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Ships on Ancient Coins

Ships on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   “We keep you alive to serve this ship. So row well and live.” – Quintus Arrius, Ben Hur (1959) BY THE SIXTH CENTURY BCE, when coinage came into wide use in the Mediterranean world, ships had evolved to a high technical level. Most ships on ancient coins […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

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Government’s Case to Confiscate Langbord-Switt 1933 Double Eagles Crumbles

Government’s Case to Confiscate Langbord-Switt 1933 Double Eagles Crumbles

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   Three-judge ruling in Langbord et al v. U.S. Department of the Treasury et al puts renewed spotlight on 10 contraband coins… Little more than a week after a federal judge in California sided against the Federal Government in its efforts to seize an experimental 1974-D aluminum cent pattern coin, […]

Modern Coin Issues and the Secondary Market

Modern Coin Issues and the Secondary Market

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   I happened to take a look at the Royal Canadian Mint’s web site the other day to see what products were available for sale. It had been quite some time since I ordered anything. Long ago I dutifully ordered a proof-like set and an extra proof-like silver dollar every year. […]

Classic U.S. Coins less than $500 each, Part 13 – Indian Head Quarter Eagles

Classic U.S. Coins less than $500 each, Part 13 – Indian Head Quarter Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #273 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   For less than $500 per coin, a set of true classic gold U.S. coins may certainly be completed except for just one coin. Indian Head quarter eagles ($2½ […]

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Part II

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. Author’s Note: Part I of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island coins story can be found here.   The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island (SoL-EI) coin program was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1985, just a few days short of one full year before the […]

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

How To Spend A Tax Refund on Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   The good news: It’s tax refund season, which often provides collectors with the funds to indulge and buy a special coin. The bad news: Many Americans will be receiving lower refunds than they have gotten in recent years. There may still be enough to venture into the numismatic market, […]

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Taxing Coin Sales: A Bureaucratic Nightmare In The Making?

Taxing Coin Sales: A Bureaucratic Nightmare In The Making?

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   It’s potentially one of the bigger – but least publicized – issues involving the purchase of precious metals, rare coins and every other item sold by mail order. In the political world’s never-ending quest for more money, Congress is giving serious consideration to forcing merchants to collect sales tax […]

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First Read: The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I

First Read: The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I

First Read: The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part I By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com…. Auction catalogs occupy interesting and sacred spaces in Numismatics. A catalog’s immediate goal is to entice potential buyers to place bids. To that end, catalogs are, in essence, long-form advertisements–a craft in and […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 1 (Tribute Penny)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 1 (Tribute Penny)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer.   […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Here Comes a Market Upward Swing!

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – Here Comes a Market Upward Swing!

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. LEGEND BREAKS UP THE MULTI MILLION DOLLAR HALL/SIMPSON $10 LIBERTY SET No, Bob Simpson is NOT dumping or selling out. He is repositioning. This is the last of his major “house keeping” sales. The value of this set exceeded $5 million dollars. We assure you, you will be […]

Polish-American Numismatic Society Organizing 2015 Tour of Eastern Europe, Russia

Polish-American Numismatic Society Organizing 2015 Tour of Eastern Europe, Russia

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The Polish-American Numismatic Society (PANS) , based in Troy, Michigan, is currently organizing its 2015 “Numismatic Educational Tour of Hands Across The Borders” of Eastern Europe and Russia, set to depart September 9 and return to the United States on September 25. The tour will start in Poland […]

For Coin Collectors and Investors, a Competent Appraisal is a Necessity

For Coin Collectors and Investors, a Competent Appraisal is a Necessity

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   Foolish is the individual who travels the highway of life without a Last Will and Testament. Just as imprudent is the numismatist who insists that he or she is in no need of a competent appraisal of their coin collection. As most competent appraisals cost about the same as a […]

Exceptional 19th Century U.S. Gold Coins in Central States Auction

Exceptional 19th Century U.S. Gold Coins in Central States Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #272…. A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds….   In Schaumburg, Illinois, a small city not far from Chicago, the annual CSNS convention will be held from April 22 to 25. In the official auction, which will be […]

Why You Should Keep an Inventory

Why You Should Keep an Inventory

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   Do you know exactly what you have in your coin collection at this very moment? If your collection were stolen today would you be equipped to file an accurate insurance claim? And, would your heirs have any idea as to the value of your collection should you suddenly be summoned […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 4: Barber and Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 4: Barber and Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   We continue our guide to the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set by focusing on the century’s forgotten denomination, the half dollar. For many Americans, the fact that the United States continues to produce a half dollar would come as a surprise. The coin hasn’t been a […]

Gem Half Dollars of 1796 and 1797, A Unique Foursome of Rarities!

