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Gold rarities highlight new Pittsburgh ANA Fall coin show

Gold rarities highlight new Pittsburgh ANA Fall coin show

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the Oct. 24, 2011, issue of Coin World. Dealers are gearing up for the American Numismatic Association’s inaugural fall National Money Show, Oct. 13 to 15, in Pittsburgh. More than 300 tables have been sold, although dealers are hesitant due to the cool-down in the precious metals […]

By October 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why Gold & Silver Got Hammered

Why Gold & Silver Got Hammered

By Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins It seems that there a perfect storm brewing for the metals and it has caused what most are calling a near term “corrective phase”. Both metals had been red-hot and setting new all-time highs. By my view, one positive for the longer term picture surfaced in the trenches […]

By October 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarest Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Rarest Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins)

News and Analysis of scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #75 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1796 to 1929, though not in every year. These are very popular with coin collectors. As key Quarter Eagles have recently been and are currently ‘in the […]

Where the %$#@ Are All the High Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

Where the %$#@ Are All the High Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As I was reviewing my notes on Dahlonega half eagles this morning, I was struck by something very interesting as I updated Condition Census information: many dates haven’t had a significant example sold in three, five or even eight years. This, in turn, made me ask out loud where the […]

By October 3, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
1877 gilt copper $50 Half Union leads Heritage Auctions offerings in Pittsburgh

1877 gilt copper $50 Half Union leads Heritage Auctions offerings in Pittsburgh

The Baltimore Collection, Part Two and The Rubic Collection available to collectors in Pittsburgh, Oct. 13-14 Heritage Auctions will present the official auction of the American Numismatic Association’s inaugural Fall National Money Show in Pittsburgh, PA, with floor sessions scheduled for Oct. 13 and 14 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Highlights include a […]

By September 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Norweb-Richmond 1854-S $2.5 Gold Coin (Quarter Eagle)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Norweb-Richmond 1854-S $2.5 Gold Coin (Quarter Eagle)

News & Analysis on rare  coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #74 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Oct. 14th, in Pittsburgh, the Norweb-Richmond 1854-S Quarter Eagle (U.S. $2½ gold coin) will be offered by Heritage in an official ANA auction. It is PCGS graded ‘Very Fine-35.’ While this coin is the primary […]

By September 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Grade Distribution of 19th Century Branch Mint Gold Coins

Grade Distribution of 19th Century Branch Mint Gold Coins

by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com For many 19th century gold issues, it is as important to know the grade distribution as it is the overall rate of survival. In this blog, let’s look at grade distribution; namely how the surviving examples of a specific issue are distributed along the lines of grade. It is natural […]

By September 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Extremely Fine 1856-O $20 gold coin to be auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Extremely Fine 1856-O $20 gold coin to be auctioned

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #73 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Friday, Oct. 14, Heritage will auction an 1856-O Double Eagle ($20 gold coin) in Pittsburgh as part of the official auction of the first Fall ANA Convention. Traditionally, there have been two ANA Conventions in […]

By September 21, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Shrike-Karschner Set of Indian Head $2½ Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Shrike-Karschner Set of Indian Head $2½ Gold Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #72 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Friday, Sept. 9, Heritage auctioned the Shrike-Karschner set of Indian Head Quarter Eagles ($2½ coins). It is an exceptional set. Karschner’s PCGS certified “MS-65” 1911-D, the key date in the series, went to a West […]

By September 14, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Back From The Dead: Formerly Unpopular Gold Coins That Have Become Popular

Back From The Dead: Formerly Unpopular Gold Coins That Have Become Popular

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As recently as five years ago, most of the rare date gold coins that I sold were from the Southern branch mints; pieces from Charlotte, Dahlonega and New Orleans. But today, these coins make up a smaller percentage of my inventory and my sales. I now find myself making a […]

By September 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Auction of the Irwin Waldman Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Auction of the Irwin Waldman Collection

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, & the coin collecting community #70 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The firm of Spink-Smythe auctioned Irwin Waldman’s collection of U.S. gold and silver coins during the evening of Wed., Aug 31st, in New York. Though Spink-Smythe will auction some coins from other consignors today, all of […]

By September 1, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Was This 1875 $10.00 Worth $345,000?

Was This 1875 $10.00 Worth $345,000?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com With more than $75 million dollars in rare coins having sold at the pre-ANA and ANA auctions, it is inevitable that some amazing individual pieces might have been lost in the shuffle. One coin that hasn’t received much publicity is the 1875 eagle in the Stack’s-Bowers sale (lot 7732 and […]

By August 24, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Using the revised population estimates in the third edition of my book, it is possible to make some interesting observations and conclusions regarding Dahlonega coinage. As an example, it is possible to estimate the average number of survivors for each denomination, the percentage of survivors by grade, and an overall […]

Rare Gold Shines In $11 Million Summer FUN Auction

Rare Gold Shines In $11 Million Summer FUN Auction

Rare and high quality gold coins dominated the results in our recent 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction. Overall, the prices realized in this auction approached $11.3 million, including the 15% Buyer’s Premium. Top honors went to a 1797 16 Stars Half Eagle, graded AU53 by NGC. This coin’s die marriage, BD-3, […]

20 Interesting, Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins You Can Buy for Less Than $5,000

20 Interesting, Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins You Can Buy for Less Than $5,000

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In a recent blog, I mentioned the fact that the entry level to become a buyer of interesting United States gold coins was a much lower barrier than many new collectors realize. I mentioned some general issues and types that could be found in the $1,000-2,500 range that I felt […]

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the first article in a new regular column for Coin Week that will discuss issues and trends in U.S. and world coins. My goal is to keep readers informed about major developments and to provide suggestions for ways to get the most out of your hobby. I welcome […]

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 16, 2011, issue of Coin World Demand is broad for Mint State Walking Liberty half dollars and many issues have seen prices increase steadily in the last month. As of May 25, there are at least five wholesale buyers who are aggressively buying MS-64 to MS-66 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 →
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 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 […]

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