Category Archives: Coin Collecting

Collecting Ancient Coins: Time to Consider a New Paradigm That Facilitates Lawful Trade

By Peter K. Tompa – Cultural Property Observer….. The following is a statement delivered at the Wednesday, July 22 meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by lawyer and numismatic advocate Peter K. Tompa concerning proposed updates to the 2021 renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy. These updates threaten American collectors’ […]

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The Masterpiece Syndrome

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I am a recent coin collector whose preference when it comes to coins are modern and ultra-modern coins. When I share this with most seasoned collectors and coin dealers, there is a tinge of unintentional condescension. I find this group doesn’t seem that interested in discussing the wonderful and historically informative designs of the Native American dollars produced since 2009

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Community Voice Response: Aug. 4, 2020

From the July 10, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you collect coins?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
I have changed nothing due to COVID.
Brian Schneider
via Facebook
 
Now that all of the coin shows and conventions are canceled, I am saving a lot of money

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Community Voice Response: July 10, 2020

From the July 3, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Do you purchase coin lots when adding to your collection? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent from our e-newsletter readers.
 
I have searched for and bought coin lots locally for many years. Putting ads in local papers and being able to buy coins and compete “collections” has helped me build the majority of my collection

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Renewal of Italian MOU Threatens Ability to Collect Ancient Roman Imperial Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On June 8, 2020, the State Department of the United States announced a proposal to extend its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Italy. The MoU, which was originally agreed to in 2001 and augmented every five years since, establishes restrictions on imports of certain artifacts of cultural importance from Italy […]

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Counterfeit Mintmarks? Watch Out for Embossed Mintmarks

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The presence or lack of a particular mintmark can make or break the difference in the price of a coin. Consider, for example, the values of coins from so many popular series minted during the late 19th and 20th centuries. A 1916 Mercury Dime without a mintmark? It’s worth […]

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The Secrets to Collecting Walking Liberty Half Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Walking Liberty half dollar, issued for 31 years from 1916 to 1947 and which includes 65 date and mint mark coins, is probably the most popular 20th-century U.S. coin and the most widely collected half dollar series. It was produced during a remarkable period in American history that spanned […]

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Coin Lots Make Collecting Fun

By Daryl Conley 
I may be an atypical collector; I may even suffer a bit from ADD when it comes to collecting. Some collectors focus on a certain type or series of coin, or even certain metal content such as gold or silver. Some focus on completing an entire set, putting together a registry set, or completing a BU or MS type set

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Five Modern Coins You Should Be Looking for Right Now

Editors Note: We have re-posted this article for those that may have missed it the first go around. Enjoy! By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. We’ve put together a list of five great modern coins that you should be looking for right now. None of them will break the bank, and finding […]

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Collecting Strategies: Peace Dollars – Mintage vs. Price in MS63

Market Analysis by CoinWeek ….. Hi folks. Today we wanted to draw your attention to the popular U.S. Peace dollar series and some collecting strategies for those who would like to buy uncirculated coins but stay within a reasonable price range. To help, we’ve split the series into two periods and have created a graph […]

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The Most Important Coin Program of Our Lifetime: 50 State Quarters

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… (Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on PCGS.com and has been updated to its current form.)  While the pomp and circumstance surrounding the 50 State Quarters program is over two decades behind us, it is hard to conceive of any future program that will have as […]

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Fundamentals for Gold Still Strong – Good for Rare Coins

When gold and silver prices rise, many bullion buyers eventually also begin purchasing rare gold coins, advises award-winning writer Michael Fuljenz   By Mike Fuljenz – Universal Coin & Bullion …… The fundamentals for gold continue strong as it reaches new highs worldwide and near an eight-year high in the United States, and that is helping to boost increased […]

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Bullion Shark – Collecting Kennedy Half Dollars

  By Bullion Shark LLC …… The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was a shock to millions of Americans and people around the world who mourned the passing of the young leader. Within five days of this historic event, U.S. Mint Director Eva Adams authorized work to begin on a […]

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Community Voice Response: May 22, 2020

From the May 22, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
With the cancellation of coin shows, has your online buying and selling activity increased? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Yes, my online buying has increased substantially, especially since March of this year. I typically buy American Silver Eagles each month, but they have become very scarce and at such a high premium, that I have moved onto other sources (online)

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Confronting Sheldon

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Dr. William Herbert Sheldon, born on November 19, 1898 and dying on September 17, 1977, was venerated for decades as one of the historical giants of American numismatics. During his later life he took the stage as the godfather or even the resident deity of the highly specialized […]

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Community Voice Response: June 9, 2020

From the May 15, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
What are you doing to help encourage the next generation to take up coin collecting?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I am offering thousands of coins on the internet, scientifically described and not slabbed, to let new collectors get the emotional feeling which can’t be experienced in a plastic environment.
Dr

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What Are Mint State Coins?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Even if you are relatively new to coin collecting, you probably already know that the value of a coin is directly tied to its condition. When it comes to assessing a coin’s condition, the most important distinction is between coins that are circulated, or worn, and those that are uncirculated, […]

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Community Voice Response: June 2, 2020

From the May 8, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
Are you exploring a new collecting avenue during COVID or focusing on your current collection?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Staying with my existing collection, organizing, documenting coins, and at the same time taking a break.
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I am exploring a new avenue

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Why You Should Be a Collector

By Patrick Heller
With so many people today facing sudden financial hardships and possible time constraints, it may make sense to consider whether to pursue a pre-existing or new hobby.
This could apply to every hobby, not just numismatics.
Hobbies can involve a financial cost for references, memberships, supplies, and objects

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1892-S Morgan Dollar, Uncirculated, $15—No Haggling!

By Dennis Tucker for Whitman Publishing …… How would you like an opportunity to spend less than $100, and get a collection of coins worth $250,000? The following coins are for sale—prices firm, cash on the barrel head: 1880 Shield nickel, Unc — $8.00 1921-S Liberty Walking half dollar, Unc — $18.00 1926 Sesquicentennial commemorative […]

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Viewpoint: YN Perspective Key to Hobby Future

By Radek Molchan
I am a Young Numismatist, and I come from a family that has no knowledge or interest in numismatics. I have been a page for many coins shows and I exhibit as much as possible. I enjoy the competition of the exhibits, and I enjoy being a page for the simple fact that if you work hard, you can make a little money and get some coins to add to your collection

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Letters to the Editor: May 12, 2020

Profitable Collecting Takes Patience
The April 14 edition of Numismatic News was excellent! Working from home has not affected your ability to put out a great product.
The “Viewpoint” by CPA Ron Thompson was insightful. With most of the piece easy to agree with, a few ideas may be viewed differently

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Community Voice Response: May 12, 2020

