Tag: US Coins

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 3

Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 As I explained in an earlier part of this story, Stack’s involvement with the Josiah K. Lilly Collection all started with his initial visit to our storefront in New York. As related he and his wife traveled to Florida each winter […]

Bela Lyon Pratt Quarter & Half Eagle Gold Coin Book to Debut at ANA World’s Fair

Bela Lyon Pratt Quarter & Half Eagle Gold Coin Book to Debut at ANA World’s Fair

New book on classic Indian Head U.S. gold coins by author of Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito By Allan Schein …..   Author Allan Schein announces the release of his newest numismatic book, The $2½ & $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt. 18 months in the writing this 415-page book contains more than 700 […]

ANACS, OSV Announce Joint Verification, Certification of Double Mint Sets

ANACS, OSV Announce Joint Verification, Certification of Double Mint Sets

By ANACS …..   On July 22, Original Set Verification Corporation (OSV) of Morrison, Colorado and ANACS of Centennial, Colorado announced their cooperation in the verification and certification of U. S. Treasury-released “Double Mint Sets” issued from 1947-1958. When originally released, these sets marked the first time the U.S. Treasury issued sets of business strikes, […]

Classic US Coins – The Final Link to Completing a Charlotte Gold Collection

Classic US Coins – The Final Link to Completing a Charlotte Gold Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   The completion of any set of classic United States gold coinage is an important feat. When the set in question is a complete set of Charlotte gold… well, that’s truly a feat that deserves a blog! The Revere Collection of Charlotte gold is an impressive […]

United States 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Presidential $1 Coin

United States 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Presidential $1 Coin

Description: The Presidential Dollar Coin Act (Public Law 109-145) was passed into law on December 22, 2005. The Act compelled the Secretary of the Treasury to “mint coins in commemoration of each of the Nation’s past presidents and their spouses, respectively, to improve circulation of the $1 coin, [and] to create a new bullion coin”. […]

10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

10 Rare US Gold Coins with Surprising Low/High CAC Populations

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   I have written previous articles about CAC population figures. To me, CAC populations help to quantify quality. By this, I mean that if eight examples of a specific date of Liberty Head half eagle have been approved by CAC, we can assume that there are […]

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2,500, Pt. 2: Half Dimes

Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2,500, Pt. 2: Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #340 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   During the history of coin collecting in the United States, most coin enthusiasts at one time or another have sought to complete, or nearly complete, a set […]

Gene Gardner Coins Re-Appear in Summer FUN Auction

Gene Gardner Coins Re-Appear in Summer FUN Auction

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #339 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ………   As already reported, “Lily Nicole” dimes and multiple Gene Gardner Coins have re-appeared in the auction at the Houston Money Show last December, shortly after the last Gardner sale in October. Additional Gardner coins […]

PCGS Grades Finest Known Mormon $20 Discovery Coin

PCGS Grades Finest Known Mormon $20 Discovery Coin

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has graded the finest known example of an 1849 $20 Mormon (Regular Strike), assigning MS62 to the rare, gold coin. The previous finest known example of the coin can be found at the Smithsonian, where it currently resides as part of the Lilly collection. “I have viewed the famous Lilly […]

US Classic Coins – An Indian Head Cent Primer

US Classic Coins – An Indian Head Cent Primer

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Like its Flying Eagle predecessor, also designed by James Barton Longacre, the Indian Head cent was initially struck on copper-nickel planchets. Copper-nickel cents were produced from 1859 until 1864 with a total production of about 158 million. You should have no problem finding a great selection. Proofs examples for […]

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars – Audio: 11:14

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars – Audio: 11:14

CoinWeek Podcast #32: Grading Franklin Half Dollars Franklin half dollars have long been a collector favorite. One of the most attractive 20th-century coins, the crisp, clean design leaves provides precious little cover for bag marks and scratches. Advanced collectors seek out the best specimens. For some dates, conditional rarities in high Mint State grades bring tens […]

Why Are US Gold Coins with Original Color and Surfaces So Rare?

Why Are US Gold Coins with Original Color and Surfaces So Rare?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …..   Many collectors of 19th-century rare date U.S. gold coins (finally) appreciated with natural color and choice surfaces. I’m not sure that there’s an actual consensus among these collectors about what “natural” color actually is but I, for one, am glad to see dirty gold more […]

The Three Kings: The Proof-Only Double Eagles Dated 1883, 1884 and 1887

The Three Kings: The Proof-Only Double Eagles Dated 1883, 1884 and 1887

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   Continuing my fascination with Proof-only issues, I’d like to discuss the rare Proof-only double eagles dated 1883, 1884 and 1887. These issues are not all that well-known outside of Type Three Liberty Head collectors and I think they merit more than a passing mention. Beginning in 1881, production […]

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   If a professional numismatist is known as “Mr. Commem”, then it’s obvious that he would carry a large selection of silver and gold U.S. commemorative coins issued from 1892 to 1954. That line of reasoning applies to Anthony Swiatek, but his interest in the field extends far beyond […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Genuine 1856 Flying Eagle Cent By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   NGC graders find an altered-date 1856 Flying Eagle cent and explain what to avoid. The 1856 Flying Eagle cent is an important and highly collectible issue because of its status as the first Small Cent. Large Cents, which had been struck […]

