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Building a Set of Almost Uncirculated-55 to ‘Mint State’-63 Barber Half Dollars

Building a Set of Almost Uncirculated-55 to ‘Mint State’-63 Barber Half Dollars

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #213 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The purpose here is to discuss the costs and practicality of assembling a set of Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915), in which all of the coins grade from AU-55 to MS-63. Many of these will cost more […]

CoinWeek Exclusive Interview: Don Kagin on the Saddle Ridge Gold Hoard

CoinWeek Exclusive Interview: Don Kagin on the Saddle Ridge Gold Hoard

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek………. On Thursday, March 6, 2014, CoinWeek’s Charles Morgan spoke with legendary numismatist Don Kagin about the Saddle Ridge Gold Hoard and the surrounding media circus stirred up by the fantastical find. Is this the biggest find ever brought to Kagin’s? Actually, no. I’ve been involved in all the major recovered shipwreck sunken […]

A Pair of Royal Mint Mules Spurs Speculation

A Pair of Royal Mint Mules Spurs Speculation

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek……….   The Royal Mint in Wales has confirmed the existence of a pair of £2, .999 fine silver mules, which the Mint says were mistakenly produced and sold in December 2013. In Numismatics, the term “mule” describes a coin that’s struck using two dies not designed to be paired […]

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

The Saddle Ridge Gold Coin Hoard: Some Thoughts

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Unless you spent the last two weeks in deep space you have no doubt read about/discussed/dreamt about the fabulous Saddle Ridge gold coin hoard. Enough has already been written about the background of this hoard that I won’t repeat it here. (NBC News, BBC, CNN, Yahoo, etc.) […]

Recent Developments in the Mt.Gox Saga and a Bitcoin Phishing Scam

Recent Developments in the Mt.Gox Saga and a Bitcoin Phishing Scam

By Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek………. Much has been said in the last week regarding the fall of Mt.Gox from its privileged position in the Bitcoin community. Most of it means little as far as Bitcoin is concerned. Last month, documents were leaked that revealed how much the management of Mt.Gox knew about the $460 million allegedly […]

Dahlonega, Georgia Mint Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) of 1861

Dahlonega, Georgia Mint Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) of 1861

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #212 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. Gold coins were produced at the Branch U.S. Mint in Dahlonega, Georgia, from 1838 to 1861. One Dollar Gold pieces, Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Three Dollar Gold pieces and Half […]

Numismatic Quick Hits: ANA National Money Show Auction and a Note on the Passing of Paul Sims

Numismatic Quick Hits: ANA National Money Show Auction and a Note on the Passing of Paul Sims

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. ANA National Money Show Results & Highlights Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions forwarded us a report on their auction held February 27-28, and March 2, 2014 at this year’s ANA National Money Show. In total, there were 4,731 lots for sale, 99% of which sold for a take of […]

ANA National Money Show, Atlanta – Travel Diary

ANA National Money Show, Atlanta – Travel Diary

By Charles Morgan  for CoinWeek……….  It’s Monday morning, and I’ve just returned from a three-day trip to the outskirts of Atlanta, where I joined CoinWeek co-founder and industry video-archivist David Lisot for my first American Numismatic event, the ANA National Money Show. As many of you who are familiar with CoinWeek know, David travels across the […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News – Modern Coins Update

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News – Modern Coins Update

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……….. Kennedy gold coin options The Citizens Coinage Advisory Commission  met on February 11 to discuss a range of issues including designs for the 2015 America the Beautiful quarters, the possible issuance of a special 24 carat (.9999 fine) gold half dollar marking the 50th anniversary of the issuance of the John […]

By February 28, 2014 15 Comments Read More →
Rare Gold Coins under $5000, Part 1: Classic Head Quarter Eagles ($2½ Gold)

Rare Gold Coins under $5000, Part 1: Classic Head Quarter Eagles ($2½ Gold)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #211 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The present topic is Very Fine to AU grade, Classic Head Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins). These were minted from 1834 to 1838. U.S. Quarter Eagles date from 1796 to […]

