Tag: Coin Blog

Antietam and Gettysburg: Classic US Civil War Commemorative Coins

Antietam and Gettysburg: Classic US Civil War Commemorative Coins

The Antietam and Gettysburg Classic Civil War Commemoratives are popular with collectors of coins and Civil War history By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   When I was young, as I am sure it is with school age children today, seeing Memorial Day finally appear on the calendar was a time to rejoice, as […]

Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ……   I enjoy being part of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team, including the auction program. Often I have contemplated a coin that would be nice to own–a Mint State 1839/6 cent, a lustrous 1794 or 1795 Flowing Hair dollar, an 1815 half eagle. These and other coins […]

Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA World’s Fair Auction – Exceptional Signed Decadrachm by Euainetos

Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA World’s Fair Auction – Exceptional Signed Decadrachm by Euainetos

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   The inaugural preview for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction features a very exciting coin. The Decadrachms of Syracuse are widely considered to be among the finest pieces of numismatic art in antiquity, if not in the entire history […]

Choice Dahlonega Mint 1839 Liberty Head Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

Choice Dahlonega Mint 1839 Liberty Head Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   The half eagles struck at the Dahlonega Mint in 1839 represent a very significant and popular issue from that Georgia mint. Our June 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore will feature a delightful AU-58 1839-D half eagle that is among […]

Coin Collecting Strategies: Numismatic Diversification

Coin Collecting Strategies: Numismatic Diversification

Diversifying your coin collecting areas of interest is a very enjoyable way to collect and learn about the history of different series By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   During a recent meeting with my financial advisor we discussed the importance of diversification. Having all of your eggs in any one basket is […]

The Concept of “Freshness” in Numismatics

The Concept of “Freshness” in Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   There is almost no term in the rare coin market which is more misused than “fresh”. I am certainly guilty of overusing this word, and if you look at the coin descriptions I write on my website, I use the word “fresh” more often than […]

Counterfeit Detection – Die Struck Counterfeit 1916-D Mercury Dime

Counterfeit Detection – Die Struck Counterfeit 1916-D Mercury Dime

1916-D Counterfeit Mercury Dime By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Skillful identification of counterfeit coins is essential to the hobby. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently received a die struck copy of an important coin that bore tooling marks, a telltale sign of counterfeit efforts. Read on for more details. It is very easy for authenticators […]

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

Legend Market Report – Demand Strong While Supply “Meh”

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   THIS PAST WEEK’S ACTION Finally, Spring is in the air and so is coin collecting. We are greatly surprised how there was only a small dip in demand around tax time. Seems activity is back to normal. In fact, our sales this week were extremely strong and […]

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Vetranio, Temporary Emperor

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Vetranio, Temporary Emperor

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ……   Vetranio (we do not know a first or family name) was born to humble parents in Moesia, probably in the 290s CE. He entered the army and served with distinction under the mighty Constantine I (AD 306-337), the first Christian ruler of Rome, who even during […]

US Coins – Finest Known 1803 Cohen-2 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

US Coins – Finest Known 1803 Cohen-2 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Early American copper collectors pursue numismatics with great enthusiasm, resulting in long-established condition censuses for most issues. Usually, the finest half dozen examples of a given variety comprise a recognized hierarchy with provenances stretching back a century or more. Rarely, if ever, is this […]

Modern Proof Coins—The Hunt For Perfection Continues

Modern Proof Coins—The Hunt For Perfection Continues

Viewing countless modern proofs gives the collector a greater appreciation for perfection! By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   As we roll into the month of May, we in New England can finally say good riddance to Old Man Winter who, much like the unwanted house guest, didn’t seem to ever want to leave. […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 19 and […]

Metal Detecting – U.K. Ranks Its Top 20 Treasures

Metal Detecting – U.K. Ranks Its Top 20 Treasures

By Everett Millman – Gainesvillecoins.com ……   Most aspiring treasure hunters are aware that Great Britain is essentially the metal detecting treasure capital of the world Aside from an extensive history of habitation that has produced almost innumerable antiquities and medieval coins, the country boasts the world’s most equitable treasure trove laws. This is effectively the […]

The U.S. Government Confiscates Ten Multi-Million Dollar Coins

The U.S. Government Confiscates Ten Multi-Million Dollar Coins

Opinion by Dr. Richard S. Appel – Unique Rare Coins …… Mystery, intrigue and a see-saw legal battle has surrounded 10 1933 St. Gaudens $20 gold coins since their discovery in a family safe deposit box in 2002. The box originally belonged to Israel Switt, a long-time Philadelphia jeweler and coin dealer. He died in […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Evidence of heavy polishing where the fourth leg should be – 1937-D Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The 1937-D 3 Legged Buffalo Nickel is undoubtedly the most famous key date in the Buffalo Nickel series. Most collectors consider it to be a distinct issue although it is more accurately […]