Gem Half Dollars of 1796 and 1797, A Unique Foursome of Rarities!

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers….   Among all United States silver coin designs the rarest of the rare is that used only in 1796 and 1797. The obverse is the Draped Bust type with Liberty facing to the right. The reverse is the Small Eagle type with the national bird perched on a […]

Those Darned Etruscans: Coins of the Rasna

Those Darned Etruscans: Coins of the Rasna

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN TUSCANY before the Romans are often described as “enigmatic” or “mysterious.” We know them as “Etruscans”[1] from the name that the Romans called them; they called themselves “Rasna.” The last speakers of the Etruscan language probably died out in the first […]

Early American Rare Coins & Patterns in Kendall Collection Bring Solid Prices in Baltimore

Early American Rare Coins & Patterns in Kendall Collection Bring Solid Prices in Baltimore

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #271 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Early American, pre-1793 rarities tended to bring moderate to strong prices overall in the auction of the Kendall Collection in Baltimore on March 26th. The Kendall Foundation consignment alone […]

First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition

First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett You can’t blame Whitman for trying to shake things up with its venerable Red […]

Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   UPDATE: According to the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Patrick McMahon, the time capsule will be reburied some time after April 2015. So if you get the chance or just happen to be in the area, check out the time capsule’s contents at the MFA before the exhibit ends […]

New York Copper Coins and Patterns in the Kendall Collection

New York Copper Coins and Patterns in the Kendall Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #270 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. Tomorrow night, on March 26, Stack’s-Bowers will sell the Kendall Collection of American colonial coins and other pre-1793 items. Last week, Willow Tree shillings in this collection were […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Widow’s Mite

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Widow’s Mite

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the […]

CoinWeek Weekly Coin Market Report – March 20, 2015 – Video: 7:05

CoinWeek Weekly Coin Market Report – March 20, 2015 – Video: 7:05

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan discusses the upcoming Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to be held at the end of March in Baltimore, Maryland. Also, Charles provides the latest U.S. Mint sales figures and discusses the delicious irony that is the 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar.   Copyright © CoinWeek March 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for […]

By March 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
France Wins the Battle, 200 Years after Losing the War

France Wins the Battle, 200 Years after Losing the War

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   The interconnected euro monetary system has led to a number of squabbles, both petty and of great import for the participating Eurozone countries. While most of the focus rightly has been placed on matters of finance (the intractable Greek debt crisis, for instance), other numismatically-related disagreements between nations pop up […]

The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   It’s said that every coin tells a story. Boy, do I have one straight out of Mysteries of the Unknown… In 1928, the warlord of Kweichow province, Zhou Xicheng, minted a coin to commemorate the completion of the Kweichow Provincial Highway, the first road in the […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   In case you have not figured it out yet, the reason I like “Pedigrees & Hoards” are because of the stories. For me, it is so much more fun to relate a story to coin collecting than to just try to fill holes in an album or slots in […]

By March 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Hands on with the March of Dimes Special Silver Coin Set – Video: 2:03.

Hands on with the March of Dimes Special Silver Coin Set – Video: 2:03.

Collectors of modern U.S. coins will have to wait until May 4, 2015 to get their hands on the upcoming March of Dimes Special Silver Set from the U.S. Mint. The Set contains a 2015 March of Dimes silver proof dollar coin and two special Roosevelt dime proofs, a P-Mint reverse proof and a W-Mint […]

By March 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Uploads 1,000th Coin Video to the CoinWeek YouTube Channel

CoinWeek Uploads 1,000th Coin Video to the CoinWeek YouTube Channel

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this week CoinWeek uploaded its 1000th video onto the CoinWeek YouTube channel. Since we launched the channel, CoinWeek videos have been watched over 580,000 times–for a total of 1,584,462 minutes! That’s an unbelievable response from the collecting community. But you know what? […]

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Coin Program

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Coin Program

By David Provost for CoinWeek… Author’s Note: This installment of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island coin program story presents how the coin came to be; the conclusion (Part II) will discuss the coin as a collectible. Among all the modern United States commemorative issues, the coins struck for the Statue of Liberty’s 1986 centennial celebration […]

 
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