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Reading Ancient Greek Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. Perhaps one reason for the comparatively small interest in Greek coins in the country is the difficulty of understanding their inscriptions. This difficulty is not as great as might be supposed… (Pennington, 1) MODERN AMERICAN COINS are required by law to include quite a lot of text[1]. For example, […]

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Royal Mint UK to Host Coin Collector Services Webinar

Webinar Set to Launch the Mint’s ‘Collect Week’   To launch ‘Collect Week’, The Royal Mint will host its very first Collector Services webinar, taking place on Thursday, October 22, at 11 am. Hosted by Head of Collector Services Rebecca Morgan, the webinar will outline the different services the division has to offer whilst revealing […]

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Künker eLive Auction 62 of Ancient and World Coins Starts Today

Künker Internet Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Start at 6 pm (CET) on October 20-22, 2020, our eLive Auction 62 will take place with more than 1,600 lots from the ancient world to modern times. To kick off our eLive Auction 62, we present rarities from the world of ancient […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces New York Store Opening

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Opens New Flagship New York City Gallery at 470 Park Avenue (Between 57th and 58th Streets)   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to announce the opening of their new flagship gallery at 470 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Located just down the block from their historic West 57th Street storefront, this new […]

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Stunning British Coins Highlight Nov. Heritage World Coin Auction

We are all in a period of tremendous change in the world. Only months ago many people wondered not only how global events surrounding the pandemic would unfold, but also about the impending impact on the market for rare coins. When we interact with our clients, collectors, and consignors alike, a consistent theme emerges: the […]

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Bullion Shark Launching New Auction Platform

Bullion Shark has just announced that they are launching the industry’s newest auction platform for rare coins and paper money! Bullion Shark has quickly become one of the industry’s leaders in rare coins and paper money. Their inventory ranges from modern coins to classic coins to ancient pieces from thousands of years ago. For years, they had noticed that […]

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1914 FRN $20/$10 Double Denomination Error in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Currency Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering a remarkable Fr.964 1914 Federal Reserve Note $20/$10 Double Denomination Error in their November 2020 United States Currency auction (lot 7169). This example is the A position note of a cut sheet of four 1914 Burke-McAdoo signed FRNs from the […]

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ANA: Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists

Deadline for Award Nominations is January 15   Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding dedication to numismatics. The ANA is now accepting individual nominations for 2021 awards and Numismatic Hall of Fame “Modern Era” candidates. All nominations can be submitted in writing and online – […]

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NGC-Certified Ancient and World Coins Featured in Monaco Sale

The October sale is offering over 300 NGC-certified world and ancient coins   Ancient and World Coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) are being featured in an Editions V. Gadoury sale, taking place in Monaco from October 30-31, 2020. Online bidding is now open. Among the most anticipated coins is a superb NGC-certified Italy […]

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Proof Trade Dollars: Why Were They Made After Circulation Strikes Ended?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Trade Dollars of 1873-1885 represent one of the more curious areas of American numismatics. Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1873, the Trade Dollar was struck for the purpose of facilitating export transactions with China and was expressly created to compete against the silver Mexican Peso, a large, […]

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The Wreck of Brother Jonathan Still Keeps Its Secrets

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… On a Sunday morning in 1865, a paddle steamer called Brother Jonathan departed Crescent City Harbor, California. The ship was the idea of Edward Mills from New York. His original aim was to create a route from New York to Chagres, Panama as the first leg of a two-leg […]

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Countermarked Holed Coins of the Philippines in Stack’s Bowers Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist and Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The countermark series of the Philippines is quite vast with a whole array of coins serving as hosts. Utilizing coins ranging from the Spanish colonial period to the early republics of the Americas, and even some from Europe, these countermarks are usually applied […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Added S Morgan Dollar

A prominent area of discoloration around the mintmark is a sign that this Morgan Dollar is a counterfeit. Morgan Dollar Counterfeit By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The vast majority of the more than 1.2 million Morgan dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1903 entered circulation, either immediately or as they were trickled out […]

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Month-Long Metals and Tokens and Currency Auctions From Heritage

The latest Month-Long auction from Heritage Auctions features Metals and Tokens 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 October 29. The vast majority of the Metals and Tokens offerings in this auction are either […]

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A Time of Transition: Spanish Coin Auction by Tauler and Fau

By Jesús Orejas Valdés – Tauler and Fau …… The following highlights some of the coins from Tauler and Fau’s upcoming E-Auction 67 of Spanish coins. * * * The term “Catholic Kings” refers to Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, who were the king and queen of the Crown of Castile […]

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Heritage to Auction Roman Republican Denarius Collection

Ancient coins are represented in The Bacchus Collection of Roman Republican Denarii, a collection now being offered as one of Heritage Auctions’ Month-Long auctions at Coins.HA.com. Bidding will culminate with a live auction to be held beginning at 8 PM CT on Sunday, October 25. The Roman Republic represents the period in Roman history prior […]

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Silver War Nickels: History, Values and Varieties

By Bullion Shark LLC …… About 10 months into the U.S. involvement in World War II that begin in December 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attack, the United States Mint began producing silver nickels. These coins were made of an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese rather than 75% copper and 25% […]

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Harvest Moon Collection of Gem Morgan Dollars at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The newest David Lawrence Rare Coins Sunday Internet Auction is now live. Auction #1140 features 300 coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items, including a fascinating civil war date 1861-C $5 PCGS […]

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PCGS Grades Finest Example of Ultra-Rare 1890 Grand Watermelon Note

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… PCGS Banknote is very pleased to have recently graded the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon Treasury Note, and at PCGS About Uncirculated 50 it is the finest known! “I am very excited to have this iconic and historic note certified and encapsulated by PCGS Banknote,” says Stack’s Bowers Galleries […]

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Choice Uncirculated Rolls of Early Lincoln Cents Beginning to Stir

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… The 1963-64 period witnessed a price explosion for uncirculated rolls of U.S. coins that has yet to be duplicated. Numerous rolls of cents through half dollars rose in price from near face value in the mid-1950s to many multiples of those levels just a few years later. […]

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Künker Auction Sales 342-344 and eLive Auction 62 Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Künker is pleased to present to you four different auction sales today. Let us start with the chronological order of the auctions: On October 20-22, 2020, our eLive Auction 62 will take place with more than 1,600 lots from the ancient world to modern […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Realize Over $11.5 Million in October Hong Kong Auction

Auction firm Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio continues to deliver world-class sales of quality numismatic material and realize impressive prices, regardless of the challenging and unprecedented circumstances of the year 2020. The firm’s incredible Hong Kong series of auctions clearly demonstrates the firm’s success, as their colossal 10th-anniversary auction in May 2020 shot past expectations and […]

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Maurice Storck Collection of Currency in Heritage Month-Long Auction

Maurice Storck was a popular, long-time coin dealer schooled early-on by the Great Depression and later by World War II. He was a decorated veteran who witnessed first-hand the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Later, he faithfully served the army’s 25th infantry division at Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. After the war, he was one […]

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Royal Australian Mint Releases AC/DC Anniversary Coin Set

By Royal Australian Mint …… The Royal Australian Mint is celebrating the milestone anniversaries of six AC/DC albums with six unique coin tributes, a seven-coin set, and a limited-edition silver frosted uncirculated coin. The Royal Australian Mint Chief Executive Officer Ross MacDiarmid said: “The Mint is proud to be issuing coin tributes to the vinyls […]

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The Roosevelt Dime – A Fitting Tribute, But Not Without Controversy

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Most circulating United States coins have received both scrutiny and some negative press when first issued. The first 1793 cents were denounced for their Chain reverse, adapted from the earlier Fugio cents but held to be a poorly chosen symbol for its Liberty head obverse. John Reich’s buxom […]

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Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction Features Rare Mint State 1852-O Double Eagle

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Even though the New Orleans Mint had produced double eagles in both 1850 and 1851, the coiners were still working out many of the difficulties in producing such a large gold piece. The emphasis seemed to have been placed on quantity over quality, leaving many […]

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Finest-Graded Una and the Lion, Certified by NGC, Offered in MDC Monaco Sale

The finest graded example of the “Una and the Lion“, a coin that is at the zenith of British numismatics, is being offered in a European auction this month. Certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the Great Britain 1839 Five Pounds shares the spotlight with several other NGC-graded British gold ultra-rarities in an MDC Monaco auction on […]

