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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Unrecognized Importance of 1846 Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Unrecognized Importance of 1846 Dimes

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #98 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds When people think about rare dimes, their minds do not often turn to 1846 Liberty Seated Dimes. They think instead about the Draped Bust, Small Eagle Dimes of 1796-97, the widely recognized Heraldic Eagle Dimes […]

PCGS Will Recognize Circulation Strike 1841 Philadelphia Quarter Eagles!

PCGS Will Recognize Circulation Strike 1841 Philadelphia Quarter Eagles!

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is announcing a big change involving one of the most famous and desirable United States gold coin rarities, the famous 1841 $2.50 gold piece, nicknamed, “The Little Princess.” Traditionally, it has always been thought that only proof Quarter Eagles were struck by the Philadelphia Mint in 1841 and no circulation […]

By February 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was catalogued as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike surfaces with exceptionally sharp […]

By February 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Finest Known Carson City, Nevada Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Finest Known Carson City, Nevada Gold Coin

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #96 At the ANA Convention in August, which will be held in Philadelphia, Stack’s Bowers Galleries (SBG) will auction the only complete collection of Carson City, Nevada Mint, U.S. coins. The consignor wishes to remain […]

By February 22, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
NGC Certifies Unique Proof 1854 $10

NGC Certifies Unique Proof 1854 $10

Coin is one of only a handful of higher denomination proof coins from the 1850s known. NGC recently identified and certified a proof 1854 $10 gold piece. The coin grades Proof 55 Cameo. While a small number of lower denomination proof coins are known from this year, notably examples of the first year of issue […]

By February 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: $1.38 Million Auction Record for a $5 gold coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: $1.38 Million Auction Record for a $5 gold coin

News & Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the collecting community #90 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds At the FUN Convention in Orlando, an 1829 Half Eagle ($5 gold coin) and a 1793 Chain cent each sold for $1.38 million in a Heritage auction. My article about this 1793 Chain Cent was published on […]

By January 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The 1793 Large Cents of Denis Loring

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The 1793 Large Cents of Denis Loring

News and Analysis on scarce coins,  markets, and the  collecting community #87 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds For decades, Denis Loring has been one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable collectors of large cents. The interest level in a large cent is almost always greater if Loring was a present or previous owner […]

By December 22, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Detection: 1911-D Quarter Eagle

by Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher The 1911-D is the key Indian Head quarter eagle. Read about two unusual alterations and how NGC experts discovered  these two type of counterfeits. Chased Mintmark There are a number of methods used by counterfeiters to add a mintmark to a coin, but probably the crudest is called “chasing.” […]

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – with Permission Two of the most basic terms that anyone new to numismatics needs to understand are Business Strike and Proof. Business strike coins are those made by the mint for general circulation. Proof coins are the numismatic delicacies struck for collectors each year. In general, business […]

Mintmark Varieties of Dahlonega Half Eagles

Mintmark Varieties of Dahlonega Half Eagles

By Doug Winter  for RareGoldCoins.com For variety collectors, the half eagles struck at the Dahlonega mint are fertile ground. There are a number of very interesting varieties, but currently just a handful of collectors appreciate them. With the upcoming release of the third edition of my Dahlonega book, I feel that this situation may change. […]

By November 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Update on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

The Coin Analyst: Update on 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Sets

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Collectors who ordered 25th anniversary silver eagle sets from the Mint on October 27 are eagerly awaiting shipment of their sets. A waiting list for the sets was posted about 4 ½ hours after the start of sales on October 27, which was one of the fastest sells-outs in U.S. […]

By November 8, 2011 59 Comments Read More →
Pinnacle Purchases Spectacular Proof Seated Quarter Collection

Pinnacle Purchases Spectacular Proof Seated Quarter Collection

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities Pinnacle Rarities is proud to announce the purchase of another world class set. We have acquired celebrated collector Bruce Scher’s Proof Seated Quarter collection. His focus (as in all things) is seeking finest known, eye appealing examples. While lacking only two dates, the set is currently ranked second on […]

Superb Gem 1876 Twenty Cent to be offered by Heritage

Superb Gem 1876 Twenty Cent to be offered by Heritage

1876 20C MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC – Lot 3302 in Heritage’s Beverly Hills Auction Novenber 8-10 The twenty cent piece was born out of Free Silver movement, an important political lobby that perceived the gold standard as a threat to poorer citizens, particularly farmers and silver miners. In the early 1870s many of the world’s […]

Two Cool Proof Civil War Gold Dollars

Two Cool Proof Civil War Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com Douglas Winter Numismatics recently sold two very rare and very beautiful Proof gold dollars from the Civil War era. These were an 1862 graded Proof-64 Deep Cameo by PCGS, and an 1864 graded Proof-66 Deep Cameo by PCGS. Both coins had also been approved by CAC. I’d like to share some […]

By November 1, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Graded Plain 4 1834 Capped Head Five Dollar

Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Graded Plain 4 1834 Capped Head Five Dollar

Heritage Auctions On June 28, 1834 Congress passed a law adjusting the weight and composition of the gold eagle (which had not been minted since 1804), half eagle, and quarter eagle. The so-called “old tenor” coinage, struck prior to this act, was .9167 gold (22 carats), which was based on the composition of British gold […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Norweb-Richmond 1854-S $2.5 Gold Coin (Quarter Eagle)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Norweb-Richmond 1854-S $2.5 Gold Coin (Quarter Eagle)

