What makes a coin rare? Why does condition matter? Are collectors still important in today’s market? How is numismatics connected to other disciplines? Do rare coins really offer long term value? Is a dealer – collector relationship still necessary? Do you consider yourself to be a client, a customer, or a counter-party? What ethical model do you expect in the numismatic market?

The are many questions but no definitive answers. Depending upon your point of view, one or another answer may seem obvious – or not. In ‘Perspectives’ we discuss these issues, always from the long-term viewpoint of today’s collectors.

Auction Room illustration Auction Room Algebra The gavel falls, and the final bid is called by the auctioneer. Now, who pays the auction house, and what is the real sale price?