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The Market for Collecting Modern Key Date Half Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… It probably comes as no surprise that the three most widely collected United States half dollars are the Walking Liberty, Franklin, and Kennedy half dollars. Below is some information related to the markets for these coins, intended to help collectors make fruitful decisions when adding to or upgrading their collections. […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1973-S Kennedy Half Dollar Overstruck on 1973-S Washington Quarter

Only Known Proof U.S. Kennedy Half Dollar Struck on Any U.S. Coin Double Denomination NGC PF 67 Cameo UNIQUE DISCOVERY COIN   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This newly discovered and certified Proof Kennedy Half Dollar on a struck Washington Quarter is the only known Kennedy Half Double Denomination on any Proof […]

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ESM Collection of Large Cents Realizes Over $4.6 Million at Stack’s Bowers August Rarities Night

The incredible ESM Collection of United States Large Cents realized over $4.6 million in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. Offered as part of the firm’s Rarities Night session on Thursday, August 6, this was perhaps the most highly anticipated selection from the legendary ESM Collection. Offered was a virtually complete set […]

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Extremely Rare 1851 Proof Three Cent Silver Certified by PCGS

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… With a mintage of four examples the 1851 Proof Three Cent Silver is an American numismatic rarity. It has been written that these mere four coins were struck with the passage of the authorization of the Act of March 3, 1851, which authorized the United States Mint to produce […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins as Royal Propaganda

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. How does a monarch solidify legitimacy? What tools can be drawn upon to project power? Since a centralized state monopolizes the use of force, the monarch has it within his prerogative to wage war. If successful, an “US” versus “THEM” conflict is a surefire unifier of people, as personified […]

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NGC-Graded Key Date Double Eagles Each Realize Over $100K at Heritage Auction

Impressive key-date double eagles were among the 10 vintage US coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) that each realized over $100,000 at Heritage Auctions’ US Coins Signature Auction on August 4, 2020. They were led by a rare 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC AU 50 that realized $312,000 USD. It is one […]

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Eight PMG-Certified Paper Money Lots Each Realize Over $100,000 at Heritage Sale

An impressive eight lots certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) each realized over $100,000 in the Heritage Auctions US Currency Signature Auction held on August 3, 2020. They included three uncut sheets from the outstanding Monarch Collection as well as five high-denomination Federal Reserve Notes. In fact, 23 of the top 25 lots were certified […]

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Künker eLive Auction 61 of Ancient and World Coins and Medals Starts Tuesday

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Next Tuesday starts our three-day eLive Auction 61 featuring numismatic and phaleristic rarities. In the meantime, you may take a look at our wide range on offer. We would like to present to you some of the attractive numismatic pieces we will auction off […]

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Whitman Coin Folders as Collectible Items

By David W. Lange ….. As a collector of vintage coin boards, folders and albums for nearly 40 years, my dream has been to publish all of what I’ve learned about these items that were so crucial to the development of the coin hobby as we know it today. This goal is being realized in […]

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Spectacular Toned 1879-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Las Vegas Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1879-S Morgan represents the second year of the series and serves as a popular issue among type collectors and VAM variety specialists. Almost all of the 9,110,000 coins struck at San Francisco were not paid out, but remained in the Mint’s vaults and were gradually […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Kookaburra 5oz Silver Proof Gilded High Relief Coin

  This exceptional 5oz silver Proof gilded high-relief coin celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Australian Kookaburra Proof Coin. A first from The Perth Mint, elements of the high-relief design have been gilded in pink gold, superbly combining two celebrated minting techniques. Known as the ‘king of the bush’, the kookaburra has been featured on […]

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Certified American Tokens & Medals Offered in August Heritage Auction

Heritage’s latest Month-Long auction highlights exonumia in its offering of a selection of Certified American Tokens and Medals. Open for bidding now, this auction concludes with a live session at 6 PM CT on August 22. The vast majority of the offerings in this auction are either Hard Times Tokens or Civil War Tokens – […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: Franklin Half Dollar Full Bell Line Designations

CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan discusses Franklin Half Dollars in this CoinWeek Streaming News segment, sponsored by NGC. Franklin Half Dollars are a popular silver coin series that was produced by the United States Mint starting in 1948 and continuing until the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Each coin in the series […]

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Bullion Market Commentary – Gold – Still on Everyone’s Agenda

Commentary for Friday, August 7, 2020 (www.golddealer.com) By  Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed down $41.40 today at $2010.10. It finished this time last week at $1962.80 so on the week we have finished $47.30 higher but today’s aftermarket was up a surprising $20.00 or half of the day’s loss. I think […]

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World Banknote News: Brazil Launching New $200 Real Banknote

A new denomination of the real will begin to be produced in August and will feature the maned wolf (Concept Image above,Not actual design) 200 Real World Banknote By Central Bank of Brazil (Banco Central do Brasil) …… The Central Bank is launching the newest denomination for the second family of the real: the R […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1970-S Proof Washington Quarter Overstruck on Canadian Quarter

King George V (1911-1936) This unique 1970-S Proof Quarter from the United States was overstruck on a Canadian Quarter that circulated during the reign of King George V from 1911-1936. It was authenticated and certified by NGC as PR64. This was most likely from the group of San Francisco Proof Errors that was auctioned by […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1970-S Proof Washington Quarter Overstruck on Canadian Quarter

King George V (1911-1936) Mint Error This unique 1970-S Proof Quarter mint error from the United States was overstruck on a Canadian Quarter that circulated during the reign of King George V from 1911-1936. It was authenticated and certified by NGC as PR64. This was most likely from the group of San Francisco Proof Mint […]

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Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types for the Casual Collector

Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Yes, it takes deep pockets and lots of patience to specialize in Territorial or Pioneer gold. There are numerous six-figure coins, many of which are either almost never available or come with lots of problems. But there are a number of […]

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Numismatic Crime – Coins, Currency, Silver Bar Stolen From Mail

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Stolen from USPS A package was sent to a dealer in New York City containing coins, jewelry, and several watches. The recipient opened the package and found several items missing. After close inspection, the bottom of the box had been opened at […]

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PCGS Quarter Quest Winners Split $2,000 Prize for 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands Quarter

Two Collectors Receive Grand Prize for Finding First 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve Quarter to be Graded by Professional Coin Grading Service   The PCGS 2020 Quarter Quest continues at Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) with the release of the 2020-W U.S. Virgin Islands Salt River Bay […]

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Coinage of King Pyrrhus – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. EPIRUS IS A rugged corner of northwestern Greece and southern Albania. It emerged as an independent kingdom in the fourth century BCE, a time when other contemporary Greeks regarded the region’s tribes as “semi-barbarian”. About 319 BCE a prince of Epirus was born, named Pyrrhus, whose father was a […]

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PCGS 50 Days of Summer Specials Loaded With Hot Deals

PCGS Offering a Variety of Limited-Time Submission and Grading Discounts, Other Specials   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is rolling out several new offers for those who send in and grade their coins, banknotes, medals, and tokens through September 22, 2020. These valuable limited-time deals include free return shipping and major discounts for add-on services. […]

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High-End Hansen Collection Barber Quarters in David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1130 is now live and features 300 new coins plus 25 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a flashy 1893-CC $1 NGC/CAC MS63, a finest known 1889 G$1 PCGS/CAC MS68+, […]

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United States Mint Releases Public Service Announcement Regarding Coin Shortage

The United States Mint has released the Public Service Announcement (PSA) below addressing the circulation issues causing the current coin shortage. In the PSA, Mint Director David J. Ryder asks the public to “help get coins moving by using exact change when making purchases, taking your coins to financial institutions, or turning them in for […]

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Simpson Collection Part I Auction Announced for September 17, 2020

Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive, and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in the coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage – or anywhere else in the world. Simpson, whose collection is ranked by […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Dragon 1oz Silver Proof Rectangular Coins

The Perth Mint is excited to release this 1oz silver Proof coin featuring the Chinese dragon in a unique rectangular format. Depicted as serpentine-shaped creatures with large-eyes, horns, fish scales, and sharp claws, mythological dragons have been part of Chinese culture for thousands of years. Despite their fearsome appearance, they are considered to be benevolent […]

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Waltzing Matilda: New Banjo Patterson Coins From Royal Australian Mint

By Royal Australian Mint …… The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new limited edition commemorative coin set and three 50c coins commemorating Treasured Australian Poetry from Banjo Paterson. In honor of Paterson’s impact on Australia literature, the Royal Australian Mint presents a 2020 50c Uncirculated Three-Coin Set and three 2020 50c Uncirculated 50 coins […]

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Newly Unearthed Maris 10 1/2-C New Jersey Copper in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… ​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a newly discovered example of the 1786 Maris 10 1/2-C New Jersey copper in their upcoming August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The Maris 10 1/2-C is a relative newcomer to the corpus of the New Jersey copper series, which […]

