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NGC Ancients – Thoughts on Collecting Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients – Thoughts on Collecting Ancient Coins

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Ancient coins are extremely popular because of their historical importance, artistic merit and affordability. This year’s ANA convention was held in Anaheim, California and dealers from the United States and around the world were in attendance. Collectors were there in force, but in numbers that […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

By NGC Ancients …..   The royal busts of the Indo-Greek kings are often adorned with unusual helmets and headdresses Among the most interesting and diverse portraits on ancient ‘Greek’ coinage are those of the Indo-Greek kings of Bactria, a region on the fringe of the Greek world. In addition to the portraits themselves, which […]

Classic US Coins: 1870-S Coins for Budget-Minded Collectors

Classic US Coins: 1870-S Coins for Budget-Minded Collectors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #354 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   In the realm of classic U.S. coins, the most exciting and mystifying date may be the 1870-S. For collectors who cannot afford one of the rarest silver dollars, the only 1870-S […]

Market Whimsy: Terminal Point

Market Whimsy: Terminal Point

Every coin except the great rarities has a Terminal Point By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …..   Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This article consists of two columns that […]

Go For The Gold This Fall – $20 Saints Are Great Value!

Go For The Gold This Fall – $20 Saints Are Great Value!

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Heritage Dallas sale rakes in $8.5 Million; Fresh top-grade material captures record prices! Action in the metal market has always translated into heightened demand. As a great trader told me long ago, “There is nothing as powerful as movement, any movement of consequence up or down. […]

Chinese Pandas – Setting the Bar High in Shenyang

Chinese Pandas – Setting the Bar High in Shenyang

For its 120th anniversary, the Shenyang Mint has unveiled numerous commemorative items, including a half-kilogram silver bar with an enchanting panorama of images from three decades of Panda coins By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   It is late August and summer is already waning in northern China. Under a brilliant blue sky […]

USA Coin Album: Numismatic Lame Ducks

USA Coin Album: Numismatic Lame Ducks

By David W. Lange, Research Director at NGC ……..   In politics, a lame duck is an official whose term of office is concluding and whose successor has already been elected. In effect, this person is seen as no longer useful. This term has a numismatic application as well. Among USA coins there have been […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Part 24: Barber Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Part 24: Barber Dimes

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #353 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The theme here is completing a set of Barber dimes in Very Fine to Almost Uncirculated grades, without spending as much as $500 on any one coin. Naturally toned and pleasant representatives of one or two of the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit coin – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar The relatively crude forgery shows extensive loss of detail throughout. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   In recent years, the “Classic” Commemorative series has become increasingly popular. These coins were first issued in 1892 to celebrate the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, with nearly a million Columbian half dollars […]

NGC Certified Coins: 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin, Chronicles Set Pedigree

NGC Certified Coins: 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin, Chronicles Set Pedigree

NGC will assign the COIN AND CHRONICLES SET pedigree to the coins and medal from this set The Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles Set went on sale at noon on October 11. Limited to a maximum of 150,000 sets, it includes a Reverse Proof 2016-S Reagan Presidential Dollar, a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle […]

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients – Surface Quality Important for Ancient Coins

By NGC Ancients …..   The evaluation of surface quality is paramount to establishing the overall quality of an ancient coin. Surface quality plays a significant role in establishing the desirability–and, hence, the value—of coins to collectors. For this reason, NGC Ancients evaluates the quality of a coin’s surface separately from its grade and strike. […]

CoinWeek Podcast #43: Numismatic Books Old and New with Dr. David Fanning

CoinWeek Podcast #43: Numismatic Books Old and New with Dr. David Fanning

CoinWeek Podcast #43: Numismatic Books Old and New with Dr. David Fanning Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Numismatic Bookseller Dr. David Fanning is this week’s guest on the CoinWeek Podcast. Alongside partner George Kolbe – a noted numismatist in his own […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – Buyer Beware

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   AUCTION BUYING I want to make it clear – this is not a self serving Hot Topics. I am writing this based upon several negatives I see happening. As many of you know, I tirelessly fight coin doctors and dealers who shill for them. For awhile, things […]

NCS Conservation: Special Concerns For Gold Coins

NCS Conservation: Special Concerns For Gold Coins

Although gold coins are less impacted by environmental effects than silver and copper coins, they are not completely impervious to such damage Even though gold is the most stable metal typically used to make coins, a gold coin or one that is mostly gold is not impervious to the perils of poor long-term storage. Problems […]

Legend’s Regency Auction 18 Smashes Records: Toned Morgan Dollars Bring “Beyond Moon Money”

