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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Certified American Tokens & Medals Offered in August Heritage Auction

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

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

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

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Simpson Collection Part I Auction Announced for September 17, 2020

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

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

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

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Spotlight on Mint Error Coins in Month-Long Heritage Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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

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

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

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

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bidding Open in Heritage Dallas Platinum Night and Signature Auction

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

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Historic collections of United States coins and exonumia offered in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction

1793 Wreath cent, S-NC-3 Strawberry Leaf, VG10BN, Parmelle Collection. Images by Professional Coin Grading Service

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Heritage Offers Aberon Collection of Virginia Obsolete Banknotes

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

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Künker Summer World Coin Auction Yields Record Prices for Talers

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

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

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

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David Lawrence Features Hansen Collection Coins, More Key Nickels

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

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Special Selection of Brazilian Coins in Heritage Monthly Auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Highlights of Stack’s Bowers Upcoming July Precious Metals Auction

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

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Scarce Gem Red 1914-D Lincoln Cent at GreatCollections

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

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

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

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

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

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Ultra Rare Issued 1919 50 Rubles Provisional Government Russian Banknote

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

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

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

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New York International Numismatic Convention Announces 2021 Schedule

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

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

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

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Regency Auction 39 – Lots You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

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

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Ancient, World Coin Heritage Signature Auction Open for Bidding Soon

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

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

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

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Heritage Auctions sells more U.S. Coins than all other auctioneers combined during first six months of 2020

Record Sale: $2,160,000 for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 (Double Eagle) sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2020. Images by Heritage Auctions

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U.S. rare coin market quite active despite pandemic, reports Professional Numismatists Guild

With a winning bid of $2,160,000, this 1927-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle was the most valuable U.S

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

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

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

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

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The Duke of Lansing Collection of British Coronation Medals

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

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

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

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Park Avenue Numismatics Internet Auctions to Launch July 2020

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

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U.S. rare coin market quite active despite pandemic, reports Professional Numismatists Guild

With a winning bid of $2,160,000, this 1927-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle was the most valuable U.S

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

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

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

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

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Heritage Auctions sells more U.S. Coins than all other auctioneers combined during first six months of 2020

Record Sale: $2,160,000 for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 (Double Eagle) sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2020. Images by Heritage Auctions

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries announces schedule for August 5-7, 2020 Auction at Bellagio Hotel and Casino — Las Vegas

1793 Chain S-1 AMERI, PCGS AU-53BN, Pedigreed to Paul Gerrie and featured in The ESM Collection. Hover to zoom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries announces schedule for August 5-7, 2020 Auction at Bellagio Hotel and Casino — Las Vegas

1793 Chain S-1 AMERI, PCGS AU-53BN, Pedigreed to Paul Gerrie and featured in The ESM Collection. Hover to zoom

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

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

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More Sovereigns From the Caranett Collection Available From Heritage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canadian Tokens of Douglas Robins Collection Part II up for Bidding

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

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

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

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

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

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Key Date Coins of Tri-Century Collection at David Lawrence

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

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

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

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Taler 500th Anniversary: Künker Summer Auction 337

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tauler and Fau Auction 60 Ancient & World Coin Highlights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pattern Coins of the French Second Republic Highlight Künker Auction 337

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fractional Gold Featured in Month-Long Heritage Auction

A fascinating corner of US numismatic history is in the spotlight as the latest Month-Long Heritage Auction focuses on Fractional gold. These small coins, privately minted in California during and after the gold rush by various minters, come in denominations of 25 cents, 50 cents, and one dollar, and in both round and octagonal shapes. […]

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GreatCollections to Auction $6 Million Catskill Collection of Rare U.S. Coins

200+ coins, including major U.S. rarities: 1794 $1 and $4 Stella   GreatCollections is pleased to announce the Catskill Collection of U.S. coins, the most valuable single collection ever consigned to our firm. The collection comprises of 240 certified coins graded by PCGS and NGC and includes many major rarities, such as a 1792 half […]

