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Coin Profiles – The Single-Finest-Certified 18th Century $5 Gold Half Eagle

Coin Profiles – The Single-Finest-Certified 18th Century $5 Gold Half Eagle

One of the many superlative coins in Heritage’s 2015 January 7 – 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction in Orlando is a breathtaking 1795 five dollar gold piece. Graded MS66 by NGC, it is not just the finest-certified 1795 half eagle seen by either of the leading grading services, it is the single finest graded […]

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

For absolute rarity, historic significance, and sheer romantic appeal, the 1861 Confederate half dollar is unsurpassed in the annals of American coinage. It is the only coin officially authorized and struck for the Confederate States of America. Thomas Elder was correct when he wrote in 1910 that this coin has profound historical significance that extends […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 9: Buffalo Nickels

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 9: Buffalo Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #254  A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… For less than $500 per coin, a set of Buffalo nickels ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can certainly be completed, provided that the 1918/7-D overdate and the 1916/1916 […]

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Coin Profile: 1786/85 Immunis Columbia, Confederatio Mule Colonial Coin

Coin Profile: 1786/85 Immunis Columbia, Confederatio Mule Colonial Coin

1786/85 Immunis Columbia, Confederatio, Large Stars, Crosby VII, 16, Breen-1128, Whitman-5665, MS64 Brown NGC. 159.8 grains. This extremely rare Confederatio piece combines the 1786 Immunis Columbia obverse with the 1785 Large Stars Confederatio reverse. Walter Breen believed this mule was unique, and used this piece as the plate coin in his Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. […]

Coin Profile –  Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter, A Remarkable Strike Rarity and Series Key

Coin Profile – Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter, A Remarkable Strike Rarity and Series Key

The Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter in Heritage’s October 27 Signature Auction of The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II boasts a thick overlay of mint frost complementing a light golden tinge, which is somewhat deeper on the obverse. Design definition is excellent for the issue; Liberty’s toes are separated, the stars are well-defined, and the […]

Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……… The Beginning of Coinage Shown with expressive and diverse imagery today, coinage started from very humble beginnings. The ancient author Herodotos wrote that “the Lydians were the first people we know of to use a gold and silver coinage”. Through hoard evidence and […]

1877 Half Union Pattern in Gilt Copper

1877 Half Union Pattern in Gilt Copper

The 1877 fifty dollar patterns, named half unions, were struck in both Large and Small Head varieties, both types using a common reverse. One specimen of each design was struck in gold (Judd-1546 and Judd-1548) and a small number of copper examples of each design were also produced (Judd-1547 and Judd-1549). Some of the copper […]

The Norweb 1797 Half Dollar, among the top five of the entire Draped Bust ‘Small Eagle’ type

The Norweb 1797 Half Dollar, among the top five of the entire Draped Bust ‘Small Eagle’ type

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #231 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek.com …… The Norweb 1797 Draped Bust, Small Eagle Half Dollar is, indisputably, the second finest known 1797 half dollar. It is certainly among the five finest coins of […]

Star of the Gardner Sale in NY was the 1796 10C MS67 PCGS. CAC bringing $881,250

Star of the Gardner Sale in NY was the 1796 10C MS67 PCGS. CAC bringing $881,250

The former Jimmy Hayes-John Whitney Walter 1796 Bust dime graded MS67 by PCGS with a green CAC sticker was the highest selling coin from Heritage’s Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction held June 23rd in New York. This first-year 1796 JR-1 dime is the sole finest certified of this variety with the […]

Rare Coin Profile: 1827/3/2 Capped Bust Quarter, PCGS PR64 CAC

Rare Coin Profile: 1827/3/2 Capped Bust Quarter, PCGS PR64 CAC

The following Coin Profile comes from Heritage Auctions, which is auctioning this coin from the Eugene H. Gardner Collection, auction #1213 on June 23, 2014 as Lot 30357. There are only 9 examples known to exist. The auction catalog reads as follows……. 1827/3/2 25C Original PR64 PCGS. CAC. B-1, R.7. This delightful Choice proof exhibits […]

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. This is the second in a series of articles in which I give readers an insider’s view of how Washington, DC, works (and doesn’t work) from my perspective as director of the U.S. Mint. The complete story of how […]

New 2015 Red Book for Coin Prices Released at Whitman Expo. VIDEO: 2:31

New 2015 Red Book for Coin Prices Released at Whitman Expo. VIDEO: 2:31

Dennis Tucker, Whitman Publishing Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek.com…… The Guide Book of United States Coin aka “The Red Book” has been a primary source of coin prices since. The 68th edition for 2015 was released at the March Whitman Expo. CoinWeek’s Charles Morgan talks to publisher Dennis Tucker to find out what this new edition […]

