Tag: US Coins

Video News from Central States: Chris Karstedt Talk about the Stacks Bowers Merger and the Coin Market

Video News from Central States: Chris Karstedt Talk about the Stacks Bowers Merger and the Coin Market

CoinWeek’s continuing coverage of the 72nd Central States Numismatic Society Convention. At the CSNS Convention Chris Karstedt, Executive Vice President of Stacks Bowers, discusses the recent merger and talks about the coin market and how a collector can participate in the numismatic hobby.   Chris Karstedt at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention Central States […]

By April 29, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
CSNS Platinum Night U.S. Coin Auction Results Soar To Nearly $14 Million

CSNS Platinum Night U.S. Coin Auction Results Soar To Nearly $14 Million

Rare gold was the order of the night as Thursday’s Platinum Night festivities at the 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction rose to nearly $14 million in total sales. Overall proceeds from this auction are expected to approach $24 million. Proof double eagles captured the fancy of the evening’s bidders, […]

Silver’s bull market lifts Morgan dollar prices higher

Silver’s bull market lifts Morgan dollar prices higher

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the May 9, 2011, issue of Coin World Morgan dollars have been one of the coin market’s main beneficiaries of the renewed interest in silver, as the prices for common examples have soared in the last year. This week silver continues its rapid ascent toward its 1980 […]

By April 26, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
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 Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

The Advertising of ‘Choice’ or ‘Gem’ Uncertified Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #49 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds While I often write about topics of interest to knowledgeable collectors, today’s column is aimed at beginners and at other collectors who buy “Choice” or “Gem Uncirculated” uncertified coins. I am concerned that some advertisers […]

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

In the 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Platinum Night US Coin Auction, Heritage Auctions offer several very rare proof bust halves. One of these is the sole known proof 1823 half dollar from O-111 dies, though a handful of O-108 specimens are accepted as proofs to varying degrees. This is one of the few proof coins […]

Stacks Bowers Baltimore Coin and Currency Auctions Combine to Nearly Reach $14 Million

Stacks Bowers Baltimore Coin and Currency Auctions Combine to Nearly Reach $14 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries realized an impressive $13,892,475 over eight U.S. and world sessions conducted March 29-April 2, 2011, continuing its lengthy tenure as the only official auctioneer of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo. The entire auction saw 7,690 lots cross the block, including nearly 4,250 lots of U.S. coins and exonumia, 850+ lots […]

By April 13, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Reflections on the Numismatic Hobby: An Interview with Chet Krause

Reflections on the Numismatic Hobby: An Interview with Chet Krause

The varied and storied life of Chester L. Krause of Iola, Wis., is well documented in his autobiography, “I’m Chet”. In the book, Krause recalls his youth growing up on the family farm just east of Iola, and days spent in a one-room country schoolhouse and the challenges of making ends meet during the Great […]

By April 6, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

The First Stack’s-Bowers Auction, Part 1, Copper and Silver

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets #47 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds As I reported in my column on The Ten Leading Topics of 2010, the West Coast auction firm of B&M, a subsidiary of Spectrum, merged with Stack’s, an East Coast coin firm. Spectrum, a Fortune 500 company, owns 51% […]

If they build it, they will come. My take on the Baltimore Coin Show

If they build it, they will come. My take on the Baltimore Coin Show

By William Shamhart – Numismatic Americana I’ve been going to coin shows since the late 1970’s, close to 1000 total. From VFW halls to the Staple Arena in Los Angeles, I’ve seen them come and go, from their humble beginnings, to their rise to the top, and with some, their eventual demise. I can say […]

Gold rarities, early proof specimens and S.S. Central America sunken treasure highlight Heritage Central States Auctions

Gold rarities, early proof specimens and S.S. Central America sunken treasure highlight Heritage Central States Auctions

Conducted April 27-30 in conjunction with the Central States Numismatic Society Glittering gold rarities, including elite proof specimens and a double eagle that survived the mass melting of its issue in the 1930s, are among the major highlights of Heritage Auctions’$20,000,000+ CSNS Signature® & Platinum Night U.S. Coin Auction, the official auction of the Central […]

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

The Spectacular Nevada Accumulation and the Morelan Collection of Type Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #46 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds It has already been reported that the PCGS certified ‘Specimen-65′ Naftzger-Parrino 1793 Chain Cent, with AMERI. on the reverse (back), was acquired by Bruce Morelan, who is a leading collector and a minority shareholder in Legend […]

Details on Legend Numismatics Coin Deal of the Decade

Details on Legend Numismatics Coin Deal of the Decade

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics We are still in shock. After going just about a full year with no big fresh coin deals other than in auctions (we consider the Sonnier Colored Morgans the last truly FRESH deal we purchased), here comes this monster deal out of no where. This deal had such powerful rarities […]

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 […]

GreatCollections launches Coin Auction and Direct Sale Marketplace.

GreatCollections launches Coin Auction and Direct Sale Marketplace.

