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Coin Clubs for the Fun of It

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek …… Anyone approaching middle age, and those of us who have already arrived there, will no doubt remember the hair coloring commercial on television that proclaimed that “blondes have more fun”. If you were to ask me to come up with a clever idea for a commercial on the […]

Coin Collecting Strategies –  Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies – Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Mention Mercury or Winged Liberty Head dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind. Rather than automatically locking in on the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates, it might be a better idea to check out the many semi-keys that seem to be neglected. […]

By September 30, 20150 Comments Read More →
So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

Coin Board News – Number 36

Coin Board News – Number 36

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 36 — Fall 2015 COIN BOARDS FOR SALE I haven’t made any coin board acquisitions since CBN 35, so there’s no new list of these. Instead, I took some time to go through my duplicate inventory of early folders, and a […]

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   When dealers and collectors compare different types and series, we usually have to make allowances for the eccentricities of each issue while at the same time be willing to pay more if they overcome them. For example, Morgan dollars from the New Orleans Mint tend to […]

Ancient Coins –  Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

Ancient Coins – Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

NGC Ancients has certified a previously unknown denarius of Nerva By David Vagi, Director, NGC Ancients ……   About two years ago NGC Ancients shared the discovery of a new type of silver denarius of Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 CE. That coin had been submitted for grading and we […]

What is the Risk that Delayed Physical Silver Deliveries Could Default?

What is the Risk that Delayed Physical Silver Deliveries Could Default?

A Special Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek by Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Services …… While I was on vacation recently, a long-time friend and customer sent me two important questions. He wanted to know if ordering bullion-priced physical silver for long delayed delivery ran the risk of a default in delivery. […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 17: Gem Early Lincoln Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 17: Gem Early Lincoln Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #296 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The most popular of all U.S. coins are Lincoln cents, which have been minted from 1909 to the present. A wide assortment of these may still be collected from change. Furthermore, circulated representatives […]

Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part II

Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part II

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries   On behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, I welcome you to Part II of our auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of early United States coins. Part I, held in New York City in May, is now history. That dynamic sale, cataloged by […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The SS Republic Founder’s Edition Set

Pedigrees & Hoards: The SS Republic Founder’s Edition Set

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   Back in May, I discussed coins from the SS Republic shipwreck and how they fit into the world of pedigree collecting. I also mentioned different approaches to collecting examples from the shipwreck and how I preferred to collect recovered 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar varieties. The two things I […]

By September 22, 20150 Comments Read More →
Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. We’re going to be brutally frank here. In our strong opinion, three issues have constrained the market recently: lack of coins, gradeflation, and changing of the old guard. Believe it or not, the lack of fresh, nice, rare coins has forced gradeflation back out into the open. We […]

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as complex as the Morgan dollar is – and it is – the Peace dollar really takes the cake for being a difficult coin to grade. It’s not that graders […]

2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set on Back Order

2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set on Back Order

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   UPDATE, 9-16-15: According to a notice from the Treasury Department, 25,000 sets were sold within the first 10 minutes of availability. An hour later, over 40,000 had been sold. The Mint’s fulfillment center will begin shipping the first 25,000 now, with the remainder to ship out sometime in […]

By September 16, 20151 Comments Read More →
The Rarest Half Dollar Coin of the Philadelphia Mint: The 1817/4 Overdate Bust Half

The Rarest Half Dollar Coin of the Philadelphia Mint: The 1817/4 Overdate Bust Half

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #295 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. Before 2005, just seven 1817/4 overdate bust halves were known and four have curiously appeared since, bringing the total to eleven. The second or third finest is currently ‘in the news.’ The Meyer-Pogue […]

Rare $10 Eagles Highlight Regency Auction XIII

Rare $10 Eagles Highlight Regency Auction XIII

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   The Legend Rare Coins Regency Auction XIII, taking place on September 3, 2015 during the PCGS Members Only Show, was a dazzling event well-suited to its glamorous host city. The coin auction, which saw 356 lots trade hands at the famous Venetian resort in Las Vegas, attracted more than […]

Profiles in Bullion: ScotiaMocatta

Profiles in Bullion: ScotiaMocatta

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Last time I profiled a bullion manufacturer, I talked about the Switzerland-based company PAMP Suisse. The surprising thing about it was that PAMP Suisse began operations only in 1977. One almost expects such a company to date back to the Renaissance, I guess. This week, however, […]

