Expert Columns

World Coins – Dutch Lion Daalders, America’s First Dollar

World Coins – Dutch Lion Daalders, America’s First Dollar

Dutch Lion Dollar By Kent Ponterio – World Numismatics LLC ……….   Named so for its design element depicting a rampant lion, the Dutch Lion Dollar played a crucial role in world trade during the 16th and 17th centuries. The first Lion Daalders or leewndaalders were produced in the province of Holland in 1575 during […]

US Gold Coins – Battle of the 1838-C vs. The 1838-D Classic Head $5 Half Eagles

US Gold Coins – Battle of the 1838-C vs. The 1838-D Classic Head $5 Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …….   The 1838-C and 1838-D half eagle US Gold Coins are famous issues for similar reasons: they are first-year-of-issue coins and they both feature mintmarks on the obverse. They are issues with multiple levels of demand, and they have shown strong upsurges in popularity and price […]

The First Ancient Coins – Aegina’s Sea Turtle

The First Ancient Coins – Aegina’s Sea Turtle

ISLANDS off ATTICA, Aegina. Circa 550-530/25 BC. AR Stater. Sea turtle By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   Aegina is a rocky and mountainous island in the Saronic Gulf located about 25 miles southeast of Athens. It was settled by the Dorians around 900 BCE and was named after the daughter of […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Firm and Moves Higher in the Aftermarket

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Firm and Moves Higher in the Aftermarket

Commentary for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …..   Gold closed up $4.70 on the Comex today at $1235.10 – this close was based on a firm gold market, probably reacting to three days of lower prices with some bargain hunting.   The price […]

Stack’s Bowers: Get Ready! Get Set! D. Brent Pogue Collection Part IV

Stack’s Bowers: Get Ready! Get Set! D. Brent Pogue Collection Part IV

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Starring the finest known 1804 Class I silver dollar and the finest known 1822 half eagle Now is the time to mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 24, when our D. Brent Pogue Collection Part IV sale will take place in the beautiful international headquarters […]

Draped Bust 1807 Half Dollars, with mention of a Gem Quality Coin ‘in the news’!

Draped Bust 1807 Half Dollars, with mention of a Gem Quality Coin ‘in the news’!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #323 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds   Though more than two hundred years old, 1807 Draped Bust half dollars are not rare and are available to collectors in a range of grades and states of preservation. […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Twelve Caesars

By Mike Markowitz …..   Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed. That he is grown so great? — Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 1, Scene 2 Julius Caesar ARISTOCRATIC ROMANS USUALLY BORE three names. For example, Gaius Julius Caesar (born 13 July 100 BCE), son of Gaius Julius Caesar[1] (died 85 BCE) belonged to […]

World Coins – Collecting Mexican 20th Century Coins

World Coins – Collecting Mexican 20th Century Coins

By Cory Frampton – Mexican Coin Company / World Numismatics LLC …….   This series, which has gone from the most collected during the late 1960s to the most stagnant today, has a lot of promising segments. There were probably 10 times as many collectors in the ’60s and ’70s as there are today, mostly due […]

Design Candidates for 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin

Design Candidates for 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In an email dated March 14, Michael White of the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications released the following design candidates for the obverse and reverse of the American Liberty High Relief Gold coin. Obverse Reverse * * * The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will discuss […]

American Silver Eagle – One Million More Ounces Allocated March 14

American Silver Eagle – One Million More Ounces Allocated March 14

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The week of Monday, March 14 sees another one million ounces of the 2016 American Silver Eagle silver bullion coin allocated for purchase by authorized dealers. This brings the March month-to-date allotment, starting with the February 29 allocation, to three million ounces. Out of that three million, the […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Most of Yesterday’s Gains

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Most of Yesterday’s Gains

Commentary for Friday, March 11, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $12.20 on the Comex today at $1258.70 so it’s having second thoughts about Mario Draghi’s European Central Bank (ECB) decision yesterday to push “negative” interest rates. Actually today’s loss represents further profit […]

Coin Books – Pre-Publication Offer on New Coin Album Book

Coin Books – Pre-Publication Offer on New Coin Album Book

Numismatic researcher and author David W. Lange has written a new book that is being published by his own imprint, PennyBoard Press™. Listed at $49.95, this deluxe, hardcover, 144-page book is being offered at the pre-publication price of $45 until May 1, the expected date of delivery. Shipping is $10 for priority mail within a […]

Philadelphia Mint 1859 Design Change Creates Three Rare $2.50 Gold Coins

Philadelphia Mint 1859 Design Change Creates Three Rare $2.50 Gold Coins

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   The year 1859 was an eventful one for the United States Mint as well as future collectors. That was when the Mint redesigned or refined some of our circulating gold, silver and copper coins. For gold coin enthusiasts, this decision led to the birth of three […]

US Gold Coins under $5000 – Liberty Head Quarter Eagles from the 1840s

US Gold Coins under $5000 – Liberty Head Quarter Eagles from the 1840s

News and Analysis regarding coins,  markets, and the collecting community #322 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………   Liberty Head quarter eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1840 to 1907. It is practical and logical to limit this discussion to those from the 1840s. During the first decade of this type, […]

U.S. Mint Weekly Coin Sales – Silver Eagle Slowdown?

U.S. Mint Weekly Coin Sales – Silver Eagle Slowdown?