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The Engraved Pattern “Mature Head” Cent Design Model

A Window Into the Mind of Christian Gobrecht   By Rexford Goldbaum ….. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Penny Wise, the official publication of Early American Coppers. Click here for more information about this vital organization for copper collectors. In the absence of contemporary documentation denoting the details of issuance of early Proof […]

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PCGS Adds Senior Collectibles Experts, Two Tenured Team Members Promoted

New Acquisitions Lead Corporate, Coin & Banknote Departments   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) recently welcomed to its team three key professionals with rich numismatic expertise and business experience. Joining the company are longtime collector and seasoned business executive David Steinberger as Vice President of Customer Experience, numismatist Sanjay C. Gandhi as World Coins Content […]

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World Coin Counterfeit Detection – 1928 South African Gold Sovereign

Counterfeit 1928 South Africa Gold Sovereign By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …….. A group of four 1928 South African Sovereigns was recently submitted to NGC all struck from the same world coin counterfeit dies. The gold sovereign is a coinage issue of Great Britain historically equal to one pound sterling. It was first struck from […]

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Royal Canadian Mint Honors Champion of Haida Culture Bill Reid on New $2 Circulation Coin

One hundred years after the birth of the late Bill Reid, the legendary artist and advocate of Haida culture also known by the Haida name Iljuwas, the Royal Canadian Mint is issuing a new $2 circulation coin honoring his ground-breaking contributions to contemporary Indigenous art. The bold image of a grizzly bear, a favorite character […]

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Spotlight on Mint Error Coins in Month-Long Heritage Auction

Mint errors take center stage in Heritage’s latest Month-Long Internet Auction. Bidding is open now, with the concluding Live Session scheduled for 6 pm CT on Saturday, August 15. All bidding will take place through coins.HA.com. One of the most famous mint errors is the copper 1943 cent, a coin intended to be struck on […]

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CFTC: Beware of Gold and Silver Schemes Designed to Drain Your Retirement Savings

By Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) …. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) advises the public not to take cash from their retirement plans under relaxed distribution rules provided in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to speculate or invest in gold, silver, or other precious metals without first consulting licensed […]

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US Mint Making Changes to Meet Exploding Demand for American Gold, Silver Eagles

By Bullion Shark LLC …… As a result of the pandemic and its effects on the U.S. economy, which have resulted in the largest-ever decline in the gross domestic product (32.9%) in the second quarter of 2020 and tens of millions of unemployed–as well as rising silver and gold prices (with gold having reached several […]

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From the Book Stacks: 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. 100 Greatest Modern World Coins By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker; Foreword by Donald Scarinci.   Whitman Publishing LLC, 160 pages, lavishly illustrated, hardcover. Rarely has a numismatic book published in modern times achieved the overall excellence displayed by this newest Whitman Greatest title. Authors Charles Morgan and […]

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What Are Bullion Coins?

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There is a significant share of numismatics and the coin market that is driven by one factor: the metallic value of the coin. These coins that follow the fluctuation of metals markets are considered bullion coins. Bullion coins can consist of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and […]

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

CAC-approved coins coins outperformed other certified coins at a live auction in Las Vegas and in various public Internet sales during the month of July. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1880 Half Dollar in PF-66 CAM On July 5, the firm […]

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Heritage Auction 1st Public Offering Since 1993 of Unique Speelman-White Uncut Sheets

Heritage Auctions to offer rare uncut currency sheet. Present-day collectors are familiar with the fact that uncut sheets of modern currency are available for a small premium from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) in Washington, DC. Uncut sheets of Large Size Notes, however, are another matter entirely. None were made available to the […]

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World Coin Auction: A Spanish Gold Double Principats of Charles and Joanna

World Coin Auction Highlights by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The rise in power and prestige of the Habsburg dynasty in Austria during the 14th and 15th centuries created the possibility for more advantageous marriages and, as a result, political alliances. The first from the family to become Holy Roman […]

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New Proof Gold Coin Complements Popular Penguin Series From Pobjoy Mint

Incredibly Low Issue Limit of 199 Proof Fine 1/25oz Gold Coin featuring the Macaroni Penguin Released on behalf of South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands Numbered certificate presented in a beautiful red box After the recent release of the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Penguin Series, The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce […]

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Classic Commemorative Coins: Possibly Unique Matte Proof 1937 Boone Half Dollar

The Heritage August 3 – 9 US Coins Signature Auction features a Matte Proof 1937 Boone half dollar. This Philadelphia commemorative half dollar derives from the only Matte Proof set authenticated of the Daniel Boone type, and may well be unique. The production of these matte proofs was not recorded by the Mint, and their […]

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Top Pop Matte Proof 1913 Lincoln Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… None Finer at Either PCGS or CAC 1913 Lincoln Cent. Proof-67+ RB (PCGS). CAC.   This is a magnificent survivor from the coveted Matte Proof series of the early 20th century, struck from 1909 through 1916. Each side of this Superb Gem glows with a blend of golden and tangerine hues, […]

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Collecting Ancient Coins: Time to Consider a New Paradigm That Facilitates Lawful Trade

By Peter K. Tompa – Cultural Property Observer….. The following is a statement delivered at the Wednesday, July 22 meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by lawyer and numismatic advocate Peter K. Tompa concerning proposed updates to the 2021 renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy. These updates threaten American collectors’ […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Proof Gilt Reverse Pattern 1831 Half Sovereign

Gilt Uniface Reverse Die Trial NGC Proof 65 Ultra Cameo UNIQUE & UNRECORDED   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique and unrecorded Proof gilt reverse pattern for the 1831 Great Britain William IV Half Sovereign. The regular issue was struck in Proof-only and is rare. This reverse pattern is […]

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Jeff Garrett: Numismatics and the Precious Metals Boom

With gold and other metals continuing to soar in value, more attention is being paid to tangible assets, including rare coins   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Precious metals–gold in particular–are in the news almost daily. This week, gold reached a new high of very nearly $2,000 USD per ounce. Prices […]

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American Numismatic Association 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 typically presented at the World’s Fair of Money, will be awarded during the Service Awards Presentation virtual event on Sept. 2 at 12 p.m. MT. Adna G. Wilde Jr. […]

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Künker eLive Auction 61 of Ancient and World Coins and Medals Now Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and collector friends, Please find our next eLive Auction 61 ready to be viewed online. This time you will find a wide-ranging offer from ancient coins to modern times – as well as medals and military orders and decorations. The online auction takes place from August 11-13, […]

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Surprise! Couple Finds Out Their Gold Coin is Worth $100,000+

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The recently found 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle now graded PCGS VF30. Images courtesy PCGS. We’ve all heard the stories from coin dealers of folks who bring coins into the shop for appraisal or sale only to tell them the pieces they delivered were worth far less than the […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles: The Indepedent Bronze Coinage of Roman Termessos

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. High in the mountains of Pisidia in Anatolia, near the Mediterranean coast of what is now southwestern Turkey), lay the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Termessos Major. Unconquered by man, the city was felled by nature when an earthquake destroyed a local aqueduct in the fifth century CE (AD). Despite […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles: The Indenpedent Bronze Coinage of Roman Termessos

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. High in the mountains of Pisidia in Anatolia, near the Mediterranean coast of what is now southwestern Turkey), lay the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Termessos Major. Unconquered by man, the city was felled by nature when an earthquake destroyed a local aqueduct in the fifth century CE (AD). Despite […]

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Collectors Polarized by US Mint’s Colorized Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. With the release of the United States Mint’s first colorized coins imminent, the debate over the merits of colorized coins is energized. “Woe to all of us,” begins the top post at the time of writing on a CoinTalk thread entitled “Colorized Coins from the U.S. Mint” that began […]

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The French Republican Coin Dating System

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The French Revolution brought about the First French Republic, which brought about sweeping changes to remove religious and royalist influences across France and its government institutions. One such change came to its calendar, which would be changed and used by the French Republic for 12 years – including on […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: Coin & Currency Highlights From Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

 Stack’s Bowers Galleries August auction will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Bellagio Hotel starting on August 5 and continuing through the 12th. The coins and paper money lots we discuss in this stream will appear in the U.S. Currency Section starting on August 5, and in the Rarities Night portion, held […]

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Bullion Investing: Factors to Consider When Deciding Which Coin to Buy

We look at the mintage, purity, and other details of the ‘Big Four’   By John Maben – Pegasus Coin and Jewelry …… With global chaos seeming only a blink away and with the growing threat of inflation caused by governments pumping trillions of dollars and euros into Western economies, the idea of investing in […]

