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PCGS Retro Label, FREE CoinFacts Part of 30th Anniversary Announcement

PCGS Retro Label, FREE CoinFacts Part of 30th Anniversary Announcement

As part of a year-long 30th anniversary celebration, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) (www.PCGS.com) has unveiled an impressive array of products and services to assist and benefit collectors and dealers. They include ending the annual $149 subscription fee to now make the popular www.PCGSCoinFacts.com website free to everyone; new developments for the PCGS Restoration Service; […]

By January 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auction Results –  Top 5 Silver Eagles sold in the Heritage FUN sale

Coin Auction Results – Top 5 Silver Eagles sold in the Heritage FUN sale

At the Heritage FUN sale, that is continuing in Tampa, we already have a number of auction results for Silver Eagles that may be of interest to collectors of the series, and to those that follow the CoinWeek Silver Eagle Price Guide 1990 Silver Eagle, MS70 – The Sole Finest at PCGS – Registry Set […]

By January 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

Coin Grading – Why CAC matters in today’s era of slabbed coins

By Douglas LePre – Senior Portfolio Manager at Blanchard and Company, Inc ….   Over the last 30 years, the coin market has changed dramatically. Initially this market was primarily for collectors who built sets as a hobby – there were no grading services and very few auctions where coins sold for six figures, let […]

New PCGS VP Excited About Modern Coins and Planned 2016 U.S. Mint Commem Program

New PCGS VP Excited About Modern Coins and Planned 2016 U.S. Mint Commem Program

The United States Mint’s plans for creation of gold coins in 2016 based on classic silver coin designs issued a century earlier could spark a resurgence in the popularity of modern commemoratives, according to Mark Stephenson, Vice President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). “2016 is looking like it will be a bounce back year […]

By January 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

Ancients Coins – Collecting the Seven Wonders of the World

The Lighthouse of Alexandria By Julia Rich, Director, NGC Ancients…. A numismatic grand tour of some of the most important — and mysterious — ancient monuments. What can coins tell us about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? In collecting ancient coins, there are countless avenues to explore. One can curate an impressive collection […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – the 1928 Peace Dollar

Counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollar By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)….   Since so many counterfeit 1928 Peace Dollars are, in fact, altered 1923 coins, it is particularly useful to know the diagnostics that are seen on legitimate examples. The 1928 Peace Dollar had the lowest mintage of any issue in this […]

NGC Certifies Rare Moroccan Gold Coin

NGC Certifies Rare Moroccan Gold Coin

NGC graders have certified a rare 1787 Moroccan 10 Mithquals. The Morocco AH1201 (1787 AD) 10 Mithquals (or 10 Riyals) coin is a rarity with great historical significance. With an estimated ten surviving examples (and only a few of these available for private ownership), this coin is highly coveted by collectors. The coin’s design features […]

CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

The CoinWeek Podcast is proudly sponsored by Professional Coin Grading Service. Visit www.pcgs.com to give the gift of collecting. It’s been 40 years since U.S. Bicentennial coins found their way into the channels of commerce. Have you seen a 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter in change lately? How about a Bicentennial half dollar or dollar? In this […]

By December 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1990s

American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1990s

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek IQ….   Hi folks, and welcome to the latest installment of CoinWeek’s American Silver Eagle Price Guide Analysis. In this article, we cover Proof and Bullion Silver Eagles from 1990-1999 certified by NGC and PCGS. Our analysis of Silver Eagles from the 1980s can be found here. You […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar

Counterfeit 1802 Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… This spurious 1802 dollar is a good example of a typical counterfeit Bust Dollar seen by NGC graders. The Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Reverse silver dollar was introduced in 1798 as an update to the Small Eagle Reverse […]

NGC Signs Coin Designer and Ex US Mint Chief Engraver  John M. Mercanti to Exclusive  Signature Label Deal

NGC Signs Coin Designer and Ex US Mint Chief Engraver John M. Mercanti to Exclusive Signature Label Deal

John M. Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint, has agreed to individually hand sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®). The most famous US coin engraver of the modern era, Mercanti is best known as the designer of the reverse of the extremely popular American Silver Eagle coin. Mercanti was […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1879 Double Eagle US Gold

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1879 Double Eagle US Gold

Counterfeit 1879 Double Eagle By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………   A repeat depression helps NGC graders identify a counterfeit 1879 Double Eagle. Every United States coin features the date it was issued on the obverse side. The mintmark, on the other hand, is virtually always on the reverse, although there are some […]

PCGS Launches 30th Anniversary with Historic Sample Slab Display at FUN

PCGS Launches 30th Anniversary with Historic Sample Slab Display at FUN

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will launch a year-long 30th anniversary celebration at the upcoming 2016 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention by turning back the clock to display an assortment of more than 120 different, promotional sample “slabs” issued by the company since its founding in 1986. While supplies last, PCGS will also be giving […]

By December 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Former Mint Director Edmund C. Moy to Autograph NGC Labels Under Exclusive Agreement

Former Mint Director Edmund C. Moy to Autograph NGC Labels Under Exclusive Agreement

By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….   Exclusive Agreement has former Mint Director Edmund C. Moy now signing labels for NGC Edmund C. Moy, the 38th Director of the US Mint, will individually autograph labels for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) under an exclusive arrangement. Moy served from 2006 to 2011 as Mint Director, a position which […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1861 Type 2 US Gold Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1861 Type 2 US Gold Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit 1861 Type 2 Quarter Eagle By Max Spiegel, NGC ……… Raised lumps of metal and lack of detail are red flags on this 1861 Type 2 Quarter Eagle. NGC graders recently evaluated a submission of US gold pieces that included a counterfeit 1861 Type 2 Quarter Eagle with several diagnostics frequently seen on a variety […]

