Tag: Doug Winter

20 Interesting, Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins You Can Buy for Less Than $5,000

20 Interesting, Undervalued U.S. Gold Coins You Can Buy for Less Than $5,000

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In a recent blog, I mentioned the fact that the entry level to become a buyer of interesting United States gold coins was a much lower barrier than many new collectors realize. I mentioned some general issues and types that could be found in the $1,000-2,500 range that I felt […]

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to thank collector John Toffaletti for writing this interesting study of 1856-S eagles and contributing it to raregoldcoins.com for publication. I think you’ll find it very interesting and it contains information that has never been published before. There appears to be new interest in the older gold coins […]

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com I get calls from potential new gold coin collectors nearly every day. Some of them have spent a good deal of time researching the gold coin market and have a good idea what the coins that they may be buying will cost. Others have no clue and are almost charmingly […]

The State of the Liberty Head Double Eagle Coin Market: 2011

The State of the Liberty Head Double Eagle Coin Market: 2011

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The level of popularity for the Liberty Head double eagle series, struck between 1850 and 1907, shows no signs of abating. In fact, I think these are the most avidly collected United States gold coins by date. How has the market fared for $20 Libs. in the last three to […]

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

Why the Rare Coin Market Isn’t the Art Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As much as coin dealers–myself included–try to compare the coin market to the art market, the more you look at coins, the more you realize how insignificant this market (currently) is when compared to art. Will the coin market ever “catch up” to the art market and is it fair […]

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

Stick With The Keys… Coin Collecting Strategies

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com When I was a kid just beginning to get serious about coins, an older local dealer made a comment that has stayed with me for years. When discussing his buying philosophy he said, “Stick with the keys, kid, you’ll never go wrong.” What he meant, of course, was that if […]

Coin Markets: What’s Hot and What’s Not – Spring 2011

Coin Markets: What’s Hot and What’s Not – Spring 2011

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com – One of the more popular entries in the DWN Blogospehere is the “Hot/Not” feature. Its been a while since I’ve written one of these, and with groundbreaking ideas not exactly teeming in my little coin brain right now, it seems as good a time as any to analyze which […]

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

The State of the Dahlonega Gold Coin Market, 2011

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 of […]

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to share a photo and some information about a really interesting coin that I recently bought and sold. It’s a lovely 1858-O double eagle, graded AU55 by PCGS. What makes this coin really special, in my opinion, is its fantastic pedigree. To the best of my knowledge it […]

US Coins: The $103,500 1862-S Eagle

US Coins: The $103,500 1862-S Eagle

Lost in the hubbub surrounding the recently-concluded Central States coin show and the Heritage auction held with it was a sale that I think ranks as one of the more remarkable in the rare gold coin market all year. The coin of which I speak is an 1862-S eagle graded MS61 by NGC. Unless you […]

Why are Proof Gold Coins Suddenly a Hot Commodity?

Why are Proof Gold Coins Suddenly a Hot Commodity?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Without a lot of fanfare, Proof gold coins have become a strong area of the market. In this blog, I’d like to postulate as to why Proof gold coins have become so avidly desired, which Proof coins are currently in greatest demand and what the short-term outlook is for Proof […]

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 […]

What is a Fresh Coin?

What is a Fresh Coin?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I was recently having a numismatic conversation with someone about an auction (sad life, I know…) and the subject of “fresh coins” came up. This person is knowledgeable and I respect his opinion. And after three minutes of discussion, I realized that his view of freshness and mine were different. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 →
Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, few of these articles mentioned the internet; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important development with numismatic applications since […]

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The recently concluded Heritage sale was not really a stellar offering from this firm. Falling after the outstanding array of coins sold at the 2011 FUN auction and occurring before what is likely to be a solid group at the Central States sale in late April/early May, the Sacramento auction […]

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

How Many High Grade Dahlonega Gold Dollars Exist?

As the research I am doing for the third edition of my book “Gold Coins of the Dahlonega Mint, 1838-1861″ comes together, I am learning some interesting things about the availability of each issue, especially in higher grades. I thought it might be interesting to share some of what I’ve learned about high grade gold […]

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head half eagles were produced from 1839 until they were discontinued in 1908. This long-lived series is becoming popular with collectors who are attracted to these coins because of their history and rarity. This article is an attempt to make sense of the Liberty Head half eagle series for the beginning and intermediate collector. […]

The Great Coin Drought

The Great Coin Drought

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There’s an ebb and flow to the coin market cycle. When it is in perfect, Zen-like harmony, the market works well. When it’s disrupted, the market sputters as is the case of what we are seeing in the beginning of 2011. I call it the Great Coin Drought and it’s […]

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In numismatics, there are essentially two types of coins. There are coins that are condition rarities and there are coins that are absolute rarities. A condition rarity is a coin whose value is primarily derived from its high degree of preservation. An absolute rarity is a coin whose rarity is […]

By February 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Is There an Upward Trend in the CC Half Eagle Coin Market?

Is There an Upward Trend in the CC Half Eagle Coin Market?

While I hate to make bold pronouncements based on a small number of auction results, it looks like an interesting trend may be occuring in the Carson City half eagle market. Within two months, three important CC half eagles have sold at auction and brought tremendous prices. Let’s take a look at the three coins […]

By February 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’m busy updating my Dahlonega gold book (I hope to be finished with the manuscript in 45 days or so) and in honor of My Dahlonega Obsession, I thought it would be fun, or at least moderately amusing, to share some of my recent findings in the form of a […]

By February 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two newly discovered high grade 1840-C half eagles in the Heritage 2011 Platinum Night session of the FUN auction give interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to the discovery of these two coins, which were graded MS63 and […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Even the most available pre-1933 United States gold coin has some degree of “rarity.” A coin like a 1924 or 1927 St. Gaudens double eagle might have a total population in the 10,000’s and this certainly does not mean it is rare but in comparison to, say, a modern coin, […]

By February 8, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a buyer of rare gold coins, nothing makes me happier than seeing choice AU58 pieces with original color and surfaces. I love “Gem Sliders” as these coins tend to have better eye appeal than most MS60 to MS63’s and are typically priced at a much lower level. They can […]

By January 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter Around a year ago, I wrote a blog that discussed original 19th century United States gold coins and used photos of specific coins to illustrate the points I was attempting to make. This was one of the most popular blogs to ever appear on www.raregoldcoins.com and I was pleased to get the […]

By January 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com When I first started out in the coin business, I assumed I was going to sell everything; Morgan Dollars, Barber Dimes, St. Gaudens double eagles and Charlotte gold, I’d handle it all. But I quickly learned that it would be difficult–and costly–to be an expert in so many areas of […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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