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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 →
First Read: Coinage in the Roman Economy

First Read: Coinage in the Roman Economy

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Essay by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   Coinage in the Roman Economy by Kenneth Harl, Ph.D.   Buy the book before you buy the coin. -Numismatic proverb (attributed to Aaron Feldman)   I’m always a little embarrassed when CoinWeek describes […]

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report: The Coin Market is Brutal…… Just like this winter.

Legend Numismatics Rare Coin Market Report: The Coin Market is Brutal…… Just like this winter.

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……. Came home to frigid temps and snow on the ground. YUCK! It was even more frigid at the show. We’re going to be brutally honest in this report (please read carefully and think about what we are saying). This was Legends WORST FUN Show EVER. Sure the table […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Lights and Loupes

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Lights and Loupes

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com So check this out. I flew in to Texas a few weeks ago and met up with a dealer friend of mine. This is a guy who knows his coins. He’s a major Texas dealer who’s been in the family business his whole life. I tell you this because I […]

Proof British Gold Coins star in New York This Week

Proof British Gold Coins star in New York This Week

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #258 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… Among the most exciting consignments to the auctions held during this week of the New York International Convention at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel are British Proof sets from past eras, consisting of silver and/or […]

A Candid 2015 “Hot Topics” on the Coin Market by Laura Sperber

A Candid 2015 “Hot Topics” on the Coin Market by Laura Sperber

2014 WAS THE YEAR FROM HELL Can’t say 2014 was a good year for myself or The Legend companies. We would have our good months, only to give back and then some the following months. Choppy accurately describes the overall market. I’m not one who has to have everything rock-in and rolling all the time, […]

ANZAC Centenary Commemorative 1st Coin of 2015 for Royal Australian Mint

ANZAC Centenary Commemorative 1st Coin of 2015 for Royal Australian Mint

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On Thursday, January 1, the Royal Australian Mint in the capital city of Canberra introduced the first Australian coin of 2015, with the unveiling of a new AU$1 commemorating the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). The coin is part of the Official ANZAC Centenary Coin Program, which honors […]

Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

Israel Recovers Ancient Coins Stolen from Site

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 31, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that it had recovered over 800 ancient coins from the house of a Beit Shemesh man who confessed to looting items from a local archaeological site. The unidentified man, who is in his 50s, was apprehended by border police while on […]

How will Coin Collectors Interpret Certified Coin Grades in the Future?

How will Coin Collectors Interpret Certified Coin Grades in the Future?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #257 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. There is no doubt that the vast majority of scarce classic U.S. coins, and thousands of common coins, valued at more than $250 each, are PCGS or NGC […]

By December 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Spanish Police Arrest Alleged Forgers of €2 Euro Coins

Spanish Police Arrest Alleged Forgers of €2 Euro Coins

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Police in Madrid arrested three individuals yesterday on charges of counterfeiting up to 12,000 two-euro coins over five years. The three appeared to be running the counterfeiting operation out of their houses, using equipment readily-available at the average home improvement store. During the arrests, officers found a total of […]

By December 31, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
New Set of Swedish Coins and Bank Notes in 2015

New Set of Swedish Coins and Bank Notes in 2015

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Central Bank of Sweden (Sveriges Riksbank) announced recently that a new series of Swedish coins and bank notes will be introduced in October 2015, replacing over 300 million notes and two billion coins currently in circulation. The Riksbank announced a design contest for the new notes in spring 2011. […]

By December 30, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Coinage of the First Caliphate

Coinage of the First Caliphate

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz… BY THE BEGINNING of the seventh century, the lands of the Eastern Mediterranean had been ravaged by plague, earthquake and decades of war between the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) and Sasanian Persian empires. Along the coast, the great cities were mostly Greek-speaking. In the fertile hill country, villagers spoke […]

By December 30, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Royal Mint Unveils Limited Edition £100 Silver Coin

Royal Mint Unveils Limited Edition £100 Silver Coin

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Royal Mint has an end-of-the-year surprise for you. On December 27, the venerable institution unveiled a new, limited-edition £100 silver coin featuring the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament in London–otherwise known as “Big Ben”*–on the reverse. This is the first time the Mint has issued a coin […]

By December 28, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Angola Issues New 20-Kwanza Coins; 50- and 100-Kwanza Coins Set for 2015

Angola Issues New 20-Kwanza Coins; 50- and 100-Kwanza Coins Set for 2015

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. To celebrate Angola’s 40th anniversary of independence from Portugal, the National Reserve Bank of Angola (Banco Nacional de Angola, or BNA) will issue new 50- and 100-kwanza coins in 2015. BNA governor José de Lima Massano announced the new denominations on December 23, at the release ceremony for the the […]

By December 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Texas Coin Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Theft

Texas Coin Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years for Theft

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On December 18, Edwin Chauncey, the former owner and operator of Chauncey’s Rare Coins and Currency in Lubbock, TX, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for swindling $1.24 million from customers. Standing before Judge Brad Underwood of the 364th District Court in Lubbock County, Chauncey, 66, plead guilty in […]

