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World Records Fall at the Stack’s Bowers / Sotheby’s Coin Auction:  D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale Nets Over $25 Million for Just 128 Coins

World Records Fall at the Stack’s Bowers / Sotheby’s Coin Auction: D. Brent Pogue Collection Sale Nets Over $25 Million for Just 128 Coins

By Stack’s Bowers….   Collectors bid over $25 million to purchase just 128 coins Tuesday night at the sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, presented by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s in New York City. The single finest known example of the 1808 quarter eagle, graded MS-65 (PCGS), realized $2.35 million, a new world […]

Coin Profile – 1808 Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Sells for $2 Million at Pogue Sale. VIDEO: 3:54.

Coin Profile – 1808 Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Sells for $2 Million at Pogue Sale. VIDEO: 3:54.

David Redden, Auctioneer, Sotheby’s; Q. David Bowers; John Kraljevich, Stack’s Bowers Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…….. The first part of the D. Brent Pogue Collection was auctioned by Stack’s Bowers-Sotheby’s in New York on May 19, 2015. Highlight of the sale was the finest known 1808 quarter $2.50 gold coin described as a “breathtaking gem specimen”. […]

The Real Story Behind the Gettysburg Address. Video: 4:36.

The Real Story Behind the Gettysburg Address. Video: 4:36.

Dennis Boggs has made a career out of portraying one of the the United States’ most beloved presidents, Abraham Lincoln. In this video, shot at the Central States Numismatic Society’s 76th Annual Convention, Boggs… er… Mr. Lincoln reveals the true story behind his oration of the Gettysburg Address. Copyright © CoinWeek May 2015 COINWeek is the most […]

The Artwork of Medallic Sculptor Don Everhart – Video: 7:41.

The Artwork of Medallic Sculptor Don Everhart – Video: 7:41.

Numismatist Ray Herz offers this fascinating look at the career of medallic sculptor Don Everhart. Everhart began his career as an artist for the Franklin Mint, where he worked until 1980. Since that time, he has designed and sculpted numerous coins, including the 2005 Nickel obverse (sculpt), 2005 California State Quarter reverse (sculpt), 2006 Benjamin Franklin […]

Harvey Stack – Amon Carter’s 1822 $5, the Lilly 1926-S $20, and John Jay Pittman at the Farouk Sale – Video

Harvey Stack – Amon Carter’s 1822 $5, the Lilly 1926-S $20, and John Jay Pittman at the Farouk Sale – Video

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com….   In this mini-series of interviews, Stack’s Bowers founder Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about three of the 20th century’s most important collectors, their most important coins, and how they got them.   Harvey Stack: Amon Carter and His 1822 Five Dollar Gold Coin Harvey knew the coin collector Amon Cart of […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Palace Collection of Egypt’s King Farouk

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Palace Collection of Egypt’s King Farouk

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   A lot of my writing about Pedigrees & Hoards is based on the research of others–gathering and processing information from many sources, trying to make contacts with people involved in the discoveries, and then writing the story as you see it. Sometimes you have to work hard to massage the […]

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   With their natural grace and implied motion, Ships are among the most beautiful elements in the coin designs for nations around the globe and provide a wonderful collecting topic for beginning and advanced collectors. The appeal of a graceful Bahamian sloop or a smooth-sailing Fiji outrigger canoe in […]

Rare CC Mint Die was once a family doorstop!

Rare CC Mint Die was once a family doorstop!

Who doesn’t dream of finding a hidden treasure in their attic or behind a wall?

Recently, a true treasure story came to light as I explored the background of a rare Carson City die owned by Littleton Coin Company. The true history of this fascinating piece began to revel itself back in 2003…

American Numismatic Society Announces 100,000th Image Online

American Numismatic Society Announces 100,000th Image Online

Continually adding to an already comprehensive database, the American Numismatic Society (ANS) is happy to announce that the 100,000th image has been added to the MANTIS database. MANTIS (A Numismatic Technologies Integration Service) provides information on nearly 700,000 records for objects in the ANS collection. The 100,000th image displayed is an aureus, a gold Roman […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Miami Beach Mansion Currency Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Miami Beach Mansion Currency Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   I like to compare this story to the “Wall of Greed” story. It’s similar in many ways, and in many other ways it’s just the opposite. Most of the information in this article was developed with the assistance of Marc Michaelsen of Marc Michaelsen Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida. […]

By April 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

Mike Markowitz: CoinWeek Coins of the Bible Video Series, Part 2 (Farthings for Sparrows)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series Writer Mike Markowitz has long brought context and his unique insights into the fascinating world of ancient coins to contemporary collectors. In this multi-part educational video series, Mike discusses the coins referenced in the Bible. This presentation was given at the March 2015 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. David Lisot Producer. In […]

By April 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Part II

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. Author’s Note: Part I of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island coins story can be found here.   The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island (SoL-EI) coin program was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1985, just a few days short of one full year before the […]

Wayne Homren Describes the Newman Numismatic Portal – Video: 4:26

Wayne Homren Describes the Newman Numismatic Portal – Video: 4:26

E-Sylum publisher Wayne Homren is working on a major numismatic research project for the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. The new project, which Homren calls “google for numismatics”, would allow researchers to search thousands of numismatic books and periodicals. Copyright © CoinWeek April 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare […]

