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Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

By Thomas Bush – Thomas Bush Numismatics ……   Dull. Boring. Uninspired. Blatant plagiarism of the work of Eugène-André Oudiné. Or even “the throat is that of a gladiator”![1] The Charles Barber coinage of 1892 has been ridiculed and derided over the years with the above-mentioned ideas and statements. Perhaps with no small bit of […]

By August 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
PCGS: Rare 1893-S $1 Discovered at ANA Meet the Expert Session

PCGS: Rare 1893-S $1 Discovered at ANA Meet the Expert Session

This 1893-S evaluated during PCGS’ Meet the Expert sessions is now valued at $53,000, according to the PCGS Price Guide. Professional Coin Grading Service’s (PCGS) Meet the Expert sessions at the ANA concluded in an unexpected way. On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the final day of the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, California, a […]

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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 […]

Classic US Coins – Gold Stella $4 Coin Goes to Auction

Classic US Coins – Gold Stella $4 Coin Goes to Auction

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   There’s an old saying, “fake like a two-cent coin” or “a three-cent coin.” While these obscure denominations haven’t seen circulation for a very long time, there ironically were two-cent and three-cent denominations of U.S. coins (the latter known as a “trime”) during the 19th century. What’s more, […]

Counterfeit Coins Detection – Altered Date 1815 Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coins Detection – Altered Date 1815 Half Dollar

The altered date on this half dollar imitates a true numismatic rarity. By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   In the early part of the 19th century, the fledgling United States was in a crisis. US merchant ships were being blocked from conducting trade with mainland Europe by the British Royal Navy. This lead to serious economic […]

By August 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Stacks Bowers Auctions – 1862-S Liberty Seated Quarter with CAC Gold Sticker

Stacks Bowers Auctions – 1862-S Liberty Seated Quarter with CAC Gold Sticker

1862-S Liberty Seated Quarter. Briggs 1-A. MS-62 (PCGS). CAC–Gold Label. OGH. Offered is an incredible Mint State example of this key date early San Francisco Mint quarter. Essentially Choice, as the coveted gold label CAC designation suggests, both sides are minimally marked with full, billowy satin luster. Pleasingly sharp in strike and untoned apart from […]

By August 9, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

How Big Is the Rare Coin Counterfeiting Problem?

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The issue of counterfeiting rare coins has been around for a very long time For years, the numismatic industry has dealt effectively with the problem of counterfeiting rare coins. You can read numismatic journals from the 19th century and realize that collectors were dealing with the problem […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 21: Matron Head Large Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 21: Matron Head Large Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #343 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   For less than $500 per coin, an extensive and impressive collection of early U.S. copper coins could be assembled ‘by date.’ Although Matron Head large cents could […]

Classic US Coins: The 1913 Liberty Nickel Through the Years

Classic US Coins: The 1913 Liberty Nickel Through the Years

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek …..   There are several theories associated with the creation of the 1913 Liberty (V) nickel. One tells us that the Liberty Head nickel bearing that date was produced–unauthorized by the United States Mint–by Mint employee Samuel W. Brown or someone else on his behalf. It’s even possible that he […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 3

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 As I explained in an earlier part of this story, Stack’s involvement with the Josiah K. Lilly Collection all started with his initial visit to our storefront in New York. As related he and his wife traveled to Florida each winter […]

Bela Lyon Pratt Quarter & Half Eagle Gold Coin Book to Debut at ANA World’s Fair

Bela Lyon Pratt Quarter & Half Eagle Gold Coin Book to Debut at ANA World’s Fair

New book on classic Indian Head U.S. gold coins by author of Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito By Allan Schein …..   Author Allan Schein announces the release of his newest numismatic book, The $2½ & $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt. 18 months in the writing this 415-page book contains more than 700 […]

By July 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Classic US Coins – The Final Link to Completing a Charlotte Gold Collection

Classic US Coins – The Final Link to Completing a Charlotte Gold Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The completion of any set of classic United States gold coinage is an important feat. When the set in question is a complete set of Charlotte gold… well, that’s truly a feat that deserves a blog! The Revere Collection of Charlotte gold is an impressive […]

Newly Discovered, Unique Dual-Plugged 1795 Silver Dollar Offered by Heritage Auctions

Newly Discovered, Unique Dual-Plugged 1795 Silver Dollar Offered by Heritage Auctions

Authenticated by NGC, this discovery coin will be featured in the Heritage Platinum Night Auction at the ANA Anaheim World’s Fair of Money, August 10, 2016 A first-of-its-kind, recently-discovered 1795 U.S. Flowing Hair silver dollar with two separate “plugs” has been authenticated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and will be a featured highlight of the […]

10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   I have written previous articles about CAC population figures. To me, CAC populations help to quantify quality. By this, I mean that if eight examples of a specific date of Liberty Head half eagle have been approved by CAC, we can assume that there are […]

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2,500, Pt. 2: Half Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2,500, Pt. 2: Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #340 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   During the history of coin collecting in the United States, most coin enthusiasts at one time or another have sought to complete, or nearly complete, a set […]

PCGS Grades Finest Known Mormon $20 Discovery Coin

PCGS Grades Finest Known Mormon $20 Discovery Coin

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has graded the finest known example of an 1849 $20 Mormon (Regular Strike), assigning MS62 to the rare, gold coin. The previous finest known example of the coin can be found at the Smithsonian, where it currently resides as part of the Lilly collection. “I have viewed the famous Lilly […]

