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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>

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The San Francisco Gold Coin Market: What’s Hot, and What’s Not

July 6, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

I’ve written a lot about the 19th century gold coinage from the San Francisco mint, but it’s been awhile since I’ve discussed the “heat factor” for the various types and denominations from this mint. Clearly, San Francisco gold has gone from “unloved” to “up and coming” in the last few years, but which specific series are hot and which are not? Let’s take a look at each series and let me share my thoughts with you.

 1854-S $1.00 PCGS MS64 CAC
1. Gold Dollars

As recently as a few years ago, most San Francisco gold dollars were, to put it generously, “difficult” to… 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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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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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>

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Coin Photography: Where to Start?

September 20, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography

By Jenna RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Jenna again, with another photography blog.

I want to tell you all how to be successful in coin photography: you need to start at the beginning, and practice.

When I started shooting film seriously, things were not so simple. I had a composition notebook I carried, I had to neurotically jot down the settings of every frame I took; my f-stop, my shutter speed, the time of day, was my subject backlit? Then I would process my Full article at the source>

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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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A Photo is Worth 1,000 Words (Except When It’s Not Enough)

August 28, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Photography

By Jenna a guest post (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

A Guest Blog from Jenna Van Valen, photographer here at DWN.

We’ve all heard the numismatic mantra, “Buy the coin, not the holder.” But what about those times we can’t view the coin in person? Surely we can’t all attend every convention, every auction, visit every dealer and view their inventory. We rely on dealers we trust, we rely on their descriptions, and we hope that the photo tells enough of a story that we can Full article at the source>

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Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

July 25, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Doug Winter (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Without a lot of fanfare, we have seen the dispersal of one of the most amazing collecting of Western branch mint gold coins in the history of numismatics. So far in 2014, the various sales of the Bently/Nob Hill Collection(s) of US Gold Coinage has seen no less than six …read more

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Category: Market Blog, branch mint gold, Carson City double eagles, Carson City eagles, Carson City gold, Carson City gold coins, gold coins, U.S. gold

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Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

July 22, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Douglas Winter. July 21st, 2014 (http://raregoldcoins.com)

I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy Indian Head half eagles?”

I bought a nice, fresh deal of Indian Head half eagles about six weeks ago. All were in very old holders and I broke them out and sent them off to grading. My results were excellent and nearly every coin graded MS64 or MS65. As I got ready to cash in on my windfall, I did some price research and was shocked. Unless they stickered at CAC (more on this in a few moments) the levels I was going to have to sell them left me breathless…and not in a good way.

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