From MS to SP: What You Need to Know About West...

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   Last week, PCGS announced that it was changing its grading nomenclature for W-Mint American Silver Eagles from...

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars...

Commemorative Coins by Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ..... I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect...

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   In my previous sortie into VAM territory, I mentioned the 1888-O “Hot Lips” variety of Morgan dollar....

A 37-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese...

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ....   Bullion collectors today enjoy a smorgasbord of products from a variety of nations. After the Krugerrand proved...

Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

By Ron Drzewucki - www.moderncoinwholesale.com .....   The Walking Liberty short set is getting hot right now, and I for one couldn't be happier. Adolph Weinman’s Walking...

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins – Franklin Half Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ......   In this installment of Grading Coins, I’m going to talk about the popular Franklin half dollar series. The...

Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   Ideally, a collector walks into a deal knowing everything there is to know about buying a coin....

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as...

The Vienna Philharmonic Gold Bullion Coin and the Austrian Mint

  Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ..... Question: Which bullion coins have face values denominated in euros? Well, let’s start by...

The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part 1

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ....   I originally thought that I’d frame this post as a boxing match with some pre-fight analysis thrown...

The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow, Warloard Zhou Xicheng and the 1928 Chinese “Auto...

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ....   It’s said that every coin tells a story. Boy, do I have one straight out of Mysteries...

US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle:...

The Morgan Silver Dollar and the American Silver Eagle By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   The Morgan dollar was born from two impulses. One was...

Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ..... -- The change in your pocket going "ching-a-ling-a-ling" -- The roll of “unsearched” Ike dollars you bought on...

What Does It Mean When a Coin Is “Rare”?

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   Whether you’re an old pro or just starting out, if you collect coins then you’ve thought about...

Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale ....   Over on my blog, I've been writing about bullion. I've been trying to provide customers with a...

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Lights and Loupes

By Ron Drzewucki on Grading Coins - Modern Coin Wholesale ..... So check this out. I flew in to Texas a few weeks ago and met...

Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

Coin Toning and Eye Appeal By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   Once it leaves the Mint, few things add value to a coin....

MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for...

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   You know, one of the great things about this hobby is that there’s something in it for...

Tuvalu and the Perth Mint: World Coins From an Island Nation

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   At first glance, it seems strange that a country like Tuvalu issues world-class commemorative and bullion coins....

US Coins – Jack and Ike: The 40 Percent Club Short...

By Ron Drzewucki - www.moderncoinwholesale.com .....   Collecting Strategies on building a 40% silver Short Set  1965 was a momentous year for U.S. coinage. It was the year...

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale.....   It isn’t every day that you get to talk about an honest-to-goodness Bond villain when writing a coin...

The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   There’s been quite a surge of interest in the pre-Saint-Gaudens Liberty Head type of eagles and double...

Niue: A Numismatic Hotspot

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   Last October I wrote about the coinage of the tiny island nation of Tuvalu. I was curious...

Baseball’s Golden Glove: The Hall of Fame Commemorative $5 Gold Coin

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   The most popular--and arguably the most beautiful--United States gold commemorative coin is probably still the 1915 Panama-Pacific...

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   When dealers and collectors compare different types and series, we usually have to make allowances for the...

Remembering the Vietnam War and Those Who Served with Coins

By Ron Drzewucki - www.moderncoinwholesale.com .....   I wrote about the Pacific island nation of Niue not too long ago, and a one-ounce, 99.9% pure silver...

Opinion: The PCGS and NGC Dust Up Shows Market Realities

Image Composite: Heritage Auctions | Ron Drzewucki | CoinWeek By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   On January 17, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg published an...

United States Presidential $1 Coins: A Golden Opportunity

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   Since Dwight D. Eisenhower last appeared on our coinage in 1978, the American public has been slow...

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

By Ron Drzewucki - www.moderncoinwholesale.com .....   If you collect modern U. S. coins, then you collect commemoratives. Today, practically every coin the United States Mint produces...

A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale .....   Click here for Part 1 Last time I gave a brief history of The Royal Mint in London,...