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Cool Coins from Long Beach: 1851-O $20.00

June 18, 2016 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

I always like to share some of the interesting “secret” coins that I buy at shows and I recently realized that it’s been a long time since I’ve written a “Cool Coins” Blog. At the recent Summer 2016 Long Beach show, I purchased a number of special coins which never made it on to my website.

One of my favorite purchases was a stunning 1851-O $20 from an old-time, fresh collection which was sold by Goldberg in their pre-show auction. There were three great Type One double eagles in the sale: a borderline Gem 1850, this 1851-O, and an 1857 in… Full article at the source>

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Why are so Many 19th Century-Dated Gold Issues so Rare with Original Color and Choice Surfaces?

June 7, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Many collectors of 19th century rare date gold (finally) appreciate coins with natural color and choice surfaces. I’m not sure that there is an actual consensus amongst these collectors about what “natural” color actually is but I, for one, am glad to see dirty gold more appreciated than its bright, shiny counterparts.

As collectors become more insistent on originality, they are quickly discovering that many 19th century issues are extremely hard to locate with a nice, natural appearance. Why is this?

I believe that the answer(s) to this question is actually more complex than generally assumed, and it encompasses a century old… Full article at the source>

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The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?

May 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: what should I collect. The answer, of course, depends on your budget but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a set with a focused beginning, middle, and end, or a more random approach.

To make this an inclusive article, I’m going to look at three price ranges of coins (small, medium and large if you will…) and how they apply to both approaches.

First, let’s quickly discuss price ranges. To collect 19th and early 20th century US… Full article at the source>

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What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

May 17, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Gold, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Of the three denominations of gold coins struck at the Carson City mint, perhaps the most popular to collect by date are the half eagles. Of the 19 issues produced between 1870 and 1893, all are obtainable in reasonably high grades. But some of these are rarer than most collectors realize, and the Big Three are extremely challenging to obtain in higher grades. What are the three rarest Carson City half eagles and how do they compare in overall and high grade rarity?… Full article at the source>

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Gary Carlson: In Memoriam

May 6, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

I was just informed that my old friend Gary Carlson passed away and I wanted to share some thoughts and memories of him.

I met Gary in 1983 when I went to work for Steve Ivy at Steve Ivy Rare Coins in Dallas. Gary had come from the “real world” of business, working, if I recall correctly, for John Deere or some such solid Midwestern Fortune 500 company. Gary was always a true Midwesterner with firm family values and a bluntness which would often put him at odds with The Man when it came to the daily coin business at SIRCO. Gary… Full article at the source>

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What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?

April 13, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

A total of 17 half eagles were produced at the New Orleans mint between 1840 and 1909. Focusing on the No Motto Liberty Head issues (struck between 1840 and 1857) there are at least five issues which I would call “rare” (i.e., fewer than 100 examples known in all grades). These are the 1842-O, 1847-O, 1855-O, 1856-O, and 1857-O. Of these five, which is the rarest in terms of overall rarity and which is the rarest in high grades?

We can make a pretty clear determination of these two questions by combing the data in the PCGS auction prices database as… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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A Quick One: The Type Collector’s Dilemma

March 24, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

I had an interesting conversation with a collector earlier this week about a subject with widespread interest. I think it bears repeating and it deserves some discussion. After reading this, I hope you will share some comments/thoughts below.

The collector I spoke with is working on a multiple-mint branch mint Liberty Head type set in the gold dollar, quarter eagle, and half eagle denominations. More specifically, he is seeking four Type One gold dollars (Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans, and San Francisco), four Type Two gold dollars (the same four as just listed for Type One dollars), and three Type Three gold… Full article at the source>

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Battle of the Classic Head Fives: The 1838-C vs. The c

March 15, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By:Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

The 1838-C and 1838-D half eagles are famous issues for similar reasons: they are first-year-of-issue coins and they both feature mintmarks on the obverse. They are issues with multiple levels of demand, and they have shown strong upsurges in popularity and price in the last decade.

If you ask most casual collectors which of these two issues is the rarer or more desirable, I’m guessing most would select the 1838-D. Let’s look at the Tale of the Tape for each issue and then I will add some analysis… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Civil War Eagles: A Rarity Study with Condition Census Information

February 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Grading, History, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter  RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

1861 $10.00 NGC MS62 CAC

This is the first of potentially many articles which focus on rarity and Condition Census information in the Liberty Head eagle series. The first sub-group I’m going to focus on is the 11 Civil War issues. These coins are, with one exception, rare in all grades and a number of them are either unknown or excessively rare in Uncirculated.

