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Gold Markets – Gold Surprises Higher

Gold Market Commentary for Thursday October 1st, 2020 (www.golddealer.com) By Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $20.90 at $1,908.40 today in another surprising shift to the upside.  It would seem that just when the bears think the “end is nigh” gold shifts gears and moves in the opposite direction. […]

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Legend Coin Hot Topics and Market Report – It’s Crazy Out There

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   Click Here to Check Out Regency Auction 40   NEVER SAW THIS ACTIVITY PATTERN BEFORE Anyone have a hoard of circ $20 Libs? We’re talking five to 10,000 coins. They can be raw too. How about PCGS MS65 and 66 Saints all CAC-approved, also? We are now […]

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

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

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Call the Fire Department!

ALL GOLD PRICED UNDER $7,500.00 IS ON FIRE   By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… As of 3 PM Friday, July 24, gold is at $1,897.95 USD and is climbing. We do not think there is a single coin dealer who has more than one or two GEM gold coins if that. Legend Rare […]

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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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Auctions Remain Strong for CAC Coins Amid Pandemic

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ….. As we cope with an uncertain future regarding the health, social and economic crisis the world is currently facing, it may be difficult for some collectors to know what to expect in the coin market. The best indicator we have in deciding how to deal with […]

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Auctions Remain Strong for CAC Coins Amid Pandemic

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ……   As we cope with an uncertain future regarding the health, social and economic crisis the world is currently facing, it may be difficult for some collectors to know what to expect in the coin market. The best indicator we have in deciding how to deal […]

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Auctions Remain Strong for CAC Coins Amid Pandemic

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ……   As we cope with an uncertain future regarding the health, social and economic crisis the world is currently facing, it may be difficult for some collectors to know what to expect in the coin market. The best indicator we have in deciding how to deal […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #132: The Gold Market in a Time of Crisis (with Kitco’s Peter Hug)

  CoinWeek Podcast #132: The Gold Market in a Time of Crisis (with Kitco’s Peter Hug) 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, precious metals expert Peter Hug joins me to share his insights into the current […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Regency Auction 37 Shows Strength of Hobby

By Matthew Bell – Legend Numismatics …… This week’s market report is going to be all about the Regency Auction 37, which closed last Thursday, March 26. We’ve spoken for the last few weeks about all of the changes that had to be made to make the auction happen, and Thursday we found out if […]

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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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Bill Fivaz: Open letter to the Mint

By Bill Fivaz
The following is a copy of a “Letter to the Editor” of Coin World I wrote back on November 23, 2015. I never heard back from the Mint director on any of my correspondence:

Open Letter to the Mint
I have, upon at least two occasions, sent a recommendation to the Mint regarding a more acceptable and comprehensive way to handle the marketing of new products, especially new coin releases

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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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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Life After FUN

Market Report By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… LEGEND NUMISMATICS IS PLEASE TO ANNOUNCE THE SALE OF THE 1C CHAIN AMERI PCGS SP65 BN CAC This market report sale actually was negotiated and agreed upon at the FUN Show. All we can say is the coin was sold to a long-time friend of Legend […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Life After FUN

Market Report By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   LEGEND NUMISMATICS IS PLEASE TO ANNOUNCE THE SALE OF THE 1C CHAIN AMERI PCGS SP65 BN CAC This market report sale actually was negotiated and agreed upon at the FUN Show. All we can say is the coin was sold to a long-time friend of […]

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Rising Precious Metals Pricing and How It’s Affecting the Market

Precious Metals By Bullion Shark LLC …… Every single group of precious metals has been on the move lately. That includes gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium. Precious metal investors are thrilled, and hype in the market is starting to show. Since the metals hit their heights in 2011, we have not since seen the […]

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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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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – A Look Back at 2019

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… Looking back at 2019 in its entire scope, the year was one of transition. There were transitions here at Legend Rare Coin Auctions specifically, as well as transitions in the rare coin market. All of these combined for a year that in the end seemed to follow the […]

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Key date coins, the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof, and the future of American Silver Eagles: An interview with Eric Jordan

By Louis Golino
Eric Jordan, who has degrees in engineering and business, started as a collector of classic American issues like Prooflike Morgan dollars in the 1980s, but in the 1990s discovered he would not be able to complete that set and that indexed to inflation his collection had “leveled out or worse.” His attention then shifted to “the radical drop in high-end modern coin mintages” and the “low-risk opportunity they presented,” as he wrote in his well-received book, Modern Commemorative Coins (Krause, 2010)

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Coin Collecting Tips – How to Store Your Coins

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Now that you own some nifty coins, how will you keep them safe and store them? In our previous installment we discussed the proper way to handle coins so as to keep them free of potential damage. Now we have to consider keeping those coins in our collection and doing […]

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Coin Collecting Tips – How to Store Your Coins

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Now that you own some nifty coins, how will you keep them safe and store them? In our previous installment we discussed the proper way to handle coins so as to keep them free of potential damage. Now we have to consider keeping those coins in our collection and doing […]

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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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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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Coin Collecting: Beyond Plastic – It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

CAC Inside the holder By Bruce Smith, for – Blanchard and Company…. There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin based upon its slab. Those days are over, and collectors should be glad they are. Enter CAC What many people outside of the numismatic profession don’t understand is how much […]

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Coin Collecting: Beyond Plastic – It’s What’s Inside (the Holder) That Counts

CAC Inside the holder By Bruce Smith for Blanchard and Company ……   There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin based upon its slab. Those days are over, and collectors should be glad they are. Enter CAC What many people outside of the numismatic profession don’t understand is how […]

