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

In addition to faring well in internet sales during the month of June, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Costa Mesa, California, and Dallas, Texas. Here are ten examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1942-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar in MS-68 […]

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ANA Honors Distinguished Numismatists With Awards

Every year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) recognizes members who go above and beyond with their service and dedication to numismatics. The following awards, which are presented at the World’s Fair of Money, will be awarded during the Member & Awards Celebration, Thursday, August 12 at 3 p.m. in room 25/26. Adna G. Wilde Jr. […]

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Redesigned United States Mint American Eagle Gold Proof Coins On Sale July 29

The United States Mint is pleased to announce the beginning of sales for redesigned 2021 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins on July 29, at noon EDT. Orders are limited to one coin per household for the first 24 hours from the on-sale date and time. Struck in 22-karat gold at the West Point Mint, these […]

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NGC Promotes Eric Hogan to Grading Finalizer

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is pleased to announce that Eric Hogan has been promoted to Grading Finalizer. Hogan’s promotion reflects his numismatic knowledge, exceptional grading ability, and dedication to the hobby as well as his adherence to NGC’s principles of accuracy, consistency and integrity. Hogan began collecting coins at the age of 12, later to […]

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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of CFTC in Fraud Case Against Monex Deposit Company

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ……   On Thursday, July 22, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction in the CFTC’s anti-fraud enforcement action against Monex Deposit Company (Monex) and its affiliated companies and principals on July 20. This marks […]

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Developments and Preliminary Release for the Roman Republican Die Project

By Lucia Carbone and Liv M. Yarrow for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Nearly three decades ago, Richard Schaefer began collecting images of Roman Republican coins and organizing these images by one die, either obverse or reverse based on which was most distinctive for each type (Figs. 1 and 2). In Summer 2020, the American […]

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High Mint State Full Head Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter, Registry-Quality 1928 $20 Saint at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Sunday Auction #1180 from David Lawrence Rare Coins is now LIVE and features 430 total lots including 25 Vault Values and 175 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a boldly detailed 1820 25c PCGS MS63 (Small 0), an extremely tough 1840-O 25c […]

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Mint Error Coin Chronicles: Partial Collars

Fascinating errors illustrate mechanical difficulties when seating blanks   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is one of the world’s leading authority on mint errors, a popular segment of numismatics. In Mint Error Coin Chronicles, we take an in-depth look at a specific kind of mint error. This month’s topic is Partial Collars. A Partial Collar error […]

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More Than $6 Million in Rare US Coins Sold in Heritage Summer FUN Auction

Two classic rarities shone brightly as Heritage’s July 13-15 Summer FUN Auction brought in excess of $6.1 million USD to its consignors. This auction was held at Heritage’s Dallas headquarters, with lot viewing opportunities provided at the July Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The 1884 Trade Dollar […]

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World-Class Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers Auction for ANA World’s Fair of Money in August

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to announce their Official Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money, hosted from Griffin Studios, their state-of-the-art auction venue in Costa Mesa, California. This offering will be remembered as a milestone in United States numismatics, highlighted by the Proof-68 (PCGS) Sultan of Muscat-Childs-Pogue 1804 Class I silver dollar, the […]

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United States Mint Opens Sales for Virginia American Innovation $1 Coin Products July 27

  Product options containing Uncirculated quality American Innovation $1 coins honoring Virginia will be available for purchase directly from the United States Mint beginning on July 27 at noon EDT. The coins are produced at the Mint’s facilities in Philadelphia and Denver and are packaged as follows: The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1889-CC Morgan Dollar with Joined Halves

This Counterfeit Coin forgery required the joining of two coins to mimic a rare year and mintmark combination Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …….. NGC graders identify counterfeit coins with added or altered mint marks each and every day. These alterations are seen so often that we devoted an entire article to them last year, which […]

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A Look at the Forming Secondary Market of the 2021 Privy Morgans

By Christopher Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. In a year of high-profile United States Mint product releases, there is no doubt that the U.S. Mint’s 2021 Morgan dollar “reissues” will be counted among the most interesting and infuriating products to be issued this year. For most collectors, buying the coins at issue price was an exercise […]

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Collectors Loan “Magnificent 7” $15+ Million Group of Classic U.S. Coins for Display at World’s Fair of Money

Exhibits hosted by Tangible Investments features examples of some of the finest known coins, including 1880 Coiled Hair and Flowing Hair “Stellas”   A virtual mini-museum of superb quality, seldom-seen U.S. numismatic rarities from private collections will be displayed to the public by Tangible Investments of Laguna Beach, California at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) […]

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Heritage Showcase Auctions Feature Dutton Collection of US Coins, Colonial Valley Collection of Colonial Notes

The Bruce M. Dutton Collection Showcase Auction Preliminary bidding has already begun in the latest Showcase auction from Heritage featuring selections from the collection of Bruce M. Dutton. Bidding will culminate in a live session scheduled for 6 PM CT on Thursday, July 29. All bidding will take place exclusively through Coins.HA.com. This auction features […]

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Continuity and Legitimacy: The Ancient Coins of Septimius Severus

