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Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

Bad Money: Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, counterfeit coinage appeared, and it has been […]

Coin Collecting Strategies –  Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

Coin Collecting Strategies – Go Beyond The Mintage Numbers

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Inexperienced and veteran collectors alike share a fascination with mintage figures. Hand a coin person a Red Book or other source of information, and it’s likely that the annual mintages will receive some scrutiny. Focusing on the 20th century, there are dozens of U.S. coins with lower mintages. Although […]

By January 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst – The Trio of 2016 Liberty Centennial Gold Coins Likely to Remain in Demand for Years

The Coin Analyst – The Trio of 2016 Liberty Centennial Gold Coins Likely to Remain in Demand for Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …. *Updated to include remarks by former CCAC Chairman Gary Marks. My CoinWeek colleague, Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez, recently wrote about the upcoming Liberty centennial gold coins that will be issued to honor the 100th anniversary of the release of the Mercury dime, Standing Liberty quarter, and Walking Liberty half dollar in […]

By January 28, 2016 6 Comments Read More →
Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent – A Numismatic Landmark

Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent – A Numismatic Landmark

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers…. Finest Ever Certified! There is something incredible, something special, about any 1793 Chain cent. First delivered by the coiner at the Mint on March 1, 1793, these were released into circulation without fanfare. There is no known record of anyone having a numismatic interest in them at the […]

Wonderful Large Cent Coin Collection of Tom Reynolds to be auctioned by the Goldbergs

Wonderful Large Cent Coin Collection of Tom Reynolds to be auctioned by the Goldbergs

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #316 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… For decades, vague rumors surrounding the personal collection of dealer Tom Reynolds have swirled. Even veteran collectors and leading dealers in large cents were unaware of the extent […]

By January 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coins, Bureaucracy and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 2

Counterfeit Coins, Bureaucracy and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the related two Articles…. Part 1     Part 3 In the early days after World War II, as counterfeit coins were being made and entering the country, the Secret Service started confiscating and seizing false gold coins found in jewelry shops, pawn shops and even […]

Another Million Ounces Allocated as American Silver Eagle Enters 3rd Week

Another Million Ounces Allocated as American Silver Eagle Enters 3rd Week

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   The United States Mint announced this morning that another one million ounces of its popular American Silver Eagle bullion coin had been allocated for the week of January 25, 2016. This brings year-to-date allocation totals up to six million ounces. Four million American Eagle 1oz silver bullion coins […]

By January 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Gold Market Newsletter – Gold Moves Above $1100.00 Again

Gold Market Newsletter – Gold Moves Above $1100.00 Again

Commentary for Friday, January 25, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed up $9.00 on the Comex today at $1,106.20 – which is good but without some follow-through momentum this pitch up remains part of the defensive picture. Normally – as the technical picture improves this […]

Spink To Auction a Wide Variety of Interesting Coins and other Numismatic Items in New York

Spink To Auction a Wide Variety of Interesting Coins and other Numismatic Items in New York

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #315 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds……   On January 27th and 28th, the British firm of Spink & Son, Ltd. will conduct an auction at their New York office, 145 West 57 St., 18th floor. […]

By January 25, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Octavian. Gold Aureus (7.8g) minted at Rome, 32-31 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   Octavian was the son of Julius Caesar’s niece and Caesar himself sponsored his introduction into public life when Octavian accompanied his uncle in his triumph over the Spanish in 46 BCE. Octavian was only 20 years old […]

CoinWeek Podcast #15: For Coins, this is a Postmodern Era – Audio 20:05

CoinWeek Podcast #15: For Coins, this is a Postmodern Era – Audio 20:05

CoinWeek authors Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker posit that we are no longer in the modern era of U.S. coins, but instead, in a postmodern era. One where our coinage is self-conscious and lacks the strength of coins issued from 1932 through the mid-1980s. Why is this? And what exactly did the modern era of […]

By January 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. In the past two articles, [Part 1 and Part 2] Hubert and I have catalogued the history of African-American representation on U.S. commemorative coins. But commemorative coinage is a niche product of the Mint and has rarely been widely distributed. Today, very few people outside of […]

Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 12 – The Amazing Garrett 1793 Chain Cent

Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 12 – The Amazing Garrett 1793 Chain Cent

1793 Cent. Sheldon-3. Chain, AMERICA. No Periods. MS-65 RB (PCGS). News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #314 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….   On February 9, Stack’s-Bowers, in association with Sotheby’s, will conduct the third auction of the Pogue Family Collection, which may be remembered […]