From the April 17, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How do you think the landscape of the hobby will look once the pandemic is over and the market settles down?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Primary sales will be online and auctions. Face-to-face purchases will be reduced considerably

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Jeff Garrett: The Great American Coin Hunt – 2020 Edition

By Jeff Garrett – Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries ….. The last few weeks have been like no other in my 45 plus years as a professional numismatist. The routine of attending a coin convention every week or two during that period has come to a screeching halt. Like many others, I have had to re-invent […]

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The Stories Are Free: 10 Story Coins and Notes You Can Buy Cheap

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Stories sell. Any collector knows that a good story adds to an item’s value. The stories themselves, however, cost nothing. Here are 10 story coins and notes you can buy for very little. Inflation Notes A US $1,000 bill is impressive, but why stop at a mere 1,000 units? […]

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Letters to the Editor: May 5, 2020

Hunt Continues Despite Series ‘Roadblocks’
I have always wanted to assemble a complete collection of one or more coin denominations, but it seems there are at least one or two roadblocks in each coin series. For example, the 1916-D Liberty dime, the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter, or the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent, just to name a few. Going back into the 19th century gets even worse, with more and more “key dates” needed to complete a collection

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The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

Modern World Coins & Currency By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to […]

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Letters to the Editor: April 28, 2020

Scout Coin Collecting Program a Great Success
Scouts from Troop 18 in Knoxville, Tenn., recently attended a Knoxville Coin & Currency Show to work on the BSA Coin Collecting Merit Badge. Attending the coin show completed one of their requirements and also enabled the scouts to complete their collections requirements if they were missing any coins while assembling at home

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Think Commems are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically-low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan […]

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Think Commems Are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles […]

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Really Look at Your Coins’ Details

By Patrick A. Heller
When did you take the time to really look at a coin? I’m not talking about an inspection to ascertain the state of preservation (grade). Instead, when did you actually examine all of the features about any coin?
I have taught a summer coin collecting class the past several years as part of a 4-H Exploration Days program

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New 2021 Official Red Book Will Debut April 7

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices Nearly 8,000 Items, Reports Dramatic Market and Hobby Changes   The 74th edition of the coin-collecting hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will debut April 7, 2020. The new volume includes completely updated pricing and auction data reflecting the current market for collectible […]

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The Coin Books You Need to Succeed

In this video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gives an insightful rundown of the coin books that you need in your library to take your hobby to the next level. Each one of these selections contains money-saving insights, must-know insider information, and untold hours of inspiration for the numismatic enthusiast. Price Guides: U.S. Coins The Official […]

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The Coin Books You Need to Succeed

In this video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gives an insightful rundown of the coin books that you need in your library to take your hobby to the next level. Each one of these selections contains money-saving insights, must-know insider information, and untold hours of inspiration for the numismatic enthusiast. Price Guides: U.S. Coins The Official […]

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In the wake of the outbreak of the Wuhan strain of the COVID-19 virus, we need our hobby and activity more than ever

The Wuhan strain of the COVID-19 virus has, for the most part, overtaken world headlines as many countries battle an unseen enemy. It’s hard to believe, just eight weeks ago, that many of us in the coin industry were attending the World Money Fair in Berlin

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CoinWeek Podcast #131: Harvey Stack Reflects on Stack’s at 57th Street

  CoinWeek Podcast #131: Harvey Stack Reflects on Stack’s at 57th Street Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Hi Everybody, this is Charles Morgan from CoinWeek. I’m delighted in the midst of our nationwide lockdown to bring you one of the coin […]

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Community Voice Response: April 14, 2020

From the March 20, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How are you occupying your time during social distancing?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I am refreshing myself by grading my coin collection. This entails some 10,000 pieces-plus in my uncertified collection

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Coronavirus Cripples the Business of Coins

By Richard Giedroyc
The economic downturn due to the spread of coronavirus has crippled the business of coins as it has with most other businesses. Coin shows have been canceled worldwide. Public auctions have been moved, postponed or put on hold

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Knowledge and Diversification Keys to Successful Coin Investing

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Anyone who tells you that making a profit plays no role in their coin buying habits is most likely not being honest. While there are many motivations for buying coins, most people want their coins to appreciate in value. But the degree to which making a profit is important […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Long and Short of Coin Collecting in Times of Uncertainty

Exercise patience and think long-term to avoid losses — and even make gains   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… There is no denying that we in America are currently consumed by media coverage of coronavirus. The slow drip of bad news accelerated last week when the stock market plunged due to […]

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NGC Announces Most Prizes Ever for 2020 NGC Registry Awards

In 2020, the NGC Registry will award more than $25,000 in prizes — a 25% increase over last year! Ensure your set is at its best by 10 a.m. EST on December 4, 2020   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that it will give more than $25,000 in prizes in the 2020 NGC Registry […]

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Collecting US Coins: Type vs Variety vs…?

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… The categorization of U.S. coins into types, sub-types, major varieties, minor or sub-varieties, and die varieties is far from a straightforward process. Some modifications (such as the 1913 Type 1 and Type 2 Buffalo nickels) have long been recognized as major varieties, noted prominently in the Redbook and included […]

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The Coin Analyst: How Might $100 Silver Impact the Coin Market?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Rising bullion prices have often been a boon for the numismatic coin market. They enable precious metal investors to direct some of the profits from the sale of their bullion holdings to numismatic pieces. This tends to have a substantial impact on the overall coin market because many large […]

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CoinWeek Podcast: How Coin Writer Chris Bulfinch Sees the Hobby

 CoinWeek Podcast #127: How Coin Writer Chris Bulfinch Sees the Hobby Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, our guest is former Coin World Associate Editor Chris Bulfinch. Bulfinch is an outspoken member of an emerging […]

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Rare Errors and Cool Coins at Heritage’s February 2020 Long Beach Expo Auction

  From February 20-23, Heritage Auctions will offer 2,010 lots of high-quality certified coins, included hundreds of CAC-approved pieces at its US Signature Coins Auction held in conjunction with the Long Beach Expo– the West Coasts premier Coin, Currency, & Sports Collectible Show. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan broke down 10 of his favorite lots from […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers)

 CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, our guest is the legendary promoter of coin collecting, Scott Travers. I have known Scott for several years and […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers)

 CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, our guest is the legendary promoter of coin collecting, Scott Travers. I have known Scott for several years and […]

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Jeff Garrett: Coin Collecting by Die Variety

Variety is the spice of life — and coin collecting   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Over the last several months, a client of mine has taken a deep dive into collecting Morgan silver dollars. This client is quite studious and has spent considerable time learning the series. Every once in […]

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Awesome Coins from Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency 36 Auction

On January 30, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer 394 lots of high-quality certified coins, included hundreds of CAC-approved pieces at its Regency Auction 36, which is held in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan broke down 15 of his favorite lots from the […]

