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  • The Royal Clipper Collection Offered in Auction #843
    We are excited to offer this wonderful 39-coin collection of better date coin & type coins as a part of our Guaranteed Auction Program (GAP). All coins are live now in our Sunday Auction #843 and listed with NO RESERVE!  Click here to view …
    - 3 Feb 15, 10:01pm -
  • DLRC F.U.N. Show Review
    John B, John F, Mike and myself just returned from a long but productive week in Orlando at the F.U.N. Show. We appreciate all of the customers that stopped by to say hello and looked at a few coins. It was an … Continue reading →
    - 14 Jan 15, 9:30pm -
  • Website Holiday Special – Enjoy 8% Off!
    Happy Holidays! We’d like to thank you for your continued business and support this past year.  We look forward to offering you the best selection and quality of certified rare coins in the market today. To celebrate the year ending, we … Conti…
    - 24 Dec 14, 7:17pm -
  • Classic Gold Commems Offered in Internet Auction #836
        The Forrest Hills Collection is a beautiful run of Classic Gold Commemoratives  all housed in PCGS Old Green Holders (OGH). This is a great opportunity to add these classic gold pieces to your collection or upgrade to a high-end, CAC ap…
    - 16 Dec 14, 8:06pm -
  • Central Park Collection Coins Just Added to Auction #834
    We just received a fresh group of 84 coins from the Central Park Collection and have added them in to Auction #834, closing Sunday, December 14th.  Highlights include an Incredible Fully Struck Gem - 1926-D 5c PCGS MS66+, an Important Rarity …
    - 5 Dec 14, 7:53pm -
  • Very Limited Offering of Rare French Gold Coins from 1904
    Limited Quantity Available Thanks to a lucky discovery in Europe, we are able to offer just a few handfuls of Dupré’s Angel 50 Franc coins. Each weighs one half troy ounce and is composed of 90% fine gold, struck at … Continue reading →
    - 6 Nov 14, 10:10pm -
  • Dixie Proof Shield Nickel Collection Offered in Auction #830
    Our Sunday Internet Auction #830 offers (20) fantastic PCGS registry-quality Proof Shield Nickels from the Dixie Collection. Click the tile below to browse and bid before the auction closes on Sunday, November 16th. Contact us for more details abou…
    - 6 Nov 14, 2:21pm -
  • River City & Winter Springs Collections Offered in Auction #828
    We are excited to be able to offer two unique customer collections in our Sunday Auction #828. The River City Collection offers a nostalgic group of family heirloom pieces that have not seen the light of day in over 40 … Continue reading →
    - 24 Oct 14, 4:15pm -

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Ancient Coin Collecting

  • An Intellectual Curiosity
    "We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum professional…
    - 85 days ago, 3 Mar 16, 11:19am -
    Frequent readers here will know that I have tried on at least two prior occasions to restart the focus of this blog and avoid cultural property issues which only lead to frustration and ill will.  Unfortunately, those issues can tend to take over on…
    - 31 Jan 16, 6:56pm -

Coin Update

  • newIs There a Safe Way to Clean Coins?
    Nothing elicits more comments from the coin community than the topic of cleaning, so let’s start off by stating any type of cleaning, including the use of MS70 Coin Cleaner, is controversial. Some hobbyists put MS70 and similar detergents on the sa…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 16, 6:01pm -
  • newMexican Numismatic Society Awards Pradeau Book Award to Schein’s Mexican Beauty
    Author Allan Schein got some good news last week when he learned that his 2014 book, Mexican Beauty, Un Peso Caballito, had received the Mexican Numismatic Society’s Alberto Francisco Pradeau Award. The announcement noted, “We are really happy…
    - 5 hours ago, 27 May 16, 3:23pm -
  • newUkraine Features First Horse-Drawn Tram on New Collector Coin
    The National Bank of Ukraine has issued (May 25) a new coin remembering the construction of Ukraine’s first horse-drawn tram system, which was inaugurated in the second half of the 19th century. This new coin marks the 125th anniversary of its laun…
    - 7 hours ago, 27 May 16, 1:27pm -
  • newReview: D. Brent Pogue Sale Part IV
    On May 24th, Stack’s Bowers and Sotheby’s sold part IV of the D. Brent Pogue collection in New York City. We previewed this auction in April, and many in the numismatic world were looking forward to the sale of two great American rarities: the f…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 May 16, 9:05pm -
  • new2016 Platinum Eagle and Coin & Currency Set Slated for June
    The U.S. Mint’s 2016 product schedule has been updated to include two anticipated items, both of which have been given June release dates. Before today, the only new products due for release next month were rolls and bags of the Harpers Ferry Ameri…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 7:58pm -
  • newEast India Company Marks 200th Anniversary of the End of the Guinea with Super-Sized Crown Coin
    The East India Company Bullion Ltd, a subsidiary of the East India Company, has unveiled designs for its latest numismatic program entitled the “2016 Bicentenary Guinea Collection,” which pays tribute to the gold guinea and its remarkable 150-yea…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 1:16pm -
  • newA Look at “In-World” Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings Coins from Shire Post Mint
    Shire Post Mint, a family-run mint out based in Arkansas, has been churning out realistic interpretations of fantasy-series coinage for over 15 years. Relying on copious research into the languages and imagery found in epics like A Game of Thrones a…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 7:31pm -