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RoundTable TV Discusses State of Coin Shows

Join Ryan Lassley (Rarecoin TV), Rob Oberth (Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers), Aaron Berk (Harlan J. Berk), and Matt Dinger (The Lost Dutchman Rare Coins, The Coin Show Podcast) on RoundTable TV as they discuss the current situation of the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) Convention and how the industry might better benefit from coin […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – What Happened to April?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… WOW, how time flew. The only good thing about April, we saw a glimmer of activity at Central States–a show that has been in serious decline for years. This past week we heard even more positives about the market. A friend called us to say he sold a […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – What Happened to April?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   WOW, how time flew. The only good thing about April, we saw a glimmer of activity at Central States–a show that has been in serious decline for years. This past week we heard even more positives about the market. A friend called us to say he sold […]

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Central States US Coin Auction Claims Over $19 Million

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

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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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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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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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Legend Coin Market Report – The March PCGS Invitational and Auction

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… We’ve just spent the past two weeks jetting up and down the West Coast to do business with only a day to rest. The running around paid off, but we missed an apparently large amount of business from the office that we had to postpone until now. One […]

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Will High Demand for American Silver Eagles Lead to Rare Coin Demand?

By Michael Fuljenz – President, Universal Coin & Bullion …… I have noticed that the most widely-advertised coin by dealers across the country is the one-ounce American Silver Eagle. It is one of the most beautiful and accessible (low-priced) new coins for new customers to become exposed to the beauty, potential, and history of rare coins. […]

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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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Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek…. Some types of coin cleaning might very well improve a coin’s appearance, while most other methods may actually damage the coin’s surface, appearance and–most importantly–the value. If I could offer just one piece of advice to you today, it would be this: Do not clean your coins under […]

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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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Jeff Garrett: Million-Dollar Handshakes

Understanding how credit works in the coin industry can be critical to every collector By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Around this time of year, my bank requires an annual review of my credit line. They want last year’s tax returns, both personal and corporate. I need to provide a detailed personal […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – A Long, Drawn-Out Week

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… It’s always frustrating when things are a bit slow on the web. However, we have been engaged in some serious projects all of a sudden that actually can be completed. We have come to the realization that our inventory is semi-bloated with older generic gold coins. While we […]

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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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Precious Metal News: The Problem With Venezuela’s Gold

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …… If you haven’t noticed, Venezuela is in absolute turmoil. The growing calamity has economic, political, and humanitarian dimensions that are beginning to spread across South America. Aside from a growing refugee crisis and shortages of food and medicine, the country is dealing with political upheaval and runaway inflation. Its […]

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Gold Mining Companies Consolidate as Mine Output Diminishes

By Blanchard & Company …… It’s getting prohibitively difficult to source gold deposits. Mining companies are learning that the easy-to-access gold is all but gone. Now, finding gold means greater exploration costs. Even when gold mining concerns make a find the cost of getting the location up to production is exorbitant. Therefore, the mining companies […]

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Predicting the future by observing the past: Do millennials and The Greatest Generation share common financial threads?

In Strauss-Howe generational theory, generations of American
society cycle through four archetypes, each lasting around roughly 20 years.
The four archetypes consist of the prophetic (idealist), nomadic (reactive),
heroic (civic), and artistic (adaptive) generations

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Predicting the future by observing the past: Do millennials and The Greatest Generation share common financial threads?

In Strauss-Howe generational theory, generations of American
society cycle through four archetypes, each lasting around roughly 20 years.
The four archetypes consist of the prophetic (idealist), nomadic (reactive),
heroic (civic), and artistic (adaptive) generations

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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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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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Veteran Dealer: Gold’s Fundamentals Never Looked Better

“Gold is starting 2019 with increasing price support and growing demand. I believe gold will reach its next major resistance level of $1,300 very soon, and after a short period of time should break above,” stated Barry Stuppler of Woodland Hills, California, President of the Accredited Precious Metals Dealers (APMD), a division of the Professional […]

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Coin Collecting Eighth Annual Market Review: Part 2

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

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Coin Collecting Eighth Annual Market Review: Part 1

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

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Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. — The change in your pocket going “ching-a-ling-a-ling” — The roll of “unsearched” Ike dollars you bought on eBay — A mint set still in its blister pack — That 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat cent in a 2” x 2” flip at the coin shop, with “MS-69” […]

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GoldDealer.com Gold Market Report – Gold Ponders Its Future

Commentary for Friday, November 30, 2018 (www.golddealer.com) By Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $3.90 at $1,220.20 today. Still not much happening if you consider that gold closed Monday at $1,229.80. The best aspect, as far as the gold community is concerned is simple and positive. For now the FOMC […]

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Timeless designs emerging from a new generation: The American Legion commemorative silver dollar

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When reminiscing about classic American coin designs, it’s almost impossible not to think of the gorgeous double eagle by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the elegant Flowing Hair Stella by Charles E

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Timeless designs emerging from a new generation: The American Legion commemorative silver dollar

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When reminiscing about classic American coin designs, it’s almost impossible not to think of the gorgeous double eagle by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the elegant Flowing Hair Stella by Charles E

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Legend Coin Market Report – The PCGS San Antonio Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… No Sugar Coating Today’s Coin Market Anyone who tells you the coin market is on fire is either lying or wears rose-colored glasses. There is clearly a two-tier market right now. We see it on the bourse floor and we see it in every auction (not just ours). […]