The 1861 is by far the most common Civil War eagle and it is among the more plentiful No Motto issues of this denomination. The mintage of 113,164 is many times more than all the other Civil War… Full article at the source>

 

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Why Does the 1861-C Half Eagle Get No Love?

February 15, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

When I first became interested in Southern branch mint gold coinage, the 1861-C and 1861-D half eagles were both highly regarded issues. The latter was always worth more than the former, but both were sought-after and regarded as key issues within their respective sets.

Fast forward 30 years and the scenario has changed. The 1861-D half eagle is now a revered multiple level of demand issue, sought after by Civil War specialists, Dahlonega collectors, and wealthy individuals who fancy cool coins with great back stories. The 1861-C half eagle has been relegated to also-ran status; appreciated by few collectors outside of… Full article at the source>

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Why is the Dated Gold Market Holding its Own?

January 20, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Half Dollars, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

If you collect certain series of silver coins (Hello Seated, Yo, Barber…) you have no doubt noticed that higher grade examples of many good to great dates in your specialization have cratered as far as prices go. The same can be said for certain areas of the Colonial coin market. Why are prices in these areas on the decline? A simple one-word answer: oversupply.

Using Seated and Barber coinage as our examples, we can easily see why these markets are hurting; at least at the high-end. Let’s take Barber Half Dollars as a specific example.

Around five to seven years ago, there… Full article at the source>

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Cool Coins from the 2016 FUN Show: Choice AU 1861-D Gold Dollar

January 14, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Events, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

1861-D $1.00 PCGS AU55 CAC

The 1861-D is, without a doubt, the most popular gold dollar. It has a minute original mintage figure believed to be in the range of 500-1,000 coins, and it has extreme multiple demand levels on account of its incontrovertible origin as a Confederate product. It is not a really “rare” coin in the sense that a relatively high percentage of the original mintage exists. But it is incredibly popular and it is an issue which I actively make a market in.

At the recent 2016 FUN show in Tampa, I was able to purchase this really attractive… Full article at the source>

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Inventory Highlights, 2015 in Review

January 4, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

2015 was a memorable year for Douglas Winter Numismatics. We sold over 1,000 pieces of choice and rare United States gold coins, with many finest known and Condition Census pieces finding new homes. We can’t tell you about all the coins we sold in 2015 because a number of them were secret, and we always respect the wishes of our clients regarding privacy.

But let’s take a look at some of the great coins we sold in 2015, viewing them by denomination.

Gold Dollars

1853-O $1.00 PCGS MS66 CAC

  • 1853-O PCGS MS66 CAC, among the finest known
  • Multiple examples of the rare 1855-D in the… Full article at the source> 

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What’s Hot, What’s Not: The US Rare Gold Coin Market in 2015/2016

December 26, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

As is tradition at DWN, at the end of every year we summarize our experiences buying and selling choice and rare United States gold coins and attempt to predict what will be the “hot” and “not so hot” areas in the market. We base this primarily on our experience: determining what sells quickly off our website (www.raregoldcoins.com), which coins get multiple orders, what sort of feedback we get from collectors, the want lists we receive, our experiences(s) at shows and auctions, and good old “gut instinct.”

I would regard 2015 as a mixed year for the coin market but an… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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What are Coins with Character?

November 30, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

On the front page of my website (www.raregoldcoins.com) you will see the tagline Coins with Character. This has been the official motto of Douglas Winter Numismatics for many years, and I am often asked by collectors “what are coins with character?” There is no simple answer, but I feel that the coins I sell are blessed with one or more of the following characteristics which makes them special.

Original “Skin” and Choice Surfaces

In most instances, it is not possible to determine if a coin is 100% original as even coins with a “crusty” appearance may have been lightly cleaned… Full article at the source>

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A Date by Date Analysis of New Orleans Eagles, Part Two: With Motto, 1879-1906

November 20, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Earlier this fall I wrote the first part of this article, which discussed the No Motto eagles from the New Orleans mint. (You can find the full article here.) This second part focuses on the With Motto eagles from the Crescent City.

Production of eagles at the New Orleans mint ended in 1860 and did not resume until the mint was reopened in 1879. During this year, only three denominations were produced: silver dollars, eagles and double eagles.

The 16 issues which form this set are all members of the With Motto type which lasted on this design from 1866 through… Full article at the source>

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Standalone New Orleans Coinage: Gold Coins

October 21, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

1849-O $1.00 PCGS MS64 CAC

A “standalone” coin is one that, literally, stands alone; be it as a first-year issue, a one year type, or for other factors. In the United States gold coin market, there are a number of standalone issues from New Orleans and this article will identify and analyze them.

