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Trump Quarters Show up in Change Days Before 2016 Election

Trump Quarters Show up in Change Days Before 2016 Election

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   People in a handful of cities across the United States have noticed something unusual about the change in their pockets. Quarters that feature the Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump on the obverse have been found in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Amarillo, Texas and New York City. Above […]

By November 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Who’s Minding The Mint? Fewer Hobbyists Collect Mint Sets These Days – Here’s Why

Who’s Minding The Mint? Fewer Hobbyists Collect Mint Sets These Days – Here’s Why

Does anyone collect mint sets these days? Those who do are among a shrinking group of hobbyists By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for FUN Topics …..   The number of collectors who pursue mint sets as a significant numismatic objective today is relatively small – and getting smaller, according to United States Mint sales statistics and the […]

CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016 Canada 150 1.) Royal Canadian Mint unveils its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series featuring the work of five Canadians selected by popular vote to design the tails side of the […]

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Modern Coins: A Lifetime of Change to Our Change

Modern Coins: A Lifetime of Change to Our Change

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   Look at the change in your pocket or purse. You’ll notice the coins in circulation look a lot different today than, say, in the mid-1990s. As recently as 1998, the array of current-production circulating coins included the Lincoln Memorial cent, the Jefferson nickel with traditional side-profile obverse bust, […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924-S Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924-S Buffalo Nickel

By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………   The 1924-S Buffalo Nickel is a prime target for counterfeiters. In particular, sharp-eyed graders will pay close attention to additions or other alterations made to the mintmark. Prominent sculptor James Earle Fraser created an iconic design deeply rooted in Western Americana for the Buffalo Nickel, which […]

By November 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
US Mint News – Request for Comments on Coin Exchange Program

US Mint News – Request for Comments on Coin Exchange Program

For many years, the United States Mint has administered a program by which people and businesses could exchange bent and partial coins (commonly referred to as “mutilated coins”) for reimbursement. Bent coins are defined as U.S. coins which are bent or deformed so as to preclude normal machine counting but which are readily and clearly […]

By November 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Is It Illegal to Deface US Currency? While this video may be ridiculously awesome, because Bill Murray is super cool, have you ever wondered if it is illegal to deface or alter a U.S. bank note? 2.) 7 Tips For Surviving Your […]

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NGC: 1715 Plate Fleet Shipwreck Image Gallery Now Online

NGC: 1715 Plate Fleet Shipwreck Image Gallery Now Online

Extra ordinary rare and high-grade coins recovered from the storied 1715 Treasure Fleet shipwreck Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created an online image gallery of nearly 300 rare and high grade gold coins recovered from the shipwreck of the famous 1715 Plate Fleet. The coins were recovered and submitted to NGC by 1715 Fleet – […]

It’s Not Too Early to Plan for the ANA’s 2017 National Money Show

It’s Not Too Early to Plan for the ANA’s 2017 National Money Show

Save Time and Bypass the Lines It’s not too early to be making plans for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2017 National Money Show in Orlando. The convention takes place March 9-11 in West Hall E of the Orange County Convention Center at 9400 Universal Blvd. ANA members can bypass the admission lines by pre-registering […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

Posted by Max Spiegel for NGC ……..   Three Cent nickels were struck in 75% copper and 25% nickel with a silver-gray color, but the coin submitted to NGC appeared to be made entirely out of copper. Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®), a professional coin conservation company affiliated with NGC, recently received a coin that the […]

Riding the Rails with Hobo Nickels

Riding the Rails with Hobo Nickels

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Recently, I’ve seen a few replica rounds out there that copy some designs from the old “hobo nickels”. Turns out, these coins have a history that stretches back further than I thought! Sometime around the 1850s, people made use of the Liberty Seated design on the quarter (and later, […]

Chinese Coins: Show and Friendship Pandas

Chinese Coins: Show and Friendship Pandas

Olympic Participation Medals and Show Pandas exemplify the spirit of friendship By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   One of the wonderful aspects of coin collecting is the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. Numismatics brings people from any and all cultures together. The recent ANA World’s Fair of Money […]

PVC Damage on World Coins – What It Is & How to Avoid It

PVC Damage on World Coins – What It Is & How to Avoid It

By Lance Tchor – Founder and Co-President, WINGS® Coins LLC ……   PVC and coins don’t mix Otherwise known as polyvinylchloride, PVC is found in many different plastic-based products. Despite the fact that the chemical has been identified as a carcinogen and pollutant, it is widely used in an array of industries with relatively benign […]

By October 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Ancients – Thoughts on Collecting Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients – Thoughts on Collecting Ancient Coins

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Ancient coins are extremely popular because of their historical importance, artistic merit and affordability. This year’s ANA convention was held in Anaheim, California and dealers from the United States and around the world were in attendance. Collectors were there in force, but in numbers that […]