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“100 Greatest” 1931 Palestine 100 Mils Soars at Auction

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….. Even after the publication of Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s 100 Greatest Modern World Coins (Whitman), the market landscape for 20th-century world coins is still uncharted territory. At Goldberg’s September 15-16 auction, this fact was made abundantly clear after the finest-known Palestine 1931 100 Mils silver coin sold at auction […]

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Final San Francisco 2020 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin With Classic ‘Heraldic Eagle’ Reverse on Sale Oct. 13

The United States Mint will open sales for the San Francisco-minted 2020 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 20EM) on October 13 at noon EDT. This is the last time this coin will be available featuring the iconic “Heraldic Eagle” reverse design. The American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin is struck […]

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Judaea Capta: Subjugation and Defeat on Ancient Roman Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. The year: 70 CE. The location: Jerusalem. The future emperor Titus’ legions unleashed their pent-up rage on the Jewish people as fires raged and the Second Temple crumbled. Projected by the spear tips of some 60,000 soldiers, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who believed that Roman Imperium […]

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The New Orleans Mint and Its Southern Coinage

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… The first United States Mint was built in Philadelphia, which was serving as our nation’s capital city during the period spanning 1790 through 1800 while Washington, D.C. was being built. Even when the federal government was, itself, moved to Washington in 1800, the nation’s only mint remained in Philadelphia. […]

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Fiji Launches Banknotes, Coins to Commemorate 50th Year of Independence

By Reserve Bank of Fiji …… The Reserve Bank of Fiji has launched a commemorative $50 banknote and 50 cent coin to commemorate Fiji’s 50th year of independence. The commemorative currency was officially unveiled by the Honourable Prime Minister, Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama on October 7 at the Grand Pacific Hotel. Work on […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Koala Silver Bullion Coins

Depicting one of Australia’s most beloved animals, the Australian koala silver coin pays tribute to our rich wildlife. Struck from 99.99% pure silver, the 2021 koala is available in 1 kilo and 1oz sizes. Only 300,000 1oz coins will be released. No mintage limit applies to the 1 kilo coin, however production will close at […]

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Famous Bronze 1943 Lincoln Cent in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Bronze 1943 Lincoln cent is perhaps the most famous Mint Error to ever emerge from the United States Mint. Just about 20 distinct examples are known from the Philadelphia Mint and they are highly prized at all grade levels. When the U.S. mints switched […]

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Christopher Columbus: His Decline in Numismatics and the Nation’s Collective Memory

By Heinz Tschachler ….. When in the early 1990s the United States was getting ready to commemorate the quincentennial of Christopher Columbus first landing on the Caribbean island of Guanahani, a bill was proposed that would eliminate the cent and the half-dollar and create a new small dollar coin bearing a portrait of the discoverer […]

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Olbia: Ancient Greek Coins of the Black Sea’s Northern Coast

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek …..   The northern coast of the Black Sea (Euxine Sea), which is southern Ukraine and Russia today, was considered to be at the extreme edge of the ancient Greek world. The area was settled during the great colonization period of Greek history in the eighth through sixth centuries BCE. […]

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NGC Ancients Certifies Fabled ‘EID MAR’ Aureus of Brutus

Perhaps the most important and valuable Roman coin ever to be offered at auction — an ‘EID MAR’ aureus of Brutus in Mint State condition — has been certified by NGC Ancients, the world’s premier service for third-party authentication and grading of ancient coins. This remarkable example of one of the rarest ancient coins in […]

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Heritage Auction October Dallas Signature Sale Closing Wednesday

On October 14-18, two rarity-filled auctions will prompt five busy days at Heritage Auction’s Dallas World Headquarters. Signature floor sessions are scheduled Wednesday through Friday, capped off by a pair of online sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The sessions are divided between The Maurice Storck Collection and our regular October 2020 Signature event, as seen […]

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Jeff Garrett: Fractional Gold Comes to Market

Collecting California fractional gold coins is a fascinating pursuit, as many of the coins are tangible links to one of the most exciting eras of American history   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Next week, Heritage Auctions will be offering the Maurice Storck Collection. Storck was a coin dealer who was […]

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Million-Dollar Coins Aside, Regency 41 Results Reflect Healthy Market

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….. Hits and Misses from the Morelan Collection On Thursday, October 8, 2020, Legend Rare Coin Auctions held Regency Auction 41 in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The sale will most be known for the first 30 lots, devoted to the United States […]

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United States Mint Increases Prices for 2020 Silver Numismatic Products

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

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Tauler and Fau E-Auction 66 World Coins Vol VI Highlights

Tauler & Fau E-Auction 66 World Coins Vol VI features 402 lots and closes Tuesday October 13 beginning at 4:00PM (CEST). The sale features an interesting selection of World Coins: US Coins, Germany, Austria, France, Great Britain, Haiti, India, Italy, Mexico, Low Countries, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, Medals, Large Lots and much more…….. Including Videos for […]

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Reserve Bank of Australia Announces $100 Banknote Release Date

By Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) ……   The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced that the new $100 banknote will be released into general circulation on October 29, 2020. Existing $100 banknotes retain legal tender status and can continue to be used. The new banknotes have been in production since mid-2019 and will soon […]

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High Gem 1929-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Bidding on this lightly toned toned 1929-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar–graded MS-66+ by PCGS and judged strong for the grade by CAC–ends on Sunday, October 11 at GreatCollections.com. With 1,001,200 half dollars struck in Denver that year, the 1929-D is neither scarce nor common. But when one looks at examples graded higher […]

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

During September, CAC approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction in Dallas and in public internet sales. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1917-D Type One Standing Liberty Quarter in MS-66FH On September 6, the firm GreatCollections sold a […]

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8 Escudos Royal Gold Recovered From 1715 Fleet Shines in Sedwick November Auction

By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC …… A Royal gold 8 escudos, a coin literally “fit for a king”, recovered from a sunken Spanish treasure fleet will be up for sale on November 17 in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s Treasure Auction 28. It is graded by NGC as Mint State 66 and is the only example […]

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Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction Showcases Ancient, World Coins

More than 2,500 Lots of World and Ancient Coins, Medals, and Paper Money Set to Cross the Auction Block this October   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce their upcoming Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of World and Ancient Coins, along with a great offering of World Paper Money. Building on their record-setting CCO […]

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Stunning NGC-Certified Connecticut Coppers From Partrick Collection Being Sold

More than 500 Connecticut Coppers certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) from the Donald G. Partrick Collection are being offered for sale, representing an outstanding opportunity for collectors of post-Colonial US coinage. Bidding is now underway in a Heritage Auctions sale containing nearly all of them, with the auction scheduled to conclude on November 1, 2020. One […]

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ANA Board of Governors Approves $5.17 Million Budget for FY 2020-21

  At a September 29 teleconference meeting, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors unanimously passed a $5.17 million budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21 – a nearly 10 percent decrease from the previous year’s approved budget. The new fiscal year begins Nov. 1. “It’s no secret that COVID-19 has hit us hard financially,” said […]

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Künker 2020 Fall Auction Sale Results

Künker Auction Results by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, five exciting, intense and successful auction days came to an end today at 6:30 pm when the last piece was sold here in Osnabrück. Before we present you some extraordinary hammer prices in detail, we would like to thank you all for the […]

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Künker 2020 Fall Auction Sale Results

Künker Auction Results by Künker GmbH ……   Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, five exciting, intense and successful auction days came to an end today at 6:30 pm when the last piece was sold here in Osnabrück. Before we present you some extraordinary hammer prices in detail, we would like to thank you all for […]

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PCGS Grades 1st New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety Discovered in Nearly a Century

New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Graded by PCGS as an F15 and Designated a “Discovery Coin”   It still pays to scrutinize all coins for something new or unusual, even those belonging to a series as well studied as the Flowing Hair Half Dollar. Struck by the United States Mint from 1794 through 1795, […]

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Mint State Buffalo Nickels, Other Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The latest Sunday Internet Auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins is now live. Auction #1139 features 315 brand NEW coins plus 30 Vault Values and 70 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a frosty key-date 1936-D 25c […]

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2021 Morgan Silver Dollar, Peace Dollar Closer to Being Minted

By Bullion Shark LLC …… There is some very good news for collectors of U.S. coins who have been excited about the idea of the United States Mint striking 2021-dated Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars for several years now. On September 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6192, the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary […]

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2020 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Coin Set on Sale Nov. 30

