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MA-Shops: Ancient Coins from Akragas

MA-Shops: Ancient Coins from Akragas

By Joël van Dam – Owner of Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com ……   The city of Akragas was one of the predominant cities of ancient Sicily. A typically Greek city, it was founded in 688 BCE by the Geloans in Sican territory in the southern part of the island settled by Dorians. They started minting coins […]

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Gold Coin of the Great Kushans

Ancient Coin Profile – Pompeia’s Pick: Gold Coin of the Great Kushans

By Lorie Ann Hambly for Heritage Auctions ……   Pompeia’s pick this time is a departure from our usual run of Greco-Roman coins: A gold double-dinar of Vima Kadphises, Kushan ruler of northern and central India from 113 to 137 CE Considering the importance of Ancient India as home of one of the Ancient World’s […]

NGC Ancients: Sea Creatures on Greek Coins

NGC Ancients: Sea Creatures on Greek Coins

An ancient people’s reliance on the sea is reflected in money Finely engraved images of animals and mythic creatures are commonplace on ancient Greek coins. The spectrum is incredible, ranging from imaginary creatures to the kinds of animals the ancients encountered in everyday life. Among the most frequently shown are aquatic creatures. This is hardly […]

Legend Market Report – Summer FUN Show

Legend Market Report – Summer FUN Show

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   AN EXCELLENT STATE SHOW We attended the Summer FUN Show specifically to meet with a customer. We did not take a table. Our observations were a little surprising. Dealer-wise, it really was a state show, with only a handful of dealers from out of state. Attendance-wise, we […]

Chinese Pandas: World’s Fair of Panda Medals

Chinese Pandas: World’s Fair of Panda Medals

The China Mint will release a Show Panda to commemorate the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   It took me only a few minutes to spot the hottest table at the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim last year. The throng around it was hard […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are not directly copied from genuine examples, therefore many of the details are incorrect. Cents have long been the target of counterfeiters because of the numerous key dates and the popularity of […]

Coin Collecting: Expanding the Hobby

Coin Collecting: Expanding the Hobby

Attracting young people is vital if numismatics is to thrive going forward By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   My term as president of the American Numismatic Association–the ANA–is about to end. The past two years have literally flown by. I am often asked if I’m glad it’s over, but nothing could […]

2017 India Gold Imports Already Exceed 2016

2017 India Gold Imports Already Exceed 2016

By Everett Millman – Gainesvillecoins.com ……   For generations, India has been known as one of the world’s primary sources of gold demand. However, last year its gold imports fell off considerably due to a variety of new policies by the Indian government regarding gold ownership, taxation, and even the supply of paper money in […]

How to Grade Coins: Lessons from American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar

How to Grade Coins: Lessons from American Numismatic Association’s Summer Seminar

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   Grading coins can be a difficult task. The difference between an AU-58 coin and an MS-62 coin can mean very little in terms of wear but matter greatly in value. If the coin isn’t under the right light or the grader isn’t experienced with the […]

The 36 Major US Gold Coin Types: A Collector’s Guide

The 36 Major US Gold Coin Types: A Collector’s Guide

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   Between 1795 and 1933 a total of 36 major gold types were issued for circulation. In my May 2017 article on collecting US gold by type, I touched on these. In this follow-up, I’m going to discuss each type in more detail with suggestions on how and what […]

Ephraim Brasher John Burger 8 Escudos Featured in August 2017 ANA Auction

Ephraim Brasher John Burger 8 Escudos Featured in August 2017 ANA Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ……   The Rarities Night session of our August 2017 ANA Auction will feature a magnificent Chilean 1756/5-So 8 escudos regulated by famed goldsmiths Ephraim Brasher and John Burger, a coin that ranks among the finest coins known from either regulator. Brasher and Burger were contemporaries […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 15

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 15

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 29 and […]

Coin Collecting Tips: Liberty Coins On A Budget

Coin Collecting Tips: Liberty Coins On A Budget

Seated, standing, walking, draped or capped — assemble a type set featuring Ms. Liberty By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   The Fourth of July — our great republic has just celebrated the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and for 225 of those years we’ve been striking coins (Gulp! […]

Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Ancient Greek Coins – Agathokles’ Victory

Sicily, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. Silver Tetradrachm By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Agathokles was the last of the larger-than-life rulers of Syracuse, but he was not merely given the right to the throne. He was born in Thermae in 361 BCE to a Greek manufacturer of pottery, but he quickly […]

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

Eye Appeal of Coins in the Age of the Internet

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   I’ve recently read articles on other websites about how the coin market has changed in the last few decades. Surprisingly, too few of these articles mentioned the Internet coin market; the single biggest game-changer of the past decade, certainly, and along with third-party grading probably the most important […]

Legend Market Report – First Half of 2017 and Happy July 4th!

Legend Market Report – First Half of 2017 and Happy July 4th!

