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Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed (UPDATED MARCH 28)

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   UPDATE: According to the Boston Museum of Fine Art’s Patrick McMahon, the time capsule will be reburied some time after April 2015. So if you get the chance or just happen to be in the area, check out the time capsule’s contents at the MFA before the exhibit ends […]

New York Copper Coins and Patterns in the Kendall Collection

New York Copper Coins and Patterns in the Kendall Collection

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #270 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. Tomorrow night, on March 26, Stack’s-Bowers will sell the Kendall Collection of American colonial coins and other pre-1793 items. Last week, Willow Tree shillings in this collection were […]

How Rare Are Choice High-Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

How Rare Are Choice High-Grade Dahlonega Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Since I wrote the first of my three editions of Dahlonega gold books over two decades ago, I’ve sought to constantly remind collectors that truly choice, high-grade (in this instance high-grade equates to coins which grade AU55 and above) Dahlonega half eagles are rare, regardless of how […]

Heritage Auctions Awards 20th Mint State High Relief $20 to Ohio Collector

Heritage Auctions Awards 20th Mint State High Relief $20 to Ohio Collector

Celebrating a 20-year tradition, Heritage Auctions has awarded a Mint State 1907 High Relief double eagle to Ken Conway, of Ohio, as the Grand Prize in its annual numismatic survey. The classic American numismatic rarity was certified by NGC as MS-60 Wire Rim, estimated to be valued at about $12,500. Conaway is a longtime Heritage […]

Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #268 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   Broadly defined, a wide variety of items fall into the category of pattern, experimental and trial pieces. Patterns, narrowly defined, are design concepts that should logically have been […]

Coin Profile – Finest Known 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, MS63 Prooflike

Coin Profile – Finest Known 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, MS63 Prooflike

The 1849-C Open Wreath gold dollar is one of the rarest and most valuable coins in the U.S. gold series. As Doug Winter states in Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint (2008): The 1849-C Open Wreath gold dollar is the rarest coin ever produced by the Charlotte Mint. It is the rarest gold dollar from […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 2: The Oliver Jung 1833 Half Dime

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 2: The Oliver Jung 1833 Half Dime

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #266 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   The focus here is on the 1833 Capped Bust half dime in the Pogue Collection, a small five-cent silver coin that was formerly in the epic type set […]

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1921 – A Collector’s Paradise

1921 – A Collector’s Paradise

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation… Memories of collecting a complete 1921 coin set In my previous article, I touched on several worthy series and interesting coins to get started with and had mentioned the year 1933 as a favorite of mine. Well I am still snow bound with another blizzard on the way. […]

By February 24, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The El Cortez Casino Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards: The El Cortez Casino Collection

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   Probably no other state has brought as many “hoards & collections” into the hobby as the state of Nevada. Several have interesting stories, like the Binion and Fitzgerald collections, but all started out as hoards. The El Cortez Casino Collection, however, was true to its name–it started as a […]

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2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™ Available on Feb. 20

2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™ Available on Feb. 20

Sales will open for the 2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (product code Q5H) on Feb. 20 at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST). This year’s set, priced at $31.95, includes five quarters honoring Homestead National Monument of America (Nebraska), Kisatchie National Forest (Louisiana), Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina), Bombay Hook […]

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US Coins – The Lincoln Cent’s First Fifty Years

US Coins – The Lincoln Cent’s First Fifty Years

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ………. President Teddy Roosevelt influenced changes in all United States’ coin designs between 1907-1921. He became acquainted in 1908 with Victor David Brenner when Brenner was commissioned to do his portrait for the Panama Canal Service Medal. As the Centennial of Lincoln’s birth was approaching, Brenner had recently completed […]

Pedigrees & Hoards : The Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection

Pedigrees & Hoards : The Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   On a winter day like any other winter day in February 2012 in the village of Les Riceys, France, a common laborer of simple means awoke and headed to work at the Lanson Winery. Upon arrival, he was dispatched to help prepare a barn for the upcoming grape harvest. […]

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Coin Collecting – Set Building – American Gold Eagles

Coin Collecting – Set Building – American Gold Eagles

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Collecting American Gold Eagles is an attractive endeavor for a lot of numismatists. My last article examined the fascinating phenomenon of the annual rush for American Silver Eagles that occurs in January. As mentioned, thousands of collectors are actively involved in the series. A set […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – A Dozen Sleeper Dates in Liberty Head Proof US Gold Coins

Coin Collecting Strategies – A Dozen Sleeper Dates in Liberty Head Proof US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner………. Due to its high per-coin cost, there are not many date collectors of Proof gold coins. This means that a number of amazingly rare dates have fallen through the cracks, and offer great value to well-heeled collectors looking for exceptional individual coins to put away, or for […]

By February 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar – Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek…. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out Part I of the Lafayette Dollar story by clicking this link. Approved When the Lafayette dollar was approved by President William McKinley on March 3, 1899, it was little more than a year from the planned opening of the […]

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The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 1: Finest 1796 – ’97 Draped Bust Half Dollar

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 1: Finest 1796 – ’97 Draped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #264 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… This is the first in a series on the Pogue Family Collection, probably the greatest set of pre-1840 U.S. coins ever assembled. This collection will be offered by Stack’s-Bowers […]

By February 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Highlights from the D. Brent Pogue Collection: The Finest Certified Proof 1827 Quarter Dollar From the Joseph J. Mickley Collection

Highlights from the D. Brent Pogue Collection: The Finest Certified Proof 1827 Quarter Dollar From the Joseph J. Mickley Collection

