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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 […]

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com I had an interesting experience at a recent show that I thought was worth sharing. A new-to-the-market collector/investor came up to my table and asked to see my “best coins.” I was happy to share them with him and pulled out a gorgeous 1802 quarter eagle in PCGS AU58 and […]

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1863 Quarter Eagle – A Classic Proof-Only Numismatic Rarity offered at Central States

1863 Quarter Eagle – A Classic Proof-Only Numismatic Rarity offered at Central States

The 1863 quarter eagle is a classic American coin issue that is familiar to many collectors, even those who specialize outside the rarefied atmosphere of 19th century proof gold coinage. As a proof-only production in the long-running Liberty Head quarter eagle series, the 1863 joins other legendary coins such as the 1841 “Little Princess” quarter […]

Coin Profiles: Proof 1836 Quarter Eagle With 1834 Small Head

Coin Profiles: Proof 1836 Quarter Eagle With 1834 Small Head

All proof U.S. gold coins from the 1830s are very rare, and only six specimens of the 1836 Classic Head quarter eagle are known in proof format. No record was kept of proof mintages in this era, as the coins were only struck at the behest of some influential party, like Secretary of State John […]

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 […]

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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 3 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 →
 
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