1851-O $20.00 PCGS MS62, as photographed for Doug Winter's Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint book

Availability of CAC New Orleans Double Eagles in MS62 and Higher

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   In my experience, any double eagle from New Orleans is very rare in properly graded MS62 and...
A Pricing Anomaly on 1844-O $10 Gold Half Eagles

A Pricing Anomaly on 1844-O $10 Gold Half Eagles

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   I was recently offered a very common but very saleable New Orleans half eagle that should have...
Doug Winter - Buying Coins

Why I Buy What I Buy, or “Why Did You Pass On My Coin?”

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   I was recently offered a coin by a dealer who I’m trying to cultivate as a potential...

The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Cats versus dogs. Coke versus Pepsi. Good versus evil. You get my point: two camps competing for...
A Coin That Personifies the "New Rare Gold Market" - 1888 $5.00 PCGS MS65 CAC, Old Green Holder. Image courtesy Stack's Bowers Galleries

A Coin That Personifies the “New Rare Gold Market”

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Stack’s Bowers recently sold at auction a United States gold coin that I think really sums up...

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   As a dealer who works with collectors who range in experience from total beginners to full-on experts,...
San Francisco Double Eagles: A Date by Date Analysis Part One - 1854-S $20.00 PCGS AU58 CAC. Images courtesy Doug Winter

San Francisco Double Eagles: A Date by Date Analysis Part One

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   I originally published this article in June 2010, and since it's been a long time since I've...

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   In numismatics, there are essentially two types of coins. There are coins that are condition rarities and there...

The 36 Major US Gold Coin Types: A Collector’s Guide

US Gold Coins by Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Between 1795 and 1933, a total of 36 major US gold coin types were...
A Trio of Amazing Gold Dollars Recently Sold by Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN)

A Trio of Amazing Gold Dollars Recently Sold by DWN

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   If you're a regular visitor to my site, you’ve likely noticed a considerable number of gold dollars...

Expert Tips for Collectors – What Do Original Gold Coins Look Like?

1807 Bust Left $5.00 Graded AU55+ by PCGS By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Around four years ago, I wrote an article that discussed...
Coin Grading - A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins - Doug Winter

Coin Grading – A Basic Guide to Detecting Doctored Gold Coins

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   There is no getting around the fact that doctoring of rare United States gold coins is a...
Dale Friend: A Rememberance

Dale Friend: A Rememberance

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   The first time I can recall interacting with Dale Friend was around 15 years or so ago. I...
So You've Decided to Collect US Gold Coins by Type...

So You’ve Decided to Collect US Gold Coins by Type…

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Many collectors of United States gold want to collect with a purpose and with a goal. However,...
Doug Winter - Building a Year Set of Gold Dollars: Part I

Building a Year Set of Gold Dollars: Part I

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Gold dollars make for a fascinating set in which to specialize. They were produced from 1849 through...
The Stack's Bowers 2021 Post-ANA Auction: Some Gold Highlights With Analysis

The Stack’s Bowers 2021 Post-ANA Auction: Some Gold Highlights With Analysis

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   The Stack’s Bowers (and Heritage) ANA auctions were historically significant in this most unusual year as they...
Why Shouldn't a Nice VF Charlotte or Dahlonega Half Eagle be Worth $3,000... or More?

Why Shouldn’t a Nice VF Charlotte or Dahlonega Half Eagle be Worth $3,000… or...

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   In recent years, prices for average ("B" quality) to above-average ("B" to "B+" quality) Charlotte and Dahlonega...

What Makes Certain Coins Popular–and Others Unpopular?

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   I often make buying decisions based on a coin’s popularity. As an example, I will buy a...
Why High-Grade, Late-Date New Orleans Eagles are a "Safe Purchase"

Why High-Grade, Late-Date New Orleans Eagles are a “Safe Purchase”

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   The 13 “late date” With Motto New Orleans Liberty Head eagles struck from 1888 to 1906 are...
Coin Maze

Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

Selling Your Coins by Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com .......   CoinWeek Content Partner   As someone who sells a lot of coins, I have some selling tips/tricks/thoughts that...
Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known 1854-C Quarter Eagle

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known 1854-C Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), located in Portland, Oregon, recently sold the single finest known example of the...

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma – And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   I recently sold an interesting coin (details to follow) and the entire process, which was reasonably quick...
Classic U.S. Gold Coins: The 1854-O Half Eagle Gets "Discovered"

Classic U.S. Gold Coins: The 1854-O Half Eagle Gets “Discovered”

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   The 1854-O is the second-most-available No Motto half eagle from the New Orleans Mint. According to the...
Great CAC-pectations: Collecting U.S. Gold Coins by CAC Approval

Great CAC-pectations: Collecting U.S. Gold Coins by CAC Approval

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   In recent years, I’ve come across a number of new collectors who are “CAC only” buyers. In...
Five Brief Takes: Early US Gold Coins

Five Brief Takes: Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Early US gold is defined as quarter eagles, half eagles, and eagles struck between 1795 and 1834....

So… What’s the Third Rarest No Motto New Orleans Eagle in High Grades?

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   It’s pretty obvious to specialists that the two rarest No Motto New Orleans eagle $10 gold coins...

Coin Question – How to Successfully Interact With a Coin Dealer

How to Ask a Coin Question by Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner A day rarely passes without a non-collector calling me or emailing...
Selected U.S. Gold Coins Results From the April Heritage Central State Auctions: A Brief Analysis

Selected Results From the April Heritage Central State Auctions: A Brief Analysis

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Heritage Auctions conducted a massive sale last month in place of what would have been the annual...

Half Eagles of the Reconstruction: Philadelphia

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   The $5 gold half eagles struck at the Philadelphia Mint from 1866 through 1877 include a number...
Five Brief Takeaways: Carson City Half Eagles

Five Brief Takes: Carson City Half Eagles

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   This is the third installment of a new feature (the first two can be found here and...