Tag: Numismatic History

The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

The Origin of Specie: How Gold and Silver Became Money

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….   …And unto Sarah he said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of silver. –Genesis, 20:16 ABIMELECH, PHILISTINE KING OF GERAR, gravely offended the patriarch Abraham by trying to appropriate his wife, Sarah, having been led to believe that Sarah was actually Abraham’s sister[1]. […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 10

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 10

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 […]

Museum of American Finance Opens New Exhibit: “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency”

Museum of American Finance Opens New Exhibit: “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency”

By Museum of American Finance …..   In honor of Black History Month, the Museum of American Finance has opened “For the Love of Money: Blacks on US Currency,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the Museum of UnCut Funk. To be featured on currency is among the nation’s highest honors. The Treasury’s latest redesign […]

By February 10, 20170 Comments Read More →
Historic RittenhouseTown to Honor John Mercanti, 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint

Historic RittenhouseTown to Honor John Mercanti, 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint

John Mercanti will receive the David Rittenhouse Award for his decades of service and outstanding work as the 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint Calling John Mercanti an “important but somewhat unsung American artist,” the Board of Directors of Historic RittenhouseTown located in Fairmount Park, will be awarding the 2017 David Rittenhouse Award at […]

Coin Board Collecting – Special Book Offer

Coin Board Collecting – Special Book Offer

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   Time flies, and there are now three titles now published under the PennyBoard Press imprint: Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940s: A Complete History, Catalog and Value Guide Coin Collecting Albums: A Complete History & Catalog, Volume One – The National Coin Album & Related […]

Tickets Available for ANA Legacy Series Dinner at Orlando National Money Show

Tickets Available for ANA Legacy Series Dinner at Orlando National Money Show

Join the American Numismatic Association (ANA) in celebrating two of the hobby’s titans–Mark Salzberg and Rick Montgomery, leaders of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)–at the ANA Legacy Dinner, a fundraising event to benefit the ANA Legacy Series. The event will take place at the National Money Show in Orlando on Thursday, March 9, starting at 6:00 […]

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen

CoinWeek Podcast #50: Talking Morgan Dollars with Leroy Van Allen The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download […]

By December 16, 20160 Comments Read More →
U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 4: 1866-71 5¢ Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #362 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   This is the fourth column in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 on any one piece. Patterns of interesting, alternative designs for five cent nickels […]

Kolbe & Fanning Offer Thian Album of Confederate Currency

Kolbe & Fanning Offer Thian Album of Confederate Currency

Online Catalogue Now Available for Bidding The catalogue for Kolbe & Fanning’s 2017 New York Book Auction has been posted to the firm’s online bidding platform at auction.numislit.com. Every lot is illustrated in color and absentee bids can be placed at any time prior to the sale. Live internet bidding will be available during the […]

Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

By Leroy Van Allen, Special for CoinWeek …..   In November, Charles Morgan, Editor of CoinWeek, sent me an e-mail with three overall photographs of the two Morgan dollar hubs dated 1964 recently found by numismatists at the Philadelphia Mint. He wanted to know if I had any information on these hubs. This was the […]

CoinWeek News Wire for December 2, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for December 2, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for December 2, 2016 Current Events 1.) Zimbabwe police fire tear gas at bank note protest “We are not going to embrace bond notes,” Hardlife Mudzingwa, a spokesman for Tajamuka, told AFP. “They are being used to mop up the US dollars that people have in their accounts so […]

Whitman Announces New Guide Book of the United States Mint by Q. David Bowers

Whitman Announces New Guide Book of the United States Mint by Q. David Bowers

Whitman Publishing announces the release of A Guide Book of the United States Mint, by Q. David Bowers. The 448-page softcover book is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and at Whitman’s website for $24.95. The 23rd volume in the award-winning Bowers Series explores the heart of American coin collecting: the United States Mint […]

Numismatic Education: Scripophily Dealers Give Away Stock to New York Area Teachers

Numismatic Education: Scripophily Dealers Give Away Stock to New York Area Teachers

By Museum of American Finance …..   The Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, has partnered with two historical document dealers on an educational program to place primary source documents in local classrooms. Scripophily.com and Scott J. Winslow Associates, Inc. will sponsor free stock certificates for social studies teachers throughout the […]

By November 28, 20160 Comments Read More →
Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 7

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 7

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 After making our delivery of United States and foreign gold coins to Mr. Josiah K. Lilly in the spring of 1956, I discussed ways of making his collection grow. […]

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us.

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us.