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes at a Seven Week Low

Gold Markets Report – Gold Closes at a Seven Week Low

Commentary for Tuesday, May 9, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $11.00 at $1,216.10 as momentum selling returns and the price of gold makes new recent lows. The domestic market broke down on the open and we did not catch much of a […]

Coin Collecting Advice: Building a Numismatic Library

Coin Collecting Advice: Building a Numismatic Library

Assembling the correct numismatic library for your level of engagement in the hobby is very important By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   One of the most sage pieces of advice ever given in numismatics is “Buy the book before the coin”. The legendary numismatist Q. David Bowers is credited with coining […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 12

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 12

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 19 and […]

Rare Coin Auction: 1810 Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

Rare Coin Auction: 1810 Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

1810 Capped Bust half eagle one rare coin among many to be offered by Stack’s Bowers in Baltimore By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   This week’s featured highlight from our official June 2017 Baltimore Expo Auction is an extreme rarity from the Capped Bust half eagle series that has been […]

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Weakens, Silver Eagle Monster Box Sales Down

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Weakens, Silver Eagle Monster Box Sales Down

Commentary for Monday, May 1, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $12.80 at $1,255.50 in another defensive round. It actually opened rather flat which has been the case lately – pitched higher and then reversed itself testing the $1,254.00 level before catching much […]

Stunning Cameo Proof 1876 Half Dollar Featured in May 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction

Stunning Cameo Proof 1876 Half Dollar Featured in May 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Lot 91161 of our May 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction will spotlight a gorgeous 1876 Liberty Seated half dollar certified Proof-65 Cameo by PCGS and granted a green sticker by CAC. This beauty was struck in a year filled with excitement over the centennial […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The term “Early American Gold Coins” generally refers to the quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles produced at the Philadelphia Mint between 1795 and 1834. By its very nature, early American gold attracts well-heeled collectors. There aren’t many interesting issues available anymore in the sub-$10,000 […]

Cultural Property Overreach Encroaches on Collectors’ Rights

Cultural Property Overreach Encroaches on Collectors’ Rights

By Wayne Sayles – Ancient Coin Collecting ….   Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over […]

Chinese Panda Coins: Pandas Tip the Rarity Scale

Chinese Panda Coins: Pandas Tip the Rarity Scale

There are more than a dozen Chinese Panda coins and medals, including Show Pandas, that — by published mintage — rank from uncommon to very scarce By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   How rare is rare? Many people talk about rarity the way they do coin grades: very rare, extremely rare, etc. […]

Viking Silver Coin Hoard Found in Denmark

Viking Silver Coin Hoard Found in Denmark

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …….   Two men with metal detectors struck it big earlier this month when their find in southern Zealand (Denmark) led archaeologists to 130 Viking silver coins. This is a considerable hoard of coins from the era when the Vikings dominated Northern Europe, from about 800 CE to 1066 […]

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Bullion & Precious Metals: Gold Dealer Newsletter – Gold Firm as Europe Considers Options

Commentary for Friday, April 21, 2017 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $5.30 at $1,289.10 and once again holds its ground. So where are we going into the weekend? I think traders are cautious but not ambivalent – on the short term gold is […]

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

Legend Market Report – Baltimore and the 1804 Dollar

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   A NOTE FROM LAURA SPERBER Do know this is one of the toughest reports for me to write. George Huang, the co-founder of Legend and my business partner for 31 years had a very serious heart attack last Friday. George always did everything within his power to […]

Jeff Garrett: Collecting Colonial Coinage

Jeff Garrett: Collecting Colonial Coinage

Colonial coins offer a combination of rarity, historical value and affordability By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   My last article mentioned my first trip to the ANA Summer Seminar in 1974. My instructor that week was “Red Book” editor Ken Bressett. I had decided to take his class on United States […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Philip II the King of Macedonia

Ancient Greek Coins – Philip II the King of Macedonia

The tomb of Philip II of Macedon at the Museum of the Royal Tombs in Vergina By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC….   The Colosseo Collection Philip II was the father of Alexander the Great and the youngest son of King Amyntas III. He took the throne in 359 BCE upon the death […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 11

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 11

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 19 and […]

 
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