Articles by Liz Coggan

Articles by Liz Coggan

You will often hear me laughing and enjoying my time with collectors and other dealers while conducting business at coins shows. Having a helpful, kind and engaging personality are all crucial to a successful business, especially ours that requires comfort and trust between buyer and seller.

I have endeavored to share what I have learned by contributing information to numerous books, including pricing data to the Guide Book of United States Coinage (the Bible of numismatics), since 1999. When last I looked, I am the only female price contributor to this esteemed work.I find it enjoyable to learn about coins, after all, they are fascinating pieces of history with a story to tell and secrets to give away, which is why I enjoy learning about varieties and discovering new ones!

Additionally, I have written articles and done video interviews to help expand understanding to collectors on how to sell their coins, what it is like to be a minority owner in the coin business; articles on favorite series, and the like.

Collaboration with key individuals and other coin companies is something enjoy doing, which is why I also catalog for a world class auction firm, Legend Rare Coin Auctions, on a regular basis.

I enjoy working with the Young Numismatists Program in conjunction with the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association in Dalton, GA and assisting young people in their numismatic endeavors while providing educational programs on diverse coin related topics to help expand and broaden their understanding of numismatics.

July 15, 2021
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Tips to Building a Dream Collection

What’s one of the great privileges of being a dealer in the business for over 35 years? Helping collectors assemble first rate collections. Here are a few highlights:

  • In the 1980s and 1990s I helped a midwest collector assemble, and later sell at auction, the Double CC Ranch Collection of Carson City Mint gold which was complete from half eagles through double eagles. We spent years painstakingly pursuing the finest quality for the grade we could find. One of the collection highlights was the 1876-CC Eliasberg Collection half eagle in Gem condition, (PICTURES COURTESY OF STACKS BOWERS)
  • I have worked with a fine New York gentleman now for decades (he is in his nineties), on just about every US collection there is. From Indian Head cents to $10 Indians. Back before slabs he put together raw collections housed in Capital plastics holders. One of the highlights is a Gem quality set of Mercury Dimes. Today we are simultaneously working on an AU Barber quarter collection, a gem set of Proof three cent nickels, and a lovely collection of Gem Proof Buffalo nickels. We are also just one coin away from completing a cherry Liberty Head nickel collection.
June 15, 2021
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It’s Time to Sell my Collection... Now What???

It’s ALL about the commission, right? WRONG!
 
Keys to Success:
 
Trustworthy representation: Why, you ask? Who better to navigate the mine field of liquidation than a professional who has worked for one of the largest and well known auction firms in the country as well as spending 25 years as the Senior Numismatist of one of the oldest coin shops and first class retail establishments in the nation? There is a lot of be said for EXPERIENCE. I have seen the inner workings of an auction house and have been the head buyer for a major retailer for many years. I know the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN and HOW answers to the questions regarding the sale of your coins. I know how to obtain the highest possible prices for YOU.
 
One Size Does NOT Fit All: There may be several ways to sell your collection and obtain the highest price for each coin. This is where my market knowledge, and relationship with collectors and dealers comes into play. To sell coins successfully, you need to know the “players”. Does that mean selling at auction, to want list clients, or consigning to a retail website and ebay store? YES TO ALL. I will review the collection and make recommendations as to the best avenue for each coin. You will be a part of this decision-making process.
June 13, 2021
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CAC Attack!!! New Purchases

A look at some recent CAC'd submission returns...

 

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