David Lawrence Rare Coin Super Sunday Sale Ending January 31

David Lawrence Rare Coins announces the Super Sunday Sale, featuring a wide variety of Gold Rarities and Selections from the D.L. Hansen Collection   David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is proud to announce the upcoming Super Sunday Sale, featuring a wide variety of Gold Rarities and more selections from the D.L. Hansen Collection, one of […]

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American Innovation $1 Coin South Carolina Unc. Product Prices Announced

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for product options containing South Carolina American Innovation $1 Coins beginning on January 19 at noon EST. The coins are uncirculated quality from the Mint’s Philadelphia and Denver facilities. Available product options and pricing are below. The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series featuring […]

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Künker to Offer 1757 10-Ruble Gold Coin Created by Jacques-Antoine Dassier

On January 28, 2021, a Künker auction presents a 10-ruble piece from 1757 whose die was created by the Genevan medalist Jacques-Antoine Dassier. But this is not the only special thing about it: A small collector’s hallmark proves it once belonged to the Hutten-Czapski collection. By Künker GmbH …… On August 3, 1765, Jacques-Antoine Dassier […]

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Rare 1867 Rays Shield Nickel Variety in Stack’s Bowers March Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Shield nickels are a largely underappreciated series among 19th-century U.S. coinage. They represent America’s inaugural attempt at a nickel five-cent coin, a format that remains a staple in daily commerce to the present day. First introduced in 1866 upon the conclusion of the Civil War, […]

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United States 1980 (P) Lincoln Cent

1980 was an inflection point in the history of the cent. The juxtapenultimate date struck from the majority-copper alloy in use since the early 1960s, 1980 Lincoln cents were struck and issued against a backdrop of uncertainty about the denomination, as successive administrations tested new compositions and pondered its elimination. The coins themselves are not […]

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Recenty Discovered Key Date 1926-S Buffalo Nickel Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Sometimes when a collector is about to set the seal on finding a great rarity in the wild, a discovery like this comes along and inspires hope anew. On Sunday, January 17, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this key-date 1926-S Buffalo nickel, recently graded MS-65 by PCGS and approved by CAC as […]

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What Are Widow’s Mite Coins?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the New Testament Gospels of Luke and Mark is one of the most famous passages of The Bible that has come to be known as “the lesson of the widow’s mite”. It is about a poor widow who offered two small copper coins in a church’s offering, while people […]

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How Cellphone Photos Took Over the Coin Market in 2020

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Beginning about three or four years ago, I noticed an ever-increasing amount of my business involved cellphone pictures of coins. This was especially true from the aspect of buying. And as the coin market had to re-invent itself in 2020 due to COVID-19, a significant amount […]

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting Details-Graded Coins

Details grading offers benefits such as ensuring authenticity and salability, in addition to presenting an affordable path to set completion   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… For the first 20 or so years that NGC graded coins, any pieces submitted that were deemed unacceptable for certification were returned in a plastic […]

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The Mexican Coin Made at the New Orleans Mint

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The New Orleans Mint was one of the first three original branch mints established by the United States Mint in 1838. Throughout its history of making coins, much of the bullion used for coinage production came from foreign coin deposits – often in the form of Mexican coinage. Yet, […]

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Heritage to Offer Finest Known 1796 No Pole Half Cent at FUN Auction

Heritage Auctions is proud to offer the finest known 1796 No Pole Half Cent as a part of our January 20-24 FUN Signature Auction. This legendary numismatic rarity grades MS67 Red and Brown according to PCGS. The year 1796 is important in the history of the first Philadelphia Mint and some collectors have made a […]

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NGC Certifies First Sacagawea-Presidential Dollar Mule

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified the first known mule of a Sacagawea Dollar and a Presidential Dollar. This incredible error, which paired a Sacagawea Dollar obverse with a Presidential Dollar reverse, was struck in 2014 at the Denver Mint. It is now graded NGC Mint Error AU 58 with a notation of “Discovery Coin” to recognize […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #147: Numismatics of the Trump Years

CoinWeek Podcast #147: Numismatics of the Trump Years Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes.   Every Presidential administration has its own personality and influence on American policy. The Trump Administration did not fail to deliver in this regard. In this episode of […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #147: Numismatics of the Trump Years

 CoinWeek Podcast #147: Numismatics of the Trump Years Every Presidential administration brings has its own personality and influence on American policy. The Trump Administration did not fail to deliver in this regard. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, editor Charles Morgan is joined by CoinWeek staff writer Chris Bulfinch to discuss the administration’s […]

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Heritage to Offer Further Selections From Cape Coral Collection

Even as the world’s leading auction house for certified coins, it is a rare opportunity that we are able to present a collection of the technical caliber of the Cape Coral Collection. Formed by a true connoisseur of the hobby with a keen eye for quality and the resources to pursue top-notch specimens wherever they […]

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Choice Unc. Spread Eagle 1863 $100 Legal Tender Note From Karelian Collection

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ March 2021 United States Currency auction will feature select offerings from the Karelian Collection, including a PCGS Banknote Choice Uncirculated 63 Fr.167a $100 Legal Tender Note. The “Spread Eagle” motif on the $100 Legal Tender Notes of 1862 and 1863 is one […]

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Colonial Coin Collectors Club Names New Publication Award in Honor of Sydney Martin

By American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) Board of Directors announced the creation of the Sydney F. Martin Numismatic Publication Award. This award will be presented to authors of books published through C4, and at the Board’s discretion can also be presented to authors of works published outside of C4. […]

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Atlas Numismatics Adds World Proof and Pattern Coins to Fixed Price List

By Atlas Numismatics …… Happy New Year! For this month’s list, we have prepared another selection of coins and medals for your consideration, and look forward to hearing from you if you should see anything of interest. If you are looking to sell, Atlas remains actively interested in purchasing individual items and whole collections. We are happy […]

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Treasure Coins: Ancient Gold Coins Recovered from Shipwrecks

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. The Dokos Shipwreck, the oldest in the world, was discovered by the father of underwater archaeology, Peter Throckmorton, after almost four thousand years on August 23, 1975. A simple pile of ceramics and stone anchors and other stone items devoid of all biodegradable organic material, this wreck, unfortunately, contains […]

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Stack’s Bowers January 15 World Paper Money Auction: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek ….. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is hosting two world paper money auctions on January 15 and 18 that include a number of remarkable pieces of world paper money at different price tiers. The first auction of 354 lots, Session B, will begin on Jan. 15 at 4 PM PST in the Quarter Deck Room […]

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Top Pop MS-68 1905 Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1905 Liberty Head half eagle is an underrated 20th-century issue that is desirable at all levels of preservation. A mintage of only 302,200 makes it scarcer than many late-date issues, representing a steep drop from the 392,000 Philadelphia strikes of 1904. While readily available […]

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Extraordinary Selections in Heritage NYINC World and Ancient Coins Auction

The 2021 NYINC Platinum Night & Signature auction, scheduled for January 21-22 at Coins.HA.com, promises to be one of Heritage’s best World & Ancient coin auctions yet. This auction contains an extraordinary selection of rarities that has surpassed even our own wildest expectations, spanning across every corner of the globe from ancient times to the […]

