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Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Pt. 23: Proof Shield Nickels

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each, Pt. 23: Proof Shield Nickels

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #349 The emphasis here is on PCGS- or NGC-certified, Proof-64 or -63 ‘No Rays’ Shield Nickels dating from 1867 to 1883, Choice Proofs. This is the 23rd installment in a series on classic U.S. coins that cost less than […]

CoinWeek Podcast: Bela Lyon Pratt’s Gold Coins

CoinWeek Podcast: Bela Lyon Pratt’s Gold Coins

CoinWeek Podcast #40: Allan Schein on the Gold Coins of Bela Lyon Pratt Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Author Allan Schein has just published an insightful study of American medallic artist Bela Lyon Pratt and the creation of the Bigelow-Pratt $2.50 […]

By September 14, 20161 Comments Read More →
The Coming Collector Coin Supernova and Its Ramifications for World Mints and the Numismatic Marketplace

The Coming Collector Coin Supernova and Its Ramifications for World Mints and the Numismatic Marketplace

An Editorial by Charles Morgan – Editor, CoinWeek.com …..   In July of last year, American publisher Krause Publications released the 10th edition of The Standard Catalog of World Coins: 2001-Date. This book serves as the most comprehensive encyclopedia of all coins struck by or for each country in the world, tracking issues starting with […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Kamarina’s Tumultuous History

Ancient Greek Coins – Kamarina’s Tumultuous History

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, is among the most tumultuous of Ancient Greece. It was founded in 599 BCE by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. […]

Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly […]

The Coin Analyst – What’s the Best Way to Invest in Silver?

The Coin Analyst – What’s the Best Way to Invest in Silver?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. I often hear newer coin collectors and silver investors ask what is the best way to buy silver. There are certainly many ways to accumulate, or as some people put it, stack silver, in the physical form. For those looking to acquire physical silver, I think one has to begin with some basic […]

Legend Market Report – The Long Beach Show

Legend Market Report – The Long Beach Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   ANA NOT DIGESTED We all figured having a Long Beach Show only three weeks after the ANA Show in the same area would not have great results. As expected overall the show was slow. There also was a huge fresh gold deal in the Heritage Auction that […]

By September 11, 20160 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics: Pre Long Beach Expo Market Report

Legend Numismatics: Pre Long Beach Expo Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   ON/OFF Last week in the office was very quiet. It’s like the light switch was flipped off. Only a handful of orders and inquiries came in. We think it was simply the end of summer doldrums. Typical for this time of year. Usually mid-September activity picks up […]

Private Lot Viewing – Heritage Auctions Platinum Night August 2016 – 4K Video

Private Lot Viewing – Heritage Auctions Platinum Night August 2016 – 4K Video

At the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2016 World’s Fair of Money, Heritage Auctions offered collectors a chance to take home a number of important numismatic rarities. Before Heritage’s big Platinum Night Auction, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sat with Heritage’s Mark Borckardt to get a one-on-one tour of some of the sale’s most exciting offerings. In […]

Million Dollar Coins, Part 1: 1792 Patterns

Million Dollar Coins, Part 1: 1792 Patterns

The First American Cent – Bushnell-Parmelee-Jenks-Col. Green 1792 Birch Cent – Choice AU-58 (PCGS) A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #348 This week’s column is about those 1792 patterns that, in my estimation, are likely to be worth more than $1 million in the current […]

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – True Quality, a Good Dealer & Freshness DO Make a Difference

Legend Numismatics Hot Topics – True Quality, a Good Dealer & Freshness DO Make a Difference

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   If you think this Hot Topics sounds like a broken record… yes, it does. I can never say these things enough! HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A COIN TO BE FRESH? This is where many collectors make big mistakes. A coin purchased in 2013 is NOT […]

Robert Bashlow

Robert Bashlow

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   THE CAST OF CHARACTERS in American Numismatics over the last century-and-a-half has included many an odd personality, whether in the ranks of collectors, dealers, researchers or story tellers. Some of these were well known figures who devoted decades to the field, often as professional coin auctioneers such […]

CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers Discusses the 1964 Morgan Dollar

CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers Discusses the 1964 Morgan Dollar

CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers Discusses the 1964 Morgan Dollar Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Q. David Bowers is the most prolific numismatic writer in the hobby’s history – he’s also the breaker of numismatic news this month – as […]

Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set Avail. October 11

Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set Avail. October 11

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Over the weekend, the United States Mint updated their product schedule to announce that the 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set will be available for order at noon Eastern Time on October 11. The Reagan Presidential dollar is the 39th and final issue in the Presidential […]

By September 5, 20160 Comments Read More →
Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

Innovative ideas – from architectural marvels to trendsetting bank notes – can occur in unlikely places By Charles Morgan and 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. The […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #347 U.S. half cents were first struck in 1793, and Braided Hair half cents were introduced in 1840. It is generally believed, though, that all half cents dating from 1840 to 1848 are Proofs. Indeed, standard references imply that […]

How Rare are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles?

