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Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek ……… A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” specimen of the 1804 […]

By October 11, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
A Life in Numismatics – Arthur Meyer Kagin

A Life in Numismatics – Arthur Meyer Kagin

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   For generations he was among America’s best-known professional numismatists and was widely eulogized upon his death on July 18, 2005. Arthur Meyer Kagin was born in Minneapolis on Nov. 25, 1919. His mother was widowed after the birth of his brother and long-time numismatic partner Paul in 1921. […]

The Last Coins of the Holy Roman Empire

The Last Coins of the Holy Roman Empire

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   The last of things have a poignancy all their own, from the passing of the last Civil War veteran to the last rose of summer. Consider the saga of the Holy Roman Empire (HRE), an elective monarchy sprawling across the heart of Europe from the west bank of […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 9 –  US Gold Coin Rarities Bring Strong Prices

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 9 – US Gold Coin Rarities Bring Strong Prices

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #298 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The second in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Collection was conducted by Stacks-Bowers, in association with Sotheby’s, on September 30, at Sotheby’s world headquarters in […]

MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   You know, one of the great things about this hobby is that there’s something in it for everybody. Let’s say that you were really into cars, a real gear head. Unless you’re independently wealthy or a hedge fund trader, it’s doubtful that you’d ever get a […]

Another Bullion Sell Out for U.S. Mint: Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin

Another Bullion Sell Out for U.S. Mint: Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   By Tuesday, September 29, the United States Mint had sold out of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge 5 oz. silver bullion coin. The coin, the fourth and next-to-last entry in the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters silver bullion series, had been released only a day earlier on […]

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It

Coin Clubs for the Fun of It

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek …… Anyone approaching middle age, and those of us who have already arrived there, will no doubt remember the hair coloring commercial on television that proclaimed that “blondes have more fun”. If you were to ask me to come up with a clever idea for a commercial on the […]

Coin Collecting Strategies –  Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies – Semi-Key Mercury Dimes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek….   Mention Mercury or Winged Liberty Head dimes in collecting circles, and a few dates come to mind. Rather than automatically locking in on the 1916-D, 1921, 1921-D and the 1942/1 and 1942/1-D overdates, it might be a better idea to check out the many semi-keys that seem to be neglected. […]

By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

By September 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Board News – Number 36

Coin Board News – Number 36

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 36 — Fall 2015 COIN BOARDS FOR SALE I haven’t made any coin board acquisitions since CBN 35, so there’s no new list of these. Instead, I took some time to go through my duplicate inventory of early folders, and a […]

By September 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

The Art of Collecting Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   When dealers and collectors compare different types and series, we usually have to make allowances for the eccentricities of each issue while at the same time be willing to pay more if they overcome them. For example, Morgan dollars from the New Orleans Mint tend to […]

By September 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins –  Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

Ancient Coins – Another New Roman Coin Type Discovered by NGC Ancients

NGC Ancients has certified a previously unknown denarius of Nerva By David Vagi, Director, NGC Ancients ……   About two years ago NGC Ancients shared the discovery of a new type of silver denarius of Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 CE. That coin had been submitted for grading and we […]

What is the Risk that Delayed Physical Silver Deliveries Could Default?

What is the Risk that Delayed Physical Silver Deliveries Could Default?

A Special Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek by Patrick A. Heller – Liberty Coin Services …… While I was on vacation recently, a long-time friend and customer sent me two important questions. He wanted to know if ordering bullion-priced physical silver for long delayed delivery ran the risk of a default in delivery. […]

By September 23, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 17: Gem Early Lincoln Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 17: Gem Early Lincoln Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #296 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. The most popular of all U.S. coins are Lincoln cents, which have been minted from 1909 to the present. A wide assortment of these may still be collected from change. Furthermore, circulated representatives […]

By September 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part II

Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale, Part II

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries   On behalf of Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s, I welcome you to Part II of our auction program of the D. Brent Pogue Collection of early United States coins. Part I, held in New York City in May, is now history. That dynamic sale, cataloged by […]

By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The SS Republic Founder’s Edition Set

Pedigrees & Hoards: The SS Republic Founder’s Edition Set

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   Back in May, I discussed coins from the SS Republic shipwreck and how they fit into the world of pedigree collecting. I also mentioned different approaches to collecting examples from the shipwreck and how I preferred to collect recovered 1861-O Seated Liberty half dollar varieties. The two things I […]

