Category Archives: Jim Bisognani

Jim Bisognani: ‘V75’ End of World War II Gold, Silver Coins on Fire

The Silver and Gold Eagles celebrating the end of World War II are soaring to lofty heights By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… It was a hard fight, and many of us didn’t get what we wanted. No, I’m not talking about the presidential election. I am referring to the mad dash […]

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Jim Bisognani: Early Fall Surprises in the Coin Market

With US, world, and ancient coins all in demand, the collecting options are endless   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… As this article posts, another month has rolled around. Normally, September brings the heebie-jeebies to us in New England, as it means, with Labor Day behind us, summer is on her […]

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Jim Bisognani: How Are New Highs for Gold Affecting the Coin Market?

Numismatic experts weigh in on the “gold rush” of 2020   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Gold trading above $2,000 is truly a significant milestone — one that finds the precious metal enjoying a huge amount of attention in the mainstream media. Many veteran numismatists knew this lofty summit would be […]

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Jim Bisognani: FUN by the Numbers

At this year’s FUN Show, the Proof was in the pudding By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… The first few weeks of 2020 have already showcased major venues, allowing us to make a quick assessment of what the future holds for various numismatic markets. Out of the gate, the 65th annual FUN […]

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Jim Bisognani: Ninth Annual Market Review – Part 2

In the second installment of the 2019 Numismatic Market Review, numismatists share insight on collecting in the new decade — on a budget, with big bucks and in a bull market Numismatic Market Review by Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Welcome to 2020, my friends! In its first week, the new decade […]

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Jim Bisognani: Will the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Eagle Beat the 1995-W?

An instant “rarity” sets the market aflutter, but perfection has its price   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… In the early 1980s, many investors and coin collectors were keen on acquiring silver in coin or bar form for investment and speculation. The metals market was a mega business and millions of […]

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Jim Bisognani: November Market Report

Shopping at the Baltimore Whitman Winter Expo and at a mammoth Stack’s Bowers sale; plus, it’s time to cozy up — with your coin collection   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… OK, 2019 is nearly over, and I don’t need a calendar to know this. On Halloween night, I witnessed several full-blown Christmas ads […]

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Jim Bisognani: November Market Report

Shopping at the Baltimore Whitman Winter Expo and at a mammoth Stack’s Bowers sale; plus, it’s time to cozy up — with your coin collection   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   OK, 2019 is nearly over, and I don’t need a calendar to know this. On Halloween night, I witnessed […]

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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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Gold Bugs Swarm, Modern Rarities Rule at Long Beach Expo

For many, the timing was perfect at the Long Beach Expo Long Beach Expo Review By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… The final Long Beach Expo for 2019 is in the books. This one was certainly an interesting affair, having all the trappings for an eventful venue and record-setting auction. The Timing was Perfect […]

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Jim Bisognani: Are Rainbow Toned Coins a Top Tier?

It’s chilly but the markets for bullion and rainbow coins are hot   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… After being greeted with a rather chilly 44 degrees this morning, my burning question is: How did summer slip by so fast? I mean, Labor Day is around the corner, kids are back in school and […]

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Jim Bisognani: Are Rainbow Toned Coins a Top Tier?

It’s chilly but the markets for bullion and rainbow coins are hot   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   After being greeted with a rather chilly 44 degrees this morning, my burning question is: How did summer slip by so fast? I mean, Labor Day is around the corner, kids are back in school […]

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Gold Coins Offering Huge Bargains in Today’s Trade Atmosphere

The World’s Fair of Money is underway! All that glitters isn’t always old gold coins   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   The so-called dog days of summer are at hand. Although the overall coin market has been, at best, status quo for most of the year, the metals market and gold coins truly […]

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Jim Bisognani: The Price Is Right?

