Four Reasons the Ancient Coin Market is Complicated

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. One of the most common questions I receive as a numismatist and a numismatic writer is: How much did you pay for this ancient coin? Usually followed by: How much will you sell it for? What most people want to know is will I lose money or make money […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #160: Silver: America’s Historical & Political Metal (with Economist William Silber)

 CoinWeek Podcast #160: Silver: America’s Historical & Political Metal (with Economist William Silber) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Silver is a confounding, confusing, and controversial metal, whose continued use in American federal circulating coinage from 1794 to 1970 was the […]

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Künker Summer Auction Sale #350: Popken Collection and Rarities From Germany

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Künker takes pride in the fact that so many clients trust us, not only when they are building a collection but also when it comes to making their collection re-enter the cycle of collecting. The lösers we are able to offer you in this auction come from the Friedrich Popken […]

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Jeff Garrett: The World’s Most Valuable Coin

The 1933 Double Eagle reigns today, but other rarities could one day hold numismatics’ top spot   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The 1933 Double Eagle that realized $18,900,000 USD in a Sotheby’s sale earlier this month was stunning news for the numismatic community. The final hammer price shattered the previous […]

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Walking Liberty Collection Earns Nearly $1 Million in Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Auction

The magnificent Lulu Collection of Walking Liberty half dollars realized over $971,000 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction, setting a new benchmark for quality and value in this popular Short Set category. A Short Set comprises the second part of the two-folder set for Walking Liberty half dollars produced by Whitman […]

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GreatCollections Marks Its Millionth Auction with Civil War Gold Rarity

By CoinWeek …..   On Sunday, June 27, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com in a landmark auction for an important U.S. gold rarity. The auction listing is the company’s one millionth; the coin is an 1864 gold eagle Proof, graded PF 65 Ultra Cameo by NGC and CAC approved. In total, 50 Proof coins were struck […]

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Mark Salzberg: Charles Morgan Is the Leader We Need for the ANA Board of Governors

With a visionary perspective and commitment to creating relevance for new and younger collectors, Charles Morgan will serve the ANA well   Dear Fellow Numismatists: For more than 130 years, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) has been the country’s preeminent coin collecting organization, providing the hobby with support and leadership by encouraging new collectors, organizing […]

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1907 High Relief Wire Edge Double Eagle, Key Date 1804 Quarter Among Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Sunday Auction #1175 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 294 lots including 40 Vault Values, 40 No Reserve Lots and a selection of new offerings from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a key date 1804 […]

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From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part III

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… Links to Part I | Part II Many factors converge to create the attraction and desirability of pre-1950 Chinese currency to worldwide collectors, investors, and history enthusiasts. This is especially true of the notes issued by the Bank of Communications (BofComm). One […]

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Coin Board News Number 59 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 59 — Summer 2021   ONLY ONE MORE TO GO It’s been nearly a year since the publication of my book Coin Collecting Albums—A Complete History & Catalog, Volume Three: Whitman Publishing Company Folders and Albums 1940-1978. In […]

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Ancient Gold Coin Hoard Pinpoints Persian Destruction of Jerusalem

By David Hendin for CoinWeek ….. If a hoard of 264 Byzantine gold solidi suddenly appeared and careful examination showed that every coin in the hoard was struck from the SAME dies–a die set never before identified–experts would be quick to suggest the possibility of forgery. (Photo 1) Real life, however, can be stranger than […]

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Contemporary Chinese Coins Gaining on Century-Old Counterparts at Heritage Auctions’ HKINF Event

Highlights make world premiere at Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair official auctions June 25-27   A collector’s pick of world and ancient coins among the nearly 1,000 lots on offer may see contemporary Chinese coins ready to grow in market share at this spring’s Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) official auctions. The coin show […]

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SS Central America Foreign Gold Coins Set Record Prices in Goldberg’s Auction

  The allure of coveted treasure from the fabled “Ship of Gold”, SS Central America, resulted in record bids of up to eight times pre-sale estimates for 76 world gold coins in an auction conducted by Ira and Larry Goldberg in Los Angeles and online on June 15, 2021. “This was the first time these […]

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The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021 – Winners and Losers

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. The second half of 2021 will be a busy period for U.S. Mint products. In particular, we will see finally the introduction of much-touted new reverse designs on both the American Silver Eagle and the American Gold Eagle, which will be rolled out starting in July in bullion […]

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The Early Coinage of Modern Lebanon—An Array of High Grade Offerings

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following World War I and the demise of the once vast and powerful Ottoman Empire, various parts of the realm were partitioned off, including the land that makes up present-day Lebanon. In this case, France held a mandate officially meant to foster future states, […]

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Proof Franklin Half Dollars: A Date-by-Date Analysis

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The short-lived Proof version of the popular Walking Liberty half dollar was discontinued during World War II as metals were scarce and the country’s attention was focused on more important things. During the economic hardships that followed the war, the United States Mint didn’t begin striking proof coinage again […]

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Proof Franklin Half Dollars: A Date-by-Date Analysis

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The short-lived Proof version of the popular Walking Liberty half dollar was discontinued during World War II as metals were scarce and the country’s attention was focused on more important things. During the economic hardships that followed the war, the United States Mint didn’t begin striking proof coinage again […]

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Fourth Coin in 50p Series Featuring Sea Creatures From Pobjoy Mint

New series of Sea Creatures 50p colored coins issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory Fourth release in a six-coin series features the checkerboard wrasse Low issue limit of 2,750 Also available in Proof Sterling Silver with an incredibly low issue limit of 175 worldwide Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the fourth […]

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United States Mint Launches Armed Forces Silver Medal Program June 22

The United States Mint will open sales for the first release in its United States Armed Forces Silver Medal Program on June 22 at noon EDT. The medal honors the U.S. Air Force. Designs featured on this medal are emblematic of the history and mission of the U.S. Air Force. The obverse depicts a fighter […]

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A Caffeinated Tour of the American Numismatic Society Collection

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… In the world of humorous coffee shop signs, there is one that has always rung particularly true for this numismatic devotee: “I Don’t Drink Coffee To Wake Up, I Wake Up To Drink Coffee.” For many, coffee and tea drinks are mere caffeine delivery systems with […]

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PCGS Around the World – The Thailand Pattern Coin From Paris That Was Too Late

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Many pattern coins are created as samplings, with their rejection caused by the selection of another design. However, for Thailand pattern coins made by the Paris Mint, the design never went into issue for another reason: the death of the beloved monarch King Rama V. It may be hard […]

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VAMs and Dimple Morgan Dollars Reflected in Month-Long Auction

