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CoinWeek Ask Recap: Coin Collector Questions from July 19, 2017

CoinWeek Ask Recap: Coin Collector Questions from July 19, 2017

Take your hobby to the next level with some straight up answers to your pressing coin questions. CoinWeek editor and 13-time Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) Award winner Charles Morgan hosted a live stream event for coin collector questions on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 on CoinWeek’s Facebook Channel, where he answered reader coin questions on-air. Among the […]

Prooflike 1857-S Double Eagle Gold Coins from the SS Central America Shipwreck

Prooflike 1857-S Double Eagle Gold Coins from the SS Central America Shipwreck

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   The loss of SS Central America in September 1857 had a major impact on the history of the United States. Although a recession had already started in 1856, and a major insurance company failed in August, the loss of this ship caused upheaval in financial markets and exacerbated […]

Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki

Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki

Ever wondered what grading coins is like? Modern Coin Wholesale’s Ron Drzewucki gives CoinWeek the inside scoop By CoinWeek ….   Professional coin grading can be a mysterious and inscrutable process to the average collector. Take a coin, insert it into the “black box” of third-party grading, and watch it come out the other side […]

Legend Market Report – Summer FUN Show

Legend Market Report – Summer FUN Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   AN EXCELLENT STATE SHOW We attended the Summer FUN Show specifically to meet with a customer. We did not take a table. Our observations were a little surprising. Dealer-wise, it really was a state show, with only a handful of dealers from out of state. Attendance-wise, we […]

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 3

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 3

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   In Part 1, I frame the topic and put forth the perspectives of very accomplished collectors regarding natural toning. As I discuss in Part 2, preferring coins with natural toning is a tradition at the core of coin collecting culture in the United States Here in Part 3, […]

Gold Markets Report: Gold Mildly Higher – Bargain Hunting?

Gold Markets Report: Gold Mildly Higher – Bargain Hunting?

Commentary on Gold Prices for Monday, July 10, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $3.50 at $1,213.20 today in what looks like book squaring or perhaps some mild bargain hunting. The dollar firmed up since Friday – the Dollar Index moved from 95.75 […]

CoinWeek: Striking a Modern Medal – 45 Years of Chinese & German Friendship

CoinWeek: Striking a Modern Medal – 45 Years of Chinese & German Friendship

CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan travels to Berlin, Germany to join Champion Auctions President and Show Panda Creator Michael Chou at a special striking ceremony for the 45 Years of Chinese & Germany Friendship Medal, featuring two Chinese Pandas and the Berlin Bear. The program is a Chinese and German collaboration that features medals struck in […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: How Ancient Coins Were Made

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: How Ancient Coins Were Made

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   BRICKS WERE PROBABLY the first mass-produced industrial product. Cast bronze arrowheads, produced by the millions, might well have been the second. But ancient coins were the most challenging mass-produced industrial product in antiquity. The successful mass production of ancient coins required many advances in metallurgy and a complex […]

Modern Legal Tender Silver Bullion Coins – The Big Three

Modern Legal Tender Silver Bullion Coins – The Big Three

By Richard Schwary – Ask The Expert about silver bullion coins – www.golddealer.com ……   The Big Three when it comes to legal tender silver bullion coins are of course the American Silver Eagle 1 oz, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf 1 oz, and the Austrian Silver Philharmonic 1 oz. From a weight standpoint they are […]

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 2

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 2

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   In Part 1, I discussed the fact that almost all sophisticated collectors of U.S. coins have a very strong preference for natural toning, as opposed to coins that have been artificially toned, doctored, or dipped in brightening chemical solutions. As more and more rare coins become subject to […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Sicily, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. Silver Tetradrachm By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Agathokles was the last of the larger-than-life rulers of Syracuse, but he was not merely given the right to the throne. He was born in Thermae in 361 BCE to a Greek manufacturer of pottery, but he quickly […]

History Hidden in Plain Sight:  Freemasons on United States Coins

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views. For those initiated into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the Freemasons […]

Legend Market Report – First Half of 2017 and Happy July 4th!

Legend Market Report – First Half of 2017 and Happy July 4th!

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   The first half of 2017 is over and was Legend Numismatics best since 2012. We can now sit back and enjoy the July 4th holiday (we will be open 9-12 Monday). We hope everyone can do the same. Legend Numismatics Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy July […]

Coin Collecting Advice – Numismatic Specialties Are Like Gold in Your Pocket

Coin Collecting Advice – Numismatic Specialties Are Like Gold in Your Pocket

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investment ……   When someone asks what type of rare coins I collect, and what suggestions might be valuable to another person, my advice is almost always the same: The foundation of collecting or investing in numismatics should be based on your personal preferences, so take the time to […]

Legend Numismatics: Hot Topics – Smart People Can Do Dumb Things

Legend Numismatics: Hot Topics – Smart People Can Do Dumb Things

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   Journal entries from the founder of Legend Numismatics, Laura Sperber, help you stay current with the real happenings of numismatics. A former ANA Board Member, Laura has handled close to $1 billion worth of rare coins to date and has assembled many of the greatest collections ever. […]

From the Brink II: An Update on Struck Counterfeits & Damaged Source Coins – 1807 Early Dime & Friends

From the Brink II: An Update on Struck Counterfeits & Damaged Source Coins – 1807 Early Dime & Friends

