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Robert Bashlow

Robert Bashlow

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   THE CAST OF CHARACTERS in American Numismatics over the last century-and-a-half has included many an odd personality, whether in the ranks of collectors, dealers, researchers or story tellers. Some of these were well known figures who devoted decades to the field, often as professional coin auctioneers such […]

CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers Discusses the 1964 Morgan Dollar

CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers Discusses the 1964 Morgan Dollar

CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers Discusses the 1964 Morgan Dollar Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Q. David Bowers is the most prolific numismatic writer in the hobby’s history – he’s also the breaker of numismatic news this month – as […]

By September 5, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

Innovative ideas – from architectural marvels to trendsetting bank notes – can occur in unlikely places By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….   Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. The […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #347 U.S. half cents were first struck in 1793, and Braided Hair half cents were introduced in 1840. It is generally believed, though, that all half cents dating from 1840 to 1848 are Proofs. Indeed, standard references imply that […]

How Rare are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles?

How Rare are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   In the recent Stack’s Bowers 2016 ANA Sale, I was fortunate to purchase an amazing 1860 double eagle, graded MS65 by PCGS, which was part of the Bull Run Collection and earlier was sold as Lot 900 in the famous October 1982 Eliasberg Collection auction. […]

By August 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The Franks had little idea of the state as a public institution, and the regnum Francorum (kingdom of the Franks), while remaining a family inheritance, was inherited according to the rules of private law, divided on each occasion between the sons or nearest male relatives of the deceased […]

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

A look at this often-underrated yet highly interesting series By Jeff Garrett – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… For anyone looking for value when trying to decide what to collect, United States commemorative coinage is a great place to start. The series has been one of the biggest laggards in the last decade in relation to […]

CoinWeek: We Take the PCGS Coin Grading Challenge! – 4K Video

CoinWeek: We Take the PCGS Coin Grading Challenge! – 4K Video

At the 2016 American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, California, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan met with PCGS CoinFacts founder and former PCGS President Ron Guth to take the PCGS Grading Challenge. Ron gave Charles 30 minutes to review 20 classic and modern U.S. coins and render an opinion. From scarce date Seated […]

Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

By Thomas Bush – Thomas Bush Numismatics ……   Dull. Boring. Uninspired. Blatant plagiarism of the work of Eugène-André Oudiné. Or even “the throat is that of a gladiator”![1] The Charles Barber coinage of 1892 has been ridiculed and derided over the years with the above-mentioned ideas and statements. Perhaps with no small bit of […]

By August 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
English Gold Noble Coins of Kings Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V

English Gold Noble Coins of Kings Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V

GREAT BRITAIN. Henry IV, 1399-1413. Noble A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #346 This discussion is about the English Gold Noble coins of Richard II (ruled 1377-99), Henry IV (r. 1399-1413) and Henry V (r. 1413-22). A month ago, the topic was the English Gold […]

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Coin Collector Sets Provide Jet-Setting Fun for Adventuresome Collectors

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Coin Collector Sets Provide Jet-Setting Fun for Adventuresome Collectors

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Collecting world coin sets is a refreshing numismatic objective for hobbyists who enjoy pursuing coins with diverse themes from myriad geographic regions. The world coin sets of 2016 offer plenty of wonderful opportunities for collectors to get their hands on fascinating coins covering interesting topics with rich designs. […]

Bullion & Precious Metals News – ICTA Names New Officers

Bullion & Precious Metals News – ICTA Names New Officers

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ……   At its Board of Directors meeting last week in Anaheim, California, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) installed its new officers for 2016–2018. Former U.S. Mint director Philip N. Diehl, currently the president of U.S. Money Reserve in Austin, Texas, was named as the new chairman. […]

By August 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   We speak sometimes of the Roman religion as though it possessed a firm basis, but in fact it was constantly changing, the gods melting away and being replaced by others (Hale, 73). Decline of Paganism BY THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH CENTURY CE, the religious life of the […]

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #345 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   It has already been explained, in Part 15 of a series about classic U.S. coins, that a set of regular issue, business strike Two Cent Pieces may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any one […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION We’ll be blunt: Anaheim for sure was a VERY poor choice to hold a major coin show. California’s nexus on taxes kept dozens of dealers away. Also, many East Coast dealers decided NOT to attend. The hotels at BEST were POOR. Add all that together and we […]