The latest month-long auction of US coins from Heritage Auctions focuses on the ever-popular Morgan 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 Tuesday, June 22 at 6 PM CT. This […]

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Roger Burdette Explores Most Unusual US Coinage Proposals in New Book

Seneca Mill Press LLC announces the release of the latest numismatic book by Roger W. Burdette: Fads, Fakes & Foibles Most 19th-century Americans thought of coins and currency in two practical ways: a concern that their pieces of coin or paper currency would be accepted by merchants for purchases, and a desire to have more. […]

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United States 1982-D Roosevelt Dime

Description President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s portrait on the dime was a fitting choice in 1946. He was a revered figure for many of the “Greatest Generation”: those who lived through the Great Depression (1929-39) and prevailed in World War II (1939-45). Though his administration was not without criticism (numismatists might lament his 1933 Executive Order […]

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Stack’s Bowers Featuring Exceptional Fine Style Lysimachos Tetradrachm in June CCO Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… With over 200 lots of ancient coins in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Ancient and World Collectors Choice Online (CCO) Auction, there are numerous exciting highlights. One particular standout is a silver tetradrachm of the Thracian king Lysimachos, who had served as one […]

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Changes Coming to All Three Sides of the 2021 American Silver Eagle: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The West Point Mint, which produces bullion and collector precious metal coinage for the United States Mint, recently struck the final Type 1 2021 American Silver Eagle and the first batch of the Type 2 coins you have likely heard about. Mint Director David J. Ryder personally struck the final […]

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Heritage Now Accepting Bids for June 17-20 US Coins Signature Auction

The rare coin market continues to show strength in nearly all areas, especially among the hobby’s greatest rarities. Nearly all series are strong. Most recently, Heritage Auctions’ Central States Auction set several records on its way to more than $42 million in prices realized for U.S. coins alone. Total auction proceeds exceeded the $50 million […]

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Banknote Book of World Paper Money Acquired by CDN Publishing

In a major industry announcement, CDN Publishing has agreed to acquire the collection of world paper money catalogs edited by Owen Linzmayer and published under the name of The Banknote Book (BNB). The Banknote Book consists of nearly 300 different chapters of world banknotes, based on the issuing country. Linzmayer has been working on the […]

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Fin Whale Features on New Bi-Color Titanium Coin

New one-of-a-kind bi-color titanium coin Features the magnificent Fin Whale Limited to 5,000 coins worldwide Also available in Uncirculated cupro-nickel The Pobjoy Mint series of colored titanium coins featuring the wildlife of British Overseas Territories continues with a fabulous new issue from South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The new coin highlights the fin […]

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Gold Market Report – Narrow Ranges and Mixed Sentiment

Commentary for Saturday, June 12, 2019 (www.golddealer.com) By  Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……  Gold closed down $16.80 at $1877.40 and silver closed up $0.11 at $28.13. Last week’s volatility in both gold and silver has been replaced with tight trading ranges this week. Most likely because trading conversation has been split over shorter […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

Posted by Max Spiegel for NGC …….. Three Cent nickels were struck in 75% copper and 25% nickel with a silver-gray color, but the coin submitted to NGC appeared to be made entirely out of copper. Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®), a professional coin conservation company affiliated with NGC, recently received a coin that the submitter […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction Highlights More From Hansen Collection

Sunday Auction #1174 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 365 lots including 25 Vault Values, 65 No Reserve Lots, and a selection of new offerings from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a colorful key date […]

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United States Mint Announces Additional Honorees In American Women Quarters Program

The United States Mint is pleased to announce the addition of the following women to be honored during the first year of the American Women Quarters Program: Wilma Mankiller – the first female Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and an activist for Native American and women’s rights; Adelina Otero-Warren – a leader in New […]

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Two-Headed British Pattern Coin Among World Rarities in MDC Monaco Sale

An extremely rare British Gold Pattern Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is among the offerings in a sale presented by renowned European auction house MDC Monaco. It is one of more than a dozen NGC-certified coins that have a starting price over € 100,000 in the sale, which is being held on June […]

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The Silver Shortage and How It’s Affecting You: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, there have been some amazing developments regarding silver bullion and the silver market – the wholesale and retail markets as well as investing in silver through ETFs, or Exchange Traded Funds. After dipping in 2019, the combined demand from those who […]

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Coin Honors Inventor and the Birth of Video Game Culture

Two hobby worlds–numismatics and videogames–collide on New Hampshire’s American Innovation $1 coins, rolls and bags of which are slated for release June 15   By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. The upcoming New Hampshire American Innovation $1 coin honors Ralph Baer, an engineer and inventor hailed as “The Father of Video Games”. This represents a […]

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Are you ready for the next U.S. Mint sell-out? The 2021-W Type II Silver Eagle Launches Soon

Are you ready for the next U.S. Mint sell-out?   By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. Proof 2021-W American Silver Eagles (ASEs) with a new reverse design and enhanced security features will be available to the public on July 1 and will almost certainly sell out in minutes. The release of the new coins comes […]

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American Innovation $1 Coin Products Honoring New Hampshire Available Beginning June 15

The United States Mint will accept orders for products containing American Innovation $1 Coins honoring New Hampshire starting on June 15 at noon EDT. Coins in these products are of uncirculated quality from the Mint’s Philadelphia and Denver facilities. Product options and pricing are below. The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series […]

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Highlights From Robert Adam Collection of U.S. Tokens and Medals in Stack’s Bowers June CCO Auction

The Robert Adam Collection of U.S. Tokens and Medals comprises more than 450 lots with nearly 600 individual items, making it one of the most extensive collections of its kind that Stack’s Bowers Galleries has had the privilege of bringing to auction in recent years. The core of the collection is an impressive holding of […]

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Coin and Bullion Dealers, Tell Congress to Support Changes to AML Act of 2020

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets …… The Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 became law on January 1, 2021, and Congress is currently developing many specific regulations related to the act. Several components of the new law that are still to be finalized will directly impact the numismatic and bullion industry, including: Raising the minimum […]

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Scott Travers Endorses Charles Morgan for ANA Governor

SCOTT A. TRAVERS Author of The Coin Collector’s Survival Manual American Numismatic Association (ANA) Past Vice President, 1997-1999 ENDORSES CHARLES MORGAN Candidate for ANA Governor 2021   Elections are about the future, but never more so than this year, as we recover from a devastating global pandemic. We can have a visionary capable of leading […]

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Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 2

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Link to Part 1 The second day of the ANS conference, March 24, 2021, chaired by Pere Pau Ripollès, focused on “new” coinages in the Roman provinces, namely coinages that featured the names of Roman magistrates. H. Güney focused on the bronze coinages issued in the […]

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1933 Double Eagle Demolishes Record, Sells for $18.9 Million

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….. On Tuesday, June 8, Sotheby’s set an auction record for a rare coin that would have been inconceivable even days ago, achieving $18.9 million USD for the only legal-to-own 1933 double eagle Saint-Gaudens $20 gold coin. The coin, the highlight of fashion shoe designer Stuart Weitzman’s “Three Treasures”, brought spirited […]

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Jeff Garrett: Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Starter Coins?

