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Ten Numismatic Books to Get You Started

Ten Numismatic Books to Get You Started

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Even though we live in the Internet age with virtually everything at our fingertips, books are still an important part of any numismatic education. Dave Bowers once famously stated, “buy the book before the coin.” This advice is extremely valuable to anyone considering even a […]

Elephants on Ancient Coins

Elephants on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Strong, intelligent, and long-lived – yet surprisingly gentle – elephants have long exerted a powerful hold over the human imagination. Prehistoric cave paintings depict elephants and their extinct cousins, the wooly mammoth and mastodon. Ivory from elephant tusks was a precious raw material in the ancient world because it […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels

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 chime in on an unfortunate but important area of American numismatics, the use of racial and ethnic slurs on Hobo Nickels… … Regarding the Hobo Nickel “I VILL” forwarded by […]

By June 3, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
ANA National Coin Week Winners Announced

ANA National Coin Week Winners Announced

Awards given for Member Volunteer Challenge and Club Trivia Challenge Hobbyists across North America celebrated 2014 National Coin Week, April 20-26, with the theme “Coin & Country: Celebrating Civic Service.” Activities and promotional materials celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar and President John F. Kennedy’s famous call to civic and community service: “Ask […]

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read: The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. The Dollar of 1804: The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret (…as revealed by the true story of the “Dexter Dollar,” The King of American Coins), by Mark Ferguson. The Long Shadow It’s […]

Ancient Coin Insights: Real Roman Women on Coins

Ancient Coin Insights: Real Roman Women on Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series Much like Americans, Republican Romans had a deep-rooted prejudice against depicting living people on their money. It was something that pretentious Greek kings and tyrants did. When Julius Caesar violated this taboo, his assassins claimed that he was trying to make himself a king. And yet, within […]

Protestant Reformation Coins and Medals on Display at Wartburg Museum

Protestant Reformation Coins and Medals on Display at Wartburg Museum

Reformatio in Nummis: A special exhibition of Protestant Reformation Coins and Medals at the Wartburg, organized by Fritz Rudolf Künker By Elisabeth Doerk for CoinWeek…. The prestigious premises of the Wartburg were the location where an exhibition of a special kind was opened on Sunday, 4 May. More than 100 coins and medals covering 500 years of reformation […]

Odyssey Marine Recovers 1,000 Ounces of SS Central America Gold

Odyssey Marine Recovers 1,000 Ounces of SS Central America Gold

Latest dive reveals still more SS Central America gold…. Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. announced Monday that it had recovered five gold ingots and two $20 double eagles (one, an 1850 struck in Philadelphia, the second, an 1857-S). The ingots were stamped with assayer’s marks and weights that range from 96.5 to 313.5 troy ounces. The […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: How Long Does it Take to Cut a Die?

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: How Long Does it Take to Cut a Die?

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 reader Dick Johnson writes in to answer the question, “How long does it take to cut a die?”   This is in answer to Paul Bosco who asked the question in […]

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar, Part II

The Real Diehl: The Inside Story of the Sacagawea Dollar, Part II

The Real Diehl is a weekly column by former United States Mint Director Philip N. Diehl, exclusively for CoinWeek ……….. This is the third in a series of articles in which I give readers an insider’s view of how Washington, DC, works (and doesn’t work) from my perspective as director of the U.S. Mint.   The story of the Sacagawea […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The New York Assay Office Gold Theft of 1978

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: The New York Assay Office Gold Theft of 1978

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 reader and former head of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and former Executive Director of the American Numismatic Association, Bob Leuver offers an abridged version of a report he filed […]

First Read: American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1

First Read: American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature….  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….. American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1: American Numismatic Auctions 1738-1850, by John N. Lupia III John N. Lupia III’s American Numismatic Auctions is a revised and expanded edition of Part […]

These New 1804 Dollar Discoveries and More will be Revealed at CSNS Convention

These New 1804 Dollar Discoveries and More will be Revealed at CSNS Convention

By Mark Ferguson – www.1804Dollar.com At 6:00 pm Central time on Thursday, April 24th I will be releasing my new book, The Dollar of 1804 – The U.S. Mint’s Hidden Secret, at the Central States Numismatic Society convention in Schaumburg, IL. CoinWeek will be posting a video after my presentation which will reveal major new discoveries […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Major Prince and the 1859-S One Dollar Gold Pieces

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Major Prince and the 1859-S One Dollar Gold Pieces

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 Dan Owens tells a fascinating story that traces a significant number of surviving 1859-S One dollar gold pieces to an 1859 Utah Army payroll.     Spring had finally arrived […]

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“The Riverboat Collection” of Private & Territorial gold coins to make big waves at Central States Auction

“The Riverboat Collection” of Private & Territorial gold coins to make big waves at Central States Auction

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #217 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……….. On Thursday, April 24, at a convention center near Chicago, Heritage will offer “The Riverboat Collection” of private and territorial gold coins, as part of the official auction of the CSNS Convention. This is one […]

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 […]

