Category Archives: Doug Winter

Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types for the Casual Collector

Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Yes, it takes deep pockets and lots of patience to specialize in Territorial or Pioneer gold. There are numerous six-figure coins, many of which are either almost never available or come with lots of problems. But there are a number of […]

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known Wass Molitor 1855 $20

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), a Portland, Oregon firm specializing in choice and rare United States gold coinage, recently sold the single-finest-known example of the 1855 Wass, Molitor & Company Small Head $20.00, graded MS62 by PCGS and approved by CAC. The coin was sold to a […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #138: Rare Coin Battle: The 1822 $5 Gold Coin vs. the 1870-S $3 Gold Coin

 CoinWeek Podcast #138: Rare Coin Battle: The 1822 $5 Gold Coin vs. the 1870-S $3 Gold Coin Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes.   It’s a battle of epic proportions. Today on the CoinWeek Podcast, noted gold coin expert and author Doug […]

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Classic U.S. Coins – When Did Civil War Gold Become Popular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Thanks to reader M.R. from Virginia, who suggested this interesting concept, I’m going to be writing a series of blogs over the coming months entitled: When Did (Subject) Become Popular? The concept of these blogs is pretty simple. I’ll select an area of the rare date […]

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How Rare Are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles? An Update

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In 2016, I wrote about Gem Type One double eagles, inspired by my purchase of a PCGS/CAC MS65 1860 double eagle (which was the undisputed finest known for the date). I then asked the question: Just how rare are non-shipwreck Gem Type One double eagles? My […]

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An Interesting 1840-O Half Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In a recent (April 2020) Heritage Auction, I purchased a very interesting 1840-O Narrow Mill half eagle graded MS62 by PCGS. This coin, which I bought for $19,200 USD, lends itself to a number of discussions. 1840-O $5.00 PCGS MS62. Image courtesy Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) […]

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Why MS62 May Be the “Perfect” Grade for Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I recently sold a really nice 1810 Large Date Large 5 half eagle graded MS62+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. As I was writing the description of the coin before putting it up for sale on my website, I came to the conclusion that, for […]

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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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Which Rare Gold Coins Can Weather the Storm?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve been a full-time professional coin dealer since 1981 and I’ve been through numerous down markets. My experience has proven that there is no such thing as a “recession-proof” coin. Even the best coins go down during bad markets, and these represent great buying opportunities for […]

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The Pogue VII Sale – My Perspective Through A Dozen Coins: Doug Winter

Pogue VII Sale By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner You couldn’t have picked a more dire set of circumstances faced by Stack’s Bowers for their various March coin and paper money auctions. After the Covid-19 virus cancelled the Baltimore coin show, the firm grappled with the difficult questions forced by the crazy […]

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Two Cool Gold Liberty Head Eagles Recently Sold by Doug Winter Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Liberty Head gold eagles are a favorite series at Douglas Winter Numismatics and we have a decades-old tradition of handling exceptional coins from this series. With the recent offering of the Harvey Jacobson Collection by Heritage Auctions in last month’s February 2020 Long Beach sale, we […]

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Just How Rare Are Gem $10 Gold No Motto Liberty Head Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner No Motto Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1866. They were made at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, and San Francisco Mints in quantities ranging from small to quite large. One thing that links these issues is their rarity in higher grades. There is no […]

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The Hunt for the 1875 $10 Liberty Head Gold Eagle

By John Brush – President, David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) …… The story of the D.L. Hansen Collection has been written several places and as we wind down the challenge of collecting an example of every circulation strike piece from the United States Mint, there are a few pieces that have eluded our grasp in […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of No Motto New Orleans Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about my previous article on appearance rarity. It is my contention that CAC has now seen enough coins that we can make important observations about how rare (or not rare) a specific issue is in regards to its appearance. […]

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CoinWeek Cool Coins! 2020 Episode 1: 1976-S Error, Top Pop 1838-C, and More…

  CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! returns with our first episode of 2020. In this episode, we talk to Doug Winter about an amazing 1838-C $5 gold coin that just came to light after being held for more than three decades in a private collection. This 1838-C is graded MS63+ by PCGS and now sits as the […]

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Doug Winter: A Record-Setting 1872-CC $10 Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Lost amidst all the hoopla at the recent 2020 FUN Show and auctions was the sale of one of the most remarkable US gold coins I have seen in a while. This coin was a totally fresh-to-the-market 1872-CC Liberty Head eagle graded MS62 by NGC, and […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles

Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner CAC has introduced a number of new shifts in the taste of buyers. A collector who focuses on rare CAC-approved coins is, in effect, an appearance rarity buyer. By this, I mean we now have an entire class of collectors who […]

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Doug Winter: What Sold Best at DWN in 2019

Gold Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……CoinWeek Content Partner Instead of the tired “what was hot/what was not” end-of-the-year articles that I typically hammer out, I’d like to try a new approach. What series sold best for my firm Douglas Winter Numismatics in 2019 and what were some of the gold coins  specific dates—and […]

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Classic US Coins – 10 Trophy Gold Coins and Their Pitches

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I define a “Trophy Coin” as one that suitably combines rarity, appearance, and a great story in one neat package. Trophy coins aren’t necessarily the rarest pieces within a specific series; for example, a 1907 High Relief is far from the rarest issue in the […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part V: “With Motto” Half Eagles, 1866-79

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Links to Earlier Parts: $1 Gold | $2.50 Quarter Eagle | $3 Gold | $5 No Motto Half Eagle * * * The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse of the half eagle in 1866 which created a second type of […]

