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US Coins: 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

US Coins: 75 Years of Jefferson Nickels

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Familiar items are often underappreciated, and Jefferson nickels tend to receive the Rodney Dangerfield treatment from collectors. The coin has been such a constant part of daily life that its 75th anniversary this year has been an under the radar event. Why collect 5-cent pieces when older or flashier series are some of […]

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Created Rarity: Coins That Have Become More Valuable Due to Melting

Created Rarity: Coins That Have Become More Valuable Due to Melting

by Tony Davis – Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers ………. When it comes to collecting, rarity always drives up the value of an item; this is especially apparent in regard to numismatic coins. There are a few factors that can influence a coin’s rarity, starting with the most obvious: coins that have a limited mintage. […]

By September 16, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
NGC Certifies New 1837 Reeded Edge Half Dollar Variety

NGC Certifies New 1837 Reeded Edge Half Dollar Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced today that it has certified a previously unknown variety of 1837 Reeded Edge Half Dolla. Attributed as “GR-26,” this coin is graded NGC MS 61 and is pedigreed as the “Discovery Coin.” It was submitted to NGC by Heritage Auctions on behalf of Charles Link, an important collector. In […]

US Coins: The “Common” 1875 $10 Eagle Pattern Coins

US Coins: The “Common” 1875 $10 Eagle Pattern Coins

By Leo Frese, Independent Numismatic Consultant – LeoFreseCoins.com ……….. Recently an East Coast gentleman consigned his collection for me to market. Among his holdings was a Pattern that was quite “interesting”. My research and insights follow. Historically speaking, 1875 was not a banner year. Yes, the National Bowling Association was formed, and sadly, nearly 16,000 […]

By August 9, 2013 1 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 […]

Condition Ranking of 1894-S Dimes, with Recent Histories

Condition Ranking of 1894-S Dimes, with Recent Histories

By Greg Reynolds ………… In late June, John Feigenbaum of DLRC sold a PCGS certified Proof-64+, 1894-S Barber Dime. Feigenbaum had purchased it in early April from John Albanese of the CAC, who had acquired it from a private client earlier in April. Bruce Morelan and Laura Sperber, partners in a coin firm in New […]

An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……… Previously published in the Coin Dealer Newsletter – Monthly Supplement, July 12th, 2013   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921.  Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold […]

12 Undervalued, Affordable 19th Century Liberty Head Gold Coins: Part I

12 Undervalued, Affordable 19th Century Liberty Head Gold Coins: Part I

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog discussing specific undervalued, affordable gold coins. This is a topic which has proven popular in the past and, unless I’m mistaken, some of my suggested sleeper issues have grown dramatically in popularity—and price—in the last few years. […]

Larry Lee Talks About Why He Bought the Walton 1913 Nickel for More than $3 Million. VIDEO: 2:38

Larry Lee Talks About Why He Bought the Walton 1913 Nickel for More than $3 Million. VIDEO: 2:38

Larry Lee, owner of Coin and Bullion Reserve Interviewer: David Lisot……. Why would someone spend more than $3 million for a nickel? Larry Lee, owner of Coin and Bullion Reserve in Panama City, Florida, shares what made him decide to purchase one of the most famous and valuable coins in the world, the Walton 1913 […]

By July 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Famous Coins: 1894-S Daggett Specimen Dime Purchased by Legend Numismatics

Famous Coins: 1894-S Daggett Specimen Dime Purchased by Legend Numismatics

Legend Numismatics has purchased one of the most famous coins in US Numismatics, the 10C 1894-S PCGS BM PR64+ Daggett Specimen from David Lawrence Rare Coins,  for a sum in excess of $2 million, a record price for any dime. While helping fulfill a collecting goal of Legend partner Bruce Morelan, the firm also believes […]

By July 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Classic US Coins for less than $500 each, Part 6: Barber Half Dollars

Classic US Coins for less than $500 each, Part 6: Barber Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #176 ….. This is the sixth in a series of articles on classic US coins that cost less than $500 each. This series is aimed at people who wish to […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 Each, Part 5 : Liberty Seated Half Dollars

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 Each, Part 5 : Liberty Seated Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #175 ….. This is the fifth in a series of articles on classic U.S. coins that cost less than $500 each. This series is aimed at people who wish to […]

Survival Rate of Proof United States Gold Coinage

Survival Rate of Proof United States Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……… While it is difficult to make sweeping generalizations about the survival rate of Proof United States gold coinage, some factors exist that help to determine the rarity of many issues. It is interesting to analyze these factors and apply them to the various denominations. For the most part, Proof […]

Old Time Coin Collection

Old Time Coin Collection

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Every once in a while a truly old time collection comes to market. The Eric P. Newman Collection is one such example. There are old time collections and then there are really old time collections. We have a joke on the rare coin circuit […]

