Tag: US Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #62 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 7th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, a trial began regarding the fate of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The U.S. Treasury Department is pitted against the Switt-Langbord family. This trail […]

Rare Gold Shines In $11 Million Summer FUN Auction

Rare Gold Shines In $11 Million Summer FUN Auction

Rare and high quality gold coins dominated the results in our recent 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction. Overall, the prices realized in this auction approached $11.3 million, including the 15% Buyer’s Premium. Top honors went to a 1797 16 Stars Half Eagle, graded AU53 by NGC. This coin’s die marriage, BD-3, […]

1855-S Proof $3 Gold Piece, a supreme rarity, in Heritage Chicago U.S. Coin Auction

1855-S Proof $3 Gold Piece, a supreme rarity, in Heritage Chicago U.S. Coin Auction

Part of a trio of exceptional 1855-S proof coins, offered in Aug. 11 Platinum Night auction A trio of 1855-S proof coins from the Golden Gate Collection, including the possibly unique $3 PR64 NGC. CAC., being offered by Heritage Auctions as part of the company’s Aug. 11-12 Chicago Signature® U.S. Coin & Platinum Night Auction, […]

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to thank collector John Toffaletti for writing this interesting study of 1856-S eagles and contributing it to raregoldcoins.com for publication. I think you’ll find it very interesting and it contains information that has never been published before. There appears to be new interest in the older gold coins […]

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

Coin Collecting: How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com I get calls from potential new gold coin collectors nearly every day. Some of them have spent a good deal of time researching the gold coin market and have a good idea what the coins that they may be buying will cost. Others have no clue and are almost charmingly […]

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 […]

US Coins: The $103,500 1862-S Eagle

US Coins: The $103,500 1862-S Eagle

Lost in the hubbub surrounding the recently-concluded Central States coin show and the Heritage auction held with it was a sale that I think ranks as one of the more remarkable in the rare gold coin market all year. The coin of which I speak is an 1862-S eagle graded MS61 by NGC. Unless you […]

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

Is There a Price Relationship Between Gold Bullion and Rare Gold Coins?

News and Analysis of scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #50 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I have been asked why markets in rare or very scarce U.S. gold coins have not dramatically increased as the value of gold bullion (the price of the metal itself) has soared over the past […]

Coin Profile: Proof 1860 $20 Double Eagle

Coin Profile: Proof 1860 $20 Double Eagle

1860 $20 PR64 Cameo NGC. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia records something north of 30 complete gold proof sets minted for 1860, although the Mint during this period would also provide individual denominations upon request. The net production of the 1860 double eagle is reported as 59 proofs. The current numismatic thinking — espoused by Akers, […]

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

Some Interesting Results From the Recent Heritage Spring ANA Auction

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The recently concluded Heritage sale was not really a stellar offering from this firm. Falling after the outstanding array of coins sold at the 2011 FUN auction and occurring before what is likely to be a solid group at the Central States sale in late April/early May, the Sacramento auction […]

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 0 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. […]

The Great Coin Drought

The Great Coin Drought

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There’s an ebb and flow to the coin market cycle. When it is in perfect, Zen-like harmony, the market works well. When it’s disrupted, the market sputters as is the case of what we are seeing in the beginning of 2011. I call it the Great Coin Drought and it’s […]

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In numismatics, there are essentially two types of coins. There are coins that are condition rarities and there are coins that are absolute rarities. A condition rarity is a coin whose value is primarily derived from its high degree of preservation. An absolute rarity is a coin whose rarity is […]

By February 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. coins in the $1000 to $5000 range

News and Analysis:  scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #41 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Today’s column features recommendations for collectors. Last week, the topic was advice for true beginners.  Back in September, I wrote about coins in the $250 to $1000 range. Most of my columns, feature articles and reviews […]

By February 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

Dahlonega Gold Coin Quiz

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’m busy updating my Dahlonega gold book (I hope to be finished with the manuscript in 45 days or so) and in honor of My Dahlonega Obsession, I thought it would be fun, or at least moderately amusing, to share some of my recent findings in the form of a […]

By February 15, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

News and Analysis on, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #39 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about the auction of an NGC certified 1907 “Rolled Edge PF-67 SATIN” $10 gold piece for a record $2,185,000. I also listed all other American coins and related items that have sold at […]

By February 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

Coin Experts: Overall Rarity Versus Grade Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Even the most available pre-1933 United States gold coin has some degree of “rarity.” A coin like a 1924 or 1927 St. Gaudens double eagle might have a total population in the 10,000’s and this certainly does not mean it is rare but in comparison to, say, a modern coin, […]

By February 8, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins 2011

The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins 2011

The Official Red Book®, now in its 64th year, is famous nationwide as the premiere resource for U.S. coin collectors. This best-selling “one-volume library” helps you make smart buying decisions as you build your collection. Millions of readers rely on it for full-color photographs, detailed technical data, and up-to-date mintages. The Red Book covers the […]

By February 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are some of these tips along with a bot of pertinent […]

By January 31, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

How to Price AU58 Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a buyer of rare gold coins, nothing makes me happier than seeing choice AU58 pieces with original color and surfaces. I love “Gem Sliders” as these coins tend to have better eye appeal than most MS60 to MS63’s and are typically priced at a much lower level. They can […]

By January 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

What Do Original United States Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter Around a year ago, I wrote a blog that discussed original 19th century United States gold coins and used photos of specific coins to illustrate the points I was attempting to make. This was one of the most popular blogs to ever appear on www.raregoldcoins.com and I was pleased to get the […]

By January 20, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

Why I Recommend Numismatic Specialization

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com When I first started out in the coin business, I assumed I was going to sell everything; Morgan Dollars, Barber Dimes, St. Gaudens double eagles and Charlotte gold, I’d handle it all. But I quickly learned that it would be difficult–and costly–to be an expert in so many areas of […]

By January 18, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting: Thoughts on Originality

Coin Collecting: Thoughts on Originality

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com “Originality.” It’s one of the most overused terms in all of numismatics. And it’s one of the most misunderstood as well. Given the choice, I believe that most people would rather own an “original” coin instead of one that has clearly had its appearance changed in recent years. With the […]

By January 17, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part One

Some of My Favorite Obscure United States Gold Coins: Part One

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com One of the things about the Christmas/New Year’s holidays is that they are a time of remembrance. If you are a coin dealer (and if you’ve been one for as long as I have…) this is a good time to sit around and get all nostalgic about interesting coins that […]

By January 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Proof-Only Gold Coins

Proof-Only Gold Coins

Important Type Three Proof Liberty Head double eagles in the upcoming 2011 FUN auction got me to thinking about. What are these coins, why are they important and do they deserve the market premiums they enjoy?

By December 20, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: O’Neal Collection of Indian Head $5 Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: O’Neal Collection of Indian Head $5 Gold Coins

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #30 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I. FUN Auctions During the Jan. 2011 FUN Platinum Night auction in Tampa, Heritage will offer Jim O’Neal’s set of Indian Head Half Eagles ($5 gold coins). This set is the “All-Time Finest” in the […]

By December 8, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

The Record-Setting Sale of an 1875 Half Eagle: What Does it Portend?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com In the Bowers and Merena November 2010 Baltimore auction, a business strike 1875 half eagle sold without a lot of fanfare for a lot of money. I think this was one of the most significant individual sales in the rare gold coin market in 2010 and I’d like to spend […]

By November 26, 2010 1 Comments Read More →
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