Premium nickel from the West Point Mint will not be included   The 2020 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (product code 20RJ) will be available for purchase starting on November 30, at noon (EDT). The set is priced at $25.25 USD. This is the final annual set to be released this year. Due to […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1854-O Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit 1854-O Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar Counterfeit Coins Profiled by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………. Numerous issues, such as depressions, raised lines, porosity and die damage, presented plenty of evidence to prove this coin not genuine. The Coinage Act of 1853 reduced the weight of the silver half dime, dime, quarter and half dollar as […]

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The “Horse Gaming Tokens” of Szechuan

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Much like the American pastime poker often involving some friendly monetary wagering, so too it is for Mahjong in a large portion of the Far East. Though playing cards have been around for over a millennium, likely being introduced in the 9th century CE […]

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Burnett Anderson Memorial, Booster Awards Presented by ANA at Virtual Event

The Burnett Anderson Memorial Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing is presented annually to a researcher, author, or journalist in recognition of his or her body of work and career contributions to numismatics. First conferred posthumously to its namesake in 1999 at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 108th Anniversary Convention, the award is intended to […]

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United States Mint Announces Mayflower 400th Anniversary Program Products

The United States Mint today announced the Mayflower 400th Anniversary products it will offer, including some in collaboration with The Royal Mint (UK). The products are expected to be available later this fall. The coin and medal designs come together to tell the story of the Mayflower’s historic voyage, the Pilgrims, and the impact the […]

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Treasures From the Bruce Morelan Collection: Regency Auction 41

The Bruce Morelan Collection By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… These coins are like family Those are the words of Laura Sperber, founder of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. She’s handled more than $1 billion in rare coins over her four-decades as a coin dealer, but “these” coins she helped procure for longtime collector Bruce Morelan. […]

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Treasures From the Bruce Morelan Collection: Regency Auction 41

The Bruce Morelan Collection By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… These coins are like family Those are the words of Laura Sperber, founder of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. She’s handled more than $1 billion in rare coins over her four-decades as a coin dealer, but “these” coins she helped procure for longtime collector Bruce Morelan. […]

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Two Sides of a Bill

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a country of immense natural beauty and thousands of years of cultural history that resonates to the present day. With human habitation attested to as early as 16,000-12,000 BCE by the Badanj cave carvings, this beautiful land has been home to many peoples: Ancient […]

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Building a 1956 Mint Set of US Coins: As Complex as You Make It

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. [Editor’s note: The original column first appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter of February 26, 2013. —CoinWeek] Six years ago, we took an in-depth look at what it would take to build a competitive PCGS Set Registry 1956 Mint Set, evaluating each coin released by the […]

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American Innovation $1 Coin 2020 Proof Set on Sale Oct. 8

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Proof Set (product code 20GA) on October 8 at noon EDT. The set is priced at $24.00. The American Innovation $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series featuring distinctive reverse designs that pay homage to America’s ingenuity and celebrate the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #142: A Legal Challenge to the Minnesota Coin Law

 CoinWeek Podcast #142: A Challenge to the Minnesota Coin Law Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan talks to Tom “The Coin Guy” Styczinski and his attorney Erick Kaardal join us to discuss a new lawsuit that has been filed […]

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Cameo Proof 1887 Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Just 710 Proof Morgan dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1887, and only about 500 examples survive in any condition. This issue presents a surprising challenge for collectors who seek the finest levels of preservation and production quality. As is the case with […]

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The Komondor: New Coin in Hungarian Dog Breed Series

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Komondor, a breed of dog that has been declared one of Hungary’s national treasures, is the second issue in the “Hungarian sheep and hunting dog breeds” series. It is featured on both sides of a legal tender 2,000 forint coin, with a forward-facing head on the front, and […]

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America the Beautiful Quarters 2020 Circulating Coin Set on Sale Oct. 8

The United States Mint 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set will be available for purchase beginning on October 8 at noon EDT. This is the final five-coin set in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, which ends in 2021. This set contains five circulating coins from the Philadelphia Mint and five circulating coins […]

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The Caranett Collection Part III – Gold Coins of Western Europe & Britain

The latest Heritage month-long auction of world coins features Part III of the Caranett Collection, with an offering of gold coins from Western Europe along with sovereign issues from the British Empire and Commonwealth. Bidding in this auction is open now at Coins.HA.com, concluding with a live session beginning at 8 PM CT on October […]

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California Fractional Gold October 22 Heritage Auction Open for Bidding

One of the Month-Long auctions now open for bidding at Heritage Auctions is the October 22 California Fractional Gold US Coins Special Monthly Auction, a selection of 100 pieces of California fractional gold. These very small coins, privately minted in California from the 1850s to the 1880s, were minted in both octagonal and round shapes. […]

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About Uncirculated 1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, October 4, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this toned 1799 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle Silver Dollar, graded AU-58 by NGC and approved by CAC. NGC reports a total of 128 grading events at AU-58 for the 1799 Draped Bust dollar, which is clearly not the top pop grade. But this […]

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Numismatic Crime – Coins Missing or Stolen From Mail Around the Country

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Stolen/Lost Express Mail Package A package being shipped from Williamsburg, Virginia to New Jersey on August 28, 2020, has been reported stolen/missing. The package arrived at the Richmond, VA distribution center on August 29, 2020. However, there has been no movement and […]

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Hong Kong Auction to Feature Pavilion Dollars, Rare Ta-Ching Banknote

The Mysterious ‘Pavilion Dollars’ of 1921 By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As interaction increased between the western world and the late Imperial/early Republican China, a yearning to modernize Chinese medicine and healthcare caused an influx of both scholarship and funding by the Rockefeller Foundation. Roger Sherman Greene II served […]

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Simpson I Results: US Gold; Plus a Snapshot of the Higher End of the Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner The auction sale of Part One of selections from the collection of Bob Simpson was recently conducted by Heritage on September 17 in Dallas. While the sale was not notable for its number of gold coins, there were some important pieces included; coins that we will […]

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United States Mint Unveils New American Silver Eagle, Gold Eagle Coin Reverse Designs

New designs will be featured on bullion and collectible coins in 2021   On Thursday, October 1, the United States Mint unveiled new reverse designs for bullion and collectible versions of American Eagle Gold and Silver Coins. 2021 marks the 35th Anniversary of the American Eagle coin program, and the new designs will begin appearing […]

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Gold Markets – Gold Surprises Higher

Gold Market Commentary for Thursday October 1st, 2020 (www.golddealer.com) By  Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $20.90 at $1908.40 today in another surprising shift to the upside. It would seem that just when the bears think the “end is nigh” gold shifts gears and moves in the opposite direction. Actually this […]

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Gold Markets – Gold Surprises Higher

Gold Market Commentary for Thursday October 1st, 2020 (www.golddealer.com) By Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed up $20.90 at $1,908.40 today in another surprising shift to the upside.  It would seem that just when the bears think the “end is nigh” gold shifts gears and moves in the opposite direction. […]

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PCGS Announces NFC Technology Included in All Coin, Currency Holders

Professional Coin Grading Service leads numismatic hobby with a massive leap forward in anti-counterfeiting technology   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has announced that it will begin embedding Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in all its encapsulated coins, medals, tokens, and banknotes in October 2020. This revolutionary advancement launches after an initial limited rollout earlier […]

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NYINC 2021 Canceled Due to COVID-19

Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 49th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC)–previously scheduled for January 8-17, 2021 at the Grand Hyatt New York, 109 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017–has been canceled. Hotel reservations made under our official room block will automatically be canceled by the hotel. All of […]

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Wilson Dollar Medal Restrikes Celebrate Manila Mint 100 Year Anniversary

By Jeff Shevlin – So-CalledDollar.com …… This year, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Manila Mint, restrikes of the Wilson Dollar are being offered for sale. The restrikes have been struck using the original Wilson Dollar obverse die engraved by George Morgan. The Wilson Dollar was originally struck on the newly installed minting equipment […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coins

A laughing kookaburra, the largest member of the kingfisher species, is synonymous with the Australian outback. The Perth Mint is pleased to present three bullion coins featuring the kookaburra, meticulously struck from 99.99% pure silver in 1 kilo, 10oz, and 1oz sizes. Only 500,000 1oz coins will be released. No mintage limit applies to the […]

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Coins of the Conqueror: William, Duke of Normandy

