The United States Mint has announced it will release coins honoring Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan in 2016 as part of the Presidential $1 coin series. Ronald Reagan, who served as the 40th president of the United States from 1981 through 1989, was not originally slated to make an appearance among the Presidential $1 coin series.
The top 25 most expensive Walking Liberty half dollars sold on eBay in January 2015 include a seemingly random grab bag of issues. There is no predominate subset of coins this month, with circulated semi-key and key date coins, high-end proof, and MS 66+ Walking Liberty half dollars all appearing on this go-around of most expensive Walking Liberty halves purchased on eBay.
The most expensive Lincoln pennies that were sold on eBay in January 2015 are definitely representative of the rare one-cent coins that most coin collectors go gaga over. Spoiler alert – a 1909-S VDB penny came in at the top spot. OK, maybe that isn’t such a surprise. What may be the real twist is the coin that comes in at #2. Hint... Let’s just say, modern coins aren’t all junk.
The first report on Morgan silver dollar sales on eBay during 2015 shows busy activity, as usual, for this popular coin series. Going into the first month of the year, it seems the Carson City silver dollars have been dominating the most expensive listings, as can be expected. However, the top two Morgan silver dollars weren’t minted in the 19th-century silver bastion of Carson City but, rather, the Gold Rush mecca of San Francisco.
The new year was off to a remarkable start at the U.S. Mint, which sold a tremendous number of American silver eagle and American gold eagle coins in January. As many in the bullion community know, the U.S. Mint tends to see a marked increase in orders during the first weeks of the new year, but the rather low silver and gold prices that have persisted since 2014 4Q has only quickened the pace for orders.
Walking Liberty half dollars are very popular with avid coin collectors, investors with only a casual interest in numismatics, and many other types of coin buyers as well. The Walking Liberty half dollar was designed by Adolph A. Weinman and was struck during the years 1916 through 1947. Often considered one of the most beautiful silver U.S. coins ever made.
A look at the Top 25 Lincoln cent sales on eBay in December 2014 reveal a few modern pieces managed to trade hands for Top 10 prices along with the usual gamut of key dates that usually dominate the top price rankings. In fact, the Top 10 portion of this list looks rather different than usual, with a non-1909-S VDB cent taking the top spot, two modern error varieties, and at least one high-end “common” wheat cent.
Have you seen the new design proposals for the $75 high-relief gold coin the U.S. Mint is planning to launch soon? The design proposals are certainly creating excitement and drawing criticism.
For the third time, a bill to end the U.S. Mint's Presidential $1 coin program, has been introduced in the Senate. The last two times the bill has been brought to the floor, it died from inaction. Will the third version, called S. 95 and introduced on January 7, bring the dollar program to its knees?
Larry King recently recorded a 25-minute interview with Ian Russell, who is the founder and president of GreatCollections Coin Auctions. The interview was taped at King’s Los Angeles studio for his television program, Larry King Now.
It’s a new year, and with the start of a fresh calendar, the U.S. Mint bullion coin program is gearing up for what could be an exciting 2015. Going into January, bullion prices continue to stay soft, with silver in the $16 range and gold hanging out around $1,225.00 an ounce -- just about where bullion prices have remained since early last autumn.
You don’t hear much about the market for cull American silver eagles. This could be because many coin collectors and investors are focused on obtaining the whitest, highest-grading silver eagles they can find – and afford. But, if you think about, many bullion investors should also be looking at cull silver eagles with interest. That’s because these lower-end coins represent an affordable means of purchasing silver bullion that’s guaranteed by the U.S. government.
We have the latest sales figures for the Top 25 Morgan silver dollars that were sold on eBay in December 2014, and the data show some especially huge prices were paid during the month. Perhaps Santa Claus was filling the stockings of some very good coin collectors, because this list of the top-selling Morgan silver dollar coins from December is mainly comprised of high-value key dates. In fact, the top Morgan dollar on eBay in December sold for nearly $20,000 – that’s an impressive figure for eBay coin sales.
I think a lot of people believe all the valuable and rare coins have been removed from circulation and that there are few, if any, really good pocket change finds left to be made. While the old days of regularly spotting Barber coinage, Mercury dimes, Walking Liberty half dollars, Standing Liberty quarters, and Buffalo nickels may be over, that doesn't mean valuable and rare coins are absent from circulation.
Will 2015 be a hot year for U.S. coins? It’s a similar question that we ask at the beginning of each and every year. Surely, some years are better than others for the U.S. coin market. In the last five years especially, we’ve seen U.S. coins endure some ups and downs, but through it all, I’ve noticed some areas of stability and even growth. Rare U.S. gold coins have enjoyed heightened popularity thanks to the sale of the 1,400+ Saddle Ridge Hoard gold coins that were found buried in tin cans in Northern California. Meanwhile, Morgan silver dollars have been perennially popular and continue to enjoy strong marketplace demand.
American silver and gold eagle coins were flying high in 2014, and as the crystal ball dropped in New York City’s Times Square, we wrapped up what was a very busy year for the precious metal market. As far as the silver and gold bullion scene is concerned, we can easily divide the first and second halves of the year by the metals prices. Gold prices bounced between roughly $1,250 and $1,400 from January through early July, and then started showing weakness after that point. Right around the end of October and into November, the bottom fell out, and gold briefly dipped into the $1,120s.
The Top 25 most expensive Walking Liberty half dollars from November 2014 show a surprising mixture of dates for the month, including several early dates, multiple key coins, and even numerous high-end proof and uncirculated specimens. The top coin for the month sold for more than $9,000, while the least expensive of the Walking Liberty half dollars sold in November 2014 traded hands for $835 – so, there’s quite a spread in price among the coins we’ll look at here.
The U.S. Mint has just announced its 2015 coins and products release schedule, giving coin collectors and bullion investors a heads up as to when they can start making their 2015 coin orders. It looks like the U.S. Mint will be kicking off its first 2015 coin releases very early in the month of January, with a slew of 2015 coin sets and other merchandise to follow.
It was Christmas week, and while the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, the promise of a few more 2014-dated American silver and gold eagle coins was satisfied here. Yes, unlike last week, when I had anemic production figures to report from the U.S. Mint, it looks like several thousand gold eagle coins and slightly more than a half million 2014 American silver eagles were distributed for sale.