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Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking […]

By January 15, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors. Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple Leafs, silver bars and rounds, pre-1965 half dollars, quarters and dimes and circulated Morgan and Peace dollars. So […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   Few figures involved in the world of 20th-century commercial numismatics made as great an impression in their day as New York attorney and telemarketer Stanley Apfelbaum (born 1931, died 1990). For nearly 30 years, he was a pioneer and leading figure in the controversial, rough-and-tumble field of coin […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1908-S Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The grading room was recently presented with a 1908-S Indian Head Cent for certification. The 1908-S cent had the third-lowest mintage in the Indian Head cent series with 1,115,000 pieces struck. The first of only two San Francisco Mint Indian Head […]

Ancient Roman Coins –  Rome at its Finest under Emperor Antoninus Pius

Ancient Roman Coins – Rome at its Finest under Emperor Antoninus Pius

138-161 AD. Aureus, 7.30g (6h). Rome, 140-4 AD By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Antoninus Pius is remembered by history as a kind, just, and intelligent emperor. Having held the title for 23 years, the longest reign since that of Augustus, he had a great deal of time in office to […]

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …..   FUN WAS MYSTERIOUS First we must commend the FUN people for running a great show. Having it in Tampa certainly did seem to draw a bit larger crowd. Mysterious is the best positive label we can attach to the show. The coin market is clearly as “choppy” […]

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….   “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting […]

By January 6, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, that was […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale…..   It isn’t every day that you get to talk about an honest-to-goodness Bond villain when writing a coin blog but then again, what am I saying? I’m writing about coins, for goodness sake. The coin industry has never lacked for colorful personalities. Much of the story of […]

The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   2015, like 2012 before it, was a year in which numerous U.S. Mint products sold out of their maximum mintages or had their sales ended prior to reaching those levels. While this happens to one degree or another almost every year, the parallels with 2012 are considerable. In both […]

CoinWeek Podcast #11 – Coins in Video Games

CoinWeek Podcast #11 – Coins in Video Games

CoinWeek Assistant Editor Hubert Walker delves into the world of video games for this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast. Doesn’t sound numismatic to you? You’d be surprised – the amount of new coins and money-related items being created in the virtual world of video games has only one rival, the U.S. and world mints. As […]

By January 3, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coin Profiles –  Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Ancient Coin Profiles – Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Mysia, Cyzicus. Hekte circa 500-450 By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ….   Cyzicus was one of the great trade cities of the ancient world. It was located on the Sea of Marmara and ruled by the Persian Empire until its capture by Alexander the Great in 334 BCE. Starting in the […]

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Even with premiums of $2.50 to $4 an ounce above spot, government-issued bullion coins such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic and Mexican Libertad are extremely popular among modern silver investors. Cost-conscious shoppers tend to go for circulated pre-1965 U.S. dimes, quarters and half dollars […]

By January 2, 2016 6 Comments Read More →
Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com….   First of all, I want to point out that coin price guides are just that… GUIDES! For convenience, they list just one price for a given grade of a coin. It’s important to note that different coins of the same issue and grade often trade for higher and lower […]

By December 31, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
US Coins – Offerings of Great Half Dollars Characterized The Year 2015

US Coins – Offerings of Great Half Dollars Characterized The Year 2015

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #311 ……. A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……..   In the history of coin collecting, 2015 will be remembered as a year when a large number of extraordinary, classic U.S. half dollars were auctioned. Indeed, […]

By December 30, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   But you know, Lieutenant, in the Arab city of Cordoba were two miles of public lighting in the streets when London was a village? —Prince Feisal, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The Muslim Conquest (711-732) THE VISIGOTHS, WHO HAD MISRULED SPAIN  for two centuries, were unpopular with their […]

By December 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Russia Furthers Crimea Claim with New 100 Ruble Banknote