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. On October 14, 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, accomplished in a single day what his Viking ancestors and cousins had failed to achieve over 273 years: he conquered England, defeating the English king Harold II (reigned 1066) at the Battle of Hastings. Over the next several years William […]

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Fresh Coins From Maurice Storck Collection Offered in Oct. Heritage Auction

The Maurice Storck Collection, to be offered October 14-17, ranks among some of the freshest offerings Heritage has ever brought to auction. His World Coins and Currency were auctioned in August and realized huge premiums for their certified grades. His U.S. coin collection spans the spectrum – with many of the coins being off the […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Present High-Grade Naples Bay Collection of US Coins

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the upcoming sale of the Naples Bay Collection, a highlight of their November and December 2020 auctions. The Naples Bay Collection is one of those classic old collections that was assembled over two generations by a father and son team, inspired by a shared passion for numismatics. The […]

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Singapore Mint Launches New Macau Lunar Coin Series

By The Singapore Mint ….. The Singapore Mint is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by the Monetary Authority of Macau as the official mint and exclusive international sales agent responsible for the production and international marketing of the new Macau Lunar Coin Series. The new series covers a period of 12 years, […]

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Exceptional Gold World Coins, Medals at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… As autumn arrives, we are very pleased to offer a bounty of exceptional new coins and medals for your browsing delight and numismatic consideration. We hope you may find something special among the new items being offered. As a reminder, if you have any coins that you would like to offer to us, […]

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

Two Collectors Splitting $2,000 Prize After Submitting First 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarters for Grading by Professional Coin Grading Service   The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest 2020 recently yielded two more winners with the release of the 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter, released by the United States Mint […]

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

Two Collectors Splitting $2,000 Prize After Submitting First 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarters for Grading by Professional Coin Grading Service   The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Quarter Quest 2020 recently yielded two more winners with the release of the 2020-W Vermont Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park Quarter, released by the United States Mint […]

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American Gold Eagles – A Brief History and Current Values

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Although the American Gold Eagle program debuted in 1986 like the American Silver Eagle, it was established under a different 1985 law than the silver coins. The Gold Bullion Act of 1985 that authorized the minting of American gold investment coins in four sizes (1 ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce, […]

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David Lawrence Offers More than 100 So-Called Dollars, 1909-S VDB…

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The first David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction of October is live. Auction #1137 features 375 coins plus 30 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a brilliantly lustrous 1892-CC $1 PCGS MS66, an […]

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The Paper Money Coin of 1574 – The First Paper Currency of Europe

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Netherlands Leiden 1574 Siege ¼ Gulden, PCGS XF40 Paper money requires a sacrifice, as they are not of any intrinsic value. It has a value that is assigned to the piece and based on a fiat or faith-based system that requires users to accept it for a particular value. […]

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NGC-Certified 1907 High Relief Double Eagle Sells for $660,000 at Heritage Sale

An exceptional 1907 High Relief Double Eagle certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) realized $660,000 in the Heritage US Coins Signature Auction held from September 18-20, 2020. Several other NGC-certified coins realized six figures, demonstrating the robust demand for high-quality, vintage US coins graded by NGC. The top lot was a magnificent 1907 High Relief Wire Rim $20 […]

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JPMorgan Ordered to Pay Record $920 Million for Precious Metals Spoofing, Manipulation

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ……   The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued an order filing and settling charges against JPMorgan Chase & Company (JPMC & Co.) and its subsidiaries, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (JPMS) (collectively JPM), for manipulative and deceptive conduct and spoofing that spanned at least […]

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The Life and Death of Pan and His Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. First appearing during the early sixth century in Arcadia, a wild mountainous region centrally located in the Peloponnesian peninsula, the Greek god Pan served as a deeply important religious figure. As the god of the wilderness, fields, sex, shepherds, panic, and hunters, this multifaceted the god served as a […]

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Impressive Justh & Hunter Ingot From SS Central America at Stack’s Bowers

Justh & Hunter Gold Ingot. San Francisco Serial No. 4244. 144.25 ounces, .886 Fine Face Value in 1857 of $2,641.96 Approximately 95 x 55 x 47 mm By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… A large and handsome bar from this firm’s San Francisco office in a narrower and shorter, but double-thick format, poured into Mold J&H […]

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GreatCollections to Auction Yellowstone Collection of U.S. Gold Coins

GreatCollections is pleased to announce the auction of the Yellowstone Collection of U.S. Gold Coins scheduled for Sunday, October 4. The collection comprises over 100 certified coins that were mostly acquired between 2000 and 2008. The collection includes many rarities, some of which are universally known, including a key-date 1929 Indian Half Eagle, graded PCGS […]

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Silver Dollar Specialties Offered in Month-Long Heritage Auction

The latest month-long auction of US coins from Heritage Auctions focuses on the ever-popular Morgan and Peace Dollar series, with an offering consisting of VAM varieties as well as Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike (DMPL) Morgans. This auction is open for bidding now, with the concluding live session scheduled for Thursday, October 15 at 6 […]

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Silver Medal Commemorating Commodore Perry’s Opening of Japan at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The rapid industrialization of the western world in the 19th century led to an ongoing need to open new markets, with the Far East providing a prime opportunity for both selling and buying. To this end, the United States under President Millard Fillmore sent […]

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Roller Coaster Coin Commemorates 120th Anniversary of Loop the Loop

Loop the Loop Cook Islands. 5 dollars. 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61mm. smartminting. Mintage: 1,901. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side depicts the vertical loop of a roller coaster, in which a car with three passengers dares to complete the inversion. In the loop LOOP / THE / LOOP […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Kangaroo 1oz Platinum Bullion Coin

The Perth Mint is pleased to present the Australian Kangaroo 2021 1oz Platinum Bullion Coin. The Australian kangaroo is a large marsupial endemic to Australia. Identified by its muscular tail, strong back legs, large feet, short fur, and long, pointed ears, the animal has become a much-loved national icon. Struck by The Perth Mint from […]

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Ancient Coin Video Highlights From Tauler & Fau E-Auction 65

E-Auction 65 – Vol. VII of Ancient coins from Tauler & Fau features 601 lots and closes on Tuesday, October 6 beginning at 04:00 pm (CEST). This sale features Greek coins; Celtiberian coins; Roman Republican, Imperatorial, and Imperial coins; Byzantine coins; Visigothic coins; and Large Lots. Several videos are posted for select lots at www.tauleryfau.com. […]

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Plants and Trees Featured on Ancient Greek Coins: Catawiki

By Willem Knapen – Numismatist, Catawiki …… Coins were the medium par excellence for bringing classical civilizations together and allowing cities to grow, and often featured the faces of rulers that were or felt responsible for this growth, in which cases coins were an excellent means of propaganda. The Persian satrap of Mysia, Tissaphernes (circa […]

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CFTC, 30 States Charge Los Angeles Precious Metals Dealers in Ongoing $185 Million Fraud Targeting Elderly

Largest Joint Filing Between CFTC and State Regulators in History   By Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) ……   The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and 30 state regulators that are members of the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced the filing of a joint civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for […]

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The 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent and How it Changed the Hobby: CoinWeek Streaming News

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. * * * CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan takes a deep dive into the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent, the coin that changed American numismatics forever. Buoyed […]

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Three Iconic Coin Dealers Inducted Into PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Professional Coin Grading Service Names Bruce Amspacher, Greg Roberts, and Catherine Bullowa-Moore to Hall   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has named three longtime coin dealers and numismatic leaders to the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame, and this […]

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Jeff Garrett: US Gold Coins Coming Home

In the last few years, the amount of US gold coins arriving from overseas sources has risen dramatically   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… US gold coins have been a fascination of mine since the start of my career in the 1970s. Back then, there was a high demand and a […]

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The Circulation Strike 1841 $2.50 Little Princess Quarter Eagle

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The 1841 $2.50 “Little Princess” Quarter Eagle symbolizes one of the most controversial numismatic reclassifications in recent years. A coin long regarded as a proof-only issue, the 1841 Quarter Eagle was determined by numerous coin experts to have been struck as both a Proof and a circulation strike. The […]

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American Silver Eagles – A Brief History and Current Values

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the 1970s, silver that had been stored in the United States’ Defense National Stockpile for years had accumulated to the point that it exceeded projected needs. The Nixon administration proposed selling some of these holdings, but silver miners opposed the move since selling a lot of silver would depress […]

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Connecticut American Innovation $1 Coin Rolls, Bags Available Sept. 29

