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In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   [Originally published September 17, 2012. –CW] 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 […]

Certified Modern Coin Opportunities: David Lawrence Auction #957 Highlights

Certified Modern Coin Opportunities: David Lawrence Auction #957 Highlights

By CoinWeek for David Lawrence Rare Coins ……   A mix of classic and modern U.S. coins are on offer this week, as David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction #957 enters the home stretch. The Virginia Beach-based coin company has long offered collectors an easy and simple auction format, weekly auctions with a interesting variety […]

British Museum: Exclusive Video of Piano Gold Coin Hoard

British Museum: Exclusive Video of Piano Gold Coin Hoard

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Earlier this year, the British public–along with the rest of the world–was invited to help solve the mystery of a 913-piece gold coin hoard hidden inside a vintage piano donated to a local community college in 2015. The 91.7% pure gold coins, 633 sovereigns and 280 half sovereigns dating […]

Jeff Garrett: Collecting Colonial Coinage

Jeff Garrett: Collecting Colonial Coinage

Colonial coins offer a combination of rarity, historical value and affordability By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   My last article mentioned my first trip to the ANA Summer Seminar in 1974. My instructor that week was “Red Book” editor Ken Bressett. I had decided to take his class on United States […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Philip II the King of Macedonia

Ancient Greek Coins – Philip II the King of Macedonia

The tomb of Philip II of Macedon at the Museum of the Royal Tombs in Vergina By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   The Colosseo Collection Philip II was the father of Alexander the Great and the youngest son of King Amyntas III. He took the throne in 359 BCE upon the death […]

Rare Gold Coin Sponsors Building of New Church

Rare Gold Coin Sponsors Building of New Church

By Shaquille Brissett for Gainesville Coins ….   The church is typically kept strong by the contributions of its people. One patron, though, has taken the practice of paying tithes to new heights. An anonymous woman donated an 1866 proof gold $20 coin to the GracePoint Church of Valparaiso, Indiana. The donation will be used […]

NTR Metals and Illegal South American Gold

NTR Metals and Illegal South American Gold

By Joshua Gibbons – About.Ag – for CoinWeek ….   When I first heard about Peruvian gold smuggling early last year, I didn’t really believe it. I was talking to the owner of a bullion dealer that I suspected was in financial trouble, and he said that NTR Metals was caught smuggling $20M of gold […]

Altered Coin Detection:  Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Coin Detection: Cameo 1960 Franklin Half Dollar

Altered Cameo 1960 Franklin Half By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation(NGC) …….   A white “frost” was applied to this Franklin Half Dollar to give its elements a cameo appearance. There are a number of ways that nefarious individuals altered coins in an attempt to trick unsuspecting buyers into thinking that the coin is better than […]

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek ….   Ancient Coin Series THE NIGHT SKY WAS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT to ancient people. This can be hard for us to understand, living as we do in a world where light pollution denies us a clear view of the stars. What people saw in the sky – or thought they […]

2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin Program off to Slow (but Steady?) Start

2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin Program off to Slow (but Steady?) Start

Mint surprises with five distinct versions of the 2017 American Liberty silver medal By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Did the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Proof Gold Coin sell out on its first day? No. According to Michael White of the Communications Office of the United States Mint, the 2017 edition of the American […]

Cultural Property Law Leads to Arrests of Coin Collectors in Munich

Cultural Property Law Leads to Arrests of Coin Collectors in Munich

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….   If the March 4 arrests of coin collectors and a coin dealer at the 50th Numismata in Munich are any indication, collectors in the United States have reason to fear that Germany’s new Cultural Property Protection law may live down to the predictions of those who signed last year’s […]

Pogue Collection Surpasses $106 Million

Pogue Collection Surpasses $106 Million

Fifth Sale Nets Over $21 Million for 232 Coins Setting a new world record for the most valuable numismatic cabinet ever sold, and perhaps a new world record for any holding of collectibles in any field, the D. Brent Pogue Collection netted total sales of $106,720,432.25 USD over the course of five auction events held […]

Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction #21 Goes Live May 3

Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction #21 Goes Live May 3

Sedwick’s Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction #21 Catalog is NOW ONLINE! In addition to our usual fare of the world’s best treasure for sale, this auction features arguably our best offering yet of Latin American material, particularly Central American coins from the holdings of the late Richard Stuart, and also many important […]

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin on Sale TODAY – Here’s What You Should Know

2017 American Liberty Gold Coin on Sale TODAY – Here’s What You Should Know

Everything you need to know about the U.S. Mint’s 225th Anniversary American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin By CoinWeek News Staff ….   As of today at noon Eastern Standard Time, the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin goes on sale at the United States Mint. While the year is far from over, and […]

A Dozen Unheralded San Francisco Gold Issues Which (Almost) Never Come Nice

A Dozen Unheralded San Francisco Gold Issues Which (Almost) Never Come Nice

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   There are numerous San Francisco issues that are known for their typically ratty appearance. This “rattiness” may be the result of extensive commercial use, numismatic abuse, or poor strike/planchet preparation. This blog is not about these issues; it is about some of the seemingly more […]

Elusive Mint State Liberty Head Gold Coins in Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

Elusive Mint State Liberty Head Gold Coins in Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Lot 3133 in our Rarities Night Session of our March 2017 Baltimore Auction will spotlight a gorgeous MS-60 (PCGS) CAC example of the 1852-O double eagle, struck just two years after the introduction of the denomination to American commerce. The 1852-O double eagle is […]

New Commemorative Coin Proposals Celebrate 1st Infantry Centennial, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

New Commemorative Coin Proposals Celebrate 1st Infantry Centennial, National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Two new commemorative coin bills have been introduced recently into the United States Congress: Army 1st Infantry Division Centennial The Duty First Act (H.R. 1582) was introduced by Representative Steve Russell (R-OK5) on March 16. The bill authorizes the Treasury Department (and, by extension, the Mint) to produce a […]

Four Million Dollar 100 Kilo Gold Coin Gestohlen!