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Buys 1838-O Half Dollar for $504,000

Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), a rare coin dealership based in Portland, Oregon, was the buyer of a very rare 1838-O half dollar graded SP63 by PCGS and approved by CAC. Including a 20% buyer’s premium, the coin sold for $504,000 USD at the November 2019 Baltimore/Whitman Coin Expo conducted by Stack’s Bowers Auctions. The New […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple or Auction Price, Doesn’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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Doug Winter: Dabbling in Territorial and Private Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… You may or may not have noticed that my firm has been far more active in selling Territorial gold coinage in the last year than in the past. While I’m not ready to become a major player in this area, my interest has been piqued […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part IV: “No Motto” Half Eagles

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Production of half eagles began at the newly opened mint in 1854. Coins produced through the first part of 1866 lacked the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse. * * * The 13 No Motto half eagles form an essentially incompletable set […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part III: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Just five Three Dollar gold pieces were made at the San Francisco Mint, and this includes one issue–the 1870-S–that is unique. This is an easy set to complete although all San Francisco Threes are rare in higher grades. * * * Let’s take a quick […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Award Winners at 2019 ANA Show

Complete List of Award Winners By Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) …… The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors, writers, bloggers, and content producers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals and tokens as collectibles, presented its annual awards for 2019 at the ANA World’s Fair […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Big Five Carson City Mint Double Eagles

Carson City Mint Double Eagles By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… Carson City Mint double eagles can be neatly divided into three tiers of rarity. The third tier includes the common dates (1874-CC, 1875-CC, 1876-CC, 1882-CC, 1883-CC, 1884-CC, 1889-CC, 1890-CC, 1892-CC, and 1893-CC), while the second-tier coins are a bit less available but still reasonably […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: The Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… A total of 22 different quarter eagles were struck from 1854 through 1879. With the exception of one issue (the 1854-S) this is a completable series, although as we see below there are a number of these issues which are rare in Uncirculated. * * […]

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Why Aren’t Truly Exceptional Branch Mint Gold Half Eagles Worth More Money?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… In the Arlington Collection Concierge Sale (which I am currently offering on my website), there are a number of really exceptional coins. One of my favorites is a PCGS/CAC MS63 1857-C half eagle that I sold to a Midwestern collector This coin–about which I will go into detail in a few […]

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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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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Only seven gold dollars were made at the San Francisco Mint, but no less than three design types are represented; this includes two one-year types. The three types are as follows: Type One: 1854 only Type Two: 1856 only Type Three: 1857 through 1860 and […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: What should I collect? The answer, of course, depends on your budget, but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a […]

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Classic US Coins: Looking at Gold Like A Copper Collector

Gold coins with Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… This blog is inspired by reader D.N. who recently sent me a nice unsolicited email including the following statement: “…you may be the only dealer of any US series ( including gold ) that strictly employs an advanced copper collector approach to quality: […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #116: The State of the Rare Coin Market (with Doug Winter)

CoinWeek Podcast #116: The State of the Rare Coin Market (with Doug Winter) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. U.S. gold and rare coin expert Doug Winter joins CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan to discuss the current state of the rare coin market, which is in […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double eagles […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double […]

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Collecting US Gold Coins by Year

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com highlights US gold Coins …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I’m not sure if it’s a trend or not but in the last few months I’ve encountered a number of collectors who are working on a year-set of US gold coins. * * * A year-set focuses on a specific US Gold […]

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Five Exercises in Rare Date Gold Coin Pricing

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For collectors and dealers alike, accurately pricing a coin remains perhaps the most difficult process in all of numismatics. This shouldn’t be the case as there are numerous price guides who offer years of experience and expertise to assist collectors and dealers. Unfortunately, none of […]

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Three Interesting Classic U.S. Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… At DWN, I get to handle many interesting coins. Some make it to the website; others don’t. In this article, I thought I’d share images and impressions of three particularly interesting coins that I handled in March 2019. * * * 1. The World’s Most […]

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Gold Coin Rarity: What We Can Learn From the Hansen Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Part One: Gold Dollars Through Three Dollar Gold The once-in-a-generation collection of U.S. coins being assembled by Dell Loy Hansen and David Lawrence Rare Coins gives numismatists an unusual opportunity to determine the condition rarity of many issues. Assuming that Mr. Hansen is placing an […]

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CoinWeek: Cool Coins! 2019 Episode 2: Key Dates, Original Gold, and Athenian Owls

  CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! returns with our second episode of 2019. In this clip, we talk to Allen Rowe of Northern Nevada Coin, Harlan J. Berk, Doug Winter, and Bob Green of Park Avenue Numismatics. Allen has a gem uncirculated 1916-D Winged Liberty Dime. This coin is completely brilliant without a hint of toning. It […]

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How NOT to Assemble a Great Coin Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… While looking through thousands and thousands of coins recently at the FUN sale, I took a brief pause and read the preface to the catalog, where collectors are introduced and given the opportunity to write briefly about their coin collection. Some of these collectors are incredibly sophisticated […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The 19 different Liberty Head double eagles struck at the Carson City Mint between 1870 and 1893 form one of the most popular series in American numismatics. * * * In recent years, values have soared for these coins due to shrewd promotions and legitimate […]

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The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Cats versus dogs. Coke versus Pepsi. Good versus evil. You get my point: two camps competing for your Coin Collecting heart, your affection or your soul. Its not that far-fetched to stretch this analogy out to some of the basic issues in coin collecting. No, its not […]