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Top Pop Proof 1958 Franklin Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Proof 1958 Franklin half dollar is a modern rarity that presents a severe challenge to specialists seeking the highest grade levels. With only 875,652 Proof half dollars struck, the 1958 is the lowest mintage issue from the second half of the series, which would eventually […]

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U.S. Colonial Coin Profile: Finest Certified Sommer Islands Small Portholes Sixpence

Known as the Bermuda Islands today, the Sommer Islands were uninhabited until discovered and eventually settled by means of a series of shipwrecks. The first recorded visit to the islands occurred in 1505 by Spanish explorer Juan Bermudez, who again sailed to the islands in 1532 and shipwrecked there. Englishmen Henry May and Captain Lancaster […]

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Gold Quarter Mohurs of the Zand at Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… While the American colonies were in the midst of a revolution that would see them gain independence from Great Britain, Persia on the other side of the world was mostly experiencing a period of peace and relative stability following decades of infighting. The Zands […]

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Proof V Nickel, Barber Half Dollar Collections at David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1120 consists of over 400 brand NEW coins plus over 35 Vault Values and 60 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a crisp 1858 Flying Eagle 1c PCGS MS66 (Large Letters), a popular 1882-CC […]

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Künker Summer Auction Sales 337-338 Now Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, The catalogues for our upcoming Summer Auction Sales are now online. From 22 to 26 of June 2020, we will hold two auctions at the hotel Vienna House Remarque in Osnabrück (former Steigenberger Hotel Remarque). About 3,600 lots with a total estimate of about […]

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NGC-Certified Franklin Half Dollars Highlight GreatCollections Auction

Online bidding ends soon for the May 31 sale   One of the leading auction houses, GreatCollections, currently has some of the finest-known NGC-graded Franklin half dollars listed in their auctions, including the single-finest 1953-S business strike with Full Bell Lines, as well as the single-finest 1951 Proof. Key Date 1953-S: a Rarity with Full […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 38 shows that, even in lockdown, rare coin market is robust

1879-O Liberty Head $20, PCGS AU-53, Blue Hill Collection Pedigree. Hover to zoom

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Acquires Carter Numismatics

Jason Carter Joins SBG as Executive Vice President   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to announce the acquisition of Carter Numismatics Incorporated and the addition of Jason Carter to its industry-leading team of numismatic professionals. Carter joins SBG as executive vice president and he, John Morgan and the CNI team will continue to operate out […]

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Confronting Sheldon

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Dr. William Herbert Sheldon, born on November 19, 1898 and dying on September 17, 1977, was venerated for decades as one of the historical giants of American numismatics. During his later life he took the stage as the godfather or even the resident deity of the highly specialized […]

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Condition Census 1845 Liberty Seated Dollar in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Throughout the 1840s, the United States Mint struck silver dollars only at the request of bullion depositors who asked for this denomination. There was no significant supply of domestically mined silver available during that decade, limiting the amount of bullion available for dollar coinage. The […]

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Apollo 17-Flown Silver Robbins Medallion Owned by Last Moonwalker in Heritage Space Exploration Auction

One of approximately 80 silver Robbins Medallions that flew on Apollo 17, which once belonged to the last man to walk on the moon, could bring $50,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Space Exploration Auction June 5 in Dallas, Texas. Apollo 17 Flown MS68 NGC Silver Robbins Medallion, Serial Number 159, Originally from the Personal […]

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Historic Browning Plate 1823/2 Quarter in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Few American rarities have been so carefully documented and studied for provenance as the 1823/2 Capped Bust quarters. The rarity of this date was already legendary by the time Montroville W. Dickeson wrote his 1859 American Numismatical Manual, where he pronounced this date “extremely rare.” In […]

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Just One Week Left Before Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure Auction 27 Goes Live

By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC …… We are a week away from the start of our Treasure, World, U.S. Coin & Paper Money Auction 27! Now is your LAST CHANCE to schedule to bid by phone or mail your bids. Here’s what you need to know to be ready to bid in the sale: Registration […]

