Pinnacle Rarities

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We provide continuing professional service to a clientele composed of collectors, investors and dealers from all 50 states and several foreign countries. We do not try to be all things to the numismatic community. Rather, we specialize in handling the rarest, most desirable coins our industry has to offer.

Whether you have already discovered the rewards of owning rare coins or are just getting started, Pinnacle is well prepared to service your collection or portfolio at any level.

One of the first concepts investors and collectors need to understand is that coins, by definition, are not necessarily rare. However, there are rare coins.

At Pinnacle Rarities, we deal only in those coins scarce enough to have an inherent reason to rise in value. Simply stated, rare coins are those which are not available in large quantities and require little increase in demand to drive prices up.

While there are certainly other important variables to consider along with rarity, historical data and our own experience have shown that rarity offers the best potential for preservation of capital and return on invested funds

Kathleen Duncan

Owner - CEO - Trading

Kathleen co-founded Pinnacle in 1992. Her focus is finding intrinsically rare coins at fair prices and assisting collectors with building the numismatic portolios of their dreams. Through a long-term process of honesty and integrity, she has earned one of the industry’s most stellar reputations as well as the loyalty of her clientele.

When not managing the company, she and Dan are busy raising their three children. Kathleen also enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest by snow skiing in the winter and kayaking in the summer.

Dan Duncan

Owner - President - Trading

Dan has been involved with numismatics since 1987. From humble beginnings in the back of a coin shop, to the president of one of the nation’s leading wholesale rare coin firms, Dan has always prided himself on promoting the hobby. A collector himself, his years at U.S. Coins educated him in all levels of the numismatic community. Dan can be seen buying six figure coins one night, and passing out pennies to Scouts the next. A life member of the ANA, his dedication to the hobby is centered on education for both young and old alike.

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By Kathleen Duncan of Pinnacle Rarities ……   The Gold Classic Commemorative series is an easily obtainable collection, containing only 11 issues, not including the exceptionally rare Round and Octagonal Pan Pac $50 slugs. The coins are readily available in high grades and reasonably priced considering their low mintages. The first gold commems were issued […]

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By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Like its Flying Eagle predecessor, also designed by James Barton Longacre, the Indian Head cent was initially struck on copper-nickel planchets. Copper-nickel cents were produced from 1859 until 1864 with a total production of about 158 million. You should have no problem finding a great selection. Proofs examples for […]

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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 […]

US Coins – An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

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By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921. Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold coins, each had its own unique appearance. These designs were a clear departure from […]

The Crest of the Commemorative Coin Wave – 1936

The Crest of the Commemorative Coin Wave – 1936

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities.com ……   Historically, 1936 was not a great year for most Americans. The United States was deep into the Great Depression. There was an unemployment rate of 16.9%, banks remained unstable, and the dust bowl continued to devastate the plains states. But with the U. S. economy floundering, a pass […]

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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 […]

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By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities, Inc……..   My first job in the industry was in the back of a coin shop. The store had a “bid board” where collectors put up their coins for sale. Other collectors wrote in bids and the store took a small percentage for its troubles. Today most of the […]

 
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