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Awesome Coins From Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency 36 Auction

  On January 30, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer 394 lots of high-quality certified coins, included hundreds of CAC-approved pieces at its Regency Auction 36, which is held in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan broke down 15 of his favorite lots from […]

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American Numismatic Association and NGC to Launch ANA Registry

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) have partnered to launch the ANA Registry later this year. The ANA is the country’s largest nonprofit coin-collecting organization, as well as one of the oldest and most prestigious. Founded in 1891, the ANA has approximately 25,000 members and is the only numismatic organization chartered […]

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Collecting Short Sets – Four Ideal Short Sets for Collectors of US Coins

Short Sets Collecting Strategies By Adrian Chacon for PCGS …… Collecting Short sets  of coins that represents a portion of an entire series. There is a particular range of years which accommodates these sets, and many of these short sets are very popular among collectors. All sets mentioned below can be found in the PCGS […]

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New to Collecting & on a Budget? Where to Begin With Vintage US Coins

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… Just because you’re not a millionaire doesn’t mean you can’t have a great deal of fun building an interesting coin collection. And because you don’t have a ton of money also doesn’t mean you have to confine your collecting to modern issues. All too often, we focus on the […]

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PCGS Coin Quest Continues in 2020

What is the PCGS Coin Quest? The 2019-W PCGS Quarter Quest, which was a revolutionary competition for bounties and limited special labels on circulating 2019-W America the Beautiful quarters, was a huge success. PCGS is continuing this program with PCGS Coin Quest, a competition offering rewards for lucky collectors who complete the PCGS Coin Quest […]

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NGC Announces Winners of 2019 Registry Set Awards

The NGC Registry continues to grow and now includes more than 15,000 participants, 135,000 sets and 1.1 million coins. NGC Registry participants, we thank you for sharing your collections with us and the world! Each year, NGC recognizes the top collectors and collections in the NGC Registry. Ten winners were selected in each of our […]

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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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Jeff Garrett: The Challenges of Circulated Coinage

Take the scenic route when collecting circulated coins   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The most common advice any experienced numismatist will dispense is “buy the best you can afford.” I have shared this particular nugget of wisdom many times myself. In practice, it usually means trying to decide if you […]

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Unintentional Ways Collectors Damage Coins – And How to Stop!

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Most coin collectors know the major deadly sin regarding the handling of coins: don’t clean them! Yet a variety of coin-handling accidents will happen anyway. Many of the most well-meaning coin collectors have made some of the gravest mistakes when it comes to how they’ve handled, stored, or otherwise […]

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Q&A: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?
A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby

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Q&A: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?
A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby

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Certified Coins: NGC Announces Major Registry Update

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that US coins graded by PCGS will now be eligible for NGC Registry competitive sets. The NGC Registry is a free online platform where collectors register and display their coins and compete against other collectors around the world for recognition and prizes. The immensely popular resource boasts more than […]

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CoinWeek Launches CoinWeek Supplies

By CoinWeek ….. CoinWeek has just launched our new online store, CoinWeek Supplies. At CoinWeek Supplies, we offer virtually everything a collector needs to take their hobby to the next level. From loupes to lights, coin folders and albums, flips, storage media, and a wide range of the latest coin reference books, CoinWeek Supplies brings […]

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United States 1914-D Lincoln Cent

Description The Lincoln cent is the United States’ longest-serving coin. Its 1909 debut marked the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and its elegant sculptural design served as the vanguard of a new wave of American coin art. But while the golden age of American coin design is most associated with medallic artist and […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Difference a Point Makes in Certified Coins

With the popularity of online set registries, coin collecting has become a competitive sport   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Sometimes one point is insignificant. Your credit score might be 720 or 721, but the one-point difference really doesn’t matter much. On the other hand, if the Super Bowl is tied, […]

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PCGS Launches Exclusive CAC Set Registry Program

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced new PCGS CAC Set Registry composites (sets), which will permit collectors to build collections of PCGS-graded coins that have been awarded a seal of approval from Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC). This innovative move gives collectors of these premier PCGS-certified coins the exclusive opportunity to build competitive registry sets […]

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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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Jeff Garrett: Collecting Error Coins

How to get comfortable in this challenging and fascinating corner of numismatics By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   My daily assortment of emails contains quite a few inquiries about rare coins and coin collecting. People run across a news article, or something I have written about, and think they might have […]

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PCGS Quarter Quest Inspires New Generation of Coin Collectors

  By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. When PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) announced earlier this year a special initiative called Quarter Quest, offering incentives and rewards for the earliest-discovered examples of West Point-minted 2019 America The Beautiful quarters, the news stirred coin collectors and even countless non-numismatists to check their change. Now, as the […]

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PCGS Quarter Quest Inspires New Generation of Coin Collectors

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   When PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) announced earlier this year a special initiative called Quarter Quest, offering incentives and rewards for the earliest-discovered examples of West Point-minted 2019 America The Beautiful quarters, the news stirred coin collectors and even countless non-numismatists to check their change. Now, as the […]

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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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CoinWeek Podcast #122: Lianna Spurrier on Becoming a Professional Numismatist

 CoinWeek Podcast #122: Lianna Spurrier on Becoming a Professional Numismatist Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk to Lianna Spurrier– a numismatic writer and videographer. One of a new generation of coin professionals entering the industry. Lianna […]

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Blanchard: Over 270 Million of These Coins Were Melted

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. Over 270 million Morgan silver dollars met their fate in the melting pot under the provisions of the Pittman Act of 1918. The U.S. government ordered this dramatic move to save Great Britain from a banking collapse and may have also helped the Allies win the war. How did […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Art of Rare Coin Submissions

Submitting coins for grading can be complex, but with proper advice, you can ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you realize the full benefits of certification By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… My company has been submitting coins for grading and authentication since the inception of third-party grading in the […]

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Q. David Bowers: My First Coin Convention

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… With George Williams, I went to an Empire State Numismatic Association (ESNA) convention in Syracuse, New York, in 1954. It was my first regional coin show. By that time I had been a regular attendee at the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Coin Club, but had not ventured beyond […]

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MA-Shops: The Quality of a Coin – Important or Not?

