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NCS Conservation: Scratches on Coins

NCS Conservation: Scratches on Coins

A scratch is a type of mechanical damage that has moved or removed metal from the surface of a coin By Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) ……   It is said that it is better to prevent a problem rather than correct it once it has occurred. In much of our numismatic pursuits this adage is […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 9

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 9

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | In the fall of 1958 we had our customary visit from Mr. Lilly and we showed him some of our recent acquisitions […]

Why Do We Want This Stuff? Eight Views on the Psychology of Collecting

Why Do We Want This Stuff? Eight Views on the Psychology of Collecting

By David Schwager for CoinWeek …..   I love coins. Why? Collecting is a complex topic, and psychologists do not agree on why many people strongly desire to acquire and own objects. At least eight possible explanations exist and more than one applies to every collector. These are not authoritative pronouncements, but they are useful […]

NGC Certified 42 of the Top 50 Coins in Heritage Auctions’ NYINC Sale

NGC Certified 42 of the Top 50 Coins in Heritage Auctions’ NYINC Sale

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) certified 42 of the 50 highest grossing coins in Heritage Auctions’ recently concluded New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) sale. The extraordinary showing, which represents a diverse group of countries and eras, reaffirms NGC’s position as the most trusted grading service for world coins. The strong preference that world coin collectors […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection –  Altered 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………   Date alterations are the most common type of counterfeit seen on 1856 Flying Eagle cents. By 1856 the half cent and large cent denominations had become extremely unpopular. They hardly circulated since their large sizes were simply too cumbersome to be useful in […]

Kolbe & Fanning 2017 New York Book Auction Saturday, January 14

Kolbe & Fanning 2017 New York Book Auction Saturday, January 14

Kolbe & Fanning will be conducting our 2017 New York Book Auction this Saturday, January 14, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). The sale features selections from the libraries of Italo Vecchi and Tom Cederlind, as well as other properties pertaining to ancient, foreign […]

They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   The continuous drumbeat of politics throughout the United States in 2015-2016 should have directed collectors to one of numismatics’ most neglected areas, America’s rich heritage of political medalets that recall the drama of vanished Presidential campaigns. Medalets of successful contenders are fascinating bits of Americana, but issues […]

Certified Coins – NGC: A Letter from Mark Salzberg

Certified Coins – NGC: A Letter from Mark Salzberg

NGC’s 30th Anniversary The chairman of CCG reflects on the highlights of 2016 and looks ahead to 2017 Dear Fellow Numismatists: I hope that the new year is off to a great start for all of you. For me, this year is particularly special because it marks NGC’s 30th anniversary. It is amazing how much […]

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1912 Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1912 Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle Coin

By Max Spiegel, NGC …..   The raised spikes at the rim of this 1912 $10 Indian Head Eagle are one detail collectors can use for counterfeit coin detection. It is no surprise that United States gold coins have long been the target of counterfeiters. A wave of deceptive forgeries appeared in the marketplace in […]

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numismatourist Howard Berlin The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download all […]

Medal Highlights of Heritage Auctions’ FUN Offering

Medal Highlights of Heritage Auctions’ FUN Offering

Important, historic medals from the colonial era to present day will be prominently featured in Heritage Auctions’ January 4-9 FUN US Coins Auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Dupré-Designed Bronze Made in Honor of Benjamin Franklin’s 80th Birthday A bronze medal from the Colonial Era depicting Benjamin Franklin will be among the featured items. First struck […]

CoinWeek IQ: Numismatic America: Behind the Scenes at the National Numismatic Collection – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Numismatic America: Behind the Scenes at the National Numismatic Collection – 4K Video

In this 4K CoinWeek video, editor Charles Morgan joins ANA President Jeff Garrett for a rare behind the scenes tour of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. Jeff and Charles discuss the 1804 dollar, George T. Morgan’s sketchbook, a rare never-before-filmed 2008 Ultra High Relief gold pattern struck at the Perth Mint for the U.S. Mint, plus six important […]

Kolbe & Fanning NY Book Auction Bidding Instructions

Kolbe & Fanning NY Book Auction Bidding Instructions

Kolbe & Fanning are looking forward to our 2017 New York Book Auction, which will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2016, beginning at 12:30 p.m. eastern time, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan in conjunction with the 2017 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). The sale features selections from the libraries of Italo Vecchi […]

Coin Collecting – Jim Bisognani’s Rare Coin Market Predictions for 2017

Coin Collecting – Jim Bisognani’s Rare Coin Market Predictions for 2017

Notables weigh in on trends and what to expect in 2017. Barbers and seated coinage winners By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   As 2016 nears its historic conclusion, we in the numismatic world have also enjoyed another incredible season full of inspired collecting opportunities. Having spent five decades traversing small and large […]

