Tag: Numismatic History

The History of the Trade Dollar

The History of the Trade Dollar

Article Written by Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities CoinWeek Content Partner Until the 1850’s, Americans spent most of their history looking towards the East Coast and Europe. Thereafter, we began to explore the strategic and economic significance of developing the West Coast and maintaining shipping routes from there to the Far East. The problem for […]

How to Collect Confederate Paper Money Video

How to Collect Confederate Paper Money Video

Pierre Fricke, Author Interviewer: David Lisot Pierre Fricke continues his research efforts in the field of Confederate with this new book being published. He shares what information is contained and why collectors will want to add this new literary effort to their libraries. Video runtime : 1:52. Early American Coppers Convention Buffalo, New York 5/4/2012 […]

First National Bank Of Farmersville, Texas

First National Bank Of Farmersville, Texas

By Frank Clark The beginnings of Farmersville stretches back to 1845 when John Yeary and his family moved a few miles west from Hunt County into Collin County. This established the small community of Sugar Hill. In 1854, most of the inhabitants of Sugar Hill moved a few miles southwest to the hamlet of Whitehall. […]

What Really Happened to the 1964 Denver Mint Peace Dollars?

What Really Happened to the 1964 Denver Mint Peace Dollars?

Michael Lantz, Denver Mint Foreman, Retired, 1961-1995 There is the tale of a legendary Peace dollar struck at the Denver Mint in silver and dated 1964. Rumors of this coin have been around for years. Was it really struck? Did any examples survive? Michael Lantz worked at the Denver during the 1960’s and knows what […]

The Coin Analyst: Extremely Rare 1870-S $3 Gold Coin To Be Auctioned on June 2 in Georgia – Real or Fake?

The Coin Analyst: Extremely Rare 1870-S $3 Gold Coin To Be Auctioned on June 2 in Georgia – Real or Fake?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek Update: It appears that this item has been removed from the auction The 1870-S $3.00 gold coin is one of the great rarities of American numismatics. It is/was until recently believed that only one such coin existed and that it was struck to be placed in the cornerstone of the […]

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

The Controversy over 1841 Quarter Eagles, Part 2, Casual Collecting in the 1840s

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #108 As this is the second in a three part series, in the next two paragraphs, I provide an introduction for those who have not read part 1 or do not clearly remember it. The […]

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

THE PROFESSOR’S PASSION – John McCloskey takes Seated Liberty coinage seriously

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek Who would have guessed that starting a coin club would lead to nearly 40 years of constant but enjoyable work? Along with the late Kam Awash, John McCloskey played a significant role in founding the Liberty Seated Collectors Club in 1973. This was well before many of today’s specialized numismatic […]

By April 6, 2012 0 Comments Read More →
Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

Congressional Inaction, Not Inflation, Is to Blame for the Diminishing Role of U.S. Coinage

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker Coinweek Contributor On February 21, 1857, the United States Congress passed An Act relating to Foreign Coins and to the Coinage of Cents at the Mint of the United States. The Act set the rate at which foreign coins would be accepted by the Treasury, ended the Treasury’s practice […]

1916 China Yan-Shih-kai Dragon Gold Dollar  Struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1921 for  Philadelphia Coin Dealer Henry Chapman

1916 China Yan-Shih-kai Dragon Gold Dollar Struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1921 for Philadelphia Coin Dealer Henry Chapman

by Ronald J. Gillio Special Submission to CoinWeek After years of research, and convincing evidence in the form of receipts for purchases, I believe that the famous 1916 Yan-Shih-kai Dragon gold dollars were struck in the United States in 1921 for Philadelphia coin dealer Henry Chapman, and not made in China.  The historic receipts will […]

By March 19, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Coin Collecting or Investing? with David Hall and John Ford in 1989

Coin Collecting or Investing? with David Hall and John Ford in 1989

In 1986 David Hall created PCGS that changed the way coins traded. He championed the concept of coin grading and the resultant rise in values for many issues. John Ford, legendary collector, numismatist and auction researcher, argued against third party grading. He believed that coins should not be used for investment. Enjoy this classic video […]

