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The Real Diehl: Let’s Get Real About the Issue of First Strike Coinage

The Real Diehl: Let’s Get Real About the Issue of First Strike Coinage

The Real Diehl is a regularly-appearing column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. Are There Really “First Strikes”, “ Releases”, and “Early Releases®”? I read with interest Michael Bugeja’s July 7 CoinUpdate article about “first releases” and “Early Releases®”  and the readers’ comments that followed. I’ve been asked about these labels, and […]

By September 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: World Mint News Update for September

The Coin Analyst: World Mint News Update for September

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. For this month’s modern world coin round-up we have some interesting developments at the Perth Mint, the Casa de Moneda in Mexico, and the Royal Canadian Mint. Perth Mint On September 1 the Perth Mint in Australia released its latest batch of new issues headlined by the silver and gold […]

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Ancient Coins: Coinage of the Barbarian Invaders

Ancient Coins: Coinage of the Barbarian Invaders

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek… Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas? Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts, and rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds? Why are they carrying elegant canes beautifully worked in silver and gold? Because the barbarians […]

By September 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for September

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint News Update for September

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   No JFK silver sets in Baltimore In the aftermath of the chaotic events surrounding the release of the JFK gold half dollar last month, which were discussed in this column last month and in the in-depth analysis by my CoinWeek colleagues, both the U.S. Mint and the American Numismatic […]

By September 8, 2014 8 Comments Read More →
The Mugging of LaVere Redfield

The Mugging of LaVere Redfield

by Jack Harpster – author of The Curious Life of Nevada’s LaVere Redfield: The Silver Dollar King This article is adapted from Reno, Nevada author Jack Harpster’s upcoming book, The Curious Life of Nevada’s LaVere Redfield: The Silver Dollar King, that will be released on November 4, 2014 by The History Press, Charleston, SC, and […]

By September 8, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Doug Winter: Two Sales, Three Coins, One Opinion: My Quick Take on the ANA Auctions

Doug Winter: Two Sales, Three Coins, One Opinion: My Quick Take on the ANA Auctions

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com The ANA week has never been easy for a small numismatic firm like mine to handle, and when I learned that this year’s version included not one but two companies’ auctions I let out an audible groan. This was repeated when I saw the offerings online: both Heritage and Stack’s Bowers […]

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The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Centennial Medal

The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Centennial Medal

by David Provost for CoinWeek… Editor’s Note: David Provost writes the excellent “Commemorative Stories” series for CoinWeek. The following piece on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Centennial Medal originally appeared in the North Carolina Numismatic Association Journal as part of David’s series titled “Exploring North Carolina Exonumia”. This series earned David an NLG Award for Best Column […]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
All Star Line Up For Autographed PCGS Baseball HOF Coin Inserts

All Star Line Up For Autographed PCGS Baseball HOF Coin Inserts

As the race to the playoffs and World Series attracts attention, many baseball fans are also excited about an increasingly popular way to collect Hall of Fame players’ autographs. Thirty-one players enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum now have signed insert labels for PCGS-certified 2014 Hall of Fame gold, silver and […]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Central Bank of Ireland Issues Commemorative Coin in Honor of Submarine Inventor John Philip Holland

Central Bank of Ireland Issues Commemorative Coin in Honor of Submarine Inventor John Philip Holland

The Central Bank of Ireland will launch today (1 September 2014) a €15 limited edition Silver Proof collector coin to commemorate John Philip Holland [1841 – 1914], the Irish born inventor of the modern submarine. Speaking at the launch at the Marine Institute, Oranmore, Galway, Central Bank Director of Currency and Facilities Management, Paul Molumby […]

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Baldwin’s to Offer the David Sellwood Collection of Parthian Coins

Baldwin’s to Offer the David Sellwood Collection of Parthian Coins

A.H. Baldwin and Sons Ltd, the only official Coinex sponsors, 2014, present Auction 90; Ancient Coins, British Coins and Commemorative Medals. The sale boasts Part One of The David Sellwood Collection of Parthian Coins, the most extensive and important of its type in private hands. The auction will be held on 25th September 2014 at The CIPFA […]