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The Early Days of Numerical Coin Grading

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek ….. Numismatist Ron Guth has very sincerely proposed that the coin industry and the significant Third Party Grading Services (TPG’s) change the grading standards that it and they use. His new system would go from the current scale of 1 to 70 to a new one that starts at 1 […]

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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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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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Legend Coin Market Report: New Top Set Builder Emerges

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… THE BIG WEEK We just saw a sales report for the first three weeks of September. Somehow, we have done $2,000,000.00 in sales to collectors. That was kind of shocking as we thought we did not do much so far. We can admit when things are quiet. We even predicted that after […]

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Coin Market Report: Vintage Coins Surge in Long Beach

Coin Market Report Posted by Jim Bisognani  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation As rarities marched forward, there was freshly minted palladium pandemonium. Wow! Fall must be just around the corner. Temperatures dipping in the low 40s at night and leaves shedding their formal green for a rather festive amber and red attire are sure tell-tale signs of the […]

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Market Strategies and Asset Allocation – Billionaires Buying Rare Coins

Coin Market Strategies and Analysis by Jeff Garrett – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………. What is motivating ‘smart money’ to turn to numismatics? One of most interesting and impactful developments in numismatics in recent years has been the activity and market strategies of a few incredibly affluent collectors. These collectors spend more on individual coins than your average […]

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Lincoln Cent Roll Searching: What I Found in a $25 Box of Pennies

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Searching through $25 worth of penny rolls is like going on a treasure hunt right from the comfort of your own home. For $25, you can pick up a box of 2,500 pennies from your bank and dive in on the pursuit of finding Lincoln wheat cents, Indian Head […]

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US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

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Internet Sales Tax? Supreme Court Ruling Alarming

  Numismatists should be worried about how the hobby will be affected by a labyrinth of tax rules By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Several months ago, I received the dreaded letter from the State of Kentucky notifying me that my company would be undergoing a four-year sales tax audit. Even though […]

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Veteran Dealer: We Have Seen the 2018 Low for Gold

“The reality of a real trade war and its effect on the U.S. and world economies has finally hit the precious metal markets. We have seen the 2018 low for gold,” stated Barry Stuppler of Woodland Hills, California, President of the Accredited Precious Metals Dealers (APMD), a division of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). The […]

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The Mike Fuljenz Metal Report on Gold and Silver

Gold and Silver Report By Mike Fuljenz – Universal Coin & Bullion …… Commerzbank Predicts $1,500 Gold, $20 Silver in 2019 For the first half of 2018, gold and silver were down 3% to 4% while the U.S. stock market was flat. The main culprit was a strong U.S. dollar in the second quarter. Gold […]

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Despite decreased bullion sales in June, bullion coins may be the way of the future for U.S. coinage

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From enduring decreased sales in June to battling worldwide counterfeiting operations, American bullion coins have taken a beating in 2018

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Despite decreased bullion sales in June, bullion coins may be the way of the future for U.S. coinage

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From enduring decreased sales in June to battling worldwide counterfeiting operations, American bullion coins have taken a beating in 2018

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Bowers on collecting: Conservation, toning, and more

By Q. David Bowers
Last week I invited readers to a forum about labeling coins with “cleaned,” “environmental damage,” “artificial toning,” and the like

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Bowers on collecting: Conservation, toning, and more

By Q. David Bowers
Last week I invited readers to a forum about labeling coins with “cleaned,” “environmental damage,” “artificial toning,” and the like

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Precious Metals & Bullion Coins – Making the Transition From Silver to Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This […]

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Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

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

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The Mike Fuljenz Gold Metal Report: The Time of the Year

By Mike Fuljenz – Universal Coin & Bullion ……   This is the Time of Year to Buy Gold (and Sell Stocks) Gold and stocks tend to move in opposite directions – one zigs while the other zags. Stocks tend to rise in the first half of the year and gold in the second half. […]

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The U.S. Mint’s World War I silver medals are outstanding

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The U.S. Mint’s World War I silver medals are outstanding

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Affordable Capped Bust silver coinage

By Dennis Hengeveld
The Capped Bust series was the main design on United States silver coinage from 1807 to 1839, with half dollars being struck for the entire period, and half dimes, dimes, and quarters being struck for shorter periods during that same timeframe. Designed by John Reich, the design of these silver coins has a classic feel to them, and the various denominations have a dedicated collector following

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Affordable Capped Bust silver coinage

By Dennis Hengeveld
The Capped Bust series was the main design on United States silver coinage from 1807 to 1839, with half dollars being struck for the entire period, and half dimes, dimes, and quarters being struck for shorter periods during that same timeframe. Designed by John Reich, the design of these silver coins has a classic feel to them, and the various denominations have a dedicated collector following

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How interest rate hikes and a lack of scarcity brought the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle gold coin sales to the lowest levels in a decade

The 2018 American Eagle One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin. Hover to zoom

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How interest rate hikes and a lack of scarcity brought the U.S. Mint’s American Eagle gold coin sales to the lowest levels in a decade

The 2018 American Eagle One-Ounce Gold Proof Coin. Hover to zoom

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Even though they’re primarily paying with cards, millennials still prefer the feel of metal between their fingers

Young German adults (millennials) protesting youth unemployment in 2014. Photo by Claus Ableiter

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What happened to Kennedy half dollars?

