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AU Capital Management  Acquires Unparalleled Collection of California Fractional Gold Coins

AU Capital Management Acquires Unparalleled Collection of California Fractional Gold Coins

AU Capital Management has announced that it has acquired and is offering for sale on its website an unparalleled collection of more than 300 California Fractional Gold coins which can be seen on these websites: www.aucm.com , www.collectors.com and www.collectorscorner.com. This collection was recently assembled by a Gentleman Collector who is best known to insiders […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Don’t Follow The Herd

Coin Collecting Strategies – Don’t Follow The Herd

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   This edition of Collecting Strategies isn’t designed to get anyone to trod along a popular or familiar path. Why not let your natural interests lead to creating a unique and customized approach to numismatics? It seems that the standard date and mintmark/Whitman folder method of coin collecting seldom works […]

By November 22, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1980s

American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1980s

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   With a month to go before the year’s end, we enter the close of the production year for the American Silver Eagle, the most popular silver bullion coin in the global market. As CoinWeek’s tracking of demand for U.S. Mint products can attest, demand for the […]

By November 21, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Pennsylvania Bill to Eliminate Sales Tax Exemption on Coins, Precious Metals

Pennsylvania Bill to Eliminate Sales Tax Exemption on Coins, Precious Metals

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   According to an email alert issued by the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), the Pennsylvania State Senate next week will vote on a bill that would, among other things, eliminate the state’s current sales tax exemption for coins and precious metal products. The bill, introduced by Policy […]

By November 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFrarecoins.com ……   A pedigree, in numismatic terms, is the line of ownership of a coin or piece of paper money. In rare cases pedigrees can be traced all the way back to a mint, such as the pedigree of the rare 1804 silver dollar that Matthew A. Stickney received […]

By November 20, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Paper Money Collecting – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

Paper Money Collecting – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

By Kevin Foley, Special Contributor to CoinWeek….   I’m pleased to be joining Coin Week as a contributor, providing views and commentary about rare currency and paper money collecting. My own career in the field began in 1977, when I launched Kevin Foley – Rare Currency, specializing in United States paper money, Large Size Type […]

By November 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Click here for Part 1 Last time I gave a brief history of The Royal Mint in London, England, hitting most of the highlights concerning technological improvements, important figures, new facilities and the like. This time, it’s all about the coins. Or, more precisely, the denominations […]

By November 19, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

By Geoffrey Cope – Petitioncrown.com ……..   “It was, in my eyes, the perfect coin” The Love of a remarkable ageless Sestertius of Agrippina Senior. Now given a new provenance Nov 2015 This Sestertius coin was a lone piece amongst 200 of the world’s finest Greek & Roman in an Auction at Sotheby’s in the […]

By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions – Curiously, Gardner Coins & Nicole Dimes Re-Appear in Houston

Coin Auctions – Curiously, Gardner Coins & Nicole Dimes Re-Appear in Houston

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin auctions, and the coin collecting community #305 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……..   Though famous, “Lily Nicole” dimes and Gardner coins constitute a very small percentage of the coins in the official coin auction of the Houston Money Show in […]

By November 18, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
World Coins – Some Things (and Coins) Never Change

World Coins – Some Things (and Coins) Never Change

By Al Doyle  for CoinWeek….   One of the main reasons for the introduction of the 50 States Quarters in 1999 (along with more recent facelifts of the Lincoln cent and Jefferson nickel) was the age of those U.S. series. Seeing the “same old same old” in pocket change for 65 to 100 years resulted […]

By November 17, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Throughout the history of coinage two contradictory concepts have competed with each other. According to one concept, a coin is a piece of precious metal whose value is essentially equivalent to the value of the bullion from which it was made, and the stamp on its face […]

By November 17, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Liberty Coin Service Is First PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer In Michigan

Liberty Coin Service Is First PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer In Michigan

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service   Patrick A. Heller, Owner Emeritus and Communications Officer of Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, has become the first Accredited Precious Metals Dealer (APMD) in the state of Michigan. The accreditation is available only to members of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) who also meet strict […]

The Coin Analyst: Mexican Silver and Gold Libertads – 2015 Overview and Analysis

The Coin Analyst: Mexican Silver and Gold Libertads – 2015 Overview and Analysis

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   Mexico’s sovereign bullion coin made of gold or silver is known as the Libertad, which means “freedom” in Spanish. The name is fitting since the key element of the obverse design is based on a side view of the winged Victoria statute that sits at the top of the […]

By November 16, 2015 13 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor

Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC ….   The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation due to how history remembers his cruel and self-indulgent tendencies. His reputation was equally negative during his reign, and the discontent came to a climax in 64 […]

The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

By Kevin Foley for CoinWeek….   On the eve of the Civil War in 1861, the financial and banking system in the United States bore little resemblance to current institutions and practices. There was no central bank. The Federal Reserve System had yet to come into existence. Banking was largely a state regulated function. Money […]

