Coin News: Fractional Gold, Coin Grading, Coin Compositions, COTY

by on January 7, 2010 · 0 comments

Several numismatic news or coin blog articles are referenced on CoinNews about once a week. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend coin collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Here are today’s coin articles:

Five Reasons Why You Should Own Silver Coins
Dr. Jeffrey Lewis |

There are a multitude of reasons the average investor should have at least some of their assets invested in silver. Consider these five reasons that can help you grow your assets while preserving your wealth. Silver Has Intrinsic Value… Through thousands of years, silver has maintained its worth and its utility, providing a currency and a means of exchange through the rise and fall of great empires …

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Fractional gold bullion
Mark Ferguson | Coin Values

When the American Eagle gold series made its debut in 1986, the concept of four different sizes of bullion coins was identical to what was offered in the Canadian Maple Leaf and South African Krugerrand programs. Investors went for American Eagle 1-ounce gold coins in a big way, while demand for the half-ounce version has been lower …

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Coin Grading Made Simple
Susan Headley | Coins

The primary purpose of grading a coin is to determine what the coin’s market value is based on how well the coin was originally struck, how well the coin metal itself has been preserved, and how much wear and damage the coin has suffered since it was minted. For most practical purposes, especially for beginners, we’re going to be concerned with how to tell how much wear the coin has had, and where it fits on the 70-point scale …

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What is in that Gold
Scott Barman | Coin Collector’s Blog

On the NGC Forums, there was a discussion about collecting gold dollars where someone asked about their composition. Being curious, I looked up the composition information. What I found was that there were different compositions that was tied to the evolution of US coinage. After posting the basic information, I thought it would be interesting to look up which series of gold coins were made from each of the different compositions. The rest of this posting is what I found after consulting a few references. …

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U.S. in [COTY] award race
David C. Harper | Numismatic News

The U.S. American Eagle one-ounce silver coin was in the thick of things as voting to select the Coin of the Year Award winner for 2010 began Dec. 31 and was expected to conclude Jan. 8. As one of the 10 category winners selected in a first round of online balloting by an international panel of judges in December, the silver Eagle was in contention for the prestigious COTY Award that will be given Jan. 30 at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany …

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