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CoinWeek: Cool Currency! 2017 Episode 1 – 4K Video

CoinWeek: Cool Currency! 2017 Episode 1 – 4K Video

Cool Currency! gets its first episode of 2017. We really break the bank with four segments that feature four cool U.S. and world banknotes. John Markis of Trusted Traditions shows off the finest-known Specimen South Vietnam 1955-56 1,000 Dong – otherwise known as the “Old Man and the Temple” note. Frederick Bart from Executive Currency […]

US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Proof coinage has been a fixture in American numismatics since the 19th century and a regular hobby staple since 1936, when the United States Mint offered the first modern proof sets after a two-decade hiatus. There was also a three-year intermission between 1965 and 1967, when a nationwide […]

Cultural Property Overreach Encroaches on Collectors’ Rights

Cultural Property Overreach Encroaches on Collectors’ Rights

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting ….   Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   On the wall of his office in the FBI building’s basement, Special Agent Fox Mulder of the TV series The X-Files has a UFO poster that proclaims: I WANT TO BELIEVE. The sentiment is widely shared, even among numismatists, who are generally a rather skeptical bunch. The “Alien” […]

Chinese Panda Coins: Pandas Tip the Rarity Scale

Chinese Panda Coins: Pandas Tip the Rarity Scale

There are more than a dozen Chinese Panda coins and medals, including Show Pandas, that — by published mintage — rank from uncommon to very scarce By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   How rare is rare? Many people talk about rarity the way they do coin grades: very rare, extremely rare, etc. […]

Viking Silver Coin Hoard Found in Denmark

Viking Silver Coin Hoard Found in Denmark

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Two men with metal detectors struck it big earlier this month when their find in southern Zealand (Denmark) led archaeologists to 130 Viking silver coins. This is a considerable hoard of coins from the era when the Vikings dominated Northern Europe, from about 800 CE to 1066 […]

2018 Red Book Honors 1st U.S. Mint Director Rittenhouse, 225 Years of American Coinage

2018 Red Book Honors 1st U.S. Mint Director Rittenhouse, 225 Years of American Coinage

The classic hardcover version of the 71st-edition Guide Book of United States Coins (the hobby’s popular “Red Book”) celebrates the 225th anniversary of federal coinage in Philadelphia. On its back cover is a commemorative gold-foil portrait of David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States Mint, who was appointed by President George Washington in 1792. […]

Fiji Issues Circulating Banknotes, Coins to Commemorate 2016 Olympic Gold Medal Win

Fiji Issues Circulating Banknotes, Coins to Commemorate 2016 Olympic Gold Medal Win

By Reserve Bank of Fiji ……   The Reserve Bank of Fiji announces that a commemorative circulation banknote and coin commemorating Fiji Rugby 7s gold medal win at the Rio 2016 Olympics was officially unveiled by Honorable Prime Minister and Minister for i-Taukei Affairs, Sugar Industry and Foreign Affairs, Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #283 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   [Originally published on June 24, 2015. –CW] Like Three Cent nickels, Two Cent Pieces tend to be interesting topics for conversations, even among non-collectors. Many people are astonished or curious to learn that […]

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 […]

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Commentary for Friday, April 21, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $5.30 at $1,289.10 and once again holds its ground. So where are we going into the weekend? I think traders are cautious but not ambivalent – on the short term gold is […]

Bidding Options at Tomorrow’s Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Book Sale Make Buying Easy

Bidding Options at Tomorrow’s Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Book Sale Make Buying Easy

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are looking forward to our Sale 145, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, beginning at 12:00 noon eastern time. The sale includes selections from the libraries of Italo Vecchi and Tom Cederlind, and features rare and desirable works from around the world. With the launch of the […]

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 […]

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A NOTE FROM LAURA SPERBER Do know this is one of the toughest reports for me to write. George Huang, the co-founder of Legend and my business partner for 31 years had a very serious heart attack last Friday. George always did everything within his power to […]

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 […]

Stack’s Bowers Ponterio April World & Chinese Coins & Paper Money Hong Kong Auction Brings Over $5.8 Million

Stack’s Bowers Ponterio April World & Chinese Coins & Paper Money Hong Kong Auction Brings Over $5.8 Million

