Tag: Doug Winter

Where the %$#@ Are All the High Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

Where the %$#@ Are All the High Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As I was reviewing my notes on Dahlonega half eagles this morning, I was struck by something very interesting as I updated Condition Census information: many dates haven’t had a significant example sold in three, five or even eight years. This, in turn, made me ask out loud where the […]

By October 3, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Grade Distribution of 19th Century Branch Mint Gold Coins

Grade Distribution of 19th Century Branch Mint Gold Coins

by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com For many 19th century gold issues, it is as important to know the grade distribution as it is the overall rate of survival. In this blog, let’s look at grade distribution; namely how the surviving examples of a specific issue are distributed along the lines of grade. It is natural […]

By September 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Back From The Dead: Formerly Unpopular Gold Coins That Have Become Popular

Back From The Dead: Formerly Unpopular Gold Coins That Have Become Popular

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As recently as five years ago, most of the rare date gold coins that I sold were from the Southern branch mints; pieces from Charlotte, Dahlonega and New Orleans. But today, these coins make up a smaller percentage of my inventory and my sales. I now find myself making a […]

By September 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
How to Add Value to Your Early Gold Collection

How to Add Value to Your Early Gold Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com You can make random purchases of early United States gold coins and, if you are lucky, you might acquire some nice pieces as time passes. But if you follow some of these suggestions and formulate a game-plan, my guess is that you will have a better grasp of what is […]

By August 26, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Was This 1875 $10.00 Worth $345,000?

Was This 1875 $10.00 Worth $345,000?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com With more than $75 million dollars in rare coins having sold at the pre-ANA and ANA auctions, it is inevitable that some amazing individual pieces might have been lost in the shuffle. One coin that hasn’t received much publicity is the 1875 eagle in the Stack’s-Bowers sale (lot 7732 and […]

By August 24, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Some Post-ANA Show Thoughts

Some Post-ANA Show Thoughts

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com You’ve no doubt read a dozen ANA Show Reports already and I swore I’d never write one again. But I did want to give some thoughts about the recently-concluded ANA show in Rosemont as I think a good understanding of what happened there is essential to understanding the market. I […]

By August 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
ANA Show Predictions: 2011

ANA Show Predictions: 2011

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com If you had asked me just last week how this year’s ANA show was going to turn out, I’d have told you it was going to be an unqualified success. But with the recent topsy-turvy (to say the least…) state of the stock market and economic fears in general, I’m […]

By August 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Using the revised population estimates in the third edition of my book, it is possible to make some interesting observations and conclusions regarding Dahlonega coinage. As an example, it is possible to estimate the average number of survivors for each denomination, the percentage of survivors by grade, and an overall […]

A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There is no getting around the fact that doctoring of rare United States gold coins is a problem in the market. Doctoring is not new. I’ve heard stories of American collectors and dealers “messing” with coins as far back as a century ago, and I have no doubt that the […]

Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As someone who sells a lot of coins, I have some selling tips/tricks/thoughts that I’d like to share. 1. Don’t Get Into a Forced Sale Situation. When it comes to buying coins, most people (dealers and collectors) are sharks. If they know that you are in a situation of desperation, […]

The Two Types of Coin Collectors

The Two Types of Coin Collectors

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In my day-to-day dealings with collectors, I note at least two distinct typologies. First, there is the collector who has either been buying coins since he was a child, or who was a collector as a kid and has since rekindled his early romance with numismatics. And then there is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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