Tag: Commentary

Paper Views – The Changing Face of the Numismatic Marketplace

Paper Views – The Changing Face of the Numismatic Marketplace

by Kevin Foley for CoinWeek …. When I first became active as a dealer in the late 1970’s, the overall structure of the numismatic marketplace in general and the customary ways collectable paper money typically was marketed were quite different than at present. Websites were unheard of. It was a rare individual who owned a […]

This Week’s FOMC Meeting And Associated Market Manipulations Followed The Script

This Week’s FOMC Meeting And Associated Market Manipulations Followed The Script

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Through the long term incompetency of both Republican and Democrat politicians, the US government has backed itself into a financial corner from which there will be no miracle rescue to avoid a catastrophe.  The only uncertainty is how long the politicians will try to […]

Paper Views – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

Paper Views – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

by Kevin Foley Special Contributor to CoinWeek … I’m pleased to be joining Coin Week as a regular contributor, providing views and commentary about rare currency collecting. My own career in the field began in 1977, when I launched Kevin Foley – Rare Currency, specializing in United States paper money, Large Size Type Notes, Small […]

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

Governments And Financial Media No Longer Pretending Everything Is Fine

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I’ve been warning you for well over a year that the US was not experiencing an economic recovery and that Europe was a basket case waiting to implode. Suddenly it seems like all the governments, central bankers, and the financial media are agreeing with me. […]

Coins’ rarity not sole driver of market prices: Collecting patterns can influence demand and values

Coins’ rarity not sole driver of market prices: Collecting patterns can influence demand and values

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the June 4, 2012, Special Edition issue of Coin World A reader recently asked how a 1909-S Lincoln, V.D.B. cent could be worth considerably more than a 1982-P Roosevelt, No P dime. Both are well-known coins, with variations visible to the unaided eye and both are listed in mainstream […]

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

Facebook Fiasco Is Latest In String Of Paper Asset Failures

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Last Friday, Facebook’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) hit the market.  Early Tuesday morning this week, it already looks like another Wall Street snafu. In the run up to the IPO, the stock had been expected to be priced in the $28 to $35 range.  […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Greece: Latest Developments

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Greece: Latest Developments

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The issue of Greece’s possible exit from the euro and its impact on the European and world economies is weighing heavily on the minds of political leaders and financial experts. As the prospects for that event loom ever larger, markets are in greater turmoil than probably at any time since […]

Rare Coin Market Report – May 2012 – PICKY is Good

Rare Coin Market Report – May 2012 – PICKY is Good

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, The U.S. Rare Coin Market is vibrant and active.  Collectors, dealers, and investors continue to buy rare coins, bullion, and numismatic collectibles with enthusiasm.  We are constantly amazed at how actively our customers are searching for coins!  Yet, while we are experiencing strong demand on both our website and in our […]

Fallout From French Elections Just One Of Multiple Financial Shocks Coming In 2012

Fallout From French Elections Just One Of Multiple Financial Shocks Coming In 2012

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the weekend, France and Greece held national elections.  While the media has almost totally ignored the Greek elections, a lot of focus has been put on the election of Francois Hollande as France’s new president.  Hollande, the candidate of the Socialist Party, defeated […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Not Yet Famous 1864 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Not Yet Famous 1864 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins)

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #106 Among Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), the 1841, the 1854-S and the 1863 are recognized Great Rarities. The two 1796 issues are well known rarities. The 1804-13 star reverse variety receives a lot of […]

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

Be Honest—Why Do You Read My Commentaries?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com What do you do with my commentaries? I have been writing them since 1995, gaining a wider audience as time goes on. Do you merely read them for entertainment? If that’s enough for you, I accept that. Or possibly do you read them to […]

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

Huge “New” Financial Problems Across Europe

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com If you ask the average politician, the financial problems of Europe have supposedly been cured. Oh yeah? If that is true, how come the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the G-20 Group of Nations had to have more emergency meetings in the last few […]

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence.  So What?

Major Gold And Silver Price Suppression Now A Weekly Occurrence. So What?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Over the past four weeks, the prices of gold and silver have experienced a major decline once each week.  Last week, the suppression occurred on Friday, April 13 during the last 15 minutes of COMEX trading, between 1:15 and 1:30. How is it possible […]

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com My take on the first quarter of 2012 was if you ask ten different coin dealers how their business was, you’d get ten different answers. “Isn’t this always the case,” you ask? “Not really,” I’d answer, explaining that depending on the business model of the dealer in question, the response you’d […]

Bringing You “The Rest Of The Story”

Bringing You “The Rest Of The Story”

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com I get teased a lot as I present information that is overwhelming of the “doom and gloom” kind. I don’t really mean to come across that way. However, I think it is important that people make decisions for their own financial well-being on the […]

What Is The US Government Trying To Accomplish?