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The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Cats versus dogs. Coke versus Pepsi. Good versus evil. You get my point: two camps competing for your Coin Collecting heart, your affection or your soul. Its not that far-fetched to stretch this analogy out to some of the basic issues in coin collecting. No, […]

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Classic US Coins: So You’ve Decided to Collect Proof Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Imagine, if you will, that the coin market is a sushi bar. You look in the cases and you see the familiar fish: salmon, albacore, mackerel, and regular tuna. Off in the corner, in a special case, there is the prized (and pricey) fatty tuna […]

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US Gold Coins – A (Brief) Analysis of Low-Grade No Motto San Francisco Half Eagles and Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Over the last decade, I have become more and more interested in low-grade examples of No Motto San Francisco gold. By “low grade”, I mean coins in the AG3 to VF35 range, and by “No Motto” I am referring to the Liberty Head design type […]

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Classic US Gold: Where Are All the Great Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I recently read a quote from a well-known dealer who (and I’m paraphrasing) stated that today’s dealer couldn’t build great sets for their clients due to an absence of great coins. While I don’t totally agree with this, I do feel this statement has some […]

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How To Succesfully Negotiate a Coin Trade With Your Coin Dealer

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   You see a $25,000 coin in a dealer’s inventory and you really want it. The problem is you are short of funds and you are the sort of person who has made a promise to never take on debt to finance his hobby. Do you […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect (a Set of) New Orleans Liberty Head Half Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The New Orleans Mint produced Liberty Head half eagles from 1840 through 1857, and again from 1892 through 1894. There were a total of 16 different issues constituting three distinct types. These types are as follows: No Motto Small Letters Reverse (1840-1843) No Motto Large […]

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Rare Gold Coins: What Was in Demand in 2018?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   2018 was a decidedly mixed year for the rare coin market. In brief: interesting rare coins performed fairly well to very well, while uninteresting coins performed terribly. * * * To be more specific, the rare date gold market continued to be among the […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect (a Set of) Dahlonega Half Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Of the four denominations struck at the Dahlonega Mint, half eagles are the largest in size and have (by far) the most struck, both in terms of individual dates and total produced. This denomination was made from 1838 through 1861, and there were a total […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Gold Coins: Tips for the Rest of Us

 CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com and the industry’s leading experts. Collecting gold coins is a pinnacle activity in our hobby, but many people shy away from it due to the perception of the high cost involved. But is collecting gold coins really beyond the means of the average collector? […]

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Red Book recollections: Doug Winter

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book, now in its 72nd edition. “Red Book Recollections” features personal reflections written by Red Book contributors, collectors, and others with the aim of providing different perspectives on the long-lived reference work

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The Five One-Year Types of New Orleans Mint Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – www.raregoldcoins.com …… Gold coins were made at the New Orleans Mint between 1839 and 1909. During this time, there were no fewer than five issues which are distinct one-year types. This means that a specific design was produced just for a single year. These five one-year types are very popular with […]

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10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a dealer who works with collectors who range in experience from total beginners to full-on experts, I have a fairly good idea what separates the masters from the wanna-bes. Experience, obviously, is part of the equation; but some of the best collectors I have ever seen are fairly new […]

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Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

U.S. Gold Coins with Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am often asked for ideas about which US gold coins to collect, especially ones that are a little bit “out of the box.” I recently had a conversation with a long-time collector about new directions for his set and we discussed the […]

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Doug Winter: Eight Great U.S. Coin Collections

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Editor’s Note: Over the years, Doug Winter has written extensively about many of the greatest coin collections of the 20th century. In this piece, we draw from the archives, Doug’s writing on eight key collections. 1. The Ed Milas Collection of No Motto Half Eagles One of the most ambitious collecting […]

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Four Coin-Related Things You Should Do at the 2018 ANA Convention

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… So, you’ve decided to attend this year’s Summer ANA show (aka The World’s Fair of Money) in Philadelphia. I’ve never attended an east coast ANA show that wasn’t excellent, so if this is your first show or if it’s your 100th, you have very reason to be excited. If you are […]

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US Gold Coins – Finest Known 1861-C Half Eagle is sold

Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) of Portland, Oregon in conjunction with David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) of Virginia Beach, Virginia recently sold the single finest known example of the rare 1861-C half eagle. Graded MS63 by PCGS and approved by CAC, the coin is the finest known by a full two points. FINEST KNOWN 1861-C $5.00 […]

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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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The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two discovered high grade 1840-C half eagles were in the 2011 Heritage Platinum Night session of the FUN auction  and they gave us an interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to this discovery of these two coins, which […]

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The Two Varieties of 1840-C Gold Half Eagles Coins

 Gold Half Eagles BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two discovered high grade 1840-C gold half eagles were in the 2011 Heritage Platinum Night session of the FUN auction  and they gave us an interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to this discovery of […]

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Is It Still Possible to Put Together a Nice Set of New Orleans Double Eagles?

