Tag: Ron Drzewucki

Coin Collecting – What Is ‘Numismatics’?

Coin Collecting – What Is ‘Numismatics’?

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   If you’re new to the hobby or just starting to get serious about coin collecting, some of the lingo can sound pretty strange. And one word in particular may be the strangest of them all………. “Numismatics”. It looks funny, and it’s kind of funny to say. “NOO-miz-MAT-tiks”… reminds […]

World Coins – The Canada White-Tailed Deer Four Coin Series

World Coins – The Canada White-Tailed Deer Four Coin Series

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   If the Founding Fathers hadn’t been looking for a national bird, and if he wasn’t partial to the ever-busy beaver or resourceful raccoon, I like to think that Ben Franklin might have chosen the white-tailed deer as a national emblem for the United States. Okay, not […]

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Program: An Introduction

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Program: An Introduction

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The America the Beautiful Quarters program launched in 2010. It arrived on the heels of the most successful coin program in United States History: the 50 State Quarters Program. What made that program so popular was the idea that, with each release, Americans literally carried history […]

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect them. Commemoratives in the United States are typically divided into Classic and Modern categories, and I talked briefly about the distinction. Recent commemoratives, such as the 2014 National Baseball Hall […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 3

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 3

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   Link to Part 1 | Part 2 In the U.S., sales tax is levied on a state and local level, so there is no one rule that fits all precious metal purchases. The complications wrought by conflict between the tax laws applying to the buyer versus the tax […]

Modern Coins – The Growing Appeal of World Coins

Modern Coins – The Growing Appeal of World Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   During World War II and on into the Cold War, American G.I.s returning from deployment overseas often came home with handfuls of foreign coins as souvenirs. For many collectors of a certain age, this was their first taste of the fascinating field of coin collecting. The […]

Baseball’s Golden Glove: The Hall of Fame Commemorative $5 Gold Coin

Baseball’s Golden Glove: The Hall of Fame Commemorative $5 Gold Coin

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The most popular–and arguably the most beautiful–United States gold commemorative coin is probably still the 1915 Panama-Pacific $50 piece (especially the octagonal variety). It’s the stuff of fantasy league coin collecting. But rounding the bases right behind is a stone cold rookie: the 2014 $5 gold […]

Classic U.S. Coins – The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

Classic U.S. Coins – The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

Saint-Gaudens’ high relief double eagle obverse By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The great Gold Coin Saint-Gaudens! It’s only fitting that the masterpiece of American Coin Art–the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle–started production just a few years after President William McKinley officially put the country on the gold standard. With the battle […]

United States Presidential $1 Coins: A Golden Opportunity

United States Presidential $1 Coins: A Golden Opportunity

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Since Dwight D. Eisenhower last appeared on our coinage in 1978, the American public has been slow to accept the idea of a dollar coin. Some people blame its confusing size; after all, how can a coin the size of a quarter be worth a dollar? […]

Proof and Mint Sets: Coins of a Lifetime

Proof and Mint Sets: Coins of a Lifetime

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Finding that first Lincoln Wheat cent or Mercury dime in pocket change. Finishing your first coin folder. Making your first trade. No matter how experienced you are or how sophisticated your tastes become, many collectors look back at such milestones with a wistful nostalgia (and not […]

What Does It Mean When a Coin Is “Rare”?

What Does It Mean When a Coin Is “Rare”?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Whether you’re an old pro or just starting out, if you collect coins then you’ve thought about rarity. But what is it? What does it mean for a coin to be “rare”? Lots of people have a vague idea of what a rare coin is. They […]

US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle: A Primer

US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle: A Primer

The Morgan Silver Dollar and the American Silver Eagle By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The Morgan dollar was born from two impulses. One was the curious political alliance of populist “free silver” advocates–who wanted a bimetallic (gold and silver) monetary standard and an inflationary monetary policy in order to relieve the […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 2

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 2

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….. Link to Part 1 In the U.S., sales tax is levied on a state and local level, so there is no one rule that fits all precious metal purchases. The complications wrought by conflict between the tax laws applying to the buyer versus the tax code applicable in the dealer’s […]

History of the Royal Canadian Mint

History of the Royal Canadian Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale….   The Royal Canadian Mint puts out some of the purest gold and silver bullion coins on the global market, but how much does the average American collector know about Canada and Canadian coins? So as part of my mini-series on U.S. and World bullion coins, I thought […]

By February 22, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins – NGC Discovers Extremely Rare Dime

