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Digital Numismatist a Tangible, Valuable New ANA Membership Benefit

Digital Numismatist a Tangible, Valuable New ANA Membership Benefit

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   “This is the age of collections and the spirit of gathering together and classifying is abroad” – Dr. George F. Heath The media landscape has changed drastically since Dr. Heath posed the question “What is the matter with having an American Numismatic Association?” In recent years, collectors have […]

Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter 3-Coin Set Available Today

Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter 3-Coin Set Available Today

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Saratoga National Historical Park went on sale today, December 1, at the United States Mint. Priced at $9.95, the set features two uncirculated finish quarters minted in Denver and Philadelphia and one proof quarter minted in San Francisco. Like […]

Coin Board News – Number 37

Coin Board News – Number 37

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 37 — Winter 2016 COIN BOARDS FOR SALE There’s nothing much new this time out, as the few purchases I made were of items for my own collection. It’s been some time since I’ve been offered any significant groups or even […]

The Coin Analyst: The American Silver Eagle Turns 30

The Coin Analyst: The American Silver Eagle Turns 30

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the 1985 Liberty Coin Act and issued since October 1986, is a coin best described with superlatives. It is the world’s best-selling silver bullion coin; the U.S. Mint’s most important bullion coin program; the most widely collected modern silver coin of all […]

CoinWeek IQ: Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins All Wrong – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Hollywood Gets Ancient Coins All Wrong – 4K Video

Costume dramas have long been a staple in cinema, drawing audiences into worlds far removed from the present day. Some of the most popular films and shows of this genre are set in the ancient world. But how historically accurate are these productions when it comes to numismatics? Not very, says CoinWeek Ancient Coin expert […]

CoinWeek Podcast #2: CoinWeek: The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins – Audio: 13:51

CoinWeek Podcast #2: CoinWeek: The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins – Audio: 13:51

CoinWeek writers Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker weigh in on one area of numismatics that has tremendous growth potential: 20th Century European coins and currency. Whether you are new to collecting world coins or a seasoned collector, you will definitely want to hear what CoinWeek’s seven-time NLG-award-winning writers have to say about the topic in […]

By November 26, 20150 Comments Read More →
2015 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins Available Dec. 3

2015 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins Available Dec. 3

No 2015 American Eagle Platinum Bullion coins will be produced, however. By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Wednesday, November 25, the United States Mint announced that sales of the 2015 American Eagle Torch of Liberty Platinum Proof coin will begin on December 3. A maximum of 4,000 coins will be minted, and an […]

By November 25, 20150 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins – A Date by Date Analysis of New Orleans Eagles, Part Two: With Motto, 1879-1906

US Gold Coins – A Date by Date Analysis of New Orleans Eagles, Part Two: With Motto, 1879-1906

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner….   Earlier this fall I wrote the first part of this article, which discussed the No Motto eagles from the New Orleans mint. (You can find the full article here.) This second part focuses on the With Motto eagles from the Crescent City. Production of eagles at […]

Why Are 1943 Copper and 1944 Steel Lincoln Cent Errors So Valuable?

Why Are 1943 Copper and 1944 Steel Lincoln Cent Errors So Valuable?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #306 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…..   Although 1909-S VDB and 1914-D pennies are often thought of as the most important Lincoln cents, the most valuable Lincoln ‘cents’ are the off-metal errors struck in 1943 […]

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck from 1929 to 1933. Likewise, half dollars were a no-show […]

By November 25, 20150 Comments Read More →
AU Capital Management  Acquires Unparalleled Collection of California Fractional Gold Coins

AU Capital Management Acquires Unparalleled Collection of California Fractional Gold Coins

AU Capital Management has announced that it has acquired and is offering for sale on its website an unparalleled collection of more than 300 California Fractional Gold coins which can be seen on these websites: www.aucm.com , www.collectors.com and www.collectorscorner.com. This collection was recently assembled by a Gentleman Collector who is best known to insiders […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Don’t Follow The Herd

Coin Collecting Strategies – Don’t Follow The Herd

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   This edition of Collecting Strategies isn’t designed to get anyone to trod along a popular or familiar path. Why not let your natural interests lead to creating a unique and customized approach to numismatics? It seems that the standard date and mintmark/Whitman folder method of coin collecting seldom works […]

By November 22, 20152 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1980s

American Silver Eagle Year-End Market Wrap-Up: The 1980s

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   With a month to go before the year’s end, we enter the close of the production year for the American Silver Eagle, the most popular silver bullion coin in the global market. As CoinWeek’s tracking of demand for U.S. Mint products can attest, demand for the […]

Pennsylvania Bill to Eliminate Sales Tax Exemption on Coins, Precious Metals

Pennsylvania Bill to Eliminate Sales Tax Exemption on Coins, Precious Metals

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   According to an email alert issued by the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA), the Pennsylvania State Senate next week will vote on a bill that would, among other things, eliminate the state’s current sales tax exemption for coins and precious metal products. The bill, introduced by Policy […]

By November 20, 20150 Comments Read More →
Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

Some Appreciate Rare Coin Pedigrees, Some Destroy Pedigrees

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek.com – MFrarecoins.com ……   A pedigree, in numismatic terms, is the line of ownership of a coin or piece of paper money. In rare cases pedigrees can be traced all the way back to a mint, such as the pedigree of the rare 1804 silver dollar that Matthew A. Stickney received […]

