Numismatic History

Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

Collectible Gold Coins Performed Superbly During the 1970’s Inflationary Spiral

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com Last week I wrote about why some economists believe our economy is going into a high inflationary period and how rare coins went into a runaway market during the last inflationary spiral, which occurred during the 1970s. I gave across-the-board examples of how “type coins” performed as an […]

By November 7, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Collection of unusual pieces earns Deep Best-in-Show Exhibit Award

Collection of unusual pieces earns Deep Best-in-Show Exhibit Award

Exhibitors Recognized at 2011 ANA Fall National Money Show Sam Deep doesn’t like to collect what the average coin-collecting hobbyist likes to collect. His collection of items from off the beaten path earned the American Numismatic Association member top honors in collector exhibits at the ANA’s first-ever Fall National Money Show. Deep received the Radford […]

Tetradrachms of Alexander the Great

Tetradrachms of Alexander the Great

This month, NGC Ancients examines the silver tetradrachms of Alexander III of Macedon (356–323 B.C.), better known as Alexander the Great. Throughout history, few names resonate like that of Alexander the Great. Born a son of the Macedonian King Philip II in 356 B.C., this young man was tutored in war and philosophy by some […]

New Book about Numismatic History by Paul Hollis

New Book about Numismatic History by Paul Hollis

Paul Hollis has written a new book called the “American Numismatist.” The book features moments in history and depicts the coins involved during that moment. Paul explains what was involved in creating his new literary work and how being involved in numismatics has affected his life. 4:08 Paul Hollis interviewed by David Lisot New Book […]

By September 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com/1804Dollar.com A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago on August 19. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” […]

Walter Breen Interview from 1986

Walter Breen Interview from 1986

In August of 1986 CoinWeek partner David Lisot conducted a series of interviews for the American Numismatic Association with many of the prominent numismatists of the day. Walter Breen is considered on the most brilliant and enigmatic people in coin hobby. This video offers a rare and personal insight into one of the most interesting […]

By July 22, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The fate of ten Switt-Langbord 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins)

News and Analysis on scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #62 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds On July 7th, at the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, a trial began regarding the fate of ten 1933 Double Eagles ($20 gold coins). The U.S. Treasury Department is pitted against the Switt-Langbord family. This trail […]

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 understanding her […]

Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

Through the Numismatic Glass: Two Cents Worth

by Dr. Thomas F. Fitzgerald – The California Numismatist Almost 60 years had passed since the two-cent piece was first proposed by a Senator in 1806. In 1864 this denomination finally became a reality during the coinage problems as a result of the Civil War. The two-cent coins then had a very short lifetime of […]

A Gold Coin Treasure in San Pedro Bay? – or – Just Another Tale of Wells Fargo?

A Gold Coin Treasure in San Pedro Bay? – or – Just Another Tale of Wells Fargo?

by Walt Ostromecki, NLG – The California Numismatist Forward According to early Southern California lore and legend, there lies a fortune in gold ore, bars and coins still buried deep in the cold murky mud on the ocean bottom of the San Pedro Bay. Much of that gold ore came from the booming mines located […]

My Mentors in Numismatics

My Mentors in Numismatics

by Bill Febuary – The California Numismatist Over the years I have known some pretty influential people in the “World of Numismatics.” I want to relate how each one of these individuals directed my way of thinking about how I collect numismatic materials. Art Kagin It all started when my family and I traveled to […]

America’s First Bank Robbery

America’s First Bank Robbery

by Cole Schenewerk – The California Numismatist The yellow fever outbreak of summer 1798 was the worst in Philadelphia’s history. Over 5,000 residents were infected, and nearly 1,300 died, causing even President Washington to flee. While yellow fever swept the city, hot heads prevailed when a huge sum of money went missing from the vaults […]

Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Video Coin News: Martin Logies talks about the 1792 half disme

Martin Logies Director, Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation talks about the 1792 half disme in the collection, its numismatic significance, and how the early coins of America were struck. [Runtime 6:34] The player will show in this paragraph From CoinWeek Coin Guide – 1792 Half Disme Throughout the broad range of U.S. coinage from 1792 to […]

By February 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
The Extraordinary Legend of the French Angel Coin

The Extraordinary Legend of the French Angel Coin

By Gainesville Coins In addition to its outstanding beauty and value, the French Angel Coin brings a bit of mystery and magic to the world of numismatics. The coin’s designer, Augustine Dupré, claimed that the coin’s angel image served as a protective force, and the French Angel came to gain world renown as an emblem […]

By February 3, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Dancing with the Universe –  The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

Dancing with the Universe – The Infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates Coins

From Wayne Sayles Blog Ancient Coin Collecting, With kind permission of John Hooker I’m sure that most are quite familiar with the infamous Wanborough Hoard of Atrebates coins. As the link here describes, it was a badly mishandled discovery which became a major impetus for the new Treasure Act to replace the old treasure trove […]

By February 3, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
100 Troy Ounce Gold Nugget from California’s Mother Lode on Showcase!!

100 Troy Ounce Gold Nugget from California’s Mother Lode on Showcase!!

The LARGEST CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH NUGGET left in existence, the 100 troy ounce gold nugget discovered last year in Nevada County, California, will be on Showcase in multiple venues prior to the Holabird-Kagin Americana Auction this March in Sacramento. Reno, Nevada, January 14th, 2011 – Named the “Washington Nugget” because the nugget was discovered near […]

By January 17, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places

Finding Numismatic History in Unlikely Places

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities Ezra Meeker – Champion of the Oregon Trail Over the summer months our numismatic travels took us to great historical cities like Boston and Philadelphia. And this week we travel to Baltimore, another city rich in early Americana. Of course, across the nation there are local historical sites and, more […]

By November 3, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
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