Numismatic History

In Memoriam:  Chester “Chet” Krause, 1923-2016

In Memoriam: Chester “Chet” Krause, 1923-2016

By CoinWeek News Staff …..   UPDATED June 27, 3:33 PM Eastern Time Beginnings One of the most influential figures in the collectibles publishing industry, Chester “Chet” Krause passed away on Saturday from congestive heart failure. He was 92 years old. Krause was born in Helvetia, Wisconsin on December 16, 1923. He grew up on […]

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Künker World Coin Auctions – The Die Cutting Czarina

Künker World Coin Auctions – The Die Cutting Czarina

The medal of Czar Alexander I, honoring him as “savior of the people”, and issued in three metals – gold, silver, bronze – is stunning. On the reverse it shows an altar, on which the Russian insignia, crown, scepter, and imperial orb are placed. Above all, the Eye of Providence in the aureola is glancing […]

Rare Coin Auctions: Stack’s Bowers to Offer 1942 Experimental Cent at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money

Rare Coin Auctions: Stack’s Bowers to Offer 1942 Experimental Cent at 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   The years during and surrounding World War II were an era of inventiveness and ingenuity among manufacturers in the United States, the result of shortages that threatened the availability of previously abundant raw materials. The U.S. Mint was not spared from this rationing, and […]

USA Coin Album: The United States Coins Dated 1965 — Part One

USA Coin Album: The United States Coins Dated 1965 — Part One

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   It has now been more than 50 years since collectors had to face the unthinkable — the end of fine silver coinage Numismatic writers frequently reference the year 1965 as the one in which copper-nickel-clad coins replaced the traditional silver issues, but […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 2

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 In the late fall of 1951 Josiah K. Lilly stopped off at Stack’s on his way to Palm Beach for the winter (Mrs. Lilly liked to make the stop in New York to do her shopping and to rest from the first part of […]

That First Magical Coin – How Coin Collectors Got Their Start

That First Magical Coin – How Coin Collectors Got Their Start

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …….   I remember that fateful day in November 1992 like it was yesterday. It was the day a well-worn, chocolate-brown 1941 Lincoln wheat cent happened into my small 12-year-old hands on allowance day. Dozens, maybe even hundreds, of wheat cents had been in my hands before, but it was […]

Johnson, Mitchell Inducted into ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame

Johnson, Mitchell Inducted into ANA Numismatic Hall of Fame

In recognizing outstanding contributions to numismatics, The American Numismatic Association (ANA) will induct Historic Era nominees Byron F. Johnson, Jr. and Ralph A. Mitchell into the Numismatic Hall of Fame at the 2016 Summer Seminar banquet on Wednesday, June 22, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Byron F. Johnson, Jr. Byron F. Johnson, Jr. was a collector’s […]

CoinWeek News Wire for June 17, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for June 17, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 17, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Look closely at your change Another day she was picking up some hamburgers at a fast food restaurant, reached into her purse for change and noticed another euro. The attendant told her they have been getting a lot of them lately […]

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108 Years Ago Today: ANA Co-Founder Dr. George F. Heath Passed Away

108 Years Ago Today: ANA Co-Founder Dr. George F. Heath Passed Away

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   108 years ago today, Dr. George Francis Heath died in his home in Monroe, Michigan. He was 57 years old. Heath was a larger-than-life figure, both in physical stature (numismatic writer Jack Ogilvie once wrote that the doctor was “big, fat, and good natured”) and […]

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

Hordes of Hoards: Some Recent and Classic Finds of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   It has been said that archaeology stands on a foundation of potsherds, and it would be just as true to say that numismatics stands on a foundation of coin hoards. They provide us with the framework of our classification of ancient coins, and frequently a single […]

How Modern Coins Are Made

How Modern Coins Are Made

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   You hold them in your hand, jingle them in your pocket, and flip them to make decisions – but have you ever wondered how coins are made? It’s one of those random musings that doesn’t come up often – but when it does, it arouses the curiosity. Coin-making has […]

Author Allan Schein Wins Pradeau Award from Mexican Numismatic Society

Author Allan Schein Wins Pradeau Award from Mexican Numismatic Society

On May 20, 2016, the Sociedad Numismática de México (Mexican Numismatic Society) bestowed upon Salt Lake City author Allan Schein the Alberto Francisco Pradeau Award for his bi-lingual book Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito. The congratulatory letter announcing this prestigious award cited that Mr. Schein’s “investigation, study and conclusions are considered of great merit for […]

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Israeli Coin Hoard May Be Ancient Coin Collection

Israeli Coin Hoard May Be Ancient Coin Collection

Evidence hints at purposeful storage by date By CoinWeek News Staff ….   In April of this year, 16 ancient silver shekels and half-shekels were exposed near the Israeli city of Modi’in during exploratory excavations conducted by the government of Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut before construction began on a new neighborhood in the area. The coins date back […]

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In Memoriam: Notable Chicago Coin Dealer Walter Perschke Passes Away at Age 77

In Memoriam: Notable Chicago Coin Dealer Walter Perschke Passes Away at Age 77

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …….   “Now is the time to build bridges. When the flood comes, and it will come, you need to be ready. It will be too late to prepare.” –Walter Perschke Walter Perschke, the Chicago numismatist who famously set a world record when he paid more than US$400,000 for a […]

Pogue IV Auction Analysis: Why Did You Expect It To Be Easy?