Coin Collecting News

  • Five Proof America the Beautiful Quarters in First 2014 Set
    New from the United States Mint is its first coin collecting product in 2014 with America the Beautiful Quarters, and its first set of the year. Released Tuesday and on sale for $14.95 is the 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Pro…
    - 12 Jan 14, 1:33am -
  • 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Coins
    Commemorative coins celebrating the semicentennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are now available from the United States Mint, as authorized under Public Law 110-451. On Thursday, January 2, 2014, the US Mint starting accepting or…
    - 4 Jan 14, 4:10pm -
  • Sales Ending for Some 2012-2013 Coin Collecting Products
    Less than a half day remains until some of the coin collecting products from the United States Mint permanently go off sale, making way for 2014 coins and products. At Noon ET today, December 31, 2013, all 2013 commemorative coins and products with t…
    - 31 Dec 13, 12:21pm -
  • US Mint 2014 Coin Collecting Products
    Collectors can now plan ahead for what coin collecting products they want to buy in 2014 from the United States Mint. Earlier this month the US Mint listed nearly all the coins and sets it will release for the year. Many of them also have prices. Kic…
    - 22 Dec 13, 6:35pm -
  • First Spouse Coin Collecting Products End 2013
    Four of the five coin collecting products that the United States will end 2013 with are those featuring former First Ladies. Normally these products would have been issued earlier in the year but they were delayed due to production problems that shar…
    - 15 Dec 13, 9:36pm -
  • 2013 Limited Edition Set Offers Popular Silver Coins
    Out this week from the United States Mint is the 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set. Released on the 12th, this specially designed set for coin collectors has seven silver coins composed in 90% silver and one in 99.9% silver. The latter is the Min…
    - 14 Dec 13, 6:09pm -
  • Sold Out US Mint Products, Last Chance at Collector Coins
    Two United States Mint products for collectors sold out last week, and the bureau just published a list of other coin collecting products that will go off sale by year’s end. No longer available are the 2013-P Fort McHenry National Monument and His…
    - 9 Dec 13, 4:09am -
  • Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins
    Two more 2013 $10 First Spouse Gold Coins are among collectible products from the United States Mint to make an appearance in early December. Proof and uncirculated coins celebrating Helen Taft launch on Monday, December 2, 2013. They will start at p…
    - 1 Dec 13, 6:38am -
  • Last 2013 ATB Quarter Products for Collectors
    This week the United States Mint released the final two collector products holding 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters. 2013 Mount Rushmore America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets are available for $9.95 each and the new annual 2013 America th…
    - 23 Nov 13, 11:34pm -
  • Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins
    Two of the five 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins for collectors make their debut in November. The one-half ounce, 24-karat gold coins honoring Ida McKinley launched this past Thursday, November 14, 2013. Staring prices are $820 for the uncirculated coin…
    - 18 Nov 13, 5:19am -