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Rare US Coin Highlights at Latest David Lawrence Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Sunday Auction #1152 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features over 275 total lots including 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale also showcases a variety of other incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a key date D-mint […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Kicks off New Year by Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Bluenose

By the Royal Canadian Mint …… The Royal Canadian Mint is launching a year-long celebration of Bluenose with a pair of coins dedicated to the famously swift sailing ship. The annual $100 Pure Gold Coin and Proof Silver Dollar share the thrilling story of an impeccably crafted schooner. One hundred years ago, Bluenose emerged from […]

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Mint of Poland Win Three Times at Coin Constellation 2020 Competition

By Mint of Poland …… At the recent Coin Constellation 2020 competition based in Russia but with online voting through December 15, the Mint of Poland was awarded in three competition categories: “Original technology”, “Unique concept” and “Classic coin”. The awards during the competition organized by the Water Mark publishing house are even more pleasing […]

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Modern Coin Rarities Explained – The 1975 “No S” Roosevelt Dime

By CoinWeek ….. A common question we receive from CoinWeek readers relates to the modern rarity 1975 “No S” Roosevelt dime. With only two examples known, this Proof issue is one of the most elusive and expensive modern coins issued by the United States Mint. And while CoinWeek believes it is possible that an additional […]

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Jim Bisognani: It’s Time for My 10th Annual NGC Year in Review – Part 2

In the second half of the year-end roundup, collectors and dealers consider how the coin market is affected by increased internet browsing, decreased face-to-face interaction, and a new president   Numismatic Market Review by Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   I am sure that I am not the first (nor the last) […]

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New Big Cats Gold Coin Features King of the Jungle

The series of coins released last year on behalf of Sierra Leone featuring the Big Cats proved to be extremely popular and therefore Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of a new Fine Gold coin featuring one of the Big Cats from the original release, the undisputed King of the Jungle – the […]

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NYINC Announces 2022 Dates for 50th Annual Foreign and Ancient Coin Specialty Event

Kevin Foley, long time bourse chairman for the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), has announced the preliminary schedule for the convention’s 50th annual edition in 2022. The event will once again be held at the Grand Hyatt New York, located at 109 East 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. The Grand Hyatt enjoys […]

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The Macabre World War I “Totentanz” Medal Series of Walther Eberbach

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As the first great conflict to serve as a focal point for much of the world, it is not surprising that World War I is commemorated by means of medallic art. The countries on each side, whether the allies or the central powers, issued […]

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A Numismatist at War: Max von Bahrfeldt

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. …[T]he Army had become the most popular, most admired, and most respected and most influential entity in the new German Empire. …To most Germans their Army – the Emperor’s Army – represented stability as well as honor and glory (Dupuy, 110). The study of ancient coins is usually regarded […]

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Bid by Percentage in the Stack’s Bowers Jan. 2021 Precious Metals Auction

Bidding Ends Wednesday, January 13 Click Here to Place Your Bids   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their September 2020 Precious Metals Auction, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically […]

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New Dollar Coin Honors Champion for American Civics

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. South Carolina’s American Innovation Dollar honors Septima Poinsette Clark, a teacher and civil rights activist whose decades of work educating voters was an inspiration to other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Proof Sets including the coin went on sale on October 8 of last year. Business strikes and […]

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Q. David Bowers – Cycles of the US Rare Coin Market 1900 to Date

By Q. David Bowers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of boom and bust cycles, the word “investment” usually comes to mind. A broader view is to consider popularity. Various series wax and wane in demand, and different factors in the market can take precedence at different times. One of the great things about numismatics […]

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Classic Commemoratives Offered in Special Month-Long Heritage Auction

Heritage is offering a special month-long auction featuring classic US commemorative coinage minted during the period 1892-1954. This auction, with material intended for collectors of all budgets, is available exclusively through Coins.HA.com. Bidding is already open, with the concluding live session scheduled for 6 PM CT on Friday, January 15. This auction features over 1,000 […]

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Year of the Ox Investment Series From Royal Australian Mint

By Royal Australian Mint …… The year 2021 marks the Lunar Year of the Ox and to celebrate, the Royal Australian Mint is proud to present these stunning investment coins, the second in its Lunar Investment Series. In 2021, the 1oz investment coins are complemented by the addition of two new weights in gold, offering […]

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Heritage Offers Cid-Pulido Collection of Spanish Banknotes in FUN Auction

The FUN World Paper Money Signature Auction from Heritage Auctions, scheduled for January 21-22, features the Cid-Pulido Collection of Spanish Banknotes, an outstanding accumulation of banknotes from Spain, spiced with a smattering of notes from Spanish colonies. This collection is scheduled to go to live auction at 11 AM CT at Currency.HA.com. One of the […]

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Classic US Gold Coins: What’s Hot and What’s Not – 2021 Edition

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner With a few exceptions, I’ve written a “hot/not” article at the end of the year for the better part of the last decade. Some years this is an exercise in futility because everything seems tepid from a price standpoint. And during strong markets, I think it […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #146: Harriet Tubman Considered

CoinWeek Podcast #146: Harriet Tubman Considered After a year-long public campaign to redesign the $20 bill, Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that a portrait of Civil Rights pioneer Harriet Tubman would replace the long-serving portrait of controversial president Andrew Jackson as part of the government’s observation of the centennial of Woman’s Suffrage. The Trump […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #146: Harriet Tubman Considered

 CoinWeek Podcast #146: Harriet Tubman Considered After a year-long public campaign to redesign the $20 bill, Obama Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that a portrait of Civil Rights pioneer Harriet Tubman would replace the long-serving portrait of controversial president Andrew Jackson as part of the government’s observation of the centennial of Woman’s Suffrage. The […]

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Perth Mint Offers 2021 Year of the Ox Antiqued 2oz Silver Coin

With the tones and surface abrasions of an ancient artifact, this 2oz silver release portrays the Perth Mint 2021 Year of the Ox design in exceptional detail. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar ox in 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973 and every 12th preceding year are said to be kind, intelligent, honest, […]

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ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

Applications for college scholarships provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 12. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 to provide a graduating high school senior who is also a member of the ANA with $1,000 to use at the university, community college, or trade school of the student’s choice. […]

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Zoom Video Presentation: Travels in Judea and Samaria: Coins & Etc. (1967-1990)

 CoinWeek is proud to present a Zoom video lecture given by numismatist David Hendin to the members of the Israel Numismatic Society on January 5, titled “Travels in Judea and Samaria, Coins & Etc. (1967-1990)”. In this program, David Hendin, Judean/Biblical coin expert and adjunct curator of the American Numismatic Society, takes his audience […]

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Big Things Have Happened at the United States Mint in the Month of January

By CoinWeek ….. The month of January sets the stage for the new year. Americans go back to work, the wheels of the financial markets spin anew, and the United States Mint begins its year striking coins on new dies. CoinWeek has dug through more than 228 years of Mint history to provide this list […]

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Finest Brasher Doubloon, 1804 Plain 4 Eagle Offered by Heritage Auctions

FUN U.S. Coins Auction features remainder of Donald G. Partrick Collection and Bob R. Simpson Collection Part III Jan. 20-24   “The World’s Most Famous Coin” and a selection of seven-figure rarities could make numismatic history in Heritage Auctions’ January 20-24 U.S. Coins Auctions held in Dallas and on HA.com. “We expect nothing short of […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Washington Quarters

