Expert Columns

The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   On August 31, 2015 the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” or “Daesh”[1], which claims to be a new Islamic Caliphate[2], released a video announcing its first precious metal currency of gold dinars and silver dirhams. The ambitious stated objective of this coinage is to end the “American […]

By September 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 7: The Mystique of the 1795 Nine Leaves $10 Gold Coin

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 7: The Mystique of the 1795 Nine Leaves $10 Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #294 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Eagles are U.S. $10 gold coins. Eagles were minted for use in commerce from 1795 to 1933, though were not struck during many years along the way. There will […]

By September 9, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. COMPARED TO COINS, POSTAGE STAMPS are a very modern invention. The first British stamp, the “Penny Black”, dates from 1840; the first American stamps appeared seven years later. Like coins, postage stamps have long attracted the passion of collectors, including King Farouk of Egypt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and […]

By September 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
PAMP Suisse and Good Delivery: Profiles in Bullion

PAMP Suisse and Good Delivery: Profiles in Bullion

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….   Not every nation has its own mint. Many do, but it’s a surprising minority of the world’s countries. Not quite as numerous as national mints but certainly more common than you might expect are the number of private mints and bullion manufacturers in the world. And […]

By September 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The Gilded Age Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Gilded Age Collection

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   In a previous article, I took a critical stance on “Private” or “Personal” collections and their worthiness to be given pedigree status. One of my reasons for this is because grading services give this type of material an artificial bump in the marketplace when there is no basis for the […]

By September 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Q. David Bowers Eulogizes the Modern Dollar

Q. David Bowers Eulogizes the Modern Dollar

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers In recent months, I have been working on and off on a manuscript for Whitman covering modern dollar coins from 1971 to date. In essence these comprise Eisenhower dollars (1971-1978), Susan B. Anthony dollars (1979-1981 and then a stray issue in 1999), Sacagawea dollars (2000 onward), blending into the […]

Room to Run:  Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

Room to Run: Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. I write quite a bit about finding what I call “opportunity specie” in the rare coin market. Undervalued coins. Sleeper coins. Pedigree coins. Old holder coins. CAC coins. Blue chip coins. All represent strong opportunity for smart resourced investors. Combine any of […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 6: A Sleeping Rarity, the 1798 ‘Small Eagle’ $5 Gold Coin

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 6: A Sleeping Rarity, the 1798 ‘Small Eagle’ $5 Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #293 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. On September 30, 2015, the Pogue II sale will be conducted by Stack’s-Bowers, “in association with Sotheby’s,” in New York. The rarest coin in the sale is the 1798 […]

By September 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Early American Commemoratives, Part 2: Commemoratives and Related So-Called Dollars In the first part of our story, we discussed a number of so-called dollars and commemorative coins issued during important national and international expositions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of […]

By September 1, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Are you a collector or an investor? The answer doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. More than a few coin enthusiasts have a favorite series or two they pursue as a hobby while investing in gold and silver bullion for financial insurance. That’s the ideal situation, but what […]

By September 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pete Smith on the Passing of Francis Paul Prucha (1921-2015)

Pete Smith on the Passing of Francis Paul Prucha (1921-2015)

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek.com….   Francis Paul Prucha, author of Indian Peace Medals in American History, died on July 30, 2015, at age 94. His book, published in 1971 by University of Nebraska Press, has become the standard reference on the topic. Prucha was born in River Falls, Wisconsin, on January 4, 1921. He […]

By August 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The Fitzgerald Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Fitzgerald Collection

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   The Fitzgerald Collection (also referred to as Fitzgerald’s Nevada Club Reno Hoard) is one of my favorite collections (and pedigrees) for a variety of reasons. First, it has a heritage spanning from the early life of Lincoln Fitzgerald and his involvement in illegal gambling activities with the Purple Gang […]

By August 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Is the Naftzger-Blay 1807/6 the only Gem Quality & Full Red ‘Early Date’ Large Cent?

