Expert Columns

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

Ancient Coins – Those Sassy Sasanians: Persian Coinage of Late Antiquity

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   The trouble with the Second Persian Empire was that it was not an empire… And while the tradition … required that the king of kings should be a member of the royal house, it was not specific about which member, so that there was usually a war […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1896-S Barber Quarter

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1896-S Barber Quarter

Counterfeit 1896-S Barber Quarter By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The distinctive reed marks on Liberty’s neck help make this fake more recognizable. The Barber Quarter series has several low mintage key dates: the 1896-S, 1901-S and 1913-S are scarce in all grades and rare in higher grades. Of the three the […]

Ancient Roman Coins – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Ancient Roman Coins – The Loyalty of Sextus Pompey

Sextus Pompey; 42-40 BCE, Denarius By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …..   After the death of his father, Pompey the Great, in 48 BCE, and the execution of his older brother Gnaeus Pompey the Younger three years later, Sextus Pompey, a skilled naval commander, took over the campaign started by his father. […]

The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 An Unprecedented Variety Part 2

The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 An Unprecedented Variety Part 2

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… In PART I of this series I presented background information regarding the unique nine-coin series of Washington Quarters coined at the Philadelphia Mint from 1956-64. They were struck with the historic regular issue obverse Washington artwork, but simultaneously possessed reverse design elements identical with those only found […]

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The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 14: Successful Third Auction Given Uncertain Market Conditions

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 14: Successful Third Auction Given Uncertain Market Conditions

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #318 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds……..   The third in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Coin Collection was conducted by Stacks-Bowers on February 9, at Sotheby’s world headquarters in Manhattan. There were 158 coins in this sale. […]

Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

Coin Grading – Modern Coins Make Huge Impact on NGC Census

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. A great roster of new issues in store for 2016, tracking down “Northern Lights” in the moonlight It’s getting to be a habit; last year it was Juno, this year it was Jonas… what is it with massive “J”-named snowstorms the end of January? For those in the […]

The TYPE B  Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964  An Unprecedented Variety Part 1

The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 An Unprecedented Variety Part 1

Type B Reverse Washington Quarter……. By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… Beginning in 1956 and continuing through 1964, the Philadelphia Mint produced a remarkable nine-coin series of major Washington Quarter varieties. They were unlike anything earlier coined in the history of the U.S. Mint. I stumbled upon my first example at a coin […]

1 Million Silver Eagles Allocated by U.S. Mint for Week of Feb. 8

1 Million Silver Eagles Allocated by U.S. Mint for Week of Feb. 8

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In its fifth week of production, the United States Mint allocated another one million American Silver Eagles for distribution to Mint-authorized dealers, according to an announcement by Mint officials on Monday, February 8. Year-to-date allocations now total 8,045,500 one-ounce coins. Allocated ounces for the month of January totaled […]

Numismatic Vienna: A Visit to the Austrian National Numismatic Collection – 4K Video

Numismatic Vienna: A Visit to the Austrian National Numismatic Collection – 4K Video

On January 28, 2016, CoinWeek was invited to a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the Austrian National Numismatic Collection, which is housed at the Vienna Art History Museum. The coin collection at the Vienna Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien) is significant not only because of many of the great rarities counted amongst its holdings, […]

Gold Markets – Gold Moves to 15 Week Highs, Closing Above its 200 DMA

Gold Markets – Gold Moves to 15 Week Highs, Closing Above its 200 DMA

Commentary for Wednesday, February 3, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …. Gold Markets closed up $17.30 on the Comex today at $1144.60. A big move which came later in the trading session after gold had traded in the $1130.00 range for half the trading day. Gold market […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 13: Probable Finest Known ‘Broken 3’ 1823 Capped Bust Half Dollar

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 13: Probable Finest Known ‘Broken 3’ 1823 Capped Bust Half Dollar

LOT 3047 – 1823 Capped Bust Half Dollar  Broken 3  Mint State-65+ (PCGS) Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #317 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   On Tuesday, February 9, Stack’s Bowers, in cooperation with Sotheby’s, will conduct the third […]

CoinWeek Podcast #16: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series – Audio: 10:09

