Tag: Numismatic History

Tales from the Bourse: Gobrecht in a Bottle

Tales from the Bourse: Gobrecht in a Bottle

This New Edition of Tales from the Bourse is published courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins…. A look back: Gobrecht in a Bottle   It’s always difficult when someone comes in with a collection or family heirlooms to sell, when we have to tell them, “sorry, these aren’t as valuable as you think they are.” Often, it’s just […]

Numismatic History –  “Crime of 1873″ Creates Coinage Chaos

Numismatic History – “Crime of 1873″ Creates Coinage Chaos

By Jim Wells – The California Numismatist (Reposted from CoinLink)….   America’s coinage has undergone many changes in over two centuries, with frequent modifications to denominations, varieties, metals, and designs. Perhaps the most activity occurred in 1873. After three years of deliberation, the U. S. Congress passed a comprehensive Coinage Act that was signed by […]

Harvey Stack on RL Miles, John L. Roper, and Dealer Harry Forman – Video

Harvey Stack on RL Miles, John L. Roper, and Dealer Harry Forman – Video

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…. In this mini-series of interviews, Stack’s Bowers founder Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about three of the 20th century’s most important collectors, their most important coins, and how they got them.   Harvey Stack: How RL Miles Started Coin Collecting. VIDEO: 2:14. The collector R.L. Miles an interesting journey into coin collecting. […]

Harvey Stack – Amon Carter’s 1822 $5, the Lilly 1926-S $20, and John Jay Pittman at the Farouk Sale – Video

Harvey Stack – Amon Carter’s 1822 $5, the Lilly 1926-S $20, and John Jay Pittman at the Farouk Sale – Video

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com….   In this mini-series of interviews, Stack’s Bowers founder Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about three of the 20th century’s most important collectors, their most important coins, and how they got them.   Harvey Stack: Amon Carter and His 1822 Five Dollar Gold Coin Harvey knew the coin collector Amon Cart of […]

Celebrating St. George – Symbolic Saint of England and the Gold Sovereign Coin

Celebrating St. George – Symbolic Saint of England and the Gold Sovereign Coin

St. George’s Day – 23 April 2015 The dramatic depiction of St. George conquering the dragon is an image that has long been associated with The Sovereign – but how did England’s Patron Saint come to span 198 years on The Royal Mint’s flagship gold coin? St. George has been the Patron Saint of England […]

Harvey Stack –  Recollections of Jonah Shapiro, Art Kagin and  William “Foxie” Steinberg

Harvey Stack – Recollections of Jonah Shapiro, Art Kagin and William “Foxie” Steinberg

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…… In this mini-series of interviews, Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about some of his friends and rivals in numismatics. Recollections of William “Foxie” Steinberg. S15-26 VIDEO: 1:57. ***************************************************** Recollections of Art Kagin, S15-25 VIDEO: 4:41. ***************************************************** Recollections of Jonah Shapiro. S15-24 VIDEO: 2:01. ***************************************************** Copyright © […]

By April 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Exonumia of the Week – Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

Exonumia of the Week – Two Unsigned Plaster Models for the Jefferson Nickel Competition of 1938

By William Shamhart, Jr. – Numismatic Americana….   A Treasury Department Art Projects Bulletin, No. 14, of 1938 announced an open competition for the design of the new Jefferson nickel. Although the competition was open to the public, there had been a number of announcements already mailed off to known artists who might be interested and […]

Forged by Fire: The Birth of the Morgan Dollar and the Feud Between George T. Morgan and Charles E. Barber

Forged by Fire: The Birth of the Morgan Dollar and the Feud Between George T. Morgan and Charles E. Barber

By Shaquille Brissett of Gainesville Coins…. During the late 19th century, a culmination of market forces led to a volatility of the silver industry that provoked populist anxieties. Proposals by Representative Richard Bland and Iowa Senator William Allison would appease both Greenbackers (a post-civil war political party that favored the use of paper money and […]

First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy

First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….   First Read: The 1822 Gold Half Eagle: Story of a Rarity, and Treasures from the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet: A National Legacy by Q. David Bowers   Q. […]

Numismatic Personalities – A Conversation with Harvey Stack – Clapp Estate & J.K. Lilly Collections

Numismatic Personalities – A Conversation with Harvey Stack – Clapp Estate & J.K. Lilly Collections

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com……   In the following five videos, Harvey Stack recalls two of the most important coin collections ever assembled; the Clapp Estate Collection and the formation, expansion and acheivement of the JK Lilly Collection. Purchase of the Clapp Estate Coin Collection. Harvey talks about the sale of the Clapp […]

By February 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service, Part Two

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service, Part Two

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek…. Click here for Part One. After calling to let me know that he was coming to Sidney, Ohio to meet with Coin World management the next day, Ed Rochette flew to Dayton and called one of the Amos family from there to let them know why he was coming. He […]

By January 26, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com…. Many collectors nowadays are afraid to buy any coin not already graded and encapsulated by a third-party grading service (TPG). Whenever a “raw” coin is offered for sale, the cynics automatically say “What’s wrong with it that it’s not in a slab?” This is nonsense of course, as collectors such […]

By January 15, 2015 3 Comments Read More →
Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

Coin Profiles: An Original Confederate Half Dollar!