By March 2, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Peace, Dollars and Peace Dollars

Peace, Dollars and Peace Dollars

Article Written by Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities CoinWeek Content Partner World War I was called “The War to End All Wars.” The sad irony is that it was arguably the war to begin all wars – at least for the modern era. A couple generations (or more) removed, it’s hard for us to get […]

By January 31, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
The Catfish, Your Savings & Japan’s Gold Coin Giveaway

The Catfish, Your Savings & Japan’s Gold Coin Giveaway

by Adrian Ash – BullionVault Wednesday, 7 December 2011 Don’t be greedy, or a giant catfish might force you to spew out your savings… UNLIKE us – who are so smart today – ancient folk in ancient times used to believe the oddest things about how the world worked. The Japanese, for instance, long thought […]

By December 8, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Graded Plain 4 1834 Capped Head Five Dollar

Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Graded Plain 4 1834 Capped Head Five Dollar

Heritage Auctions On June 28, 1834 Congress passed a law adjusting the weight and composition of the gold eagle (which had not been minted since 1804), half eagle, and quarter eagle. The so-called “old tenor” coinage, struck prior to this act, was .9167 gold (22 carats), which was based on the composition of British gold […]

New Book about Numismatic History by Paul Hollis

New Book about Numismatic History by Paul Hollis

Paul Hollis has written a new book called the “American Numismatist.” The book features moments in history and depicts the coins involved during that moment. Paul explains what was involved in creating his new literary work and how being involved in numismatics has affected his life. 4:08 Paul Hollis interviewed by David Lisot New Book […]

By September 5, 2011 0 Comments Read More →
Walter Breen Interview from 1986

Walter Breen Interview from 1986

In August of 1986 CoinWeek partner David Lisot conducted a series of interviews for the American Numismatic Association with many of the prominent numismatists of the day. Walter Breen is considered on the most brilliant and enigmatic people in coin hobby. This video offers a rare and personal insight into one of the most interesting […]

By July 22, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL TO AIR  HUNT FOR THE DOUBLE EAGLE  MONDAY, JULY 25 AT 8PM ET/PT

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL TO AIR HUNT FOR THE DOUBLE EAGLE MONDAY, JULY 25 AT 8PM ET/PT

Federal Jury Finds 10 Rare Double Eagle Coins Are U.S. Property New York, NY – July 21, 2011 – The U.S. Mint will keep the 10 Double Eagle coins, which could be worth more than $75 million, following a federal jury decision this week in Philadelphia- unless reversed on appeal. Smithsonian Channel will rebroadcast a […]

By July 21, 2011 2 Comments Read More →
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 understanding her […]

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

Collecting Morgan Dollars Part I: an Overview

by Louis Golino The Morgan silver dollar, minted between 1878 and 1921, has no real peer in the numismatic world. 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 are everywhere. Look through the […]

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

Collecting Three Cent Nickels

News and Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #53 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds More than twenty years ago, there was a rage for Three Cent Nickels. During the rare coin boom from 2002 to 2008, however, hardly anyone mentioned Three Cent Nickels. Sure, many Three Cent Nickels quietly increased in value […]

My Mentors in Numismatics

My Mentors in Numismatics

by Bill Febuary – The California Numismatist Over the years I have known some pretty influential people in the “World of Numismatics.” I want to relate how each one of these individuals directed my way of thinking about how I collect numismatic materials. Art Kagin It all started when my family and I traveled to […]

America’s First Bank Robbery

America’s First Bank Robbery

by Cole Schenewerk – The California Numismatist The yellow fever outbreak of summer 1798 was the worst in Philadelphia’s history. Over 5,000 residents were infected, and nearly 1,300 died, causing even President Washington to flee. While yellow fever swept the city, hot heads prevailed when a huge sum of money went missing from the vaults […]

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