1. Numismatic Camaraderie

    There are many specialized clubs that show coin collecting doesn't have to be a solitary activity.

    One of the biggest decisions for most collectors who become interested in numismatics is what to collect. Large numbers are attracted to the hobby when buying from the U.S. Mint, or purchasing a coin from a national advertiser.

    Coins such as American Silver Eagles and Morgan Silver Dollars attract huge numbers into the hobby. These coins, and others, are often referred to as “gateway” material that introduces new collectors to numismatics. The same can said about the many bullion buyers who eventually gravitate to coin collecting.

  2. A Numismatic Time Capsule - New York Bank Hoard

    A Numismatic Time Capsule - New York Bank Hoard

    A Numismatic Time Capsule

    The excitement of examining a hoard of thousands of silver dollars 

    One of the very best parts of my job is not knowing what the next phone call will bring. I tell people that for me, every day is an episode of the “Antiques Road Show.”

  3. Collecting with Passion

    Collecting with Passion

    Posted by Jeff Garrett on 4/5/2018

    Assembling a set of Kentucky banknotes was a challenge and a joy for this coin dealer. Each year for the last few decades, I have bought and sold millions of dollars’ worth of rare coins. I have had the privilege of handling a lot of great numismatic rarities. Most of these simply pass through my hands and are now only memories. A lot of the coins were sold to what I would call “passionate collectors.” These are individuals who have picked an area of the market to collect and pursued it with zeal

  4. Museums are Closer Than Ever

    Museums are Closer Than Ever

    Museums are Closer Than Ever

    Posted by Jeff Garrett on 5/19/2018

    Numismatic and other treasures in the world's museums are being digitized so everyone can access them. One of my favorite pastimes and something I have pursued with passion is visiting museums. I have been to hundreds of them over the years, and I still get excited when I discover a new one.

  5. Evolution of Rare Coin Price Guides

    Evolution of Rare Coin Price Guides


    Some of the oldest rare coin price guides for US coins began in the mid to late 1800’s. There was boom of collector interest in US coinage when the Mint stopped making Large Cents. A few of the great collections of the era where started at this time. Over the generations, rare coin price guides changed very little. Slowly condition became more of a factor in pricing, but with only one or two grades listed for most coins. In late 1946 the Guide Book of United States (Redbook) coins was first published. This became the bible of numismatic pricing for the next 50 years or so. I remember times in the 1970’s when dealers would not price coins in inventory until the latest edition of the Redbook was distributed. Most of my early knowledge of rare coins came from memorizing as much as possible of the Redbook.

  6. Ten Reasons Why the Rare Coin Market is Looking Up

    Ten Reasons Why the Rare Coin Market is Looking Up

    Ten reasons to be excited about the future of numismatics

    By Jeff Garrett

    Nearly everyone who is deeply involved with numismatics can attest to the fact that the rare coin market has been soft or depressed in the last few years. Coin prices for many series have drifted downward, some to historic lows. There are a lot of coins that can be purchased for prices last seen in the 1980s. I have highlighted a few of these series in recent months, and plan to discuss several more in the coming weeks and months.

    Despite the lower prices for many series and issues, the prices for extreme rarities and grades have been solid, if not higher. In the last five years, a lot of great coins brought record prices at auction. The demand for mega coins far outstripped the limited supply. A few big payers have had a tremendous impact, competing with each other to build registry sets of the finest known coins.

  7. New Monthly Grey Sheet

    New Monthly Grey Sheet

    Greysheet is changing to a all encompassing Monthly issue. The first issue premiers May 2018, and now includes the entire Greysheet newsletters, Bluesheet (certified coin), and Goldsheet pricing in one tabloid, every month.

  8. Sarasota Coin Club Dinner March 2018

    Sarasota Coin Club Dinner March 2018

    We had 50 members attend our dinner meeting at Flemings. Thanks everyone who was able to attend.

  9. How Much Should I Invest In Precious Metals?

    How Much Should I Invest In Precious Metals?

    How Much Should I Invest In Precious Metals?

    I do a considerable amount of reading about current trends in precious metals and I’d like to share with you some of those articles and links that I find informative and relevant.  Be fore warned though differing opinions will be offered here.  So please use these as educational tools and continue to Do Your Own Due diligence.

    The question of how much of a portfolio should be invested in gold, silver or other precious metals is a topic of debate. The fact of the matter is that there is no clear answer to this question. Investors may have different goals or objectives, different tolerances to risk, different views on the economy and different ideas on portfolio diversification. Here we will look at some of the potential pros and cons of investing in precious metals. We will also look at some common recommendations as to what an appropriate allocation in precious metals may be.

  10. Flemings March Coin Club Dinner

    Flemings March Coin Club Dinner

    Sarasota Coin Club March Dinner meeting will be held at Flemings Steakhouse in their meeting room area. Cocktails start at approximately 6:00, Dinner at 7:00 with a meeting, raffle and auction to follow. Price for members is $30 and non members $50. For those who will bring non members, please remember membership is only $10. 


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