Tag: US Coins

Coin Profile: 1802 Half Dime, a Landmark Rarity

Coin Profile: 1802 Half Dime, a Landmark Rarity

In all of U.S. numismatics there are only a handful of regular issue coins that can compare in absolute rarity to the 1802 half dime. For any numismatic observer, it is the measure of a great collection. The presence of an 1802 half dime is the benchmark used to judge whether a collector has a […]

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

New Market Trends Emerge from Changes in Coin Grading

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The coin market is at the leading edge of an emerging trend in coin grading and coin pricing. It started four years ago with the recognition of premium quality coins by CAC, Certified Acceptance Corporation. The founders of CAC recognized that coins just making a grade were dragging […]

Important 1792 Fusible Alloy Cent, Judd-2 to be offered in Chicago

Important 1792 Fusible Alloy Cent, Judd-2 to be offered in Chicago

The 1792 pattern cents, Birch cent, half disme, disme, and quarter were the prototypes for what later became the cent, nickel, dime, and quarter that are still the staples of commerce today. These patterns were essential to the development of United States coinage. As Matthew Kleinsteuber, an analyst for NFC Coins, says, “1792 patterns were […]

Record Bourse, Spectacular Exhibits and Educational Programs Highlight ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago

Record Bourse, Spectacular Exhibits and Educational Programs Highlight ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago

The largest bourse and best numismatic inventory in American Numismatic Association history awaits attendees of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 16-20 in Chicago. The country’s premier coin show and convention, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, will also feature spectacular educational programs and exhibits as well as the most stunning […]

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

What to Buy to Begin Investing In and Building a Collection of Rare Coins

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Market.” As I talked about in that article, once you’ve learned the basics of how the rare coin market works, you can start focusing on developing a plan with which to begin building your investment […]

NGC Launches 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Registry Set

NGC Launches 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Registry Set

Sarasota, Florida ⎯ The NGC Collectors Society (Link: www.collectors-society.com) has launched a new registry set based on the recently published 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins by Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett (Whitman, $29.95). The book ranks the top 100 United States coins from 1964 to date. This new competitive registry set, listed under the 100 […]

Jeff Garrett to Present PNG Seminar, “How to Accurately Value U.S. Coins”

Jeff Garrett to Present PNG Seminar, “How to Accurately Value U.S. Coins”

(Rosemont, Illinois) — Award-winning author Jeff C. Garrett will present a free public seminar, “How to Accurately Value United States Coins,” during the Official ANA-PNG Pre-Show in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, on Monday, August 15, 2011. The two-hour seminar will begin at noon in room 55, […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, with emphasis upon dimes and quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Summer FUN Auction, with emphasis upon dimes and quarters

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #60 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The official auction of the Summer FUN Convention will be conducted by Heritage on July 7th and 8th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. There are numerous worthwhile coins in this auction, including some desirable […]

Recently discovered 1842-O Liberty Eagle sold by GreatCollections for $57,970

Recently discovered 1842-O Liberty Eagle sold by GreatCollections for $57,970

Rarity purchased in 1960s for just $225 June 28, 2011, Irvine, Calif. – GreatCollections successfully auctioned the 1842-O $10 Liberty Eagle PCGS MS-60 CAC, after spirited online bidding took the final winning bid to $57,970. The winning bidder was a private East Coast collector, who has a history of buying premium quality U.S. rarities with […]

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The Coin Analyst: Are MS-70 Coins “Value Traps”?

The Coin Analyst: Are MS-70 Coins “Value Traps”?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek A quarter century after the establishment of the first professional coin grading companies, many coin collectors remain skeptical of the benefits of third party grading. For many of them buying raw, ungraded coins is a kind of badge of honor that shows they have not succumbed to the mania for […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 2, patterns and gold coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, part 2, patterns and gold coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin community #58 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about copper and silver U.S. coins in the Stack’s-Bowers auction event that just ended. It was conducted from June 14th to June 18th at the Baltimore Convention Center. The current topics are U.S. […]

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com “They’re just pieces of metal,” Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, the late Curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian, once told me as she showed me a tray containing major U.S. rarities, like a 1913 Liberty nickel and an 1804 silver dollar, among others. I had trouble understanding her […]

Top rarities like 1794 silver dollars in high demand at $22M+ Long Beach coin auctions

Top rarities like 1794 silver dollars in high demand at $22M+ Long Beach coin auctions

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 27, 2011, issue of Coin World Three firms held auctions immediately before and during the June 2 to 4 Long Beach (Calif.) Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, which in total realized more than $22 million. The pre-Long Beach auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers realized […]

