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.
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.
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, […]
THE DAHLONEGA MINT PAGE 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 […]
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 […]
The Story of the New Orleans Mint, Part I 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 […]
Why your 1922 Peace Dollar is Probably not worth 100K 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 […]
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 […]
The Julius Caesar “Elephant” Silver Denarius 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 […]
The 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 […]