This rundown of the different types of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles could be the start of an amazing coin collection   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Over the years, I have been asked dozens of times what coins a new collector should consider buying. Often, it is a bullion buyer who has […]

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Commemorative Coin Minted to Mark 50th Anniversary of Battle of Long Khanh

By Royal Australian Mint …… To mark the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Khanh, one of Australia’s last battles during the Vietnam War, the Royal Australian Mint has released a new commemorative coin. Developed in collaboration with members from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), the coin pays tribute to the brave […]

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Fifth 1922 Modified High Relief Peace Dollar Pattern Discovered and Certified by NGC

New research shines a light on a Peace Dollar experiment that produced coins likely still waiting to be found   When David Lange, Research Director at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), identified the first 1922 Modified High Relief Peace Dollar in 2001, very little was known about these coins. Even though they look dramatically different from […]

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Ootje Oxenaar – The Art and Application of Banknote Design

By Phil Arnold for PCGS …… On a dreary April morning in 1998, I was blearily wandering through the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I was just 17 years old at the time, and I was fortunate enough to be part of a high school music trip to Holland. Despite my interest in visual arts […]

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Anglo-Trinidadian Botanist Henry Prestoe and the 1878 Paris Expo: Stack’s Bowers

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As mentioned in a previous piece, award medals often combine the elegant and artistic elements of numismatics with interesting aspects of material culture, often relating an individual to a particular event in time. Such is the case with a fascinating silver medal in our […]

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The Once and Future Commemorative Washington Quarter

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities ……   The Washington Quarter obverse is one of the longest-running U.S. coin designs. Since colonial times, the George Washington motif has been a favorite in numismatic circles. Considered the “Father of our Country”, his likeness is featured on many medals, tokens, and paper monies, including the currently circulating quarter […]

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The Once and Future Commemorative Washington Quarter

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The Washington Quarter obverse is one of the longest-running U.S. coin designs. Since colonial times, the George Washington motif has been a favorite in numismatic circles. Considered the “Father of our Country”, his likeness is featured on many medals, tokens, and paper monies, including the currently circulating quarter and […]

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Negro Leagues Baseball, Purple Heart Modern Commemorative Coin Designs to be Reviewed by CCAC

The United States Mint announces that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a teleconference public meeting June 15-16, 2021. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to United States coinage. Agenda: Review and discussion […]

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Heritage Auctions to Feature Bullion Coins in Modern Coin Showcase Sale

Heritage is offering a Showcase Auction of Modern Collectible US Coins and Bullion, with bidding open now and continuing through a live session scheduled for 6 PM CT on Tuesday, June 29. This auction features an excellent selection of collectible US Bullion coins, along with a smattering of other modern issues. The United States Mint […]

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Magnificent 1853 Three-Cent Silver Featured in Stack’s Bowers June Costa Mesa Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Measuring just 14 mm in diameter, the silver three-cent piece is the smallest silver type ever issued by the United States Mint in both size and denomination. Across all U.S. coinage, only the Type I gold dollar is tinier at 13 mm. As such, the silver-three […]

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Two NGC-Graded Vintage Chinese Coins From NC Collection Realize Over $1 Million Each

The finest known example of a Chinese coin designed by Luigi Giorgi dazzled the coin collecting world, realizing $1.34 million at a Champion Macau auction that ended May 30, 2021. It more than quadrupled its pre-auction estimate of $150,000 to $300,000. The China YR 3 (1911) Silver Dollar Long Whiskered Dragon graded NGC MS 64 features a […]

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Gold and Platinum Premium Firefighter Coins New From CIT

A Triumph of Minting Technology: Firefighter 2021 At the beginning of this year, CIT Coin Invest released after the 2020 “Fighter Pilot” the second issue of its Real Heroes series. Honoring the heroes of 11 September 2001, a tragedy that happened exactly 20 years ago, this issue is dedicated to firefighters around the globe. A […]

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Building A Certified Grading Set of Liberty Seated Dollars

By Greg Shishmanian ….. A longtime friend and I were enjoying one of our many conversations on our favorite series when suddenly he suggested that I build a Liberty Seated Dollar (LSD) grading set. For several decades we’ve focused on acquiring premium quality (PQ) examples of each date. I’d never considered building a grading set […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in May 2021

In addition to faring well in internet sales during the month of May, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction in Las Vegas. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a larger number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1926-S Peace Dollar in MS-66 On May 2, GreatCollections sold […]

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Royal Australian Mint Offers Chance to Appear in Australia’s Longest Running Comic Strip, Ginger Meggs

By Royal Australian Mint …… The Royal Australian Mint is marking a century of Australia’s most iconic comic strip, Ginger Meggs, with the release of two limited-edition colored coin sets. To celebrate the release, the Mint is offering a lucky Australian the once in a lifetime opportunity to be drawn into a Ginger Meggs comic […]

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Dillon Gage Metals Joins Responsible Jewellery Council as Members of Sustainability

Precious Metals Company Joins World Leader in Jewelry and Watch Standard-Setting   By Dillon Gage Metals …… Dillon Gage Metals, a world leader in physical precious metals trading and technology, announces its refinery is undergoing the membership certification process with the Responsible Jewellery Council, also known as RJC, the world’s leading standard-setting organization for the […]

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Temples on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Temples were designed to house a statue of the deity and store votive offerings, and were not intended to provide accommodation for a congregation of worshippers (Adkins, 218). Two of the most common circulating American coins depict buildings modeled on Greco-Roman temples: the Lincoln Memorial on the […]

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The New Navy in New York: Tokens, Medals and Art

By Peter van Alfen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… At the end of the American Civil War, the United States had the second-largest navy in the world after the Royal Navy of Great Britain, a result of the Union’s attempt to blockade Southern ports. By 1880, however, the US Navy had dropped to 12th […]

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David Lawrence Offers Naples Collection of US Gold Coins

Sunday Auction #1173 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features 280 lots including 35 Vault Values, 35 No Reserve Lots, and a selection of new offerings from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is an original key date […]