CoinWeek Podcast #46: Ancient Coins – What We Can Learn. How Coins Changed Us. Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek Ancients Writer Mike Markowitz sits down with editor Charles Morgan in Baltimore at the 2016 Winter Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to […]

By November 12, 20160 Comments Read More →
Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 6

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 6

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 During the fall of 1955 and winter and early spring of 1956, Stack’s continued building segments of the J.K. Lilly Collection, keeping him informed while he spent his winter in Florida. We […]

Famous Coin Counterfeiter Thomas Wyatt’s Larcenous Letters of Deception – 4K Video

Famous Coin Counterfeiter Thomas Wyatt’s Larcenous Letters of Deception – 4K Video

At the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2016 World’s Fair of Money, CoinWeek’s editors stopped by the table of numismatic bookseller Kolbe & Fanning to take a look at an intriguing collecting of letters from known counterfeiter and numismatic forger Thomas Wyatt. In this 4K CoinWeek Exclusive video, Dr. David Fanning discusses the contents of the letters […]

Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   Historians state that “Everybody was Somebody” in the small population of the Thirteen Colonies at the time of the American Revolution. People who would be lost in a population of 300 million had a vastly greater opportunity to shine in a population of 10 or 12 million. […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars, Part I: An Overview

Collecting Morgan Dollars, Part I: An Overview

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   As a collectible, Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have no real peer in American numismatics. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars […]

Robert Bashlow

Robert Bashlow

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   THE CAST OF CHARACTERS in American Numismatics over the last century-and-a-half has included many an odd personality, whether in the ranks of collectors, dealers, researchers or story tellers. Some of these were well known figures who devoted decades to the field, often as professional coin auctioneers such […]

Numismatic Books – Whitman Publishes Paper Money Counterfeiting and Technology Reference

Numismatic Books – Whitman Publishes Paper Money Counterfeiting and Technology Reference

Whitman Publishing announces the upcoming release of Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle Between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing, by Robert “Bob” McCabe. In 480 pages this narrative covers the origins and development of paper and printing; the formation of engraving companies in America, particularly in the melting pot of Philadelphia; the […]

CoinWeek Podcast #36: Donn Pearlman talks 1913 Nickels, Numismatic Writing, and a Hobby in Transition

CoinWeek Podcast #36: Donn Pearlman talks 1913 Nickels, Numismatic Writing, and a Hobby in Transition

CoinWeek Podcast #36: Donn Pearlman talks 1913 Nickels, Numismatic Writing, and a Hobby in Transition Few in the coin industry have been as successful in bringing mainstream attention to numismatics as has Donn Pearlman, former ANA Governor, and 2015 Farran Zerbe Award winner. Donn is the press agent for PNG, Heritage Auctions, the ANA, and a […]

Israeli Coin Hoard May Be Ancient Coin Collection

Israeli Coin Hoard May Be Ancient Coin Collection

Evidence hints at purposeful storage by date By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In April of this year, 16 ancient silver shekels and half-shekels were exposed near the Israeli city of Modi’in during exploratory excavations conducted by the government of Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut before construction began on a new neighborhood in the area. The coins date […]

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast

CoinWeek Podcast #30: The Harvey Stack Mega Podcast Harvey Stack is a numismatic luminary. Having lived a full life completely immersed in the coin hobby and industry, the elder Stack has a love for coins and their collectors unlike any other living figure in the hobby. In this CoinWeek Mega Podcast, no topic is off […]

CoinWeek News Wire for May 20, 2016

CoinWeek News Wire for May 20, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 20, 2016 Brain Food 1.) From jagged edges to flowers: the origins of currencies The dollar is one of the most common currencies in the world used by the US, Australia, Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, and Singapore to name a few. The origin of the dollar, […]

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Vintage Numismatic Books – U.S. Coin Values and Lists by C. H. Shinkle

Photo Credit: American Numismatic Association; CoinWeek By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   The numismatic hobby at the turn of the 20th century was much different than it is today. The pages of the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatist were filled with familiar faces and names. It was a club magazine in the truest sense. This […]

Numismatic Education: Finance Museum Founder Makes Final Visionary Gift to Institution

Numismatic Education: Finance Museum Founder Makes Final Visionary Gift to Institution

Trustees will honor John Herzog for his legacy of giving at a reception on May 17 By Museum of American Finance …..   Wall Street veteran John E. Herzog has announced a final $5 million gift to the Museum of American Finance, the New York institution he founded more than 25 years ago. Herzog established […]

Classic US Coins – The Sultan of Muscat-Watters-Brand-Childs-Pogue 1804 Dollar

Classic US Coins – The Sultan of Muscat-Watters-Brand-Childs-Pogue 1804 Dollar

1804 Draped Bust Silver Dollar. Class I Original. Bowers Borckardt-304. Proof-68 (PCGS) The Finest Known Example of the King of American Coins Stack’s Bowers Pogue IV Auction – Lot 4020 on May 26th in NYC “The President has directed that a complete set of coins of the United States be sent to the King of […]

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

What Gives a Rare Coin Its Significance?

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …..   “They’re just pieces of metal,” Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, the late curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian, once told me as she showed me a tray containing major U.S. rarities, like a 1913 Liberty nickel and an 1804 silver dollar, among others. I had trouble […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

African-Americans on US Coins: Circulating Coins (Part 3)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   In the past two articles, [Part 1 and Part 2] Hubert and I have catalogued the history of African-American representation on U.S. commemorative coins. But commemorative coinage is a niche product of the Mint and has rarely been widely distributed. Today, very few people outside […]

 
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