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Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   UPDATE: According to the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Patrick McMahon, the time capsule will be reburied some time after April 2015. So if you get the chance or just happen to be in the area, check out the time capsule’s contents at the MFA before the exhibit ends […]

New York Copper Coins and Patterns in the Kendall Collection

New York Copper Coins and Patterns in the Kendall Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #270 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. Tomorrow night, on March 26, Stack’s-Bowers will sell the Kendall Collection of American colonial coins and other pre-1793 items. Last week, Willow Tree shillings in this collection were […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Widow’s Mite

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Widow’s Mite

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And He called unto Him His disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the […]

CoinWeek Weekly Coin Market Report – March 20, 2015 – Video: 7:05

CoinWeek Weekly Coin Market Report – March 20, 2015 – Video: 7:05

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan discusses the upcoming Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to be held at the end of March in Baltimore, Maryland. Also, Charles provides the latest U.S. Mint sales figures and discusses the delicious irony that is the 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar.   Copyright © CoinWeek March 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for […]

By March 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
France Wins the Battle, 200 Years after Losing the War

France Wins the Battle, 200 Years after Losing the War

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   The interconnected euro monetary system has led to a number of squabbles, both petty and of great import for the participating Eurozone countries. While most of the focus rightly has been placed on matters of finance (the intractable Greek debt crisis, for instance), other numismatically-related disagreements between nations pop up […]

The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 2/4/2015.   It’s said that every coin tells a story. Boy, do I have one straight out of Mysteries of the Unknown… In 1928, the warlord of Kweichow province, Zhou Xicheng, minted a coin to commemorate the completion of the Kweichow […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek… In case you have not figured it out yet, the reason I like “Pedigrees & Hoards” are because of the stories. For me, it is so much more fun to relate a story to coin collecting than to just try to fill holes in an album or slots in an […]

By March 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Hands on with the March of Dimes Special Silver Coin Set – Video: 2:03.

Hands on with the March of Dimes Special Silver Coin Set – Video: 2:03.

Collectors of modern U.S. coins will have to wait until May 4, 2015 to get their hands on the upcoming March of Dimes Special Silver Set from the U.S. Mint. The Set contains a 2015 March of Dimes silver proof dollar coin and two special Roosevelt dime proofs, a P-Mint reverse proof and a W-Mint […]

By March 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Uploads 1,000th Coin Video to the CoinWeek YouTube Channel

CoinWeek Uploads 1,000th Coin Video to the CoinWeek YouTube Channel

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this week CoinWeek uploaded its 1000th video onto the CoinWeek YouTube channel. Since we launched the channel, CoinWeek videos have been watched over 580,000 times–for a total of 1,584,462 minutes! That’s an unbelievable response from the collecting community. But you know what? […]

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Coin Program

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Coin Program

By David Provost for CoinWeek… Author’s Note: This installment of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island coin program story presents how the coin came to be; the conclusion (Part II) will discuss the coin as a collectible. Among all the modern United States commemorative issues, the coins struck for the Statue of Liberty’s 1986 centennial celebration […]

U.S. Mint Reports 1st Day Sales of March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollars – Video: 2:44.

U.S. Mint Reports 1st Day Sales of March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollars – Video: 2:44.

In what’s likely to go down as a “soft launch”, the 2015 March of Dimes commemorative silver dollar program went on sale earlier this week. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan discusses the U.S. Mint 1st day sales figures and how they compare to the earlier release of the U.S. Marshals commemorative silver dollar coin. Copyright © CoinWeek 2015 […]

The Earliest Coins of Ireland

The Earliest Coins of Ireland

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   WHEN ONE HEARS THE WORD “CELTIC”, one naturally thinks of Ireland (unless one is from Boston, in which case one naturally thinks of basketball). It may therefore seem surprising that none of the vast and complex coinage that numismatists describe as “Celtic” was struck in Ireland. “Celtic” […]

Ancient Greek Coins – The Mythology of Ajax the Lesser

Ancient Greek Coins – The Mythology of Ajax the Lesser

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection….   Opus was a small, infertile territory on the coast of mainland Greece, surrounded by larger, more powerful states. While their inhabitants, the Lokrians, made a relatively small impact in history, they produced a beautiful and extensive series of coins. Mercenaries returning home after […]

East German Commemorative Coins: The Collector Market 25 Years Later

East German Commemorative Coins: The Collector Market 25 Years Later

By David T. Alexander for CoinWeek…. Oct. 3, 1990 was an historic date for Germany and the world as the five constituent provinces of the former German Democratic Republic (Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR or East Germany) gained admission to the Federal Republic of Germany, thus ending nearly 50 years of division growing out of catastrophic […]