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The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #194 A Weekly Column for CoinWeek by Greg Reynolds …………….. This is the fifth in a series on the Eric Newman Coin Collection, the most famous coin collection to be auctioned since the Eliasberg and Pittman sales […]

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The Stack’s-Bowers 2013 ANA Rarities Night, Part 3: Famous 1878-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar

The Stack’s-Bowers 2013 ANA Rarities Night, Part 3: Famous 1878-S Liberty Seated Half Dollar

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, column #183………. The Rarities Night event of Aug. 15th was one of many sessions in the official ANA convention coin and paper money auction by Stack’s-Bowers, which totaled more than $46 […]

An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……… Previously published in the Coin Dealer Newsletter – Monthly Supplement, July 12th, 2013   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921.  Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold […]

Type One Double Eagles: 2013 Market Update, New Orleans

Type One Double Eagles: 2013 Market Update, New Orleans

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Last month, I looked at the current market for Type One Philadelphia double eagles and compared it to the market(s) of five and ten years ago. In this month’s installment, I’m going to look at the popular New Orleans double eagles struck between 1850 and 1861 […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dollars of 1811, with emphasis upon two ‘in the news’!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dollars of 1811, with emphasis upon two ‘in the news’!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #169 ….. Though more than two hundred years old, Capped Bust Half Dollars of 1811 are or recently have been available, in many grades. Indeed, these are around in all grade ranges: Good-04 to 06, […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #163 ….. Barber Half Dollars were minted from 1892 to 1915. They were not struck at the Denver Mint until 1906. Each collector who would like to own a Denver Mint Barber Half Dollar should […]

The 1815 Half Eagle: New Discoveries, new monograph on storied coin from Heritage Auctions

The 1815 Half Eagle: New Discoveries, new monograph on storied coin from Heritage Auctions

New research and facts from noted historian Roger W. Burdette highlights new treatise on one of the U.S. numismatics most enigmatic issues  Heritage Auctions has announced the publication of The 1815 Half Eagle: New Discoveries, a 50 page monograph by Heritage numismatists David Stone and Mark Van Winkle, published by Ivy Press. “This compact reference […]

World Coin Profiles: Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos

World Coin Profiles: Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos

by Jay Turner, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation The Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos weighed in at 1.25 grams and measured a tiny 10 millimeters. What is the smallest coin ever struck by the United States government? While the United States has produced coins for over 40 countries, the smallest to date is the Panama 1904 2-1/2 Centesimos. Measuring […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Unique 1873-CC ‘No Arrows’ Dime

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Unique 1873-CC ‘No Arrows’ Dime

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #116 …… At the ANA Convention in August, in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers will auction a complete collection of Carson City (Nevada) Mint coins. The owner of the set has not revealed his name, though he has […]

ULTIMATE RARITIES:  The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called, “the single most important coin in American numismatics.”  It’s the unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon with an “EB” hallmark stamped on the eagle’s breast, representing Ephraim Brasher, the coin’s designer.  […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

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 New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com                 Without their stories coins are just “pieces of metal.”  At least that’s what the late Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, called them many years ago while she and I were examining a tray full of some of […]

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

Posted by David W. Lange, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Research Director ….. Certain issues of United States coins seem to hold more appeal than similar coins of other dates and mints. Among my favorite coins are the various pieces coined at the San Francisco Mint in 1923. This was a significant year for several reasons, including the […]

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

From the NGC by Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher on 5/15/2012 Raised areas and the incorrrect shape of the mintmark identify this 1881-S Morgan as a counterfeit. The 1881-S Morgan dollar is not a coin that you would expect to see faked. It is easily the most common date in the Morgan dollar series, and NGC has […]

World Coins: Chile 2008 50 Peso

World Coins: Chile 2008 50 Peso

From the NGC Posted by Jay Turner, NGC Grader on 5/15/2012 Some 2008 50 Peso coins were issued with Chile misspelled. In numismatics, errors and varieties are two of the most studied and collected areas in the field. Minting facilities often catch these mistakes before they are released into circulation. When missed, they can be highly collectible […]

Rare Double Eagles Highlight Long Beach Offerings

Rare Double Eagles Highlight Long Beach Offerings

An outstanding selection of rare twenty dollar gold coins highlights Heritage’s upcoming US Coins Signature Auction, to take place May 30-June 3 at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The most prominent among the double eagle offerings in this auction is probably the Eliasberg/Duckor 1931 coin. 1931 $20 MS66 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/EliasbergEx.  The […]

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker CoinWeek content Contributor Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

NGC Certifies Unique Stella $4 Gold Variety

NGC Certifies Unique Stella $4 Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has authenticated and graded the single known example of a distinctive Stella variety as PF- 60, J-1636a. The Stella, or four-dollar gold piece, was coined solely as a series of pattern pieces dated 1879 or 1880 in two major types. Both show a left-facing bust of Liberty on the obverse and […]

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