US Coins – The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   With a lifespan of just 15 years (1948-63) and no high-priced key dates even in Mint State grades, the Franklin half dollar is...

Budget Coin Collecting – Ten Attractive and Inexpensive World Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   The current economic slump has forced many collectors to cut spending to the bone. Even with their allure, coins...

Silver Stacking – Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Whether they admit it or not, silver stackers get excited about watching their holdings grow by anywhere from a few pre-1965 dimes to...

Silver Coins – Low Budget Silver Coin Investing and Collecting

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ......   At current spot prices in the $15/ounce range, silver isn't the screaming bargain it was over a decade ago...

Swiss World Coins – Helvetia – Some Things (and Coins) Never Change

Swiss 1/2 franc and the 1 and 2 franc. All three coins have carried the same design - the image of Helvetia since 1874-5 By...

THE UNDERCOVER COLLECTIBLE – 50 YEARS OF SMALL-SIZED $1 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Why be sneaky and come up with all kinds of tricks to hide an item when the same thing can be achieved in...
Al Doyle Silver 101

Silver Coins – Why Every American Should Own Silver

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ......   Every American should own at least a little silver. No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is...

Collecting Strategies: The Financially Painless Way To Collect Gold Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   The appeal of gold is universal, and it has nothing to do with the state of one's finances. A desire to own...

Affordable US Coins – Over 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ......   Familiar items are often underappreciated, and Jefferson nickels tend to receive the Rodney Dangerfield treatment from collectors. The coin has been such a...

Collector Coins – 1913: A Year of Rare-Date U.S. Coinage

Collector Coins by Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Mention 1913, and the multimillion-dollar Liberty nickel of that year (five known) is often the first thing that comes to the...

World Coins – The Latin Monetary Union Gold Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .... In addition to serving as the primary gold coin in commerce for more than a century, the French 20-franc piece...
Wayne Miller, Montana Silver Dollar collector

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   How does a person become fascinated with silver dollars? Growing up in a place such as Helena, Montana where...

Coin Collecting Strategies – Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Mention Mercury or Winged Liberty Head dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind. Rather than automatically...

World Coins – Interesting and Inexpensive Coins of Russia

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ..... Imagine a vast nation with a long and fascinating history of numismatic issues. Does that sound like an introduction for an...
silver circ sets

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ......   Even with premiums of $2.50 to $4 an ounce above spot, government-issued bullion coins such as the American Eagle,...
New Liberty Dollar

Silver Bullion News: The “New” Liberty Dollar is Back

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek....   The Liberty Dollar - a one-ounce silver medallion that attracted the attention and wrath of the federal government and resulted...
Al Doyle silver Libertad

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek....   It's no secret that collectors at every level are drawn to low-mintage dates like dogs to a meat wagon. Hundreds of pages of...

The New On-line Red Book: A Quick Review

by Al Doyle When it comes to being iconic in numismatic circles, nothing can top A Guide Book to United States Coins, universally known as...

Precious Metals & Bullion Coins – Making the Transition From Silver to Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver bullion coins before venturing...

World Coins – Silver Coinage of the Latin Monetary Union

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .........   As with the 20-unit gold coins issued by France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium and other members of the Latin Monetary Union...

Coin Collecting Strategies – Competing At The $100 Level

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   One of the most important issues in coin collecting strategies is to find a financial comfort zone and work...
US Coins: Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Dollars

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek....   Six- and seven-figure "trophy" coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end...
Gold coins of the Central American Republic (CAR) - Costa Rica

World Coins -The Early Coinage Of Costa Rica

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Mention Costa Rica, and images of natural beauty, rain forests and a popular retirement destination for Americans comes to mind. Like most small...

COLLECTING SILVER – Add Silver to Your Gift List This Year

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   It's that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift...
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Collecting Strategies – Don’t Lose These Little Small World Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Accumulating silver bullion is a satisfying task, but there's much more to the metal than sheer ounces. Coins are full of art and...
Budget U.S. coins, Al Doyle

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ....   "Don't buy common coins" is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make...

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ..........   It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. A special coin comes along - imagine a $5...

Coin Collecting Strategies – Don’t Follow The Herd

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek....   This edition of Collecting Strategies isn't designed to get anyone to trod along a popular or familiar path. Why not...

BITCOIN VS. GOVERNMENT-ISSUED FIAT MONEY

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Many freedom-oriented people are skeptical about long-term prospects for the U.S. dollar and other fiat currencies, which means they...
Mexican Silver Coins

World Coins – Go South of the Border with Mexican Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Need something a bit different and artistic to satisfy your silver fix? Look no further than Mexico. Currently one of...