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  • Rare Coin Market Update

    The Market in 2018


    The coin market has continued to show some consolidation in 2018, continuing the trend we have seen for the last few years.  The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG)  estimated that in 2017 the size of the Rare Coin market was about 3.5 billion dollars.  This is down from 4 Billion dollars in 2016.  Several major coin collections have come to market and it takes a while for these coins to be absorbed  The rapidly rising stock market has also taken some of the wind out of the sails (and sales) of Rare Coins. With the Dow Industrials hovering around 25,000, the emphasis has been on paper assets as of late.

    This is great news for those that have a 401k and stocks. Very few people predicted such a strong stock market and it's been good for the economy.  The market for Rare Coins and Precious Metals  over the last few years has been quiet and the strength in stocks is partly to blame.

    The PCGS 3000 is a composite index of Rare coin prices.  Below is the index for the past 10 years.  As we can see there was a little weakness starting to show in the beginning of 2015.  That weakness accelerated in 2016.  There has been about a 20% drop in the index in the past 3 years or so.  These types of swings are not uncommon to the Coin Market and have happened in both directions many times over the years.

    The PCGS 3000 Rare Coin Index Back to 2008

    So What's the Good News? 


    Prices for nice coins haven't been this attractive in years.  The market usually rewards those who are patient and can afford to wait.  There are some nice coins coming on to the market and there are some great opportunities right now.  This is a great time to fill some spots in your collection.


    Next Time - Which areas look like a bargain?


    Stay tuned. Next time I'll highlight some areas in the market that seem to be a good value at these levels.


  • Buy High Sell Low!, Wait What?

    Buy High Sell Low!, Wait What?

    Steady and consistant Bullion Investing may someday get you a pile like this Pretty, Aren't they?

          2017 marks my 30th year in the rare coin and bullion business, and in that time I've had the opportunity to observe and analyze many clients' buying and selling patterns when it comes to bullion investing.

    Unfortunately, one of the patterns I see way too often is that clients tend to buy high and sell low.

    I'd like to take a moment and explain the The psychology of why people do this, how to recognize it, resist the temptation and employ a strategy to help minimize giving in to this losing proposition.

    One of the things any successful investor will tell you is never make decisions based on emotion. As skilled investors know, fast moving markets are tailor made to mess with your emotions. Resistance to these emotions is not futile, it is required.

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  • The Charlotte Mint Page

    The Charlotte Mint Page




    Introducing the Charlotte Mint Page

    You wake up in the morning, knowing something just isn’t right.  Some days, you feel like you are walking in a fog, plagued with a lack of energy and mood swings.  You sometimes see groups of people talking and laughing, but when you join in, an awkward silence ensues.  There is something missing in your life, something other people have but you don’t:  knowledge of the gold coins of the Charlotte Mint.  You know you can fix this by learning about the Charlotte, Mint  and its coins, but your options are limited.  Continue reading

  • The Dahlonega Mint Page


    The Daholnega Mint


     Your resource for Gold Coins from Dahlonega, Georgia 1838-1861


    In 1828, a young hunter named Bennie Parks wandered through the woods of North Georgia in search of venison.  Instead, he discovered what would amount to a fortune in gold.  It was just waiting for those willing to put in the hard work necessary to get it out of the ground.  The Georgia Gold Rush of 1828-1849 altered the monetary history of the United States, and the need for a local Mint to turn the high quality Georgia gold into coins was urgent.  Andrew Jackson signed a law authorizing the construction of the Dahlonega Mint, and in 1838 the first gold coins were struck.  In April of 1861 Confederate forces overran the Dahlonega Mint, and the final coin was produced that year.
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  • A silver coin minted by Julius Caesar's Assassin

    A silver coin minted by Julius Caesar's Assassin



    Et tu, Brute?

    The Man:  Marcus Junius Brutus, skilled politician, Senator of Rome, assassin of Julius Caesar, and leader of the Republican forces during the Roman "Liberator's Civil War", led one of the most fascinating lives of ancient times.  Born in 85 BC, he was trusted with the important position of "Moneyer" when he was only 29.  As Moneyer, he could dictate important images on coins.  On one coin he depicted an ancestor of his who was credited with driving out the last king of Rome.  On another, he depicted the goddess "Liberty", from whom he believed the principles of the Republic stood.  

