Numismatic History

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Public Meeting Feb. 16

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Public Meeting Feb. 16

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for February 16, 2016. Date: February 16, 2016. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. Location: This meeting will occur via teleconference. Interested members of the public may dial in to listen […]

By February 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic History –  Coin Dealer B. Max Mehl –  A Texas Master of Coins

Numismatic History – Coin Dealer B. Max Mehl – A Texas Master of Coins

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek….   Max Mehl claimed that he spent a million dollars advertising to buy a 1913 Liberty nickel for $50. Unfortunately his expensive ad campaign was a total failure. He was never able to buy that $50 1913 nickel. Yet somehow he became the most successful coin dealer of his era. […]

By February 3, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist at Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……..   Several prominent Union Civil War generals are featured on United States Treasury Notes from the series of 1890 and 1891. Our latest edition of “Better Know Your Notes” looks at the portrait seen on the $5 […]

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant –  Stacks Bowers …..   Coin collectors may not seem an especially reverent lot. Casual demeanor and good senses of humor are more commonplace than their opposites, from local coin shows to Manhattan auction galleries. The bourse floor is a leveler that puts experts and connoisseurs shoulder to shoulder with […]

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 […]

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….   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 at some coin dealerships. The agents went into shops, pretended to […]

US Mint History – The Story of the Charlotte Mint

US Mint History – The Story of the Charlotte Mint

By Timothy O’Fallon – Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals …..   The First Gold Rush All the incredible Charlotte Mint coins and the stories that go with them can be traced back to a Sunday in 1799, when a 12-year old boy named Conrad was playing hooky from Church on his dad’s property. Conrad’s dad, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 →
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 […]

History of Coins – TWO-BITS, FOUR-BITS, SIX-BITS, EIGHT…

History of Coins – TWO-BITS, FOUR-BITS, SIX-BITS, EIGHT…

By Leon F. McClellan ……   Have you ever wondered why a United States quarter-dollar is called “two-bits”? Or, a half-dollar “four-bits”? Do you know why we call our basic monetary unit “dollar” instead of something else? Two-bits, four-bits, six-bits and eight-bits make reference to the eight-reales silver coin of New Spain and Mexico. It […]

By January 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic History – The GSA CC Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Hoard

Numismatic History – The GSA CC Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Hoard

Veteran numismatists may remember the great rush on silver dollars that occurred during the early 1960s. For generations these coins had laid undisturbed in Treasury and Federal Reserve vaults, serving primarily as a backing for silver certificates. When, in 1935, Congress changed the written obligation appearing on silver certificates so that the notes could be […]

By January 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Doorstop sets off America’s first Gold Rush!

Doorstop sets off America’s first Gold Rush!

By Littleton Coin Company Writing Team….   Last year , I wrote about a hunk of metal used as a doorstop that turned out to be a rare Carson City die… but what about a 17lb rock that ignited a gold rush? America’s first gold rush didn’t happen in California – it happened in the […]

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   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 misrepresenting a product or counterfeiting. Since coinage was first struck in […]

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…..   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 Engelhard is […]

World Coins – Collecting Coins of the Central American Republic

World Coins – Collecting Coins of the Central American Republic

4 Escudos, ND (Decree of December 24, 1841). San Jose Mint By Carlos Jara – as posted on World Numismatics LLC……. The Central American Republic, also referred to as the Central American Federation, formed by the five countries of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, and officially established in July 1, 1823 was […]

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Two of the most basic terms that anyone new to numismatics needs to understand are Business Strike and Proof. Business strike coins are those made by the mint for general circulation. Proof coins are the numismatic delicacies struck for collectors each year. In general, business strike coins […]

The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote in U.S. numismatic history. Since it first burst into the headlines in 1965 until the announcement that it was ceasing production of medals, coins and collectibles early in 2003, the […]

Treasure Coins – The “First Dollar” of the New World

Treasure Coins – The “First Dollar” of the New World

Mexico City, Mexico, 8 reales, Charles-Joanna, “Early Series,” assayer R (Rincón), extremely important “first dollar of the New World,” three known, NGC XF 45 By Daniel Frank Sedwick – www.sedwickcoins.com……..   This coin is the very root of the concept of the American dollar. Minted in 1538, under the joint Spanish reign of Charles I […]

Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places with Pinnacle-Rarities

Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places with Pinnacle-Rarities

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities….   Ezra Meeker – Champion of the Oregon Trail Over the summer months our numismatic travels took us to great historical cities like Boston and Philadelphia. And this week we travel to Baltimore, another city rich in early Americana. Of course, across the nation there are local historical sites and, […]

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 5

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In this article I will continue to discuss how the rarity of Morgan silver dollars was affected by changes in supply and availability. This story is of a hoard of mostly Morgan silver dollars that was […]

By December 23, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Collecting Strategies – $1, 50¢ and 25¢ Gold Pieces of the 1850s – California Fractionals

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #310 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Among the most fascinating of all American gold pieces are the fractional pieces struck in California starting in the 1850s. The California gold rush stimulated production of gold coins, […]

By December 23, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change – Audio: 11:11

CoinWeek Podcast #8: 40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change – Audio: 11:11

The CoinWeek Podcast is proudly sponsored by Professional Coin Grading Service. Visit www.pcgs.com to give the gift of collecting. It’s been 40 years since U.S. Bicentennial coins found their way into the channels of commerce. Have you seen a 1776-1976 Bicentennial quarter in change lately? How about a Bicentennial half dollar or dollar? In this […]

By December 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
US Coins – Collecting Southern American Gold Coins

US Coins – Collecting Southern American Gold Coins

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   The first gold rush that took place in the early 1830s in the American South resulted in the establishment of three new mints and a series of impressive gold coins. Contrary to popular belief, the first significant discovery of gold in America was not in California in […]

The 1846-C Quarter Eagle: The “Southern Darling” of U.S. Coins

The 1846-C Quarter Eagle: The “Southern Darling” of U.S. Coins

Photo: Jan 2012 Fun Heritage Auction Lot # 4750 By Timothy O’Fallon – Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   On July 27, 1844, some students were taking an impromptu tour of the U.S. Mint facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Mint had been producing gold coins with the legendary “C” mint mark for less […]

The Story of the New Orleans Mint in Louisiana

The Story of the New Orleans Mint in Louisiana

By Timothy O’Fallon – Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   Founding of the City and The Battle of New Orleans New Orleans was founded in 1718 by a fellow named Jean­ Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. As you might imagine, he was French. He named the city Nouvelle­ Orléans (New Orleans) for the Duke of Orleans, […]

CoinWeek Podcast #7: In God We Trust: A Brief History – Audio: 11:25

CoinWeek Podcast #7: In God We Trust: A Brief History – Audio: 11:25

How did “In God We Trust” find its way onto our coins and paper money? Is the phrase a tacit endorsement of a national religion, or simply a traditional sentiment, repeated so often it has become rote? Will American money in the future continue to display the motto, or is there a serious movement afoot […]

By December 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When I left off last time I was discussing how the entire landscape of gold double eagle ($20) collecting was changed by first Franklin Roosevelt’s recall of gold coins in 1933 and by the examples that were eventually found […]

By December 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
ANS, Newman Numismatic Portal Announce Joint Scanning Project

ANS, Newman Numismatic Portal Announce Joint Scanning Project

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce a joint project with the Newman Numismatic Portal, an online numismatic resource, which will enable greater access to American numismatic research material on both the ANS Digital Library and Newman Portal websites. Administered through Washington University Libraries in St. Louis, the Newman Portal has contracted with […]

 
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