What Actually Makes a Coin Valuable?

What Actually Makes a Coin Valuable?

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Los Angeles Gold and Silver is “What actually makes a coin valuable?”  There are a number of answers. There are several factors contributing to the market value of a coin. The simple answer is that any coin is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. However, the complexities of the numismatic marketplace go deeper. Rarity is one of the most important factors in establishing the value...

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American Eagle Gold Coin vs $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin?

American Eagle Gold Coin vs $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin?

   As Coin Dealers in Los Angeles, we are often asked by customers who are interested in investing in gold coins which is a better investment when comparing the American Eagle gold coin to the pre-1933 $20 Double Eagle gold coin. For anyone looking to buy or sell gold coins in Los Angeles it is important to understand the distinction between a bullion coin and a numismatic coin. Bullion coins are valued based solely on their precious metal...

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What is Art Glass and What Makes it Valuable?

What is Art Glass and What Makes it Valuable?

Art glass is a type of glass works that is more decorative in intent than functional intent.  These works are created by individual glass artists, and/or artist assistants, using small-scale furnaces in glass studios or work environments. While contemporary art glass is known for its hand-wrought aspect and individual creativity, vintage art glass (made prior to the 1960s) can include factory-made glass artistry, produced by small teams of...

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How Much Gold is in Olympic Gold Medals?

How Much Gold is in Olympic Gold Medals?

At Los Angeles Gold & Silver, we are asked all sorts of questions about gold and silver values. The big question on everyone’s mind is the Olympic gold medals! How much gold do they really contain and how much are they worth? According to sources, the medal values are much different than you might think.  In fact, the medals contain more silver than gold!  Check out the latest post here via Kitco and see what those values actually...

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Recent Trends In The Rare Coin Market

Recent Trends In The Rare Coin Market

I am posting an article on recent market changes that have occurred in the Rare Coin market. This article addresses a few important issues concerning investing in Rare Coins that should be of interest to anyone involved in Numismatics.  By Doug Winter -If you are a reasonably long-term participant in the rare coin market, you may not have recognized the fact that the market has changed in a huge way in the last five to ten years. Walking around...

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History of the Morgan Silver Dollar (The most collected Silver coin in the world).

History of the Morgan Silver Dollar (The most collected Silver coin in the world).

The Morgan silver dollar was produced by the U.S. Mint from 1878-1921. It is composed of 90% silver & 10% copper, and contains just over 3/4oz (.77) of pure silver. The name “Morgan” is derived from the designer/engraver of the original design, George T. Morgan, who was actually not an American but an Englishman. The coin depicts the profile portrait of “Lady Liberty” on the obverse, and a Bald Eagle with wings spread clutching three arrows...

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