Unique & Unusual

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 →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Only Known Proof 1855-S Quarter

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Only Known Proof 1855-S Quarter

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #178 ….. On Friday, August 9, during a ‘Platinum Night’ session in a pre-convention auction near Chicago, Heritage will sell the only known Proof 1855-San Francisco Mint, Liberty Seated Quarter. This quarter is currently in […]

Odyssey Marine Exploration Begins 2013 Gairsoppa Operations

Odyssey Marine Exploration Begins 2013 Gairsoppa Operations

TAMPA, Fla., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean shipwreck and offshore mineral exploration, has begun 2013 operations on the SS Gairsoppa shipwreck site as scheduled. On May 22, the Odyssey team aboard Swire Seabed’s Seabed Worker left port in Bergen, Norway. The team reached the Gairsoppa site and commenced operations on May […]

Graffiti Artist Ces53 mints own Gold & Silver coins

Graffiti Artist Ces53 mints own Gold & Silver coins

Ces53, in collaboration with the Tower Art Gallery, are pleased to finally unveil a project several years in the making; the first ever currency, minted by a Graffiti King. Using ancient techniques that originate from the beginning of the monetary system, we have minted our own coinage using solid silver and gold. In this time […]

Hoarding Gold or Silver

Hoarding Gold or Silver

By Allen Rowe  –  Northern Nevada Coin ………. Hoarding gold is part of life for more than many think. Recently in our local news was an unassuming man who passed away with over seven million dollars worth of gold coins in his house. In this case the gold was stored in ammo cans stashed in […]

Coin Collecting and Coins for Alcoholics Anonymous. VIDEO: 4:52.

Coin Collecting and Coins for Alcoholics Anonymous. VIDEO: 4:52.

Richard Thomas Interviewer David Lisot Alcoholics Anonymous is a group that helps people recovering from drinking problems. As part of their program of sobriety a coin or medal is given to acknowledge their success. Member Richard Thomas has found a special way to combine numismatics with this important part of the AA program. Copyright © […]

By April 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Heritage Auctions to offer more than 1,200 original dies and hubs from engraver Karl Goetz

Heritage Auctions to offer more than 1,200 original dies and hubs from engraver Karl Goetz

Dies worked by famed German sculptor and satirist offered in three parts beginning 17-22 April, 2013 in Chicago, IL The first of more than 1,200 original dies and hubs cut by satirist and engraver Karl Xaver Goetz, one of Germany’s most prolific medal artists of the 20st century, will be offered without reserve beginning April […]

By April 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Nixon Presentation Ike Dollar Discovered

Nixon Presentation Ike Dollar Discovered

Exclusive News: By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. DISCOVERY PIECE After going unnoticed for more than forty years, a rare early Eisenhower dollar variety has emerged. As of right now, we’re calling it the Nixon Presentation Dollar. In this column, we’ll retrace our steps, tell you what we know about the coin, […]

Unusual Items: US Mint ‘Gold Disks’ Made for Oil Payments to Saudi Arabia

Unusual Items: US Mint ‘Gold Disks’ Made for Oil Payments to Saudi Arabia

One of the things we find most exciting about reporting on the numismatic marketplace is coming across those things we either didn’t know beforehand, or finding obscure and unusual numismatic items. Just recently we came across one such item, the Gold Disks produced by the US mint for ARAMCO oil payments to Saudi Arabia after […]

By December 1, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Unique Pattern 1814 Platinum Half Dollar Certified by PCGS

Unique Pattern 1814 Platinum Half Dollar Certified by PCGS

One of the most intriguing — and mysterious — pattern coins ever produced by the United States is now in a Professional Coin Grading Service holder: the unique 1814 platinum Capped Bust half dollar with nearly three dozen “P” punch marks.  It is graded PCGS Secure Plus XF40. PCGS will use a “new” Judd reference […]

By November 5, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
A Neat Knick-Knack: Counterfeit 1842 Dahlonega $5

