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How will Coin Collectors Interpret Certified Coin Grades in the Future?

How will Coin Collectors Interpret Certified Coin Grades in the Future?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #257 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. There is no doubt that the vast majority of scarce classic U.S. coins, and thousands of common coins, valued at more than $250 each, are PCGS or NGC […]

By December 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Special Technique for Coin Photography – VIDEO: 2:30

Special Technique for Coin Photography – VIDEO: 2:30

J.R. Rollo Interviewer: David Lisot – CoinWeek.com……. J.R. Rollo wrote the book on Mexican Republic 2 escudo gold coins. He has devised a special technique for photographing coins that he shares what he has learned to help other collectors.

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InfoGraphic – The 15 Greatest Gold Heists of All Time

InfoGraphic – The 15 Greatest Gold Heists of All Time

Gold is valuable and extremely rare, and therefore the yellow metal is usually protected at all costs. However, there have been multiple occurrences in history where evildoers have breached security measures and bullion has fallen into the wrong hands. Today we count down the stories of everyday henchmen, terrorist groups, and nation states that have […]

NGC Ancients: Strike Quality Varies on Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: Strike Quality Varies on Ancient Coins

by David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients …….. The centering, evenness and strength of the strike can dramatically affect the appearance of an ancient coin. To the best of our knowledge ancient coins were struck the old-fashioned way – hand-hammered between two dies. Thus, the quality of strikes is inconsistent. The degree of variability is often […]

The Coin Market – A Year In Review

The Coin Market – A Year In Review

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……. Numismatic notables weigh–in on 2014 and tip the scales for 2015; The cries of collectors past; “If I wasn’t a coin dealer.” This year really went by fast. Amazingly, we’re bringing the curtain down on another exciting coin campaign. 2014 certainly was an active year in […]

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Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The conclusion of Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X December 18 sale at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas marks the end of the 2014 auction season and closes the door on a year that has been filled with highs and lows for the rare […]

Photograph of Joseph B. Felt in Kolbe & Fanning Catalogue

Photograph of Joseph B. Felt in Kolbe & Fanning Catalogue

A highly important lot in Kolbe & Fanning’s upcoming New York Book Auction on January 10 is lot 285, a virtually complete set of both the Massachusetts Historical Society’s Collections and Proceedings. These volumes, absolutely essential for any research involving the early history of New England, include important early U.S. numismatic publications, most notably the foundational articles by James Mease […]

Kolbe & Fanning Offer a Very Rare Volume Depicting Louis XIV’s Ancient Coin Collection

Kolbe & Fanning Offer a Very Rare Volume Depicting Louis XIV’s Ancient Coin Collection

One of the highlights of Kolbe & Fanning’s upcoming New York Book Auction on January 10 is lot 156, a virtually unknown first issue in book form of finely executed engravings depicting the Sun King’s collection of ancient coins. The imposing folio volume (measuring 50.5 by 35.5 cm) was created in 1682 and bound for […]

Coin Profiles – The Single-Finest-Certified 18th Century $5 Gold Half Eagle

Coin Profiles – The Single-Finest-Certified 18th Century $5 Gold Half Eagle

One of the many superlative coins in Heritage’s 2015 January 7 – 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction in Orlando is a breathtaking 1795 five dollar gold piece. Graded MS66 by NGC, it is not just the finest-certified 1795 half eagle seen by either of the leading grading services, it is the single finest graded […]

Infographic – “The Many Phases of Silver” Presented by: Silver.com

Infographic – “The Many Phases of Silver” Presented by: Silver.com

2015 SILVER SERIES: PART 1 OF 4 Since the early days of civilization, the ancients connected the brilliance of silver to the moon. Artemis, the Greek goddess of the moon, wore silver sandals and shot from a silver bow and arrow. This lunar comparison might be fitting because like the moon, silver also has many […]

Bullion Coins: NGC has decided not to implement its 2015 Silver Eagle Express Purchase Program