By July 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: 1884 Double Eagle

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: 1884 Double Eagle

The second in sequence and the lowest-mintage of three proof-only double eagle issues from the decade of the 1880s, the 1884 saw a proof emission of only 71 pieces. The low-mintage double eagle issues of the 1880s – including the proof-only dates, 1883, 1884, and 1887, as well as the low-mintage issues where circulation strikes […]

Classic US Coins – NGC Certified McClure Collection Tops Estimates

Classic US Coins – NGC Certified McClure Collection Tops Estimates

The Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Collection certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) achieved strong prices in virtually all categories when it was sold at Heritage Auctions’ June 8-13 Long Beach sale. Assembled from the 1860s to the 1930s, the Rev. Dr. McClure Collection was kept intact from 1932 until its recent sale. Considered […]

Classic US Coins – Why I Love Coins of the 1920s

Classic US Coins – Why I Love Coins of the 1920s

By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Also known as the “Roaring Twenties” or the “Jazz Age”, the 1920s are memorable for many reasons, including prohibition, gangsters, flapper girls, speakeasies and bathtub gin! But they also stand out for beautiful and beloved U.S. coinage. In fact, every denomination–from the penny to the $20 gold piece–featured an […]

Stack’s Bowers: Results of May 2016 Rarities Night Coin Auction

Stack’s Bowers: Results of May 2016 Rarities Night Coin Auction

As a fitting complement to their offering of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part IV, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s May 25, 2016, Rarities Auction exhibited strong activity, realizing over US$1.8 million including buyer’s premium. (All prices include the buyer’s premium.) The excitement began early in the sale with an offering of foreign gold […]

Building an Almost Uncirculated, Complete Type Set of Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins)

Building an Almost Uncirculated, Complete Type Set of Half Eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins)

 News and Analysis regarding scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #331 A Weekly Analytical CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……. There are eight design types of half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins). For a total of less than $60,000, a complete type set may be assembled, with all coins having been certified by […]

Interpreting Auction Prices for PCGS & NGC “MS-66” Barber Quarter Type Coins

Interpreting Auction Prices for PCGS & NGC “MS-66” Barber Quarter Type Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #330 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   This discussion is aimed at a wide audience, not just prospective buyers of Barber quarters. Indeed, the broader implications of interpreting auction results for type coins over a five-year period are of interest […]

Classic US Coins – A Unique Treasure, Wonderful Gem Proof 1833 Half Eagle

Classic US Coins – A Unique Treasure, Wonderful Gem Proof 1833 Half Eagle

Only Proof Certified by PCGS By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   David Akers: “My favorite Pittman Collection coin” One of the most marvelous of the D. Brent Pogue Collection coins is this ultra-quality 1833 Large Date half eagle, Proof-67–the only Proof of this date ever certified by PCGS. The combination of […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each: Draped Bust Half Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each: Draped Bust Half Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #329 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   Draped Bust half cents were minted from 1800 to 1808. U.S. half cents were first made in 1793 and last produced in 1857. A set of Draped Bust half cents ‘by date’ […]

Classic US Coins – The Short-Lived Carson City Mint

Classic US Coins – The Short-Lived Carson City Mint

Visiting America’s short-lived frontier mint in Carson City, Nevada By Littleton Coin Company ………..   Taking a vacation trip through Nevada and California recently, I visited the historic former Carson City Mint in the capital city of Nevada. Though a small, short-lived facility that struck U.S. coins only from 1870-1893, the Carson City Mint is […]

DLRC Cherrypicks the Pogue Coin Collection, Part 1

DLRC Cherrypicks the Pogue Coin Collection, Part 1

By John Feigenbaum – David Lawrence Rare Coins….   The first of six installments of the famous D. Brent Pogue Collection has now crossed the block at Sotheby’s, courtesy of Stack’s-Bowers Galleries. The Pogue Collection is one of the most exciting assemblages of United States coins to ever be offered at public auction. Certainly, it […]

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each: Three Cent Nickels

Classic U.S. Coins for Less than $500 Each: Three Cent Nickels

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #281 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Three Cent Nickels were minted from 1865 to 1889. Except for the 1877, every date in the series can be obtained for less than $500 each. Indeed, Good-04 grade Three Cent Nickels of at […]

The Pogue Quarter Eagles: A Post-Auction Analysis

The Pogue Quarter Eagles: A Post-Auction Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com….   As the early half dollars in the Pogue sale were hammered down–some at levels lower than I expected–I turned to my client/friend seated beside me and told him we might actually be able to buy some of the early quarter eagles; prices are really reasonable for the silver, and opening […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 4: 18th Century Rarities Lead First Auction

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 4: 18th Century Rarities Lead First Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #278 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Although most of the coins in the Pogue I sale were from the first third or so of the 19th century, 18th century rarities were the leaders in the […]

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 3: Finest Known 1794 Half Dollar

The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, Part 3: Finest Known 1794 Half Dollar

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #276 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   The focus here is on the 1794 Flowing Hair half dollar in the Pogue Collection, which is definitely the finest known. Indeed, there does not seem to be […]

 
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