Tag: Charles Barber

Commemorative Coins – Charles Barber’s Influence on the Classic US Commems

Commemorative Coins – Charles Barber’s Influence on the Classic US Commems

By Dan Duncan [Posted with Permission] – Pinnacle-Rarities ……   The works of Charles Barber’s career weren’t fully appreciated until after his death. His coinage was considered pedestrian in contemporary artistic circles. But in fairness to Barber, most of his work was predesignated to one idea or another. His use of classic Greco-Roman motifs has […]

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

Classic US Coins – The 1892 Columbian Expo Commemorative Half Dollar

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. Coin designers extraordinaire and the sixth and seventh Chief Engravers of the United States Mint, respectively. Two British transplants of the same generation–Barber from London, Morgan from Birmingham–whose careers brought them together creating American coins. Two men who rather famously did […]

Gold Buffalo and Gold Eagle Coins: Timeless American Design

Gold Buffalo and Gold Eagle Coins: Timeless American Design

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….   The United States Mint has really committed itself to the investment-grade bullion game in recent decades, producing and supporting a handful of very popular series, two of them being Gold Eagles and Gold Buffalos. And much like the American Silver Eagle–the official bullion coin of the United States–both […]

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

Why Collect Commemoratives? A Better Question Might Be “Why Not?”

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   If you collect modern U. S. coins, then you collect commemoratives. Today, practically every coin the United States Mint produces commemorates someone or something. There’s a president on the obverse of every denomination, including Presidential $1 coins. The reverse of the quarter has been especially busy over the […]

Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   The Walking Liberty short set is getting hot right now, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty half dollar is one of the most beautiful coins ever produced in the United States, and Collectors have long respected it as one of the great American […]

Classic U.S. Coins – The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

Classic U.S. Coins – The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle $20 Gold Coin

Saint-Gaudens’ high relief double eagle obverse By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   The great Gold Coin Saint-Gaudens! It’s only fitting that the masterpiece of American Coin Art–the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle–started production just a few years after President William McKinley officially put the country on the gold standard. With the battle […]

US Coins – An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

US Coins – An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921. Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold coins, each had its own unique appearance. These designs were a clear departure from […]

Smithsonian Celebrates Opening of New National Numismatic Collection Exhibit

Smithsonian Celebrates Opening of New National Numismatic Collection Exhibit

By Harvey Stack and Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….   AN EXHIBIT TO BE REMEMBERED On July 15, 2015 the National Numismatic Collection was returned to the displays at the Smithsonian. For close to a decade, portions of the National Collection were not exhibited as the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian was reduced in size and the museum […]

PCGS Hosts Simpson Half Dollar and Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

PCGS Hosts Simpson Half Dollar and Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

Two superb sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals, will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) booth during the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.com), August 11 – 15, 2015. These two sets are […]

By July 14, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
First Read: Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito

First Read: Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito by Allan Schein With a history of coin production pre-dating our own national mint by more than two hundred and fifty years, Mexico can […]

Celebrate Your Hobby During National Coin Week April 19-25

Celebrate Your Hobby During National Coin Week April 19-25

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Every year during the third week of April, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and coin clubs around the country celebrate National Coin Week, a celebration dedicated to the advancement of numismatics and the promotion of coin collecting among Americans of all ages and walks of life. The theme of this […]

By April 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Forged by Fire: The Birth of the Morgan Dollar and the Feud Between George T. Morgan and Charles E. Barber

Forged by Fire: The Birth of the Morgan Dollar and the Feud Between George T. Morgan and Charles E. Barber

By Shaquille Brissett of Gainesville Coins…. During the late 19th century, a culmination of market forces led to a volatility of the silver industry that provoked populist anxieties. Proposals by Representative Richard Bland and Iowa Senator William Allison would appease both Greenbackers (a post-civil war political party that favored the use of paper money and […]

1892-3 Columbus So-Called Dollar/Award Medal and Obverse Die

1892-3 Columbus So-Called Dollar/Award Medal and Obverse Die

1892-3 Columbus So-Called Dollar/Award Medal by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Charles Barber Bronze, 38.1 mm, R.5. One of our favorite so-called dollars, the Saint-Gaudens/Barber HK-223. This is the medal that began the entire Charles Barber-Augustus Saint-Gaudens rivalry and controversy. The well-known Columbian Exposition prize medal was Augustus Saint-Gaudens first attempt to work with Mint officials. “The […]

By October 13, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Denver Mint Barber Half Dollars of 1907, with comments on condition rankings

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #163 ….. Barber Half Dollars were minted from 1892 to 1915. They were not struck at the Denver Mint until 1906. Each collector who would like to own a Denver Mint Barber Half Dollar should […]

Dimes – Winged Liberty (“Mercury”) Dime, 1916-1945

Dimes – Winged Liberty (“Mercury”) Dime, 1916-1945

Description: The Mint Act of 1890 allowed the design of a coin to be changed every 25 years. Thus, in 1916, there was interest in replacing Charles E. Barber’s designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar. Mint Director Robert W. Woolley invited three renown sculptors outside the Mint to produce designs for the three […]

By October 11, 2010 0 Comments Read More →
 
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