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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 →
Unique Items: 1830s Vintage Coin Screw Press From Frontier, Deviercy & Co.

Unique Items: 1830s Vintage Coin Screw Press From Frontier, Deviercy & Co.

In Stacks upcoming January 26th New York 2011 Americana Sale includes an extraordinary offering of a 1830s style German or French screw coining press [Lot 5231]. The consignor has done considerable research on this press and has discovered that this machine belonged to Eugene Deviercy along with Pierre Frontier, who formed a jewelry partnership in […]

By January 19, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
100 Troy Ounce Gold Nugget from California’s Mother Lode on Showcase!!

100 Troy Ounce Gold Nugget from California’s Mother Lode on Showcase!!

The LARGEST CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH NUGGET left in existence, the 100 troy ounce gold nugget discovered last year in Nevada County, California, will be on Showcase in multiple venues prior to the Holabird-Kagin Americana Auction this March in Sacramento. Reno, Nevada, January 14th, 2011 – Named the “Washington Nugget” because the nugget was discovered near […]

By January 17, 2011 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: Unique 1834 Original Half Dollar O-104, Ex: Brand, Norweb

Coin Profiles: Unique 1834 Original Half Dollar O-104, Ex: Brand, Norweb

“Perhaps unique as a die variety; Walter Breen did not know of other examples, but he was aware of this one, as he participated in the sale of it to Mrs. Norweb. “Here is a superb gem coin, a half dollar for the ages.”

Historic proof sets and ‘Stella’ pattern coins present momentous opportunities for collectors at FUN

Historic proof sets and ‘Stella’ pattern coins present momentous opportunities for collectors at FUN

Remarkable set of six pattern coins associated with the famous “Stella” coinage experiment are important collective highlights of Heritage’s Tampa FUN Auction

A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

A Numismatically Significant 1859-D Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com I recently bought and sold a seemingly innocuous 1859-D quarter eagle that had a great degree of numismatic significance. Before I explain why, let me give you a little background on the specific coin and on this issue in general. This 1859-D quarter eagle has been graded as Fine-15 by […]

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