November 4, 2008: Martin Van Buren Dollar, Coin Graders, Gold Seasonality

Van Buren DollarWelcome to Coin Update!

We’re back with another round up of coin collecting news! First, seasonality and the price of gold. Also,  Martin Van Buren Presidential Dollars, State Quarters poll, spending rare coins, new and old coin graders, and notable auctions. On to the links…

Are there seasonal trends for the price of gold? Based on data for the last ten years, gold tends to perform well in November and December.

So far so good. Gold was up 5% today, adding to November’s gains.

Martin Van Buren Presidential Dollars will be released on November 13. The US Mint will offer bags and rolls, but it might be best to wait and see if the coins are offered under the Direct Ship Program.

Take this poll from Are you glad to see the 50 State Quarter Program End?

Making the news, a woman used rare coins to purchase cigarettes and is currently being sought by the police. One of the rare coins included a 1964 Half Dollar.

A few pieces on coin graders. DGS hires a new grader Mike Ellis to keep up with increasing submissions.

The Numismatist interviews PCGS Senior Grader and Vice President of Business Development Miles Standish.

Congratulations to the writer of Coin of the Day, whose twins were born Saturday night!

Numismaster takes a look at one of my favorite series, the Peace Dollar.

And now for some notable auctions. First, a nice original 1952 Proof Set. It’s still in the original Mint sleeves.

One of the most well known error coins, the 1955 Double Die Lincoln Cent. It’s graded PCGS MS63RB.

And last the 4 Coin 2008-W Platinum Eagle Set. All four coins are graded MS 70 by NGC.

Have a great evening!


  1. admin says

    Unless it is a very high grade example or an error, the Martin Van Buren coin is worth face value $1.

  2. josh says

    I have a van buren dollar with d&s on the back and ph &what looks like a jz.n e 1 have n e idea of its value?

  3. admin says


    The designer and sculptors initials appear on the coins. “DE” on the back for Don Everhart. “JI” and “PH” on the front for Joel Iskowitz and Phebe Hemphill.

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