The United States Mint will open sales for Connecticut American Innovation $1 Coins packaged in collectible rolls and bags beginning on September 29 at noon EDT. These new additions to the Mint’s product lineup contain uncirculated $1 coins from the Philadelphia and Denver facilities. Available product options and pricing are below: The reverse of the […]

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Nearly Uncirculated 1928 $50 Gold Certificate Star Note in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Auction

By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… A pleasing Fr.2404* 1920 $50 Gold Certificate Star Note graded About Uncirculated 55 EPQ will be offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November currency auction. Just around 40 examples of this rare small size replacement type are recorded in the census. The offered example displays […]

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Closed Amid Pandemic, ANA Money Museum Reopens to Public

New Guidelines Encourage Public Safety Amid COVID-19 Concerns   The ANA Money Museum in Colorado Springs has reopened to the public after being closed for nearly six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is open on a revised schedule with limited days and hours – Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 […]

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United States 1923 Peace Dollar

Image: Coins in Motion. Description: The 1923 Peace dollar is one of the most common issues in the series of dollar coins (1921-35) designed by Anthony de Francisci. Peace dollars bear an obverse image of a young Lady Liberty crowned with rays, strikingly resembling the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. First issued five […]

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Ancient and Jewish Coins in Künker Auction 341

Künker Ancient Coin Auction 341 by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, In the last two write-ups, we introduced you to Künker Auctions 339 and 340. They contain issues covering the time span from the Middle Ages to modern times. In this one, we will introduce you to Auction 341. In this sale, […]

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Archives International Auction 61 of Stocks, Bonds, and World Banknotes

Auction 61: October 4-5, 2020 To be sold at public auction in three sessions over two days, beginning at 11:00 am ET each day   During this unprecedented time period, the team at Archives International is committed to taking every safety precaution to protect participants in our auctions: We have continued to reduce the number […]

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Bimetallic US Braille Pattern Dollar Offered by Stack’s Bowers in November Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents a rare bimetallic pattern dollar featuring Braille text in their November 2020 Showcase Auction. Struck by the German company Schuler for exhibition at United States Congressional hearings and the United States Mint, this pattern was intended to demonstrate the implementation of Braille elements in response to concerns from the Alliance for […]

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A $10,000 Bill Sets $384,000 World Record at Heritage Auctions

Bill is now world’s most valuable ‘small-size’ note   A 1934 U.S. banknote set the world record for the most valuable type of its kind sold at auction when it brought $384,000 USD at Heritage Auctions. The $10,000 bill sets the ceiling on the most valuable “small size” piece of currency ever sold. “This is […]

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Understanding the 1938-D D Over S Buffalo Nickel Variety

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Buffalo Nickel series, running from 1913 through 1938 and designed by James Earle Fraser, yields many rare and alluring varieties. These include rare overdates, scarce doubled dies, and even missing anatomy on the bison that appears on the reverse of the coin. And then there is the fascinating […]

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Mayflower Commemorated on 1/2 Gram Gold Coin

The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of an extremely limited ½ Gram Gold Proof coin to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrim Voyage on the Mayflower. In September of 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth in the United Kingdom to voyage to America, known at the time to the English […]

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Numismatic Leaders Receive Recognition on ANA Virtual Platform

Leaders in numismatics are essential for helping others to grow within the hobby. Whether that leadership is provided through teaching, mentoring, research, writing, or leading conventions and shows, these activities help foster learning for all collectors. The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) biggest influencers were recognized during two virtual awards programs on September 1 and 2. […]

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Rare Gem 1932 Double Eagle Gold Coin Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 27, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1932 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle, graded MS-65+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. A total of 1,101,750 double eagles were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1932 but only about 100 to 150 pieces are thought to have survived to the […]

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New Jersey Coppers: Engraver Walter Mould Leaves His Mark

By Gordon Wrubel for for PCGS …… In 1881 Dr. Edward Maris published his comprehensive study of the New Jersey copper die varieties. These were described and classified with a number for the obverse and letter for the reverse die. Example: 6-D, 18-M, 63-r. Nearly all the famous collectors of the 19th century such as […]

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NGC-Certified English Gold Coin Realizes Over $300,000 in Spink Sale

A rare English gold coin struck during the reign of Queen Anne and certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) realized over $300,000 – more than double its pre-auction estimate – in a Spink sale on September 15, 2020. A host of other NGC-graded coins also raced past their pre-auction estimates in the Stratos Sale of Spectacular English Gold […]

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Over 650 Ounces of GOLD Offered in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Precious Metals Auction

Bidding Ends Wednesday, September 23 Click Here to Place Your Bids   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their September 2020 Precious Metals Auction, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Lunar Series III Year of the Ox Silver Proof Coins

The Perth Mint’s highly anticipated Australian Lunar Series III coin program is an array of superb silver coins celebrating the next animal in the zodiac, the ox. Released as a magnificent three-coin set, and as individual 1oz and 1/2oz silver proof coins, the coins feature original artistry portraying the kind-hearted ox. Those born under the […]

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Bob R. Simpson Collection Debuts at $14.6 Million at Heritage Auctions

“The results exceeded every expectation I had” – Bob R. Simpson   “Numismatic royalty.” Those are the words the auctioneer used to describe legendary collector Bob R. Simpson and his renowned collection of Proof coins and ultimate rarities. When the gavel fell on the last of the 349 lots offered in Part 1 of The […]

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Money People Hated: Damnatio Memoriae on Ancient Roman Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. yimakh shemo ve zikhro יִמַּח שְׁמוֹ וְזִכְרוֹ (“Let his name and his memory be erased”) — ancient Hebrew curse ANCIENT COINS OFTEN took a beating in circulation, remaining in use for decades or even centuries. But some surviving coins seem to have been deliberately defaced […]

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Chameleon Coin Final Entry in CIT Magnificient Life Series

Magnificent Life 2020 – Chameleon Cook Islands. 5 dollars 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61mm. Proof. Mintage: 999. Special technology: Color application; smartminting©. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Chameleon Coin One side features the colored front part of a chameleon to the left on a branch, its head turned towards the observer, […]

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United States Mint Establishes Pricing for 2020 Numismatic Products

The United States Mint is announcing pricing for recurring and new United States Mint numismatic products in accordance with the tables shown below: American Innovation $1 Coins Connecticut (to be released September 29): Massachusetts (to be released October 29): Maryland (to be released November 23): South Carolina (to be released Winter 2020): George H.W. Bush […]

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Numismatic Crime – Suspects Wanted in Memphis Coin Shop Robbery

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Suspects Wanted in Memphis Coin Shop Robbery On 9/7/20 a white male and white female entered “A Coin & Silver Shop” in Memphis, Tennessee wanting to see gold coins. Both subjects had a thick accent. The subjects looked at several gold coins […]

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A Rare Opportunity: GreatCollections Offers Mint State CAC 1798 Draped Bust Dime

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 20, bidding ends at GreatCollections for this toned 1798 Draped Bust dime of the Large 8 variety, graded MS-64+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. The Draped Bust dime was first issued in 1796, featuring what is called the Small Eagle reverse. In 1798, a new Heraldic Eagle reverse […]

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The Coin Analyst: Coin Designer Chris Costello Documents History and Culture With Numismatic Art

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. Chris Costello is a Boston-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator and typographer, and an award-winning coin designer who is always involved in many projects for different clients. He has been a coin collector since childhood and dreamed for many years of designing his own U.S. coin. Thirty years ago, […]

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Limited Edition GoldClad Coin Commemorates 400th Anniversary of Mayflower

The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of an extremely limited 2 oz Silver Ultra High Relief with GoldClad® sails coin to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Pilgrim Voyage on the Mayflower. On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth in the United Kingdom to voyage to America, known at […]

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United States Mint Opens Sales for Uncirculated Palladium Coin Sept. 24

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2020 American Eagle One Ounce Palladium Uncirculated Coin (product code 20EK) on September 24 at noon EDT. The coin contains one ounce of 99.95 percent palladium and is the collector version of the official United States Mint American Eagle One Ounce Palladium Bullion Coin, which […]

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Meteorite Coin in High Relief Celebrates Viñales Impact: CIT

Meteorite Impacts: Viñales Cook Islands. 5 dollars 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. 33mm. Proof. Mintage: 2,500. Special technology: smartminting© with an embedded piece of a meteorite. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side is a realistic depiction of a meteorite impact with an embedded piece of a meteorite. Above the legend […]

