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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 group has […]

US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

US Dollar Accused Of Being A Ponzi Scheme

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. A member of Russia’s national legislature, Mikhail Degtyarev has introduced a bill in that nation’s parliament to outlaw the use or possession of US Dollar currency. Degtyarev, a member of the Liberal Democrat Party and a losing candidate for mayor of Moscow in the […]

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

By November 14, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #194 A Weekly Column for CoinWeek by Greg Reynolds …………….. This is the fifth in a series on the Eric Newman Coin Collection, the most famous coin collection to be auctioned since the Eliasberg and Pittman sales […]

By November 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: The Baltimore Show

Legend Numismatics Coin Market Report: The Baltimore Show

Good grief! Where did all the people come from? Thursday had one of the best crowds we have seen a very long time. Saw many “old friends” and made a few new ones too. Legend did do more sales to collectors then normal for the show. Overall, the show was surprisingly good! As usual our […]

Coin Appraisals:  Sadly…you may need one, but don’t know it!

Coin Appraisals: Sadly…you may need one, but don’t know it!

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com ……….. It’s easy to become smug about valuing coins.  On the surface it seems easy – just look up the date, mintmark and grade of your coin in your favorite price guide or auction prices realized list and there you have it! This may be fine for common date Mint […]

By November 11, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: News from the U.S. Mint

The Coin Analyst: News from the U.S. Mint

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Here is a round-up of news developments from the U.S. Mint and some recommendations for 2013 coins to watch. Commemorative coins Unlike in years past when sales ended in mid-December, this year the U.S. Mint has decided to sell its 2013-dated commemorative coins until the last day of the […]

By November 8, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Coins: Cassie McFarland’s Glove Design a Perfect Fit

Commemorative Coins: Cassie McFarland’s Glove Design a Perfect Fit

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. There’s something about an old ball glove. That’s the sentiment behind San Luis Obispo, California-based artist Cassie McFarland’s last-minute entry in the Mint’s baseball coin design competition, held earlier this year. Her winning design, entitled “A Hand Full of Gold”, will serve as the common obverse […]

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ?  Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

Got A Low Numismatic Budget ? Buy A Coin from the Newman Collection!

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Does that headline sound insane? How can a collector with limited funds even think of obtaining something from the jaw-dropping Eric P. Newman collection? It should be obvious that I’m not advising Joe Lunchbucket to bid on the 1796 Draped Bust Small Eagle quarter certified as MS-67* by the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. (all […]

By November 7, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Proof-only Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) of 1863

The Proof-only Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) of 1863

Coin Rarities & Related Topics #193: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community ……………………… A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1796 to 1929, though not in every year. The Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night auction session that will be held on Thurs. […]

By November 6, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior- Coin Collecting by Design Type

Rare Coin Road Warrior- Coin Collecting by Design Type

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Over the last several decades I have started collections of quite a few different and varied items.  While maybe not a ‘hoarder’, I do enjoy searching for and acquiring different items.  Coins have been my ‘drug of choice’ so […]

By November 4, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics – Pre Baltimore Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics – Pre Baltimore Coin Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ………………….. Must we really have a show now? Things are  going so well. In a blink of an eye the coin market is back to full strength. Every thing from soup to nuts is selling. This past week our sales were VERY strong and we completed a multimillion dollar […]

Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night Coin Auction at Baltimore Coin Expo

Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night Coin Auction at Baltimore Coin Expo

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #192 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Baltimore Convention center, Stack’s-Bowers will conduct a Rarities Night coin auction event, which will be one session in this firm’s large and varied. official […]

By October 30, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2013 World Coins of the Year

The Coin Analyst: 2013 World Coins of the Year

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Krause Publications recently came out with its annual list of nominations for best world coins of the year, which is based on coins released in 2012, and is divided into numerous categories. Not surprisingly the Royal Canadian Mint topped the list with more nominations (eight) than any other country […]

By October 28, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Auctions: First Impressions of the Newman Sale

Rare Coin Auctions: First Impressions of the Newman Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I’m freshly returned from Dallas, where I attended a spectacular coin dealer wedding, and combined the nuptials with viewing the remarkable silver coins that are being sold on behalf of Eric P. Newman. I spent close to two full days viewing, and it was one of […]

By October 28, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
SILVER 101: Don’t Lose These LIittle Silver Coins

SILVER 101: Don’t Lose These LIittle Silver Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Accumulating silver bullion is a satisfying task, but there’s much more to the metal than sheer ounces. Coins are full of art and history, and those elements often lead to collecting. When examining the whole spectrum of silver, it’s natural to wonder why dozens of nations have issued coins that are smaller – […]

