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Ancient Gold Coins :  The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

Ancient Gold Coins : The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The Colosseo Collection   The First Circulating Coinage Little is known about this mysterious archaic electrum coinage – the first ancient gold coin. It was minted in Ionia, somewhere in central Western Anatolia on the shores of the Aegean sea, but scholars have yet to identify […]

Coin Collecting Philosophy from Virgil M. Brand

Coin Collecting Philosophy from Virgil M. Brand

By Q. David Bowers – Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   One of my favorite numismatic experiences was working with Norman Neubauer, the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, the heirs of Virgil M. Brand, and David E. Tripp in the sale by auction of many coins from the Brand estate. If you are an old-timer, you […]

Coin Show Commentary: Whitman Baltimore Robust

Coin Show Commentary: Whitman Baltimore Robust

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Mintmarked gold hot in Stack’s Bowers sale; Collector on prowl for Gem DPL CC Morgans As we ushered in November, fresh to their temporary digs in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, dealers and some collectors were busy setting up shop in their respective hotel rooms. As always, many […]

NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes Are Back

NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes Are Back

NGC Red & Gold Display Boxes are available now! Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) introduced a red and gold display box last year to much enthusiasm from collectors and dealers around the world. These attractive boxes are now back ― but only until January 31 or while supplies last! Paired together, red and gold symbolize good […]

Numismatic Books: Kolbe & Fanning Week-Long 50% Off Sale

Numismatic Books: Kolbe & Fanning Week-Long 50% Off Sale

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced that they are holding a massive 50% off Inventory Reduction Sale, applicable to over 1,400 books listed on their website. The sale runs from Sunday, November 13 through Saturday, November 19, and is available only to orders placed through numislit.com. Check out Kolbe & Fanning’s large online inventory […]

CoinWeek News Wire for November 11, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for November 11, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 11, 2016 Current Events 1.) Some Central Florida toll booths not registering $1 coins Central Florida Expressway Authority officials said they weren’t aware of the problem until Channel 9 brought it to their attention… Under the Radar 2.) Commemorative Singapore Botanic Gardens coin unveiled A commemorative coin showcasing iconic features of […]

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NGC Registry Sets – A Letter from Mark Salzberg

NGC Registry Sets – A Letter from Mark Salzberg

  The chairman of NGC discusses an important change to the NGC Registry Dear Collectors: In 2017 Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) will celebrate two important anniversaries: 30 years of NGC and 15 years of the NGC Registry. We have many exciting things planned for this milestone year, including a significant investment to modernize the NGC […]

ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminars at FUN Convention

ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminars at FUN Convention

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) School of Numismatics is offering a pair of educational courses held in conjunction with the 62nd Annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention. “Fundamentals of Grading U.S. Coins” and “Ancient Greek Coinage: An Overview of the World’s First Coins” will be offered prior to the FUN show, January 3-4. The FUN […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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