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Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

Tips for Buyers of Ancient Coins

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting….   Some ACCG (Ancient Coin Collectors Guild) members have asked what they can do to assure that the purchases they make are legal. One might theoretically ask the same question about many objects or substances that are traded domestically and internationally. The ACCG web site offers a few […]

By December 31, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The Platinum American Eagle: A Study in Nobility

The Platinum American Eagle: A Study in Nobility

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   Like silver and gold, platinum has a multitude of uses. It can be found in both your car’s catalytic converter and your jewelry box. And like other precious metals, platinum also serves as an investment vehicle. Many investors look to the private ownership of bullion to provide a level […]

By December 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In this article I will continue to discuss how the rarity of Morgan silver dollars was affected by changes in supply and availability. This story is of a hoard of mostly Morgan silver dollars that was […]

By December 23, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When I left off last time I was discussing how the entire landscape of gold double eagle ($20) collecting was changed by first Franklin Roosevelt’s recall of gold coins in 1933 and by the examples that were eventually found […]

By December 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Profiles in Bullion: Johnson Matthey

Profiles in Bullion: Johnson Matthey

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   I’ve discussed a couple of the big names in bullion and precious metals so far (namely PAMP Suisse, ScotiaMocatta and The Royal Mint), and today I’m going to add another into the mix. Johnson Matthey is a British multinational chemical company that started out as a well-known and respected […]

By December 7, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 Part 2 Here I continue my thoughts on rarities, and the factors that affect this important aspect of numismatics. As noted, true rarity cannot be caused by a collector through hoarding or manipulation, although sometimes temporary rarity can be achieved. During the early days of […]

The Liberty and Indian Princess Head Gold Dollars

The Liberty and Indian Princess Head Gold Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   Coin writers like to be thorough. If you’ve ever picked up a book on a particular series (and you have, right? Don’t we have a saying in this hobby?), then you know that the true origins of your favorite coin lay in the mists of time, probably before mankind […]

By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   Click here for Part 1 Last time I gave a brief history of The Royal Mint in London, England, hitting most of the highlights concerning technological improvements, important figures, new facilities and the like. This time, it’s all about the coins. Or, more precisely, the denominations of British coinage […]

By November 19, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 2

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Click Here for Part 1 In this article I continue my thoughts on rarity by stating that you cannot make a rarity and that trying to usually results in failure. Trying to manipulate supply and demand rarely ends well for those involved. This is especially true if […]

By November 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   Over on my blog, I’ve been writing about bullion. I’ve been trying to provide customers with a chance to learn about the precious metals market: the products, the players, the history, etc. I even have an ongoing state-by-state breakdown of sales tax in the United States as it concerns […]

By November 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Brief History of the Royal Mint

A Brief History of the Royal Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   If you’ve been keeping score at home, I’ve been going further and further back in time to find the oldest company around today that still manufactures or sells coins and bullion. I was doing it mostly because it’s fun, but it may offer precious metals investors some peace of […]

By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   — The change in your pocket going “ching-a-ling-a-ling” — The roll of “unsearched” Ike dollars you bought on eBay — A mint set still in its blister pack — That 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat cent in a 2” x 2” flip at the coin shop, with “MS-69” written on […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Error Is Human, Pt. 1: Certifiable U.S. Paper Money Errors

Error Is Human, Pt. 1: Certifiable U.S. Paper Money Errors

Part I of a two part series discussing the US errors that Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) will recognize, grade and encapsulate. By Jay H. Recher – Paper Money Guaranty Corporation….   Errors happen. That’s just part of life. Even the best of us occasionally make a mistake. The following are examples of the Bureau of […]

The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   There’s been quite a surge of interest in the pre-Saint-Gaudens Liberty Head type of eagles and double eagles as of late, with several outstanding pieces (including one of the most complete collections of Liberty Head types in recent memory) hitting the auction block. Personally, I’m happy to see the […]

By October 13, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   When dealers and collectors compare different types and series, we usually have to make allowances for the eccentricities of each issue while at the same time be willing to pay more if they overcome them. For example, Morgan dollars from the New Orleans Mint tend to be weakly struck, […]

By September 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Profiles in Bullion: ScotiaMocatta

Profiles in Bullion: ScotiaMocatta

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   Last time I profiled a bullion manufacturer, I talked about the Switzerland-based company PAMP Suisse. The surprising thing about it was that PAMP Suisse began operations only in 1977. One almost expects such a company to date back to the Renaissance, I guess. This week, however, we’re almost there. […]

By September 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   In my previous sortie into VAM territory, I mentioned the 1888-O “Hot Lips” variety of Morgan dollar. It is arguably the most famous VAM out there (a “VAM” being a Morgan or Peace dollar variety as officially cataloged by Leroy Van Allen and George Mallis), and if you’re of […]

Carson City Morgan Dollars

Carson City Morgan Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   Five branch mints were involved in the production of Morgan silver dollars: Philadelphia, Carson City, San Francisco, New Orleans and, at the very end of its run, Denver. To a Morgan dollar collector, coins from each mint have different “personalities” – San Francisco represented the cutting edge of coining […]

The Austria “Piece by Piece” Coin Design Competition

The Austria “Piece by Piece” Coin Design Competition

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 7/6/2015. Coin design contests are nothing new; the American public was invited to design the nation’s bicentennial coinage, and in-house competition between engravers and designers has produced many of what we consider classic 20th century United States coins. But gosh darnit […]

Q. David Bowers: Summertime in Numismatics

Q. David Bowers: Summertime in Numismatics

By Q. David Bowers, Founder of Stack’s Bowers   “Summertime and the Living is Easy,” as the song from Porgy and Bess goes. Welcome to my latest blog set in the twilight of the month of July. While summer is vacation time for many, numismatics knows no season–although it does slow down. While no figures […]

Tuvalu and the Perth Mint: World Coins from an Island Nation

Tuvalu and the Perth Mint: World Coins from an Island Nation

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale….   At first glance, it seems strange that a country like Tuvalu issues world-class commemorative and bullion coins. The big names (China, Canada, the United States, etc.) tend to be big countries, or at least have “big” histories (the United Kingdom, for one). Yet Tuvalu–one of the smallest […]

The Coin Analyst: Veteran Dealer Steve Estes Launches Coin Blog and Discusses the Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: Veteran Dealer Steve Estes Launches Coin Blog and Discusses the Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Steve Estes of Portland, Oregon has been a professional numismatist and coin dealer since 1963. He works with his wife Debbi. Mr. Estes is an expert on many classic U.S. coin series, especially Morgan and Peace dollars. He has developed a 1-10 scale for assessing a coin’s eye appeal, which […]

 
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