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In the Early Days of Stack’s: The Golden Age of Coin Collecting

In the Early Days of Stack’s: The Golden Age of Coin Collecting

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …..   I have had the pleasure of writing and publishing some of my thoughts on coins and the history of the hobby for close to 10 years now. I am now 89 years old and love to relate stories of my growing up in the family […]

Kolbe & Fanning to Offer William Burd Numismatic Library

Kolbe & Fanning to Offer William Burd Numismatic Library

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce that they have been chosen to offer the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicago coin dealer William A. Burd in several upcoming auctions. The Burd Library is well known to many due to the long-standing willingness of the owner to make his library available for use […]

Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Award Winners at 2017 ANA Show

Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Award Winners at 2017 ANA Show

Complete List of Numismatic Literary Guild Winners By Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) …… BOOK OF THE YEAR The work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics – 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage, by Pete Smith, Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK United States Coins (tie) – The $2½ and $5 Gold Indians […]

10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 2

10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 2

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …..   In Part One, I discussed the beginnings of popular coin collecting in America in the late 1850s. I also discussed the birth of the coin dealing market and the origins of several coin clubs and organizations in the latter half of the 19th century. And of course, […]

Live at the ANA with CoinWeek – Pete Smith, Joel Orosz, Len Augsburger Talk 1792 Coins

Live at the ANA with CoinWeek – Pete Smith, Joel Orosz, Len Augsburger Talk 1792 Coins

CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan talks with Pete Smith, Joel Orosz and Leonard D Augsburger, authors of a new book on the United States Mint and 1792 – the year our nation’s coinage was born. As you can tell from the conversation, these are dedicated and serious numismatic researchers and authors whose passion for numismatics is contagious. […]

U.S. Mint to Display 1933 Double Eagles at ANA World’s Fair of Money

U.S. Mint to Display 1933 Double Eagles at ANA World’s Fair of Money

Acting Deputy Director David Motl today announced that the United States Mint will display two of the 10 1933 $20 Double Eagle gold coins recovered by the government in 2004 that were the subject of 11 years of litigation (which was recently resolved in favor of the Government) at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s […]

First United States Coin? David McCarthy Believes It’s the Quint.

First United States Coin? David McCarthy Believes It’s the Quint.

From CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan: Senior numismatist for Kagin’s, David McCarthy has just published new research into the Type 2 Quint pattern coin that has been a subject of great interest for the firm since it acquired the coin at a 2013 Heritage auction. After more than four years of research, McCarthy believes that the […]

10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 1

10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 1

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …..   Selecting with absolute precision 10 of the greatest moments in the history of coin collecting in the United States is a daunting task. Numismatics has enjoyed more than 160 years of growth in the U.S. since its murky beginnings in the early 19th century. Its rollicking career […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 16

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 16

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 31 and […]

NGC Certifies 17 Experimental Glass Cents and Tokens

NGC Certifies 17 Experimental Glass Cents and Tokens

Patterns struck during World War II by the Blue Ridge Glass Corporation Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified 17 experimental cents and tokens struck in glass during World War II to test the unusual composition for coinage. Images of these rare pieces can be viewed at NGCcoin.com/GlassCents. With copper needed for the war effort, the […]

CoinWeek Podcast #72: The Coin Market in Asia is Growing

CoinWeek Podcast #72: The Coin Market in Asia is Growing

CoinWeek Podcast #72: The Coin Market in Asia is Growing Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan sat down with Champion Auctions president Michael Chou in Berlin to discuss the current state of the Asian coin market. The structure of the […]

CoinWeek News Wire for July 14, 2017: The War on Cash

CoinWeek News Wire for July 14, 2017: The War on Cash

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for July 14, 2017:  The War on Cash 1.) Visa Takes War on Cash to Restaurants Visa has long considered cash one of its biggest competitors and has been taking steps to chip away at it. Getting rid of cash is a priority for Visa Chief Executive Al […]

Modern Coins at Stack’s Bowers ANA World’s Fair of Money Rarities Night Sale: Lots You Need to Know

