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Robbery at Harlan J. Berk, Chicago-Based Coin Dealer

Robbery at Harlan J. Berk, Chicago-Based Coin Dealer

Off hours robbery at Harlan J. Berk prompts new security measures for Chicago firm… Exclusive CoinWeek news report…. Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. has a long tradition of welcoming numismatic scholars and collectors of all experience levels and budgets. However, two weekend visitors certainly won’t be welcomed back. At approximately 6:08 AM, on Saturday morning, […]

Newly Discovered 1817/4 Half Dollar to be offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Newly Discovered 1817/4 Half Dollar to be offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Eleventh known example consigned to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money Advanced collectors of U.S. silver coinage will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a newly discovered and recently certified example of this classic Capped Bust half dollar, the 11th known example of this important rarity, […]

First Read: From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

First Read: From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America, by Dr. Philip L. Mossman “The Spanish Milled Dollar The Coin of Our Nation’s Founders” These words […]

The 1615-16 Coins of Bermuda (Sommer Islands): The First English Coins of North America

The 1615-16 Coins of Bermuda (Sommer Islands): The First English Coins of North America

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #226 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds In 1615 or 1616, coins were introduced in Bermuda. Although Bermuda was then called the Sommer Islands, for clarity, it is best to refer here to this place as Bermuda, […]

PCGS International Developments June 2014. VIDEO: 4:49.

PCGS International Developments June 2014. VIDEO: 4:49.

Muriel Eymery, Vice President, PCGS Asia Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ……. The Professional Coin Grading Service has opened offices in Europe and Asia. International Vice President Muriel Eymery talks about the move into China and what that marketplace represents. Copyright © CoinWeek – Long Beach – June 2014 The Long Beach Coin Expo is the […]

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Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

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 readers continue to discuss last week’s topic on the use of racial and ethnic slurs on Hobo Nickels…. Click Here to read Part One   Last week Bob Leonard wrote: The […]

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Ten Numismatic Books to Get You Started

Ten Numismatic Books to Get You Started

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Even though we live in the Internet age with virtually everything at our fingertips, books are still an important part of any numismatic education. Dave Bowers once famously stated, “buy the book before the coin.” This advice is extremely valuable to anyone considering even a […]

ICTA Victory: Oklahoma Bullion Law makes Coins and Bullion Sales Tax Exempt – Video

ICTA Victory: Oklahoma Bullion Law makes Coins and Bullion Sales Tax Exempt – Video

Industry Council for Tangible Assets helps secure victory for precious metal investors in the Sooner State…. On June 4, 2014, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 862 providing a sales- tax exemption for “sales of gold, silver, platinum, palladium or other bullion items such as coins and bars,” and removing the qualification that these products […]

Elephants on Ancient Coins

Elephants on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Strong, intelligent, and long-lived – yet surprisingly gentle – elephants have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Prehistoric cave paintings depict elephants and their extinct cousins, the wooly mammoth and mastodon. Ivory from elephant tusks was a precious raw material in the ancient world because it […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels

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 readers chime in on an unfortunate but important area of American numismatics, the use of racial and ethnic slurs on Hobo Nickels… … Regarding the Hobo Nickel “I VILL” forwarded by […]

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NGC Hires PNG Intern, Applications Now Accepted For Future PNG Internships

NGC Hires PNG Intern, Applications Now Accepted For Future PNG Internships

Another of the first recruits who recently began year-long paid internships in the Professional Numismatists Guild‘s  “Promoting Numismatic Growth” project has been offered and accepted a full-time job only a few months into the program. Christopher Salladin, 22, of Fernandina, Florida has been hired as a coin grader by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, PNG’s official grading […]

ANA National Coin Week Winners Announced

ANA National Coin Week Winners Announced

Awards given for Member Volunteer Challenge and Club Trivia Challenge Hobbyists across North America celebrated 2014 National Coin Week, April 20-26, with the theme “Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service.” Activities and promotional materials celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar and President John F. Kennedy’s famous call to civic and community service: “Ask […]

Goals and Objectives of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. VIDEO: 1:54

Goals and Objectives of the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. VIDEO: 1:54

Jeff Sosnaud, Interim Executive Director Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……. Interim Executive Director Jeff Sosnaud explains why San Francisco needs a historical society and what the SFMHS seeks to accomplish. Copyright © CoinWeek LLC – May 2014 Old San Francisco Mint, San Francisco, California – San Francisco Museum and Historical Society More news and video about […]

ANA Money Museum presents new exhibit: ‘Treasures of the Deep’

ANA Money Museum presents new exhibit: ‘Treasures of the Deep’

ANA members and the public are invited to free Open House at the ANA Money Museum Thursday, June 5…. The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum will present a new exhibit, “Treasures of the Deep: Galleons, Storms and Archeology,” telling the story of the world’s greatest shipwrecks, the treasures they carried and the efforts to preserve the […]