On March 20, 2018, the United States Mint began its sale of 2018 Kennedy half dollar product options which include a 200-coin bag (product code 18KA) and a two-roll set (product code 18KB). These product options possess either the “D” or “P” mint mark, given their mint of origin, and what the Mint calls a “circulating finish” — though they have never been in circulation, and are available only through the Mint’s numismatic sales

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Why we should stop minting pennies, or at least make them with cheaper materials

In 2017 alone, the United States Mint produced around 8.6 billion one-cent coins, or “pennies,” as they’re popularly known

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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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GoldDealer Gold Market Commentary – Gold Again Settles Lower

Gold Commentary for Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $17.80 today at $1,324.20 – finally deciding to settle and taking some of the recent buzz away from this market. Like I have been saying it’s no use getting too excited […]

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Jeff Garrett: In the Coin Game, Quality Matters Most

Collectors are driving the market, and they prefer coins with eye appeal By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The rare coin market evolves over time, and many series come and go out of fashion. In the 1960s, BU Rolls and Proof Sets were all the rage. In the ’80s, generic gold coins […]

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What the U.S. Mint can learn from the Royal Mint’s Great British Coin Hunt

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On March 1, the Royal Mint launched the Great British Coin Hunt, a project which saw the introduction of 26 new 10-pence coins related to British culture and history

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Legend Coin Market Report – March Madness Edition

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION We are surprised that the strong wave of activity from January and February has remained unbroken. In fact, it seems that the coin market is gaining momentum. We knew when the stock market began wavering that people would start looking to other […]

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Auction Records Shattered in Long Beach Expo

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

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Legend Coin Market Report – The February Long Beach Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   Legend Coin Market Report – AN UNEXPECTED GREAT SHOW – ALMOST LIKE OLD TIMES We can not believe how intense this show was. For us, we had a really strong show. In fact, it was our BEST show in two to three years (but nowhere near any […]

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The disappointing American Liberty $10 Proof Coin launch

By Louis Golino
First day sales of the 2018 American Liberty $10 One-Tenth-Ounce Gold Proof Coin on February 9 were a dismal 9,852, which does not bode well for upcoming sales and secondary market performance.
There has also been relatively little discussion of this new issue in the blogosphere compared to the one-ounce, high-relief version of the coin released last spring — or other higher-profile coins for that matter

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Coin Market Opinion – Garrett: There Has Never Been a Better Time to Buy

At the current prices for Morgan Dollars and Double Eagles, it’s much easier to assemble a respectable collection By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When the stock market has wild swings, such as was experienced last week, market pundits fill the airwaves with advice and observations. One of my all-time favorite market […]

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

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

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Colonial Coinage – Fugio Coppers Are Not One-Cent Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #404 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Research for this discussion began with the idea that there are many 18th-century copper coins that now cost from $500 to $1,500 each. Indeed, a neat set of major varieties of Fugio […]

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

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

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Professional Numismatists Guild Dealers See $1,460+ Gold at Year’s End

Gold is anticipated to reach $1,460 or potentially more, silver about $20 and platinum at about $1,150 by the end of the year, according to an informal survey conducted between January 16-24, 2018 of some of the country’s leading precious metals retail dealers, according to the nonprofit Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). Members of the Guild’s […]

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

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

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Newly Announced US Mint Silver Medal Program Is Just Bullion

  By Donald Scarinci – CCAC Member, donaldscarinci.com …… Last week, after years of prodding by members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the collector community, the United States Mint finally announced a medal program. Unfortunately, it is nothing more than a bullion sales program and is likely to do more to discourage […]

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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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Gold & Silver PAC January 2018 e-Newsletter:

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver PAC ….. Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year not only marks the beginning of the year but also a chance for a new beginning. For states whose legislature is part-time based on the state constitution, the sessions begin in earnest […]

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Bowers on collecting: Facts and fantasies about the Bank of the United States

By Q. David Bowers
I love history, and over a period of time, I have immersed myself in many accounts published in early newspapers, books, and directories

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Bowers on collecting: Facts, fantasies, and opinions about the Bank of the United States

By Q. David Bowers
I love history, and over a period of time, I have immersed myself in many accounts published in early newspapers, books, and directories

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Tales from the Road: The New York International Numismatic Convention

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. For many dealers, the road is a fact of life. With the hamster wheel of the coin show schedule comes a weekly slog of airplane rides and long car trips; the repetitious monotony of setting up and tearing down, packing and unpacking; the taking of meals of various qualities […]

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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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Market Whimsy: More Perfect than Perfect – MS-70+ and Beyond

Ask any retiree or coin collector and they’ll tell you: 70 ain’t what it used to be By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This […]

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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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5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Do you have a coin collector in your life but don’t know what to get them? Fear not fellow traveler, CoinWeek is here with five numismatist-approved gift suggestions that you don’t need to be a rare coin expert to get right.   1. Coins & Collectors: Golden […]

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5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   Do you have a coin collector in your life but don’t know what to get them? Fear not fellow traveler, CoinWeek is here with five numismatist-approved gift suggestions that you don’t need to be a rare coin expert to get right.   1. Coins & […]

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Bitcoin & Numismatics: What is Real Money?

Precious metals have a 3,000-year track record, but Bitcoin has captured speculators’ attention today By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Unless you’ve been living under a rock in recent weeks, you have probably heard of the incredible rise in the price of Bitcoin. As of Thursday, one Bitcoin equaled about $17,000 USD. […]

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Gold & Silver PAC December 2017 e-Newsletter: GOP Tax Bill Alert

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver PAC ….. Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator The most talked about and most complicated bill to analyze has been H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While a lot of information has been talked about in the media, there have been many groups behind […]

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Bitcoin: Digital bullion, or just digital?

