Tag: Coin Collecting

Coin Terminology: Is it a Widget?

Coin Terminology: Is it a Widget?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com One of the newer catch-all coin terms that’s been making the rounds is “widget.” This is a derogatory term meaning a coin that is common, boring, and lacking in character. I would primarily characterize a widget as something that is generic in nature. No one goes out and says “I’m […]

The Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

The Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #49 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While I often write about topics of interest to knowledgeable collectors, today’s column is aimed at beginners and at other collectors who buy “Choice” or “Gem Uncirculated” uncertified coins. I am concerned that some advertisers […]

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

In the 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Platinum Night US Coin Auction, Heritage Auctions offer several very rare proof bust halves. One of these is the sole known proof 1823 half dollar from O-111 dies, though a handful of O-108 specimens are accepted as proofs to varying degrees. This is one of the few proof coins […]

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

By 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 […]

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities A look at the PNNA – Tukwila,WA Dealers have prattled on and on about the lack of fresh material. The downturn in the economy and impending inflationary cycle have taken many of the high-end scarcer coins and pushed them deeper into already deep pockets. There were a number of articles […]

By April 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 2, Gold Coins

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 2, Gold Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #48 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported last week, the first live auction conducted by the new Spectrum-Stack’s-Bowers entity was held in Baltimore at the end of March and the beginning of April. In last week’s column, I discussed […]

Video News: How Chinese Counterfeit Coins are Traded

Video News: How Chinese Counterfeit Coins are Traded

As reported last week, The Gold & Silver PAC held a reception on March 31st honoring Congressman Lamar Smith Republican of 21st Congressional District of Texas. Mr Lamar is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Member of the House Science Committee.  Although Congressman Lamar was unable to […]

By April 12, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
Video News: Coin Market and Hobby News from Canada

Video News: Coin Market and Hobby News from Canada

About The Canadian Numismatic Association The Royal Canadian Numismatic Association is a non-profit educational organization formed in 1950 and incorporated by Canada Charter in 1963. It has grown by leaps and bounds from an idea of a few dedicated numismatists to become one of the world’s largest numismatic associations. Although our membership is predominantly located […]

By April 12, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Maryland Bill to Repeal Sales Tax Exemption Dies

Maryland Bill to Repeal Sales Tax Exemption Dies

Numismatic Community Pulled Together to Defeat HB 206 A bill before the Maryland House of Delegates that would have ended the sales tax exemption for coins has been defeated. House Bill 206—Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Precious Metal Bullion and Coins—failed to make it out of the Revenue Subcommittee of the Ways & Means […]

By April 12, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior with Vic Bozarth

Rare Coin Road Warrior with Vic Bozarth

In this month’s RCRW, (April 2011) I am going to discuss shows just concluded in March as well as upcoming shows in April and May. In addition, I am going to discuss some critical tax issues as well as an extremely interesting dealer survey recently taken by the forward thinking folks with the Florida United […]

Reflections on the Numismatic Hobby: An Interview with Chet Krause

Reflections on the Numismatic Hobby: An Interview with Chet Krause

The varied and storied life of Chester L. Krause of Iola, Wis., is well documented in his autobiography, “I’m Chet”. In the book, Krause recalls his youth growing up on the family farm just east of Iola, and days spent in a one-room country schoolhouse and the challenges of making ends meet during the Great […]

By April 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #47 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported in my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, the West Coast auction firm of B&M, a subsidiary of Spectrum, merged with Stack’s, an East Coast coin firm. Spectrum, a Fortune 500 company, owns 51% […]

If they build it, they will come. My take on the Baltimore Coin Show

If they build it, they will come. My take on the Baltimore Coin Show

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana I’ve been going to coin shows since the late 1970’s, close to 1000 total. From VFW halls to the Staple Arena in Los Angeles, I’ve seen them come and go, from their humble beginnings, to their rise to the top, and with some, their eventual demise. I can say […]

