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ULTIMATE RARITIES:  The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

ULTIMATE RARITIES: The Single Most Important Coin in American Numismatics

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFRareCoins.com ……. From $505 in June, 1882 to $7,395,000 in December, 2011                 This rare gold coin has been called, “the single most important coin in American numismatics.”  It’s the unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon with an “EB” hallmark stamped on the eagle’s breast, representing Ephraim Brasher, the coin’s designer.  […]

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

African-Americans on US Coins: Representation & Discovery (Part 1)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with […]

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson: ULTIMATE RARITIES starts on July 2nd

A New Regular CoinWeek Column by Mark Ferguson – MFRareCoins.com                 Without their stories coins are just “pieces of metal.”  At least that’s what the late Elvira Clain-Stefanelli, curator of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, called them many years ago while she and I were examining a tray full of some of […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Nickels, Dimes & Patterns in Stack’s-Bowers Baltimore Auction

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #114 This week, the firm of Stack’s-Bowers is conducting an auction at the Baltimore Convention Center. I viewed many of the lots. It turns out to be a much better and more important auction than […]

Rare Collector Coins Lead Summer FUN Offerings

Rare Collector Coins Lead Summer FUN Offerings

An outstanding selection of collector coins highlights our offerings in the upcoming 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction, to take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in conjunction with Florida United Numismatists’ summer convention. The selections in this auction include a number of very popular coins in high grades. […]

Pinnacle Purchases All Time Finest Commem Set

Pinnacle Purchases All Time Finest Commem Set

Article Written by Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities From before the turn of the last century, the U.S. Mint produced coinage to commemorate specific events and individuals giving numismatics one of its most popular issues – the classic commemoratives series of 1892 to 1954. Pinnacle Rarities, Inc. is proud to announce the purchase of the […]

Defining The Line Between Precious Metals and Numismatics

Defining The Line Between Precious Metals and Numismatics

By Jay Rudo A question that collectors often ask is what makes a coin bullion and what makes a coin numismatic.  There are a lot of different factors involved to answer this question and this article will look at many of them.  Having spent a career dealing in both rare coins and bullion I feel […]

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Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

Collecting the Ultimate 1981 Mint Set

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …… 1981 marked the beginning of the Reagan administration and the seeming end of the coin Wilmington, Delaware shopkeeper Judson Ryan famously dubbed “Carter’s Quarter”[1]. Relegated to mint-set-only status, the near quarter-sized Susan B. Anthony dollar, with its quirky hendecagon ornamental rim and its non-sequitur Apollo 11 reverse, played […]

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Silver Dimes by Design Type

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Collecting Silver Dimes by Design Type

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #113 The topic here is assembling a type set of silver dimes. This discussion is aimed primarily at beginning and intermediate level collectors. Those who have no idea as to how to go about collecting […]

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

USA Coin Album: The San Francisco Mint Coinage of 1923, Part One

Posted by David W. Lange, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation Research Director ….. Certain issues of United States coins seem to hold more appeal than similar coins of other dates and mints. Among my favorite coins are the various pieces coined at the San Francisco Mint in 1923. This was a significant year for several reasons, including the […]

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

10 Ways to Become a Better Coin Collector

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com As a dealer who works with collectors who range in experience from total beginners to full-on experts, I have a fairly good idea what separates the masters from the wanna-bes. Experience, obviously, is part of the equation; but some of the best collectors I have ever seen are fairly new […]

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Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

Legend Numismatics Market Report: The June Doldrums

By laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics NO DOLDRUMS HERE! We still do not know what happened in May. No one wanted to do anything and there were so few coins around we started to think about other careers. For us, it was the PRE LB purchases of the Large Cents that got people excited and […]

Pinnacle Buys San Diego Collection of Twenty Cent Pieces

Pinnacle Buys San Diego Collection of Twenty Cent Pieces

Pinnacle Rarities has acquired another top PCGS registry set. Pinnacle has purchased the number two Twenty Cent, Circulation Strikes (1875-1876) Registry Set currently listed as the San Diego Collection. The full date set is comprised of a mere four coins. The Professional Coin Grading Service divides collector sets for the Twenty cent coinage removing the […]

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

The Coin Analyst: San Francisco Silver Eagle Sets Debut

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. When the U.S. Mint issues a special silver eagle set, it is an important numismatic event. On June 7 the Mint launched the San Francisco Mint 2-coin proof American silver eagle set, and once again everyone clamored on the first day to get their orders in. Some people thought that […]

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, Part 2, Uncirculated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #112 Click Here to read Part One of this article: An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins This week’s topic is the collecting of uncirculated Liberty Nickels. I focus on those that grade […]

Stack’s Bower to Sell Incredible PR68 UC 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Stella in June Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bower to Sell Incredible PR68 UC 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Stella in June Baltimore Auction

