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Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 10: Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 10: Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #255 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… For less than $500 per coin, a set of Walking Liberty half dollars ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can be completed with circulated representatives of some ‘early dates’ […]

By December 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
US Mint Releases Second Report on Alternative Ways to Manufacture Coins

US Mint Releases Second Report on Alternative Ways to Manufacture Coins

by Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… If you read nothing else concerning the US Mint’s December 12 biennial report on coin production costs and research into production alternatives, then here are the report’s conclusions: There is no material that can make cent production cheaper. Currently, the costs to industries that make use of coin-accepting machines (such as […]

By December 16, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
The Nativity on Coins

The Nativity on Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz… The Nativity of Jesus is such a familiar image in visual media–from greeting cards to stained glass windows–that it is startling to discover that it does not appear anywhere in Western art until the fourth century, and – with one unique medallic exception – not on coinage until […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Microsoft Now Accepting Bitcoins for App and Game Purchases

Microsoft Now Accepting Bitcoins for App and Game Purchases

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The tide is gradually changing in favor of Bitcoin. Software giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has long been considered by many to be relatively slow to respond to changes in the market. However, with this year’s departure of CEO Steve Ballmer and promotion of Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella, that appears to […]

By December 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Exquisite Barber Dimes and Proof Morgans Headline Legend’s Regency X Auction at PCGS Members-Only Show in Las Vegas

Exquisite Barber Dimes and Proof Morgans Headline Legend’s Regency X Auction at PCGS Members-Only Show in Las Vegas

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. For dealers and collectors at the top end of the U.S. rare coin market, all eyes will be on the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada at 5:00 pm local time (8:00 pm Eastern) as Legend Rare Coin Auctions starts live bidding for Regency Auction X. […]

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… Libertad gold and silver coins from the oldest mint in North America, the Casa de Moneda in Mexico, have always appealed to buyers for a range of reasons.  This includes their gorgeous obverse design depicting the bare-breasted winged Victoria statue that many consider the finest to appear on an ongoing […]

By December 11, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Coin Market Emphasis on the U.S. Civil War Era

Coin Market Emphasis on the U.S. Civil War Era

By Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins It was 150 years ago that America’s greatest tragedy was coming to a close. The unimaginable tragedy of our deadliest war tore the United States apart, waging a regretful calamity of loss of life and property on a monumental scale. After more than four years of bloodshed, 1865 […]

By December 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 9: Buffalo Nickels

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 9: Buffalo Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #254  A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… For less than $500 per coin, a set of Buffalo nickels ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can certainly be completed, provided that the 1918/7-D overdate and the 1916/1916 […]

By December 10, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VII

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VII

By David Provost for CoinWeek.com…. Previous installments of this article can be found here. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs took up the House-amended version of S1230, the bill calling for commemorative coinage in support of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, on June 10, 1982. The amended bill was written by Representative […]

By December 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek… *** Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out David Alexander’s  first installment of this excellent two-part history of Austria’s Maria Teresa Taler by clicking here.   At the end of her eventful life, Maria Theresa received greater love from her peoples than she did in the stressful opening years of her rule. […]

The Last Ancient Coin

The Last Ancient Coin

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz… “What was the last ancient coin?” The question is unanswerable. There was no “last” ancient coin, just as there was no “last” ancient person. Classical antiquity didn’t just stop — it morphed gradually into the medieval world, which morphed, in turn, into what we understand as the modern […]

Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On Thursday, Christie’s of New York auctioned a unique Nobel Prize medal belonging to Dr. James D. Watson, one of the 20th century’s most preeminent microbiologists and one of a team of scientists credited with discovering the structure of the DNA double helix. As we reported on […]

5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Do you have a coin collector in your life but don’t know what to get them? Fear not fellow traveler, CoinWeek is here with five numismatist-approved gift suggestions that you don’t need to be a rare coin expert to get right.   1. Coins & Collectors: Golden […]

US Gold Coins: New Orleans Half Eagles – An Updated Look

US Gold Coins: New Orleans Half Eagles – An Updated Look

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner It has been a number of years since I’ve written about New Orleans Liberty Head half eagles and given the popularity of this series, I thought it would be nice to finish out 2014 with a fairly in-depth look at these coins. We will not only discuss […]

By December 4, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 8: Mercury Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 8: Mercury Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #253  A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…   For less than $500 per coin, a set of Mercury dimes ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can be completed, with most dates represented by gem quality coins, […]

By December 3, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Once called the Caligula of Biology[1], now set to score big on the sale of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific medals… James Dewey Watson, an internationally recognized molecular biologist and part of the team of researchers responsible for discovering the double helix structure of DNA […]

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Native American Coin and Currency Set Becomes Surprise Hit

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Native American Coin and Currency Set Becomes Surprise Hit