World coins make huge advances; transparency is a very clear advantage   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… August already? I have said it before and I will reiterate: Time seems to be on a much faster track as we age. As a youth, August was the swan song for school vacation. Preparations had to […]

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Jim Bisognani: Summer FUN Still Far From Over

Heritage sale claims $5.8 million; I remember the day man walked on the moon   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… The Summer FUN is in the books and the Heritage Signature Summer FUN auction is complete. As is usually the case, the summer FUN installment in the Sunshine State is much more lightly attended […]

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Jim Bisognani: The Tale of Two Washingtons

A bureaucratic struggle behind the scenes in 1931 decided how the first US president would be portrayed on coins for years to come   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. The year is moving right along; I can’t believe that the Fourth of July, our greatest American holiday, is but a week away! Seemingly in […]

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Jim Bisognani: These Lincolns Make Cents

Solving the copper conundrum; summer expos around the corner   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Although the first day of summer is a month away, spring is still having a hard time establishing itself here in my New Hampshire. This morning, as I made my way to my home office, it was a rather […]

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Central States US Coin Auction Claims Over $19 Million

Are six-figure coins a bargain?   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. May already! I don’t know about you, but in New Hampshire I am still waiting for spring to arrive. Hey, just ask some of the people attending the just-concluded Central States Numismatic Society 80th Anniversary Convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, held April 24-27. Many dealers […]

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US Coins: Collecting is a Marathon

Be willing to learn, set your pace and stay focused on the goal   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …..   As I sit down to my computer this morning, the running of the 123rd Boston Marathon is underway. Such fond memories for me, as I had the great honor to run that hallowed course […]

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Coin Hobby Gets Some Spring in Its Step From Kagin’s ANA National Money Show Auction

Kagin’s sale in Pittsburgh provides some nice energy as seasons change   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Well, spring training is over; now the new season has begun. Oh, you thought I was referring to Major League Baseball. Well, that too, but it always seems that around the end of March or the beginning […]

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Budget Collecting: A Classic US Gold Coin Series That’s Within Reach

Even collectors on a budget can attain this goal   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Well, it’s finally here. Spring, that is. I don’t want to jinx it, but the season does appear to be changing here in New England, and boy am I excited for the transition. The numismatic market is also showing […]

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March Online Coin Auction Madness

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… March is upon us and, at least according to the calendar, spring is a mere fortnight away! Not to jump the gun for winter weather fanatics, but I for one can’t wait for the new season. The just-concluded Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Spring Expo announced the new season […]

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Coins Are a Curious Thing: Indian Head Cents

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. As often happens during the winter season, I find myself at the mercy of the elements. This past weekend was one of those occasions: moderate snowfall lingering all day, howling winds and frigid temps. Old Man Winter’s wrath allotted me time to stay inside my warm abode, and with […]

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Collecting US Coins: Going the Distance in Long Beach

Wind, rain, and rarities galore in Southern California By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. For dealers and attendees at the first Long Beach Expo for 2019, the action, floor traffic and buzz were highly visible and audible on the bourse. “It was a great show for me,” according to a mainstay West Coast table-holding dealer. […]

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FUN is Serious Business: US Coin Market

Elite icons and superb collector coins spark action   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. 2019 is making its presence known in a big way in numismatic circles. A famous major dealer asserted that “FUN was serious business. Demand for high quality and rarities was extremely strong. I am having to stretch my bids at […]

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World Coins, Coin Auctions Take Center Stage in Big Apple

Major coin auctions ring in 2019 by enticing world collectors By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …..   2019 is off to a fast start, with world coins taking center stage and dominating the show in The Big Apple. Nearly simultaneously, world coin auctions held by Stack’s Bowers, Goldberg’s and Heritage are ringing in the new […]

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Coin Collecting Eighth Annual Market Review: Part 2

Coin industry leaders share their recommendations for collectors on any budget By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Wow! Another year come and gone. As this article posts, 2018 is on its last legs, busy packing its bags, ready to travel into history. I think 2019 is coming up my driveway now. No […]

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Coin Collecting Eighth Annual Market Review: Part 1

Coin industry leaders share their thoughts on what’s working and what isn’t By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Well, I don’t know why it should come as a surprise to me, but 2018 is winding down quite rapidly. I know that time isn’t accelerating, but perhaps the aging process is. It has […]

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A Coin Collecting Christmas: Numismatic Holiday Ideas

Yes, budget-conscious Coindexters, there is a Santa Claus By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   I truly hope that all of my fellow Coindexters had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. This great American holiday, at least when I was a youngster, was but a tasty prelude that ushered us […]