Is the Naftzger-Blay 1807/6 the only Gem Quality & Full Red ‘Early Date’ Large Cent?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics:News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #292 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. At the ANA Convention near Chicago, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned one of the most famous and awe-striking of all ‘early date’ large cents (1793-1814). This 1807/6 overdate, Draped Bust cent is PCGS […]

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   In my previous sortie into VAM territory, I mentioned the 1888-O “Hot Lips” variety of Morgan dollar. It is arguably the most famous VAM out there (a “VAM” being a Morgan or Peace dollar variety as officially cataloged by Leroy Van Allen and George Mallis), and […]

Walter Mustain: A Collector Remembered – Video: 11:02

Walter Mustain: A Collector Remembered – Video: 11:02

By Tom DeLorey – Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.   Walter Mustain was a numismatist of the old school, collecting coins for the fun of it and not a slave to the slab mentality. He collected large cents, which to a copper collector are meant to be held by the edge, bare fingers on bare metal, and […]

By August 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Breathtaking 1951-D Washington Quarter in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale

Breathtaking 1951-D Washington Quarter in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   By George! You Look familiar… As CoinWeek’s editors, we individually review each auction in order to plot out our coverage for the month’s events in numismatics. When looking over the lot offerings in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XIII Sale, we could not help but notice […]

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   What is a So-Called Dollar? It is said that New York coin dealer Thomas Elder first coined the term “So-Called Dollar” to describe a medal sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition – an event better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. Coin-like souvenirs […]

Agit-Prop on Early Soviet Coins

Agit-Prop on Early Soviet Coins

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek …..   It is rare when a coin can be read like a book, when it actually tells you a story. Most coins throughout history have presented monarchs, various images of Liberty, famous people, and other images. But a few coins minted in the heady early years of the Union […]

Rare U.S. Coins Moderate to Strong in Platinum Night Auction; Markets Remain Stable

Rare U.S. Coins Moderate to Strong in Platinum Night Auction; Markets Remain Stable

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #291 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Last week, Heritage and Stack’s Bowers each conducted official auctions in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Convention near Chicago, in Rosemont, Illinois. The topic here is the results […]

Bunny Money: Rabbits and Hares on Ancient Coins

Bunny Money: Rabbits and Hares on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE LEPORIDAE ARE A FAMILY OF MAMMALS, including some 60 species of rabbits and hares. With a wide range of symbolic associations (good luck, fertility, cleverness, swiftness, et al.), the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and hare (Lepus europaeus) have a long history in Western art, mythology and […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – The 2015 ANA Show

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – The 2015 ANA Show

1849-O G$1 Open Wreath MS65+ PCGS Secure. Gold CAC By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics….   As many of you read, the PRE ANA PNG Show was a BOMB. Why they insist on having these is anyone’s guess (why we are dumb enough to go, only our shrinks know–even though we go to buy). The […]

By August 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Dollars

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Six- and seven-figure “trophy” coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end items are in a completely different universe than where the average collector resides. Since the market for coins in the $1 to $250 range is much broader than the […]

By August 14, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to say, we believe that […]

Do Coin Auction Prices Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

Do Coin Auction Prices Represent “Retail” or “Wholesale” Values?

By Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com for CoinWeek The prices that coins have sold for at auction contain very valuable market information. This information is used in a variety of ways. Increasingly, these values are used by buyers of coins who want to know how much like-kind coins have been bringing on the open market so […]

U.S. Gold Coins – Collector Tips – What Original Gold Coins Look Like?

U.S. Gold Coins – Collector Tips – What Original Gold Coins Look Like?

1807 Bust Left $5.00 Graded AU55+ by PCGS By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …..   Around a year ago, I wrote a blog that discussed original 19th century U.S. gold coins and used photos of specific coins to illustrate the points I was attempting to make. This was one of my most […]

By August 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins – Rare & Exciting “1825/4/1” Half Eagle  ($5 gold coin) in ANA Auction

US Gold Coins – Rare & Exciting “1825/4/1” Half Eagle ($5 gold coin) in ANA Auction

1825/1 Capped Head Left Half Eagle Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #290 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………… Half eagles are U.S. $5 gold coins, and were minted for use in commerce from 1795 to 1929, though not in every […]

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth? Do you have a game plan for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How […]

The Great Ships of American Coinage

The Great Ships of American Coinage

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Dedicated to the memory of Chief Petty Officer Virgil Pattin, USN (retired) Outside of the eagle, Lady Liberty and allegorical Native American motifs, no symbol is used on American coins as prolifically as ships. The story of this country – indeed, the story of the New World […]

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it piques in us a strong, stubborn, contrary […]

Carson City Morgan Dollars

Carson City Morgan Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Five branch mints were involved in the production of Morgan silver dollars: Philadelphia, Carson City, San Francisco, New Orleans and, at the very end of its run, Denver. To a Morgan dollar collector, coins from each mint have different “personalities” – San Francisco represented the cutting […]

 
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