Coin Collecting: Changing Trends in Numismatics-A Brief History

Coin Collecting: Changing Trends in Numismatics-A Brief History

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. The market for modern coins has exploded in the last decade. Coin collecting habits in the United States have continued to evolve since the hobby became popular in the late 1850s. Large cents became sought-after when the large format was discontinued. Many […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Earliest Use of the Term “Witch Piece” Sought

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Earliest Use of the Term “Witch Piece” Sought

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 Bob Leonard ponders the earliest use of the term “Witch Piece”….. Having recently purchased a folded coin found at an 11th century “Viking” site in Latvia (images attached), I got to […]

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Numismatic Quick Hits: Clifford Mishler on Inspecting the GSA Morgan Dollar Hoard + ANS Honors Pawel Leski

Numismatic Quick Hits: Clifford Mishler on Inspecting the GSA Morgan Dollar Hoard + ANS Honors Pawel Leski

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Mishler on Inspecting the GSA Morgan Dollar Hoard Clifford Mishler was the editor of the Numismatic News in 1971, when he was invited to the West Point Bullion Depository as one of a group of eminent figures in the hobby to observe the government’s preparations for the historic […]

By February 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Eugene H. Gardner Coin Collection of Rare US Coins to be sold by Heritage

The Eugene H. Gardner Coin Collection of Rare US Coins to be sold by Heritage

One of the finest collections of American silver ever assembled, more than 3,000 coins in all; first auction scheduled for June 23 at Heritage Auctions New York Heritage Auctions announces the sale of the rare coin collection of Eugene H. Gardner , to be sold in four unreserved auctions to take place in New York […]

The First Verified 1974-D Aluminum Cent Will Be Offered By Heritage at Central States Auction

The First Verified 1974-D Aluminum Cent Will Be Offered By Heritage at Central States Auction

Rumored to exist for years but not confirmed until now, the first verified 1974 Lincoln cent struck in aluminum at the Denver Mint will be displayed by Heritage Auctions  at the upcoming Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, January 30 – February 1, 2014.  It then will be offered as one of […]

Specimen 1852 Moffat Gold Ten Dollar Coin, only two known to be sold at FUN

Specimen 1852 Moffat Gold Ten Dollar Coin, only two known to be sold at FUN

Private and territorial gold coins are among the rarest and most valuable issues in American numismatics. The Moffat & Co. ten dollar gold coins were struck to serve an urgent need for a circulating medium of exchange in the booming regional economy of the Gold Rush period, and nearly all examples seen show signs of […]

How Do You Mint a Book?

How Do You Mint a Book?

by Len Augsburger, e-Gobrecht 2013 Volume 9, Issue 12 December 2013 (Whole # 107) ………… At the recent Baltimore show, Alan Weinberg stopped me in the aisle. Alan collects colo- nials, early coppers, and American historical medals –  I haven’t converted him to Liberty Seated material, but anyone who has seen his large cents will […]

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The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… With a lifespan of just 15 years (1948-63) and no high-priced key dates even in Mint State grades, the Franklin half dollar is an ideal series for budget-conscious collectors. The 35-piece date set contains 12.66 ounces of silver, and it can be pursued by everyone from those with meager funds to numismatists who […]

By November 15, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views For those initiated into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the group has […]

Rare Coin Pedigrees: An Incredible Story of Colonel Ned Green

Rare Coin Pedigrees: An Incredible Story of Colonel Ned Green

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. The Green Pedigree is probably best known because of the association with the 1913 Liberty Nickels. Several weeks ago I discussed the recent sale of selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection. The sale was very successful and by now many are familiar with […]

By October 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
From the Vaults: Four Essential Back Issues of The Numismatist

From the Vaults: Four Essential Back Issues of The Numismatist

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. While almost everybody handles coins on a daily basis, and a great many people collect them to some degree (who doesn’t stash away one or two unusual specimens in a dresser drawer or jewelry box?), some of us quickly discover a desire to learn more. And […]

By September 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Perspectives:  Flooding the Market….. Coin Hoards

Coin Collecting Perspectives: Flooding the Market….. Coin Hoards

by Tony Davis – Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers ………. Since mintage and condition of coins plays such a large factor in the value of numismatic coins, it’s of no surprise that when large stockpiles of coins are found ( coin hoards ) , it can seriously alter the value and demand of rare or […]

By September 23, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Proof Coins: Under-appreciated Pittman Proof 1850 Liberty Seated Quarter in Platinum Night Sale

Proof Coins: Under-appreciated Pittman Proof 1850 Liberty Seated Quarter in Platinum Night Sale

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding US coins, coin markets, and  coin auctions #179 ….. On Friday, August 9, during a ‘Platinum Night’ session in an auction held near Chicago, a few days prior to the start of the Summer ANA Convention, Heritage will sell […]

PCGS Plans $15 Million, Unique Nova Constellatio Patterns Set Exhibit At ANA

PCGS Plans $15 Million, Unique Nova Constellatio Patterns Set Exhibit At ANA

A unique set of four 1783 Nova Constellatio patterns, insured for $15 million, will be displayed by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) and Beverly Hills dealer Kevin Lipton on behalf of the coins’ anonymous current owner at the Chicago American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM, August 13 – 17, 2013.  The one copper and […]

By July 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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