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Demand for Collector Coins Holds Strong

The demand for both collectible and intrinsically impacted coins doesn’t seem to be pausing, even to come up for air. While there have been recent gyrations in the spot price of gold, silver and yes, even copper, none of this appears to be slowing the demand for collectible coins, which for the most part continues to outstrip supplies. This isn’t just the market for bullion American Eagle coins, but the demand continues for the new Mint issues, for 1964 and earlier circulation strike gold and silver coins, and just about anything collectible

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Bullion Shark: Key Date Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Morgan Dollar Values The two most popular and widely collected classic silver dollars are Morgan dollars (1878-1921) and Peace dollars (1921-1935). And like the vast majority of other coins, their values are determined by the scarcity of the date based on the coin’s mintage, the coin’s estimated surviving population, the […]

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The “Coin Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

Coin Deal Shopping By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com I had an interesting experience at a recent show that I thought was worth sharing. A new-to-the-market collector/investor came up to my table and asked to see my “best coins.” I was happy to share them with him and pulled out a gorgeous 1802 quarter eagle in […]

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Jim Bisognani: “15” Reasons to Buy US Gold Coin Series

Looking at the values of US gold coins over the last 15 years, lightly circulated is key   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… There’s an adage that goes something to the effect: Old age is always 15 years older than I am. I recognize much veracity in this, for no matter what your present […]

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When Is Deep Cameo or Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

Proof Gold Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Having recently handled a considerable number of impressive Proof gold coins, I’ve been thinking about when a specific coin is worth a premium because of is status as a Deep Cameo (PCGS’ modifier) or Ultra Cameo (NGC’s modifier). After a brief explanation of […]

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Collectors and dealers are in this together

Coin values continue to be a mixed bag. A surprising number of the usually popular Morgan silver dollar coin prices remain even or have declined modestly. Likewise, there have been price decreases in areas including Buffalo nickels, Barber dimes, and Walking Liberty Half dollars

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The Coin Analyst: 2018’s Most Profitable Modern Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. As the end of 2018 nears, it is a good time to consider which modern coins and sets were the best performers on the secondary market – an approach first used here in 2015. Once again, there were more world coins that were profitable to those who purchased them […]

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Coin Market Opinions – What Makes a Coin Valuable?

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.…. One of the most frequently asked questions about the coin market that appear in my mailbox is “What makes a coin valuable?” There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth only what someone else is willing to pay […]

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Why Are 1943 Copper and 1944 Steel Lincoln Cent Errors So Valuable?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Lincoln Cent Errors , coin markets #306 For CoinWeek  by Greg Reynolds….. Although 1909-S VDB and 1914-D pennies are often thought of as the most important Lincoln cents, the most valuable Lincoln cent errors;  ‘cents’ are the off-metal errors struck in 1943 and 1944, which relate to U.S. involvement in World […]

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Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

Selling Your Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. As someone who sells a lot of coins, I have some selling tips/tricks/thoughts that I’d like to share, specifically about selling your coins. 1. Don’t Get Into a Forced Sale Situation. When it comes to buying coins, most people (dealers and collectors) are sharks. If they […]

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CAC Coins Bring Premiums at Sotheby’s Auction of Silver Dollars May 21, 2018

At the Sotheby’s auction in New York of the Ralph and Lois Stone Collection on May 21, 2018, CAC-approved Morgan silver dollars brought brought substantial premiums over silver dollars of same date, type and certified grade sold last month or earlier this year. As some coins in this collection were certified long ago, recent auction […]

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A Closer Look at the 19th-Century Gold – Three Dollar Gold Opportunities

Take a closer look at the 19th-century gold series including the Three Dollar Gold By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Is time flying by or am I getting old – or both? How is it June already? Regardless, 2018 is nearly half over. So where does the numismatic world stand as we near […]

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Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Ideally, a collector walks into a deal knowing everything there is to know about buying a coin. This includes the typical “Red Book” kind of knowledge like dates, mintages, mint marks and value, etc., along with things like certified populations and how the market’s behaving. If we’re […]

