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CoinWeek Podcast #5: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part II – Audio: 7:11

CoinWeek Podcast #5: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part II – Audio: 7:11

In this CoinWeek podcast, editor Charles Morgan adapts ModernCoinWholesale founder and former NGC Grader Ron Drzewucki’s second article on the differences between and the similarities of two of America’s favorite collectible coins: the Morgan dollar and the American Silver Eagle. In this podcast, toning, strike, and packaging are covered. “The Morgan Dollar vs. the American […]

By December 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 2

Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.…. In Part 1 of this feature we spoke about public auctions. Now let’s turn our attention to mail bid sales and mail auctions. The mail bid dealer does not need to concern himself with the cost and procedure of procuring an auction license. The individual who conducts a public auction must […]

Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 1

Coin Auctions Are Great Venues – Part 1

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek…. In our previous installments of Collecting 101 we discussed many ways of obtaining those needed coins. Now we come to yet another method, this one being my personal favorite. If you’ve never bid in a public auction or mail bid auction sale, you’re missing a treat. In effect, you […]

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VIII: Coin with Image of the Menorah. Video: 3:57

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part VIII: Coin with Image of the Menorah. Video: 3:57

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot, Producer. In this episode of Coins of […]

Profiles in Bullion: Johnson Matthey

Profiles in Bullion: Johnson Matthey

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   I’ve discussed a couple of the big names in bullion and precious metals so far (namely PAMP Suisse, ScotiaMocatta and The Royal Mint), and today I’m going to add another into the mix. Johnson Matthey is a British multinational chemical company that started out as a well-known and respected […]

By December 7, 2015 5 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #4: CoinWeek: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the Cent – Audio: 6:12

CoinWeek Podcast #4: CoinWeek: It’s Time for the United States to Eliminate the Cent – Audio: 6:12

Former Director of the United States Mint Philip N. Diehl believes that the one cent coin has outlived its usefulness. The last time the one cent coin became too costly to make, the mint changed the coin’s composition, replacing copper with zinc. That was in 1982. A recent Mint study found that no change in […]

By December 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Serenissima: Medieval Coinage of Venice

Serenissima: Medieval Coinage of Venice

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   BETWEEN THE YEARS 1200 and 1600 a handful of feisty Italians created one of the greatest commercial and maritime empires in history. Venetians wrecked the Byzantine state, fought the Ottoman sultans to a standstill, defied a series of Popes and German emperors, and adorned their city with […]

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 2

Coin Shows for the Fun of It – Part 2

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr.….   In our first installment about attending coin shows, we spoke about making an outline of the people and events we want to meet and see. This outline will be converted into a list. Here’s a typical checklist: Seminars I want to attend (list by date, time and location) Friends I […]

Shireman Set of Gem Barber Half Dollars To Be Auctioned

Shireman Set of Gem Barber Half Dollars To Be Auctioned

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #307 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….. The Barber half dollar collection assembled by Dr. Peter Shireman is, by far, the finest intact set that is known to the coin community and was built during a period of more than twenty […]

By December 2, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
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 posed […]

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 […]

By December 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 time; […]

By November 30, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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, 2015 0 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 […]

By November 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 25, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
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, 2015 0 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, 2015 2 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 […]

By November 21, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
COLLECTING SILVER – Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

COLLECTING SILVER – Add Silver to your Gift List this Year

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   It’s that time of year again. What can you buy that is unique, enduring and reasonably priced for those on your gift list? One word – silver – immediately comes to mind. Collectors and bullion investors often like to give silver coins, rounds and bars to others, and that is a timely […]

By November 20, 2015 4 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 […]

By November 20, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Paper Money Collecting – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

Paper Money Collecting – Forming a Basic Rare Currency Library

By Kevin Foley, Special Contributor to CoinWeek….   I’m pleased to be joining Coin Week as a contributor, providing views and commentary about rare currency and paper money collecting. My own career in the field began in 1977, when I launched Kevin Foley – Rare Currency, specializing in United States paper money, Large Size Type […]

By November 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

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

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   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 of British coinage […]

By November 19, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 18, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
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, 2015 1 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 […]

By November 17, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 16, 2015 9 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By November 13, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
 
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