Archive for: Numismatic History

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Major Prince and the 1859-S One Dollar Gold Pieces

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Major Prince and the 1859-S One Dollar Gold Pieces

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, E-Sylum contributor Dan Owens tells a fascinating story that traces... read more »

 

Million Dollar Coins: Adam Crum Talks About Buying the Brasher Doubloon. VIDEO: 2:33

Million Dollar Coins: Adam Crum Talks About Buying the Brasher Doubloon. VIDEO: 2:33

Adam Crum, Vice President, Monaco Rare Coin Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…….. It has been called the rarest American gold coin. There are only seven known to exist. It is the Brasher Doubloon. Recently Adam Crum of Monaco... read more »

 

Counterfeit Indian Peace Medals

Counterfeit Indian Peace Medals

by Thomas K. DeLorey …………. Many U.S. numismatic items have been counterfeited or otherwise imitated over the years, some so often that authenticators such as myself are automatically suspicious of them. Near the head... read more »

 

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ……….. According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views For those initiated... read more »

 

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

Spotlight on So-Called Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… What is a So-Called Dollar? It is said that New York coin dealer Thomas Elder first coined the term “So-Called Dollar” to describe a medal sold at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase... read more »

 

Proof Coins: Under-appreciated Pittman Proof 1850 Liberty Seated Quarter in Platinum Night Sale

Proof Coins: Under-appreciated Pittman Proof 1850 Liberty Seated Quarter in Platinum Night Sale

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding US coins, coin markets, and  coin auctions #179 ….. On Friday, August 9, during a ‘Platinum Night’ session in an auction held near... read more »

 

First Time Together In Public: Rittenhouse’s Presidential Appointment And 1792 Half Disme

First Time Together In Public: Rittenhouse’s Presidential Appointment And 1792 Half Disme

Two of the most important, related items of early American numismatics — the document signed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson appointing David Rittenhouse as the first Director of the United States Mint and Rittenhouse’s... read more »

 

Brief History of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection

Brief History of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection

Posted by Jeff Garrett on the NGC Weekly Market Report ….. My first encounter with the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection occurred nearly three decades ago. While in the Washington D.C. area I planned a visit to the Smithsonian... read more »

 

The Great Ships of American Coinage

The Great Ships of American Coinage

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …… Dedicated to the memory of Chief Petty Officer Virgil Pattin, USN (retired) Outside of the eagle, Lady Liberty and allegorical Native American motifs, no symbol is used on American coins... read more »

 

Video: 1794 Silver Dollar Breaks $10 Million Auction Record

Video: 1794 Silver Dollar Breaks $10 Million Auction Record

Melissa Karstedt, Auctioneer, Stack’s Bowers Auctions, Martin Logies, Curator, Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation, Chris Napolitano, President, Stack’s Bowers Auctions, Laura Sperber, Co-Partner, Legend Numismatics Interviewer:... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Incredible 1794 Silver Dollar To be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Incredible 1794 Silver Dollar To be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #149 ….. On Thursday, Jan. 24, at a hotel in Manhattan, Stack’s-Bowers will offer, at public auction, the... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 2: Amazing Pieces to be Auctioned

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 2: Amazing Pieces to be Auctioned

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #145 ….. I focus upon two of the five finest 1792 half dimes (“dismes”) and I mention others. On Jan. 10,... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1792 Half Dimes, Part 1: Origins and Meaning

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #144 ….. Two of the five finest known 1792 half dismes will be offered at auction in January 2013 and at least... read more »

 

The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

The Coin Analyst: John Mercanti’s Silver Eagle Guidebook

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek …… John Mercanti, who served as the U.S. Mint’s 12th Chief Engraver until his retirement in 2010, holds the distinction of having designed more U.S. coins and medals than any other employee of the Mint in its... read more »

 

Earliest Known Membership Certificate From 1894 Donated to ANA by Dwight Manley

Earliest Known Membership Certificate From 1894 Donated to ANA by Dwight Manley

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The earliest known surviving American Numismatic Association membership certificate, dated July 1, 1894, has been acquired by California real estate developer and long-time coin collector, Dwight Manley, and donated... read more »

 
 
 
 
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