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David Lawrence Offers Rare 1800 Half Eagle, Toned 1885 Half and More…

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The Weekly Internet Auction #1136 is live and features 240 brand NEW coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including an elusive 1805 25c PCGS MS63, a beautifully toned 1885 50c PCGS/CAC […]

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Colonial Coins, Washingtoniana, Indian Peace Medals in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Auction

The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 11-13, 2020 Auction. Built over the course of more than half a century, the E Pluribus Unum Collection is replete with coins and medals […]

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Ancient and Modern Gold Coins Highlight Catawiki Auctions

By CoinWeek …. Internet auction site Catawiki offers a wide range of collectibles, including fine art, jewelry, comics, toys, militaria, wine, and antiques. Numismatists will also find a large selection of precious metal bullion, currency, stamps, and rare coins. This week, we focus on auction highlights that have recently closed and are still open for […]

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Gold Coins From Around the World Star in Künker Auction 340

Künker Gold Auction 340 by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Yes, gold is a very special material. It is the most ductile metal we know of. From a single gram of gold, a wire of two kilometers can be drawn. Humankind made use of this to gild all sorts of items with […]

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Incredible Gem 1894 Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With just 110,000 coins produced, the 1894 has the lowest mintage among circulation strike Morgan dollars from the Philadelphia Mint. It is a key date issue in this popular series, and is the rarest Philadelphia Mint Morgan in Mint State after only the 1901. When […]

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Roosevelt Dimes – History, Values and Some Key Dates: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the only U.S. president who served more than two terms in office, from 1932 to 1945. During that period, he took the country out of the Great Depression and guided it through most of World War II while also transforming the country in lasting ways […]

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GreatCollections Offers Key Date 1893-CC Morgan Dollar in Mint State

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 20, bidding ends at GreatCollections for this 1893-CC Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-64 by PCGS. The key date 1893-CC was the last Morgan dollar struck at the fabled Carson City Mint, and as such, it has been and remains a popular coin among collectors. And while the official mintage […]

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Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to Reconvene March 2021

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction Will Still Be Held in November 2020   The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo was prohibited from being held November 12–14, 2020, due to Maryland’s ongoing mitigation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The full Expo, one of the largest numismatic events of the year, will next be held at the Baltimore […]

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First Glow-in-the-Dark Coin in Sustainable World Series Honors the Tiger

By the Italian Mint …… The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance recently issued the latest coin in the Italian Mint’s 2020 Numismatic Collection, dedicated to animals in danger of extinction and in particular the tiger. The new collector coin celebrates the elegance and strength of the tiger through an innovative artistic representation. The bronzital […]

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A Quick Look at the Silver Clad Kennedy Half Dollar

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on March 26, 2013 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Talk about an under-appreciated series. The silver-clad Kennedy half dollar has always played second fiddle to its one-off 1964 and 1964-D 90% […]

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Legendary Chinese “Long-Whisker” Pattern Dollar at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… There are many highlights and exceptional rarities in the Stack’s Bowers upcoming October Hong Kong auction. But principal among them is a fabled “long-whisker” pattern dollar designed by Luigi Giorgi, the accomplished head of the central mint at Tientsin during the closing years […]

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Evolution of Life Coin Series Continues With Diplocaulus Fossil

Evolution of Life – Diplocaulus Mongolia. 500 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61mm. Antique finish. Mintage: 999. Special technology: partially plated. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Mongolia. 1,000 Togrog. 2020. Gold .9999. 0.5g. 11mm. Proof. Mintage: 15,000. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side presents the skull and the upper […]

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Classic US Silver Dollars – Brilliant Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar

Every circulation-strike issue from the inception of the Morgan dollar series in 1878 through 1904 was accompanied by a small run of Proofs, typically in the high hundreds of pieces. The year 1921, when Morgan dollar output resumed for one last time using newly created hubs, was different in a number of ways, including the […]

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Coins of the Conquerors of Rome

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, so, too, did it not fall in one. It actually took three days, spread out over 66 years. Theodosius the Great (reigned 379-395 CE) was the last man to rule the entire Roman Empire, both East and West. On his […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Present Record-Setting Hong Kong Sale in October

Venerable coin firm Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio is pleased to announce their fall Hong Kong auction comprising seven sessions over five days, split between live and online portions. This sale stands as the firm’s largest Hong Kong offering to date with respect to total lots, with over 4,600 lots of coins, medals, and currency, mostly […]

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

During August, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in an auction in Dallas, in two live auctions in Las Vegas, and in public internet sales. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1853 With Arrows Dime in MS-64 On August 2, the firm […]

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Royal Mint Partners With NGC to Offer Certified Coins

The Royal Mint, the official mint of the United Kingdom, has partnered with Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the world’s largest third-party coin grading service. For the first time, The Royal Mint will work directly with NGC to expertly grade and encapsulate portions of its unique product offerings, giving its customers and collectors more options than […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Offers Key Date Flying Eagle Cent, Mercury Dime, More

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The new David Lawrence Rare Coins’ Our Weekly Internet Auction #1135 is LIVE and features 225 new coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a Gem example 1927-S 5c PCGS MS65 […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Lunar Series III Year of the Ox 1oz Gold Bullion Coin

These magnificent gold coins celebrate the Year of the Ox, the second of 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar ox in 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, and every 12th preceding year are said to be kind, intelligent, honest, and reliable. Admired for their […]

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Rare Gold, Currency Highlights Heritage September 18-20 Dallas Signature Auctions

The historic offering of Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part 1 by Heritage Auctions sets the stage for an impressive lineup of coins in the September 18-20 Dallas Signature auction. The Friday afternoon session on September 18 includes 540+ lots featuring outstanding coins from colonials to medals and tokens. A full-fledged Premier […]

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The Provincial Coinage of Spain: Tauler and Fau Auction Sept. 22

By Jesús Orejas Valdés – Tauler and Fau …… The following highlights some of the coins from Tauler and Fau’s upcoming E-Auction 64 of Spanish coins (Vol. VII). * * * Following the end of the War of Spanish Succession in 1713, the new king Philip V had to face the problem that Spanish silver […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency 40 Recap: CoinWeek Streaming News

  CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. * * * CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks down five lots that you need to know about from the recently held Legend Rare Coin […]

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Why Some Liberty Seated Coins Have Arrows by the Date

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Liberty Seated coinage, one of the longest-running motifs on United States coins, remains one of the most popular and widely collected 19th-century types. These coins were produced at a time when it was standard for multiple denominations to share a common design, as was the case with the […]

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Royal Mint Celebrates ‘100 Years of Mystery’ With New Commemorative £2 Coin

The Royal Mint celebrates ‘100 years of Mystery’ in recognition of Dame Agatha Christie’s vast body of work with a commemorative £2 coin. The coin features a jigsaw as the basis of its design showing the puzzle gradually being pieced together until the final missing piece is dropped into place The edge inscription bears the […]

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A Seven-Mint Liberty Head Half Eagle Set on Steroids

Half Eagle collecting By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve written before on collecting a seven-mint set of Liberty Head half eagles. In case you’ve forgotten, the Liberty Head half eagle is the only American coin to have been struck at all seven of the mints that produced vintage US designs. These […]

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NGC-Certified English Gold Coins Showcased in Spink Sale

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified over 200 outstanding English gold coins that are now being offered in the Stratos Sale of Spectacular English Gold Coins by Spink on September 15, 2020. The sale includes phenomenal selections from several superb collections and represents one of the most prestigious offerings of English gold coins in years. The auction […]

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Salt River Bay National Park Five Ounce Silver Unc. Coin on Sale Sept. 18

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U.S. Virgin Islands on September 18 at noon EDT. The coin is priced at $178.25 USD. Production of this five ounce silver coin is capped […]

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting US Pattern Coinage

Assembling a complete set of US Pattern coins is an impossible task, but there are several collecting strategies that make these fascinating coins more accessible and fun to pursue   US Pattern Coinage by Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Years ago, Charles Anderson, owner of Whitman Publishing, began a collection of US […]

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ANA: Young Numismatist 6th Annual Live Auction, eLearning Seminars

By the American Numismatic Association (ANA) …… Young Numismatist 6th Annual Live Auction Join fellow young numismatists to bid on over 100 lots at a live auction hosted by ANA Numismatic Educator Sam Gelberd. Lots include U.S. and foreign coins, as well as Mint sets, banknotes, and numismatic literature. Whether you’ve participated in auctions before, […]