By October 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016 Brain Food 1.) What is the Average Lifespan of a Coin? Coins are tough little devils. Over the course of a coins’ lifespan, they will be dropped, kicked, stepped on, possibly run over by a vehicle, or involved in some children’s experiment to discover just […]

By October 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 6

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 6

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 During the fall of 1955 and winter and early spring of 1956, Stack’s continued building segments of the J.K. Lilly Collection, keeping him informed while he spent his winter in Florida. We […]

NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

NGC Ancient Coins: Unusual Bactrian Portraits

By NGC Ancients …..   The royal busts of the Indo-Greek kings are often adorned with unusual helmets and headdresses Among the most interesting and diverse portraits on ancient ‘Greek’ coinage are those of the Indo-Greek kings of Bactria, a region on the fringe of the Greek world. In addition to the portraits themselves, which […]

Classic US Coins: 1870-S Coins for Budget-Minded Collectors

Classic US Coins: 1870-S Coins for Budget-Minded Collectors

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #354 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   In the realm of classic U.S. coins, the most exciting and mystifying date may be the 1870-S. For collectors who cannot afford one of the rarest silver dollars, the only 1870-S […]

By October 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Market Whimsy: Terminal Point

Market Whimsy: Terminal Point

Every coin except the great rarities has a Terminal Point By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …..   Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This article consists of two columns that […]

First Read: A Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins

First Read: A Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   A new era in United States coinage dawned in 1971 with the launch of the Eisenhower dollar. It was the first dollar coin issued since the Peace dollar series ended in 1935. […]

Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Sale: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22

Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Sale: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22

Kolbe & Fanning wishes to remind everyone that our 143rd sale of important numismatic literature will be held this Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016. The sale is arranged in two parts: –Part One, featuring 293 lots, will be conducted as a live online sale on Friday, October 21. Bidders may participate in […]

CoinWeek News Wire for October 14, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for October 14, 2016

By CoinWeek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for October 14, 2016 Brain Food 1.) A guide to valuing all your old Irish coins (PHOTOS) Between the formation of the Republic of Ireland, the shift towards decimalization, and the introduction of the Euro, Irish currency underwent a great number of changes over the past 100 years, resulting […]

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Gold & Silver PAC October 2016 e-Newsletter

Gold & Silver PAC October 2016 e-Newsletter

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver Political Action Committee …..   From the Political Coordinator Every four years we elect a president and vice president. By definition, elections are politically motivated exercises and candidates look to convince you to elect them and not their opponent. I used an opportunity to have a discussion […]

By October 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Go For The Gold This Fall – $20 Saints Are Great Value!

Go For The Gold This Fall – $20 Saints Are Great Value!

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Heritage Dallas sale rakes in $8.5 Million; Fresh top-grade material captures record prices! Action in the metal market has always translated into heightened demand. As a great trader told me long ago, “There is nothing as powerful as movement, any movement of consequence up or down. […]

By October 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Chinese Pandas – Setting the Bar High in Shenyang

Chinese Pandas – Setting the Bar High in Shenyang

For its 120th anniversary, the Shenyang Mint has unveiled numerous commemorative items, including a half-kilogram silver bar with an enchanting panorama of images from three decades of Panda coins By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   It is late August and summer is already waning in northern China. Under a brilliant blue sky […]

USA Coin Album: Numismatic Lame Ducks

USA Coin Album: Numismatic Lame Ducks

By David W. Lange, Research Director at NGC ……..   In politics, a lame duck is an official whose term of office is concluding and whose successor has already been elected. In effect, this person is seen as no longer useful. This term has a numismatic application as well. Among USA coins there have been […]

By October 13, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Part 24: Barber Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Part 24: Barber Dimes

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #353 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The theme here is completing a set of Barber dimes in Very Fine to Almost Uncirculated grades, without spending as much as $500 on any one coin. Naturally toned and pleasant representatives of one or two of the […]

By October 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit coin – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar The relatively crude forgery shows extensive loss of detail throughout. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   In recent years, the “Classic” Commemorative series has become increasingly popular. These coins were first issued in 1892 to celebrate the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, with nearly a million Columbian half dollars […]

By October 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Certified Coins: 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin, Chronicles Set Pedigree

NGC Certified Coins: 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin, Chronicles Set Pedigree

NGC will assign the COIN AND CHRONICLES SET pedigree to the coins and medal from this set The Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles Set went on sale at noon on October 11. Limited to a maximum of 150,000 sets, it includes a Reverse Proof 2016-S Reagan Presidential Dollar, a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle […]

CoinWeek: Cool Coins! Episode 50 – Legendary Edition 4K

CoinWeek: Cool Coins! Episode 50 – Legendary Edition 4K

CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! is back. In this special 50th Episode, we’ve lined up four of the industry’s most respected and knowledgeable dealers to share some of their favorite coins. You won’t want to miss a second of this 4K video program. Segments: Q. David Bowers of Stack’s Bowers discusses the Pine Tree Shilling. Ira Goldberg […]

 
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