Tag: Modern Coins

What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ………. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

By September 3, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Australian Birds Take Flight on Perth Mint Coins

Australian Birds Take Flight on Perth Mint Coins

Western Australia’s rare Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is the first bird to fly onto The Perth Mint’s magnificent new Birds of Australia coin series. Unveiled in Perth today by The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and the Western Australian Museum’s Curator of Ornithology Ron Johnstone, the latest collector program will be a welcomed theme on Australian […]

Royal Canadian Mint Press Conference at the Summer ANA

Royal Canadian Mint Press Conference at the Summer ANA

Alex Reeves, John Moore, & James B. Love, Royal Canadian Mint The Royal Canadian Mint is a regular participant at the American Numismatic Association’s coin conventions. Each year new issues are announced and developments at the Mint are discussed. This year’s announcements include the release of a new gold and silver coin of exceptionally high […]

By August 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

An Open Letter to CAC: Now is the Time to Accept Moderns

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Note: A copy of this letter has been forwarded by the authors to CAC’s President John Albanese. Mr. Albanese, Over the past few years, CAC has distinguished itself by its ability to consistently recognize quality coins. The green and gold CAC stickers have become synonymous with quality, and as […]

The Collapse of the 2001-S Sacagawea Proof

The Collapse of the 2001-S Sacagawea Proof

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker The sentiment among collectors who deride modern coins is that they’re overpriced and just plain common. They often argue that high-grade certified “condition-rarities” are nothing more than fool’s gold. And we have to admit, it’s hard to argue with that sometimes. So this week, we discuss one coin that […]

Modern World Coin News Round-Up: Interesting New Issues

Modern World Coin News Round-Up: Interesting New Issues

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… 2012 has been an amazing year for modern world coins with lots of interesting new issues and low mintage coin sell-outs. Here are a couple of the more significant new and forthcoming world coin issues: 1.) Latvia Tribute coin In late May the Bank of Latvia announced that it […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: San Francisco 70 Sets Rising Fast and New Spouse Queens

The Coin Analyst: Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: San Francisco 70 Sets Rising Fast and New Spouse Queens

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… San Francisco 70 sets take-off As I suggested might be the case in July , there was significant appreciation potential for graded proof/reverse proof 70 versions of the San Francisco American silver eagle sets from the time we found out that only a portion of the total mintage would […]

The Coin Analyst: Special Coins and Medals Issued to Mark Philadelphia ANA

The Coin Analyst: Special Coins and Medals Issued to Mark Philadelphia ANA

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …….. One of the long-standing traditions associated with major national coin shows, especially the annual summer convention of the American Numismatic Association, is the issuance of special coins and medals that mark the occasion. They are different from show badges and medals, which the ANA itself issues and sells and which […]

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Coin Sales in 2012

The Coin Analyst: America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Coin Sales in 2012

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …….. Sales of U.S. mint collector and bullion coin products have generally been trending lower since last year, especially for the 5-ounce America the Beautiful (AtB) silver coins. But the new coin that honors Acadia National Park in Maine is attracting a lot of interest based on the latest sales data […]

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: So Much for Summer Doldrums

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: So Much for Summer Doldrums

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek It used to be the case that summer was a slower period for coin collecting. Numismatists would take a break from their obsession with coins and go to the beach, though they undoubtedly brought some coin books to read. But in recent years that has changed. Summer coin shows are often […]

From Robert Bateman to the Group of Seven, Canada Comes Alive on New Royal Canadian Mint Coins

From Robert Bateman to the Group of Seven, Canada Comes Alive on New Royal Canadian Mint Coins

Addition of Canadian Coast Guard 50th anniversary and War of 1812 themes blends history with the celebration of our natural and cultural heritage Ottawa, Ontario, July 16, 2012 – The Royal Canadian Mint is pleased to announce a summer blockbuster of new coins featuring an abundance of themes and designs capturing Canada’s wealth of national […]

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Launch A Success

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Set Launch A Success

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint first proposed issuing a special American silver eagle proof set marking the 75th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint in the spring, most collectors were excited about the new coins. They were especially intrigued by the prospect of the first “S”-mint reverse proof coin in the […]

The Coin Analyst: Eliza Johnson, not Julia Tyler, is the Current Queen of the Gold Spouses

The Coin Analyst: Eliza Johnson, not Julia Tyler, is the Current Queen of the Gold Spouses

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Identifying which coins are the lowest mintage pieces in a particular series has always been at the very heart of coin collecting in general, especially modern coin collecting. But collectors often lack the right tools to determine which coins are the low-mintage keys in their series. There are two reasons […]

The Coin Analyst: Veteran Dealer Steve Estes Launches Coin Blog and Discusses the Coin Market

The Coin Analyst: Veteran Dealer Steve Estes Launches Coin Blog and Discusses the Coin Market

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Steve Estes of Portland, Oregon has been a professional numismatist and coin dealer since 1963. He works with his wife Debbi. Mr. Estes is an expert on many classic U.S. coin series, especially Morgan and Peace dollars. He has developed a 1-10 scale for assessing a coin’s eye appeal, which […]

2007-D $1 Sacagawea with Presidential Edge Lettering to be sold by GreatCollections

2007-D $1 Sacagawea with Presidential Edge Lettering to be sold by GreatCollections