    Brutus became a close confidant of Julius Caesar, but when Caesar delcared himself dictator-for-life and began putting his own images on coins (in imitation of tyrants), Brutus conspired with some of his fellow Senators to end Caesar's life and career.  He and his fellow assassins committed the deed on the Ides of March.  Caesar almost did not enter the Senatorial chamber, having been warned by bad omens, but Brutus reportedly said, 'Come, good sir, pay no attention to the babblings of these men, and do not postpone what Caesar and his mighty power has seen fit to arrange. Make your own courage your favorable omen.' 
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  • The Story of the New Orleans, Louisiana Mint

    The Story of the New Orleans Mint, Part I

    The Battle of New Orleans The Battle of New Orleans

    New Orleans was founded in 1718 by a fellow named Jean­ Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. As you might imagine, he was French. He named the city Nouvelle­ Orléans (New Orleans) for the Duke of Orleans, Philip II (not to be confused with a variety of other monarchs named Philip II throughout the history of western civilization). The City changed hands from the French to the Spanish, then back to the French before becoming a part of the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase.

    The British never really considered the Louisiana purchase valid, since the U.S. bought the territory from the United Kingdom’s all ­time arch enemy and despoiler of everything noble and good, Napoleon Bonaparte. To the United States, Napoleon was just another quirky tyrant, and they didn’t really care what the British considered valid or invalid. While the British were at war with Napoleon they needed lots of sailors to operate their mighty fleet of warships to fight the French to the death.
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  • Why your 1922 Peace Dollar is Probably not worth 100K

    Why your 1922 Peace Dollar is Probably not worth 100K

    1922 Peace Dollar 1922 Peace Dollar High Relief


    In 1921, the U.S. Mint began production of the new "Peace" design for silver dollars, a design commemorating peace after the end of World War I. The designer, Anthony de Francisci, intended for the coin to be struck in "high relief", which resulted in a boldly raised design. In 1921 the Peace Dollars were struck in this way, but despite the medal-like beauty of the high relief, the U.S. Mint decided to strike the coins in low relief from 1922 to 1935. The high relief design was just too stressful on the machinery, and resulted in many broken dies. Reluctantly, de Francisci agreed to create a new plaster mold with a lower relief, and starting February 13, the 1922 Peace dollar was made in "low relief."
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  • Julius Caesar: The Man and His Coins

    Julius Caesar: The Man and His Coins


    His life

    Born in Rome in 100 B.C., Gaius Julius Caesar came from a fairly respectable aristocratic family, but Caesar believed “fairly respectable” wasn’t going to cut it.  On his mother’s side, Caesar could trace his ancestry to the first Kings of Rome.  On his father’s side, Caesar traced his ancestry to the goddess Venus.  So he thought, “Hm, Kings of Rome on one side, divine personage on the other side…I think I’ll pass on that job offer as treasurer of the Syracuse Barber’s Association.”*

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  • The Julius Caesar “Elephant” Silver Denarius

    The Julius Caesar “Elephant” Silver Denarius


    This example has lovely detail and luster This example has lovely detail and luster

    This Coin:

    Julius Caesar,  AR denarius (19mm, 3.97 gm). 49BC. Military mint, perhaps struck from Temple of Saturn hoard. Obverse: Elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent; Reverse: CAESAR in exergue / Pontifical implements: ladle (simpulum), sprinkler (aspergillum), axe (securis), and pontiff's cap (apex). Crawford 443/1. CRI 9. Sydenham 1006. RSC 49. Superb eye appeal and iridescent toning.  An unusually well-centered example.  NGC AU STAR Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5




    The Context: 

    In January of 49BC,Julius Caesar had made his famous “crossing of the Rubicon” into Italy, defying the orders of the Senate and confirming a civil war against his rival General, Pompey the Great.  However, Caesar (as usual) had serious money problems.  Most importantly, he needed vast sums of silver to pay his legions.  Defying hundreds of years of Roman law, Julius Caesar barged his way Continue reading

  • The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus

    The Melissa Silver Coin of Ephesus


    Melissa Silver coin of Ephesus

    The 203 B.C. to 133 B.C. Ephesus Silver Drachm with Bee obverse, Stag and Palm Reverse

    The Coin

    The Melissa Silver coins of Ephesus featured Bees (Melissae in Greek), dating to as early as 600 B.C.!  This coin was minted sometime in the 2nd Century B.C., estimated 202  to 133 B.C.  The Coin features an artistic depiction of a Melissa (Honeybee) on the obverse with "E" to the left and "PH" to the right for "Ephesus".  The reverse shows a standing Stag and Palm tree, both symbols of Artemis, the patron goddess of Continue reading

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