Ancient Coin Import Restrictions: Relegated to Insignificance

Ancient Coin Import Restrictions: Relegated to Insignificance

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting In reading documents recently released to ACCG under the Freedom of Information Act, it struck me as odd that the Treasury Department was in the loop for approval of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rule that would implement the Italian Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A document titled […]

How the Internet Has Changed Rare Coin Auctions

How the Internet Has Changed Rare Coin Auctions

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In my last blog, I discussed ways how the internet has impacted the concept of eye appeal when it comes to coins. Continuing this internet-related theme, I’d like to focus on how the web has impacted rare coin auctions. The impact of the internet on coin auctions in the past […]

By March 31, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #46 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds It has already been reported that the PCGS certified ‘Specimen-65′ Naftzger-Parrino 1793 Chain Cent, with AMERI. on the reverse (back), was acquired by Bruce Morelan, who is a leading collector and a minority shareholder in Legend […]

Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Coin Auctions, eBay and the Games People Play, Part One.

Rare Coin Market Report by Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics In this month’s RCMR I am going to talk about rare coin auctions and the ‘games’ some individuals play to manipulate the system. This is a two part series in which I will discuss auction venues where rare coins can be purchased. In next month’s […]

Details on Legend Numismatics Coin Deal of the Decade

Details on Legend Numismatics Coin Deal of the Decade

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics We are still in shock. After going just about a full year with no big fresh coin deals other than in auctions (we consider the Sonnier Colored Morgans the last truly FRESH deal we purchased), here comes this monster deal out of no where. This deal had such powerful rarities […]

Krause Presents ‘Safe Coin Investing’ Webinar with David Harper on Monday

Krause Presents ‘Safe Coin Investing’ Webinar with David Harper on Monday

On Monday, March 28th, David Harper the editor of Numismatic News will be hosting a free webinar on “Safe Coin Investing“. This is the first in a series of monthly online seminars covering  various topics of coin collecting with experts from the Krause Publications Numismatics team. Krause has been an innovative leader in developing new […]

By March 25, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
GreatCollections launches Coin Auction and Direct Sale Marketplace.

GreatCollections launches Coin Auction and Direct Sale Marketplace.

A trusted venue to buy and sell coins online. GreatCollections has launched its much-anticipated auction and direct purchase website at www.greatcollections.com. Catering to collectors and dealers, over 1,000 coins are already available for bid and direct purchase. Initially, auctions will end on Sunday evenings before expanding to other days and times. Bidding is available 24/7 […]

By March 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

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 Services (ANACS) […]

By March 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and coin collecting #45 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the recent auction in Sacramento, two 1881-S Morgan Dollars with eye-catching toning realized sums that caught my attention. While the prices realized for these two silver dollars are not huge in the realm of auctions, these […]

Larry Shepherd talks about ANA Membership, Past Litigation and the 2011 ANA show in Chicago

Larry Shepherd talks about ANA Membership, Past Litigation and the 2011 ANA show in Chicago

Larry Shepherd, executive Directory of the American Numismatic Associations talks with CoinWeek’s David Lisot about the ANA membership (down 10%), issues with past litigation at the ANA, and the big plans for the upcoming 2011 Summer ANA Money show to be held in Chicago. The player will show in this paragraph Shepherd said the convention […]

By March 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

One of Only Six Examples Positively Confirmed to Exist; The Breen Plate Coin Writing in the 1989 edition of his encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial proof coins, the late Walter Breen accounts for four die marriages of the proof 1836 Lettered Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar. Of the four varieties, two are of perhaps the […]

By March 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior

Rare Coin Road Warrior

Coin Show Reports by Viv Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, My name is Vic Bozarth and I am the Rare Coin Road Warrior. My wife Sherri and I attend forty coin shows a year to buy scarce and interesting coins for our customers. I have always been a coin show guy and […]

Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term “hobo nickel” is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations. Classic […]

By March 16, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

2011 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ Available March 17

2011 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ Available March 17

The 2011 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set will be available for purchase on March 17 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set contains proof versions of the second five coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, bearing reverse (tails side) designs honoring Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania), Glacier National Park […]

By March 15, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
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