By February 26, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Crypto-currency Crisis: Mt. Gox Hacked and May Go Bust

Crypto-currency Crisis: Mt. Gox Hacked and May Go Bust

From CoinWeek reported by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……… More problems for Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, as the popular crypto-currency site was pulled offline Monday. Reports have surfaced over the last 24-hours that Mt. Gox has been breached and that up to $350 million in Bitcoins has been stolen by hackers, apparently after a year-long scheme to infiltrate […]

By February 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

The Coin Analyst: Why I Stopped Collecting First Spouse Gold Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek  In numerous pieces for this column over the past couple years, I have been to a large extent an advocate for the series of First Spouse Gold Coins. I have always believed America’s First Ladies deserve a series honoring them, though a strong argument can be made that the coins should have […]

By February 25, 2014 18 Comments Read More →
The Sochi 100 Ruble Note and Other Circulating Russian Banknotes: A Brief Primer

The Sochi 100 Ruble Note and Other Circulating Russian Banknotes: A Brief Primer

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek………. Once derided as worthless during the Soviet era, Russian banknotes offer a glimpse at the country’s past while at the same time looking forward. Russian Numismatics is one of the most exciting growth areas in the hobby. But where to start? The price of Imperial coinage can be prohibitive, […]

By February 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Quick Hits: Clifford Mishler on Inspecting the GSA Morgan Dollar Hoard + ANS Honors Pawel Leski

Numismatic Quick Hits: Clifford Mishler on Inspecting the GSA Morgan Dollar Hoard + ANS Honors Pawel Leski

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Mishler on Inspecting the GSA Morgan Dollar Hoard Clifford Mishler was the editor of the Numismatic News in 1971, when he was invited to the West Point Bullion Depository as one of a group of eminent figures in the hobby to observe the government’s preparations for the historic […]

By February 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Incredible Eugene Gardner Coin Collection, Part 1: Preliminary Thoughts and Dime Preview

The Incredible Eugene Gardner Coin Collection, Part 1: Preliminary Thoughts and Dime Preview

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #210 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. Incredible is the right word to describe the collection of Eugene Gardner. Dictionaries, such as Merriam-Webster, tend to define “incredible” as ‘amazing’ or ‘extraordinary,’ perhaps even “too extraordinary to believe”! Indeed, […]

By February 19, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 3: America’s Forgotten History

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 3: America’s Forgotten History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek………. Mass murder… domestic terrorism… swastikas… are they really on American medals and tokens? In the first two installments of Spotlight on So-Called Dollars, we touched on the relationship between so-called dollars and America’s classic commemoratives. In this, the third and final installment, we take a look at some of […]

By February 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Massive Discrepancy In 2013 China Gold Demand!

Massive Discrepancy In 2013 China Gold Demand!

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com ….. The World Gold Council today released its “Gold Demand Trends Full Year 2013” report.  This latest report alleges that China’s jewelry demand for 2013 (on page 19 of the report) was 150.7 tons (about 4.85 million troy ounces), that the Chinese bar and coin […]

Central States Numismatic to Host 75th Convention in April 2014. VIDEO

Central States Numismatic to Host 75th Convention in April 2014. VIDEO

Kevin Foley, CSNS Convention Chairman Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……. Kevin Foley is convention for multiple coin conventions in the United States. The Central States Numismatic Society is on of the Midwest’s most important conventions. Kevin talks about the upcoming show in April 2014 and what kind of events collectors and dealers can expect including almost […]

By February 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

Gold and Silver American Eagles: Big Sellers in a Sluggish Economy

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Merchants from mom and pop stores to national chains are fighting a losing battle with lower sales volume. Are there any exceptions to the general trend? Stock what people want, and they’ll beat a path to your door or web site. So what is hot in the current retail environment? Take a look […]

By February 16, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Merit Gold & Silver Lawsuit: Third Bullion Firm Targeted Under California Consumer Protection Law

