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New Jersey Chabad Attempts To Build World’s Largest Coin Menorah

New Jersey Chabad Attempts To Build World’s Largest Coin Menorah

By CoinWeek News Staff… Last year, it was canned goods. The year before that, bowling pins. 2012 saw one made of ice. 2010? Legos. But for this year’s Community Chanukah Festival, Chabad of Hunterdon County, New Jersey plans to build the world’s largest coin menorah ever assembled. Between 11 am and 2 pm on Sunday, […]

By December 16, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Rare University of Notre Dame Laetare Medal for Sale on eBay

Rare University of Notre Dame Laetare Medal for Sale on eBay

By CoinWeek News Staff… In a year when two Nobel Prize medals have been sold at auction, it is perhaps no surprise that another prestigious award has now found its way to market. On Thursday, December 4, a Laetare medal–given annually by the University of Notre Dame to honor American Catholic groups and individuals for […]

By December 7, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Coin 3D-Printed at NC State Successfully Launched Aboard Orion Spacecraft

Coin 3D-Printed at NC State Successfully Launched Aboard Orion Spacecraft

By CoinWeek Staff…. Coins have flown in space before. Twelve 22-karat gold Sacagawea dollar coins travelled on the Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1999. A 1909 VDB Lincoln cent currently resides on Mars, where it serves as a calibration target for one of the Curiosity rover’s imaging systems. But today represented the possible dawn of […]

By December 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

Watson Nobel Prize Medal Sets Record at Christie’s Auction

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. On Thursday, Christie’s of New York auctioned a unique Nobel Prize medal belonging to Dr. James D. Watson, one of the 20th century’s most preeminent microbiologists and one of a team of scientists credited with discovering the structure of the DNA double helix. As we reported on […]

Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

Nobel Prize Awarded to Molecular Biologist James Watson for Sale at Auction

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Once called the Caligula of Biology[1], now set to score big on the sale of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific medals… James Dewey Watson, an internationally recognized molecular biologist and part of the team of researchers responsible for discovering the double helix structure of DNA […]

World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

World Gold Coins: Unique South African 1897 Sixpence to be Offered in NY by Heritage

The upcoming January 4 – 5 NYINC World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction in New York City features a monumental offering from South Africa. The legendary 1897 gold sixpence is entirely unique, and it has remained off the market for many decades. Tracing its provenance back to the 1930s, this piece once existed in […]

Offbeat Numismatics: The Leper Colony Coins of Colombia

Offbeat Numismatics: The Leper Colony Coins of Colombia

by Crystal Gomez, content writer at Gainesville Coins   Between 1900 and 1930, Colombia made special coins for leprosy colonies. In this epoch, leprosy cases had reached an all time high. While statistics may have been exaggerated about the actual number of people with leprosy, the country was still left with the problem of keeping […]

By November 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Stanley Aberdeen Collection of Swedish Plate Money to Anchor Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the NYINC

The Stanley Aberdeen Collection of Swedish Plate Money to Anchor Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the NYINC

One of the most extensive collections of Swedish Plate Money ever offered at public auction will highlight the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention, January 9-10, 2015, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. This collection of nearly 90 pieces was carefully assembled by a very discriminating numismatist and features an […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Charli XCX Sings about ‘Gold Coins’ – Numismatic Pop?

Charli XCX Sings about ‘Gold Coins’ – Numismatic Pop?

Pop music doesn’t often fall within the purview of a numismatic publication like CoinWeek.com, however British pop singer Charli XCX has released a hard money-themed single, titled ‘Gold Coins’. Key lyric: “Gold coins out the window, money pours like the rain falls and I’m spending like I don’t care” Typically, those in favor of a […]

By November 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

Metal Monsters: The Biggest Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series By Mike Markowitz…. In 2007, Canada captured a world record by producing five examples of a 100 kilogram gold piece (220.5 pounds, or a bit over 3215 troy ounces). It was 53 centimeters in diameter (21 inches) and three centimeters thick, denominated at one million Canadian dollars. “Why did the Royal […]

By November 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Paris Mint Transforms into a Chocolate Factory