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Various coins were proposed to commemorate the bicentennial of President George Washington’s 1732 birth. The United States Congress ultimately approved a one-year quarter dollar that was issued in 1932 to the tune of over 6.2 million coins (5.4 million from Philadelphia, 436,800 from Denver, and 408,000 from San Francisco) at […]

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Large Assortment of Haitian Notes to Highlight Stack’s Bowers Jan. 2021 Auction

By Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stacks Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a large assortment of Haitian notes in our January 2021 auction. We are offering 53 notes from Haiti, split between our Live and Internet sessions. These notes span from the 1820s through the 1960s, offering notes from […]

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CSG Grading Service for Sports Cards Launching Soon: NGC

Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG) will launch in February to provide sports card collectors and dealers with expert, impartial and efficient certification services. You can now visit CSGcards.com to learn more. CSG is the latest company to be formed by the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG), which includes the world’s largest grading services for coins (Numismatic Guaranty […]

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Greek Influences on Early Iberian Coins: Catawiki

By Catawiki …… The Iberian Peninsula is located at the western end of the Mediterranean Sea. In the late Bronze Age (early first millennium BCE) and early Iron Age (seventh century BCE), it was inhabited by various peoples who had different social, religious, and cultural structures. Broadly speaking, the northwestern and central-eastern parts were influenced […]

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PQ Coins Still Available in a Time of Show Shutdowns – Paradime Coins

Coin Auction Highlights by Paradime Coins …… 2020 was a turbulent time for many. The numismatic market, however, in our opinion was stronger than ever for most series. Whether dealing in modern coinage, bullion, or collectible U.S coins, there was a surge in demand coupled with increased time being spent online perusing and searching for […]

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Rare 1969-S Doubled Die Lincoln Cent Among Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The new Sunday Auction #1151 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features over 300 new coins plus 40 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale also showcases a variety of other incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a registry-quality […]

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Ancient Roman Coins: The Many Faces of Nero

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Born on December 15 in the year 37 CE, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus was not necessarily destined for greatness. He was, however, the son of one of history’s most famous women, Julia Agrippina (the Younger). After her husband, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, died in 40 CE, Julia quickly remarried to the […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auctions 9 of Top 10 United States Banknotes in 2020

Stack’s Bowers Galleries auctioned nine of the top 10 highest-priced examples of US paper money to cross the block in 2020, extending a trend of record-setting prices achieved in recent years. The firm’s history of presenting legendary collections includes their sale of the most valuable collection of paper money ever assembled, the Joel R. Anderson […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions, Central States Announce New Auction Relationship for 2021 Convention

Legend Rare Coin Auctions and the Central States Numismatic Society have announced a new auction relationship beginning in 2021 for the CSNS Convention. Legend Auctions will be an official auctioneer of the CSNS Convention, bringing their 500-lot, boutique-style Regency Auctions to a new audience through the Central States Numismatic Society. “We are thrilled and honored […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in December 2020

In addition to performing well in public internet sales, CAC-approved certified coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Newport Beach, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada during the month of December. Here are over a dozen examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1914 Buffalo […]

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Specialty Silver Dollars Offered in Month-Long Heritage Auction

The latest Heritage month-long auction of US coins focuses on the ever-popular Morgan and Peace Dollar series, with an offering consisting of VAM varieties as well as Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike Morgans. This auction is open for bidding now, with the concluding live session scheduled for Friday, January 8 at 6 PM CT. Collectors […]

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New 50 Pence Coin Commemorates Arrival of HMS Terror in Antarctica

Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the new release of the HMS Terror 50 pence coin on behalf of the British Antarctic Territory. This new coin is to commemorate the 180th Anniversary of the arrival of HMS Terror in Antarctica. Constructed for the Royal Navy and launched in 1813, Terror was converted into a polar […]

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United States 2003 Lincoln Cent

Background The 2003 Lincoln cent was issued against the backdrop of many calling for the denomination’s elimination and represented one of the better-struck issues bearing the Lincoln Memorial reverse. Cents had been struck on copper-plated zinc planchets since 1982, earning the coins the moniker “Zincoln”. Their composition, adopted to cut production costs, provided only a […]

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The Coins of Caesar’s Killers

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. Gaius Julius Caesar was murdered at a meeting of the Roman Senate on the Ides of March, 44 BCE. The men who killed Caesar claimed that they were saving the Roman Republic from an oppressive dictator who had taken too much power for himself. The assassins included men […]

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Flawless 1995-W Bullion Set Featured in Stack’s Bowers Jan. 2021 Collector’s Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The United States Mint’s recent release of coins commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II has created renewed excitement for gold and silver American Eagles, a series first introduced in 1986. While many noteworthy American Eagles have been released over the past […]

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New Pricing for Certain United States Mint Numismatic Products

The United States Mint is announcing new pricing for various United States Mint numismatic products dated 2018-2021 in accordance with the table below: * * * About the United States Mint The US Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s […]

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Jeff Garrett: Mirror, Mirror – The Appeal of the Prooflike Morgan Silver Dollar

Who is the fairest of them all? A strong argument can be made for a Prooflike Morgan Silver Dollar   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… There are few numismatic delicacies as aesthetically appealing as a deeply Prooflike silver dollar. These coins are simply stunning. Anyone who collects Morgan Silver Dollars is […]

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Numismatic Commemorations of Vaccination Research

By Elena Stolyarik for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The year 2020, which brought to the world a coronavirus pandemic, is coming to an end. Humanity looks forward with hope to successful innovations against the new deadly virus. This is an appropriate time to pay tribute to the achievements of scientists of previous generations. On […]

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US Mint to Release Final America the Beautiful Circulating Quarter Jan. 4

The United States Mint will release the 2021 America the Beautiful Quarter honoring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site on January 4, 2021. This is the final quarter in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and the only America the Beautiful Quarter to be issued in 2021. Due to increased demand for circulating coins, these […]

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The Semi-Key 1921 Mercury Dimes

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Mercury Dime enthusiasts regard the famous 1916-D as the grail of the series, a key date coin on par with 20th-century rarities like the iconic 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent and the 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter. And while the 1916-D Mercury Dime often steals the proverbial show, the 10-cent coin […]

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A Gift of Admiration and Adoration: Stack’s Bowers to Offer Japanese Gold Oban in Jan. Auction

Japanese Gold Oban by Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist and Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… There are countless reasons for the act of gifting, including friendship, love, peace, or simply respect. Gifts can come in all shapes, sizes, and forms, based completely upon the individuals involved and their relationship. Whether a physical object or a […]

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Ancient Coin Highlights of the Heritage January 2021 NYINC Auction

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. In recent years, Heritage Auctions has become a major player in the ancient coin market. Traditionally in America, the most important ancient coin auctions of the year take place in January, in association with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). This year is no exception, even though the […]

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United States Mint 2021 Special Occasion Sets Available January 5

Beginning January 5, 2021, at noon EST, the United States Mint will open sales for two popular numismatic sets that help celebrate life’s special moments: United States Mint Birth Set Designed to mark the arrival of a baby, this special keepsake set (product code 21RD) contains the following five Proof-finish 2021-dated coins from the Mint’s […]

