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Rare Double Eagles Highlight Long Beach Offerings

Rare Double Eagles Highlight Long Beach Offerings

An outstanding selection of rare twenty dollar gold coins highlights Heritage’s upcoming US Coins Signature Auction, to take place May 30-June 3 at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The most prominent among the double eagle offerings in this auction is probably the Eliasberg/Duckor 1931 coin. 1931 $20 MS66 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/EliasbergEx.  The […]

NGC Grades 25 Millionth Coin

NGC Grades 25 Millionth Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), a Florida-based independent coin certification and grading company, announced today it has graded 25 million coins – becoming the first grading company to reach this milestone. Mark Salzberg, chairman of NGC, considers this milestone a great triumph. “It’s remarkable to look back on the collections we’ve seen as we approached the […]

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created a special presentation label for coins featured in Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins. This newly released book lists the Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins in terms of popularity, scarcity and affordability. Each coin listed in the book includes a detailed history, images, statistics and a graph displaying […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #107 Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1796 to 1929, and in every year from 1829 to 1915. They are about the size of dimes and are 90% gold or nearly so. […]

Defining “Coin Doctoring” and a busy Central States coin show

Defining “Coin Doctoring” and a busy Central States coin show

By Steve Roach – www.steveroachonline.com First published in the May 14, 2012, issue of Coin World The just-completed Central States Numismatic Society convention represented a busy week for the rare coin market. On April 17 at the show, the Professional Numismatists Guild’s definition of “coin doctoring” was approved. Finding a single definition for such a […]

EAC 2012 Coin Convention Reception and Opening Remarks

EAC 2012 Coin Convention Reception and Opening Remarks

This year’s Early America Coppers gathering was held in Buffalo, New York. Each convention requires effort from club members to create these memorable gatherings of collectors and dealers who specialize in the early numismatic creations of the United States. Bim Gander, incoming EAC president makes some comments as well as other members of the EAC […]

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

A Baker’s Dozen of San Francisco Gold Treats

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Collector K.U. recently asked me to help him construct a compact, meaningful list of San Francisco gold coins to form the basis of his collection. The parameters were as follows: the dates selected must have historic and/or numismatic significance, they must be selected for being the best […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Not Yet Famous 1864 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Not Yet Famous 1864 Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins)

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #106 Among Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins), the 1841, the 1854-S and the 1863 are recognized Great Rarities. The two 1796 issues are well known rarities. The 1804-13 star reverse variety receives a lot of […]

Early US Copper Sold Coins at Heritage Auctions Platinum Night, CSNS Convention

Early US Copper Sold Coins at Heritage Auctions Platinum Night, CSNS Convention

Auctioneer: Bob Merrill Platinum Night Sales by Heritage Auctions feature some of the most rare and desirable United States coins. At this year’s Platinum Night Sale held at the Central States Numismatic Society Convention in Schaumburg, IL some classic early copper coins were sold. Runtime 7:58 Copyright © CoinWeek – April 2012 Central States Numismatic […]

CAC to Accept Eisenhower Dollars

CAC to Accept Eisenhower Dollars

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek I’m happy to announce this week that CAC, the Certified Acceptance Corporation, will announce that they will now accept Cu-Ni clad and silver business strike Eisenhower dollars (1971-1978) for review and certification. The Eisenhower dollar, the last of the “Big Dollar” coins, will be the first clad-era series to be […]

What Gold Coins Do CAC Stickers Add the Most Value to?

What Gold Coins Do CAC Stickers Add the Most Value to?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com After 4 years of being traded on the open market, I think few collectors and dealers would argue the statement that CAC stickering has added considerable value and liquidity to many types of United States gold coinage. But are we now able to determine with a decent degree of accuracy […]

GreatCollections to auction rare $3 gold piece, graded by PCGS

GreatCollections to auction rare $3 gold piece, graded by PCGS

Issued in 1860, it is among the finest known. April 25, 2012, Irvine, Calif. – GreatCollections is offering a selection of rare certified coins in their auctions ending April 29, 2012.  The group has been consigned by several consignors and includes one of the finest 1860 Three-dollar Gold Pieces known, graded Proof-65 by PCGS (prior […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Pleasing Coins on Platinum Night

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Pleasing Coins on Platinum Night

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #105 Last week, I covered the Silver Center Copper Cent pattern of 1792 that sold for $1.15 million in Heritage’s Platinum Night event of April 19, at a convention center near Chicago. This week, I […]

Heritage Sells Silver Center Cent for $1 Million at CSNS Convention

Heritage Sells Silver Center Cent for $1 Million at CSNS Convention

Michael Sadler, Heritage Auctioneer, Todd Imhof, Heritage VP David Lisot, Interviewer. Another landmark coin has been sold by Heritage Auctions. The 1792 cent is an experimental issue that had a small plug of silver in the middle of the coin. It is considered the first coin struck inside the Philadelphia Mint. This coin is graded […]