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Rare 1681 silver Halfcrown of King Charles II, with mark of the Royal African Company

Rare 1681 silver Halfcrown of King Charles II, with mark of the Royal African Company

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #239 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds……….. Halfcrowns, 2½ Shillings silver coins, of English King Charles II are not rare overall. Thousands survive of those minted during his reign from 1660 to 1685. The 1681 Halfcrown ‘in […]

By September 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Royal Mint introduces its 2014 Britannia Proof Collection

The Royal Mint introduces its 2014 Britannia Proof Collection

The 2014 Britannia Proof Collection… and the United Kingdom’s smallest coin The changing face of Britain as personified by the figure of Britannia is captured once again on The Royal Mint’s Britannia Gold and Silver Proof Collection, which for 2014 includes the smallest coin to be minted since the forming of the United Kingdom more […]

By September 2, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
First Read: Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin

First Read: Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin by Michael “Miles” Standish The mighty Morgan dollar, as Michael Standish notes in his important new reference book on the most widely collected classic American coin, is […]

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World’s Fair of Money top exhibiting honor awarded to Mack Martin

World’s Fair of Money top exhibiting honor awarded to Mack Martin

Exhibit featuring Reconstruction-era bonds wins Howland Wood Memorial Award Editor’s note: Images from Martin’s award-winning exhibit can be seen at Money.org. American Numismatic Association member Mack Martin won the Howland Wood Memorial Award for Best-in-Show in numismatic exhibiting at the 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of MoneySM in Rosemont, Illinois. Martin’s exhibit, “Baby Bonds,” featured notes […]

Odyssey Marine Releases Preliminary List of Numismatic Items Recovered from SS Central America

Odyssey Marine Releases Preliminary List of Numismatic Items Recovered from SS Central America

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Odyssey Marine Exploration (NASDAQ: OMEX) published its fourth operational report Report #14-04 (PDF), which details the firm’s ongoing salvage operations at the site where the SS Central America–the famed “Ship of Gold”–sank more than 150 years ago. The court-appointed Receiver for the firms Recovery Limited Partnership, LLC […]

David T. Alexander: How this Auction Cataloger “Got that Way”

David T. Alexander: How this Auction Cataloger “Got that Way”

By David T. Alexander for CoinWeek…. I have spent the last 40 years as a professional auction cataloger for several prominent firms. As a young collector in the 1950’s, however, I had little knowledge of numismatic auctions, how and why they worked, and I was not alone. As a staff writer for Coin World from […]

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 4: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Eagles ($10 Gold Pieces)

Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 4: ‘No Motto’ Liberty Eagles ($10 Gold Pieces)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #238 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Liberty Eagles were minted from 1838 to 1907. These are sometimes termed ‘Liberty Head Eagles.’ Similar, Liberty Head Quarter Eagles ($2½) and Half Eagles ($5 gold coins) were minted […]

CoinWeek Q&A with U.S. Gold Coin Expert Douglas Winter

CoinWeek Q&A with U.S. Gold Coin Expert Douglas Winter

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… Douglas Winter’s love for numismatics began at the young age of seven. He has actively traded in coins since the age of ten, and has since devoted much of his life immersed in the the study of coins. Winter is a U.S. gold coin expert, nationally-known coin dealer, Red Book […]

Ancient Coin Insights: Coinage of Parthia

Ancient Coin Insights: Coinage of Parthia

by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek…. Parthian royal history (c. 247 BC – 228 CE) is a dismal record of sons murdering fathers, and brothers slaying brothers to seize a shaky throne. Yet for most of this era, Parthia provided reasonably efficient government to a population of Greeks, Persians and Arabs; tolerating Christians, Jews, Pagans, Zoroastrians […]

First Read: Chopmarked Coins: A History; the silver coins used in China 1600-1935

