Expert Columns

Ancient Coins – Zeus, the King of the Gods

Ancient Coins – Zeus, the King of the Gods

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   Depending on who was in control at the time, the electrum coinage of Phokaia and Mytilene in Ionia was struck as payment to either the Persian Empire or the Delian League. Issued semi-annually, the volume of coins minted was prolific – both […]

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #369 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type was covered in Part Nine of this series. The ‘With Motto’ type dates […]

Gold Kilo Proof Coin Worth £49,995 to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Sapphire Jubilee

Gold Kilo Proof Coin Worth £49,995 to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Sapphire Jubilee

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate 65 years on the throne come February 6 – the first British ruler to do so. And with the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13, 2016, Elizabeth is the world’s longest reigning living monarch. So to honor the 65th anniversary […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics & Market Report – Coin Values & Great Coins Bring Great Prices

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics & Market Report – Coin Values & Great Coins Bring Great Prices

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   Great Coins Bring Great Prices IT MIGHT BE WINTER BUT THE HEAT IS ON! Last week was a highly unexpected STRONG week. We had decent sales off our web site, really strong sales off our Want Lists, and a few big “lucky” sales. The “switch” as we […]

Opinion: The PCGS and NGC Dust Up Shows Market Realities

Opinion: The PCGS and NGC Dust Up Shows Market Realities

Image Composite: Heritage Auctions | Ron Drzewucki | CoinWeek By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   On January 17, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg published an open letter on the NGC website (it also went out in an NGC email). In the letter, which is accompanied by data, Mark alleges that there has been […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 27: Capped Bust Half Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 27: Capped Bust Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #368 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This discussion of Capped Bust half dimes is in line with a past discussion on Capped Bust half dollars and a recent piece on Capped Bust quarters. It is not difficult […]

Changing of the Guard at United States Mint

Changing of the Guard at United States Mint

Jeppson out, Motl in as Acting Director of the Mint By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   According to Michael White at the Office of Corporate Communications for the U.S. Mint, Rhett Jeppson has resigned as Principal Deputy Director of the Mint. His resignation was effective as of noon on Friday, January 20. Jeppson has […]

US Mint News – Lions Club 1st Day Sales, Update on Buffalo Fractional Gold

US Mint News – Lions Club 1st Day Sales, Update on Buffalo Fractional Gold

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Lions Club 1st Day Sales The United States Mint released first-day sales figures today for the 2017 Lions Club International Centennial Commemorative Silver Dollar. 19,244 Proof strike silver coins were sold, whereas 5,926 Uncirculated coins were ordered. Sales as of Sunday, January 22 total 23,349 pieces for the […]

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Commemorative Coin Bill Introduced

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Commemorative Coin Bill Introduced

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On January 13, a bill to commemorate the achievements–both in and out of the ring–of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali was introduced in the 115th Congress of the United States, which runs from January 3, 2017 through January 3, 2019. Identical bills were proposed in both the House […]

First 2017 ATB Quarter, Platinum Eagle Bullion Coin Among Upcoming U.S. Mint Products

First 2017 ATB Quarter, Platinum Eagle Bullion Coin Among Upcoming U.S. Mint Products

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The United States Mint recently added several new products to their online schedule for the month of February. First up are rolls and bags for the 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument America the Beautiful quarter. These Mint products–representing the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco Mints–will be available for […]

Design Recommendations Considered for 2019-20 Native American $1 Coins

Design Recommendations Considered for 2019-20 Native American $1 Coins

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held a public meeting earlier today on Tuesday, January 17, via teleconference. On the agenda was discussion of design themes for the reverse of the 2019 and 2020 Native American $1 coins. Glenna Goodacre’s portrayal of Shoshone maiden and guide Sacagawea, a […]

Everybody’s Got One: Opinions Vary on 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin

Everybody’s Got One: Opinions Vary on 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin

Editor’s Commentary by Charles Morgan …..   The United States Mint released images of the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin on Tuesday, January 12, and the story took off like a steampunk locomotive powered by jet fuel in the mainstream media. In one sense this is understandable, since the new design features a straightforwardly […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Sphinxes on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Sphinxes on Ancient Coins

The business of a sphinx is to be mysterious By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   …somewhere in sands of the desert A shape with lion body and the head of a man A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs…[1] — W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” (1920) IN […]

Promising First Day Sales for 2017 Gold, Silver U.S. Bullion Coins

Promising First Day Sales for 2017 Gold, Silver U.S. Bullion Coins

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Monday, January 9 saw the release of the United States Mint’s 2017 line of gold and silver bullion coins – namely the American Silver Eagle, the American Gold Eagle and the American Gold Buffalo. And, according to numbers provided by Michael White of the Mint’s Office of Corporate […]

They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   The continuous drumbeat of politics throughout the United States in 2015-2016 should have directed collectors to one of numismatics’ most neglected areas, America’s rich heritage of political medalets that recall the drama of vanished Presidential campaigns. Medalets of successful contenders are fascinating bits of Americana, but issues […]

Healthy Prices Realized for FUN Platinum Night Auction Coins

Healthy Prices Realized for FUN Platinum Night Auction Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #366 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   During or just prior to major coin conventions, Heritage conducts two to four U.S. coin Platinum Night events each year, each as a part of an auction extravaganza that includes additional […]

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how […]

The Vienna Philharmonic Gold Bullion Coin and the Austrian Mint

The Vienna Philharmonic Gold Bullion Coin and the Austrian Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Question: Which bullion coins have face values denominated in euros? Well, let’s start by seeing how many European bullion coins are out there? You might expect Europe to be full of countries churning them out, but it’s not. You’ve got the United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine and […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Janus, God of January

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Janus, God of January

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   ANCIENT ROMANS KNEW even less about the prehistoric origins of their religion than we do, since we have knowledge from centuries of archaeology. Latin writers of the Classical era tried to connect their own native Italian gods to the prestigious gods of ancient Greece, with their complex genealogies […]

1905-S Dimes Overlooked: Superb Coin in 2017 FUN Auction

1905-S Dimes Overlooked: Superb Coin in 2017 FUN Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #365 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   On January, 4, 2017, in the upcoming FUN auction, Heritage will offer a PCGS-graded MS-66 1905-S dime that has not received much attention and could be an excellent value for a […]

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 […]

 
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