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The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

The Coin Analyst: Collectors and the Market Need Better Resources on Coin Values and Mintages

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek There has been some interesting discussion on this web site recently about the need for more accurate pricing information about U.S. coins. For example, Vic Bozarth recently wrote about the Coin Dealer Newsletter (CDN), commonly known as the Greysheet (www.greysheet.com), and said that its data is skewed by the inclusion of […]

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Eisenhower dollars and the way they’re treated in the Redbook. The column made the rounds of the editorial boards of several coin magazines, Whitman Publishing (who want you to know that the “Professional Edition” of the Redbook does include […]

PNG Adopts Coin Doctoring Definition

PNG Adopts Coin Doctoring Definition

(Schaumburg, Illinois) — Members of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.com) attending the organization’s general membership meeting on April 17, 2012 overwhelmingly approved a three-point definition of so-called “coin doctoring.” “This is a complex issue, but we needed to have a concise definition to help combat the deliberative and unacceptable alteration of coins in an effort […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Silver Center Copper Cent Pattern Brings $1.15 Million

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #104 – Updated on April 25, 2012 Among the most famous of all patterns is the ‘Silver Center Cent’ of 1792. The U.S. Mint did not begin striking coins until February or March 1793. Various […]

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

First Quarter 2012 Rare Coin Markets: A Quick Recap

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com My take on the first quarter of 2012 was if you ask ten different coin dealers how their business was, you’d get ten different answers. “Isn’t this always the case,” you ask? “Not really,” I’d answer, explaining that depending on the business model of the dealer in question, the response you’d […]

How to Spend $1000 on Coins

How to Spend $1000 on Coins

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek For many Americans, the idea of having $1000 for totally discretionary spending is a dream that sometimes happens.  Anything from a tax refund to an inheritance or other bit of good fortune can put the average guy or gal in a position to cut loose and toss cash around in […]

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On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker CoinWeek content Contributor Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early U.S. $2½ Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Early U.S. $2½ Gold Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #103 While I am focusing upon early Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) in a recent auction, I am covering more than just these coins. In my discussions here, I aim to contribute to the knowledge […]

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 […]

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

The “Deal Shopping” Mentality and Rare Coin Prices

By Doug Winter – Raregoldcoins.com I had an interesting experience at a recent show that I thought was worth sharing. A new-to-the-market collector/investor came up to my table and asked to see my “best coins.” I was happy to share them with him and pulled out a gorgeous 1802 quarter eagle in PCGS AU58 and […]

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1863 Quarter Eagle – A Classic Proof-Only Numismatic Rarity offered at Central States

1863 Quarter Eagle – A Classic Proof-Only Numismatic Rarity offered at Central States

The 1863 quarter eagle is a classic American coin issue that is familiar to many collectors, even those who specialize outside the rarefied atmosphere of 19th century proof gold coinage. As a proof-only production in the long-running Liberty Head quarter eagle series, the 1863 joins other legendary coins such as the 1841 “Little Princess” quarter […]

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek Who would have guessed that starting a coin club would lead to nearly 40 years of constant but enjoyable work? Along with the late Kam Awash, John McCloskey played a significant role in founding the Liberty Seated Collectors Club in 1973. This was well before many of today’s specialized numismatic […]

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The Coin Analyst: Is the Collectible Coin Market Coming Back?

The Coin Analyst: Is the Collectible Coin Market Coming Back?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek A weak economy has made it harder for collectors of average means to keep adding to their collections, and many better-off collectors who have been buying in the last couple years seem to have been mostly acquiring bullion or high-end rarities. As a result, the market for many collectible coins […]

1792 Silver Center Cent, from the first group of coins ever struck at the U.S. Mint, may bring $1,000,000+ at Heritage Auctions’ CSNS event

1792 Silver Center Cent, from the first group of coins ever struck at the U.S. Mint, may bring $1,000,000+ at Heritage Auctions’ CSNS event

The April 18-20 official auction of the Central States Numismatic Society Convention in Schaumburg, IL,  featuring The William D. Plumley Collection of proof gold, a rare Civil War tokens collection and numerous rarities spanning the breadth of American numismatic history DALLAS – One of the most historic coins struck by the early U.S. Mint, a 1792 […]

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

Coins That I Never See With Good Eye Appeal, Part Three: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner and Contributor In the third installment of this multi-part article, I’m going to delve into a series that has its share of issues that are not often seen with good eye appeal: three dollar gold. As a series, there are not many individual issues that are rare […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Rarities Night, Part 3, Dimes and Some Coppers

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Rarities Night, Part 3, Dimes and Some Coppers

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #102 Last week, I wrote about the half dollars in the Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night event that was conducted on Thurs., March 22, in Baltimore. The week before, my preview of this event was published. This […]

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