Single Finest Certified for the Issue in Unbelievable NGC Proof-68 Ultra Cameo IRVINE, Calif. – Stack’s Bowers Galleries is set to auction the finest certified 1879 Flowing Hair Stella in their June auction being held in Baltimore at the end of the month. The $4 Stella has long been a numismatic favorite and the subject […]

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

The Underground Success Story: Collecting Circulated Morgan Silver Dollars

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek – Six and seven-figure “trophy” coins and top-tier Registry sets are the stuff of headlines and splashy stories, but such high-end items are in a completely different universe than where the average collector resides. Since the market for coins in the $1 to $250 range is much broader than the […]

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An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

An Interview with Anthony Swiatek

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek If a professional numismatist is widely known as “Mr. Commem”, 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 one area […]

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

An Introduction to Liberty Nickels, part 1, Circulated Coins

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #111 For more than a half-century, Liberty Nickels have been extremely popular with collectors, partly because these are classic coins that are not expensive and are readily available in a wide range of grades. Liberty […]

20 Popular 19th Century US Gold Coins Priced Below $10,000

20 Popular 19th Century US Gold Coins Priced Below $10,000

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner There are dozens of United States gold coins that are accorded a high degree of value for various reasons: first-year-of-issue, low mintage figures, beautiful design, strong collector appeal, etc. These are not always the “rarest” coins in a series and when the value-conscious collector looks at the […]

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official June Baltimore Auction and Highlights

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official June Baltimore Auction and Highlights

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo will take place from June 27 through June 29, 2012, in Room 308 of the Baltimore Convention Center, and will feature five live sessions of U.S. coins, medals, and tokens. Additionally, there will be a sixth, internet-only session that will close on […]

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

The Coin Analyst: Is “Mint to Demand” the New Normal?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. Some U.S. Mint products have always been essentially made to demand, that is produced to whatever level buyers order, rather than set to a specific mintage level. Examples include proof and mint sets and proof and burnished American silver eagles. But in the wake of the widespread criticism the Mint […]

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach 2012 Market Report

Legend Numismatics June Long Beach 2012 Market Report

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics LONG BEACH-32 YEARS AND…. We have been coming to this show for over 32 years now. All we can do now is ask why? It is our sad opinion that Long Beach so long as they have 3 shows a year in this type of market is terminal. We […]

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver

An Old-Fashoned Way To Invest In Silver

by Al Doyle for CoinWeek …… Even with premiums of $2.50 to $4 an ounce above spot, government-issued bullion coins such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf, Austrian Philharmonic and Mexican Libertad are extremely popular among modern silver investors. Cost-conscious shoppers tend to go for circulated pre-1965 U.S. dimes, quarters and half dollars at […]

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

The Coin Analyst: What Ever Happened to the New Golden Age of American Coin Design?

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. If coins are, as Michael Bugeja has argued “art you can hold and experience history in the process,” then the designs that appear on them are clearly are of paramount importance. In fact, for many collectors the aesthetic appeal of a coin’s design is what draws them to a particular […]

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: New Releases from the U.S. Mint

Modern U.S. Coin News Round-Up: New Releases from the U.S. Mint

by Louis Golino for CoinWeek 1.) First 2012 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Coins Released The U.S. Mint has finally provided information on the 2012 America the Beautiful five-ounce silver coin series that collectors have been eager to learn of all year. On May 21 the Mint’s network of Authorized Purchasers began accepting orders for the bullion version […]

Cool Coins! EAC Buffalo 2012

Cool Coins! EAC Buffalo 2012

CoinWeek Video: 8:22 Interviewer: David Lisot When members of the Early American Coppers gather for one of their conventions participants bring coins with them to sell and trade as well as those in their collections. On opening night of the convention everyone gathers for what is called the “Happening” where a room is set up […]

Phillip Clover Collection of Large Cents to be Sold by Heritage Auctions

Phillip Clover Collection of Large Cents to be Sold by Heritage Auctions

Mark Borckardt, Senior Cataloguer, Heritage Auctions Interviewer: David Lisot. Another important collection of large cents is coming to the auction block. Mark Borckardt, large cent specialist and EAC member describes what kind of varieties will be offered and other details of the upcoming auction sale. Video Runtime: 1:34. Copyright © CoinWeek – May 2012 Early […]

Purpose of the Liberty Cap Foundation

Purpose of the Liberty Cap Foundation

Walter Husak, Founder, Liberty Cap Foundation Interviewer: David Lisot. Walter Husak once possessed and sold one of the finest collections of early United States large cents ever assembled. He has created an archive of these coins that is available for research and inspiration for other coin collectors. Walter talks about the goals of the Liberty […]

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

Counterfeit Protection: 1881-S Morgan Dollar

From the NGC by Max Spiegel, Numismatic Researcher on 5/15/2012 Raised areas and the incorrrect shape of the mintmark identify this 1881-S Morgan as a counterfeit. The 1881-S Morgan dollar is not a coin that you would expect to see faked. It is easily the most common date in the Morgan dollar series, and NGC has […]

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