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NGC Hires Keith Moon as Senior Grading Finalizer

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is excited to announce that Keith Moon, one of the country’s top coin graders, has accepted a position as Senior Grading Finalizer. He will join Mark Salzberg, Rick Montgomery, Scott Schechter, Ben Wengel, and NGC’s other top vintage coin graders, ensuring the succession and long-term consistency of NGC’s senior grading team. […]

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$100 Million Exhibit of US Type Coins From Tyrant Collection to be Displayed at World’s Fair of Money

Never-before-seen exhibit will showcase hundreds of superb condition coins, including the famous King of Siam Proof Set   For the first time ever, the public will be able to see the superb quality type set of more than 400 U.S. coins from the acclaimed Tyrant Collection at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 10-14. […]

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United States 1973 (P) Eisenhower Dollar

Description: While the country-at-large’s desire for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s was hardly demonstrable, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President Dwight D. […]

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Big Things Happened at the Mint in the Month of June

By CoinWeek ….. Spring ends and summer begins in June. At the United States Mint, June has marked both beginnings and endings. Key personnel arrive and leave, key facilities open and close, and key coin programs come into being, while others begin the process of transitioning out. For your reading pleasure, we present this day-by-day readout […]

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United States Mint Clarifies Statement Regarding Silver Supply Shortage

In a message released Friday, May 28 [The message was released late Thursday, May 27. —CoinWeek], we made reference to a global shortage of silver. In more precise terms, the silver shortage being experienced by the United States Mint pertains only to the supply of silver blanks among Mint suppliers. Please see the updated message […]

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The 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar: History and Values

The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was a huge shock to the American nation and the world, not only because it is rare for an American president to be assassinated but also because Kennedy was widely admired. Following the enormous outpouring of national grief for the slain leader, the Johnson […]

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10 Kilo Silver Coin From Perth Mint Celebrates Year of the Ox 2021

This magnificent 10-kilo silver coin celebrates the Year of the Ox, the second of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. 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, and reliable. Admired for […]

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Unique Counterstamped 1854 New Orleans Gold Coin Returns Home

Historic sunken treasure finally back in The Big Easy after 167-year journey that included being submerged more than 7,000 feet underwater when SS Central America sank in 1857   A unique, sunken treasure gold coin that made its way from New Orleans to the California Gold Rush and then to the Panama railroad before going […]

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Carson City Coinage Featured in Heritage Month-Long Auction

Heritage Auctions is offering a month-long internet-only auction showcasing exclusively Carson City coinage. The Carson City Mint operated from 1870-1893, producing some of the most sought-after coins in US numismatic history, ranging from dimes to double eagles. This auction will be open for bidding exclusively at coins.HA.com until June 15, with the live session scheduled […]

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Tauler and Fau Auction 87 of Ancient, Spanish and World Coins Now Open Through June 9

Auction 87 from Tauler & Fau features 374 lots and closes on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, beginning at 04:00 p.m. (CEST), exclusively online. The catalogue is already available at www.tauleryfau.com. This sale features an important selection of numismatic rarities of Ancient, Spanish, and World coins. You will find among the Greek coins a rare and […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Assists in Seizure of 40,000+ Fakes

If genuine, the intercepted counterfeits would have a retail value of about $2 million   Representatives of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) and its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) on the request of the Secret Service provided on-site numismatic expertise to federal law enforcement agents in the Los Angeles area who seized more than 40,000 fake […]

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Queen’s Beasts Bimetallic Coin Series Continues With Red Dragon of Wales

New series of £2 bimetal coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts issued on behalf of British Indian Ocean Territory Fourth release of a 10-coin series featuring “The Red Dragon of Wales” Low issue limit of 2,750 Also available in Proof sterling silver with an incredibly small issue limit of 475 Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce […]

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Champion Auction of NC Collection of Chinese Coins Attracts Large Bids

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. On May 29-30, Champion Auctions conducted a sale of the NC Collection of Chinese rarities certified by NGC. The collection was assembled over 45 years by Nelson Chang, a commodities trader and member of “a family of renowned collectors,” according to an earlier article by NGC. Estimates for the […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Offer Real Doge Coins of Venice in June Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… In the news a bit recently, riding the wave of crypto-mania and through the hyping of Elon Musk, Dogecoin has seen great gains as supporters attempt to make it the next bitcoin. The “currency” is based upon a popular meme from the summer of […]

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The Humble Coinage of the First Seleucid King

Seleucus I Nicator, the founder of the Seleucid Empire, never put his own portrait on the empire’s coinage. Why?   By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek …..   Since coins were one of the most effective tools for mass propaganda in the pre-modern world, it quickly became standard practice for a ruler to put their likeness […]

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So… What’s the Third Rarest No Motto New Orleans Eagle in High Grades?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   CoinWeek Content Partner   It’s pretty obvious to specialists that the two rarest No Motto New Orleans eagle $10 gold coins in higher grades (in this case, AU55 and better) are the 1841-O and the 1859-O. But there’s a lot of competition for the number three (and four) […]

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Künker Celebrates Firm’s 50th Anniversary With Rare World Coins of Auction 350

Two anniversaries at once: 1 July 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Münzenhandlung Fritz Rudolf Künker. Additionally, Künker’s 350th auction will take place. That’s reason enough for a numismatic firework with many rarities! * * * Künker’s 350th auction will take place from 29 June to 1 July 2021. This is another […]

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US Mint Postpones Remaining 2021 Morgan, Peace Dollar Pre-Order Windows

Late last night, the United States Mint sent an email to its customers informing them that the previously announced pre-order windows for the remaining 2021 Morgan dollar and Peace dollar 100th anniversary issues were being postponed due to problems encountered by collectors as they attempted to order the Carson City and New Orleans privy mark […]

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1872-CC Seated Liberty Dime Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1172 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 300 lots including 35 Vault Values and 65 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a registry quality key date 1909-S VDB 1c PCGS MS66+ RD, a rare Carson […]

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Rare World, Shipwreck Coins Set Record Sedwick Auction

Strong bids for rare world and shipwreck coins surpassed $4.07 million in Daniel Frank Sedwick’s May 7, 8, & 10 Treasure Auction 29. This is a new record for the auction firm and an indicator of a robust market for collectible coins and currency. The top-selling coin in the sale was the single finest Mexico […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #159: The Infamous 1933 Double Eagle (with David Tripp)

 CoinWeek Podcast #159: The Infamous 1933 Double Eagle (with David Tripp) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, numismatic researcher and author David Tripp joins us to talk about the 1933 Double Eagle. You know that […]