New Orleans Double Eagles By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Let’s say an upscale collector makes a decision to put together a complete 13 coin set of New Orleans double eagles. Putting monetary concerns aside (for the sake of this blog, we’re going to say that this collector has the necessary […]

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Classic US Gold Collecting Strategies: The “Best Available Coin”

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I am continually asked by new collectors, and by established collectors who are new to gold coins, what should they collect. For some collectors, the answer is a specialized collection focusing on a specific series/denomination/mint. But other collectors chafe at the structure required to collect […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Finest 1840-C Half Eagle Certified by PCGS

  Our current Long Beach Signature Auction features a monumental coin for Charlotte branch mint specialists — an 1840-C half eagle graded MS64+ by PCGS and endorsed for quality and originality by CAC. The Charlotte Mint began coining operations in 1838 and was only in its third year of production when it struck 18,992 Liberty […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Rare 1854-D Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I recently purchased the finest-known 1854-D quarter eagle, graded MS64 by NGC, and this motivated me to write a blog celebrating this issue. Collectors of this series have long recognized the scarcity of this low-mintage date. I estimate that only between 70 and 90 exist […]

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How to Get Started Collecting Early Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner To my way of thinking, early gold coins (i.e., those struck prior to 1834) and among the most collectible and interesting areas in all of American numismatics. No, these coins aren’t cheap and they are, in reality, somewhat overvalued when you compare them to many mid-19th century […]

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How to Get Started Collecting Early Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   To my way of thinking, early gold coins (i.e., those struck prior to 1834) and among the most collectible and interesting areas in all of American numismatics. No, these coins aren’t cheap and they are, in reality, somewhat overvalued when you compare them to […]

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Gold Coin Collecting – How Much Do You Have to Pay to Play?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   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 […]

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The Admiral’s Dozen: 12 Favorite Coins From the Heritage February Long Beach Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I first found out about the offering of a complete set of Liberty Head eagles from an observant client who emailed me a link in early January. He’s a succinct guy and his subject line said it all: “Epic collection of Eagles to be offered.” […]

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Admiral Collection Ten Dollar Gold Highlights Heritage Auction Long Beach Results

The Admiral Collection, one of the finest early eagle and Liberty Head ten dollar gold collections ever assembled and featuring coins long off the market, provided most of the fireworks as Heritage’s Long Beach Signature Auction soared to outstanding results. This auction, originally scheduled for February 22-26, but extended to February 27 due to technical […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I can make a strong case for half eagles as the most compelling of the many Liberty Head denominations. There are many interesting ways to collect these coins which we will discuss in this article. * * * The Liberty Head design was first used […]

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Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coins and the Economics of Coin Demand

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com  on the Liberty Head Quarter Eagle…… CoinWeek Content Partner …… A recent conversation with a good client about the impact of increased demand upon his area of collecting ( Liberty Head quarter eagle ) inspired me to write this article. The economics of numismatics is simple: the value of a coin is […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #88: How the Coin Market Works with Doug Winter – Audio

 CoinWeek Podcast #88: How the Coin Market Works with Doug Winter – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This is THE episode of the CoinWeek Podcast that you will want to listen to, if you want to learn exactly how […]

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Four Areas of Strength in the 2017 Rare Date Gold Coin Market

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… On a 1-10 scale in the rare date gold market, I would rate 2017 as a 5. This may not sound like anything special but it was better than most other segments. For dated gold coins, 2017 saw some surprises and some more-of-the-same. Let’s […]

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Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Three Dollar Gold Pieces …

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The odd denomination Three Dollar gold piece was introduced in 1854, ostensibly to facilitate large purchases on three cent stamps. This denomination proved cumbersome almost immediately and it soon lost popularity. It somehow limped along until it was abolished in 1889. Amongst collectors, this […]

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US Gold Coins – Mintmark Varieties of Dahlonega Half Eagles

By Doug Winter  for RareGoldCoins.com For variety collectors, the half eagles struck at the Dahlonega mint are fertile ground. There are a number of very interesting varieties, but currently just a handful of collectors appreciate them.   With the upcoming release of the third edition of my Dahlonega book, I feel that this situation may […]

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Coin Grading – A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There is no getting around the fact that doctoring of rare United States gold coins is a problem in the market. Doctoring is not new. I’ve heard stories of American collectors and dealers “messing” with coins as far back as a century ago, and I have no doubt that the […]

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Coin Collecting Terminology – Is it a Widget Coin and What does that Mean?

Doug Winter  – RareGoldCoins.com – What is a Widget Coin? One of the newer catch-all coin terms that’s been making the rounds is widget coin or simply “widgets” This is a derogatory term meaning a coin that is common, boring, and lacking in character. I would primarily characterize a widget coin as something that is […]

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Presents: DWN Concierge Sales

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Doug Winter, owner/operator of Douglas Winter Numismatics and a frequent contributor to CoinWeek, has inaugurated a new series of sales of specialized collections called Concierge Sales. The following Frequently Asked Questions were pulled from his coin blog to help potential consignors. —CW If you […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’re a coin dealer (and if you’ve been one for as long as I have), then this is a good time to sit around and get all nostalgic about interesting […]

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Classic US Gold Coin Profile – The 1795 Small Eagle Half Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I’m not sure the 1795 Small Eagle half eagle is my favorite American gold coin, but it is certainly well up on my Top 10 list. I have handled dozens of 1795 half eagles in grades ranging from Fine-12 to MS65, and to this day, […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Cool Coin 1834-1933 Gold Type Set

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Earlier in 2017, I wrote an article about collecting US gold coins by type. This article generated a lot of feedback; some favorable, some not. I was accused of being an elitist by some collectors, mainly because some of the coins discussed in the article […]

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Classic US Coins – So… You’ve Decided to Collect New Orleans Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Gold coins were made at the New Orleans Mint from 1839 through 1909. A total of six denominations were made and these are as follows: Gold Dollars (1849-1855) – A total of six issues were produced. Quarter Eagles (1839-1857) – A total of 14 […]

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Dallas Signature Coin Auction Rounds out 2017 Offerings from Heritage

