Buy coins without guilt by budgeting

When I was a kid, I could spend every dollar I earned on coins if I chose to do so. I have never known such freedom since. Life tends to push more and more responsibilities on you. Choices suddenly must be weighed carefully. What else must be paid for? How might a coin purchase affect […]

Celebrate Dow 23,000 by buying coins

Who will make the popcorn? Sit back. Relax. Let’s watch the current greatest show on earth: the American stock markets. They are going relentlessly higher. We might say they are partying like it was 1999. The Dow Jones Industrial Average has broken through 23,000. Wow. I can remember back in the broken year of 1974 […]

Not yet time to throw coins away

What is the future of coins? Will we soon be without them? An impatient reader reverses the questions to ask why we still make so many? Consider a recent email sent to me by Dom Cicio. “Just read your article August ‘Mint production down’ (NN Oct. 13, 2017). You state the average monthly U.S. Mint […]

Kagin’s Auction to offer gold coins to Hobo nickels

We collectors are living in an age of gold. This week’s numismatic chapter regarding the precious metal will be written by a Sept. 15 auction to be conducted by Kagin’s Auction. The sale will be called in conjunction with the Santa Clara, Calif., Coin Expo as well as online. Check out the lots. I did. You won’t […]

CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017: Fake Gold, Fake Coins, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) Scrooge McDuck and Switzerland For almost 400 years, kreuzers were probably the most important small coins being circulated every day in Switzerland. It was not only a method of payment, but was also used to measure the value of other coins. Kreuzers […]

CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017: Coins, Guns, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017:  Under the Radar 1.) King Rama IX commemorative coins unveiled A portrait of the late monarch in court regalia appears on one side of the coins along with his name in Thai. On the reverse are a depiction of the crematorium being erected at […]

Coins, Guns, and Fort Knox

Under the Radar 1.) King Rama IX commemorative coins unveiled A portrait of the late monarch in court regalia appears on one side of the coins along with his name in Thai. On the reverse are a depiction of the crematorium being erected at Sanam Luang, the Royal Cypher of King Rama IX, and the inscription in Thai, […]

Time to look again at favorite coins

I had a conversation the other day with a friend who has come back to coins after a long period between childhood and middle age. He is having the time of his life. He told me all about having purchased a 1909-S VDB cent. What a hobby milestone that is. I can appreciate it. It […]

North Carolina Joins 35 Other States with Sales Tax Exemption on Coins

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …..   On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, North Carolina governor Roy Cooper signed into law House Bill 434: Coins/Currency/Bullion Sales Tax Exemption. The law is a complete sales-and-use tax exemption on coins, currency, and precious-metals bullion sales. “The bill’s author, Representative Dana Bumgardner, coauthors Representative Jeff Collins, Representative Mark […]

Texas Man Arrested for Fraud Involving Rare Coins

Worked for different coin companies in Beaumont over a period of five years By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Last Wednesday on July 12, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas announced that 42-year-old Wesley Judy Pollard, Jr. of Beaumont had been arrested earlier that day on allegations of federal mail […]

Coins Or Bars – Whats Best For You?

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017: Gold Coins, Bitcoin, Crime Alert…

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign? The five-yen coin is the only denomination without its value written in numerals. The only indication of its worth is in the kanji characters 五円, which mean “five yen,” and so foreign visitors […]

Coins and silver top my list of interests

A reader survey popped up on a website I was checking this morning. It asked detailed questions about what I was interested in. I imagine you have answered similar surveys. I expressed great interest in coins and precious metals. For other topics, I expressed much less interest. It occurred to me that my answers are hugely changeable. […]

Hoard of Roman gold coins found at former burial site in Netherlands

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Gold coins: The Mexican Libertad

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Silver/Oil Correlation, Silver Refining, and Coins

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Worn coins definitely still worth a look