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Gem Proof 1909 $5, 1883 Half in David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1129 is now LIVE and features over 300 brand-new coins plus 40 Vault Values and 100 No Reserve Lots. This week’s Gem Proof 1909 $5, 1883 Half in David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including […]

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What Gold Could Do in the Second Half of 2020 – Blanchard and Company

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ……   Uncertainty has long been the default outlook of investors. The present, however, represents both uncertainty and volatility not commonly seen in the markets. COVID-19 cases continue to climb, geopolitical events develop on an hourly basis, and markets are wavering. These factors, which are likely to remain in flux […]

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Historic Collections of US Coins, Exonumia Offered in Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present several important collections of United States coins and Numismatic Americana in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The sale will be held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino alongside the PCGS Members Only Show, with additional Internet Only sessions to be hosted on the Stack’s Bowers […]

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US Mint Announces Designs for George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Coin, Barbara Bush First Spouse Gold Coin

On Tuesday, July 28, the United States Mint officially announced the designs for the George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Coin and the Barbara Bush First Spouse Gold Coin. Public Law 116–112 authorizes the Mint to strike and issue these coins. The obverse design of the Presidential $1 Coin honoring George H.W. Bush features his portrait […]

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Historic $50 California Gold Rush Coin at Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Over $1.2 million in California Gold Rush coins will be sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction, scheduled to be held August 4-7. A highlight from this group is a rare octagonal $50 gold coin struck by the United States […]

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Coins of Herod the Great – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN BIBLICAL HISTORY and popular legend, Herod “the Great”, Rome’s client king of Judaea from 40 to 4 BCE, is an evil tyrant. But ironically, the atrocity he is best remembered for–the “Massacre of the Innocents” (Matthew, 2:16–18)–probably never happened. Herod was born about 73 BCE. Herod’s wealthy father, […]

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NGC Certifies Outstanding British Error Coins Collection

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the Beeston Collection, an outstanding set of over 200 British error coins. The coins were recently submitted to NGC International UK Ltd. (NGC UK), the London-based affiliate of NGC. The Beeston Collection includes many different types of unusual and appealing errors. Nearly all of the errors are from Great […]

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Connecticut American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin Available From United States Mint

The United States Mint began accepting orders for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin honoring Connecticut on July 21 at noon EDT. The coin recognizes the Gerber Variable Scale, often called the most revolutionary engineering tool since the slide rule. Produced at the Mint’s facility in San Francisco, the Connecticut American Innovation $1 […]

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Get Ready for the 2020 PMG Registry Awards

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) is excited for the 2020 PMG Registry Awards, and we hope you are too! The PMG Registry is a free online platform where collectors register and display their PMG-certified notes and compete against other collectors around the world for recognition and prizes. This popular resource now boasts more than 13,500 sets […]

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Gold Trading Breaks Records, Could Reach Higher Targets Dillon Gage President Says

By Dillon Gage Metals …… Spot gold surged to an all-time record above $1,900 USD an ounce early Monday on Comex, and silver hit a seven-year high, as the dollar tumbled. The yellow metal touched $1,946.90 an ounce, taking out the record $1,921.17 for spot bullion set in 2011. The dollar fell to near a […]

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Bullion Shark: Collecting Classic, Modern, and Silver American Quarters

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and began striking pattern coins that year. The first regular issue coins were not produced until 1793. The first quarter dollars, however, were not issued until 1796 because Spanish colonial coins denominated in Reales, which still circulated in the U.S., filled the […]

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Bidding Open in Heritage Dallas Platinum Night and Signature Auction

Platinum Night comes to Heritage Auction’s new world headquarters   The Dallas (formerly Pittsburgh) Signature Auction is all set for the week of August 3. This will be the first full Signature U.S. Coins event – regular floor sessions plus Platinum Night – to be held entirely at our brand new facility near DFW airport. […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Call the Fire Department!

ALL GOLD PRICED UNDER $7,500.00 IS ON FIRE   By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… As of 3 PM Friday, July 24, gold is at $1,897.95 USD and is climbing. We do not think there is a single coin dealer who has more than one or two GEM gold coins if that. Legend Rare […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Tuvalu 2020 Industry in Motion 1oz Silver Antiqued 2-Coin Set

This Industry in Motion two-coin set celebrates the evolution of industry and machinery. Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, each innovative gear-shaped coin is issued as legal tender of Tuvalu. The cogwheel, also known as a cog or gear, was a device fundamental to the development of machinery. The rotating […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Proof Bicentennial Quarter 2x Struck on Roosevelt Dime

Proof 1776-1976 S Bicentennial Quarter Double Struck on Struck Roosevelt Dime DOUBLE DENOMINATION PCGS PR 67 CAMEO Unique Discovery Coin   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is the only known Proof Bicentennial Quarter double struck over a struck dime. It is also the only known double struck U.S. Proof coin overstruck […]

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known Wass Molitor 1855 $20

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), a Portland, Oregon firm specializing in choice and rare United States gold coinage, recently sold the single-finest-known example of the 1855 Wass, Molitor & Company Small Head $20.00, graded MS62 by PCGS and approved by CAC. The coin was sold to a […]

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Golddealer.com Market Report – Gold – All-Time Highs Soon?

Commentary for Saturday, July 25, 2019 (www.golddealer.com) By  Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $8.20 at $1897.30. It would seem all the stars are aligned for even higher prices in both gold and silver. Which always makes me a bit nervous, but we are seeing a great deal of fresh money […]

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Heritage Offers Aberon Collection of Virginia Obsolete Banknotes

Open for bidding now at Heritage is an auction of the Aberon Collection of Virginia Obsolete Banknotes, one of our month-long auctions intended for collectors of all numismatic budgets. The live auction will begin at 7 PM on Friday, July 31. This fascinating collection consists of 464 notes, mostly from the 1850s and ’60s, including […]

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Künker Summer World Coin Auction Yields Record Prices for Talers

Künker’s Summer Auction Sales started with a record! On 22 June 2020, the most expensive taler ever auctioned off was sold for 180,000 euros. And this incredible result “only” made the taler the third-most-expensive coin of the auction. One thing’s for sure: even though COVID-19 has been keeping the world in suspense for several months, […]

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Talers of the Habsburg Dynasty in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The Habsburgs came to dominate European affairs for nearly four centuries, with the family name eventually becoming synonymous with that of the Holy Roman Empire. This exalted status wasn’t always the case, however, as the family started with a small holding along the Rhine. […]

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PAN Offering World’s Fair of Money NGC Special Issue Innovation Dollars

NGC Innovation Dollar Slab was to be part of cancelled American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Festivities   The August 4-8 ANA 2020 World’s Fair of Money cancellation disrupted plans that were already in place to enhance the weeklong event. The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) made arrangements to host another “Welcome to Pittsburgh” […]

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Numismatic Crime – Coins Stolen, Cut From Packages in Transit

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Numismatic Crime – Package Cut Open The following coin was stolen from a USPS package that was cut open and removed on its way to Portland, Oregon. First Strike 2009-P Ultra High Relief $20 PVGS MS70 PL #38159425 Stolen/Missing Express Mail An […]

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The Coinage of Manchukuo and the Last Emperor of China

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The Last Emperor On March 1, 1932, a man by the name of Puyi became the Datong, or chief executive, of Manchukuo. It was just six days earlier that Puyi had accepted the offer with a drunken party to celebrate this event. This celebration included a wide variety of […]

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The Tiger: Penultimate Coin in Latest “Big Cats” 2 oz Silver Coin Series

Presented in an acrylic box with a complimentary outer sleeve that includes the certificate of authenticity Issue Limit: 500 The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the fourth and penultimate coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. The “Big 5” series in 2019 proved extremely popular […]

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Being Wise About Owls: The Athenian Owl Tetradrachm

By Michael Beall ….. A large increase in the supply of any collectible is a mixed blessing for collectors. Owners of the material see declines in value while others welcome an opportunity to upgrade or add new specimens to their collections at affordable prices. This certainly holds true for ancient coins. During the closing months […]

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David Lawrence Features Hansen Collection Coins, More Key Nickels

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1128 is now open and features over 250 brand NEW coins plus 30 Vault Values and over 100 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a boldly reflective 1879-CC $1 PCGS MS63+ PL (Capped Die), […]

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Special Selection of Brazilian Coins in Heritage Monthly Auction

Besides Brazilian Coins, Extreme Rarity of Indian Numismatics Also Available in August Auction   The latest month-long auction from Heritage features a Special Selection of Brazilian coins, offered entirely without reserve. This auction, containing Brazilian selections for all numismatic budgets, is open for bidding now, with the live session scheduled for Sunday, July 26 at […]

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Northern Ireland Launches New £20 Polymer Banknotes on Safeguard