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NGC: Give Peace Dollars a Chance

A century ago, world events laid the groundwork for America’s last circulating silver dollar series By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Wow, November is here already. Where did the year go? A quick glance at the calendar reveals this is a full and important month on many fronts. As I sit down […]

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Coin Collecting Tips: Liberty Coins On A Budget

Coin Collecting Seated, standing, walking, draped or capped — assemble a type set featuring Ms. Liberty By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. The Fourth of July — our great republic has just celebrated the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and for 225 of those years we’ve been striking coins […]

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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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CSNS: A Great Show; A Great Collector Coin Auction

Auction included amazing American numismatic treasures that predate the US Mint By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Although not an exact science, it is sometimes easy for me to gauge when a major coin chow is going on without the benefit of referring to a calendar. Take the annual CSNS convention for […]

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CSNS – A Great Coin Show and A Great Collector Coin Auction

The CSNS Coin Show and Coin Auction included amazing American numismatic treasures that predate the US Mint By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Although not an exact science, it is sometimes easy for me to gauge when a major coin show is going on without the benefit of referring to a calendar. […]

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Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – The Allure of World Coins

The thrill of the hunt for world coins, whether it’s a vintage Norwegian mega-rarity or, from half a world away, a modern tree frog By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   As I sit down at my work station this morning, finally a true spring day is here for us in New […]

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Coin Grading – Collectors Embrace NGC Details Coins

With extraordinary coins in demand, an NGC Details Coins grade is just part of the equation By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   As this week’s installment posts, Major League Baseball has officially started its campaign. Gosh, it seems like I just got through wishing family and friends Happy New Year, yet […]

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Auction Records Shattered in Long Beach Expo

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… February closed out with considerable numismatic acclaim with the first Long Beach Expo for 2018 in the books. This winter expo was held the latest that I can ever recall (February 22-24), but the wait was well worth it, on so many fronts. The Ship of […]

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Coins – The Long Beach Auction, Just What the Doctor Ordered

Long Beach Auction sale presents unique opportunities: golden and otherwise By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In my youth, the winter was a season to revel in. Now it is something to be tolerated until about mid-April; at least here in New England, that is. Feeling a bit drowsy and achy this […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – One Way to Pay for an Indian Cent Set

Coin Collecting Strategies – A middle-class path to completing a series in a few years Coin Collecting Strategies By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… February is at hand, and no matter what the prodigious rodent in Pennsylvania prognosticates, here in New England, February equates to having another Super Bowl to watch with great […]

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In Coin Collecting, Numismatic Knowledge is Power

Numismatic Knowledge – Know what you want to acquire, and then keep an eye out for the right price! By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… As I sat down at my computer this Monday morning, it quickly dawned on me that it was my birthday, one that I am happy to share with […]

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The Seventh Annual Numismatic Market Review

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC ………… Experts from the world of coins take the pulse of the numismatic market. In my previous article, I mentioned that there was loads of holiday spirit but no snow — a bit unusual, as we were deep into the holiday season in New Hampshire. That has been taken care of, […]

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Holiday Memories and Gift Ideas for the numismatist on your shopping list

Gift Ideas for the numismatist (or potential numismatist) on your shopping list By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The eternal youngster in me notes that, as this article posts, we are a few short weeks away from the Christmas holiday. As the countdown begins in earnest, presently here in New England it is […]

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Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

If it’s not already a tradition, find a way to introduce numismatics this holiday season By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   As this article posts we are about to enjoy a truly American holiday tradition: Thanksgiving. A touch of light snowfall covering the ground only enhances the mood for this great season. […]

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Budget Coin Collecting: Finding Great Value at Major Sales

Pedigreed rarities for a pittance: Newman IX claims $4.5 million By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. A bit of déjà vu for MLB: For the second year in a row, another seven-game World Series, with the visiting team taking home the trophy in November. In the sporting world, timetables for the playoffs seem to […]

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What to Do When You Hear: ‘What’s a Buffalo Nickel?’