By August 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …….   As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are coin collecting strategies with some specific tips,  with […]

By August 15, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This […]

By August 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part II)

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part II)

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   Read Part I Here 7.) Are there particular modern world coin series or coins of a specific country or theme that tend to sell better than others? “Yes, well designed modern world coins and really topical series tend to sell well. These are almost always based on history, […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Early Gains in a Nose Dive

Gold Market Report – Gold Gives up Early Gains in a Nose Dive

Commentary for Friday, August 12, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $6.70 on the Comex today at US$1,335.80 – what a roller coaster ride this turned out to be. Gold moved dramatically higher in price on the open – at one time trading […]

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Eisenhower dollars and the way they’re treated in the Redbook. The column made the rounds of the editorial boards of several coin magazines, Whitman Publishing (who want you to know that the “Professional Edition” of the Redbook does include […]

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

Condition Rarity vs. Absolute Rarity in Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   In numismatics, there are essentially two types of coins. There are coins that are condition rarities and there are coins that are absolute rarities. A condition rarity is a coin whose value is primarily derived from its high degree of preservation. An absolute rarity is a coin whose […]

By August 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part I)

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Modern World Coin Dealer Ola Borgejordet (Part I)

By Louis Golino for Coin Week Ola Borgejordet is the founder and owner of Royal Scandinavian Mint (http://www.rsmint.com), a Salt Lake City, Utah company that specializes in modern world coins from almost 50 countries. It is the official North American representative for the Mints of Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland. RSM carries the full […]

By August 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments ……   “My Dad had a coin collection and has since passed on giving the collection to the family. How can I be sure to get full value if we decide to sell?” It is amazing how often I get this email so a general answer might help […]

Freedom-Oriented U.S. Coins And Notes

Freedom-Oriented U.S. Coins And Notes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Here’s a short but focused area of U.S. Numismatics: Coins and notes with a strong message of freedom and independence. These pieces go well beyond the ubiquitous portraits of an allegorical Miss Liberty, and they can be found at every price point on the spectrum. A pair of […]

By August 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
World Coins – Early Silver Coins of Argentina

World Coins – Early Silver Coins of Argentina

COINS OF ARGENTINA. 2 Reales, 1813-J A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. US and World Coin Collecting Strategies #344   The present topic is the early silver coins of Argentina, during the era of the “United Provinces of the River Plate.” Early Argentine coins have notable artistic merit and are historically important. A silver type […]

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

Why Museums Hate Ancient Coins

The Fitzwilliam Museum – Cambridge, England By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek …. Ancient Coin Series   AS COLLECTORS OF ANCIENT COINS, one of the most Frequently Asked Questions we encounter is “Don’t these things belong in museums?” The answer, sometimes with a patient sigh, sometimes with a snort of derision, is an emphatic “No!” The Dirty Little […]

How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The issue of counterfeiting rare coins has been around for a very long time For years, the numismatic industry has dealt effectively with the problem of counterfeiting rare coins. You can read numismatic journals from the 19th century and realize that collectors were dealing with the problem […]

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Ancient coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BC. AR Stater [1] By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   One of the few ancient traditions to survive until the modern world is the Olympics. Occurring in the same four-year cycle today as in antiquity, they mark a time when differences are […]

The Coin Analyst –  Should the U.S. Return to the Gold Standard?

The Coin Analyst – Should the U.S. Return to the Gold Standard?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……   August 15 marks the 45th anniversary of the end of the gold standard. In 1971 President Richard M. Nixon ended the convertibility of the dollar with gold, which paved the way for the system of floating, fiat currencies that exists today. Ever since then the U.S. dollar has […]

CoinWeek Unboxing: Two Silver Medals from the FAO – 4K Video

CoinWeek Unboxing: Two Silver Medals from the FAO – 4K Video

In this CoinWeek Unboxing video, editor Charles Morgan shares two new acquisitions to his collection of F.A.O. coins and medals: two silver medals struck to commemorate the United Nation’s Decade for Women (1976-1985) and the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981). These silver medals were offered for sale by the F.A.O.’s Rome office and now […]

 
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