For absolute rarity, historic significance, and sheer romantic appeal, the 1861 Confederate half dollar is unsurpassed in the annals of American coinage. It is the only coin officially authorized and struck for the Confederate States of America. Thomas Elder was correct when he wrote in 1910 that this coin has profound historical significance that extends […]

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past : The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Coin Collection

Great Numismatic Sales of the Past : The Amon G. Carter, Jr. Family Coin Collection

Posted by Jeff Garrett from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Weekly Market Report ….. A Great Time to Buy Rare Coins The last series of articles detailed the auctions conducted by Bowers and Ruddy of the Garrett Collection.[ Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 ] The sales contained an incredible array of numismatic material covering Colonials to Territorial […]

By December 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Bowers: Curious, but True!

Bowers: Curious, but True!

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers   • Jefferson nickels should actually be called Jefferson coppers, as they contain much more copper (75%) than nickel (25%). • Did the colony of Maryland have its own mint circa 1660? There are some authorizations for and mentions of such, but so far as is known, all Maryland coins were […]

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

The Most Important Coin I’ve Ever Handled

By Mark Borckardt ………. During 33+ years as a full time professional numismatist, I have had the opportunity to examine and handle many of the most important rarities in the American series, including two Brasher doubloons, all five 1913 Liberty nickels, two 1894-S dimes, and four 1804 silver dollars. I have handled 80 of the […]

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Historic W. E. Woodward Auction Sales Now Viewable Online

Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Historic W. E. Woodward Auction Sales Now Viewable Online

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 Tom Wetter announces the launch of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society’s newly launched Wiki for the auction sales of W.E. Woodward. Tom Wetter writes: After quite some time and a lot of work, […]

By October 21, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Brilliant Concepts – Uphill Labor,  Creating the 1983 ANA Catalog

Brilliant Concepts – Uphill Labor, Creating the 1983 ANA Catalog

By David Thomason Alexander  for  CoinWeek …. Cataloging the 1983 ANA auction was a “white water rapids” experience. This was most important sale to be held in the U.S. that year, and its creation offered lessons in the value of brilliant ideas, knowledge, teamwork, public relations and working with the major national organization and coping […]

David T. Alexander: Launching a Coin Cataloger

David T. Alexander: Launching a Coin Cataloger

By David T. Alexander for CoinWeek…. Becoming a functioning numismatic auction cataloger requires a great deal of hands-on learning. Years of reading and reviewing numismatic auction catalogs can provide basic familiarity with the field, but mastering the actual work of cataloging objects for auction was another matter altogether. No one teaches courses in cataloging, no […]

By September 11, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Philip Diehl Talks About the US Gold & Silver Bullion Program During His Term. VIDEO: 3:27

Philip Diehl Talks About the US Gold & Silver Bullion Program During His Term. VIDEO: 3:27

Philip N. Diehl, Former US Mint Director Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek.com……. In this six part interview, Coinweek Content Manager Charles Morgan talks with Philip N. Diehl , who was the Director of the United States Mint from 1993 until 2000. In this part ONE of the  interview, Mr. Diehl talks about the state of the […]

By September 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
David T. Alexander: How this Auction Cataloger “Got that Way”

David T. Alexander: How this Auction Cataloger “Got that Way”

By David T. Alexander for CoinWeek…. I have spent the last 40 years as a professional auction cataloger for several prominent firms. As a young collector in the 1950’s, however, I had little knowledge of numismatic auctions, how and why they worked, and I was not alone. As a staff writer for Coin World from […]

Dimes of 1809 – A Key in the Capped Bust Dime Series

Dimes of 1809 – A Key in the Capped Bust Dime Series

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #230 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. The Capped Bust Dime series was minted from 1809 to 1837. The 1822 is the only date that is rarer than the 1809, though a famous variety of an […]

First Read: U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles: The Gilded Age of Coinage

First Read: U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles: The Gilded Age of Coinage

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature….  Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek……   U.S. Liberty Head $20 Double Eagles: The Gilded Age of Coinage by Q. David Bowers with Robert Galiette It’s easy to take Q. David Bowers for granted. The Hobby’s […]

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 a significant number of surviving 1859-S One dollar gold pieces to an 1859 Utah Army payroll.     Spring had finally arrived […]

By April 16, 2014 0 Comments 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 Rare Coin purchased the finest known example for $4,582,500. He explains why he believes this coin is so […]

By March 26, 2014 0 Comments 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 of this list are the Indian Peace Medals issued by the United States government from the 1790s up to 1890, of […]

By February 7, 2014 3 Comments 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 into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the group has […]

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 Exposition – an event better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair. Coin-like souvenirs such […]

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 Chicago, a few days prior to the start of the Summer ANA Convention, Heritage will sell […]

 
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