Numismatic History

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 […]

The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

The Maria Teresa Taler – A Coin for the Centuries, Part II

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   *** Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out David Alexander’s  first installment of this excellent two-part history of Austria’s Maria Teresa Taler by clicking here.   At the end of her eventful life, Maria Theresa received greater love from her peoples than she did in the stressful opening years of her […]

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past : The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Coin Collection

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past : The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Coin Collection

Posted by Jeff Garrett from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. A Great Time to Buy Rare Coins The last series of articles detailed the auctions conducted by Bowers and Ruddy of the Garrett Collection.[ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ] The sales contained an incredible array of numismatic material covering Colonials to Territorial […]

By December 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bernard von NotHaus Sentenced to Probation for Liberty Dollar Conviction

Bernard von NotHaus Sentenced to Probation for Liberty Dollar Conviction

CoinWeek Staff Reports…. Bernard von NotHaus, creator of the American Liberty Dollar (ALD), was sentenced to three years probation by a federal judge on December 2. This comes almost four years after his March 18, 2011 conviction in federal court on counterfeiting and conspiracy charges. Von NotHaus was the founder and president of Liberty Services, […]

By December 4, 2014 11 Comments Read More →
World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

The upcoming January 4 – 5 NYINC World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction in New York City features a monumental offering from South Africa. The legendary 1897 gold sixpence is entirely unique, and it has remained off the market for many decades. Tracing its provenance back to the 1930s, this piece once existed in […]

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 […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – Garrett Sale Part Two

The Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – Garrett Sale 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 […]

By November 7, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – The Garrett Sale Part 1

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past – The Garrett Sale Part 1

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, […]

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 […]

 
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