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The Continuing Threat of Counterfeits: A Problem for Numismatics and the NBA

By Michael Fuljenz – Universal Coin & Bullion …… Counterfeit products – including fakes of rare and circulating U.S. coins and precious metal bullion coins– have been a continuing and are a still-growing problem. In the past few years, I have examined several customers’ coin collections and sadly detected one or more counterfeit coins in each. In one instance, […]

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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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Jim Bisognani: Ninth Annual Market Review – Part 2

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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Coin Collecting Commentary: How To Invigorate The Hobby

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The US Mint forum attracted leaders from all areas of the hobby including the media, mass market sellers, numismatic artists, collectors, rare coin dealers and grading companies. A few weeks ago Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson of the United States Mint held a forum in Philadelphia […]

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Classic US Coins – The New Orleans Eagle Market is Sizzling

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

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Coin Show Commentary: Whitman Baltimore Robust

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

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Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Lehigh Valley Historical Society

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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Gold Market Report – Gold Holds Modest Gains

Commentary for Thursday, October 27, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $2.90 at $1,265.00. The overnight market in gold was generally supportive moving higher by a couple of dollars in both Hong Kong and London but the US market broke down that same few […]

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USA Coin Album: Numismatic Lame Ducks

By David W. Lange, Research Director at NGC …….. In politics, a lame duck is an official whose term of office is concluding and whose successor has already been elected. In effect, this person is seen as no longer useful. This term has a numismatic application as well. Among USA coins there have been many […]

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The Future of Numismatics

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Many great minds and tireless volunteers are working hard to secure a future for the hobby we all love so much Because I am president of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), I am asked constantly what I think about the future of our hobby. Nearly everyone […]

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Four Takeaways from Receiving the ANA Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

By Littleton Coin Company ……….. Littleton Coin Company president shares what he’s learned from winning the prestigious award Recently the American Numismatic Association (ANA) honored me with the 2016 Dealer of the Year Award. This prestigious award goes to a dealer who has shown exceptional dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and displays […]

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The Future of Money: Banknotes and Coins

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Throughout the modern era (roughly since gold and silver specie ceased to be used as circulating currency), coins and banknotes have been the fiat tokens we use to represent money. However, like the rest of our society, the financial system has undergone a rapid transformation in the Digital […]

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Coin Show Commentary – ANA Impressions

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

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David Lawrence Rare Coins: ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rear View

By John Brush – President, David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Now that everyone has departed the Land of Disney and has had a moment to catch up from the past 10 days of numismatic fun, I wanted to look back on the experience with a somewhat clearer mind. I’ve read various reports about how there […]

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Dancing with the Universe – The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

From Wayne Sayles Blog Ancient Coin Collecting, With kind permission of John Hooker I’m sure that most are quite familiar with the infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates coins. As the link here describes, it was a badly mishandled discovery which became a major impetus for the new Treasure Act to replace the old treasure trove […]

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Gainesville Coins: Time for Platinum Group Metals to Shine

Platinum Bullion Coins, – Maple Leaf – Australian Platypus and US Platinum Eagle By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. The Platinum Group Metals are apparently coming back into vogue among bullion investors. Two PGMs–platinum and palladium–are rallying more than their precious metal cousins of late, and the markets have responded. Alternative Asset Although they […]

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What Is a Rare Coin Broker & How Does He Help His Client?

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… A rare coin broker acts similarly to any other broker. Just as a real estate broker or stockbroker do not own the property or stocks they buy or sell, a rare coin broker doesn’t own the coins. Instead, he acts as an intermediary or agent, on behalf […]

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Remembering the Vietnam War and Those Who Served with Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   I wrote about the Pacific island nation of Niue not too long ago, and a one-ounce, 99.9% pure silver coin it had issued commemorating the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. What I didn’t mention in that blog post was the fact the the Lincoln Memorial coin is part […]

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World Precious Metals Market – Is Russia Planning a Gold Ruble?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ………. Over the past five to seven years, there has been a consistent flow of gold bars out of Western vaults in New York and London. The destination of this gold bullion has been the East—especially China, Russia, and Russia’s closest Eurasian allies. One question that the past several […]

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

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

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Guest Commentary – Why the Federal Reserve Always “Happens” to Be Wrong

By Stefan Gleason – Money Metals Exchange…. “The last duty of a central banker is to tell the public the truth.” —Alan Blinder, former Federal Reserve Board Vice Chairman The Federal Reserve Board finds itself back in a quandary of its own making. When Fed chair Janet Yellen pushed through an interest rate hike this […]

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Money Metals Exchange: Don’t Laugh, We Could See $100+ Silver