Suggestions for being a numismatic ambassador, and exploring opportunities in Newman IX By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. The other evening, Beth and I were out with some friends for dinner, and as usually happens at some point during the conversation, something with a scent of numismatics came up. I try to suppress it, […]

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Tips for Collectors: Looking for Value? Coins for Thought

Opportunities for price-conscious buyers, as ‘Hallogivingmas’ approaches By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. Early October, leaves falling, MLB playoffs in full gear, and retailers having a field day. I mean all at once, it is “Hallogivingmas” — what I refer to as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas merchandise all simultaneously on display, gaudily fighting for […]

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Coin Collecting: Which Coin Is Right for You?

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   Somehow the last quarter of 2017 is here already. I shouldn’t be surprised, as I have a multitude of fallen leaves already poised for raking around my home. Yet somehow, as I write this, with temperatures approaching 90, it doesn’t quite cut early autumn in New England. […]

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Commentary: Coin Market Isn’t Cooling Down This Fall

Yellow metal’s acceleration is drawing gold bugs back to the market By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. Cooler temperatures at night here in New England are a dead giveaway that autumn is fast approaching. Numismatically, that trend is confirmed on the trusty coindexter calendar, as the last Long Beach Expo for 2017 is in […]

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Coin Show Commentary: Denver Deja Vu All Over Again…

NGC world-class gold rarities roar; US copper icons keep pace By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. Another ANA World’s Fair of Money is in the books. The Rocky Mountain location for this annual venue has brought favorable reviews as Denver afforded easy and relatively quick access for many of the attendees. Most enjoyed the […]

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Adventure for Wyoming Family to the ANA World’s Fair of Money

by Jim Bisognani  for NGC …………….. Branch mint gold for dad; Indian cents and skiing-themed coins for son As we go to press, the greatest coin show on earth is underway! What a great time to be a new collector and to be attending your first ANA World’s Fair of Money! I mean, what could […]

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Adventure for Wyoming Family at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   Branch mint gold for dad; Indian cents and skiing-themed coins for son As we go to press, the greatest coin show on earth is underway! What a great time to be a new collector and to be attending your first ANA World’s Fair of Money! I mean, […]

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Excitement Building for American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money Coin Show

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. Iconic Rarities—Gem Key Date Morgans and Colonial Era Coins—Among the Most Targeted We are less than a fortnight away from the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, hosted by the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado. Scheduled August 1-5 in the Centennial State capital, the rare coin […]

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Coin Collecting Tips: Liberty Coins On A Budget

Seated, standing, walking, draped or capped — assemble a type set featuring Ms. Liberty By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. The Fourth of July — our great republic has just celebrated the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and for 225 of those years we’ve been striking coins (Gulp! — […]

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Summer Shines on Baltimore Whitman Expo

Delaware Couple Hunting Buffalos in Blue Moon; Gold in a Quagmire? By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. According to the calendar, summer is officially here! As I write this, the temperature is knocking on the upper side of 90, confirming that with a hot exclamation point. Since the season is all too brief here […]

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Antietam and Gettysburg: Classic US Civil War Commemorative Coins

The Antietam and Gettysburg Classic Civil War Commemoratives are popular with collectors of coins and Civil War history By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. When I was young, as I am sure it is with school age children today, seeing Memorial Day finally appear on the calendar was a time to rejoice, as summer […]

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Modern Proof Coins—The Hunt For Perfection Continues

Viewing countless modern proofs gives the collector a greater appreciation for perfection! By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. As we roll into the month of May, we in New England can finally say good riddance to Old Man Winter who, much like the unwanted house guest, didn’t seem to ever want to leave. With […]

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U.S. Rare Coin Market Prepares To Spring Ahead

Colonials court continued comeback; Hidden values in foreign silver; Near Gem $20 Saints huge bargain By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   I dare not repeat these thoughts out loud as I type… yet after more snow than the abominable himself would care to see has been dumped in my city we have […]

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Long Beach Expo Underway—But I’m Snowbound

As winter rages on, it is so nice to have order and decorum, at least in the numismatic world By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Well I spoke too soon in my last report. I had addressed that, much to my relief, we who reside in New Hampshire had not been on […]

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World Coin Market Gaining Momentum

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… It has been real cold in the Granite State. Luckily for the first time in a couple years we haven’t been hit with a huge “named” winter storm to wrap up January in New England. What we do have is an exciting and aggressive start to the […]

