Numismatic History

The 1846-C Quarter Eagle: The “Southern Darling” of U.S. Coins

The 1846-C Quarter Eagle: The “Southern Darling” of U.S. Coins

Photo: Jan 2012 Fun Heritage Auction Lot # 4750 By Timothy O’Fallon – Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   On July 27, 1844, some students were taking an impromptu tour of the U.S. Mint facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Mint had been producing gold coins with the legendary “C” mint mark for less […]

The Story of the New Orleans Mint in Louisiana

The Story of the New Orleans Mint in Louisiana

By Timothy O’Fallon – Gibraltar Coins & Precious Metals ……..   Founding of the City and The Battle of New Orleans New Orleans was founded in 1718 by a fellow named Jean­ Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville. As you might imagine, he was French. He named the city Nouvelle­ Orléans (New Orleans) for the Duke of Orleans, […]

CoinWeek Podcast #7: In God We Trust: A Brief History – Audio: 11:25

CoinWeek Podcast #7: In God We Trust: A Brief History – Audio: 11:25

How did “In God We Trust” find its way onto our coins and paper money? Is the phrase a tacit endorsement of a national religion, or simply a traditional sentiment, repeated so often it has become rote? Will American money in the future continue to display the motto, or is there a serious movement afoot […]

By December 16, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 4

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When I left off last time I was discussing how the entire landscape of gold double eagle ($20) collecting was changed by first Franklin Roosevelt’s recall of gold coins in 1933 and by the examples that were eventually found […]

By December 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
ANS, Newman Numismatic Portal Announce Joint Scanning Project

ANS, Newman Numismatic Portal Announce Joint Scanning Project

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce a joint project with the Newman Numismatic Portal, an online numismatic resource, which will enable greater access to American numismatic research material on both the ANS Digital Library and Newman Portal websites. Administered through Washington University Libraries in St. Louis, the Newman Portal has contracted with […]

CoinWeek Podcast #6: Philip Diehl Talks State Quarters, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar, and the Sacagawea Dollar – Audio: 10:38

CoinWeek Podcast #6: Philip Diehl Talks State Quarters, the Susan B. Anthony Dollar, and the Sacagawea Dollar – Audio: 10:38

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan spoke with Philip N. Diehl at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money and asked the former U.S. Mint Director a series of in-depth questions about his role in the creation of several major U.S. coin programs. Discussed in detail in this podcast: The 50 State Quarters Program, The surprise 1999 […]

By December 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
100th Historic Ancient Coin Auction in Coinvac Digital Archive

100th Historic Ancient Coin Auction in Coinvac Digital Archive

By Rasiel Suarez – Coinvac.com….   Ancient coin website Coinvac.com is happy to celebrate the entry of its 100th pre-Internet auction sale. Totaling over 35,000 individual lots, the effort was accomplished over several months of painstaking scanning and parsing of old auction catalogues. These were then reconstructed joining each lot’s text description to their corresponding […]

By December 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Otto Beh Coin Dies Used to Strike Coins for China on Display – Exclusive Video: 4:47

Otto Beh Coin Dies Used to Strike Coins for China on Display – Exclusive Video: 4:47

Executive Producer: David Lisot. David Lisot traveled to Macau, site of the Macau Numismatic Society 2015 Coin Show, where he took this fascinating video of recently-discovered dies used by the Otto Beh Company of Esslingen, Germany to produce coins for China in 1897-98. In this video, David talks to Ken Krah, Senior Coin Grader at […]

U.S. Mint May Now Change Coin Silver Composition Thanks to New Law

U.S. Mint May Now Change Coin Silver Composition Thanks to New Law

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Tucked away in a bill ostensibly about maintaining and improving America’s transportation infrastructure is text amending Title 31 of the United States Code (subsections of §§ 5112 and 5132) to allow the U.S. Mint to alter the composition of some of its silver coinage. Until the DRIVE (“Developing […]

By December 8, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Part 1 Part 2 Here I continue my thoughts on rarities, and the factors that affect this important aspect of numismatics. As noted, true rarity cannot be caused by a collector through hoarding or manipulation, although sometimes temporary rarity can be achieved. During the early days of […]

Digital Numismatist a Tangible, Valuable New ANA Membership Benefit

Digital Numismatist a Tangible, Valuable New ANA Membership Benefit

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   “This is the age of collections and the spirit of gathering together and classifying is abroad” – Dr. George F. Heath The media landscape has changed drastically since Dr. Heath posed the question “What is the matter with having an American Numismatic Association?” In recent years, collectors have […]

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

THE MISSING YEARS – COLLECTING THE COINS OF 1931 TO 1933

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ………   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 […]

By November 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Top 5 Results from Kolbe & Fanning Sale 140

Top 5 Results from Kolbe & Fanning Sale 140

By CoinWeek….   Numismatic booksellers Kolbe & Fanning held their latest auction on Saturday, November 7. The sale featured numismatic literature from around the world, including books from the library of Stephen Epstein, founder of the Barber Coin Collectors Society (BCCS). To give you a taste of what Kolbe & Fanning has to offer, here […]