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… The question that is formulated in the title of this blog is a question that most collectors and dealers will naturally respond to with the phrase: ‘’Yes, of course, it’s important’’. Rest assured, it’s not my purpose in this blog to advocate that quality is […]

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Jeff Garrett – A Case for Coin Conservation

Proper coin conservation is effectively anti-coin doctoring Professional Coin Conservation By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Several of my very good friends in Lexington, Kentucky, are involved in the restaurant industry. One fellow was CEO of Long John Silver’s and later Church’s Chicken. Another owns and operates two successful, upscale eateries. Occasionally, […]

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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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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: Collecting a Half Cent Type Set (with Bill Eckberg)

CoinWeek Sponsor and The Coin Course creator Jerry Shaffer teamed up with CoinWeek to produce this great step-by-step demonstration of what happens when you dip and clean vintage silver or gold coins. * * * In this video, Early American Coppers president Bill Eckberg breaks down the U.S. half cent denomination for those interested in […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: Collecting a Half Cent Type Set (with Bill Eckberg)

 In this video, Early American Coppers (EAC) president Bill Eckberg breaks down the U.S. half cent denomination for those interested in building a type set. The half cent was produced at the Philadelphia Mint from 1793 to 1857. It underwent a number of changes over the years and features many of the hobby’s most […]

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Five More Rare Modern Coins Worth Big Bucks

Collectors are realizing just how rare certain modern errors and varieties really are   By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The recent private transaction of the ultra-rare 1975 No-S Proof Roosevelt dime for $516,000 USD, coming just a few days after realizing $456,000 during a public sale by Heritage Auctions at the Long Beach Expo […]

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Don’t Clean Your Coins – A Demonstration in Silver Dollar Destruction

CoinWeek Sponsor and The Coin Course creator Jerry Shaffer teamed up with CoinWeek to produce this great step-by-step demonstration of what happens when you dip and clean vintage silver or gold coins. * * * To the seasoned collector, few things are as heartbreaking as a rare coin that has been cleaned or otherwise altered […]

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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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Denver Coin Expo Returns to National Western Complex

Over 100 exhibitors from around the country will join together for one of the largest and oldest coin shows in the Rocky Mountains this fall!   This fall, the Denver Coin Exposition (the Denver Coin Expo) is coming to the National Western Complex from September 26-28. It will be open to the public Thursday and […]

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A Rigorous Analysis of Our Hobby

by Blaine Buckman
If this has not been proposed before, I would offer we all consider together to perform a rigorous analysis of our hobby.  Would we as members be able to pool information that we know or be able to obtain, analyze it using formal statistical and/or other analysis, and share that information in this publication? The goal would be to better understand how our hobby works and the relevance of it in a changing world. The possibilities are almost endless

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CoinWeek IQ: A Guide to Certified Coin Stickers

Not all MS65s are created equal   By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. [Editor’s Note: It must be understood that certification services (such as those mentioned below) that sticker certified coins accept that the original grading service made the correct call as to a given coin’s grade. The purpose of a sticker is to provide […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Big Five Coins Everyone Covets

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When I started my full-time career in numismatics around 1977, numismatic rarity was measured against five coins. Everything else was compared with them and was worth considerably less. The top three coins at the time were the: 1804 Silver Dollar 1913 Liberty Nickel 1894‐S Barber Dime The […]

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NGC Adds Submission Tracking to Mobile App

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has added a submission tracking feature to its comprehensive NGC mobile app, which is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play. NGC members can log into the app and click on “NGC Submission Tracking” to track their NGC submissions 24/7. Submissions from the last six months […]

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CoinWeek Debunks: Five Valuable Coins You WON’T Find Under Your Couch Cushion

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. We hear about many rare coins in the media that are worth big bucks, inspiring some of us to seek out these valuable pieces in hopes of striking it rich. The disappointing reality is that most of the coins making headlines are extraordinarily rare and thus virtually impossible to […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Instagram’s Place in Numismatics – A Unique Marketplace

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. When purchasing coins online, most people’s go-to venue will be eBay or one of the major auction houses. There are well-established marketplaces with large offerings, and these are (especially when looking for something specific) usually the best option. However, with the rise of social media, new marketplaces have developed. […]

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Jeff Garrett: Getting Started in U.S. Coin Collecting

Ten answers to the question: What coins should I pursue in U.S. Coin Collecting ? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… I often have conversations with others about the growth of numismatics. Most, if not all, agree on the importance of attracting young people to the hobby. Not long ago, I spoke with […]

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Q&A: Is any particular course available to teach me the “know-how” of coin collecting?

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Is there any course available which would teach me the “know-how” of the hobby of coin collecting?
A:  Not in the academic sense, but neither is there a school to train presidents. Desire is the motive and application is the means to acquiring a working knowledge of coin collecting

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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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MA-Shops: The History of Coin Collecting

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… An Old Hobby In this blog, I will discuss the history of coin collection. It is an old hobby with an impressive history and I think this creates an extra dimension for the appreciation of coin collecting in general. And, it feels great to know […]

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Start a Creative Collection

I have known many numismatists who have gotten bored with their current collections, usually because the remaining pieces needed were too scarce and/or too expensive to obtain.  Some of them have gone on to start a new collection just for the fun of the hunt.  In the process, some have been quite creative with their themes

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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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Previously Unreported Morgan Dollars Emerge as PCGS All-Time Finest

By Mint State Gold by Stuppler and Company …… Quietly and patiently acquiring superb quality coin-after-coin over the past 14 years, an Illinois collector working with Barry Stuppler of Mint State Gold by Stuppler and Company in Woodland Hills, California has now assembled the all-time finest collection of circulation strike Morgan silver dollars. The previously […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Rising Gold Tide

As gold’s price shows strength, will it spark a wider interest in coins? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Then I began my career in numismatics in the mid-1970s. At the time, precious metal prices played a relatively small role in the market for rare coins. Gold sold for around $150 to $200 […]

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The Coin Course: Discovering the Market Value of U.S. Coins

In many ways, determining the value of a coin or a coin collection can be an overwhelming task. Where do you begin? You may want to sell one coin or a collection of coins but how do you know the real value in today’s marketplace? Perhaps you are considering investing in coins and you want […]

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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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Jeff Garrett: With the 2019-W Quarter, the Hobby Catches a Break

With the 2019-W quarter program, the Mint shows leadership in boosting numismatics, but more publicity is needed By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In the last several years, most numismatic leaders have been searching for ways to stimulate the hobby. There has been a special emphasis on young people, as that segment […]

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Ten Must-Have Apps for Coin Collectors

By Justin Fraughton – Provident Metals …… Whether you’re new to coin collecting or you’ve been a devotee for years, it’s never too late to up your game with technology. Smartphone apps can make just about every coin collecting task easier, from updating your catalog to checking a coin’s cert verification. Discover the nine apps […]

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David W. Lange on the Enduring Appeal of the Lincoln Cent

By David W. Lange for Whitman Publishing …… Like most numismatists of my generation, I discovered the hobby of collecting coins through the Lincoln cent series. My introduction occurred at a very tender age, around six or seven, and I have my older brother Doug to thank for that. In the early 1960s, coin collecting […]

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Jeff Garrett: Don’t Set Yourself Up for Numismatic Heartache