Coin Press Manufacturer Schuler Celebrates 175th Anniversary

Coin Press Manufacturer Schuler Celebrates 175th Anniversary

From metalworking shop to globally operating group: the world’s leading coin press manufacturer has a long tradition… It’s Schuler’s birthday: the internationally successful press manufacturer is celebrating its 175th year in business in 2014. Louis Schuler founded the company in 1839 as a metalworking shop in Göppingen’s Sauerbrunnengasse. Nobody at the time would have thought […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series As collectors of ancient coins, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter is “Don’t these things belong in museums?” The answer, sometimes with a patient sigh, sometimes with a snort of derision, is an emphatic, “No!” The Dirty Little Secret is that museums hate ancient coins. Or, […]

NGC-certified Eric P. Newman Collection, Part IV Realizes $11 Million

NGC-certified Eric P. Newman Collection, Part IV Realizes $11 Million

Eric P. Newman Collection, Part IV beats pre-sale estimates; takes in $11 Million “The Eric P. Newman sales are without a doubt the most important US auctions of the last decade, if not of all time,” said Mark Salzberg, chairman of NGC. “We are honored that EPNNES has again entrusted NGC to certify selections from […]

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret (…as revealed by the true story of the “Dexter Dollar,” The King of American Coins), by Mark Ferguson. The Long Shadow It’s […]

Federal Motion Filed Against Odyssey Marine for S.S. Central America Recovery Effort

Federal Motion Filed Against Odyssey Marine for S.S. Central America Recovery Effort

First Finders of Famous S.S. Central America Treasure Accuse Odyssey Marine of Trespassing, Ask Federal Marshals to Seize Recovered “Ship of Gold” Items Federal court motions claiming misappropriation and trespass were filed on Thursday, May 15, 2014, against a Florida salvage company by the Ohio-based group that first discovered and recovered Gold Rush-era sunken treasure from […]

Ancient Coin Insights: Real Roman Women on Coins

Ancient Coin Insights: Real Roman Women on Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Much like Americans, Republican Romans had a deep-rooted prejudice against depicting living people on their money. It was something that pretentious Greek kings and tyrants did. When Julius Caesar violated this taboo, his assassins claimed that he was trying to make himself a king. And yet, within […]

Protestant Reformation Coins and Medals on Display at Wartburg Museum

Protestant Reformation Coins and Medals on Display at Wartburg Museum

Reformatio in Nummis: A special exhibition of Protestant Reformation Coins and Medals at the Wartburg, organized by Fritz Rudolf Künker By Elisabeth Doerk for CoinWeek…. The prestigious premises of the Wartburg were the location where an exhibition of a special kind was opened on Sunday, 4 May. More than 100 coins and medals covering 500 years of reformation […]

EAC Coin Grading Guide Available to Collectors. VIDEO: 11:23

EAC Coin Grading Guide Available to Collectors. VIDEO: 11:23

Bill Eckberg, Bob Fagaly, Chuck Heck, Kirk Thomas and Ray Williams – Early American Coppers…….. Interviewer: David Lisot – CoinWeek.com ….. Although conceived many years ago it was not until this month that a grading guide featuring early copper and Colonial coins has become a reality. Hear from the team of Early American copper specialists […]

Odyssey Marine Recovers 1,000 Ounces of SS Central America Gold

Odyssey Marine Recovers 1,000 Ounces of SS Central America Gold

Latest dive reveals still more SS Central America gold…. Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. announced Monday that it had recovered five gold ingots and two $20 double eagles (one, an 1850 struck in Philadelphia, the second, an 1857-S). The ingots were stamped with assayer’s marks and weights that range from 96.5 to 313.5 troy ounces. The […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: How Long Does it Take to Cut a Die?

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: How Long Does it Take to Cut a Die?

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 reader Dick Johnson writes in to answer the question, “How long does it take to cut a die?”   This is in answer to Paul Bosco who asked the question in […]

ANA announces Coin Recovery from 2007 Museum Theft

ANA announces Coin Recovery from 2007 Museum Theft

News Report by CoinWeek staff….. In 2007, the ANA Museum Collection Manager Wyatt Yeager stole approximately $1 million in coins and numismatic items from the ANA. Efforts continue to restore the collection to its pre-theft condition to this day. On May 1st, the American Numismatic Association announced the recovery of a coin stolen in 2007 from the Edward […]

ANA Recovers Lost Coin with Dealer Help. VIDEO: 2:58

ANA Recovers Lost Coin with Dealer Help. VIDEO: 2:58

Kim Kiick, American Numismatic Association, Richard Snow, Eagle Eye Rare Coin Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……… The ANA has located another of the coins stolen from the Money Museum several years ago. Executive Director Kim Kiick talks about the recent recovery. Dealer Rick Snow, who was responsible for the recovery of the coin, talks about the […]

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar, Part II

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar, Part II

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. This is the third in a series of articles in which I 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 story of the Sacagawea […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The New York Assay Office Gold Theft of 1978

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The New York Assay Office Gold Theft of 1978

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 reader and former head of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and former Executive Director of the American Numismatic Association, Bob Leuver offers an abridged version of a report he filed […]

Commemorative Coin Stories: 1982 George Washington Half Dollar

Commemorative Coin Stories: 1982 George Washington Half Dollar

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking […]

First Read: American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1

First Read: American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature….  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….. American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1: American Numismatic Auctions 1738-1850, by John N. Lupia III John N. Lupia III’s American Numismatic Auctions is a revised and expanded edition of Part […]

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