US Gold Coins

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #108 As this is the second in a three part series, in the next two paragraphs, I provide an introduction for those who have not read part 1 or do not clearly remember it. The […]

Rare Double Eagles Highlight Long Beach Offerings

Rare Double Eagles Highlight Long Beach Offerings

An outstanding selection of rare twenty dollar gold coins highlights Heritage’s upcoming US Coins Signature Auction, to take place May 30-June 3 at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The most prominent among the double eagle offerings in this auction is probably the Eliasberg/Duckor 1931 coin. 1931 $20 MS66 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/EliasbergEx.  The […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #107 Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1796 to 1929, and in every year from 1829 to 1915. They are about the size of dimes and are 90% gold or nearly so. […]

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Collector K.U. recently asked me to help him construct a compact, meaningful list of San Francisco gold coins to form the basis of his collection. The parameters were as follows: the dates selected must have historic and/or numismatic significance, they must be selected for being the best […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Pleasing Coins on Platinum Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Pleasing Coins on Platinum Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #105 Last week, I covered the Silver Center Copper Cent pattern of 1792 that sold for $1.15 million in Heritage’s Platinum Night event of April 19, at a convention center near Chicago. This week, I […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early U.S. $2½ Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early U.S. $2½ Gold Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #103 While I am focusing upon early Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) in a recent auction, I am covering more than just these coins. In my discussions here, I aim to contribute to the knowledge […]

1863 Quarter Eagle – A Classic Proof-Only Numismatic Rarity offered at Central States

1863 Quarter Eagle – A Classic Proof-Only Numismatic Rarity offered at Central States

The 1863 quarter eagle is a classic American coin issue that is familiar to many collectors, even those who specialize outside the rarefied atmosphere of 19th century proof gold coinage. As a proof-only production in the long-running Liberty Head quarter eagle series, the 1863 joins other legendary coins such as the 1841 “Little Princess” quarter […]

1792 Silver Center Cent, from the first group of coins ever struck at the U.S. Mint, may bring $1,000,000+ at Heritage Auctions’ CSNS event

1792 Silver Center Cent, from the first group of coins ever struck at the U.S. Mint, may bring $1,000,000+ at Heritage Auctions’ CSNS event

The April 18-20 official auction of the Central States Numismatic Society Convention in Schaumburg, IL,  featuring The William D. Plumley Collection of proof gold, a rare Civil War tokens collection and numerous rarities spanning the breadth of American numismatic history DALLAS – One of the most historic coins struck by the early U.S. Mint, a 1792 […]

Coin Profiles: Proof 1836 Quarter Eagle With 1834 Small Head

Coin Profiles: Proof 1836 Quarter Eagle With 1834 Small Head

All proof U.S. gold coins from the 1830s are very rare, and only six specimens of the 1836 Classic Head quarter eagle are known in proof format. No record was kept of proof mintages in this era, as the coins were only struck at the behest of some influential party, like Secretary of State John […]

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

Assembling a Date Set of Civil War Gold Coins: Part One, 1861-1862

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner The combination of history and numismatic significance makes the United Sates gold coins struck during the Civil War era (1861 to 1865) a fascinating possible collecting area for the sophisticated numismatist. Let’s take a look at each coin produced during this year and determine the most practical […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Proper Value of Generic U.S. gold coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Proper Value of Generic U.S. gold coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #99 Although I very much prefer to write about scarce or rare coins, rather than common coins, generic U.S. gold coins continue to be a frequent topic of conversation, not because these are ‘hot,’ but […]

Current Availability of Rare Date Gold

Current Availability of Rare Date Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Coinweek Content Partner If you are a collector of rare date gold, you have probably noticed that there are distinct patterns of availability. In other words, certain coins may go from very unavailable to available over the course of time due to a number of reasons. How available are certain […]

The Coin Analyst: How the U.S. and World Mints Are Dealing with Increased Precious Metal Price Volatility

The Coin Analyst: How the U.S. and World Mints Are Dealing with Increased Precious Metal Price Volatility

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Spot prices on the futures markets for precious metals have always been volatile, especially for silver. But since last year’s roller coaster ride, in which gold and silver reached previous or new nominal highs then plunged dramatically for months, spot price volatility has reach new heights. To be sure, circumstances […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Major Gold Rarities in Auction by Stamp Company

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Major Gold Rarities in Auction by Stamp Company

News and Analysis of scarce coins,  markets, and the collecting community #97 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds I was astonished that a stamp auction company in San Francisco offered a very extensive collection of U.S. gold coins that contained two Great Rarities and numerous rare 19th century pieces. On Feb. 21st and 22nd, […]

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PCGS Will Recognize Circulation Strike 1841 Philadelphia Quarter Eagles!

PCGS Will Recognize Circulation Strike 1841 Philadelphia Quarter Eagles!

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is announcing a big change involving one of the most famous and desirable United States gold coin rarities, the famous 1841 $2.50 gold piece, nicknamed, “The Little Princess.” Traditionally, it has always been thought that only proof Quarter Eagles were struck by the Philadelphia Mint in 1841 and no circulation […]

By February 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
How Do You Price Really Special Coins?