CoinWeek News Wire for December 23, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for December 23, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for December 23, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Q&A: James Halperin How did a pair of college dropouts who were business rivals come together to form what is now the third largest US-auction house with annual sales in excess of $860,000? Our merger occurred in 1982 when the coin […]

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Spink – Where Cleopatra Meets the Olympians: The Susquehanna and Dr. Allam Collections

Spink – Where Cleopatra Meets the Olympians: The Susquehanna and Dr. Allam Collections

Spink is delighted to announce the sale of Islamic and Foreign Coins: The Susquehanna Collection and the Dr. Allam Collection which will be held on January 15 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel during the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). A sale packed with choice rarities from a particularly exotic corner of the globe. This […]

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World Coin Counterfeit Detection – 1928 South African Gold Sovereign

World Coin Counterfeit Detection – 1928 South African Gold Sovereign

Counterfeit 1928 South Africa Gold Sovereign By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……..   A group of four 1928 South African Sovereigns was recently submitted to NGC all struck from the same world coin counterfeit dies. The gold sovereign is a coinage issue of Great Britain historically equal to one pound sterling. It was first struck […]

Even More Highlights from Kolbe & Fanning’s 2017 NY Book Auction

Even More Highlights from Kolbe & Fanning’s 2017 NY Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning will be holding our 2017 New York Book Auction on Saturday, January 14 in the 18th Floor Norse Suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). The sale features 400 lots of numismatic books from around the world, including rare and desirable works from the […]

Modern Coin Counterfeit Detection – 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver 10 Yuan

Modern Coin Counterfeit Detection – 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver 10 Yuan

Counterfeit 2012 China Dragon 10 Yuan This particular counterfeit has reflective areas not seen on the authentic coin due to the die not being sufficiently frosted. By the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)…….. The problem of counterfeiting in China is very real, and it is believed that most of the new fakes seen in the market […]

NGC Certifies the Exemplary D. Moore Collection of World Coins

NGC Certifies the Exemplary D. Moore Collection of World Coins

The fantastic collection of world gems anchor Heritage’s NYINC sale on January 9 Over 500 NGC-certified world coins from the D. Moore Collection will be sold at auction on January 9, 2017. Heritage Auctions will conduct the sale in conjunction with the prestigious New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). Included is a broad selection of […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 8

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 8

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 I want to stress to the reader that Josiah K. Lilly was an extraordinary collector. He did not collect just one type of coin or object […]

Coin Photography – A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words or at Least a Thousand Dollars!

Coin Photography – A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words or at Least a Thousand Dollars!

Digital photography is one of the key tools for the business of numismatics By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The earliest regular auction catalogues for rare coins in the United States began in the 1850s or so. These early catalogues illustrated coins with the use of woodcuts. That process of illustration […]

Heritage Sues Christie’s for Copyright Infringement and Fraud

Heritage Sues Christie’s for Copyright Infringement and Fraud

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Monday, December 12, the Dallas-based coin and collectibles auction company Heritage Auctions announced that it was suing Christie’s auction house and its subsidiary Collectrium over multiple allegations of copyright infringement and computer fraud. Heritage had filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court in Dallas on […]

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download […]

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Royal Australian Mint – Exhibit Explores Work of Designer Stuart Devlin

Royal Australian Mint – Exhibit Explores Work of Designer Stuart Devlin

By Royal Australian Mint ….. The highly anticipated exhibition exploring the masterly work of Stuart Devlin AO, “The Designer with the Midas Touch”, has now officially opened to the public at the Royal Australian Mint. Featuring stunning pieces created by the most prolific goldsmith and silversmith of our time, the exhibition sees richness and romance […]

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U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #362 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This is the fourth column in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 on any one piece. Patterns of interesting, alternative designs for five cent nickels […]

NGC Ancients: Rare Overstruck “Judaea Capta” Bar Kokhba Coin Discovered

NGC Ancients: Rare Overstruck “Judaea Capta” Bar Kokhba Coin Discovered

NGC brings to light one of the fabled rarities of ancient Jewish coinage In 132 CE, following nearly 60 years of simmering resentment towards the Roman destruction of the Holy Temple, the people of Judaea were on the brink of rebellion. When the new revolt began, a certain Simon bar Kokhba led a relatively small […]

Kolbe & Fanning Offer Thian Album of Confederate Currency

Kolbe & Fanning Offer Thian Album of Confederate Currency

Online Catalogue Now Available for Bidding The catalogue for Kolbe & Fanning’s 2017 New York Book Auction has been posted to the firm’s online bidding platform at auction.numislit.com. Every lot is illustrated in color and absentee bids can be placed at any time prior to the sale. Live internet bidding will be available during the […]

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   ​In the 1970s and ’80s I used to teach the “All About Coins” class at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminars in Colorado Springs. This was always an enjoyable experience and the class was always well attended. Some of my teenaged students went on to […]

 
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