Numismatic History

PCGS: Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

PCGS: Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently had the unique opportunity to perform metallurgical testing on two different examples of the extremely rare 1792 Pattern Cent. Both were shown to have been made of essentially pure copper instead of a “fusible alloy” containing copper and a small portion of silver. “The results give a clearer picture […]

By February 27, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …..   “They’re just pieces of metal,” Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, the late curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian, once told me as she showed me a tray containing major U.S. rarities, like a 1913 Liberty nickel and an 1804 silver dollar, among others. I had trouble […]

By February 26, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
US Coins – America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

US Coins – 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 […]

Coins of Dark Days: World War II in Occupied Europe

Coins of Dark Days: World War II in Occupied Europe

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   May 8, 1945 was VE Day, “Victory in Europe” Day, which marked the end of fighting on the continent in World War II. In our town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, most of the 1,200 residents of the town and neighboring countryside gathered at the Volunteer Fire House to celebrate […]

History of the Royal Canadian Mint

History of the Royal Canadian Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale….   The Royal Canadian Mint puts out some of the purest gold and silver bullion coins on the global market, but how much does the average American collector know about Canada and Canadian coins? So as part of my mini-series on U.S. and World bullion coins, I thought […]

By February 22, 2016 2 Comments Read More →
Counterfeit Banknotes – The Story of  Czeslaw Bojarski

Counterfeit Banknotes – The Story of Czeslaw Bojarski

By Ethan Bickford, PMG Researcher ……..   One of the most successful makers of counterfeit banknotes of the 20th century was Czeslaw Bojarski and he preferred to work alone. We have many prefabricated images in our heads of counterfeit banknote operations; massive mafia printing operations in some dingy cellar in the city, massive rogue government […]

Early American Gold Coins “Regulated” by Brasher Certified by NGC

Early American Gold Coins “Regulated” by Brasher Certified by NGC

Regulated Chile 1751So J 8 Escudos with a clip that reduced the weight to 26.358 grams and the denomination to $15. The coin was then stamped by Ephraim Brasher. NGC has graded it NGC AU 53. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified a group of rare six “regulated” gold coins, five of which were handled […]

Counterfeit Coins, Third Party Grading and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 3

Counterfeit Coins, Third Party Grading and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …..   Editors Note: Links to the previous two Articles…. Part 1     Part 2 In this article I continue to tell of how the United States Government’s policies to stop counterfeiting affected Stack’s ability to import and sell an important European coin collection. Since dealing with a government […]

By February 18, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
“In God We Trust” Topic Of March 4 ANA Dallas Show Program by Michael Fuljenz

“In God We Trust” Topic Of March 4 ANA Dallas Show Program by Michael Fuljenz

By Universal Coin & Bullion …..   Educator and award-winning numismatic writer Michael Fuljenz will give a free, informative presentation on the national motto, “In God We Trust,” at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show in Dallas, Texas on Friday, March 4, 2016. The public is invited. The 45-minute presentation by Fuljenz, entitled […]

By February 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Certifies First World Gold Coin Pattern Ever Struck by United States Mint

NGC Certifies First World Gold Coin Pattern Ever Struck by United States Mint

1855 MB Peru 2P Gold Pattern NGC graders have certified a rare 1855 Peruvian Gold Pattern 2 Peso struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded an 1855 Peruvian Pattern 2 Peso in gold that was the first pattern struck by the United States Mint for a foreign country. “Patterns” are sample […]

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Public Meeting Feb. 16

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Public Meeting Feb. 16

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for February 16, 2016. Date: February 16, 2016. Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT. Location: This meeting will occur via teleconference. Interested members of the public may dial in to listen […]

By February 4, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic History –  Coin Dealer B. Max Mehl –  A Texas Master of Coins

Numismatic History – Coin Dealer B. Max Mehl – A Texas Master of Coins

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek….   Max Mehl claimed that he spent a million dollars advertising to buy a 1913 Liberty nickel for $50. Unfortunately his expensive ad campaign was a total failure. He was never able to buy that $50 1913 nickel. Yet somehow he became the most successful coin dealer of his era. […]

By February 3, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

Paper Money – $5 Treasury Notes of 1890-1891 with General George H. Thomas

General George H. Thomas on $5 Treasury Notes By Brad Ciociola, Currency Specialist at Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……..   Several prominent Union Civil War generals are featured on United States Treasury Notes from the series of 1890 and 1891. Our latest edition of “Better Know Your Notes” looks at the portrait seen on the $5 […]

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant –  Stacks Bowers …..   Coin collectors may not seem an especially reverent lot. Casual demeanor and good senses of humor are more commonplace than their opposites, from local coin shows to Manhattan auction galleries. The bourse floor is a leveler that puts experts and connoisseurs shoulder to shoulder with […]

Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent – A Numismatic Landmark

Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent – A Numismatic Landmark

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers…. Finest Ever Certified! There is something incredible, something special, about any 1793 Chain cent. First delivered by the coiner at the Mint on March 1, 1793, these were released into circulation without fanfare. There is no known record of anyone having a numismatic interest in them at the […]

Counterfeit Coins, Bureaucracy and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 2

Counterfeit Coins, Bureaucracy and the Effects on Numismatics, Pt. 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the related two Articles…. Part 1     Part 3 In the early days after World War II, as counterfeit coins were being made and entering the country, the Secret Service started confiscating and seizing false gold coins found in jewelry shops, pawn shops and even […]

US Mint History – The Story of the Charlotte Mint

US Mint History – The Story of the Charlotte Mint

By Timothy O’Fallon – Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals …..   The First Gold Rush All the incredible Charlotte Mint coins and the stories that go with them can be traced back to a Sunday in 1799, when a 12-year old boy named Conrad was playing hooky from Church on his dad’s property. Conrad’s dad, […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Link to Part One Twenty-eight years passed between the last Carver Washington half dollar and the George Washington 250th Birthday half dollar. The purpose, scope, and distribution of commemorative coins under the resurrected program bore no resemblance to that which came before. There were still those, […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

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 […]

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 […]

By January 15, 2016 3 Comments Read More →
Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

Stanley Apfelbaum and Coin Telemarketing’s Wild West Era

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   Few figures involved in the world of 20th-century commercial numismatics made as great an impression in their day as New York attorney and telemarketer Stanley Apfelbaum (born 1931, died 1990). For nearly 30 years, he was a pioneer and leading figure in the controversial, rough-and-tumble field of coin […]

History of Coins – TWO-BITS, FOUR-BITS, SIX-BITS, EIGHT…

History of Coins – TWO-BITS, FOUR-BITS, SIX-BITS, EIGHT…

By Leon F. McClellan ……   Have you ever wondered why a United States quarter-dollar is called “two-bits”? Or, a half-dollar “four-bits”? Do you know why we call our basic monetary unit “dollar” instead of something else? Two-bits, four-bits, six-bits and eight-bits make reference to the eight-reales silver coin of New Spain and Mexico. It […]

By January 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic History – The GSA CC Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Hoard

Numismatic History – The GSA CC Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Hoard

Veteran numismatists may remember the great rush on Morgan Silver Dollar that occurred during the early 1960s. For generations these coins had laid undisturbed in Treasury and Federal Reserve vaults, serving primarily as a backing for silver certificates. When, in 1935, Congress changed the written obligation appearing on silver certificates so that the notes could […]

By January 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Doorstop sets off America’s first Gold Rush!

Doorstop sets off America’s first Gold Rush!

By Littleton Coin Company Writing Team….   Last year , I wrote about a hunk of metal used as a doorstop that turned out to be a rare Carson City die… but what about a 17lb rock that ignited a gold rush? America’s first gold rush didn’t happen in California – it happened in the […]

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, that was […]

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale…..   It isn’t every day that you get to talk about an honest-to-goodness Bond villain when writing a coin blog but then again, what am I saying? I’m writing about coins, for goodness sake. The coin industry has never lacked for colorful personalities. Much of the story of […]

World Coins – Collecting Coins of the Central American Republic

World Coins – Collecting Coins of the Central American Republic

4 Escudos, ND (Decree of December 24, 1841). San Jose Mint By Carlos Jara – as posted on World Numismatics LLC…….   The Central American Republic, also referred to as the Central American Federation, formed by the five countries of Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, and officially established in July 1, 1823 […]

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

What are Proof Coins Anyway?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Two of the most basic terms that anyone new to numismatics needs to understand are Business Strike and Proof. Business strike coins are those made by the mint for general circulation. Proof coins are the numismatic delicacies struck for collectors each year. In general, business strike coins […]

The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote in U.S. numismatic history. Since it first burst into the headlines in 1965 until the announcement that it was ceasing production of medals, coins and collectibles early in 2003, the […]

Treasure Coins – The “First Dollar” of the New World

Treasure Coins – The “First Dollar” of the New World

Mexico City, Mexico, 8 reales, Charles-Joanna, “Early Series,” assayer R (Rincón), extremely important “first dollar of the New World,” three known, NGC XF 45 By Daniel Frank Sedwick – www.sedwickcoins.com……..   This coin is the very root of the concept of the American dollar. Minted in 1538, under the joint Spanish reign of Charles I […]

 
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