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Spink To Auction a Wide Variety of Interesting Coins and other Numismatic Items in New York

Spink To Auction a Wide Variety of Interesting Coins and other Numismatic Items in New York

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #315 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds……   On January 27th and 28th, the British firm of Spink & Son, Ltd. will conduct an auction at their New York office, 145 West 57 St., 18th floor. […]

Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Octavian. Gold Aureus (7.8g) minted at Rome, 32-31 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Octavian was the son of Julius Caesar’s niece and Caesar himself sponsored his introduction into public life when Octavian accompanied his uncle in his triumph over the Spanish in 46 BCE. Octavian was only 20 years old […]

CoinWeek Podcast #15: For Coins, this is a Postmodern Era – Audio 20:05

CoinWeek Podcast #15: For Coins, this is a Postmodern Era – Audio 20:05

CoinWeek authors Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker posit that we are no longer in the modern era of U.S. coins, but instead, in a postmodern era. One where our coinage is self-conscious and lacks the strength of coins issued from 1932 through the mid-1980s. Why is this? And what exactly did the modern era of […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In the past two articles, [Part 1 and Part 2] Hubert and I have catalogued the history of African-American representation on U.S. commemorative coins. But commemorative coinage is a niche product of the Mint and has rarely been widely distributed. Today, very few people outside […]

Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 12 – The Amazing Garrett 1793 Chain Cent

Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 12 – The Amazing Garrett 1793 Chain Cent

1793 Cent. Sheldon-3. Chain, AMERICA. No Periods. MS-65 RB (PCGS). News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #314 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….   On February 9, Stack’s-Bowers, in association with Sotheby’s, will conduct the third auction of the Pogue Family Collection, which may be remembered […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   Link to Part One Twenty-eight years passed between the last Carver Washington half dollar and the George Washington 250th Birthday half dollar. The purpose, scope, and distribution of commemorative coins under the resurrected program bore no resemblance to that which came before. There were still […]

CoinWeek Podcast #14: Finding Ruth: Exploring a Family Collection – Audio 11:17

CoinWeek Podcast #14: Finding Ruth: Exploring a Family Collection – Audio 11:17

Many people have helped a friend or family member appraise a coin collection. But what happens when CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan is asked to look at a collection belonging to the person who introduced him to the hobby? Charles Morgan discusses his late grandmother Ruth’s coin collection in this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast. Mobile […]

U.S. Mint Allocates 1 Million Silver Eagles Second Week of Release

U.S. Mint Allocates 1 Million Silver Eagles Second Week of Release

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   According to an announcement sent out earlier today, the United States Mint has allocated one million American Eagle silver bullion coins for the week of January 19, the second week of the 2016 issue’s release. The 2016 American Silver Eagle bullion coin went on sale January 11, with a […]

Legend Numismatics Post FUN Coin Market Report – The Stock Market Effect

Legend Numismatics Post FUN Coin Market Report – The Stock Market Effect

We’d be lying if we said we had a great week. Its annoying to have a really good FUN Show only to come home to a week that acts like an on-and-off dripping faucet. We did sell a few special low five figure coins. But a few coins languished we never though would (like the […]

The Coin Analyst: The First Spouse Gold Series (2007-2016) – A Requiem

The Coin Analyst: The First Spouse Gold Series (2007-2016) – A Requiem

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   The $10 First Spouse half-ounce gold coin series, which debuted in 2007 and ends this year, is a topic I have covered at length for this and other publications over the past six years. As the series begins its long-awaited final year–a year that includes the release of coins […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors […]

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   *All estimates and prices realized in US$ unless otherwise noted Since 1964, Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. has been a major player in the ancient coin market. With their 196th Buy or Bid Sale (closing on February 4, 2016), the firm continues a tradition of offering a […]

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Closes Higher on Safe Haven Buying as Stocks Stumble

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Closes Higher on Safe Haven Buying as Stocks Stumble