By April 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Exonumia of the Week – Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

Exonumia of the Week – Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

By William Shamhart, Jr. – Numismatic Americana….   A Treasury Department Art Projects Bulletin, No. 14, of 1938 announced an open competition for the design of the new Jefferson nickel. Although the competition was open to the public, there had been a number of announcements already mailed off to known artists who might be interested and […]

Forged by Fire: The Birth of the Morgan Dollar and the Feud Between George T. Morgan and Charles E. Barber

Forged by Fire: The Birth of the Morgan Dollar and the Feud Between George T. Morgan and Charles E. Barber

By Shaquille Brissett of Gainesville Coins…. During the late 19th century, a culmination of market forces led to a volatility of the silver industry that provoked populist anxieties. Proposals by Representative Richard Bland and Iowa Senator William Allison would appease both Greenbackers (a post-civil war political party that favored the use of paper money and […]

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Coin Program

Commemorative Stories: 1986 Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Coin Program

By David Provost for CoinWeek… Author’s Note: This installment of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island coin program story presents how the coin came to be; the conclusion (Part II) will discuss the coin as a collectible. Among all the modern United States commemorative issues, the coins struck for the Statue of Liberty’s 1986 centennial celebration […]

The Earliest Coins of Ireland

The Earliest Coins of Ireland

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz….   WHEN ONE HEARS THE WORD “CELTIC”, one naturally thinks of Ireland (unless one is from Boston, in which case one naturally thinks of basketball). It may therefore seem surprising that none of the vast and complex coinage that numismatists describe as “Celtic” was struck in Ireland. “Celtic” […]

Numismatic Personalities – A Conversation with Harvey Stack – Working with Government Agencies

Numismatic Personalities – A Conversation with Harvey Stack – Working with Government Agencies

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com….   In the following five videos, Harvey Stack talks about his experiences as an industry representative for hearings on the Hobby Protection Act in 1973 and the State Quarter Program in 1995 along with working with government agencies such as the US Assay Commission and the Federal Trade […]

By March 6, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Seige Coins of Malta and How Britan Came to Rule the Island

Seige Coins of Malta and How Britan Came to Rule the Island

On Thursday, March 12, 2015, the auction house Künker auctions off an unusually rare testimony of the Maltese history. The small silver ingot in the weight of 30 tari from 1800 is the last currency produced on Malta. Malta under French siege, 1798-1800. Silver ingot of 30 tari 1800, Valletta. Maltese cross, on both sides split […]

The Rise and Fall of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine

The Rise and Fall of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine

by David T. Alexander for CoinWeek.com…. The years 1935 to 1976 saw the dramatic emergence of the booming numismatic world that many take for granted today. During those years, one of the most influential voices was that of Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, launched in January 1935 by printer and collector Lee F. Hewitt of Chicago. Hewitt […]

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Part I of the Lafayette Dollar story by clicking this link. Approved When the Lafayette dollar was approved by President William McKinley on March 3, 1899, it was little more than a year from the planned opening of the […]

By February 12, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Forgotten Hoards of History: Unearthing Scotland’s Nordic Trove

Forgotten Hoards of History: Unearthing Scotland’s Nordic Trove

by Crystal Gomez – Gainesville Coins In September 2014, a metal detector enthusiast found a spectacular stockpile of Viking legacy. According to the BBC, it is Scotland’s most significant hoard and is estimated to be worth over £1 million pounds. The cache is rumored to be the most sizeable hoard found in Scotland since 1891 […]

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service, Part Two

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service, Part Two

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek…. Click here for Part One. After calling to let me know that he was coming to Sidney, Ohio to meet with Coin World management the next day, Ed Rochette flew to Dayton and called one of the Amos family from there to let them know why he was coming. He […]

By January 26, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The Incredible Coin Collections of Reed Hawn – Part 2

The Incredible Coin Collections of Reed Hawn – Part 2

By Harvey G. Stack, Stacks Bowers Galleries ……… Click Here to read Part 1 ….. The extent of varieties and completeness of the Reed Hawn Collection show that man’s dedication. Reed Hawn dedicated himself to specialization, as with his half dollar collection, 1794 to 1947 as described in the previous part of this article. But, […]

By January 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

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 a soft spot […]

WHAT GOES AROUND…The 1986 Florida United Numismatists Convention Sale

WHAT GOES AROUND…The 1986 Florida United Numismatists Convention Sale

By David T. Alexander for CoinWeek ……. The numismatic auction field may seem large to those looking in from the outside and indeed for many working within it, but the pond in which all participants swim is really quite small. This is especially true as 2015 dawns, thanks to an unhealthy drift toward monopoly by […]

The Incredible Coin Collections of Reed Hawn

The Incredible Coin Collections of Reed Hawn

By Harvey G. Stack,  Stacks Bowers Galleries ……… During the middle of the 20th century, due to the aging of collectors who had collected prior to the 1950s, a major group of outstanding collections became available at public auction or by private sale. Most of the collections included coins from collections that were formed in […]

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

For absolute rarity, historic significance, and sheer romantic appeal, the 1861 Confederate half dollar is unsurpassed in the annals of American coinage. It is the only coin officially authorized and struck for the Confederate States of America. Thomas Elder was correct when he wrote in 1910 that this coin has profound historical significance that extends […]

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