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CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. This month we mark the debut of the CoinWeek American Silver Eagle Price Guide and discuss month-to-month changes in the Eagle market. Stat heads rejoice! Our Approach We set out with CoinWeek’s American Silver Eagle Price Guide to offer collectors a no-nonsense guide to the range of […]

Argentina to Issue New 50 Peso Falkland Islands Note

Argentina to Issue New 50 Peso Falkland Islands Note

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Unveiled last year, the note’s release ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Falklands War is bound to stir nationalist fervor in both Argentina and the U.K. The Central Bank of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina) is set to begin issuing new 50 peso notes honoring the nation’s […]

By February 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection….   Lampsakos has a storied past, having been a frequent source of contention between battling powers, changing hands between Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta between the sixth and fifth centuries BC. It was the first Greek city-state to see its gold coinage reach broad […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 2: The Oliver Jung 1833 Half Dime

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 2: The Oliver Jung 1833 Half Dime

  Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #266 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   The focus here is on the 1833 Capped Bust half dime in the Pogue Collection, a small five-cent silver coin that was formerly in the epic type […]

By February 25, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Coins of The Anglo-Saxons

Coins of The Anglo-Saxons

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Britain after the Romans IN THE YEAR 410 C.E., the Western Roman Emperor Honorius replied to the city magistrates of Britannia, who had urgently requested help against invaders. Rome had no legions to spare; they would have to look to their own defense. The invaders included Germanic […]

By February 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Vertical Coin Collections

Coin Collecting Strategies – Vertical Coin Collections

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I was having a conversation with client JF, and he told me about a way he collects coins which I thought was novel and neat enough to share with you. If you are familiar with wine collecting (and drinking) you know about verticals. A vertical wine collection […]

By February 23, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report – PCGS Invitational Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – PCGS Invitational Coin Show

THE PCGS INVITATIONAL-ONE OF THE VERY BEST SHOWS This show can blow away several majors in many ways. We really can’t stress enough how these are “must attend” shows. There are only about 30 dealers, however all of the dealers there are major players. The atmosphere is cordial and the room is beautiful. Plus, PCGS […]

Classic U.S. Silver Coins in Winthrop’s Type Set Fare Well at Coin Auction

Classic U.S. Silver Coins in Winthrop’s Type Set Fare Well at Coin Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #265 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………. On Friday, Feb. 6, in New York, Stack’s-Bowers sold Stephen Winthrop’s collection, as part of an annual “Americana Auction” that featured a wide variety of coins, medals, tokens […]

By February 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Rise and Fall of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine

The Rise and Fall of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine

by David T. Alexander for CoinWeek.com…. The years 1935 to 1976 saw the dramatic emergence of the booming numismatic world that many take for granted today. During those years, one of the most influential voices was that of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, launched in January 1935 by printer and collector Lee F. Hewitt of Chicago. Hewitt […]

A Case for Modern Coins

A Case for Modern Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 7/17/2014. To some collectors, “modern” is a dirty word, signifying the worst of everything in the hobby. The worst coins. The worst monetary policy. The worst design. To others, “modern” represents something democratic and personal. The money we use every day […]

By February 17, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – A Dozen Sleeper Dates in Liberty Head Proof US Gold Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Dozen Sleeper Dates in Liberty Head Proof US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Due to its high per-coin cost, there are not many date collectors of Proof gold coins. This means that a number of amazingly rare dates have fallen through the cracks, and offer great value to well-heeled collectors looking for exceptional individual coins to put away, or for […]

By February 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Part I of the Lafayette Dollar story by clicking this link. Approved When the Lafayette dollar was approved by President William McKinley on March 3, 1899, it was little more than a year from the planned opening of the […]

By February 12, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 1: Finest 1796 – ’97 Draped Bust Half Dollar

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 1: Finest 1796 – ’97 Draped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #264 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… insightful AT gmail dot com   This is the first in a series on the Pogue Family Collection, probably the greatest set of pre-1840 U.S. coins ever assembled. This […]

By February 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Highlights from the D. Brent Pogue Collection: The Finest Certified Proof 1827 Quarter Dollar From the Joseph J. Mickley Collection

Highlights from the D. Brent Pogue Collection: The Finest Certified Proof 1827 Quarter Dollar From the Joseph J. Mickley Collection

By Q. David Bowers – Founder, Stack’s Bowers A Link with Tradition Of all rarities in the American series, the 1827 quarter is one of the most famous, most storied. Joseph J. Mickley, a Philadelphia teenager, became interested in rare coins in 1816 when he attempted unsuccessfully to find a copper cent of 1799, the year […]

Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…. Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 10/23/2014. Once it leaves the Mint, few things add value to a coin. But of those things, attractive natural toning arguably adds the most. What is “toning”? The word “toning” can describe both the coloration of a coin (what you see) and […]

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Traditional U.S. Mint Sets Losing Ground to Other Mint Products

The Coin Analyst: Traditional U.S. Mint Sets Losing Ground to Other Mint Products