Commentary for Friday, January 15, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed up $17.60 today on the Comex at $1091.50. Even with all the fanfare the price of gold has been on the choppy side – even with today’s advance we are down $8.00 on the […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking […]

Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors. Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple Leafs, silver bars and rounds, pre-1965 half dollars, quarters and dimes and circulated Morgan and Peace dollars. So […]

Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   Few figures involved in the world of 20th-century commercial numismatics made as great an impression in their day as New York attorney and telemarketer Stanley Apfelbaum (born 1931, died 1990). For nearly 30 years, he was a pioneer and leading figure in the controversial, rough-and-tumble field of coin […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1908-S Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The grading room was recently presented with a 1908-S Indian Head Cent for certification. The 1908-S cent had the third-lowest mintage in the Indian Head cent series with 1,115,000 pieces struck. The first of only two San Francisco Mint Indian Head […]

Ancient Roman Coins –  Rome at its Finest under Emperor Antoninus Pius

Ancient Roman Coins – Rome at its Finest under Emperor Antoninus Pius

138-161 AD. Aureus, 7.30g (6h). Rome, 140-4 AD By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Antoninus Pius is remembered by history as a kind, just, and intelligent emperor. Having held the title for 23 years, the longest reign since that of Augustus, he had a great deal of time in office to […]

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …..   FUN WAS MYSTERIOUS First we must commend the FUN people for running a great show. Having it in Tampa certainly did seem to draw a bit larger crowd. Mysterious is the best positive label we can attach to the show. The coin market is clearly as “choppy” […]

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….   “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting […]

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, that was […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale…..   It isn’t every day that you get to talk about an honest-to-goodness Bond villain when writing a coin blog but then again, what am I saying? I’m writing about coins, for goodness sake. The coin industry has never lacked for colorful personalities. Much of the story of […]

The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   2015, like 2012 before it, was a year in which numerous U.S. Mint products sold out of their maximum mintages or had their sales ended prior to reaching those levels. While this happens to one degree or another almost every year, the parallels with 2012 are considerable. In both […]

CoinWeek Podcast #11 – Coins in Video Games

CoinWeek Podcast #11 – Coins in Video Games

CoinWeek Assistant Editor Hubert Walker delves into the world of video games for this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast. Doesn’t sound numismatic to you? You’d be surprised – the amount of new coins and money-related items being created in the virtual world of video games has only one rival, the U.S. and world mints. As […]

Ancient Coin Profiles –  Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Ancient Coin Profiles – Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Mysia, Cyzicus. Hekte circa 500-450 By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ….   Cyzicus was one of the great trade cities of the ancient world. It was located on the Sea of Marmara and ruled by the Persian Empire until its capture by Alexander the Great in 334 BCE. Starting in the […]

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver and Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Even with premiums of $2.50 to $4 an ounce above spot, government-issued bullion coins such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic and Mexican Libertad are extremely popular among modern silver investors. Cost-conscious shoppers tend to go for circulated pre-1965 U.S. dimes, quarters and half dollars […]

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

Where Do Coin Price Guides Get Their Prices?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com….   First of all, I want to point out that coin price guides are just that… GUIDES! For convenience, they list just one price for a given grade of a coin. It’s important to note that different coins of the same issue and grade often trade for higher and lower […]

US Coins – Offerings of Great Half Dollars Characterized The Year 2015

US Coins – Offerings of Great Half Dollars Characterized The Year 2015

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #311 ……. A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……..   In the history of coin collecting, 2015 will be remembered as a year when a large number of extraordinary, classic U.S. half dollars were auctioned. Indeed, […]

al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

al-Andalus: Coinage of Islamic Spain

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   But you know, Lieutenant, in the Arab city of Cordoba were two miles of public lighting in the streets when London was a village? –Prince Feisal, Lawrence of Arabia (1962) The Muslim Conquest (711-732) THE VISIGOTHS, WHO HAD MISRULED SPAIN  for two centuries, were unpopular with their […]

 
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