Errors & Varieties

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries have identified a new variety of California Fractional Gold. The 1854 Octagonal California Gold Dollar was recently submitted to NGC for attribution and grading. California Fractional Gold Pieces were struck by private mints in California in order to fill a need for smaller denominations in commerce. The […]

Mint Error News: Unique Double Struck Peace Dollar

Mint Error News: Unique Double Struck Peace Dollar

United States 1922 Peace Dollar Flip-Over Double Strike in Collar, PCGS AU58 By Mike Byers for Mint Error News ……   Major mint errors in the U.S. Peace Dollar series are very rare. There are only a few known off-centers, broad strikes and double strikes. Peace Dollar mint errors are many times rarer than Morgan […]

By September 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Cool Coins! 2016 Episode 6 – 4K Video

CoinWeek Cool Coins! 2016 Episode 6 – 4K Video

Our sixth episode of CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! for 2016 includes over four million dollars’ worth of amazing numismatic items. We stop by our friends at Atlas Numismatics and ask James Ricks to show us a very special Swiss 100 Franc gold coin. Julian Leidman has an amazing 1806 half dollar in his case. This coin is […]

Classic US Coins – Gold Stella $4 Coin Goes to Auction

Classic US Coins – Gold Stella $4 Coin Goes to Auction

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   There’s an old saying, “fake like a two-cent coin” or “a three-cent coin.” While these obscure denominations haven’t seen circulation for a very long time, there ironically were two-cent and three-cent denominations of U.S. coins (the latter known as a “trime”) during the 19th century. What’s more, […]

Tips for Beginners: Coin Collecting by the Roll

Tips for Beginners: Coin Collecting by the Roll

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Collecting coins by the roll has always offered a “hoarding appeal” – if owning a single desirable coin is fun, why not own a whole roll of them! But roll collecting has been popular for another reason in recent years. The U.S. Mint’s heavy workload, including quarters and dollars […]

Pan-Pac Expo Treasures Highlight $6.5+ Million Summer FUN Results

Pan-Pac Expo Treasures Highlight $6.5+ Million Summer FUN Results

Two Panama-Pacific International Exposition $50 commemorative gold coins, one round and one octagonal, topped the results as Heritage’s July 7-10 Summer FUN auction raised close to $6.6 million for its consignors, with after-auction purchases continuing The Panama-Pacific International Exposition was held in 1915 in San Francisco, in what is now known as the Marina District, […]

Heritage Auctions Private Coin Lot Viewing – Summer FUN 2016 – 4K Video

Heritage Auctions Private Coin Lot Viewing – Summer FUN 2016 – 4K Video

Heritage Auctions is the official auctioneer of the Florida United Numismatists Winter and Summer FUN coin shows. At the Summer 2016 FUN coin show, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sat with Heritage Auction’s Chris Dykstra to discuss three interesting lots from the July 7-10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction. In this private lot viewing video, […]

CoinWeek IQ: How Major Mint Error Coins Escape the Mint – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: How Major Mint Error Coins Escape the Mint – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com. 2016 Farran Zerbe Award winner Mark Lighterman answers the question: How do major error coins leave the United States Mint? In this CoinWeek IQ video, Mark presents three interesting and devious ways in which major mint error coins have escaped the mint and ended up in […]

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: A Remarkable Walker Error

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: A Remarkable Walker Error

One of the featured lots in our July 7-10 Long Beach Signature auction is a double-struck Walking Liberty half dollar graded MS64 by NGC. This is a remarkable mint error on a classic obsolete type. Undated S-Mint Liberty Walking Half Dollar – Double Strike. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions. The first strike was normal, but the […]

From the NGC Grading Room: 1964 Lincoln Cent Struck on Coin of India

From the NGC Grading Room: 1964 Lincoln Cent Struck on Coin of India

NGC Graders share an intriguing and visually dramatic error coin that was recently submitted for certification Among the various types of error coins that exist, one of the most coveted are coins overstruck on foreign coins from other countries. At a glance, these coins look so unusual or different from typical coins, they immediately invite […]

CoinWeek Exclusive Video: 2016 Gold Mercury Dime Strike Thru Error

CoinWeek Exclusive Video: 2016 Gold Mercury Dime Strike Thru Error

AU Capital Management president Russ Augustin sent CoinWeek this fascinating blunder of U.S. Mint quality control – a 2016 gold Mercury dime with a large reverse strike thru. This Gold Mercury dime error slipped past U.S. Mint quality control and was included in an order of coins that Russ had purchased directly from the U.S. Mint. The […]

CoinWeek News Wire for June 10, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for June 10, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 10, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Found a rare coin? Beware, it could be a fake At a metal-detecting rally in 2009 near Linwood, a metal detectorist unearthed a small silver coin which on first glance looked like a half crown of William III (1697-1702). On closer […]

By June 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Modern US Coins – 1970 Washington Quarter Error Gets 15 Minutes of Fame

Modern US Coins – 1970 Washington Quarter Error Gets 15 Minutes of Fame

People have been checking their change recently for 1970 Washington quarters – What’s all the fuss about? By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …….   Las Vegas coin dealer Mike Byers recently listed a 1970-S Proof Washington quarter on eBay that was struck on a 1941 Canadian quarter. The Proof error quarter is being offered on […]

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Gem Blundered Reverse 1822 Quarter

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Gem Blundered Reverse 1822 Quarter

A small mintage of 64,080 Capped Bust quarters was struck in 1822, with two die varieties known for the date. In our upcoming June 8 – 13 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction, we are offering a PCGS-graded Gem example of the scarcer B-2 variety, easily recognized by the blundered 25/5/50 denomination on the […]

