US Gold Coins

Coin Profiles – The Single-Finest-Certified 18th Century $5 Gold Half Eagle

Coin Profiles – The Single-Finest-Certified 18th Century $5 Gold Half Eagle

One of the many superlative coins in Heritage’s 2015 January 7 – 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction in Orlando is a breathtaking 1795 five dollar gold piece. Graded MS66 by NGC, it is not just the finest-certified 1795 half eagle seen by either of the leading grading services, it is the single finest graded […]

US Gold Coins: What’s Hot And What’s Not ….. End of the Year Thoughts, 2014

US Gold Coins: What’s Hot And What’s Not ….. End of the Year Thoughts, 2014

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. As much as I hate writing (and reading) “year in review” articles and blogs, 2014 saw so much activity—positive and negative—that I think some sort of end of the year treatment is an important feature for my regular readers. Instead of merely summarizing the year, I thought […]

By December 15, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins: New Orleans Half Eagles – An Updated Look

US Gold Coins: New Orleans Half Eagles – An Updated Look

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner It has been a number of years since I’ve written about New Orleans Liberty Head half eagles and given the popularity of this series, I thought it would be nice to finish out 2014 with a fairly in-depth look at these coins. We will not only discuss […]

By December 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: The .900 fine 1852 Assay Office slug

Coin Profiles: The .900 fine 1852 Assay Office slug

The firm of Moffat & Co. was dissolved on February 14, 1852, when John Little Moffat sold his interest to his three partners, Joseph R. Curtis, Philo H. Perry, and Samuel H. Ward. The remaining partners immediately established their new firm as the United States Assay Office of Gold and continued the federal contract to […]

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

By Mark Borckardt ………. During 33+ years as a full time professional numismatist, I have had the opportunity to examine and handle many of the most important rarities in the American series, including two Brasher doubloons, all five 1913 Liberty nickels, two 1894-S dimes, and four 1804 silver dollars. I have handled 80 of the […]

US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has had a profound impact on the rare date gold market, and one of the series which has seen significant changes as a result of CAC is Type One Liberty Head double eagles. Auction results and private transactions for coins with CAC stickers, especially rare dates, show […]

By November 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Finest Known Type One Double Eagles Gold Coins: Part One, 1850-1858

Finest Known Type One Double Eagles Gold Coins: Part One, 1850-1858

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… While doing the research for my new online reference about Type One double eagles, I began to look for finest known examples for each specific issue. For some Type One double eagles this is easy as there is a clear finest known coin. For others, this […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
1870 Carson City Double Eagle brings $188,000 at Heritage New York US Coins auction

1870 Carson City Double Eagle brings $188,000 at Heritage New York US Coins auction

1870 Carson City Double Eagle brings $188,000 to lead $11.1+ million Heritage New York US Coins auction held in conjunction with the PNG New York Invitational; famous rarities greatly in demand in Manhattan… Famous rarities were the name of the game in Heritage’s US Coins Signature® Auction, Oct. 8-13, held in New York in conjunction with […]

What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The majority of the coins I deal with are imperfect. They were struck by crude machinery, in often difficult circumstances, by often-times inexperienced mint personnel. If I had to guess, I’d say the average grade of the coins I sell is in the Extremely Fine-45 to About Uncirculated-55 range. I sell […]

By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies : How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

Coin Collecting Strategies : How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Type One double eagles have become the single most popular area of collecting in the rare date United States gold coin market. With the discovery of over 10,000 high grade, formerly rare issues in the S.S. Central America, S.S. Brother Jonathan, and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, Type […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 6: Three Dollar Gold Coins

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 6: Three Dollar Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #242   A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… U.S. Three Dollar Gold coins were minted from 1854 to 1889. There is just one design type of this denomination. In addition to the fact that some non-rare […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 5: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Eagles ($10 Gold Pieces)

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 5: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Eagles ($10 Gold Pieces)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #241 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   Liberty Eagles were minted from 1838 to 1907. There are three types or subtypes. Gobrecht, also called ‘Head of 1838,’ Eagles  were produced during just two years, 1838 […]

By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Finest Known Set of PCGS Saint Gaudens $20 Gold on Display at Long Beach. VIDEO: 3:02

Finest Known Set of PCGS Saint Gaudens $20 Gold on Display at Long Beach. VIDEO: 3:02

Barry Stuppler, Stuppler & Company Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……. The finest known PCGS graded Registry Set was on display at the Long Beach. Numismatist Barry Stuppler has helped the collector put this set together for almost a decade. The set is worth more than $7 million. Find out how the set was assembled and see […]

By September 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Robert Galiette Talks About the Gilded Age Collection of $20 Liberty Gold. VIDEO: 11:24

Robert Galiette Talks About the Gilded Age Collection of $20 Liberty Gold. VIDEO: 11:24

Robert Galiette, Collector Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek.com……. Robert Galiette has assembled a complete collection of $20 Liberty gold Double Eagles almost all of which are in mint state. This seemingly impossible task was the result of more than 20 years of effort and search. CoinWeek Content Manager Charles Morgan finds out from Robert what was […]