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Septimius Severus ascended to the throne in absentia as he marched from the “sleepy” Danubian province of Pannonia Superior towards the heart of imperial power in Rome. This provincial governor who ended the bloody civil war of 193 would go on to reign until his death in 211 CE […]

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CEO of Florida Armored Transport Company Charged in Multimillion Dollar Dirty Gold Money Laundering Conspiracy

By United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida …… South Florida federal prosecutors have charged a Miami-Dade County business owner with facilitating a $140 million transnational illicit gold smuggling operation aimed at laundering cash with alleged ties to criminal activity. According to the criminal complaint affidavit unsealed on June 22, Jesus Gabriel Rodriguez, Jr., […]

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Kennedy Half Dollars Back in Full Force

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Kennedy half dollar, struck since 1964 to honor President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, have not been issued for circulation since 2002. Since that time, the coins have been sold in rolls and bags at a premium by the United States Mint, allowing collectors […]

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Isabella: The Mother of All U.S. Commemorative Quarters

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The original Washington quarter was intended as just a one-year commemorative. Yet John Flanagan’s obverse design has endured for nearly 90 years with the reverse motifs in constant flux over the last two decades. The Statehood quarters and National Parks series have both made the commemorative quarter a mainstay […]

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1891 Double Eagle Rarity Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2021 World’s Fair of Money Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Beginning in 1877, the denomination listed on the double eagle was expanded from TWENTY D. to TWENTY DOLLARS, ushering in the Type 3 design that would be used until the series conclusion in 1907. These three decades witnessed some of the lowest mintages of the entire […]

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How Much is a 2020 Tokyo Olympics Medal Worth

Precious Metals Wholesaler Dillon Gage Metals Unveils Olympian Gold and Silver Secrets   By Dillon Gage Metals …… This year, one of the world’s largest precious metals wholesale trading firms, Dillon Gage Metals, is sharing secrets behind the globally recognized Olympic medals athletes train so hard to obtain. The value of an Olympic medal is […]

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Joe Orlando Departs Collectors Universe, Executive Chairman Nat Turner Takes Over as CEO

Company Will Further Invest in Tech & Expansion of Services to Scale, Increase Operational Capacity, Best Serve its Customers & Support Growth of the Hobby   Collectors Universe, one of the leading collectible authentication and grading companies, announces that Joe Orlando, who has spent over 20 years with the company, has made the decision to […]

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United States Mint Issues New Terms for Bulk Purchase Program to Improve Online Order System

To address the extraordinarily high volume of automated web robot (BOT) traffic targeted at the Mint’s online sales site (www.catalog.usmint.gov) and to prevent the type of disruptions that Mint customers experienced during the initial pre-order window for the Morgan and Peace dollars, the United States Mint has now identified and implemented a solution that we […]

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United States 1990 Eisenhower Centennial Dollar

Description: The 1990 Eisenhower Centennial Dollar is the second United States coin struck to honor the 34th President of the United States, the first was the circulating Eisenhower dollar issued from 1971-1978. Authorized by Public Law 100-467 (Act of October 3, 1988), which authorized the striking of up to 4,000,000 silver dollars to commemorate the […]

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1898-S Barber Quarter, 1846/5-O $10 Gold Eagle Variety Among David Lawrence Rare Coin Highlights

Sunday Auction #1179 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 425 total lots including 25 Vault Values and 105 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a colorfully toned Gem 1835 H10c PCGS MS66+ (Large Date, Large 5C); a […]

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Jeff Garrett: When US Coins Were Minted in Georgia

The Dahlonega Mint struck numerous gold coins that can add a unique twist to your collection Contrary to popular belief, the first significant discovery of gold in the United States was not in California in 1848 but in the lower Piedmont area of North Carolina in 1799. Conrad Reed, the son of a local farmer, […]

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Redesigned United States Mint 2021 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin Available July 20

The United States Mint is pleased to announce the opening of sales for the redesigned 2021 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin beginning on July 20 at noon EDT. Production is limited to 300,000 coins, with orders limited to three coins per household for the first 24 hours of sale. The American Eagle Silver Proof Coins […]

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CSNS President Mitch Ernst Announces 2021 Sower Award Recipients

Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) President Mitch Ernst is proud to announce Dennis Tucker and Chris Seuntjens as the 2021 recipients of his annual “Sower Award”. The sower is an allegorical image of a person planting seeds in a field portraying hope for the future. “It is my privilege to bestow the “Sower Award” to […]

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Royal Canadian Mint $2 Circulation Coin Marks 100th Anniversary of Discovery of Insulin

The Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new $2 circulation coin celebrating the fact that, 100 years ago, four researchers achieved a Canadian medical breakthrough that changed the world forever. In 1921, the collaboration of Frederick Banting, Charles Best, James Collip, and John Macleod led to the isolation and purification of insulin and offered a […]

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Big Things Happened at the Mint in the Month of July

By CoinWeek ….. In July, the summer heat continues to pummel for 31 days. But school is out, and families can finally (FINALLY) go on that well-deserved vacation. Not to mention the food, fireworks, and festivities as we celebrate the nation’s birthday on July 4. Yet the United States Mint keeps on chugging along. For your […]

