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The Rarest 20th Century, Regular U.S. Coins: 1927-D Saint Gaudens Double Eagles ($20 gold pieces)

The Rarest 20th Century, Regular U.S. Coins: 1927-D Saint Gaudens Double Eagles ($20 gold pieces)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #216 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……….. Double Eagles are U.S. $20 gold coins, and regular issues were minted from 1850 to 1933. ‘Liberty Head’ or Liberty Double Eagles date from 1850 to 1907. Saint Gaudens Double […]

Highlights from the Stack’s Bowers Legendary Numismatists Symposium

Highlights from the Stack’s Bowers Legendary Numismatists Symposium

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. The late Steve Tanenbaum, John J. Ford, Louis Eliasberg, Sr., collectors of the 1950s, and the famed 1933 double eagle were among the many topics discussed at the Stack’s Bowers symposium that took place at the Whitman Expo Baltimore Spring Show. Not much has happened over the past 60 years of numismatic […]

Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show Report: Part 2

Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show Report: Part 2

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….  A CoinWeek field report from Whitman Expo Baltimore…. I’m writing this on Sunday, as the 2014 Spring Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show in Baltimore comes to a close. The show was well attended and busy throughout. Possibly even busier than last month’s ANA National Money Show in Atlanta. Thursday and Friday were marked […]

The Coin Analyst: The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch Part II- Lessons for the Future

The Coin Analyst: The Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch Part II- Lessons for the Future

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. The success or failure of any commemorative coin program is a function of three main factors: the appeal of the design the extent to which the theme depicted resonates with buyers the promotion the coin receives from the Mint and outside organizations The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Series is […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch a Great Success for Mint but Frustrating for Many Buyers

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Launch a Great Success for Mint but Frustrating for Many Buyers

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. March 27, when sales of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coin series began, will be remembered as an exciting but for many collectors frustrating day when the U.S. Mint had its most successful commemorative coin launch in decades. In somewhere between 6 and 8 hours, depending on which source is […]

Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show Report: Part 1

Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show Report: Part 1

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….  A CoinWeek field report from Whitman Expo Baltimore…. For one lucky youngster–12-year-old Cole Bank–the opening day of the Spring coin show was one to remember. Dressed in Orioles orange and black, he was the first person in line to purchase and receive a 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and […]

What Can You Do When The US Government Stops Supporting The US Dollar?

What Can You Do When The US Government Stops Supporting The US Dollar?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com …….. In the previous two weeks, the US Treasury has been forced to pay out a net of $65 billion to cover US dollars and US Treasury Debt being repatriated.  Some amount of this is almost certainly 1) in retaliation by the Russian and […]

Reselling Newman: eBay and the Eric P. Newman Coin Collection

Reselling Newman: eBay and the Eric P. Newman Coin Collection

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   It’s inevitable that much of the highly publicized Newman collection will find its way back into the retail market. If recent eBay auction results are any indication, then some resellers may need to brace themselves… By all accounts, Heritage’s high-profile November auction of more than 1800 U.S. coins […]

Rare US Coins: Gem Quality, Norweb Family 1833 Dime

Rare US Coins: Gem Quality, Norweb Family 1833 Dime

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #215 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……….. Over a period of two afternoons, I spent a few hours viewing the U.S. coins that will be offered tomorrow in a Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night event in Baltimore. […]

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Coins Launching March 27th and ATB Coins on the Way

The Coin Analyst: Baseball Coins Launching March 27th and ATB Coins on the Way

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. BHOF Commemorative Series The most widely anticipated U.S. commemorative coin series in decades will be launched on Thursday, March 27. I expect there to be a feeding frenzy for the 75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame coins that will put a lot of stress on the Mint’s web site, though […]

The Real Diehl: The Main Street Case for Gold

The Real Diehl: The Main Street Case for Gold

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. For several years, now, I have wanted a forum in which to make what I call the Main Street case for investing in gold. I call it the Main Street case for gold to distinguish it from the type […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: Crossing Over + Whitman Expo in Baltimore + Missing Bitcoins Found

