Tag: Jim Bisognani

Whitman Baltimore Underway with Stacks Bowers Coin Auction

Whitman Baltimore Underway with Stacks Bowers Coin Auction

1945 Mercury Dime NGC MS 66 By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   Stack’s Bowers March coin auction extravaganza; Partially split bands deserve a premium; Coins and taxidermy: Just what the doctor ordered The end of March is not going out like a lamb in the numismatic world as there is a sustained flurry […]

Copper Is Golden: Collecting Classic US Large Cents

Copper Is Golden: Collecting Classic US Large Cents

Draped bust large cents reveal grand returns; “Make mine milk chocolate please!” By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   According to the calendar, spring is just around the corner, officially arriving next week. Yet as I sit at my desk researching for this installment, we are being hit by a major winter storm: […]

U.S. Rare Coin Market Prepares To Spring Ahead

U.S. Rare Coin Market Prepares To Spring Ahead

Colonials court continued comeback; Hidden values in foreign silver; Near Gem $20 Saints huge bargain By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   I dare not repeat these thoughts out loud as I type… yet after more snow than the abominable himself would care to see has been dumped in my city we have […]

Long Beach Expo Underway—But I’m Snowbound

Long Beach Expo Underway—But I’m Snowbound

Collectors Should Enjoy A Martini In The Morning By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Well I spoke too soon in my last report. I had addressed that, much to my relief, we who reside in New Hampshire had not been on the receiving end of a large “named snowstorm” to end the […]

Recent Activity Shows World Coin Market Gaining Momentum

Recent Activity Shows World Coin Market Gaining Momentum

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   It has been real cold in the Granite State. Luckily for the first time in a couple years we haven’t been hit with a huge “named” winter storm to wrap up January in New England. What we do have is an exciting and aggressive start to […]

Numismatics’ Worldly Flavor—Big Apple Holds Court To NYINC

Numismatics’ Worldly Flavor—Big Apple Holds Court To NYINC

NYINC Heritage sales approach $18 Million; Pastor sells coins to dig for more! By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The international flavor of our hobby has always been one of the most exciting and yet often overlooked areas in numismatics; at least for most of the coindexters in the USA. For the […]

Coin Collecting Market – Make It FUN For Everyone

Coin Collecting Market – Make It FUN For Everyone

Colonial copper and Civil War silver bargains; 2017, the year of the collector By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Phew! Just shoveled off about a foot of heavy wet snow from my roof and driveway here in New Hampshire and I am now settled into my home office raring to see what […]

Coin Collecting – Jim Bisognani’s Rare Coin Market Predictions for 2017

Coin Collecting – Jim Bisognani’s Rare Coin Market Predictions for 2017

Notables weigh in on trends and what to expect in 2017. Barbers and seated coinage winners By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   As 2016 nears its historic conclusion, we in the numismatic world have also enjoyed another incredible season full of inspired collecting opportunities. Having spent five decades traversing small and large […]

‘Tis the Season for Silver and Gold and Santa

‘Tis the Season for Silver and Gold and Santa

For the new collector, young or old, on your shopping list: go buy the book! By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   ‘Tis the season. The mere utterance of that well-known phrase evokes fond memories of our youth, childhood recollections of holidays and wish lists. While still an exciting time of year as […]

Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

If it’s not already a tradition, find a way to introduce numismatics this holiday season By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   As this article posts we are about to enjoy a truly American holiday tradition: Thanksgiving. A touch of light snowfall covering the ground only enhances the mood for this great season. […]

Coin Show Commentary: Whitman Baltimore Robust

Coin Show Commentary: Whitman Baltimore Robust

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Mintmarked gold hot in Stack’s Bowers sale; Collector on prowl for Gem DPL CC Morgans As we ushered in November, fresh to their temporary digs in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, dealers and some collectors were busy setting up shop in their respective hotel rooms. As always, many […]

Collectors Intrigued by Political Campaign Memorabilia

Collectors Intrigued by Political Campaign Memorabilia

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Baltimore Expo on Deck; Colonial Copper Caper As we go to press the numismatic calendar reveals that we are one week away from the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo, the last major venue for 2016. Wow, where did this year […]

Go For The Gold This Fall – $20 Saints Are Great Value!

Go For The Gold This Fall – $20 Saints Are Great Value!

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Heritage Dallas sale rakes in $8.5 Million; Fresh top-grade material captures record prices! Action in the metal market has always translated into heightened demand. As a great trader told me long ago, “There is nothing as powerful as movement, any movement of consequence up or down. […]

Classic US Coins: 1916—The Year of Reform and Great Numismatic Treasures

Classic US Coins: 1916—The Year of Reform and Great Numismatic Treasures

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   2016—Golden centennial tributes commemorate inspired individuality A touch of early fall weather with temperatures at night dropping to the rather chilly mid-30s made it abundantly clear that the next season is at hand. With cooler temps enhancing the colorful foliage, which for the most part is […]

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   While the modern coin market is hot, Ancient world coins an exciting option; Colonial era coins from mother country a great value As we approach the fall season, Major League Baseball is sprinting toward an exciting post season, football has returned, network TV is ready to […]

