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Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Early American Commemoratives, Part 2: Commemoratives and Related So-Called Dollars In the first part of our story, we discussed a number of so-called dollars and commemorative coins issued during important national and international expositions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of […]

By September 1, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Are you a collector or an investor? The answer doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. More than a few coin enthusiasts have a favorite series or two they pursue as a hobby while investing in gold and silver bullion for financial insurance. That’s the ideal situation, but what […]

By September 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pete Smith on the Passing of Francis Paul Prucha (1921-2015)

Pete Smith on the Passing of Francis Paul Prucha (1921-2015)

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek.com…. Francis Paul Prucha, author of Indian Peace Medals in American History, died on July 30, 2015, at age 94. His book, published in 1971 by University of Nebraska Press, has become the standard reference on the topic. Prucha was born in River Falls, Wisconsin, on January 4, 1921. He received […]

By August 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The Fitzgerald Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Fitzgerald Collection

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   The Fitzgerald Collection (also referred to as Fitzgerald’s Nevada Club Reno Hoard) is one of my favorite collections (and pedigrees) for a variety of reasons. First, it has a heritage spanning from the early life of Lincoln Fitzgerald and his involvement in illegal gambling activities with the Purple Gang […]

By August 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Is the Naftzger-Blay 1807/6 the only Gem Quality & Full Red ‘Early Date’ Large Cent?

Is the Naftzger-Blay 1807/6 the only Gem Quality & Full Red ‘Early Date’ Large Cent?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics:News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #292 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. At the ANA Convention near Chicago, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned one of the most famous and awe-striking of all ‘early date’ large cents (1793-1814). This 1807/6 overdate, Draped Bust cent is PCGS […]

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 – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   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 if you’re of […]

Walter Mustain: A Collector Remembered – Video: 11:02

Walter Mustain: A Collector Remembered – Video: 11:02

By Tom DeLorey – Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.   Walter Mustain was a numismatist of the old school, collecting coins for the fun of it and not a slave to the slab mentality. He collected large cents, which to a copper collector are meant to be held by the edge, bare fingers on bare metal, and […]

By August 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Breathtaking 1951-D Washington Quarter in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale

Breathtaking 1951-D Washington Quarter in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   By George! You Look familiar… As CoinWeek’s editors, we individually review each auction in order to plot out our coverage for the month’s events in numismatics. When looking over the lot offerings in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale, we could not help but notice […]

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. What is a So-Called Dollar? It is said that New York coin dealer Thomas Elder first coined the term “So-Called Dollar” to describe a medal sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition – an event better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. Coin-like souvenirs such as […]

Agit-Prop on Early Soviet Coins

Agit-Prop on Early Soviet Coins

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek….   It is rare when a coin can be read like a book, when it actually tells you a story. Most coins throughout history have presented monarchs, various images of Liberty, famous people, and other images. But a few coins minted in the heady early years of the Union of […]

Rare U.S. Coins Moderate to Strong in Platinum Night Auction; Markets Remain Stable

Rare U.S. Coins Moderate to Strong in Platinum Night Auction; Markets Remain Stable

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #291 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Last week, Heritage and Stack’s Bowers each conducted official auctions in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Convention near Chicago, in Rosemont, Illinois. The topic here is the results […]

Bunny Money: Rabbits and Hares on Ancient Coins

Bunny Money: Rabbits and Hares on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE LEPORIDAE ARE A FAMILY OF MAMMALS, including some 60 species of rabbits and hares. With a wide range of symbolic associations (good luck, fertility, cleverness, swiftness, et al.), the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and hare (Lepus europaeus) have a long history in Western art, mythology and […]

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Dollars

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Six- and seven-figure “trophy” coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end items are in a completely different universe than where the average collector resides. Since the market for coins in the $1 to $250 range is much broader than the […]

By August 14, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to say, we believe that this […]

Do Coin Auction Prices Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

Do Coin Auction Prices Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

By Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com for CoinWeek The prices that coins have sold for at auction contain very valuable market information. This information is used in a variety of ways. Increasingly, these values are used by buyers of coins who want to know how much like-kind coins have been bringing on the open market so […]

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth? Do you have a game plan for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How […]

The Great Ships of American Coinage

The Great Ships of American Coinage

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Dedicated to the memory of Chief Petty Officer Virgil Pattin, USN (retired) Outside of the eagle, Lady Liberty and allegorical Native American motifs, no symbol is used on American coins as prolifically as ships. The story of this country – indeed, the story of the New World […]

