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Numismatics’ Worldly Flavor—Big Apple Holds Court To NYINC

Numismatics’ Worldly Flavor—Big Apple Holds Court To NYINC

NYINC Heritage sales approach $18 Million; Pastor sells coins to dig for more! By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   The international flavor of our hobby has always been one of the most exciting and yet often overlooked areas in numismatics; at least for most of the coindexters in the USA. For the […]

NCS Conservation: Scratches on Coins

NCS Conservation: Scratches on Coins

A scratch is a type of mechanical damage that has moved or removed metal from the surface of a coin By Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) ……   It is said that it is better to prevent a problem rather than correct it once it has occurred. In much of our numismatic pursuits this adage is […]

Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   For a variety of reasons (including some below), No Motto Liberty Head eagles are exceedingly rare in higher grades. Even “common” issues from Philadelphia produced in the 1840s and ’50s are rare in the lower Uncirculated grades and mostly unknown in MS63 to MS64; let […]

World Banknotes – Sunken Luxury: The Loss of the SS Andrea Doria

World Banknotes – Sunken Luxury: The Loss of the SS Andrea Doria

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   The SS Andrea Doria name invokes tragedy now, but at the time of construction, she represented the hopes of Italian recovery after World War II. Construction began in 1950, with the ship launching in June 16, 1951. In terms of size, she was 697 feet […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 9

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 9

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | In the fall of 1958 we had our customary visit from Mr. Lilly and we showed him some of our recent acquisitions […]

Coin Collecting & Market Commentary – FUN Show as Bellwether Event

Coin Collecting & Market Commentary – FUN Show as Bellwether Event

The FUN Convention rings in the new year The annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention that is held every January is viewed by many as a harbinger of things to come for the numismatic community each year. Everyone is eager to see how the market is poised to kick off the New Year. The FUN […]

Errors & Coin Varieties: Doubled Dies vs. Machine Doubling

Errors & Coin Varieties: Doubled Dies vs. Machine Doubling

The distinction between genuine die doubling and mechanical doubling can be subtle, but they can easily be differentiated with just a loupe and a bit of knowledge One of the more common questions that NGC Customer Service receives is regarding the difference between a doubled die and machine doubling. This distinction is very important, because […]

Legend Market Report – FUN Show Report

Legend Market Report – FUN Show Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   Legend Numismatics wishes to thank everyone for their concerns. The airport shooting was horrific. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We were never in harm’s way, however we were right outside the location of the suspected second shooting in a garage as it […]

Stack’s Bowers: Mint State 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar at January Collectors Choice Online Auction

Stack’s Bowers: Mint State 1889-CC Morgan Silver Dollar at January Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   The January 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction offers nearly 700 lots and an impressive barrage of rarities including a delightful 1889-CC Morgan silver dollar certified MS-62 by PCGS (lot 91341). The 1889-CC Morgan dollar is one of the most desirable issues of the series, […]

Treasure News – Search for Yamashita’s Gold Continues

Treasure News – Search for Yamashita’s Gold Continues

Most of the time, when the topic of lost treasure is brought up, it falls into one of two categories: centuries-old shipwrecks and hidden Nazi gold. However, there is another major source of mythologized stories of long-forgotten gold riches that dates back to the WWII era: Yamashita’s gold.

Ancient Electrum Coins – Strength and Unity of an Empire

Ancient Electrum Coins – Strength and Unity of an Empire

By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……   The ancient Greek island of Lesbos was located in the northeastern Aegean Sea off the coast of modern-day Turkey. Its largest and wealthiest city, Mytilene, was originally founded in the 11th century BCE by the Penthilidae family of Thessaly, who ruled […]

Coin Collecting Market – Make It FUN For Everyone

Coin Collecting Market – Make It FUN For Everyone

Colonial copper and Civil War silver bargains; 2017, the year of the collector By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Phew! Just shoveled off about a foot of heavy wet snow from my roof and driveway here in New Hampshire and I am now settled into my home office raring to see what […]

Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – Why History Matters: Consigning Items With A Story

Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – Why History Matters: Consigning Items With A Story

By Cori Sedwick Downing – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   Do you have an interesting coin, bank note, or shipwreck artifact with a history to tell? Here are the 15 reasons why you should consign to us now to be a part of Treasure Auction 21: 1) Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC will get top […]

Bullion & Precious Metals – Gold In Our Sewers?