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The Roman Republican Die Project Progresses: Ancient Coins at the ANS

The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP) of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) has completed its first significant data upload. This platform, which launched as a functional integrated database system in December 2020, is searchable at numismatics.org/rrdp/ and focuses on Roman coinage from the period of the Roman Republic (509 – 27 BCE). The project relies […]

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Cargo Handlers at LAX Plead Guilty to Stealing Four Gold Bars Headed From Australia to New York

By United States Attorney’s Office, Central District of California …… Two cargo handling company employees who worked at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) each pleaded guilty today to a federal criminal charge for stealing four gold bars that were part of a larger shipment headed from Australia to New York. Marlon Moody, 38, and Brian […]

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United States 1918 (P) Lincoln Cent

Description Lincoln cents were in short supply as the United States entered its second year of war in Europe. Increased wartime economic activity drove up demand for circulating coinage, resulting in larger mintages. The more than 288 million cents produced at the Philadelphia Mint in 1918–the largest mintage in the series up to that point–were […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Many–probably most–coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two sides. There may be some difference in the perceived importance or generality of their information, but each side may convey its information independently of the other. Thus, arbitrary conventions exist […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Many–probably most–coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two sides. There may be some difference in the perceived importance or generality of their information, but each side may convey its information independently of the other. Thus, arbitrary conventions exist […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces ANA World Paper Money Sale

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has announced that their August ANA World Paper Money Sale has been finalized and is posted on their website StacksBowers.com. With the bidding now open, collectors have the opportunity to add treasures to their collections as many critical and heavily collected areas of World Paper are represented in the offering. The sale […]

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Next to Last 50p Coin in Sea Creatures Series Available Now

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

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Young Numismatists Receive ANA 2021 College Scholarships

  The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has awarded 2021 college scholarships to Paige Price from Bolivar, Missouri, and Madeline Rodriguez from Evanston, Illinois. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use toward tuition at an institution of their choice. “The annual scholarship is an opportunity for the American Numismatic Association to expand on its […]

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Notable Coin Auction Price Realizations at GreatCollections in June 2021

Proof Civil War Date Gold, 1946 Walker Set All-Time Auction Records By Ian Russell – President, GreatCollections.com …… June was another very strong month at GreatCollections, with spirited bidding across all coin series and categories. The coin market has enjoyed a significant lift over the past few months, with new serious collectors entering the market. […]

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Royal Australian Mint Releases Limited Edition Olympic and Paralympic Coins

By Royal Australian Mint …… Woolworths and the Royal Australian Mint are helping customers show their support for the Australian Olympic and Paralympic teams by releasing a range of $2 limited edition themed coins, available in supermarket registers from tomorrow, July 14. Six exclusive and unique $2 coins will be available to collect, with a […]

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How a Coin Gets Bad Karma – And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……. I recently sold an interesting coin (details to follow) and the entire process, which was reasonably quick and painless for both myself and the buyer, got me to thinking: can a coin get bad karma and if it does what does it take for it to […]

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Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek …..   Author’s Note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser-known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking of […]

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Russian and Soviet Banknotes on Offer at Stack’s Bowers August ANA World Currency Auction

By Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… North Caucasian Soviet Socialist Republic 1918 10 Rubles Specimen The official World Paper Money auction from Stack’s Bowers Galleries for the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature an incredibly rare Russia North Caucasus note as lot 30438, a P-S447as North Caucasian S.S.R. 1918 […]

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Künker eLive Auction 67: Ancient, World Coins and Military Orders and Decorations

Künker eLive Auction 67 is online. From now on you can study all pieces of the upcoming auction at your leisure. You can expect more than 1,500 lots, from the ancient world to modern times – as well as more than 900 lots of orders and decorations. The auction begins on Monday evening with rarities […]

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Brazilian Coins Presented in Heritage Showcase Auction

The latest Showcase auction of World & Ancient Coins from Heritage Auctions features A Special Selection of Brazilian Coins, Part III, offered entirely without reserve. This auction, a followup to our earlier offerings in July and November of 2020, features Brazilian selections for all numismatic budgets. These lots are open for bidding now, ending with […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle

Counterfeit 1924 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle   By Max Spiegel – Researcher, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …….. Semiprooflike appearance, thick lettering and raised lumps helped NGC graders identify a counterfeit 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle. The 1924 Double Eagle is by far the most common date in the Saint-Gaudens series. NGC has graded more than 300,000 […]

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Gold Bullion Spotlight: The South Africa Krugerrand

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… South Africa 1967 Krugerrand PCGS MS67 The modern bullion coin market wouldn’t exist without the forerunner that, at one point, was the world’s most traded bullion unit: the South African Krugerrand. While bullion gold was quite common prior to the Krugerrand’s introduction in 1967, the coin’s convenient one-ounce form […]

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The Ancient Coins of Kroisos

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. Kroisos, King of Lydia Kroisos, the last king of the Ionian kingdom of Lydia in Asia Minor, launched a revolution in coinage when he minted the world’s first gold coins and first silver coins. With his “kroiseids” he also created the world’s first bi-metallic coinage system. The ancient […]