1. Gold Dollars

1849-O: This isn’t a true standalone issue, but the fact that it is the first New Orleans example of a brand-new denomination makes it desirable to multiple iterations of collector.

The 1849-O isn’t an especially scarce coin and its affordability is enhanced by the fact that this issue… Full article at the source>

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What do Auction Prices Represent?

October 17, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold Coins, Grading, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

For better or worse, the current market has come to heavily rely on auction prices to determine the value of a wide range of coins. I am often asked: do auction prices represent wholesale or retail? A one word answer: both.

The coin market is quite possibly the most transparent market there is in any hobby or collectible. PCGS, NGC, and Heritage provide comprehensive databases for nearly any major issue of United States coin, in a variety of grades. In theory, even an unknowledgeable collector now has access to records which only the most sophisticated dealers and collectors could access as… Full article at the source>

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No Motto New Orleans Eagles: A Study of Condition Rarity

September 24, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

The No Motto type of Liberty Head eagle was produced at the New Orleans mint from 1841 through 1860. By using CAC population figures, we can get an idea of which dates display condition or appearance rarity.

CAC is a service which is rewards good eye appeal, unlike the grading services which are grading more from a technical standpoint. In other words, a coin can technically be correctly graded as an AU55 but it may have below average overall eye appeal due to a combination of factors (dipped surfaces, detracting marks, questionable color). While CAC isn’t perfect, it does give us… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA: Part Three

September 8, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Around two years ago, a good client from the Midwest tasked me with what seemed like a difficult but not impossible job: assemble a complete denomination set of Matte Proof gold. I upped the stakes by adding the following criteria: each coin had to be graded by PCGS and approved by CAC, and each coin had to be a different date. After a one and a half year search, I was finally able to find him an Indian Head eagle: this lovely 1914 in PCGS/CAC PR65.

1914 $10.00 PCGS PR65 CAC

The 1914 eagle has a mintage of just 50 which is… Full article at the source>

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High-Grade No Motto New Orleans Eagles: An Analysis

September 1, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Having just sold a glorious pair of high-grade No Motto New Orleans eagles, I thought it would be interesting to analyze the complete roster of coins known in MS64 and higher grades.

All No Motto eagles are very rare in MS64 and higher grades. Even the common Philadelphia issues which exist by the thousands in circulated and low-end Uncirculated grades are all but unknown in high grades. This is due to a combination of factors: mishandling, use in commerce, melting(s), and lack of collector interest until well into the 20th century.

As of September 2015, here is a complete list of…Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA: Part Two

August 31, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

At the recent 2015 ANA convention, I was able to purchase a number of really exciting choice and rare 18th and 19th century United States gold coins. Some of these never made my website; others did and sold quickly. In the latter category was a fresh-to-the-market 1840-C half eagle, graded MS63 by PCGS and later approved by CAC.

1840-C $5.00 PCGS MS63 CAC

This coin was offered to me by one of my favorite wholesale suppliers, and he was quick to tell me that this piece had never appeared on the market before being offered for sale at the 2015 ANA show… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Related: Part One

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Cool Coins from the 2015 ANA: Part One

August 20, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Without fail, the annual ANA convention brings out many great coins. Some of these are old friends; others are new to the market. Many of the best coins I buy at major shows never make it onto my website, but they deserve attention.

Two of the best coins I bought at the 2015 ANA were a pair of New Orleans eagles which I’ve been chasing for many years. I first saw them in the early 1980’s, was outbid on them in 2000, and have kept tabs on them ever since. They were first offered to me—as a pair—about a year ago… Full article at the source>

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The Duckor Collection of Gold Dollars: A Post-Sale Analysis

August 18, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

I had a personal investment in the recent sale of Dr. Steven Duckor’s gold dollar collection at the Heritage 2014 Platinum Night auction session. Steve is a good personal friend of mine (and my wife Irma) so we wanted to be there to cheer him on. I also helped him assemble the set and, as a dealer, you don’t often get the chance to sit with a client while his world-class collection is being sold at auction.

Steve’s collection contained 54 coins, all of which were in some way special. The final price realized for the set—including the 17.5% buyer’s premium—was… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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What’s the “Next Big Thing” in Rare Date Gold? Five Suggestions:

August 3, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

In the last decade, we have seen a number of Next Big Things in the rare date gold market. We’ve seen New Orleans double eagles and Carson City double eagles. We’ve seen Civil War issues, and we’ve seen No Motto San Francisco eagles. In most cases, we’ve seen big demand spikes and subsequent price increases in these areas. What could be the Next Big Thing and why? Here are five suggestions with explanations… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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