Category Archives: US Type Coins

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

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

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New to Collecting & on a Budget? Where to Begin With Vintage US Coins

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… Just because you’re not a millionaire doesn’t mean you can’t have a great deal of fun building an interesting coin collection. And because you don’t have a ton of money also doesn’t mean you have to confine your collecting to modern issues. All too often, we focus on the […]

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A World of Money: An Impressive Large Example of China’s Earliest Gold Coinage

By Heritage Auctions …… Our December 5-6 Hong Kong Signature Auction of World and Ancient Coins features one of the most unique forms of currency we’ve offered – a sheet of “Block or Cube Money” from the State of Chu, dating to the period 400-220 BCE. It is divided into roughly 18 squares, each stamped […]

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Heritage December Dallas Auction Open for Bidding

The Heritage December 5-7 Signature auction of US coins, taking place at Heritage’s world headquarters in Dallas, is now open for bidding! Building on the momentum from the ANA auction, Long Beach, and others, it features a loaded Premier Session on Thursday evening, December 5, plus two floor sessions on Friday — one in the […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: Shipwreck Coins

  By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …. Thanks to a fellow pedigree collector, I’ve started to add shipwreck coins to my collection. There’s a lot of information available on each shipwreck, and the stories are as interesting as any “land-based” hoard so why not? The nice thing about building any pedigree collection is that you […]

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Legend Rare Coin’s Regency Auction 34 – CoinWeek Preview

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 34 will be held on September 26 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. This auction will contain a wide array of US coins, including THE TYPE SET, assembled by Oliver Jung; The Hanover Collection of Lincoln cent varieties; and the Meridian Collection […]

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Jeff Garrett: Getting Started in U.S. Coin Collecting

Ten answers to the question: What coins should I pursue in U.S. Coin Collecting ? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… I often have conversations with others about the growth of numismatics. Most, if not all, agree on the importance of attracting young people to the hobby. Not long ago, I spoke with […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1900-S $5 Half Eagle

This Middle Eastern counterfeit coin lacks the details of a genuine 1900-S Half Eagle. Counterfeit Coin Detection By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… When we think of Counterfeit Coin Detection in the coin market today, we imagine deceitful people attempting to pass off a fake as genuine to a dealer or collector based on its numismatic […]

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Rago to Host Inaugural Online-Only Numismatic Auction on Bidsquare.com

By Rago Arts & Auctions ……   From June 15 through June 30, Rago Auctions is pleased to present its first ever online-only sale of U.S. and world coins and currency. Hosted on bidsquare.com, this 114-lot sale features a strong showing of numismatic specialties and interests, including U.S. paper currency from the 19th century, silver […]

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$5 Indian Gold, 19th-Century Type Coins Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1062 includes a selection of over 375 New Items with a pair of fantastic collections. The sale is highlighted by the Prestige Collection of 19th-Century Type and the Cavalier Collection of $5 Indian Gold, two fresh offerings straight out of the numismatic woodwork, along with 75 […]

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Beautiful Draped Bust Half Dollar Among Gem Type Coins of Latest David Lawrence Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1059 includes a selection of 415 New Items along with 100 No Reserve Lots and 50 Vault Value Items. We are excited to offer 13 quality selections from the Big Easy Collection this week in Auction #1059. From tougher Type and Key Dates, all coins come […]

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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – 1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit 1907-S Gold $10 Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. NGC recently received a counterfeit gold coin submission of a 1907-S Eagle that had an Arabic punch. Most collectors associate chopmarks with the short-lived Trade Dollar series, which circulated extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Many merchants chopmarked the coins to show that the […]

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What are the Ideal Coins To Put Into a US Type Set ?

US Type Set Strategies By Stewart Huckaby I wrote a previous article in this space about Type Sets, and some of the considerations involved in putting them together. At a recent coin club meeting, I decided to talk a bit about some of the topics I had covered in the article, but beyond that, I […]

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US Coin Profiles – Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1, 1916-1917

Description: Charles Barber’s quarter dollar design was introduced in 1892, a beneficiary of the provision of the Mint Act of 1890 which allowed for the design of a coin to be changed every 25 years. Though not mandated by law, Barber’s designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar were set aside in 1916. Mint […]

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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: The 1916-D Mercury Dime, from AG3 to VG8

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. For as long as I’ve been around coins, the 1916-D Mercury dime has always been one of the most sought after and dangerous twentieth-century U.S. coins. Sought-after due to its status as the key date in the enduringly popular Mercury series; dangerous due decades of chicanery played […]