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What Is a 1999 Delaware State Quarter Worth?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Hard to believe but it’s been almost 30 years since the United States Mint inaugurated its 50 State Quarters program. For a certain generation, it was the first real change in U.S. coinage they had ever experienced–at once exciting as a variety of new designs began to […]

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Numismatic Technology and Markets -A Revolution in Rare Coin Price Guides

As technology makes information more accessible, including price guides and price discovery, the educated coin collector is the winner By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Some of the oldest rare coin price guides for US coins began in the mid- to late 1800s. There was boom of collector interest in US coinage […]

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Kenneth Bressett Named First Red Book Editor Emeritus

Kenneth Bressett, longtime editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”), has retired into Whitman Publishing’s newly created position of Editor Emeritus. The 2019 (72nd) edition of the Red Book, available now from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, features a 10-page illustrated tribute to Bressett. In addition, the […]

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What Would You Like to See in the Next ” Bowers Series ” Book?

Q. David Bowers joined Whitman Publishing as the company’s numismatic director in 2003. This was at the start of a modern renaissance in American numismatic book publishing. Since that time, Whitman has published hundreds of new books for the hobby, ranging from 64-page monographs to 900-page encyclopedias, and recently the 1,504-page Mega Red. Many of […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – ‘The World is Your Oyster’!

News & Analysis of rare coins, markets and coin collecting strategies #400 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Pearls come from oysters, and the term pearl is often employed figuratively to refer to something that is refined, sophisticated, attractive, valuable and treasured by an individual owner. Rare coin enthusiasts of all income groups who really […]

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Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins: Basics For Beginning Collectors

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds People have asked me, “What should I collect,” or, separately, “What are the best coins to buy now.” People frequently become angry when I decline to answer such questions with simple, encompassing statements. Much depends upon the budget and interests of the individual coin buyer. Each collector should read, […]

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Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins: Basics For Beginning Collectors

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds People have asked me, “What should I collect,” or, separately, “What are the best coins to buy now.” People frequently become angry when I decline to answer such questions with simple, encompassing statements. Much depends upon the budget and interests of the individual coin buyer. Each collector should read, […]

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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 cataloged as a Zerbe Proof as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike […]

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

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek on the Rare Coin Market – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Rare Coin 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 […]

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On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies and Coin Values – Auction Prices Realized

Auction Prices Realized – They’ve empowered coin collectors, but they can be tricky In recent years, the world of rare coin price guides has changed dramatically. When I began my career as a rare coin dealer in the 1970s, the Guide Book of United States Coins (Redbook), was the primary source of rare coin prices. […]

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Healthy Prices Realized for FUN Platinum Night Auction Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #366 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. During or just prior to major coin conventions, Heritage conducts two to four U.S. coin Platinum Night events each year, each as a part of an auction extravaganza that includes additional coins […]

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Healthy Prices Realized for FUN Platinum Night Auction Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #366 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   During or just prior to major coin conventions, Heritage conducts two to four U.S. coin Platinum Night events each year, each as a part of an auction extravaganza that includes additional […]

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Tips for Collectors: Using Auction Records

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation(NGC) ……   Auction records have become an invaluable tool, but knowing how to use them can be very important. It’s hard to believe, but in the mid-1990s there were no such things as electronic auction records for collectors or dealers to search before making a purchase. There were […]

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World Coins – Collecting 20th Century Canadian Quarters

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… 20th-century Canadian quarters are among the most widely collected types of world coins. Incorporating the portraits of five different British rulers and offering an exciting array of options and key dates, Canadian quarters dating from 1901 through 2000 provide even the most seasoned numismatists with a plethora of collecting […]

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Million Dollar Coins, Part 1: 1792 Patterns

Bushnell-Parmelee-Jenks-Col. Green 1792 Birch Cent – The First American Cent – Choice AU-58 (PCGS) A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #348 This week’s column is about those 1792 patterns that, in my estimation, are likely to be worth more than $1 million in the current market […]

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Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