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In a recent interview on the “Fast Money Halftime Report,” renowned trader Mark Fisher discussed the similarities between the current hype for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and the silver rush seen in the late 1970s and 1980s

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Maybe Leonardo da Vinci Can Help the Rare Coin Market

What drove a $450 million sale? Bragging rights? Philanthropy? Clever marketing? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… A couple of weeks ago, the world was shocked when a painting by the great Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450,300,000 USD. The price shattered the previous record for a work of art, […]

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Review of NGC versus PCGS

By Michael Bugeja
Last year at this time NGC chairman Mark Salzberg made this announcement, on which he expanded at the beginning of 2017:
[A]ll coins currently in NGC Registry sets—including those graded by other services—will be allowed to stay in those sets. There will be no NGC Registry point deductions or rank changes for these coins or sets

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Education’s Role in Developing the Future of the Coin Hobby

By Gary Adkins – President, American Numismatic Association (ANA) ……   [Originally delivered at the Second United States Mint Forum on October 17, 2017. —CoinWeek] Thank you Director Motl and your generous staff for inviting me to speak at your annual United States Mint Forum. It is a privilege to be here with you and […]

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Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

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

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Reflecting on 25 Years in Coin Collecting

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… My journey into coin collecting began in late November 1992 in a most ordinary way. At 11 years old, I fatefully happened upon a 1941 Lincoln cent in my allowance money, and it opened the door to a hobby that has rewarded me in countless ways. As coin collecting […]

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Can Social Media Re-energize the Rare Coin Market?

by Jeff Garrett We should meet younger numismatists where they are on Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter. While president of the American Numismatic Association, I had many discussions with fellow dealers and collectors about Social Media and the lack of youth in our hobby. The average ANA member is somewhat north of 60 years […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – The Fall 2017 Baltimore Show

Surprise, surprise! In the end it turned out to be a far better show than we had expected By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… THIS MARKET REPORT IS WRITTEN BASED ON THE EXPERIENCE OF LEGEND NUMISMATICS. OTHER DEALERS WILL HAVE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES. THE BALTIMORE SHOW We honestly had believed that the Philadelphia PCGS Invitational […]

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Collecting Strategies – How Liquid Is Your Coin Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth and Do you have  collecting strategies for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How you […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – The Philadelphia PCGS Invitational

  By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… THE PHILADELPHIA PCGS INVITATIONAL We have only two complaints: #1 – We were not fans of the hotel, and #2 – Can PCGS hold these shows in Philadelphia more then once year? We deserve and want more! The show was everything we predicted it to be. BOTH […]

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My first CCAC Meeting: A spirited discussion and a rare inside glimpse into the design process

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 , I had the pleasure of attending my first Citizens  Coinage Advisory Committee meeting (on the phone, since I live in Atlanta and not in Washington). As a relative novice to the world of coin design, I understand the apprehension most collectors feel when first putting themselves into the fray with much more experienced numismatists and artists

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Legend Coin Market Report – Mid-October Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… STATUS QUO Can’t say anything dramatic is going on. We had a very good sales week. We’re becoming spoiled by so many people buying coins on a Saturday a few hours–or within minutes–of the NEWPS being posted. Last week, we sold nearly $180,000 from the web site by […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 2: Parmelee

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #387 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This is the second discussion in a series about comprehensive collections of classic U.S coins (1793-1934) that were offered, at least in large part, in public auctions. Perhaps the greatest collection of classic […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – Welcome to October

  As we have been predicting, the market is coming back By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… AS THE SEASONS CHANGE This is not only summer sliding into a cooler fall, but a cool time in the market morphing into a hot time! Collectors who saw nothing during the summer, stayed silent and went […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 1: Rarity Over Quality

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #387 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This series is about comprehensive collections of classic U.S coins (1793-1934) that were offered, at least in large part, in public auctions. World coins, ancient coins, paper money and medals are all different […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – September PCGS Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… UNEXPECTED ATTENDANCE Here comes our broken record again. If you haven’t been to a PCGS Invitational, then go! These are very small shows that offer a unique opportunity for collectors to have some face time with the real movers and shakers while meeting other collectors and getting their […]

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Coin Collecting Commentary: Collectors Dominate Market

What happens to coin sales when the balance tilts away from investors? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… My wholesale business covers virtually every aspect of numismatics. This broad range of business gives me a very accurate insight into what is selling and who is doing the buying. In the last several […]

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Coin Collecting Commentary: Collectors Dominate Coin Markets

What happens to coin markets when the balance tilts away from investors? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… My wholesale business covers virtually every aspect of numismatics. This broad range of business gives me a very accurate insight into what is selling and who is doing the buying. In the last several […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – Mid-September Report 2

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… QUIET POWER COINS TRADING HANDS Be aware that what we discuss in the Market Report is written from Legend Numismatics’ point of view. We deal in the top 5% of rarities and the upper end of quality. That would include a coin like a MS66.9+ MS66 Morgan. It […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – Mid-September Report 2

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… QUIET POWER COINS TRADING HANDS Be aware that what we discuss in the Market Report is written from Legend Numismatics’ point of view. We deal in the top 5% of rarities and the upper end of quality. That would include a coin like a MS66.9+ MS66 Morgan. It […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – Mid-September Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… SHOWS NOT NEEDED Not really, but it’s nice to have no pressure to travel and worry about being here and there, getting first shot, and of course the headache of security. At least at home we have regular human hours and even get a few surprise calls with […]

