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Fundamentals of Coin Collecting and Coin Investing

Fundamentals of Coin Collecting and Coin Investing

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Fundamentals of Coin Collecting In my opinion coin and stamp collecting are the greatest hobbies ever conceived. Those of us involved in numismatics, or the study of coins and money already know that we have a wonderful pastime to relieve the stress and pressures of every day life. Coinage mirrors the […]

Hot Topics with Laura Sperber: LIFE AT THE ANA

Hot Topics with Laura Sperber: LIFE AT THE ANA

A MINDBLOWING CRAWL! First I will say the experience so far has been far WORSE then anything I expected. Yeah, I know many people told me so, but I could not grasp the concept. The one thing I am impressed with, for as much as things are NOT happening, the current board is trying. Our President does […]

By December 15, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
How Will Friday’s Jobs Report Affect Gold & Silver Prices?

How Will Friday’s Jobs Report Affect Gold & Silver Prices?

By Tony Davis Investors are anxiously waiting on the edge of their seats to determine what the Federal Reserve’s plans are with respect to their $85 billion a month bond buying program, but the Fed provided very little guidance in their statement on Wednesday, only indicating that the economy is showing modest growth, which some investors construe as […]

By August 6, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Changes in Silver Part 3: So Who Is Buying?

Changes in Silver Part 3: So Who Is Buying?

by Miguel Perez-Santalla BullionVault With photography gone, and PV not plugging the gap, where is silver seeing the strongest demand…? FOR ALL ITS monetary and investment history, silver is by far an industrial metal today. The industrial sector consumed close to 466 million ounces of silver in 2012 according to the Silver Institute. Add what’s left […]

Why Numismatic Coins Belong in a Coin Collection

Why Numismatic Coins Belong in a Coin Collection

by Tony Davis – Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers ………. As a coin dealer that derives a good bit of our business from bullion coins, the last few months have been quite challenging, as gold and silver are down for the year approximately 24% and 38%, respectively.  While bullion coins tend to be fairly liquid, […]

Bullion and Coins Stored at Home Are Vulnerable to Natural Disasters says Diamond State Depository

Bullion and Coins Stored at Home Are Vulnerable to Natural Disasters says Diamond State Depository

A Depository is a Safer Option for Precious Metals in the Event of a Hurricane, Tornado, Earthquake or Fire  Some owners prefer to store their gold, platinum and silver bars, bullion and coins at home because they want immediate access to them. But in a natural disaster, your home and yard aren’t secure. Your valuables […]

By July 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Gold Rallies But Very Oversold

Gold Rallies But Very Oversold

Gold Rallies But “Very Oversold” Miners Extend Losses Post-Bernanke WHOLESALE GOLD traded in a tight range around $1280 per ounce Thursday morning after recovering over a third of yesterday’s $30 drop from 4-week highs. Gold miner equities, in contrast, extended their fall as broader stock markets rose. By lunchtime in London, African Barrick, spun out […]

The Coin Analyst:  What Should Gold Investors Do Now?

The Coin Analyst: What Should Gold Investors Do Now?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Ever since last Wednesday, June 19, when gold began its second major drop of the year, market pundits and analysts have been weighing in on why gold has declined so much and what the prospects are for the future. The decline was set off by a widely-anticipated Federal Reserve Bank […]

Critical Steps That Need To Be Taken By The  ANA

Critical Steps That Need To Be Taken By The ANA

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ………….. In light of all this monkey business, thefts, employee problems, etc the ANA has its self one nasty black eye. Further, the state of disrepair the ANA is in I see the deeping into a situation that may last for decades unless swift-even harsh changes are not imemdiately made. […]

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, in their recent “Open Letter to Wayne Homren ,” drew attention to wildly inflated predictions of future prices of classic U.S. commemoratives by Anthony Swiatek in his major reference book on the field, which was updated last year. I strongly agree that far too many coin dealers and other […]

Why Lower Gold is Good for Coins and Numismatic Rarities

Why Lower Gold is Good for Coins and Numismatic Rarities

by Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins …….. This past couple weeks  has caused gold bugs a great deal of concern. It’s the worst drop in percentage terms in 30 years. You have to go back to the 1983 drop during the Reagan era to find such a collapse in sentiment and price. Of course, in […]

Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… That was the exact question Collector X asked me, in a somewhat whiny manner, at the recent Central States coin show.  But you know something?  I can understand his disappointment. He had taken three days off from work, spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket, […]

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

What Makes a Coin Valuable?

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. One of the most frequently asked questions that appear in my mailbox is “What makes a coin valuable?” There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth only what someone else is willing to pay for it. However, the […]

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems:  Suppress The Price Of Gold!