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) for CoinWeek …… This article is intended as a continuation of the information reported in my previous CoinWeek article in regards to discoveries of damaged and repaired legitimate coins used to create the dies to strike this latest wave of struck “clones”/counterfeits. As previously stated, the research […]

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 1

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 1

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   In the history of coin collecting in the U.S., most of the greatest all-time collections were characterized by many coins with attractive, natural toning – especially many coins that had never been cleaned, dipped or otherwise deliberately modified. I have personally and carefully inspected a substantial percentage of […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Ignores a Weaker Dollar

Gold Markets Report – Gold Ignores a Weaker Dollar

Commentary on Gold Prices for Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold Prices closed up $0.50 today at $1,246.90 in what turned out to be an uneventful day. The domestic market opened higher ($1,250.00) – moved off that high and settled with no […]

CoinWeek: United States Mint 225th Anniversary Silver Medal Unboxing – 4K Video

CoinWeek: United States Mint 225th Anniversary Silver Medal Unboxing – 4K Video

When this medal arrived in the mail from the United States Mint, the box was so heavy that we seriously wondered if we’d inadvertently received the four-medal set instead. But what was inside was amazing enough. This week, CoinWeek unboxes the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Proof Silver Medal from the Philadelphia Mint. And as […]

Falling in Love with Numismatics – Suddenly It’s 1952!

Falling in Love with Numismatics – Suddenly It’s 1952!

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers …… As I write these words I enjoy numismatics every bit as much as I did when I was a kid in junior high school in 1952. Given two blue Whitman folders for Lincoln pennies and told that if I found a 1909-S V.D.B. cent in pocket change […]

CoinWeek Ask: Our New Coin Question and Answer Live Stream, Replay

CoinWeek Ask: Our New Coin Question and Answer Live Stream, Replay

Take your hobby to the next level with some straight up answers to your pressing coin questions. CoinWeek editor and 13-time Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) Award winner Charles Morgan hosted a live stream event on Tuesday on CoinWeek’s Facebook Channel, where he answered reader coin questions on-air. The topics covered in this informative Q&A: What will […]

Legend Market Report – Mid-June Market Report

Legend Market Report – Mid-June Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   ANOTHER GREAT SALES WEEK We think we know why we are selling so much – we’ve had the goods the past 30/60 days. As we mentioned a little bit ago, once we’re pretty much sold out, our superhero status will be gone. We’ll be crying as loud […]

Big Nolan’s Nugget, Adam Eckfeldt’s Gold and Papers Lead the Way in Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction

Big Nolan’s Nugget, Adam Eckfeldt’s Gold and Papers Lead the Way in Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. A collection of rare and unique gold medals and personal papers once belonging to United States Mint Chief Coiner Adam Eckfeldt far exceeded pre-sale estimates, bringing $270,250 USD at Goldberg’s June 2017 Pre-Long Beach Auction. The sale, the company’s 98th, was held June 4-7 at the firm’s offices in […]

From the Herb Hicks Files – The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

From the Herb Hicks Files – The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek and re-posted  ….   In 1963, Coin World columnist and former ANA librarian Ted Hammer wrote about a coin dealer in Texas arrested for trying to sell a gold certificate. The dealer had run afoul of federal authorities who acted to enforce a 30-year-old Executive Order outlawing […]

CoinWeek Ask: Our New Question and Answer Live Stream, Today at 12:30pm.

CoinWeek Ask: Our New Question and Answer Live Stream, Today at 12:30pm.

NEW – CoinWeek live stream Oh, the power of the internet! CoinWeek editor and 13-time Numismatic Literary Guild Award winner Charles Morgan hosted a CoinWeek live stream event today on CoinWeek’s Facebook Channel, where he answered reader questions on-air. Some of the questions that answered today pertain to certified coin populations, world currency values, and the […]

Civil War Tokens and Store Cards in Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction

Civil War Tokens and Store Cards in Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ……   Welcome to our offering of Civil War store cards–a presentation of scarce, rare, and unique coins–including many pieces that are not represented in major collections (such as the marvelous holding of the American Numismatic Society). As mentioned in the descriptions, “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” is a phrase that […]

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ……   The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation due to how history remembers his cruel and self-indulgent tendencies. His reputation was equally negative during his reign, and the discontent came to a climax in 64 […]

CoinWeek Ancients Series: War as Depicted on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancients Series: War as Depicted on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   FOR MUCH OF HUMAN HISTORY, WARFARE has absorbed our resources, energy and creativity. War is much older than coinage. One of the earliest images of war in Western art is the “Battlefield Palette”, a carved slate from pre-Dynastic Egypt dated c. 3100 BCE[1]. It depicts the […]

CoinWeek Podcast #70: The Canadian Loonie Celebrates 30 Years – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #70: The Canadian Loonie Celebrates 30 Years – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #70: The Canadian Loonie Celebrates 30 Years Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. The Canadian “Loonie” has just celebrated 30 years of service. When the $1 coin was introduced in 1987, it replaced a $1 Canadian currency note. No small […]

Coin Board News – Number 43

Coin Board News – Number 43

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 43 — Summer 2017 SOMETHING NEW I’ve had a number of coin boards come my way since the last issue of CBN, though not enough to justify a separate document. Instead, I’ll just list them here and hope that they […]

 
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