Tag: Doug Winter

Ten Buyer’s Tips for San Francisco Gold Coin Collectors

Ten Buyer’s Tips for San Francisco Gold Coin Collectors

If you are a collector of San Francisco gold coins, there are a few buying tips I’d like to offer. These range from pretty basic to pretty savvy, and they can be applied (in some cases) to other series if San Francisco coins are not your particular cup of chai. 1. Don’t Pay Shipwreck Prices […]

Coin Collecting: Why is San Francisco Gold Hot Right Now?

Coin Collecting: Why is San Francisco Gold Hot Right Now?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. As recently as a few years ago, I was wondering why San Francisco gold coins weren’t as popular as I thought they should have been (a blog from one year ago, for example). But a combination of factors has quickly turned the market for certain San Francisco gold coins, and […]

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Unless you spent the last two weeks in deep space you have no doubt read about/discussed/dreamt about the fabulous Saddle Ridge gold coin hoard. Enough has already been written about the background of this hoard that I won’t repeat it here. (NBC News, BBC, CNN, Yahoo, etc.) […]

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’m basically an old school coin dealer. I market coins all the time but am not really a “marketer” in the numismatic sense of the word—although I deal with firms which are marketers. These companies are always looking for angles and if there is one thing I am pretty cognizant […]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A recent question from a client got me thinking: is it possible for a coin dealer to be a coin collector? My answer short and sweet: certainly yes — but with a large asterisk. In most collectibles fields, many of the greatest collections ever formed were by […]

By February 7, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

Liberty Head Eagles and The Condition Census: Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I have written extensively about the Condition Census as it applies to United States gold coins: what it is, its origin and significance and specific examples of issues and a listing of the Condition Census. I recently had an interesting conversation with an advanced collector about his […]

By January 20, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
FUN Coin Show Auction & Market Observations by Doug Winter

FUN Coin Show Auction & Market Observations by Doug Winter

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. The FUN show is clearly one of the two major market indicators. Symbolically, it is the beginning of a New Coin Year but it is, most of all, a huge economic event with hundreds of millions of dollars changing hands. For me, a good FUN show is […]

By January 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Which Rare Gold Coins Will Be Demand in 2014?

Which Rare Gold Coins Will Be Demand in 2014?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner A few years ago, when my blog was more of a newsletter, I used to write an annual piece entitled “What’s Hot, What’s Not.” I’ve never had the heart to go back and look at these; analyzing my analysis has never had appeal. But these were popular […]

By December 30, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: How to Assemble A World-Class Collection of Coins

Collecting Strategies: How to Assemble A World-Class Collection of Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……….. You can have unlimited funds but without adhering to a basic core group of numismatic fundamentals, I believe it is very difficult–if not impossible–to build a great collection of coins. Some of the best collections I have seen in the last few decades were built by collectors with average […]

By December 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. Having just published a blog about coin rarity based on grade distribution, I’ve been thinking more about the many concepts of rarity and how they apply to coin collecting. Let’s take a look at a few and discuss them. Rarity is probably one of the two […]

By December 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

By November 14, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Now that the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has become an integral part of the rare date gold market, there are certain things that their database of coins that have been approved can tell collectors. This wasn’t necessarily true as recently as a year to a year and […]

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
2013 ANA Coin Show Report: 10 Observations

2013 ANA Coin Show Report: 10 Observations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You know how I feel about Coin show reports. They tend to be self-serving, inaccurate, biased as hell, and generally not very interesting. Which is why I stopped writing them a few years ago. But most readers of this blog want to know about my experiences […]

By August 22, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am often asked for ideas about which US gold coins to collect, especially ones that are a little bit “out of the box.” I recently had a conversation with a long-time collector about new directions for his set and we discussed the possibility of starting […]

12 Undervalued, Affordable 19th Century Liberty Head Gold Coins: Part I

12 Undervalued, Affordable 19th Century Liberty Head Gold Coins: Part I

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog discussing specific undervalued, affordable gold coins. This is a topic which has proven popular in the past and, unless I’m mistaken, some of my suggested sleeper issues have grown dramatically in popularity—and price—in the last few years. […]

Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

Should You Buy Very Rare US Gold Coins in Low(er) Grades?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… As recently as a few years ago, if you asked me “should I buy very rare United States gold coins in low(er) grades” I would have resoundingly answered “no!”  But, as with so many things in life, perspectives change and my answer to this question has […]

