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Coin Profiles – Proof 1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profiles – Proof 1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar

Extremely Rare Proof 1825 Half Dollar The Finest Specimen Certified by Either Service 1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Overton-113. Rarity-8 as a Proof. Proof-66 (NGC). The Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Proof Coins listed several Proof 1825 half dollars but none have been verified as Proofs in the modern era. No Proof 1825 half dollar […]

Ancient Coin Profiles –  Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Ancient Coin Profiles – Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Mysia, Cyzicus. Hekte circa 500-450 By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Cyzicus was one of the great trade cities of the ancient world. It was located on the Sea of Marmara and ruled by the Persian Empire until its capture by Alexander the Great in 334 BCE. Starting in the first half […]

World Coin Profiles – English Gold Coin Spur-Ryal (15 Shillings) of James I

World Coin Profiles – English Gold Coin Spur-Ryal (15 Shillings) of James I

Spur-Ryal (15 Shillings), ND (1619-24). Third Coinage James I (1603-25). NGC MS-64. James I (James VI of Scotland) came to power at the age of 13 months, and went on to become one of the most momentous rulers in all of British history. One could arguably say James I put the “Great” in Great Britain, […]

By December 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   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 strike coins […]

United States 1972 (P) Eisenhower Dollar

United States 1972 (P) Eisenhower Dollar

Description: While the country-at-large’s desire for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s was hardly demonstrable, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President Dwight D. […]

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Coin Profiles – 1900 Lafayette Memorial Silver Dollar

Coin Profiles – 1900 Lafayette Memorial Silver Dollar

Editors’ Note: CoinWeek posted a multi-part article by David Provost on the 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar. Part I can be read here ……. and Part II is here . The renowned 18th-century French nobleman, the Marquis de Lafayette, has occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans for over 200 years. Born in 1757 […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus, Buried at Pompeii

Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus, Buried at Pompeii

Vespasian. AD 69-79. AV Aureus – Rome mint – Struck AD 70 By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Mt. Vesuvius began erupting on August 24, 79 CE and continued for two days, burying the Roman settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum, among others. There were warning signs: small earthquakes started a few days […]

United States 1990 Eisenhower Centennial Dollar

United States 1990 Eisenhower Centennial Dollar

Description: The 1990 Eisenhower Centennial Dollar is the second United States coin struck to honor the 34th President of the United States, the first was the circulating Eisenhower dollar issued from 1971-1978. Authorized by Public Law 100-467 (Act of October 3, 1988), which authorized the striking of up to 4,000,000 silver dollars to commemorate the […]

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United States 1931-S Lincoln Cent

United States 1931-S Lincoln Cent

Description: The Lincoln cent is the United States’ longest serving coin. Its 1909 debut marked the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Its elegant sculptural design served as the vanguard of a new wave of American coin art. And while the golden era of American coin design is most associated with medallic artist and […]

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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 […]

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2016 Australia Northern Sky Cassiopeia $5 Silver Coin

2016 Australia Northern Sky Cassiopeia $5 Silver Coin

Description: From the Royal Australian Mint: This is the first coin of a three-coin Northern Sky series featuring the celebrated domed shape coin. In Greek mythology, Cassiopeia was the beautiful but boastful queen of Ethiopia. While her beauty could never be questioned, her vanity became her tragic legacy. Cassiopeia can still be seen in the […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2003: Prince Metternich (Fürst Metternich) 20 Euro Silver Coin

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 2003: Prince Metternich (Fürst Metternich) 20 Euro Silver Coin

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 20 Euro Silver Coin – Prince Metternich | Fürst Metternich (2003) Austria Through the Ages Series (2000-2003) Description: This, the third issue in the Austrian Mint’s “Austria Through the Ages” series, focuses on the historically-significant Biedermeier period of 1815 through 1848. This was a period of heightened prominence for Austrian style, industry, […]

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Finland 2015 Gallen-Kallela 2 Euro Coin

Finland 2015 Gallen-Kallela 2 Euro Coin

Description: On October 10, 2015, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), the Mint of Finland has released a limited mintage collector coin. Gallen-Kallela The Finland Gallen-Kallela 2 euro coin has a mintage of 489,000 uncirculated pieces and 11,000 proofs. Gallen-Kallela’s career spanned more than 50 years. His style […]

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United States 1972-D Washington Quarter

United States 1972-D Washington Quarter

Description – Washington Quarter Intended to be a circulating commemorative coin honoring the bicentennial of the birth of America’s first president, the Washington quarter as originally designed was struck from 1932 to 1998, save for a two-year run in 1975 and 1976, when the coin’s reverse was swapped out for the “drummer boy” design of Jack […]

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Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

By Geoffrey Cope – Petitioncrown.com ……..   “It was, in my eyes, the perfect coin” The Love of a remarkable ageless Sestertius of Agrippina Senior. Now given a new provenance Nov 2015 This Sestertius coin was a lone piece amongst 200 of the world’s finest Greek & Roman in an Auction at Sotheby’s in the […]

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Australia 2015 Remembrance Day $2 Coin

Australia 2015 Remembrance Day $2 Coin

Description:   According to statistics kept by the Australian War Memorial, 61,254 Australians service members lost their lives serving in World War I. That service and sacrifice is forever remembered each year on November 11, Remembrance Day. To honor the occasion, the Royal Australian Mint has issued a multi-color circulating 2-dollar coin. On the obverse is […]

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Canada 2016 The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark $20 Proof Silver Coin

Canada 2016 The Universe: Glow-in-the-Dark $20 Proof Silver Coin

Description: For lovers of astronomy, the heavens are a tantalizing window on other, more distant worlds. For the better part of the past 70 years, we were met with amazing discoveries, spectacular celestial vistas, and a call that beckons us to continue a journey that began thousands of years ago when our ancestors looked to […]