NGC Ancients – Masterpieces of Kimon and Euainetos

NGC Ancients – Masterpieces of Kimon and Euainetos

Classic example of a decadrachm with Euainetos-signed dies. By Josh Illingworth, NGC Ancients ………   NGC Ancients examines the series of silver decadrachms struck at Syracuse (Sicily) in the fifth to fourth centuries BCE During the time of Dionysius I (c. 405-367 BCE), a beautiful series of large silver coins were introduced at Syracuse, the chief […]

Gobrecht Silver Dollars – The Most Misunderstood Coin

Gobrecht Silver Dollars – The Most Misunderstood Coin

1836 C. GOBRECHT name below base, stars in obverse field, plain edge. Die alignment: eagles flies level, coin turn and eagle flies level medal turn. Judd-58 By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. The Gobrecht Silver Dollar is a complicated yet fascinating series. At first glance many would think that the Gobrecht Silver Dollar series […]

By December 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1883 Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1883 Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit coin – 1883 Seated Half Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… A counterfeit 1883 half dollar features a large number of raised lumps in the fields and throughout the design elements. The United States Mint shifted its attention from half dollars to the Morgan Dollar after its launch in 1878. As […]

The Houston Money Show- Heritage Sale Features Scores Of Collector Coins

The Houston Money Show- Heritage Sale Features Scores Of Collector Coins

1652  Oak Tree Shilling, MS64 NGC. CAC. By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Coin collecting is not for bravado, it is still a hobby. Collectors give thanks for another triumphant year! As this article posts, Thanksgiving is here and we succumb to the tantalizing aromas of roast turkeys and home-baked apple pies wafting in […]

By November 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Underrated Proof Seated Liberty Coinage

Coin Collecting Strategies – Underrated Proof Seated Liberty Coinage

1874 Arrows 50 Cent Proof By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Proof Seated coins from 1858 to 1891 can be found in Choice condition for relatively modest sums. One of the most common questions we are asked as professional numismatists is which area of the rare coin market has the most potential. We literally […]

By November 20, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar in Fake GSA Holder

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar in Fake GSA Holder

Counterfeit Coin –  1885-CC Morgan Dollar By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… At first glance, the counterfeit coin GSA holder looks similar to a genuine one. The fake 1885-CC Morgan Dollar, however, is far more obvious. Recent reports have identified counterfeit coin GSA holders with counterfeit Carson City Morgan Dollars inside. Last month […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar

Counterfeit Australia 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… The popularity of lunar coins has grown of late, making the coins an excellent target for counterfeiters. Lunar coins have become very popular in recent years with coins struck annually to commemorate the Chinese Zodiac, a calendar that […]

NGC Certifies Rare World Gold Coin from India – George VI Jaipur Nazarana Mohur

NGC Certifies Rare World Gold Coin from India – George VI Jaipur Nazarana Mohur

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare India-Jaipur 1945 Year 24 Nazarana Mohur. It has been graded NGC MS 64. Issued by Jaipur in India in 1945, this Nazarana Mohur is struck in gold from the silver Nazarana Rupee dies. A “nazarana” is a presentation issue. Nazaranas were struck in limited numbers and […]

Coin Collectors Are Still Obsessed With Obtaining The Ultimate Certified Coins

Coin Collectors Are Still Obsessed With Obtaining The Ultimate Certified Coins

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. A Virginia collector feels Jefferson Nickels are poised for an advance — Numismatics experience is a gift for all ages. As the year rapidly winds down, the media advertising blitz is saturating all available outlets in order to inform us what will give us our holiday cheer this […]

By November 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
QA Check’s James Sego Discusses Quality of Lyndon Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set – Video: 3:10

QA Check’s James Sego Discusses Quality of Lyndon Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set – Video: 3:10

The Lyndon B. Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set was released in late October by the U.S. Mint. The set, which included a Reverse Proof Johnson dollar and a Johnson silver medal, sold out within hours. CoinWeek catches up with QA Check President and Senior Grader James Sego to ask about the quality of the coins […]

By November 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Eye Appeal Rules Current Rare Coin Market

Eye Appeal Rules Current Rare Coin Market

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   The market has become nearly obsessed with eye appeal and quality. The rare coin market evolves over time and many series come and go out of fashion. In the 1960s, BU Rolls and Proof Sets were all the rage. In the 1980s, generic gold coins dominated the […]

By November 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Aim High with Military Payment Certificates

Aim High with Military Payment Certificates

To celebrate the 68th Anniversary of the creation of the US Air Force, a pair of Military Payment Certificates featuring iconic imagery is discussed By Adam Howerton – Paper Money Guaranty   While there has been a predecessor to the United States Air Force in a wide variety of forms and monikers since 1907, the […]

ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminars at FUN Convention

ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminars at FUN Convention

Become a smarter collector and learn how to preserve your investment Were you aware the 1909-S V.D.B. Lincoln cent is one of the most counterfeited U.S. coins? Learning to distinguish and recognize minor inconsistencies can mean the difference between a few dollars and several thousand. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) School of Numismatics is offering […]

Coin Collectors Focused-Rejuvenated This Fall; NGC Protects Preserves For Posterity

Coin Collectors Focused-Rejuvenated This Fall; NGC Protects Preserves For Posterity

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. New Hobbyists Entering The Fold; The Collectors Favorite—CC Morgan Dollars—Surging Ahead; Toned Morgans Hot. It is a cool rainy day here in New England. Although cloudy, gray skies prevail above, the ground below is saturated with the bright colored leaves that are synonymous with New England this time […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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