To succeed in collecting a set, make sure your target is financially feasible By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When I began collecting decades ago, my first goal was to complete a set of 1941-to-date Lincoln cents. I lived in Florida at the time and locating the early San Francisco Mint issues […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Flying Eagle Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Flying eagle cents offer a unique opportunity to collectors. Many early coins, such as large cents, have been extensively studied and are commonly collected by die pairing and variety. Most of these populations have been well picked over, and the series contains so many different coins that getting started […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Flying Eagle Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek …..   Flying eagle cents offer a unique opportunity to collectors. Many early coins, such as large cents, have been extensively studied and are commonly collected by die pairing and variety. Most of these populations have been well picked over, and the series contains so many different coins that getting […]

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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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NGC Upgrades Mobile App with NGC Registry and Other New Features

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced significant updates to its NGC mobile app, which is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play. The upgraded NGC app now incorporates the NGC Registry, an online platform where collectors register and display their NGC-certified coins and compete against other collectors around the world […]

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On eBay Right Now: Mint State 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Building a great collection starts with purpose but can only truly be realized with years of patience and informed pursuit of the best material available within one’s budget. Great collections can be built with top-pop condition rarities or carefully curated coins at any tier of the grading spectrum. Simply […]

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Jeff Garrett: Who Are the Best Sources of Rare Coins and Information About Them?

Dealers’ operations have gotten bigger and are moving online, but personal connections remain important   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Other than plucking them from circulation, anyone who collects coins buys them from someone. For those unfamiliar with the hobby, the mention of a coin dealer probably brings to mind a […]

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David W. Lange Acquires Massive “Midwest Collection” of Vintage Coin Boards

By Coin Board News …… In a very rare opportunity, vintage coin board collector and dealer David W. Lange has negotiated the purchase of more than 400 antique coin boards from the 1930s and ’40s. Far from a random hoard, this collection represents many years of careful selection by a discriminating individual in the Midwest. It […]

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Hoard of Historic US Coin Boards in Goldberg Auction

Nearly two dozen vintage coin boards, all at least 80 years old and most with a dozen or more historic U.S. coins in their respective slots, will be offered in the Pre-Long Beach auction conducted by Goldberg Coins and Collectibles in Los Angeles and online, June 2-5, 2019. The treasure trove of boards was hidden […]

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NGC Ancients – Collecting Roman Coins on a Budget

Roman coins are readily available and can be acquired for reasonable prices By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Like so many areas of numismatics, ancient coins offer opportunities for collectors of most every budget – ranging from less than $10 per coin to astonishing masterpieces that fetch seven figures. This time, we’ll take a look […]

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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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Jeff Garrett: Golden Opportunities to Grow the Coin Collecting Hobby

Programs such as the Great American Coin Hunt are helping promote numismatics   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   In the past, National Coin Week went largely unnoticed by most collectors and dealers in the United States despite the fact that the American Numismatic Association (ANA) created the event 96 years […]

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The Coin Analyst: 2019-W Quarters Boost Modern Coin Collecting, But Will It Last?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   The Washington quarter has long been a staple of modern U.S. coin collecting, especially since it is one of those iconic series that many collectors started collecting from circulation — often at a young age. Collecting from circulation has a storied tradition in this country, especially among those […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #112: The Great American Coin Hunt

 CoinWeek Podcast #112: The Great American Coin Hunt Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sits down with Great American Coin Hunt organizer Rob Oberth to discuss the success of the event and its implications for the hobby in this episode […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: Cherry Picking

By Jeff Garrett for NGC …… Nearly every series offers something for the cherry picking specialist. There are few things in coin collecting as exciting as making a numismatic discovery. I started to think about this subject last week when I purchased a collection of Large Cents dated 1793-1857. The coins are in an old […]

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Check Your Pocket Change During the Great American Coin Hunt

In an effort to create excitement in coin collecting, hundreds of rare coin dealers across the country are participating in the “Great American Coin Hunt” (www.GreatAmericanCoinHunt.com), just one of the activities planned during the 96th annual National Coin Week (www

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More Lucky Collectors Get PCGS Rewards for Finding West Point Mint Mark Quarters

Three lucky Florida residents, one in New Smyrna Beach and a husband and wife in Orlando, are the latest winners in the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest to discover specific West Point Mint quarter dollars and be the first to submit them to PCGS for authentication and grading. “They were the first to […]

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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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NGC Announces $20,000 in Prizes for 2019 Registry Awards

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that prizes valued at more than $20,000 will be awarded for the 2019 NGC Registry Awards. The NGC Registry is a free online platform where collectors register and display their NGC-certified coins and compete against other collectors around the world for recognition and prizes. This popular resource now boasts […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Power of Population Reports

Upgrade your knowledge by studying a wealth of coin data available online for free   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Decades ago, collectors and dealers relied on standard numismatic references, such as the Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book), for much of their information. Most of today’s collectors […]

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The Great American Coin Hunt: Millions of Collectible Coins to be Released Into Circulation Willy Wonka Style

If you haven’t heard about it by now, you may want to log on to social media and see what all the buzz is about. Search hashtag #GreatAmericanCoinHunt on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The Great American Coin Hunt began as an idea between a few coin dealers and within just a few days has become […]

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Q. David Bowers – Some Reflections on Collecting

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Some reflections on collecting in past times, part of a commentary I am doing on the “instant collecting” of today, 2019. “Instant collecting,” via the internet and with certified coins and 101 different sources for pricing information, would seem to make it unnecessary for most collectors […]

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Jeff Garrett: Double Eagles a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Many Double Eagles are selling for close to melt value, making these classic gold coins easy to acquire   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… I have been an observer of numismatic market trends for over 40 years. During that time, rare coins have risen and fallen sharply many times. Historically, the […]

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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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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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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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United States 1916 Mercury Dime

Description: The Mercury or Winged Liberty dime (1916-1945) has long stood as an iconic coin in the U.S. series. The coin’s elegant design draws heavily from the French Beaux Arts movement of the late 19th century. Its release immediately preceded the Roosevelt dime (1946-Present), and it is the last U.S. dime to be struck entirely in .900 […]

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What Do I Do with This Crap? 11 Ways to Handle Your Low-Value Collectibles

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Visits to my coin dealer friend’s home office are some of my favorite moments in the hobby. But recently, among the many impressive items in his collection and inventory, I noticed a box marked “Low-Value Crap”. I admit I have some LVC (Low-Value Crap) in my house. My collection […]

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Demand for CAC Coins Continues to Grow – Supporting Values

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek on the Rare Coin Market – MFrarecoins.com …… If you collect CAC coins, you’re in good company and your ranks are growing. This is mostly good news if you own CAC coins and plan to purchase more. It means price support and liquidity are strengthening even more, as is their […]

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Searching for Coins Online With HiBid.com

Sponsored Post by HiBid.com…. The great thing about collecting coins and currency is that even examples that aren’t priced very highly often have artistic value. Some are so intricately embellished that they’re worth appreciating under a magnifying glass in good lighting. Others have a curiosity factor, such as a holed coin from Pakistan or a […]

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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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MA-Shops: Which Coin Should I Buy?

