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Crash for Gold: Car Drives through Northern Nevada Coin – Video: 2:32 (UPDATED MARCH 27)

Crash for Gold: Car Drives through Northern Nevada Coin – Video: 2:32 (UPDATED MARCH 27)

“You never know what’s going to come through the door,” says Northern Nevada Coin President Allen Rowe. In this CoinWeek exclusive video, Rowe discusses the incident and gives a status report on how the repairs are going. Copyright © CoinWeek 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and Currency […]

By March 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 2/4/2015.   It’s said that every coin tells a story. Boy, do I have one straight out of Mysteries of the Unknown… In 1928, the warlord of Kweichow province, Zhou Xicheng, minted a coin to commemorate the completion of the Kweichow […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek… In case you have not figured it out yet, the reason I like “Pedigrees & Hoards” are because of the stories. For me, it is so much more fun to relate a story to coin collecting than to just try to fill holes in an album or slots in an […]

By March 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
An Honest Man: ANA National Money Show Attendee Turns in Rare Gold Coin

An Honest Man: ANA National Money Show Attendee Turns in Rare Gold Coin

When he realized he misplaced a nearly $60,000 coin during dealer set up at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, Brian Hendelson became frantic. Hendelson, owner of Classic Coin Company in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was reunited with it the next morning. The quick, happy ending resulted from the honesty of a […]

By March 10, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The Dr. Buzz Aldrin Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Dr. Buzz Aldrin Collection

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   Okay, so you collect pedigree coins and have a fairly nice assortment. Well, I might be going out on a limb here but I’m pretty sure you don’t have this one: This 1923-S Peace dollar accompanied Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 flight to the moon. Normally, a 1923-S […]

By February 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Forgotten Hoards of History: Unearthing Scotland’s Nordic Trove

Forgotten Hoards of History: Unearthing Scotland’s Nordic Trove

by Crystal Gomez – Gainesville Coins In September 2014, a metal detector enthusiast found a spectacular stockpile of Viking legacy. According to the BBC, it is Scotland’s most significant hoard and is estimated to be worth over £1 million pounds. The cache is rumored to be the most sizeable hoard found in Scotland since 1891 […]

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. Through a long chain of pious frauds and medieval myth-making, the February 14 feast day of St. Valentine, an obscure third century martyr, became a day for celebrating romantic Love in Western popular culture. It may be no surprise to the reader that classical numismatics has relatively little […]

Sunken Treasure: The Story of Black Sam Bellamy and the Whydah

Sunken Treasure: The Story of Black Sam Bellamy and the Whydah

Courtesy of  Shaquille Brissett and  GainesvilleCoins.com ………. Beneath the waters of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the sea floor is laden with gold, like the streets of heaven, only a bit more macabre. An estimated 400,000 silver and gold coins are submerged within its black waters. Meanwhile, tools, jewelry, weapons and a young boy’s leg are strewn about the remnants of […]

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, […]

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