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The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

  By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as complex as the Morgan dollar is – and it is – the Peace dollar really takes the cake for being a difficult coin to grade. It’s not that graders […]

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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins – Franklin Half Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ……   In this installment of Grading Coins, I’m going to talk about the popular Franklin half dollar series. The Franklin half dollar was struck for just 15 years, from 1948 to 1963. It was replaced in 1964 by the Kennedy half, under circumstances that need no explanation […]

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Q. David Bowers: Numismatic Books & the Appeal of Double Eagles

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Double eagles have always been one of my favorite series. The first one I ever owned was an 1855-S when I was a teenager in the early 1950s. Graded perhaps EF-40, it was fascinating to hold. Where had it been in the past hundred years? How […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Cool Coin 1834-1933 Gold Type Set

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Earlier in 2017, I wrote an article about collecting US gold coins by type. This article generated a lot of feedback; some favorable, some not. I was accused of being an elitist by some collectors, mainly because some of the coins discussed in the article […]

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CoinWeek IQ: INFOCUS – Draped Bust Quarters – 4K Video

 CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com and the industry’s leading experts. The rare coin market has peaks and valleys. For astute collectors, this is a good thing. A recent dip in the rare coin market has seen the prices of many important American coins down slightly in recent years. Gary […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… The decision to collect this series should not be made lightly as Liberty Head double eagles have the distinction as being among the most difficult and longest-lived series in all of 19th/early 20th century American numismatics. Specializing in 20 Libs requires patience, a healthy budget (although there are ways […]

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So, You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   The decision to collect this series should not be made lightly as Liberty Head double eagles have the distinction as being among the most difficult and longest-lived series in all of 19th/early 20th century American numismatics. Specializing in 20 Libs requires patience, a healthy budget (although there are […]

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Coin Collecting Tips: Liberty Coins On A Budget

Seated, standing, walking, draped or capped — assemble a type set featuring Ms. Liberty By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. The Fourth of July — our great republic has just celebrated the 241st anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and for 225 of those years we’ve been striking coins (Gulp! — […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 15: Two Cent Pieces

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #283 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds….   [Originally published on June 24, 2015. --CW] Like Three Cent nickels, Two Cent Pieces tend to be interesting topics for conversations, even among non-collectors. Many people are astonished or curious to learn that […]

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NGC Instructors at ANA Summer Seminar

For over 40 years, ANA Summer Seminar has featured classes to suit virtually every collector’s hobby needs The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for numismatic scholarship and camaraderie that offers students a varied selection of week-long courses designed for discovery or continued study. You will be exposed to fascinating subjects […]

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Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 26: Capped Bust Quarters

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #360 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This series of articles is aimed at collectors who do not wish to spend more than $500 for any one coin yet seek to build meaningful, enjoyable and noteworthy collections of classic […]

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Classic U.S. Coin for Less Than $500 Each, Part 25: Liberty Head Nickels

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #355 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Publicly distributed, Liberty Head nickels were minted from 1883 to 1912. A set of business strike Liberty Head nickels may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any one coin. […]

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Early American Coin Auctions – The Carolina Collection

By Arnold Miniman, Collector for Stack’s Bowers …… The Carolina Collection will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Early American Coins auction session held in conjunction with the Colonial Coin Collectors Club. The session begins Friday evening at 4:00 PM ET, on November 4, 2016, in Room 308. The auction is now online for viewing […]

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USA Coin Album: Numismatic Lame Ducks

By David W. Lange, Research Director at NGC …….. In politics, a lame duck is an official whose term of office is concluding and whose successor has already been elected. In effect, this person is seen as no longer useful. This term has a numismatic application as well. Among USA coins there have been many […]

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NCS Conservation: Special Concerns For Gold Coins

Although gold coins are less impacted by environmental effects than silver and copper coins, they are not completely impervious to such damage Even though gold is the most stable metal typically used to make coins, a gold coin or one that is mostly gold is not impervious to the perils of poor long-term storage. Problems […]

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Federal Judge Announces Ruling in SS Central America Case

By Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc …. Ira Owen Kane, the court-appointed Receiver for the salvor of the SS Central America, Recovery Limited Partnership (RLP), announced today that on August 31, 2016, Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, granted RLP a salvage award of 100% of the […]

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New Guide Book of Peace Dollars Explores America’s Last Silver Dollar and the Mysterious 1964-D Coinage