A trusted venue to buy and sell coins online. GreatCollections has launched its much-anticipated auction and direct purchase website at www.greatcollections.com. Catering to collectors and dealers, over 1,000 coins are already available for bid and direct purchase. Initially, auctions will end on Sunday evenings before expanding to other days and times. Bidding is available 24/7 […]

By March 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

The Re-Branding of Rare Coins

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities.com Three Old School Rules to Protect New Rare Coin Buyers I began my career in numismatics during the late eighties. Rare coins were undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Third party grading and encapsulation had begun in earnest. The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the American Numismatics Association Certifications Services (ANACS) […]

By March 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Super Premiums for Common Silver Dollars with Attractive Toning

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and coin collecting #45 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds In the recent auction in Sacramento, two 1881-S Morgan Dollars with eye-catching toning realized sums that caught my attention. While the prices realized for these two silver dollars are not huge in the realm of auctions, these […]

1796 Half Dollar Leads $9.68 million Sacramento Coin Auction

1796 Half Dollar Leads $9.68 million Sacramento Coin Auction

Early rarities and gold add up to strong showing for March 17-20 ANA offerings at the Sacramento, CA Convention Center It was a 1796 Half Dollar, 15 Stars AU58 PCGS, a stunning coin featuring one of the rarest designs in all of U.S. coinage, that emerged from spirited bidding as the top lot in Heritage […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Changes in Demand for Rare U.S. Coins So Far in 2011

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #44 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds After discussing the motivations and strategies of bidders at coin auctions last week, and the meaning of auction prices in general, I am directing attention to current coin markets overall. I have posed questions to and […]

2011 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ Available March 17

2011 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ Available March 17

The 2011 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set will be available for purchase on March 17 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set contains proof versions of the second five coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, bearing reverse (tails side) designs honoring Gettysburg National Military Park (Pennsylvania), Glacier National Park […]

By March 15, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
CAC SETS MAY 1 CUTOFF FOR NEW MEMBERS

CAC SETS MAY 1 CUTOFF FOR NEW MEMBERS

Dealers and collectors interested in becoming members of the Certified Acceptance Corp. (CAC) will have to apply by May 1. Membership will be closed after that date, at least through the end of 2011 and possibly beyond, according to John Albanese, founder and president of the company. “We’ve been very busy,” Albanese said, “and we […]

Coin Profile: 1808 Quarter Eagle a Rare One-Year Type Coin

Coin Profile: 1808 Quarter Eagle a Rare One-Year Type Coin

Johann Matthias (John) Reich was a Bavarian native who learned the engraving trade from his father, Johann Christian Reich. According to L. Forrer in the Biographical Dictionary of Medalists: the elder Reich was “born at Eisenberg (Saxe-Altenburg) about 1740, settled at Furth in 1758, and died in 1814. He probably began as an assistant to […]

By March 13, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Gold hits all time record high; silver dollars still blazing

Gold hits all time record high; silver dollars still blazing

By Steve Roach – http://www.steveroachonline.com First published in the March 21, 2011, issue of Coin World Gold reached an all time high on March 2, breaking $1,440 an ounce and hitting $1,441.30 an ounce during the day’s trading in the New York bullion markets before closing at $1,435.70. Silver continued to build on its gains […]

By March 10, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head Half Eagles Gold Coins: A Guide for Collectors

Liberty Head half eagles were produced from 1839 until they were discontinued in 1908. This long-lived series is becoming popular with collectors who are attracted to these coins because of their history and rarity. This article is an attempt to make sense of the Liberty Head half eagle series for the beginning and intermediate collector. […]

Stack’s Bowers to offer over 5000 Lots of US Coins and Currency Auction in Baltimore

Stack’s Bowers to offer over 5000 Lots of US Coins and Currency Auction in Baltimore

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will conduct the official auction of the March 2011 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. The premiere event conducted under the Stack’s Bowers Galleries banner by the newly merged Stack’s and Bowers and Merena Auctions, the March 2011 Baltimore Auction continues the tradition and success of America’s most prestigious numismatic auctioneers. The […]

By March 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Bozarth Rare Coin Market Report

Bozarth Rare Coin Market Report

We are already well into our third month of the year and the rare coin market is really cooking. Bullion prices are up, demand is up, bid levels are up, and sales are really climbing. Sounds good, right? Yes, I am pleased that prices are FINALLY starting to rise again, but ‘Where’s the BEEF’. In […]

By March 9, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
What are Auction Prices?

What are Auction Prices?

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community by Greg Reynolds Though auction prices are often cited as market prices, little has been written about the nature and meaning of auction prices and how these relate to market prices. I am not talking about bullion items or generic coins (like […]

Coin Doctoring Presents A Moral Imperative to the Coin Industry

Coin Doctoring Presents A Moral Imperative to the Coin Industry

Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments It would be a great deal more fun to consider what R.W. Julian has to say about Gobrecht dollars but at this point in time the consideration in front of us is the rather murky numismatic subject called coin doctoring. I have talked with both David Hall of the […]

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