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Recent Activity Shows World Coin Market Gaining Momentum

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   It has been real cold in the Granite State. Luckily for the first time in a couple years we haven’t been hit with a huge “named” winter storm to wrap up January in New England. What we do have is an exciting and aggressive start to […]

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Numismatics’ Worldly Flavor—Big Apple Holds Court To NYINC

NYINC Heritage sales approach $18 Million; Pastor sells coins to dig for more! By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The international flavor of our hobby has always been one of the most exciting and yet often overlooked areas in numismatics; at least for most of the coindexters in the USA. For the most […]

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Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

If it’s not already a tradition, find a way to introduce numismatics this holiday season By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… As this article posts we are about to enjoy a truly American holiday tradition: Thanksgiving. A touch of light snowfall covering the ground only enhances the mood for this great season. While […]

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Coin Show Commentary: Whitman Baltimore Robust

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Mintmarked gold hot in Stack’s Bowers sale; Collector on prowl for Gem DPL CC Morgans As we ushered in November, fresh to their temporary digs in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, dealers and some collectors were busy setting up shop in their respective hotel rooms. As always, many […]

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Collectors Intrigued by Political Campaign Memorabilia

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Baltimore Expo on Deck; Colonial Copper Caper As we go to press the numismatic calendar reveals that we are one week away from the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo, the last major venue for 2016. Wow, where did this year […]

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Classic US Coins: 1916—The Year of Reform and Great Numismatic Treasures

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. 2016—Golden centennial tributes commemorate inspired individuality A touch of early fall weather with temperatures at night dropping to the rather chilly mid-30s made it abundantly clear that the next season is at hand. With cooler temps enhancing the colorful foliage, which for the most part is still […]

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The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. While the modern coin market is hot, Ancient world coins an exciting option; Colonial era coins from mother country a great value As we approach the fall season, Major League Baseball is sprinting toward an exciting post season, football has returned, network TV is ready to unveil […]

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US Coins & Medals – Playing Cat and Mouse With Lady Liberty

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. Five minute sellout now claiming five times issue price; silver looking to take home gold; “The thing is gorgeous” Many kids have already gone back to school and those that haven’t will be heading in mass for the classroom after Labor Day. Wow, the summer has slipped […]

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Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Anaheim Auctions Stake Claim To Over $46 Million Another ANA World’s Fair of Money is history; this one a significant milestone as the ANA is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. This edition held in the Golden State, the first time since Los Angeles hosted the […]

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Coin Shows – Endless Numismatic Summer at Anaheim ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. Two Cent Red Rarities; Franklin Halves A Valuable & Economical Series I can’t believe that as this article posts we are only a day away from the largest coin show in the US, the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The big show traditionally confirms areas of market […]

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Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Online Auctions Tide Collectors Over – My Five–0 Season Continues Summer 2016 has certainly been busy and eventful. Numismatically speaking I can’t recall having enjoyed our hobby as much as I continue on my Five-0—fifty years as a collector-season. Things have changed in so many ways […]

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Spot Metals Soaring

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. 10th Annual Summer FUN Set To Sizzle; Wasn’t The Bicentennial Just Yesterday? – Spot Metals Soaring A Summer Holiday As I write this report another Fourth of July Holiday has come and gone. Our great country’s birthday is something which we should all take great pride in […]

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US Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo & Stack’s Bowers Auction Underway

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….. 70th Anniversary Roosevelt Dimes offer variety and value. Golden nostalgia ahead in 2016. As winter slowly relinquishes its grip, and most of the country is enjoying the transition to spring, New England (it seems) is always a naysayer. I woke up the first full day of spring […]

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Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. A great roster of new issues in store for 2016, tracking down “Northern Lights” in the moonlight It’s getting to be a habit; last year it was Juno, this year it was Jonas… what is it with massive “J”-named snowstorms the end of January? For those in the […]

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Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. A great roster of new issues in store for 2016, tracking down “Northern Lights” in the moonlight It’s getting to be a habit; last year it was Juno, this year it was Jonas… what is it with massive “J”-named snowstorms the end of January? For those in the […]

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Collector Coins Make Powerful Stand In Golden State