This is an extra-busy time at Heritage’s World Headquarters, having just completed November’s presentation of the Eric P. Newman Collection Parts VII, VIII, and IX (currency and U.S. Coins), plus our traditional November Signature event. The combined prices realized from these auctions topped $16.5 million, with the Eric P. Newman coin and currency lots representing […]

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US Gold Coin Profile – The 1796 With Stars Gold Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter Numismatics ……….. Production of the gold quarter eagle denomination began in 1796. The initial production run of 932 coins featured the No Stars obverse. In the very beginning of 1797, another 432 or so quarter eagles dated 1796 were made; these featured the With Stars obverse which was employed through 1807. While […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – Three Underappreciated With Motto San Francisco Liberty Head Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… While writing my October 2017 article on Liberty Head eagles, I spent time discussing the With Motto San Francisco issues, struck from 1866 to 1907. Three dates stood out as being overlooked and underappreciated and I think it would be useful to take a closer […]

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What Do “Original” Early US Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The term “original” is used and misused frequently by collectors and dealers alike. As a dealer who uses this term frequently, I am often asked what constitutes originality. I thought this concept would be illustrated with good quality images of four choice, original early gold […]

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Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect With Motto Liberty Head Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   In January 2017, I wrote a blog in the “So You’ve Decided to Collect…” series about No Motto Liberty Head eagles. As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be interesting to write about the With Motto Liberty Head eagle coinage. […]

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Can You Collect Rare US Gold on a Budget of $2,500-5,000 per Coin?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… When I speak to new collectors, they are often under the impression that most of the coins I sell are in the five- and six-figure range. While my company does sell a good number of expensive US gold coins, the bread and butter items in […]

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Finest Certified 1858-O Liberty Head Double Eagle Featured in Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Among early double eagles, the rarest of the rare are New Orleans coins in Mint State. We proudly present a landmark coin in our November 2017 Baltimore Rarities Night  Auction–the very finest 1858-O certified by either service. Graded MS-63 by NGC, both sides exhibit razor sharp […]

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Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Dahlonega Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The Dahlonega Mint opened in 1838 as a result of the North Georgia Gold Rush. The difficulty of transporting gold ore to Philadelphia for deposits and/or coinage made this former backwater a viable location for the production of coinage. The mint was opened until 1861 […]

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Doug Winter – Lessons Learned: The Kentucky Collection of Quarter Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I recently purchased a nice specialized collection of 20 Liberty Head quarter eagles from an individual in Kentucky. The deal was consummated on a Monday, the coins were in my office on Tuesday, they were cataloged and imaged on Wednesday and “pre-listed” for DWN Preferred […]

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Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Gold Dollars …

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Sure, size matters – but collectors have long appreciated gold dollars, the smallest size and denomination in the annals of American gold coin issues. * * * The United States gold dollar was made from 1849 through 1889 in three distinct types and was struck […]

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Five Snoozing U.S. Gold Series and Their Chances to Re-Awaken

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I’ve specialized in United States gold coins since the 1980s and I’ve seen a number of series go from cold to hot and vice-versa. There are currently some series that are not actively collected, which have at various times been more popular. Let’s look at […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… The decision to collect this series should not be made lightly as Liberty Head double eagles have the distinction as being among the most difficult and longest-lived series in all of 19th/early 20th century American numismatics. Specializing in 20 Libs requires patience, a healthy budget (although there are ways […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   The decision to collect this series should not be made lightly as Liberty Head double eagles have the distinction as being among the most difficult and longest-lived series in all of 19th/early 20th century American numismatics. Specializing in 20 Libs requires patience, a healthy budget (although there are […]

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The 36 Major US Gold Coin Types: A Collector’s Guide

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… Between 1795 and 1933 a total of 36 major gold types were issued for circulation. In my May 2017 article on collecting US gold by type, I touched on these. In this follow-up, I’m going to discuss each type in more detail with suggestions on how and what to […]

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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, too few of these articles mentioned the internet coin market; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important development […]

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Classic Gold US Coins – The “With Motto” New Orleans Eagle “Short Set”

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Collectors who like completable themed sets don’t have a ton of options if they’re on a budget. Sure, there’s the Indian Head quarter eagle series; it is completable but the 1911-D is an expensive hole to fill. Or there are esoteric “subsets” like the San […]

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So You’ve Decided to Collect United States Gold Coins by Type…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Many collectors of United States gold want to collect with a purpose and with a goal. However, these collectors don’t necessarily care to be specialized or ultra-specialized. In this case, collecting by type is a perfect fit. There are literally infinite ways by which to collect […]

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Choice Dahlonega Mint 1839 Liberty Head Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   The half eagles struck at the Dahlonega Mint in 1839 represent a very significant and popular issue from that Georgia mint. Our June 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore will feature a delightful AU-58 1839-D half eagle that is among […]

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The Concept of “Freshness” in Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… There is almost no term in the rare coin market which is more misused than “fresh”. I am certainly guilty of overusing this word, and if you look at the coin descriptions I write on my website, I use the word “fresh” more often than I […]