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Gold and Cu-Ni Coins Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Last Morgan, First Peace Dollars Now Available

The 1 oz silver bullion coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the last Morgan and first Peace dollars has already sold out, but The Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce that the design to commemorate the centenary of the transition of the Morgan dollar to the Peace dollar is now available in Uncirculated cupro-nickel and […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are not directly copied from genuine examples, therefore many of the details are incorrect. Cents have long been the target of counterfeiters because of the numerous key dates and […]

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History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views. For those initiated into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the Freemasons […]

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United States 1972 (P) Eisenhower Dollar

  The Eisenhower Dollar While the country at large’s desire for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s was hardly demonstrable, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing […]

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The Franc: A Coin, a Currency, an Orphan

By Gilles Bransbourg for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ……   The Franc is one of the oldest and most widespread currency units in the world, currently the official currency of 25 states or autonomous territories. However, the Franc was never intended to become the name of a currency until the French kingdom issued a specific […]

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Coin Question – How to Successfully Interact With a Coin Dealer

How to Ask a Coin Question by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   CoinWeek Content Partner A day rarely passes without a non-collector calling me or emailing me with a question (or questions) about a coin or a collection of coins that they own. Some of these interactions are disasters from the get-go. Here are […]

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Certified Collectibles Group Bolsters Claim for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Against Globant

Certified Collectibles Group (CCG), which includes eight of the world’s leading providers of authentication, grading, and conservation services for coins, paper money, comic books, trading cards, and other collectibles, announced earlier this month that it has filed a second amended complaint in its lawsuit charging international technology firm Globant S.A., along with its subsidiary Globant […]

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Perth Mint Issues 2021 Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2oz Silver Reverse Proof Ultra High Relief Piedfort Coin

This majestic wedge-tailed eagle silver coin, featuring artistry prepared exclusively for The Perth Mint by renowned US designer John M. Mercanti, showcases a new ultra-high relief strike, a coining technique that offers an even greater three-dimensional aspect to the coin’s reverse design. Sublimely crafted, the spectacular bird stands especially proud of the coin’s delicately frosted, […]

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Finest Known 1883 No Cent Nickel, Branch Mint Gold Dollars Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1171 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features over 350 lots, including 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is the finest known 1895 25c PCGS MS67+, a key date from Carson City […]

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Silver Bullion Coin Commemorates 100th Anniversary of Last Morgan, First Peace Dollars

Limited to ONLY 5,000 fine 999. silver bullion 1 oz coins worldwide Unique Reverse Frosted background The Pobjoy Mint is thrilled to announce a new 2021 coin to mark the Centenary of the transition of the Morgan Dollar to Peace Dollar to “commemorate this significant evolution of American Freedom”. The Morgan Dollar was minted from […]

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Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 1

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The American Numismatic Society (ANS) and the PhD Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, had the pleasure of hosting a three-day conference (March 23–25, 2021) focusing on the coinage produced in the Roman Provinces in the second and first centuries BCE (i.e., before the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #158: Dr. Don Kagin, a Life in Numismatics

 CoinWeek Podcast #158: Dr. Don Kagin, a Life in Numismatics Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, Dr. Don Kagin joins us to talk about his life in numismatics and discuss how he fashioned his own […]

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SS Central America Sunken Treasure World Gold Coins in Goldberg Auction

First offering of these historic coins retrieved in 2014 from the Atlantic Ocean site where the fabled “Ship of Gold” sank in 1857   Two of the finest known, very rare 1855 and 1856 Australian sovereigns–as well as an interesting mix of 74 other sunken treasure gold coins from Europe and South America that were […]

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How Best to Sell Your Rare Coins

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… Selling your rare coin collection, investment or inheritance can be either pleasant and profitable or a frustrating, nerve-wracking, and uncertain experience. Making the right choices are crucial for achieving a desirable outcome. And it can be especially trying for someone who inherited a valuable collection or accumulation, […]

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The Falcon Lake Incident: UFOs on World Coins

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Canada 2018 $20 – Falcon Lake Incident – PCGS PR70DCAM Since early times, reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) in the sky have been recorded and disputed. Claims range from the Roman historian Titus Livius (Livy) saying “navium speciem de caelo adfulsisse” (phantom ships had been seen gleaming in […]

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First Read: The Confident Carson City Coin Collector, Volumes 1-3

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature …   The Confident Carson City Coin Collector is the most significant numismatic magnum opus published on the topic of American coinage since the 1987 publication of Walter Breen’s Complete Encyclopedia of U.S and Colonial Coins. It is a detail-rich, […]

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Medieval World Coins: The Allan Evans Papers

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The many treasures of the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) archives include not only the Society’s own history and papers documenting the activities of many of its former staff and officers. There are also resources for researchers, many of which document the activities of numismatic collectors or […]

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Half Dimes, Coins in Old Holders Highlight Heritage Auctions

Half Dimes From Old Orchard Collection Open for Bidding The forgotten denomination of half dimes, the silver precursor to today’s nickel, is on display in Heritage’s auction of The Old Orchard Collection of Half Dimes. Bidding in this month-long auction is open now, continuing through a live session beginning at 6 PM CT (7 PM […]

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Top Pop 1935-S Buffalo Nickel Featured in Stack’s Bowers June Costa Mesa Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Produced toward the end of the Buffalo nickel series and with a relatively generous mintage of 10,300,000 coins, the 1935-S was well-positioned for a high rate of survival in Mint State. However, the soft striking detail typical of many earlier San Francisco Mint issues also haunts […]

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David Hendin – Coins Tell the Story of Ancient Sepphoris

By David Hendin for CoinWeek ….. Over the years I have spent three seasons as numismatist at excavations of Sepphoris in the Galilee, sponsored by Duke and Hebrew Universities. This is one of the reasons I’ve become so fond of the city the ancient historian Josephus dubbed “the ornament of all Galilee.” The coins of […]

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David Lawrence Acquires ESM Proof Half, Large Cent Collections From Harlan J. Berk, Ltd

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has purchased one of the most impressive sets of Proof Half Cents and Large Cents ever put together. In a private transaction, Mike Printz of Harlan J. Berk, Ltd (HJBLTD) and John Brush of DLRC pieced together the transfer of the nearly complete set of Proof […]

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YN Scholarships Available for First Coin University Program in San Francisco

Witter Coin Co. offers opportunity for 13-to-21 year-old scholarship recipients to learn from professionals and get hands-experience at a major coin store   Scholarship applications are now being accepted from young numismatists, ages 13 to 21, for the first Coin University program in San Francisco, California, July 24-31, 2021. As many as 25 all-expense scholarships […]

