Commemoratives Coins

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. In the past two articles, [Part 1 and Part 2] Hubert and I have catalogued the history of African-American representation on U.S. commemorative coins. But commemorative coinage is a niche product of the Mint and has rarely been widely distributed. Today, very few people outside of […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Link to Part One Twenty-eight years passed between the last Carver Washington half dollar and the George Washington 250th Birthday half dollar. The purpose, scope, and distribution of commemorative coins under the resurrected program bore no resemblance to that which came before. There were still those, […]

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 […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking […]

By January 15, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
The Crest of the Commemorative Coin Wave – 1936

The Crest of the Commemorative Coin Wave – 1936

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities.com ……   Historically, 1936 was not a great year for most Americans. The United States was deep into the Great Depression. There was an unemployment rate of 16.9%, banks remained unstable, and the dust bowl continued to devastate the plains states. But with the U. S. economy floundering, a pass […]

The Highly Collectible & History Packed Gold Commemorative Coin Series

The Highly Collectible & History Packed Gold Commemorative Coin Series

By Kathleen Duncan of Pinnacle Rarities….   The Gold Classic Commemorative series is an easily obtainable collection, containing only 11 issues, not including the exceptionally rare Round and Octagonal Pan Pac fifty dollar slugs. The coins are readily available in high grades and reasonably priced considering their low mintages. The first gold commems were issued […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – What Coin Series Have the Best Value Today?

Coin Collecting Strategies – What Coin Series Have the Best Value Today?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. Some of the best coin values today are in the overlooked issues such as gold commemoratives. Look for coins that have been severely depressed in recent years. The numismatic headlines have been dominated for several years featuring stories about so-called “trophy” coins selling for record sums. For the […]

By October 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
First Look: 2017 Lions Clubs International CCAC Design Candidates – Video: 9:05

First Look: 2017 Lions Clubs International CCAC Design Candidates – Video: 9:05

CoinWeek breaks down more than thirty proposed designs for the 2017 Lions Clubs International commemorative silver dollar. In this exclusive video, you will get to see high resolution images of the coins and hear them be described by CoinWeek’s editors. Be sure to “like” and share this exclusive video with all of your collecting friends! […]

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   What is a So-Called Dollar? It is said that New York coin dealer Thomas Elder first coined the term “So-Called Dollar” to describe a medal sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition – an event better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. Coin-like souvenirs […]

The Great Ships of American Coinage

The Great Ships of American Coinage

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Dedicated to the memory of Chief Petty Officer Virgil Pattin, USN (retired) Outside of the eagle, Lady Liberty and allegorical Native American motifs, no symbol is used on American coins as prolifically as ships. The story of this country – indeed, the story of the New World […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Part I of the Lafayette Dollar story by clicking this link. Approved When the Lafayette dollar was approved by President William McKinley on March 3, 1899, it was little more than a year from the planned opening of the […]

By February 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The Royal Mint commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the First World War with the Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Coin

The Royal Mint commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the First World War with the Royal Navy 2015 UK £2 Coin

The Royal Mint’s programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War continues with a £2 coin that honours the Royal Navy. The design is now being released in precious metal editions – Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Silver Proof Piedfort. As an island nation, Britain has been largely dependent on the seas […]

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

  by David Provost for CoinWeek…. Author’s Note: This installment of the Lafayette dollar story presents how the coin came to be; the conclusion (Part II) will discuss the coin as a collectible. US commemorative coins have always been used as fundraising tools for their sponsors. From the first half dollars struck in 1892-93 for […]

By February 3, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
National Park Service Centennial Commemorative Coins Set for 2016

National Park Service Centennial Commemorative Coins Set for 2016

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   On December 19, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. Folded into the bill this year (a version of which must be approved annually) was the National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. As a result, the United States Mint is […]

By December 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Signed by President Obama

World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Signed by President Obama

By Coinweek News Staff…. As the nations of the world begin to honor those who died one hundred years ago in the first World War, the president signed legislation on December 16 that authorizes the US Mint to produce commemorative coins that honor America’s veterans of that conflict. Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO5) introduced the original […]

By December 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VII

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VII

By David Provost for CoinWeek.com…. Previous installments of this article can be found here. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs took up the House-amended version of S1230, the bill calling for commemorative coinage in support of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, on June 10, 1982. The amended bill was written by Representative […]

By December 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

By David Provost for CoinWeek.com…. Previous installments of this article can be found here. Following the conclusion of its hearings, the House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage reported out the Los Angeles Olympics coin bill proposed by its Chairman, Representative Frank Annunzio (D-IL), by a vote of 6-0, on May 13, 1982. The bill […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Royal Mint releases the Winston Churchill Memorial Two Coin Set

