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Unusual Items: A Bizarre Territorial Gold Coin Overstrike

Unusual Items: A Bizarre Territorial Gold Coin Overstrike

In Heritage’s  2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139  they featured a bizarre example of territorial coin production, a Clark Gruber Twenty Dollar Overstruck on a U.S. 1850 Ten Dollar, graded MS63 PCGS. Lot 2388 Although numerous die trials or fantasy pieces are known for the 1861 Clark, Gruber coinage, this was the […]

By December 17, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Modern Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

Modern Coins Minted After 1934 tend to be Very Common, 1793 to 1933 is the Classic Era – Part One

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins and coin markets By Greg Reynolds …………….. This article is devoted to an exploration of the topic of the 1933 to 1935 time period being a dividing line between classic and modern U.S. coins. This is not my opinion; it is an objective reality. Conclusive evidence will be provided […]

By December 16, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

Coin Collecting Strategies: Some Thoughts on Rarity

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. Having just published a blog about coin rarity based on grade distribution, I’ve been thinking more about the many concepts of rarity and how they apply to coin collecting. Let’s take a look at a few and discuss them. Rarity is probably one of the two […]

By December 15, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Coin Road Warrior – Collecting U.S. Coins by Design Type, Part One-Copper

Rare Coin Road Warrior – Collecting U.S. Coins by Design Type, Part One-Copper

By Vic Bozarth – Bozarth Numismatics … a CoinWeek Content Partner …………… Dear Rare Coin Enthusiast, As I have promised for the last couple of months, this month’s Road Warrior is Part One of my four part series on ‘Collecting U.S. Coins by Design Type’.  Part One is ALL about copper coinage.  Without getting too […]

By December 12, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
U.S. Silver Dollars of 1797

U.S. Silver Dollars of 1797

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #198 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………… Business strike early U.S. silver dollars date from 1794 to 1803. Silver dollars dated 1804 are special strikings that could not have been made before 1834. There are […]

By December 11, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
1861 Confederate States of America Cent

1861 Confederate States of America Cent

Generations of numismatists have repeated a canon of commonly held beliefs about original Confederate cents, one of which Herutage will be able to offer as a part of the 2014 January 8 – 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction in Orlando. The maxim still holds true that once a numismatic fallacy is repeated it becomes […]

1793 Wreath Cent Emerges in England

1793 Wreath Cent Emerges in England

In a Bonhams auction in July 2013, a 1793 Wreath Cent sold for £93,600, then about US$153,000. NFC Coins of Florida bought the coin through an agent, though just took delivery of the coin recently. U.S. cents were first minted in 1793. During that year, there were three design types of large cents: Chain Cents, […]

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Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

Grade Distribution of Branch Mint US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. It is interesting to study the grade distribution patterns for various branch mint gold issues. By this, I am referring to what percentage of a certain issue’s survivors exist in a specific grade range. In order to apply this to a practical numismatic situation, I am […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

Collector Coins: 1913 – A year of rare-date U.S. coinage

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… Mention 1913, and the multimillion-dollar Liberty nickel of that year (five known) is often the first thing that comes to the mind of collectors. There were a higher than average number of other low-mintage coins issued a century ago. Buffalo nickels debuted in 1913 and are hugely popular with 21st century collectors. That […]

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Historic 1787 Brasher Doubloon Offered By Heritage Auctions At FUN

Historic 1787 Brasher Doubloon Offered By Heritage Auctions At FUN

Seen in public only a relatively few times since Chicago coin dealer Walter Perschke purchased it in 1979 for a then-record $430,000, the Newlin-Davis-Perschke specimen 1787 gold Brasher Doubloon will be offered by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlando. Described as the finest certified of the seven known Brasher Doubloons, […]

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 7: Gem Quality Early U.S. Silver Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 7: Gem Quality Early U.S. Silver Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #196 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………. The silver U.S. coins that were in the collection of Eric P. Newman, along with some U.S. copper coins and nickels, were auctioned by Heritage on Nov. 15 […]

By November 27, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. Welcome back to the Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker guide to building the ultimate 20th century type set. In our last installment, we spelled out the basic principles of our type set strategy and focused on the most interesting small cent coins of the century. We […]

By November 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

The Short-Lived Franklin Half Dollar

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek ……… With a lifespan of just 15 years (1948-63) and no high-priced key dates even in Mint State grades, the Franklin half dollar is an ideal series for budget-conscious collectors. The 35-piece date set contains 12.66 ounces of silver, and it can be pursued by everyone from those with meager funds to numismatists who […]

By November 15, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

When the “Best” Coin isn’t the “Better” Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……………….. In many series, collectors are slaves to the holder. By this, I mean, they make purchases which aren’t always prudent based on what a PCGS or NGC holder says. This is most prevalent in Registry-oriented 20th century series such as Lincoln Cents and Washington Quarters (amongst […]

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The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 5: 1796 U.S. Half Dollars

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #194 A Weekly Column for CoinWeek by Greg Reynolds …………….. This is the fifth in a series on the Eric Newman Coin Collection, the most famous coin collection to be auctioned since the Eliasberg and Pittman sales […]

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Rare Coin Marketplace: Specialized Designations for Strike Quality on Specific Coin Series