By Q. David Bowers – Founder, Stack’s Bowers A Link with Tradition Of all rarities in the American series, the 1827 quarter is one of the most famous, most storied. Joseph J. Mickley, a Philadelphia teenager, became interested in rare coins in 1816 when he attempted unsuccessfully to find a copper cent of 1799, the year […]

Stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s Type Set

Stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s Type Set

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #263 A Weekly Coinweek Column by Greg Reynolds…. The stunning 1900-O Barber Quarter in Stephen Winthrop’s collection is almost irresistible. This coin is PCGS graded MS-66 and CAC approved. It is more attractive than 97% of the […]

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Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

Commemorative Stories: The 1900 Lafayette Dollar Coin – Part I

  by David Provost for CoinWeek…. Author’s Note: This installment of the Lafayette dollar story presents how the coin came to be; the conclusion (Part II) will discuss the coin as a collectible. US commemorative coins have always been used as fundraising tools for their sponsors. From the first half dollars struck in 1892-93 for […]

By February 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Silver Dollar Coin kept as a Talisman from D-Day to Berlin makes $437,100

Rare Silver Dollar Coin kept as a Talisman from D-Day to Berlin makes $437,100

Only one pair of dies was used in the production of the 1794 issue. The young nation’s first mint had just been established in Philadelphia two years earlier, and its premises spread over two lots on 7th Street between Market and Arch, with the renowned scientist and inventor David Rittenhouse as its director. Thomas Jefferson’s […]

By January 30, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
The Coin Analyst: Collectors Crying Over Milk-Spotted American Silver Eagles

The Coin Analyst: Collectors Crying Over Milk-Spotted American Silver Eagles

Investors, on the other hand… By Guest Columnist Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com…. If you’re seeing small, white spots on your American Silver Eagles and wonder what those unsightly imperfections are–and why they’re there–you’re not alone. The numismatic community first took note of so-called “milk spots” several years ago and is still trying to determine both […]

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Modern Coin News: U.S. Marshals Commemorative Coin First Day Sales Figures Released

Modern Coin News: U.S. Marshals Commemorative Coin First Day Sales Figures Released

By CoinWeek News Staff…. The U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins went on sale yesterday, January 29, at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST). The coins, authorized by Public Law 112-104, celebrate the 225th Anniversary of the U.S. Marshals, the longest-serving law enforcement agency in the federal government. Today, the U.S. Mint released first day sales figures […]

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High Noon: U.S. Marshals Commemorative Coins go on Sale Today

High Noon: U.S. Marshals Commemorative Coins go on Sale Today

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins on Jan. 29 at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST). Public Law 112-104 authorizes the bureau to mint and issue up to 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 $1 silver coins, and 750,000 half-dollar clad coins. Customer demand will determine […]

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2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ Available Feb. 3

2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ Available Feb. 3

By US Mint…. Sales will open for the 2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ (product code Q5G) at noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Feb. 3. The five proof finish quarters in this year’s set bear reverse (tails side) designs honoring Homestead National Monument of America (NE), Kisatchie National Forest (LA), […]

By January 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Künker Berlin Sale January 29th includes First Gold Coins of the United States

Künker Berlin Sale January 29th includes First Gold Coins of the United States

Within the upcoming Fritz Rudolf Künker Berlin sale, to be held on January 29, 2015 a small series of early gold coins from the United States of America is included. You see, the gold 1, 5, 10 and 20 dollar pieces are testimonies to the different kinds of gold rushes; From the first in North […]

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Session 1 of Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction Brings $1.14 Million

Session 1 of Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction Brings $1.14 Million

Last of the Missouri Cabinet Coins Leads the Way…  By CoinWeek News Staff…   With the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show set to kick off on Saturday, January 29, the Los Angeles-based dealers Ira and Larry Goldberg are in the midst of conducting a seven-session auction that covers a broad range […]

By January 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
First Read:  Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read: Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors and Rick’s Legacy: Pedigree & Hoard / Coins & Currency

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. In this edition of First Read, we take a look at two self-published works in the field of modern numismatics. Photographs of Thomas Jefferson Nickels: Die Varieties and Minting Errors by Richard Bousquet […]

U.S. Mint Releases 2015 Congratulations Set

U.S. Mint Releases 2015 Congratulations Set

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Need a present for a wedding? An anniversary? Retirement? The birth of a child? Then take a look at the Mint’s perennially-popular Congratulations Set. A new set, containing a special folder and a brand-new American Silver Eagle proof coin, comes out every year. This year’s Congratulations Set goes on sale […]

By January 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Legend Rare Coin Auctions President Julie Abrams Discusses Regency XI Auction

Legend Rare Coin Auctions President Julie Abrams Discusses Regency XI Auction

In January of 2015, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sat down at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ booth at the Florida United Numismatists Convention to talk to LRCA President Julie Abrams about the featured collected consignments in the upcoming Regency XI Rare Coin Auction, which will be held on February 19, 2015 at the Venetian Hotel and Casino […]

By January 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Profile – 1843 Proof Quarter Eagle, only five known

Coin Profile – 1843 Proof Quarter Eagle, only five known

The 1843 Proof Quarter Eagle Before the Mint began its program of commercial proof set offerings in 1858, only a handful of proofs were struck each year to satisfy the needs of influential Treasury officials or well-connected collectors. Proof gold coins of the pre-1858 era are especially elusive, as few numismatists could afford to collect […]

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