Tag: Classic Commemoratives

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, […]

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 Freemasons […]

The Highly Collectible & History Packed Gold Commemorative Coin Series

The Highly Collectible & History Packed Gold Commemorative Coin Series

By Kathleen Duncan of Pinnacle Rarities ……   The Gold Classic Commemorative series is an easily obtainable collection, containing only 11 issues, not including the exceptionally rare Round and Octagonal Pan Pac $50 slugs. The coins are readily available in high grades and reasonably priced considering their low mintages. The first gold commems were issued […]

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #380 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Vintage silver commemorative coins were minted from 1892 to 1955. Except for the Isabella quarter (1893) and the Lafayette silver dollar (1900), all are half dollars. Prices for these have never […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit coin – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar The relatively crude forgery shows extensive loss of detail throughout. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   In recent years, the “Classic” Commemorative series has become increasingly popular. These coins were first issued in 1892 to celebrate the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, with nearly a million Columbian half dollars […]

Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   Historians state that “Everybody was Somebody” in the small population of the Thirteen Colonies at the time of the American Revolution. People who would be lost in a population of 300 million had a vastly greater opportunity to shine in a population of 10 or 12 million. […]

Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly […]

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

Collecting Classic Silver Commemorative Coinage (1892–1954)

A look at this often-underrated yet highly interesting series By Jeff Garrett – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… For anyone looking for value when trying to decide what to collect, United States commemorative coinage is a great place to start. The series has been one of the biggest laggards in the last decade in relation to […]

Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: Beyond Brenner

Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: Beyond Brenner

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek …..   When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln cent […]

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Bass Gold Norse Medal

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Bass Gold Norse Medal

Our upcoming April 27 – May 2 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction in Chicago features a numismatic dream – the Norse gold medal once owned by Harry Bass. This present piece is certified PR66 by PCGS and approved by CAC, ranking it among only five so graded. NGC reports four in PR66 and four finer. […]

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect them. Commemoratives in the United States are typically divided into Classic and Modern categories, and I talked briefly about the distinction. Recent commemoratives, such as the 2014 National Baseball Hall […]

Pinnacle Purchases All Time Finest Commem Set

Pinnacle Purchases All Time Finest Commem Set

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities….   From before the turn of the last century, the U.S. Mint produced coinage to commemorate specific events and individuals giving numismatics one of its most popular issues – the classic commemoratives series of 1892 to 1954. Pinnacle Rarities, Inc. is proud to announce the purchase of the incredible […]

 
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