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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Bridges on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Bridges on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   ROMANS WERE PROUD of their bridges, some of the most spectacular feats of ancient engineering. The high priest of the Roman state religion was called the Pontifex Maximus–literally the “supreme bridge-builder”–a title later adopted by the Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. A number of Roman coins depict […]

Spanish Empire “Royal” Potosí Mint 1652 Eight Reales Silver Coin to be Auctioned

Spanish Empire “Royal” Potosí Mint 1652 Eight Reales Silver Coin to be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #364 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   In the upcoming Heritage auction of the Moore Collection of high-quality world coins on January 9, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York, a major attraction is a 1652 Eight Reales […]

Market Whimsy: Of Hoards and Buried Treasure

Market Whimsy: Of Hoards and Buried Treasure

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker …..   Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This article was first published in December of 2015 as “Buried Pleasure”. It has been updated where […]

Q. David Bowers – Dr. Richard G. Doty: A Reminiscence

Q. David Bowers – Dr. Richard G. Doty: A Reminiscence

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   Dr. Richard G. (“Dick”) Doty was a personal friend of mine for many years and was widely admired by all who knew him. As an associate curator of the National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution, then head curator, from 1986 onward he planned exhibits and […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Gold…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Congratulations on your decision. I’m sure you’ve given this a lot of thought and I’d like to assist you in formulating a plan of attack. First, there are two things you’ll need plenty of: funds and patience. Second, you’ll need some guidance regarding the logistics […]

Legend Market Report – The PCGS Invitational

Legend Market Report – The PCGS Invitational

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   THE UNEXPECTED Yet again, another PCGS Invitational has turned out to be a better show for us then one or two of the majors! If you have not ever attended one, you simply MUST. You can deal with some of the BEST graders in the biz you […]

Gem MS-68 1924 Standing Liberty Quarters in FUN Auction

Gem MS-68 1924 Standing Liberty Quarters in FUN Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #363 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Two newsworthy 1924 Philadelphia Mint Standing Liberty Quarters (SLQs) will be offered in the Heritage auction at the FUN Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in January. Although bidders for these two […]

Gold and Silver Markets – Gold Closes Lower

Gold and Silver Markets – Gold Closes Lower

Commentary for Tuesday, December 20, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $9.10 today at $1,133.60 in choppy trading. The gold and silver markets closed weaker because the dollar pushed higher in early trading. The Dollar Index closed yesterday at 103.13 and reached a […]

Liberty Coin Service:  White-Tailed Buck in Front of Pictured Rocks Most Popular Design for 2018 Michigan Quarter!

Liberty Coin Service: White-Tailed Buck in Front of Pictured Rocks Most Popular Design for 2018 Michigan Quarter!

By Liberty Coin Service …… Out of 13 possible designs, the one featuring a white-tailed buck in front of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore was by far the most popular choice to appear on the forthcoming 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters® to honor Michigan in a survey of schools, coin collectors, and the general public conducted […]

Coin Photography – A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words or at Least a Thousand Dollars!

Coin Photography – A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words or at Least a Thousand Dollars!

Digital photography is one of the key tools for the business of numismatics By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The earliest regular auction catalogues for rare coins in the United States began in the 1850s or so. These early catalogues illustrated coins with the use of woodcuts. That process of illustration […]

Heritage Sues Christie’s for Copyright Infringement and Fraud

Heritage Sues Christie’s for Copyright Infringement and Fraud

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On Monday, December 12, the Dallas-based coin and collectibles auction company Heritage Auctions announced that it was suing Christie’s auction house and its subsidiary Collectrium over multiple allegations of copyright infringement and computer fraud. Heritage had filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court in Dallas on […]

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download […]

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Gold Markets Report – Gold Weakens in the FOMC Aftermarket

