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Bowers: Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

Bowers: Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Two-cent pieces were first made in 1864, at a time when small change was scarce in circulation. In the following year, 1865, the shortage had abated and the nickel three-cent piece was introduced. Mintage quantities for the two-cent piece fell sharply, with 1872 (as illustrated here) being the […]

NGC Certifies Kendall 1861 Confederate Half Dollar

NGC Certifies Kendall 1861 Confederate Half Dollar

On November 17, 2014, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that it has recently graded one of the four extant original 1861 Confederate Half Dollars. Graded NGC PF 40, this important Confederate issue will be auctioned by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in March 2015 as part of a collection sold to benefit the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. […]

Five of the Top 10 Prices Realized in Newman Coin Auction are Continental Dollars

Five of the Top 10 Prices Realized in Newman Coin Auction are Continental Dollars

The Continental Dollars selections in Newman Part V auction just concluded by Heritage in NYC build upon those previously offered in Part IV of the collection.  In Newman IV  the 1776 Silver “EG FECIT” Continental dollar graded NGC MS 63  realized just over $1.4 million. Amazingly, Newman Part V includes six more outstanding 1776 Continental Dollars from […]

By November 16, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Learning to Grade Coins

Learning to Grade Coins

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. To fully appreciate a series or become a successful collector, understanding the basics of coin grading is very important. Not too long ago, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) concluded two weeks of educational seminars in Colorado Springs. These annual events, which are […]

Coin Auctions: All Eyes On Newman Five In The Big Apple

Coin Auctions: All Eyes On Newman Five In The Big Apple

by Jim Bisognani for NGC …… Stack’s Bowers And Heritage Auctions Each Claim Over $10 Million; Silver Demand On The Rise; Quality Courts Strong Demand–Average Type Drifts Lower. Early fall has been the scene of much activity in numismatic circles. October ended on a positive note, as the last installment for 2014 of the Whitman […]

By November 14, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

By Mark Borckardt ………. During 33+ years as a full time professional numismatist, I have had the opportunity to examine and handle many of the most important rarities in the American series, including two Brasher doubloons, all five 1913 Liberty nickels, two 1894-S dimes, and four 1804 silver dollars. I have handled 80 of the […]

NGC to Offer Free Coin Grading Evaluations at Mish International

NGC to Offer Free Coin Grading Evaluations at Mish International

Senior NGC graders Mark Salzberg and David Camire will perform free evaluations at the Mish International showroom on November 22. The showroom will also host a special lot viewing event for the upcoming Champion Macau Auction. Be sure to schedule your appointment soon! NGC’s Mark Salzberg and David Camire will be at Mish International’s Menlo […]

The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek… The broad silver coin known everywhere today as the Maria Theresa taler is familiar to many numismatists in the United States and the world over. However, fewer collectors have ever paused to give the coin the really close examination it deserves, or delved into its colorful two-century history and […]

NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

On November 10, 2014, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that the service has graded Part I of the phenomenal collection of Donald G. Partrick. A serious student of Early American coinage, Partrick carefully assembled a cabinet that boasts a number of iconic Colonial and Early United States issues, including many unique and finest known specimens. Heritage […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Magnificent Ancients of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Coin Collection

The Magnificent Ancients of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Coin Collection

Ancient Coin Series: Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   Fitzgerald: The rich are different than you and me. Hemingway: Yes, they have more money.[1] In the arcane language of Classical Numismatics, when coins are described as “important,” it means they cost a lot. How much? If you have to ask, you can’t afford them. Nelson Bunker […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Kolbe & Fanning Baltimore Book Auction a Resounding Success

Kolbe & Fanning Baltimore Book Auction a Resounding Success

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers conducted a public auction of important numismatic books on November 1, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland in conjunction with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo at the Baltimore Convention Center. The sale was a resounding success, bringing over 110% of estimate and setting some new records for prices. The sale featured […]

The Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – Garrett Sale Part Two

The Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – Garrett Sale Part Two

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. To read Part One of Jeff’s series on great numismatic sales, click here. … The four sales of the Garrett Collection held from 1979 to 1981 were of staggering importance to numismatics.   Last week, Heritage Auctions announced that the unparalleled collection of United States Colonial […]

By November 7, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

US Gold Coins : CAC and Type One Liberty Head Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has had a profound impact on the rare date gold market, and one of the series which has seen significant changes as a result of CAC is Type One Liberty Head double eagles. Auction results and private transactions for coins with CAC stickers, especially rare dates, show […]

By November 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Historically Important & Likely Finest Unc. 1853 Silver Dollar