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek…   Important Update:  The U.S. Mint has resumed accepting orders for the 2014 Native American coin and currency set. They are listed as backordered with an expected in-stock date of December 8.   On November 20 the U.S. Mint began accepting orders for the 2014 Native American $1 Coin and Currency Set.  This […]

By December 2, 2014 10 Comments Read More →
Bitcoin Embassy in Amsterdam Latest in Series of Global Outreach Centers

Bitcoin Embassy in Amsterdam Latest in Series of Global Outreach Centers

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com… On December 12, a Bitcoin “embassy” will open in Amsterdam. In the interest of encouraging the adoption of Bitcoin as a viable electronic currency, the non-profit Bitcoin Embassy Amsterdam will serve as an outreach center to all members of the public who may be interested in decentralized digital currencies such […]

By December 1, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric P. Newman Collection, part 13:  An Extremely Important, Type 2 Double Eagle ($20 Gold Coin)

The Fabulous Eric P. Newman Collection, part 13: An Extremely Important, Type 2 Double Eagle ($20 Gold Coin)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #252 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The most important Newman Collection gold coin that was auctioned on Nov. 14th was a gem quality, Liberty Head double eagle ($20 gold coin) of the second design type, an […]

By November 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Your Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Your Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com By Patrick A. Heller Last week, a woman contacted me with a problem. She was preparing to take a domestic flight the next day carrying 15 US $20.00 Double Eagles in her purse. Like many of you, she has seen the significant recent media coverage about government officials […]

Is There A ”Best Time” to Buy Coins?

Is There A ”Best Time” to Buy Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com On my way to lunch the other day, I listened to a great radio story on This American Life about the day to day trials and tribulations at a car dealership in Long Island. One of the take-aways from this NPR story was that—as I had always suspected—car are cheaper at […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Wax on, Wax off!

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Wax on, Wax off!

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com   I’m often asked “Ron, how do you grade coins?” Simple question, right? Yet an informed and honest answer to this question has to take into account a range of technical components and contextual considerations. Frankly, I’m not sure that anybody has answered it satisfactorily. That’s why there are so […]

By November 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – NOVEMBER PCGS INVITATIONAL

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – NOVEMBER PCGS INVITATIONAL

LAS VEGAS Typical for the Las Vegas PCGS Invitational for us, we did really well on the bourse floor-and crapped out on 8’s on the casino floor (happens every time too)! PCGS really does run a first class little show. We highly suggest you attend in December as there will be a small crowd of […]

Bowers: Curious, but True!

Bowers: Curious, but True!

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers   • Jefferson nickels should actually be called Jefferson coppers, as they contain much more copper (75%) than nickel (25%). • Did the colony of Maryland have its own mint circa 1660? There are some authorizations for and mentions of such, but so far as is known, all Maryland coins were […]

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Steve Estes, an Oregon Dealer Retiring After 50 Years

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Steve Estes, an Oregon Dealer Retiring After 50 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   Steves Estes is a Portland, Oregon dealer who has run a mail order business for over 50 years.  He specializes in classic U.S. coins, both graded and raw, and probably knows more about Morgan silver dollars than most dealers.  As he told me back in 2011 in an interview for […]

By November 21, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

By David Provost for CoinWeek.com…. Previous installments of this article can be found here. Following the conclusion of its hearings, the House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage reported out the Los Angeles Olympics coin bill proposed by its Chairman, Representative Frank Annunzio (D-IL), by a vote of 6-0, on May 13, 1982. The bill […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 12:  Pre-1793 Patterns for U.S. coins

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 12: Pre-1793 Patterns for U.S. coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #251 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The most exciting ‘news’ at the moment is the sale of pre-1793 patterns from the Eric Newman Collection. On Friday, Nov. 14, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, […]

By November 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series By Mike Markowitz…. In 2007, Canada captured a world record by producing five examples of a 100 kilogram gold piece (220.5 pounds, or a bit over 3215 troy ounces). It was 53 centimeters in diameter (21 inches) and three centimeters thick, denominated at one million Canadian dollars. “Why did the Royal […]

By November 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Why the National Media Has the ISIS Gold and Silver Coin Story Wrong

Why the National Media Has the ISIS Gold and Silver Coin Story Wrong

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The news exists–or should exist–to produce an informed populace, under the assumption that a populace needs to be informed in order to make beneficial decisions for society and state. But sometimes what comes across the wire is so horrific, so brutal, so tasteless–so against the grain of […]

Legend Mid Novermber Rare Coin Market Report

Legend Mid Novermber Rare Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics……… WE SEE IMPROVEMENT!  Seems like people have settled down and are back in “coin mode” again. In October what hit the market was shock of the stock market dropping, we were right in the middle of having multiple auctions thrown at us, gold was spinning its way down, and […]

By November 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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