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Coin Board News Number 56 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 56 — Fall 2020 COVID-19 DELAYS NEW BOOK Yes, after being twice delayed at the printer by the ongoing pandemic, Volume Three in my trilogy of comprehensive books detailing coin album publishers and their product lines has finally […]

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Numismatic Crime – Coins Stolen From Mail, Armed Robbery of Portland Dealership

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… Minnesota Mall Theft The following coins were stolen from a locked display case inside the Moorhead Antique Mall: Austria, 2K ( Kreuzer), Salzburg, dated 1715, NGC graded MS 63, Certification #702118-015 Austria, 3K (Kreuzer), Hall, dated 1644, NGC graded MS 64, Certification […]

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Cutty Sark: Third Tall Ship Coin for 2020 from Pobjoy Mint

Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the third tall ship of the year, a series that has become incredibly popular coins amongst collectors. The new 50 pence coin features the Cutty Sark on behalf of British Indian Ocean Territory. The new coin commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the first voyage of the Cutty Sark, which […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Sell Collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah Jazz Owner for Nearly 25 Years

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the spectacular collection built by Utah businessman Larry H. Miller across two sales to be held in November and December 2020. Larry H. Miller was an entrepreneur and philanthropist most famous as the owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Utah Jazz from 1985 up to his death […]

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1943 Steel Penny and Copper Pennies: History, Values and a Rare Variety

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The year 1943 found the United States getting more deeply involved in World War II with overseas deployments. At home, there was the completion of the Pentagon building in Virginia, and air raid practices at night, and rationing of food and gasoline. Driven largely by the ramp-up in industrial and […]

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Royal Australian Mint CEO Steps Down After 10 Years

By Royal Australian Mint …… Ross MacDiarmid, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint, today announced that after 10 years at the helm he will be leaving the Mint on 4 December 2020. As the first Mint CEO with a private sector background, the transformation the Mint has gone through under Ross’ leadership has […]

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SS Republic 1857-S Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 13, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1857-S Liberty Head $20 Double Eagle gold coin recovered from the shipwreck of SS Republic graded AU-58 by NGC. The certified coin includes a display case and DVD from Odyssey Marine, the company that discovered the shipwreck site in 2003. 970,500 examples […]

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Shadows of the Past: The Commemorative Olympic Coins of Failed States

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. While watching the opening ceremony to the Olympic Games, one is easily overwhelmed by the pomp and circumstance. Costing hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars to host, the Games represent a massive financial commitment by the host city and country. As such, they tend to be propagandized […]

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ANA Members Recognized at Virtual Awards Ceremonies

Numismatics is the study and collection of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals, but at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) it is the people who truly define the hobby. Several individuals were recognized for their service and commitment to numismatics during the virtual Membership & Literary Awards and Service Awards, September 1 and 2. To […]

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Künker Offering Alexander Macomb Gold Medal From War of 1812 in Fall Auction

The Story of Alexander Macomb by Künker GmbH …… The Hero of the Second War of American Independence As part of its Auction 339, the auction house Künker offers a Congressional Gold Medal. This is no medal like any other, but the one President Madison handed personally to Alexander Macomb, the hero of Plattsburgh. We […]

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The 1936 Delaware Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… When it comes to commemorative coins, 1936 was one of the busiest years in United States Mint history. Some 21 distinct issues were minted that year, not even accounting for the numerous mintmark variations and some of the rare Proof and special presentation strikes that were also made that […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2021 Winged Victory Gold, Silver 1oz High Relief Proof Coins

These extraordinary 1oz gold and silver high-relief coins feature an innovative new design celebrating Nike, the goddess of victory, from renowned American coin engraver John M. Mercanti. In Greek mythology, Nike was invited to live on Mount Olympus by Zeus, the king of the gods, as a reward for becoming his charioteer during the Titan […]

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Coins of the Ludi Saeculares and Rome’s Millennial Games

Coins of the Ludi Saeculares by Steve Benner for CoinWeek ….. Saeculum, an Etruscan word, referred to the length of a human lifetime (100 or 110 years), or the time necessary to replace an entire generation. You may recognize it from the phrase “Novus Ordo Seclorum” (“A New Order of the Ages”), which appears on […]

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Jim Bisognani: Early Fall Surprises in the Coin Market

With US, world, and ancient coins all in demand, the collecting options are endless   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… As this article posts, another month has rolled around. Normally, September brings the heebie-jeebies to us in New England, as it means, with Labor Day behind us, summer is on her […]

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Royal Canadian Mint $2 Circulating Coin Celebrates 75th Anniversary of World War II

The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to launch a $2 circulation coin celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Canadians who defeated enemies of freedom after six long years of service on the battlefield and on the home front. Symbolic of that heroic accomplishment, a “V” for Victory figures […]

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Colonial Coin Highlights – Rare Noe 3-E Willow Tree Shilling, VF35

Willow Tree shillings are among the rarest Massachusetts silver pieces. The coins are believed to have been struck between 1653 and 1660, although some writers question the 1660 date, considering the rarity of these pieces today. The Willow Tree coinage was struck on a rocker press, which pressed blank planchets between curved dies in a […]

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Auto Dollars of Kweichow Featured in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Numismatic representations of automobiles are always popular due to their immense crossover appeal and the fact that such commonplace machines are seldom encountered in the hobby. Some of the earliest appearances were on medals rather than coins, as these generally commemorated auto shows […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1896 $2 Silver Certificate

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… The Series of 1896 Silver Certificates are referred to as the “Educational Series” in the hobby due to the design on the $1 “History Instructing Youth” issue. All three denominations in this series consist of elaborate allegorical artwork on the face of the note that makes one forget for […]

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Coin Commemorates 100th Anniversary of World’s Largest Water-Management Steam Pumping Station

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Royal Dutch Mint is celebrating the centennial of the Ir. D.F. Woudagemaal (in English: the D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station), the largest, still-operating steam pumping station in the world. It was opened on October 7, 1920, by Queen Wilhelmina, and its job was to pump excess water from […]

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Keeping a Coin Dealer’s Staff and Customers Safe: Avoiding COVID-19 and Customer Backlash

By John Maben – Pegasus Coin and Jewelry …… After 40 years in the coin business as a wholesaler and internet retailer, in November 2019 I opened Pegasus Coin and Jewelry in the Bradenton/Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch area of Florida. I’d invested several hundred thousand dollars in building out a really nice, bright, new, 1,500-square-foot showroom and […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #141: Precious Metals in Antiquity (with Mike Markowitz)

 CoinWeek Podcast #141: Precious Metals in Antiquity (with Mike Markowitz) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Today on the Coinweek Podcast, CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series expert Mike Markowitz returns this week for another solo show. In this episode, Mike takes a […]

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US Mint, Royal Mint Collaborate on Mayflower Anniversary Coins, Medals

The United States Mint and The Royal Mint (United Kingdom) have collaborated to create two limited-edition sets marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. The story of Mayflower is one that connects multiple communities, cultures, and countries. This transatlantic voyage brought 102 Pilgrims and migrants from Europe across the Atlantic and established a new […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1893-O Morgan Silver Dollar

Posted by Ben Wengel, NGC Grader ……. A recent 1893-O Morgan Dollar submission was confirmed a counterfeit when NGC graders identified one telltale sign. Recently, a well made die struck counterfeit Morgan dollar dated 1893-O was found in a bulk deal while at NGC. While the piece was well made, it had one telltale diagnostic that made […]

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Fighter Pilots: Knights of the Air Honored on New Silver Coins

Fighter Pilot – Real Heroes Cook Islands. 20 dollars. 2020. Silver .999. 3 oz. 50 mm. Black Proof. Mintage: 499. Special technology: smartminting©, partially printed, with micro minting. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin Fighter pilot with mirrored visor in front of honeycomb pattern; in the left field REAL / HERO in […]

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Tough Date Morgan, Scarce With Rays Nickel at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The new David Lawrence Rare Coins’ Sunday Internet Auction #1134 is live and features 265 coins plus 50 Vault Values and 75 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a glossy Gem Proof 1905 $2 1/2 PCGS/CAC Proof […]

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Donation Dollar – Royal Australian Mint Creates World’s 1st Dollar Coin Designed to be Donated

