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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: The 1916-D Mercury Dime, from AG3 to VG8

Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: The 1916-D Mercury Dime, from AG3 to VG8

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ……..   For as long as I’ve been around coins, the 1916-D Mercury dime has always been one of the most sought after and dangerous twentieth-century U.S. coins. Sought-after due to its status as the key date in the enduringly popular Mercury series; dangerous due decades of chicanery played out […]

2014 $5 Gold Eagles with Narrow Reeds Discovered

2014 $5 Gold Eagles with Narrow Reeds Discovered

NGC has certified the first two reported Narrow Reeds examples, submitted by a collector in North Carolina. NGC announced in late January that it had identified two distinct edge varieties of 2015 $5 One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles, coins with wide and narrow reeds. The variety called “Wide Reeds” is the standard reed-style used in previous […]

World Coins – NGC Grades Rare “99” Stamped 1898 South Africa Pond

World Coins – NGC Grades Rare “99” Stamped 1898 South Africa Pond

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded an exquisite specimen of the rare 1898 South Africa Pond with a “99” stamp. Graded NGC MS 62, it is one of just 20 examples certified by NGC. The 1898 “99” Stamped Pond were issued during the Anglo-Boar War between the South African Republic and the British Empire. The […]

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Miami Beach Mansion Currency Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Miami Beach Mansion Currency Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek….   I like to compare this story to the “Wall of Greed” story. It’s similar in many ways, and in many other ways it’s just the opposite. Most of the information in this article was developed with the assistance of Marc Michaelsen of Marc Michaelsen Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida. […]

By April 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Why Are NGC Certified Coins in “Old Holders”  In Such Demand?

Why Are NGC Certified Coins in “Old Holders” In Such Demand?

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. Many of the early graded NGC coins are highly sought after by dealers and collectors.During the recent Baltimore show, one of the dealers had on display an example of the infamous “Black NGC” holders. The holders date from the very beginnings of […]

PMG Hires Martin Gengerke as Consultant

PMG Hires Martin Gengerke as Consultant

On March 6, 2015, Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) has announced that Martin Gengerke has joined its team as a consultant. Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most accomplished experts, Gengerke brings decades of experience to the leading grading service from a career that has included stops at Stack’s Bowers, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. “We’re ecstatic […]

By April 7, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Rare Mint Error Found on a 2015 Silver Eagle

Rare Mint Error Found on a 2015 Silver Eagle

A rare curved clip mint error is found on a 2015 American Silver Eagle bullion coin. NGC graders identified a curved clip at 11 o’clock (obverse facing) on a 2015 American Silver Eagle bullion coin. It was discovered in a submission of a US Mint-sealed green “monster box” that contained 500 of these newly issued […]

By April 6, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Q&A with NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg – Video: 15:30

CoinWeek Q&A with NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg – Video: 15:30

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan spoke with NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Exposition in Baltimore, Maryland. Salzberg discussed on-site show grading, NGC’s success in world and ancient coin markets, and how Third Party Grading services and the rare coin market have embraced modern coin certification. Salzburg also discusses the benefits of specialty labels […]

By April 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
PCGS Confirms Major New 1798 Dollar Variety

PCGS Confirms Major New 1798 Dollar Variety

  There’s been a big discovery in early American numismatics. Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has authenticated a long-speculated but never-before-confirmed new obverse and reverse die combination on a 1798 Draped Bust silver dollar. This new die marriage was struck from known obverse and reverse dies, but this is first known example with this combination. […]

By April 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
PCGS Expert Coin Grading Seminars At June 2015 Long Beach Expo

PCGS Expert Coin Grading Seminars At June 2015 Long Beach Expo

  Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) experts will conduct three grading seminars, including one for young numismatists, at the June 4 – 6, 2015 Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show. “The last time we offered grading classes, the advance reservations quickly filled up the limited available space. We anticipate that will […]

By April 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Grading Series: Mercury Dimes Taught by Ray Herz

CoinWeek Grading Series: Mercury Dimes Taught by Ray Herz

Another video in the CoinWeek grading series with different experts in the various fields of numismatics.. This one covers Mercury Dimes Taught by Ray Herz Copyright © CoinWeek March 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and Currency news; with analysis and information contributed by leading experts across the […]

By March 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Video – James Sego Discusses Quality Assurance Check Modern Coin Service.

CoinWeek Video – James Sego Discusses Quality Assurance Check Modern Coin Service.

James Sego, President, Quality Assurance Check Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek…… A new stickering service for modern coins has been created by James Sego. This service will review coins graded by other third grading services to determine whether they warrant the grade assigned to them. Copyright © CoinWeek March 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source […]

By March 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
ANACS Grading Service Announces New Holder for US Mint Sets

ANACS Grading Service Announces New Holder for US Mint Sets

Paul Defelice, ANACS……. Leo Frese, Leo Frese Coin & Collectibles Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…… A new third grading holder is being designed by ANACS Grading Service for a special series of coins, early United States mint sets. Copyright © CoinWeek March 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and […]

By March 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

Pedigrees & Hoards: The Cleveland Wall of Greed Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek… In case you have not figured it out yet, the reason I like “Pedigrees & Hoards” are because of the stories. For me, it is so much more fun to relate a story to coin collecting than to just try to fill holes in an album or slots in an […]

By March 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Grading Series –  Walking Liberty Half Dollars