Rare Coin Marketplace: Specialized Designations for Strike Quality on Specific Coin Series

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Jefferson Nickels, Mercury Dimes, Roosevelt Dimes, Standing Quarters and Franklin Half Dollars are often collected by specialized designations for strike quality. When I started in rare coins over 35 years ago, there was only modest interest in later date 20th Century coins. […]

By November 12, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
The Proof-only Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) of 1863

The Proof-only Quarter Eagles ($2½ gold coins) of 1863

Coin Rarities & Related Topics #193: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community ……………………… A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds Quarter Eagles (U.S. $2½ gold coins) were minted from 1796 to 1929, though not in every year. The Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night auction session that will be held on Thurs. […]

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U.S. Coins: The Perfect Alternative, Circulated Coins

U.S. Coins: The Perfect Alternative, Circulated Coins

by Tom DeLorey – Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. …………… “Circulated Coins: The Perfect Alternative” was originally published in the February 2013 issue of COINage, Volume 49, Number 2. It is reprinted here with permission from the author.  Coin collecting today is obsessed with perfection. Perhaps it comes from the proliferation of newly struck non-circulating legal-tender (NCLT) […]

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Premium Gem 1799 silver dollar is one of two coins for the entire year certified at NGC in this grade

Premium Gem 1799 silver dollar is one of two coins for the entire year certified at NGC in this grade

One of the highlights of the Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part II Signature Auction is the Green-Newman 1799 dollar. This coin is, quite simply, the finest known 1799 B-5, BB-157 die marriage, the finest known 1799-dated dollar (for those collecting by date and major type), and the finest known of any Draped […]

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 4: Proof 1818 Quarter

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 4: Proof 1818 Quarter

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #191 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds This is the fourth in a series on the Eric Newman US Coins Collection, one of the most famous US coin collections ever formed. Part 1 includes an introduction to […]

By October 23, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

US Gold Coins: The Carson City Double Eagle Market: An Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… It’s been a while since I’ve done an in-depth article on any Carson City gold coins and, as they are the most popular issues from this mint, I thought this would be a good time to write about the double eagles from Carson City. Before we […]

By October 21, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Proof 1801 Bust Silver Dollar

NGC Certifies Extremely Rare Proof 1801 Bust Silver Dollar

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare and important Proof 1801 Silver Dollar. Graded NGC PF 66 Cameo, it is the finest of only two known specimens. The coin was submitted to NGC by Sarasota Rare Coin Gallery on behalf of a prominent East Coast collector. The United States did not strike any […]

Seated Liberty Dollars: An Overlooked Series with Long-term Potential

Seated Liberty Dollars: An Overlooked Series with Long-term Potential

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com …… Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have been promoted and enthusiastically collected for decades; and “early” silver dollars, struck between 1794 and 1804, have had a long, strong following of collectors.  But Seated Liberty silver dollars, coined from 1840 through 1873, have fallen through the cracks in […]

By October 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
The Geyer Collection of World War II era Mint Error Coins

The Geyer Collection of World War II era Mint Error Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #190 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds From Nov 1st to 3rd, Heritage will conduct a coin auction in New York City, about two weeks before the epic sale of many items from the Eric Newman Collection. […]

By October 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 1: Small Cents

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 1: Small Cents

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com ………. Today, we’d like to discuss building a truly remarkable 20th century US Type set. Type sets enable you to assemble a representative sampling of coins over a particular period of time, or of a particular type of coin. When we think of type sets, we usually […]

Collecting Insights for the Standing Liberty Quarter Series- Part 2

Collecting Insights for the Standing Liberty Quarter Series- Part 2

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ………. Standing Liberty Quarters were struck at the Philadelphia Mint from 1916 until 1930 with the exception of only 1922, when no quarters were produced at any Mint.  Strikings at Denver and San Francisco were more sporadic.  This is the only 20th century regular issue U.S. coin for which […]

Morgan Silver Dollars – A Short History on the Pittman Act

Morgan Silver Dollars – A Short History on the Pittman Act

by Steven Cochran, The Coin Explorer – Gainesville Coins ………. Most collectors of U.S. coins are at least vaguely aware of the Pittman Act of 1918, which resulted in the melting down of over 270 million morgan silver dollars (mostly Morgans), and the sale of the bullion overseas. The U.S. Mint was then required to […]

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 3: Draped Bust Quarters

The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, part 3: Draped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #189 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds One of the most famous, interesting and awe-inspiring of all collections of American coins, and related items, was formed by Eric P. Newman, who celebrated his 102nd birthday not long […]

How Hoards Affect Value….. Further Significant Hoards

How Hoards Affect Value….. Further Significant Hoards

by Tony Davis – Atlanta Gold & Coin Buyers ………. The introduction of a coin hoard to the marketplace is always an event of great interest and discussion. Sometimes it can drastically alter the value of a specific coin, especially when hoards are composed of numismatic or collectible coins. Some of the highest profile hoards […]

By October 4, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

What Can CAC Population Figures Tell Coin Collectors About Quality and Rarity in the Rare Date Gold Market?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… Now that the Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) has become an integral part of the rare date gold market, there are certain things that their database of coins that have been approved can tell collectors. This wasn’t necessarily true as recently as a year to a year and […]

By October 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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