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NGC Signs Exclusive Signature Label Deal With Jennie Norris, Designer of New American Gold Eagle Reverse

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is excited to announce that Jennie Norris, designer of the new American Gold Eagle reverse, is signing certification labels exclusively for NGC. Since it was released in 1986, the American Gold Eagle has featured Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ revered Liberty on the obverse and a family of bald eagles in a nest on […]

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Theodosia, Gorgippia, & Phanagoria: Ancient Greek Coins of the Black Sea’s Northern Coast

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek ….. This is the third article in a series on the Greek colonies on the northern coast of the Black Sea (Euxine Sea). The first article was on Olbia, the second was on Tyras and Chersonesus, and this one covers the cities of Theodosia, Gorgippia, and Phanagoria in the Cimmerian […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Opens First US Coin Auction of 2021 Online

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  ……   David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) Sunday Auction #1150 is ringing in the New Year with over 400 coins plus 50 Vault Values and 60 No Reserve Lots. The first sale of 2021 also showcases a variety of other incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Auctions Top $6.5 Million

Heritage’s final numismatic signature auctions of 2020, held December 17-19 in Hong Kong, realized more than $6.5 million with Post-Auction sales continuing. These auctions focused on Asian coins and currency, along with a small but significant offering of ancient coins. All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The auction of World and Ancient coins raised […]

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Buyer of Ultra-Rare 1894-S Barber Dime Crosses It to PCGS

The 1894-S dime, recently sold for $1,440,000, is now in a Professional Coin Grading Service holder, graded PCGS PR65+   The anonymous winning bidder for one of the most famous United States coins, the ultra-rare 1894-S Barber Dime that recently sold at auction for $1,440,000, has submitted the coin to Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auctions Eight of Top 10 U.S. Coins in 2020

Eight of the top 10 highest auction prices realized for U.S. coins in 2020 were achieved by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, emphasizing their role as a leading resource for world-class numismatic rarities. Among these eight exceptional results are six coins that surpassed $1 million, including two distinct examples of the famous 1804 Draped Bust dollar. “We […]

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The 2021 Washington Quarter: Proof That It’s Time to Change Our Change

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   Two hundred and forty-four years to the day that General George Washington and his Continental Army forces crossed the Delaware River to stage a surprise attack on British-aligned Hessian soldiers, the United States Mint pushed out a press release announcing the new reverse that will make its debut […]

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Ancient Greek Coins: Archaic to Classical

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Archaic Greece, born out of the ruins of the Bronze Age Mycenaean culture, quickly began to dominate the eastern Mediterranean Sea. For roughly three hundred years after that great Mediterranean power–centered on the city of Mycenae but with trading cities throughout the Peloponnese and Asia Minor–violently collapsed, Greece descended […]

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Künker Kicks off Its Golden Jubilee With Auction 346

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Auction #346, replete with numismatic and phaleristic rarities from all over the world, is now online. We are pleased to start our anniversary year with this auction #346. On July 1, 1971, Fritz Rudolf Künker founded a small coin shop in the little town […]

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NGC 1894-S Barber Dime, 1794 Dollar Each Realize Over $1 Million in Stack’s Bowers Sale

Two vintage US coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) each realized more than $1 million in a Stack’s Bowers auction on December 17, 2020. An NGC-certified example of the legendary 1894-S Barber Dime realized $1,440,000, while an NGC-certified 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar realized $1,050,000 as part of the Larry H. Miller Collection sale. The […]

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Silver Certificates: Why Were They Issued and How Much Are They Worth?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… United States silver certificates are probably the most popular and widely collected type of U.S. paper currency. This is because many of the older issues have amazingly beautiful designs, while others, like the Hawaii overprint notes from World War II, have an interesting history behind them. Moreover, the notes were […]

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Ancient Coins – Alexander the Great Tetradrachms and Herakles’ Slaying of the Nemean Lion

MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander the Great Tetradrachms (336-323 BC). AR Tetradrachms By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The early Macedonian kingdom did not have sufficient access to mines to be able to mass-produce influential coinage. However, when Philip II rose to power in 359 BCE, he recognized the importance of mining and prioritized […]

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US Mint to Release Maryland American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin Dec. 30

The United States Mint 2020 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin honoring Maryland will be available for purchase on December 30 at noon EST. The coin is priced at $11.50 USD. Orders will be limited to five coins per household for the first 24 hours on sale. Production is limited to 50,000 coins. The American […]

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Modern Coin Counterfeit Detection – 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver 10 Yuan

Modern Counterfeit 2012 China Dragon 10 Yuan This particular counterfeit has reflective areas not seen on the authentic coin due to the die not being sufficiently frosted. Counterfeit Detection By the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)…….. The problem of counterfeiting in China is very real, and it is believed that most of the new fakes seen […]

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Talking Ancient Coins With Mike Beall and Mike Markowitz, Part II: Coins of the Bible

In Part II of Talking Ancient Coins, collector Mike Beall sits down with CoinWeek Ancients writer Mike Markowitz to take a numismatic tour of the coins of The Bible. Discussed in this 33-minute episode are examples of coins inscribed in archaic Hebrew, the famed shekels of Tyre, coins of the Jewish War, and a pair […]

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Heritage to Offer Donald G. Partrick Collection of Merchant Counterstamps

The extensive holdings of Donald G. Partrick include some of the rarest coins of U.S. series including many ultra-rare and unique colonials, early coppers, and memorable early pattern coins. Partrick’s interest in Hard Times and Merchant tokens, Civil War tokens, Patriotic tokens, and counterstamps is perhaps less well known. These collections were largely formed well […]

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New 50p Coin Celebrates Bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s Birth

Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce a new 50 pence coin featuring Florence Nightingale on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory. This year is the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale who is credited as being the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Warns Feds About Online “Coin” Seller

Promptly acting on a tip from a concerned collector, the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation’s (ACEF) Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) has notified law enforcement agencies and online shopping platform Amazon.com about a seller who is in apparent violation of federal laws involving reproductions of rare coins. The seller using the name SeTing offered nine reproductions of coins […]

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United States Mint Announces New Washington Quarter Reverse Design

On Christmas night in 1776, General George Washington, along with 2,400 troops and artillery, began his historic crossing of the Delaware River in preparation for a surprise attack on British and Hessian soldiers during the American Revolutionary War. On Christmas 2020, the United States Mint unveiled a new design depicting this pivotal moment in history […]

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The Coins That Killed Caesar

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. The year 45 BCE ended with Gaius Julius Caesar being the most powerful man in the most powerful country in the world. He had defeated all of his enemies and rivals and had reconciled (or so he thought) any who still survived. The Roman Senate had appointed him […]

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US Mint Announces Designs for National Law Enforcement Memorial Commemorative Coin Program

On Tuesday, December 22, United States Mint Director David J. Ryder participated in a virtual design unveiling for the 2021 National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Commemorative Coin Program. The designs will be featured on a gold coin, a silver coin, and a half dollar as authorized by Public Law 116-94 (Division K). All obverse […]

