South resulted in the establishment of three new mints and a series of impressive gold coins. Contrary to popular belief, the first significant discovery of gold in America was not in California in […]

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Who would have guessed that starting a coin club would lead to nearly 40 years of constant but enjoyable work? Along with the late Kam Awash, John McCloskey played a significant role in founding the Liberty Seated Collectors Club in 1973. This was well before many of today’s specialized […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – Rare Coin Market Strong in 2016, Beyond

Coin Collecting Strategies – Rare Coin Market Strong in 2016, Beyond

While the 2015 coin market features strength, there are areas for additional growth and opportunity in 2016 for every level of collector By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …….   This past year was an amazing year for numismatics that featured many high-end collections that came to market and […]

The 1846-C Quarter Eagle: The “Southern Darling” of U.S. Coins

The 1846-C Quarter Eagle: The “Southern Darling” of U.S. Coins

Photo: Jan 2012 Fun Heritage Auction Lot # 4750 By Timothy O’Fallon – Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   On July 27, 1844, some students were taking an impromptu tour of the U.S. Mint facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Mint had been producing gold coins with the legendary “C” mint mark for less […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar

Counterfeit 1802 Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… This spurious 1802 dollar is a good example of a typical counterfeit Bust Dollar seen by NGC graders. The Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse silver dollar was introduced in 1798 as an update to the Small Eagle Reverse […]

CoinWeek Podcast #7: In God We Trust: A Brief History – Audio: 11:25

CoinWeek Podcast #7: In God We Trust: A Brief History – Audio: 11:25

How did “In God We Trust” find its way onto our coins and paper money? Is the phrase a tacit endorsement of a national religion, or simply a traditional sentiment, repeated so often it has become rote? Will American money in the future continue to display the motto, or is there a serious movement afoot […]

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Monster Eye Appeal Quarters, Halves, Dollars, and Gold – Legend Regency XV

Monster Eye Appeal Quarters, Halves, Dollars, and Gold – Legend Regency XV

By CoinWeek….   The last several Regency Auctions from Legend Rare Coin Auctions have distinguished themselves by offering headliner collections and named sets. Whether it be the Coronet Collection or the David Hall Toned Collection of Morgan dollars, or the PCGS Set Registry All-Time finest set of Barber dimes–or any number of other named specialized […]

By December 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies –  Competing At The $100 Level

Coin Collecting Strategies – Competing At The $100 Level

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   One of the most important issues in coin collecting strategies is to find a financial comfort zone and work within those parameters. For some numismatists, anything over $10 might be a stretch, while others can write five and six-figure checks with little concern. How about a more typical […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each – Part 18 –  Classic Head Large Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each – Part 18 – Classic Head Large Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #308 – A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   As next week’s piece will concern classic U.S. coins that cost less than $100 each and expensive rarities do not tend to emerge ‘in the news’ during the month of December, it […]

By December 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #5: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part II – Audio: 7:11

CoinWeek Podcast #5: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part II – Audio: 7:11

In this CoinWeek podcast, editor Charles Morgan adapts ModernCoinWholesale founder and former NGC Grader Ron Drzewucki’s second article on the differences between and the similarities of two of America’s favorite collectible coins: the Morgan dollar and the American Silver Eagle. In this podcast, toning, strike, and packaging are covered. “The Morgan Dollar vs. the American […]

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