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So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The term “Early American Gold Coins” generally refers to the quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles produced at the Philadelphia Mint between 1795 and 1834. By its very nature, early American gold attracts well-heeled collectors. There aren’t many interesting issues available anymore in the sub-$10,000 USD […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Enigmatic Proof-Only 1887 Half Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The half eagle denomination was produced virtually uninterrupted from 1795 through 1929. During this 130-year period only one issue–the 1887–was struck in only a Proof format. For reasons still unknown, no business strike half eagles were made in 1887 and a total of just 87 coins […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Rare and Underappreciated 1849-O Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… In the No Motto New Orleans eagle series (produced from 1841 through 1860), there are two well-known rarities: the 1841-O and the 1859-O. The next rarity tier consists of four issues: the 1849-O, 1852-O, 1856-O and 1857-O–which are extremely hard to locate in About Uncirculated and […]

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A Dozen Unheralded San Francisco Gold Issues Which (Almost) Never Come Nice

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… There are numerous San Francisco issues that are known for their typically ratty appearance. This “rattiness” may be the result of extensive commercial use, numismatic abuse, or poor strike/planchet preparation. This blog is not about these issues; it is about some of the seemingly more available […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Quarter Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Liberty Head quarter eagles were issued from 1840 from 1907 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega and San Francisco mints. Including major varieties, there are over 150 different issues which range from very common to very rare. This series, while very long-lived, is completable with […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Quarter Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Liberty Head quarter eagles were issued from 1840 from 1907 at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, Charlotte, Dahlonega and San Francisco mints. Including major varieties, there are over 150 different issues which range from very common to very rare. This series, while very long-lived, is completable with […]

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Choice AU 1871-CC Liberty Half Eagle in Stack’s Bowers March 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. The year 1870 saw the beginning of coin production at the Carson City Mint, starting a decade of low-mintage issues affecting nearly all of the gold denominations. The Liberty half eagle was the smallest of the gold coins manufactured by this western mint, and was […]

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So You’ve Decided to Collect No Motto $10.00 Liberty Head Gold Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1907 and exist in two distinct design types: No Motto (1838-1866) and With Motto (1866-1907). This article is going to focus on the No Motto issues from two perspectives: affordable coins (in this case up to $5,000 or […]

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Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… For a variety of reasons (including some below), No Motto Liberty Head eagles are exceedingly rare in higher grades. Even “common” issues from Philadelphia produced in the 1840s and ’50s are rare in the lower Uncirculated grades and mostly unknown in MS63 to MS64; let alone […]

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US Coins Surpass $6.5 Million at Stack’s Bowers 2016 Whitman Baltimore Auction

Nostalgia for young America was demonstrated throughout the sessions of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the November 2016 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, where colonial and classic issues claimed the spotlight at the Baltimore Convention Center. The United States coins portion of the sale saw strong results, surpassing $6.5 million in total prices […]

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Classic US Coins – The New Orleans Eagle Market is Sizzling

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The recent Stacks Bowers Baltimore auction contained a group of comparatively high grade New Orleans eagles which contained a few very important pieces. While admittedly a small sample size (just seven coins), the prices realized were all very strong. This leads me to conclude that this […]

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Classic US Gold – Stretch Dates: Liberty Head Quarter Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… In October 2016 I wrote a blog entitled The Concept of the Stretch Date. It was well-received, and I thought it would be interesting to apply this concept to a few specific series. For my first attempt, I’ve chosen Liberty Head quarter eagles… * * * […]

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Classic US Coins – 50 US Gold Issues with the “Wow” Factor

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Certain issues in the various United States gold types struck between 1795 and 1933 have what might best be called a “Wow Factor.” Something about the issue—be it rarity, design, historic association or low mintage—appeals to a variety of collectors. These coins have strong multiple levels […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Original vs. Non-Original Gold Coin Surfaces – 4K Video

At the 2016 American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, CoinWeek caught up with Douglas Winter. Doug is an acclaimed author, blogger, and leading dealer in rare gold coins. His website is www.raregoldcoins.com. In this CoinWeek IQ video, Doug shares valuable tips that gold coin collectors need to know to purchase gold coins with original surfaces. Doug discusses […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: The Concept of the Stretch Date

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Unless you are a very savvy collector, it is likely that many of the preconceptions you have about building your set(s) of choice are wrong. One of the most egregious mistakes that I see set collectors make has to do with the decision of what grade […]

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CoinWeek Videos Surpass 1.5 Million Views

By CoinWeek …. On Thursday, October 6, 2016, CoinWeek.com announced that its award-winning YouTube video channel had exceeded 1.5 million views. CoinWeek launched its video channel in 2011 and has since uploaded more than 1,300 original videos – including the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild Award Winning videos Numismatic Vienna and How Gold Coins are Made: […]

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Coin Pedigrees & Provenance: Branding Your Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… There are a few contemporary coin collectors who have it “figured out.” In addition to buying great coins, they have branded themselves (sometimes accidentally) in ways which greatly benefit them when they sell. Examples of collectors who are well-branded include Steve Duckor, Dale Friend, Chuck Link, […]

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Why No Motto Philadelphia Half Eagles May be the Best Value in Today’s Dated Gold Market

1849 $5.00 PCGS AU55 CAC. Images courtesy Doug Winter Numismatics (DWN) By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The rare date gold market is now fairly mature and many areas which were formerly overlooked and undervalued (like San Francisco half eagles and eagles, New Orleans half eagles and eagles and Type One Liberty […]

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NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded the Hornets Nest Collection, the first complete set of Charlotte Mint gold coins ever assembled. Notably, the collection includes an NGC VF 20 specimen of the legendary 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, one of the rarest United States coins. The seed of the Hornets Nest Collection was planted during […]

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How Rare are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… In the recent Stack’s Bowers 2016 ANA Sale, I was fortunate to purchase an amazing 1860 double eagle, graded MS65 by PCGS, which was part of the Bull Run Collection and earlier was sold as Lot 900 in the famous October 1982 Eliasberg Collection auction. I […]