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Commentary: Coin Market Isn’t Cooling Down This Fall

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

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Legend Coin Market Report – The Long Beach Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… INCLUDED IN THIS MARKET REPORT ARE EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW. LEGEND NUMISMATICS MOSTLY DEALS IN THE TOP 5% OF QUALITY AND RARITY, SO WE WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW OF THE SHOW THAN OTHERS. We’d like to offer a prayer and our thoughts for […]

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Did Louis Eliasberg Understand and Pursue Gem Quality Coins?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #384 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds ….. An often repeated viewpoint asserts that, since the vast majority of the the gem quality pre-1900 U.S. coins in the Eliasberg Collection came from the Clapp Collection, Eliasberg does not deserve much credit […]

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Confederate References and Civil War Symbolism

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Rewriting history is a great temptation to ideologues of left and right, but recalls the old child’s prayer in the wake of some unimaginable tragedy, “Lord. Make it didn’t happen!” Retrofitting the past with concepts of today can be very appealing but it is illogical and indefensible. American […]

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Your Kids Don’t Want Your Coins, But I Know Someone Who Might

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Kids today don’t care about coins. That’s not a problem. A recent CoinWeek article discussed three events at the 2017 World’s Fair of Money where goodhearted dealers and collectors tried to bring youngsters further into the hobby. Yes, it’s true that the children of today are the coin collectors […]

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At the ANA, Many Attempts to Bridge the Coin Collecting Divide

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. To hear some veterans of the industry tell it, the coin hobby of today is a much different creature than the one they found themselves on top of 20 or 30 years ago. That was a time when a dealer with a suitcase full of silver […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – Post-ANA World’s Fair

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… THIS REPORT IS BEING WRITTEN BASED UPON THE EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS OF LEGEND NUMISMATICS. LEGEND DEALS IN TOP QUALITY AND RARITIES SO NATURALLY OUR REPORT IS BASED ON THAT MARKET-OTHERS WILL HAVE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES. GHOST SHOW Sadly, we strongly believe that the days of the great ANA Shows […]

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Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 5: The Dalai Lama medal and National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins

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Conclusion to a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4

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Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 5: The Dalai Lama medal and National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins

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Conclusion to a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4

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Legend Numismatics Hot Topics & Market Report – Making Real Money in Coins & Mid-July Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. Mid-July Report SUMMERTIME SLOW The summer doldrums are alive and well. Something we did not think about: our customer base apparently was watching our auction last week and held off buying from our web site. So web sales to our non-core group had been very slow… until last […]

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Legend Market Report – Summer FUN Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… AN EXCELLENT STATE SHOW We attended the Summer FUN Show specifically to meet with a customer. We did not take a table. Our observations were a little surprising. Dealer-wise, it really was a state show, with only a handful of dealers from out of state. Attendance-wise, we were […]

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Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 3

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek ….. In Part 1, I frame the topic and put forth the perspectives of very accomplished collectors regarding natural toning. As I discuss in Part 2, preferring coins with natural toning is a tradition at the core of coin collecting culture in the United States Here in Part 3, I […]

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Modern Legal Tender Silver Bullion Coins – The Big Three

By Richard Schwary – Ask The Expert about silver bullion coins – www.golddealer.com ……   The Big Three when it comes to legal tender silver bullion coins are of course the American Silver Eagle 1 oz, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf 1 oz, and the Austrian Silver Philharmonic 1 oz. From a weight standpoint they are […]

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Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 2

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   In Part 1, I discussed the fact that almost all sophisticated collectors of U.S. coins have a very strong preference for natural toning, as opposed to coins that have been artificially toned, doctored, or dipped in brightening chemical solutions. As more and more rare coins become subject to […]

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Legend Market Report – First Half of 2017 and Happy July 4th!

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… The first half of 2017 is over and was Legend Numismatics best since 2012. We can now sit back and enjoy the July 4th holiday (we will be open 9-12 Monday). We hope everyone can do the same. Legend Numismatics Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy July 4th […]

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Legend Numismatics: Hot Topics – Smart People Can Do Dumb Things

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. Journal entries from the founder of Legend Numismatics, Laura Sperber, help you stay current with the real happenings of numismatics. A former ANA Board Member, Laura has handled close to $1 billion worth of rare coins to date and has assembled many of the greatest collections ever. Her […]

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Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 1

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   In the history of coin collecting in the U.S., most of the greatest all-time collections were characterized by many coins with attractive, natural toning – especially many coins that had never been cleaned, dipped or otherwise deliberately modified. I have personally and carefully inspected a substantial percentage of […]

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Gold Markets Report – Gold Ignores a Weaker Dollar

Commentary for Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $0.50 today at $1,246.90 in what turned out to be an uneventful day. The domestic market opened higher ($1,250.00) – moved off that high and settled with no buzz on lows for […]

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Legend Market Report – Long Beach Coin Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… HOW TO MAKE A GOOD MARKET LOOK BAD Have a miserable Long Beach Show and Auction and then repeat and do the same thing in Baltimore in two weeks. Why don’t show promoters get it? Summer shows simply do not work. Even the mighty FUN Summer Show struggles. […]

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Legend Market Report – Pre-Long Beach Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… A TIDAL WAVE HIT US WOW! Totally unexpected and out of the clear blue sky, between last Tuesday afternoon and Thursday evening some way some how we did nearly $1 million dollars in sales! It all happened just that fast. We consider it a fluke, but MANY fresh […]

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Coin Grading Is in the Eye of the Beholder of the Holder, or…

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   I recently read the great piece by Josh Mcmorrow-Hernandez on CoinWeek about what a coin’s grade says about you as a collector. He is so right, and one of the answers he gave is one that should be emphasized and amplified again and again. I have […]

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What Your Coin’s Grade Says About You as a Collector

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Forrest Gump, the namesake protagonist of the 1994 hit drama Forrest Gump, remarks, “My mama always said you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. Where they are going. Where they been.” Just as well, the coins in my collection could probably tell you a lot […]

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Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… THIS PAST WEEK’S ACTION Finally, Spring is in the air and so is coin collecting. We are greatly surprised how there was only a small dip in demand around tax time. Seems activity is back to normal. In fact, our sales this week were extremely strong and were […]

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Gold Markets Firm – Are You an Optimist or Pessimist?