Pogue IV Auction Analysis: Why Did You Expect It To Be Easy?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   “We have now one of the huge lots of the evening. The Sultan of Muscat–Childs–Pogue 1804 Dollar. The Class I Original. Finest Known Example of the King of American Coins… I am looking for a bid of Seven Million Six Hundred Thousand. Any interest at […]

ANA Money Museum Catches Gold Fever

ANA Money Museum Catches Gold Fever

The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum, operated by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) in Colorado Springs, has unveiled an expansion of its “California Gold Rush” exhibit. The permanent exhibit showcases the California gold rush as seen through the instruments that were essential for processing bullion—scales and weights. The exhibit was made possible through a donation […]

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has created an online image gallery for the Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection, a fascinating assemblage of coins, tokens and medals collected between the 1860s and 1930s. The collection, which is entirely certified by NGC, will be offered by Heritage Auctions as part of its June 8-13, 2016, […]

US Coin Album –  Steel This Cent

US Coin Album – Steel This Cent

By David W. Lange – Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   A number of years ago, I purchased a strip of webbing for 1943 steel cents. “Webbing” is the US Mint’s term for punched-out planchet strips. When a strip of coin metal is run through the punching press it comes out with a […]

Commemorative Coins – Charles Barber’s Influence on the Classic US Commems

Commemorative Coins – Charles Barber’s Influence on the Classic US Commems

By Dan Duncan [Posted with Permission] – Pinnacle-Rarities ……   The works of Charles Barber’s career weren’t fully appreciated until after his death. His coinage was considered pedestrian in contemporary artistic circles. But in fairness to Barber, most of his work was predesignated to one idea or another. His use of classic Greco-Roman motifs has […]

Medals & Tokens – US Mint Allegience Medal

Medals & Tokens – US Mint Allegience Medal

In response to several US Mint facilities joining the Confederacy, Mint Director James Pollack asked all US Mint employees to swear an oath to the Constitution. In honor of this oath, commemorative medals were struck with dies fashioned by the famous engraver Anthony C. Paquet. Abraham Lincoln was sworn in as the 16th President of […]

CoinWeek News Wire for May 20, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for May 20, 2016

Brain Food 1.) From jagged edges to flowers: the origins of currencies The dollar is one of the most common currencies in the world used by the US, Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, and Singapore to name a few. The origin of the dollar, also the Slovenian tolar, is from a coin called the Joachimsthaler, […]

In Memoriam: Peter Nikolaus Schulten MA, 1936–2016

In Memoriam: Peter Nikolaus Schulten MA, 1936–2016

By Fritz Rudolf Künker – Künker GmbH & Company….   The life of numismatist Peter N. Schulten had many facets. While his father Wolfgang Schulten (1904-1996), a devoted coin collector, had kindled his interest in numismatics while Peter was still young, he inherited a love for music and literature from his mother. Through his uncle […]

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Photo Credit: American Numismatic Association; CoinWeek By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   The numismatic hobby at the turn of the 20th century was much different than it is today. The pages of the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatist were filled with familiar faces and names. It was a club magazine in the truest sense. This […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 1

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 1

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   In my early years of working full time at Stack’s in New York, I had the privilege of meeting and serving many of the great collectors who lived near the city, as well as many who came to visit or work in New York. The Big […]

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Link to Part 1 5.) Irene of Athens Like much of the Middle Ages, the history of the Byzantine Empire is fascinating and complex. Unfortunately, it’s not a familiar topic to many Americans. Numismatically, it’s an exceedingly rich field of study, and the next woman […]

ANA: The Numismatist Adopts HTML for Online Viewing Platform

ANA: The Numismatist Adopts HTML for Online Viewing Platform

On May 12, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) announced that it is shifting the online viewing platform for its flagship publication, The Numismatist, to HTML5 Viewer. The viewer is a compatibility upgrade and brings a new look and a new menu. Readers don’t need any plugins (such as Flash or other software) beyond their modern […]

PCGS: The 1822 Half Eagle – The Most Legendary Rarity in American Numismatics

PCGS: The 1822 Half Eagle – The Most Legendary Rarity in American Numismatics

By Ron Guth – Professional Coin Grading Service ……   Of all the U.S. numismatic rarities, the 1822 Half Eagle is one of the purest. It was not made by mistake. It was not a fantasy issue made for sale to collectors. It was not a restrike, nor was it a special coin created as […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 14, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for May 14, 2016

By Coinweek ….   Brain Food 1.) What Does a Girl Have to Do to Get on a Banknote? They feature portraits of the Founding Fathers and former presidents, monuments and places of interest, the banknotes of different countries, however rarely, feature women. And with the recent US announcement to put the image of a […]

Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – The SS Central America: 160 Years of Woe

Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – The SS Central America: 160 Years of Woe

By Cori Sedwick Downing – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   Lot 239, Sedwick Treasure Auction #19 Rarely does one random event lead to so much mayhem as the wreck of SS Central America when it sank in a hurricane in 1857. It reminds me of something that Eppie Lederer (aka Ann Landers) once said […]

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. Coin designers extraordinaire and the sixth and seventh Chief Engravers of the United States Mint, respectively. Two British transplants of the same generation–Barber from London, Morgan from Birmingham–whose careers brought them together creating American coins. Two men who rather famously did […]

 
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