Tag: Charles Morgan

Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strikes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We talked about Bicentennial quarters in one of the first pieces we wrote for CoinWeek. We discussed the characteristics of a full strike, analyzed the mint state grade distribution of Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins by PCGS and NGC, and questioned whether the coin would ever […]

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Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

Give the Gift of Coins and Help the Hobby Grow

by Charles Morgan Coin collecting is a hobby that connects us all to the past. The coins themselves are objects of commerce of course, but the very nature of their existence also helps in the important role of forging our national identity. They make tangible our shared cultural aspirations. And with their inevitable wear and […]

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

How Liquid Is Your Collection?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …….. Off the top of your head, can you say how much your collection is worth? Do you have a game plan for selling in an emergency? How liquid is your collection? Your answers to any of these questions say a lot about you as a collector. How you […]

Our Best Sides: Taking a Look at 30 Years of Modern Commemoratives

Our Best Sides: Taking a Look at 30 Years of Modern Commemoratives

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker It’s hard to believe that the modern commemorative program is over 30 years old now. In some ways, it’s even surpassed what we consider the “classic” commemorative era. The classic series spanned 61 years, but coins were only struck in 36 of those, and breaks of up to ten […]

Numismatic Housekeeping: Winter Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Winter Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… The end of the Mayan Long Count is upon us. So you know what that means… Time for another round of numismatic housekeeping! We like to revisit our work from time to time and keep it up to date with new information. And making connections between […]

By December 21, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Five Modern Coins You Should Be Looking for Right Now

Five Modern Coins You Should Be Looking for Right Now

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… Has the holiday season sapped your coin budget? We know how that goes. But despair not! We’ve put together a list of five great modern coins that you should be looking for right now. None of them will break the bank, and finding them may be […]

By December 14, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Five Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

Five Hilariously Bad YouTube Coin Videos

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. YouTube, that veritable cornucopia of pirated television shows, videos for every album track ever, and annoying oranges, continues to surprise us with the sheer depth of topics with which someone with a few too many free moments on his or her hands can indulge the rest […]

Is It Ever Wise to Take Certified Populations for Modern Coins Seriously?

Is It Ever Wise to Take Certified Populations for Modern Coins Seriously?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. It goes without saying that certain modern issues benefit tremendously from having only a few examples certified by TPGs in high MS grades. As we’ve written here and here, there are coins where a buyer can make the reasonable assumption that high-end coins are truly scarce, […]

How I turned a $1.50 Ike into a $5 Liberty Half Eagle

How I turned a $1.50 Ike into a $5 Liberty Half Eagle

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. Oh, the art of the deal. Wheeling and dealing has been a part of the coin hobby since its inception, which is ironic when you consider that coins were created primarily to replace the barter system. Collectors, however, have a different relationship with coins. Unlike those […]

The Commemorative Coins of the 112th Congress

The Commemorative Coins of the 112th Congress

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker  for CoinWeek  ……. With so many important issues facing the country, it’s almost a tad impolitic to analyze and discuss Congressional proposals for commemorative coinage. But Hubert and I look back at another period in American numismatic history – the “great commemorative coin boom” of the 1930s – and […]

Numismatic Housekeeping

Numismatic Housekeeping

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……. From time to time, we find ourselves revisiting articles we’ve published to add in that one last argument we didn’t think of or that intriguing tidbit we left on the cutting room floor. We might have come across new information or just plain changed our minds, so we […]

By September 21, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
In God We Trust: A Brief History

In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ……. 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 piques in us a strong, stubborn, contrary curiosity that […]

By September 17, 2012 11 Comments Read More →
For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how that era has already […]

By September 11, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
For CladKing, It’s All About the Clads

For CladKing, It’s All About the Clads

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker INTRODUCING THE CLADKING Sam Petry, better known online by the handle “CladKing”, is a pioneer in the area of collecting clad (post-1964) coinage. His knowledge and expertise on the subject is the culmination of a career spent going against the grain and finding value and quality in modern-day coinage […]

By September 6, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ………. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

