Expert Columns

First Read: Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition

First Read: Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary 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… Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition, by Q. David Bowers The pursuit of knowledge has many facets, not the least of which is the exploration of context. Throughout his 60-year career as […]

First Read: Howland Wood’s The Commemorative Coinage of the United States

First Read: Howland Wood’s The Commemorative Coinage of the United States

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Essay by David Provost for CoinWeek…. Numismatic Notes & Monographs, No. 16: The Commemorative Coinage of the United States, by Howland Wood Every coin series has its “first” – the first published volume that catalogues each of the coins […]

By October 28, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Quick Hits: Butte Nugget Sold + Bitcoin News + Denmark Cashes Out

Numismatic Quick Hits: Butte Nugget Sold + Bitcoin News + Denmark Cashes Out

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   It’ll be a busy week for us here at CoinWeek. Charles will be leaving for Baltimore on Wednesday to attend the Whitman Expo. As always, you’re invited to stop by and say Hi if you’re in town. He’ll file his first show report Friday morning. In addition, we have a […]

Legend Numismatics  Pre Baltimore Show Coin Market Report

Legend Numismatics Pre Baltimore Show Coin Market Report

THE MARKET IS STATUS QUO By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……… Its hard to have a really robust market place when 2 major auctions with tens of millions of dollars worth of coins are staring at you knowing another biggie is only two weeks away. There are probably several hundred (the very least) bigger […]

The Coin Analyst: Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Silver Set Mintage Limited to 300,000

The Coin Analyst: Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Silver Set Mintage Limited to 300,000

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… For collectors of modern U.S. coins this has been an exciting year that has been dominated by the release of the curved baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins and the three-part Kennedy half dollar 50th anniversary products.  These coins and sets included many unique modern issues that will continue to be […]

By October 24, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Finest Known Type One Double Eagles Gold Coins: Part One, 1850-1858

Finest Known Type One Double Eagles Gold Coins: Part One, 1850-1858

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… While doing the research for my new online reference about Type One double eagles, I began to look for finest known examples for each specific issue. For some Type One double eagles this is easy as there is a clear finest known coin. For others, this […]

By October 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Great Numismatic Sales of the Past

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. It is highly recommended to examine great numismatic sales of the past when given the opportunity.  On November 14 and 15, the fifth installment of the famed collection belonging to Eric P. Newman will be sold in New York City. The sale features another incredible […]

By October 24, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Silver Market Tycoon Nelson Bunker Hunt Dead at 88

Silver Market Tycoon Nelson Bunker Hunt Dead at 88

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. “A billion dollars ain’t what it used to be.” So said Texas oil magnate Nelson Bunker Hunt after he and his brother William Herbert Hunt, along with a group of wealthy Saudi partners, tried to profit by cornering the world’s silver market, only to have the entire […]

A Softly Spoken Great Rarity: 1853-O ‘No Arrows’ Liberty Seated Half Dollar

A Softly Spoken Great Rarity: 1853-O ‘No Arrows’ Liberty Seated Half Dollar

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #246 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… At the upcoming Baltimore Coin & Currency Expo, Stack’s-Bowers will auction an astonishing collection of coins and related items from 1853, an extremely important year in the monetary history of the United States. A […]

By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part V

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part V

By David Provost for CoinWeek… Previous installments of this article can be found here: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.   The House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage held its final hearings session for the Los Angeles Olympic coinage on Wednesday, May 12, 1982. As he had done in previous sessions, Chairman […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Jackie Kennedy Gold Coin Mintage Announced and Spouse Series Keys

The Coin Analyst: Jackie Kennedy Gold Coin Mintage Announced and Spouse Series Keys

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. Jacqueline Kennedy Coin Mintage On October 16 the U.S. Mint issued a news release to numismatic editors and writers regarding the maximum mintage limits for the 2015 First Spouse $10 gold coins.  Next year will mark the ninth and penultimate year for this series, with the final coins to be […]

By October 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

Small Change: The Tiniest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: By Mike Markowitz “Parva Ne Pereant” In 2014 the British Royal Mint issued a gold proof 50p coin only 8 mm in diameter*, weighing in at 1/40 Troy ounce (0.8 grams.) This is the smallest coin the UK has ever struck and surely one of the smallest modern coins. For comparison, […]

The Coin Analyst – World Coins Edition: Libertad Proof Sets and Interview with American Buffalo High Relief Coin Designer

The Coin Analyst – World Coins Edition: Libertad Proof Sets and Interview with American Buffalo High Relief Coin Designer

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. 7-piece Libertad proof sets released Last month, I discussed the extensive delays at the Mexican Mint (Casa de Moneda) with respect to production of the Libertad proof coins and sets.  The much-anticipated 7-coin proof set in a wooden box with a numbered certificate of authenticity has finally started shipping.  I received my set […]

By October 16, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
CAC buys Eliasberg 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar for $646,250 at auction in Las Vegas

CAC buys Eliasberg 1893-S Morgan Silver Dollar for $646,250 at auction in Las Vegas

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #245 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… Morgan Silver Dollars were minted from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921. The key business strike in the series is the 1893 San Francisco Mint issue. On Oct. 2, in Las Vegas, Legend […]

By October 15, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Brilliant Concepts – Uphill Labor,  Creating the 1983 ANA Catalog

