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Kolbe & Fanning Sale 143: New Online and Mail Bid Sale October 21-22

Kolbe & Fanning Sale 143: New Online and Mail Bid Sale October 21-22

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce that our 143rd sale of important numismatic literature will be held on October 21 and 22, 2016. The two-part sale will feature the remarkable library of American numismatic auction catalogues formed by a prominent Texas collector, buttressed by a wide-ranging library on foreign and ancient coins formed by […]

First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide is a book that sought us out. Almost Literally. In Army chow halls across the country there’s an expression: “Eat First – Taste Later”. That’s […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Spink: The Smash Hit Hong Kong Coin Auction

Spink: The Smash Hit Hong Kong Coin Auction

The third week of August was a very busy one in Hong Kong. The first four days started off with a series of local auctions, starting with Stack’s Bowers’ and Ponterio on Monday and finishing with Spink on the Thursday. The inaugural Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS) followed immediately on Friday, August 19 and was […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   Historians state that “Everybody was Somebody” in the small population of the Thirteen Colonies at the time of the American Revolution. People who would be lost in a population of 300 million had a vastly greater opportunity to shine in a population of 10 or 12 million. […]

By September 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NCIC: Sting Nets Arrests in Coin Dealer Vehicle Burglaries

NCIC: Sting Nets Arrests in Coin Dealer Vehicle Burglaries

By Numismatic Crime Information Center …….   On August 27, 2016 Thomas Gintz, owner of A & E Coin in Dover, Ohio had attended the Blue Ridge Numismatic Association coin show in Dalton, Georgia. After leaving the show he drove approximately 150 miles and stopped at a restaurant in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Gintz was in […]

World Coins – A History of the Netherlands Gold Ducat: As It Began

World Coins – A History of the Netherlands Gold Ducat: As It Began

By Dariusz F. Jasek …..   Not long before the first gold ducats were minted, in 1252 the mints of Florence and Genoa started minting florins. They were minted with a similar but inconsistent weight and fineness, thus they did not always maintain the same value. This led to the introduction of a new coin […]

By September 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 5

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 5

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In my last article (see Part 4, above), I told of being with Josiah Lilly when he learned that the polio vaccine his company had been working on was approved for use. Here I continue […]

By September 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics

Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics

Collecting coins based on art is an endless journey and one that should give you a different perspective of the hobby By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week I had the pleasure of traveling with a friend to Cornish, New Hampshire on a very interesting numismatic road trip. Cornish, New Hampshire […]

CoinWeek News Wire for September 23, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for September 23, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for September 23, 2016 The Future Is Now 1.) Bitcoin is money, U.S. judge says in case tied to JPMorgan hack “Bitcoins are funds within the plain meaning of that term,” [Judge Alison] Nathan wrote. “Bitcoins can be accepted as a payment for goods and services or bought […]

By September 23, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: All You Need to Know About the 30th Anniversary American Silver Eagle

The Coin Analyst: All You Need to Know About the 30th Anniversary American Silver Eagle

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   The American Silver Eagle turns 30 years old in 2016. To honor the special occasion, the United States Mint is offering special-edition 30th Anniversary Proof and Uncirculated American Silver Eagles (ASEs) featuring a special edge inscription. 30th Anniversary American Silver Eagles are being minted at the U.S. Mint […]

Toned Morgan Dollars of the Northern Lights Collection, Part 1 – 4K Video

Toned Morgan Dollars of the Northern Lights Collection, Part 1 – 4K Video

CoinWeek and Legend Rare Coin Auctions partner up to bring you a spectacular array of dazzling toned Morgan dollars from the Northern Lights Collection. These toned coins are what coin collecting at the ultra high end is all about. Each of these Morgan dollars has been graded by PCGS and is CAC-approved. Part I of the […]

By September 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Whitman: New Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars Sold Out

Whitman: New Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars Sold Out

Early Sellout Reflects Strong Hobby Interest in Recent 1964 Morgan Discovery Whitman Publishing announces that the fifth edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars is temporarily sold out due to high demand. More copies are scheduled to arrive in mid-October. “Collectors can call our Customer Service number at 1-800-546-2995 to order […]

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar

The Real Diehl is a select column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ….. This series of articles will give readers an insider’s view of how Washington, DC, works (and doesn’t work) from my perspective as director of the U.S. Mint The complete story of how the Sacagawea dollar (aka, the Golden dollar) […]

By September 22, 2016 4 Comments Read More →
Stack’s Bowers – Outstanding Quality Romanian 20 Lei

Stack’s Bowers – Outstanding Quality Romanian 20 Lei

By Kyle Ponterio – Stack’s Bowers Auctions ……   The ANA World’s Fair of Money auction has come and gone, and many rare and interesting numismatic treasures have found new homes, including a nice selection of Romanian coinage. One piece stands out not as the highest price realized in the auction, but as a testament […]