By September 3, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Note: A copy of this letter has been forwarded by the authors to CAC’s President John Albanese. Mr. Albanese, Over the past few years, CAC has distinguished itself by its ability to consistently recognize quality coins. The green and gold CAC stickers have become synonymous with quality, and as […]

The Collapse of the 2001-S Sacagawea Proof

The Collapse of the 2001-S Sacagawea Proof

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker The sentiment among collectors who deride modern coins is that they’re overpriced and just plain common. They often argue that high-grade certified “condition-rarities” are nothing more than fool’s gold. And we have to admit, it’s hard to argue with that sometimes. So this week, we discuss one coin that […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. In the past two articles, Hubert and I have catalogued the history of African-American representation on U.S. commemorative coins. But commemorative coinage is a niche product of the Mint and has rarely been widely distributed. Today, very few people outside of the numismatic community are even […]

Ok, I admit it. I was wrong or: Teach a man to fish…

Ok, I admit it. I was wrong or: Teach a man to fish…

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker If you’re like me and participate in an online collecting forum, you’ve no doubt come across threads where “newbies” share images of coins they’ve found in order to ask other members if they should send them in to get graded. For some posters, of course, it’s all about the […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

African-Americans on US Coins: Modern Commemoratives (Part 2)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Link to Part One Twenty-eight years passed between the last Carver Washington half dollar and the George Washington 250th Birthday half dollar. The purpose, scope, and distribution of commemorative coins under the resurrected program bore no resemblance to that which came before. There were still those, […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with […]

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …… 1981 marked the beginning of the Reagan administration and the seeming end of the coin Wilmington, Delaware shopkeeper Judson Ryan famously dubbed “Carter’s Quarter”[1]. Relegated to mint-set-only status, the near quarter-sized Susan B. Anthony dollar, with its quirky hendecagon ornamental rim and its non-sequitur Apollo 11 reverse, played […]

The Value of Old Numismatic Books

The Value of Old Numismatic Books

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Special Contributors to CoinWeek – When Hubert and I set out to write numismatic books, we did so because the kind of book that we wanted to read just wasn’t readily available. We weren’t sure if such a book had been written before and was somehow absent from store […]

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker CoinWeek Content Partners We are forty-seven years into the clad era and the dust is yet to settle. Even though there’s a lot of action to be had, it seems the hobby as a whole can give the clad era one great big shrug of the shoulders. I maintain […]

Coin Submission Success Strategies

Coin Submission Success Strategies

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker If you’re anything like me, then you occasionally submit coins to one of the major Third Party Grading companies to preserve them, attribute them, or to add to your collection of certified coins. I look at a lot of raw material in the hopes that my grading eye is […]

CAC to Accept Eisenhower Dollars

CAC to Accept Eisenhower Dollars

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek I’m happy to announce this week that CAC, the Certified Acceptance Corporation, will announce that they will now accept Cu-Ni clad and silver business strike Eisenhower dollars (1971-1978) for review and certification. The Eisenhower dollar, the last of the “Big Dollar” coins, will be the first clad-era series to be […]

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

More Thoughts on Modern Coins: A Reader Writes

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about Eisenhower dollars and the way they’re treated in the Redbook. The column made the rounds of the editorial boards of several coin magazines, Whitman Publishing (who want you to know that the “Professional Edition” of the Redbook does include […]

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker CoinWeek content Contributor Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker Coinweek Contributor On February 21, 1857, the United States Congress passed An Act relating to Foreign Coins and to the Coinage of Cents at the Mint of the United States. The Act set the rate at which foreign coins would be accepted by the Treasury, ended the Treasury’s practice […]

When dealing with Eisenhower Dollars, grade is everything.

When dealing with Eisenhower Dollars, grade is everything.

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ‘For better or worse, Whitman’s A Guidebook of United States Coins is still the gold standard in printed price guides.  That does not mean its pricing scheme is the best or the most accurate, but more than any other publication, beginner and intermediate coin collectors (and a great majority of […]

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