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Jeff Garrett

The Summer Months of the Rare Coin Business

Although business slows down in the summer, there are still some big things, such as the ANA World's Fair of Money, to look forward to. These summer months are traditionally the slowest for the rare coin business. The few major shows going on — such as the Long Beach and Baltimore Whitman expos — are the lightest-attended shows in ...

Collecting the Nation's Birthday

As the 250th anniversary of our nation approaches, this might be the perfect time to collect milestone issues of the United States. On July 4, 1826, there were parades, fireworks and speeches around the country to celebrate the 50th birthday of the United States. In Philadelphia, there had been invitations sent to the original signers of the ...

The Coin That Inspired America's Modern Coin Collecting

The 1856 Flying Eagle Cents kickstarted modern coin collecting in the US. United States Large Cents were first produced in 1793 and continued nearly uninterrupted until 1857. The lone exception was 1815, when the Mint experienced a shortage of metal. By the late 1850s, the price of copper made the coins expensive to produce and the large size ...

Shipping and Receiving Rare Coins

Tips and words of caution that will help you successfully navigate the business of shipping rare coins. The internet has vastly expanded the reach and scope of the rare coin business. You can now buy and sell coins with companies and individuals around the globe. With a few clicks, you can find coins you have been looking for and add them to your ...

Generic Gold Coin Premiums Fall to Historic Lows, Creating Incredible Opportunities for Collectors

This could be an unparalleled opportunity for anyone who loves vintage US gold coins. As gold prices surged to record levels in the last month or so, the value of "generic" United States gold coins has fallen to historic lows in relation to spot gold prices. Gold recently topped $2,400 per ounce for a few days. Generic gold coins are defined as ...

How to Start Collecting Coins

Everyone has to start somewhere, so here are some tips and suggestions on how to begin your collection. One of the questions people frequently ask me is, "How do you get started collecting coins?" This question was posed to me a few weeks ago when a local TV station was doing a story about the "Great Kentucky Hoard." Almost every day I field ...

The World Money Fair 2024 in Berlin

A trip to a major show in Germany provides valuable insights into the future of coin collecting.   A few weeks ago, my wife and I attended the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. My main specialty has always been United States coinage, and for several years I doubted there would be much to interest me at a European coin show. That has ...

What Makes a Coin Great

One of the more newsworthy stories in recent months was the surprising sale of Whitman Publishing to the CDN Publishing LLC (Greysheet). The company will add the Whitman line of numismatic and philatelic books and supplies to its robust portfolio of hobby offerings. CDN Publishing will also now be operating the tri-annual Whitman Coin and ...

Planning for Success When Collecting

Setting realistic goals that match your resources can lead to success when collecting a complete series.  When I began collecting decades ago, my first goal was to complete a set of 1941-to-date Lincoln Cents. I lived in Florida at the time and locating the early San Francisco Mint issues in circulation was very difficult. After several ...

Discover the World of Ancient Coins – Part Three

Some of the leading experts share their insights on collecting ancient coins in the conclusion of a two-part Q&A. This article features questions and answers about collecting ancient coins from some of the most active numismatic professionals in the country. They have graciously taken the time to share their vast experience. Their different ...