Commentary for Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $6.40 at $1,236.40 today. The gold market continues to attract minor attention – I say minor because most investors are still looking at stocks as investor “fear” has exited the theater. This is […]

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The U.S. Government Confiscates Ten Multi-Million Dollar Coins

Opinion by Dr. Richard S. Appel…Unique Rare Coins Mystery, intrigue and a see-saw legal battle has surrounded ten 1933 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins since their discovery in a family safe deposit box in 2002. The box originally belonged to Israel Switt, a long-time Philadelphia jeweler and coin dealer. He died in 1990, and his […]

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Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Weakens, Silver Eagle Monster Box Sales Down

Commentary for Monday, May 1, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed down $12.80 at $1,255.50 in another defensive round. It actually opened rather flat which has been the case lately – pitched higher and then reversed itself testing the $1,254.00 level before catching much of […]

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Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Commentary for Friday, April 21, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $5.30 at $1,289.10 and once again holds its ground. So where are we going into the weekend? I think traders are cautious but not ambivalent – on the short term gold is […]

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Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A NOTE FROM LAURA SPERBER Do know this is one of the toughest reports for me to write. George Huang, the co founder of Legend and my business partner for 31 years had a very serious heart attack last Friday. George always did everything within his power […]

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Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Traders Continue to Buy the Dips

Commentary for Monday, April 10, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed down $3.40 at $1,253.90 USD today in directionless trading. The overnight London and Hong Kong markets were sleepy – there was a selloff in early domestic trading which looked at $1,245.00 but traders once […]

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Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Continues to Flirt with Higher Prices

Commentary for Monday, March 27, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $7.20 today at $1,255.70. The common wisdom being that gold is pushing higher because of safe haven buying now in place because Trump policies are failing? Please – I think the best […]

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Precious Metals & Bullion Commentary – Gold Weaker as Rate Hike Looms

Commentary for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed down $9.40 at $1,216.10 on Tuesday and if you haven’t been watching let’s just say the gold trade is getting heavier. It’s not necessarily the dollar although the buck is strong – the Dollar […]

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Legend Market Report – Final February Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… WHAT AN EXPLOSIVE WEEK BOOM goes the dynamite! What a week we had. It was like going from 0 to 80 in four seconds. Legend Numismatics was on a tear this past week. We sold THREE six-figure coins, several coins in the mid-five-figures, and lots of coins between […]

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How the “Continental Dollar” Helps the Cato Institute Advance Liberty

“The Cato Institute is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty in the nation that is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty.” —George F. Will In 1776 the Continental Congress—eager to exert its sovereign status in the newborn America—set out to produce a coin to replace the commonly used Spanish and British […]

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Gold & Silver Market – Gold Flirts with the 200 DMA

Commentary for Tuesday, February 27, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $0.50 at $1,258.80 USD on Monday, which was a bit of a disappointment considering the early gold & silver market traded nicely above gold’s 200-Day Moving Average ($1,261.00) before settling almost unchanged. So […]

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Legend Market Report – Long Beach Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… THIS REPORT CONTAINS OBSERVATIONS AND FACTS FROM LEGEND NUMISMATICS AND LEGEND AUCTIONS BUSINESS AND OBSERVATIONS AT THE SHOW. OTHERS (ESPECIALLY NOT IN OUR AREAS) WILL HAVE DIFFERENT REPORTS A STRONG START We arrived Friday before the show to start our activities. Lot viewing at both auctions as our […]

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Why the European Coin Market Is Better Than the U.S.

Europe has a modern, innovative and thriving coin market. Here’s why… By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. On Monday, I received a call from a friend of mine who works for a foreign mint. This person was putting together a strategy to create a more visible presence for their products in the U.S., but first […]

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Precious Metals Markets – Gold Continues to Hold Steady

Commentary for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed virtually unchanged today down $0.20 at $1,238.90. It lost ground in early trading and at one point reaching $1,227.00 before turning around – gaining back its lost ground despite a strong Dollar Index which […]

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Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki

Ever wondered what grading coins is like? Modern Coin Wholesale’s Ron Drzewucki gives CoinWeek the inside scoop By CoinWeek …. Professional coin grading can be a mysterious and inscrutable process to the average collector. Take a coin, insert it into the “black box” of third-party grading, and watch it come out the other side with […]

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Legend Market Report – Pre Super Bowl Week

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… EVERYONE WATCHES FOOTBALL Okay, maybe for a few hours on Sunday the coin community went really quiet. It was the first time in a few weeks (actually since the election) that collectors were preoccupied. However, we are confident that by the time the many Internet Auctions started to […]

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Coin Collecting & Market Commentary: European Numismatics