United States Gold Coins with Multiple Levels of Demand

United States Gold Coins with Multiple Levels of Demand

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… A trend that I have noted in recent years is that a subset of gold issues which have what I refer to as Multiple Levels of Demand (MLD). These are coins with more than one potential set of buyers competing for them. As an example, a coin such as […]

Advice to a Young Coin Dealer

Advice to a Young Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… The Professional Numismatist Guild (PNG) recently announced the establishment of the Edward Milas Memorial Fund which creates internships at established firms for as many as four qualified dealers/aspiring dealers aged 21-32. These internships are scheduled to be available by next summer. I applaud the PNG for the creation of […]

Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

Collecting United States Gold Coins by Type

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… In the world of rare American gold coins there tends to be two distinct camps: date collectors and type collectors. I have traditionally been a date collector and tend to value scarce/rare issues as opposed to more common issues in higher grades. But I’m beginning to become more interested […]

Survival Rate of Proof United States Gold Coinage

Survival Rate of Proof United States Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… While it is difficult to make sweeping generalizations about the survival rate of Proof United States gold coinage, some factors exist that help to determine the rarity of many issues. It is interesting to analyze these factors and apply them to the various denominations. For the most part, Proof […]

What Makes Certain Coins Popular–and Others Unpopular?

What Makes Certain Coins Popular–and Others Unpopular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… I often make buying decisions based on a coin’s popularity. As an example, I will buy a coin like an 1839-O quarter eagle for stock because it is popular and I know it will sell. But I might pass on a rarer coin like an 1862-S quarter eagle because […]

Type One Double Eagles: 2013 Market Update, New Orleans

Type One Double Eagles: 2013 Market Update, New Orleans

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Last month, I looked at the current market for Type One Philadelphia double eagles and compared it to the market(s) of five and ten years ago. In this month’s installment, I’m going to look at the popular New Orleans double eagles struck between 1850 and 1861 […]

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

Some Recent Trends in the Rare Coin Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you are a reasonably long-term participant in the rare coin market, you may not have recognized the fact that the market has changed in a huge way in the last five to ten years. Walking around the  floor at a show, you may not notice this (many […]

The Type One Double Eagle Market, An Update: Part One, Philadelphia

The Type One Double Eagle Market, An Update: Part One, Philadelphia

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a few years since I’ve written in depth about the Type One double eagle market. But in double eagle time “a few years” is equal to a considerable amount of time when compared to other less popular series. This is a changing, dynamic market which […]

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma–And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma–And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I recently sold an interesting coin (details to follow) and the entire process, which was reasonably quick and painless for both myself and the buyer, got me to thinking: can a coin get bad karma and if it does what does it take for it to […]

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

What Gives a Coin the “Wow” Factor?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… At shows or while viewing auctions, I look at a lot of coins. Most leave no impression, some make me pause for a moment before I resume looking at more coins and a small number get me to stop everything else I’m doing (I’m a notorious […]

The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

The PCGS Set Registry for 19th Century Gold Collectors: Part One

By guest blogger Robert Kanterman for Doug Winter Numismatics …… I’d like to thank long-time DWN client and personal friend Robert “RYK” Kanterman for writing this excellent study on some of the potential avenues for the PCGS Set Registry which are available to collectors of 19th (and early 20th century) gold coinage. Robert’s suggestions are […]

Why Do San Francisco Gold Coins Get No Love?

Why Do San Francisco Gold Coins Get No Love?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… The City by the Bay gets my vote as by far the nicest city in which the U.S. Mint ever struck coins. San Francisco is a cultural hotspot with museums galore and a long history of supporting the arts. It relishes its history, isn’t afraid of […]

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

Collecting No Motto New Orleans Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… If you have a numismatic budget of $2,000-10,000 per coin and you want to explore a series that is reasonably short in duration but long on challenges, I’d strongly suggest No Motto half eagles from New Orleans. Let’s take a brief look at this area of […]

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

How To Succesfully Negotiate a Trade With Your Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… You see a $25,000 coin in a dealer’s inventory and you really want it. The problem is you are short of funds and you are the sort of person who has made a promise to never take on debt to finance his hobby. Do you pass […]

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