How Rare are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   In the recent Stack’s Bowers 2016 ANA Sale, I was fortunate to purchase an amazing 1860 double eagle, graded MS65 by PCGS, which was part of the Bull Run Collection and earlier was sold as Lot 900 in the famous October 1982 Eliasberg Collection auction. […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Merovingians – Coinage of the Do-Nothing Kings

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   The Franks had little idea of the state as a public institution, and the regnum Francorum (kingdom of the Franks), while remaining a family inheritance, was inherited according to the rules of private law, divided on each occasion between the sons or nearest male relatives of the deceased […]

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

A look at this often-underrated yet highly interesting series By Jeff Garrett – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… For anyone looking for value when trying to decide what to collect, United States commemorative coinage is a great place to start. The series has been one of the biggest laggards in the last decade in relation to […]

CoinWeek: We Take the PCGS Coin Grading Challenge! – 4K Video

CoinWeek: We Take the PCGS Coin Grading Challenge! – 4K Video

At the 2016 American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, California, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan met with PCGS CoinFacts founder and former PCGS President Ron Guth to take the PCGS Grading Challenge. Ron gave Charles 30 minutes to review 20 classic and modern U.S. coins and render an opinion. From scarce date Seated […]

Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

By Thomas Bush – Thomas Bush Numismatics ……   Dull. Boring. Uninspired. Blatant plagiarism of the work of Eugène-André Oudiné. Or even “the throat is that of a gladiator”![1] The Charles Barber coinage of 1892 has been ridiculed and derided over the years with the above-mentioned ideas and statements. Perhaps with no small bit of […]

English Gold Noble Coins of Kings Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V

English Gold Noble Coins of Kings Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V

GREAT BRITAIN. Henry IV, 1399-1413. Noble A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #346 This discussion is about the English Gold Noble coins of Richard II (ruled 1377-99), Henry IV (r. 1399-1413) and Henry V (r. 1413-22). A month ago, the topic was the English Gold […]

The 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal: What It Is and How It Came to Be

The 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal: What It Is and How It Came to Be

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   UPDATE: Within five minutes after 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, both the West Point issue and San Francisco Mint issue of the 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal are listed as “Currently Unavailable” on the U.S. Mint’s online catalog. While not an official sell-out, this status means that all […]

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Coin Collector Sets Provide Jet-Setting Fun for Adventuresome Collectors

The Coin Analyst: 2016 World Coin Collector Sets Provide Jet-Setting Fun for Adventuresome Collectors

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Collecting world coin sets is a refreshing numismatic objective for hobbyists who enjoy pursuing coins with diverse themes from myriad geographic regions. The world coin sets of 2016 offer plenty of wonderful opportunities for collectors to get their hands on fascinating coins covering interesting topics with rich designs. […]

Bullion & Precious Metals News – ICTA Names New Officers

Bullion & Precious Metals News – ICTA Names New Officers

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets ……   At its Board of Directors meeting last week in Anaheim, California, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) installed its new officers for 2016–2018. Former U.S. Mint director Philip N. Diehl, currently the president of U.S. Money Reserve in Austin, Texas, was named as the new chairman. […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Christianization of Roman Coinage

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   We speak sometimes of the Roman religion as though it possessed a firm basis, but in fact it was constantly changing, the gods melting away and being replaced by others (Hale, 73). Decline of Paganism BY THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH CENTURY CE, the religious life of the […]

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #345 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   It has already been explained, in Part 15 of a series about classic U.S. coins, that a set of regular issue, business strike Two Cent Pieces may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any one […]

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

Legend Numismatics Market Report – The ANA Coin Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION We’ll be blunt: Anaheim for sure was a VERY poor choice to hold a major coin show. California’s nexus on taxes kept dozens of dealers away. Also, many East Coast dealers decided NOT to attend. The hotels at BEST were POOR. Add all that together and we […]

Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – Eight Tips on Buying United States Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …….   As a specialist in the area of United States gold coins, I often find myself giving “tips” to buyers. Some of these seem pretty obvious to me while others are kind of clever and maybe not so obvious. Here are coin collecting strategies with some specific tips,  with […]

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

Silver Bullion – Making The Transition From Silver To Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This […]

 
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