Guest Commentary – What’s Happened to Coin Shows of Late?

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc .....   I recently went to the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show...

Coin Investing in Ultra Rarities – A Perspective to Consider

Unveiling the Contours of Indulgent Success: Growth and Return on Investment in the New Economy By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer –...

Why Collectors Dream of Owning an 1894-S Barber Dime

By Blanchard & Company ......   Barber dimes were minted from 1892 through 1916 and struck at four different mints. In 1894, however, the San Francisco Mint...

CoinWeek News Wire for November 11, 2016

By Coinweek ....   CoinWeek News Wire for November 11, 2016 Current Events 1.) Some Central Florida toll booths not registering $1 coins Central Florida Expressway Authority officials said they weren't...

A Good Gun, a Good Horse and a Good Wife: Daniel...

By Blanchard & Company ......   Born in 1734 near Reading, Pennsylvania, Daniel Boone had all the ingredients for a happy life. “All you need for happiness...

A Brief History of the U.S. Trade Dollar

By Blanchard & Company ......   In the late 1860s and early '70s, trade between the United States and China was increasing. However, a threat to...

Coin Stories: Where Charles Barber Found Inspiration for a New Series...

After 55 years, the Seated Liberty half dollar design had become somewhat of a dinosaur. A classic, yes. Exciting, no. The design was heavily...

Coin Collecting: Beyond Plastic – It’s What’s Inside (the Holder)...

CAC Inside the Holder by Bruce Smith for Blanchard and Company ......   There was a time when collectors in the market simply bought a coin...

General Lafayette on US Coins – The Hero of Two...

A national hero to not one but two countries Born in 1757, Gilbert Lafayette came from an ancient noble family in France. By his teen...

Coin Profiles – The 1850 $5 Moffat Gold Coin – A...

Moffat Gold Coin - Imagine this for a moment: private issuance of currency isn’t frowned upon. In fact, it’s legal. There is an abundance...

Atocha: The Most Valuable Shipwreck Find in History

By Blanchard and Company, Inc .....   The Nuestra Señora de Atocha was one of the most valuable shipwrecks in history. The Spanish galleon was owned...

Coin Profiles – The United States $20 Liberty Double Eagle Gold...

Too much gold? Start minting the Liberty Double Eagle It was 1849, and the Philadelphia Mint had more Gold Rush gold than it could possibly...

Gold Mining Companies Consolidate as Mine Output Diminishes

By Blanchard & Company ......   It’s getting prohibitively difficult to source gold deposits. Mining companies are learning that the easy-to-access gold is all but gone....

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ....... From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called,...

Coin Collecting Strategies – The Concept of Value in the Acquisition...

By Bruce Smith, Senior Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company....   There is a misconception in the minds of many investors and collectors...

Coin Investing – How Rare Coins Can Serve as a Portfolio...

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc .....   Today’s rare coin market has the highest number of active investors looking...

CAC Brasher Doubloon, America’s First Gold Coin, Sells for a Record...

Blanchard and Company places world’s most valuable gold coin – the Brasher Doubloon for a record $7.395 million Blanchard and Company, Inc. has placed...

One of America’s Greatest Coins: The 1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar...

World War 1 Coinage by the US Mint includes the Walking Liberty Half Dollar In 1914, British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey famously said of...

Blanchard: The Beauty and Appeal of Toned Coins

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc .....   In the many years that I've been in this market, one of...

The Future of Gold Mining

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ......   Recently the World Gold Council released a report on the relationship between gold and the natural environment. As the...

Classic US Coins – Redesigning Currency with the Flying Eagle Cent

The Flying Eagle Cent by Blanchard and Company, Inc .....   It was the 1850s and the United States Mint had a problem. The “large cent”,...

$1 Million in Recently Recovered 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Coins Coming to...

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during 300th anniversary of fleet’s demise to be offered for the first time More than 200 sunken treasure...

5 Things to Know as Gold Bull Run Unfolds: Blanchard

Gold Bull Run By Blanchard and Company, Inc .....   1. Gold is proving its worth as a safe-haven asset In today's world of stepped-up U.S.-China trade...

The 1792 Half Disme: A Small Coin with Huge Historical Significance

By Blanchard & Company ......   The United States of America was still in its infancy in the early 1790s. The Founding Fathers signed the Constitution...

The 1964 Peace Dollar That Never Was

By Blanchard & Company ......   In 1965 the US Mint melted 316,076 silver Peace dollar coins that never reached circulation. These coins were the early...

The Gold Coin That Owes Its Existence to the 3 Cent...

By Blanchard and Company, Inc .....   In 1851, a U.S. postage stamp cost three cents. America was growing fast at this time and the California Gold...

Blanchard Built Steinbrenner Collection Results in $6.1 Million Total Sale

On August 15, Blanchard and Company affirmed numismatic history with this week's public auction of the Joan Zieg Steinbrenner collection coin set, which includes...

Tips for New Collectors Joining the Numismatic Community

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ....   Oh, you're a coin dealer? What should I collect? This is a question...

Early US Coins: Only $361.03 Worth of Chain Cents Were Ever...

By Blanchard & Company ......   It's big, beautiful and very rare. It's also controversial and was only minted for one year, which increases the rarity value...

The Uncertain Path to the Barber Quarter: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ......   Charles E. Barber, the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, set out to design a set of...