What Is The US Government Trying To Accomplish?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com Five years ago, the M2 definition of the US money supply (including coins, currency, checking and savings accounts, CDs and money market funds) was about $7 trillion. At the beginning of 2011, it was near $9 trillion.Today it is approaching $10 trillion. This inflation […]

Legend Market Report – The PCGS Invitational

Legend Market Report – The PCGS Invitational

THE SHOW FROM HELL! No, PCGS was not the problem. First, we had some biz to do in the Dallas area and flew in Tuesday at 11:30 AM. That flight was not fun with all the massive T-Storms in the area. Being real close and personal in a plane with a 40000 ft T-storm cloud […]

End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors

End the Unilateral Trade Sanctions on Collectors

By Wayne Sayles Coin collectors across the U.S. are tired of being singled out with unilateral sanctions.  The State Department’s assault on our ability to collect coins is killing another American industry and leaving coin collectors in China and Europe to freely buy and sell.  We’ve decided we aren’t going to take it anymore.  Join […]

Legend Market Report – March Roars in Like a Lion

Legend Market Report – March Roars in Like a Lion

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner For Legend, a week of no shows did not mean no business. We blew past  $1,000,000.00 in sales for the month on Tuesday. The way things are going looks like we won’t slow down for along time. We finally have some new and fresh coins in […]

Legend Market Report – The PCGS March Invitational

Legend Market Report – The PCGS March Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics CoinWeek Content Partner WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE IS FROM LEGEND NUMISMATICS EXPERIENCES. OTHER DEALERS WILL HAVE DIFFERENT TAKES ON THE SHOW AS THEY ARE NOT IN OUR MARKET (WHICH IS VERY HIGH END RARITIES). SMALLER CAN BE TREMENDOUS! Hard to believe, at the March PCGS Invitational Legend SOLD more […]

By March 9, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

According To US Government Data, Uncle Sam Is Broke

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In past commentaries, I have discussed many of the accounting and financial sleight-of-hand gimmicks used by the US government in order to paint a rosier picture of federal finances.  When doing so, I tried to give specific references and sources so that readers could […]

ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

ModernCoinMart Responds to “Troubling” Guest Commentary

This is an open letter to the coin collecting and dealing community in response to a guest commentary by Richard Francis recently published by a major weekly coin publication entitled; “Firms’s acquisition of 2011 sets, while legal, is troubling” I am going to simply take the approach of answering allegations and presenting information one item […]

By February 22, 2012 35 Comments Read More →
Legend Market Report – November Baltimore Show Report

Legend Market Report – November Baltimore Show Report

THE STAFF OF THE BALTIMORE SHOW IS THE BEST! Mary Counts, David Chrensaw, and Lori Hamrick and staff, put on the best commercial show there is! The only other shows that rank close are FUN and the Summer ANA. No matter what you collect, the Baltimore Show will be exciting for you. It was a wonderful […]

By November 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin investment funds could place greater demand on top rarities

Coin investment funds could place greater demand on top rarities

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com Rare coin investment funds have been around for decades, and on Oct. 31, the formation of four new funds to be managed by Certified Assets Management International LLC, was announced. One of the funds is expected to acquire up to $250 million in rare coins. Successful coin funds could place […]

By November 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

The Gold Bullion Market from a Coin Dealer’s Perspective

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com There are several of us coin dealers nationwide who’ve been in this business virtually all our lives – for 40, 50 or 60 years, or even longer – since we were teenagers, or even younger. We’ve been around the market for gold bullion all that time and have […]

By November 18, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Liberty’s Outlook Bullion Report – November 2011

Liberty’s Outlook Bullion Report – November 2011

Originally from Volume 17, Issue 11 of Liberty Coin Service’s Liberty’s Outlook Gold And Gold Coins Gold closed on the COMEX today at $1,728.75, up a solid $114.00 (7.1%) from last month. Last Friday the Royal Canadian Mint announced a $250 Million Initial Public Offering of Exchange Traded Receipts (ETRs) for physical gold to be […]

By November 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Rare Coin Road Warrior – October 2011

The Rare Coin Road Warrior – October 2011

Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, My comments in this month’s Rare Coin Road Warrior have been written at two points in time. I wanted to share my thoughts both before the show and after the show without my ‘pre show’ comments being ‘tainted’ by my experiences at the show. My ‘post show’ comments are included at […]

By October 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Lowers Prices on Some Silver Coins for First Time

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Lowers Prices on Some Silver Coins for First Time

by Louis Golino for Coin Week Perhaps it just comes with the territory when you are the world’s largest coin dealer, but the U.S. Mint just can’t seem get a break from coin collectors and investors no matter what it does. Pick up any leading print coin publication, or read the typical coin blog or […]

By October 10, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Market Report The Philadelphia Show

Legend Market Report The Philadelphia Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics THE PHILADELPHIA SHOW MANAGEMENT-MAJOR ADJUSTMENT NEEDED We adore Mary Counts, David Chrensaw and their staffs tremendous efforts in putting on a great show (as usual they were top notch). Too bad they are not the ones who make the decisions about when or where the shows are. Having this show […]

The Market Now and Then

The Market Now and Then

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarthcoins.com The Labor Day holiday weekend has passed, most young people are back to school, football season has started, and I feel the need to get back to work.  I love my work, but once the calendar rolls around to September, I get the feeling that I’ve been slacking?  Maybe it […]

By September 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
 
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