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Two Rare U.S. Coins to be Auctioned for Charity by GreatCollections

The silver and gold coins are valued at over $60,000   Two of the most famous U.S. coins ever minted are being auctioned by GreatCollections for the benefit of the Andre’ F. Toce Sr. Family Foundation, a non-profit that has donated to a variety of causes, including supporting orphaned children in Africa and safe houses […]

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Armando Valdes Collection of South American Banknote Proofs at Heritage Auctions

The latest month-long currency auction from Heritage covers The Armando Valdes Collection of South American Banknote Proofs, a fascinating collection assembled over the course of more than a decade. This auction runs through May 31, with the live bidding session scheduled to begin at 7PM CT on May 31. Our team of expert numismatists and […]

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1879-O Liberty Head $20, PCGS AU-53, Blue Hill Collection Pedigree. Hover to zoom

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Over $13,000,000 in Coins and Banknotes Sold at Stack’s Bowers Ponterio’s 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce the results from their recently concluded May Hong Kong auction. Total prices realized for this monumental 10th anniversary sale were $13,207,382 USD, but that only tells part of the story. The sale had been rescheduled from its original date in March and was put in jeopardy of […]

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Danville Collection Morgan Dollars Highlights David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1119 consists of over 300 brand NEW coins plus over 50 Vault Values and over 80 No Reserve Lots. The Danville Collection of Morgan Dollars is an excellent assortment of high quality common dates or slightly better date Morgan Dollars. With a focus on […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency 38 Shows Market is Robust, Even in Lock Down

Collector coins shine draw record phone and internet bidding activity on webcast auction   Regency Auction Result Highlights by Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) …… An auction that was supposed to take place at Harrah’s in New Orleans–as part of the PCGS Members Only Show–was forced to become a webcast event held at Legend Rare […]

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Video Highlights of Tauler and Fau Ancient and World Coin Auction 60

On June 24, Tauler and Fau will hold their 60th monthly auction of world and ancient coin rarities. Below is a brief video that highlights some of the exquisite coins that will be on offer at Auction 60 later next month. The catalog will be available online at TauleryFau.com starting the first week of June. […]

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Rare Mint State 1907 Rolled Rim $10 Gold Offered in June Heritage Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions is proud to offer a true rarity as part of the US Coins Signature Auction, which has been moved from Long Beach to Heritage Auctions’ global headquarters in Dallas, June 4-7 due to the cancellation of the Long Beach Expo. One of only 50 pieces released and around 40 estimated to survive today, […]

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The “Dolphin Rider” Coinage of Tarentum: Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… An ever-popular collecting motif on ancient coins, the “dolphin rider” types represent an extremely important iconography for the coinage of Tarentum, the city upon which modern Taranto, Italy was built. Tarentum was founded in the eighth century BCE during a period of Greek colonization, […]

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Künker eLive Auction 60 With Ancient Coin, Phaleristic Rarities Now Online

Auction Sessions May 26-28   Künker Online eLive Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and collectors friends, Please find our next eLive Auction 60 with numismatic and phaleristic rarities ready to be viewed online. This time you will find over 2,600 lots, featuring pieces ranging from the ancient world to modern times as well […]

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Long Beach Signature Auction Featuring Choice Collections of Rare US Coins

We are excited to welcome you to Heritage’s Official Long Beach Expo Signature auction, to be held June 4, 5, and 7. Strong results from our recent Central States Numismatic Society auction reveal incredible strength in the rare coin market despite recent challenges from COVID-19. The tally is in, and our CSNS offerings totaled more […]

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Finest Graded 1862 Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

  Featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries upcoming June 2020 Santa Ana Auction is an incredible MS-68 (PCGS) 1862 Indian cent that stands alone at the top of the condition census. It is the sole finest 1862 cent graded by either PCGS or NGC, and is tied with the very finest known across the entire […]

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NGC Coins and PMG Notes Impress in Stack’s Bowers May Sale

A coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and a note certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) achieved the top results in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries coin and paper money auctions in Hong Kong, China held May 4-6, 2020. The top result in the coin auction was a China 1929 L&M-91 Italy Satin Finish Silver […]

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Key Peace Dollar, High Relief Saint at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1118 consists of over 250 brand NEW coins plus over 50 Vault Values and over 70 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a sharply struck and beautifully toned 1876 Trade$ PCGS MS66 (OGH) and […]

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PCGS 1938 Half Dollar Proof Sells for Record $81,562 at GreatCollections

After spirited bidding from 11 different collectors and dealers, the finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar ended up selling for a new all-time record price of $81,562 USD at GreatCollections on Sunday, April 26. The coin, graded PCGS PR68+ CAC, is the single finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar known from an original mintage of […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: “Holy Grail” BD-1 Variety 1796 Quarter Eagle

Gold $2.50 Quarter eagles were struck for the first time in 1796 and three die varieties are known for the date. This coin represents the extremely rare BD-1 variety, with the No Stars obverse and the arrowheads extending to the base of the I in UNITED on the reverse. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Museum […]

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The Caranett Collection of Gold Sovereigns Month-Long Heritage Auction

The Caranett Collection of Sovereigns is well-represented in the PCGS registry, with a current #1 rank in at least five different sets. Now, as a part of our series of Month-Long auctions, Heritage is privileged to be able to offer the sovereigns from these sets to our member-bidders, with coins available to collectors of all […]

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Spanish Colonial, Colombian Coins Star in Sedwick’s May 27-29 Treasure Auction

By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC …… A wealth of shipwreck gold and silver treasure plus a selection of Colombian numismatic rarities will star on May 27-29 in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s online Treasure, World, U.S. Coin & Paper Money Auction 27. As usual for this top auctioneer of Spanish colonial material, Sedwick’s sale features many […]

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Currency Auctions Allen Mincho honored with director emeritus title

Allen Mincho remains part of the Heritage family as he retires from full-time duties
Dallas, Texas (May 5, 2020) — After nearly two decades, Currency Auctions Director Allen Mincho will be retiring May 5 from Heritage Auctions, when he will assume the title of director emeritus.
“We are sincerely appreciative to Allen for his contributions to Heritage Auctions and to the currency collecting hobby,” Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman and CEO Steve Ivy said

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CoinWeek Preview: Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ REGENCY 38 Sale

 Legend Rare Coin Auctions is conducting Regency Auction #38 on May 14th during a live webcast. CoinWeek breaks down several key lots from the sale and provides its commentary on lots you should know about. Lots discussed in this video: Lot 17: $1 1888-O SCARFACE. PCGS MS62 CAC This is a nice example of […]

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CoinWeek Preview: Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ REGENCY 38 Sale

   Legend Rare Coin Auctions is conducting Regency Auction #38 on May 14 during a live webcast. CoinWeek breaks down several key lots from the sale and provides its commentary on lots you should know about. Lots discussed in this video: Lot 17: $1 1888-O SCARFACE. PCGS MS62 CAC This is a nice example […]

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Medals of Li Hung-Chang—Strategist, Diplomat & World Traveler

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… After spending his early life in scholarly pursuits, the rise of Li Hung-chang (李鴻章, Lǐ Hóngzhāng) began during the unrest created by the Taiping Rebellion—a Chinese civil war that lasted from 1850-1864. Given Li’s familiarity with Anhwei (Ānhuī) Province, he was tapped to advise […]

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Mint State 1801 $10 Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Struck from 1795 through 1804, the Capped Bust Right gold eagles are among the most beautiful and desirable coins to emerge from the early United States Mint. At 33 mm, the planchet is impressive and Robert Scot’s allegorical portrait of Liberty on the obverse is […]

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David Lawrence Features Peach City Collection of Classic US Quarters and Gold Coins