A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Click here for Part 1 Last time I gave a brief history of The Royal Mint in London, England, hitting most of the highlights concerning technological improvements, important figures, new facilities and the like. This time, it’s all about the coins. Or, more precisely, the denominations […]

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

Roman Coin Profile – Sestertius of Agrippina Senior

By Geoffrey Cope – Petitioncrown.com ……..   “It was, in my eyes, the perfect coin” The Love of a remarkable ageless Sestertius of Agrippina Senior. Now given a new provenance Nov 2015 This Sestertius coin was a lone piece amongst 200 of the world’s finest Greek & Roman in an Auction at Sotheby’s in the […]

Coin Auctions – Curiously, Gardner Coins & Nicole Dimes Re-Appear in Houston

Coin Auctions – Curiously, Gardner Coins & Nicole Dimes Re-Appear in Houston

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin auctions, and the coin collecting community #305 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……..   Though famous, “Lily Nicole” dimes and Gardner coins constitute a very small percentage of the coins in the official coin auction of the Houston Money Show in […]

World Coins – Some Things (and Coins) Never Change

World Coins – Some Things (and Coins) Never Change

By Al Doyle  for CoinWeek….   One of the main reasons for the introduction of the 50 States Quarters in 1999 (along with more recent facelifts of the Lincoln cent and Jefferson nickel) was the age of those U.S. series. Seeing the “same old same old” in pocket change for 65 to 100 years resulted […]

By November 17, 20151 Comments Read More →
What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Throughout the history of coinage two contradictory concepts have competed with each other. According to one concept, a coin is a piece of precious metal whose value is essentially equivalent to the value of the bullion from which it was made, and the stamp on its face […]

Liberty Coin Service Is First PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer In Michigan

Liberty Coin Service Is First PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer In Michigan

By Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Service   Patrick A. Heller, Owner Emeritus and Communications Officer of Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, has become the first Accredited Precious Metals Dealer (APMD) in the state of Michigan. The accreditation is available only to members of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) who also meet strict […]

The Coin Analyst: Mexican Silver and Gold Libertads – 2015 Overview and Analysis

The Coin Analyst: Mexican Silver and Gold Libertads – 2015 Overview and Analysis

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   Mexico’s sovereign bullion coin made of gold or silver is known as the Libertad, which means “freedom” in Spanish. The name is fitting since the key element of the obverse design is based on a side view of the winged Victoria statute that sits at the top of the […]

The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

By Kevin Foley for CoinWeek….   On the eve of the Civil War in 1861, the financial and banking system in the United States bore little resemblance to current institutions and practices. There was no central bank. The Federal Reserve System had yet to come into existence. Banking was largely a state regulated function. Money […]

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2:  One-year type coins of the 1900s

HERE TODAY, GONE IMMEDIATELY PART 2: One-year type coins of the 1900s

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Part 1 – One-year type coins of the 1800s …. Unique and short-lived items are eagerly sought in any collectible field, and coins are no exception. This overview of the one-year type coins (not commemoratives) of the 20th century includes silver and base-metal pieces, and many of these short-lived […]

By November 13, 20150 Comments Read More →
Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

Is the Krugerrand Still the Most Famous Bullion Coin of All?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Over on my blog, I’ve been writing about bullion. I’ve been trying to provide customers with a chance to learn about the precious metals market: the products, the players, the history, etc. I even have an ongoing state-by-state breakdown of sales tax in the United States […]

What Is a Spondulix? In Memoriam: Tom Culhane

What Is a Spondulix? In Memoriam: Tom Culhane

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek.com….   New Jersey coin dealer Tom Culhane died on October 29, 2015, at age 58. His whimsical business name was The Elusive Spondulix. So, what is a spondulix? Tom attempted to explain on his website: “The company name, The Elusive Spondulix, may have raised your sesquipedalian curiosity. No don’t run […]

Methods of Acquiring Coins

Methods of Acquiring Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr…..   The wonderful thing about coin collecting is that you don’t have to be wealthy to enjoy the many pleasures our hobby provides. There are numerous methods of acquiring coins, many of which are inexpensive. One fun way to begin a collection is to search your everyday pocket change. By doing […]

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

Isle of Man Coins: Small Island, Big Selection

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Imagine an island of 221 square miles that doesn’t have its own mint. Even with those obstacles, the Isle of Man issues a wide range of coins ranging from low-value circulation strikes to ongoing series of silver and gold pieces. The privately owned Pobjoy Mint cranks out coinage for the self-governing British Crown Dependency located […]

By November 11, 20153 Comments Read More →
Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Markowitz: Five Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins – Video: 3:59

Ancient Coins might seem like a daunting area of numismatics to focus on for beginners. “Not so,” says CoinWeek Ancient Coin Expert Mike Markowitz. In this short informative video, shot at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore in November 2015, Mike lays out five simple things that you need to get started. This is a great […]

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

LOW MINTAGES, LOW PRICES: Fractional Mexican Silver Libertads

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   It’s no secret that collectors at every level are drawn to low-mintage dates like dogs to a meat wagon. Hundreds of pages of mintage figures (low ones, to be specific) is one of the factors that keeps the Red Book a success after more than 65 years. There’s one dilemma that often […]

 
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