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CoinWeek Podcast #34: Numismatic News Editor Dave Harper on the Passing of Chet Krause

CoinWeek Podcast #34: Numismatic News Editor Dave Harper on the Passing of Chet Krause

CoinWeek Podcast #33: Numismatic News Editor Dave Harper on the Passing of Chet Krause On June 25, numismatic icon Chester “Chet” Krause passed away. He was 92 years old. In this episode of the Coinweek podcast we talk to Numismatic News editor Dave Harper about Chet, the company he created, and the coin collecting legacy […]

CoinWeek Unboxing: 2016 Ascension Island Two Pence Blue Crown Silver Coin – 4K Video

CoinWeek Unboxing: 2016 Ascension Island Two Pence Blue Crown Silver Coin – 4K Video

Colorized coins are not everybody’s cup of tea, but we were intrigued by the Pobjoy Mint’s silver coin struck to honor the Penny Blue stamp’s 175th Anniversary. So when an example showed up in the mail, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan broke out the 4K camera and filmed this unboxing segment for you. At $75 USD, […]

Liberty Coins Giving Away More Free Money to Students

Liberty Coins Giving Away More Free Money to Students

Following its successful Free Money giveaway on Saturday, June 18, Liberty Coins will continue to give away free coins to incoming kindergarten through high school students from now up to Labor Day. Students will be able to select and keep up to six foreign coins each day from a treasure chest at the store in […]

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 1: Donut Cents,1¢ Nickels and Flying Eagles

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 1: Donut Cents,1¢ Nickels and Flying Eagles

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #338 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Though not coins, patterns are similar to coins, directly related to coins and often collected along with coins. Some coin patterns even circulated in commerce. The present topic is one-cent coin patterns […]

Far From Home:  Ancient and Medieval Coins that Traveled

Far From Home: Ancient and Medieval Coins that Traveled

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   MANY ANCIENT COINS circulated in a narrow area, sometimes just a single city-state of a few thousand inhabitants. But there were also long-distance travelers, coins that passed from hand to hand–perhaps for decades–reaching faraway lands in the saddlebags of warriors, the strongboxes of pirates and the […]

CoinWeek Weekly Coin Report – June 28, 2016 – 4K Video

CoinWeek Weekly Coin Report – June 28, 2016 – 4K Video

We’re back! After traveling across the world, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan returns for CoinWeek HQ to give his take on this week’s events in the numismatic world in this episode of the CoinWeek Weekly Report. Covered in this episode: the CFA’s design recommendations for the Obama Presidential Inauguration Medals and 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters, […]

Stack’s Bowers: The Secret of Owl Creek, Plus a Special Opportunity

Stack’s Bowers: The Secret of Owl Creek, Plus a Special Opportunity

The Launching of a Project A number of years ago Whitman Publishing launched one of the most extensive research projects ever undertaken in numismatics. In fact, in terms of time, money, and travel it might well be the most extensive. In 2006 my book, Obsolete Paper Money Issued by Banks in the United States 1782 […]

Ancient Roman Gold Coins – Faustina, Wife of Marcus Aurelius

Ancient Roman Gold Coins – Faustina, Wife of Marcus Aurelius

Ancinet Roman Gold Coin – Aureus of Faustina Junior, wife of Marcus Aurelius By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Annia Galeria Faustina was a daughter of Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. She was named after her mother and was her parents’ fourth and youngest child and their second daughter. She was also their […]

Five PQ Coins to Pick up at Legend Rare Coin Auctions Summer Sessions 1

Five PQ Coins to Pick up at Legend Rare Coin Auctions Summer Sessions 1

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   Legend Rare Coin Auctions has kicked off the first of its three planned Summer Sessions. These internet-based, no reserve auctions feature coins that have been vetted by Legend Rare Coin Auctions and adhere to the firm’s high standards–the trademark of their Regency Sale series. Bidding […]

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Pt. 10: Very Rare Liberty Head Quarter Eagles

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Pt. 10: Very Rare Liberty Head Quarter Eagles

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #337 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Liberty Head quarter eagles (U.S. $2.50 gold coins) were minted from 1840 to 1907. Representatives of most issues are available for less than $2,500, some for much less. The focus here is […]

The Coin Analyst: Australian Silver Kangaroo Series Began in 2015, Not 2016

The Coin Analyst: Australian Silver Kangaroo Series Began in 2015, Not 2016

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   On September 21, 2015 the Perth Mint began offering a new line of one-ounce silver bullion coins featuring a design that had appeared previously on Perth’s one-kilo and one-ton gold coins: a bounding red kangaroo against a background of stylized sun rays. The series is known as the […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – A Bad Culture

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – A Bad Culture

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   REALLY? For years now coin doctoring and gradeflation have been two of if not the biggest problems with the hobby. Coin doctoring actually has lessened to a small degree, while gradeflation has not. It’s one thing that standards have changed, but it’s another when EVERYONE keeps pushing […]

USA Coin Album: The United States Coins Dated 1965 — Part One

USA Coin Album: The United States Coins Dated 1965 — Part One

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   It has now been more than 50 years since collectors had to face the unthinkable — the end of fine silver coinage Numismatic writers frequently reference the year 1965 as the one in which copper-nickel-clad coins replaced the traditional silver issues, but […]

High Relief U.S. and World Coins

High Relief U.S. and World Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   Would you pay for lunch with Michelangelo’s David? Would you buy a car with Mount Rushmore? Sounds strange, I know, but in a sense that’s what you do when you use coins as money. Because no matter whatever else they are, coins are sculpture. It’s easy to forget. […]