US Government’s Solution To Critical Self-Inflicted Financial Problems: Suppress The Price Of Gold!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. Over the next several weeks, the US government is facing a series of critical financial problems of its own making. Unless there is a last-minute agreement, this Friday the federal government will experience an automatic annual $85 billion reduction in spending increases called sequestration. […]

Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

by Charles Morgan Coin collecting is a hobby that connects us all to the past. The coins themselves are objects of commerce of course, but the very nature of their existence also helps in the important role of forging our national identity. They make tangible our shared cultural aspirations. And with their inevitable wear and […]

Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

Some Thoughts on the $10 Million Dollar 1794 Dollar

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Stacks Bowers auctions made numismatic history last night by selling a PCGS SP66 1794 silver dollar for $10,106,875. This amount is by far an auction record for a single coin and it is very significant for many reasons. And it’s also time to fess up: I […]

By January 28, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
How Liquid Is Your Collection?

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …….. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth? Do you have a game plan for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How you […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Stirring the Pot

Dear Fellow Numismatists, I really love playing with coins.  I love the search for dates, varieties, undervalued series and issues, great color coins, and all those coins that just have “THE LOOK”.  Although I don’t particularly enjoy the business side of rare coins, I am actively involved in the market which means I get plenty […]

By November 7, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

Are Coin Shows on the Decline?

by Jeff Garrett  with Permission from NGC ……… Despite all of these headwinds, most coin shows are generally in good health. As a member of the board of governors for the American Numismatic Association, one of the prime responsibilities is to make decisions about ANA conventions. That is no small task given the size and […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Rare Coin Road Warrior-Grading Grading And….News from the Dallas ANA National Money Show

Late October 2012   Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Grading is everything in rare coins.  One of the old sayings in our business is that a coin’s grade goes up a ‘point’ once YOU buy a coin or own it.  Prior to third party grading services, this was the norm vs. the exception.  In fact, unscrupulous […]

By October 19, 2012 1 Comments 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, Italy and Austria-Hungary strike their own versions of the “Napoleon”?  Signed in 1865 […]

By October 18, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Is It Ever Wise to Take Certified Populations for Modern Coins Seriously?

Is It Ever Wise to Take Certified Populations for Modern Coins Seriously?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. It goes without saying that certain modern issues benefit tremendously from having only a few examples certified by TPGs in high MS grades. As we’ve written here and here, there are coins where a buyer can make the reasonable assumption that high-end coins are truly scarce, […]

British Coin Forecast for 2013

British Coin Forecast for 2013

by Geoffrey Cope – www.petitioncrown.com ……. Coins as an alternative Asset Class Rare Quality Coins which has quietly been held by collector/investors offer another alternative safe-haven asset class and diversification for future protection against inflation. What are our priorities in deciding an Asset Class, preservation of capital, increase in capital, a product that has a […]

By September 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – It’s ALL about the Money (and Timing)

Rare Coin Road Warrior – It’s ALL about the Money (and Timing)

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics Dear Rare Coin Enthusiasts, In this month’s RCRW, I am going to discuss some tremendously undervalued areas of the market as well as my regular discussion of recent shows and the next big shows on the horizon.  Most of you already know the coin market is slow as compared […]

By September 12, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Circulated Barber Quarters, with emphasis upon recent auction results for Key Dates

Circulated Barber Quarters, with emphasis upon recent auction results for Key Dates

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #129 ….. Barber Quarters are a very popular series of U.S. coins. Although I frequently write about gem quality (65 and higher grade) Barber Quarters that sell in major auctions, it is important to keep […]

By September 12, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

Wednesday Will Be Key Day For Precious Metals Markets

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Gold and silver prices have been strong since the end of July, with gold up more than 7% and silver up 17% since then.  The next two shocks to the precious metals markets will hit on Wednesday, September 12.  My expectation is that the impact […]

By September 12, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how that era has already […]

By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
For CladKing, It’s All About the Clads

For CladKing, It’s All About the Clads

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker INTRODUCING THE CLADKING Sam Petry, better known online by the handle “CladKing”, is a pioneer in the area of collecting clad (post-1964) coinage. His knowledge and expertise on the subject is the culmination of a career spent going against the grain and finding value and quality in modern-day coinage […]

By September 6, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

The Coin Analyst: GOP Platform Calls for New Gold Standard Commission

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… Republicans, or at least many of their political leaders, just can’t seem to get enough of the gold standard. Marsha Blackburn, a GOP representative from Tennessee, told the Financial Times recently that Republicans agree on the idea, and that the House recently passed a bill on it.  She believes it “is something we think needs […]

By September 6, 2012 7 Comments Read More →
Methods of Acquiring Coins

Methods of Acquiring Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. on Collecting Strategies …. The wonderful thing about coin collecting is that you do not have to be wealthy to enjoy the many pleasures that our hobby provides. There are numerous methods of acquiring coins, many of which are quite inexpensive. One fun way to begin a collection is to search […]

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