The Royal Mint releases the Winston Churchill Memorial Two Coin Set

The Royal Mint has issued a two-coin set to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, one of history’s great figures. The Royal Mint’s newly released Winston Churchill 2015 Brilliant Uncirculated £5 coin is paired with an original Winston Churchill 1965 Memorial Crown in this special set that is sure to delight […]

Stack’s to Offer the Stephen Winthrop Collection of U.S. Type Coins and Commemoratives

Stack’s to Offer the Stephen Winthrop Collection of U.S. Type Coins and Commemoratives

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Presents The Stephen Winthrop Collection of United States Type Coins and Commemoratives. Collection will be featured in The Americana and Rarities Night Auction in February. All Proceeds Will Be Donated to ALS Research at Harvard University… Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the private collection of United States coins assembled over […]

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 1

Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo 2014 Coin Show Report: Part 1

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… The first day of the Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo, which runs from October 30 to November 2, kicked off quietly at 9:00 AM, with auction lot viewings by numismatic literature sellers Kolbe & Fanning and rare coin auction house Stack’s Bowers. A steadily increasing number of Early Birds soon began […]

First Read: Howland Wood’s The Commemorative Coinage of the United States

First Read: Howland Wood’s The Commemorative Coinage of the United States

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Essay by David Provost for CoinWeek…. Numismatic Notes & Monographs, No. 16: The Commemorative Coinage of the United States, by Howland Wood Every coin series has its “first” – the first published volume that catalogues each of the coins […]

By October 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Silver Set Mintage Limited to 300,000

The Coin Analyst: Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Silver Set Mintage Limited to 300,000

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… For collectors of modern U.S. coins this has been an exciting year that has been dominated by the release of the curved baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins and the three-part Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary products.  These coins and sets included many unique modern issues that will continue to be […]

By October 24, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
The Austrian Mint’s <i>Die Fledermaus</i>: The Bat and the Ball

The Austrian Mint’s Die Fledermaus: The Bat and the Ball

On December 3, 2014, the Austrian Mint will issue a 5 euros silver coin celebrating the renowned Johann Strauss operetta celebrating a bat at a formal dance, Die Fledermaus. On this silver coin one sees The Bat fluttering above the sparkling bubbles of a seasonal glass of champagne held by Rosalinde. Rosalinde, one of the […]

By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part V

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part V

By David Provost for CoinWeek… Previous installments of this article can be found here: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.   The House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage held its final hearings session for the Los Angeles Olympic coinage on Wednesday, May 12, 1982. As he had done in previous sessions, Chairman […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Grades Special Release 2015 U.S. Marshals Service Commemorative Coins

NGC Grades Special Release 2015 U.S. Marshals Service Commemorative Coins

NGC offers collectors a first look at three of 2015’s U.S. Commemorative coins… Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded two sets of 2015 US Marshals Service 225th Anniversary commemorative coins released for a celebration ceremony on September 24, 2014. This is believed to be the first time the US Mint has issued coins during a […]

Tuvalu and the Perth Mint: World Coins from an Island Nation

Tuvalu and the Perth Mint: World Coins from an Island Nation

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   At first glance, it seems strange that a country like Tuvalu issues world-class commemorative and bullion coins. The big names (China, Canada, the United States, etc.) tend to be big countries, or at least have “big” histories (the United Kingdom, for one). Yet Tuvalu–one of the […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part IV

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part IV

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. Previous installments of this article can be found here: Part I, Part II, Part III. The third session of the House hearings on the proposed commemorative coins for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games featured US Treasurer Angela Buchanan as the primary witness. She dealt a blow to Frank Annunzio’s (D-IL) efforts […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
First Read: FAO Coins International Catalog (English Edition 2013)

First Read: FAO Coins International Catalog (English Edition 2013)

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… FAO Coins International Catalog. English Edition 2013, by Atilio Armiento   Italian collector Atilio Armiento has published a fantastic resource for collectors of F.A.O. coins entitled FAO Coins International Catalog. The […]

Equatorial Guinea Gold Coin Honors Fernão do Pó

Equatorial Guinea Gold Coin Honors Fernão do Pó

It’s a truly memorable event for collectors of African coins: after a long period of dis-continuation, the West African Republic of Equatorial Guinea is finally issuing a new commemorative coin at the end of September. Designed by the Liechtenstein company Coin Invest Trust, the coin commemorates Portuguese navigator Fernão do Pó, who started the colonisation […]

By September 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Fall of the Berlin Wall Silver Coin Issued by the Republic of Palau

Fall of the Berlin Wall Silver Coin Issued by the Republic of Palau

The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked the beginning of the German Reunification. The decisive factor enabling the reunification was the support of the Soviet Union’s head of state. 25 years later, the historic event is remembered on this Palauan coin. It’s been designed by Coin Invest Trust with brand new 3D laser […]

By September 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
 
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