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Classic U.S. Gold Coins: The 1854-O Half Eagle Gets “Discovered”

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   CoinWeek Content Partner   The 1854-O is the second-most-available No Motto half eagle from the New Orleans Mint. According to the 2020 edition of my book Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint, 1838-1909, there are 225-275+ known – with as many as 80-100 in AU grades, plus […]

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Long Beach Expo Coin Show Returns in September 2021 Near PCGS Headquarters

Professional Coin Grading Service celebrates the first Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show in more than one year after several cancelations related to COVID-19   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) heralds the return of the Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show in Long Beach, California, just a […]

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Arizona Collection of U.S. Large Cents to be Offered at Heritage Auctions

1794 S-48 Starred Reverse Chapman Discovery Coin among highlights featured during Jan. 5-10 FUN Auction   A discerning eye taking advantage of important opportunities led to the formation of The Arizona Collection of United States Large Cents, a special collection named after the home state of the shrewd collectors who assembled it. The trove features […]

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CCG to Hire Top Videogame Experts to Launch New Grading Service

The Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) is seeking to hire top videogame experts to lead a new division — CGC Video Games — that will be dedicated to expert and impartial video game certification. CGC Video Games will be the latest division of CGC, the world’s leading certification service for comic books, trading cards, magazines, concert […]

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Pobjoy Mint Presents Team GB Equestrian Athlete Oliver Townend With 50p Olympic Coin

Taya Pobjoy, Mint Master and Head of Pobjoy Mint Ltd, had the opportunity to meet Oliver Townend, British eventing rider, and presented him with our Summer Olympic Games: Equestrian 50 pence coin issued on behalf of the Government of Gibraltar. The mint master presented the coin to Oliver and wished him good luck on his […]

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NGC Photo Proofs – Something I’ve Never Seen Before

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   One of the aspects of numismatics that I find particularly enjoyable is reading vintage books and periodicals and, through the information contained in them, trying to formulate an understanding of the hobby’s landscape at different points in time. This research does not always yield major breakthroughs in the […]

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NGC Photo Proofs – Something I’ve Never Seen Before

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. One of the aspects of numismatics that I find particularly enjoyable is reading vintage books and periodicals and, through the information contained in them, trying to formulate an understanding of the hobby’s landscape at different points in time. This research does not always yield major breakthroughs in the way […]

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Ship of Gold SS Central America Bell and Gold Rush Treasure at ANA World’s Fair of Money

The 268-pound bell from the fabled “Ship of Gold”, the SS Central America that sank in 1857, will be publicly displayed along with some of the recovered California Gold Rush treasure at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 10-14. The bell that helped to confirm the identity of the […]

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Perth Mint Issues Chinese Myths and Legends Dragon 2021 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

The Perth Mint has just released a 2oz gold Proof high-relief coin featuring the most revered animal in Chinese culture, the mythical dragon. Traditionally regarded as a symbol of the emperor, the Chinese dragon is admired as benevolent, noble, and a potent symbol of abundance and good fortune. It is serpentine in appearance and shaped […]

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On Ancient Mintmarks and Determining an Ancient Coin’s Origin

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. One of the most basic tasks of a numismatist is the identification of coins. While correctly attributing the denomination, issuing authority, and date are important, determining the mint at which a coin was struck can reveal lots of contextual information. Outside of private issues and small city-states that operate […]

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Classic US Key Dates Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1178 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 380 total lots including 25 Vault Values and 55 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a beautiful Gem key date 1909-S VDB 1c PCGS MS65 RD, a registry-quality […]

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Stunning Gold Aureus of Macrinus – A Connoisseur’s Dream

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The upcoming Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money from Stack’s Bowers Galleries will present a tremendous array of stunning ancient coins emanating from various well-cultivated collections. A standout among them is a dazzling and lustrous gold aureus of Roman emperor […]

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Summer FUN July 13-15 Heritage Auction Accepting Bids Now

Heritage Auctions World Headquarters in Dallas will host the July Summer FUN auction although lot viewing will take place at the Expo in Orlando. Highlights include an 1884 Trade dollar (Ex: Norweb), some great early type coins, plus plenty of branch mint gold. The Premier Session is Tuesday evening, July 13, followed by a robust […]

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Exceptional Macon Georgia Red Seal Serial Number 1 Sheet in Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

By Manning Garrett – Paper Money Consultant, Stack’s Bowers …… The Stack’s Bowers Galleries official United States Currency auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature an uncut sheet of (4) Fr. 588 $5 1902 Red Seal Serial Number 1 Notes from the Citizens National Bank (Charter #8990) of Macon, Georgia, graded Choice […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #161: Let’s Get Medieval: Mike Markowitz on Coins of the Middle Ages

The CoinWeek Podcast is brought to you by PCGS. Check out PCGS’ new grading specials and take advantage of an exclusive offer to get a PCGS limited-edition 35th Anniversary Silver PCGS Box. You can also save money on Canadian banknote submissions and coin variety attributions. Visit pcgs.com/ccspecial to learn more. This Week, CoinWeek Ancients writer […]