By November 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

A Brief History of the Royal Mint: Pre-Decimal Coinage

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Click here for Part 1 Last time I gave a brief history of The Royal Mint in London, England, hitting most of the highlights concerning technological improvements, important figures, new facilities and the like. This time, it’s all about the coins. Or, more precisely, the denominations […]

By November 19, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Macau Exhibit of 1897 Otto Beh Coin Dies

Macau Exhibit of 1897 Otto Beh Coin Dies

Unveiling a Centennial Mystery of Chinese Pattern Coins This portfolio of 42 dies and 36 letter punches used by the Otto Beh Company of Esslingen, Germany to produce coins for China in 1897-98 is an important document of Chinese numismatic history and of the close economic ties between Germany and China at the end of […]

By November 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 2

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 2

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Click Here for Part 1 In this article I continue my thoughts on rarity by stating that you cannot make a rarity and that trying to usually results in failure. Trying to manipulate supply and demand rarely ends well for those involved. This is especially true if […]

By November 17, 2015 0 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 November 13, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity

Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers….   Every hobby has rarities. In this way collecting coins is no different than collecting stamps, artifacts, paintings, trading cards or anything else. In the early days of the United States politicians, ambassadors and wealthy individuals in America started collecting coins for education and pleasure. People like the […]

A Brief History of the Royal Mint

A Brief History of the Royal Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   If you’ve been keeping score at home, I’ve been going further and further back in time to find the oldest company around today that still manufactures or sells coins and bullion. I was doing it mostly because it’s fun, but it may offer precious metals investors […]

By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Confronting Breen

Confronting Breen

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Twenty-two years ago, noted numismatist Walter H. Breen died at Chino’s California Institute for Men, part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A convicted serial child molester, it’s hard to imagine that Breen’s stay at the facility was ever meant to rehabilitate the man. […]

40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   Growing up, I didn’t spend much time looking for 50 States Quarters–they didn’t exist yet. It was the early 1990s, and I was just foraying into the world of coin collecting. As those who were involved in the coin industry will remember, the early ‘90s was a pretty staid […]

Ireland Prepares to Drop 1, 2 Cent Coins, Announces Oct. 28 as Rounding Rollout Day

Ireland Prepares to Drop 1, 2 Cent Coins, Announces Oct. 28 as Rounding Rollout Day

By Central Bank of Ireland….   The Central Bank of Ireland today announced Wednesday 28 October as the rollout day for Rounding in Ireland. From that day, when consumers get change in cash in shops, the amount of that change will be rounded to the nearest five cents to reduce the need for one-cent and […]

By October 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Oh, Canada: Canadian Coins A “Natural” Alternative to U.S. Coins – Pt. I

Oh, Canada: Canadian Coins A “Natural” Alternative to U.S. Coins – Pt. I

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek….   If you’re like me, you hang onto every Canadian coin you find in circulation because they look so different from U.S. coins. And while it seems that some of my non-numismatic friends view Canadian coins as something of a nuisance, I say that the coinage of Canada offers a […]

Daniel Frank Sedwick Offers Educational Seminars Before October 29th Auction

Daniel Frank Sedwick Offers Educational Seminars Before October 29th Auction

Daniel Frank Sedwick’s TREASURE, WORLD and U.S. COIN AUCTION #18 is in full swing with just two weeks remain before the THIRD LIVE FLOOR auction kicks off with 1250 lots of choice material in all areas of world coins and shipwreck treasures. However even before the auction itself Sedwick’s has put together a series of […]

The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

The U.S. $2.50 Gold Quarter Eagle

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   There’s been quite a surge of interest in the pre-Saint-Gaudens Liberty Head type of eagles and double eagles as of late, with several outstanding pieces (including one of the most complete collections of Liberty Head types in recent memory) hitting the auction block. Personally, I’m happy […]

By October 13, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek ………   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 (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” specimen of […]

By October 11, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
A Life in Numismatics – Arthur Meyer Kagin

A Life in Numismatics – Arthur Meyer Kagin

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek….   For generations he was among America’s best-known professional numismatists and was widely eulogized upon his death on July 18, 2005. Arthur Meyer Kagin was born in Minneapolis on Nov. 25, 1919. His mother was widowed after the birth of his brother and long-time numismatic partner Paul in 1921. […]

Coin Profiles – Hobo Nickels

Coin Profiles – Hobo Nickels

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term “hobo nickel” is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations. Classic […]

By October 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Fuljenz Admonishes  Critics Of “In God We Trust” Motto

Fuljenz Admonishes Critics Of “In God We Trust” Motto

Statement by Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion….   Some critics of “In God We Trust” may be ignorant of the phrase’s legal history or are deliberately ignoring the rulings of courts and resolutions of Congress. Regarding the recent controversy about the motto’s placement on police vehicles in some communities, it’s important to […]

By September 25, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

The Gold of Daesh: “Coinage” of the “Caliphate”

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek….   On August 31, 2015 the so-called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” or “Daesh”[1], which claims to be a new Islamic Caliphate[2], released a video announcing its first precious metal currency of gold dinars and silver dirhams. The ambitious stated objective of this coinage is to end the “American […]

By September 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
 
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