108 Years Ago Today: ANA Co-Founder Dr. George F. Heath Passed Away

108 Years Ago Today: ANA Co-Founder Dr. George F. Heath Passed Away

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   108 years ago today, Dr. George Francis Heath died in his home in Monroe, Michigan. He was 57 years old. Heath was a larger-than-life figure, both in physical stature (numismatic writer Jack Ogilvie once wrote that the doctor was “big, fat, and good natured”) and […]

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   It has been said that archaeology stands on a foundation of potsherds, and it would be just as true to say that numismatics stands on a foundation of coin hoards. They provide us with the framework of our classification of ancient coins, and frequently a single […]

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars – Audio: 11:14

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars – Audio: 11:14

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars Franklin half dollars have long been a collector favorite. One of the most attractive 20th-century coins, the crisp, clean design leaves provides precious little cover for bag marks and scratches. Advanced collectors seek out the best specimens. For some dates, conditional rarities in high Mint State grades bring tens […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 20: Classic Head Half Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 20: Classic Head Half Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #336 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This is the 20th installment of a series on classic U.S. coins that cost less than $500 each. In April, Draped Bust half cents were discussed. Those were minted from 1800 to […]

Liberty Coins Giving Away Free Money in Store Saturday, June 18

Liberty Coins Giving Away Free Money in Store Saturday, June 18

In conjunction with a remote broadcast by 94.9 FM WMMQ morning host Deb Hart at their store in Lansing’s Frandor Shopping Center on Saturday, June 18, Liberty Coins will give visitors free small bags of coins currently spendable in at least 10 foreign countries. Said Liberty Coin Service Owner Tom Coulson: “Liberty Coins has become […]

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach and Goldberg Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics – Long Beach and Goldberg Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report ……..   Our show started VERY strong. Our first shot regular (we call him “super secret buyer”) made piles and bought some great coins. He later came back for more! From start to finish, it was non stop selling. Wednesday was a shocker. We sold six gold […]

CoinWeek Podcast #31: 193 – The Year of Five Emperors – Audio: 11:07

CoinWeek Podcast #31: 193 – The Year of Five Emperors – Audio: 11:07

CoinWeek Podcast #31: 193 – The Year of Five Emperors CoinWeek Ancient Coin Writer Mike Markowitz’s insightful article “193: The Year of Five Emperors” recalls one of the bloodiest and most treacherous years in Roman history. A year that makes Game of Thrones’ Westeros seem like a quaint and stable fiefdom. In this episode of the […]

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Extraordinary Midwestern Family Collection of Indian Head Half Eagles ($5 gold coins)

Extraordinary Midwestern Family Collection of Indian Head Half Eagles ($5 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #335 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   On Monday, June 6, the Goldbergs auctioned a collection of classic U.S. coins that was consigned by a family from the Midwest. These coins had been ‘off […]

The Coin Analyst: 2015’s Most Profitable Modern Coins

The Coin Analyst: 2015’s Most Profitable Modern Coins

When it comes to modern coins, both U.S. and world issues, the goal of purchasing coins that will perform well in the secondary market is a key incentive for many buyers By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Coin collecting is best understood as a hobby that rewards the collector mainly in non-monetary ways, but […]

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   If a professional numismatist is known as “Mr. Commem”, then it’s obvious that he would carry a large selection of silver and gold U.S. commemorative coins issued from 1892 to 1954. That line of reasoning applies to Anthony Swiatek, but his interest in the field extends far beyond […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Genuine 1856 Flying Eagle Cent By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   NGC graders find an altered-date 1856 Flying Eagle cent and explain what to avoid. The 1856 Flying Eagle cent is an important and highly collectible issue because of its status as the first Small Cent. Large Cents, which had been struck […]

Buying Rare Coins: Numismatics and Credit

Buying Rare Coins: Numismatics and Credit

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …..   The use of credit for numismatic purposes is not a bad thing, but must be used responsibly The famed collector John J. Pittman is legendary for having the foresight to have mortgaged his home to have funds to acquire coins in the 1954 King Farouk […]

Precious Metals Market – Tycoon Reaps $1.3 Billion on Silver

Precious Metals Market – Tycoon Reaps $1.3 Billion on Silver

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Mexico’s second-richest man, Alberto Bailleres, has benefited greatly from his extensive position in precious metals so far this year. Between his majority stake in a pair of Mexican mining companies, Industrias Penoles SAB and Fresnillo Plc, the gold and silver magnate has outpaced his wealthiest counterparts in […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Surges over Disappointing Jobs Number

Gold Markets Report – Gold Surges over Disappointing Jobs Number

Commentary for Friday, June 3, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $30.90 on the Comex today at $1240.70 so it continues to surprise. Of course the reason gold popped to the upside was the dismal jobs’ number. This was not what Janet Yellen […]

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast Harvey Stack is a numismatic luminary. Having lived a full life completely immersed in the coin hobby and industry, the elder Stack has a love for coins and their collectors unlike any other living figure in the hobby. In this CoinWeek Mega Podcast, no topic is off […]

Pogue IV Auction Analysis: Why Did You Expect It To Be Easy?

Pogue IV Auction Analysis: Why Did You Expect It To Be Easy?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   “We have now one of the huge lots of the evening. The Sultan of Muscat–Childs–Pogue 1804 Dollar. The Class I Original. Finest Known Example of the King of American Coins… I am looking for a bid of Seven Million Six Hundred Thousand. Any interest at […]

 
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