US Coin Album –  Steel This Cent

US Coin Album – Steel This Cent

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   A number of years ago, I purchased a strip of webbing for 1943 steel cents. “Webbing” is the US Mint’s term for punched-out planchet strips. When a strip of coin metal is run through the punching press it comes out with a […]

CoinWeek Podcast #28: On the Passing of Eisenhower Dollar Doubled Die Researcher Tom Kalantzis

CoinWeek Podcast #28: On the Passing of Eisenhower Dollar Doubled Die Researcher Tom Kalantzis

CoinWeek Podcast #28: On the Passing of Eisenhower Dollar Doubled Die Researcher Tom Kalantzis Tom Kalantzis was a dedicated researcher of Eisenhower dollar doubled dies. If you are a fan of the series, or enjoy collecting idiosyncratic doubled die coins or RPMs, you have likely benefited from Kalantzis’ work. In this episode of the CoinWeek […]

By April 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Bullion Coins – U.S. Mint Confirms New American Gold Eagle Die Variety

Bullion Coins – U.S. Mint Confirms New American Gold Eagle Die Variety

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   United States Mint officials confirmed that thousands of 2016 American Eagle one-ounce gold bullion coins feature a high-relief die variety and have been released into public distribution channels. The design devices on the high-relief variety rise above the height of the coin’s rim, making it difficult to stack […]

Canadian 2016 Grizzly Bear Proof Coin CAD Error Roars onto Scene

Canadian 2016 Grizzly Bear Proof Coin CAD Error Roars onto Scene

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   The 2016 Canadian $200 Roaring Grizzly Bear Proof coin is making headlines for a recently discovered error variety. The error coin features remnants of a micro-engraved Canadian Maple Leaf security mark, ordinarily found only on the bullion version of the Royal Canadian Mint’s Roaring Grizzly Bear gold coin. […]

PCGS: Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

PCGS: Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently had the unique opportunity to perform metallurgical testing on two different examples of the extremely rare 1792 Pattern Cent. Both were shown to have been made of essentially pure copper instead of a “fusible alloy” containing copper and a small portion of silver. “The results give a clearer picture […]

By February 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Proof Reverse Washington Quarter (1956-1964): An Unprecedented Variety, Pt. 3

The Proof Reverse Washington Quarter (1956-1964): An Unprecedented Variety, Pt. 3

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   In Part I and Part II of this article I discussed the history, attributes, legends, intrigue, and ongoing controversy surrounding these exceptional coins. I described how I and an increasing number of noted numismatists believe the Philadelphia Mint’s error in judgement led to their creation and […]

By February 22, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 An Unprecedented Variety Part 2

The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 An Unprecedented Variety Part 2

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… In PART I of this series I presented background information regarding the unique nine-coin series of Washington Quarters coined at the Philadelphia Mint from 1956-64. They were struck with the historic regular issue obverse Washington artwork, but simultaneously possessed reverse design elements identical with those only found […]

By February 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The TYPE B  Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964  An Unprecedented Variety Part 1

The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 An Unprecedented Variety Part 1

Type B Reverse Washington Quarter……. By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… Beginning in 1956 and continuing through 1964, the Philadelphia Mint produced a remarkable nine-coin series of major Washington Quarter varieties. They were unlike anything earlier coined in the history of the U.S. Mint. I stumbled upon my first example at a coin […]

Classic U.S. Coins – NGC Discovers Extremely Rare Dime

Classic U.S. Coins – NGC Discovers Extremely Rare Dime

1796 JR-7 Variety is the Finer of Just Two Known Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare 1796 dime. A routine submission of early Bust silver coins, which included a well worn 1796 dime, for attribution under NGC’s VarietyPlus® service has furnished numismatics with its second-known example of a previously unique die marriage. […]

Why Are 1943 Copper and 1944 Steel Lincoln Cent Errors So Valuable?

Why Are 1943 Copper and 1944 Steel Lincoln Cent Errors So Valuable?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #306 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…..   Although 1909-S VDB and 1914-D pennies are often thought of as the most important Lincoln cents, the most valuable Lincoln ‘cents’ are the off-metal errors struck in 1943 […]

By November 25, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
British Error Coins Prove No Mistake In Spink NY Sale

British Error Coins Prove No Mistake In Spink NY Sale

It seems collectors and dealers alike find the Royal Mint’s foibles quite interesting as heated bidding on lots from the Bill Snyder Collection of British Error Coins proved last week. Sold as part of the offerings in the Spink New York Sale, September 24, the Snyder Collection cumulatively realized above the pre-sale high estimate with […]

By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
US Coins – Leo Frese Reports Sale of Recently Discovered 1919 Double Die Coin

US Coins – Leo Frese Reports Sale of Recently Discovered 1919 Double Die Coin

Leo Frese, Consulting, of Greenwood Village CO reports the first known sale of the recently discovered 1919 Double Die Dime. First found in February of this year, 8-10 examples have been reported to date. The example Frese sold was the third to be discovered. This piece was found by Bjorn Bergstrom of Kearney Coin Center […]

By September 10, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Error Coins – NGC Grades Dramatic 1986 Silver Eagle Error

Error Coins – NGC Grades Dramatic 1986 Silver Eagle Error

A rare and prominent mint error was identified on a 1986 Silver Eagle that was found in a Mint-sealed box. NGC graders recently discovered a rare struck through mint error on a 1986 Silver Eagle. The coin was found in a Mint-sealed “monster box” of 500 coins. 1986 was the first year of the Silver […]

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 – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   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 […]

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 – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   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 people to one of the more […]

 
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