Numismatic History

A Golden Anniversary: Four Decades of the Right to Choose Metal over Paper

A Golden Anniversary: Four Decades of the Right to Choose Metal over Paper

Guest Column by Anthem Hayek Blanchard for CoinWeek.com….   January 1st, 2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of the demise of gold ownership restriction for U.S. citizens. It was on that date in 1975 that an act of Congress signed by President Gerald Ford struck down Executive Order 6012. Enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt […]

By November 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Great Coin Collections : Garrett Sales Conclude — Part Three

Great Coin Collections : Garrett Sales Conclude — Part Three

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. The market timing of the Garrett sales were incredible when viewed in hindsight. This week we will discuss the final portion of the Garrett collection that was sold by Bowers and Ruddy Galleries in March, 1981. By this time, the rare coin […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part VI

By David Provost for CoinWeek.com…. Previous installments of this article can be found here. Following the conclusion of its hearings, the House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage reported out the Los Angeles Olympics coin bill proposed by its Chairman, Representative Frank Annunzio (D-IL), by a vote of 6-0, on May 13, 1982. The bill […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bowers: Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

Bowers: Surprise! Two-Cent Pieces in the Midwest in 1880

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Two-cent pieces were first made in 1864, at a time when small change was scarce in circulation. In the following year, 1865, the shortage had abated and the nickel three-cent piece was introduced. Mintage quantities for the two-cent piece fell sharply, with 1872 (as illustrated here) being the […]

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

By Mark Borckardt ………. During 33+ years as a full time professional numismatist, I have had the opportunity to examine and handle many of the most important rarities in the American series, including two Brasher doubloons, all five 1913 Liberty nickels, two 1894-S dimes, and four 1804 silver dollars. I have handled 80 of the […]

The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

The Maria Theresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part I

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek… The broad silver coin known everywhere today as the Maria Theresa taler is familiar to many numismatists in the United States and the world over. However, fewer collectors have ever paused to give the coin the really close examination it deserves, or delved into its colorful two-century history and […]

The Magnificent Ancients of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Coin Collection

The Magnificent Ancients of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Coin Collection

Ancient Coin Series: Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   Fitzgerald: The rich are different than you and me. Hemingway: Yes, they have more money.[1] In the arcane language of Classical Numismatics, when coins are described as “important,” it means they cost a lot. How much? If you have to ask, you can’t afford them. Nelson Bunker […]

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The Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – Part Two

The Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – Part Two

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. To read Part One of Jeff’s series on great numismatic sales, click here. … The four sales of the Garrett Collection held from 1979 to 1981 were of staggering importance to numismatics.   Last week, Heritage Auctions announced that the unparalleled collection of United States Colonial […]

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Great Numismatic Sales of the Past

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. It is highly recommended to examine great numismatic sales of the past when given the opportunity.  On November 14 and 15, the fifth installment of the famed collection belonging to Eric P. Newman will be sold in New York City. The sale features another incredible […]

By October 24, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Historic W. E. Woodward Auction Sales Now Viewable Online

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Historic W. E. Woodward Auction Sales Now Viewable Online

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, e-Sylum contributor Tom Wetter announces the launch of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society’s newly launched Wiki for the auction sales of W.E. Woodward. Tom Wetter writes: After quite some time and a lot of work, […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part V

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part V

By David Provost for CoinWeek… Previous installments of this article can be found here: Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.   The House Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs and Coinage held its final hearings session for the Los Angeles Olympic coinage on Wednesday, May 12, 1982. As he had done in previous sessions, Chairman […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Brilliant Concepts – Uphill Labor,  Creating the 1983 ANA Catalog

Brilliant Concepts – Uphill Labor, Creating the 1983 ANA Catalog

By David Thomason Alexander  for  CoinWeek …. Cataloging the 1983 ANA auction was a “white water rapids” experience. This was most important sale to be held in the U.S. that year, and its creation offered lessons in the value of brilliant ideas, knowledge, teamwork, public relations and working with the major national organization and coping […]

Mexican Numismatic History: The 1811 Real de Catorce 8 Reales, An Insurgent Rather than a Royalist Issue

Mexican Numismatic History: The 1811 Real de Catorce 8 Reales, An Insurgent Rather than a Royalist Issue

Mexican Numismatic History: The 1811 Real de Catorce 8 Reales… By Carlos Jara – Mexican Coin Company Our company was privileged to recently handle a specimen of the very rare Real de Catorce provisional 8 Reales. Appearances of this rare type are usually few and far between, with less than 10 specimens currently known. Nevertheless, […]