  • newU.S. Mint Medals Honoring Military
    In addition to U.S. coinage, the United States Mint strikes Congressional Gold Medals, military medals, Presidential medals, First Spouse medals and others that commemorate major historical events...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 16, 5:45pm -
  • newD. Brent Pogue Collection, Part IV, Tops $16.7M
    The fourth auction of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, named the "Masterpieces of United States Coinage, Part IV," realized $16,749,038.Part IV was presented jointly by Stack's Bowers...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full l…
    - 22 hours ago, 26 May 16, 9:46pm -
  • newGold Logs New 7-Week Low, Silver Gains for Second Day
    Gold futures extended their losing streak on Thursday to seven straight sessions, and closed at a fresh, more than seven-week low.Gold for June delivery slipped $3.40, or 0.3%, to end at $1,220.40...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 7:08pm -
  • newHarpers Ferry Quarters, Coin & Currency Set and Platinum Eagle for June
    United States Mint product releases in and around summer tend to be sparse, especially in June, but now there's at least a clearer picture about what will launch next month.The U.S. Mint in the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 5:10pm -
  • newGold Posts Sixth Session Loss, Marks 7-Week Low
    Gold futures dropped on Wednesday for a sixth session in a row and settled at their lowest point in more than seven weeks.Gold for June delivery declined $5.40, or 0.4%, to close at $1,223.80 an...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 9:42pm -
  • newUS Mint Sales: 2016 Uncirculated Coin Set, Ford $1 Cover Debut
    The United States Mint logged stronger sales for about 64% of its collector products. Buying activity picked up from a rather humdrum previous week, supported by releases of the 2016 Mint Set and the...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 8:56pm -
  • newGold Logs Fifth Session Loss; 2016 Silver Eagle Sales Top 22.8M
    Gold futures declined on Tuesday for a fifth straight session, and marked their lowest settlement in about six weeks as the U.S. dollar strengthened.Gold for June delivery fell $23.30, or 1.8%, to...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 10:02pm -
  • newUS Mint Gold Coin Prices Expected to Drop on Wed., May 25
    On Wednesday, May 25, the United States Mint will likely trim prices on its suite of gold coins for collectors. Reductions would be as large as $50 for every ounce of gold they contain.U.S. Mint...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 8:13pm -
  • newSenate Bill Seeks Curved Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Coins
    The call just became louder to strike commemorate coins in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon.In addition to a unique size, the collectibles would feature a...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 6:11pm -
  • newPrecious Metals Decline for Fourth Session; US Mint Coin Sales Gain
    Precious metals futures declined on Monday for a fourth session in a row. Losses ranged from 0.1% for gold to 1.6% for palladium.Gold for June delivery dipped $1.40 to settle at $1,251.50 an ounce...[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my web…
    - 4 days ago, 23 May 16, 9:00pm -

Numismatic News

  • newIf Canada abolishes the 5-cent coin, would the U.S. follow suit?
    Editor Dave Harper wants to know: If Canada abolishes the 5-cent coin, would the U.S. follow suit? Let us know your thoughts and feedback on our weekly poll question by entering your comments below or by emailing: More a…
    - 1 hour ago, 27 May 16, 6:41pm -
  • newHawaii in my daydreams
    I had an email from the Hawaii State Numismatic Association to provide me with the details of their upcoming 53rd coin show. It has been a daydream of mine to go to a coin show in Hawaii ever since the … Continue reading →
    - 6 hours ago, 27 May 16, 2:39pm -
  • newGold half ounce not cutting it?
    Is gold Eagle buyer interest shifting towards the one- and tenth-ounce sizes? From May 18 to 25, the Mint reported a net return of 5,000 half-ounce gold Eagles. At the same time, the Authorized Purchasers ordered 17,000 one-, 8,000 quarter- … Conti…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 May 16, 9:32pm -
  • new$100 rarity tops Knight’s Memphis
    Described as the “prize of any collection,” an 1863 “Spread Eagle” $100 Legal Tender Note leads the offerings in Lyn Knight Currency Auctions’ upcoming sale in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Memphis International Paper Money Show. Th…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 May 16, 9:25pm -
  • newNational Bank Note circulation peaked in 1932-1933
    By Jamie Yakes and Peter Huntoon The purpose of the National Bank Act was to create a new form of currency. To that end, organizers of national banks were required to take out circulation by the initial legislation. Prior to … Continue reading →
    - 23 hours ago, 26 May 16, 9:07pm -
  • newCould the German collector become extinct?
    By Richard Giedroyc The private collector is under fire in Germany. Not just the coin collector but the collector of many antique or fine art objects. The problem is the German Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage. Proposals to … Continue rea…
    - 23 hours ago, 26 May 16, 8:59pm -
  • newChina to replace yuan note with coin
    By Richard Giedroyc Outside of U.S. Congress most people worldwide will agree a coin will outlast a bank note of the same denomination by years, resulting in saving production and material costs. The People’s Republic of China is the latest … Con…
    - 24 hours ago, 26 May 16, 8:29pm -
  • newWhat to make of rarities
    Does the fact that the finest known 1804 silver dollar failed to sell Tuesday night in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries-Sotheby’s auction of 63 rarities from the D. Brent Pogue Collection signal any change in condition in the numismatic market? Certa…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 2:00pm -
  • new2016 uncirculated mint set racks up sales
    Four days after it went on sale May 18, the Mint had tallied sales of 127,489 for the 2016 uncirculated coin sets. This start puts it on track to match the sales level achieved by the 2015 set, which presently … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 8:51pm -
  • newChops change value, affect grading
    Chopmarks on Trade dollars may increase their value, but only for certain dates and if the eye appeal is there. Trade dollars were minted from 1873 to 1885, though only as proofs from 1879 to 1885. Many of the business … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 8:41pm -