Nixon Presidential $1 coin products also debut By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Saying that sales for the American Silver Eagle bullion program are experiencing a slowdown is a bit like saying this year’s Porsche takes a second longer to go from 0 to 60. But compared to March of last year, sales may […]

Brink’s Manager Steals Almost $200,000 in Quarters from Federal Reserve

Brink’s Manager Steals Almost $200,000 in Quarters from Federal Reserve

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Never take the Federal Reserve’s lunch money. That’s the message 49-year-old Stephen Lancaster Dennis received on Monday, March 7, 2016 as he reached a plea agreement in federal court for the theft of 784,000 quarters ($196,000) from a Brink’s location in Birmingham, Alabama in 2014. At the time […]

What Does It Mean When a Coin Is “Rare”?

What Does It Mean When a Coin Is “Rare”?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Whether you’re an old pro or just starting out, if you collect coins then you’ve thought about rarity. But what is it? What does it mean for a coin to be “rare”? Lots of people have a vague idea of what a rare coin is. They […]

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

Coin Grading – AU or BU: Understanding the Difference

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   Grading practices are based on common sense aided by experience. In many instances the difference between two grades can be a significant amount of your hard-earned money. This is especially true comparing the prices of About Uncirculated and Uncirculated (Mint State) coins. Plainly stated, a coin is […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit 1880 Shield Nickel By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Even with only a quick glance, a number of problems with this counterfeit Shield Nickel are obvious. The first nickel five cent pieces were struck in 1866 and there have been relatively few key dates issued in the nearly 150 years since. […]

The Coin Market Report – The Dallas ANA Mid Winter Coin Show

The Coin Market Report – The Dallas ANA Mid Winter Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …..   SORT OF TYPICAL FOR A MID WINTER SHOW While the ANA works hard to put on a good show, these ANA Mid Winters are poorly attended and really should not exist. We do them because we are creatures of habit and are typical coin dealers afraid to […]

America the Beautiful Silver Proof Set Released March 7, 2016

America the Beautiful Silver Proof Set Released March 7, 2016

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   The United States Mint released the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set at noon Eastern Time on March 7, 2016. The product marks the seventh silver proof set for the America the Beautiful Quarters series and contains five 90-percent silver quarters honoring national parks and historic […]

Nancy Reagan Coin Marks End of First Spouse Program

Nancy Reagan Coin Marks End of First Spouse Program

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   With the death of Nancy Reagan on March 6, 2016, interest is mounting for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse half-ounce $10 gold coin, currently slated for release in July. Even before the 94-year-old former first lady passed away, many within the numismatic community (and the public at large) […]

The Coin Analyst – Domed Basketball Coins More Likely Miss than Hit if Issued in 2019

The Coin Analyst – Domed Basketball Coins More Likely Miss than Hit if Issued in 2019

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   As reported recently in CoinWeek, a bill (H.R. 4592) was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 23 that proposes issuing a set of three coins (half dollar, silver dollar, and $5 gold coin) in 2019 to mark the 60th anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall […]

US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle: A Primer

US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle: A Primer

The Morgan Silver Dollar and the American Silver Eagle By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The Morgan dollar was born from two impulses. One was the curious political alliance of populist “free silver” advocates–who wanted a bimetallic (gold and silver) monetary standard and an inflationary monetary policy in order to relieve the […]

U.S. Mint Stays Course, Another Million Silver Eagles Allocated March 7

U.S. Mint Stays Course, Another Million Silver Eagles Allocated March 7

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Nine weeks into the production of the 2016 30th Anniversary issue of the American Silver Eagle, the United States Mint is staying the course and allocating another million ounces of the one-ounce silver bullion coins for sale this week to authorized dealers. This according to an email from […]

Domed Shape for 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins Proposed

Domed Shape for 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins Proposed

Design competition will be open to the general public By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   A bill authorizing the production of dome-shaped coins commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Basketball Hall of Fame (H.R. 4592) was introduced to Congress on February 23, 2016 by Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal (D-MA1). It now sits with the […]

Silver Coins –  Low Budget Silver Coin Investing and Collecting

Silver Coins – Low Budget Silver Coin Investing and Collecting

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   At current spot prices in the $15/ounce range, silver isn’t the screaming bargain it was over a decade ago when the metal’s peak for the year was $5.05/ounce on July 22, 2002. Despite silver’s higher price point today, economic observers still say it’s still a good value based […]

February Gold, Silver Bullion Sales Down at Perth Mint

February Gold, Silver Bullion Sales Down at Perth Mint

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   In February 2016, the Perth Mint sold 37,063 ounces of gold and 1,049,062 ounces of silver in the form of coins and minted bars. The Mint sold 10,696 fewer ounces of gold last month compared to January, representing a 22.40% decrease from the beginning of the year’s spike in […]

Rare French 1959 Molière 50,000 Franc Banknote on MA-Shops.com

Rare French 1959 Molière 50,000 Franc Banknote on MA-Shops.com

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   50,000 Francs MOLIÈRE 1959 FRANCE New Unc Description: From François Villon to Jean Genet, French culture has long embraced its rebels and non-conformists. One of the greatest is Molière. Molière (real name: Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) was a French playwright who wrote some of the most renowned comedies in the […]

US Coins – Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 16 –  Capped Bust Dimes

US Coins – Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 16 – Capped Bust Dimes

1834 Capped Bust Dime. John Reich-5. Rarity-1. Large 4. Mint State-67+ (PCGS). News and Analysis regarding scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #321 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… On Tuesday, February 9, Stack’s-Bowers, in association with Sotheby’s, conducted the third in a series of auction of the Pogue Family Coin […]

 
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