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CoinWeek Cool Coins! 2016 Episode 6 – 4K Video

Our sixth episode of CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! for 2016 includes over 4 million dollars worth of amazing numismatic items. We stop by our friends at Atlas Numismatics and ask James Ricks to show us a very special Swiss 100 Franc gold coin. Julian Leidman has an amazing 1806 half dollar in its case. This coin is […]

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Two Cool Proof Civil War Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com Douglas Winter Numismatics  sold two very rare and very beautiful Proof gold dollars several years ago from the Civil War era. These were an 1862 graded Proof-64 Deep Cameo by PCGS, and an 1864 graded Proof-66 Deep Cameo by PCGS. Both coins had also been approved by CAC. I’d like to […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – 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 coin collecting strategies with some specific tips,  with a […]

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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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ANA: Sponsors Pledge Support for 2016 Anaheim World’s Fair of Money

Many organizations and individuals play a part in ensuring the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money retains a strong educational focus. Thanks to the support of 25 dedicated sponsors and over 75 individual patrons, this year’s show is guaranteed to be the biggest, most educational numismatic event of the year. The convention takes […]

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Classic US Coins – The Final Link to Completing a Charlotte Gold Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The completion of any set of classic United States gold coinage is an important feat. When the set in question is a complete set of Charlotte gold…well, that’s truly a feat that deserves a blog! The Revere Collection of Charlotte gold is an impressive set […]

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10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… I have written previous articles about CAC population figures. To me, CAC populations help to quantify quality. By this, I mean that if eight examples of a specific date of Liberty Head half eagle have been approved by CAC, we can assume that there are at […]

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US Gold Coins – What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. Of the three denominations of gold coins struck at the Carson City Mint, perhaps the most popular to collect by date are the half eagles. Of the 19 issues produced between 1870 and 1893, all are obtainable in reasonably high grades. But some of these are rarer than most […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… That was the exact question Collector X asked me, in a somewhat whiny manner, at a recent major coin show. But you know something? I can understand his disappointment. He had taken three days off from work, spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket, hotel and meals, […]

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US 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 […]

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US 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. […]

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Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

I recently received an email from a collector who asked what I thought were an extremely intelligent group of questions. In a nutshell, he asked the following. As boomers age, are we nearing a bubble in coin prices?

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Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

I recently received an email from a collector who asked what I thought were an extremely intelligent group of questions. In a nutshell, he asked the following. As boomers age, are we nearing a bubble in coin prices?

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Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

I recently received an email from a collector who asked what I thought were an extremely intelligent group of questions. In a nutshell, he asked the following. As boomers age, are we nearing a bubble in coin prices?

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What’s Hot and What’s Not – The US Rare Gold Coin Market in 2015/2016

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   As is tradition at DWN, at the end of every year we summarize our experiences buying and selling choice and rare United States gold coins and attempt to predict what will be the “hot” and “not so hot” areas in the market. We base this primarily […]

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US Gold Coins – What are Coins with Character?

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. On the front page of my website (www.raregoldcoins.com) you will see the tagline “Coins with Character”. This has been the official motto of Douglas Winter Numismatics for many years, and I am often asked by collectors “what are coins with character?” There is no simple answer, […]

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US Gold Coins – What are Coins with Character?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. On the front page of my website (www.raregoldcoins.com) you will see the tagline “Coins with Character”. This has been the official motto of Douglas Winter Numismatics for many years, and I am often asked by collectors “what are coins with character?” There is no simple answer, but […]

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US Gold Coins – What’s the “Next Big Thing” in Rare Date Gold?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. In the last decade, we have seen a number of Next Big Things in the rare date gold market. We’ve seen New Orleans double eagles and Carson City double eagles. We’ve seen Civil War issues, and we’ve seen No Motto San Francisco eagles. In most cases, we’ve […]

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Coin Collections – The Duckor Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …………….. In all of my years of being a professional numismatist, I have met few collectors who “get it” the way Steve Duckor does. Steve is a generous, gracious individual who is easy to deal with and who has a great eye. When he decides to tackle […]

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Five Coins Which Went Under the Radar at the Pogue Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Prior to the actual sale, I wondered if it were possible for a sale with only 128 lots to have coins actually fly under the radar at the recent Pogue I sale, held in New York on May 19th. With the benefit of a week’s worth of […]

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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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How Rare are High-Grade Dahlonega Quarter Eagle Gold Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The last article I wrote about the rarity of high-grade Dahlonega half eagles—was enthusiastically received and seemed to resonate with many collectors. This is why I’ve decided that this month’s article will have the same basic theme, but will touch on the subject of Dahlonega quarter eagles. The Dahlonega mint began […]

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Cool Coins! – March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo (1 of 2). Video: 6:33.