CoinWeek Grading Series – Walking Liberty Half Dollars

Taught by Ray Herz. Another video in the CoinWeek grading series with different experts in the various fields of numismatics. Copyright © CoinWeek 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and Currency news; with analysis and information contributed by leading experts across the numismatic spectrum. More news and […]

By March 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Coin Grading – NGC Signature Series Labels

Coin Grading – NGC Signature Series Labels

NGC hand-signed labels provide a way for a collector to purchase a coin with an interesting personal connection and, oftentimes, a low NGC graded population. Last year the US Mint produced one of its most popular creations ever. The Hall of Fame Baseball commemorative series was composed of a Half Dollar, Silver Dollar and Half […]

2015-W Mint State Silver Eagle Coins – Special Designation Inserts

2015-W Mint State Silver Eagle Coins – Special Designation Inserts

The 2015-W Mint State Silver Eagle will be the latest release in the popular American Silver Eagle series. Coins will go on sale Thursday, March 26, and are expected to be available for purchase at the US Mint booth at the Whitman Baltimore Show. NGC will offer its FIRST DAY OF ISSUE and BALTIMORE SHOW […]

CoinWeek Grading Series: How to Grade Indian Cents

CoinWeek Grading Series: How to Grade Indian Cents

Taught by Ray Herz. Another video in the CoinWeek grading series with different experts in the various fields of numismatics. Copyright © CoinWeek 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and Currency news; with analysis and information contributed by leading experts across the numismatic spectrum. More news and […]

By March 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Grading Series: BUFFALO NICKELS: How to Tell the Difference Between Mint State and AU

CoinWeek Grading Series: BUFFALO NICKELS: How to Tell the Difference Between Mint State and AU

Taught by Ray Herz. Another video in the CoinWeek grading series with different experts in the various fields of numismatics. Copyright © CoinWeek 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and Currency news; with analysis and information contributed by leading experts across the numismatic spectrum. More news and […]

By March 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek Grading Series: Peace Dollars

CoinWeek Grading Series: Peace Dollars

Taught by Ray Herz. Another video in the CoinWeek grading series with different experts in the various fields of numismatics. Copyright © CoinWeek 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video Rare Coin and Currency news; with analysis and information contributed by leading experts across the numismatic spectrum. More news and […]

By March 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
NGC Expands Plus (+) Designation to World Coins

NGC Expands Plus (+) Designation to World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has expanded its Plus (+) Designation to world coins struck prior to 1970. All eligible world coins submitted for grading on March 3, 2015, and later will be reviewed for +. The Plus (+) Designation is assigned by NGC to coins at the high end of their numeric grade, approaching the […]

PMG Grades ANA Bebee Collection Notes

PMG Grades ANA Bebee Collection Notes

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®), the official paper money grading service of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), has graded 28 additional notes from the acclaimed ANA Bebee Collection of Paper Money. This continues PMG’s certification of the ANA Bebee Collection, a collaboration between PMG and the ANA that was initiated in 2010. The ANA Bebee Collection […]

Jeff Garrett on NGC Details Grading: It’s All in the Details

Jeff Garrett on NGC Details Grading: It’s All in the Details

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Common causes for Details Grading are cleaning, artificial toning, scratches, environmental damage and repair (or damage) to the submitted coins. For the first 20 years or so that NGC graded coins, any pieces submitted that were deemed unacceptable for certification were returned in a plastic sleeve. These […]

By February 27, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

CoinWeek IQ: American Silver Eagles, February 2015 Report

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   This month we mark the debut of the CoinWeek American Silver Eagle Price Guide and discuss month-to-month changes in the Eagle market. Stat heads rejoice! Our Approach We set out with CoinWeek’s American Silver Eagle Price Guide to offer collectors a no-nonsense guide to the range […]

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 →
Modern Chinese Varieties: 2002 Gold Panda Frosted and Mirrored Branches

Modern Chinese Varieties: 2002 Gold Panda Frosted and Mirrored Branches

By David J. Camire for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….   Due to the overwhelming popularity of modern Chinese coins, there has been steady increase and interest in varieties. NGC is at the forefront of actively attributing and listing new varieties of modern Chinese coins. To date, NGC recognizes and attributes more than 90 varieties, including small […]

NGC Ancients: Style an Important Consideration for Ancient Coins

NGC Ancients: Style an Important Consideration for Ancient Coins

By David Vagi, Director of NGC Ancients….   The evaluation of style is paramount to establishing the desirability of an ancient coin To the best of our knowledge, all dies used to strike ancient coins were engraved by hand. There is evidence that hubbing may have been used in the production of some dies – […]

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 […]

By February 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminar at MSNS Convention

ANA School of Numismatics Offers Seminar at MSNS Convention

Grading class offered prior to annual spring show   The American Numismatic Association School of Numismatics will offer an educational two-day course held in conjunction with the Michigan State Numismatic Society Spring Convention. “Grading Mint State Coins” will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 8-9, at the Macomb Community College Expo Center, South Campus, 14500 […]

Dix Noonan Webb Coin Auction Tops £635,000 – Rare 1910 George V Pattern Crown Tops Highlights

Dix Noonan Webb Coin Auction Tops £635,000 – Rare 1910 George V Pattern Crown Tops Highlights

A rare 1910 George V Pattern Crown designed by A.G. Wyon topped the Feb. 11 Dix Noonan Webb auction of coins, tokens and historical medals, bringing in £144,000.   One of only two known specimens of the 1910 George V Pattern Crown in gold designed by A.G. Wyon topped Dix Noonan Webb’s coin auction including, […]

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