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Over $17.8 Million in U.S. Coins Sold in Stack’s Bowers Dec. 2020 Showcase Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries December Showcase Auction marked a magnificent conclusion to the firm’s 2020 auction season. The firm has now auctioned eight of the top 10 highest-priced United States coins sold in 2020, including three lots that exceeded $1 million USD in December. Hosted at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, the […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Best Performing Modern Coins of 2020

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. The fifth annual Coin Analyst review of modern coins that performed best among those issued in 2020 includes some coins dated 2019 and 2021 that were released in 2020. 2020 may have been the year from hell for most of us because of the coronavirus and its many […]

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Some Classic and Modern Key Date Silver Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The three most widely collected types of silver dollars in today’s market are the Morgan dollar, the Peace dollar, and the American Silver Eagle, the modern silver dollar. Like all coin series, each features certain coins–often referred to as key dates–that are worth substantially more than the others in their […]

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The “Family Ruble” of Nicholas I — An Important 19th-Century Crown

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… From talers to dollars, crown-sized silver coins have always been very popular with collectors. Given their size and the fact that they are generally the whole unit for their issuing authorities, crowns can play a vital role in shaping a narrative both domestically and […]

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Last David Lawrence Rare Coins Onine Auction for 2020 Now Online

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The last Sunday Auction of 2020 (#1149) is now live and features 385 coins plus 40 Vault Values and 60 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale also showcases a variety of other incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items, including a key-date 1909-S VDB 1c PCGS/CAC MS66 RB, […]

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PMG Certifies Famous “Del Monte” $20 Error Note Offered by Heritage

Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) has certified the famous “Del Monte” error note – a 1996 $20 Federal Reserve Note printed over a Del Monte banana sticker! The incredible “Del Monte Note” is being offered by Heritage Auctions in its FUN Currency Sale, which has been rescheduled for January 21-25, 2021. Bidding is now open. The […]

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When Being a Friend of Rome Makes You a King (or a Queen)

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… In the winter of 88 BCE, the Roman proconsul Gaius Cassius found himself in a bind. Earlier that year, Mithridates VI, the king of Pontus, had invaded the Roman province of Asia (modern Turkey) and killed more than 80,000 Italians residing there. The Pontic king had […]

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United States 1968-D Lincoln Cent

Description In the lead-up to the passage of the Coinage Act of 1965, speculators and coin collectors drew the ire of the Mint, the Treasury, and many members of Congress who thought that the bustling coin hobby was to blame for the national coin shortage. Anybody who has studied a Red Book will understand that […]

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Heritage Offers Likely Finest Known Mexico 1714 Royal 8 Escudos

The Heritage January 21-22 NYINC Signature Auction of World and Ancient Coins features a Mexican 1714 Royal 8 Escudos graded an almost unbelievable MS66 by PCGS. At first glance this coin leaves one very solid impression in the viewer’s mind: this is the Redondo that all other “Royal” issues dream of being. Upon close in-hand […]

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Rare Treasury Notes From Karelian Collection at Stack’s Bowers March Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Extremely Rare Rosecrans Nebeker 1891 $50 Treasury Note The Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2021 United States Currency Auction will feature a rare Fr.376 Series of 1891 $50 Treasury Note from the Karelian Collection. This remarkable example is graded Extremely Fine 40 EPQ by PMG. This […]

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United States Mint Unveils Designs for Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Program

On Friday, December 18, United States Mint Director David J. Ryder participated in a virtual design unveiling for the 2021 Christa McAuliffe Silver Dollar. McAuliffe, a high school social studies teacher, was the first participant in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Teacher in Space program. She and six astronauts tragically lost their lives […]

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Big Things Have Happened at the United States Mint in the Month of December

By CoinWeek ….. The month of December has historically been a time for Americans to take it easy, spend time with their family, celebrate the holidays, and prepare for the New Year. Not so for the United States Mint. Since its founding in 1792, the Mint has worked month after month, often around the clock, […]

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Numismatic Expert Kevin Vinton to Join Stack’s Bowers Galleries Team

Stack’s Bowers Galleries (SBG) is pleased to announce that Kevin Vinton, respected expert, dealer, and auctioneer in United States colonial coinage and early federal copper will be joining the firm. Beginning in January 2021, Vinton will bring over a decade of full-time experience in the numismatic business to Stack’s Bowers Galleries, with his base to […]

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National Money Show 2021 in Phoenix Officially Canceled

Coronavirus also impacts planning for 2021 Summer Seminar   The American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors voted on December 16 to officially cancel the Phoenix National Money Show, scheduled for March 11-13, 2021, due to heightened coronavirus concerns. The vote was 7-2, with the majority of the Board expressing concerns about the Association’s inability […]

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Jim Bisognani: It’s Time for My 10th Annual NGC Year in Review – Part 1

As the year comes to a close, coin collectors and dealers reflect on the unprecedented year and what 2021 holds for the rapidly changing numismatics industry   Numismatic Market Review by Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   To say 2020 was an eventful year would be an understatement. We are all part […]

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Jim Bisognani: It’s Time for My 10th Annual NGC Year in Review – Part 1

As the year comes to a close, coin collectors and dealers reflect on the unprecedented year and what 2021 holds for the rapidly changing numismatics industry   Numismatic Market Review by Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… To say 2020 was an eventful year would be an understatement. We are all part of […]

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Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Careful examination of this 1963-D Roosevelt Dime reveals an alteration to the torch Altered Roosevelt Dime 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 […]

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PMG Certifies World’s Greatest Collection of National Bank Notes

Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) has announced that it recently certified the extraordinary collection of National Bank Notes assembled by Andrew Shiva, one of the hobby’s foremost authorities on this fascinating currency. The expansive, museum-quality collection includes the rarest, most intriguing and most valuable National Bank Notes known to exist. The collection was submitted under PMG’s […]

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Incredible Gem 1809 Classic Head Half Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… The Green-Newman-Pogue Specimen 1809 Classic Head Half Cent. C-6, B-6. Rarity-1. MS-65+ BN (PCGS). CAC.   This is a gorgeous example featuring a warm halo of mint color emerging from Liberty’s cap and around her head, fading into ideal frosty medium brown. The superb eye appeal matches the technical grade, with […]

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Provenances of Ancient Coins

By Edward Waddell for CoinWeek ….. The provenance or pedigree of an ancient coin to a former collection adds historical interest and prestige to the ownership of said coin. In the case of important collections of the past, it provides a tangible link to those former numismatists. In some cases, provenance can add considerably to […]

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PCGS Set Registry 2020 Awards Recognize Famous Coin Collectors, Outstanding Coin Collections

Professional Coin Grading Service bestows prestigious awards to hundreds of collectors while also inducting four collectors to PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently has announced the winners of the 2020 PCGS Set Registry Awards and new inductees to the PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame. For nearly two […]

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National Endowment for Humanities Funds ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS Project

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Society a $150,000 USD grant for the two-year joint ANS-Oxford University OXUS-INDUS project. The award comes through the New Directions in Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions program that partners the NEH with the United Kingdom’s […]

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Heritage Offers Certified American Tokens & Medals in Month-Long Auction

The latest Month-Long auction from Heritage Auctions features exonumia in its offering of a selection of Certified American Tokens and Medals. Open for bidding now, this auction concludes with a live session at 6 PM CT on December 22. This auction is especially strong in Civil War tokens – privately issued pieces that were designed […]