By October 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 4: Proof 1818 Quarter

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 4: Proof 1818 Quarter

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #191 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This is the fourth in a series on the Eric Newman US Coins Collection, one of the most famous US coin collections ever formed. Part 1 includes an introduction to […]

By October 23, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Update

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Update

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Although there are not as many new releases being issued by the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) as there were earlier in the year, there are plenty of other developments of interest to collectors of modern U.S. coins. Here are three of the more noteworthy ones: First Spouse gold coins coming […]

By October 22, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a while since I’ve done an in-depth article on any Carson City gold coins and, as they are the most popular issues from this mint, I thought this would be a good time to write about the double eagles from Carson City. Before we […]

By October 21, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014 Effectively Abolishes US Federal Debt Ceiling

Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014 Effectively Abolishes US Federal Debt Ceiling

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The Continuing Appropriations Act of 2014 enacted this week proves once more that you can count on politicians to think of themselves first, and the people last. Section 1002 of this law has its own title, “Default Prevention Act of 2013.”  This section effectively […]

Rare Coin Road Warrior-What Got You Hooked?  Part One

Rare Coin Road Warrior-What Got You Hooked? Part One

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, Often times I reminisce about how much fun I have had both collecting and buying/selling rare coins.  The ‘fun’ hasn’t ALL been about the coins, because the ‘players’, many of which have been and are great friends are what […]

By October 17, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Seated Liberty Dollars: An Overlooked Series with Long-term Potential

Seated Liberty Dollars: An Overlooked Series with Long-term Potential

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com …… Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have been promoted and enthusiastically collected for decades; and “early” silver dollars, struck between 1794 and 1804, have had a long, strong following of collectors.  But Seated Liberty silver dollars, coined from 1840 through 1873, have fallen through the cracks in […]

By October 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Geyer Collection of World War II era Mint Error Coins

The Geyer Collection of World War II era Mint Error Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #190 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds From Nov 1st to 3rd, Heritage will conduct a coin auction in New York City, about two weeks before the epic sale of many items from the Eric Newman Collection. […]

By October 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 1: Small Cents

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 1: Small Cents

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com ………. Today, we’d like to discuss building a truly remarkable 20th century US Type set. Type sets enable you to assemble a representative sampling of coins over a particular period of time, or of a particular type of coin. When we think of type sets, we usually […]

THE UNDERCOVER COLLECTIBLE – 50 YEARS OF SMALL-SIZED $1 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES

THE UNDERCOVER COLLECTIBLE – 50 YEARS OF SMALL-SIZED $1 FEDERAL RESERVE NOTES

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Why be sneaky and come up with all kinds of tricks to hide an item when the same thing can be achieved in plain sight? That’s the story of the $1 Federal Reserve note. When a piece of money is used on a constant basis by everyone from young children to Depression-era survivors, […]

By October 14, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Precious Metals: Expanding Chinese Yuan International Exchange Hurts US Dollar Demand

Precious Metals: Expanding Chinese Yuan International Exchange Hurts US Dollar Demand

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. On October 10, the People’s Bank of China signed a three-year $60 billion currency swap agreement with the European Central Bank.  This followed the October 1 Chinese swap agreement with Indonesia and the September swap agreements with Hungary and Albania.  With the latest signing, […]

What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins. Part Two.

What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins. Part Two.

By Vic Bozarth – Rare Coin Road Warrior – Bozarth Numismatics Inc…………. During the holiday season I often reflect on the many blessings I have in my life. One of those blessings is the joy I receive from handling and looking at rare coins. In fact, I love my job. I get to look at […]

By October 10, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: “Numismatic” Gold & Silver American Eagle Coins – Lessons from the Past

The Coin Analyst: “Numismatic” Gold & Silver American Eagle Coins – Lessons from the Past

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… As the 30th anniversary of both the silver and gold American Eagle Coins in 2016 approaches, it may be helpful to review the numismatic component of the eagle program and try to draw some lessons from this experience for the future. The collectible versions of both coins have witnessed […]

By October 10, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
Going Beyond Commemorative Coins On eBay

Going Beyond Commemorative Coins On eBay

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… The U.S. Mint has issued commemorative coins tied to the 1892-93 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition (often referred to as the St. Louis Worlds’s Fair) and the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition in San Francisco. Why wouldn’t numismatists pursue these historic pieces? A look at current values provides a big reality […]

By October 9, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 3: Draped Bust Quarters

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 3: Draped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #189 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds One of the most famous, interesting and awe-inspiring of all collections of American coins, and related items, was formed by Eric P. Newman, who celebrated his 102nd birthday not long […]

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