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Ohio Budget Bill Reinstates Investment Bullion and Coin Sales Tax Exemption

The Ohio 2022–2023 budget reinstates the sales tax exemption for the purchases of investment metal bullion and investment coins that was eliminated in the previous budget. Two bills, House Bill 268 and House Bill 110, had the possibility of reinstating the exemption, with the budget bill, HB110, succeeding. The Ohio Senate Finance Committee and Ohio […]

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Helena, the First Christian Pilgrim

By David Hendin for CoinWeek ….. Some years ago, on a visit to Rome, my wife and I searched out the church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. My guidebook said it was “One of the seven pilgrim churches of Rome, it is said to have been built to house the precious relics of the True […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents Loch Ness Collection of Scottish Coins in ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to feature the Loch Ness Collection of Scottish Coins in their Official World Coin Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It is a landmark cabinet that will stand as a reference of quality and rarity for generations to come. It provides a magnificent showcase across six centuries of […]

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Managing the ANS Collection: An Interview With Elena Stolyarik

By Austin Andrews for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Dr. Elena Stolyarik, Collections Manager at the American Numismatic Society (ANS), has held nearly every single one of the Society’s over 800,000 objects. As a critical member of the curatorial staff, the Collections Manager diligently maintains the Society’s vast, encyclopedic holdings of coins and currency, medals […]

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The Liberty Nickel: Twice Controversial

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The Liberty nickel, also referred to as the “V” nickel, is a simple design by Charles E. Barber featuring Liberty’s head on the obverse and a Roman numeral V on the reverse within a wreath. They were struck in copper-nickel, the same alloy being used already in the three-cent […]

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Results of Künker 50th Anniversary Auction 350 of German and World Coins

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, On July 1, the 350th auction sale from Künker ended with great success! We would like to thank our bidders and consignors from the bottom of our hearts for the great trust you have once again placed in us! We would also like to thank you for the numerous congratulations […]

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Royal Australian Mint Features Cheetah on Latest Australian Zoo Investment Coin

By Royal Australian Mint …… The 2021 $1 1oz Silver Investment Coin – Cheetah is the second instalment in the Australia Zoo Investment Coin series, following last year’s release of the Sumatran tiger coins. Native to Africa, cheetahs are also residents at Queensland’s Australia Zoo and are the fastest land animal on the planet. Known […]

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Great CAC-pectations: Collecting U.S. Gold Coins by CAC Approval

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In recent years, I’ve come across a number of new collectors who are “CAC only” buyers. In the past, I’ve dealt with many collectors who are “CAC preferred” when it comes to coins, but these new collectors absolutely insist every coin they buy must be CAC-approved. […]

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The Semi-Key Canadian Cents of the 1920s

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… A new era in Canadian numismatics commenced when Canada replaced its large cent with the smaller-sized one-cent coin in May 1920. The move was made due to the economics behind rising copper prices and the shrinking consumer value of a cent. Canada’s large cent weighs 5.67 grams and has […]

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Heritage Summer Hong Kong World Coin, Currency Auctions Exceed $10.5 Million

Rare Chinese dollar coins were the focus as Heritage’s June 23-25 auctions of World and Ancient Coins and rare World Paper Money raised over $10.5 million for their consignors. These auctions were held in conjunction with the biannual Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF). All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. A magnificent “Standard Pattern” […]

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United States 1972-D Washington Quarter

Description – Washington Quarter Intended to be a circulating commemorative coin honoring the bicentennial of the birth of America’s first president, the Washington quarter as originally designed was struck from 1932 to 1998, save for a two-year run in 1975 and 1976, when the coin’s reverse was swapped out for the “drummer boy” design of Jack […]

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United States 1972-D Washington Quarter

Description – Washington Quarter Intended to be a circulating commemorative coin honoring the bicentennial of the birth of America’s first president, the Washington quarter as originally designed was struck from 1932 to 1998, save for a two-year run in 1975 and 1976, when the coin’s reverse was swapped out for the “drummer boy” design of Jack […]

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Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part I

By David Provost for CoinWeek ….. Author’s Note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser-known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking of the […]

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Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part I

By David Provost for CoinWeek …..   Author’s Note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser-known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking of […]

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Exceptional Mint State 1927-S Saint Gaudens $20 Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2021 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… For the numismatist assembling a set of Saint-Gaudens double eagles, the later issues present a formidable challenge, even when the 1933 double eagle is excluded. Most were struck at the mints, then immediately set aside in Treasury vaults where they sat until the early 1930s when […]

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Unique Wass Molitor $20 Gold Featured in August GreatCollections Auction

The California territorial is one of the great rarities of the pioneer series   GreatCollections has been selected to auction the unique 1855 Wass Molitor Twenty Dollar gold coin, Kagin K-8a, graded AU-50 by PCGS and approved by CAC. One of only four known examples of this extremely rare Large Head Wass Molitor Twenty, it […]

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Dr. Ralph W. Ross to Become ANA’s 62nd President at Chicago World’s Fair of Money

Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen a new president and vice president, and soon will be welcoming three new individuals and six incumbents to its Board of Governors for the 2021-23 election term. Incoming President Dr. Ralph W. Ross and Vice President-elect Joseph E. Boling will be joined by new board […]

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Dr. Ralph W. Ross to Become ANA’s 62nd President at Chicago World’s Fair of Money

American Numismatic Association… Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen a new president and vice president, and soon will be welcoming three new individuals and six incumbents to its Board of Governors for the 2021-23 election term. Incoming President Dr. Ralph W. Ross and Vice President-elect Joseph E. Boling will be joined […]

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United States 1986 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coin

In the fall of 1986, the first silver bullion coins produced by the United States were released, marking the beginning of a series whose enduring popularity is evidenced by rapid sellouts of U.S. Mint products that include them. The American Silver Eagle (ASE) remains one of the world’s most sought-after bullion coins, and its inaugural […]

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Legend Rare Coins to Offer Chicago Collection of Early Half Dollars in Regency Auction 47

Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) is proud to announce the Chicago Collection of Early Half Dollars, which includes the #1 PCGS Registry Set of Early Half Dollars, and a complete Red Book Variety Bust Half Set. This incredible collection features over 30 coins that are at least tied for finest known honors at PCGS, including […]

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David Lawrence Offers Gem 19th-Century Classic US Coins in Latest Auction

Sunday Auction #1177 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features over 500 lots including 25 Vault Values and over 175 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a tough Gem 1897-S 25c PCGS MS65+, a registry-quality 1901-O $1 PCGS […]

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Jeff Garrett: A Guide to Collecting Morgan Silver Dollars

The popular and abundant silver dollar makes a great addition to any collection   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of Morgan Silver Dollars and the beginning of Peace Silver Dollars. The year 1921 was momentous for the numismatic world, and 2021 is […]

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CFTC Charges Individuals and Florida Companies With Fraud in Multimillion-Dollar Precious Metals Scheme

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ……   On Thursday, July 1, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced that it has filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Robert Jeffrey Johnson, Kathleen Hook, Ross Baldwin, Precious Commodities, Inc. (PCI), National Coin Broker, Inc. (NCB), […]

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Numismatic Crime Updates: Coins Stolen or Missing in Transit

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Latin American Coins Stolen/Lost in Texas A UPS package shipped from Spain to the United States has been reported missing. It is believed the package was last scanned in Texas. The package contained the following coins: 4 Reales Mexico Felipe II lot […]

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Uncirculated 1863 $20 Legal Tender Note Presented in Stack’s Bowers ANA Currency Auction

By Peter Treglia – Director of Currency, Stack’s Bowers …… The official Stack’s Bowers Galleries United States Currency auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature an Uncirculated Fr. 126b 1863 $20 Legal Tender Note. Continuing the general design used on the $20 Demand Notes, the face displays Liberty standing at center with […]

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Croatia Celebrates 30 Years of Independence With Limited Edition Gold and Silver Coin Sets

30 Years of Croatian Independence June 25, 2021, marked the 30th anniversary of independence in Croatia. In 1991, barely three months after the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, the Croatian parliament made the historic decision to separate the nation from the Yugoslav Federation. The decision was preceded by a referendum in which 93.24% […]

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Blackstone Tactical Opportunities to Acquire NGC and Certified Collectibles Group

Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that funds managed by its Tactical Opportunities business have agreed to acquire a majority stake in the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) in a transaction valuing the company at more than $500 million USD. Mark Salzberg, CCG’s founder, and Steven R. Eichenbaum, CCG’s CEO, will retain a significant minority stake. Additional investors […]

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Blackstone Tactical Opportunities to Acquire NGC and Certified Collectibles Group

Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that funds managed by its Tactical Opportunities business have agreed to acquire a majority stake in the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) in a transaction valuing the company at more than $500 million USD. Mark Salzberg, CCG’s founder, and Steven R. Eichenbaum, CCG’s CEO, will retain a significant minority stake. Additional investors […]

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United States 1944-P Jefferson War Nickel

Struck against the backdrop of war from an alloy developed to save copper and nickel, the 1944-P Jefferson nickel is one of the most abundant dates of the silver alloy subtype. Uncirculated examples are plentiful and can be purchased inexpensively, though fully-struck examples are elusive. The date was counterfeited in the 1950s by Francis Henning, […]

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California Fractional Gold Featured in July 22 Heritage Showcase Auction

One of the Showcase auctions now open for bidding from Heritage Auctions is the July 22 California Fractional Gold Showcase Auction, a selection of 58 pieces of California fractional gold. These very small coins, privately struck in California from the 1850s to the 1880s, were minted in both octagonal and round shapes. Obverses commonly depict […]

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Royal Australian Mint Issues Mini Koala $2 Half Gram Gold Coin

By Royal Australian Mint ……   The Mini Koala – 2021 $2 half gram gold Frosted Uncirculated coin features one of Australia’s most recognizable and distinctive marsupials, the koala. Koalas inhabit coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia and live mostly on eucalypt leaves. Disease and loss of habitat have reduced populations and koalas are […]