Just about the time you convince yourself that the only worthwhile coins in numismatics grade 60 or higher on the 70-point scale, a story like this comes along. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has closely examined an About Good-3 quarter and made a discovery. That’s right, an AG-3 quarter. It is dated 1822. It exhibits a previously […]

Coins might not be where you think they are

Who is watching your back? In the case of one fortunate coin buyer, who didn’t even realize some coins of his had been stolen, it is Bill Walker of Heritage Auctions. Thanks to Walker’s outstanding professionalism and research skills, five of seven coins the buyer had purchased at the 2016 Florida United Numismatists convention auction […]

I still can’t find new coins in change

A 2017-D nickel is in my pocket. It is the only thing I have to show for looking at my change over the weekend. I was traveling for Memorial Day. That is not unusual. Many Americans were. I had hoped that that I might receive some coins of the current year. Each shiny coppery cent I […]

Summer starts; put coins away?

The unofficial start of summer commences with Memorial Day weekend. I am certainly looking forward to three days of activity that does not involve coin collecting. Good weather is too valuable to waste in Wisconsin. That is probably why coin collecting often is considered to be a wintertime activity. Certainly staying busy indoors during a […]

Spending coins make them more real

Have you ever had the opportunity to go to another country and spend a currency that is not U.S. dollars? I have been fortunate to be able to spend Canadian dollars, European euros, Costa Rican colones, Panamanian balboas and Nicaraguan cordobas. This makes money seem more real for me. There are many other currencies in the […]

Tax shock could shake coins and bullion

Financial news yesterday said the Trump Administration was considering a value added tax as part of its tax reform. That should scare all coin collectors. While a news story about consideration is a long way off from actual adoption, it is nevertheless bad news for us. Such a tax, which works like a sales tax, […]

CoinWeek Podcast #63: Upper Deck President Jason Masherah on the Debut of Blind Pack Modern Coins

CoinWeek Podcast #63: Upper Deck President Jason Masherah on the Debut of Blind Pack Modern Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Upper Deck took the trading card hobby by storm in 1989 with the launch of the industry’s first premium baseball […]

Clad Boys Town coins show strength

If you are a commemorative coin buyer, what is the best deal among the Boys Town offerings? The clad halves? The silver dollars? The gold $ 5s? Many collectors would consider something made of precious metal to be a better buy when compared to something made of copper-nickel clad. However, in terms of numbers sold, […]

Gold coins: The Vienna Philharmonic

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Fake Gold Coins Warning – “Pure” Gold Coins that are Gold Plated, Collectibles and eBay

Gold Investing 101 – Beware eBay, Collectibles and “Pure” Gold Coins that are Gold Plated (Part I)  Investors looking to gold again but gold buyers need to exert caution ‘Wolves of Wall Street’ ready to hungrily gobble up life savings of unsuspecting ‘widows and orphans’ Like all markets are few bad apples in gold market Need […]

Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins

Two of the five 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins for collectors make their debut in November. The one-half ounce, 24-karat gold coins honoring Ida McKinley launched this past Thursday, November 14, 2013. Staring prices are $ 820 for the uncirculated coin and $ 840 for the proof coin. These price points can change weekly, and […]

Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

Two more 2013 $ 10 First Spouse Gold Coins are among collectible products from the United States Mint to make an appearance in early December. Proof and uncirculated coins celebrating Helen Taft launch on Monday, December 2, 2013. They will start at prices of $ 815 for the proof and $ 795 for the uncirculated. […]

Can there be too many coins?

I think the answer to my own question is no. There can never be too many coins. However, at the World Money Fair in Berlin, it helps to focus on one or two items to truly appreciate the originality of mints. My colleague Tom Michael and I had a meeting with Christophe Beaux, the director […]

Sold Out US Mint Products, Last Chance at Collector Coins

Two United States Mint products for collectors sold out last week, and the bureau just published a list of other coin collecting products that will go off sale by year’s end. No longer available are the 2013-P Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin and the 2013-W American Eagle Gold […]