Modern Coins at Stack’s Bowers ANA World’s Fair of Money Rarities Night Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek …..   The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money remains one of the largest coin conventions in the calendar year. Stack’s Bowers, an Official Auctioneer of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, will conduct a seven-session sale over the course of eight days with sale highlights featured in the Session Four […]

CoinWeek: Striking a Modern Medal – 45 Years of Chinese & German Friendship

CoinWeek: Striking a Modern Medal – 45 Years of Chinese & German Friendship

CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan travels to Berlin, Germany to join Champion Auctions President and Show Panda Creator Michael Chou at a special striking ceremony for the 45 Years of Chinese & Germany Friendship Medal, featuring two Chinese Pandas and the Berlin Bear. The program is a Chinese and German collaboration that features medals struck in […]

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: How Ancient Coins Were Made

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series: How Ancient Coins Were Made

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   BRICKS WERE PROBABLY the first mass-produced industrial product. Cast bronze arrowheads, produced by the millions, might well have been the second. But ancient coins were the most challenging mass-produced industrial product in antiquity. The successful mass production of ancient coins required many advances in metallurgy and a complex […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 15

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 15

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 29 and […]

CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting…

CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting…

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting… Brain Food 1.) What Happened When Hamilton Lost the Mint When Hamilton first began studying and reporting on the need for a mint, he and Jefferson were still civil, if not close friends. Politics and rivalry soon divided them, which […]

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 2

Collecting and Appreciating Naturally Toned Coins, Part 2

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek …..   In Part 1, I discussed the fact that almost all sophisticated collectors of U.S. coins have a very strong preference for natural toning, as opposed to coins that have been artificially toned, doctored, or dipped in brightening chemical solutions. As more and more rare coins become subject to […]

South Korean Mint Set Primer for Western Collectors

South Korean Mint Set Primer for Western Collectors

By Mark Lovmo for CoinWeek.com …..   The Bank of Korea (BOK) has sanctioned the release of yearly six-coin mint sets for the past three decades. Although various kinds of coin sets featuring South Korean coins can be found dating back to the 1970s, their connection to the Bank of Korea may be tenuous at […]

Falling in Love with Numismatics – Suddenly It’s 1952!

Falling in Love with Numismatics – Suddenly It’s 1952!

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers …… As I write these words I enjoy numismatics every bit as much as I did when I was a kid in junior high school in 1952. Given two blue Whitman folders for Lincoln pennies and told that if I found a 1909-S V.D.B. cent in pocket change […]

Bank of Canada Museum Unveiled Ahead of July 1 Public Opening

Bank of Canada Museum Unveiled Ahead of July 1 Public Opening

By Bank of Canada ….. On June 20, Governor Stephen S. Poloz welcomed special guests from the government, business and the tourism sectors for a preview of the Bank of Canada Museum, which is opening soon. Located at the corner of Bank and Wellington, in the Bank’s head office complex in downtown Ottawa, the re-designed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Princeton University Acquires Peter Donald Collection of Byzantine Coins

Princeton University Acquires Peter Donald Collection of Byzantine Coins

By Princeton University Library ……   The Princeton University Numismatic Collection announces the acquisition of Peter Donald’s vast collection of rare Byzantine coins. Comprising 5,280 coins, the London-based numismatic scholar’s collection is one of the most comprehensive private collections in the world. It provides an in-depth representation of virtually all known varieties of Byzantine bronze […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

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 19 and […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 12

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 12

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 19 and […]

In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   [Originally published September 17, 2012. –CW] We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 11

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 11

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 19 and […]

Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection in Retrospect

Q. David Bowers: The D. Brent Pogue Collection in Retrospect

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   It seems like only yesterday, but it was in January 2014, slightly over three years ago, that Chris Karstedt and I went to Dallas to plan the presentation of the D. Brent Pogue Collection on behalf of Mack Pogue and his son Brent. Mack and Brent […]

 
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