Gold Markets Report – Gold Weakens in the FOMC Aftermarket

Commentary for Friday, December 15, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $4.70 at $1,163.70 but keep in mind this close happened before the FOMC announced its expected ¼ point increase in interest rates. So basically this market closed on an upbeat note perhaps because […]

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U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #362 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This is the fourth column in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 on any one piece. Patterns of interesting, alternative designs for five cent nickels […]

Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER We were surprised at how active this past week was. It wasn’t a mad house or anything, just even keel business. Very proud to say the biggest coin we sold was a $3 1886 PCGS MS65 CAC. That coin was the last coin […]

Gold Markets – Gold Modestly Firm but Interesting Plus Black Money in India

Gold Markets – Gold Modestly Firm but Interesting Plus Black Money in India

Commentary for Monday, December 12, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $3.90 at $1165.80 – not much but it could be important. An interesting price pattern in gold today considering this Tuesday and Wednesday will be dominated by the latest FOMC information including […]

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What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   From a numismatic point of view, 2016 wasn’t an especially good year. In most series, prices were down; in some cases by as much as 20-30%. Perhaps the only bright spot in the 2016 coin market was rare date gold. My business was strong in […]

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   ​In the 1970s and ’80s I used to teach the “All About Coins” class at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminars in Colorado Springs. This was always an enjoyable experience and the class was always well attended. Some of my teenaged students went on to […]

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

How To Raise Money For Better Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……….   It happens to every collector, and often on a repeated basis. A special coin comes along – imagine a $5 gold Indian at close to melt value, an 1891-CC Morgan dollar in a PCGS or NGC EF-45 holder or a circulated 1807 Draped Bust half cent with appealing […]

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Coin Board News – Number 41

Coin Board News – Number 41

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 41 — Winter 2017 BIG ANNUAL UPDATE ISSUE Yes, it’s that time of year again when I include a newly updated Check List & Value Guide for coin boards, as well as updated Revisions reports for each of my books. […]

World Coins – Affordable Fourpence Silver Groats of King Henry VIII

World Coins – Affordable Fourpence Silver Groats of King Henry VIII

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #361 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Henry VIII is the most famous king in the history of England, and perhaps had the most impact on history of any English king. His second daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, may […]

CoinWeek Podcast #49: Q&A with U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson

CoinWeek Podcast #49: Q&A with U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson

CoinWeek Podcast #49: Q&A with U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Rhett Jeppson is the Principal Deputy Director of the United States Mint, a position he has held since January 2015. President Barack Obama nominated […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is a forgery is a crime.” –Leo Mildenberg (1913 – 2001)[1] FOR CLASSICAL NUMISMATISTS any discussion of fake ancient coins is… a delicate subject. Dealers worry that fear of fakes will […]

Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

By Leroy Van Allen, Special for CoinWeek …..   In November, Charles Morgan, Editor of CoinWeek, sent me an e-mail with three overall photographs of the two Morgan dollar hubs dated 1964 recently found by numismatists at the Philadelphia Mint. He wanted to know if I had any information on these hubs. This was the […]

Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Tallow: The white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants. –Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Tallow. Probably not a word we or any other numismatic authors and journalists have to use much, but it’s at the heart of […]

Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 26: Capped Bust Quarters

Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 26: Capped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #360 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This series of articles is aimed at collectors who do not wish to spend more than $500 for any one coin yet seek to build meaningful, enjoyable and noteworthy collections of […]

US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …..   Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, […]

Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Lydian Coins are considers to be the First Coins ever produced and used. The First Official Coin Natural resources are often a source of great wealth for a country, especially its king. The Pactolus River in Lydia, now modern day Turkey, was […]

Legend Market Report – Post Thanksgiving Coin Market

Legend Market Report – Post Thanksgiving Coin Market

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   GIVING THANKS For sure, this year was slightly better than this time last year. The plunge had been quick and deep in the coin market during 2014-15. Clearly the Gardner and Pogue Sales sped up the downward run. We felt that since May of this year the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ………   Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit coins, in this case a  1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the […]

 
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