US Coins & Medals – Playing Cat and Mouse With Lady Liberty

US Coins & Medals – Playing Cat and Mouse With Lady Liberty

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Five minute sellout now claiming five times issue price; silver looking to take home gold; “The thing is gorgeous” Many kids have already gone back to school and those that haven’t will be heading in mass for the classroom after Labor Day. Wow, the summer has […]

Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Anaheim Auctions Stake Claim To Over $46 Million Another ANA World’s Fair of Money is history; this one a significant milestone as the ANA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. This edition held in the Golden State, the first time since Los Angeles hosted the […]

Coin Shows – Endless Numismatic Summer at Anaheim ANA World’s Fair of Money

Coin Shows – Endless Numismatic Summer at Anaheim ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Two Cent Red Rarities; Franklin Halves A Valuable & Economical Series I can’t believe that as this article posts we are only a day away from the largest coin show in the US, the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The big show traditionally confirms areas of […]

Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Online Auctions Tide Collectors Over – My Five–0 Season Continues Summer 2016 has certainly been busy and eventful. Numismatically speaking I can’t recall having enjoyed our hobby as much as I continue on my Five-0—fifty years as a collector-season. Things have changed in so many ways […]

Spot Metals Soaring

Spot Metals Soaring

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   10th Annual Summer FUN Set To Sizzle; Wasn’t The Bicentennial Just Yesterday? – Spot Metals Soaring A Summer Holiday As I write this report another Fourth of July Holiday has come and gone. Our great country’s birthday is something which we should all take great pride […]

Long Beach Sales Exhibit Strength and Market Vitality

Long Beach Sales Exhibit Strength and Market Vitality

Goldberg and Heritage Combine For Nearly $25 Million; Lunch On 20 Pesos; Memorable 1895 Morgan Pair On Orange Blossom Trail Balance and strength are key components in sustaining the numismatic marketplace today. Rare type, key date and high-grade US gold coins are certainly doing their part generating unrelenting demand as well as combative action when […]

Classic US Coins – Long Beach Auctions Boast Silver Dollar Rarities

Classic US Coins – Long Beach Auctions Boast Silver Dollar Rarities

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Commemorating An Innocent Call; Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure Collection, A Great Opportunity For Fresh Coins This is a busy and exciting time of the year! What a welcome change in season. Sunshine, lush greenery, flowers blooming and to take liberty with that Nat King […]

Popsicles And Indian Cents Stick With You

Popsicles And Indian Cents Stick With You

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   June Ushers in Traditional Long Beach Auctions Unlike in the olden days, like when I was a kid, late spring is becoming one of the busier times of the year in the numismatic world. As the merry month of May winds down, major record setting auctions […]

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

Coin Auctions – CSNS Mixed, Heritage Sale Tops $22.7 Million

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… Reports from dealers and attendees fresh from the just-concluded 77th edition of the CSNS convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, offered up a divided consensus as to market strength and or direction. A vest pocket dealer from the neighboring Hoosier State of Indiana proclaimed that he is a “bourse […]

World Coins – NGC Highlights from Heritage CICF as Auction Powers to $6.3 Million

World Coins – NGC Highlights from Heritage CICF as Auction Powers to $6.3 Million

World Coins—Something Exciting For Everyone; Golden State Collector Recommends Kennedy Half Dollar Series By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   It has been a busy and exciting time around the Windy City this late April. Both hometown baseball teams–the White Sox and the Cubs–are off to great starts each leading their respective divisions. […]

Coin Shows – Chicago, The Springtime Mecca of the Coin Community at CICF and CSNS

Coin Shows – Chicago, The Springtime Mecca of the Coin Community at CICF and CSNS

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   CSNS bound collectors hot on the trail for Liberty Seated Type and Walkers; Metals continue surge. This is a busy and, dare I say, very taxing time of the year. On one hand, we have the long-reaching hand of the IRS commanding our somewhat reluctant yet […]

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   70th Anniversary Roosevelt Dimes offer variety and value. Golden nostalgia ahead in 2016. As winter slowly relinquishes its grip, and most of the country is enjoying the transition to spring, New England (it seems) is always a naysayer. I woke up the first full day of […]

US Coin Auctions – Heritage ANA Signature Sale Claims $8 Million

US Coin Auctions – Heritage ANA Signature Sale Claims $8 Million

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……..   Proof Barbers Power To Record Levels; Colorful Razor Sharp Coins Hot; Collector Coins Hot Property; Metal Markets Heat Up. The just-concluded ANA National Money Show in Dallas, Texas, was a fine opportunity for both collectors and dealers to meet, deal, trade and assess the present state […]

Rare Coin Market Presents Great Buying Opportunities For Collectors

Rare Coin Market Presents Great Buying Opportunities For Collectors

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Heritage Long Beach Sale Reels In $8.3 Million; My 5th Anniversary With Weekly Rare Coin Market Report. Here we are in the midst of winter 2016, another doozy too weather-wise. At least the venerable ground hog Punxsutawney Phil is predicting an early spring. I’m not sure […]

Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. A great roster of new issues in store for 2016, tracking down “Northern Lights” in the moonlight It’s getting to be a habit; last year it was Juno, this year it was Jonas… what is it with massive “J”-named snowstorms the end of January? For those in the […]

 
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