Errors & Varieties

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   In my previous sortie into VAM territory, I mentioned the 1888-O “Hot Lips” variety of Morgan dollar. It is arguably the most famous VAM out there (a “VAM” being a Morgan or Peace dollar variety as officially cataloged by Leroy Van Allen and George Mallis), and if you’re of […]

Spink to Sell Bill Snyder Collection of British Error Coins

Spink to Sell Bill Snyder Collection of British Error Coins

Spink is pleased to announce the sale of the Bill Snyder Collection of British Error Coins on September 24, 2015 in New York. Ranging from Charles II to Elizabeth II, the collection of over 100 lots features a number of important and dramatic errors, highlighted by a stupendous 1872 Gothic Florin diecap. With the florin’s […]

By August 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Spitting Eagles, Alligator Eyes and Donkey Tails: Three Morgan Dollar Varieties

Spitting Eagles, Alligator Eyes and Donkey Tails: Three Morgan Dollar Varieties

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 7/1/2015. Outside of a “Bugs Bunny” Franklin half dollar, it’s hard to beat some of the colorful names attributed to Morgan dollar varieties over the years. I don’t often write about them, so to “fill in the gaps” and maybe introduce […]

1952 Franklin Proof Bugs Bunny Variety to be Auctioned by GreatCollections

1952 Franklin Proof Bugs Bunny Variety to be Auctioned by GreatCollections

Coin is the first Proof Issue discovered of the famous Business Strike variety An exciting new Franklin Half Dollar variety will be auctioned by GreatCollections on Sunday, August 16. The Bugs Bunny variety on a Proof issue was previously unrecorded until recently. The “Bugs Bunny” variety is known to many on the 1955 Franklin Half […]

GreatCollections to Auction Hawaii 5-0 VAM Collection

GreatCollections to Auction Hawaii 5-0 VAM Collection

Collection is Over 90% Complete for Top-100 and Hot-50 – Being Sold Unreserved GreatCollections is pleased to announce the auction date of the Hawaii 5-0 VAM Collection, which will be sold on July 26, 2015. The collection is over 90% complete for the Top-100 and Hot-50 sets, with many coins rarely being offered on the […]

The Coin Analyst: 1982 Lincoln Cent Provides Collectors with Challenges, Rewards

The Coin Analyst: 1982 Lincoln Cent Provides Collectors with Challenges, Rewards

The Coin Analyst – CoinWeek.com   1982 was the year E.T. The Extra Terrestrial hit the silver screen. The average price of a new home was $80,000, and the Equal Rights Amendment failed ratification. It was also the year the United States Mint began making Lincoln cents from a 97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper alloy instead […]

Preview of May-June Issue of CONECA Errorscope

Preview of May-June Issue of CONECA Errorscope

By CONECA….   The Combined Organizations Of Numismatic Error Collectors Of America (CONECA) has just sent the May-June 2015 issue of its bimonthly journal, Errorscope, to press. Members will be receiving the color version online at the beginning of May, while the black and white hardcopy version will be in members’ mail boxes soon after. […]

By April 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profile – 1905 Indian Cent, Struck on a Quarter Eagle Planchet, MS64

Coin Profile – 1905 Indian Cent, Struck on a Quarter Eagle Planchet, MS64

Sole Gold Indian Cent Known of This Date 1905 1C Cent — Struck on a $2 1/2 Gold Planchet — MS64 PCGS. Weight: 64.5 grains, the standard weight of a quarter eagle. Exactly five Indian cents are known on gold planchets, according to information available to us. Among them are three dated 1900, this piece […]

Modern Chinese Varieties: 2002 Gold Panda Frosted and Mirrored Branches

Modern Chinese Varieties: 2002 Gold Panda Frosted and Mirrored Branches

By David J. Camire for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Due to the overwhelming popularity of modern Chinese coins, there has been steady increase and interest in varieties. NGC is at the forefront of actively attributing and listing new varieties of modern Chinese coins. To date, NGC recognizes and attributes more than 90 varieties, including small […]

First Read:  Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read: Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. In this edition of First Read, we take a look at two self-published works in the field of modern numismatics. Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors by Richard Bousquet […]