By September 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

Legend Rare Coin Market Report – WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….. We’re going to be brutally frank here. In our strong opinion, three issues have constrained the market recently: lack of coins, gradeflation, and changing of the old guard. Believe it or not, the lack of fresh, nice, rare coins has forced gradeflation back out into the open. We […]

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as complex as the Morgan dollar is – and it is – the Peace dollar really takes the cake for being a difficult coin to grade. It’s not that graders […]

By September 21, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
The Rarest Half Dollar Coin of the Philadelphia Mint: The 1817/4 Overdate Bust Half

The Rarest Half Dollar Coin of the Philadelphia Mint: The 1817/4 Overdate Bust Half

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #295 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. Before 2005, just seven 1817/4 overdate bust halves were known and four have curiously appeared since, bringing the total to eleven. The second or third finest is currently ‘in the news.’ The Meyer-Pogue […]

By September 16, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Rare $10 Eagles Highlight Regency Auction XIII

Rare $10 Eagles Highlight Regency Auction XIII

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   The Legend Rare Coins Regency Auction XIII, taking place on September 3, 2015 during the PCGS Members Only Show, was a dazzling event well-suited to its glamorous host city. The coin auction, which saw 356 lots trade hands at the famous Venetian resort in Las Vegas, attracted more than […]

Profiles in Bullion: ScotiaMocatta

Profiles in Bullion: ScotiaMocatta

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Last time I profiled a bullion manufacturer, I talked about the Switzerland-based company PAMP Suisse. The surprising thing about it was that PAMP Suisse began operations only in 1977. One almost expects such a company to date back to the Renaissance, I guess. This week, however, […]

By September 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   On August 31, 2015 the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” or “Daesh”[1], which claims to be a new Islamic Caliphate[2], released a video announcing its first precious metal currency of gold dinars and silver dirhams. The ambitious stated objective of this coinage is to end the “American […]

By September 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 7: The Mystique of the 1795 Nine Leaves $10 Gold Coin

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 7: The Mystique of the 1795 Nine Leaves $10 Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #294 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Eagles are U.S. $10 gold coins. Eagles were minted for use in commerce from 1795 to 1933, though were not struck during many years along the way. There will […]

By September 9, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

Ancient Coins on Postage Stamps

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. COMPARED TO COINS, POSTAGE STAMPS are a very modern invention. The first British stamp, the “Penny Black”, dates from 1840; the first American stamps appeared seven years later. Like coins, postage stamps have long attracted the passion of collectors, including King Farouk of Egypt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and […]

By September 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
PAMP Suisse and Good Delivery: Profiles in Bullion

PAMP Suisse and Good Delivery: Profiles in Bullion

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Not every nation has its own mint. Many do, but it’s a surprising minority of the world’s countries. Not quite as numerous as national mints but certainly more common than you might expect are the number of private mints and bullion manufacturers in the world. And […]

By September 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The Gilded Age Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Gilded Age Collection

By Rick Bretz for Coinweek….   In a previous article, I took a critical stance on “Private” or “Personal” collections and their worthiness to be given pedigree status. One of my reasons for this is because grading services give this type of material an artificial bump in the marketplace when there is no basis for the […]

By September 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Q. David Bowers Eulogizes the Modern Dollar

Q. David Bowers Eulogizes the Modern Dollar

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers In recent months, I have been working on and off on a manuscript for Whitman covering modern dollar coins from 1971 to date. In essence these comprise Eisenhower dollars (1971-1978), Susan B. Anthony dollars (1979-1981 and then a stray issue in 1999), Sacagawea dollars (2000 onward), blending into the […]

Room to Run:  Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

Room to Run: Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. I write quite a bit about finding what I call “opportunity specie” in the rare coin market. Undervalued coins. Sleeper coins. Pedigree coins. Old holder coins. CAC coins. Blue chip coins. All represent strong opportunity for smart resourced investors. Combine any of […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 6: A Sleeping Rarity, the 1798 ‘Small Eagle’ $5 Gold Coin

The Marvelous Pogue Family Collection, Part 6: A Sleeping Rarity, the 1798 ‘Small Eagle’ $5 Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #293 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. On September 30, 2015, the Pogue II sale will be conducted by Stack’s-Bowers, “in association with Sotheby’s,” in New York. The rarest coin in the sale is the 1798 […]

By September 2, 2015 0 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 […]

By September 1, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
 
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