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Royal Numismatic Society Awards Gilljam Prize to ANS Author George Watson

By American Numismatic Society (ANS) ……   The UK’s Royal Numismatic Society has awarded its Gilljam Prize for Third-Century Numismatics to George Watson’s book Connections, Communities, and Coinage: The System of Coin Production in Southern Asia Minor, AD 218–276 (Numismatic Studies 39). The prize, awarded every two years, recognizes the book or article that represents […]

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Almost Emperors: Three Caesars Who Didn’t Quite Make It and Their Coins

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek …..   This article deals with three men that, while seemingly destined to become the emperor of ancient Rome–indeed, they held the title of Caesar, or second-in-command–ultimately failed, for one reason or another, to ascend the throne. During the early Julio-Claudian dynasty, the emperor would designate his successor; the title […]

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Latest £2 Queen’s Beasts Coin Features White Horse of Hanover

New Series of £2 Bimetallic coins featuring the Queen’s Beasts issued on behalf of the British Indian Ocean Territory Fifth release in 10-coin series features “The White Horse of Hanover” Low issue limit of 2,750 Also available in Proof Sterling Silver with an even lower issue limit of 475 Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce […]

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Stack’s Bowers August ANA Auction to Feature Landmark 1827/3/2 Quarter Dollar Rarity

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the Mickley/Norweb specimen of the 1827/3/2 Original quarter. This example, one of many exciting highlights of our Official Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money, is graded Proof-65 Cameo by PCGS, and has been approved by CAC. Our catalog and website, StacksBowers.com, will feature an extensive history […]

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NGC Celebrates 50 Million Coins, Tokens and Medals Certified

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has now certified more than 50 million coins, tokens, and medals, becoming the first third-party coin grading service to reach this milestone. Fifty million coins represents numismatic rarities from the dawn of coinage to the modern day, some recovered from the depths of the ocean, and others that have been flown […]

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Reading Auction Catalogue Listings – An Essential Skill for Collectors

By Charles Morgan and Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek …..   As a collector advances in the hobby, they might find themself nose deep in one of the many beautiful catalogs produced by the hobby’s premier auction houses. These catalogs offer a unique blend of numismatic research, commentary, jargon, and marketing hype – all of which […]

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Mules and Blocks on Bucks: PCGS Certified Paper Money

By Philip Thomas for PCGS ……   It isn’t every day that a United States banknote variety that is currently unlisted in the foremost reference catalog enters the PCGS grading room. That is why our banknote team was more than a little bit surprised after encountering a note previously unknown to researchers and collectors active […]

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Error Coin Auction From Heritage Scheduled for July 15

Mint errors take center stage again in Heritage Auctions’ latest Error Coinage Showcase Auction. Bidding is open now, with the concluding Live Session scheduled for 6:00 PM CT on Thursday, July 15. All bidding will take place through coins.HA.com. From the Errorpalooza Collection comes a 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar, Struck on a Quarter Planchet, graded MS66 […]

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Over $7.8 Million in U.S. Coins Sold in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ June 2021 Auction

Over $7.8 million in United States coins and Numismatic American was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Showcase Auction, the first event hosted at the state-of-the-art auction studio in the firm’s Costa Mesa, California headquarters. Streamed live in high-definition across a variety of platforms, the June Auction served as the latest demonstration of […]

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CCG Continues Hiring Push; Targets 500 Sarasota Employees by Summer’s End

Certified Collectibles Group (CCG), one of the largest private employers in the Sarasota-Manatee area, is excited to announce its goal of employing 500 people at its headquarters in Sarasota’s Lakewood Ranch community by the end of summer. To hit this target, CCG is offering a $2,500 sign-on bonus for new employees who start by September […]

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Heritage Opens Colonial Showcase, Hong Kong Auctions of US and World Currency

The Colonial Valley Part II Showcase Auction The latest Showcase auction of currency from Heritage Auctions features Part II of The Colonial Valley Collection, and it is open for bidding at Currency.HA.com. As might be expected from the name of the collection, virtually the entire offering consists of Colonial notes. This auction is scheduled to […]

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Charlotte Gold, SS Brother Jonathan Double Eagle Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1176 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 325 lots including 40 Vault Values, 80 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 popular variety 1969-S […]

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New 50 Pence Coin Series to Celebrate Rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics

2021-dated 5-Coin Set features five key sports Incredibly Low Issue Limit of 3,750 in Base Metal and 495 in Proof Silver To commemorate the Summer Olympic Games which were meant to take place in 2020, Pobjoy Mint is pleased to announce the release of a new 50 pence series produced on behalf of the Government […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offers 1880 $1,000 Legal Tender Note, Rare Mexican Currency at August ANA Auction

1880 $1000 Legal Tender Note from the Tarzan Collection By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… One of the highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August Official United States Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money is a Fr.187j 1880 $1000 Legal Tender Note from the Tarzan Collection. Just 14 […]

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Eagles on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Majestic, powerful, swift, and intelligent, the eagle has held a strong grip on human imagination since the earliest times. The bald eagle, native to North America, features prominently on the Great Seal of the United States, and on many classic and modern American coins. The U.S. $10 […]