Merit Gold & Silver Lawsuit: Third Bullion Firm Targeted Under California Consumer Protection Law

From CoinWeek reported by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……… On February 13, 2014, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Santa Monica-based Seacoast Coin, Inc., which is better known as the precious metals dealer Merit Gold and Silver. Merit is one of the most prominent precious metals dealers in the […]

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

The Ten Most Marketable New Orleans Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. I’m basically an old school coin dealer. I market coins all the time but am not really a “marketer” in the numismatic sense of the word—although I deal with firms which are marketers. These companies are always looking for angles and if there is one thing I am pretty cognizant […]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Two of Four Known Strawberry Leaf Large Cents Sell in the FUN Auction of the Mervis Collection

Two of Four Known Strawberry Leaf Large Cents Sell in the FUN Auction of the Mervis Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #209 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. On Jan. 10, 2014, at the FUN Convention in Orlando, Heritage auctioned one of the most complete collections of large cents that has ever been assembled, which was owned […]

By February 12, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek………. Early American Commemoratives, Part 2: Commemoratives and Related So-Called Dollars In the first part of our story, we discussed a number of so-called dollars and commemorative coins issued during important national and international expositions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, […]

By February 11, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Jim Halperin

The Coin Analyst: A Conversation with Jim Halperin

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek Heritage Auctions, a major player in the sale of higher-end coins, is today the largest collectible auction company in the world, and the third largest overall auction company.  The company was co-founded by Jim Halperin, who got into the coin business at a young age like some other legendary dealers […]

By February 10, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

Can Coin Dealers be Coin Collectors?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. A recent question from a client got me thinking: is it possible for a coin dealer to be a coin collector? My answer short and sweet: certainly yes — but with a large asterisk. In most collectibles fields, many of the greatest collections ever formed were by […]

By February 7, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Quick Hits: The PCGS Doily Returns + Comments on the Girl Scout Commem

Numismatic Quick Hits: The PCGS Doily Returns + Comments on the Girl Scout Commem

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. The PCGS Doily Returns: A Retro-Remake of a Coveted Classic What’s old is new again. For a limited time only, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is reintroducing its coveted “doily holder” for a range of modern numismatic coins. The Doily, so-called because of its intricate, “doily-like” […]

The Coin Analyst: New Mint Survey on JFK Commemorative Coins Includes Possible Gold Half Dollar

The Coin Analyst: New Mint Survey on JFK Commemorative Coins Includes Possible Gold Half Dollar

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar, and the Mint has plans to issue special coins and sets to honor the occasion.  This is an important anniversary for collectors of American coins because of the longstanding popularity of the JFK halves.  President Kennedy is […]

By February 4, 2014 22 Comments Read More →
The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 10: Colonial Coins and other pre-1793 American items

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 10: Colonial Coins and other pre-1793 American items

 Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #208 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. A year ago, the Eric Newman Collection was the most famous numismatic collection, which features United States coins, to be intact and not be in a public institution. […]

By February 3, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatic Market Report: The Missouri Cabinet Half Cent Collection

Legend Numismatic Market Report: The Missouri Cabinet Half Cent Collection

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics Market Report ONE OF THE GREATEST SALES EVER! Legend and its principals have attended and bid in EVERY major auction since 1980. NEVER before had we seen a display of wealth and aggressive bidding like what we just experienced in the Missouri Cabinet of Half Cents. Only the famed […]

The Coin Analyst: World Coin News- Wedge Tailed Eagles Multiply and Latvian Euro Sets

The Coin Analyst: World Coin News- Wedge Tailed Eagles Multiply and Latvian Euro Sets

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Multiple Versions of Wedge-Tailed Eagle Probably the most widely discussed modern world coin at the moment is the Perth Mint’s 2014 wedge-tailed silver and gold eagles that I covered recently and which my colleagues, Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, also discussed in a chat with the coin’s designer , […]

By January 31, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
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