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Federal Open Market Committee Again Deceives The Public

Federal Open Market Committee Again Deceives The Public

By Pat Heller – Liberty Coin Service   Last Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) ended its latest regularly-scheduled two-day meeting. While the rest of the world waited breathlessly to hear what the concluding announcement would say, my media pronouncement the day before accurately explained what the statement would contain. In the announcement, the […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 16: Indian Head Half Eagles

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 16: Indian Head Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #284 A Weekly Coinweek Column by Greg Reynolds…. For less than $500 per coin, a set of Indian Head half eagles ($5 gold coins) may be assembled that is missing just three dates. Indian Head half eagles […]

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report – 2015

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report – 2015

By Charles Morgan for Coinweek…. On Saturday, I joined CoinWeek Assistant Editor Hubert Walker to attend the 42nd Annual Raleigh Money Expo. The Raleigh Money Expo is held each year at the Exposition Center at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year, the show’s 106 dealers operated 164 tables. Over the course of […]

Should You Collect Medals?

Should You Collect Medals?

By David Thomason Alexander, Founder of Medal Collectors of America for Coinweek….   Medals remain a mystery to many American coin collectors in 2015. Part of the dilemma faced by open-minded collectors thinking of expanding their interest into the medal field is difficulty in finding reliable general information and even an accurate definition of just […]

Even More Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

Even More Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

Wait, don’t be alarmed… Ok, be very alarmed – Hubert Walker and Charles Morgan have plumbed the depths of YouTube to come up with even more Hilariously Bad™ YouTube Coin Videos. Numismatic Man by Tawny Press Our first pick above is from Todd Griffiths’ Century Coin Group and stars Numismatic Man. Not a terribly original-sounding name, but if no […]

Superb Gem Mint State 1831 Quarter Eagle, Garrett Collection Specimen, Finest PCGS Coin

Superb Gem Mint State 1831 Quarter Eagle, Garrett Collection Specimen, Finest PCGS Coin

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Early Quarter Eagles Prior to our memorable auction of the D. Brent Pogue Collection Part I in May, Christine Karstedt moderated a panel discussion of the Pogue coins and their background. Participating were Dave Bowers and Larry Stack from our company and our long-time friend, David Tripp of Sotheby’s. […]

What Rare Coin Dealers Collect

What Rare Coin Dealers Collect

by Jeff Garrett for NGC Market Report Many assume that rare coin dealers have built incredible collections from the coins that they regularly trade. That is not often the case. Earlier this week, my local coin club met on the second Monday of the month, as usual. This month, a young intern who is working […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #283 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Like Three Cent nickels, Two Cent Pieces tend to be interesting topics for conversations, even among non-collectors. Many people are astonished or curious to learn that the denominations ever existed. Two weeks ago, […]

First Read: Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito

First Read: Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito

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…. Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito by Allan Schein With a history of coin production pre-dating our own national mint by more than two hundred and fifty years, Mexico can say […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Decline and Fall of Macedon

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Decline and Fall of Macedon

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Abandoned finally by all, the king surrendered himself to the Romans. Brought before the consul’s council, the king was peppered with questions by Paullus, but he stood in silence and wept and then flung himself on the ground as a suppliant for his life. Paullus lost his […]

The 2016 American Silver Eagle: A Modest Proposal

The 2016 American Silver Eagle: A Modest Proposal

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 6/10/2015. 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin program, and I’m sure the U.S. Mint has something special lined up for collectors next year. But if I–and many other people–had our way, 2016 would be a […]

Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 2: 1883 – 1893

Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 2: 1883 – 1893

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   On June 25, 2015, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer the first half of the PCGS Set Registry Current #1 Morgan dollar set, the Coronet Collection. As a preview to the offering, we’re breaking down an important subset of the Coronet Collection: the Coronet Carson City […]

CCAC Selects Designs for National Park Service Centennial Coin Program

CCAC Selects Designs for National Park Service Centennial Coin Program

By CoinWeek…. Selected Designs for the 2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program: $5 Gold: Obverse 10 c/w Reverse 3 $1 Silver: Reverse 2 (as the obverse) c/w Reverse 5 Clad Half Dollar: Silver Obverse 2 c/w Clad Reverse 3   The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) recently held the first of two […]

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Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 1: 1878 – 1882

Spotlight on the Coronet Collection’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, Part 1: 1878 – 1882

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   On June 25, 2015, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer the first half of the PCGS Set Registry Current #1 Morgan dollar set, the Coronet Collection. As a hand-selected group of Morgan dollars, the collection has few peers in the history of the hobby. In terms of […]

Beware of Defects on Coins

Beware of Defects on Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek… A defect is a defect no matter how slight the seller proclaims it. And that same “slight’ defect will become much more severe in the eyes of a buyer when it comes time to sell or trade that same coin. Try to remember this fact of life in your […]