Latest Hong Kong auction shows strength in market for Chinese coins… April is always an exciting time in Kowloon, Hong Kong, as hundreds of coin and paper money dealers, collectors and enthusiasts gather for a week of world class auctions and the fastest growing coin and paper money show. This past week Stack’s Bowers and […]

CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017

CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for April 21, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Our money is filthy but mostly harmless Most of the bacteria on American notes were harmless commensals that had flaked off hands, faces and mouths, but there were others that cause acne, strep throat, the H-bug, two species infecting vaginas, and […]

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 […]

Austria 2017 Empress Maria Theresa: Courage & Determination 20 Euro Silver Proof Coin

Austria 2017 Empress Maria Theresa: Courage & Determination 20 Euro Silver Proof Coin

Description: To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Maria Theresa, the only woman ever to rule the Hapsburg Empire, the Austrian Mint is issuing a four-coin series entitled Empress Maria Theresa – Treasures of History. Each entry in the series focuses on one of four virtues–Courage, Justice, Clemency and Prudence. A different portrait […]

A Brief Survey of Medals Available from the U.S. Mint

A Brief Survey of Medals Available from the U.S. Mint

The United States Mint is the nation’s coin factory, but almost from the beginning it has made medals to honor important people and events By David Schwager for CoinWeek …..   Although medals might seem like a sideline, the U.S. Mint website lists about 100 types for sale, with enough variety to prompt the buyer’s […]

Kolbe & Fanning Introduce Medal and Exonumia Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning Introduce Medal and Exonumia Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have released our first catalogue devoted to numismatic exonumia: tokens, medals, badges, scrip and related items that pertain in some way to the coin collecting field. Examples include tokens issued by coin dealers or collectors, medals depicting prominent collectors or scholars, badges produced for coin shows, “Good For” tokens or […]

2017 Frederick Douglass America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Available April 24

2017 Frederick Douglass America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Available April 24

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™–Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (product code 17AE) on April 24 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design of each quarter depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, DC in the background. Inscriptions […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 11

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 11

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 19 and […]

Classic US Gold Coins – The Enigmatic Proof-Only 1887 Half Eagle

Classic US Gold Coins – The Enigmatic Proof-Only 1887 Half Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The half eagle denomination was produced virtually uninterrupted from 1795 through 1929. During this 130-year period only one issue–the 1887–was struck in only a Proof format. For reasons still unknown, no business strike half eagles were made in 1887 and a total of just 87 […]

Heritage Auctions: Record Prices at Inaugural CCE World & Ancient Coins Event

Heritage Auctions: Record Prices at Inaugural CCE World & Ancient Coins Event

1826 British Proof Set sells for $282,000 to lead $6.38 million auction One of the most fancied proof sets in British numismatics starred in Heritage Auctions’ CCE World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction. The 11-piece 1826 George IV Proof Set brought $282,000 USD, establishing a new record price for the set. Over 2,800 lots sold […]

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   How does a person become fascinated with silver dollars? Growing up in a place such as Helena, Montana where Morgan and Peace dollars were a part of daily life meant that Wayne Miller was constantly exposed to the hefty coins at an early age. “Montana was one of […]

Indiana Church Strikes Gold with Early “In God We Trust” Rare Coin

Indiana Church Strikes Gold with Early “In God We Trust” Rare Coin

An historic 1866 Double Eagle, one of only 10 known examples, survived an attempted theft and was donated to a Valparaiso church. It could now bring $300,000 or more when offered by Heritage Auctions A valuable 19th-century U.S. gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto “In God We Trust” will help […]

Coin Board News – Number 42

Coin Board News – Number 42

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 42 — Spring 2017 LOTS OF HAPPENINGS This issue has been delayed a few weeks for the simple reason that so much has happened just recently in the world of coin boards. Every time I thought I was ready to […]

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Langbord-Switt 1933 Double Eagles Case

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Langbord-Switt 1933 Double Eagles Case

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   It may have been Neil Gorsuch’s first day on the bench, but the real news Monday, April 17 (at least for coin collectors) is that the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the Langbord family’s appeal as they attempted to recover 10 1933 double eagle $20 gold coins […]

 
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