By December 26, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

Is the Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X Sale a Sign of Things to Come in 2015?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The conclusion of Legend Rare Coin Auction’s Regency X December 18 sale at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas marks the end of the 2014 auction season and closes the door on a year that has been filled with highs and lows for the rare […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 11: Standing Liberty Quarters

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 11: Standing Liberty Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #256 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds For less than $500 per coin, a set of Standing Liberty Quarters (SLQs) ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can almost be completed, with many dates represented by choice […]

By December 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part 2

The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part 2

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com Last week, it was tech specs and design. This week, I wanted to talk about the Morgan dollar and American Silver Eagle’s “eye appeal”–specifically, toning and strike. By extension, the topic covers some aspects of the series’ collectibility.   Toning Morgan dollars are some of the most beautifully toned American coins. […]

By December 23, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: 2014 Modern U.S. Coin Year in Review

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Modern U.S. Coin Year in Review

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. It’s been a noteworthy year for modern U.S. coins with some of the best releases and most compelling designs in many years such as the 2014 American Platinum Eagle proof coin that depicts a young Lady Liberty.  There were also a number of unexpected surprises like the 2014 Native American […]

By December 23, 2014 13 Comments Read More →
As Relations with Cuba Thaw, Market for Cuban Coins Likely to Heat Up

As Relations with Cuba Thaw, Market for Cuban Coins Likely to Heat Up

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com… Ask most Americans born following the Cuban Missile Crisis about Cuba, and you’ll probably hear about cigars or Guantanamo Bay. Maybe baseball. But America’s strained relationship and historical connection to the Caribbean island goes far beyond mid-century cold war tensions, delicious ham and pork sandwiches, connoisseur cigars, […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 10: Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 10: Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #255 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… For less than $500 per coin, a set of Walking Liberty half dollars ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can be completed with circulated representatives of some ‘early dates’ […]

By December 17, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
US Mint Releases Second Report on Alternative Ways to Manufacture Coins

US Mint Releases Second Report on Alternative Ways to Manufacture Coins

by Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… If you read nothing else concerning the US Mint’s December 12 biennial report on coin production costs and research into production alternatives, then here are the report’s conclusions: There is no material that can make cent production cheaper. Currently, the costs to industries that make use of coin-accepting machines (such as […]

By December 16, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
The Nativity on Coins

The Nativity on Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz… The Nativity of Jesus is such a familiar image in visual media–from greeting cards to stained glass windows–that it is startling to discover that it does not appear anywhere in Western art until the fourth century, and – with one unique medallic exception – not on coinage until […]

By December 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Microsoft Now Accepting Bitcoins for App and Game Purchases

Microsoft Now Accepting Bitcoins for App and Game Purchases

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The tide is gradually changing in favor of Bitcoin. Software giant Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has long been considered by many to be relatively slow to respond to changes in the market. However, with this year’s departure of CEO Steve Ballmer and promotion of Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella, that appears to […]

By December 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Exquisite Barber Dimes and Proof Morgans Headline Legend’s Regency X Auction at PCGS Members-Only Show in Las Vegas

Exquisite Barber Dimes and Proof Morgans Headline Legend’s Regency X Auction at PCGS Members-Only Show in Las Vegas

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. For dealers and collectors at the top end of the U.S. rare coin market, all eyes will be on the beautiful Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada at 5:00 pm local time (8:00 pm Eastern) as Legend Rare Coin Auctions starts live bidding for Regency Auction X. […]

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

The Coin Analyst: 2014 Libertad Coin Mintages Revealed; Ghana Lunar Skulls Take-Off

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek… Libertad gold and silver coins from the oldest mint in North America, the Casa de Moneda in Mexico, have always appealed to buyers for a range of reasons.  This includes their gorgeous obverse design depicting the bare-breasted winged Victoria statue that many consider the finest to appear on an ongoing […]

By December 11, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
Coin Market Emphasis on the U.S. Civil War Era

Coin Market Emphasis on the U.S. Civil War Era

By Adam Crum – Monaco Rare Coins It was 150 years ago that America’s greatest tragedy was coming to a close. The unimaginable tragedy of our deadliest war tore the United States apart, waging a regretful calamity of loss of life and property on a monumental scale. After more than four years of bloodshed, 1865 […]

By December 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 9: Buffalo Nickels

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 9: Buffalo Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #254  A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… For less than $500 per coin, a set of Buffalo nickels ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can certainly be completed, provided that the 1918/7-D overdate and the 1916/1916 […]

By December 10, 2014 5 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VII

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VII

By David Provost for CoinWeek.com…. Previous installments of this article can be found here. The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs took up the House-amended version of S1230, the bill calling for commemorative coinage in support of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, on June 10, 1982. The amended bill was written by Representative […]

By December 9, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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