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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 →
Q. David Bowers: More Numismatic Curiosities

Q. David Bowers: More Numismatic Curiosities

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers….   • The seated figure of a goddess on coinage was not new with the Liberty Seated silver coinage of the 19th century, but was used earlier on British and other coins,  and before that on coins of ancient Rome. • When trade dollars were first minted in […]

Seated Liberty Quarters – Forgotten 1858-S Are Extreme Condition Rarities in Grades Above Very Fine!

Seated Liberty Quarters – Forgotten 1858-S Are Extreme Condition Rarities in Grades Above Very Fine!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #302 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   The only known uncirculated 1858-S quarter is ‘in the news’; the Richmond-Gardner coin will be offered by Heritage tomorrow night, October 29th, in New York, at the […]

By October 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Lyndon B. Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set Available Today (UPDATE: SOLD OUT)

Lyndon B. Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set Available Today (UPDATE: SOLD OUT)

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   UPDATE: The 2015 LBJ Coin & Chronicles Set has officially SOLD OUT. According to a notice sent out by the U.S. Mint at 4:50 pm EST, all 25,000 units of the Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set had been sold by 3:57 and are at the Mint’s fulfillment center […]

By October 27, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
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 2 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 →
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 →
 
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