By September 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Doug Winter: Two Sales, Three Coins, One Opinion: My Quick Take on the ANA Auctions

Doug Winter: Two Sales, Three Coins, One Opinion: My Quick Take on the ANA Auctions

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The ANA week has never been easy for a small numismatic firm like mine to handle, and when I learned that this year’s version included not one but two companies’ auctions I let out an audible groan. This was repeated when I saw the offerings online: both Heritage and Stack’s Bowers […]

By September 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Odyssey Marine Releases Preliminary List of Numismatic Items Recovered from SS Central America

Odyssey Marine Releases Preliminary List of Numismatic Items Recovered from SS Central America

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) published its fourth operational report Report #14-04 (PDF), which details the firm’s ongoing salvage operations at the site where the SS Central America–the famed “Ship of Gold”–sank more than 150 years ago. The court-appointed Receiver for the firms Recovery Limited Partnership, LLC […]

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 4: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Eagles ($10 Gold Pieces)

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 4: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Eagles ($10 Gold Pieces)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #238 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Liberty Eagles were minted from 1838 to 1907. These are sometimes termed ‘Liberty Head Eagles.’ Similar, Liberty Head Quarter Eagles ($2½) and Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) were minted […]

CoinWeek Q&A with U.S. Gold Coin Expert Douglas Winter

CoinWeek Q&A with U.S. Gold Coin Expert Douglas Winter

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… Douglas Winter’s love for numismatics began at the young age of seven. He has actively traded in coins since the age of ten, and has since devoted much of his life immersed in the the study of coins. Winter is a U.S. gold coin expert, nationally-known coin dealer, Red Book […]

Compromising When Coin Buying: When You Should and When You Shouldn’t

Compromising When Coin Buying: When You Should and When You Shouldn’t

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Collectors often ask me about my thought process(es) when I make coin purchases. Why do I buy certain coins and pass on others? Why do I stretch for some coins, and make others based solely on a favorable price? These are great questions and I think they […]

By August 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics, a Portland Oregon rare coin firm specializing in choice 18th and 19th century United States gold coinage, recently set a world auction record for a Liberty Head double eagle and for any Liberty Head gold coin by purchasing a PCGS MS61 example of the excessively rare 1861 Paquet Reverse $20.00 for $1,645,000. […]

By August 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’ve discussed many times the process in which how nice coins are assigned price levels. But how are problem coins valued? This is an interesting question and one which is becoming a bit easier to answer since NCS coins have become a well-accepted part of numismatics. (Before […]

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Without a lot of fanfare, we have seen the dispersal of one of the most amazing collecting of Western branch mint gold coins in the history of numismatics. So far in 2014, the various sales of the Bently/Nob Hill Collection(s) of US Gold Coinage has seen no […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy […]

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Everyone likes good value when they buy coins, and more collectors than ever opt to buy coins from the two western branch mints located in Carson City and San Francisco. So why not write an article on said topic? And let’s double your enjoyment, dear reader, by […]

SBG to Auction Important Condition Rarity: The Eliasberg, Probable Finest Known 1906-S Double Eagle ($20 gold coin)

SBG to Auction Important Condition Rarity: The Eliasberg, Probable Finest Known 1906-S Double Eagle ($20 gold coin)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #227 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. A gem quality, 1906 San Francisco Mint Double Eagle ($20 gold coin) is ‘in the news’! On Friday, June 27, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Stack’s-Bowers will auction a […]

Trophy Coins for the Rest of Us

Trophy Coins for the Rest of Us

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The last article I wrote was about Trophy Coins. It generated a lot of buzz among my readers, not all of it positive. The negative comments I heard, not all underserved, typically went something like this: “You are an elitist, writing about coins which are $50,000, $100,000 […]

Top Ten U.S. Gold Trophy Coins and their Pitches

Top Ten U.S. Gold Trophy Coins and their Pitches

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I define a “Trophy Coin” as one which suitably combines rarity, appearance, and a great story in one neat package. Trophy coins aren’t necessarily the rarest pieces within a specific series. As an example, a 1907 High Relief is far from the rarest issue in the St. […]

The Riverboat Collection of Private & Territorial gold coins, part 2: Auction Results

The Riverboat Collection of Private & Territorial gold coins, part 2: Auction Results

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #221 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….. When I first wrote about “The Riverboat Collection” about a month ago, I did not realize just how much impact the sale of this collection, in Illinois on April 24, would have or just […]

Odyssey Marine Recovers 1,000 Ounces of SS Central America Gold

Odyssey Marine Recovers 1,000 Ounces of SS Central America Gold

Latest dive reveals still more SS Central America gold…. Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. announced Monday that it had recovered five gold ingots and two $20 double eagles (one, an 1850 struck in Philadelphia, the second, an 1857-S). The ingots were stamped with assayer’s marks and weights that range from 96.5 to 313.5 troy ounces. The […]

Rare US Gold Coins: The Bently Effect

Rare US Gold Coins: The Bently Effect

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. As I have discussed in prior blogs, a paradigm shift has occurred in the rare date gold markets in the last two-three years. Formerly unpopular areas of the market such as San Francisco half eagles and eagles and No Motto Philadelphia eagles (and others) have gone from […]

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