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CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017: Gold Coins, Bitcoin, Crime Alert…

CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017: Gold Coins, Bitcoin, Crime Alert…

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign? The five-yen coin is the only denomination without its value written in numerals. The only indication of its worth is in the kanji characters 五円, which mean “five yen,” and so foreign visitors […]

Pawn Star Rick Harrison to Sign NGC Labels

Pawn Star Rick Harrison to Sign NGC Labels

Co-owner of famous Las Vegas pawn shop is the latest to join the popular NGC Authentic Hand-Signed Labels program Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that television personality Rick Harrison has agreed to individually autograph a limited number of NGC certification labels. Harrison is co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn, in Las […]

From the Herb Hicks Files – The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

From the Herb Hicks Files – The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek and re-posted  ….   In 1963, Coin World columnist and former ANA librarian Ted Hammer wrote about a coin dealer in Texas arrested for trying to sell a gold certificate. The dealer had run afoul of federal authorities who acted to enforce a 30-year-old Executive Order outlawing […]

An Update from the Newman Numismatic Portal Website

An Update from the Newman Numismatic Portal Website

By Len Augsburger – Newman Numismatic Portal ……   June is typically a slow month for the numismatic business as collectors tend to be out and about and transitioning into summer activities. Not so at the Newman Numismatic Portal – in fact, summer is our busy season as students are looking for work and are […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

Counterfeit 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …..   As we’ve said in previous Counterfeit Coin Detection columns, no US coinage issue is immune from counterfeiting. Classic rarities and key dates, like the 1804 dollar and the 1916-D dime, are frequent targets of counterfeiting, but so too are more common coins. In […]

CoinWeek Ask: Our New Question and Answer Live Stream, Today at 12:30pm.

CoinWeek Ask: Our New Question and Answer Live Stream, Today at 12:30pm.

Oh, the power of the internet! CoinWeek editor and 13-time Numismatic Literary Guild Award winner Charles Morgan hosted a live stream event today on CoinWeek’s Facebook Channel, where he answered reader questions on-air. Some of the questions that answered today pertain to certified coin populations, world currency values, and the possible existence of Proof 1943 cents. […]

Mint Error News: Unique Certified Gold Belgium Franc Obverse Die Trial

Mint Error News: Unique Certified Gold Belgium Franc Obverse Die Trial

1904 Design Overstruck on 1903 Design By Mike Byers for Mint Error News ……   This is a unique, spectacular and dramatic Belgium Franc struck in GOLD. Below are examples of the 1903 obverse (French text) and the 1904 obverse (Dutch text), both struck in silver: It is an obverse die trial to test the […]

Collecting Proof United States Gold Coins 1821-1915

Collecting Proof United States Gold Coins 1821-1915

Proof gold coins are ideal for the few great coins collecting strategy By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The late, great collector Ed Trompeter once stated “only real men collect Proof United States gold coins.” This chauvinistic statement would be politically incorrect in today’s world, but it does offer a glimpse […]

Whitman Publishing 2nd Edition Guide to Gold Buying and Selling

Whitman Publishing 2nd Edition Guide to Gold Buying and Selling

On the Fourth of July, 2017, Whitman Publishing will release a newly updated second edition of its award-winning book GOLD: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today, by Jeff Garrett and Q. David Bowers. It is available for preorder online (including at www.Whitman.com) and will be sold at bookstores and hobby dealers […]

Coin Board News – Number 43

Coin Board News – Number 43

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 43 — Summer 2017 SOMETHING NEW I’ve had a number of coin boards come my way since the last issue of CBN, though not enough to justify a separate document. Instead, I’ll just list them here and hope that they […]

Legend Rare Coin Auctions June Premier Sale: Lots You Need to Know

Legend Rare Coin Auctions June Premier Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek …..   Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) is offering up 178 lots of high-eye-appeal coins for bid in their June Premier Sale. Bidding ends on Thursday, June 15 at about 10PM EST. This is a Soft Close auction, where bidding is extended by another two minutes if a bid is placed on the […]

NGC Licenses Official Red Book Logo for Labels, Ken Bressett to Autograph

NGC Licenses Official Red Book Logo for Labels, Ken Bressett to Autograph

NGC has obtained the Official Red Book logo for an upcoming label series featuring the signature of Ken Bressett Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that it has licensed the name and cover design of A Guide Book of United States Coins, commonly known as the Red Book, for special certification labels. A limited number […]

Mystery Babylon: Revelations Lead to Fraud Convictions for “End of the World” Gold Scammers

Mystery Babylon: Revelations Lead to Fraud Convictions for “End of the World” Gold Scammers

Former politician Larry Bates played on the beliefs of fellow Christians to sell gold and silver that he never delivered By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Seventy-year-old Larry Bates is a talk radio CEO, a former Tennessee state representative, and a gold and silver bullion dealer. Now, after a five-week trial in Memphis back […]

NGC Announces 30th Anniversary Celebratory Label

NGC Announces 30th Anniversary Celebratory Label

A special label will be available for US and modern coins for no additional fee, now through December 31, 2017 Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) was founded in 1987 to provide expert and impartial opinion of a coin’s authenticity and grade, protecting collectors and dealers from counterfeit and overgraded coins. In the 30 years since, NGC […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 14

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 14

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 27 and […]

USA Coin Album: A Memorial to the Memorial Cent

USA Coin Album: A Memorial to the Memorial Cent

Certified grading kicks things into high gear By David W. Lange, Research Director at NGC ……..   Collectors have a sentimental attachment to the old Wheat Ear cents of 1909-58, but no such affection is felt for the Memorial cents. Of course, they are collectable, but the primary interest seems to be in the very […]