Numismatic Quick Hits: Crossing Over + Whitman Expo in Baltimore + Missing Bitcoins Found

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. PCGS & NGC: Mutually Assured CrossOver™ On occasion Newport Beach, California-based Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Sarasota, Florida-based Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) issue policy changes and/or similar press releases on the same subject (remember the Plus Grade joint announcement). That happened again this week when NGC announced […]

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Fortuna Redux and Other Notable World Coin Releases

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Fortuna Redux and Other Notable World Coin Releases

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………..  1.) Fortuna Redux revisited Last year perhaps the most unusual and innovative world coin ever issued was made by the Mint of Poland (founded in 1766) for the island nation of Niue. It is the six-ounce silver, 24 K selectively-gilded Fortuna Redux coin, the world’s first cylinder-shaped silver coin with amazingly intricate […]

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 2: Commemorative One Dollar Gold Pieces

Rare Gold Coins for less than $5000 each, Part 2: Commemorative One Dollar Gold Pieces

 Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #214 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The present topic is Choice (MS-63) to Gem Uncirculated (MS-65 or higher grade) commemorative one dollar gold pieces. These are only nine issues of such commemorative U.S. gold coins, which date […]

Questions Loom as Precious Metals Firm ‘The Tulving Company’ Folds

Questions Loom as Precious Metals Firm ‘The Tulving Company’ Folds

The Bullion Reporter on CoinWeek …………. Nobody outside of Hannes Tulving, Jr. and his inner circle knows exactly what went wrong, as one of the nation’s largest gold and silver bullion dealers watches his business come crashing down around him. After months of growing complaints and financial troubles, Orange County, California-based Tulving Company closed shop […]

By March 15, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments in Modern U.S. Coins

The Coin Analyst: Latest Developments in Modern U.S. Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. American Platinum Eagles: Return of bullion coins On March 5 the U.S. Mint announced that in response to customer feedback it is resuming production of one-ounce American platinum eagle bullion coins after a hiatus that began in 2009. 2008 was the last year the coins were issued in four sizes (one-tenth, one-quarter, one-half, […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: Project $100K + the E-Sylum eNewsletter

Numismatic Quick Hits: Project $100K + the E-Sylum eNewsletter

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   Project $100K How long would it take to spend $100,000 in golden dollars? That’s the question I asked members of the Coin Community Family (CCF) forums almost two years ago. In what has become one of the longest running CCF threads of all time, we might soon […]

Coin Show Report: ANA National Money Show 2014

Coin Show Report: ANA National Money Show 2014

By William Shamhart, Jr. – Numismatic Americana ……….. GOLD! The last time there was a gold rush in Georgia was over 150 years ago. And from that came the mints at Dahlonega and Charlotte, which produced some of the most desirable gold coins today. But you already knew that ‘cause you’re a coin nerd. But […]

Building a Set of Almost Uncirculated-55 to ‘Mint State’-63 Barber Half Dollars

Building a Set of Almost Uncirculated-55 to ‘Mint State’-63 Barber Half Dollars

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #213 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The purpose here is to discuss the costs and practicality of assembling a set of Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915), in which all of the coins grade from AU-55 to MS-63. Many of these will cost more […]

CoinWeek Exclusive Interview: Don Kagin on the Saddle Ridge Gold Hoard

CoinWeek Exclusive Interview: Don Kagin on the Saddle Ridge Gold Hoard

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek………. On Thursday, March 6, 2014, CoinWeek’s Charles Morgan spoke with legendary numismatist Don Kagin about the Saddle Ridge Gold Hoard and the surrounding media circus stirred up by the fantastical find. Is this the biggest find ever brought to Kagin’s? Actually, no. I’ve been involved in all the major recovered shipwreck sunken […]