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United States 2015 Native American – Mohawk Ironworkers $1 Coin

United States 2015 Native American – Mohawk Ironworkers $1 Coin

Description: The 2015 Native American dollar coin celebrates the contributions of the Mohawk Ironworkers. For nearly a century, ironworkers from the Mohawk tribe have changed the landscape of many of America’s urban centers, working at perilous heights, fastening steel beams, and assembling the skeletal structure of the nation’s iconic skyscrapers. The coin’s reverse design is […]

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British Antarctic Territory 2015 Centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Proof £2 Silver Coin

British Antarctic Territory 2015 Centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Proof £2 Silver Coin

Description:   The Pobjoy Mint commemorates the heroic story of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) with a silver £2 commemorative coin honoring Sir Ernest Shackleton and the heroic crew of the three-masted barquentine Endurance. The goal of the expedition was to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent but after the Endurance was beset in ice […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial – Antioch Tetradrachm of Augustus

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial – Antioch Tetradrachm of Augustus

Overview: This tetradrachm (a silver four-drachmae coin), issued around the year 2 BCE, is from the Greco-Roman city of Antioch-on-the-Orontes in what is now southern Turkey. In 31 BCE, the forces of Octavian, great-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar, had defeated the forces of Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, one […]

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Austria 30 Years of the European Union Flag 2 Euro Coin

Austria 30 Years of the European Union Flag 2 Euro Coin

Description: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the European Union flag, the Austrian Mint will join the 19 member nations of the European Monetary Union and issue a special commemorative 2-euro coin. Every issuing country will feature the award-winning design of Georgios Stamatopoulos. Stamatopoulos’ design was selected by the citizens and residents of […]

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Isle of Man 2015 Christmas Angel 1/20 Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Isle of Man 2015 Christmas Angel 1/20 Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Description: Since medieval times, Angel coins bearing the design of the Archangel Michael slaying the Dragon have been thought to bring good luck and health to the bearer and this modern Angel, which is one of the World’s foremost bullion coins, continues to uphold this remarkable tradition. – The Pobjoy Mint. For the last twelve […]

By October 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Italy 2015 70 Years of Peace 10 Euro Silver Coin

Italy 2015 70 Years of Peace 10 Euro Silver Coin

Description: 2015 marks the 70 years since the end of World War II. The European Union marked the occasion with a series of commemorations, including a number of numismatic issues from a number of European mints. The Mint of Italy commemorated the event with the release of a 10-euro silver coin, titled “70 Years of Peace”. […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Russia 2015 United Nations Convention Against Corruption 3 Ruble Silver Coin

Russia 2015 United Nations Convention Against Corruption 3 Ruble Silver Coin

Description:   On October 22, 2015, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation issued a silver three-ruble commemorative coin to honor the 10th anniversary of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The timing of the coin’s release coincides with Russia’s hosting of the Conference’s sixth session, which will be held […]

By October 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
South Korea Korean Cultural Heritage: Gyeongju Historic Areas 30000 Won Silver Coin

South Korea Korean Cultural Heritage: Gyeongju Historic Areas 30000 Won Silver Coin

Description: On December 7, 2015, the Bank of Korea will continue its series of Korean Cultural Heritage Commemorative Coin Series with the issuance of two new 30,000-won silver commemorative coins. The first of the two to be issued honors Gyeongju Historic Areas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Gyeongju Historic Areas are significant for their large concentration […]

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Canada 2015 Autumn Express $20 Silver Colorized Coin

Canada 2015 Autumn Express $20 Silver Colorized Coin

Description: Canada offers two unique looks at fall with the release of a colorized $20 silver coin and the 2015 Maple Canopy: Kaleidoscope of Colour $250 gold coin. For this, the $20 silver coin, the Royal Canadian Mint juxtaposes traditional coin engraving techniques with a state of the art application of color to create a […]

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Belgium 2015 Waterloo Bicentennial 2.5 Euro Coin

Belgium 2015 Waterloo Bicentennial 2.5 Euro Coin

Description:   The first Belgian coin with a face value of 2.5 euros, the Bicentennial of Waterloo commemorative coin marks Napoleon’s staggering defeat 200 years ago. Lion’s Mound is the coin’s central design motif. That mound, constructed between 1820 and 1826, overlooks the site of the historic battle. The coin is offered as a Proof […]

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United States 2015 Bess Truman $10 Gold Coin

United States 2015 Bess Truman $10 Gold Coin

Description: On April 16, 2015, the United States Mint issued the 2015 Bess Truman $10 Gold Coin. The coin is struck in .9999 gold and has a maximum authorized mintage of 10,000 across all ordering options. The coin was struck at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” mintmark. It comes in two finishes, Proof and Uncirculated. The Bess […]

By October 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Switzerland 2015 2,000 Years of Aventicum 50 Franc Gold Coin

Switzerland 2015 2,000 Years of Aventicum 50 Franc Gold Coin

Description: Aventicum was an important ancient Roman and Swiss town, founded near the beginning of the common era (CE) and enjoying several centuries of growth as a thriving regional cultural center. Around 69 CE, the Roman Emperor Vespasian (who spent a military childhood there) granted Aventicum the elite status of a settlement colony, and in […]

By October 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Canada 2016 Maple Canopy: Kaleidoscope of Colour $250 2 Ounce Gold Coin

Canada 2016 Maple Canopy: Kaleidoscope of Colour $250 2 Ounce Gold Coin

Description: .9999 pure gold adds to the dazzling wonder of fall in this Royal Canadian Mint release celebrating the fall foliage of the Canadian landscape. A thick and knotted tree with sprawling branches fills the coin, its fully-textured leaves are colorized to recreate the natural scene. The coin’s perspective offers a captivating view of the […]

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