By September 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit 1907 Liberty Half Eagle By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most 19th and 20th Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. Laws enacted to strengthen the […]

1854 Kellogg $20 Featured in November Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

1854 Kellogg $20 Featured in November Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Economic growth catalyzed by the California Gold Rush in the early 1850s spurred demand for circulating coinage throughout the West. Unimpressed by the production of private minting firms, the citizens of California proposed that the state establish an assay office in order to regulate […]

By September 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Certified Coins – 2016-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

NGC Certified Coins – 2016-W Proof Silver Eagle Special Designations

The eagerly awaited 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle — the first in the series to feature edge lettering — went on sale on Friday, Sept. 16 at 12 p.m. EST. NGC has created a celebratory label for this coin and is offering its popular Early Releases and First Releases designations. The US Mint released the […]

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

The Modern Coin Market is Motivated!

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   While the modern coin market is hot, Ancient world coins an exciting option; Colonial era coins from mother country a great value As we approach the fall season, Major League Baseball is sprinting toward an exciting post season, football has returned, network TV is ready to […]

By September 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Board News – Number 40

Coin Board News – Number 40

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 40 — Fall 2016 DRY SPELL CONTINUES Though I picked up a few boards for my own collection (see BOOK UPDATES below), there was very little in the way of items to place with my customers. A couple of pieces […]

By September 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

NGC Ancient Coins: Redefining the Biblical Widow’s Mite

The traditional, narrow definition of the biblical Widow’s Mite is in need of revision The Biblical Widow’s Mite is among the most familiar, yet most mysterious, coins of antiquity. Truth be told, we don’t know exactly what it was. The best place to start is the New Testament, where the widow’s offering is described in […]

Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Publish September Fixed Price Catalogue

Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Publish September Fixed Price Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce the availability of their latest catalogue, featuring works on ancient, medieval and modern topics, the 36-lot PDF catalogue aims to include a wide variety of material. To download the catalogue, visit our website at numislit.com. A few highlights from this May offering include: The magnificent 1645 Icones volume […]

Whitman Publishing: Exploring the Mints of the United States

Whitman Publishing: Exploring the Mints of the United States

The United States Mint is at the center of American coin collecting. It is the wellspring, the mother lode, of the little copper, silver and gold objects of material culture that numismatists collect, study, and catalog. The Mint is the sole manufacturer of the nation’s legal-tender coinage, and its products are used every day by […]

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries have identified a new variety of California Fractional Gold. The 1854 Octagonal California Gold Dollar was recently submitted to NGC for attribution and grading. California Fractional Gold Pieces were struck by private mints in California in order to fill a need for smaller denominations in commerce. The […]

NGC Labels for Standing Liberty 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC Labels for Standing Liberty 100th Anniversary Gold Coins

NGC will offer a set of three attractive labels for the 100th anniversary .9999 fine gold Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar The US Mint has announced that it will release .9999 fine gold centennial editions of three iconic 20th-century coins: the Mercury Dime, the Standing Liberty Quarter and the Walking […]

The King Among Rarities: A Brief History of the United States 1804 Dollar

The King Among Rarities: A Brief History of the United States 1804 Dollar

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek …..   In all of numismatics of the entire world, there is not today and there never has been a single coin which was and is the subject of so much romance, interest, comment, and upon which so much has been written and so much talked about and discussed as […]

By September 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar

A Genuine 1893-S Morgan Dollar By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. What’s the first place to look when authenticating key date US coins? This month’s counterfeit detection feature answers that question by examining an altered 1893-S Morgan Dollar. When verifying the authenticity of a rare date coin, there’s a very good place to start your examination: the […]

Whitman Releases Expanded Edition of Bowers’s Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins

Whitman Releases Expanded Edition of Bowers’s Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the updated and expanded second edition of A Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins, a volume in its popular Bowers Series of numismatic titles, available November 1, 2016. The book continues in the tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other best-selling “Official Red Book” […]

Smithsonian Museum Honors Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell

Smithsonian Museum Honors Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell

National Museum of American History Inaugural “Great Americans” Award By Smithsonian Museum …..   The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is presenting its inaugural “Great Americans” award to two former Secretaries of State, Madeleine K. Albright and Colin Powell, during individual ceremonies September 7 and December 7. The “Great Americans” program, supported by David […]

By September 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Near-Mint 1881 Double Eagle

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Near-Mint 1881 Double Eagle

The year 1881 saw a reduction in double eagle coinage at the Philadelphia Mint that continued through most of the decade. Only 2,199 business-strike twenties were produced at the Philadelphia facility in 1881, accompanied by a fairly generous mintage of 61 proofs. Because of the low mintage, the dies saw little wear, and most 1881 […]

 
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