Paris Mint Transforms into a Chocolate Factory

CoinWeek staff reports… Controversial American artist Paul McCarthy, who was in the news recently after his giant green inflatable “Christmas Tree” sculpture–installed in the heart of historic Paris–came under fire for being indecent, has opened a remarkable exposition at the newly renovated Monnaie de Paris (the Paris Mint). McCarthy’s installation, entitled Chocolate Factory, is the […]

By November 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

By Mark Borckardt ………. During 33+ years as a full time professional numismatist, I have had the opportunity to examine and handle many of the most important rarities in the American series, including two Brasher doubloons, all five 1913 Liberty nickels, two 1894-S dimes, and four 1804 silver dollars. I have handled 80 of the […]

Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

Money & Politics: Four Million 5 Rappen Coins Purchased for Exhibition about Money

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek… Money & Politics In what could best be described as a costly political stunt, activists from Generation Basic Income, a group lobbying in favor of universal basic income in Switzerland, dumped eight million five-rappen (five-cent) coins in historic Parliament Square in Bern last December. The goal of their campaign was […]

By November 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Kagin’s to Market Newly Found ‘Butte Nugget’

Kagin’s to Market Newly Found ‘Butte Nugget’

The Butte Nugget, with an estimated value of $450,000, will be marketed exclusively by Kagin’s, Inc. On October 21, 2014, Rare coin experts, Kagin’s Inc., announced the discovery of one of the largest natural California gold nuggets ever seen. The treasure was found by a California man who was prospecting for gold on public land […]

By October 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Unique Peace Dollar Rarities and Discovery Pieces To Be Sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Unique Peace Dollar Rarities and Discovery Pieces To Be Sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

By Stack’s Bowers …….. A group of five unusual Peace dollars consigned to Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2014 ANA Sale proves to include important Patterns, a unique Specimen, and a pair of coins from the early hub style trials for the regular issue 1922 Low Relief, shedding important new light on the development process for […]

Unique 1896 “Educational” Banknotes To Cross The Block At Stack’s Bowers World’s Fair Of Money Auction

Unique 1896 “Educational” Banknotes To Cross The Block At Stack’s Bowers World’s Fair Of Money Auction

The first sheets for the series. Serial numbers 1-4, $1, $2, $5 PMG About Uncirculated 55 America’s Most Famous and Most Ornate Designs Ex Harry W. Bass, Jr. IRVINE, Calif. — Stack’s Bowers Galleries will showcase the “Educational Note” sheets pedigreed to The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection in its official auction with the American […]

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

Comets and Meteorites on Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for Coinweek….. Ancient Coin Series The night sky was really 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 saw – […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Ethnic Slurs on Hobo Nickels (Part II)

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-sylum readers continue to discuss last week’s topic on the use of racial and ethnic slurs on Hobo Nickels…. Click Here to read Part One   Last week Bob Leonard wrote: The […]

By June 10, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Royal Canadian Mint Unveils Ghost Bride Coin

Royal Canadian Mint Unveils Ghost Bride Coin

Fairmont Banff Springs’ most famous ghostly inhabitant first to be featured…. A new collector coin and stamp tell the story of the Ghost Bride who has made the Fairmont Banff Springs her eternal home since the 1930s when, upon stepping onto the staircase, she suddenly stumbled and tragically fell to her death. Since then, some […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: On Cataloguing Prison Scrip…

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: On Cataloguing Prison Scrip…

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-Sylum reader and Connecticut-based numismatist Bob Hewey proposes a new approach to cataloguing Prison Scrip While Jerry Zara, in his 1992 book entitled Prison Tokens and Medals of the United States, has done a […]

By May 20, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coins: Likely Unique 1891-O Proof Dime, The Only Certified Proof Unlisted Variety

Rare Coins: Likely Unique 1891-O Proof Dime, The Only Certified Proof Unlisted Variety

From the CSNS Heritage catalog as Lot 5574 Walter Breen called the early presentation pieces and pre-1858 dated proofs the caviar of proof coinage, and then compared them to the branch mint proofs that he called “dishes of peacock’s tongues.” Proof coins were struck at the branch mints for presentation purposes, to mark special occasions, […]