A Pair of Royal Mint Mules Spurs Speculation

A Pair of Royal Mint Mules Spurs Speculation

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek……….   The Royal Mint in Wales has confirmed the existence of a pair of £2, .999 fine silver mules, which the Mint says were mistakenly produced and sold in December 2013. In Numismatics, the term “mule” describes a coin that’s struck using two dies not designed to be paired […]

Recent Developments in the Mt.Gox Saga and a Bitcoin Phishing Scam

Recent Developments in the Mt.Gox Saga and a Bitcoin Phishing Scam

By Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek………. Much has been said in the last week regarding the fall of Mt.Gox from its privileged position in the Bitcoin community. Most of it means little as far as Bitcoin is concerned. Last month, documents were leaked that revealed how much the management of Mt.Gox knew about the $460 million allegedly […]

Dahlonega, Georgia Mint Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) of 1861

Dahlonega, Georgia Mint Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) of 1861

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #212 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. Gold coins were produced at the Branch U.S. Mint in Dahlonega, Georgia, from 1838 to 1861. One Dollar Gold pieces, Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Three Dollar Gold pieces and Half […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: ANA National Money Show Auction and a Note on the Passing of Paul Sims

Numismatic Quick Hits: ANA National Money Show Auction and a Note on the Passing of Paul Sims

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. ANA National Money Show Results & Highlights Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions forwarded us a report on their auction held February 27-28, and March 2, 2014 at this year’s ANA National Money Show. In total, there were 4,731 lots for sale, 99% of which sold for a take of […]

ANA National Money Show, Atlanta – Travel Diary

ANA National Money Show, Atlanta – Travel Diary

By Charles Morgan  for CoinWeek……….  It’s Monday morning, and I’ve just returned from a three-day trip to the outskirts of Atlanta, where I joined CoinWeek co-founder and industry video-archivist David Lisot for my first American Numismatic event, the ANA National Money Show. As many of you who are familiar with CoinWeek know, David travels across the […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News – Modern Coins Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News – Modern Coins Update

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. Kennedy gold coin options The Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission  met on February 11 to discuss a range of issues including designs for the 2015 America the Beautiful quarters, the possible issuance of a special 24 carat (.9999 fine) gold half dollar marking the 50th anniversary of the issuance of the John […]

By February 28, 2014 15 Comments Read More →
Rare Gold Coins under $5000, Part 1: Classic Head Quarter Eagles ($2½ Gold)

Rare Gold Coins under $5000, Part 1: Classic Head Quarter Eagles ($2½ Gold)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #211 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The present topic is Very Fine to AU grade, Classic Head Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins). These were minted from 1834 to 1838. U.S. Quarter Eagles date from 1796 to […]

By February 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Crypto-currency Crisis: Mt. Gox Hacked and May Go Bust

Crypto-currency Crisis: Mt. Gox Hacked and May Go Bust

From CoinWeek reported by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……… More problems for Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, as the popular crypto-currency site was pulled offline Monday. Reports have surfaced over the last 24-hours that Mt. Gox has been breached and that up to $350 million in Bitcoins has been stolen by hackers, apparently after a year-long scheme to infiltrate […]

The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek  In numerous pieces for this column over the past couple years, I have been to a large extent an advocate for the series of First Spouse Gold Coins. I have always believed America’s First Ladies deserve a series honoring them, though a strong argument can be made that the coins should have […]

By February 25, 2014 19 Comments Read More →
The Sochi 100 Ruble Note and Other Circulating Russian Banknotes: A Brief Primer

The Sochi 100 Ruble Note and Other Circulating Russian Banknotes: A Brief Primer

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek………. Once derided as worthless during the Soviet era, Russian banknotes offer a glimpse at the country’s past while at the same time looking forward. Russian Numismatics is one of the most exciting growth areas in the hobby. But where to start? The price of Imperial coinage can be prohibitive, […]

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