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… When I am at coin fairs as an exhibitor, I get the same questions about coins and banknotes: Which coins should I buy? Which coins are the best investments? Which coin(s) would you buy? These are all understandable questions, of course. People spend a lot […]

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Jeff Garrett: CAC Examined

In which Jeff Garrett takes a closer look at CAC-stickered coins By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Quite often new clients–and sometimes long-time clients–will seek my advice on a numismatic collecting strategy. They are very interested in developing a sound and hopefully long-term path for being a successful collector. Most love numismatics […]

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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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New 2020 Red Book Reports Dramatic Market Changes

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices Nearly 8,000 Items – Covers Circulating, Commemorative, and Bullion Coins The newest edition of the coin hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will debut on April 9, 2019, two weeks before National Coin Week. The 73rd edition (with a cover date of 2020) […]

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Legend Announces Assembly of #1 Truly Complete Proof Liberty Nickel PCGS Registry Set

Legend Numismatics is proud to announce the completion of the S.L.R. Collection of Proof Liberty Nickels. Not only is this set the #1 All-Time PCGS Registry Set, but with the addition of the finest known 1913 that the collector recently purchased for $4,560,000, it is now the only set that can be called truly the […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Euro’s Impact on Numismatics After 20 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On January 4, 1999, 11 members of the European Union began using a common currency known as the euro. For the first three years, the currency existed virtually, used only for cashless and bank transactions. Euro coins were first minted in 1999 but only entered circulation in 2002 following […]

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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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Pez Heads and Starburst: Errors and “Errors” of George Washington Presidential Dollars

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In 2007, eBay exploded with different varieties and errors of the new George Washington presidential dollar coins. The series was the first circulating coinage to feature edge lettering in 74 years, so it was bound to have some problems. Some of those errors are still well-known today, but others […]

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CoinWeek Video: How to Deal Coins (with Rob Oberth)

 In recent years, very few dealers have had the impact that Rob Oberth has had on the professional numismatic community. Rob’s upstart facebook group “Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers” has blossomed into one of the industry’s most effective 21st-century networking and marketing groups. Now boasting hundreds of active dealers, CDHCD and its counterpart group […]

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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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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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United States Mint Announces New Products for Young Collectors

The United States Mint is pleased to announce a new family of youth products in 2019 – the Mint’s first new youth products in five years. There will be three new products for kids in 2019, featuring the Mighty Minters™ — Kendra, Timothy, Sophie, Lina, Alex, Eli, and Layla. They are fun, approachable, and wholesome […]

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CoinWeek Podcast Episode 110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz

 CoinWeek Podcast #110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Even sophisticated collectors stand to benefit by having a second set of trained eyes look over prospective coins before making a purchase. In this episode of the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast Episode 110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz

 CoinWeek Podcast #110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Even sophisticated collectors stand to benefit by having a second set of trained eyes look over prospective coins before making a purchase. In this episode of the […]

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Whitman Publishing Announces Expanded, Updated 6th Edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newly expanded and updated sixth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide in early March 2019, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online). The sixth edition’s […]

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Who’s Who: Iconic Coin Collections You Should Know

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Newman. Ford. Eliasberg. King Farouk. We see their names on slabs, on organizations, and in books, but how much do we know about them? It’s easy to never dive into who they were beyond “important collectors”, but each has an interesting story and a lifetime of unique achievements. Presented […]

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Jeff Garrett: Myths About Coin Collecting

Useful facts and helpful tips for new coin collectors By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One complaint that I sometimes receive about my articles is that there is not enough information for those new to the hobby. Most of my articles in recent years have drilled down on specific subjects, with the […]

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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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The Future of Our Hobby

The following is a white paper that was submitted to the American Numismatic Association in conjunction with the ANA’s 2019 Future of Numismatics Forum. By Charles Morgan …..   There has been no time in the history of the numismatic hobby where more information about coins, paper money, and other objects related to the study […]

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Watch: The American Numismatic Association’s Future of Numismatics Symposium

 On January 7, 2019, at the Winter Florida United Numismatists Convention, the American Numismatic Association held a symposium that brought together thought leaders from the past and present to discuss the future of the coin hobby. Together, they discussed the future of digital media in the coin hobby, what goes into putting together a successful […]

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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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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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Whitman Announces Expanded 2nd Edition Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins

Whitman Publishing will release an enlarged, updated second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins, by Q. David Bowers, in February 2019. The 400-page book, volume 20 in the popular Bowers Series of numismatic references, will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at Whitman.com), for $29.95. The second […]

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Some coins might have gotten away

Did a rare coin like a 1972 doubled-die cent get away from you before you were checking your change regularly?
Every collector has a story about the choice coin that got away. Maybe the collector couldn’t afford the coin at the time, or he didn’t recognize its value and rarity, or she figured she could buy the coin at a later date but never saw it again.
But who can tell how many valuable and interesting coins were spent, or overlooked in a junk box, or were passed in circulation?
Many collectors begin at a young age, 10 or so, and begin checking their change for wanted pieces

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Jeff Garrett: The Next Big Thing

What will spark renewed interest in the hobby of coin collecting? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 50 State Quarters program. Launched in 1999, the program saw the issuance of five different commemorative quarter dollars each year. States were featured in the order of […]

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Whitman Publishing Releases New Third Edition of Lincoln Cents Guide Book

  Whitman Publishing has released an updated and revised third edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents. It continues in the popular tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series numismatic guides, which number more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page full-color book is available now, in January […]

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Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Upgrades NGC Registry

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is proud to announce that an upgraded NGC Registry is now available at NGCcoin.com/Registry. The NGC Registry is an online platform where collectors can register and display their NGC-certified coins and compete against other collectors for the best sets. A free NGC membership is all it takes to participate. Established in […]

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Jeff Garrett: Proof Coins and Other Missed Opportunities

A common numismatic regret: ‘If I knew then what I know now’ By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Having been in the rare coin business now for over 40 years, I often have thoughts about the classic saying, If I knew then what I know now. The market for rare coins […]

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Jeff Garrett: What to Give a Numismatist for Christmas

A coin, book or membership can make a memorable gift By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… If you’re like everyone else, you are probably searching for holiday gift ideas to please that “hard to buy for” friend or relative. It seems like the world revolves around something electronic these days, and there […]

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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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Coin Market Opinions – What Makes a Coin Valuable?