NGC Discovers Extremely Rare 1802 Dime

NGC Discovers Extremely Rare 1802 Dime

JR-1 Variety Dime is Only Second Example Known Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced the discovery of the second known example of a previously unique 1802 dime die marriage. The coin was submitted to NGC for grading and attribution under NGC’s VarietyPlus™ service. The coin’s owner was unaware of its significance until alerted by NGC. […]

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 […]

Million Dollar 1894-S Barber Dime Purchased by John Feigenbaum. VIDEO: 4:01

Million Dollar 1894-S Barber Dime Purchased by John Feigenbaum. VIDEO: 4:01

John Feigenbaum, President, David Lawrence Rare Coin Interviewer: David Lisot……… One of the classic rarities of United States numismatics has traded hands. John Feigenbaum, president of David Lawrence Rare Coins, has purchased a PCGS PR64 example of the 1894-S Barber dime, one of less than two dozen known. John shares the story how he was […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dollars of 1811, with emphasis upon two ‘in the news’!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Half Dollars of 1811, with emphasis upon two ‘in the news’!

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #169 ….. Though more than two hundred years old, Capped Bust Half Dollars of 1811 are or recently have been available, in many grades. Indeed, these are around in all grade ranges: Good-04 to 06, […]

The finest of five known proof 1895-O dollars to be offered in Long Beach

The finest of five known proof 1895-O dollars to be offered in Long Beach

The existence of a branch mint proof 1895-O dollar was unknown and unsuspected until recently. In Walter Breen’s comprehensive 1977 proof Encyclopedia, he mentions the existence of an 1895-O quarter and half dollar, but no mention of a dollar. Wayne Miller’s 1986 dollar reference mentions many known, probable, and even definitely-not-proofs. The Anita Maxwell Trust […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #163 ….. Barber Half Dollars were minted from 1892 to 1915. They were not struck at the Denver Mint until 1906. Each collector who would like to own a Denver Mint Barber Half Dollar should […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Many Exciting, Classic U.S. coins are not Expensive

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Many Exciting, Classic U.S. coins are not Expensive

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #162 ….. Collectors or prospective collectors should not get the impression that terrific, classic U.S. coins must be really expensive. People could certainly get such an impression from news reports or published commentary about great […]

Exploring US Proof Coinage with Jeff Garrett

Exploring US Proof Coinage with Jeff Garrett

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. The US Mint has been striking what are universally considered Proof coins since at least 1817. As most of you know, Proof coins are made for collectors and in most cases are distinctly different in appearance to coins made for circulation. The […]

Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We talked about Bicentennial quarters in one of the first pieces we wrote for CoinWeek. We discussed the characteristics of a full strike, analyzed the mint state grade distribution of Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins by PCGS and NGC, and questioned whether the coin would ever […]

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Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Classic U.S. coins for less than $250 each, Part 1

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #153 ….. While it is true that much of my research and analyses relate to very expensive coins, I also write about coins that are not so expensive. My discussion here is about U.S. coins […]

By February 13, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
A Record-Breaking Dahlonega Quarter Eagle

A Record-Breaking Dahlonega Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Lost in the post-sale chatter about the 1794 dollar was a record-breaking Dahlonega coin which became the highest-priced single quarter eagle from this mint ever sold at public auction. Stack’s Bowers was able to do something which no one else has ever done before: elicit a […]

By February 1, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Legend Numismatics Market Report and insights on buying the 1794 Silver Dollar

Legend Numismatics Market Report and insights on buying the 1794 Silver Dollar

THE 1794 $1.00 ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN RARITIES Legend Numismatics is proud to announce that our firm was the buyer of the spectacular $1 1794 PCGS SP66 CAC sold in the Stacks sale of the Cardinal collection on Jan. 24th. We are the undisputed leader in the classic rarity market outright buying and selling […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Gem Quality 1793 Chain Cent To be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Gem Quality 1793 Chain Cent To be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #148 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, Stack’s-Bowers will auction a landmark set of large cents, along with an NGC graded MS-68 1792 half disme and a PCGS certified SP-66 1794 silver dollar, all consigned by […]

By January 20, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Stack’s Bowers To Hold New York Americana Auction of U.S. coins, tokens, medals, and other Americana Jan 22-24, 2013

Stack’s Bowers To Hold New York Americana Auction of U.S. coins, tokens, medals, and other Americana Jan 22-24, 2013

Stack’s Bowers Galleries, preeminent auctioneer of rare coins and paper money, will present more than 3,000 lots of U.S. coins, tokens, medals, exonumia and other Americana-related items as part of its New York Americana Sale, January 22–24, 2013. The lots will be offered in three floor sessions at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York office […]

By January 14, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 2: Amazing Pieces to be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 2: Amazing Pieces to be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #145 ….. I focus upon two of the five finest 1792 half dimes (“dismes”) and I mention others. On Jan. 10, 2013, in Orlando, Heritage will auction the Floyd Starr piece, which is PCGS certified […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #144 ….. Two of the five finest known 1792 half dismes will be offered at auction in January 2013 and at least six others will be offered as well. I estimate that just three hundred […]

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