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Important New Norse-American Copper Die Trial Recently Discovered

Important New Norse-American Copper Die Trial Recently Discovered

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – www.MFrarecoins.com A new example of a very rare copper die trial of the Norse-American commemorative struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia has recently been discovered by a Midwest coin shop. It’s only the second Norse die trial known in copper. An unconfirmed piece with an unknown metal composition […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Round-Up for August

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Round-Up for August

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. It’s been a busy summer for modern coin releases from major world mints, and the fall will bring even more new coins that will be dominated by the 2015 Year of the Goat program.  Here are some of the more significant new coins:   Orion takes flight One of the […]

CFTC Confirms Its Reported Gold And Silver Market Data Is Erroneous

CFTC Confirms Its Reported Gold And Silver Market Data Is Erroneous

Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com By Patrick A. Heller Over the past few years, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has paid more than $25 billion in fines and penalties for a variety of infractions. However, the July 29 announcement by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) of filing and settling charges against JPMorgan Securities […]

William Shamhart ANA WORLD’S FAIR OF MONEY Coin Show Report 2014

William Shamhart ANA WORLD’S FAIR OF MONEY Coin Show Report 2014

By William Shamhart, Jr. – Numismatic Americana ……….. Like many of the regular table holders at this year’s ANA show, I decided to skip the pre-show. Ten days in Rosemont, Illinois is WAY too long. So I showed up at the pre-show around noon on Monday thinking that I could go in and start conducting […]

Medieval Numismatics: Coins of the Crusaders

Medieval Numismatics: Coins of the Crusaders

CoinWeek Medieval Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ……….. Crusader coins survive in surprising abundance and have much to tell us about this distant era, which has so many parallels to contemporary events. Between 1096 and 1291, the Church of Rome, the aristocracy, and the peoples of Western Europe launched a series of military campaigns against the Muslim […]

American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Wrap Up

American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Wrap Up

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. Obviously, the Kennedy gold half dollar release was the big story of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money and CoinWeek was on the ground as it happened. Expect to see that report by Monday. In the interim, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about numismatic topics beyond […]

Million Dollar Coins in ANA Auctions ….Part 1

Million Dollar Coins in ANA Auctions ….Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #236 — Edited on Aug. 14, 2014, 11:06 pm A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. For the first time, both Stack’s-Bowers and Heritage conducted official ANA auctions at the summer convention, which was held from […]

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics, a Portland Oregon rare coin firm specializing in choice 18th and 19th century United States gold coinage, recently set a world auction record for a Liberty Head double eagle and for any Liberty Head gold coin by purchasing a PCGS MS61 example of the excessively rare 1861 Paquet Reverse $20.00 for $1,645,000. […]

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CoinWeek and Its Writers Win Eight Numismatic Literary Guild Awards

CoinWeek and Its Writers Win Eight Numismatic Literary Guild Awards

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Plaques, dinner, and humor dished out at Numismatic Literary Guild Bash… The Numismatic Literary Guild Bash is a chance for some of the industry’s brightest and most talented writers to get together, talk about all things numismatic, and tell jokes. Lots of jokes… usually of the eye-rolling, […]

The Coin Analyst: Are Coin Show Releases Good for Numismatics?

The Coin Analyst: Are Coin Show Releases Good for Numismatics?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… As the dust settles on the largest and most important coin show of the year, the ANA’s World Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois last week, it is a good time to take stock of the launch of the 2014 gold Kennedy half dollars, which has important implications […]

Coin Values: What’s It Worth? How dealers determine the value of a rare coin.

Coin Values: What’s It Worth? How dealers determine the value of a rare coin.

How are rare coin prices determined? Often the question dealers will ask is: “I know what Greysheet (Coin Dealer Newsletter bid) is, but what can I ‘really’ get for it?” In this month’s Rare Coin Market Report, I will explain how I determine the value of an individual coin. Most often I will use a […]

Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

Coin Values: Pricing Problem Coins !

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’ve discussed many times the process in which how nice coins are assigned price levels. But how are problem coins valued? This is an interesting question and one which is becoming a bit easier to answer since NCS coins have become a well-accepted part of numismatics. (Before […]

Key 1896-S Barber Quarter in Stack’s-Bowers Auction, A Tremendous Condition Rarity

Key 1896-S Barber Quarter in Stack’s-Bowers Auction, A Tremendous Condition Rarity

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #235 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Barber Quarters are a popular series of U.S. coins. When I was a kid, I was extremely interested in them. Even now, heavily circulated, non-rare Barber Quarters are available […]

10 Selections from the New Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price Book You Have to See…

10 Selections from the New Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price Book You Have to See…

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… At CoinWeek, we love numismatic literature. This is why, when we saw the new Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price List for Select Numismatic Books, we had to put everything aside for a few moments while we took in the book’s 92 amazing offerings. Many of the books […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: 7 Ways to Improve Your Coin Collection

