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Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

Mike Markowitz: Ancient Coins for Beginners at Whitman Baltimore Coin Expo

By CoinWeek….   If you’ve ever been fascinated by the rich glamour and history of the ancient world but have yet to make the jump into Ancient Coins, then the Whitman Expo has just the presentation for you! Once again, CoinWeek is proud to announce that our resident Ancient Coin expert Mike Markowitz will be […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

Are “Raw” Coins a Raw Deal?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   — The change in your pocket going “ching-a-ling-a-ling” — The roll of “unsearched” Ike dollars you bought on eBay — A mint set still in its blister pack — That 1909-S VDB Lincoln Wheat cent in a 2” x 2” flip at the coin shop, with […]

By October 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Specter of Coin Doctoring and The Survival of Great Coins

The Specter of Coin Doctoring and The Survival of Great Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #301 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. Last week, the 300th installment of this series was published. I have been having a wonderful time viewing, analyzing and writing about terrific coins, many of which I […]

By October 22, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Power Couples and Princesses in Purple: Coinage of Byzantine Empresses

Power Couples and Princesses in Purple: Coinage of Byzantine Empresses

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ……   In the Byzantine empire power was technically vested in the emperor. Nevertheless, a number of empresses played an important part in government and even took control… Most commonly empresses came to power as regents for young sons, implying a fixed period of caretaker government until the […]

Oh, Canada: Canadian Coins A “Natural” Alternative to U.S. Coins – Pt. I

Oh, Canada: Canadian Coins A “Natural” Alternative to U.S. Coins – Pt. I

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   If you’re like me, you hang onto every Canadian coin you find in circulation because they look so different from U.S. coins. And while it seems that some of my non-numismatic friends view Canadian coins as something of a nuisance, I say that the coinage of Canada offers a […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Seated Liberty Dollars – An Overlooked Series with Long-term Potential

Coin Collecting Strategies – 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 17, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Ancient Greek Coins – A Celebration of Music

Ancient Greek Coins – A Celebration of Music

Olynthus, 355-352. Chalcidian league, 432-348. Tetradrachm, silver By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ….   Fearful of Athens and the growing power of the Macedonian Kingdom, Olynthus and the other free cities of the Chalcidice banded together in 432 BCE, forming the Chalcadian League as a defensive coalition. Athens failed to break up […]

The Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 11 –  A Puzzling Price for the 1822 Half Dollar

The Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 11 – A Puzzling Price for the 1822 Half Dollar

1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Overton-105. Rarity-3. Mint State-66 (PCGS) Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #300 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. On Wed. Sept. 30, Stack’s-Bowers, in cooperation with Sotheby’s, conducted the second in a series of auctions of […]

By October 14, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   There’s been quite a surge of interest in the pre-Saint-Gaudens Liberty Head type of eagles and double eagles as of late, with several outstanding pieces (including one of the most complete collections of Liberty Head types in recent memory) hitting the auction block. Personally, I’m happy […]

By October 13, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – What should I collect?  Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – What should I collect? Tips for building a meaningful set of U.S. Coins

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics ……… 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 coins virtually every day as a coin dealer. I […]

By October 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek ………   A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” specimen of […]

By October 11, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
A Life in Numismatics – Arthur Meyer Kagin

A Life in Numismatics – Arthur Meyer Kagin

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   For generations he was among America’s best-known professional numismatists and was widely eulogized upon his death on July 18, 2005. Arthur Meyer Kagin was born in Minneapolis on Nov. 25, 1919. His mother was widowed after the birth of his brother and long-time numismatic partner Paul in 1921. […]

CCAC Releases Laguna Code Talker Gold Medal Designs

CCAC Releases Laguna Code Talker Gold Medal Designs

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has released candidate designs for the Pueblo of Laguna Code Talker Congressional Gold Medal. The designs will be reviewed and discussed at the CCAC’s upcoming public meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, October 7, from 10:30am until 4:15pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), […]