By De La Rue, plc ….. Bank of Ireland and Danske Bank launched their new £20 banknotes on Monday, July 13, printed on De La Rue’s SAFEGUARD® polymer substrate and incorporating a De La Rue holographic stripe featuring DEPTH™ IMAGE and DUAL™ IMAGE respectively into the window of each note. This will be followed by […]

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Key 1928 Peace Dollar in MS-66 CAC at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 26, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1928 Peace silver dollar, graded MS-66 by PCGS and approved by CAC. At 360,649 coins, the 1928 Peace dollar struck in Philadelphia has the lowest mintage of the entire series except for the 1922 High Relief variety. The coin’s rarity was appreciated […]

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Bullion Shark: Key Date Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Morgan Dollar Values The two most popular and widely collected classic silver dollars are Morgan dollars (1878-1921) and Peace dollars (1921-1935). And like the vast majority of other coins, their values are determined by the scarcity of the date based on the coin’s mintage, the coin’s estimated surviving population, the […]

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Superior Gem Cameo Proof 1879 $4 Stella: Stack’s Bowers Direct

  By Stack’s Bowers …… The Pogue Specimen Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS) CAC – Among the Finest Known 1879 Four-Dollar Gold Stella. Flowing Hair. Judd-1635, Pollock-1833. Rarity-3. Gold. Reeded Edge. Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS). CAC.   Over the years, the Stella has achieved near-legendary status among numismatists. Though classed as a pattern, the Stellas have long been […]

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Byzantine Coinage of the Empress Irene – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. ATHENS IN THE eighth century was a provincial small town living on memories of past glories. But its aristocrats were proud of their daughters, reputedly the most talented and beautiful women in the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) empire. When Emperor Constantine V needed a bride for his son and heir, […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1977 Lincoln Cent on Aluminum Planchet

This Unique 1977 Aluminum Cent is either an intentionally made Mint Error on a leftover aluminum planchet from 1974-1975 or a pattern struck in aluminum   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News ……   This unique 1977 Aluminum Cent, struck on an aluminum planchet with a weight of 1.04 grams, was discovered and certified […]

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The Great du Pont Coin Robbery… and Recovery

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS ……   Thursday, October 5, 1967, was a really terrific day for this author. I was 14 years old, a freshman in high school, and my beloved Boston Red Sox had just played Game 2 of baseball’s 1967 World Series. The Sox pitching ace, Jim Lonborg, shut out the St. […]

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First Read: 100 Greatest Modern World Coins… Review by Louis Golino

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature … By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   If you are a collector of American coins, you probably have long considered those coins issued in copper-nickel since 1965 (as well as modern bullion and commemoratives) to be “modern” coins and […]

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Historic 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent Could Bring Over a Half-Million Dollars at Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to offer the finest known example of the 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction​, presented as part of the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents. First purchased for $77.50 in 1877, this early cent […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – Experimental Finish 1910 Saint-Gaudens Twenty

The United States Mint struggled to find a popular finish for gold proof coins throughout the early 20th century Renaissance of American coinage that Roger W. Burdette has chronicled in his popular writings. Various types of sandblast and satin finishes were adopted at different times, and even more experimental finishes were briefly tinkered with, but […]

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Emergency Issues: Collecting Meissen Porcelain Notgeld

By Tyler Rossi ….. What makes modern money valuable? Simply put – belief. The whole modern financial system rests on the simple belief that the national government guarantees the value of an inherently valueless item. However, when people lose faith in their governments, they will search out alternatives. One such solution is notgeld, examples of […]

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Highlights of Stack’s Bowers Upcoming July Precious Metals Auction

  Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their July Precious Metals Auctions, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically stable investment category grows. Bullion is available in a wide range of […]

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Scarce Gem Red 1914-D Lincoln Cent at GreatCollections

1914-d Lincoln Cent By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 19, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1914-D Lincoln cent, graded MS-65+ RD by PCGS. Having one of the lowest mintages of the “Wheat Penny” era (the third lowest, to be precise, behind only the 1931-S and the iconic 1909-S VDB), the 1914-D would naturally be […]

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Jeff Garrett: Join a Numismatic Coin Club Fraternity

Love coin collecting? Make it official with a coin club membership Coin Clubs By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One of the most impactful aspects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the amount of time individuals are spending online. People around the country are now shopping online who had resisted this trend […]

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Gabriele Collection of U.S. Merchant and Trade Tokens, So-Called Dollars Featured in Stack’s Bowers July Collectors Choice Auction

Live Auction Thursday, July 30, 2020 • 9:00 AM PT   The Tim Gabriele Collection of U.S. Merchant and Trade Tokens was over a decade in the making, its spark a 2007 visit to a coin dealer in Manhattan who had some marvelous tokens from the collection of Pittsburgh coin dealer and collector Charles “Cheech” […]

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NGC Introduces ‘Early Production’ Designation for Early Mint Strikes

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is excited to announce the addition of the Early Production designation to its industry-leading lineup of releases designations. The Early Production designation is available for select coins received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository in mint-sealed packaging that is dated on or before January 31 of the coin’s year of issue. […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Great Southern Land 1oz Silver Proof Opal Coin

This coin features the great southern Australian continent in stunning Australian opal. Australia is the planet’s sixth-largest country yet the smallest of the world’s continents. Evolving across more than 3,000 million years, it is also unique as the lowest, flattest and driest continent (after Antarctica) and home to a diverse range of climates, landscapes, and […]

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ANS Archives Roman Republican Die Project Online

Richard Schaefer’s RRDP is now on Archer   The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), under the direction of Dr. Lucia Carbone (ANS) and Prof. Liv Yarrow (Brooklyn College, CUNY) aims at providing a precise quantification of the monetary production during the Roman Republic. The first two phases of this project have been generously funded by […]

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World’s Fair of Money 2020 Officially Cancelled by ANA

ANA Board of Governors Commits to Pittsburgh for 2023 World’s Fair of Money   The American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors voted on July 14 to officially cancel the 2020 World’s Fair of Money®. The show was originally scheduled for August 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. COVID-19 restrictions, however, have made continuing with the Pittsburgh […]

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CFTC Charges Georgia Company, Florida Residents With Precious Metals Fraud, Misappropriation of Nearly $900,000

By Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ….   The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against The Alista Group, LLC (Alista), owner Marvin W. Courson III, and company employees Christopher A. Kertatos and Luis M. Pineda Palacios a/k/a Luis Pineda, […]

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Spring Dollar Rare Chinese Coin Realizes $660,000 at Heritage Sale

A China 1910 Yunnan Silver Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) realized an outstanding $660,000 USD at a Heritage Auctions sale on June 12, 2020. This is one of the highest prices ever paid for any Chinese coin. Commonly referred to as a “Spring Dollar”, this is one of the greatest rarities in Chinese […]

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Gentoo Penguin on 2nd Coin in 50p Series From South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish Colored coin available in a special collector’s album Incredibly Low Issue Limit: 2,500 The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the second 50 pence coin in the new series on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Government. The second coin in the series features the gentoo penguin. The […]

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Ultra Rare Issued 1919 50 Rubles Provisional Government Russian Banknote

Russian Banknotes by Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… One of the more intriguing notes offered in the Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction is a P-39Ba 1919 Russian Provisional Government 50 Rubles Credit Note, graded Very Fine 25 EPQ by PMG and retaining fully original paper from 100 years ago. Two […]

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Numismatic Crime – Mail Theft of Gold Coins, National Bank Note

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Lost/Stolen Package of Gold Coins An expressmail package being sent from White River Junction, Vermont to NGC’s offices in Sarasota, Florida on July 1 disappeared sometime not long after it left White River Jct. at 6:20 PM. The package contained the following […]

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Coins of the Illyrian Emperors of the Third Century

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek ….. By the beginning of the second half of the third century CE, the Roman Empire was in bad shape. Across the Rhine and Danubian frontiers, there were almost continuous incursions from barbarian tribes like the Alemanni and Goths. These invasions would devastate wide swaths of the Roman Empire. In […]

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Early Large Cents, Key 1969 Buffalo Nickel at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1127 is now open and features over 300 new coins plus over 50 Vault Values and 85 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including an attractive and desirable 1795 Flowing Hair $1 PCGS VF2 (2 […]

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ANA Awards 2020 College Scholarships

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has awarded 2020 college scholarships to Abigail Zechman from Clermont, Florida, and Colin Feitl from Hebron, Kentucky. 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 core […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting: Attempt Made to Sell Fake $300,000 Gold Coin

Seller a suspect in another counterfeits case   Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 worth of counterfeit coins – including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at […]

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New York International Numismatic Convention Announces 2021 Schedule

The 49th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York, located at 109 East 42nd Street between Lexington and Park Avenues from January 8 through January 17, 2021. Kevin Foley, Bourse Chairman for the world and ancient specialty event, said of the convention’s auction offerings: “We will […]