Coin Collecting Strategies: 7 Ways to Improve Your Coin Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Someone recently asked me a question that I thought was interesting and that merited a detailed response. To paraphrase this question, they basically asked me this: can you tell me some ways that I can improve my collection while spending little or no money? Are there any […]

CoinWeek Article Leads to the Discovery of Previously Unknown 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets

CoinWeek Article Leads to the Discovery of Previously Unknown 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets

A coin dealer’s article on Double Mint Sets leads to the discovery of 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets… By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. This is a story about five tiny cloth sacks, a numismatic mystery 70 years in the making, and a coin industry veteran, whose recollection of one particular missed opportunity led […]

Key 1849-O Quarter in SBG Auction, an Unnoticed Rarity

Key 1849-O Quarter in SBG Auction, an Unnoticed Rarity

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #234 … A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. One of the finest 1849-O quarters is ‘in the news’ as it will be offered by Stack’s-Bowers on August 6th, at the ANA Convention in Rosemont, Illinois. The […]

The Coin Analyst: A Second Look at the Prospects for the Gold Kennedy Coins

The Coin Analyst: A Second Look at the Prospects for the Gold Kennedy Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said: “”The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” That quote came to mind over the past week as I was thinking about the forthcoming release next […]

Kickstarter Campaign for 3rd Edition Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide

Kickstarter Campaign for 3rd Edition Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Rick Snow, numismatic author and owner of Eagle Eye Rare Coins in Tucson, AZ, is offering readers a special pre-publication deal on the upcoming 3rd edition of the Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Attribution Guide. First published in 1992 as simply Flying Eagles and Indian Cents, the “Snow” book started […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: Brisk Sales for Kennedy Sets + New PCGS Kennedy Label + Upcoming First Reads

Numismatic Quick Hits: Brisk Sales for Kennedy Sets + New PCGS Kennedy Label + Upcoming First Reads

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Sales Brisk for Two-Coin Kennedy Sets After One Day Michael White at the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications forwarded me this number: 68,974. That’s the total number of 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Sets that have been ordered by collectors and dealers in the […]

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

US Gold Coins: Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Without a lot of fanfare, we have seen the dispersal of one of the most amazing collecting of Western branch mint gold coins in the history of numismatics. So far in 2014, the various sales of the Bently/Nob Hill Collection(s) of US Gold Coinage has seen no […]

The Coin Analyst: CCAC Endorses U.S. Mint Proposal for 2015 Ultra High Relief Coin and Medal

The Coin Analyst: CCAC Endorses U.S. Mint Proposal for 2015 Ultra High Relief Coin and Medal

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… During a teleconference held on July 22 the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee’s ten members unanimously endorsed a proposal by the U.S. Mint to use existing statutory legal authority to issue an American Liberty ultra high relief gold coin and silver medal in 2015. The proposal is for a 24 […]

The Spectacular Newman-Jung Coin and other 1818/5 Capped Bust Quarters

The Spectacular Newman-Jung Coin and other 1818/5 Capped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #233 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………… The most exciting consignment to the Heritage ANA auction is the pre-1840 U.S. material from Oliver Jung. Last week’s column covered the Jackman-Jung 1794 Apple Cheek Large Cent. […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

Coin Collecting Strategies: Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy […]

The Coinage of Aksum

The Coinage of Aksum

by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Ancient Coin Series Where the south declines towards the setting sun lies the country called Ethiopia, the last inhabited land in that direction. There gold is obtained in great plenty… –Herodotus, The Histories, Book 2 (c. 450 BCE) Five days march inland from the Red Sea, on the hilly Tigray Plateau, […]

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report

Raleigh Money Expo Show Report

By Charles Morgan by CoinWeek…. A few months ago, CoinWeek contributing writer Dave Provost invited me to the Raleigh Money Expo, a growing regional show put on by the members of the Raleigh Coin Club. The event, held this year in a 50,000 square foot exhibition space at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, boasted more […]

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read: American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek… American Gold and Platinum Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Programs, by Edmund Moy Edmund C. Moy, who served as Director of the U.S. Mint from 2006 to 2011, has probably had […]

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

10 Undervalued, Affordable US Gold Coins from the Old West

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Everyone likes good value when they buy coins, and more collectors than ever opt to buy coins from the two western branch mints located in Carson City and San Francisco. So why not write an article on said topic? And let’s double your enjoyment, dear reader, by […]

Does Ike Dollar Market Foreshadow a Crumbling Modern Coin Market ?

Does Ike Dollar Market Foreshadow a Crumbling Modern Coin Market ?

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. As a member of the Ike Group, Charles tries to stay informed about the current goings-on in the series and keeps in touch with collectors and Eisenhower dollar researchers. They generally like to talk about the popularity of the series, research into new varieties, and the state of the […]

The Cutest of Apple Cheeks: The Jackman-Jung 1794 Large Cent

The Cutest of Apple Cheeks: The Jackman-Jung 1794 Large Cent

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #232 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. In early August, Heritage will auction a group of type coins consigned by Oliver Jung, including the finest known 1794 Apple Cheek Large Cent. Among coin collectors, Jung is […]

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