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2018 Iowa Numismatic Association Coin Show

Dear Fellow Numismatists, My two favorite seasons are here. Fall and coin show season. There are a lot of coin shows in the fall, winter and spring. Right now the show I would really like you to plan for is … Continue reading

Did You Know?: The Story of the 1933 Double Eagle Coins

The week of August 14 I attended the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. This is the largest coin show in the world and as usual there were amazing rarities on display. One of the most interesting … Continue reading

Did You Know?: The Story of the Gold Standard

When the United States was on the gold standard, United States gold and silver coins were produced with their actual metal content being the same as their face value. In other words, a $20 gold coin had $20 worth of … Continue reading

Did You Know?: The Story of the First U.S. Coin

Hello friends. For the last several months I have been writing a column called Tips and Perspectives. I am now starting a new column called “Did You Know?” in which I will talk about all sorts of interesting and unusual … Continue reading

How Can We Inspire Young Collectors?

Not too often do I get perplexed about something that I cannot find an answer for. The problem I would like to address in this column is how to get kids involved in collecting coins. This question really hit home … Continue reading

Basics of Coin Grading: Strike

Happy Spring, finally, fellow numismatists. This column is part 3 of my 3 part series on coin grading. I have discussed luster and surface preservation. In part 3, I will be discussing strike.  It is very interesting how many strike … Continue reading

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