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

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World Coin Profiles: 1970 Guyana One Dollar FAO Coin

Description: Guyana is a South American country that is located on the northern coast of the continent situated between Venezuela to the west and Suriname to the east. A former British colony, Guyana is the only South American nation that uses English as its official language. Although a small country, Guyana benefits from tremendous biodiversity, a […]

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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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The Royal Mint Issues Coins to Mark 70th Birthday of Prince Charles

The Royal Mint today revealed the new coin design that will commemorate the latest celebration for the Royal Family in 2018: the seventieth birthday of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, which takes place on Wednesday 14th November 2018. The portrait of The Prince of Wales has been created by experienced engraver Robert Elderton, […]

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Rare Lincoln Cent Variety Set to Bring over $27,000 at GreatCollections Auction

A top-population 1944-D/S Lincoln cent is currently drawing strong interest from collectors at a GreatCollections Certified Coin Auctions sale. With less than four days to go, the lot has received 34 bids and reached a price of $24,000 ($27,000 with Buyer’s Premium). It is likely to garner even more interest from bidders in the days to […]

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United States 1969-D Kennedy Half Dollar

Description: The 1969-D Kennedy Half Dollar was the last of the silver-clad half dollar struck in quantity for circulation. The silver-clad half dollar would take its final bow in 1970, when the Denver Mint struck the coin one last time, but the mintage was limited to that year’s annual Mint Set and the published mintage of that […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #108: Coin Submission Success Strategies

 CoinWeek Podcast #108: Coin Submission Success Strategies Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. If you’re anything like me, then you have probably, on one or more occasions, put together a coin submission to one of the major Third Party Grading services. The reasons you […]

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The CoinWeek Midnight Stream Returns Tomorrow Night

The CoinWeek Midnight Stream returns tomorrow night at 12:00 AM EDT. Tune into our YouTube channel to watch. CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan will discuss the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction. Earlier this week, Charles laid out five modern coin lots that you need to know about. Tomorrow night, he’ll go over these coins and also […]

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The CoinWeek Midnight Stream Episode 4: Baltimore Auction Highlights and More

  The CoinWeek Midnight Stream returns tomorrow night at 12:00 AM EDT. Tune into our YouTube channel to watch. CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan will discuss the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction. Earlier this week, Charles laid out five modern coin lots that you need to know about. Tomorrow night, he’ll go over these coins and […]

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Choice 1907 Saint Gaudens High Relief Wire Edge to Sell at GreatCollections Auction

CoinWeek Staff Reports….. A choice uncirculated 1907 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle graded MS63 by PCGS is one of several interesting highlights that will close at this week’s GreatCollections Certified Coin Auctions sale. With less than five days to go, the lot has received more than 20 bids and reached a price of $15,500 ($17,437.50 with […]

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What are the Ideal Coins To Put Into a US Type Set ?

US Type Set Strategies By Stewart Huckaby I wrote a previous article in this space about Type Sets, and some of the considerations involved in putting them together. At a recent coin club meeting, I decided to talk a bit about some of the topics I had covered in the article, but beyond that, I […]

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CoinWeek Midnight Stream Episode #3: Eisenhower Dollars

  The CoinWeek Midnight Stream returned on Friday with its third episode as editor Charles Morgan covered the week in coins and gave an in-depth breakdown of the Eisenhower dollar series and market. The Eisenhower dollar was the last “large sized” circulating dollar coin struck by the United States Mint and was produced from 1971-1978. The design was the […]

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Harvey Stack: Growing Up in a Numismatic Family: In the Early Days of Stack’s – 1975

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The year 1975 became a great year for the continued growth of Stack’s. It was in January of 1975 that Harvey G. Stack was appointed to be a Governor of the United States Assay Commission. I was to serve in the year of 1976, The Bicentennial Year. I received his appointment […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1806 “C-3” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This is the 3rd article in the series reviewing an early half cent (17th in the series on the counterfeit subject) and is one of the three little sisters “varieties” documented so far. This is the only example known to date with two possible versions; one I call the […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1803 “C-3” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This is the 3rd article in the series reviewing an early half cent (17th in the series on the counterfeit subject) and is one of the three little sisters “varieties” documented so far. This is the only example known to date with two possible versions; one I call the […]

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Modern Dime Designations: What Are Full Bands and Full Torch?

  by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. NGC’s designations give collectors a more comprehensive assessment of dimes from the past century. NGC uses a numeric grade to succinctly describe a problem-free coin’s condition. Certain coins, however, are eligible for a more nuanced description of their condition and appearance. For these coins, NGC graders follow the numeric grade […]

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Coin Submission Success Strategies

Coin Submission Success Strategies By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker If you’re anything like me, then you occasionally put in a coin submission to one of the major TPG’s (Third Party Grading companies) to preserve them, attribute them, or to add to your collection of certified coins. I look at a lot of raw material […]

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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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BEP and US Mint Merge E-Commerce for Better Customer Experience

US Mint Website to Include BEP Line of Collectible Products The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) and the United States Mint (US Mint) have formed a strategic alliance to sell BEP numismatic products through the Mint’s e-commerce system beginning this fall. This collaboration will offer collectors, gift-givers, and other customers a better experience and […]

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Top Population 1932 Quarter set to bring $20,000+ at GreatCollections Auction

CoinWeek Staff Reports….. A top-population 1932 Washington quarter (PCGS MS67 CAC) is currently bringing frenzied bidding at a GreatCollections Certified Coin Auctions sale. With less than five days to go, the lot has received 48 bids and reached a price of $19,100 ($21,487.50 with Buyer’s Premium). But What’s it Worth? That’s the five-figure question. To try […]

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The Coin Analyst: The 50 State Quarters Program 20 Years Later

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. In 1999 the U.S. Mint launched the 50 State Quarters Program – the first modern circulating coin program with a new design on each coin that ran for an extended period until 2009. The series saw the issuance of 56 quarters – one for each state and U.S. territory plus […]

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Tips for Collectors – Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones

Small Coin Shows and Smart Phones By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities Dealers at coin shows have prattled on and on about the lack of fresh material. The downturn in the economy and impending inflationary cycle have taken many of the high-end scarcer coins and pushed them deeper into already deep pockets. There were a number […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing Up in a Numismatic Family – The Early Days of Stack’s – 1972

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The Nixon Shock The year 1972 followed closely some of the events and happenings in the earlier years in the hobby. It was in this year of economic inflation that the hobby experienced strong growth. Many collectors new to the hobby joined the American Numismatic Association (ANA). The Professional Numismatic Guild (PNG) continued […]

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Make it Stop: Perhaps Worst Conceived US Coin Design Candidates Revealed