Bullion Coins: NGC has decided not to implement its 2015 Silver Eagle Express Purchase Program

Distributed on behalf of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….. NGC 2015 Silver Eagle Submissions Update NGC has decided not to implement its 2015 Silver Eagle Express Purchase Program. There will be no change in policy from prior years. All submitters may submit 2015 Silver Eagles through the Early Bird Tier or higher (add $5 for […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – How To Handle A Soft Coin Market

Coin Collecting Strategies – How To Handle A Soft Coin Market

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Markets seldom go straight up, and fluctuations are to be expected. An understanding of the current market and the opportunities it may afford will help collectors navigate a down market. This year’s ANA convention in Chicago was vibrant and active. Tens of […]

By December 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
US Coins – Spink to sell iconic 1794 Silver Dollar

US Coins – Spink to sell iconic 1794 Silver Dollar

SPINK USA, NEW YORK – The first of America’s iconic Silver Dollars will be on sale at Spink USA on 27 January 2015. It will also be available for view at the New York International Numismatic Convention at our stand no. S33-S34 from Thursday January 8 to Sunday January 11, 2015. Late in 1794, the first U.S. silver dollar was […]

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Pawn Stars Casting at NGC FUN Show Booth

Pawn Stars Casting at NGC FUN Show Booth

The Pawn Stars casting team will be at the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) booth #1617 at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention on Friday, January 9, from 1 pm to 3 pm. Rick Harrison, the famous Pawn Star, will make a special appearance during the casting along NGC grading experts including NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg. […]

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

For absolute rarity, historic significance, and sheer romantic appeal, the 1861 Confederate half dollar is unsurpassed in the annals of American coinage. It is the only coin officially authorized and struck for the Confederate States of America. Thomas Elder was correct when he wrote in 1910 that this coin has profound historical significance that extends […]

58th Annual Houston Money Show Upbeat; Heritage Lone Star State Auction Corrals $9.3 Million

58th Annual Houston Money Show Upbeat; Heritage Lone Star State Auction Corrals $9.3 Million

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… DPL Morgans Hot On Bourse – Santa Fe Twins on Buffalo Hunt The first week of December certainly brought a bone chilling reminder of the season at hand. Conversely, those numismatic patrons in attendance at the 58th Annual Houston Money Show, December 5-7, were treated to wonderful spring-like weather […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
CAC to Stop Accepting Colonial Coins for Certification

CAC to Stop Accepting Colonial Coins for Certification

By CoinWeek news staff… The Certified Acceptance Corporation, also known as CAC, has notified collectors that beginning January 1, 2015, it will no longer accept Colonial coinage for certification. A short email sent to collectors gives no reason for the decision, but does state that Colonial issues make up a very small percentage of CAC’s sale and submission […]

By December 12, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Eric P. Newman Numismatic Portal To Launch in 2015

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Portal To Launch in 2015

By CoinWeek News Staff… Today, Washington University in St. Louis–in conjunction with the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES)–announced the creation of the Newman Numismatic Portal, a comprehensive online resource for numismatic research. A trial version is set to launch sometime in 2015. The name Eric P. Newman should be familiar to regular CoinWeek […]

By December 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ANA Offering Counterfeit Detection Course at January FUN Show

ANA Offering Counterfeit Detection Course at January FUN Show

By CoinWeek News Staff… The American Numismatic Association (ANA) School of Numismatics will be offering a two-day course on detecting counterfeit and altered coins January 6 and 7, in association with the upcoming Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show in Orlando. Brian Silliman, Senior Numismatist at Panda America based in Torrance, California and writer of the […]

By December 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek… *** Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out David Alexander’s  first installment of this excellent two-part history of Austria’s Maria Teresa Taler by clicking here.   At the end of her eventful life, Maria Theresa received greater love from her peoples than she did in the stressful opening years of her rule. […]