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Tied for Finest 1935 Peace Dollar Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. This Sunday, December 20, sees the final bidding for this 1935 Peace silver dollar, graded MS-67 by PCGS in a gold shield holder, at GreatCollections.com. 1935 was the last year of release for the Peace dollar series – indeed, it was the last year of production for any US dollar coin until […]

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The Tetradrachms of Athens (and Athena)

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. A long time ago, the goddess Athena purchased the naming rights to the town now known as Athens. Coins had not yet been invented so Athena could not pay cash for the naming rights, but she did have something valuable to offer instead: she gave the Athenians the […]

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Three Platinum Sessions Highlight Heritage FUN Signature Auction

Although Florida United Numismatists (FUN) canceled January’s Expo in Orlando, Heritage’s full slate of auctions change only in their date and location. Heritage will go forward with the scheduled numismatic auctions, just as we have done seamlessly and successfully when the April 2020 Central States, June and September Long Beach, and Summer ANA conventions were […]

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Impressive Offerings of World and Ancient Coins, Medals, and Paper Money in Stack’s Bowers Jan. 2021 Auction

An Officially Sanctioned Auction of the NYINC   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce their next sale of World and Ancient coins, and World medals, and paper money. Set to cross the auction block over seven sessions (four live and three Internet only) on January 15, 16, 18, and 19, this monumental offering features […]

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United States 1960 Lincoln Cent Overdate Varieties in Proof

Description As David Lange writes in his excellent CoinWeek article, 1960 was a pivotal year for coin collecting in America. Rare coins, the traditional backbone of the hobby, continued to thrive, with many historic collections being built – some publicly, some privately. But the real buzz encircling the coin hobby centered on modern U.S. Mint […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces 2021 Virtual Gala in New York City

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 14, 2021, it will hold its annual Gala celebration, virtually, in memory of benefactors Mark and Lottie Salton. The Gala will be open, via Zoom, to members of the Society and their guests. The event will feature keynote speaker Jacob Goldstein—National Public […]

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Qatar Announces New Series of Banknotes to Enter Circulation

Qatar Central Bank revealed the launch and images of the new fifth series of banknotes on December 13, 2020   By De La Rue, plc ….. The new series will enter circulation on December 18 and consists of seven denominations with the front celebrating Qatari flora, fauna and architecture. The reverse of the notes reflects […]

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The 10 Most Valuable Silver Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… What Are Silver Dollars Worth? A common-date Morgan or Peace silver dollar – the most widely collected types of these coins — can be worth anywhere from $25 to $35 in low grade to $50 for a common date in MS60, $125 in MS65 and $700 in MS67, the highest […]

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Apparently Unique 1516 Gold Real From Cologne Offered in Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… In the late 15th century, the vast silver deposits in the Austrian realm of Tirol contributed to the need for a broader, thicker silver coin than had been produced in the past. This gave rise to the crown-sized issues that would become ubiquitous in […]

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Changes to Legal Tender Status for Some Older Canadian Banknotes Take Effect in 2021

By Bank of Canada …… In accordance with amendments to the Bank of Canada Act and the Currency Act approved by Parliament in 2018, the federal government of Canada recently decided to remove legal tender status from some older Canadian banknotes as of January 1, 2021. This change will affect the $1, $2, $25, $500 […]

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Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set Honoring George H.W. and Barbara Bush Avail. Dec. 21

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2020 Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set—George H.W. and Barbara Bush (product code 20PK) on December 21 at noon EST. There are no household order limits for this set. Production is limited to 10,000 units. Priced at $25, this unique set includes an uncirculated […]

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PCGS Adds Three Leading Experts, Promotes Another

As Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) closes a year of rapid growth, the world’s leading third-party coin and banknote grading service is making further expansions to its team of experts. Joining are Jamie Kiskis as PCGS parent company Collectors Universe Vice President of Product Development, Mark Ferguson as PCGS Senior Price Guide Consultant, and Peter […]

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The Medieval English Coins of the Wars of The Roses

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. The late medieval monarchies of Europe were fundamentally fragile and prone to civil disorder. Political stability and harmony depended ultimately on the personal capacity of individual kings. In the second half of the fifteenth century, the western kingdoms all endured upheaval and civil war as a result of disputed, […]

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February 2021 Long Beach Expo Canceled

Hopes Remain High For June 2021   As a national show, the safety of our visitors, dealers, and employees will always be our top priority. With that in mind, it is with much sadness that we, in coordination with the Long Beach Convention Center, are announcing the cancellation of the February 4-6, 2021 Long Beach […]

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NGC Certifies Enormous Gold Coins Celebrating the Year of the Rat

Coins include a 2-kilogram as well as a 10-kilogram, the largest of the 2020 Chinese Lunar coins   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified two more colossal gold coins, both 2020 Year of the Rat issues from China. Together, the coins contain over $700,000 USD in gold, but their numismatic value is significantly greater. Each […]

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Two Well-Toned Morgan Dollars in Stack’s Bowers Dec. 2020 Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1885-O is among the most popular New Orleans Mint Morgan silver dollars. The mintage of 9,185,000 pieces was typical of the era, but still well below the 10.7 million struck of the 1886-O and the 11.5 million struck of the 1887-O. The Bland-Allison Act […]

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Heritage Offering Part 1 of the Conway Collection of Error Notes

Heritage is honored to offer The Conway Collection of Error Notes, Part I, closing on December 30. This featured monthly collection is nothing short of amazing in scope and rarity and will include nearly 140 Small Size Error Note lots to be auctioned without reserve. The grouping of mismatched serial number errors in this collection […]

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Numismatic Crime Information Center – Gold Coins, Currency Stolen From Coin Show

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Dealer Bag Stolen at Las Vegas Show Las Vegas Detectives are investigating the theft of a bag belonging to Lake Region Coin and Currency after leaving the Las Vegas Coin Show. The theft occurred outside the hotel while waiting for transportation to […]

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US Mint Director Ryder, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Welcome American Innovation $1 Coin Products Dec. 14

At noon EST on December 14, United States Mint Director David J. Ryder and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will celebrate the opening of sales for products containing American Innovation $1 Coins honoring the State of Maryland. The coin’s reverse design pays homage to the Hubble Space Telescope, one of the largest and most versatile space […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Helps Rid Marketplace of $1+ Million of Fakes in 2020

Funded only by donations, the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) worked with law enforcement agencies in 2020 to protect collectors, dealers, and the general public by helping remove from the marketplace over $1 million of counterfeit rare coins and precious metals items, according to a year-end update from the foundation. Among the cases, ACEF and […]

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Jeff Garrett: Numismatic Holiday Gift Ideas

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Like everyone else, you are probably searching for holiday gift ideas to please that hard-to-buy-for friend or relative. Shopping this year is even more difficult, with most of your options limited to online shopping. As we bring 2020 to a close (thankfully), try celebrating with numismatic […]

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The Big Mo Collection of Civil War Gold Coinage: Part Two

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Formed by a Nevada specialized collector over the last decade or so, the Big Mo set of Civil War coinage was likely the single finest set of these issues ever assembled. The non-gold (and certain gold coins) was sold a few months ago and the remaining […]

