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Basics of Coin Grading: Luster

Dear fellow numismatists, this is Part II of my 3 part column on coin grading. In this column I will be talking about luster. Luster is the amount of brilliance a coin exhibits and is derived from microscopic flow lines … Continue reading

Basics of Coin Grading: Surface Preservation

Hello fellow numismatists. It’s that time of year again – March Numismadness! In last month’s issue I discussed some of the basics of coin grading which was broken down into 3 basic categories, strike, luster and surface preservation. In this … Continue reading

The Basics of Coin Grading

In this month’s column I would like to talk about coin grading. Becoming a good coin grader is one of the most difficult aspects of being a proficient buyer or seller of coins. It requires “hands on” experience and not … Continue reading

Coin & Precious Metal Markets: What to Expect in 2018

Everyone at Christopher’s Fine Jewelry and Rare Coins sincerely hopes you had a joyous holiday season and wish you all the best in 2018.   Just when you think things couldn’t get crazier- they certainly did. From politics to markets, … Continue reading

The Importance of Shopping Local

It is the gift giving season and I am going to take a break from my normal comments on the coin and precious metals markets and focus on the benefits of buying local. I totally understand that people are busier … Continue reading

Rare U.S. Currency on Display at the INA Annual Show & Convention

The Iowa Numismatic Association is excited to announce that rare national bank notes from Davenport, Iowa banks will be on display at the INA Show and Convention October 21 and 22 at the Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino. The … Continue reading

Current Bullion and U.S. Gold Premiums

Happy end of summer everyone. As we get started in the coin show season for 2017, I would like to revisit an earlier newsletter subject of bullion and U.S. gold premiums. A few months ago I wrote about how low … Continue reading

2017 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money

The 2017 American Numismatic Association Annual World’s Fair of Money in Denver is now history. As professional coin and precious metals dealers, it is vital to know market trends and conditions and the best way to learn true market conditions … Continue reading

The History of Counterfeiting

In the past, I have talked about counterfeit coins and bullion, but recently I read an article that goes into great detail about the history of counterfeiting and how it has proliferated in recent history and has spread to become … Continue reading

Take a Break and Visit a Coin Show This Summer

In previous blog posts I have been talking about coin shows and encouraging readers to attend them when possible. Since the last newsletter, I have been to three coin shows; CSNS in Schaumburg, Illinois, the Fremont Coin Club Show in … Continue reading