For Napoleon Apologists, Defeat Comes in the Flavor of Belgian Mint

For Napoleon Apologists, Defeat Comes in the Flavor of Belgian Mint

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   An epic and bloody battle played out on June 18, 1815, claiming the lives of half a million soldiers. It shaped not only 19th-century European politics and culture but had major repercussions around the world. Though staggered by defeat, French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte I was spared […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series –  The Paradox of Byzantine Silver

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Paradox of Byzantine Silver

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   The position of silver in the hierarchy of metals struck during the sixth century was a curious one. In the East, the currency in ordinary circulation consisted entirely of gold and copper. Though a number of silver coins of different types and modules have survived, they have […]

How to Store Your Coins

How to Store Your Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.   Now that you own some nifty coins, how will you keep them safe and store them? In our previous installment we discussed the proper way to handle coins so as to keep them free of potential damage. Now we have to consider keeping those coins in our collection and doing […]

DLRC Cherrypicks the Pogue Coin Collection, Part 1

DLRC Cherrypicks the Pogue Coin Collection, Part 1

By John Feigenbaum – David Lawrence Rare Coins….   The first of six installments of the famous D. Brent Pogue Collection has now crossed the block at Sotheby’s, courtesy of Stack’s-Bowers Galleries. The Pogue Collection is one of the most exciting assemblages of United States coins to ever be offered at public auction. Certainly, it […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each: Three Cent Nickels

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each: Three Cent Nickels

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #281 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Three Cent Nickels were minted from 1865 to 1889. Except for the 1877, every date in the series can be obtained for less than $500 each. Indeed, Good-04 grade Three Cent Nickels of at […]

Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   Some types of coin cleaning might very well improve a coin’s appearance, while most other methods may actually damage the coin’s surface, appearance and–most importantly–the value. If I could offer just one piece of advice to you today, it would be this: Do not clean your coins […]

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach Sale Report

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach Sale Report

It’s always a really good sign to walk in and your “super secret” seller gives you a thumbs up and says they are already having one of their stronger shows for the year. Much to our surprise, selling at the pre show (in the hotels) was easy. In fact, there was down right strong demand […]

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Alexander the Great, born in the autumn of 356 BCE and taught by the famous Aristotle, was one of the most successful military generals of all time, conquering a large part of Asia and ruling a kingdom that spanned from the Ionian sea to the Himalayas […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part IX: Prutah of Pontius Pilate. Video: 2:52

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part IX: Prutah of Pontius Pilate. Video: 2:52

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot, Producer. In this final episode of Coins […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Franklin Half Dollars

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Franklin Half Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   In this installment of Grading Coins, I’m going to talk about the popular Franklin half dollar series. The Franklin half dollar was struck for just 15 years, from 1948 to 1963. It was replaced in 1964 by the Kennedy half, under circumstances that need no explanation here. Personally, […]

How to Keep Coins Safe

How to Keep Coins Safe

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek….   Would you like to keep your coin collection safe and save money at the same time? Sure. Who wouldn’t? I have my coin collection on a separate insurance policy from my homeowner policy. I pay a much lower premium with my collectibles insurance company than I would pay […]

Gender Politics and the Austrian Mint’s 2015 Life Ball Medal feat. Conchita Wurst

Gender Politics and the Austrian Mint’s 2015 Life Ball Medal feat. Conchita Wurst

Special Commentary by CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan….   2015 marks the 23rd year of the Life Ball, a fundraising event held each year in Vienna, Austria. Proceeds from the event fund AIDS education and awareness programs. Combining exclusive formal dinner events, couture designer fashion shows, live music and art, the Life Ball has become one of […]

Fundamentals of Coin Investing

Fundamentals of Coin Investing

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.   My friends, it is best to rid yourself of the false notion that merely acquiring any coins in any grade will place you on the fast track to untold riches. This is especially true of so-called “promoted” coins. Promoted coins are nothing more than coins that are in ample supply […]

Key Date Coins: 1801 Draped Bust Half Dollars – Heraldic Eagle

Key Date Coins: 1801 Draped Bust Half Dollars – Heraldic Eagle

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #280 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. As two of the six best 1801 half dollars were just auctioned in the Pogue I sale by Stack’s-Bowers in New York on May 19, 2015, coins of this […]

From MS to SP: What You Need to Know About West Point Silver Eagles

From MS to SP: What You Need to Know About West Point Silver Eagles

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com   Last week, PCGS announced that it was changing its grading nomenclature for W-Mint American Silver Eagles from MS (Mint State) to SP (Specimen). The timing may come as a shock to collectors of the series, as W-Mint Eagles have been around since 2006. Generally, I think the decision makes […]

 
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