Our take on the June Long Beach Coin Show…

Our take on the June Long Beach Coin Show…

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana I tried my hardest to come up with some catchy phrase for this report but came up empty. Not that I didn’t have many different headlines that I could have used, but they all seemed so down and out and the coin market is over for good ,or everything […]

Long-Term Coin Market Trends are Evolving

Long-Term Coin Market Trends are Evolving

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com To see where the coin market is headed into the future it’s often helpful to look back at how it’s evolved over time. When we look back at the coin market over several decades we see distinct market trends that have occurred during various time periods. For example, […]

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

The Coin Analyst: Inaugural Column

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the first article in a new regular column for Coin Week that will discuss issues and trends in U.S. and world coins. My goal is to keep readers informed about major developments and to provide suggestions for ways to get the most out of your hobby. I welcome […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Long Beach Auction, with emphasis on Lincoln Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The June 2011 Long Beach Auction, with emphasis on Lincoln Cents

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #56 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The topic this week is a selection of the coins sold in the Heritage auction at the June Long Beach Expo in Los Angeles County. Over the last half dozen years, Heritage has conducted a few […]

NGC to Certify San Francisco Mint Silver Eagles

NGC to Certify San Francisco Mint Silver Eagles

West Coast Coins Distinguished on Grading Label The U. S. Mint’s recent announcement that its production of Uncirculated Silver American Eagle bullion coins will be supplemented with coins minted at San Francisco came as a delightful surprise to collectors. Though these SAE coins will not carry the ‘S’ mintmark of San Francisco, they will be […]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2011 Official Baltimore Auction will feature 7,107 total lots

Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2011 Official Baltimore Auction will feature 7,107 total lots

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2011 Baltimore Auction will feature 7,107 total lots, including more than 4,100 lots of U.S. coins and exonumia and an additional 680+ lots of U.S. currency, plus over 1,700 lots of world coins and 520+ lots of world paper money. Lot viewing will be conducted by appointment at the firm’s […]

Coin Profiles: San Diego Collection of Proof Seated Dollars

Coin Profiles: San Diego Collection of Proof Seated Dollars

By Dan Duncan Pinnacle Rarities is proud to announce the purchase of the San Diego Collection of Seated Dollars, an amazing grouping featuring fourteen of the sixteen possible dates from 1858 to 1873. Selected by an astute California numismatist, each example is an exquisite treasure. Collectively, this accumulation is one of the finest assembled collections […]

Mike and Jim Halperin – Father and Son Working Together in Numismatics

Mike and Jim Halperin – Father and Son Working Together in Numismatics

Mike and Jim Halperin Heritage Auctions, Owners Interviewer: David Lisot Heritage Auctions is one of the most successful coin companies in numismatics. Meet the son of one of the co-chairmen of this firm who has decided to enter the numismatic market place and his father’s advice.   Mike and Jim Halperin – Father and Son […]

Early American Coppers Market Report

Early American Coppers Market Report

June 2011 Long Beach Expo Video News Tom Reynolds Early American Coin Gallery, Owner Interviewer: David Lisot Tom Reynolds reports on trading in early American copper coins. He comments on the relationship between bullion and early cent collecting.     Early American Coppers Market Report Long Beach Expo Copyright © June, 2011

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Broad Demand Seen For Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Steve Roach – First published in the June 16, 2011, issue of Coin World Demand is broad for Mint State Walking Liberty half dollars and many issues have seen prices increase steadily in the last month. As of May 25, there are at least five wholesale buyers who are aggressively buying MS-64 to MS-66 […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Prize silver dollars in the Hesselgesser Collection

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #55 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Dr. Robert Hesselgesser assembled one of the all-time most complete collections of regular issue, bust silver dollars. On Monday, May 30th, the firm of the Goldbergs auctioned Hesselgesser’s set of bust silver dollars at the […]

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 […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part II: an Interview with Steve Estes

by Louis Golino To view Part 1 of this article…Click Here Steve Estes is a Portland, Oregon coin dealer and a professional numismatist who has been in business since 1963. He and his wife, Debbi, sell primarily PCGS and NGC-certified and some raw coins, especially Morgan and Peace dollars, Walking Liberty halves, and a wide […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

by Louis Golino The Morgan silver dollar, minted between 1878 and 1921, has no real peer in the numismatic world. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars are everywhere. Look through the […]

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 […]

GreatCollections To Auction a Newly Discovered Mint State 1842-O $10 Gold Eagle

GreatCollections To Auction a Newly Discovered Mint State 1842-O $10 Gold Eagle

Discovery Ranks Among the Finest Known. GreatCollections is proud to auction a newly discovered Mint State 1842-O Eagle, which ranks among the finest known. The coin was originally purchased in the early 1960s for $225 at Woodward and Lothrop, a major department store in Washington, DC. The original envelope, with the dealer’s handwriting notes “only […]

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