US Gold Coins – What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

US Gold Coins – What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   Of the three denominations of gold coins struck at the Carson City Mint, perhaps the most popular to collect by date are the half eagles. Of the 19 issues produced between 1870 and 1893, all are obtainable in reasonably high grades. But some of these are rarer than […]

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

NGC Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection Image Gallery

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has created an online image gallery for the Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Coin Collection, a fascinating assemblage of coins, tokens and medals collected between the 1860s and 1930s. The collection, which is entirely certified by NGC, will be offered by Heritage Auctions as part of its June 8-13, 2016, […]

Pogue Family Coin Collection Part 18 – Half Dollars and Bust Dollars Fare Well in 4th Auction

Pogue Family Coin Collection Part 18 – Half Dollars and Bust Dollars Fare Well in 4th Auction

News and Analysis regarding coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #332 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   The fourth in a series of auctions of the Pogue Family Coin Collection was conducted on Tuesday, May 24, by Stack’s-Bowers in association with Sotheby’s. Too much attention has been paid to the fact that the […]

Commemorative Coins – Charles Barber’s Influence on the Classic US Commems

Commemorative Coins – Charles Barber’s Influence on the Classic US Commems

By Dan Duncan [Posted with Permission] – Pinnacle-Rarities ……   The works of Charles Barber’s career weren’t fully appreciated until after his death. His coinage was considered pedestrian in contemporary artistic circles. But in fairness to Barber, most of his work was predesignated to one idea or another. His use of classic Greco-Roman motifs has […]

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 […]

US Coins – 1792 Disme in Silver Finest of Three Known sells at CSNS for almost $1 Million

US Coins – 1792 Disme in Silver Finest of Three Known sells at CSNS for almost $1 Million

1792 P10C Disme, Judd-9, Pollock-10, R.8, AU50 PCGS Secure From the Heritage Catalog Description …….. Heritage’s Platinum Night event took place on April 28 at CSNS in Chicago. This coin, Lot# 4571 realized $998,750. (All prices include Buyer’s Premium) In contrast to the 1792 half disme, there is little in the historical record that directly […]

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each: Draped Bust Half Cents

Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each: Draped Bust Half Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #329 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ……   Draped Bust half cents were minted from 1800 to 1808. U.S. half cents were first made in 1793 and last produced in 1857. A set of Draped Bust half cents ‘by date’ […]

U.S. Congress Passes Breast Cancer Commemorative Coin Bill

U.S. Congress Passes Breast Cancer Commemorative Coin Bill

Bill now heads to Oval Office for president’s signature By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   UPDATE: President Obama signed the bill into law on April 29. On Tuesday, April 19, after a nearly nine-month delay, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 2722) was released from committee and pass unanimously by the Senate. […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel, NGC Numismatic Researcher ………..   Altered Date and Added Mintmark – The 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel is often altered, but diagnostics can aid in finding the counterfeits. There are some coins that are often faked outright–i.e., with cast or struck counterfeits–and there are other coins that are frequently altered […]

United States 2016 Betty Ford $10 Gold Coin

United States 2016 Betty Ford $10 Gold Coin

Description: On March 25, 2016, the United States Mint issued the 2016 Betty Ford First Spouse 1/2 oz $10 Gold Coin. The coin is struck in .9999 gold and has a maximum authorized mintage of 10,000 across all product options. The coin was struck at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” mintmark. It […]

Coins and the Law – United States Mint Retakes Possession of 1974-D Aluminum Cent

Coins and the Law – United States Mint Retakes Possession of 1974-D Aluminum Cent

The United States Mint announced today that it has taken possession of the 1974-D aluminum experimental one-cent specimen that has been the subject of a lawsuit. The coin was first certified by PCGS and then consigned for auction. Heritage Auctions displayed the coin at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, January […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1942/41 Mercury Dime Overdate

By Paul Sandler, NGC Grader/Researcher …… Altered dates and outright counterfeits are the two most common types of fake 1942/41 Mercury Dimes.   The 1942/41 Mercury Dime from the Philadelphia Mint is one of the most well-known overdates on any US coin. Although the variety was first discovered and announced in 1943, very few Mint State […]

US Gold Coins – Battle of the 1838-C vs. The 1838-D Classic Head $5 Half Eagles

US Gold Coins – Battle of the 1838-C vs. The 1838-D Classic Head $5 Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …….   The 1838-C and 1838-D half eagle US Gold Coins are famous issues for similar reasons: they are first-year-of-issue coins and they both feature mintmarks on the obverse. They are issues with multiple levels of demand, and they have shown strong upsurges in popularity and price […]

Modern Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter

Modern Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 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 […]

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit 1880 Shield Nickel By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Even with only a quick glance, a number of problems with this counterfeit Shield Nickel are obvious. The first nickel five cent pieces were struck in 1866 and there have been relatively few key dates issued in the nearly 150 years since. […]

 
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