June 25, 2012, Irvine, Calif. – GreatCollections is proud to offer the 2007-D $1 Sacagawea with Presidential Edge Lettering, which was the subject of many news stories five years ago when PCGS paid out a $10,000 reward just to be the first grading company to grade this error.   In 2007, Sacagawea dollars were produced […]

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Defining The Line Between Precious Metals and Numismatics

Defining The Line Between Precious Metals and Numismatics

By Jay Rudo A question that collectors often ask is what makes a coin bullion and what makes a coin numismatic.  There are a lot of different factors involved to answer this question and this article will look at many of them.  Having spent a career dealing in both rare coins and bullion I feel […]

By June 25, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
The Royal Canadian Mint Announces Series of Five Commemorative Circulation Coins Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

The Royal Canadian Mint Announces Series of Five Commemorative Circulation Coins Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

$2 circulation coin celebrating victory of HMS Shannon over USS Chesapeake is the first salvo in a commemorative circulation coin program also honouring Brock, Tecumseh, de Salaberry and Secord Ottawa, Ontario, June 18, 2012 – Two hundred years after the start of the conflict in 1812, the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to announce the […]

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint issues a special silver eagle set, it is an important numismatic event. On June 7 the Mint launched the San Francisco Mint 2-coin proof American silver eagle set, and once again everyone clamored on the first day to get their orders in. Some people thought that […]

Perth Mint Excludes U.S. Customers From Direct Dragon Proof Coin Sales

Perth Mint Excludes U.S. Customers From Direct Dragon Proof Coin Sales

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Coins from the Perth Mint in Western Australia are eagerly collected all over the world and are renowned for their high quality and innovative designs and themes. More than most other world mints, Perth has pushed the envelope of modern world coins into all kinds of interesting areas that involve […]

Perth Mint King-Sized Kilo Coins Mark Queen’s 60 Year Reign

Perth Mint King-Sized Kilo Coins Mark Queen’s 60 Year Reign

As a former branch of the Royal Mint, The Perth Mint is honouring its British heritage by releasing two majestic kilo coins to celebrate the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure gold and 1 kilo of 99.9% pure silver, these latest releases complete The Perth Mint’s extensive […]

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Some U.S. Mint products have always been essentially made to demand, that is produced to whatever level buyers order, rather than set to a specific mintage level. Examples include proof and mint sets and proof and burnished American silver eagles. But in the wake of the widespread criticism the Mint […]

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. If coins are, as Michael Bugeja has argued “art you can hold and experience history in the process,” then the designs that appear on them are clearly are of paramount importance. In fact, for many collectors the aesthetic appeal of a coin’s design is what draws them to a particular […]

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

Choosing a Key Date Clad Roosevelt Dime

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek.com…. We are 47 years into the clad era and the dust is yet to settle. Even though there’s a lot of action to be had, it seems the hobby as a whole can give the clad era one great big shrug of the shoulders. We maintain that […]

Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins: A Conversation with John Maben

Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins: A Conversation with John Maben

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek John Maben, owner of John Maben Rare Coins and Modern Coin Mart , and Eric Jordan, author of the book, Modern Commemorative Coins, are the authors of the new book, Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins (Krause, 2012), which zeroes in on the 50 modern U.S. coins that the authors […]

Modern Coin News Round-Up: News from Major World Mints

Modern Coin News Round-Up: News from Major World Mints

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek UK Royal Mint Announces Changes to Britannia Coins On April 26 Nick Bowkett of the UK’s Royal Mint posted an article on the mint’s blog which stated that the UK has decided to change the silver and gold content of its Britannia bullion coins. The gold coins will be changed […]

Coins of India, Russia Hits at CICF

Coins of India, Russia Hits at CICF

IOLA, Wis. (May 21, 2012) — The coins of India have joined the coins of China as most sought after by world coin buyers, according to dealer Allen G. Berman. “I find that Russia is still among the strongest countries as well,” Berman said at the Chicago International Coin Fair held April 27-29 the Crowne Plaza […]

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coins Outperforming U.S. Issues This Year

The Coin Analyst: Modern World Coins Outperforming U.S. Issues This Year

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 2012 has been a remarkable year for modern coin collectors in terms of the quality and range of products offered as well as the quick appreciation of sold-out, limited edition items. The U.S. Mint has provided hardly any information about planned releases of many of its major collectible series like […]

NGC Grades 25 Millionth Coin

NGC Grades 25 Millionth Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), a Florida-based independent coin certification and grading company, announced today it has graded 25 million coins – becoming the first grading company to reach this milestone. Mark Salzberg, chairman of NGC, considers this milestone a great triumph. “It’s remarkable to look back on the collections we’ve seen as we approached the […]

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

NGC Offers New Label For TOP 50 Most Popular Modern Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created a special presentation label for coins featured in Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins. This newly released book lists the Top 50 Most Popular Modern Coins in terms of popularity, scarcity and affordability. Each coin listed in the book includes a detailed history, images, statistics and a graph displaying […]

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Michele Coiron on Promoting Sales of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

The Coin Analyst: Interview with Michele Coiron on Promoting Sales of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Michele Coiron is director of sales for the fund-raising affiliate of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, known as Star-Spangled 200, Inc. She recently spoke with me about her efforts to promote sales of the U.S. Mint’s commemorative coins that honor the Star-Spangled Banner. Those coins include a well-received […]

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