Numismatic History

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 from 1929 to 1933. Likewise, half dollars were a no-show from 1930 to 1932, […]

By November 1, 2012 0 Comments 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 coin is a rare 1871 (Meiji 4) 10 Yen With Border on the Reverse variety.  It was among a group […]

By October 26, 2012 0 Comments 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 portion on my adult life (a little over twenty years, in […]

By October 16, 2012 3 Comments 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 rare coins in the world – it was sold in 2010 for about $4 […]

By October 2, 2012 0 Comments 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 Africa until 1960, until British currency was replaced by the Rand. The […]

By September 28, 2012 4 Comments 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 System had yet to come into existence. Banking was largely a state regulated function. Money […]

By September 21, 2012 1 Comments 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 in the news) touches on numismatics, it piques in us a strong, stubborn, contrary curiosity that […]

By September 17, 2012 11 Comments 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 behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how that era has already […]

By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Federal Judge Upholds Verdict – Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles remain the “Property of the Government”

Federal Judge Upholds Verdict – Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles remain the “Property of the Government”

UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis has ruled in favor of the United States Government, upholding the decision of a federal court jury in July 2011, stating: “The disputed double eagles were not lawfully removed from the United States Mint and . . . remain the property of the United States” . Joan Langbord […]

By September 10, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Discovery of Geoffrey Charlton Adams Catalogue with Photographic Plates

Discovery of Geoffrey Charlton Adams Catalogue with Photographic Plates

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced the discovery of a rumored, but never reported, Geoffrey Charlton Adams auction catalogue from 1906 with two photographic plates. The sale, of “The Dixie Land Collection of Coins and Medals,” was Adams’s thirtieth and final sale, held on Nov. 13–14, 1906. While a printed announcement of the sale […]

Kolbe & Fanning Sale 126

Kolbe & Fanning Sale 126

Numismatic Literature Sale Closes October 4 Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have published their 126th sale of important numismatic literature from around the world. The sale features material from several different consignors, including a significant number of lots from the library of the late F. Gordon Frost. The offering of classic 19th- and early 20th-century […]

The History of South African Currency

The History of South African Currency

By  www.southcapecoins.co.za/ ……. Coin collecting is a fascinating hobby because it connects us with the past. A rare coin from a particular historical era has the power to conjure up ghosts of a bygone age. What’s more, if you trace the history of a country’s currency, you’ll learn about how that country developed a national […]

By August 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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, […]

OCRE – A major new tool for Roman numismatics

OCRE – A major new tool for Roman numismatics

Today, in collaboration with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, the ANS launches a major new tool to aid in the identification, research and cataloging of the coins of the ancient world. OCRE (Online Coins of the Roman Empire) is an attempt to present, in an easily searchable form, all […]

ULTIMATE RARITIES:  The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called, “the single most important coin in American numismatics.”  It’s the unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon with an “EB” hallmark stamped on the eagle’s breast, representing Ephraim Brasher, the coin’s designer.  […]

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 […]

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com                 Without their stories coins are just “pieces of metal.”  At least that’s what the late Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, called them many years ago while she and I were examining a tray full of some of […]

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

Posted by David W. Lange, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Research Director ….. Certain issues of United States coins seem to hold more appeal than similar coins of other dates and mints. Among my favorite coins are the various pieces coined at the San Francisco Mint in 1923. This was a significant year for several reasons, including the […]

The History of the Trade Dollar

The History of the Trade Dollar

Article Written by Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities CoinWeek Content Partner Until the 1850’s, Americans spent most of their history looking towards the East Coast and Europe. Thereafter, we began to explore the strategic and economic significance of developing the West Coast and maintaining shipping routes from there to the Far East. The problem for […]

First National Bank Of Farmersville, Texas

First National Bank Of Farmersville, Texas

By Frank Clark The beginnings of Farmersville stretches back to 1845 when John Yeary and his family moved a few miles west from Hunt County into Collin County. This established the small community of Sugar Hill. In 1854, most of the inhabitants of Sugar Hill moved a few miles southwest to the hamlet of Whitehall. […]

What Really Happened to the 1964 Denver Mint Peace Dollars?

What Really Happened to the 1964 Denver Mint Peace Dollars?

Michael Lantz, Denver Mint Foreman, Retired, 1961-1995 There is the tale of a legendary Peace dollar struck at the Denver Mint in silver and dated 1964. Rumors of this coin have been around for years. Was it really struck? Did any examples survive? Michael Lantz worked at the Denver during the 1960’s and knows what […]

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #108 As this is the second in a three part series, in the next two paragraphs, I provide an introduction for those who have not read part 1 or do not clearly remember it. The […]

Is US Government Gold Price Suppression Illegal?

Is US Government Gold Price Suppression Illegal?

By Patrick A. Heller Commentary on Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com In my constant complaints about the US government, its trading partners, and allies suppressing gold prices, I have never accused them of acting illegally.  That is because all of this chicanery is legal.  Here’s why. The Gold Reserve Act enacted January 30, 1934 supplanted […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #107 Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1796 to 1929, and in every year from 1829 to 1915. They are about the size of dimes and are 90% gold or nearly so. […]

Talk on the Coinage of the American Revolution

Talk on the Coinage of the American Revolution

Princeton University, McCormick Hall 101, Sunday, May 6, 4 p.m. On Sunday, May 6, the Friends of Princeton University Library will sponsor a public lecture by the noted scholar of early American coinage, Louis Jordan, entitled “Transformations in Numismatic Iconography during the American Revolution. ” The talk will take place at 4 p.m. in 101 […]

By April 20, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #104 – Updated on April 25, 2012 Among the most famous of all patterns is the ‘Silver Center Cent’ of 1792. The U.S. Mint did not begin striking coins until February or March 1793. Various […]

Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker Coinweek Contributor On February 21, 1857, the United States Congress passed An Act relating to Foreign Coins and to the Coinage of Cents at the Mint of the United States. The Act set the rate at which foreign coins would be accepted by the Treasury, ended the Treasury’s practice […]

1916 China Yan-Shih-kai Dragon Gold Dollar  Struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1921 for  Philadelphia Coin Dealer Henry Chapman

1916 China Yan-Shih-kai Dragon Gold Dollar Struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1921 for Philadelphia Coin Dealer Henry Chapman

by Ronald J. Gillio Special Submission to CoinWeek After years of research, and convincing evidence in the form of receipts for purchases, I believe that the famous 1916 Yan-Shih-kai Dragon gold dollars were struck in the United States in 1921 for Philadelphia coin dealer Henry Chapman, and not made in China.  The historic receipts will […]

By March 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting or Investing? with David Hall and John Ford in 1989

Coin Collecting or Investing? with David Hall and John Ford in 1989

In 1986 David Hall created PCGS that changed the way coins traded. He championed the concept of coin grading and the resultant rise in values for many issues. John Ford, legendary collector, numismatist and auction researcher, argued against third party grading. He believed that coins should not be used for investment. Enjoy this classic video […]

By March 2, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
PCGS Will Recognize Circulation Strike 1841 Philadelphia Quarter Eagles!

PCGS Will Recognize Circulation Strike 1841 Philadelphia Quarter Eagles!

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) is announcing a big change involving one of the most famous and desirable United States gold coin rarities, the famous 1841 $2.50 gold piece, nicknamed, “The Little Princess.” Traditionally, it has always been thought that only proof Quarter Eagles were struck by the Philadelphia Mint in 1841 and no circulation […]

By February 28, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
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