Expert Columns

Pedigrees & Hoards : The Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards : The Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   On a winter day like any other winter day in February 2012 in the village of Les Riceys, France, a common laborer of simple means awoke and headed to work at the Lanson Winery. Upon arrival, he was dispatched to help prepare a barn for the upcoming grape harvest. […]

By February 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Part I of the Lafayette Dollar story by clicking this link. Approved When the Lafayette dollar was approved by President William McKinley on March 3, 1899, it was little more than a year from the planned opening of the […]

By February 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 1: Finest 1796 – ’97 Draped Bust Half Dollar

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 1: Finest 1796 – ’97 Draped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #264 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… This is the first in a series on the Pogue Family Collection, probably the greatest set of pre-1840 U.S. coins ever assembled. This collection will be offered by Stack’s-Bowers […]

By February 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Highlights from the D. Brent Pogue Collection: The Finest Certified Proof 1827 Quarter Dollar From the Joseph J. Mickley Collection

Highlights from the D. Brent Pogue Collection: The Finest Certified Proof 1827 Quarter Dollar From the Joseph J. Mickley Collection

By Q. David Bowers – Founder, Stack’s Bowers A Link with Tradition Of all rarities in the American series, the 1827 quarter is one of the most famous, most storied. Joseph J. Mickley, a Philadelphia teenager, became interested in rare coins in 1816 when he attempted unsuccessfully to find a copper cent of 1799, the year […]

Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Once it leaves the Mint, few things add value to a coin. But of those things, attractive natural toning arguably adds the most. What is “toning”? The word “toning” can describe both the coloration of a coin (what you see) and the chemical process that produced […]

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Traditional U.S. Mint Sets Losing Ground to Other Mint Products

The Coin Analyst: Traditional U.S. Mint Sets Losing Ground to Other Mint Products

Guest Column by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez… One of the first things I did when I got into coin collecting was write to the U.S. Mint so I could order my first uncirculated coin set. You might remember placing U.S. Mint mail orders, too, and addressing them to the customer service center at 10001 Aerospace Drive, Lanham, […]

By February 9, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. Through a long chain of pious frauds and medieval myth-making, the February 14 feast day of St. Valentine, an obscure third century martyr, became a day for celebrating romantic Love in Western popular culture. It may be no surprise to the reader that classical numismatics has relatively little […]

Rare Wilson So-Called Dollar on Sale Today at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

Rare Wilson So-Called Dollar on Sale Today at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Lot 217. Extremely Rare 1920 Wilson Dollar in Gold For fans of the So-Called dollar series, it’s always a treat to see an auction appearance of one of the series’ true stoppers, the extremely rare 1920 “Wilson dollar” in gold. The Wilson dollar was struck on July 16,1920 […]

Q. David Bowers on Stack’s Americana Sale – February 5-7, 2015

Q. David Bowers on Stack’s Americana Sale – February 5-7, 2015

by Q. David Bowers  – Stack’s Bowers Each year at this time, and in some years at other times as well, we hold an Americana Sale. The focus is on numismatics of our country with special emphasis on tokens, medals, documents, paper money, and archival items apart from the mainstream of federal coinage 1792 to date, although […]

Legend Market Report: You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but…

Legend Market Report: You Can Lead a Horse to Water, but…

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. We’ve all heard that phrase. What does it have to do with Long Beach? The show had decent attendence (even with a majority of East Coast dealers staying home) but had few collectors drinking (buying). We did not have a good show for multiple reasons.     Yes, the market clearly has […]

By February 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s Type Set

Stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s Type Set

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #263 A Weekly Coinweek Column by Greg Reynolds…. The stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s collection is almost irresistible. This coin is PCGS graded MS-66 and CAC approved. It is more attractive than 97% of the […]

By February 4, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

  by David Provost for CoinWeek…. Author’s Note: This installment of the Lafayette dollar story presents how the coin came to be; the conclusion (Part II) will discuss the coin as a collectible. US commemorative coins have always been used as fundraising tools for their sponsors. From the first half dollars struck in 1892-93 for […]

By February 3, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek…. I am delighted to have the opportunity to write a new column for CoinWeek on my corner of the numismatic world – Pedigreed Coins. My view is going to be a bit different from many writers and articles because I am the guy on the other side of the table. I […]

By February 2, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
American Silver Eagle Season Begins

American Silver Eagle Season Begins

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Silver Eagles are now collected by more people than about any other series on the planet. In recent years an annual tradition in the numismatic world has begun at the beginning of every calendar year. Starting in January the U.S. Mint commences delivery of United […]

By February 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CCAC Meeting Reveals How New Coin Design Process Works, Part 1: The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

CCAC Meeting Reveals How New Coin Design Process Works, Part 1: The Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Who’s responsible for bad coin design? Not the CCAC, says CoinWeek Assistant Editor Hubert Walker in this three-part report and commentary. Last week I spent the most educational seven hours on the phone that I’ve ever sat through in my entire life. I learned a lot about contemporary coins, coin […]