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The Last Coinage of Portuguese India

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Throughout the long and complicated history of Colonial India, Portugal had the longest span of all the European colonizers. Beginning as early as 1498, colonial rule by Portugal continued in India until 1961 — a full 13 years past 1948, when British colonial control famously ended and India became […]

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Ancient Type Coins, Crown and Medallic Collections Highlight Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present their annual August Ancient and World auction, featuring over 3,000 lots of coins, medals, and paper money. Scheduled to take place at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, this rich offering of material will comprise three live sessions August 5 and 6, with three additional online sessions […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2020 Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary Gold Proof Coins

The Battle of Britain took place over southern England and the English Channel between July and October 1940. Pitting Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) against the German Luftwaffe, it was the first major campaign of the Second World War to be fought entirely by air forces. Following the Fall of France, the might of Nazi […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Price of Women’s Suffrage, Colorized Basketball Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff …. The United States Mint has announced its introductory and regular pricing for its three 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial commemorative program products, as well as for the colorized versions of the 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollar and clad half dollar. Women’s Suffrage Centennial To commemorate the centennial […]

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Regency Auction 39 – Lots You Need to Know

Legend Rare Coin Auction Preview by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 39 will be held on July 16 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sale contains 536 hand-selected lots of certified US coins of all denominations, including multiple condition-census and CAC-certified examples. With lot pre-sale estimate values ranging […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Rare Coin Market and the Hobby Move Online

Markets are being tested by the COVID-19 crisis; so far, the rare coin market is passing   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The internet has been one of the most significant driving forces for numismatics since the late 1990s. Indeed, the hobby has been forever changed by this amazing tool of […]

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Annexing the District of Columbia & U.S. Territories to the 50 State Quarters Program

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The 50 State Quarters program was one of the most successful and ambitious United States Mint coin design programs of the last five decades. When it was launched in 1999, the Statehood Quarters initiative captured the imagination of an entire nation, making evening news headlines as each new quarter […]

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The Byzantine Anonymous Follis – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

  By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, gold and silver were the coinage of the elite, but humble copper was the coinage of the common folk. For over 120 years, the single denomination of copper coinage issued by the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) Empire was “Anonymous”. The Anonymous follis did not bear […]

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Finest Known 1883-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Although often overshadowed by the 1884-S, the 1883-S Morgan dollar presents a surprising challenge to collectors in Mint State. While the mintage was moderately large at 6,250,000 pieces, the 1883-S is one of the few issues that saw active circulation beginning in the 19th century. Worn […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique German 5 Mark Die Trial in Silver

1932G Germany 5 Mark Reverse Trial Strike in Silver Johann Goethe NGC PF 62 UNIQUE & UNLISTED   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique and unlisted Germany 5 Mark reverse trial strike. It is the adopted design in silver. It is uniface since only the reverse die was used […]

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Provident Metals 10 oz Silver Incuse Bar

From Zombucks and the World of Dragons series to our beloved Prospector series, Provident Metals has led the way in bringing exciting and unique designs to the bullion industry. Now, we are excited to enter our second decade with the debut of a new Provident Metals Incuse 10 oz Silver Bar. A modern refresh of […]

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Ancient, World Coin Heritage Signature Auction Open for Bidding Soon

As we come to present our August 5-7 August Signature Auction of World and Ancient Coins, we cannot help but reflect on the changing circumstances in the world today. Yet while we have certainly had to adapt in the ways that we work, live, and interact, Heritage is proud to be able to say that […]

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September Long Beach Expo Canceled, Hopes for Return in February 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we, in coordination with the Long Beach Convention Center, are announcing the cancellation of the September Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Card Expo. We are still adhering to the guidelines set forth by Governor Gavin Newsom’s March 12 Executive Order to cancel all large gatherings due […]

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PCGS Banknote Grades Ultra-Rare $1,000 Grand Watermelon Note

The 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon was the first banknote to cross the million-dollar threshold at auction   The finest known example of the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 “Grand Watermelon” Treasury Note, which in 2005 became the first banknote to bring $1 million at auction, has been certified and graded by PCGS Banknote. Issued in $100 as […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offering ESM Collection of Large Cents, Ancient Roman Solidi

ESM Collection of United States Large Cents Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents as part of our August 2020 Auction. The collection comprises a virtually complete set of large cents by major variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857. […]

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Island Games Commemorated on Three Unusual Circulating Coins

Three new coins individually presented in their own unique numbered packs Particularly unusual coins with alternate polishing and frosting Small Issue Limit: 2,019 Produced on behalf of the Gibraltar Government In the early 1980s, the idea of organizing “The Year of Sports” was born, with the highlight of the year being the Islands Games. The […]

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Salt River Bay America the Beautiful Three-Coin Set on Sale July 10

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set honoring Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands beginning on July 10 at noon EDT. Priced at $11.50 USD, this three-coin set (product code 20AF) includes one uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia […]

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Classic U.S. Coins – When Did Civil War Gold Become Popular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Thanks to reader M.R. from Virginia, who suggested this interesting concept, I’m going to be writing a series of blogs over the coming months entitled: When Did (Subject) Become Popular? The concept of these blogs is pretty simple. I’ll select an area of the rare date […]

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

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public Internet sales during the month of June. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1801 $10 Gold Eagle in MS-61 On June 4, Heritage Auctions sold a CAC-approved, NGC-graded MS-61 1801 $10 gold coin […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Rare Buffalo Nickel on 10 Centavos Planchet

1919 Buffalo Nickel Off-Metal Struck on Argentina 10 Centavos Planchet NGC MS 62 Extremely Rare – 3 Known   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… The United States Mint struck coins for Argentina in 1919 and 1920. This amazing fully lustrous Buffalo Nickel struck on an Argentina 10 Centavos planchet was just authenticated […]

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Hungarian Mint Commemorates Impressionist Merse on New Coins

Hungarian Mint Coins by Coin & Currency Institute …… Pál Szinyei Merse, one of the earliest practitioners in the school of Hungarian and Central European Impressionism, is being commemorated by the Hungarian Mint with a pair of coins, one silver and the other copper-nickel, on the 175th anniversary of his birth on July 4, 1845. […]

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Rare Zanzibar Note, Canadian $5 in Stack’s Bowers Paper Money Auction

Serial Number 1 Merchants Bank of Canada 5 Dollar By Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The upcoming Stack’s Bowers August 2020 World Paper Money auction offers an exciting and vast array of notes from a variety of countries. One is a 5 Dollar Merchants Bank of Canada issued note, CH […]

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Numismatic Crime – Lost and Stolen Coins, Canadian Currency

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Lost/Stolen Package – Carson City, Nevada A package being sent from Carson City, Nevada to Reno, NV has been reported lost/stolen. Last tracking indicates package was received at a Reno US Postal Service distribution center. The package has not been delivered to […]

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Japanese Oban Among New World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… We hope that everyone is doing well and finding pleasant ways to enjoy the summer. As a reminder, if you have any coins that you would like to offer to us, Atlas Numismatics is actively seeking to purchase individual items and whole collections and can assist with shipping and insurance should items merit […]

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Japanese Oban Among New World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics ……   We hope that everyone is doing well and finding pleasant ways to enjoy the summer. As a reminder, if you have any coins that you would like to offer to us, Atlas Numismatics is actively seeking to purchase individual items and whole collections and can assist with shipping and insurance should items […]

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One of a Kind: Some Unique Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. “This is a very rare coin; only two examples known! Unfortunately, the only guy in the world who cares has the other one.” — Classic Numismatic Joke (source unknown) “Unique” means one of a kind. The ultimate rarity. The rarest anything can be. This designation, […]

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The Duke of Lansing Collection of British Coronation Medals

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The crowning of any monarch is always a momentous celebration, highly anticipated and carefully planned. In the United Kingdom, such an occasion warranted the striking of medals commemorating the regal festivities so that the collecting community might honor the new sovereign. This practice began […]

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Key 1893-S Morgan, 1834 Quarter New at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1126 is now open and features over 250 brand NEW coins plus 30 Vault Values and 75 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a premium-quality 1935-S $1 PCGS/CAC MS66+, a flashy and boldly struck […]

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Park Avenue Numismatics Internet Auctions to Launch July 2020

Park Avenue Numismatics President and CEO Bob Green recently announced that the company will launch its Internet Auction platform on July 31, 2020. “Over the last several months, it’s become apparent that coin shows as we know it may phase out and we want to continue offering customers and colleagues the opportunity to conduct business […]

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Early U.S. Coins – The Gold Coins of Templeton Reid

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Privately minted gold coins from the first decades of the United States have always intrigued numismatists. Though these coins were not minted by the United States Mint, they were integral to the regional economic systems in which they circulated. And while many associate privately minted gold with the American […]