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PCGS 2020-W Quarter Quest Winners Split $2,000 Cash Prize for 2020-W Kansas Quarter

Three Collectors Splitting $2,000 Bounty for Submitting First 2020-W Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Quarters for Grading by Professional Coin Grading Service   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest 2020 continues with three winners tying as the first to submit the first examples of the 2020-W Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Kansas Quarter for grading. The […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Presents The Larry H. Miller Collection Part Two

Many great numismatic collections are assembled with tremendous showmanship and fanfare. Others, however, are built quietly and with discretion, allowing the collector to appreciate the satisfaction of accomplishment and the joy of ownership. Often it is these cabinets that elicit the most excitement when they are presented to the market, as collectors compete enthusiastically to […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces New Prize in Ancient Numismatics

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics, given in memory of the late Professor James M. Collier. The Collier Prize in Ancient Numismatics is a substantial monetary prize that will be awarded biennially to the best single- or multi-authored book, catalog, or online digital work in the […]

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Join NGC at Heritage Auctions for Trade & Grade With FUN & NYINC 2021 Lot Viewing

Earlier this week, Florida United Numismatists (FUN) announced that the January 2021 FUN Show has been canceled. Because of this, Heritage Auctions decided to move the FUN Auctions and lot viewing to Dallas on January 18 – 23, 2021. This will also coincide with our NYINC auction. In addition, Heritage Auctions will also sponsor a […]

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The 1933 Santa Monica Breakwater So-Called Dollar

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… 1933 SC$1 HK-687 Aluminum Santa Monica Breakwater PCGS MS62 A trip to the beach, the smell of the ocean air, the feel of sand on your feet, the sound of the waves continually crashing… This timeless tradition is but a rare experience for some and a daily occurrence for […]

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Some Highlights in the Stack’s Bowers December 2020 Auction

Consignment Highlights By CoinWeek …. Here is a selection of rare and high-quality classic U.S. coins in Session 2 of the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries December 18 auction, starting at 1:00 pm Pacific Time (4:00 pm Eastern). 1861 Indian Cent Proof-65 PCGS/CAC This beautiful premium Gem Proof Indian cent is fully struck with a generally […]

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Exceptional Paradimecoins Consignment in the Stack’s Bowers December 2020 Auction

Consignment Highlights By CoinWeek …. Paradimecoins is offering a consignment of rare and high-quality classic U.S. coins in Session 2 of the upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries December 18 auction, starting at 1:00 pm Pacific Time (4:00 pm Eastern). Below are several highlights from the Paradime selection. 1861 Indian Cent Proof-65 PCGS/CAC This beautiful premium Gem […]

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Atlas Numismatics Offers German East Africa Gold 15 Rupien Among New Rare World Coins

By Atlas Numismatics …… As 2020 winds down and we look back over a year of exceptional changes in the world and changes that have affected the coin business and hobby, we are ever thankful for your support and for your regular contact with us. For this month’s list, we have prepared another selection of coins and […]

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Quarter Eagle Gold Coins Highlight Latest David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Auction #1148 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features 325 coins – including 56 items from the Tantalizing $2 1/2 Gold Collection plus 40 Vault Values and over 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale also showcases a variety of other incredible PCGS-, […]

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NGC-Certified 1894-S Barber Dime Set to Sell for Seven Figures in Stack’s Bowers Sale

An example of the legendary 1894-S Barber Dime, graded PF 65 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), is poised to realize a seven-figure sum in a Stack’s Bowers sale of Larry H. Miller Collection rarities on December 17, 2020. Bidding for the ultra-rare dime is already at $850,000 USD more than a week before the auction ends. The 1894-S […]

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ICTA Announces New Executive Director

On Tuesday, December 8, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) announced that Jimmy Hayes will step down as executive director at the end of the year, and its board of directors has appointed David Crenshaw as the new executive director, effective January 1, 2021. Of the change, Hayes said, “I have very much enjoyed […]

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United States Mint 2020 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Avail. Dec. 10

The 2020 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (product code 20RC) will be available for purchase beginning on December 10 at noon EST. The set is priced at $201 USD. Orders will be limited to two per household, with production limited to 50,000 sets. The 2020 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set includes: (1) […]

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Top Pop CAC 1914/3 Buffalo Nickel Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, December 13, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this Toned 1914/(3) Buffalo nickel, graded MS-66 by PCGS in a gold shield holder. It is unknown how many of the 20,664,463 Buffalo nickels struck at Philadelphia in 1914 are of this overdate, and there seems to be some disagreement about the origin […]

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The Most Valuable US Pennies: A Baker’s Dozen

By Bullion Shark LLC …… While each series of United States cent (or penny) has its own key coins based on mintages and the number of surviving coins, the most valuable pennies ever sold is a different group of coins that takes into account other factors like market conditions, demand, and the coin’s role in […]

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NGC Experts Join Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Team to Fight Fakes

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation now ACEF’s official authentication service   Authentication experts from Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) are now assisting the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) in the ongoing fight against rare coin and bullion-related fakes in the marketplace. “NGC is now the official authentication service for the foundation and its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. ACEF assists […]

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A Stunning Dekadrachm From the Elite Hand of Euainetos

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Even if you’re not a professor of art history or a dealer in the high-end art world, you’re likely familiar with names such as Picasso, van Gogh, and Rembrandt. Those appellations instantly evoke the artistic styles for which they are known and admired and […]

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What are the “Keys” to the Clad Roosevelt Dime Series?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   [Editor’s note: An earlier version of our analysis first appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter of October 23, 2012. —CoinWeek] Eight years ago, we took a deep dive into the clad years of the Roosevelt dime series in search of a list of candidate coins […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection: A Morgan Dollar “Super-Fake” Revealed

Counterfeit 1884-S Morgan Dollar Counterfeit Coins Review By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Lest you think spotting fakes is easy, take a look at this 1884-S Morgan Dollar. Each month in this column, we discuss some of the fundamentals of counterfeit detection, using counterfeit coins as illustrations. To date, the examples shown have not been […]

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The World’s Wildlife Series Offers Its Second Design With the Blue Whale

The series was introduced in 2019 with a depiction of a giraffe running across the savanna in Africa. Now, for the second design in the new series, the collection moves to the sea with a depiction of the largest living mammal in the world. As with the previous release of the World’s Wildlife Series collection, […]

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The World’s Wildlife Series Offers its Second Design with the Blue Whale

Introduced in 2019 with a depiction of a giraffe running across the savanna in Africa. For the second design in the new series, the collection moves to the sea with a depiction of the largest living mammal in the world. As with the previous release of the World’s Wildlife Series collection, the newest Congo silver […]

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Reading Ancient Roman Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. ANCIENT ROMANS WERE practical-minded people; they didn’t like wasted effort. Every letter on an ancient Roman coin die was painstakingly engraved by hand, so inscriptions on Roman coins are often heavily abbreviated. Generations of classical scholars have toiled to unravel the meaning of these cryptic abbreviations, so we can […]

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Final 2020 America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Coin Released Today

On Monday, December 7, the United States Mint has begun accepting orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas (product code 20AN) as of noon EST. The Mint has priced this coin at $229.00 USD, with production limited to 13,750. There is no household […]

