Numismatic History

Gold Treasure Myth Captivates Paraguay

Gold Treasure Myth Captivates Paraguay

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……….   Modern myths don’t die easy in Paraguay, particularly when they deal with gold bullion and buried treasure. The legend of the hidden treasure dates to the War of the Triple Alliance–often known simply as the Paraguayan War or the “Great War” to locals–fought from 1864 to 1870 […]

US Coin Pattern –  1913 Buffalo Nickel

US Coin Pattern – 1913 Buffalo Nickel

Mint documents indicate that Philadelphia Mint Superintendent John Landis informed Mint Director George Roberts on March 3, 1913 that 17 pattern Buffalo Nickels had been struck. The documents also list to whom they were distributed. Of the 17 struck, six pieces went to John Landis on February 28 and are assumed to have been destroyed. […]

World Coins – China Replaces 1 Yuan Note, Other Small Bills with Coins

World Coins – China Replaces 1 Yuan Note, Other Small Bills with Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   The Chinese one-yuan note is about to fold as the new one-yuan coin replaces the paper currency. Many hail the replacement of the one-yuan note, as coins last longer in circulation than paper currency and are thus less expensive to produce over time. But others are concerned that […]

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 1

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 1

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Is there anything better suited to honor the famous figures of history than a coin? Different artifacts associated with an individual may still exist, but these objects are frequently irreplaceable and irreproducible, with much of the appeal based on a personal connection to the individual […]

Queen Elizabeth II Offers 5£, 50p, Other Coins at Annual Maundy Money Ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II Offers 5£, 50p, Other Coins at Annual Maundy Money Ceremony

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   Queen Elizabeth II personally delivered small purses containing special Maundy money during her annual Royal Maundy Thursday ceremony in Great Britain on March 24, 2016. The Queen, delivering her speech before a congregation of senior citizens, held the Maundy service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It […]

Where Did Modern Coin Folders and Albums Come From?

Where Did Modern Coin Folders and Albums Come From?

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   The Evolution of Organization I can still remember my first coin folder – I was about seven years old when Dad gave me a blue book that I could keep my Jefferson nickels in. “It’s a great way to save them,” he said. With his help, I’d filled in […]

Classic U.S. Coins – The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

Classic U.S. Coins – The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

Saint-Gaudens’ high relief double eagle obverse By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The great Gold Coin Saint-Gaudens! It’s only fitting that the masterpiece of American Coin Art–the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle–started production just a few years after President William McKinley officially put the country on the gold standard. With the battle […]

United States Presidential $1 Coins: A Golden Opportunity

United States Presidential $1 Coins: A Golden Opportunity

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Since Dwight D. Eisenhower last appeared on our coinage in 1978, the American public has been slow to accept the idea of a dollar coin. Some people blame its confusing size; after all, how can a coin the size of a quarter be worth a dollar? […]

Exonumia – Of Pirates’ Treasures and California Gold Charms

Exonumia – Of Pirates’ Treasures and California Gold Charms

By Frank Van Valen – Numismatist and Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   We all, or at least many of us, wanted to be pirates when we were kids. Swashbucklers all, we watched the antics of Errol Flynn on Saturday morning black and white television and thrilled to the adventures of such denizens of the […]

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History – Women on Money

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History – Women on Money

By The Smithsonian Institution …..   The newest addition to the National Museum of American History’s “Stories on Money” gallery opened March 18 in conjunction with Women’s History Month. “Women on Money” focuses on the vital contributions of women to national and world history with more than 50 examples of currency featuring women. The display […]

By March 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Stack’s Bowers: Rare Mint State “Reversed Pattern” China Kwangtung 3 Mace 6 ½ Candareens

Stack’s Bowers: Rare Mint State “Reversed Pattern” China Kwangtung 3 Mace 6 ½ Candareens

By Chris Chatigny – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   This week’s preview coin for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is steeped in historical importance — a choice “Reversed Pattern” China Kwangtung 3 Mace 6½ Candareens. Authorization to establish the Kwangtung Mint was granted in 1887, implemented […]

