So...You've Decided to Collect Proof Gold

So...You've Decided to Collect Proof Gold

Imagine, if you will, that the coin market is a sushi bar. You look in the cases and you see the familiar fish: salmon, albacore, mackerel, and regular tuna. Off in the corner, in a special case there is the prized (and pricey) fatty tuna (or Toro) wrapped in special paper and brought out for special customers only. That fish, in our Numismatic Sushi Bar, is Proof Gold: rare, unusual, and very expensive.

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So...You've Decided to Collect (A Set Of) Dahlonega Half Eagles...

So...You've Decided to Collect (A Set Of) Dahlonega Half Eagles...

Of the four denominations struck at the Dahlonega mint, half eagles are the largest in size and have—by far—the most struck; both in terms of individual dates and total produced. This denomination was made from 1838 through 1861, and there were a total of 26 issues.

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So...You've Decided to Collect San Francisco Gold Coins...

So...You've Decided to Collect San Francisco Gold Coins...

The San Francisco mint opened in 1854 and it made gold coins up through 1930. I have seen more interest in San Francisco gold coinage in the last five-ten years than I have at any other time in my numismatic career, and I feel that San Francisco gold coinage is an especially fascinating segment of the market.

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So...You've Decided to Collect Type Two $20 Liberty Head Double Eagles...

So...You've Decided to Collect Type Two $20 Liberty Head Double Eagles...

Type Two double eagles are not as popular as their Type One and Type Three counterparts. The reasons for this are not exactly clear, as Type Two issues are very collectable as this article will show.

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So...You've Decided to Collect New Orleans Gold Coins...

So...You've Decided to Collect New Orleans Gold Coins...

There are a number of ways to collect the gold coins from New Orleans. Given the prohibitive cost of assembling an 88 coin set, most collectors either assemble a type set or they focus on a specific denomination and work to finish the date run...

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