CoinWeek: Let’s Grade Coins: Episode I – 4K Video

CoinWeek: Let’s Grade Coins: Episode I – 4K Video

When it comes to rare coins, condition and eye appeal can mean the difference of hundreds or thousands of dollars. In order to get the most out of your collecting dollar, you will need to study the market and hone your grading eye. In this episode of Let’s Grade Coins, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks […]

Gold, Precious Metals & Bullion News – Minnesota Sales Tax Exemption Enacted

Gold, Precious Metals & Bullion News – Minnesota Sales Tax Exemption Enacted

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …..   On May 30, 2017, Minnesota governor Mark Dayton signed into law omnibus bill H1A, which included a sales-tax exemption on precious-metals bullion. (An omnibus bill is a proposed law that covers many diverse or unrelated topics.) The new law will take effect on July 1, 2017. Minnesota […]

US Coins – NGC Certifies New Bust Quarter Variety

US Coins – NGC Certifies New Bust Quarter Variety

1822 B-3 is a Previously Unknown Die Marriage Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an 1822 quarter dollar variety that was previously unknown to numismatists. The new discovery has been cataloged as Browning-3, adding a third variety to the two 1822 die marriages that have been sought by generations of quarter collectors. The numbering system […]

Mint Error News: PCGS Certifies Unique Two-Headed Nickel

Mint Error News: PCGS Certifies Unique Two-Headed Nickel

United States 2000-P Jefferson Nickel Struck with Two Obverse Dies, PCGS MS65 By Mike Byers for Mint Error News ……   This is the only known U.S. regular-issue coin of ANY denomination that was struck with two obverse dies (two-headed). It stands alone as a major U.S. numismatic rarity and proves that a United States […]

NGC Certified Coins – Celebrate Two U.S. Mint Engravers with Signed Two-Coin Sets

NGC Certified Coins – Celebrate Two U.S. Mint Engravers with Signed Two-Coin Sets

John Mercanti has been honored with the David Rittenhouse Award – Celebrate his achievements with signed 2-coin sets! John Mercanti is a legend in the numismatic community. While boasting dozens of coin designs, Mercanti is best-known for his heraldic eagle design on the reverse of the American Silver Eagle. He also holds the title of […]

Whitman Releases New Check List and Record Book of U.S. Paper Money

Whitman Releases New Check List and Record Book of U.S. Paper Money

Whitman Publishing announces the release of an updated Check List and Record Book of United States Paper Money for collectors of American currency. The 256-page softcover book retails for $9.95 USD and is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online. The Check List and Record Book is designed as a convenient way for […]

Complete Gem District Set of 1934 $500 Light Green Seal Notes to Show at IPMS

Complete Gem District Set of 1934 $500 Light Green Seal Notes to Show at IPMS

The collection–the only complete Gem District Set known to exist–will be exhibited at the 2017 International Paper Money Show (IPMS) in Kansas City, June 8-11 By Robert Phillips ……   The Stradivarius Collection, so named to emphasize its quality and rarity, is not only the finest-known collection of 1934 Light Green Seal (LGS) $500 Federal […]

Coin Tourism: Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection

Coin Tourism: Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection

The Value of Money exhibit at the Smithsonian is a must-see for anyone visiting Washington, D.C. By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   I have been involved with the Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection (NNC) for many years. My relationship began with the NNC about 15 years ago when I was doing research […]

Kolbe & Fanning Buy or Bid Sale #4 Ends Tomorrow

Kolbe & Fanning Buy or Bid Sale #4 Ends Tomorrow

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers’ fourth “Buy or Bid Sale” closes tomorrow, Saturday, June 3. The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. The PDF catalogue is available now for downloading from the Kolbe & Fanning website at numislit.com. As the name of the […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: A Morgan Dollar “Super-Fake” Revealed

Counterfeit Coin Detection: A Morgan Dollar “Super-Fake” Revealed

Counterfeit 1884-S Morgan Dollar By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Lest you think spotting fakes is easy, take a look at this 1884-S Morgan Dollar. Each month in this column, we discuss some of the fundamentals of counterfeit detection, using counterfeit coins as illustrations. To date, the examples shown have not been deceptive. By […]

Whitman Offers Free JFK Book on Medal & Coin Art for President’s 100th Birthday

Whitman Offers Free JFK Book on Medal & Coin Art for President’s 100th Birthday

John F. Kennedy, the only American president ever honored on a circulating half dollar coin, was born May 29, 1917. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, Whitman Publishing is offering a free copy of The Kennedy World in Medallic Art: John F. Kennedy and His Family in Medals, Coins, Tokens, and Other Collectibles, […]

Whitman Releases New Search & Save Coin Books on Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars

Whitman Releases New Search & Save Coin Books on Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars

Whitman Publishing announces the release of two new volumes in its series of combination book-albums trademarked under the name Search & Save. Each new volume consists of a 96-page hardcover book bound with a Whitman Classic Coin Album page for storing and displaying a customized coin collection. The Search & Save volumes are intended for […]

CoinWeek Submits a New Box of World Coins to WINGS + Results

CoinWeek Submits a New Box of World Coins to WINGS + Results

At the 2017 Spring Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan sat down with WINGS President Lance Tchor to review a box of 20 new coins from Charles’ collection – most of which he purchased raw and submitted for grading. Lance reviews all 20, awards WINGS stickers to a number of them, and […]

First Chinese Coins Certified by NGC Advanced Authentication Bureau in Gallery Online

First Chinese Coins Certified by NGC Advanced Authentication Bureau in Gallery Online

The coins were the first to be evaluated by the newly established NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB), led by noted expert Chen Gi Mao Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced on March 9 that it certified one of just three known complete sets of 1897 Szechuan pattern coins struck by the Ferracute Machine Company of […]

 
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