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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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