By February 2, 2015 7 Comments Read More →
PCGS Digital Coin Album is Clever Innovation, Not Gimmick

PCGS Digital Coin Album is Clever Innovation, Not Gimmick

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Thursday, January 29, 2015, PCGS (NASDAQ: CLCT) announced the launch of its new PCGS Digital Coin Album, a virtual coin album that ties in with the service’s popular PCGS Set Registry. In a company press release, PCGS Set Registry and Special Projects Director BJ […]

The Coin Analyst: Collectors Crying Over Milk-Spotted American Silver Eagles

The Coin Analyst: Collectors Crying Over Milk-Spotted American Silver Eagles

Investors, on the other hand… By Guest Columnist Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   If you’re seeing small, white spots on your American Silver Eagles and wonder what those unsightly imperfections are–and why they’re there–you’re not alone. The numismatic community first took note of so-called “milk spots” several years ago and is still trying to […]

By January 30, 2015 9 Comments Read More →
Copper and Bronze U.S. Coins in Mid-Winter Auctions

Copper and Bronze U.S. Coins in Mid-Winter Auctions

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #262 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……….. After the auctions at the FUN Orlando and New York International conventions in early January, coin auctions continue to be held during the winter, in both cold and […]

By January 28, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The Real Diehl: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the One Cent Coin

The Real Diehl: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the One Cent Coin

The Real Diehl is a regularly-appearing column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. Should We Keep the Penny? Penny for your thoughts? Well, they must not be worth much. The idiom is 500 years old, dating back at least to Thomas More in “Four Last Things”. Of course, More was referring […]

Greek Coinage of Baktria

Greek Coinage of Baktria

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   “The handsome coins of the Greek kings of Bactria have always enjoyed high renown among both collectors and scholars, because of their excellent artistic qualities and their great historical value…And what portraits they are! They possess not only the purely objective and brutal frankness of later Roman […]

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service, Part Two

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service, Part Two

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek…. Click here for Part One. After calling to let me know that he was coming to Sidney, Ohio to meet with Coin World management the next day, Ed Rochette flew to Dayton and called one of the Amos family from there to let them know why he was coming. He […]

By January 26, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
First Read:  Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read: Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. In this edition of First Read, we take a look at two self-published works in the field of modern numismatics. Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors by Richard Bousquet […]

A 32-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese Panda

A 32-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese Panda

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Bullion collectors today enjoy a smorgasbord of products from a variety of nations. After the Krugerrand proved there was an international market for such items, many of the world’s economic powerhouses followed suit, starting in the late 1970s. One of the first to do so was […]

By January 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CCAC Releases Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates

CCAC Releases Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal Design Candidates

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has released candidate designs for the 2015 High Relief 24 Karat Gold Coin and Silver Medal and the Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal. The designs will be reviewed and discussed at the CCAC’s upcoming public meeting, which takes place on Tuesday, January […]

By January 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, part 12: Copper-Nickel Indian Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, part 12: Copper-Nickel Indian Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #261  A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…   From 1793 to 1857, one cent coins were about the size of quarters. During the 1850s,‘ups and downs’ in markets for copper, as a metal, and a growing […]

By January 21, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – BACK FROM THE DEAD

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report – BACK FROM THE DEAD

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. This past week was like we took our first big breath of fresh air for 2015. After suffering through a miserable FUN Show (oh did we choke through it), we are relieved things turned around so quickly. We’re also are just now realizing that while wholesale was minimal, […]

The Once and Future King: A (Brief) History of Gold Coins in America

The Once and Future King: A (Brief) History of Gold Coins in America

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Long appreciated for its beauty, rarity and practicality, gold is the ultimate coining material. It’s true that even rarer metals can be made into bullion coins, and cheaper, more common substances make up our circulating coinage. But gold and alloys of gold have been there from […]

By January 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com….   Many collectors nowadays are afraid to buy any coin not already graded and encapsulated by a third-party grading service (TPG). Whenever a “raw” coin is offered for sale, the cynics automatically say “What’s wrong with it that it’s not in a slab?” This is nonsense of course, as collectors […]

By January 15, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Rare U.S. Coins Fare Well in FUN Auction: Coin Market Levels Remain Stable

Rare U.S. Coins Fare Well in FUN Auction: Coin Market Levels Remain Stable

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #260 A Special Report by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …….. There are widely circulating rumors, some voiced by insiders who I know, that prices for rare U.S. coins and patterns markedly fell during the second half of 2014 and are further falling. […]

By January 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Update: Creusy Numismatique Auction 13 Held on January 6

Update: Creusy Numismatique Auction 13 Held on January 6

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Creusy Numismatique, a family-run coin dealership based out of Geneva, Switzerland, held its most recent auction (Auction 13) on January 6. It was hosted by LiveAuctioneers.com. CoinWeek’s pre-auction report was published December 16, 2014. Below is the original article, followed by some updates.   Creusy Numismatique to Auction 244 Gold […]

By January 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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