Attending the World Money Fair in Germany was a rewarding experience By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… During the previous week I attended the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. Over the years I’d heard a lot about this convention but had never been able to attend. My main specialty has always […]

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Gold and Silver Markets – Gold Settles for Quiet Weekly Finish

Commentary for Monday, February 6, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $1.40 at $1,220.80 USD on Friday and is higher by $32.40 on the week. My concern last week over price follow-through remains in place but it is nice to see that gold has […]

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Opinion: The PCGS and NGC Dust Up Shows Market Realities

Image Composite: Heritage Auctions | Ron Drzewucki | CoinWeek By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. On January 17, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg published an open letter on the NGC website (it also went out in an NGC email). In the letter, which is accompanied by data, Mark alleges that there has been an […]

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British, Russian & Dutch Coins Lead Stack’s Bowers Auction in NY

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #367 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. During the evenings of January 13 and 14, Stack’s-Bowers Galleries (SBG) conducted one of the official auctions of the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. A […]

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Everybody’s Got One: Opinions Vary on 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin

Editor’s Commentary by Charles Morgan …..   The United States Mint released images of the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin on Tuesday, January 12, and the story took off like a steampunk locomotive powered by jet fuel in the mainstream media. In one sense this is understandable, since the new design features a straightforwardly […]

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Legend Market Report – FUN Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… Legend Numismatics wishes to thank everyone for their concerns. The airport shooting was horrific. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We were never in harm’s way, however we were right outside the location of the suspected second shooting in a garage as it happened. […]

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Lincoln Cent Roll Searching: What I Found in a $25 Box of Pennies

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Searching through $25 worth of penny rolls is like going on a treasure hunt right from the comfort of your own home. For $25, you can pick up a box of 2,500 pennies from your bank and dive in on the pursuit of finding Lincoln wheat cents, Indian Head […]

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Lincoln Cent Roll Searching: What I Found in a $25 Box of Pennies

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Searching through $25 worth of penny rolls is like going on a treasure hunt right from the comfort of your own home. For $25, you can pick up a box of 2,500 pennies from your bank and dive in on the pursuit of finding Lincoln wheat cents, Indian Head […]

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For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how that […]

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1905-S Dimes Overlooked: Superb Coin in 2017 FUN Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #365 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. On January, 4, 2017, in the upcoming FUN auction, Heritage will offer a PCGS-graded MS-66 1905-S dime that has not received much attention and could be an excellent value for a collector-buyer. […]

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1905-S Dimes Overlooked: Superb Coin in 2017 FUN Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #365 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. On January, 4, 2017, in the upcoming FUN auction, Heritage will offer a PCGS-graded MS-66 1905-S dime that has not received much attention and could be an excellent value for a collector-buyer. […]

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Rare Coin Market Commentary – What To Expect For 2017 And Beyond

Now is an excellent time to be collecting rare coins By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   As the year winds down most who are involved in the world of numismatics are starting to consider what the New Year will bring. Many will be happy to put 2016 in the past. The […]

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Spanish Empire “Royal” Potosí Mint 1652 Eight Reales Silver Coin to be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #364 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   In the upcoming Heritage auction of the Moore Collection of high-quality world coins on January 9, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, a major attraction is a 1652 Eight Reales […]

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World Coins – Affordable Fourpence Silver Groats of King Henry VIII

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #361 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Henry VIII is the most famous king in the history of England, and perhaps had the most impact on history of any English king. His second daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, may be […]

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Bullion & Precious Metals Commentary – Bear Market in Gold Resumes

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   When gold rose from its 1,046 low last December, it was accompanied by motivating articles written by a plethora of excited gold analysts. Many of them unequivocally stated that gold’s long, grueling Bear Market had ended, and a new great Bull Market had begun. One after […]

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Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Tallow: The white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants. –Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Tallow. Probably not a word we or any other numismatic authors and journalists have to use much, but it’s at the heart of the […]

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Coin Collecting Commentary: Trump and Numismatics

What does the Trump presidency mean for coin collectors? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The presidential election this year was certainly a raucous event and the eventual winner was very much unexpected by most. Regardless of your political leanings, the question on many collectors’ minds is what does a Trump presidency […]

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US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

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Legend Market Report – Post Thanksgiving Coin Market

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… GIVING THANKS For sure, this year was slightly better than this time last year. The plunge had been quick and deep in the coin market during 2014-15. Clearly the Gardner and Pogue Sales sped up the downward run. We felt that since May of this year the market […]

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Five Mistakes I’ve Made (and Learned from) as a Collector

Have you ever had a less-than-brilliant coin collecting moment that you aren’t very proud of? Well take heart, fellow traveler – we’ve all “been there, done that”…. and we’re better collectors for it. By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. I’ve certainly made my share of mistakes as a coin collector. They were bound to happen. […]

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Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

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

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Silver Coins of Gran Colombia: One Real (12½¢) and Two Reales

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #359 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Gran Colombia[1] was a formal confederation from 1819 to around 1830, though it existed in parts well before 1819. Beginners may enjoy collecting One Real and Two Reales Gran Colombia coins by […]

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Market Whimsy: More Perfect than Perfect – MS-70+ and Beyond

Ask any retiree or coin collector and they’ll tell you: 70 ain’t what it used to be By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This […]

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Gold Markets Report – Gold Again Loses Ground to the Dollar

Gold Markets Commentary for Thursday, November 18, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed down $8.00 at $1,208.50 USD today so on the week gold has lost $10.60 with a top to bottom spread of $15.50. This market continues weak as the dollar again moves higher […]

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