CoinWeek Podcast #16: A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series – Audio: 10:09

The Austrian Mint’s 25-euro Niobium and Silver Coin Series has captured international interest since its 2003 debut. With new designs each year, the coin is a perennial favorite in both the primary and secondary markets. This year’s Niobium and Silver coin’s design evokes the passage of time and, according to Austrian Mint sources, is already […]

Numismatic History –  Coin Dealer B. Max Mehl –  A Texas Master of Coins

Numismatic History – Coin Dealer B. Max Mehl – A Texas Master of Coins

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek….   Max Mehl claimed that he spent a million dollars advertising to buy a 1913 Liberty nickel for $50. Unfortunately his expensive ad campaign was a total failure. He was never able to buy that $50 1913 nickel. Yet somehow he became the most successful coin dealer of his era. […]

Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist at Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……..   Several prominent Union Civil War generals are featured on United States Treasury Notes from the series of 1890 and 1891. Our latest edition of “Better Know Your Notes” looks at the portrait seen on the $5 […]

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant –  Stacks Bowers …..   Coin collectors may not seem an especially reverent lot. Casual demeanor and good senses of humor are more commonplace than their opposites, from local coin shows to Manhattan auction galleries. The bourse floor is a leveler that puts experts and connoisseurs shoulder to shoulder with […]

Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

I recently received an email from a collector who asked what I thought were an extremely intelligent group of questions. In a nutshell, he asked the following. As boomers age, are we nearing a bubble in coin prices?

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, counterfeit coinage appeared, and it has […]

Coin Collecting Strategies –  Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

Coin Collecting Strategies – Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Inexperienced and veteran collectors alike share a fascination with mintage figures. Hand a coin person a Red Book or other source of information, and it’s likely that the annual mintages will receive some scrutiny. Focusing on the 20th century, there are dozens of U.S. coins with lower mintages. Although […]

The Coin Analyst – The Trio of 2016 Liberty Centennial Gold Coins Likely to Remain in Demand for Years

The Coin Analyst – The Trio of 2016 Liberty Centennial Gold Coins Likely to Remain in Demand for Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……   *Updated to include remarks by former CCAC Chairman Gary Marks. My CoinWeek colleague, Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, recently wrote about the upcoming Liberty centennial gold coins that will be issued to honor the 100th anniversary of the release of the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar […]

Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent – A Numismatic Landmark

Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent – A Numismatic Landmark

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers…. Finest Ever Certified! There is something incredible, something special, about any 1793 Chain cent. First delivered by the coiner at the Mint on March 1, 1793, these were released into circulation without fanfare. There is no known record of anyone having a numismatic interest in them at the […]

Wonderful Large Cent Coin Collection of Tom Reynolds to be auctioned by the Goldbergs

Wonderful Large Cent Coin Collection of Tom Reynolds to be auctioned by the Goldbergs

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #316 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… For decades, vague rumors surrounding the personal collection of dealer Tom Reynolds have swirled. Even veteran collectors and leading dealers in large cents were unaware of the extent […]

Counterfeit Coins, Bureaucracy and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 2

Counterfeit Coins, Bureaucracy and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the related two Articles…. Part 1     Part 3 In the early days after World War II, as counterfeit coins were being made and entering the country, the Secret Service started confiscating and seizing false gold coins found in jewelry shops, pawn shops and even […]

Another Million Ounces Allocated as American Silver Eagle Enters 3rd Week

Another Million Ounces Allocated as American Silver Eagle Enters 3rd Week

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The United States Mint announced this morning that another one million ounces of its popular American Silver Eagle bullion coin had been allocated for the week of January 25, 2016. This brings year-to-date allocation totals up to six million ounces. Four million American Eagle 1oz silver bullion coins […]

Gold Market Newsletter – Gold Moves Above $1100.00 Again

Gold Market Newsletter – Gold Moves Above $1100.00 Again

Commentary for Friday, January 25, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed up $9.00 on the Comex today at $1,106.20 – which is good but without some follow-through momentum this pitch up remains part of the defensive picture. Normally – as the technical picture improves this […]

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 […]

 
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