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PCGS President Brett Charville Stepping Down

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) President Brett Charville has announced he will be leaving the company but will remain part of the PCGS team while a successor is selected. “I’ve enjoyed and valued my time as President, and I’m ready for the next challenge,” Charville states. “This role has been the experience of a lifetime. […]

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Napoleon I Essai, Basel “Glückhennentaler” in Gold Among World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We hope everyone is doing well and that you may have some nice summer plans in store. This month we have brought together quite an interesting selection of coins and medals for your consideration. If you see something of interest, we look forward to hearing from you. Atlas Numismatics remains actively […]

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New Handbook on Swedish Coins and Banknotes Now Available

By Coin & Currency Institute …… A new book on all the coins of Sweden from 995 to 2021 is now available in a compact, 512-page, full color, 8.25×5.75 inch format, and at a price of just $9.95 USD (plus $5.75 postage & handling). Myntårsboken 995-2021 (or Coin Yearbook 995-2021), is by the Swedish numismatist […]

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First Display in Nearly a Decade of Rare 1921 Roman Finish Proof Saint-Gaudens $20

The 1921 Proof Double Eagle discovered in 2006 and the recently discovered 1854-S Half Eagle will both be exhibited at the 2021 Summer FUN Convention   Not known to exist until 2006, the 1921 Roman Finish Proof Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle authenticated and graded NGC PF64+ CAC will be publicly displayed in July for the […]

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Numismatic History: The Trouble With Names

By David Hill for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ……   Du Bois was a big name at the United States Mint in the 19th century. Or was it DuBois? Dubois? du Bois? This kind of thing can drive you crazy when writing, though it can be even worse when you have to speak these historical […]

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18th-Century Rarities Shine as June Heritage Auction Nears $12 Million

The most recent Signature Auction of US Coins, held June 17-20 by Heritage Auctions, saw close to $11.7 million in rare coins change hands, paced by a number of outstanding offerings from the 18th century. All told, over 1,100 coins changed hands, with well over 99% of the offerings in this auction selling. All prices […]

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United States Mint Announces New 2021 Morgan & Peace Dollar Pre-Order Dates

New Eagle Silver & Gold Launch First; Household Order Limits Revised   During the initial pre-order window for the 2021 Morgan and Peace dollars, the United States Mint experienced an extraordinarily high volume of BOT traffic. These BOTs were programmed to conduct technology-driven transactions that caused significant interference with many transactions by Mint customers. To […]

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Five Brief Takes: Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Early US gold is defined as quarter eagles, half eagles, and eagles struck between 1795 and 1834. These issues have long been very popular with collectors. They are mostly collected by type, but a few well-heeled individuals specialize in date sets of specific denominations. As a […]

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NCBA Seeks Dealer Data to Help Combat State Efforts Against Bullion Sales Tax Exemptions

The National Coin & Bullion Association (NCBA) is fighting to preserve sales-tax exemptions on coins, paper money, and precious-metals bullion in 39 states, and we are also working to gain such an exemption in the 11 states that do not currently have one. We are currently seeking 400 coin and precious metals dealers to take […]

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An Extremely Rare Platinum Russian Coin Graded by PCGS

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Russia 1845 СПБ 6 Rubles – Ex Hutten-Czapski and Mikhailovich Collections – PCGS PR65DCAM For Russian numismatics, there are many rarities and highly desirable coins. In a recent submission that came into the PCGS Europe office in Paris, a coin was submitted that meets many “dream” categories for those […]

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U.S. Mint Delays Release of United States Mint Air Force Silver Medal

The United States Mint today announced that it will delay the release of the United States Mint Air Force Silver Medal, originally scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, until mid-July. The total number of “Remind Me” email/text notifications received by the Mint indicates that demand for the Mint’s Air Force 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal—the first in […]

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Final Coin in Big Cats of the World Half Gram Gold Series Features the Cougar

Issue Limit of Only 199 Coins   The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the fifth and final coin in the Big Cats of the World series featuring the cougar. This stunning series is issued on behalf of Sierra Leone, produced in magnificent Half Gram Gold to truly capture the power of […]

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Part II of Mike Coltrane Collection of US Paper Money From Heritage Auctions Open for Bidding

The first installment of The Mike Coltrane Collection in November 2020 was enthusiastically received, which came as no surprise to us here at Heritage Auctions. Mike collected for four decades, with many of his notes never having appeared before at public sale. Furthermore, he has been universally well-liked and respected within the hobby, both as […]

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Newly Discovered 1794 Dollar to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers August ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a newly discovered 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar in their official auction for the 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money this August. Discovered in an accumulation by a UK dealer over 25 years ago, this piece is a newcomer to the census of known examples and was only […]

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United States Mint Releases Flagship Video Honoring American Eagle Coin Program

New video highlights an important milestone in the Mint’s signature coin program On Monday, June 21, the  released a video celebrating the 35-year anniversary of its world-renowned American Eagle coin program. The video also highlights a new era in the Program—the release of redesigned American Eagle Gold and American Eagle Silver coins in 2021. Secretary […]

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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