Tag: Mark Ferguson

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret (…as revealed by the true story of the “Dexter Dollar,” The King of American Coins), by Mark Ferguson. The Long Shadow It’s […]

Central States Numismatic Society Convention Show Report: Part 1

Central States Numismatic Society Convention Show Report: Part 1

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….. The Central States Numismatic Society Convention is always a big show, but this year is special. 2014 marks the 75th anniversary of the CSNS, and the convention is going on right now at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. More than 200 dealers and industry figures were […]

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

A Half Century of Coin Market Trends

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com                 I was recently involved in a discussion with a collector about historic coin market trends.  He was fascinated with this history which gave him new insights into the areas he’s now collecting.  Therefore, I thought more people would be interested in a short background of the coin market during […]

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Reuniting with an old “Numismatic” friend in Colorado Springs

Reuniting with an old “Numismatic” friend in Colorado Springs

I’ve been bouncing around the country lately and this week I’ve landed in Colorado to conclude my research into the Dexter 1804 Dollar, before embarking on writing a book about this great rarity.  The Dexter Dollar is one of the most famous of the 15 known 1804 silver dollars, known as “The King of American […]

By February 21, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Early Silver Dollars Gain in Popularity after Recent World-Record Sale

Early Silver Dollars Gain in Popularity after Recent World-Record Sale

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com …….. As we all know, it’s been all over the news in the world of rare coins – the recent world-record sale of the beautiful 1794 PCGS-graded, Specimen-66 silver dollar for $10,016,875.  And now the door’s open for more famous rarities to break through the $10 million dollar […]

By February 4, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFrarecoins.com …… A pedigree, in numismatic terms, is the line of ownership of a coin or piece of paper money.  In rare cases pedigrees can be traced all the way back to a mint, such as the pedigree of the rare 1804 silver dollar that Matthew A. Stickney received […]

By November 15, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment Strategy

Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment Strategy

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …….  In general, segments of the coin market appreciate together, rather than by specific coin issues that pull away from the rest of the pack – such as 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents, 1889-CC Morgan silver dollars or 1911-D $2.50 gold coins, for example.  Instead, during various time periods, […]

By October 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

Creatively Marketing Your Rare Coins in the Private Market

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com …… Through clever marketing by auction companies and prominent media coverage of all major auction sales, many sellers of rare coins have been “conditioned” to believe that auctions are the only venues available to sell their rare coins. Major auction companies do a great job of promoting their […]

By September 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Comprehensive Market Study Reveals CAC Price Premiums

Comprehensive Market Study Reveals CAC Price Premiums

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. Market Study Background It’s common knowledge that CAC verified coins have been selling for premium prices since the inception of CAC on November 1, 2007.  But until now, collectors, investors and dealers haven’t had a resource to find out how much those price premiums amount to by […]

ULTIMATE RARITIES:  The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called, “the single most important coin in American numismatics.”  It’s the unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon with an “EB” hallmark stamped on the eagle’s breast, representing Ephraim Brasher, the coin’s designer.  […]

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com                 Without their stories coins are just “pieces of metal.”  At least that’s what the late Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, called them many years ago while she and I were examining a tray full of some of […]

Values are Quietly Rising for Ultra Rare Coins

Values are Quietly Rising for Ultra Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com The rich are getting richer and they’re pushing values higher – sometimes much higher – for ultra rare coins.  It was back on July 7, 1989 that the first coin sold for the million dollar level – an 1804 silver dollar at $990,000, a coin that I have […]

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

Now’s the Time to Prepare Your High-End Collection/Investment for Future Prosperity!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFRareCoins.com As coin market trends change and evolve, and prices rise over the long-term, buyers’ demands change and become more refined.  The current demand trend for high-end coins is a preference for problem-free coins and premium quality.  By problem-free, I don’t mean coins without scratches, spots, or other imperfections.  […]

The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek There has been some interesting discussion on this web site recently about the need for more accurate pricing information about U.S. coins. For example, Vic Bozarth recently wrote about the Coin Dealer Newsletter (CDN), commonly known as the Greysheet (www.greysheet.com), and said that its data is skewed by the inclusion of […]

Do Auction Prices Realized Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

Do Auction Prices Realized Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

By Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com CoinWeek Columnist The prices that coins have sold for at auction contain very valuable market information. This information is used in a variety of ways. Increasingly, these values are used by buyers of coins who want to know how much like-kind coins have been bringing on the open market so […]

Marketing Your Collection – The Market is “Hungry” for High-End Rare Coins

Marketing Your Collection – The Market is “Hungry” for High-End Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson  – MFRareCoins.com CoinWeek Columnist During the past several years coin auctions have been taking business away from coin shows and the rest of the trade.  Auctions have become the preferred way to sell collections for many, and much of the time they have worked out well for these sellers.  But while auctions […]

Coin Investors:  Take Advantage of a Much Overlooked Market Segment!