New Book Available on Caballito Peso “Mexican Beauty”. VIDEO: 4:58

New Book Available on Caballito Peso “Mexican Beauty”. VIDEO: 4:58

Allan Shein, Author Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com….. What is considered to be one of the most beautiful coins in the world is featured in a new book called, “Mexican Beauty, the Un Peso Caballito. Author Allan Schein talks about what went into its publication. Allan Schein: Mexican Beauty / Belleza Mexicana – Un Peso Caballito. […]

By December 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Kolbe & Fanning Announce the 2015 New York Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning Announce the 2015 New York Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce that they will be conducting a public auction of important numismatic books on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. The auction will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). The sale features outstanding numismatic works […]

Coins and the Law : Media rush to judgement challenged

Coins and the Law : Media rush to judgement challenged

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. Editors Note: It is shocking how ignorant and misinformed the media is when it comes to issues surrounding Coins and numismatics, and even more troubling when politics and special interest agendas come into play. CoinWeeks’ good friend ,respected wordsmith and unequaled advocate for ancient coin collectors […]

By December 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Great Numismatic Sales of the Past : The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Coin Collection

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past : The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Coin Collection

Posted by Jeff Garrett from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. A Great Time to Buy Rare Coins The last series of articles detailed the auctions conducted by Bowers and Ruddy of the Garrett Collection.[ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ] The sales contained an incredible array of numismatic material covering Colonials to Territorial […]

By December 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bernard von NotHaus Sentenced to Probation for Liberty Dollar Conviction

Bernard von NotHaus Sentenced to Probation for Liberty Dollar Conviction

CoinWeek Staff Reports…. Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the American Liberty Dollar (ALD), was sentenced to three years probation by a federal judge on December 2. This comes almost four years after his March 18, 2011 conviction in federal court on counterfeiting and conspiracy charges. Von NotHaus was the founder and president of Liberty Services, […]

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Collecting the Coins of Austria: 5 Euro Cent

Collecting the Coins of Austria: 5 Euro Cent

From the CoinWeek IQ Encyclopedia: 5 Euro Cent (2002-Present) The largest of the copper-plated steel small denomination euro coins, the 5 euro cent is the rough equivalent of the United States’ 5-cent coin in size and value, but at 3.92 grams, is a little more than 20% lighter than an American “nickel”. Curiously, the 5 euro cent lacks […]

PCGS to Display Finest Gobrecht Dollar Set At 2015 FUN

PCGS to Display Finest Gobrecht Dollar Set At 2015 FUN

The all-time finest 1836-1839 Gobrecht Dollar patterns set will be exhibited for the first time anywhere in public at the January 2015 Florida United Numismatists convention. The display at the Professional Coin Grading Service (http://www.PCGS.com) booth, number 108, will be courtesy of the set’s owner, collector Bob R. Simpson of Texas, and Legend Numismatics of […]

By December 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

The upcoming January 4 – 5 NYINC World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction in New York City features a monumental offering from South Africa. The legendary 1897 gold sixpence is entirely unique, and it has remained off the market for many decades. Tracing its provenance back to the 1930s, this piece once existed in […]

PCDA Announces Numismatic Educational Symposiumon on Sunday at Future Convention

PCDA Announces Numismatic Educational Symposiumon on Sunday at Future Convention

Patricia Foley, Convention Chairman for the Professional Currency Dealers Association sponsored National Coin and Currency Convention, has announced a format change for the event, effective with its 2015 edition. She said, “Our 30th Annual National Coin and Currency Convention will once again be held at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, located in Rosemont, IL, just […]

Newman V Colonial Coins Rise To The Occasion

Newman V Colonial Coins Rise To The Occasion

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Dealers Voicing Retail Sales On Upswing; Thanksgiving Memories; My 100th Report (Already?) The fifth installment of the famed Eric P. Newman Collection certainly ignited a powerful resurgence into a rare coin market, which had been a bit lackluster in sales and enthusiasm over the last several months. […]

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