Nixon Coins Unveiled at Presidential Library

Nixon Coins Unveiled at Presidential Library

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   Two new coins honoring President Richard Nixon and First Lady Patricia Nixon were unveiled by the United States Mint at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. The golden-colored Presidential $1 coin featuring Richard Nixon and the $10 First Spouse Gold Coin bearing a portrait of his […]

Special Wartime Coins, Currency Helped Win WWII 70 Years Ago

Special Wartime Coins, Currency Helped Win WWII 70 Years Ago

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   While the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II has come and gone, I’m reminded of the emergency wartime money that contributed to the great Allied victory. Steel pennies saved copper for the war effort, silver 5¢ coins saved nickel, and special paper money was issued for […]

Coins and the Law – United States Mint Retakes Possession of 1974-D Aluminum Cent

Coins and the Law – United States Mint Retakes Possession of 1974-D Aluminum Cent

The United States Mint announced today that it has taken possession of the 1974-D aluminum experimental one-cent specimen that has been the subject of a lawsuit. The coin was first certified by PCGS and then consigned for auction. Heritage Auctions displayed the coin at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, January […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Stack’s Bowers: Get Ready! Get Set! D. Brent Pogue Collection Part IV

Stack’s Bowers: Get Ready! Get Set! D. Brent Pogue Collection Part IV

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Starring the finest known 1804 Class I silver dollar and the finest known 1822 half eagle Now is the time to mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 24, when our D. Brent Pogue Collection Part IV sale will take place in the beautiful international headquarters […]

Money That’s “Out of This World!”

Money That’s “Out of This World!”

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Can you imagine a collecting niche for Martian money? Seems like something out of a sci-fi movie – but recently, there HAVE been some popular coins making headlines as they journey where no coin has gone before. In 2012, a 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln cent was strapped in for a […]

Loonies, Toonies & Maple Leafs… Why Canadian Coins Captivate

Loonies, Toonies & Maple Leafs… Why Canadian Coins Captivate

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Spanning 3,987 miles (5,525 if you include Alaska) the U.S. – Canadian border is one of the longest in the world. In the early 1990s, I lived near it for a few years. My kids, who were young, called their babysitter’s parents mémé and pépé. Because we lived close […]

CoinWeek’s Weekly Coin and Currency News Roundup – March 11, 2016

CoinWeek’s Weekly Coin and Currency News Roundup – March 11, 2016

By Coinweek ….   Welcome to the latest edition of CoinWeek’s Weekly Coin and Currency News Roundup. In this series we recap some of the cool, interesting, offbeat, ludicrous and maybe even disturbing news items that we’ve read over the past week. Brain Food 1.) The Iron Bank Will Have Its Due No, that’s not […]

By March 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle: A Primer

US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle: A Primer

The Morgan Silver Dollar and the American Silver Eagle By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The Morgan dollar was born from two impulses. One was the curious political alliance of populist “free silver” advocates–who wanted a bimetallic (gold and silver) monetary standard and an inflationary monetary policy in order to relieve the […]

CoinWeek’s Weekly News Roundup – March 4, 2016

CoinWeek’s Weekly News Roundup – March 4, 2016

By Coinweek ….   Here is a recap of some of the interesting, offbeat and other news items CoinWeek has come across this week. Brain Food 1.) The Evolution of Money Alex Hernandez, tech writer and founder of smartphone and computer technology site Techaeris.com, writes a brief introduction to the history of money and monetary […]

By March 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Offers Hardcover Sale Catalog Subscription

Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Offers Hardcover Sale Catalog Subscription

By CoinWeek ….   Noted numismatic bookseller Kolbe & Fanning has just announced that it is offering a subscription service for hardcover editions of numbered sale catalogues. The cloth-bound hardcover catalogues are available for $55 each using this service. The subscription starts with the most recent sale to have occurred at the time a customer […]

By March 3, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates – Audio: 12:15

CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates – Audio: 12:15

CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates Did the letter writing campaign of an astute numismatist sway the United States Treasury Department to drop charges against a Texas coin dealer and finally allow collectors to openly collect United States Gold Certificates? In this audio retelling of Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s NLG-award-winning […]

By February 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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 →
 
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