Brilliant Concepts – Uphill Labor, Creating the 1983 ANA Catalog

By David Thomason Alexander  for  CoinWeek …. Cataloging the 1983 ANA auction was a “white water rapids” experience. This was most important sale to be held in the U.S. that year, and its creation offered lessons in the value of brilliant ideas, knowledge, teamwork, public relations and working with the major national organization and coping […]

The Ancient Coinage of Crete

The Ancient Coinage of Crete

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….  Labyrinths and Minotaurs and Bulls, Oh My! For the Ancient Greeks, Crete was a place of myth and legend. It was the birthplace of Zeus and the site of the Labyrinth. It was home to the Minotaur and the Cretan Bull. It was also the center of Minoan […]

Central Virginia Coin Club President Jim Ransom (1943-2014)

Central Virginia Coin Club President Jim Ransom (1943-2014)

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… James Jerome “Jim” Ransom, Sr., President of the Central Virginia Coin Club, died October 6 after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 71 years old. Jim, as he was known, was one of the club’s founding members, and had served as the organization’s president since it was established in […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for October

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for October

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… U.S. Mint News in October: A busy month… Silver Eagle rationing? Last week the U.S. Mint sold 2.742 million American silver eagles to its network of Authorized Purchasers, a level that appears to be unprecedented.  On October 1 alone it sold 1.150 million coins, which Mint officials said could be […]

Classic U.S. Coins: The Rarity of 1843-O Liberty Seated Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins: The Rarity of 1843-O Liberty Seated Dimes

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #244 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… In a discussion in 2012, I noted that people do not often think about the rarity of 1846 Liberty Seated Dimes. The 1843-O is a little more recognized than the 1846, though most collectors […]

Mike Getlin: Google Killed Merit Gold

Mike Getlin: Google Killed Merit Gold

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Last night I got an email from Mike Getlin, former Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Merit Gold and Silver. In the email, he apologized for not responding to CoinWeek’s previous inquiries concerning the firm’s legal troubles and asked if I would like to talk. Getlin said […]

193: The Year of Five Emperors

193: The Year of Five Emperors

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. The Death of Commodus In Ridley Scott’s film Gladiator (2000), demented emperor Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) is slain in the Colosseum by mortally wounded general-turned-gladiator Maximus (Russell Crowe). In the closing scene, we are left to imagine that wise Senator Gracchus (Derek Jacobi) and lovely princess Lucilla (Connie […]

A Crown and Taler Man, Reflections on Dr. John S. Davenport

A Crown and Taler Man, Reflections on Dr. John S. Davenport

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek…. Rarely does a single individual become identified so completely with any area of numismatics as did Dr. John S. Davenport (1907-2001). Over a period of more than 50 years, his name became synonymous with the world of large-size silver coins, generally referred to as crowns and talers. “Crowns” in […]

The Quiet 1805 Half Dime, with discussion of the Pittman coin in the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Auction

The Quiet 1805 Half Dime, with discussion of the Pittman coin in the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Auction

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #243 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Most people have never heard of half dimes, which are much different from five cent nickels. Actually, nickels are typically 25% nickel and 75% copper. Three Cent Nickels were struck in 1865 before five […]

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Silver Prices Could Reverse Soon

The Coin Analyst: Gold and Silver Prices Could Reverse Soon

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek It’s been quite a while since I devoted a column to the precious metals scene.  I feel now is an appropriate time to do so because recent developments in gold and silver prices seem to be significant enough that they may have longer-term implications for bullion investors.  Silver is at […]

What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The majority of the coins I deal with are imperfect. They were struck by crude machinery, in often difficult circumstances, by often-times inexperienced mint personnel. If I had to guess, I’d say the average grade of the coins I sell is in the Extremely Fine-45 to About Uncirculated-55 range. I sell […]

By September 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Quick Hits: Virginia Numismatic Association Annual Convention + Roman Coin Hoard Discovered + Viola Joins CCAC

Numismatic Quick Hits: Virginia Numismatic Association Annual Convention + Roman Coin Hoard Discovered + Viola Joins CCAC

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   The VNA Annual Convention Over the weekend, Charles travelled to Fredericksburg, Virginia to take in the Virginia Numismatic Association’s (VNA’s) 56th Annual Convention, Coin and Currency Show, held Sept. 26-27 at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Advertised as the largest coin show in Virginia, it […]

First Read: 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, Third Edition

First Read: 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, Third Edition

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins, Third Edition by Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett For a number of years now Whitman Publishing has issued various books that identify and discuss the 100 greatest coins […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part IV

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part IV

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. Previous installments of this article can be found here: Part I, Part II, Part III. The third session of the House hearings on the proposed commemorative coins for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games featured US Treasurer Angela Buchanan as the primary witness. She dealt a blow to Frank Annunzio’s (D-IL) efforts […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies : How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

Coin Collecting Strategies : How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Type One double eagles have become the single most popular area of collecting in the rare date United States gold coin market. With the discovery of over 10,000 high grade, formerly rare issues in the S.S. Central America, S.S. Brother Jonathan, and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, Type […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 6: Three Dollar Gold Coins

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 6: Three Dollar Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #242   A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… U.S. Three Dollar Gold coins were minted from 1854 to 1889. There is just one design type of this denomination. In addition to the fact that some non-rare […]

By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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