Tag: US Coins

U.S. Mint to Launch Quarter Honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways June 5

U.S. Mint to Launch Quarter Honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways June 5

WHAT: Join officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the official launch of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 11 a.m. Central Time (CT). Ceremony highlights include musical entertainment by The Baker Family, an award winning […]

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Careful examination of this 1963-D Roosevelt Dime reveals an alteration to the torch By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Coins are altered in a variety of ways for a number of different reasons. Some alterations may be unintentional, such as corrosion or altered color due to improper storage. Other alterations—altered dates or added mintmarks—are attempts […]

The Concept of “Freshness” in Numismatics

The Concept of “Freshness” in Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   There is almost no term in the rare coin market which is more misused than “fresh”. I am certainly guilty of overusing this word, and if you look at the coin descriptions I write on my website, I use the word “fresh” more often than […]

United States 1976 Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollar

United States 1976 Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollar

Description: Americans have long considered the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 as the birthday of the United States. And 1976 was a special year: the 200th anniversary, or bicentennial, of our nation’s founding. But Congress and the U.S. Mint were still leery of what they viewed as the abuses of […]

Modern US Coins – Why Did the Number of Cameo Proofs Increase from 1950 to 1964?

Modern US Coins – Why Did the Number of Cameo Proofs Increase from 1950 to 1964?

By David Schwager for CoinWeek …..   An experienced collector once told me that when he started collecting a series, the first coin he bought was a proof. A proof, he explained, is the ideal version of the coin and shows the best possible expression of the artist’s and manufacturer’s vision. Proof coins from about […]

Counterfeit Detection – Die Struck Counterfeit 1916-D Mercury Dime

Counterfeit Detection – Die Struck Counterfeit 1916-D Mercury Dime

1916-D Counterfeit Mercury Dime By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Skillful identification of counterfeit coins is essential to the hobby. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently received a die struck copy of an important coin that bore tooling marks, a telltale sign of counterfeit efforts. Read on for more details. It is very easy for authenticators […]

Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XXI Sale: Lots You Need to Know

Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency XXI Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek …..   Handpicked high-eye-appeal U.S. coins are the hallmark of Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) and on Thursday, May, 18, 2017 at Harrah’s in New Orleans, the New Jersey-based firm will offer 521 PCGS- and NGC-certified coins at their Regency XXI Sale. Many are either conditionally rare or rare in an absolute sense, […]

US Coins – Finest Known 1803 Cohen-2 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

US Coins – Finest Known 1803 Cohen-2 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Early American copper collectors pursue numismatics with great enthusiasm, resulting in long-established condition censuses for most issues. Usually, the finest half dozen examples of a given variety comprise a recognized hierarchy with provenances stretching back a century or more. Rarely, if ever, is this […]

AER Acquires Virtually Flawless $20 High Relief Saint-Gaudens Gold

AER Acquires Virtually Flawless $20 High Relief Saint-Gaudens Gold

In March 2017, the American Eagle Reserve acquired the unparalleled 1907 $20 High Relief Saint-Gaudens Wire-Rim certified by PCGS Mint State-69, further endorsed by CAC, for a price that is likely a record for this coin. The coin has since been sold into a private collection that contains many great high-grade U.S. gold coins. Most […]

New US Commemorative Coin Proposals Honor Coast Guard, Christa McAuliffe

New US Commemorative Coin Proposals Honor Coast Guard, Christa McAuliffe

House version of COINS Act also introduced By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Four coin-related bills were introduced into Congress in the last few weeks, three of which would authorize the United States Mint to strike new commemorative coins for the year 2020. The first to be introduced was H.R. 2256–the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin […]

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

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 […]

NGC Registry Set News: From Monkeys and Quetzals to Francs and Shillings

NGC Registry Set News: From Monkeys and Quetzals to Francs and Shillings

New NGC Registry sets this month include China, Gabon, Great Britain, US Cents and more This month, the NGC Registry offers a variety of new coin collecting choices for your enjoyment. From Lincoln cents in the US to Silver $10 in remote Palau, there is something new for everyone. We have a wide variety of […]

Internet Auction #960 from David Lawrence Rare Coins Open Through Sunday

Internet Auction #960 from David Lawrence Rare Coins Open Through Sunday

By David Lawrence Rare Coins ……   The Sunday David Lawrence Internet Auction #960 is now live with a great selection of 350 fresh, new coins, over 90 No Reserve lots and 25 Vault Values. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, May 14. Some of the more interesting highlights from this […]

New Book on 1802 Half Dimes Released by Heritage Auctions

New Book on 1802 Half Dimes Released by Heritage Auctions

Obverse, 1802 Half Dime, Valentine Specimen. PCGS AU-50. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions   Jon Amato examines the census of a classic American coin The 1802 half dime is one of the great rarities in U.S. numismatics. It is without a doubt the key-date early half dime. Despite its notoriety as a classic numismatic rarity, less […]