Charles Morgan and David Lisot strolled the bourse to find Cool Coins at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore. Did they succeed in finding them? You bet. In fact, there were so many cool coins for sale that we couldn’t squeeze them all into one video! In this video: David McCarthy […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – How Consistent Does Your Set Need to Be?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I had an interesting email exchange with collector M.N. who asked me, in a nutshell, if his technique was “wrong” because the set which he was building had a broad range of grades. After I gave him my answer (which was basically “there is no wrong way […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – A Dozen Sleeper Dates in Liberty Head Proof US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Due to its high per-coin cost, there are not many date collectors of Proof gold coins. This means that a number of amazingly rare dates have fallen through the cracks, and offer great value to well-heeled collectors looking for exceptional individual coins to put away, or for […]

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How I Became a Coin Collector (…Again)

Like most dealers, I started my numismatic journey as a collector. I began a collection of 1787 Draped Bust Left colonials at the precocious age of 10 or 11, and was spending much of my pre-teen budget on coins. At around age 13 I discovered Seated Liberty quarters and was hooked. I focused on this […]

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US Gold Coin Collecting Strategies – Ten Reasons Why Fives Are the New Tens

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Half eagles aren’t my favorite denomination per se but, from a coin collecting point of view, they make a lot of sense to me and on many different levels. If we look at the various US gold coin denominations from a macro perspective, I think it’s safe […]

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US Gold Coins: What’s Hot And What’s Not ….. End of the Year Thoughts, 2014

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. As much as I hate writing (and reading) “year in review” articles and blogs, 2014 saw so much activity—positive and negative—that I think some sort of end of the year treatment is an important feature for my regular readers. Instead of merely summarizing the year, I thought […]

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US Gold Coins: What’s Hot And What’s Not ….. End of the Year Thoughts, 2014

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. As much as I hate writing (and reading) “year in review” articles and blogs, 2014 saw so much activity—positive and negative—that I think some sort of end of the year treatment is an important feature for my regular readers. Instead of merely summarizing the year, I thought […]

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US Gold Coins: New Orleans Half Eagles – An Updated Look

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner It has been a number of years since I’ve written about New Orleans Liberty Head half eagles and given the popularity of this series, I thought it would be nice to finish out 2014 with a fairly in-depth look at these coins. We will not only discuss […]

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Is There A ”Best Time” to Buy Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com On my way to lunch the other day, I listened to a great radio story on This American Life about the day to day trials and tribulations at a car dealership in Long Island. One of the take-aways from this NPR story was that—as I had always suspected—car are cheaper at […]

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US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has had a profound impact on the rare date gold market, and one of the series which has seen significant changes as a result of CAC is Type One Liberty Head double eagles. Auction results and private transactions for coins with CAC stickers, especially rare dates, show […]

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Finest Known Type One Double Eagles Gold Coins: Part One, 1850-1858

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com While doing the research for my new online reference about Type One double eagles, I began to look for finest known examples for each specific issue. For some Type One double eagles this is easy as there is a clear finest known coin. For others, this is difficult as there might […]

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What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The majority of the coins I deal with are imperfect. They were struck by crude machinery, in often difficult circumstances, by often-times inexperienced mint personnel. If I had to guess, I’d say the average grade of the coins I sell is in the Extremely Fine-45 to About Uncirculated-55 range. I sell […]

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How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Type One double eagles have become the single most popular area of collecting in the rare date United States gold coin market. With the discovery of over 10,000 high grade, formerly rare issues in the S.S. Central America, S.S. Brother Jonathan, and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, Type […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies : How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Type One double eagles have become the single most popular area of collecting in the rare date United States gold coin market. With the discovery of over 10,000 high grade, formerly rare issues in the S.S. Central America, S.S. Brother Jonathan, and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, Type […]

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Coin Photography: Where to Start?

By Jenna Van Valen, photographer at Douglas Winter Numismatics. I want to tell you all how to be successful in coin photography: you need to start at the beginning, and practice. When I started shooting film seriously, things were not so simple. I had a composition notebook I carried, I had to neurotically jot down […]

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Bill Motto: A Memoriam

by Douglas Winter  - RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A good guy passed away yesterday and I’d like to share some thoughts about him. William “Bill” Motto was the CEO of a major Midwestern company, but I knew him as an advanced collector of United States gold coins. I really got to know Bill around four or five years […]

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Coin Photography: A Photo is Worth 1,000 Words (Except When It’s Not Enough)

A Guest Blog from Jenna Van Valen, photographer here at DWN. We’ve all heard the numismatic mantra, “Buy the coin, not the holder.” But what about those times we can’t view the coin in person? Surely we can’t all attend every convention, every auction, visit every dealer and view their inventory. We rely on dealers […]

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Doug Winter: Two Sales, Three Coins, One Opinion: My Quick Take on the ANA Auctions

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The ANA week has never been easy for a small numismatic firm like mine to handle, and when I learned that this year’s version included not one but two companies’ auctions I let out an audible groan. This was repeated when I saw the offerings online: both Heritage and Stack’s Bowers […]

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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 Collecting Strategies: 7 Ways to Improve Your Coin Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Someone recently asked me a question that I thought was interesting and that merited a detailed response. To paraphrase this question, they basically asked me this: can you tell me some ways that I can improve my collection while spending little or no money? Are there any […]

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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: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy […]

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10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Everyone likes good value when they buy coins, and more collectors than ever opt to buy coins from the two western branch mints located in Carson City and San Francisco. So why not write an article on said topic? And let’s double your enjoyment, dear reader, by […]

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San Francisco Gold Coins with Numismatic Significance

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. If you read the coin descriptions on my website you will note that I often refer to a coin having what I term “numismatic significance.”  I’d like to explain and discuss this term, and then specifically apply it to gold coins from San Francisco. The term “numismatic […]

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2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemoratives: I Bought a Modern Coin…and I Liked it.

By Doug Winter - RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Those of you who know my numismatic taste knows that it tends to run to coins dated 1890 and earlier, and coins which are truly rare. I have mostly avoided the modern coin market for a variety of reasons but one stands out: I generally don’t like the designs of […]

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