Modern Coins

Defining The Line Between Precious Metals and Numismatics

Defining The Line Between Precious Metals and Numismatics

By Jay Rudo A question that collectors often ask is what makes a coin bullion and what makes a coin numismatic.  There are a lot of different factors involved to answer this question and this article will look at many of them.  Having spent a career dealing in both rare coins and bullion I feel […]

By June 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …… 1981 marked the beginning of the Reagan administration and the seeming end of the coin Wilmington, Delaware shopkeeper Judson Ryan famously dubbed “Carter’s Quarter”[1]. Relegated to mint-set-only status, the near quarter-sized Susan B. Anthony dollar, with its quirky hendecagon ornamental rim and its non-sequitur Apollo 11 reverse, played […]

The Royal Canadian Mint Announces Series of Five Commemorative Circulation Coins Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

The Royal Canadian Mint Announces Series of Five Commemorative Circulation Coins Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

$2 circulation coin celebrating victory of HMS Shannon over USS Chesapeake is the first salvo in a commemorative circulation coin program also honouring Brock, Tecumseh, de Salaberry and Secord Ottawa, Ontario, June 18, 2012 – Two hundred years after the start of the conflict in 1812, the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to announce the […]

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint issues a special silver eagle set, it is an important numismatic event. On June 7 the Mint launched the San Francisco Mint 2-coin proof American silver eagle set, and once again everyone clamored on the first day to get their orders in. Some people thought that […]

Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates 100 Years of “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”

Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates 100 Years of “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”

The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to introduce beautifully designed and exquisitely crafted collector coins which continue to capture the spirit and excitement of the many milestones and anniversaries Canadians are celebrating in 2012. IT’S A COIN STAMPEDE AS THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF “THE GREATEST OUTDOOR SHOW ON EARTH”, THE 25TH […]

Perth Mint King-Sized Kilo Coins Mark Queen’s 60 Year Reign

Perth Mint King-Sized Kilo Coins Mark Queen’s 60 Year Reign

As a former branch of the Royal Mint, The Perth Mint is honouring its British heritage by releasing two majestic kilo coins to celebrate the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure gold and 1 kilo of 99.9% pure silver, these latest releases complete The Perth Mint’s extensive […]

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Some U.S. Mint products have always been essentially made to demand, that is produced to whatever level buyers order, rather than set to a specific mintage level. Examples include proof and mint sets and proof and burnished American silver eagles. But in the wake of the widespread criticism the Mint […]

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. If coins are, as Michael Bugeja has argued “art you can hold and experience history in the process,” then the designs that appear on them are clearly are of paramount importance. In fact, for many collectors the aesthetic appeal of a coin’s design is what draws them to a particular […]

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: New Releases from the U.S. Mint

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: New Releases from the U.S. Mint

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 1.) First 2012 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Coins Released The U.S. Mint has finally provided information on the 2012 America the Beautiful five-ounce silver coin series that collectors have been eager to learn of all year. On May 21 the Mint’s network of Authorized Purchasers began accepting orders for the bullion version […]

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker CoinWeek Content Partners We are forty-seven years into the clad era and the dust is yet to settle. Even though there’s a lot of action to be had, it seems the hobby as a whole can give the clad era one great big shrug of the shoulders. I maintain […]

Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins: A Conversation with John Maben

Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins: A Conversation with John Maben

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek John Maben, owner of John Maben Rare Coins and Modern Coin Mart , and Eric Jordan, author of the book, Modern Commemorative Coins, are the authors of the new book, Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins (Krause, 2012), which zeroes in on the 50 modern U.S. coins that the authors […]

Modern Coin News Round-Up: News from Major World Mints

Modern Coin News Round-Up: News from Major World Mints

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek UK Royal Mint Announces Changes to Britannia Coins On April 26 Nick Bowkett of the UK’s Royal Mint posted an article on the mint’s blog which stated that the UK has decided to change the silver and gold content of its Britannia bullion coins. The gold coins will be changed […]

Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates Year of Remarkable Financial Performance

Royal Canadian Mint Celebrates Year of Remarkable Financial Performance

Corporation achieves $3.2 billion in revenues and$43.8 million in pre-tax profits in 2011 OTTAWA, ONTARIO – May 7, 2012 – The Royal Canadian Mint achieved a record $3.2 billion in revenues and pre-tax profits of $43.8 million last year, the Corporation’s fourth highest ever net income. All four of the Mint’s business lines were profitable […]

“Brigantium” Final Coin In “Rome on the Danube” silver Series

“Brigantium” Final Coin In “Rome on the Danube” silver Series

June 13, 2012 (Vienna) – The Austrian Mint today will issue “Brigantium”, the sixth and final silver coin in the historic “Rome on the Danube” series. The Roman Empire was certainly very powerful and influential in many regions of Europe; today’s Austria was no exception.  Much of this was because of the interconnected complex of […]

A Bumper Year for Coin Collectors

A Bumper Year for Coin Collectors

By Carlos Rabanillo – Collector Submission This year looks set to be a great year for coin collectors to add some valuable and collectable silver coins to their hoard.  For those new to collecting coins and starting their first collection, 2012 offers a number of opportunities to buy silver coins that won’t come around again […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coins Outperforming U.S. Issues This Year