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Only Known Proof B-4 1820 Capped Bust Quarter

Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Only Known Proof B-4 1820 Capped Bust Quarter

Before the Mint began their program of commercial proof offerings in 1858, no records were kept of how many proof coins were made during any particular year. In the early days, before about 1840, proofs were struck whenever a government official, such as the Secretary of State, requested specimen coins for diplomatic presentations, or when […]

Stack’s Bowers Offers PCGS MS64 Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar at August 2017 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Offers PCGS MS64 Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar at August 2017 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is delighted to feature the incredible Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar as part of their August 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction in Denver, Colorado. This MS-64 (PCGS) example was last offered at public auction in the firm’s sale of the Norweb Collection in November 1988. This incredible […]

United States 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar

United States 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar

  Description: The 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar was the last of the regular-strike silver-clad half dollars and the last Kennedy half intended for circulation that contained any silver at all. Its release took collectors by surprise, as it was available only in mint sets that year. The United States Mint didn’t publicize this fact, and […]

Uncool Coins!: The Tale of the 1850 Double Eagle – 4K Video

Uncool Coins!: The Tale of the 1850 Double Eagle – 4K Video

Usually, when you think of the term “crack-out game” you think of a collector or dealer anxiously resubmitted an already graded coin hoping that it will end up in higher grade plastic. But what happens when you take an unknowledgeable rare coin collector / investor, $100,000+ in palladium ingots, and an NGC-graded 1850 double eagle […]

Heritage Auctions’ 2017 Central States Sales Surpass $32.5 Million

Heritage Auctions’ 2017 Central States Sales Surpass $32.5 Million

Heritage Auctions: 1866 $20 gold coin saves Indiana church, sets world record… An Indiana church’s rare, 19th-century gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto In God We Trust on a U.S. coin, was sold for $517,000 amid spirited bidding to take top lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society […]

U.S. Mint to Release 2017 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin May 11

U.S. Mint to Release 2017 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin May 11

The United States Mint 2017 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 17EL) will be available for purchase beginning on May 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Produced since 2006, this .9999 fine, 24-karat gold coin features designs that are based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle […]

Modern US Coins – 2017 America the Beautiful Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter

Modern US Coins – 2017 America the Beautiful Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

Rare Coin Auction: 1810 Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

Rare Coin Auction: 1810 Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

1810 Capped Bust half eagle one rare coin among many to be offered by Stack’s Bowers in Baltimore By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   This week’s featured highlight from our official June 2017 Baltimore Expo Auction is an extreme rarity from the Capped Bust half eagle series that has been […]

United States 1931-S Lincoln Cent

United States 1931-S Lincoln Cent

Description: The Lincoln cent is the United States’ longest serving coin. Its 1909 debut marked the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Its elegant sculptural design served as the vanguard of a new wave of American coin art. And while the golden era of American coin design is most associated with medallic artist and […]

Stunning Cameo Proof 1876 Half Dollar Featured in May 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction

Stunning Cameo Proof 1876 Half Dollar Featured in May 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Lot 91161 of our May 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction will spotlight a gorgeous 1876 Liberty Seated half dollar certified Proof-65 Cameo by PCGS and granted a green sticker by CAC. This beauty was struck in a year filled with excitement over the centennial […]

United States 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver $1 Coin

United States 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver $1 Coin

Description: The 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar honors the 100th anniversary of the world’s largest service club. Founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has more than 1.4 million members working together to help improve communities around the world. There are more than 46,000 associated clubs […]

U.S. Mint News: 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Contest Opens May 1

U.S. Mint News: 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Contest Opens May 1

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Starting Monday, May 1, the United States Mint will begin accepting entries to its design contest for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coin program. Signed into law on December 16, 2016 by President Barack Obama, the act authorizes the Mint to mint a $5 gold Uncirculated coin, […]

CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This Week on the CoinWeek Podcast, editor Charles Morgan talks to Aaron Klein and Shawn Smeallie from the Dollar Coin Alliance. Smeallie is the […]

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #380 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Vintage silver commemorative coins were minted from 1892 to 1955. Except for the Isabella quarter (1893) and the Lafayette silver dollar (1900), all are half dollars. Prices for these have never […]

So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The term “Early American Gold Coins” generally refers to the quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles produced at the Philadelphia Mint between 1795 and 1834. By its very nature, early American gold attracts well-heeled collectors. There aren’t many interesting issues available anymore in the sub-$10,000 […]

Counterfeit Coins Detection: Check the Mintmark on the 1914-S Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit Coins Detection: Check the Mintmark on the 1914-S Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit 1914-S Lincoln Cent By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   NGC graders identified a recently submitted fake 1914-S cent as a slightly above-average copy for counterfeit coins. The 1914-D Lincoln Cent is well-known as one of the keys to the series, but its San Francisco counterpart is a scarce issue in its […]

 
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