Legend’s Regency Auction 18 Smashes Records: Toned Morgan Dollars Bring “Beyond Moon Money”

Two collections of magnificently toned Morgan dollar collections highlighted Legend Rare Coin Auction’s (LRCA) 18th Regency Auction, held on September 29 in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show. World Record Prices for spectacular, “monster” toned Morgans were realized, and included: Lot 52: $1881-S PCGS MS68 CAC realized $25,850 Lot 77: $1 1881-S PCGS MS66 […]

CoinWeek Podcast #42: Coin Designer Joel Iskowitz on the State of Modern Coins – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #42: Coin Designer Joel Iskowitz on the State of Modern Coins – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #42: Coin Designer Joel Iskowitz on the State of Modern Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Joel Iskowitz is a prolific designer of U.S. coins, having served in the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program since 2003. In this special […]

Spink: The Smash Hit Hong Kong Coin Auction

Spink: The Smash Hit Hong Kong Coin Auction

The third week of August was a very busy one in Hong Kong. The first four days started off with a series of local auctions, starting with Stack’s Bowers’ and Ponterio on Monday and finishing with Spink on the Thursday. The inaugural Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS) followed immediately on Friday, August 19 and was […]

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Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics

Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics

Collecting coins based on art is an endless journey and one that should give you a different perspective of the hobby By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week I had the pleasure of traveling with a friend to Cornish, New Hampshire on a very interesting numismatic road trip. Cornish, New Hampshire […]

Toned Morgan Dollars of the Northern Lights Collection, Part 1 – 4K Video

Toned Morgan Dollars of the Northern Lights Collection, Part 1 – 4K Video

CoinWeek and Legend Rare Coin Auctions partner up to bring you a spectacular array of dazzling toned Morgan dollars from the Northern Lights Collection. These toned coins are what coin collecting at the ultra high end is all about. Each of these Morgan dollars has been graded by PCGS and is CAC-approved. Part I of the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit 1907 Liberty Half Eagle By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most 19th and 20th Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. Laws enacted to strengthen the […]

NGC Certified Coins – 2016-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

NGC Certified Coins – 2016-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

The eagerly awaited 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle — the first in the series to feature edge lettering — went on sale on Friday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. EST. NGC has created a celebratory label for this coin and is offering its popular Early Releases and First Releases designations. The US Mint released the […]

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   While the modern coin market is hot, Ancient world coins an exciting option; Colonial era coins from mother country a great value As we approach the fall season, Major League Baseball is sprinting toward an exciting post season, football has returned, network TV is ready to […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries have identified a new variety of California Fractional Gold. The 1854 Octagonal California Gold Dollar was recently submitted to NGC for attribution and grading. California Fractional Gold Pieces were struck by private mints in California in order to fill a need for smaller denominations in commerce. The […]

NGC Labels for Standing Liberty 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC Labels for Standing Liberty 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC will offer a set of three attractive labels for the 100th anniversary .9999 fine gold Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar The US Mint has announced that it will release .9999 fine gold centennial editions of three iconic 20th-century coins: the Mercury Dime, the Standing Liberty Quarter and the Walking […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar

A Genuine 1893-S Morgan Dollar By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. What’s the first place to look when authenticating key date US coins? This month’s counterfeit detection feature answers that question by examining an altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar. When verifying the authenticity of a rare date coin, there’s a very good place to start your examination: the […]

NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded the Hornets Nest Collection, the first complete set of Charlotte Mint gold coins ever assembled. Notably, the collection includes an NGC VF 20 specimen of the legendary 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, one of the rarest United States coins. The seed of the Hornets Nest Collection was planted during […]

Philippine Coinage Under U.S. Administration

Philippine Coinage Under U.S. Administration

By Lance Tchor – Founder and Co-President, WINGS® Coins LLC ……   American was propelled into war with Spain after an explosion that sank the battleship USS Maine at Havana, Cuba. “Remember the Maine” was the rallying cry that led to the Spanish-American War of 1898. The U.S. demanded that Spain withdraw completely from Cuba, […]

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Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

A look at this often-underrated yet highly interesting series By Jeff Garrett – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… For anyone looking for value when trying to decide what to collect, United States commemorative coinage is a great place to start. The series has been one of the biggest laggards in the last decade in relation to […]

Blanchard & Company: What Coins Are CAC Eligible?

Blanchard & Company: What Coins Are CAC Eligible?

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   At the beginning of 2016, CoinWeek published an article I wrote discussing coins approved by the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC). In that article I discussed briefly CAC’s inception, the initial reaction to its existence, and the positive effect that CAC has […]

 
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