Guest Column by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez… One of the first things I did when I got into coin collecting was write to the U.S. Mint so I could order my first uncirculated coin set. You might remember placing U.S. Mint mail orders, too, and addressing them to the customer service center at 10001 Aerospace Drive, Lanham, […]

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. Through a long chain of pious frauds and medieval myth-making, the February 14 feast day of St. Valentine, an obscure third century martyr, became a day for celebrating romantic Love in Western popular culture. It may be no surprise to the reader that classical numismatics has relatively little […]

How I Became a Coin Collector (…Again)

How I Became a Coin Collector (…Again)

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Like most dealers, I started my numismatic journey as a collector. I began a collection of 1787 Draped Bust Left colonials at the precocious age of 10 or 11, and was spending much of my pre-teen budget on coins. At around age 13 I discovered Seated Liberty […]

By February 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Wilson So-Called Dollar on Sale Today at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

Rare Wilson So-Called Dollar on Sale Today at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. Lot 217. Extremely Rare 1920 Wilson Dollar in Gold For fans of the So-Called dollar series, it’s always a treat to see an auction appearance of one of the series’ true stoppers, the extremely rare 1920 “Wilson dollar” in gold. The Wilson dollar was struck on July 16,1920 to commemorate […]

Q. David Bowers on Stack’s Americana Sale – February 5-7, 2015

Q. David Bowers on Stack’s Americana Sale – February 5-7, 2015

by Q. David Bowers  – Stack’s Bowers Each year at this time, and in some years at other times as well, we hold an Americana Sale. The focus is on numismatics of our country with special emphasis on tokens, medals, documents, paper money, and archival items apart from the mainstream of federal coinage 1792 to date, although […]

Legend Market Report: You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but…

Legend Market Report: You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but…

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. We’ve all heard that phrase. What does it have to do with Long Beach? The show had decent attendence (even with a majority of East Coast dealers staying home) but had few collectors drinking (buying). We did not have a good show for multiple reasons.     Yes, the market clearly has […]

By February 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s Type Set

Stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s Type Set

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #263 A Weekly Coinweek Column by Greg Reynolds…. The stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s collection is almost irresistible. This coin is PCGS graded MS-66 and CAC approved. It is more attractive than 97% of the […]

By February 4, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

  by David Provost for CoinWeek…. Author’s Note: This installment of the Lafayette dollar story presents how the coin came to be; the conclusion (Part II) will discuss the coin as a collectible. US commemorative coins have always been used as fundraising tools for their sponsors. From the first half dollars struck in 1892-93 for […]

By February 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Season Begins

American Silver Eagle Season Begins

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Silver Eagles are now collected by more people than about any other series on the planet. In recent years an annual tradition in the numismatic world has begun at the beginning of every calendar year. Starting in January the U.S. Mint commences delivery of United […]

By February 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CCAC Meeting Reveals How New Coin Design Process Works, Part 1: The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

CCAC Meeting Reveals How New Coin Design Process Works, Part 1: The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Who’s responsible for bad coin design? Not the CCAC, says CoinWeek Assistant Editor Hubert Walker in this three-part report and commentary. Last week I spent the most educational seven hours on the phone that I’ve ever sat through in my entire life. I learned a lot about contemporary coins, coin […]

By February 2, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
PCGS Digital Coin Album is Clever Innovation, not Gimmick

PCGS Digital Coin Album is Clever Innovation, not Gimmick

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On Thursday, January 29, 2015, PCGS (NASDAQ: CLCT) announced the launch of its new PCGS Digital Coin Album, a virtual coin album that ties in with the service’s popular PCGS Set Registry. In a company press release, PCGS Set Registry and Special Projects Director BJ Searls is […]

The Coin Analyst: Collectors Crying Over Milk-Spotted American Silver Eagles

The Coin Analyst: Collectors Crying Over Milk-Spotted American Silver Eagles

Investors, on the other hand… By Guest Columnist Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com…. If you’re seeing small, white spots on your American Silver Eagles and wonder what those unsightly imperfections are–and why they’re there–you’re not alone. The numismatic community first took note of so-called “milk spots” several years ago and is still trying to determine both […]

Copper and Bronze U.S. Coins in Mid-Winter Auctions

Copper and Bronze U.S. Coins in Mid-Winter Auctions

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #262 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……….. After the auctions at the FUN Orlando and New York International conventions in early January, coin auctions continue to be held during the winter, in both cold and […]

By January 28, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The Real Diehl: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the One Cent Coin

The Real Diehl: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the One Cent Coin

The Real Diehl is a regularly-appearing column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. Should We Keep the Penny? Penny for your thoughts? Well, they must not be worth much. The idiom is 500 years old, dating back at least to Thomas More in “Four Last Things”. Of course, More was referring […]

Greek Coinage of Baktria

Greek Coinage of Baktria

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   “The handsome coins of the Greek kings of Bactria have always enjoyed high renown among both collectors and scholars, because of their excellent artistic qualities and their great historical value…And what portraits they are! They possess not only the purely objective and brutal frankness of later Roman […]

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