VAMs and More: 60th FUN Show Report

VAMs and More: 60th FUN Show Report

By Dennis Halladay – VAMs and More…. Gold and silver prices rising, the stock market falling, cold weather nearly everywhere, and huge Heritage auctions made for a busy Florida United Numismatists (FUN) coin show January 7-10 in Orlando. And it was big. Really, really big as seen in the accompanying photo of most, but not all, of […]

By January 19, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
VAMs & More, The View: Commentary on the VAM Market

VAMs & More, The View: Commentary on the VAM Market

By C. Logan McKechnie for the VAM View…. VAMs have always been the stepchild of the numismatic marketplace. Morgan dollars, however, are the most collected coins in the world but, it is hard to convince the generic collector that all Morgan and Peace dollars are VAMs. This summer has brought home a staleness in the […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Example of Highly Elusive 1898-O VAM 20 Found on eBay

Example of Highly Elusive 1898-O VAM 20 Found on eBay

As reported in VAMs and More: The View…. It is most likely the major cherrypick of the decade. Rob Franklin, author of the WOW! VAMs! Book, pulled it off with a $50 snatch on eBay. The coin is the 1898-O VAM 20. It is apparently the only example of a mint worker accidentally stamping the dies […]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announced New National Banknote Variety

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announced New National Banknote Variety

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce the recent discovery of a note which will add a new catalog number to the next edition of the Paper Money of United States, better known as the Friedberg Catalog. The Series 1882 $10 Date Back is from the First National Bank of Hereford, TX (Charter 5604) and […]

Highlights from the Upcoming Issue of Errorscope

Highlights from the Upcoming Issue of Errorscope

The latest issue of Errorscope, CONECA’S (The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America) bimonthly journal is now at the printers. The May / June issue should be available to members at or around the first of May from the CONECA Errorscope Online Members Only Area (assessable from the banner at the top of […]

By April 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Upcoming Central States Numismatic Society Auction Features Finest Known VAM

Upcoming Central States Numismatic Society Auction Features Finest Known VAM

“Acquiring an 1887 with a clashed E is considered a landmark event by most variety specialists” …, Jeff Oxman wrote in his book, The Hot 50. For more than a decade, that VAM has been listed in the TOP 10 by those who write about or collect VAMs. Recently, the sale prices of examples have […]

By April 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ike Group Announces Eisenhower Dollar DIVA Coin Catalog. Video: 2:32

Ike Group Announces Eisenhower Dollar DIVA Coin Catalog. Video: 2:32

Andy Oskam, President, Ike Group Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……… Eisenhower dollars continue to be a collecting series of interest to collectors especially to members of the Ike Group. Issued from 1971 till 1978 this series of dollar sized coins represents one of the least expensive series of collectible series of coin with a plethora of […]

By March 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Which Way is the Wind Blowing in the Morgan Dollar Market?

Which Way is the Wind Blowing in the Morgan Dollar Market?

Originally published in the Society of Silver Dollar Collectors March 10, 2014 Newsletter – ssdcvams.com…….   Sometime in March, either at the beginning or the end, there is suppose to be a lamb and a lion. After the past 90 days in the VAM and Morgan Dollar Market, it is hard to tell if the month […]

By March 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
A Pair of Royal Mint Mules Spurs Speculation

A Pair of Royal Mint Mules Spurs Speculation

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek……….   The Royal Mint in Wales has confirmed the existence of a pair of £2, .999 fine silver mules, which the Mint says were mistakenly produced and sold in December 2013. In Numismatics, the term “mule” describes a coin that’s struck using two dies not designed to be paired […]

CONECA Errorscope March/ April 2014 Issue Highlights

CONECA Errorscope March/ April 2014 Issue Highlights

Dimes, Liberted Seated Halves, and Bi-Metallic Coins covered in new issue The latest issue of CONECA ErrorScope, CONECA’S (The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America) bimonthly journal is now at the printers. The March / April issue should be available to members at or around the first of March in the CONECA ErrorScope […]

By February 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Van Allen Publishes Two Supplements to the Encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace Dollars

Van Allen Publishes Two Supplements to the Encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace Dollars