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   The first half of 2017 is over and was Legend Numismatics best since 2012. We can now sit back and enjoy the July 4th holiday (we will be open 9-12 Monday). We hope everyone can do the same. Legend Numismatics Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy July […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit Coin Detection: US Gold 1911-D Quarter Eagle

Counterfeit 1911-D Quarter Eagle By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Researcher, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   The 1911-D is the key Indian Head quarter eagle. Read about two unusual alterations and how NGC experts discovered these two type of counterfeits. Chased Mintmark There are a number of methods used by counterfeiters to add a mintmark to […]

Legend Numismatics: Hot Topics – Smart People Can Do Dumb Things

Legend Numismatics: Hot Topics – Smart People Can Do Dumb Things

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …….   Journal entries from the founder of Legend Numismatics, Laura Sperber, help you stay current with the real happenings of numismatics. A former ANA Board Member, Laura has handled close to $1 billion worth of rare coins to date and has assembled many of the greatest collections ever. […]

Stack’s Bowers: Gold Solidus of Magnus Maximus at August ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers: Gold Solidus of Magnus Maximus at August ANA Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   For this week’s previews for the ancient coin section of the August ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction, we present a piece with great historical significance, the Gold Solidus of Magnus Maximus This coin from the late Roman Empire marks the beginning of the […]

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

Ancient Coins – A Soldier’s Share of Alexander the Great’s Plunder

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Alexander the Great, born in the autumn of 356 BCE and taught by the famous Aristotle, was one of the most successful military generals of all time, conquering a large part of Asia and ruling a kingdom that spanned from the Ionian sea to the […]

Stack’s Bowers: 1982-83 Bronze Lincoln Cent Errors Featured in August 2017 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers: 1982-83 Bronze Lincoln Cent Errors Featured in August 2017 ANA Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ……   The Denver Mint struck over 12 billion Lincoln cents in 1982 and 1983 combined, ensuring that the term “scarce” would never be associated with cents bearing those dates. However, oversights in quality control and perhaps a bit of luck have resulted in two cents […]

Falling in Love with Numismatics – Suddenly It’s 1952!

Falling in Love with Numismatics – Suddenly It’s 1952!

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers …… As I write these words I enjoy numismatics every bit as much as I did when I was a kid in junior high school in 1952. Given two blue Whitman folders for Lincoln pennies and told that if I found a 1909-S V.D.B. cent in pocket change […]

Legend Market Report – Mid-June Market Report

Legend Market Report – Mid-June Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   ANOTHER GREAT SALES WEEK We think we know why we are selling so much – we’ve had the goods the past 30/60 days. As we mentioned a little bit ago, once we’re pretty much sold out, our superhero status will be gone. We’ll be crying as loud […]

US Paper Money & Scrip – Military Payment Certificates

US Paper Money & Scrip – Military Payment Certificates

MPCs are growing in popularity and can offer the new collector an easy and fun way to learn about numismatics US large & small size currency, Confederate notes and fractional currency are all common items that many people collect. There is, however, a small niche in the numismatic collecting community that is growing: Military Payment […]

Perth Mint Considers New Security Measures

Perth Mint Considers New Security Measures

Includes special bras for female employees By Everett Millman – Gainesvillecoins.com ……   Combating counterfeits and theft are among the chief concerns facing any government mint. In an effort to both weed out and deter fakes of all sorts, many mints have begun including special security measures on their gold and silver bullion coins. Over […]

Stack’s Bowers: Massive Alexander I Russian Gold Medal at ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers: Massive Alexander I Russian Gold Medal at ANA Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Stack’s Bowers Auctions ……   This week’s highlight from our August 2017 Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado is a gold medal commemorating the birth of Alexander I. Not many related Russian medals are known to have been struck in gold and are unlisted in […]

Summer Shines on Baltimore Whitman Expo

Summer Shines on Baltimore Whitman Expo

Whitman Expo – Delaware Couple Hunting Buffalos in Blue Moon; Gold in a Quagmire? By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   According to the calendar, summer is officially here! As I write this, the temperature is knocking on the upper side of 90, confirming that with a hot exclamation point. Since the season is […]

Digital Future: Don’t Let Big Brother Track Your Bullion!

Digital Future: Don’t Let Big Brother Track Your Bullion!

By Everett Millman – Gainesvillecoins.com ……   Let’s be loud and clear about this point: American citizens, and human beings more generally, have a right to hold wealth in a tangible form that cannot vanish from an electronic bank ledger in a moment. This would seem to be an incontrovertible truth. It’s a matter of […]

World Paper Money – Elusive Qatar and Dubai Color Trial Specimens

World Paper Money – Elusive Qatar and Dubai Color Trial Specimens

A highlight of the Stack’s Bowers August ANA World’s Fair of Money sale and a set that will certainly excite collectors is a Qatar and Dubai Color Trial Specimen grouping. These 1960s series notes from Qatar and Dubai are among the most sought after collectible banknotes as the circulation period was short and the issuance […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

Counterfeit Coin Detection – The 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter

Counterfeit 1924-S Standing Liberty Quarter By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …..   As we’ve said in previous Counterfeit Coin Detection columns, no US coinage issue is immune from counterfeiting. Classic rarities and key dates, like the 1804 dollar and the 1916-D dime, are frequent targets of counterfeiting, but so too are more common coins. In […]

 
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