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The Color of Money

Posted on June 29, 2017 by Ron Guth

When coins come clinking out of the presses at the Mint, they are pristine. Copper coins are bright red, nickel coins are flashy silver-gray, gold coins are brilliant yellow, and silver coins are shimmering white. From the moment they are struck, and as soon as they hit the atmosphere, coins begin to react chemically with their environment. As part of the reaction process, colors of various hues begin to form on the surfaces of these coins – in numismatic terminology, this is [...]

We Are Back!

We Have Been Traveling Through the Rural Interior of China Since Early March
If you tried to contact us, I am sorry we were out of touch. We had no phone service, and internet access to Google, Gmail email, and Facebook are all banned in China.

To see many more photos of this fascinating landscape and its people go to my Facebook page.

By |April 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 3/5/17

 
Ecu d’or a la Couronne, Fr-291. Charles VI, 1380-1422, Troyes Mint, Struck in Gold, PCGS Secure Holder MS-62
Available in our Inventory.

By |March 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 2/26/17

1944-D Mercury Dime PCGS MS67+

Available in our inventory.

By |February 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 2/19/17

1883 Proof Indian Cent PCGS PR-67
Available in our Inventory.

By |February 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 2/12/17

1882 Proof Indian Cent PCGS PR-67
Available in our Inventory.

By |February 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 2/5/17

Incredible, Highest Graded, 1880 Goloid Dollar Pattern Struck in Copper
Fewer than 12 known.

Available in our Inventory.

By |February 5th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the WeeK 1/29/17

1936 Bay Bridge Commemorative Half Dollar, PCGS MS-68, Older Holder

By |January 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 1/22/17

1875 Quarter Struck in Copper, R-8, Finest Known
No longer available.

By |January 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 1/15/17

1881-S Morgan Dollar PCGS MS-68+

Private collection, not for sale.

By |January 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

FUN Show Signals Great Start to New Year

The 2017 FUN Show in Fort Lauderdale was Awesome!!!
The FUN Show kicks off every year and sets the tone for the months that follow. This year we could not have asked for a better start.

The 2017 FUN Show was held in Fort Lauderdale, rather than the normal Orlando venue, and it simply could not have been better. The venue was terrific, with a great location and an outstanding convention center, and the show was packed with people from start to finish. It seemed like every major collector in [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 1/8/17

Amazing 1936 Satin Finish Proof Cent

SOLD

By |January 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Trump Rally?

Has the Election Turned the Coin Market?
I just stepped off the airplane coming home from the PCGS Member’s Only Show in Las Vegas about two hours ago. It was by far the best-attended, most active, most upbeat PCGS Show, or any coin show for that matter, in the last three years. The floor was crammed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a lot of business was being done from morning to afternoon. Wholesale activity was the strongest of any PCGS Show of the past year, and there were several [...]

By |December 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 12/11/16

Key Date 1877 Indian Cent PCGS PR-66RB

Currently in my personal Proof Indian Cent Collection.

By |December 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 12/4/16

Oak Tree Shilling 1652 PCGS MS-66, Amazing Quality and Eye Appeal

By |December 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 11/27/16

1925 Stone Mountain Commemorative Half Dollar, PCGS MS-68+

SOLD

By |November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 11/20/16

1900 Indian Cent PCGS PR-67BN
Currently in the collection of Larry Shepherd.

By |November 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 11/13/16

1806 England, PCGS PR-68DCAM

From the collection of the Soho Mint, Matthew Boulton, and James Watt. Produced in 1806 as a prototype for Boulton and Watt to present to King George of England to show why the Soho Mint should mint coinage for England.

Flawlessly preserved with surfaces and color as struck. Undoubtedly one of the the finest quality pre-1850 coins in existence worldwide. It would take many decades before the U.S. Mint could do work equal to this standard. Size roughly equal to a half dollar.

From the estate of James [...]

By |November 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 11/6/16

1821 St. Helena Copper Halfpenny, PCGS PR-68DCAM

From the collection of the Soho Mint, Matthew Boulton, and James Watt. Produced in 1821 as a prototype for Boulton and Watt to present to the leadership of St. Helena to show why the Soho Mint should mint coinage for St. Helena.

Flawlessly preserved with surfaces and color as struck. Undoubtedly the the finest quality pre-1850 Copper coin in existence worldwide. It would take many decades before the U.S. Mint could do work equal to this standard. Size roughly equal to a half dollar.

From [...]

By |November 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 10/31/16

Papal States 1503
Currently available in Inventory.

By |October 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 10/24/16

1874 Seated Quarter Proof with Arrows

SOLD

By |October 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Beautiful Coin of the Week 10/10/16

1883 Iridescent Indian Cent Proof, PCGS PR-67+

Can there possibly be a finer one in existence?

SOLD

By |October 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Email from a Former SIMCO Customer 10/10/15

This is a nice email I received today from a wonderful customer who purchased numerous coins from me in the mid-90’s.
I love to get feedback like this! I want every one of my customers to have this kind of experience.

Larry,
Read your description below. A blast from the past. Your original SIMCO description as stated in your catalogue:

“1897-O PCGS MS-64  This coin is AWESOME! Untoned, and blazing white, this monster is struck up like a proof, light years better than the pancake strike often found on this date. [...]

By |September 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Choosing an Auction Company

I personally believe that honesty, ethics, trustworthiness, integrity and how consignors are treated are all just as important as size, stature, advertising budget and how many zillions of registered bidders a firm claims to have. I don’t like firms that have a “our way or the highway” attitude. I don’t like to deal with firms that are one-sided on every aspect. I don’t like firms that are arrogant, talk down to you, or treat you like you should feel privileged to to business with them — and only on [...]

By |September 21st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Fun Time at the PCGS Member’s Only Show

“That was the best 45 minutes I ever spent with ANY coin dealer ever!”

Posting on the PCGS U.S. Coin Forum, 9/3/15, by AUandAG:

First let me apologize for not taking a camera and I don’t own one of those cell phones either.

But, went to drop off a bunch of Morgans for grading and did not plan on spending much time looking for material as I’m pretty much dead broke at the moment. And of course this is when you see your holy grail and can’t buy it….Nah, not the case [...]

By |September 6th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Picked Off by a 12 Year Old

Wonderful Experience with a Young Collector at the ANA Show

During the second day of the Chicago/Rosemont ANA Show last week a young boy and his mother stopped to look at my coins. Both of them were highly enthusiastic and it was quickly apparent this was no normal 12 year old, when it came to coins. He’d done his homework and it was easy to recognize he “gets it.”
He and his mom asked all the right questions, and even more importantly, they listened and absorbed the answers. I did [...]

By |August 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments|
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