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Mint State 1796 Stars on Obverse Quarter Eagle in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Coinage Act of April 2, 1792 authorized the production of three gold denominations at the newly established United States Mint, including the $10 eagle, the $5 half eagle, and the $2.50 quarter eagle. While the half eagle and eagle were first struck in 1795, it […]

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CGC Launches Trading Card Division to Grade Pokémon, Magic Cards

Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) has launched CGC Trading Cards, a division to authenticate, grade and encapsulate Pokémon TCG and Magic: The Gathering cards. CGC is an independent member within the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®), which also includes Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), one of the world’s largest third-party grading services for coins, tokens and medals; Paper […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1863 California Fractional Gold 25¢ Overstruck on 1860/50

1863 Round Liberty Gold 25¢ California Fractional Gold BG-820 Overstruck on 1860/50 BG-819 NGC MS 61 UNIQUE DISCOVERY COIN   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique 1863 California Fractional Gold 25¢ overstruck on a previously struck 1860/50 Gold 25¢. In fact, it is the only known overstruck California Fractional […]

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U.S. Rare Coin Market Quite Active Despite Pandemic: PNG

Auction houses set records with over $167 million in winning bids during first half of 2020   The market for rare, high-quality United States coins remained active during the first six months of 2020 despite pandemic-related closures and the cancelation of dozens of coin shows and numismatic conventions, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). […]

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Top Pop 1913-S Lincoln Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… Top Pop 1913-S Lincoln Cent – Finest RB Seen at PCGS or CAC MS-66 RB (PCGS). CAC.   Attractive and impressively preserved, this Gem is overwhelmingly dominated by the original Mint Red color. The surfaces are toned in rich apricot and pinkish hues, with just a touch of sapphire-blue iridescence across […]

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Perth Mint – Australia 2020 Year of the Mouse 10 Kilo Silver Bullion Coin

This 10 kilo silver coin, produced by The Perth Mint, celebrates the Year of the Mouse, the first of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, and every 12th preceding year, are said to be smart, resourceful, […]

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Bullion Shark: A Brief Overview of the United States Mint’s History

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The United States Mint has served the American people for 228 years. It produces circulating coins, bullion coins, numismatic coins, and official medals. It is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and the world’s largest coining facility with branch mints operating today in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and […]

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Early U.S. Gold Coins – One of the Finest Known 1831 Half Eagles

The 1831 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a substantial mintage of 140,594 pieces, split between just two die varieties. The upcoming August 2 – 4 ANA Worlds’ Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction from Heritage features one such piece, graded MS64 by PCGS and representing the slightly more available BD-2 variety, recognizable by […]

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The 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… One of the most significant pieces of socioeconomic legislation ever passed in the United States was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This set of laws helped bring an end to de jure segregation in public places and public accommodations while legally ensuring that all Americans were to be […]

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Renewal of Italian MOU Threatens Ability to Collect Ancient Roman Imperial Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On June 8, 2020, the State Department of the United States announced a proposal to extend its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Italy. The MoU, which was originally agreed to in 2001 and augmented every five years since, establishes restrictions on imports of certain artifacts of cultural importance from Italy […]

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Gold – A Bumpy Ride in a Dangerous World

Gold Commentary for Thursday, July 2, 2020 (www.golddealer.com) By  Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……  Gold closed up $10.80 at $1784.00. Our shiny friend closed last Friday at $1745.90 so on the week we have gained $38.10. On the month gold is higher by $58.80 and year to date we are up $380.00. Even […]

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How Rare Are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles? An Update

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In 2016, I wrote about Gem Type One double eagles, inspired by my purchase of a PCGS/CAC MS65 1860 double eagle (which was the undisputed finest known for the date). I then asked the question: Just how rare are non-shipwreck Gem Type One double eagles? My […]

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New Series of Dutch Silver Ducats Focuses on Country’s Famous Castles

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Silver Ducat has been part of the heritage of the Netherlands Mint for 350 years. But with the 2020 issue, it takes on an appearance unlike any of its predecessors. Although the requisite standing armored knight is on the obverse as required by the law, on each of […]

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Gem 1882-O/S Strong Overstrike Morgan Dollar Highlight at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 5, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1882-O/S Strong overstrike Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-65 by PCGS. It is pedigreed to the notable Bella Collection in the PCGS Set Registry. This coin is one of two coins of the Strong overstrike type graded MS-65 by PCGS, with only one […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Presents the D. Brent Pogue Numismatic Library

Part of the August 5-7, 2020 Auction in Las Vegas, Nevada   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the numismatic library of D. Brent Pogue in their August 2020 Public Auction Sale. While Brent Pogue did not focus on the library in the same manner as he did his magnificent coins and paper money, […]

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Numismatic Crime – Aggravated Robbery, Coins Stolen From Collector’s Residence

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Aggravated Robbery The Dallas Police Department is investigating an aggravated robbery of an 84-year-old coin collector. The victim had just returned home from his bank and was exiting his vehicle when attacked from behind. The assailant grabbed the victim’s briefcase causing the […]

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Counterfeit Mintmarks? Watch Out for Embossed Mintmarks

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The presence or lack of a particular mintmark can make or break the difference in the price of a coin. Consider, for example, the values of coins from so many popular series minted during the late 19th and 20th centuries. A 1916 Mercury Dime without a mintmark? It’s worth […]

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Stack’s Bowers Announces Schedule for August Auction in Las Vegas

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce details of their upcoming August 2020 showcase auction of United States coins and paper money and World coins and currency. The live auction will be held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, in coordination with the recently announced PCGS Members Only Show. The […]

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More Sovereigns From the Caranett Collection Available From Heritage

The Caranett Collection of Sovereigns is well-represented in the PCGS Set Registry, with a current #1 rank in at least five different sets. We offered Part One of this collection in May, and we are now privileged to be able to offer a second selection from these sets to our member-bidders, with coins available to […]

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The Secrets to Collecting Walking Liberty Half Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Walking Liberty half dollar, issued for 31 years from 1916 to 1947 and which includes 65 date and mint mark coins, is probably the most popular 20th-century U.S. coin and the most widely collected half dollar series. It was produced during a remarkable period in American history that spanned […]

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Maria Montessori Commemorated on New Italian Bimetallic Coin

By the Italian Mint …… The second commemorative coin of the Numismatic Collection 2020 of the Italian State Mint was recently issued today by the Ministry of Economy and Finances. The coin is dedicated to Maria Montessori, the illustrious Italian pedagog who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. She became famous throughout the […]

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Maria Montessori Commemorated on New Italian Bimetallic Coin

By the Italian Mint ……   The second commemorative coin of the Numismatic Collection 2020 of the Italian State Mint was recently issued today by the Ministry of Economy and Finances. The coin is dedicated to Maria Montessori, the illustrious Italian pedagog who lived at the beginning of the 20th century. She became famous throughout […]

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The Royal Presentation Escudo Coinage—the Pinnacle of Spanish Colonial Numismatics

By Kyle Ponterio and Matthew Orsini – Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… An enigma to this day, the exceedingly rare “Royal” presentation issues struck at mints in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico were a distinct departure from the normal “cob” coinage that was standard during the first few centuries of Spanish Colonial rule in the New World. […]

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NGC Certifies 2020 West Point Mint Hoard Coins From US Mint Reserve

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is excited to announce that it is certifying a stockpile of backdated gold and silver coins that were specially released by the United States Mint in May. The hoard includes 2016- and 2017-dated American Silver Eagles, American Gold Eagles, First Spouse gold coins and silver medals. It is unusual for the […]

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PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety

First major variety discovery of that Early Half Dollar date in nearly a century   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has confirmed a new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. The coin was struck with a previously unknown obverse die and is now recognized as the new Overton 133 variety. It is […]

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The Coin Analyst: CCAC Recommends Bold Choice for New Silver Eagle Reverse, More Traditional One for Gold Eagle

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Next January, an important new chapter will open in American numismatic history. Two of the most iconic modern American coins – the American Silver Eagle and the American Gold Eagle – will see new reverse designs on their bullion versions for the first time since both coins debuted in […]

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U.S. Mint Announces 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program Designs

The United States Mint today officially announced the designs for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program. The new designs will appear on the reverses of $1 coins honoring innovations and/or innovators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna created and sculpted the Maryland American Innovation $1 Coin design. Mint […]

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Eagerly Sought Pattern Morgan Half Dollar: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers ……   Judd-1602 1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar Just One Finer 1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar. Judd-1602, Pollock-1797. Rarity-6. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-66+ RB (PCGS).   The Judd-1602 half dollar is one of the most popular patterns due to the use of George T. Morgan’s portrait of Liberty, previously believed to have […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1918 $2 Battleship Note