CCAC Releases Mohawk Code Talker Gold Medal Designs

CCAC Releases Mohawk Code Talker Gold Medal Designs

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has released candidate designs for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Code Talker Congressional Gold Medal. The designs will be reviewed and discussed at the CCAC’s upcoming public meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, October 7, from 10:30am until 4:15pm Eastern Standard Time (EST), […]

The Last Coins of the Holy Roman Empire

The Last Coins of the Holy Roman Empire

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   The last of things have a poignancy all their own, from the passing of the last Civil War veteran to the last rose of summer. Consider the saga of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE), an elective monarchy sprawling across the heart of Europe from the west bank of […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 9 –  US Gold Coin Rarities Bring Strong Prices

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 9 – US Gold Coin Rarities Bring Strong Prices

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #298 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The second in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Collection was conducted by Stacks-Bowers, in association with Sotheby’s, on September 30, at Sotheby’s world headquarters in […]

MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   You know, one of the great things about this hobby is that there’s something in it for everybody. Let’s say that you were really into cars, a real gear head. Unless you’re independently wealthy or a hedge fund trader, it’s doubtful that you’d ever get a […]

Another Bullion Sell Out for U.S. Mint: Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin

Another Bullion Sell Out for U.S. Mint: Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   By Tuesday, September 29, the United States Mint had sold out of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge 5 oz. silver bullion coin. The coin, the fourth and next-to-last entry in the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters silver bullion series, had been released only a day earlier on […]

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek …… Anyone approaching middle age, and those of us who have already arrived there, will no doubt remember the hair coloring commercial on television that proclaimed that “blondes have more fun”. If you were to ask me to come up with a clever idea for a commercial on the […]

Coin Collecting Strategies –  Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies – Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Mention Mercury or Winged Liberty Head dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind. Rather than automatically locking in on the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates, it might be a better idea to check out the many semi-keys that seem to be neglected. […]

By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

By September 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Board News – Number 36

Coin Board News – Number 36

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 36 — Fall 2015 COIN BOARDS FOR SALE I haven’t made any coin board acquisitions since CBN 35, so there’s no new list of these. Instead, I took some time to go through my duplicate inventory of early folders, and a […]

By September 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   When dealers and collectors compare different types and series, we usually have to make allowances for the eccentricities of each issue while at the same time be willing to pay more if they overcome them. For example, Morgan dollars from the New Orleans Mint tend to […]

By September 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins –  Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

Ancient Coins – Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

NGC Ancients has certified a previously unknown denarius of Nerva By David Vagi, Director, NGC Ancients ……   About two years ago NGC Ancients shared the discovery of a new type of silver denarius of Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 CE. That coin had been submitted for grading and we […]

What is the Risk that Delayed Physical Silver Deliveries Could Default?

What is the Risk that Delayed Physical Silver Deliveries Could Default?

A Special Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek by Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Services …… While I was on vacation recently, a long-time friend and customer sent me two important questions. He wanted to know if ordering bullion-priced physical silver for long delayed delivery ran the risk of a default in delivery. […]

By September 23, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 17: Gem Early Lincoln Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 17: Gem Early Lincoln Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #296 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The most popular of all U.S. coins are Lincoln cents, which have been minted from 1909 to the present. A wide assortment of these may still be collected from change. Furthermore, circulated representatives […]

By September 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part II

Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part II

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries   On behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, I welcome you to Part II of our auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of early United States coins. Part I, held in New York City in May, is now history. That dynamic sale, cataloged by […]

By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The SS Republic Founder’s Edition Set

Pedigrees & Hoards: The SS Republic Founder’s Edition Set

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   Back in May, I discussed coins from the SS Republic shipwreck and how they fit into the world of pedigree collecting. I also mentioned different approaches to collecting examples from the shipwreck and how I preferred to collect recovered 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar varieties. The two things I […]

By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. We’re going to be brutally frank here. In our strong opinion, three issues have constrained the market recently: lack of coins, gradeflation, and changing of the old guard. Believe it or not, the lack of fresh, nice, rare coins has forced gradeflation back out into the open. We […]

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as complex as the Morgan dollar is – and it is – the Peace dollar really takes the cake for being a difficult coin to grade. It’s not that graders […]

By September 21, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
 
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