Russia Furthers Crimea Claim with New 100 Ruble Banknote

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   On Wednesday, December 23, the Central Bank of Russia released a new 100-ruble banknote commemorating the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. The new note is an extension of the numismatic propaganda campaign began with the minting of two new 10-ruble coins in October of last […]

Red Kettle Report: December 21 – 24

Red Kettle Report: December 21 – 24

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   An informal perusal of CoinWeek’s four-part 2015 Red Kettle Report suggests that Illinois leads the country in terms of gold coins donated to Salvation Army kettles this holiday season. Still, some states like Montana and North Dakota managed a hefty amount of news coverage so no trend is […]

By December 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Gold Market Newsletter – Gold Moves Lower in Thin Trading

Gold Market Newsletter – Gold Moves Lower in Thin Trading

Commentary for Monday, December 28, 2015 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc…. Gold closed down $5.50 at $1070.50 today on the Comex in holiday trading. Gold was up $6.60 this past Thursday (12/24) so you can see we are drifting. Everyone will blame oil for everything that went wonky […]

By December 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote in U.S. numismatic history. Since it first burst into the headlines in 1965 until the announcement that it was ceasing production of medals, coins and collectibles early in 2003, […]

The Platinum American Eagle: A Study in Nobility

The Platinum American Eagle: A Study in Nobility

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Like silver and gold, platinum has a multitude of uses. It can be found in both your car’s catalytic converter and your jewelry box. And like other precious metals, platinum also serves as an investment vehicle. Many investors look to the private ownership of bullion to […]

By December 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In this article I will continue to discuss how the rarity of Morgan silver dollars was affected by changes in supply and availability. This story is of a hoard of mostly Morgan silver dollars that was […]

By December 23, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
15 US Gold Coins Which All Coin Collectors Should Own

15 US Gold Coins Which All Coin Collectors Should Own

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com, a CoinWeek Content Partner…..   Even if you are an ultra-specialized collector of U.S. gold coins–let’s say with an emphasis on Type One double eagles or Dahlonega half eagles–there are still specific important gold types which you might find compelling. A collector recently asked me for a list of a […]

By December 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #310 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Among the most fascinating of all American gold pieces are the fractional pieces struck in California starting in the 1850s. The California gold rush stimulated production of gold coins, […]

By December 23, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Red Kettle Report: December 14 – 20

Red Kettle Report: December 14 – 20

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Since 2005 in Lee County, Florida, someone has been leaving notes in Salvation Army kettles. Inside the note is a gold coin and a message: “In loving memory of Mimi”. No one not directly involved with the delivery of the notes knows who “Mimi” is or the identity […]

By December 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

The CoinWeek Podcast is proudly sponsored by Professional Coin Grading Service. Visit www.pcgs.com to give the gift of collecting. It’s been 40 years since U.S. Bicentennial coins found their way into the channels of commerce. Have you seen a 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter in change lately? How about a Bicentennial half dollar or dollar? In this […]

By December 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1990s

American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1990s

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek IQ….   Hi folks, and welcome to the latest installment of CoinWeek’s American Silver Eagle Price Guide Analysis. In this article, we cover Proof and Bullion Silver Eagles from 1990-1999 certified by NGC and PCGS. Our analysis of Silver Eagles from the 1980s can be found here. You […]

Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus, Buried at Pompeii

Ancient Roman Coins – Vespasian Aureus, Buried at Pompeii

Vespasian. AD 69-79. AV Aureus – Rome mint – Struck AD 70 By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ….   Mt. Vesuvius began erupting on August 24, 79 CE and continued for two days, burying the Roman settlements of Pompeii and Herculaneum, among others. There were warning signs: small earthquakes started a […]

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Who would have guessed that starting a coin club would lead to nearly 40 years of constant but enjoyable work? Along with the late Kam Awash, John McCloskey played a significant role in founding the Liberty Seated Collectors Club in 1973. This was well before many of today’s specialized […]

By December 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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