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A Crown and Taler Man, Reflections on Dr. John S. Davenport

A Crown and Taler Man, Reflections on Dr. John S. Davenport

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek…. Rarely does a single individual become identified so completely with any area of numismatics as did Dr. John S. Davenport (1907-2001). Over a period of more than 50 years, his name became synonymous with the world of large-size silver coins, generally referred to as crowns and talers. “Crowns” in […]

Ancient Coins : The First Official Coin

Ancient Coins : The First Official Coin

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… The First Official Coin Natural resources are often a source of great wealth for a country, especially its king. The Pactolus River in Lydia, now modern day Turkey, was one of the most significant sources of electrum in the ancient world, and it […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part III

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part III

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. Parts I and II of this article can be found here: Part I and Part II.   The original bill calling for commemorative coins to support the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games was introduced by Senator Alan Cranston (D-CA) on May 20, 1981. S1230 called for a massive 29-coin program that was […]

By September 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
First Read: Wayte Raymond’s Coins of the World

First Read: Wayte Raymond’s Coins of the World

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by David T. Alexander for CoinWeek…. The brown cloth cover is worn and stained today, the binding stressed and foxing can be found on the title page, but my original copy of Coins of the World, Twentieth Century Issues 1901-1954 remains […]

By September 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Excerpts from the E-Sylum: A Mecklenburg Declaration Citation

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: A Mecklenburg Declaration Citation

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. Last week the E-sylum quoted an article that we published from CoinWeek contributing writer David Provost about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. In that piece, Provost wrote that no contemporary newspaper accounts of the event had been found. […]

By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Ancient Coins :  The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

Ancient Coins : The First Circulating Gold Coinage & The Stag of Artemis

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……… The First Circulating Coinage Little is known about this mysterious archaic electrum coinage. It was minted in Ionia, somewhere in central Western Anatolia on the shores of the Aegean sea, but scholars have yet to identify the precise city-state that produced this sophisticated […]

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 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 →
Philip Diehl Talks About the US Gold & Silver Bullion Program During His Term. VIDEO: 3:27

Philip Diehl Talks About the US Gold & Silver Bullion Program During His Term. VIDEO: 3:27

Philip N. Diehl, Former US Mint Director Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek.com……. In this six part interview, Coinweek Content Manager Charles Morgan talks with Philip N. Diehl , who was the Director of the United States Mint from 1993 until 2000. In this part ONE of the  interview, Mr. Diehl talks about the state of the […]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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 […]

10 Selections from the New Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price Book You Have to See…

10 Selections from the New Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price Book You Have to See…

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… At CoinWeek, we love numismatic literature. This is why, when we saw the new Kolbe & Fanning Fixed Price List for Select Numismatic Books, we had to put everything aside for a few moments while we took in the book’s 92 amazing offerings. Many of the books […]

Early Photos and Images of the United States Mint. VIDEO: 7:15

Early Photos and Images of the United States Mint. VIDEO: 7:15

John Mercanti, Former Chief Engraver United States Mint…… John Mercanti worked for the United States Mint until he retired in 2010. He assembled a collection of early pictures of the Mint that have seldom been seen. See these remarkable images of history that show the changes of the place where America’s money was first made. […]

By July 15, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ANA Inducts Gravel, Clain-Stefanelli to Numismatic Hall of Fame

ANA Inducts Gravel, Clain-Stefanelli to Numismatic Hall of Fame

Prominent numismatists honored during ANA Summer Seminar… Ludger Gravel and Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli were inducted into the Numismatic Hall of Fame during the first week of the American Numismatic Association‘s Summer Seminar. Gravel began collecting coins as a young man. By the mid-1890s, he was an active member and leader of the Numismatic and Antiquarian Society […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 Los Angeles Olympics Coins – Part II

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 Los Angeles Olympics Coins – Part II

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 of the […]

The 1615-16 Coins of Bermuda (Sommer Islands): The First English Coins of North America

The 1615-16 Coins of Bermuda (Sommer Islands): The First English Coins of North America

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #226 A CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds In 1615 or 1616, coins were introduced in Bermuda. Although Bermuda was then called the Sommer Islands, for clarity, it is best to refer here to this place as Bermuda, […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-sylum readers continue to discuss last week’s topic on the use of racial and ethnic slurs on Hobo Nickels…. Click Here to read Part One   Last week Bob Leonard wrote: The […]

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