The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   On August 31, 2015 the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” or “Daesh”[1], which claims to be a new Islamic Caliphate[2], released a video announcing its first precious metal currency of gold dinars and silver dirhams. The ambitious stated objective of this coinage is to end the “American […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 7: The Mystique of the 1795 Nine Leaves $10 Gold Coin

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 7: The Mystique of the 1795 Nine Leaves $10 Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #294 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Eagles are U.S. $10 gold coins. Eagles were minted for use in commerce from 1795 to 1933, though were not struck during many years along the way. There will […]

Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. COMPARED TO COINS, POSTAGE STAMPS are a very modern invention. The first British stamp, the “Penny Black”, dates from 1840; the first American stamps appeared seven years later. Like coins, postage stamps have long attracted the passion of collectors, including King Farouk of Egypt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and […]

PAMP Suisse and Good Delivery: Profiles in Bullion

PAMP Suisse and Good Delivery: Profiles in Bullion

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….   Not every nation has its own mint. Many do, but it’s a surprising minority of the world’s countries. Not quite as numerous as national mints but certainly more common than you might expect are the number of private mints and bullion manufacturers in the world. And […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Gilded Age Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Gilded Age Collection

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   In a previous article, I took a critical stance on “Private” or “Personal” collections and their worthiness to be given pedigree status. One of my reasons for this is because grading services give this type of material an artificial bump in the marketplace when there is no basis for the […]

Q. David Bowers Eulogizes the Modern Dollar

Q. David Bowers Eulogizes the Modern Dollar

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers In recent months, I have been working on and off on a manuscript for Whitman covering modern dollar coins from 1971 to date. In essence these comprise Eisenhower dollars (1971-1978), Susan B. Anthony dollars (1979-1981 and then a stray issue in 1999), Sacagawea dollars (2000 onward), blending into the […]

Room to Run:  Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

Room to Run: Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. I write quite a bit about finding what I call “opportunity specie” in the rare coin market. Undervalued coins. Sleeper coins. Pedigree coins. Old holder coins. CAC coins. Blue chip coins. All represent strong opportunity for smart resourced investors. Combine any of […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 6: A Sleeping Rarity, the 1798 ‘Small Eagle’ $5 Gold Coin

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 6: A Sleeping Rarity, the 1798 ‘Small Eagle’ $5 Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #293 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. On September 30, 2015, the Pogue II sale will be conducted by Stack’s-Bowers, “in association with Sotheby’s,” in New York. The rarest coin in the sale is the 1798 […]

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Early American Commemoratives, Part 2: Commemoratives and Related So-Called Dollars In the first part of our story, we discussed a number of so-called dollars and commemorative coins issued during important national and international expositions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of […]

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 1

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Are you a collector or an investor? The answer doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. More than a few coin enthusiasts have a favorite series or two they pursue as a hobby while investing in gold and silver bullion for financial insurance. That’s the ideal situation, but what […]

By September 1, 20150 Comments Read More →
Pete Smith on the Passing of Francis Paul Prucha (1921-2015)

Pete Smith on the Passing of Francis Paul Prucha (1921-2015)

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek.com….   Francis Paul Prucha, author of Indian Peace Medals in American History, died on July 30, 2015, at age 94. His book, published in 1971 by University of Nebraska Press, has become the standard reference on the topic. Prucha was born in River Falls, Wisconsin, on January 4, 1921. He […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Fitzgerald Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Fitzgerald Collection

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   The Fitzgerald Collection (also referred to as Fitzgerald’s Nevada Club Reno Hoard) is one of my favorite collections (and pedigrees) for a variety of reasons. First, it has a heritage spanning from the early life of Lincoln Fitzgerald and his involvement in illegal gambling activities with the Purple Gang […]

Is the Naftzger-Blay 1807/6 the only Gem Quality & Full Red ‘Early Date’ Large Cent?

Is the Naftzger-Blay 1807/6 the only Gem Quality & Full Red ‘Early Date’ Large Cent?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics:News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #292 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. At the ANA Convention near Chicago, Stack’s-Bowers auctioned one of the most famous and awe-striking of all ‘early date’ large cents (1793-1814). This 1807/6 overdate, Draped Bust cent is PCGS […]

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

Hot Lips and Scar Face: Two Dramatic 1888-O Morgan Dollar Varieties

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   In my previous sortie into VAM territory, I mentioned the 1888-O “Hot Lips” variety of Morgan dollar. It is arguably the most famous VAM out there (a “VAM” being a Morgan or Peace dollar variety as officially cataloged by Leroy Van Allen and George Mallis), and […]

 
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