Errors & Varieties

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 0 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 2 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 0 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 […]

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 […]

PCGS Confirms Major New 1798 Dollar Variety

PCGS Confirms Major New 1798 Dollar Variety

New obverse and reverse die combination on a 1798 Draped Bust silver dollar. Image courtesy PCGS There’s been a big discovery in early American numismatics. Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has authenticated a long-speculated but never-before-confirmed new obverse and reverse die combination on a 1798 Draped Bust silver dollar. This new die marriage was struck […]

By April 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

US Coins – Distinct Varieties of 2015 $5 Gold Eagles Discovered by NGC

US Coins – Distinct Varieties of 2015 $5 Gold Eagles Discovered by NGC

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) graders have discovered two distinct edge varieties of 2015 $5 One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles: “Wide Reeds” and “Narrow Reeds.” The “Wide Reeds” variant displays the standard size edge reeding seen on prior years’ One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles. The second style, called “Narrow Reeds” by NGC, has much smaller and finer reeds […]

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 →
 
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