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Choice 1909-O Indian $5 Featured in Stack’s Bowers December Showcase Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The eagerly sought 1909-O half eagle is the only Indian Head or Saint-Gaudens gold coin attributed to this Southern coinage facility. With just 34,200 pieces produced, the 1909-O Indian is also the lowest mintage circulation strike of its type and survivors are in strong demand at […]

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PCGS Paris Office Discovers Condition Census US 1815/2 Half Dollar

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… 1815/2 Half Dollar PCGS MS63. Images courtesy PCGS The dream of an undiscovered numismatic rarity persists with dealers and collectors around the world. Such a find was recently made in a submission to the PCGS Europe office in Paris in the form of a rare date Capped Bust Half […]

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2021 Year of the Ox Quadrant 1oz Silver Proof 4-Coin Set From Perth Mint

The Quadrant Ox set consists of four coins that each comprise one-quarter of a circle. When arranged together the coins form a circle with a square in the center reminiscent of the first currency of the Chinese empire. These ‘ban liang’ coins were first cast during the Qin dynasty around 200 BCE. The four contemporary […]

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Florida United Numismatists 2021 FUN Show Canceled

It is with great disappointment that the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Board of Directors is announcing FUN 2021 is canceled. Slated for January 7-10, 2021 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, the convention would have been the 66th annual event held by the Florida organization devoted to serving collectors of coins, paper […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #237: The Gold Standard in Kubrick’s The Shining

  CoinWeek Podcast #237: The Gold Standard in Kubrick’s The Shining Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. * * * Numismatics can pop up anywhere and in this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we take a very unexpected turn and discuss one […]

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Heritage to Offer Set of Iconic Opium Taels of Yunnan

The December 18 – 19 Hong Kong World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction from Heritage features a stunning set of patterns for the iconic “Opium” taels of Yunnan. This PCGS-graded three-piece set consists of: 1/2 Tael (1/2 Bya) – SP61, Lec-321 (2 examples known) Uniface 1/2 Tael (1/2 Bya) – SP64, Lec-321a (Unique) Tael […]

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The Curious Case of the Condition Census 1879-CC Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In February 2020, I purchased an important Condition Census 1879-CC eagle from the Jacobson Collection sale conducted by Heritage. Housed in a PCGS AU58 holder, this coin cost me $55,200 USD. When I purchased the coin, I believed it was a really good deal and that […]

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ANA Chooses Theme for 2021 National Coin Week

“Money, Big and Bold”   The 98th Annual National Coin Week them from the American Numismatic Association (ANA) is inspired by the celebration of the Morgan, Peace, and Eisenhower dollars, focusing on bold initiatives in numismatics, as well as bold leaders and ideas depicted on coins and paper money. Dan VanVleck suggested this year’s theme. […]

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Austrian Mint Reveals Upcoming January 2021 Releases

By the Austrian Mint …… Australia – The Serpent Creator Available January 20, 2021 Like all creation myths, that of the Aboriginal Australians brings order, clarity, and meaning to a chaotic, dark, and mysterious world. The wonder of natural phenomena gives rise to questions that demand an explanation: a legend explaining their origin. For Aboriginal […]

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Gem No Arrows 1853 Eliasberg Seated Liberty Quarter Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. At GreatCollections on Sunday, December 6, bidding ends for this 1853 No Arrows Seated Liberty quarter, graded MS-66 by PCGS and approved by CAC. This piece was also part of the famed Eliasberg Collection. The honor of top pop 1853 No Arrows quarter at PCGS goes to a pair of quarters graded […]

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PCGS Celebrates Certification of 45 Million Coins, Banknotes, Sees 20,000+ Members

Professional Coin Grading Service closing out a banner 2020 with over 45 million coins, banknotes, medals, and tokens graded, and more than 20,000 members now in its popular Collectors Club   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is winding down a year of growth by marking two major milestones. One of the world’s leading third-party coin […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Opens New Company Headquarters in Southern California

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is happy to announce the opening of their new headquarters in beautiful Orange County, California. Located at 1550 Scenic Avenue, Suite 150 in the city of Costa Mesa, the new Stack’s Bowers Galleries facility will serve as the production hub for their global numismatic operations, coordinating their network of offices throughout the […]

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Heritage Offers Ernest J. Montgomery, M.D. Collection of Chinese Banknotes

Adding excitement to the upcoming Heritage Auctions HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction, being held December 17-19, 2020 is the featured offering of the Ernest J. Montgomery, M. D. Collection of Chinese banknotes. The core of this collection centers around the first series of banknotes by issued the People’s Bank of China between 1949 and […]

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What a Biden Presidency Might Mean for Silver

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… The presidential win by Democrat Joe Biden may usher in a new era for government policies, from taxes to trade to energy. Indeed, Biden’s energy platform and priorities would look very different from Trump’s. Silver is up 35% this year. Here’s why it could go even higher next year. […]

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McDonald’s Fiesta Coins, a Forgotten Promotion

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The promotion of numismatics in general society is one of many ongoing goals for the hobby, and countless such efforts have occurred throughout the years. Yet one such promotion seems forgotten by most, when America’s largest fast-food chain, McDonald’s, offered coins to promote the hobby and of course their […]

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Numismatics in Videogames – Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Numismatics remains ever-present in pop culture   By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Several years ago, we took a look at the depiction of money in video games, with a focus on how virtual coins and currencies are used as major gameplay elements. It was our contention that it’s a good thing […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in November 2020

In addition to performing well in public internet sales, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Newport Beach, California; Dallas, Texas; and Saint Charles, Missouri, during the month of November. Here are a dozen examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1930 Standing […]

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Ancient & World Gold and Silver Coins Highlighted for Sale at Catawiki

By CoinWeek …. Catawiki.com offers a range of collectibles including jewelry, fine art, stamps, comics, toys, antiques, wine, and military orders, decorations, and medals. But naturally, coin collectors will be most interested in their large selection of rare coins, precious metal bullion, and currency. Today, we focus on a few auction highlights currently open for […]

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Classic Coin Alert: Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction #1147

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Auction #1147 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features 240 coins plus over 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale showcases a number of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a famous key date 1856 Flying Eagle 1c […]

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Everything You Need to Know About the 1943 Copper Penny

By Bullion Shark LLC …… As collectors of U.S. coins are well aware, in 1943 during World War II, the United States Mint struck zinc-coated steel pennies to help conserve copper and tin needed for armaments for American troops fighting in Europe and Japan. Authorized by a 1942 law that temporarily changed the composition of […]

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Error Coins Take Spotlight in Heritage Month-Long Auction

Mint errors — the numismatic byproducts of Murphy’s Law — take center stage in Heritage’s latest Month-Long Internet Auction. Bidding is open now, with the concluding Live Session scheduled for 6:00 PM CT on Tuesday, December 15. All bidding will take place through coins.HA.com. One of the most famous mint errors is the copper 1943 […]

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United States 1975-D Jefferson Nickel

Description: The Jefferson nickel debuted in 1938, replacing the Buffalo nickel in the 25th year of its production run. A design contest to commemorate Founding Father and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson was held in 1937, open to “all American sculptors”. German émigré and American artist Felix Oscar Schlag was the winner. […]

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