News & Analysis on rare  coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #74 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Oct. 14th, in Pittsburgh, the Norweb-Richmond 1854-S Quarter Eagle (U.S. $2½ gold coin) will be offered by Heritage in an official ANA auction. It is PCGS graded ‘Very Fine-35.’ While this coin is the primary […]

By September 28, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Extremely Fine 1856-O $20 gold coin to be auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Extremely Fine 1856-O $20 gold coin to be auctioned

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #73 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Friday, Oct. 14, Heritage will auction an 1856-O Double Eagle ($20 gold coin) in Pittsburgh as part of the official auction of the first Fall ANA Convention. Traditionally, there have been two ANA Conventions in […]

By September 21, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
The King of American Coins – the Dollar of 1804 – Part 1

The King of American Coins – the Dollar of 1804 – Part 1

Background of the ANA’s Idler 1804 Dollar as Exhibited at the 2011 World’s Fair of Money in Chicago –  Part 1 By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com The “Idler Specimen” of the 1804 Dollar, a coin issue that’s often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” will be exhibited by the American Numismatic […]

Coin Profile: 1868 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof Deep Cameo

Coin Profile: 1868 Liberty Double Eagle, Proof Deep Cameo

Very Rare 19th Century Proof, Possibly Six in Private Hands Condition Census Example, Ex: Harry Bass The 1868 Liberty double eagle is one of the rarest dates of the series in proof format, from a tiny mintage of just 25 pieces. The coin offered here is one of the finest survivors of that minuscule production, […]

Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

Overall and Comparative Rarity Analysis of Dahlonega Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareDateGold.com Using the revised population estimates in the third edition of my book, it is possible to make some interesting observations and conclusions regarding Dahlonega coinage. As an example, it is possible to estimate the average number of survivors for each denomination, the percentage of survivors by grade, and an overall […]

Coin Profile: 1802 Half Dime, a Landmark Rarity

Coin Profile: 1802 Half Dime, a Landmark Rarity

In all of U.S. numismatics there are only a handful of regular issue coins that can compare in absolute rarity to the 1802 half dime. For any numismatic observer, it is the measure of a great collection. The presence of an 1802 half dime is the benchmark used to judge whether a collector has a […]

Important 1792 Fusible Alloy Cent, Judd-2 to be offered in Chicago

Important 1792 Fusible Alloy Cent, Judd-2 to be offered in Chicago

The 1792 pattern cents, Birch cent, half disme, disme, and quarter were the prototypes for what later became the cent, nickel, dime, and quarter that are still the staples of commerce today. These patterns were essential to the development of United States coinage. As Matthew Kleinsteuber, an analyst for NFC Coins, says, “1792 patterns were […]

Coin Profile: Counterpunched Platinum 1814 half dollar pattern

Coin Profile: Counterpunched Platinum 1814 half dollar pattern

Heritage’s upcoming 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction, to be held August 11-12, will feature the unique “Platina” or “P-Punched” Judd-44 1814 half dollar, struck in platinum. This coin was struck from the same dies as the O-107 variety, but in platinum with a lettered edge. After striking, 33 backward letters […]

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

The 1856-S Eagle: A Study of Mintmark Varieties

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to thank collector John Toffaletti for writing this interesting study of 1856-S eagles and contributing it to raregoldcoins.com for publication. I think you’ll find it very interesting and it contains information that has never been published before. There appears to be new interest in the older gold coins […]

Coin Profiles: San Diego Collection of Proof Seated Dollars

Coin Profiles: San Diego Collection of Proof Seated Dollars

By Dan Duncan Pinnacle Rarities is proud to announce the purchase of the San Diego Collection of Seated Dollars, an amazing grouping featuring fourteen of the sixteen possible dates from 1858 to 1873. Selected by an astute California numismatist, each example is an exquisite treasure. Collectively, this accumulation is one of the finest assembled collections […]

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

Coin Profiles: The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00 Gold Double Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I’d like to share a photo and some information about a really interesting coin that I recently bought and sold. It’s a lovely 1858-O double eagle, graded AU55 by PCGS. What makes this coin really special, in my opinion, is its fantastic pedigree. To the best of my knowledge it […]

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

In the 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Platinum Night US Coin Auction, Heritage Auctions offer several very rare proof bust halves. One of these is the sole known proof 1823 half dollar from O-111 dies, though a handful of O-108 specimens are accepted as proofs to varying degrees. This is one of the few proof coins […]

Coin Profile: Proof 1860 $20 Double Eagle

Coin Profile: Proof 1860 $20 Double Eagle

1860 $20 PR64 Cameo NGC. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia records something north of 30 complete gold proof sets minted for 1860, although the Mint during this period would also provide individual denominations upon request. The net production of the 1860 double eagle is reported as 59 proofs. The current numismatic thinking — espoused by Akers, […]

Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profile: Proof 1836 50/00 Capped Bust Half Dollar

One of Only Six Examples Positively Confirmed to Exist; The Breen Plate Coin Writing in the 1989 edition of his encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial proof coins, the late Walter Breen accounts for four die marriages of the proof 1836 Lettered Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar. Of the four varieties, two are of perhaps the […]

By March 21, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term “hobo nickel” is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations. Classic […]

By March 16, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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