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the updated and revised third edition of the Guide Book of Peace Dollars, by award-winning numismatic researcher Roger W. Burdette. The 288-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online at www.Whitman.com). […]

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When My Saint Came Marching in: One Collector’s Pursuit & Tips on Buying Cheap Gold Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… I recently bought a circulated 1910 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coin, and it only took 23 years. Big whoop? Perhaps not to deep-pocketed bullion investors or rare coin aficionados. But for me, it was a numismatic accomplishment I doubted I’d be able to achieve financially. An unusual rags-to-riches […]

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When My Saint Came Marching in: One Collector’s Pursuit & Tips on Buying Cheap Gold Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   I recently bought a circulated 1910 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coin, and it only took 23 years. Big whoop? Perhaps not to deep-pocketed bullion investors or rare coin aficionados. But for me, it was a numismatic accomplishment I doubted I’d be able to achieve financially. An unusual […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #347 U.S. half cents were first struck in 1793, and Braided Hair half cents were introduced in 1840. It is generally believed, though, that all half cents dating from 1840 to 1848 are Proofs. Indeed, standard references imply that no […]

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Circulated Barber Half Dollars – A Look Back at Two Decades of Specialization

By Thomas Bush – Thomas Bush Numismatics …… Dull. Boring. Uninspired. Blatant plagiarism of the work of Eugène-André Oudiné. Or even “the throat is that of a gladiator”![1] The Charles Barber coinage of 1892 has been ridiculed and derided over the years with the above-mentioned ideas and statements. Perhaps with no small bit of irony, […]

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CoinWeek IQ: CoinWeek Walks Through an NGC Coin Submission at the ANA World’s Fair of Money – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com ….. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is one of the leading grading services in the rare coin industry. In this CoinWeek IQ video, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan submits 13 gold and silver coins for grading at NGC, watches as his order is grading by NGC’s expert […]

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First Read: The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …. The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt by Allan Schein The period of our nation’s monetary history that began shortly after the turn of the century and ran until about 1932 or ’33 […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 21: Matron Head Large Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #343 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… For less than $500 per coin, an extensive and impressive collection of early U.S. copper coins could be assembled ‘by date.’ Although Matron Head large cents could be […]

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Bela Lyon Pratt Quarter & Half Eagle Gold Coin Book to Debut at ANA World’s Fair

New book on classic Indian Head U.S. gold coins by author of Mexican Beauty: Un Peso Caballito By Allan Schein ….. Author Allan Schein announces the release of his newest numismatic book, The $2½ & $5 Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt. 18 months in the writing this 415-page book contains more than 700 images […]

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Classic US Coins – You Can’t Roller-Skate In This Buffalo Herd

By Jim Bisognani – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …..   Online Auctions Tide Collectors Over – My Five–0 Season Continues Summer 2016 has certainly been busy and eventful. Numismatically speaking I can’t recall having enjoyed our hobby as much as I continue on my Five-0—fifty years as a collector-season. Things have changed in so many ways […]

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Collecting Classic US Coins: Gem Circulated

Attractive coins can be found at all levels of the Sheldon scale Much attention in numismatics is focused on quality. One of the most common pieces of wisdom dispensed by experienced numismatists is to buy the best you can afford. For decades this advice has served most collectors very well. Top quality coins have been […]

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Classic U.S. Coins – Key Date Coins for Less Than $2,500, Pt. 2: Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #340 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… During the history of coin collecting in the United States, most coin enthusiasts at one time or another have sought to complete, or nearly complete, a set of […]

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Interpreting Auction Prices for PCGS & NGC “MS-66” Barber Quarter Type Coins

News and Analysis of scarce coins,  markets, and the coin collecting community #330 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… This discussion is aimed at a wide audience, not just prospective buyers of Barber quarters. Indeed, the broader implications of interpreting auction results for type coins over a five-year period are of interest to […]

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Classic US Coins – The Walking Liberty Short Set, 1941-1947

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com ….. The Walking Liberty short set is getting hot right now, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Adolph Weinman’s Walking Liberty half dollar is one of the most beautiful coins ever produced in the United States, and Collectors have long respected it as one of the great American coins. […]

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Top 5 Modern Coins at Legend Regency Auction XVII

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   The upcoming Legend Regency Auction XVII that will be held at Harrah’s in New Orleans offers a robust array of 472 lots, most of which consist of classic U.S. copper, silver, and gold coins from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The May 19, 2016 auction will also […]

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Top 5 Modern Coins at Legend Regency Auction XVII