Classic U.S. Coins – NGC Discovers Extremely Rare Dime

1796 JR-7 Variety is the Finer of Just Two Known Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare 1796 dime. A routine submission of early Bust silver coins, which included a well worn 1796 dime, for attribution under NGC’s VarietyPlus® service has furnished numismatics with its second-known example of a previously unique die marriage. […]

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale…..   It isn’t every day that you get to talk about an honest-to-goodness Bond villain when writing a coin blog but then again, what am I saying? I’m writing about coins, for goodness sake. The coin industry has never lacked for colorful personalities. Much of the story of […]

The Platinum American Eagle: A Study in Nobility

The Platinum American Eagle: A Study in Nobility

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Like silver and gold, platinum has a multitude of uses. It can be found in both your car’s catalytic converter and your jewelry box. And like other precious metals, platinum also serves as an investment vehicle. Many investors look to the private ownership of bullion to […]

By December 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 1

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 1

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   There’s no denying that the internet has changed our world dramatically over the last 20 years. When describing the impact that it’s had on our lives–and not just in the United States but all over the world–socially, economically and culturally, “revolutionary” is not too strong a word. What […]

By December 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #5: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part II – Audio: 7:11

CoinWeek Podcast #5: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part II – Audio: 7:11

In this CoinWeek podcast, editor Charles Morgan adapts ModernCoinWholesale founder and former NGC Grader Ron Drzewucki’s second article on the differences between and the similarities of two of America’s favorite collectible coins: the Morgan dollar and the American Silver Eagle. In this podcast, toning, strike, and packaging are covered. “The Morgan Dollar vs. the American […]

By December 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Profiles in Bullion: Johnson Matthey

Profiles in Bullion: Johnson Matthey

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   I’ve discussed a couple of the big names in bullion and precious metals so far (namely PAMP Suisse, ScotiaMocatta and The Royal Mint), and today I’m going to add another into the mix. Johnson Matthey is a British multinational chemical company that started out as a […]

By December 7, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #3: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part I – Audio: 7:41

CoinWeek Podcast #3: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part I – Audio: 7:41

ModernCoinWholesale founder and former NGC Grader Ron Drzewucki shares with CoinWeek readers and listeners his take on the differences between and the similarities of two of America’s favorite collectible coins: the Morgan dollar and the American Silver Eagle. The Morgan dollar was produced from 1878 to 1904, and then again in 1921. The American Silver […]

By December 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: The American Silver Eagle Turns 30

The Coin Analyst: The American Silver Eagle Turns 30

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the 1985 Liberty Coin Act and issued since October 1986, is a coin best described with superlatives. It is the world’s best-selling silver bullion coin; the U.S. Mint’s most important bullion coin program; the most widely collected modern silver coin of all time; […]

By November 30, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
The Liberty and Indian Princess Head Gold Dollars

The Liberty and Indian Princess Head Gold Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Coin writers like to be thorough. If you’ve ever picked up a book on a particular series (and you have, right? Don’t we have a saying in this hobby?), then you know that the true origins of your favorite coin lay in the mists of time, […]

By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Click here for Part 1 Last time I gave a brief history of The Royal Mint in London, England, hitting most of the highlights concerning technological improvements, important figures, new facilities and the like. This time, it’s all about the coins. Or, more precisely, the denominations […]

By November 19, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Over on my blog, I’ve been writing about bullion. I’ve been trying to provide customers with a chance to learn about the precious metals market: the products, the players, the history, etc. I even have an ongoing state-by-state breakdown of sales tax in the United States […]

By November 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Brief History of the Royal Mint

A Brief History of the Royal Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   If you’ve been keeping score at home, I’ve been going further and further back in time to find the oldest company around today that still manufactures or sells coins and bullion. I was doing it mostly because it’s fun, but it may offer precious metals investors […]

By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   — The change in your pocket going “ching-a-ling-a-ling” — The roll of “unsearched” Ike dollars you bought on eBay — A mint set still in its blister pack — That 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat cent in a 2” x 2” flip at the coin shop, with […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   There’s been quite a surge of interest in the pre-Saint-Gaudens Liberty Head type of eagles and double eagles as of late, with several outstanding pieces (including one of the most complete collections of Liberty Head types in recent memory) hitting the auction block. Personally, I’m happy […]

By October 13, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   You know, one of the great things about this hobby is that there’s something in it for everybody. Let’s say that you were really into cars, a real gear head. Unless you’re independently wealthy or a hedge fund trader, it’s doubtful that you’d ever get a […]

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   When dealers and collectors compare different types and series, we usually have to make allowances for the eccentricities of each issue while at the same time be willing to pay more if they overcome them. For example, Morgan dollars from the New Orleans Mint tend to […]

By September 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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