By Cory Williams for PCGS ……   Back of Series of 1918 “Battleship Note” $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note, courtesy of Heritage Auctions While the terminology sounds almost the same, Federal Reserve Bank Notes differ from Federal Reserve Notes in the language of which entity will be paying to the bearer on demand. “FRBNs”, as […]

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Hungary Commemorates 30th Anniversary of Stock Exchange After Fall of Communism

By Coin & Currency Institute ……   The National Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank) is issuing a silver collector coin with a face value of 10,000 forints and a copper-nickel version of 2,000 forints to mark the 30th anniversary of the re-establishment of the Budapest Stock Exchange. By reopening the stock exchange, one of […]

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Missing Blank Space Makes Chinese Peacock Coin Worth Over $100,000

The modern Chinese Peacock series of coins is always popular with collectors. But despite these coins’ popularity and beauty, you can usually purchase a high-grade 1993 Peacock 150 Yuan for under $10,000 USD or even under $5,000. Heritage Auctions will be selling a very special piece that will likely sell for more than 10 times […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1912 Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection by Max Spiegel, NGC …..   The raised spikes at the rim of this 1912 $10 Indian Head Eagle are one detail collectors can use for counterfeit coin detection.   It is no surprise that United States gold coins have long been the target of counterfeiters. A wave of deceptive forgeries appeared […]

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Finest Known Pedigreed Large Cents of ESM Collection at Stack’s Bowers August Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents as part of our August 2020 Auction. The collection comprises a virtually complete set of large cents by major variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857. Featured are all of the most iconic […]

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The Gaius & Lucius Denarius of Augustus – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   A BRILLIANT ORGANIZER and commander, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa[1] engineered Octavian’s rise to supreme power in the waning days of the Roman Republic. Agrippa’s two sons with his wife Julia, Octavian’s only daughter, were Gaius Caesar[2] (born 20 BCE) and Lucius Caesar[3] (born 17 BCE). Gaius and Lucius would […]

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Canadian Tokens of Douglas Robins Collection Part II up for Bidding

The April World Coins Signature Auction from Heritage featured the Douglas Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens – simply the finest collection of Canadian tokens to have ever been offered in a single auction. This collection was given its own catalog, which is certain to become a key reference in the field. Now, as a part […]

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Spectacular Gem 1915-S Pan-Pac Round $50 in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   At the time of issue in 1915, the round version of the Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 did not sell as well as the more unusual octagonal style. The result was that a greater percentage of the mintage was returned to the Mint for melting. Of the […]

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Over $5 Million Realized in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2020 Auction continued the trend of exceptional prices realized recently demonstrated in their March Santa Ana and May Hong Kong auctions. Over $5 million USD was realized in the June sale across United States coins, tokens, and medals, achieving 114% of the pre-sale estimate on sold lots (all prices listed […]

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NGC Announces Official ANA Grading and Conservation Services Special Event

Last week, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) announced that the 2020 World’s Fair of Money is suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. The highly anticipated show had been scheduled for August 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), the official coin grading service of the ANA, responded by announcing a special savings event for collectors […]

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Encore Dollars: Dollar Coins That Came Back One More Time

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   Many coin series come and go, never to be struck again. And others take a numismatic bow only to hit the stage one more time for a surprise encore appearance some years later. Many United States coins have come back after years absent from the production schedule, as […]

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Experience a Virtual Reality Tour at the Money Museum

Museum enthusiasts, history aficionados and coin collectors can explore the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Money Museum exhibit, “Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth”, in a new 360-degree virtual reality tour that can be viewed from a computer or a VR headset. Visitors can experience close-up images of many of the exhibit’s objects, allowing views from […]

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Key Date Coins of Tri-Century Collection at David Lawrence

Key Date Coins by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… In this week’s Sunday Internet Auction #1123 we are pleased to present an elite assembly of coins we’ve named The Tri-Century Collection. This is a unique lineup of key and semi-key dates that are highlighted by an 1895 PCGS/CAC Proof 67+ DCAM Morgan Dollar, a […]

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

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

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Taler 500th Anniversary: Künker Summer Auction 337

500th Anniversary of the Taler by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and taler enthusiasts, in 2020 the taler celebrates its 500th birthday, though it’s obviously possible to argue about the date. Which coin should we refer to as the “first” taler, after all? The 1486 guldiner from Tyrol minted by Sigismund “Rich in Coin”? Or […]

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World’s Fair of Money 2020 Suspended Due to COVID-19

World’s Fair of Money Alternate Options to be Condisdered by ANA Board of Governors   The American Numismatic Assciation (ANA) announced today the suspension of the 2020 World’s Fair of Money®. The show, originally scheduled for August 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the largest annual coin and paper-currency event in the United States. The ANA […]

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Five Modern Coins You Should Be Looking for Right Now

Editors Note: We have re-posted this article for those that may have missed it the first go around. Enjoy! By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. We’ve put together a list of five great modern coins that you should be looking for right now. None of them will break the bank, and finding […]

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Spring Dollar, Rare Asian Coins to Shine at Heritage Auctions Event

In the realm of Asian pedigrees, few rival the Dr. Norman Jacobs collection of Asian coins. As many collectors recall, Jacobs’ collection brought forth such legendary coins such as the finest known example of the Ex. Jacobs’ Hsüan-t’ung Spring Dollar. The coveted piece finds its way to auction once again exclusively in Heritage Auctions’ two-day […]

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1794 Dollar: Legend Auctions to Sell Most Valuable US Coin in October

The world’s most valuable US coin, a 1794 Dollar that last sold for $10 million USD, is set to appear in an auction again later this year. Legend Rare Coin Auctions, Inc. has announced the sale of the Bruce Morelan Collection, a collection of coins from the early period of US history, valued in total […]

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Coin Profile: United States 1911-D Lincoln Cent

Description The Lincoln cent is the United States’ longest-serving coin. Its 1909 debut marked the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, and its elegant sculptural design served as the vanguard of a new wave of American coin art. But while the golden age of American coin design is most associated with medallic artist and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, it is […]

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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

By Ron Guth – The Numismatic Detective Agency ….. One of the more interesting puzzles facing researchers and publishers is how to orient coin images for visual purposes. In other words, how should a coin be oriented or rotated so that it appears consistent throughout a publication or across publications? For most coins, especially modern […]

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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

By Ron Guth – The Numismatic Detective Agency …..   One of the more interesting puzzles facing researchers and publishers is how to orient coin images for visual purposes. In other words, how should a coin be oriented or rotated so that it appears consistent throughout a publication or across publications? For most coins, especially […]

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Rare Indian Head Eagles Lead Almost $12 Million Heritage Long Beach Auction Results

Two rare Indian Head eagles, representing the first and last years of the issue, led Heritage’s June 4-7 Long Beach Signature Auction of US coins to total sales over $11 million USD. The corresponding June 5 Pinnacle US Rarities Collection Currency Auction added close to $900 thousand, bringing the total results for the weekend close […]

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Gem Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle​ The 1897, along with the 1898 and 1899, is the most consistently well produced and attractive Proof Liberty Head quarter eagle from the 19th century. Specialist John Dannreuther goes as far as calling this era the “pinnacle of [the] Mint’s gold Proof […]

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Store and Display Your So-Called Dollars in New Lucite Holders

Jeff Shevlin, a nationally recognized expert on so-called dollars, now has available four different types of Lucite holders to store and display so-called dollars, which are historical U.S. medals that commemorate events in the United States history. “It is exciting to introduce a new product that will allow collectors to showcase and display their collections,” […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Multiple Error Clad Ike Dollar Struck on Quarter Planchet

Also Features a 70% Reverse Indent by a QUARTER Planchet   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… All Ike dollar off-metals are highly prized by serious collectors of major U.S. Mint Errors and collectors of Ike dollars. The only two that are occasionally available are the Ike dollar struck on a Philippine 1 […]

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National Commemorative Medals of the United States Mint

By BJ Searls for PCGS …… Over the last several years, PCGS has been grading more and more tokens and medals and interest in these items is increasing. And one of the relatively recent additions to the PCGS Set Registry® is the National Commemorative Medals of the United States Mint (1940-Present) set. This 182-item set […]

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1827/3 Capped Bust Quarter, One of the Hobby’s Major Rarities, Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, June 14, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this toned overdate Original 1827/3 Capped Bust quarter, graded Proof-65 by PCGS. The coin on offer was once part of the Virgil Brand Collection but it has a much longer pedigree, having been owned by such other American numismatic luminaries as Waldo Newcomer, […]

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Abraham Lincoln: A Numismatic Legacy Considered

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on November 6, 2012 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Prelude to War On January 12, 1848, a 39-year-old Whig congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln took to the House floor and […]

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NGC Certifies Majority of Emergency Production 2020(P) Silver Eagles

