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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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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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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 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> 

    Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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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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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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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>

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Related: Part One

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Big News for New Orleans Gold Collectors

July 23, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

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

If you collect New Orleans mint gold coinage, it’s likely that you refer to my book “Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint, 1839-1909.” It’s hard to believe this but my second edition is now almost a decade old, having been published in 2006. While a lot of the information in the book is still useful, a lot is outdated.

I’ve decided to work on an all-new third edition and hope to have it ready by the summer of 2016. Unlike my last book which I released strictly online, I am thinking that the newest edition of the New Orleans… Full article at the source>

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The Pogue Quarter Eagles: A Post-Auction Analysis

May 23, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Eagles, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

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

As the early half dollars in the Pogue sale were hammered down—some at levels less than I expected—I turned to my client/friend seated beside me and told him “we might actually be able to buy some of the early quarter eagles; prices are really reasonable for the silver, and opening bids for the gold are lower than I would have thought.” As usually happens when I make such bold statements, I was so, so wrong.

The first of the Pogue sessions was held in New York on May 19th and I was excited to attend. The auction was conducted at Sotheby’s… Full article at the source>

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CAC Populations and Appearance Rarity: An Analysis

May 21, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Half Dollars, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

As I wrote in an earlier article, CAC populations have created a new category of rarity: the appearance rarity, which is most akin to traditional condition rarity. A scan of the most recent CAC populations reveals a number of coins which are very surprising to me as appearance rarities. In some series, such as three dollar gold pieces, conclusions which I reached years ago have been proven accurate; in other series, I was surprised to see how scarce certain coins were by CAC approval. Let’s look at the various denominations of Liberty Head.

1. Gold Dollars

1850-C $1.00 PCGS AU55… Full article at the source>

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Sold by Douglas Winter Numismatics: Condition Census AU58 1860-O Double Eagle

May 13, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

This regular DWN blog feature looks at some of the rare and interesting coins which we have sold in recent months. Most of these coins never made it to our website, and were quietly sold to collectors who we knew needed specific issues and who we had close personal relationships with.

This amazing coin was recently found in Europe and, of course, we will never know for sure how it made it there or how it survived the ravages of time so well. It was offered to me by a dealer who purchased it from its “discoverer” and I was thrilled… Full article at the source>

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A Dozen Undervalued United States Gold Coins Priced Below $7,500: The 2015 Edition

May 1, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

It’s been quite a while since I wrote an article about the topic of affordable, undervalued 19th century U.S. gold coins, and I think it’s time to do a more current version of this article. I’m going to change things up ever so slightly this time and include some market overviews on each denomination and make some suggestions which include multiple coins as opposed to “singles.”

1864 $1.00 PCGS MS63 CAC

1. 1864 Gold Dollar

I think I’ve done a good job at popularizing the formerly-undervalued 1863, and the last time I did one of these articles, I plugged the 1865. Which… Full article at the source>

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The Newest Level of Rarity: The Appearance, or Eye Appeal, Rarity

April 17, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins

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

If you’ve been around the coin market for a while, you know that there are many different types of rarity. In this blog, I’m going to discuss the types of rarity you might already be familiar with, and one which you might not: the eye appeal or “appearance” rarity.

The first—and most traditional—type of rarity is absolute or fundamental. An absolute rarity is a coin which is rare in any grade. An example of this would be an 1883-O eagle, of which only a few dozen or so are known from an original mintage of just 800 coins. Even a cleaned Full article at the source>

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How Rare Are Choice High-Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

March 18, 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)

Since I wrote the first of my three editions of Dahlonega gold books over two decades ago, I’ve sought to constantly remind collectors that truly choice, high-grade (in this instance high-grade equates to coins which grade AU55 and above) Dahlonega half eagles are rare, regardless of how “common” the issue seems to be in terms of overall rarity.

With the advent of CAC, we now have over five years of data which focuses on choice, higher grade coins of all dates and mints. The CAC data isn’t perfect. I’ve found myself disagreeing with CAC on more than one occasion regarding Full article at the source>

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New Orleans Half Eagles: An Updated Look

December 3, 2014 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

It has been a number of years since I’ve written about New Orleans Liberty Head half eagles and given the popularity of this series, I thought it would be nice to finish out 2014 with a fairly in-depth look at these coins. We will not only discuss the coins themselves but will also look at the market for New Orleans half eagles, with some personal observations about the coins and the series as a whole… Full article at the source>

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DWN Sells Finest Known 1849-C Closed Wreath Gold Dollar

November 18, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

I’ve handled more finest known Charlotte gold coins than anyone, but even in 2014 new items enter the market and find my inventory which cause me to gasp aloud. One such coin was the finest known 1849-C Closed Wreath gold dollar, graded MS64+ by NGC and later approved by CAC, which I purchased via private treaty at the recent Baltimore show.

The 1849-C Closed Wreath is a popular first year Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

September 16, 2014 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, USA Coins

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Type One double eagles have become the single most popular area of collecting in the rare date United States gold coin market. With the discovery of over 10,000 high grade, formerly rare issues in the S.S. Central America, S.S. Brother Jonathan, and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, Type Ones have received tremendous publicity in both the numismatic and non-numismatic press. This is clearly a design type which is destined to remain popular with a number of future Full article at the source>

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