A Neat Knick-Knack: Counterfeit 1842 Dahlonega $5

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… As you become a more passionate collector, “oddball” items become more appealing. I refer to these as knick-knacks and, as you can guess, this is a pretty broad term. For the coin collector, knick-knacks become more appealing as they become more relevant to your collecting specialty. […]

By November 5, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Proof 1802 Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Proof 1802 Silver Dollars

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #133 ….. A Proof 1802 Draped Bust Silver Dollar is ‘in the news’ as it will be offered at auction by Heritage on Oct. 18th, as part of the “Greensboro Collection.” This 1802, which was […]

By October 10, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
1817 New Spain (Texas) Jolas, Make First Public Offering at Heritage Auction

1817 New Spain (Texas) Jolas, Make First Public Offering at Heritage Auction

Many American collectors are familiar with the 1818 New Spain (Texas) half real coins, called jolas, through their listing in A Guide Book of United States Coins, and in other colonial references. Although they were known to a small number of Texas collectors for several decades, the first widely publicized notice of the similar 1817 […]

Odyssey Announces First Load of Silver Cargo from 3 Miles Deep

Odyssey Announces First Load of Silver Cargo from 3 Miles Deep

SS Gairsoppa Operation Results in Deepest, Largest Precious Metal Recovery** Odyssey Marine Exploration (NasdaqCM: OMEX), pioneers in the field of deep-ocean exploration, today announced it has successfully recovered approximately 48 tons of silver bullion from a depth of approximately three miles. This initial recovery of bullion from the SS Gairsoppa, a 412-foot steel-hulled British cargo ship […]

By July 23, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Unique 1873-CC ‘No Arrows’ Dime

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Unique 1873-CC ‘No Arrows’ Dime

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #116 …… At the ANA Convention in August, in Philadelphia, Stack’s-Bowers will auction a complete collection of Carson City (Nevada) Mint coins. The owner of the set has not revealed his name, though he has […]

ULTIMATE RARITIES:  The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called, “the single most important coin in American numismatics.”  It’s the unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon with an “EB” hallmark stamped on the eagle’s breast, representing Ephraim Brasher, the coin’s designer.  […]

2012 Australian One Ton Gold Kangaroo Named Largest, Most Valuable Coin in the World

2012 Australian One Ton Gold Kangaroo Named Largest, Most Valuable Coin in the World

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that the largest coin in the world is the unique 2012 Australian one ton Red Kangaroo gold bullion coin. It is also by far the most valuable coin in the world because of its gold content, blowing away rarer coins like the […]

The Coin Analyst: Extremely Rare 1870-S $3 Gold Coin To Be Auctioned on June 2 in Georgia – Real or Fake?

The Coin Analyst: Extremely Rare 1870-S $3 Gold Coin To Be Auctioned on June 2 in Georgia – Real or Fake?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Update: It appears that this item has been removed from the auction The 1870-S $3.00 gold coin is one of the great rarities of American numismatics. It is/was until recently believed that only one such coin existed and that it was struck to be placed in the cornerstone of the […]

NGC Certifies Unique Stella $4 Gold Variety

NGC Certifies Unique Stella $4 Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has authenticated and graded the single known example of a distinctive Stella variety as PF- 60, J-1636a. The Stella, or four-dollar gold piece, was coined solely as a series of pattern pieces dated 1879 or 1880 in two major types. Both show a left-facing bust of Liberty on the obverse and […]

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

Origins of the 1921 “Zerbe Proof” Morgan Silver Dollars are Uncertain

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com I’ve been selling a collection for an old friend and collector who purchased a 1921 Morgan silver dollar from a major coin auction in 1981 that was catalogued as follows: “1921 Very Select MS-64, Exquisite First Strike, apparently from proof (Zerbe coins) dies.  Mirrorlike surfaces with exceptionally sharp […]

By February 24, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Finest Known Carson City, Nevada Gold Coin

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Finest Known Carson City, Nevada Gold Coin

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #96 At the ANA Convention in August, which will be held in Philadelphia, Stack’s Bowers Galleries (SBG) will auction the only complete collection of Carson City, Nevada Mint, U.S. coins. The consignor wishes to remain […]

By February 22, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
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