By January 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Link to Part One Twenty-eight years passed between the last Carver Washington half dollar and the George Washington 250th Birthday half dollar. The purpose, scope, and distribution of commemorative coins under the resurrected program bore no resemblance to that which came before. There were still those, […]

U.S. Mint Allocates 1 Million Silver Eagles Second Week of Release

U.S. Mint Allocates 1 Million Silver Eagles Second Week of Release

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   According to an announcement sent out earlier today, the United States Mint has allocated one million American Eagle silver bullion coins for the week of January 19, the second week of the 2016 issue’s release. The 2016 American Silver Eagle bullion coin went on sale January 11, with a […]

By January 19, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Post FUN Coin Market Report – The Stock Market Effect

Legend Numismatics Post FUN Coin Market Report – The Stock Market Effect

We’d be lying if we said we had a great week. Its annoying to have a really good FUN Show only to come home to a week that acts like an on-and-off dripping faucet. We did sell a few special low five figure coins. But a few coins languished we never though would (like the […]

The Coin Analyst: The First Spouse Gold Series (2007-2016) – A Requiem

The Coin Analyst: The First Spouse Gold Series (2007-2016) – A Requiem

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   The $10 First Spouse half-ounce gold coin series, which debuted in 2007 and ends this year, is a topic I have covered at length for this and other publications over the past six years. As the series begins its long-awaited final year–a year that includes the release of coins […]

By January 18, 2016 8 Comments Read More →
African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with […]

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

Ancient Coins – Harlan J. Berk’s Buy or Bid Sale #196

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   *All estimates and prices realized in US$ unless otherwise noted Since 1964, Chicago-based coin dealer Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. has been a major player in the ancient coin market. With their 196th Buy or Bid Sale (closing on February 4, 2016), the firm continues a tradition of offering a […]

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Closes Higher on Safe Haven Buying as Stocks Stumble

Gold & Silver Markets – Gold Closes Higher on Safe Haven Buying as Stocks Stumble

Commentary for Friday, January 15, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc….   Gold closed up $17.60 today on the Comex at $1091.50. Even with all the fanfare the price of gold has been on the choppy side – even with today’s advance we are down $8.00 on the […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking […]

By January 15, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

Sliver Stackers – Silver Bullion Alternatives

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……   Silver is more than financial insurance for many investors. Those who have a collecting instinct often want some variety in their holdings, which means they might look beyond one-ounce Eagles and Maple Leafs, silver bars and rounds, pre-1965 half dollars, quarters and dimes and circulated Morgan and Peace dollars. So […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   Few figures involved in the world of 20th-century commercial numismatics made as great an impression in their day as New York attorney and telemarketer Stanley Apfelbaum (born 1931, died 1990). For nearly 30 years, he was a pioneer and leading figure in the controversial, rough-and-tumble field of coin […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1908-S Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1908-S Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The grading room was recently presented with a 1908-S Indian Head Cent for certification. The 1908-S cent had the third-lowest mintage in the Indian Head cent series with 1,115,000 pieces struck. The first of only two San Francisco Mint Indian Head […]

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

Legend Coin Market Report – THE 2016 FUN SHOW

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …..   FUN WAS MYSTERIOUS First we must commend the FUN people for running a great show. Having it in Tampa certainly did seem to draw a bit larger crowd. Mysterious is the best positive label we can attach to the show. The coin market is clearly as “choppy” […]

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

Budget Coin Collecting – Look For ‘UNCOMMON’ Commons

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….   “Don’t buy common coins” is standard and wise advice. Ironically, many who dispense that bit of numismatic counsel make a good chunk of their income from dealing in everyday material. What sounds contradictory on the surface can be explained logically. No one stays in business by not meeting […]

By January 6, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, that was […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit 1903-S Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S Morgan Dollar are signs of counterfeit production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal […]

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale…..   It isn’t every day that you get to talk about an honest-to-goodness Bond villain when writing a coin blog but then again, what am I saying? I’m writing about coins, for goodness sake. The coin industry has never lacked for colorful personalities. Much of the story of […]

The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

The Coin Analyst: 2015 Sellouts of U.S. Mint Coins and Whether They Matter

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   2015, like 2012 before it, was a year in which numerous U.S. Mint products sold out of their maximum mintages or had their sales ended prior to reaching those levels. While this happens to one degree or another almost every year, the parallels with 2012 are considerable. In both […]

 
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