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How New Minnesota Coin Dealer Registration Law Affects Dealers in Other States. VIDEO: 3:37

How New Minnesota Coin Dealer Registration Law Affects Dealers in Other States. VIDEO: 3:37

Gary Adkins, Gary Adkins & Associates Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com………. Recent legislation in Minnesota requires any business buying or selling more than $5000 to register with the state government, obtain a surety bond and conform to other regulation and oversight. Find out the implications of this new law from Minnesota dealer, ICTA member, and former […]

By July 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
A Nigerian General’s Dream… A Cautionary Tale of Historical Bond Fraud

A Nigerian General’s Dream… A Cautionary Tale of Historical Bond Fraud

by Joshua T. Herbstman for CoinWeek…. At some time or another, we have all gotten an email that resembles the following: Dear Sir, During the regime of our late head of state, General Sani Abacha, the government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various Ministries. The new civilian […]

By July 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ICTA Launches New Website to Enhance User Experience

ICTA Launches New Website to Enhance User Experience

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets launched today a new website at ictaonline.org. The website’s updated design is great-looking and is full of new improvements including intuitive navigation with a more standardized menu structure, simplified organization, and refreshed content to make the website more user- friendly and encourage user interaction. The website’s new features include: […]

By July 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Changes are Coming to PCGS’ TruView Service

Changes are Coming to PCGS’ TruView Service

CoinWeek staff reports…. PCGS‘ in-house photographer Phil Arnold posted on the company’s website that changes are coming to the Newport Beach, California-based grading firm’s popular TruView coin photography service. According to Arnold, PCGS, responding to collector requests, will begin to offer collectors a more robust TruView service that will offer additional image size options, plus the ability to download […]

By July 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Kennedy Anniversary Commemorative News: NGC Labels Announced

Kennedy Anniversary Commemorative News: NGC Labels Announced

The recently announced Kennedy Half Dollar 50th anniversary commemorative coins will receive a special large-size NGC label when submitted for encapsulation, according to the Sarasota, Florida-based company. The US Mint has announced seven new commemorative coins that will mark the 50th anniversary of the popular Kennedy half dollar. The new coins are: 1964-2014-W High Relief […]

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs, by Edmund Moy Edmund C. Moy, who served as Director of the U.S. Mint from 2006 to 2011, has probably had […]

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO’s patience

Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO’s patience

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The Daily Record, a news service for Maryland based business and legal professions, ran an interesting report about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild forfeiture case in its July 13, 2014 issue.  This test case is described in numerous news items at the guild website.  The Daily […]

Early Photos and Images of the United States Mint. VIDEO: 7:15

Early Photos and Images of the United States Mint. VIDEO: 7:15

John Mercanti, Former Chief Engraver United States Mint…… John Mercanti worked for the United States Mint until he retired in 2010. He assembled a collection of early pictures of the Mint that have seldom been seen. See these remarkable images of history that show the changes of the place where America’s money was first made. […]

By July 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ANA Inducts Gravel, Clain-Stefanelli to Numismatic Hall of Fame

ANA Inducts Gravel, Clain-Stefanelli to Numismatic Hall of Fame

Prominent numismatists honored during ANA Summer Seminar… Ludger Gravel and Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli were inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame during the first week of the American Numismatic Association‘s Summer Seminar. Gravel began collecting coins as a young man. By the mid-1890s, he was an active member and leader of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society […]

PCGS Certifies Rare Transitional Peace Dollars From Former Mint Director’s Estate

PCGS Certifies Rare Transitional Peace Dollars From Former Mint Director’s Estate

Five rare 1921 and 1922 proof and circulation strike Peace dollars that reflect historic transition changes in the original high-relief design of the series have been authenticated and graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). The coins exhibit different finishes and relief, including a previously unreported 1921 High Relief sandblasted and antiqued finish presentation specimen. […]

By July 12, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
NGC Ancients Headline Heritage Auctions’ Chicago ANA Sale

NGC Ancients Headline Heritage Auctions’ Chicago ANA Sale

NGC Ancients take center stage at August’s ANA Sale…. NGC-graded world and ancient coins highlight Heritage Auctions’ first-ever World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction. The sale, which will be held August 8 at the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, has a particularly strong selection of NGC- graded ancient coins. Ancient coin collectors […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 Los Angeles Olympics Coins – Part II

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 Los Angeles Olympics Coins – Part II

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 of the […]

Security Questions for Coin Collectors at Home and at a Convention. VIDEO: 4:39

Security Questions for Coin Collectors at Home and at a Convention. VIDEO: 4:39

Don Rinkor, Don Rinkor Rare Coins Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……… Safety is a major concern for both coin dealers and collectors. Knowing what to do at a coin convention and at one’s home is important to staying safe and avoiding being broken in to. Even better is to have a security system in place that […]

By June 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Star of the Gardner Sale in NY was the 1796 10C MS67 PCGS. CAC bringing $881,250

Star of the Gardner Sale in NY was the 1796 10C MS67 PCGS. CAC bringing $881,250

The former Jimmy Hayes-John Whitney Walter 1796 Bust dime graded MS67 by PCGS with a green CAC sticker was the highest selling coin from Heritage’s Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction held June 23rd in New York. This first-year 1796 JR-1 dime is the sole finest certified of this variety with the […]

Discussion on Egyptian Coins at State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

Discussion on Egyptian Coins at State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting Blog ……….. The public session of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee hearing to consider a potential Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt (June 2nd) has drawn considerable interest among the regular pontificators on both sides of the issue.  Being one of that group, not necessarily by choice, we probably […]

Use of Metallurgy in Coin Identification – Texas Jolas. VIDEO: 2:33

Use of Metallurgy in Coin Identification – Texas Jolas. VIDEO: 2:33

Dr. Garth Clark Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com …… Dr. Clark is a medical doctor, a chemical engineer and current president of the Bellaire, Texas Coin Club. He shares some of his research and the importance in the metallurgical processes used to determine the authenticity of coins especially with Texas Jola copper issues. Copyright © CoinWeek […]

By June 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Precious Metal Verifier Available to Help Determine Genuine Gold & Silver Items. VIDEO: 4:17

Precious Metal Verifier Available to Help Determine Genuine Gold & Silver Items. VIDEO: 4:17

David Blau, Inventor, Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ……. The flood of counterfeit coins entering the market has prompted new concerns about determining the authenticity. Up until this time the best electronic machine to check the type of metal in a coin cost thousands of dollars. A new product is on the market that costs substantially […]

By June 17, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
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, […]

Rare Coin Profile: 1827/3/2 Capped Bust Quarter, PCGS PR64 CAC

Rare Coin Profile: 1827/3/2 Capped Bust Quarter, PCGS PR64 CAC

The following Coin Profile comes from Heritage Auctions, which is auctioning this coin from the Eugene H. Gardner Collection, auction #1213 on June 23, 2014 as Lot 30357. There are only 9 examples known to exist. The auction catalog reads as follows……. 1827/3/2 25C Original PR64 PCGS. CAC. B-1, R.7. This delightful Choice proof exhibits […]

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 […]

By June 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By June 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By June 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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