By November 13, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2:  One-year type coins of the 1900s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2: One-year type coins of the 1900s

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Part 1 – One-year type coins of the 1800s …. Unique and short-lived items are eagerly sought in any collectible field, and coins are no exception. This overview of the one-year type coins (not commemoratives) of the 20th century includes silver and base-metal pieces, and many of these short-lived […]

By November 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Over on my blog, I’ve been writing about bullion. I’ve been trying to provide customers with a chance to learn about the precious metals market: the products, the players, the history, etc. I even have an ongoing state-by-state breakdown of sales tax in the United States […]

By November 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
What Is a Spondulix? In Memoriam: Tom Culhane

What Is a Spondulix? In Memoriam: Tom Culhane

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek.com….   New Jersey coin dealer Tom Culhane died on October 29, 2015, at age 58. His whimsical business name was The Elusive Spondulix. So, what is a spondulix? Tom attempted to explain on his website: “The company name, The Elusive Spondulix, may have raised your sesquipedalian curiosity. No don’t run […]

By November 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Methods of Acquiring Coins

Methods of Acquiring Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr…..   The wonderful thing about coin collecting is that you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy the many pleasures our hobby provides. There are numerous methods of acquiring coins, many of which are inexpensive. One fun way to begin a collection is to search your everyday pocket change. By doing […]

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Imagine an island of 221 square miles that doesn’t have its own mint. Even with those obstacles, the Isle of Man issues a wide range of coins ranging from low-value circulation strikes to ongoing series of silver and gold pieces. The privately owned Pobjoy Mint cranks out coinage for the self-governing British Crown Dependency located […]

By November 11, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Ancient Coins might seem like a daunting area of numismatics to focus on for beginners. “Not so,” says CoinWeek Ancient Coin Expert Mike Markowitz. In this short informative video, shot at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore in November 2015, Mike lays out five simple things that you need to get started. This is a great […]

By November 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   It’s no secret that collectors at every level are drawn to low-mintage dates like dogs to a meat wagon. Hundreds of pages of mintage figures (low ones, to be specific) is one of the factors that keeps the Red Book a success after more than 65 years. There’s one dilemma that often […]

By November 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Visiting The New Orleans Mint

Visiting The New Orleans Mint

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out the New Orleans Mint in person, I recommend you stop by the next time you’re in The Big Easy. I was just passing through Louisiana on a business trip and had only a few hours to spend in the Crescent […]

A Brief History of the Royal Mint

A Brief History of the Royal Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   If you’ve been keeping score at home, I’ve been going further and further back in time to find the oldest company around today that still manufactures or sells coins and bullion. I was doing it mostly because it’s fun, but it may offer precious metals investors […]

By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2016 Panda Coins and the Switch to Metric Weights

The Coin Analyst: 2016 Panda Coins and the Switch to Metric Weights

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   One of the most anticipated events of the modern world coin scene every year is the release in October of the design for the following year’s silver and gold Panda coins by the People’s Bank of China. Last year’s release of these coins shocked many people when the inscriptions […]

By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Amazing Barber Dimes Highlight Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Coin Auction

Amazing Barber Dimes Highlight Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Coin Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #303 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds The most exciting coins in the upcoming Stack’s Bowers auction are Barber dimes. On Thursday, November 5, these and other valuable coins will be offered in a Rarities Night […]

By November 3, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Confronting Breen

Confronting Breen

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Twenty-two years ago, noted numismatist Walter H. Breen died at Chino’s California Institute for Men, part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A convicted serial child molester, it’s hard to imagine that Breen’s stay at the facility was ever meant to rehabilitate the man. […]

40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   Growing up, I didn’t spend much time looking for 50 States Quarters–they didn’t exist yet. It was the early 1990s, and I was just foraying into the world of coin collecting. As those who were involved in the coin industry will remember, the early ‘90s was a pretty staid […]

Money Metals Exchange: The Fed, Debt Ceiling, and Physical Silver Premiums

Money Metals Exchange: The Fed, Debt Ceiling, and Physical Silver Premiums

By Clint Siegner – Money Metals Exchange ….   Gold and silver spot prices lost ground to a strengthening U.S. dollar last week. The dollar enjoyed its best week in five months, as other major world currencies weakened. European central bankers are once again hinting at more stimulus, and the Chinese government cut interest rates […]

By November 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
World Coins – Here Today and Gone Immediately PART 1

World Coins – Here Today and Gone Immediately PART 1

One-year world type coins of the 1800s By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   American coin collectors are naturally attracted to one-year type coins. This category includes the incredibly affordable 1883 Liberty no-cents nickel, the very rare (mintage 6146) and costly 1796 Draped Bust small eagle reverse quarter and a smattering of other issues. Likewise, the […]

By October 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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