Archive for: Al Doyle

SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

SILVER 101: LOW-BUDGET SILVER INVESTING AND COLLECTING

Silver 101 is a NEW CoinWeek column on Silver collecting and investing by Al Doyle. It will focus on the basics of investing in Silvers, but also provide time tested recommendations that any silver coin collector or investor can use to maximize... read more »

 

Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

Collecting Strategies: Take The Short Road

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… For many collectors, the possibility of putting together a complete date and mintmark set of any older series is next to zero. High-priced key dates are the obstacle that can’t be overcome by those working... read more »

 

Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

Collecting Strategies: Affordable Eye Candy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com …… Is it possible to over-think the coin collecting game? Does it really require constant study of population reports and other data to determine the right items to obtain? Sometimes it pays to trust... read more »

 

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

by Al Doyle American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck... read more »

 

Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

Gold Coinage Of The Latin Monetary Union

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. In addition to serving as the primary gold coin in commerce for more than a century, the French 20 franc piece was the model for identically sized gold issues by other nations. Why did Switzerland, Belgium,... read more »

 

A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

A MODERN COMMEM WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek.com  ………. Even those who claim to be purist collectors want to buy coins that will grow in value. Predicting tomorrow’s winners is a popular topic in numismatic circles, and the choices are usually... read more »

 

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Quit Buying Coins !

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Quit Buying Coins !

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Here’s some advice that applies to many collectors: Stop buying so many coins. Is telling numismatists to avoid adding to their holdings no different than ordering cats to stop chasing mice? Many coin... read more »

 

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Go Beyond The Numbers

COLLECTING STRATEGIES: Go Beyond The Numbers

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Inexperienced and veteran collectors alike share a fascination with mintage figures. Hand a coin person a Red Book or other source of information, and it’s likely that the annual mintages will receive some... read more »

 

LOOK FOR ‘UNCOMMON’ COMMONS

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... read more »

 

COLLECTING STRATEGIES/DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD

COLLECTING STRATEGIES/DON’T FOLLOW THE HERD

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… This edition of Collecting Strategies isn’t designed to get anyone to trod along a popular or familiar path. Why not let your natural interests lead to creating a unique and customized approach to numismatics? It... read more »

 

SILVER BULLION ALTERNATIVES

SILVER BULLION ALTERNATIVES

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors.  Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple... read more »

 

The Overlooked Fractional Gold Option

The Overlooked Fractional Gold Option

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… With gold parked well above $1550 an ounce, the option of buying pre-1933 $20 gold pieces or one-ounce gold Eagles or Maple Leafs is an impossible dream for some precious metals investors. Even if price... read more »

 

Collecting Strategies: Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

Collecting Strategies: Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Mention Mercury (official name: Winged Liberty Head) dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind.  Rather than automatically locking in on the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates,... read more »

 

IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

IS SILVER A GOOD DEAL AT $27 to $29?

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Summer tends to be a slower-paced time in the bullion market, and 2012 has been no exception to the general rule so far. With everyone from major metals traders to small-scale retail silver buyers spending... read more »

 

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. A special coin comes along – imagine a $5 gold Indian at close to melt value, an 1891-CC Morgan dollar in an PCGS or NGC EF-45 holder or a circulated... read more »

 

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2: One-year type coins of the 1900s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2:  One-year type coins of the 1900s

by Al Doyle Special Contributor to CoinWeek … Click here to read Part 1 – One-year type coins of the 1800′s …. Unique and short-lived items are eagerly sought in any collectible field, and coins are no exception. This... read more »

 

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 1 – One-year world type coins of the 1800s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 1 – One-year world type coins of the 1800s

by Al Doyle Special Contributor to CoinWeek … American coin collectors are naturally attracted to one-year type coins. This category includes the incredibly affordable 1883 Liberty no-cents nickel, the very rare (mintage 6146) and costly... read more »

 

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek - Six and seven-figure “trophy” coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end items are in a completely different universe than where the average collector... read more »

 

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek If a professional numismatist is widely known as “Mr. Commem”, it’s obvious that he would carry a large selection of silver and gold U.S. commemorative coins issued from 1892 to 1954. That line of... read more »

 

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver

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... read more »

 
 
 
 
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