Commentary by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Please, make it stop! Put before the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) on Thursday, July 31 was a portfolio of designs for the first coin of an ill-conceived new supposedly circulating commemorative coin series that will be produced over the course of the next decade […]

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Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

Selling your Coin Collection By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments …… “My Dad had a coin collection and has since passed on giving the collection to the family. How can I be sure to get full value if we decide to sell?” It is amazing how often I get this email so a general […]

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The Coin Analyst: Classic vs. Modern: Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The community of people who actively collect coins includes those who are mainly interested in classic coins, those who focus primarily on modern issues, and those who collect both. For the purposes of this column, classic coins will consist of American coins issued before World War II such as Morgan […]

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Classic vs. Modern – Both Kinds of Coins Are Rewarding to Collect

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The community of people who actively collect coins includes those who are mainly interested in classic coins, those who focus primarily on modern issues, and those who collect both. For the purposes of this column, classic coins will consist of American coins issued before World War II such as Morgan […]

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Classic Coins vs. Modern Coins – Both Are Rewarding to Collect

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The community of people who actively collect coins includes those who are mainly interested in classic coins, those who focus primarily on modern coins, and those who collect both. For the purposes of this column, classic coins will consist of American coins issued before World War II such as Morgan […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Coinage Act of 1834

Coinage Act of 1834 1834 June 27 An Act concerning the gold coins of the United States, and for other purposes. In order to bring the gold price into line with the silver price, the United States government provided for a slightly revised ratio of gold to the dollar. As silver remained unchanged, this had […]

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Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

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

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CAC Coins Bring Premiums in Auctions in June 2018

by Certified Acceptance Corporation…. CAC coins continue to tend to realize higher prices at auction than their non-CAC counterparts. Here are ten examples among many that could be listed: 1. 1892-O Barber Quarter On June 11, the Goldbergs auctioned a PCGS graded MS-64 1892-O quarter, with a CAC sticker, for $780. Non-CAC Comparables Earlier in […]

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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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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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What Is a 1971-74 Eisenhower Dollar Brown Pack Worth?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. As the last circulating dollar coin issued by the United States that contained at least some silver, the Eisenhower dollar straddles the line between the “classic” and “modern” eras of American coinage. Not too long ago–much like Kennedy half dollars and Bicentennial quarters–one might find an […]

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Coin Grading – A Closer Look at Details Grading

What to know before you buy a coin with a Details grade By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When it comes to grading rare coins, and interpreting the labels on certified coins, no subject can be as confusing as “ Details grade ”. During the course of a week, I receive numerous calls from […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #99: Where Coin Dealers Help Coin Dealers

 CoinWeek Podcast #99: Where Coin Dealers Help Coin Dealers Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan has an in-depth conversation with coin dealer Rob Oberth, owner of Oberth Rare Coins & Currency […]

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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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Collecting Morgan Dollars: An Overview

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   As a collectible, Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have no real peer in American numismatics. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars […]

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What Is a 1999 Delaware State Quarter Worth?

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

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4 Easy Tips on How to Build a Great Coin Collection

By Legend Numismatics ……   Legend Numismatics has built more of the FINEST KNOWN Coin Collections of true classic US coins than any dealer active today. We’ve built the FINEST EVER Half Dime collection. our signature FINEST EVER MS Trade Dollar coin Collection, and we have just finished building the FINEST EVER $3 GEM Proof Collection […]

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Comparing and contrasting coin collecting with Pokémon card collecting

After hearing time and time again that my old Pokémon cards from the ’90s might be worth some money these days, I decided to go through my collection. Despite holding several first-edition cards, I was immediately presented with a problem that is wholly absent from the hobby of coin collecting

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting Coins & Currency with Passion

Assembling a set of Kentucky banknotes was a challenge and a joy for this coin dealer By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Each year for the last few decades, I have bought and sold millions of dollars’ worth of rare coins. I have had the privilege of handling a lot of great […]

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A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch –  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s where […]

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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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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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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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Mark Salzberg — A Passion for Collecting

In an interview for Heritage Magazine, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg shares his passion for collecting. Read the full interview by Johannes Werner, here. Certified Success From Zsolnay and Redmond to Chagall and Van Erp, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg has extended his collecting far beyond the world of coins. Mark Salzberg has a knack for collecting […]

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Interesting Coins – Love Tokens

On this Valentines Day, 2018, we figure we’d add in a numismatic twist. Love tokens are generally defined as coins where one side (or sometimes both sides) has been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors. The manufacture and […]

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Interesting Coins – Love Tokens

On this Valentine’s Day, we figure we’d add in a numismatic twist. Love tokens are generally defined as coins where one side (or sometimes both sides) has been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors. The manufacture and practice […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1957

  By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 An Important Year in My Development By 1957 I had some 10 years of full-time experience at Stack’s, which exposed me to an active retail trade in coins. I also […]

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Exploring Tokens & Medals Through the Eyes of a Longtime Coin Collector

  By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… I’ve been rediscovering the joys of tokens & medals lately. I say “rediscovering” because I’ve actually been accumulating them–along with medals and other forms of exonumia–since I was a child. I just never formally considered myself a “collector” of tokens and medals, because I spent much more time […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was cataloged as a Zerbe Proof as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike […]

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

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek on the Rare Coin Market – MFrarecoins.com Last week I wrote about “Basic Tools for Buying Rare Coins in Today’s Rare Coin Market.” As I talked about in that article, once you’ve learned the basics of how the rare coin market works, you can start focusing on developing a plan […]

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How to Buy Rare Coins on eBay Auctions

by Ross W. Bailey, From The E-Gobrecht The Electronic Newsletter of the LIBERTY SEATED COLLECTORS CLUB This article distills the lessons gleaned from my ten years of experience as an active buyer and collector of rare coins on eBay auctions. Over that period of time, I’ve made many mistakes, and you, the reader, will benefit […]

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AU Capital Management: The Baldwin $10 Cowboy Gold Coin

AU Capital Management President Russ Augustin teams up with CoinWeek to tell the behind-the-scenes stories of the great gold coins of American history. In this episode, Russ talks about the fascinating 1850 Baldwin $10 gold coin, a private issue gold coin struck at the height of the California Gold Rush. It is a coin steeped […]

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Coin Collecting & Numismatics: An Exciting Potential for Retirees!

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   At the recent Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore I spent the best part of two days visiting with collectors, dealers, and others talking about coin collecting. It was a super dynamic show, what with multiple sessions of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction, the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #85: Dave Harper Talks Differences Between Chinese and American Coin Shows

 CoinWeek Podcast #85: Dave Harper Talks Differences Between Chinese and American Coin Shows Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Numismatic News editor Dave Harper has just returned from a trip to the Beijing International Coin Exposition, one of the world’s fastest growing […]

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