Mint News Blog

  • newU.S. Mint Shares Release Dates for 2016 Coin & Currency Set and Platinum Eagle Proof Coin
    The U.S. Mint’s product release schedule for 2016 remains a work in progress; before today, the only new items due for release in the month of June were rolls and bags of the Harpers Ferry America the Beautiful quarters. Many have suspected that so…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 3:16pm -
  • newPrice Decrease for U.S. Mint’s Gold Coins, Gold Mercury Dime Sales Update
    The value of an ounce of gold has decreased by more than $52.30 an ounce in the last week, and today the U.S. Mint lowered prices on its gold collector coins. Gold’s current value is $1,220.60 per ounce, according to the London Bullion Market Assoc…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 8:55pm -
  • newComparative U.S. Mint Gold Bullion Sales Through May
    The U.S. Mint’s gold bullion coins have seen unusually high demand this year, and as the end of May approaches it’s a good time to take a look at how 2016’s sales stack up against numbers from previous years. As of today, May 23, the Mint’s a…
    - 4 days ago, 23 May 16, 9:33pm -
  • new2016 Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park Quarter Launch Event
    The U.S. Mint has shared information on the upcoming launch event for the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter, scheduled for Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. ET. The ceremony is open to the public and will take place at Harpers Ferry National…
    - 7 days ago, 20 May 16, 4:22pm -
  • new2016 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set
    The U.S. Mint is now accepting orders for the 2016 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set, which contains Uncirculated versions of this year’s 13 circulation issues from both the Denver and Philadelphia Mints, totaling 26 coins. The set does not have a li…
    - 9 days ago, 18 May 16, 4:46pm -
  • newUnsold Gold Mercury Dimes Now Number Over 7,000
    The U.S. Mint’s newest sales report, released today, shows that the total for the 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin continues to be revised downward. As of May 15, sales of the item stood at 117,695 units, 7,305 less than its 125,000-piece min…
    - 10 days ago, 17 May 16, 9:10pm -
  • 2016 Gerald Ford One Dollar Coin Cover
    Tomorrow, May 17, at noon ET, the U.S. Mint will release the 2016 Gerald Ford One Dollar Coin Cover, which contains two Ford Presidential dollars respectively manufactured on the first day of the coins’ production at the Philadelphia and Denver Min…
    - 11 days ago, 16 May 16, 7:01pm -

Coin World

  • Wrong planchets can suffer from defective plating process
    By Mike DiamondCollectors’ Clearinghouse: Errors & Varieties by Mike Diamond: Wrong planchets can suffer from defective plating process...Since their introduction in 1982, the copper-plated zinc planchets used for Lincoln cents have been affected…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:59pm -
  • Howling Wolf on new RCM gold bullion coin
    By Jeff StarckThe Royal Canadian Mint used the World Money Fair in that city to showcase Canada’s new silver and gold bullion coins fe...Berlin may be an unfamiliar setting for Canadian wildlife, but on Feb. 5 the Royal Canadian Mint used the Wor…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:58pm -
  • ANACS certifies Liberty Dollar medallions
    By Paul GilkesANACS is certifying Liberty Dollars. These were introduced as a private, voluntary barter currency in 1998 by monetary a...Collectors are submitting Liberty Dollar medallions for third-party certifications and encapsulation. ANACS has…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:57pm -
  • George Walton heirs donate $100,000 to ANA
    By Paul GilkesThe American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Diploma Program will be updated and digitized thanks to the donation.The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Diploma Program will be updated and digitized thanks to a $100,…
    - 24 Feb 14, 12:56pm -
  • The 'other' 1859 cent
    By Q. David BowersThe Joys of Collecting by Q. David Bowers: The 'other' 1859 cent — Issue struck with reverse of 1860You probably know about the regular 1859 Indian Head cent — an issue for which 36.4 million coins were struck.The Flying E…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:59pm -
  • Seated Liberty dime varieties
    By Steve RoachGerry Fortin’s online resource the “Top 100 Liberty Seated Dime Varieties” will be used by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.Numismatic Guaranty Corp. recently announced that it will attribute Seated Liberty dime varieties listed in Gerr…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:58pm -
  • Mint State silver Eagles
    By Scott SchechterMaking Moderns by Scott Schechter: Mint State silver Eagles — Building a basic set of popular issue.Silver American Eagles have emerged as the most popular collector series of the 2010s. As evidence, consider that 43 million Ame…
    - 21 Feb 14, 2:57pm -


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