Tag: Charles Morgan

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Early American Commemoratives, Part 2: Commemoratives and Related So-Called Dollars In the first part of our story, we discussed a number of so-called dollars and commemorative coins issued during important national and international expositions, including the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of […]

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A Quick Chat with John Mercanti on the Wedge-Tailed Eagle Proof Coin

A Quick Chat with John Mercanti on the Wedge-Tailed Eagle Proof Coin

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com….   Here on CoinWeek, Louis Golino reported on the recent release of the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle high relief one-ounce silver and gold proof coins by the Perth Mint.  The bullion coins are being offered for sale in the United States by The New York Mint on their […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 2: Nickels and Dimes

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. Welcome back to the Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker guide to building the ultimate 20th century type set. In our last installment, we spelled out the basic principles of our type set strategy and focused on the most interesting small cent coins of the century. We […]

By November 25, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views. For those initiated into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the group has […]

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   What is a So-Called Dollar? It is said that New York coin dealer Thomas Elder first coined the term “So-Called Dollar” to describe a medal sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition – an event better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. Coin-like souvenirs such […]

Modern Coin Collecting: A Commemorative “Key-Date” MS-69 Short Set

Modern Coin Collecting: A Commemorative “Key-Date” MS-69 Short Set

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …….. Today we’ll talk about the modern commemorative “key date” MS-69 short set – a set comprised of the four most expensive half dollars in MS-69 condition. In the coin market, the health of key coins can dictate the growth potential of more common dates. By looking […]

CoinWeek FAQ’s

CoinWeek FAQ’s

Hello, and welcome to the June edition of CoinWeek FAQ’s Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker! ………. Each month, we take some of the more interesting questions from the reader mailbag and answer them in our unique, analytical way. If you have a question for us, email us at charles@coinweek.com   I bought a 1956 […]

Numismatic Housekeeping: Summer Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Summer Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. O summer, you warmest of seasons! Now that the Fourth of July is just around the corner, it’s time for another round of Numismatic Housekeeping. In this edition, Hubert and I weigh in on the recent high profile sale of the 1971-S Reverse Nixon Proof, wrap up […]

Numismatics in Videogames and BioShock Infinite

Numismatics in Videogames and BioShock Infinite

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   Your kids might know more about numismatics than you think. People often talk about the importance of getting young people interested in coin collecting, but how do we do that? Some approaches seem effective – such as nurturing relationships with organizations like the Boy Scouts and […]

It’s Time for Third Party Grading Companies to Take Circulated Classic Coins Seriously

It’s Time for Third Party Grading Companies to Take Circulated Classic Coins Seriously

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ………. Hubert and I like to use our position as writers for Coin Week to advocate for everyday collectors. We believe that one way to grow the hobby is by focusing on areas that have traditionally been the purview of new collectors: modern coins and circulated classics. They’re easy […]

Coin Week FAQ’s… a Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

Coin Week FAQ’s… a Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

Welcome to the May edition of CoinWeek FAQ’s Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker! Each month, we take some of the more interesting questions from the reader mailbag and answer them in our unique, analytical way. If you have a question for us, email us at charles@coinweek.com Q. I noticed you guys have been writing […]

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

The Coin Analyst: Coins are Not Investments; They are Assets and Collectibles to Be Enjoyed

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek ……… Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker, in their recent “Open Letter to Wayne Homren ,” drew attention to wildly inflated predictions of future prices of classic U.S. commemoratives by Anthony Swiatek in his major reference book on the field, which was updated last year. I strongly agree that far too many coin dealers and other […]

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Dr. Scott Rottinghaus

ANA Elections 2013: Board of Governors Candidate Dr. Scott Rottinghaus

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   This is the fourth in a series of journals that we’re preparing in the lead-up to the August ANA elections. We’d like to thank ANA Governor Dr. Scott Rottinghaus for his participation. Dr. Scott Rottinghaus, the youngest sitting ANA governor, is seeking a second term in […]

Coin Week FAQ’s… a Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

Coin Week FAQ’s… a Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

Welcome to the April edition of CoinWeek FAQ’s Q & A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker! Each month we take some of the more interesting questions from the reader mailbag and answer them in our unique analytical way. If you have a question for us, email us at charles@coinweek.com   Q. When gold was […]

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An Open Letter to Wayne Homren

An Open Letter to Wayne Homren

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… *For those of you who don’t know, Wayne Homren is the editor of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society’s weekly  e-publication, the E-Sylum, which is always chock-full of fascinating information and reader commentary. Visit http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum/index.html for more information. First of all, thank you for the work you do […]

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

Numismatic Housekeeping: Spring Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… The Travers Article That Wasn’t In November of last year, Scott Travers and House of Collectibles published the 20th edition of The Insider’s Guide to U.S. Coin Values.  We picked up a copy and thought we’d write a review, much like we did with John Mercanti […]

CoinWeek FAQ’s ….. a Q&A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

CoinWeek FAQ’s ….. a Q&A with Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker

Welcome to the debut edition of CoinWeek FAQ’s ….. Each month we take some of the most interesting questions from the reader mailbag and answer them in our unique analytic way. If you have a question for us, email us at charles@coinweek.com Q. What effect will PCGS’ new American Silver Eagle spotting policy have on […]

By March 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
A Close Look at PCGS Ike Populations, from 2010 through 2013

A Close Look at PCGS Ike Populations, from 2010 through 2013

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… Population reports, analyzed over a period of years, can tell you a lot about the future performance of a series. For modern coins like the Eisenhower dollar, whose vast and inexpensive raw coin reserves always allow for the possibility of massive population explosion, this type of […]

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 ………. 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 thirty-year-old Executive Order outlawing private ownership of […]

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 […]

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 for CoinWeek….   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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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