Counterfeit Coins Are the Future

Counterfeit Coins Are the Future

By Steve Caruso for CoinWeek…. Counterfeits are the future. I admit that coming from me, such a message seems a bit curious… if grim. However, the sad truth is that counterfeits will play a bigger and much more sophisticated part of our hobby’s future whether we wish to face it in time or not. What […]

By March 11, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #268 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Broadly defined, a wide variety of items fall into the category of pattern, experimental and trial pieces. Patterns, narrowly defined, are design concepts that should logically have been […]

CCAC Makes Design Recommendations for Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin, Mark Twain Commemorative, Among Others

CCAC Makes Design Recommendations for Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin, Mark Twain Commemorative, Among Others

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. At its March 5 public meeting in conjunction with the ANA National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) made recommendations from the available design candidates for the Mark Twain commemorative coin program, the Rosebud Sioux Code Talker Congressional gold medal, the Monuments Men Recognition Congressional […]

First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy

First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity, and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy by Q. David Bowers   Q. […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Binion Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Binion Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   The Binion Hoard offers the collector a variety of ways to collect coins, currency, and memorabilia like ashtrays, dice, gambling equipment, photos, casino chips, etc. A collector could assemble a traditional date/mintmark set, or he could choose to assemble a set of the various souvenir items available. But first, […]

Stack’s Bowers to Offer Seldom Seen Bicentennial Gold Medal at ANA National Money Show Auction

Stack’s Bowers to Offer Seldom Seen Bicentennial Gold Medal at ANA National Money Show Auction

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is the official auctioneer of the 2015 American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show and will conduct an auction featuring more than 1440 lots that covers a range of U.S. and colonial coins, patterns, private issues and medals. The auction kicks off at […]

Classic U.S. Silver Coins highlight Winter ANA Coin Auction

Classic U.S. Silver Coins highlight Winter ANA Coin Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #267 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Among major, ‘live’ coin auctions, smaller events with relatively modest offerings tend to draw more attention to coins that are not extremely expensive. In large events, six-figure coins often […]

CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   This month we mark the debut of the CoinWeek American Silver Eagle Price Guide and discuss month-to-month changes in the Eagle market. Stat heads rejoice! Our Approach We set out with CoinWeek’s American Silver Eagle Price Guide to offer collectors a no-nonsense guide to the range […]

Argentina to Issue New 50 Peso Falkland Islands Note

Argentina to Issue New 50 Peso Falkland Islands Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Unveiled last year, the note’s release ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Falklands War is bound to stir nationalist fervor in both Argentina and the U.K. The Central Bank of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina) is set to begin issuing new 50 peso notes […]

Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection….   Lampsakos has a storied past, having been a frequent source of contention between battling powers, changing hands between Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta between the sixth and fifth centuries BC. It was the first Greek city-state to see its gold coinage reach broad […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 2: The Oliver Jung 1833 Half Dime

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 2: The Oliver Jung 1833 Half Dime

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #266 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   The focus here is on the 1833 Capped Bust half dime in the Pogue Collection, a small five-cent silver coin that was formerly in the epic type set […]

By February 25, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Coins of The Anglo-Saxons

Coins of The Anglo-Saxons

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Britain after the Romans IN THE YEAR 410 C.E., the Western Roman Emperor Honorius replied to the city magistrates of Britannia, who had urgently requested help against invaders. Rome had no legions to spare; they would have to look to their own defense. The invaders included Germanic […]

By February 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The Dr. Buzz Aldrin Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Dr. Buzz Aldrin Collection

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   Okay, so you collect pedigree coins and have a fairly nice assortment. Well, I might be going out on a limb here but I’m pretty sure you don’t have this one: This 1923-S Peace dollar accompanied Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Normally, a 1923-S […]

By February 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report – PCGS Invitational Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – PCGS Invitational Coin Show

THE PCGS INVITATIONAL-ONE OF THE VERY BEST SHOWS This show can blow away several majors in many ways. We really can’t stress enough how these are “must attend” shows. There are only about 30 dealers, however all of the dealers there are major players. The atmosphere is cordial and the room is beautiful. Plus, PCGS […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The El Cortez Casino Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The El Cortez Casino Collection

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   Probably no other state has brought as many “hoards & collections” into the hobby as the state of Nevada. Several have interesting stories, like the Binion and Fitzgerald collections, but all started out as hoards. The El Cortez Casino Collection, however, was true to its name–it started as a […]

By February 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Silver Coins in Winthrop’s Type Set Fare Well at Coin Auction

Classic U.S. Silver Coins in Winthrop’s Type Set Fare Well at Coin Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #265 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………. On Friday, Feb. 6, in New York, Stack’s-Bowers sold Stephen Winthrop’s collection, as part of an annual “Americana Auction” that featured a wide variety of coins, medals, tokens […]

By February 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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