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Brief History of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection

Brief History of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. My first encounter with the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection occurred nearly three decades ago. While in the Washington D.C. area I planned a visit to the Smithsonian... read more »

 

Carson City’s First Silver Dollar Was Not a Morgan Dollar

Carson City’s First Silver Dollar Was Not a Morgan Dollar

By Allen Rowe  -  Northern Nevada Coin ………. The Carson City mint is famous for the Morgan dollars that it produced, but they were not the first dollars struck at the Carson City mint. When the Carson City mint opened in 1870 the dollars... read more »

 

Coins – The story behind the obsession (InfoGraphic)

Coins – The story behind the obsession (InfoGraphic)

An interesting InfoGraphic from CoinSupplyPlanet‘s Blog about “Coins – The Story behind the Obsession” For those who might be unfamiliar with the term “InfoGraphics” they are graphic visual representations... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. 500 Unit Silver Pattern of 1783 (Type 2 Quint) To Be Auctioned!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: U.S. 500 Unit Silver Pattern of 1783 (Type 2 Quint) To Be Auctioned!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #160 ….. During the fourth week of April, Heritage will auction one of two known Quints, which are ‘500 Unit’... read more »

 

The Curious Collector: A Visit to the Mint in 1919

The Curious Collector: A Visit to the Mint in 1919

by Len Augsburger – The E-Gobrecht Volume 9, Issue 3 ……. Lots of numismatic information crosses my desk, and while this month’s missive isn’t directly related to the period of Liberty Seated coinage (1837-1891), I found... read more »

 

From the Herb Hicks Files: The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

From the Herb Hicks Files: The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. In 1963, Coin World columnist and former ANA librarian Ted Hammer wrote about a coin dealer in Texas arrested for trying to sell a gold certificate. The dealer had run afoul of federal... read more »

 

1794 Silver Dollar sets 10 Million + World Record at Stacks Bowers Auction in NY

1794 Silver Dollar sets 10 Million + World Record at Stacks Bowers Auction in NY

Highest price ever realized for any rare coin at auction  Leading rare coin auctioneer Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducted one of the most highly-anticipated events in numismatic history on January 24, 2013 with the sale of the record-setting... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Incredible 1794 Silver Dollar To be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Incredible 1794 Silver Dollar To be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #149 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, at a hotel in Manhattan, Stack’s-Bowers will offer, at public auction, the... read more »

 

Kolbe & Fanning Auction Features Clain-Stefanelli Archives

Kolbe & Fanning Auction Features Clain-Stefanelli Archives

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be holding their 2013 New York Book Auction at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on Saturday, January 12 in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. While the... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #144 ….. Two of the five finest known 1792 half dismes will be offered at auction in January 2013 and at least... read more »

 

Unusual Items: US Mint ‘Gold Disks’ Made for Oil Payments to Saudi Arabia

Unusual Items: US Mint ‘Gold Disks’ Made for Oil Payments to Saudi Arabia

One of the things we find most exciting about reporting on the numismatic marketplace is coming across those things we either didn’t know beforehand, or finding obscure and unusual numismatic items. Just recently we came across one such item,... read more »

 

Earliest Known Membership Certificate From 1894 Donated to ANA by Dwight Manley

Earliest Known Membership Certificate From 1894 Donated to ANA by Dwight Manley

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The earliest known surviving American Numismatic Association membership certificate, dated July 1, 1894, has been acquired by California real estate developer and long-time coin collector, Dwight Manley, and donated... read more »

 

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

by Al Doyle American collectors will find slim pickings when they try to acquire coins struck from 1931 to 1933. Here’s an overview of the situation. Circulating $5 and $2.50 gold pieces were gone forever, and no silver dollars were struck... read more »

 

PCGS Milestone: 25 Million Coins Certified Worldwide

PCGS Milestone: 25 Million Coins Certified Worldwide

A historic gold coin from Japan has the distinction of being the 25 millionth coin authenticated and graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), underscoring the growing appreciation worldwide for expert certification by PCGS. The... read more »

 

Dallas Texas and the History of American Coin Collecting

Dallas Texas and the History of American Coin Collecting

By Doug Winter - RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am headed to Dallas later this week to attend the upcoming ANA National Money show. Going to Dallas is always a little bittersweet for me. I lived in The Big D for a significant... read more »

 

The 1898 “Single 9” Pond: South Africa’s rarest gold coin

The 1898 “Single 9” Pond: South Africa’s rarest gold coin

Most serious coin collectors in South Africa have heard about the Single 9, commonly referred to as the “King of South African Coins.” However outside of the country, it is relatively unknown, despite being one of the top five most expensive... read more »

 

World Coins: The 1898 Sammy Marks Tickey

World Coins: The 1898 Sammy Marks Tickey

A popular coin amongst collectors of rare South African coins is the Sammy Marks tickey. In South Africa, the three pence coin was known as a “tickey” although the reason it was called that is unknown. The tickey was in circulation in South... read more »

 

The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

The Civil War and the National Banking System – The Birth of National Bank Notes

by Kevin Foley for CoinWeek ……. On the eve of the Civil War in 1861, the financial and banking system in the United States bore little resemblance to current institutions and practices. There was no central bank. The Federal Reserve... read more »

 

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……. We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics... read more »

 

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications... read more »

 
 
 
 
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