Author Archive: Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

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Breathtaking 1951-D Washington Quarter in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale

Breathtaking 1951-D Washington Quarter in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   By George! You Look familiar… As CoinWeek’s editors, we individually review each auction in order to plot out our coverage for the month’s events in numismatics. When looking over the lot offerings in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale, we could not help but notice […]

First Read: Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume 2: Modern Coins of Mexico, 1905 to Date

First Read: Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume 2: Modern Coins of Mexico, 1905 to Date

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature….   In 2014, Whitman published the Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money, Volume 1: An Illustrated History of Mexican Coins and Currency by Don and Lois Bailey. For the Baileys, lifelong ambassadors for the rich numismatic legacy of Mexico, it […]

The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to say, we believe that this […]

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth? Do you have a game plan for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How […]

The Great Ships of American Coinage

The Great Ships of American Coinage

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Dedicated to the memory of Chief Petty Officer Virgil Pattin, USN (retired) Outside of the eagle, Lady Liberty and allegorical Native American motifs, no symbol is used on American coins as prolifically as ships. The story of this country – indeed, the story of the New World […]

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it piques in us a strong, stubborn, contrary […]

Even More Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

Even More Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

Wait, don’t be alarmed… Ok, be very alarmed – Hubert Walker and Charles Morgan have plumbed the depths of YouTube to come up with even more Hilariously Bad™ YouTube Coin Videos. Numismatic Man by Tawny Press Our first pick above is from Todd Griffiths’ Century Coin Group and stars Numismatic Man. Not a terribly original-sounding name, but if no […]

First Read: Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito

First Read: Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito by Allan Schein With a history of coin production pre-dating our own national mint by more than two hundred and fifty years, Mexico can […]

Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 2: 1883 – 1893

Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 2: 1883 – 1893

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   On June 25, 2015, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer the first half of the PCGS Set Registry Current #1 Morgan dollar set, the Coronet Collection. As a preview to the offering, we’re breaking down an important subset of the Coronet Collection: the Coronet Carson City […]

Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 1: 1878 – 1882

Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 1: 1878 – 1882

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   On June 25, 2015, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer the first half of the PCGS Set Registry Current #1 Morgan dollar set, the Coronet Collection. As a hand-selected group of Morgan dollars, the collection has few peers in the history of the hobby. In terms of […]

For Napoleon Apologists, Defeat Comes in the Flavor of Belgian Mint

For Napoleon Apologists, Defeat Comes in the Flavor of Belgian Mint

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   An epic and bloody battle played out on June 18, 1815, claiming the lives of half a million soldiers. It shaped not only 19th-century European politics and culture but had major repercussions around the world. Though staggered by defeat, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte I was spared […]

First Read: The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I

First Read: The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I

First Read: The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com…. Auction catalogs occupy interesting and sacred spaces in Numismatics. A catalog’s immediate goal is to entice potential buyers to place bids. To that end, catalogs are, in essence, long-form advertisements–a craft in and […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 4: Barber and Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 4: Barber and Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   We continue our guide to the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set by focusing on the century’s forgotten denomination, the half dollar. For many Americans, the fact that the United States continues to produce a half dollar would come as a surprise. The coin hasn’t been a […]

First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition

First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett You can’t blame Whitman for trying to shake things up with its venerable Red […]

First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy

First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity, and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy by Q. David Bowers   Q. […]

Stack’s Bowers to Offer Seldom Seen Bicentennial Gold Medal at ANA National Money Show Auction

Stack’s Bowers to Offer Seldom Seen Bicentennial Gold Medal at ANA National Money Show Auction

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the official auctioneer of the 2015 American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show and will conduct an auction featuring more than 1440 lots that covers a range of U.S. and colonial coins, patterns, private issues and medals. The auction kicks off at […]

CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   This month we mark the debut of the CoinWeek American Silver Eagle Price Guide and discuss month-to-month changes in the Eagle market. Stat heads rejoice! Our Approach We set out with CoinWeek’s American Silver Eagle Price Guide to offer collectors a no-nonsense guide to the range […]

Argentina to Issue New 50 Peso Falkland Islands Note

Argentina to Issue New 50 Peso Falkland Islands Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Unveiled last year, the note’s release ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Falklands War is bound to stir nationalist fervor in both Argentina and the U.K. The Central Bank of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina) is set to begin issuing new 50 peso notes […]

PCGS Digital Coin Album is Clever Innovation, Not Gimmick

PCGS Digital Coin Album is Clever Innovation, Not Gimmick

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   On Thursday, January 29, 2015, PCGS (NASDAQ: CLCT) announced the launch of its new PCGS Digital Coin Album, a virtual coin album that ties in with the service’s popular PCGS Set Registry. In a company press release, PCGS Set Registry and Special Projects Director BJ Searls […]

First Read:  Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read: Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. In this edition of First Read, we take a look at two self-published works in the field of modern numismatics. Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors by Richard Bousquet […]

In Memoriam: Susan Gamble, 1957-2015

In Memoriam: Susan Gamble, 1957-2015

  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Artist and coin designer Susan G. Gamble died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. She was 57 years old. Gamble was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and grew up in Danville. She studied painting and graduated with a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978. […]

America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with a soft spot […]

Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The conclusion of Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X December 18 sale at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas marks the end of the 2014 auction season and closes the door on a year that has been filled with highs and lows for the rare […]

As Relations with Cuba Thaw, Market for Cuban Coins Likely to Heat Up

As Relations with Cuba Thaw, Market for Cuban Coins Likely to Heat Up

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com… Ask most Americans born following the Cuban Missile Crisis about Cuba, and you’ll probably hear about cigars or Guantanamo Bay. Maybe baseball. But America’s strained relationship and historical connection to the Caribbean island goes far beyond mid-century cold war tensions, delicious ham and pork sandwiches, connoisseur cigars, […]

Exquisite Barber Dimes and Proof Morgans Headline Legend’s Regency X Auction at PCGS Members-Only Show in Las Vegas

Exquisite Barber Dimes and Proof Morgans Headline Legend’s Regency X Auction at PCGS Members-Only Show in Las Vegas

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. For dealers and collectors at the top end of the U.S. rare coin market, all eyes will be on the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada at 5:00 pm local time (8:00 pm Eastern) as Legend Rare Coin Auctions starts live bidding for Regency Auction X. […]

Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On Thursday, Christie’s of New York auctioned a unique Nobel Prize medal belonging to Dr. James D. Watson, one of the 20th century’s most preeminent microbiologists and one of a team of scientists credited with discovering the structure of the DNA double helix. As we reported on […]

5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Do you have a coin collector in your life but don’t know what to get them? Fear not fellow traveler, CoinWeek is here with five numismatist-approved gift suggestions that you don’t need to be a rare coin expert to get right.   1. Coins & Collectors: Golden […]

Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Once called the Caligula of Biology[1], now set to score big on the sale of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific medals… James Dewey Watson, an internationally recognized molecular biologist and part of the team of researchers responsible for discovering the double helix structure of DNA […]

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2 Euro Cent

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2 Euro Cent

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 2 Euro Cent (2002-Present) Slightly larger in size and double in “value” than the diminutive 1 cent coin, the 2 euro cent sees slightly more demand based on a quick survey of mintages. The 2 euro cent has little purchasing power but is favored by Germany and a handful of other Eurozone […]

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 1 Euro Cent

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 1 Euro Cent

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia:   1 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The smallest of the circulating euro coins, the diminutive 1 euro cent has virtually no purchasing power but, much like the cent in the United States, it circulates widely as a change-making coin. The 1 euro cent replaced the 10 groschen as Austria’s lowest value circulating coin […]

 
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