  By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation… Presidential Coin & Chronicles Sets Drawing New Collectors Into The Fold; Quality And Rarity Remain King; Long Beach Heritage Sales Reel In $17 Million From most reports, the final edition of the Long Beach Expo for 2015 was a busy and productive venue for dealers and collectors […]

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Coin Market Strong – Three Major Sales In September

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. 20th century type targeted by collectors; Indian Cents and Buffalo Nickels on the move; Wholesale trading brisk I really don’t know if some unknown nefarious force is tinkering with Mother Nature’s time machine—I can’t believe that as we go to press, we are ready to enjoy Labor Day […]

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Coin Market Report – ANA World’s Fair of Money 2015 is Here!

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Stacks Bowers & Heritage Provide Auction Muscle In Midwest; Be Sure To Take Notes — I Used To Have A Photographic Memory But Even That Is Prone To Malfunction Well my fine collector and dealer friends, as this report goes to press it is one week before the […]

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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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Coin Shows – Rarity Reigns Supreme At 76th CSNS

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Heritage Auction Powers Over $46 Million; The Queen Of Gold – 1880 Coiled Hair Stella Reels in $1.8 Million; Lighter Attendance at CSNS Has Dealers Lobbying For New Venue; Collector Craves Classic Commems. Spring is definitely in the air! A series of delightful days with the temperature […]

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Nostalgic About World Coins – Baltimore Whitman Expo A Winner

  By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Stack’s Bowers Sale Powers to Over $18 Million; Spring Fever Memories of 1969; You Can’t Judge A Modern Coin By Its Mintage Well I have come down with a case of spring fever, no not that kind, the strain which harbors regular flu symptoms that is. This […]

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The 60th Annual Winter FUN Coin Show -A Display of Numismatic Supremacy

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Heritage Signature Sale Powers To $70.5 Million; NGC-certified Rarities Rule; Donald J. Partrick Quintet Gain Entrance to Million Dollar Club The 60th Annual Winter FUN Show is in the books, and according to attendees from both sides of the aisle at the Orange County Convention Center, […]

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58th Annual Houston Money Show Upbeat; Heritage Lone Star State Auction Corrals $9.3 Million

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… DPL Morgans Hot On Bourse – Santa Fe Twins on Buffalo Hunt The first week of December certainly brought a bone chilling reminder of the season at hand. Conversely, those numismatic patrons in attendance at the 58th Annual Houston Money Show, December 5-7, were treated to wonderful spring-like weather […]

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Coin Auctions: All Eyes On Newman Five In The Big Apple

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… Stack’s Bowers And Heritage Auctions Each Claim Over $10 Million; Silver Demand On The Rise; Quality Courts Strong Demand–Average Type Drifts Lower. Early fall has been the scene of much activity in numismatic circles. October ended on a positive note, as the last installment for 2014 of the Whitman […]

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Autumn Features a Harvest of Numismatic Activity – Are Walkers Poised for a Run?

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Heritage PNG Invitational Rakes In $11.2 Million – Buyer’s Market for Generic Type Coins October is turning out to be a very busy month in the numismatic world. First up was the PNG New York Invitational show, running October 9-11 in the heart of the Big Apple. […]

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Heritage Golden State Coin Auctions Generate $22.5 Million; Cash is King at Long Beach

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Better & Rare Date Gold Still A Crowd Favorite At LB; Classic Gold Commems Get A Boost. The final installment of the Long Beach Expo for 2014 was a worthy expedition for those who made the trek to the Southern California venue. Several veteran collectors informed me […]

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The ANA World’s Fair of Money – A Week Long Adventure

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. NGC graded 1804 Dollar-an auction knockout-Stack’s Bowers & Heritage Auctions vying for collectors’ and dealers’ attention-US Mint and Gold Kennedy Creates A Frenzy. As I write this report, final preparations are being made by me, and I’m sure scores of other collectors and dealers, for the great […]

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Coin Market Report : Summer FUN – A Serious Surprise

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Heritage Signature Sale Captures Nearly $10 Million. “Lots of public, and they were spending money.” “It was the best show of the year for us.” Midrange priced coins on the rise and in greater demand. For those of you who made the trek to the eighth annual […]

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