Coin Investors: Take Advantage of a Much Overlooked Market Segment!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin Investors:  Do you want to buy when coin prices are already going up…or do you want to buy when coin prices are soft…before they begin rising?! One area of the rare coin market that’s been out of favor, but is beginning to gain attention again, is the […]

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com First of all…I want to point out that coin price guides are just that…GUIDES!  For convenience, they list just one price for a given grade of a coin.  It’s important to note that different coins of the same issue and grade often trade for higher and lower prices […]

By February 29, 2012 5 Comments Read More →
Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was catalogued as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike surfaces with exceptionally sharp […]

By February 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

Various Ways to Invest in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Using gold as an example, the first investing decision you need to make is whether you want to invest in “paper gold” or “physical gold.”  Paper gold is one of the investment instruments purchased through the securities market.  Physical gold is the real thing – you can hold […]

By February 6, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

Primary Differences Between Investing in Bullion Coins and Collector Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Let’s begin by looking at what money really is, using the settling of the United States by the European colonists as an example.  When European settlers came to America during the 1600s, they traded useful goods with the Native Americans who had lived here first.  The settlers traded […]

By February 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

How Are Coin Collecting Patterns Changing?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Coin collecting habits, and the patterns with which we collect, have been constantly evolving over the decades. During the 1960s collecting was very much different than it is today, as it also differed from the 1940s, and the 1890s, or even the 2000s…right before the great recession. Incomes, […]

By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

Coin Appraisals Serve Varied Purposes

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com As an owner, or buyer or seller of rare coins, have you ever thought about how a professional coin appraisal can help you?  Normally, we think of coin appraisals as being used primarily for estate valuations after the death of a collector or rare coin investor, for insurance […]

By January 17, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Three Major Coin Market Trends Transition from 2011 to 2012

Three Major Coin Market Trends Transition from 2011 to 2012

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com There have been three major trends driving the coin market during 2011 that are continuing to influence the market into 2012.  All three of these trends are economically driven. The most influential of these trends has its roots deep within the global economy.  It’s the global debt bubble.  […]

Their Market is Dead: “Early” Commemorative Silver Half Dollars Can Now Be Bought For “Pennies on the Dollar”!

Their Market is Dead: “Early” Commemorative Silver Half Dollars Can Now Be Bought For “Pennies on the Dollar”!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com In my last column I wrote about “early” United States Mint commemorative coins struck between 1892 and 1954.  These are legal tender silver half dollars, struck by the U.S. Mint, which also include a silver quarter from 1893 and a silver dollar from 1900, as well as 11 […]

By December 21, 2011 4 Comments Read More →
U.S. Mint “Early” Commemorative Legal Tender Coins Offer Eye-Catching Investment Potential

U.S. Mint “Early” Commemorative Legal Tender Coins Offer Eye-Catching Investment Potential

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Virtually all collectors of rare coins want to ultimately profit from their investment in their collections. Many collectors choose to collect those coins they think have long-term investment potential. And right now “early” United States commemorative coins offer eye-catching potential. These are legal tender coins struck by the […]

By November 27, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Last week I wrote about why some economists believe our economy is going into a high inflationary period and how rare coins went into a runaway market during the last inflationary spiral, which occurred during the 1970s. I gave across-the-board examples of how “type coins” performed as an […]

By November 7, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Is High Inflation Just Around the Corner?

Is High Inflation Just Around the Corner?

How Rare Coins Performed During the Last Major Inflationary Spiral By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Our national debt load has grown to virtually $15 trillion today. Just three years ago it was around $10 trillion, and about 10 years ago the debt load was around $3 trillion. And now there’s talk that the […]

By October 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coins Serve as Stellar Inflation Hedges!

Rare Coins Serve as Stellar Inflation Hedges!

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com If you’re an investor who believes high inflation is just around the corner and who sees rare coins as a terrific inflation hedge, as they’ve been in the past, now’s a great time to get into the coin market. After a block buster World’s Fair of Money trade […]

By October 20, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Video: 1804 Silver Dollar Electrotype Certified by PCGS

Video: 1804 Silver Dollar Electrotype Certified by PCGS

David Lisot interviews H. Robert Campbell and Mark Ferguson. Bob Campbell owns one of four know 1804 dollar electrotypes that has recently been certified by PCGS. These issues have been known for years but this is the first time a major grading service has encapsulated one. Mark Ferguson is a noted writer and coin dealer […]

By August 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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