By Thomas Bush – Thomas Bush Numismatics …… Dull. Boring. Uninspired. Blatant plagiarism of the work of Eugène-André Oudiné. Or even “the throat is that of a gladiator”![1] The Charles Barber coinage of 1892 has been ridiculed and derided over the years with the above-mentioned ideas and statements. Perhaps with no small bit of irony, […]

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More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Eisenhower dollars and the way they’re treated in the Redbook. The column made the rounds of the editorial boards of several coin magazines, Whitman Publishing (who want you to know that the “Professional Edition” of the Redbook does include […]

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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 […]

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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 gold coins 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 […]

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Overgrading and How It Affects Coin Values

By Rick Snow – Owner and Operator, Eagle Eye Rare Coins …… I have written about the problem of overgrading for many years now. In 1996, I began a service called Photo Seal. In small ways it has helped control the problem within the Flying Eagle and Indian cent collector community, but we are now […]

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Coin Guides – Whitman Debuts 2nd Edition MEGA RED™ Deluxe Red Book

The second edition of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, Deluxe Edition, popularly known as MEGA RED, debuted at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo on March 31, 2016. Larger than the regular-edition Red Book, and with more pages, Mega Red retails for $49.95. It can be ordered online (including at Whitman.com) […]

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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 […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2003: Prince Metternich (Fürst Metternich) 20 Euro Silver Coin

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 20 Euro Silver Coin – Prince Metternich | Fürst Metternich (2003) Austria Through the Ages Series (2000-2003) Description: This, the third issue in the Austrian Mint’s “Austria Through the Ages” series, focuses on the historically-significant Biedermeier period of 1815 through 1848. This was a period of heightened prominence for Austrian style, industry, […]

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Numismatic Summer – Long Beach Leads The Way

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   A Pogue In The Hand Is Worth?; Difficulty Accurately Pricing Rarities; Hop To It; Try Chasing A Kangaroo It seems like in a wink of an eye winter in New England turned to spring and before I knew it summer is upon us. Memorial Day signals the […]

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A Dozen Undervalued United States Gold Coins Priced Below $7,500: The 2015 Edition

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com It’s been quite a while since I wrote an article about the topic of affordable, undervalued 19th century U.S. gold coins, and I think it’s time to do a more current version of this article. I’m going to change things up ever so slightly this time and include some market overviews […]

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Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

  By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …….. Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 5/1/2015. Ideally, a collector walks into a deal knowing everything there is to know about the coins that they’re buying. This includes the typical “Red Book” kind of knowledge like dates, mintages, mint marks and value, etc., along with things […]

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On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards. Video: 11.07.

Think modern coins are boring? Think again. Adapted from Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s in-depth article, On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards, this CoinWeek original production digs deep into this often overlooked modern issue and asks the question, what is the “optimum collecting grade” for an issue where more than 1.6 billion examples were struck. […]

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Why Are NGC Certified Coins in “Old Holders” In Such Demand?

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Many of the early graded NGC coins are highly sought after by dealers and collectors.During the recent Baltimore show, one of the dealers had on display an example of the infamous “Black NGC” holders. The holders date from the very beginnings of […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2 Euro Coin – Maria Theresa Type

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 2 Euro Coin – Maria Theresa Type (2002-2004, 2006, 2008, 2010-Present) The 2 euro coin is a bimetallic coin composed of a nickel-brass center with a copper-nickel outer ring. Along with the 1 euro coin, the 2 euro coin forms the backbone of eurozone coinage. The 1 euro and 2 euro coins are similarly bimetallic, except […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 1 Euro Coin

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 1 Euro Coin (2002-Present) The 1 euro coin is a bimetallic coin composed of a copper-nickel center with a nickel-brass outer ring. Along with the 2 euro coin, the 1 euro coin forms the backbone of eurozone coinage. The 1 euro and 2 euro coins are similarly bimetallic, except that the inner and […]

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New CoinWeek American Silver Eagle Price Guide with “CoinWeek IQ” Tracks Popular series

New CoinWeek American Silver Eagle Price Guide with “CoinWeek IQ” Tracks Value Range, Population Change, Market Share, and More than 1,000 Label Inserts With more than 370 million coins struck by the United States Mint since the program began in 1986, the American Silver Eagle is the most popular bullion coin program in the world. […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 50 Euro Cent

