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Stack’s Bowers: The Secret of Owl Creek, Plus a Special Opportunity

Stack’s Bowers: The Secret of Owl Creek, Plus a Special Opportunity

The Launching of a Project A number of years ago Whitman Publishing launched one of the most extensive research projects ever undertaken in numismatics. In fact, in terms of time, money, and travel it might well be the most extensive. In 2006 my book, Obsolete Paper Money Issued by Banks in the United States 1782 […]

In Memoriam:  Chester “Chet” Krause, 1923-2016

In Memoriam: Chester “Chet” Krause, 1923-2016

By CoinWeek News Staff …..   UPDATED June 27, 3:33 PM Eastern Time Beginnings One of the most influential figures in the collectibles publishing industry, Chester “Chet” Krause passed away on Saturday from congestive heart failure. He was 92 years old. Krause was born in Helvetia, Wisconsin on December 16, 1923. He grew up on […]

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NGC, Heritage, Congressman Mike Castle Agree to Exclusive Signature Label Deal

NGC, Heritage, Congressman Mike Castle Agree to Exclusive Signature Label Deal

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Heritage Auctions have announced that the Honorable Mike Castle has agreed to hand-sign NGC labels exclusively for the companies. Castle, a former Governor of Delaware and longtime member of the US House of Representatives, is directly responsible for some of the most important and popular modern US coins. While in […]

CoinWeek News Wire for June 24, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for June 24, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 24, 2016 The Brexit 1.) EU referendum explained: Brexit for non-Brits 2.) After Brexit, Europe faces an existential crisis Britain’s decision to quit the EU is a seismic moment for Europe because it points to the inescapable reality that a new national politics – whose angry […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Sale Friday and Saturday, June 24-25

Kolbe & Fanning Sale Friday and Saturday, June 24-25

Kolbe & Fanning wish to remind everyone that our 142nd sale of important numismatic literature will be held this Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, 2016. The sale is arranged in two parts: PART ONE, featuring 380 lots, will be conducted as a live online sale on Friday, June 24 at 12:00 NOON Eastern […]

Künker World Coin Auctions – The Die Cutting Czarina

Künker World Coin Auctions – The Die Cutting Czarina

The medal of Czar Alexander I, honoring him as “savior of the people”, and issued in three metals – gold, silver, bronze – is stunning. On the reverse it shows an altar, on which the Russian insignia, crown, scepter, and imperial orb are placed. Above all, the Eye of Providence in the aureola is glancing […]

Rare Coin Auctions: Stack’s Bowers to Offer 1942 Experimental Cent at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money

Rare Coin Auctions: Stack’s Bowers to Offer 1942 Experimental Cent at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   The years during and surrounding World War II were an era of inventiveness and ingenuity among manufacturers in the United States, the result of shortages that threatened the availability of previously abundant raw materials. The U.S. Mint was not spared from this rationing, and […]

USA Coin Album: The United States Coins Dated 1965 — Part One

USA Coin Album: The United States Coins Dated 1965 — Part One

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   It has now been more than 50 years since collectors had to face the unthinkable — the end of fine silver coinage Numismatic writers frequently reference the year 1965 as the one in which copper-nickel-clad coins replaced the traditional silver issues, but […]

Ohio Governor Kasich Signs Sales Tax Exemption Legislation

Ohio Governor Kasich Signs Sales Tax Exemption Legislation

OPMA-Led State Effort Pays Off After Three Years By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …..   On June 14, 2016, Ohio governor John Kasich signed into law SB 172, which provides for a sales-tax exemption on rare coins and precious-metals bullion. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2017. Ohio becomes the 34th […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 2

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 In the late fall of 1951 Josiah K. Lilly stopped off at Stack’s on his way to Palm Beach for the winter (Mrs. Lilly liked to make the stop in New York to do her shopping and to rest from the first part of […]

That First Magical Coin – How Coin Collectors Got Their Start

That First Magical Coin – How Coin Collectors Got Their Start

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …….   I remember that fateful day in November 1992 like it was yesterday. It was the day a well-worn, chocolate-brown 1941 Lincoln wheat cent happened into my small 12-year-old hands on allowance day. Dozens, maybe even hundreds, of wheat cents had been in my hands before, but it was […]

CoinWeek Sneak Peek: Q. David Bowers’ A Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins

CoinWeek Sneak Peek: Q. David Bowers’ A Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins

Whitman Publishing is releasing a new volume in the popular Bowers Series of numismatic references. The 320-page Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins will be available July 26, 2016, and will officially debut with a book-signing by author Q. David Bowers at the World’s Fair of Money, August 10, 2016, in Anaheim, California. […]

High Relief U.S. and World Coins

High Relief U.S. and World Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   Would you pay for lunch with Michelangelo’s David? Would you buy a car with Mount Rushmore? Sounds strange, I know, but in a sense that’s what you do when you use coins as money. Because no matter whatever else they are, coins are sculpture. It’s easy to forget. […]

Johnson, Mitchell Inducted into ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame

Johnson, Mitchell Inducted into ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame

In recognizing outstanding contributions to numismatics, The American Numismatic Association (ANA) will induct Historic Era nominees Byron F. Johnson, Jr. and Ralph A. Mitchell into the Numismatic Hall of Fame at the 2016 Summer Seminar banquet on Wednesday, June 22, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Byron F. Johnson, Jr. Byron F. Johnson, Jr. was a collector’s […]

Classic US Coins – NGC Certified McClure Collection Tops Estimates

Classic US Coins – NGC Certified McClure Collection Tops Estimates

The Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Collection certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) achieved strong prices in virtually all categories when it was sold at Heritage Auctions’ June 8-13 Long Beach sale. Assembled from the 1860s to the 1930s, the Rev. Dr. McClure Collection was kept intact from 1932 until its recent sale. Considered […]