Four Million Dollar 100 Kilo Gold Coin Gestohlen!

By CoinWeek News Staff …..   Officials at the Bode Museum in Berlin were awoken to the shocking reality that one the museum’s most valuable holdings, a 100-kilogram pure gold Canadian coin weighing about 220 pounds and with a face value of one million dollars Canadian had been spirited away by a team of thieves […]

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial Bronze Dupondius – Augustus and Agrippa with Crocodile

Ancient Coin Profiles: Roman Provincial Bronze Dupondius – Augustus and Agrippa with Crocodile

Overview: Two intriguing aspects of this coin stand out upon first viewing. By far the most dramatic and alluring of the two is the crocodile and palm tree on the reverse. One’s curiosity is peaked: how did a crocodile end up on a coin minted in the south of France? The second, less immediate yet […]

NGC Certifies Dramatic New Kennedy Half Dollar Variety

NGC Certifies Dramatic New Kennedy Half Dollar Variety

Proof Coin Reveals One Style of Mintmark Punched over Another Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified a newly discovered variety for the popular Kennedy Half Dollar series. Submitted for attribution under NGC’s VarietyPlus Service by Florida dealer Bob Ryan, it was at first suspected to be a normal “S” mintmark punched over an inverted impression […]

A $20,000 Franklin Half Dollar? You Bet! Auction Ends Tonight.

A $20,000 Franklin Half Dollar? You Bet! Auction Ends Tonight.

By CoinWeek …..   On the evening of March 26, David Lawrence Rare Coins will sell a modern certified coin for a price approaching $20,000 USD. The coin is a Franklin half dollar – in Proof -that was issued two years into the production of the short-lived series. Franklin half dollars were minted between 1948-1963. […]

David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auction #953 Now Open for Bidding

David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auction #953 Now Open for Bidding

By David Lawrence Rare Coins ……   Our Sunday Internet Auction #953 is now live with a great selection of 327 fresh, new coins, 50 No Reserve lots and 50 Vault value lots. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, March 26. The Peachtree Classic Gold Collection is Part 2 of a […]

Collecting United States Pattern Coinage

Collecting United States Pattern Coinage

If you are looking for a collecting challenge, consider US pattern coinage By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The year 2017 is a great time to consider one the most interesting areas of the rare coin market–United States pattern coinage. The first United States pattern coins were struck 225 years ago […]

Highlights from the Pogue V Sale: Legendary 1794 S-18b Large Cent, Head of 1793

Highlights from the Pogue V Sale: Legendary 1794 S-18b Large Cent, Head of 1793

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ……   Among American coin specialties that attract many enthusiasts who enjoy the field for years, large copper cents are in the front rank. Early American Coppers, Inc., abbreviated EAC, is the meeting place. Founded in the 1960s, the organization is like a private club—with gatherings and other […]

U.S. Mint Releases Mockup Images of 2017 Palladium American Eagle Bullion Coin

U.S. Mint Releases Mockup Images of 2017 Palladium American Eagle Bullion Coin

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   One of the items on the agenda for the March 15 meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) was to have been the review of designs for the 2017 American Eagle Palladium bullion coin – the first palladium coin ever to be produced by the United States Mint. […]

South Africa 2017 Silver Krugerrand

South Africa 2017 Silver Krugerrand

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the gold Krugerrand, the South African Mint is minting its first-ever 1 oz silver Krugerrand. After 49 years of respect and prestige on the international stage and with the global silver market on an upswing, the timing couldn’t be much better. Additionally, a 1 oz platinum […]

Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki: Toned Coins

Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki: Toned Coins

Ever wondered what grading coins is like? Modern Coin Wholesale’s Ron Drzewucki gives CoinWeek the inside scoop By CoinWeek ….   Welcome back for the second installment of Ron Drzewucki’s “Ask a Grader”, exclusively on CoinWeek! If you’re not familiar with Ron, he is the owner/operator of Modern Coin Wholesale. Ron has been a professional […]

New Silver Predator, Call of the Wild Series Bullion Coins from Royal Canadian Mint

New Silver Predator, Call of the Wild Series Bullion Coins from Royal Canadian Mint

New silver coin features the lynx and elk appears on 99.999% pure gold coin The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new “Predator” 1 oz., 99.99% pure silver bullion coin series featuring the lynx. It has also issued a new a 1 oz., 99.999% pure gold bullion coin from its “Call of the Wild” series, […]

Copper Is Golden: Collecting Classic US Large Cents

Copper Is Golden: Collecting Classic US Large Cents

Draped bust large cents reveal grand returns; “Make mine milk chocolate please!” By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   According to the calendar, spring is just around the corner, officially arriving next week. Yet as I sit at my desk researching for this installment, we are being hit by a major winter storm: […]

Lost Gold Coins of Ancient India Imply Greater Mystery

Lost Gold Coins of Ancient India Imply Greater Mystery

By Shaquille Brissett for Gainesville Coins ….   Last year, a bevy of ancient gold coins were discovered in the unassuming Indian village of Jankipuram. News of the discovery sent shockwaves throughout the town of Tonk, in the state of Rajasthan, as well as the larger numismatic community. How did those coins get there? The […]

 
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