Bullion & Precious Metals – Gold In Our Sewers?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Could you ever imagine someone throwing away a commodity as valuable as gold? As difficult as it may be to believe, people are literally flushing millions of dollars worth of gold down the drain each year! It begs a rather strange pair of questions: How much lost […]

Rare Coin Market Commentary – What To Expect For 2017 And Beyond

Rare Coin Market Commentary – What To Expect For 2017 And Beyond

Now is an excellent time to be collecting rare coins By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   As the year winds down most who are involved in the world of numismatics are starting to consider what the New Year will bring. Many will be happy to put 2016 in the past. The […]

Stack’s Bowers: Condition Census Gem 1914-D Indian Quarter Eagle Gold Coin

Stack’s Bowers: Condition Census Gem 1914-D Indian Quarter Eagle Gold Coin

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Offered as part of our January 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction is a gorgeous Gem 1914-D Indian quarter eagle $2.50 gold coin that ranks among the finest survivors of this desirable issue. The 1914-D is the second of just three years that Indian quarter […]

Coin Collecting – Jim Bisognani’s Rare Coin Market Predictions for 2017

Coin Collecting – Jim Bisognani’s Rare Coin Market Predictions for 2017

Notables weigh in on trends and what to expect in 2017. Barbers and seated coinage winners By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   As 2016 nears its historic conclusion, we in the numismatic world have also enjoyed another incredible season full of inspired collecting opportunities. Having spent five decades traversing small and large […]

Precious Metals & Bullion – Outlook for South African Platinum, Palladium

Precious Metals & Bullion – Outlook for South African Platinum, Palladium

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Along with Russia, South Africa is one of the world’s main sources of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) – namely, platinum and palladium. In terms of the proportion of the annual global supply of these metals that South African mining provides, the totals are 40% for palladium and […]

Q. David Bowers – Dr. Richard G. Doty: A Reminiscence

Q. David Bowers – Dr. Richard G. Doty: A Reminiscence

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   Dr. Richard G. (“Dick”) Doty was a personal friend of mine for many years and was widely admired by all who knew him. As an associate curator of the National Numismatic Collection in the Smithsonian Institution, then head curator, from 1986 onward he planned exhibits and […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Gold…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Congratulations on your decision. I’m sure you’ve given this a lot of thought and I’d like to assist you in formulating a plan of attack. First, there are two things you’ll need plenty of: funds and patience. Second, you’ll need some guidance regarding the logistics […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 8

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 8

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 I want to stress to the reader that Josiah K. Lilly was an extraordinary collector. He did not collect just one type of coin or object […]

Coin Photography – A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words or at Least a Thousand Dollars!

Coin Photography – A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words or at Least a Thousand Dollars!

Digital photography is one of the key tools for the business of numismatics By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The earliest regular auction catalogues for rare coins in the United States began in the 1850s or so. These early catalogues illustrated coins with the use of woodcuts. That process of illustration […]

Stack’s Bowers: Gem 1929 Indian Quarter Eagle in 1st Collectors Choice Online Auction of 2017

Stack’s Bowers: Gem 1929 Indian Quarter Eagle in 1st Collectors Choice Online Auction of 2017

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   This week’s featured highlight for our January 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction was produced on the cusp of the greatest worldwide economic disaster of the 20th century – the Great Depression. This Gem 1929 Indian quarter eagle reminds us that even amidst the dreariest […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Weakens in the FOMC Aftermarket

Gold Markets Report – Gold Weakens in the FOMC Aftermarket

Commentary for Friday, December 15, 2016 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $4.70 at $1,163.70 but keep in mind this close happened before the FOMC announced its expected ¼ point increase in interest rates. So basically this market closed on an upbeat note perhaps because […]

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Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

Legend Market Report – Pre Las Vegas Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A DECEMBER TO REMEMBER We were surprised at how active this past week was. It wasn’t a mad house or anything, just even keel business. Very proud to say the biggest coin we sold was a $3 1886 PCGS MS65 CAC. That coin was the last coin […]

NGC Ancients: Rare Overstruck “Judaea Capta” Bar Kokhba Coin Discovered

NGC Ancients: Rare Overstruck “Judaea Capta” Bar Kokhba Coin Discovered

NGC brings to light one of the fabled rarities of ancient Jewish coinage In 132 CE, following nearly 60 years of simmering resentment towards the Roman destruction of the Holy Temple, the people of Judaea were on the brink of rebellion. When the new revolt began, a certain Simon bar Kokhba led a relatively small […]

What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

What’s Hot and What’s Not: The Rare Date Gold Market at the End of 2016

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   From a numismatic point of view, 2016 wasn’t an especially good year. In most series, prices were down; in some cases by as much as 20-30%. Perhaps the only bright spot in the 2016 coin market was rare date gold. My business was strong in […]

Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – Treasure Auction Wrap-Up, Tips for Buying Cobs, and Where to Find Us

Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – Treasure Auction Wrap-Up, Tips for Buying Cobs, and Where to Find Us

By Cori Sedwick Downing – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   I’m finally able to take a breather from post-auction duties of packing and shipping to share some thoughts with you. First, all of us at Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC want to thank our bidders, consignors, auction speakers, and auction attendees for helping make Treasure […]

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

Q. David Bowers – Being a Successful Coin Investor

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers….   ​In the 1970s and ’80s I used to teach the “All About Coins” class at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminars in Colorado Springs. This was always an enjoyable experience and the class was always well attended. Some of my teenaged students went on to become […]

‘Tis the Season for Silver and Gold and Santa

‘Tis the Season for Silver and Gold and Santa

For the new collector, young or old, on your shopping list: go buy the book! By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   ‘Tis the season. The mere utterance of that well-known phrase evokes fond memories of our youth, childhood recollections of holidays and wish lists. While still an exciting time of year as […]

 
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