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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 →
Coin Profile: 1808 Quarter Eagle a Rare One-Year Type Coin

Coin Profile: 1808 Quarter Eagle a Rare One-Year Type Coin

Johann Matthias (John) Reich was a Bavarian native who learned the engraving trade from his father, Johann Christian Reich. According to L. Forrer in the Biographical Dictionary of Medalists: the elder Reich was “born at Eisenberg (Saxe-Altenburg) about 1740, settled at Furth in 1758, and died in 1814. He probably began as an assistant to […]

By March 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: 1776 Brass Continental Dollar

Coin Profiles: 1776 Brass Continental Dollar

About 15 brass Continental Currency pieces are known in all grades, and they are only known from the original engraving or the first modification of Reverse A. Breen recorded an example of the EG FECIT variety in brass; however, that piece has never materialized. Current rarity information indicates that there are three known examples of […]

Coin Profiles: Washington Roman Head Cent

Coin Profiles: Washington Roman Head Cent

The exact number of surviving Washington Roman Head cents is unknown although the total is clearly small, given the number of pieces that appear in auctions. In Heritage’s own sales since the beginning of their Permanent Auction Archives in 1993, just four auction appearances represent three different coins. The most recent was a PR61 Brown […]

Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Martin Logies Director, Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation talks about the 1792 half disme in the collection, its numismatic significance, and how the early coins of America were struck. [Runtime 6:34] The player will show in this paragraph From CoinWeek Coin Guide – 1792 Half Disme Throughout the broad range of U.S. coinage from 1792 to […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

Why is a 1907 $10 Gold piece worth more than $2 million?

News and Analysis on, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #39 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Last week, I wrote about the auction of an NGC certified 1907 “Rolled Edge PF-67 SATIN” $10 gold piece for a record $2,185,000. I also listed all other American coins and related items that have sold at […]

By February 9, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Susan B. Anthony Dollar, 1979-1999

Susan B. Anthony Dollar, 1979-1999

Susan B. Anthony dollars, known as “Susies”by many collectors, were the second copper-nickel dollar coin produced for circulation in this country. The first was the Eisenhower dollar in 1971, designed by Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro. When the new Anthony dollar was authorized in 1978 Gasparro also produced the design for this coin (the reverse of […]

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Coin Profiles: Unique 1834 Original Half Dollar O-104, Ex: Brand, Norweb

Coin Profiles: Unique 1834 Original Half Dollar O-104, Ex: Brand, Norweb

“Perhaps unique as a die variety; Walter Breen did not know of other examples, but he was aware of this one, as he participated in the sale of it to Mrs. Norweb. “Here is a superb gem coin, a half dollar for the ages.”

Coin Profile 1804 Bust Quarter, Single Finest Certified B-1, Ex: Colonel Green

Coin Profile 1804 Bust Quarter, Single Finest Certified B-1, Ex: Colonel Green

At the time of his death–with a total estate valued at more than $40 million–his coin collection was valued at an estimated $5 million, along with a stamp collection worth $3.5 million.

The Finest New Orleans Double Eagle Gold Coin to be Sold at FUN

The Finest New Orleans Double Eagle Gold Coin to be Sold at FUN

The upcoming 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction features what is probably the finest New Orleans twenty of any date. Easily the finest known 1852-O double eagle, this Gem has been off the market since the early 1970s, when our consignor purchased it through a private treaty transaction with Stack’s. […]

Coin Profile: Roman Finish 1909 Half Eagle Gold Coin

Coin Profile: Roman Finish 1909 Half Eagle Gold Coin

The proof five dollar coinage of 1907 through 1909 provides quite an object lesson in the evolution of Mint technology and consumer tastes. The 1907 Liberty Head proof, last of the series, was produced in a mostly brilliant or “semibrilliant” proof format that was introduced in 1902; as a result, most proof gold from 1902-1907 […]

Coin Profile: 2000-W Library of Congress Bicentennial Bimetallic Ten Dollars

Coin Profile: 2000-W Library of Congress Bicentennial Bimetallic Ten Dollars

The First and Only Bimetalic Commemorative Coin Minted by the US The Library of Congress, founded on April 24, 1800, is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. Also the world’s largest library, it houses 119 million items– 18 million books; two million recordings; 12 million photographs; four million maps; and 53 million manuscripts. The library’s […]

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