First Read: Chopmarked Coins: A History; the silver coins used in China 1600-1935

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Michael E. Marotta for CoinWeek…. Chopmarked Coins: A History; the silver coins used in China 1600-1935 by Colin James Gullberg Chopmarks are counter-stamps or punches, struck into coins by Chinese merchants. To many numismatic authorities, anything that happens to […]

The Kennedy Gold Proof Launch and the Modern Coin Market

The Kennedy Gold Proof Launch and the Modern Coin Market

By Charles  Morgan, Scott Purvis, and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… In a hobby already prone to hyperbole, the recent release of the Kennedy Gold Proof inspired a mixture of vocal opinions and raised many questions. Some saw the hysteria and dealer-driven speculation as a blight on the hobby, calling the coin’s roll-out the straw that’ll break the […]

Million Dollar Coins in ANA Auctions, part 2, with interpretation of Specimen designations

Million Dollar Coins in ANA Auctions, part 2, with interpretation of Specimen designations

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #237 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Stack’s-Bowers and Heritage, separately, conducted successful auctions at the ANA Convention earlier this month in Rosemont, Illinois. In part 1, three, individual million dollar coins were covered: the Garrett family […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Round-Up for August

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coin Round-Up for August

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. It’s been a busy summer for modern coin releases from major world mints, and the fall will bring even more new coins that will be dominated by the 2015 Year of the Goat program.  Here are some of the more significant new coins:   Orion takes flight One of the […]

Medieval Numismatics: Coins of the Crusaders

Medieval Numismatics: Coins of the Crusaders

CoinWeek Medieval Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ……….. Crusader coins survive in surprising abundance and have much to tell us about this distant era, which has so many parallels to contemporary events. Between 1096 and 1291, the Church of Rome, the aristocracy, and the peoples of Western Europe launched a series of military campaigns against the Muslim […]

American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Wrap Up

American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Wrap Up

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   Obviously, the Kennedy gold half dollar release was the big story of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money and CoinWeek was on the ground as it happened. Expect to see that report by Monday. In the interim, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about numismatic topics […]

Million Dollar Coins in ANA Auctions ….Part 1

Million Dollar Coins in ANA Auctions ….Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #236 — Edited on Aug. 14, 2014, 11:06 pm A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …….. For the first time, both Stack’s-Bowers and Heritage conducted official ANA auctions at the summer convention, which was held from […]

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics Sets World Record With $1.645 Million Dollar Purchase of Excessively Rare U.S. Gold Coin

Douglas Winter Numismatics, a Portland Oregon rare coin firm specializing in choice 18th and 19th century United States gold coinage, recently set a world auction record for a Liberty Head double eagle and for any Liberty Head gold coin by purchasing a PCGS MS61 example of the excessively rare 1861 Paquet Reverse $20.00 for $1,645,000. […]

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CoinWeek and Its Writers Win Eight Numismatic Literary Guild Awards

CoinWeek and Its Writers Win Eight Numismatic Literary Guild Awards

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…   Plaques, dinner, and humor dished out at Numismatic Literary Guild Bash…   The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) Bash is a chance for some of the industry’s brightest and most talented writers to get together, talk about all things numismatic, and tell jokes. Lots of jokes… usually […]

The Coin Analyst: Are Coin Show Releases Good for Numismatics?

The Coin Analyst: Are Coin Show Releases Good for Numismatics?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ………… As the dust settles on the largest and most important coin show of the year, the ANA’s World Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois last week, it is a good time to take stock of the launch of the 2014 gold Kennedy half dollars, which has important implications […]

U.S. Mint and American Numismatic Association Suspend  Sales of 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin

U.S. Mint and American Numismatic Association Suspend Sales of 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin

The United States Mint and the American Numismatic Association (ANA) announced today that sales of the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Proof Coin have been suspended at the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Il. The Mint and the ANA made the decision to ensure the safety of those wanting to purchase the coin […]

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