Historically Important & Likely Finest Unc. 1853 Silver Dollar

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #249 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds……… On Oct. 30, at the “Winter” (!) Baltimore Coin & Currency Expo, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned an astonishing collection of coins, patterns, tokens and medals from 1853. The focus here is on the PCGS graded and […]

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CAC Begins Eighth Year of Brand Recognition and Market Influence

CAC Begins Eighth Year of Brand Recognition and Market Influence

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com November 1st marks the beginning of Certified Acceptance Corporation’s eighth year endorsing PCGS and NGC graded and encapsulated coins that meet CAC’s strict standards for coins it deems to be solid for the grade and above average for the grade. Recognizing that coins barely making a grade were […]

By November 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Anatomy of a Coin Thief ….. A True Story

The Anatomy of a Coin Thief ….. A True Story

By Vic Bozarth – The Rare Coin Road Warrior ….. Dear Rare Coin Enthusiasts….. Many of you may have wondered what happened to Vic Bozarth-The Rare Coin Road Warrior. Sherri and I are still traveling 200 nights per year to coin shows and on coin buying trips all over the continental U.S. We are still […]

By November 3, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
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 […]

USMNA Convention Offers Larger Bourse & Counterfeit Seminars. VIDEO: 2:52

USMNA Convention Offers Larger Bourse & Counterfeit Seminars. VIDEO: 2:52

Cory Frampton, Executive Director, US Mexican Numismatic Association Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…….. The third annual USMNA Convention continues to grow in attendance and popularity with collectors of Mexican and Latin American coinage. Two different seminars were given by industry leaders describing counterfeiting problems back when the coins were originally struck as well as the current […]

By October 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
First Read: Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition

First Read: Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition by Q. David Bowers The pursuit of knowledge has many facets, not the least of which is the exploration of context. Throughout his 60-year career as […]

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 →
NGC Snags MLB License for Coin Label Inserts

NGC Snags MLB License for Coin Label Inserts

NGC follows up their partnership with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with an MLB License for Coin Label Inserts… NGC will encapsulate the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemoratives and other legal tender coins with attractive certification labels that feature a range of popular MLB trademarks. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has been […]

Numismatic Crime Alerts:  2014

Numismatic Crime Alerts: 2014

Crimes related to numismatics know no boundaries and affects the numismatic industry around the world. Millions of dollars in numismatic items have been stolen from collectors and dealers who have fallen prey to a numismatic crime. The Numismatic Crime Information Center is a 501 (c)(3) non profit corporation established to coordinate and collaborate initiatives between […]

Italo Vecchi Receives IAPN Book Award for “Italian Cast Coinage”. VIDEO: 10:17

Italo Vecchi Receives IAPN Book Award for “Italian Cast Coinage”. VIDEO: 10:17

Arne Kirsch, President, International Association of Professional Numismatists Chris Martin, President, British Numismatic Trade Association…….. Well known European numismatist Italo Vecchi received the coveted IAPN Book of the Year Award at the BNTA Coinex convention in London England on September 26, 2014. Italo continues a long line of scholarly books written over the years contributing […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – The Garrett Sale Part 1

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – The Garrett Sale Part 1

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. It is highly recommended to examine great numismatic sales of the past when given the opportunity.  On November 14 and 15, the fifth installment of the famed collection belonging to Eric P. Newman will be sold in New York City. The sale features another incredible […]

By October 24, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Historic W. E. Woodward Auction Sales Now Viewable Online

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Historic W. E. Woodward Auction Sales Now Viewable Online

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, e-Sylum contributor Tom Wetter announces the launch of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society’s newly launched Wiki for the auction sales of W.E. Woodward. Tom Wetter writes: After quite some time and a lot of work, […]

By October 21, 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 →
Autumn Features a Harvest of Numismatic Activity – Are Walkers Poised for a Run?

Autumn Features a Harvest of Numismatic Activity – Are Walkers Poised for a Run?

By Jim Bisognani – NGC Market Report ………. Heritage PNG Invitational Rakes In $11.2 Million – Buyer’s Market for Generic Type Coins October is turning out to be a very busy month in the numismatic world. First up was the PNG New York Invitational show, running October 9-11 in the heart of the Big Apple. […]

By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profile –  Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter, A Remarkable Strike Rarity and Series Key

Coin Profile – Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter, A Remarkable Strike Rarity and Series Key

The Gem Full Head 1927-S quarter in Heritage’s October 27 Signature Auction of The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II boasts a thick overlay of mint frost complementing a light golden tinge, which is somewhat deeper on the obverse. Design definition is excellent for the issue; Liberty’s toes are separated, the stars are well-defined, and the […]

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 […]

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