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 […]
News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #76 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Although early Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) are very expensive, I find that many collectors like to read about them. A famous 1796/5 Half Eagle is ‘in the news’ as Heritage will offer the […]
By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The half eagle is the very first gold coin to be struck at the United States mint. This denomination was struck without interruption from 1795 to 1929, and it is the only U.S. gold issue to be produced at all eight United States mints. It is very popular with collectors, […]
[Sarasota, Florida] ⎯ Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announced the release today of NGC Auction Central – a new resource that maintains auction data for NGC-certified US coins from prominent auction houses including Heritage, Stack’s Bowers, Teletrade, David Lawrence Rare Coins, and Great Collections. With this exciting new feature, both upcoming auctions and prices realized information […]
BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com There is no getting around the fact that doctoring of rare United States gold coins is a problem in the market. Doctoring is not new. I’ve heard stories of American collectors and dealers “messing” with coins as far back as a century ago, and I have no doubt that the […]
By Mark Ferguson I recently completed a coin appraisal in which each coin was worth around $50,000. In the process of performing the appraisal questions came up about liquidation value as compared to replacement value. First of all, there is not just one price that a rare coin trades for, as price guides suggest. They […]
Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint 1796-1838 is the culmination of over a decade of research by the authors into the early quarters from the first US Mint. Rory has spent countless hours photographing many of the most amazing examples in existence. We have included quick attribution tips to assist the collector in […]
The market is good – stable prices and strong demand for rarities along with an expanding collector base. In fact, an 1804 Class 1 Draped Bust Dollar just traded for $3.7 million at the Central States Numismatic Society coin convention in Rosemont, IL.