CoinWeek News Wire for June 17, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for June 17, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 17, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Look closely at your change Another day she was picking up some hamburgers at a fast food restaurant, reached into her purse for change and noticed another euro. The attendant told her they have been getting a lot of them lately […]

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The Fate of Coins in Fountains

The Fate of Coins in Fountains

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Have you ever tossed a few coins into a fountain and made a wish? This is a common experience nearly all of us can share in. The tradition traces back thousands of years and spans a variety of cultures. While today this practice is seen as a […]

Whitman’s Guide Book of United States Paper Money 5th Edition to Debut at ANA World’s Fair of Money

Whitman’s Guide Book of United States Paper Money 5th Edition to Debut at ANA World’s Fair of Money

The updated and revised fifth edition of the Guide Book of United States Paper Money will be available in late July, with its official debut at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim on August 9, 2016. The new book, a history and price guide on the paper currency of the […]

108 Years Ago Today: ANA Co-Founder Dr. George F. Heath Passed Away

108 Years Ago Today: ANA Co-Founder Dr. George F. Heath Passed Away

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   108 years ago today, Dr. George Francis Heath died in his home in Monroe, Michigan. He was 57 years old. Heath was a larger-than-life figure, both in physical stature (numismatic writer Jack Ogilvie once wrote that the doctor was “big, fat, and good natured”) and […]

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   It has been said that archaeology stands on a foundation of potsherds, and it would be just as true to say that numismatics stands on a foundation of coin hoards. They provide us with the framework of our classification of ancient coins, and frequently a single […]

How Modern Coins Are Made

How Modern Coins Are Made

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   You hold them in your hand, jingle them in your pocket, and flip them to make decisions – but have you ever wondered how coins are made? It’s one of those random musings that doesn’t come up often – but when it does, it arouses the curiosity. Coin-making has […]

What Do Coins at Gravestones Mean?

What Do Coins at Gravestones Mean?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Perhaps you’ve seen coins placed on the gravestones at a cemetery before and wondered what the significance of this loose change was. There are many different traditions that involve coins, especially as it pertains to the deceased or those who have served in the military. Coin Rituals […]

Gov. Kasich Signs Bill Resuming Ohio Coin, Bullion Sales Tax Exemption

Gov. Kasich Signs Bill Resuming Ohio Coin, Bullion Sales Tax Exemption

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Tuesday, June 14, former Republican Party presidential hopeful and current governor of Ohio John Kasich signed a bill that restores a tax exemption on the sale of precious metal bullion and “investment” coins that was repealed in the wake of the Coingate scandal in 2005. The newly-resurrected exemption […]

By June 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars – Audio: 11:14

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars – Audio: 11:14

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars Franklin half dollars have long been a collector favorite. One of the most attractive 20th-century coins, the crisp, clean design leaves provides precious little cover for bag marks and scratches. Advanced collectors seek out the best specimens. For some dates, conditional rarities in high Mint State grades bring tens […]

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CoinWeek Unboxing: 2016 China Silver 10 Yuan Panda in NGC Red Core Holder – 4K Video

CoinWeek Unboxing: 2016 China Silver 10 Yuan Panda in NGC Red Core Holder – 4K Video

Just in, the 2016 Chinese Silver 10 Yuan “Panda” coin. This issue marks the first time that the Shanghai Mint House minted the issue as a 30-gram coin. This example comes in NGC’s cool red core holder. CoinWeek wanted to see the NGC red core holder first-hand, so we ordered an example of the coin […]

From the NGC Grading Room: 1964 Lincoln Cent Struck on Coin of India

From the NGC Grading Room: 1964 Lincoln Cent Struck on Coin of India

NGC Graders share an intriguing and visually dramatic error coin that was recently submitted for certification Among the various types of error coins that exist, one of the most coveted are coins overstruck on foreign coins from other countries. At a glance, these coins look so unusual or different from typical coins, they immediately invite […]

Author Allan Schein Wins Pradeau Award from Mexican Numismatic Society

Author Allan Schein Wins Pradeau Award from Mexican Numismatic Society

On May 20, 2016, the Sociedad Numismática de México (Mexican Numismatic Society) bestowed upon Salt Lake City author Allan Schein the Alberto Francisco Pradeau Award for his bi-lingual book Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito. The congratulatory letter announcing this prestigious award cited that Mr. Schein’s “investigation, study and conclusions are considered of great merit for […]

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PCGS Certifies Unique SPECIMEN Canada 1/2 oz Maple Leaf $20 Brass Uniface Die Trials

PCGS Certifies Unique SPECIMEN Canada 1/2 oz Maple Leaf $20 Brass Uniface Die Trials

By Mint Error News …..   This is a unique pair of SPECIMEN brass die trials for the Canadian $20 1986 1/2 oz Gold Maple Leaf Coin. These are the only known Canadian $20 SPECIMEN brass die trials of any design or series. They are uniface since each die was tested separately. They are in […]

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ICTA: Minnesota Law Targeting Coin Dealers Amended

ICTA: Minnesota Law Targeting Coin Dealers Amended

ICTA Led Industry Effort Revises Most Troublesome Aspects of State Law By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ……   Minnesota governor Mark Dayton (D) recently signed the Minnesota SF 3175: Bullion Product Dealers Regulation Authorization, culminating major legislative effort led by the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) to reform the most troublesome law for […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Book Auction Certain to Turn Pages and Heads

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Book Auction Certain to Turn Pages and Heads

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …….   Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering a two-part sale on June 24-25, 2016 that includes a huge selection of old and rare texts, including books on ancient coins, world coins, and United States coins. Sale 142 is divided into two segments: –The first portion consists of […]

 
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