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Counterfeit World Coins: South Korea 1959 50 Hwan

There is a danger in complacency   By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Just because something is common, not very expensive, or of modern production doesn’t mean that it will not be a target for counterfeiters looking to profit from people’s complacency concerning the authenticity of such coins. Recently in a submission of modern coins […]

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Four Sentenced for Advanced Fee Scheme That Promised to Turn Dirt Into Gold

Defendants Defrauded 140 Victims of More Than Eight Million Dollars   By United States Attorney’s Office, District of Utah ……   Marc Tager, Jonathon Shoucair, Matthew Mangrum, and Kenneth Gross have all been sentenced for their role in an eight million dollar telemarketing fraud scheme that promised investors, most of them elderly, that their business […]

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Selected Results From the April Heritage Central State Auctions: A Brief Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Heritage Auctions conducted a massive sale last month in place of what would have been the annual Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) show. I didn’t count the number of lots, but I know it took me about five minutes (plus a handmade organizational chart… sigh) to […]

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Presenters Wanted for 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money Numismatic Lectures

The annual American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money is considered the biggest week of the year for collectors of coins, paper money, tokens and medals. The event features expansive educational forums led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise, including the Sundman Lecture Series Symposium and Money Talks. The ANA is currently accepting […]

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Finest Known 1776 Continental Dollar Offered at Heritage Long Beach Auction

The 1776 Continental dollar is an enigmatic, complex issue that has fascinated numismatists for more than 200 years. Numismatic scholars from Sylvester Sage Crosby to Eric P. Newman and Michael Hodder studied the issue in detail, mapping out a convincing theory of the origin and purpose of the coins and classifying the numerous varieties that […]

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Historic Paquet Reverse 1861-S Double Eagle Offered in Stack’s Bowers June 2021 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1861-S Paquet Reverse is perhaps the most famous collectible Type I double eagle and is recognized well beyond the specialists of the series. Anthony C. Paquet was born in Hamburg, Germany on December 5, 1814, and arrived in Philadelphia in 1848. In early 1857, he […]

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CCG, NGC Offers $2,500 Bonus to New Employees as Hiring Push Continues

  The Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) is seeking to immediately hire dozens of employees across all of its categories and for nearly all positions, including entry-level, specialist, and management positions. All new employees will receive comprehensive, paid training by CCG. To fill the multitude of positions available, CCG is increasing its sign-on bonus* to $2,500 […]

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GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, May 16, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this rare key date 1916 Standing Liberty quarter, graded MS-61 by NGC with the Full Head (FH) designation. It is also approved by CAC as strong for the grade. At the time of writing, the MS-61 FH 1916 Standing Liberty quarter currently on […]

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The Key Date Type I American Silver Eagles

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. On November 14, 2019, more than 100,000 people queued up online, over the phone, and at the United States Mint’s table at the Whitman Baltimore Expo in anticipation of the noon release of the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle (ASE). Dealers paid convention attendees to stand in […]

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Künker eLive Auction 66, Part 2: Orders and Decorations Now Online

Part 2 of Künker’s eLive Auction 66, featuring military orders and decorations, is online. From now on you can study all pieces of the upcoming auction at your leisure. The first part of our online auction contains the collection “International Red Cross” from Heinrich Baumann (1930-2011), a passionate Red Cross member from Donaueschingen. Over many […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Issues Collector Coin Celebrating Manitoba 150

In celebration of Manitoba Day, the Royal Canadian Mint announced a new collector coin honoring the 150th anniversary of Manitoba’s entry into Confederation. Even though the pandemic delayed its release and the broader celebration of Manitoba 150 by a year, this coin will ensure that present and future generations appreciate the unique story of Manitoba, […]

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Dave & Adam’s Submits Rare 1943 Bronze Cent to NGC for Certification

  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified one of the finest examples of the famed 1943 Bronze Cent, an elusive mint error highly prized by coin collectors. The coin was submitted by Dave & Adam’s Card World, a powerhouse in the world of collectible sports cards. In order to save copper for the war effort […]

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Crown of Iron: Coins of the Lombard Kings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. THE LOMBARDS, A tribe that traced their origin to Scandinavia, migrated into Eastern Europe in the fifth century CE, earning a reputation for ferocity in that war-torn land. Under their king Alboin (reigned c. 560-572), they invaded northern Italy around 568, where their name endures today in […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Super Sunday Sale Now Open

Super Sunday Special: No Interest 90-Day Layaway   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auctions (DLRC) is proud to present our May Super Sunday Sale ending Sunday night, May 23. This special auction event boasts an elite group of highlight offerings including the Rockville $3 Gold Collection, over 50 newly deaccessioned pieces from the greatest collection of […]

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NGC Registry to Recognize CAC Certified Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is pleased to announce that the NGC Registry will recognize and score coins evaluated by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), starting May 19, 2021. This latest step reinforces the NGC Registry’s position as the hobby’s largest and most inclusive online coin collecting platform. Collectors use the Registry to display their certified coins […]

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Dr. Ursula Kampmann Chosen for Numismatic Literary Guild Board

Editor-in-Chief of CoinsWeekly succeeds long-time NLG executive Donn Pearlman   Ursula Kampmann, Ph.D., of Lörrach, Germany, founder of the German and English language MuenzenWoche (CoinsWeekly), Cosmos of Collectibles, and Bookophile, has joined the Board of Directors of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). Dr. Kampmann is the first overseas member of the organization’s board. She succeeds […]

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Fresh Collections and Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2021 California Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce their June 2021 Showcase Auction, the first event to be hosted at the state-of-the-art auction gallery in the firm’s new Costa Mesa, California headquarters. Live bidding will take place on June 10 and 11, with Internet Only Sessions held the following week from June 14 through 16 on […]

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National Money Show ANA Money Talks Scheduled Online

Live webinars available through ANA eLearning Academy   With a mission to educate and encourage others to study and collect money and related items, the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA) provides numerous educational opportunities to coin enthusiasts. Money Talks is one such program offered during ANA annual conventions. However, with the cancellation of the National […]

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Type 2 American Silver Eagles Coming Soon

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Last year the United States Mint announced that after using the same obverse and reverse designs on the American Silver Eagle since its debut in 1986, they would launch a new reverse design for the iconic coin in 2021. Dubbed the Type 2 Silver Eagle, that new reverse was unveiled […]

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Una and the Lion Propel Heritage World and Ancient Coin Auction to $9 Million

Two examples of the 1839 British Proof “Una and the Lion” Five Pounds coin took top honors in Heritage Auctions’ May 6-7 World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction. Overall nearly $9 million USD in rare world and ancient coins changed hands, with more than 3,200 bidders participating. All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. […]

