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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 →
NGC Certifies Unique Proof 1854 $10

NGC Certifies Unique Proof 1854 $10

Coin is one of only a handful of higher denomination proof coins from the 1850s known. NGC recently identified and certified a proof 1854 $10 gold piece. The coin grades Proof 55 Cameo. While a small number of lower denomination proof coins are known from this year, notably examples of the first year of issue […]

By February 15, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Only the Second Complete Set of Carson City Coinage To Be auctioned by Stack’s Bowers

Only the Second Complete Set of Carson City Coinage To Be auctioned by Stack’s Bowers

Including the Unique 1873-cc Liberty Seated No Arrows Dime The Battle Born Collection Will be Presented at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia in August 2012 Stack’s Bowers Galleries announced today that it will auction the Battle Born Collection, which is only the second complete 111-piece […]

By December 30, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
The Chinese Coin Collection of Dr John Snell

The Chinese Coin Collection of Dr John Snell

Paul Fraser Collectibles Lost for three quarters of a century, John Snell’s Chinese coin collection is has now re-surfaced John Abner Snell was born in Knife Falls, Minnesota on October 28, 1880, the fifth of eight children. When he was around five, his family made the long trek from northern Minnesota to central Florida, then […]

Valuable Precious Metals are Reclaimed and Reused in Aeronautics — Dillon Gage Metals Shares Little-Known Fact

Valuable Precious Metals are Reclaimed and Reused in Aeronautics — Dillon Gage Metals Shares Little-Known Fact

Commercial and military airplanes sent to “graveyards” in the U.S. Southwest contain many thousands of dollars worth of precious metals Addison, TX – Nov 09, 2011 — You’re probably aware that gold demand is mostly for jewelry — in fact, over three-fourths of it is. But unknown to many people, notes Dillon Gage Metals, is […]

By November 11, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
New Edition of Unusual World Coins Available

New Edition of Unusual World Coins Available

IOLA, Wis. (Sept. 26, 2011) — The sixth edition of Unusual World Coins is now available from Krause Publications. Edited by George Cuhaj and Tom Michael, the new edition is bigger and better than ever with more than 150 more pages, 1,250 new images and more than 700 new issues than the previous edition. The […]

Video: The Making of the World’s Largest Gold Coin

Video: The Making of the World’s Largest Gold Coin

Making of the world’s largest gold coin, a 2007 Canadian $ 1,000.000 Maple Leaf. This coin breaks all records: It weighs a staggering 100 kilos and measures 53 cm in diameter. But the most remarkable thing about this impressive coin, which cannot even be lifted by two men, is that it is made exclusively of […]

Video: 1804 Silver Dollar Electrotype Certified by PCGS

Video: 1804 Silver Dollar Electrotype Certified by PCGS

David Lisot interviews H. Robert Campbell and Mark Ferguson. Bob Campbell owns one of four know 1804 dollar electrotypes that has recently been certified by PCGS. These issues have been known for years but this is the first time a major grading service has encapsulated one. Mark Ferguson is a noted writer and coin dealer […]

By August 24, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

New Type of 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS at 2011 ANA Convention

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com/1804Dollar.com A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Chicago on August 19. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” […]

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

Coin Profiles: Unique Proof 1823 O-111 Bust Half Dollar

In the 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Platinum Night US Coin Auction, Heritage Auctions offer several very rare proof bust halves. One of these is the sole known proof 1823 half dollar from O-111 dies, though a handful of O-108 specimens are accepted as proofs to varying degrees. This is one of the few proof coins […]

Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

Coin Profiles: Hobo Nickels

The hobo nickel is a sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coins, essentially resulting in miniature bas reliefs. The nickel, because of its size, thickness, and relative softness, was a favored coin for this purpose. However, the term “hobo nickel” is generic, as carvings have been made from many different denominations. Classic […]

By March 16, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
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