How Do You Price Really Special Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the recent Schuyler Rumsey coin auction, there were a number of coins that I would define as “really special.” After the sale was over, I thought about the prices they brought and was initially pretty stunned. Upon further reflection, I still think that these coins brought […]

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The San Francisco Surprise – Schuyler Rumsey Auction

The San Francisco Surprise – Schuyler Rumsey Auction

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Around four or five months ago, I got wind of a soon-to-be-conducted rare gold coin auction in San Francisco (The Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Collection) that sounded interesting, to say the least. I heard that it contained long date runs of Liberty Head gold and it featured […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Finest Known Carson City, Nevada Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Finest Known Carson City, Nevada Gold Coin

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #96 At the ANA Convention in August, which will be held in Philadelphia, Stack’s Bowers Galleries (SBG) will auction the only complete collection of Carson City, Nevada Mint, U.S. coins. The consignor wishes to remain […]

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The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

The Coin Analyst: 2011 Low Mintage Key Coins Likely to Perform Well

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Determining which coins will be low mintage keys in their respective series is a significant part of the fun of collecting modern U.S. coins. As one year nears its end, astute collectors study sales figures and compare them with the final mintages for coins in the same series. It is […]

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Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles, Part Two: 1867-1907

Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the first part of this article, I discussed the ins and outs of assembling a year set of Liberty Head eagles from 1838 through 1866. In case you’ve already forgotten the premise, it’s that a collector can purchase one example of each year that this denomination/type was […]

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Greatest Dahlonega Mint Quarter Eagle…..Ever

Greatest Dahlonega Mint Quarter Eagle…..Ever

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Unlike their gold dollar and half eagle counterparts, high grade Dahlonega quarter eagles are very rare. This denomination is extremely hard to find in Uncirculated grades and there are a number of dates, especially the rarities, that are virtually non-existent. That’s why a recent purchase of mine […]

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Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part Two: Quarter Eagles

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part Two: Quarter Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner In the first installment of this multi-part feature, I discussed some of the gold dollar issues that are rarely seen with good overall eye appeal. In this, the second part, I am going to look at quarter eagles that do not generally come with good eye appeal. […]

By January 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The 2012 FUN Show: Some Observations

The 2012 FUN Show: Some Observations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner I can count on one hand the number of coin shows that, after close to three decades in the business, I still enjoy. The FUN show is one of them. It is well run, well-attended, and even when the market is just so-so, it tends to be […]

By January 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: $1.38 Million Auction Record for a $5 gold coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: $1.38 Million Auction Record for a $5 gold coin

News & Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #90 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds At the FUN Convention in Orlando, an 1829 Half Eagle ($5 gold coin) and a 1793 Chain cent each sold for $1.38 million in a Heritage auction. My article about this 1793 Chain Cent was published on […]

By January 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles: Part One, 1838-1866

Assembling A Year Set of Liberty Head Eagles: Part One, 1838-1866

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner For most collectors, assembling a comlete set of Liberty Head eagles is a daunting task, to say the least. There are 184 different issues (including major varieties) struck from 1838 to 1907. While none of these individual coins is impossible to locate, many are rare to […]

By January 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

2011 Heat Index: What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Coin Market

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com A CoinWeek Content Partner A popular feature of the www.raregoldcoins.com blog is the “what’s hot and what’s not” article that I write at the end of every year. As its the very end of what’s been an interesting and active year, let’s take a look at what was in demand […]

By January 4, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coins I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part One: Gold Dollars

Coins I Never See With Good Eye Appeal Part One: Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – CoinWeek Content Partner www.raregoldcoins.com As I was viewing auctions lots for Heritage’s 2012 FUN sale in Dallas the other day, I got to thinking about a topic that I think most gold coin collectors will find interesting: which issues are really hard to find with good eye appeal. I’ve decided to […]

By December 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Harvey Jacobson Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Harvey Jacobson Collection of Capped Head Half Eagles

Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #88 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This is my third column regarding coins that will be auctioned by Heritage during Platinum Night sessions at the upcoming FUN Convention in Orlando. Harvey Jacobson’s collection of early Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) will be sold […]

By December 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher The 1911-D is the key Indian Head quarter eagle. Read about two unusual alterations and how NGC experts discovered  these two type of counterfeits. Chased Mintmark There are a number of methods used by counterfeiters to add a mintmark to a coin, but probably the crudest is called “chasing.” […]

Each issue in the Saint-Gaudens $20 series has a unique story – FUN auction sets tone for year

Each issue in the Saint-Gaudens $20 series has a unique story – FUN auction sets tone for year

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com Reposted on CoinWeek with Permission First published in the January 2, 2011, Special Edition of Coin World The auctions associated with the Florida United Numismatists convention, set for Orlando Jan. 5 to 8, are major market events that help set the tone for the coin market. The 2011 FUN auctions […]

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