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ANS Acquires Numismatically Important Mark Salton Papers

Thanks to the efforts of American Numismatic Society (ANS) Life Fellow Dr. Ira Rezak—and with gratitude to Katharine Conway, executor of the Estate of Lottie Salton Revocable Trust—the ANS Library and Archives has acquired about 20 cubic feet of Mark Salton’s papers and annotated auction catalogs. This follows a bequest of $500,000 from his wife […]

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Monnaie de Paris Release Coins and Medals to Commemorate the Smurfs

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. In 1958, the Belgian comic artist Pierre “Peyo” Culliford created Les Schtroumpfs. These lovable little blue dwarfs–more commonly known by their Dutch name, Smurfs–have since become famous across the world. Initially printed in the Belgian comics magazine Spirou and viewed as secondary characters for Peyo’s other series Johan & […]

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2021 Kennedy Half Dollar Product Options Available May 11 From US Mint

The United States Mint will accept orders for rolls and bags of 2021 Kennedy Half Dollar coins beginning on May 11 at noon EDT. Available product options include the following: Both product options contain circulating finish coins that have never been placed in circulation. The coin rolls are wrapped in United States Mint paper coin […]

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Rare Error Coins Emerges From Somalia Elephant Series

German coin dealership Emporium Hamburg has announced that an error coin has emerged from its own 2014 series of 1/50-ounce ‘Somalia Elephant’ bullion coins. This error coin can only be identified as such when placed on precision scales. The piece does not weigh 0.62 g, but 0.5 g, a difference that is not visible to […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in April 2021

In addition to faring well in internet sales during the month of April, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Las Vegas and Dallas. Here are a dozen examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1930-S Standing Liberty Quarter in MS-66 FH On […]

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Special Heritage Auctions This Week Feature Classic Commemoratives, Ancient Roman Coins

May 15 Classic Commemoratives Auction Open for Bidding Among the current auction offerings from Heritage Auctions is a special month-long auction dedicated to 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 open now, with the concluding live […]

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Choice 1901 $10 Bison Legal Tender Note, World Paper Money in May CCO Currency Auctions

Choice About New 1901 $10 Bison in May CCO Currency Auction By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The upcoming May 2021 United States Currency Collectors Choice Auction from Stack’s Bowers Galleries features a nearly uncirculated Fr.121m 1901 $10 Legal Tender Note. Graded Choice About New 58 by PCGS Currency, the note […]

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Live or Memorex- a Dark Side Struck Counterfeit 1797 Large Cent

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Continuing on the theme of deceptive struck counterfeits, this is likely my most ambitious research article since my CoinWeek piece on the counterfeit 1798 “S-158” large cents, the coin and variety that lead a group of fellow enthusiasts and myself down the path of hunting for […]

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Gold Bullion Spotlight: The Other Vintage Bullion Mexican Coinage

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… A previous Gold Bullion Spotlight featuring the popular Mexico Centenario coinage offers a look at one of the most popular types of Mexican gold coins from yesteryear. Yet several other vintage coins from Mexico also trade at or very close to their bullion value. Here we will highlight these […]

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United States Mint Offering 2021 Morgan and Peace Dollars in Three Pre-Order Windows

On sale for two weeks each or until mintage is depleted, with shipping in October   The United States Mint today announced that the 2021 renditions of the classic Morgan and Peace Dollars will be available in three pre-order windows, beginning on May 24, June 1, and June 7, with each order window lasting two […]

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Flashy Carson City Trade Dollar, Finest Known 1922-S Peace Dollar Among Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Sunday Auction #1169 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features over 500 lots including 75 Vault Values and 100 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a rare issue 1884 3cN PCGS MS66, a flashy 1877-CC Trade$ PCGS MS64, […]

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Numismatist Mark Borckardt Honored With Herbert Silberman Award From Early American Coppers Club

Just 10 specialists have received the award during the last 40 years   Mark Borckardt, Senior Cataloger and Senior Numismatist at Heritage Auctions, has been awarded The Herbert Silberman Award by the Early American Coppers Club (EAC). The award is the EAC’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have shown exceptional service to […]

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ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago Gets the Green Light

Safety protocols may limit the size of the show   Coin collectors can breathe a sigh of relief. The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago – announced on May 4 that it will resume hosting trade shows and events beginning in July, which is great news for those […]

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Experience Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medals With Major Expansion of Website

The Jewish-American Hall of Fame’s website www.amuseum.org made its first appearance on the internet in 1996. In 2002, it won the Numismatic Literary Guild’s (NLG) award as the Best Non-Commercial Website. In May 2021, the newly expanded website makes its debut, just in time to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. Mel Wacks, Founding Director of […]

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Austrian Mint Reveals Latest Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Coin from Supersaurs Series

By Austrian Mint …… 3 Euro Deinonychus antirrhopus Size isn’t everything, and Deinonychus antirrhopus is a case in point. The seventh entry in the superlative Supersaurs series of 3 euro glow-in-the-dark coins from the Austrian Mint may only have been three-and-a-half meters in length, but it was one of the most dangerous and intelligent dinosaurs […]

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United States 1904-O Morgan Silver Dollar

Description In mid-to-late 1904, an article appeared in newspapers across the country with the blaring headline: “Passing of the Good Old American Silver Dollar.” Under the subtitle “It Is Probable That No More of Them Will Ever be Coined by the Government,” the author, Katherine Pope, reported “that ponderous and more or less troubling coin, […]

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The Changing Iconography of Byzantine Gold Coins

  By Elena Stolyarik for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The Byzantine Empire, which lasted more than a thousand years, had one of the most monetized economies in medieval Europe. The coinage of Byzantium was an essential element of this unique civilization, which preserved Roman law and state structures and inherited not only the Hellenistic […]

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ANA Money Museum to Deaccession Duplicate Items on eBay

ANA members will be able to acquire objects at a discounted price   The Money Museum, operated by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, announced that it will soon be selling – or deaccessioning, as the practice is known – select items from its collection that are redundant, mostly low-value specimens […]

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The Mystery of the Double-Headed Coins of Ancient Istros

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Istros, also known as Histria, was an ancient Greek colony located on the western Dobrudja coast of the Black Sea. Situated approximately 300 miles north of Byzantium, this small city was founded by Miletian traders around 657 or 656 BCE. As the oldest Greek colony on the Black Sea, […]

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Atlas Numismatics New World Coins Include Monster Prussia 5 Mark Silver Pattern