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coins Outperforming U.S. Issues This Year

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 2012 has been a remarkable year for modern coin collectors in terms of the quality and range of products offered as well as the quick appreciation of sold-out, limited edition items. The U.S. Mint has provided hardly any information about planned releases of many of its major collectible series like […]

Coin Submission Success Strategies

Coin Submission Success Strategies

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker If you’re anything like me, then you occasionally submit coins to one of the major Third Party Grading companies to preserve them, attribute them, or to add to your collection of certified coins. I look at a lot of raw material in the hopes that my grading eye is […]

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created a special presentation label for coins featured in Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins. This newly released book lists the Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins in terms of popularity, scarcity and affordability. Each coin listed in the book includes a detailed history, images, statistics and a graph displaying […]

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Michele Coiron on Promoting Sales of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Michele Coiron on Promoting Sales of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Michele Coiron is director of sales for the fund-raising affiliate of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, known as Star-Spangled 200, Inc. She recently spoke with me about her efforts to promote sales of the U.S. Mint’s commemorative coins that honor the Star-Spangled Banner. Those coins include a well-received […]

The 2011 Army Half Dollar Reconsidered

The 2011 Army Half Dollar Reconsidered

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek The 2011 U.S. Army half dollar has been selling for a significant premium in 2012, despite the fact that it is a coin virtually nobody wanted to buy last year. The budget-priced item features an army surveyor and two soldiers carrying sandbags on the obverse, and a […]

NGC Releases Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide

NGC Releases Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide

[Sarasota, Florida] – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has released an online price guide of Chinese Panda coins 1974 to date. The NGC Chinese Modern Coin Price Guide, accessible on NGC’s website, is a comprehensive free resource and includes silver, gold, platinum, palladium and bi-metallic Panda coins and medals. Values for more than 640 Panda issues are available, […]

CAC to Accept Eisenhower Dollars

CAC to Accept Eisenhower Dollars

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek I’m happy to announce this week that CAC, the Certified Acceptance Corporation, will announce that they will now accept Cu-Ni clad and silver business strike Eisenhower dollars (1971-1978) for review and certification. The Eisenhower dollar, the last of the “Big Dollar” coins, will be the first clad-era series to be […]

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Plans for 75th Anniversary San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Address Critics’ Concerns

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Plans for 75th Anniversary San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Address Critics’ Concerns

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek The U.S. Mint has announced that it will honor the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco branch of the U.S. Mint with a special two-coin American silver eagle proof set. The set will include two proof silver eagles with San Francisco mint marks. One will be a regular proof coin, […]

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

Where Bullion Investing And Coin Collecting Merge – PART 2

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek Please click here to read Part One of this Article Collectors with a hard money mentality who want to go beyond familiar series such as the American silver Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf have a growing number of options when it comes to one-ounce silver pieces. It could take some […]

By April 30, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
WHERE BULLION INVESTING AND COIN COLLECTING MERGE – PART 1

WHERE BULLION INVESTING AND COIN COLLECTING MERGE – PART 1

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek Are you a collector or investor? The answer doesn’t have to be an either/or proposition. More than a few coin enthusiasts have a favorite series or two they pursue as a hobby while investing in gold and silver bullion for financial insurance. That’s the ideal situation, but what about the […]

By April 24, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Tradition and Innovation Shine Though as Royal Canadian Mint Launches New Collector Coins

Tradition and Innovation Shine Though as Royal Canadian Mint Launches New Collector Coins

As it continues to advance the art and science of coin manufacturing, the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to introduce a striking variety of new collector coins which celebrate Canada through nature, art and history. This newest collection includes: the Mint’s first glow-in-the-dark coin in a new 25-cent dinosaur series; new Maple Leaf Forever coins in gold, silver […]

Modern Coin News Round-Up: Recent World Coin Releases

Modern Coin News Round-Up: Recent World Coin Releases

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek This is the first article in a new column that will provide brief news and analysis of significant developments in modern U.S. and world coins.  This edition focuses on some noteworthy recent and upcoming coin releases from around the world. 1.) Unique Canadian Bumble Bee Coin Sells Out During Pre-Release Period The Royal […]

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Eisenhower dollars and the way they’re treated in the Redbook. The column made the rounds of the editorial boards of several coin magazines, Whitman Publishing (who want you to know that the “Professional Edition” of the Redbook does include […]

Modern Coin News Round-Up: U.S. Coins

Modern Coin News Round-Up: U.S. Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 1.) Julia Grant Coin Now Lowest Mintage Proof First Spouse The proof version of the Julia Grant First Spouse $10 gold coin unexpectedly sold out on March 30.  Normally the U.S. Mint (www.usmint.gov) keeps these coins on sale for one year unless they sell out of their maximum mintage before then. These […]

The Coin Analyst: Titanic Centennial Coins Popular with Collectors

The Coin Analyst: Titanic Centennial Coins Popular with Collectors

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek April 15th marks the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s greatest maritime disasters, the sinking off the coast of Canada of the then largest and most luxurious ship in the world, the RMS Titanic.  1,517of the 2,229 passengers perished in the tragedy.  RMS stands for Royal Mail Steamer.  None of the ship’s […]

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