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it piques in us a strong, stubborn, contrary […]

Carson City Morgan Dollars

Carson City Morgan Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   Five branch mints were involved in the production of Morgan silver dollars: Philadelphia, Carson City, San Francisco, New Orleans and, at the very end of its run, Denver. To a Morgan dollar collector, coins from each mint have different “personalities” – San Francisco represented the cutting edge of coining […]

Classic Silver, Dahlonega $2½ Gold, and Carson City U.S. Coins Highlight Stack’s Bowers’ ANA Auction

Classic Silver, Dahlonega $2½ Gold, and Carson City U.S. Coins Highlight Stack’s Bowers’ ANA Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #289 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Stack’s Bowers and Heritage Auctions are both conducting official auctions this month at the summer ANA convention, which will be held the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, very close to […]

Q. David Bowers: Summertime in Numismatics

Q. David Bowers: Summertime in Numismatics

By Q. David Bowers, Founder of Stack’s Bowers   “Summertime and the Living is Easy,” as the song from Porgy and Bess goes. Welcome to my latest blog set in the twilight of the month of July. While summer is vacation time for many, numismatics knows no season–although it does slow down. While no figures […]

First Read: Medallic Art of the American Numismatic Society, 1865-2014.

First Read: Medallic Art of the American Numismatic Society, 1865-2014.

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature….  Essay by David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek…. Medallic Art of the American Numismatic Society, 1865-2014 by Scott H. Miller The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is now in its 157th year of service to the world of numismatics. It is the […]

Welcome to Rarities Night, A Stack’s Bowers Galleries Tradition With the ANA World’s Fair of Money

Welcome to Rarities Night, A Stack’s Bowers Galleries Tradition With the ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Q. David Bowers, Founder – Stack’s Bowers Welcome to Rarities Night 2015! This event is always a highlight of our series of auctions with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. The highlights are many. Here are some of my favorites: The Skull and Crossbones Funeral Medal in Silver, issued by Jacob Perkins […]

Assortment of Rare U.S. Coins to be offered in ANA Platinum Night Auction

Assortment of Rare U.S. Coins to be offered in ANA Platinum Night Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #288 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Heritage often conducts official auctions at FUN, Central States, and ANA Conventions, and a Platinum Night event for U.S. coins is typically included. This year, Heritage and Stack’s-Bowers are […]

Monster:  The Coinage of Caligula

Monster: The Coinage of Caligula

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Oderint, dum metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear). — Caligula THE ANNALS OF THE ROMAN HISTORIAN TACITUS (56 – 117 CE) survived in one damaged medieval manuscript at the Monte Cassino monastery[1]. The section covering the reign of Emperor Caligula is missing, and we […]

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 – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 7/1/2015. 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 […]

Mike Markowitz to Discuss Ships on Ancient Coins at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

Mike Markowitz to Discuss Ships on Ancient Coins at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Historian. Military Analyst. Gentleman game designer. Numismatist. Author Mike Markowitz is many things, and one of those things happens to be CoinWeek’s resident expert on Ancient Coins. Twice monthly, CoinWeek has the privilege and the pleasure of bringing you the latest in his series of exploratory articles, covering the entire […]

By July 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Collectible Coins of the Royal Canadian Mint: 1990-2015

Collectible Coins of the Royal Canadian Mint: 1990-2015

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 5/22/2015. After my previous history of the Royal Canadian Mint, I wanted to run through an impromptu (yet hopefully stimulating) sampling of Royal Canadian Mint products since the release of the first Canadian Silver Maple Leafs in 1988. Because the Mint […]

Smithsonian Celebrates Opening of New National Numismatic Collection Exhibit

Smithsonian Celebrates Opening of New National Numismatic Collection Exhibit

By Harvey Stack and Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   AN EXHIBIT TO BE REMEMBERED On July 15, 2015 the National Numismatic Collection was returned to the displays at the Smithsonian. For close to a decade, portions of the National Collection were not exhibited as the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian was reduced in size and the museum […]

Garrett-Kaselitz Coin and 1838-O Liberty Seated Dimes in General

Garrett-Kaselitz Coin and 1838-O Liberty Seated Dimes in General

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #286 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………. The 1838-O dime is an inaugural issue of the New Orleans Mint and is the only Branch Mint representative of the first design type of Liberty Seated Dimes, […]

 
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