The Royal Australian Mint to produce millions of “daily reminders to give”   By Royal Australian Mint …… In the lead up to International Day of Charity (September 5), the Royal Australian Mint is releasing the world’s first Donation Dollar: a one-dollar coin designed to be donated. According to new research, three in five (57%) […]

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Q. David Bowers: The Last of the Encased Postage Stamp Issuers

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Lord & Taylor, the famous fashion retailer, is no longer with us, or at least not in its usual form. On August 3, 2020, the firm announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and stated it planned to close all 24 of its stores. Numismatically, Lord & Taylor […]

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Q. David Bowers: The Last of the Encased Postage Stamp Issuers

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Lord & Taylor, the famous fashion retailer, is no longer with us, or at least not in its usual form. On August 3, 2020, the firm announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and stated it planned to close all 24 of its stores. Numismatically, Lord & […]

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Roger Federer in Gold Among 4 New Coins Issued by Swiss Mint

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …… Four new coins from Swissmint went on sale on September 3, 2020. After the huge demand for the Roger Federer silver coins, the Mint has now issued 10,000 Roger Federer gold coins with a new design. At the same time, another 40,000 Roger Federer silver coins have been struck. […]

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$20 Bill Changes Since 1976: CoinWeek Streaming News

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan takes a survey of all of the different $20 bills that have been issued since roughly 1976. Quite a few signature […]

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Bid Now on Selections From the Bob R. Simpson Collection

Bob Simpson, a friend and valued client for over 20 years – and who is part-owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team, a philanthropist, and a lifelong Texas energy executive – is nothing short of a legendary figure in the rare coin hobby as well. Mr. Simpson stands as a singularly astute numismatist, and Heritage […]

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How and Why Gold Became the Most Important Metal for Coins

By Ursula Kampmann for Künker GmbH …… For centuries, silver was the preferred metal across the world when it came to coins and savings. In the 19th century, that changed. We’ll explain how and why, and illustrate what happened with the help of coins that will be coming under the hammer on September 30 and […]

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World War II 75th Anniversary Coin, Medal Designs Announced by US Mint

The United States Mint has officially announced the designs for the 2020 End of World War II 75th Anniversary Coin and Medal Program. The designs will be featured on a 24-karat gold coin and a silver medal. The common obverse design depicts an eagle in flight grasping an olive branch, symbolizing peace, in its right […]

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Mint State 1898 Liberty Head $10 Gold Eagle Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 6, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1898 Liberty Head $10 gold eagle graded MS-64 by PCGS and approved by CAC. In general, with 812,130 coins having been produced, the 1898 gold eagle struck in Philadelphia isn’t the rarest issue of the series. But like most Liberty Head eagles, […]

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Perth Mint Unveils 2021 Bullion Coins Amid Metals Rally

As an issuer of world-renowned investment products, The Perth Mint has unveiled the 2021 designs of Australia’s official bullion coin program. The annual range of precious metal coins portrays detailed artistry of the kangaroo in pure gold, silver, and platinum, alongside the koala and kookaburra in fine silver, complemented by the ox in the trio […]

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NGC Releases Image Gallery, Video for Partrick Collection

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has updated its image gallery of the Donald G. Partrick Collection with more than 1,000 additional coins, tokens, and medals, giving numismatists the opportunity to explore this unparalleled collection of Colonial and early US coins. The Partrick Collection, entirely certified by NGC, includes some of the greatest rarities in all of […]

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Arctic Culture and Natural Resources Headline Royal Canadian Mint Sept. Collector Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint has proudly issued a new collector coin crafted entirely of Nunavut-sourced gold. Entirely Arctic, from its design to its metal content, the reverse of the 2020 $10 Pure Gold Coin – An Inuk and a Qulliq, is the creation of Nunavut artist Ulaayu Pilurtuut. Motifs of a traditional qulliq, an Inuit […]

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The 1898 Chihli Dollar — A Monumental Gem With a Monumental Pedigree

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… While the massive collection formed by the legendary Eduard Kann stands as a pinnacle of Chinese numismatics, other impressive collections were also formed by numismatists intrigued by their stays in China. One such collection was that of General Miles Stanley Newton of the United […]

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A Closer Look at the Republic of Texas 1843 25¢ Exchequer Bill

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… Prior to being admitted to the union as the 28th state, Texas existed as a republic from 1836 to 1846. Famous Texan Sam Houston would be elected as president of the Republic of Texas twice, the second time rigorously overseeing the final issue of Texas paper money before statehood. […]

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What I Learned About Liberty Head Half Eagles From the Fairmont Hoard

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In their August 2020 auction, Stack’s Bowers introduced the numismatic world to another facet of the seemingly limitless hoard that is the Fairmont Collection: a comprehensive date run of Liberty Head half eagles. We’ve come to expect large hoards of double eagles from overseas sources, as […]

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Heritage Auctions to Offer the Unparalleled Donald G. Partrick Collection

Heritage Auctions will offer the Donald G. Partrick Collection in a series of auctions over the next year, making available one of the most historic collections of American colonial coins ever assembled. Partrick spent five decades diligently acquiring only the finest pieces of American history with the assistance of trusted advisor Jon Hanson, and as […]

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Historic Origins and Values of the Wheat Penny: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Lincoln cent has been issued continuously since 1909, longer than any other coin currently produced by the United States. It has seen three different reverse subtypes during that period while retaining the same obverse (apart from slight modifications) and it is a coin that has long appealed to both […]

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Choice VF 1815/2 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples were […]

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Choice VF 1815/2 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples […]

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Carstensz Pyramid Newest Coin in Award-Winning High Relief 7 Summits Series

The 7 Summits – Carstensz Pyramid Cook Islands. 25 dollars 2020. Silver .999. 5 oz. 65 mm. BU. Mintage: 777. Special Technology: smartminiting©, partially colored. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side shows a bird’s eye view of the Carstensz Pyramid, whose peaks are minted in raised relief. The piece is […]

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PCGS Grades Rare 20th-Century Russian Gold Coin

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There are many fantastic numismatic rarities among Russian coinage. One such coin is the Russian 1906 5 Roubles, which has a mintage of only 10 pieces. It is a stopper for anyone hoping to complete a set of 20th-century gold or Nicholas II 5 Roubles gold coin sets. One […]

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Ancient Roman Coins of the Muses

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. The Mint of the Roman Republic operated under the supervision of magistrates known as the Tresviri Aere Argento Auro Flando Feriundo (“three men for casting [and] striking bronze silver [and] gold”). This was a board of three men (tresviri), each of whom was just beginning his public career […]

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Fresh High-End Coins Star in Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 40

Record prices realized as coin market yet again shows strength in an uncertain world   Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) just concluded an immensely successful Regency Auction, the firm’s 40th, in Las Vegas. The official auction of the PCGS Members Only Show, LRCA’s hand-curated, boutique-style offered a wide array of popular coins in many different […]

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Heaton Mint Coin From Kiangnan Highlighting Stack’s Bowers’ Hong Kong Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Late in the 19th century, China began to modernize its coining system, moving away from the cast “cash” coinage that had been standard for over two millennia and toward a denominated rubric more in line with the western world. Various provincial mints began striking […]

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New York International Numismatic Convention Announces New Speakers

The 49th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) has announced the addition of two educational programs to its slate of club meetings and activities. The NYINC will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York, located on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Convention activities will be held from Friday, January 8 through […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – 1970-S Proof Washington Quarter Struck on Silver Barber Quarter

1970-S Proof Washington Quarter Struck on a Silver Barber Quarter NGC PF 65 One of Two Known   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Proof coins are struck by technicians who hand feed the blanks into special presses. They are produced, examined, and packaged using extreme quality control. It is very unusual to […]

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Highest ANA Awards Given to Numismatists Making a Difference

American Numismatic Association to Honor Recipients Virtually   The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is honoring several numismatists who not only lead by example but pave new avenues within the numismatic hobby. Recognized for their dedication, hard work, passion and contributions, these recipients will be acknowledged during the ANA’s virtual Membership & Literary Awards and Service […]

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Jeff Garrett: Consider Collecting Colonial Coins

The possibilities for collecting colonial coinage are as endless as the coins are fascinating   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… A few weeks ago, NGC announced that it had recently certified hundreds of additional colonial coins from the extraordinary collection assembled by Donald G. Partrick. NGC had certified about 350 colonial […]

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Heritage Presents Special Auctions of Mexican 8 Reales, Canadian Paper Money

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