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We have been enjoying a pleasant spring here in New York with many exceptional blooming trees and colorful flowers this year. We’ve also been hard at work preparing more great coins and medals for your consideration. We hope that you may find something of interest as you browse our latest inventory. […]

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An American and Saudi Arabian Gold Coin Featured in Stack’s Bowers June World Coin Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… American interest in foreign oil supplies increased following World War I, with a focus on the Middle East in particular. The Standard Oil of California company entered into an agreement with Saudi Arabia in 1933 that would allow for the exploration of oil within […]

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The One That Got Away: Only 1933 Double Eagle That Can Be Owned to Sell in June

Today, most collectible coins are certified before they are sold at auction. The complete process of certification — authentication, grading, and encapsulation in a protective holder — boosts buyer confidence, precipitates competitive bidding, and ultimately results in higher prices realized. Yet one particular coin of utmost value and legendary status will cross the auction block […]

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The Coin Analyst: US Mint Roundtable on 2021 Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. In recognition of the high level of interest among collectors in the forthcoming 2021 Morgan and Peace silver dollar program, United States Mint Director David Ryder and key members of his staff held a roundtable discussion with members of the numismatic media on May 4 to discuss this […]

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Künker eLive Auction 66 of Ancient and World Coins Now Open

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, eLive Auction 66 from Künker starts today. From now on you can study all the pieces of the upcoming online auction at your leisure. You can look forward to more than 1,700 lots from ancient to modern times. The offer of the ancient coins impresses among others with Greek coins, […]

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One-of-a-Kind Error Coins of Don Bonser Collection, Small Size Notes in Heritage Auctions

When coins are manufactured, things don’t necessarily go as planned, and the results can be both very intriguing and highly collectible. The Don Bonser Collection of United States Error Coins, Part 3 is evidence of this, containing 248 examples of Murphy’s Law in action. This month-long auction from Heritage is open now for bidding at […]

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The Coinage of the Nation of Celestial Space

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… What does it take to become a nation? In short, the answer is declaring independence and gaining recognition. But the theory of what a nation is has left many to philosophize the concept of sovereign nations. This practice has led to individuals and groups pushing the idea of a […]

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Netherlands to Issue 2021 Gold Ducats by Reservation Only

Orders Being Accepted Until May 27 When Mintage Set, Reservations No Longer Guaranteed   By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Dutch Gold Ducat and Double Gold Ducat are appearing in another variation of their traditional, classic design for their 2021 issue from the Royal Dutch Mint. The first Gold Ducat with the legendary standing […]

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Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Signs Bill Providing Sales Tax Exemption for Coins, Bullion

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets…. On May 3, 2021, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed into law Senate Bill 336, creating an exemption from the sales and use tax for coins, currency, and bullion. “The bill’s primary sponsor, Senator Mark Johnson (R), along with its House sponsor, Representative Delia Haak (R-91), championed the bill […]

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2023 American Innovation $1 Coin Designs to be Reviewed by CCAC

The United States Mint announces that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a teleconference public meeting May 18, 2021. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to United States coinage. Agenda: Review and discussion […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #157: The History of Numismatics

 CoinWeek Podcast #157: The History of Numismatics Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. The study of coins and non-coin objects–numismatics–traces its roots back to the ancient world and began with a study of non-current coins and medals, many pulled from the […]

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As Red Book Celebrates 75 Years, a Look at How Today’s Edition Gets Made

By Jeff Garrett, special for CoinWeek …… The Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book) is one of the most iconic brands in all of numismatics. The book was first published by Whitman in 1946 and was written by R.S. Yeoman. More than 25,000,000 copies of the Red Book have been printed since […]

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$250 Buffalo Nickel / Liberty “V” Nickel Grab Bag

By CoinWeek …..   In this episode of CoinWeek Streaming News, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan cracks open a bag of over 100 mixed date Buffalo and Liberty Head nickels that he purchased online. Usually, this is a bad idea; can you trust that an “unsearched” bag you’re purchasing over the internet is really unsearched? And […]

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$250 Buffalo Nickel / Liberty “V” Nickel Grab Bag

By CoinWeek ….. In this episode of CoinWeek Streaming News, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan cracks open a bag of over 100 mixed date Buffalo and Liberty head nickels that he purchased online. Usually, this is a bad idea; can you trust that an “unsearched” bag you’re purchasing over the internet is really unsearched? And what […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Regency Auction 45

Are you ready? Regency Auction 45 is now done being cataloged, and we have posted our watchlist. This is one of our most diverse sales ever, with really something for everyone. While this is just a watchlist right now and descriptions, photos, and estimates are not 100% finalized, we are letting you get an early […]

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The Grand Watermelon Note Returns on a Replica Silver Bar

In the pantheon of American paper currency, the Treasury Note Series of 1890-1891 is not particularly memorable for its breathtaking designs and impressive artistry. Many collectors seek out the designs of the historic Silver Certificate and United States Note Series, such as the imagery from the 1901 Bison Note and the Educational Series. However, there […]

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Condition Census Pitt Farthing Discovered in UK

A Newman Numismatic Portal user from the United Kingdom recently reported the discovery of a high-grade Pitt farthing, which researcher Chris McDowell ranks as the fourth finest known. Listed among colonial issues in the Guide Book of United Stats Coins (the Red Book), the Pitt tokens commemorate William Pitt’s efforts to repeal the 1765 Stamp […]

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United States $10,000 Federal Reserve Note Realizes Record Price of $456,000

An extremely rare banknote certified by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) realized a record-setting $456,000 in a sale presented by Heritage Auctions. Three other PMG-graded notes also realized prices over $100,000 at the Central States Currency Signature Auction, held April 21-23, 2021. The 1928 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note (Kansas City) graded PMG 30 Very Fine (lot 22175) […]

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Ancient Coins Depict First Fruits for Shavout

By David Hendin for CoinWeek ….. This year the Jewish Holiday of Shavout, also called Weeks or Pentecost, begins the evening of Sunday, May 16. In ancient times Shavout was one of the three pilgrimage festivals, in Hebrew called “shalosh regalim” (three [using one’s] legs [days]). These were the principal occasions when Jewish people from […]

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Royal Australian Mint Issues New Investment Coins Featuring Dolphin, Southern Skies

Fraser’s Dolphin Gold and Silver Investment Coins These coins are the third installment in the Royal Australian Mint’s ‘Australian Dolphin Series’ and feature the Fraser’s Dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei), discovered by Francis Fraser in 1956. Complete with a Brilliant Uncirculated finish, both the gold coin and the silver coin’s reverse depicts two Fraser Dolphins as designed […]

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