Exclusive Interview with First Majestic CEO Keith Neumeyer on Metals, Mining, and Manipulation By Mike Gleason – Money Metals Exchange…. Mike Gleason, MoneyMetals.com: It is my privilege, now, to be joined by Keith Neumeyer, founder and CEO of First Majestic Silver Corp., one of the top silver mining companies in the world. Keith has an […]

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Money Metals Exchange: Bizarre Gold, Silver Movements Behind-the-Scenes

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange…. A lot is riding on the demand side of the equation when it comes to metals’ price performance this year. Demand is the bigger wildcard with signals thus far being mixed in gold and silver bullion markets. The outlook for supply is more certain, and it isn’t pretty. […]

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The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant –  Stacks Bowers ……… Coin collectors may not seem an especially reverent lot. Casual demeanor and good senses of humor are more commonplace than their opposites, from local coin shows to Manhattan auction galleries. The bourse floor is a leveler that puts experts and connoisseurs shoulder to shoulder with hobbyists […]

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The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant –  Stacks Bowers ……… Coin collectors may not seem an especially reverent lot. Casual demeanor and good senses of humor are more commonplace than their opposites, from local coin shows to Manhattan auction galleries. The bourse floor is a leveler that puts experts and connoisseurs shoulder to shoulder with hobbyists […]

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Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

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

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Money Metals Exchange Issues 2016 Gold/Silver Forecast

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange….   Looking Ahead to 2016 Forecasting today’s volatile, high-frequency, machine-driven and manipulated futures markets using fundamental analysis is futile, as a great many precious metals bulls will attest. To complicate matters, an obsession with Fed policy dominates all markets. Officials at the Federal Reserve are often less than […]

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Money Metals Exchange: If You’re Out of the Room, You’re Out of the Deal

By David Smith – Money Metals Exchange…. There’s a saying in the resource sector investment community regarding whether or not a person might be privy to a good private placement or the inside scoop on a company that’s working on a lucrative gold or silver project. The saying goes: If you’re out of the room, […]

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Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Part 1 Part 2 Here I continue my thoughts on rarities, and the factors that affect this important aspect of numismatics. As noted, true rarity cannot be caused by a collector through hoarding or manipulation, although sometimes temporary rarity can be achieved. During the early days of the […]

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Money Metals Exchange: The Fed, Debt Ceiling, and Physical Silver Premiums

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange…. Gold and silver spot prices lost ground to a strengthening U.S. dollar last week. The dollar enjoyed its best week in five months, as other major world currencies weakened. European central bankers are once again hinting at more stimulus, and the Chinese government cut interest rates for the […]

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Operating in a Changing Numismatic Marketplace

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. With the world and rare coin market continually changing, every collector, dealer, and investor should try to understand what tools are available to make sound purchase and sales decisions. A few days ago I was reading the latest issue of Coin World and noticed an […]

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Gainesville Coins Market Update: May 1, 2015

Courtesy of  Everett Millman and  GainesvilleCoins.com …. ABSTRACT: As equities markets pulled back amid mostly soft economic indicators, the precious metals had an early-week rally snuffed out by Friday’s close, as both gold and the Dow Industrials have essentially wiped out all of their gains thus far through the 2015 calendar year. GOVERNMENT & POLICY […]

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Counterfeit Coins Are the Future

by Steve Caruso for CoinWeek…. Counterfeits are the future. I admit that coming from me, such a message seems a bit curious… if grim. However, the sad truth is that counterfeits will play a bigger and much more sophisticated part of our hobby’s future whether we wish to face it in time or not. What […]

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A Case for Modern Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…. Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 7/17/2014. To some collectors, “modern” is a dirty word, signifying the worst of everything in the hobby. The worst coins. The worst monetary policy. The worst design. To others, “modern” represents something democratic and personal. The money we use every day is […]

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Gold’s Fundamental Supply Picture

By Richard (Rick) Mills – Ahead of the Herd ……………… As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information Demand Global gold demand was 964t in Q2 2014, significantly reduced from the record high in Q2 2013. ETF outflows slowed sharply. Central Banks continued to buy gold for […]

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Fundamentals of Coin Collecting and Coin Investing

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Fundamentals of Coin Collecting In my opinion coin and stamp collecting are the greatest hobbies ever conceived. Those of us involved in numismatics, or the study of coins and money already know that we have a wonderful pastime to relieve the stress and pressures of every day life. Coinage mirrors the […]

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Art Inspired by America’s First People a Perfect Fit for the Next Era of U.S. Coinage

by Marty Menz – Gainesville Coins The Next Era of U.S. Coinage would benefit from a return to the continent’s roots… Native Americans have a rich artistic heritage that has developed in this land for the past 13,000 years or more, yet the United States Mint has ignored contemporary native artists while it struggles with […]

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