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek …….   The upcoming Legend Regency Auction XVII that will be held at Harrah’s in New Orleans offers a robust array of 472 lots, most of which consist of classic U.S. copper, silver, and gold coins from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The May 19, 2016 auction will also […]

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US Coins & Currency: The History of Nudity on U.S. Money

By Littleton Coin Company ……….. Nude: devoid of a natural or conventional covering, especially a person’s flesh. Whether you say nude, naked, unclothed, in the buff or nekkid… It’s the most natural state a person can be in. And yet, the only thing that’s socially acceptable is to cover up. It seems as though this […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies – Blueprints for Collecting Morgan Silver Dollars

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities ….. From buzzard to beau (bow) dollar, that large silver coin minted from 1878 to 1904 and again in 1921 has gone by a number of names. Regardless of the moniker, few coins have captured the hearts and minds of both collector and general public as much as the Morgan […]

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Coin Collecting Strategy – Building a Type Set as a Rare Coin Investment

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek – MFrarecoins.com …….  In general, segments of the coin market appreciate together, rather than by specific coin issues that pull away from the rest of the pack – such as 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents, 1889-CC Morgan silver dollars or 1911-D $2.50 gold coins, for example.  Instead, during various time periods, […]

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US Coins – An Overview of the Standing Liberty Quarter Series – Part 1

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……   Historical Background The entire run of American coinage received a major overhaul and aesthetic upgrade between 1907 and 1921. Each and every denomination was redesigned, and with the exception of the two-and-a-half and five-dollar gold coins, each had its own unique appearance. These designs were a clear departure from […]

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Numismatic Demographics – Aging Baby Boomers and Rare Gold Coin Prices

I recently received an email from a collector who asked what I thought were an extremely intelligent group of questions. In a nutshell, he asked the following. As boomers age, are we nearing a bubble in coin prices?

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CoinWeek Podcast #5: CoinWeek: The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part II – Audio: 7:11

In this CoinWeek podcast, editor Charles Morgan adapts ModernCoinWholesale founder and former NGC Grader Ron Drzewucki’s second article on the differences between and the similarities of two of America’s favorite collectible coins: the Morgan dollar and the American Silver Eagle. In this podcast, toning, strike, and packaging are covered. “The Morgan Dollar vs. the American […]

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APMEX Ramps Up Rare Coin Selections

A leader in the Precious Metals industry for over 15 years, APMEX has always had a small selection of collector coins, as part of their bullion-rich inventory. This year, however, APMEX made a strategic business decision to give many more old coins and currency new homes by growing their rare coin and currency inventory selections. […]

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MS-63 or MS-65 Morgan Dollars – Which Grade is Right for You?

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….. You know, one of the great things about this hobby is that there’s something in it for everybody. Let’s say that you were really into cars, a real gear head. Unless you’re independently wealthy or a hedge fund trader, it’s doubtful that you’d ever get a chance to experience the […]

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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Franklin Half Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale In this installment of Grading Coins, I’m going to talk about the popular Franklin half dollar series. The Franklin half dollar was struck for just fifteen years, from 1948 to 1963. It was replaced in 1964 by the Kennedy half dollar. The circumstances behind the release of that […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 4: Barber and Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We continue our guide to the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set by focusing on the century’s forgotten denomination, the half dollar. For many Americans, the fact that the United States continues to produce a half dollar would come as a surprise. The coin hasn’t been a […]

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A Case for Modern Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com…. Originally posted on Ron’s blog at www.moderncoinwholesale.com on 7/17/2014. To some collectors, “modern” is a dirty word, signifying the worst of everything in the hobby. The worst coins. The worst monetary policy. The worst design. To others, “modern” represents something democratic and personal. The money we use every day is […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards : The Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek…. On a winter day like any other winter day in February 2012 in the village of Les Riceys, France, a common laborer of simple means awoke and headed to work at the Lanson Winery. Upon arrival, he was dispatched to help prepare a barn for the upcoming grape harvest. Once […]

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The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 1: Finest 1796 – ’97 Draped Bust Half Dollar

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #264 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… This is the first in a series on the Pogue Family Collection, probably the greatest set of pre-1840 U.S. coins ever assembled. This collection will be offered by Stack’s-Bowers […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 5: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Eagles ($10 Gold Pieces)

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #241 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds   Liberty Eagles were minted from 1838 to 1907. There are three types or subtypes. Gobrecht, also called ‘Head of 1838,’ Eagles  were produced during just two years, 1838 […]

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