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World Coins – Go South of the Border with Mexican Silver Coins

World Coins – Go South of the Border with Mexican Silver Coins

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Need something a bit different and artistic to satisfy your silver fix? Look no further than Mexico. Currently one of three nations with silver production of more than 100 million ounces annually, Mexico has a long history of silver coinage. Much of the money in circulation in America […]

By April 29, 2016 4 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Half Eagle with “Stock Reverse”

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Half Eagle with “Stock Reverse”

Counterfeit 1915-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle / stock reverse By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   NGC receives countless fakes struck from stock dies. Many counterfeits, especially gold coins, were struck from stock dies, which were reused on multiple issues. A counterfeiter saved time and money by using one die, such as […]

U.S. Mint Coin Sales – 2016 Mercury Dime Gold Coins Sell Almost Entire Mintage

U.S. Mint Coin Sales – 2016 Mercury Dime Gold Coins Sell Almost Entire Mintage

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Top Stories The 2016 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set debuted last week, with 176,733 units sold. But the big story at the United States Mint this April was the debut and speedy near-sellout of the 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial 24k Gold Coin. Within 15 minutes of its release, […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each: Draped Bust Half Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each: Draped Bust Half Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #329 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   Draped Bust half cents were minted from 1800 to 1808. U.S. half cents were first made in 1793 and last produced in 1857. A set of Draped Bust half cents ‘by date’ […]

CoinWeek Podcast #28: On the Passing of Eisenhower Dollar Doubled Die Researcher Tom Kalantzis

CoinWeek Podcast #28: On the Passing of Eisenhower Dollar Doubled Die Researcher Tom Kalantzis

CoinWeek Podcast #28: On the Passing of Eisenhower Dollar Doubled Die Researcher Tom Kalantzis Tom Kalantzis was a dedicated researcher of Eisenhower dollar doubled dies. If you are a fan of the series, or enjoy collecting idiosyncratic doubled die coins or RPMs, you have likely benefited from Kalantzis’ work. In this episode of the CoinWeek […]

By April 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
U.S. Congress Passes Breast Cancer Commemorative Coin Bill

U.S. Congress Passes Breast Cancer Commemorative Coin Bill

Bill now heads to Oval Office for president’s signature By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   UPDATE: President Obama signed the bill into law on April 29. On Tuesday, April 19, after a nearly nine-month delay, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2722) was released from committee and pass unanimously by the Senate. […]

It’s Official: Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill

It’s Official: Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill

Alexander Hamilton to Stay on Front of $10 By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In an announcement made this afternoon, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob “Jack” Lew officially gave word that he has decided to place abolitionist and former slave Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 federal reserve note after all, replacing […]

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 9: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 9: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

News and Analysis on scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #328 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 dates from 1839 to 1866. For less than $5000 per coin, a collector may build a […]

Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection –  1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – 1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit 1907-S Gold $10 Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   NGC recently received a counterfeit gold coin submission of a 1907-S Eagle that had an Arabic punch. Most collectors associate chopmarks with the short-lived Trade Dollar series, which circulated extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Many merchants chopmarked the coins to show that […]

The Vast Influence of the East India Company and Their Rare 1835 Gold Mohur

The Vast Influence of the East India Company and Their Rare 1835 Gold Mohur

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com ……   On December 31, 1600, Queen Elizabeth (later the first) of England bestowed a Royal Charter upon the East India Company. Its original mission was to expand Great Britain’s trade with Asia, and India in particular. It was first financed by about 200 British businessmen and merchants […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Moves Higher as the Dollar Sinks

Gold Market Report – Gold Moves Higher as the Dollar Sinks

Commentary for Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ….. Gold closed up $19.00 today on the Comex at $1,252.60. This is not the “magic” number but it is magic enough if you know what I mean. The reason for this upward pressure was two factors […]

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Program: An Introduction

The America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Program: An Introduction

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The America the Beautiful Quarters program launched in 2010. It arrived on the heels of the most successful coin program in United States History: the 50 State Quarters Program. What made that program so popular was the idea that, with each release, Americans literally carried history […]

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Boys Keep Swinging: Hamilton to Stay on $10

Andrew Jackson to be replaced on the $20 bill By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In May of 2015, the single-issue lobbying group Women On 20s presented President Barack Obama with a petition seeking to get Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew to redesign the $20 Federal Reserve note to replace the portrait of Andrew […]

US Gold Coins – What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?