LeRoy Van Allen, the only surviving member of the numismatic research and writing partnership that spawned generations of Morgan and Peace dollar variety collectors, has published two supplements to the 1997 Fourth Edition of the Comprehensive Catalog and Encyclopedia of Morgan and Peace Dollars. The first supplement, covering the Peace dollar series (1921-1935), spans 57 […]

By February 13, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
NGC Recognizes Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties

NGC Recognizes Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that it will now attribute Liberty Seated Dime varieties listed in the “Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties” online reference by collector and researcher Gerry Fortin. The varieties will be attributed on the NGC certification label with an “F” number under NGC’s VarietyPlus® service. First issued in 1837, the […]

By February 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Canadian Error Coin Makes First Appearance at GreatCollections

Canadian Error Coin Makes First Appearance at GreatCollections

Missing Edge Lettering is the Second Example Discovered of the Sold-Out Issue In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint released a popular Silver $20 piece titled “Portrait of Power”.  The coin boldly features the American Bald Eagle and was released with special edge lettering.  Only 7,500 were minted and they sold out in a few hours. […]

Unusual Items: A Bizarre Territorial Gold Coin Overstrike

Unusual Items: A Bizarre Territorial Gold Coin Overstrike

In Heritage’s  2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139  they featured a bizarre example of territorial coin production, a Clark Gruber Twenty Dollar Overstruck on a U.S. 1850 Ten Dollar, graded MS63 PCGS. Lot 2388 Although numerous die trials or fantasy pieces are known for the 1861 Clark, Gruber coinage, this was the […]

By December 17, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Geyer Collection of World War II era Mint Error Coins

The Geyer Collection of World War II era Mint Error Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #190 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds From Nov 1st to 3rd, Heritage will conduct a coin auction in New York City, about two weeks before the epic sale of many items from the Eric Newman Collection. […]

By October 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
CONECA: Real-Time Updates for Die Variety E-Books

CONECA: Real-Time Updates for Die Variety E-Books

Dr. James Wiles, Ph.D. has recently released his newest E–Book, Ultra Modern Doubled Dies 1996 – 2012 based on the files and numbering system of CONECA (Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America). Dr. Wiles has been researching, cataloging, and attributing twentieth and now twenty-first century U.S. coins for CONECA since the mid 1990s […]

By September 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Error Coins from the latest issue of ErrorScope, CONECA’S bimonthly journal

Error Coins from the latest issue of ErrorScope, CONECA’S bimonthly journal

The latest issue of ErrorScope, CONECA’S (The Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors of America) bimonthly journal is now at the printers.  The September / October issue should be available to members at or around the first of September from the CONECA ErrorScope Online Members Only Area (assessable from the banner at the top of […]

By August 21, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Error Coins: Fascinating Multi-Struck and Brockage 1873-CC With Arrows Half Dollar being offered for Sale

Error Coins: Fascinating Multi-Struck and Brockage 1873-CC With Arrows Half Dollar being offered for Sale

The Stacks Bowers Auction in Chicago this year contains an unusual and interesting peice of numismatic history in the form of an error coin recented discovered to be a “companion” to an error coin from the Nevada State Museum Collection. Below is the Lot description from the Stack’s Bowers Catelog of item #4294, an 1873-CC […]

Another Error Coin Pioneer Passes … Lonesome John Devine 1933-2013

Another Error Coin Pioneer Passes … Lonesome John Devine 1933-2013

Memorial by Ronn Fern & Ken Potter John P. Devine, a founding member of the Combined Organizations of Numismatic Error Collectors Of America (CONECA) and the first inductee into the CONECA Hall of Fame, passed away on July 10, 2013, just a few months short of his 80th birthday. He was a husband, father, grandfather, […]

By July 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
CONECA 30th Anniversary Medals Now Available!

CONECA 30th Anniversary Medals Now Available!

Struck On 2013 American Silver Eagles The Combined Organizations Of Numismatic Error Collectors Of America is kicking off its 30th Anniversary Celebration with a limited-edition medal struck on a 2013 American Silver Eagle!  It features CONECA’s logo on the obverse — an outstretched eagle with a ribbon in its beak which boasts CONECA’s motto, “Knowledge […]

By July 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
 
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