Rare Frosted Freedom Platinum Eagle Variety Offered by GreatCollections

Rare Frosted Freedom Platinum Eagle Variety Offered by GreatCollections

Coin is second discovered from a total mintage of 21 coins.  Unique at PCGS. A scarce production proof error, acknowledged by the U.S. Mint, is being auctioned by GreatCollections, with bidding to end on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The 2007-W $25 Quarter-Ounce Platinum Statue of Liberty coin has the word FREEDOM in frosted type, as […]

Newly Discovered Variety, Unique Example of 1855 Wass, Molitor $20 Territorial Gold to be Sold

Newly Discovered Variety, Unique Example of 1855 Wass, Molitor $20 Territorial Gold to be Sold

Heritage will be offering a newly discovered and unique Territorial Gold piece at the upcoming Central States Signature Sale April 23-7 in Chicago as Lot # 14006.  Below is the full description from the Heritage Catalog 1855 $20 Wass Molitor Twenty Dollar, Large Head AU53 NGC. Variety unlisted in Kagin, believed unique. An exciting new […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Earliest Use of the Term “Witch Piece” Sought

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Earliest Use of the Term “Witch Piece” Sought

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-Sylum contributor Bob Leonard ponders the earliest use of the term “Witch Piece”….. Having recently purchased a folded coin found at an 11th century “Viking” site in Latvia (images attached), I got to […]

By March 24, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Cancelled Carson City Half Dollar Die: Which Die Marriage?

Cancelled Carson City Half Dollar Die: Which Die Marriage?

by Bill Bugert, e-Gobrecht 2014 Volume 10, Issue 3 March 2014 (Whole # 110) ………… In late January, David Sundman, President of the Littleton Coin Company and Treasurer of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, sent me an email with the following information and images. This article is an extract of my research and answer to David. […]

By March 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Buried Treasure of 1427  US Gold Coins  Certified by PCGS For Kagins Inc.

Buried Treasure of 1427 US Gold Coins Certified by PCGS For Kagins Inc.

 Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has authenticated, graded and certified 1,427 U.S. 19th century gold coins that were found in eight, decaying metal canisters buried on private property in California’s gold country. The coins are dated from 1847 to 1894, and the majority of them are $20 denomination Liberty Double Eagles struck at the San […]

By February 25, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Unusual Items: A Bizarre Territorial Gold Coin Overstrike

Unusual Items: A Bizarre Territorial Gold Coin Overstrike

In Heritage’s  2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139  they featured a bizarre example of territorial coin production, a Clark Gruber Twenty Dollar Overstruck on a U.S. 1850 Ten Dollar, graded MS63 PCGS. Lot 2388 Although numerous die trials or fantasy pieces are known for the 1861 Clark, Gruber coinage, this was the […]

By December 17, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
How Do You Mint a Book?

How Do You Mint a Book?

by Len Augsburger, e-Gobrecht 2013 Volume 9, Issue 12 December 2013 (Whole # 107) ………… At the recent Baltimore show, Alan Weinberg stopped me in the aisle. Alan collects colo- nials, early coppers, and American historical medals –  I haven’t converted him to Liberty Seated material, but anyone who has seen his large cents will […]

By December 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Unusual Items: Joao VI Prince Regent Gold Ingot of Sabara 1812, with Guia

Unusual Items: Joao VI Prince Regent Gold Ingot of Sabara 1812, with Guia

This ingot was just sold this past week in the Heritage World Coin Signature sale in Long Beach for the sum of $199,750.00. Below is the catelog description of this rare and unusla ingot: Gold Ingots as Legal Tender in Brazil For a period in the colonial history of Brazil, in addition to coins, gold […]

By September 30, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Collectors Use Metal Detectors to Grow Collections

Coin Collectors Use Metal Detectors to Grow Collections

by Michael Bernzweig …………. There are a lot of places to find new coins to add to your coin collection; antique shops, online auctions, and trading with fellow collectors are just a few.  In addition to these options, there are quite a few coin collectors that now utilize metal detectors in order to improve their […]

By August 6, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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