US Gold Coins – What is the Rarest New Orleans Half Eagle?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   A total of 17 half eagles were produced at the New Orleans mint between 1840 and 1909. Focusing on the No Motto Liberty Head issues (struck between 1840 and 1857) there are at least five issues which I would call “rare” (i.e., fewer than 100 […]

Silver Coins –  Why Every American Should Own Silver

Silver Coins – Why Every American Should Own Silver

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Every American should own at least a little silver. No weaseling around, no exceptions. What kind of radical declaration is that? If it seems like something straight from a Ron Paul rally, keep in mind that what I’m proposing is really a very old and proven idea… It’s […]

By April 16, 2016 5 Comments Read More →
Bullion and Bullion Coins: The Name of the Game

Bullion and Bullion Coins: The Name of the Game

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   In the coin industry, “bullion” is a word with many connotations. To the extent that older circulating coinage contains silver and gold, many collectible coins are bought and sold according to their intrinsic–or “bullion”–value. But when we say “bullion” in today’s marketplace, we usually mean ingots […]

Coin Auctions – Gardner Coins, Partrick Early US Pieces & Other Rarities Re-Appear at CSNS

Coin Auctions – Gardner Coins, Partrick Early US Pieces & Other Rarities Re-Appear at CSNS

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #327 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   In Schaumburg, Illinois, a small city not far from Chicago, the annual CSNS convention will be held April 27-30. In the official auction, which will be conducted […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Horses on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   MORE THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL (except perhaps the dog), the horse is beloved for its strength, intelligence, speed, loyalty and beauty. The earliest images of horses created by people appear on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France, dated to almost 30,000 years ago[1]. People first […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Quit Buying Coins !

Coin Collecting Strategies – Quit Buying Coins !

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   Here’s some advice that applies to many collectors: “Stop buying so many coins.” Is telling numismatists to avoid adding to their holdings no different than ordering cats to stop chasing mice? Many coin enthusiasts cheerfully joke about needing to satisfy their “addiction” on a regular basis, so why […]

By April 12, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

Coin Collecting Tips – Advice for beginning collectors of U.S. coins

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #22 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …….. [This article was originally published on CoinLink in 2011.]  There will not be a live event conducted by any of the leading auction firms of rare U.S. coins in the next couple of weeks. […]

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….   Perhaps few topics are more central to numismatics than the designs that appear on the coins we collect. Some people like to study mintage levels, the physical characteristics of coins and other issues, but at the end of the day it is really all, or at least mostly, […]

Gold Market Report – Gold Finally Reacts to Dovish Fed Minutes

Gold Market Report – Gold Finally Reacts to Dovish Fed Minutes

Commentary for Thursday, April 7, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …..   Gold closed up $15.00 on the Comex today at $1228.00. This is starting to look like a ping-pong match – even though the dollar was flat. I wish this up-draft was a game-changer but my […]

Coin Auctions – Market Realities & Strong Prices Realized in Rarities Night Auction

Coin Auctions – Market Realities & Strong Prices Realized in Rarities Night Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #326 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   On Thursday, March 31, at the Baltimore Convention center, Stack’s-Bowers conducted a “Rarities Night” event, as one session in a large auction of a wide variety of items. […]

Coin Books – First Read: American Gold and Silver by Dennis Tucker

Coin Books – First Read: American Gold and Silver by Dennis Tucker

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   As modern U.S. coins grew in popularity and became an important segment of the coin market over the last several decades, there was no real concomitant emergence of a significant numismatic literature about this burgeoning field. There are a few key works, like Eric Jordan’s Modern Commemorative Coins […]

Coin Collecting – A Hobby for All

Coin Collecting – A Hobby for All

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek ….   Coin collecting is one of the oldest and certainly one of the most popular hobbies in existence. Some might say that if is not the most widely followed of hobbies, it’s right up there. Young and old alike have shared the pleasures and rewards of coin collecting […]

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect them. Commemoratives in the United States are typically divided into Classic and Modern categories, and I talked briefly about the distinction. Recent commemoratives, such as the 2014 National Baseball Hall […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Virtually Unchanged – Ignoring the Panama Papers

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes Virtually Unchanged – Ignoring the Panama Papers

Commentary for Monday, April 4, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …….   Gold closed down $1.90 today on the Comex at $1218.30. The overnight markets were very flat – gold traded within a $5.00 range in both Hong Kong and London and the domestic market moved between […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

Coin Collecting Strategies – Why Can’t I Find Coins to Buy at a Coin Show?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   That was the exact question Collector X asked me, in a somewhat whiny manner, at a recent major coin show. But you know something? I can understand his disappointment. He had taken three days off from work, spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket, hotel and […]

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 3

Ron Drzewucki’s Bullion Sales Tax Series, State by State: Pt. 3

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   Link to Part 1 | Part 2 In the U.S., sales tax is levied on a state and local level, so there is no one rule that fits all precious metal purchases. The complications wrought by conflict between the tax laws applying to the buyer versus the tax […]

Modern Coins – The Growing Appeal of World Coins

Modern Coins – The Growing Appeal of World Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   During World War II and on into the Cold War, American G.I.s returning from deployment overseas often came home with handfuls of foreign coins as souvenirs. For many collectors of a certain age, this was their first taste of the fascinating field of coin collecting. The […]

 
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