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.Read more...
NGC launched a new service for collectors and dealers in June called Photo Vision. The new photo service provides submitters with high-resolution pictures of their coins before they have been encapsulated. The pictures will be emailed to submitters who can use them for Set Registry listings, online sales and for identification purposes. The service is available at the discounted rate of $7.50 until the end of the year.Read more...
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.Read more...
A Numismatic Time Capsule
Posted by Jeff Garrett on 6/28/2018
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.”
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 zealRead more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
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.Read more...
We had 50 members attend our dinner meeting at Flemings. Thanks everyone who was able to attend.Read more...
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