50 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The 50 euro cent coin is the largest of three “nordic gold” coins in the euro series (“nordic gold” is an alloy of 89% copper, 5% aluminum, 5% zinc and 1% tin, originally developed by the Swedish Mint for its 1991 10-kronor piece). The coin has a tightly crimped rim that makes it […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 20 Euro Cent

20 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The 20 euro cent coin is the second of three “nordic gold” coins in the euro series. The coin has an attractive crimped rim that makes it easily distinguishable from the other minor euro coins. It’s made of brass and tends to hold its brilliance a tad longer than the copper-plated steel […]

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Rare U.S. Coins Fare Well in FUN Auction: Coin Market Levels Remain Stable

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #260 by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …….. There are widely circulating rumors, some voiced by insiders who I know, that prices for rare U.S. coins and patterns markedly fell during the second half of 2014 and are further falling. The ‘good news’ […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 10 Euro Cent

10 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The 10 euro cent coin is the first of three “nordic gold” coins in the euro series. The coin is slightly smaller than the 5 euro cent but weighs 0.18 grams more. It’s made of brass and tends to hold its brilliance a tad longer than the copper-plated steel 1, 2, and […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2 Euro Cent

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 2 Euro Cent (2002-Present) Slightly larger in size and double in “value” than the diminutive 1 cent coin, the 2 euro cent sees slightly more demand based on a quick survey of mintages. The 2 euro cent has little purchasing power but is favored by Germany and a handful of other Eurozone […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 1 Euro Cent

CoinWeek IQ: Prepared by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker…   1 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The smallest of the circulating euro coins, the diminutive 1 euro cent has virtually no purchasing power but, much like the cent in the United States, it circulates widely as a change-making coin. The 1 euro cent replaced the 10 groschen […]

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Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’ve discussed many times the process in which how nice coins are assigned price levels. But how are problem coins valued? This is an interesting question and one which is becoming a bit easier to answer since NCS coins have become a well-accepted part of numismatics. (Before […]

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Coin Values: What’s It Worth? How dealers determine the value of a rare coin.

How are rare coin prices determined? Often the question dealers will ask is: “I know what Greysheet (Coin Dealer Newsletter bid) is, but what can I ‘really’ get for it?” In this month’s Rare Coin Market Report, I will explain how I determine the value of an individual coin. Most often I will use a […]

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US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Without a lot of fanfare, we have seen the dispersal of one of the most amazing collecting of Western branch mint gold coins in the history of numismatics. So far in 2014, the various sales of the Bently/Nob Hill Collection(s) of US Gold Coinage has seen no […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: Rarity Wins In The Long Run

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Buy the best you can afford and focus on rarity whenever possible. The recently announced sale of the Pogue collection brought back memories of the 1982 auction sale of the Eliasberg gold coin collection. Several of the most spectacular pieces in the […]

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Do Ancient Coins Need Third Party Grading? VIDEO: 3:44

Harlan J. Berk, Sam Spiegel, & David Vagi Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ………. Grading ancient coins is still an area of controversy.  Old school numismatics believes that coins of antiquity are meant to be held and appreciated in a tactile fashion. Third party grading is changing that perspective. Now ancients can be  graded by an […]

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The Coin Analyst: 2014 Baseball Commemorative Coins Market Q & A

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek 1. How much are the 2014 Baseball Commemorative Coins graded at the Baltimore Whitman Expo last week selling for? Will these coins hold their premiums? In the first few days after the Baltimore Whitman expo, coins with special show labels (“Opening Day Releases” for NGC and “First Pitch Baltimore” for […]

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New 2015 Red Book for Coin Prices Released at Whitman Expo. VIDEO: 2:31

Dennis Tucker, Whitman Publishing Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek.com…… The Guide Book of United States Coin aka “The Red Book” has been a primary source of coin prices since. The 68th edition for 2015 was released at the March Whitman Expo. CoinWeek’s Charles Morgan talks to publisher Dennis Tucker to find out what this new edition […]

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