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has already certified more than half of April’s emergency production of 240,000 American Silver Eagles at the Philadelphia Mint. The Philadelphia Mint struck 240,000 American Silver Eagle bullion coins between April 8 and April 20, 2020, according to official United States Mint documentation. Bullion Silver Eagles, which have no mintmark, are […]

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Stunning Gold World Coins Among Latest Inventory at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We hope our June notice finds you doing well. If you may have any coins you would like to offer to us, Atlas Numismatics is actively seeking to purchase individual items and whole collections and can assist with shipping and insurance should items merit inspection. Please contact us if you have […]

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Keys to Collecting the Buffalo Nickel and Other Nickels

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The five-cent coin was born in the aftermath of the Civil War when copper, silver and gold coinage had been hoarded. After the war there was growing need for circulating coinage not made of a metal that would be hoarded, and nickel fit that bill. But these coins were not […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Macedon Before Alexander

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   The extent of the Kingdom of Macedonia is as ill-defined as its history is fragmentary (Raymond, 3). ANCIENT MACEDONIANS[1] were marginal Greeks. Although permitted to compete in the Olympics, the Macedonians spoke a distinctive dialect. While their neighbors were creating novel forms of government like democracy, oligarchy and […]

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Tauler and Fau Auction 60 Ancient & World Coin Highlights

By CoinWeek …. On Tuesday, June 24, Auction 60 from -based dealer Tauler and Fau No Floor Bidding – Online and telephone bidding possible 603 lots: Ancient, Spanish and World Coins +100 selected lots with video Important selection of 52 roman aureii 18% buyer´s fee Auction 60 Ancient & World Coin Highlights Lot 213 – […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……… Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit coins, in this case a  1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the Panama […]

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Dale Larsen Joins Staff of David Lawrence Rare Coins

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is pleased to announce the addition of Dale Larsen to the David Lawrence team as a Senior Numismatist and Buyer. Mr. Larsen will be supporting DLRC as a West Coast representative, serving longtime DLRC clients as well as traveling to various locales throughout the United States to purchase collections of […]

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The Panther: Third Entry in Big Cats Coin Series Now Available

Presented in an acrylic box with a complimentary outer sleeve that includes the certificate of authenticity Issue Limit: 500 The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the third coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the World. The “Big 5” series in 2019 proved extremely popular with collectors […]

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Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction Features the Timeless Medals of Erik Lindberg

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… In the world of medallic art, France may come to mind for its association with some of the most skilled and elegant craftsmen and their work, especially during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Any survey of medals and coins from this period […]

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Coin Board News Number 55 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 55 — Summer 2020 DISPATCH FROM THE BUNKER In the Spring issue I speculated that we soon might be under quarantine, and to varying degrees this has come to pass. Most coin shows have been canceled through July, […]

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ANA Podcast Covers Conversations About Coins and Paper Currency

“Two Bits”, a new podcast from the American Numismatic Association (ANA), is now available on money.org/podcast. Its hosts, ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd and The Numismatist author Mitch Sanders, discuss wide-ranging topics about numismatics and the world of coins and paper currency. In the inaugural episode of “Two Bits”, the hosts discuss collecting during the […]

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A Few Shared Design Elements on U.S. Coins You May Not Have Noticed

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… From its beginnings in 1793 through the end of the 19th century, most U.S. coins have shared a common design theme. The Draped Bust design introduced on the silver dollar in 1795 ended up being employed on the half cent, the cent, the half dime, the dime, the quarter, […]

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Scarce Half Cents of Falls Church Collection at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1122 consists of 200 brand NEW lots plus 50 Vault Values and 55 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a collection of scarce half cents, a gem 1872 2c PCGS/CAC MS65RB, a stunningly toned […]

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The Walczak Collection Month-Long Heritage Auction of Canadian Silver Coins

Heritage Auction’s latest Month-Long auction features the Walczak Collection, a collection of Canadian silver minor coinage that truly has something for every numismatic budget. Bidding on this auction is ongoing, with the live auction scheduled for 8PM CT on Sunday, June 28. A coin that has attracted a great deal of attention already is the […]

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New Plan for 2021-Dated Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Last year the 1921 Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Act, which proposed issuing 2021-dated Morgan silver dollars and Peace dollars, was introduced. Though the proposed program remains popular with collectors, the bill never gained much support in Congress. Just before the year ended, the Congress passed the Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin […]

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ANS Launches Important Update to Online Imperial Roman Coins

An Important OCRE Update The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has recently launched an update to its Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) digital corpus. This update, months in the making, incorporates the newly published volume of Spink’s authoritative series, Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) into OCRE. Published in 2019, this new volume updates the typology […]

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Finest Known “Grand Watermelon” 1890 $1000 Treasury Note: Stack’s Bowers Direct

Finest Known “Grand Watermelon” 1890 $1000 Treasury Note The “Holy Grail” of American Currency Friedberg 379a (W-4580). 1890 $1000 Treasury Note. PCGS Currency About New 50.   Perhaps no single note has captivated United States currency collectors as much as this 1890 $1,000 Treasury Note. Popularly known as the “Grand Watermelon“, these notes gained their […]

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National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Legislation Introduced

On Monday, June 8, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) announced that she and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) will jointly introduce the National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act, which authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative […]

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New 50 Pence Penguin Coins From South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

After popular demand, The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the first 50 pence coin series on behalf of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Government. The first coin in the new series features the chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus). The penguins coins have been vastly popular with collectors and this very-low-issue-limit series is sure […]

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The Uncertain Path to the Barber Quarter: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… Charles E. Barber, the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, set out to design a set of coinage consisting of a new dime, quarter and half dollar. While the coins would ultimately carry his name (“Barber coins”) he decided to invite artists to submit designs for the […]

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An Interesting 1840-O Half Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In a recent (April 2020) Heritage Auction, I purchased a very interesting 1840-O Narrow Mill half eagle graded MS62 by PCGS. This coin, which I bought for $19,200 USD, lends itself to a number of discussions. 1840-O $5.00 PCGS MS62. Image courtesy Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Obverse & Reverse Die Trials for Spain’s 1856 100 Reales

Struck in Gilt Copper – Uniface – UNIQUE & UNLISTED NEW DISCOVERY   This is a unique and spectacular set of obverse and reverse die trials for Spain’s 1856 Proof gold 100 Reales. They combine rarity (unique), history (struck to test the dies for the newly designed 100 Reales), and mystique (Queen Isabella II approved […]

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Famous “1776” Continental Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… No specific documentation has ever been found detailing the origins of the enigmatic Continental “dollar”. The vast majority of surviving examples were struck in pewter, although a few silver and brass impressions are also known. These interesting early American pieces are very popular and always […]

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United States 1921 Peace Dollar

Description: The 1921 Peace dollar is the debut issue of Anthony de Francisci’s Art Deco design, produced from 1921-1928 and then again for two years in 1934 and 1935. Peace dollars bear an obverse image of a young Lady Liberty crowned with rays, strikingly resembling the Statue of Liberty. First issued five years after the […]

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Pattern Coins of the French Second Republic Highlight Künker Auction 337

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… When the French people had chased away Citizen King Louis Philippe and founded the Second Republic, they were looking for new coin designs for their new government. The most talented artists of the time submitted design proposals. Auction house Künker presents in its auction 337 on 25 June 2020 […]

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

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public internet sales during the month of May. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from many results that could have been listed. 1. 1915 Barber Dime in MS-65 On May 3, GreatCollections sold a CAC-approved MS-65 grade 1915 Barber dime for $832.50 USD. A non-CAC-certified MS-65 […]

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Collecting Strategies: Peace Dollars – Mintage vs. Price in MS63

Market Analysis by CoinWeek ….. Hi folks. Today we wanted to draw your attention to the popular U.S. Peace dollar series and some collecting strategies for those who would like to buy uncirculated coins but stay within a reasonable price range. To help, we’ve split the series into two periods and have created a graph […]

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American Bank Note Company Stamp Plates Unique Opportuniy at David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1121 consists of 280 brand NEW lots plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a brilliant 1921 1c PCGS MS67 RD, a popular and scarce 1886-O $1 PCGS MS64, […]

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Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Coins at Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Outside of an Athenian “owl”, there may be no more desired and iconic coinage from antiquity than that featuring one of the most successful military commanders in history, Alexander the Great. Born in 356 BCE to Philip II, king of Macedon, at age 20 […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1974-S Aluminum Lincoln Cent Obverse Struck on Philippine 1 Sentimo Planchet

The Only 1974 Aluminum Cent That Can Be Privately Owned   The 1974 aluminum cent is world famous. Proposed in 1973 and struck in 1974, it was never released into circulation. The United States Mint distributed several to members of Congress, but they were recalled by Mint Director Mary Brooks and destroyed. One example struck […]

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