Our Sunday Internet Auction #1117 consists of 275 brand NEW coins plus 90 Vault Values and over 70 No Reserve Lots from the Peach City Quarter & Gold Collection. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items – including a gem 1961 50c PCGS/CAC Proof 67+ (DDO), a sharply struck 1883-S […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: Finest-Known Special Striking 1907-D Double Eagle

No official documentation on the striking of Proof or Specimen 1907-D Liberty double eagles has ever come to light, but at least three examples have been certified by the leading grading services in recent years, two specimen strikings at NGC and a single proof at PCGS. The unique Proof has been mentioned in the literature […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: Finest-Known Special Striking 1907-D Double Eagle

No official documentation on the striking of Proof or Specimen 1907-D Liberty double eagles has ever come to light, but at least three examples have been certified by the leading grading services in recent years, two specimen strikings at NGC and a single proof at PCGS. The unique Proof has been mentioned in the literature […]

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Classic Commemorative Month-Long Heritage Auction Open for Bidding

Now open for bidding is our auction specializing in Classic Commemorative US coins, available exclusively at coins.HA.com. This month-long auction focuses exclusively on US commemorative issues dated 1892-1954 and contains numerous very high grade coins among its offerings for all budgets. The Live session for this auction is scheduled for May 15. One of the […]

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The Curious Gold Fantasy Coins of Shanghai

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Outside the realm of normal Chinese numismatics is a series of unusual 50 and 25 tael denominations struck in gold, which have been seen for the past century as fantasies rather than official mint issues. These curious pieces feature legends that indicate they were […]

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Rare Ultra Cameo Proof 1883 $10 Eagle in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof gold coinage provides a special focus in United States numismatics, usually combining incredible visual appeal and extreme rarity. The Proof Liberty Head eagle is among the most popular but also the most challenging series in this category, with many annual mintages well below 50 pieces. […]

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CAC-Approved 1928-S Peace Dollar MS-65 at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, May 10, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this 1928-S Peace silver dollar graded MS-65 by PCGS in a gold shield holder and approved by CAC. It’s hard not to notice the mintage of 1,632,000 Peace dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1928. But like many coins popular with […]

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Over $33 Million Sells in Heritage Central States Auctions

The Heritage Auctions Central States sales are complete, and the results are in. Overall, more than $33.3 million in rare coins and currency changed hands during these auctions, which were moved from Chicago to Dallas due to the cancellation of the Central States show. All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. US Coins saw the […]

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Live Bidding Begins This Week for Stack’s Bowers 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Dear Friends, It is finally here – our 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction! Before I share some of the wonderful numismatic items that have been entrusted to us for this auction, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past and, perhaps more importantly, offer a heartfelt “thank you” to those who have […]

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Special Collection of Seated Liberty Dimes and Half Dimes at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1116 consists of 435 brand NEW coins plus 75 No Reserve Lots and 60 Vault Values. This week’s sale is chock-full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including an 1802 $1 PCGS XF40, an 1893-S $1 PCGS XF40, an 1808 $5 PCGS MS61, […]

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COVID-19 virus forces relocation of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles June Expo

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COVID-19 virus forces relocation of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles June Expo

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11 Things You Don’t Know About Selling Coins on eBay

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Plenty of people love it and plenty of people hate it, but we can all agree that eBay is a major part of the coin market. The service provides opportunities for everyone from casual collectors to huge dealers to sell their items. Whether you are thinking about selling or […]

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Rare Australian Half Sovereign Discovered by Metal Detector

Heritage Auctions will be offering a rare Australian Half Sovereign gold coin that was recently discovered by a metal detector in New Zealand. This scarce gold coin was one of only 21,000 Half Sovereigns minted in Sydney, Australia in 1855. Compared to a larger mintage of 478,000 the next year, it is clear that these […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents The May 2020 “Pop-Up” Collectors Choice Online Ancient & World Coin Auction

No Reserve Live Auction May 13, 2020 at 10:00 am PT   With most of the world still paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and coin shows becoming a distant—albeit fond—memory for many, Stack’s Bowers Galleries has decided upon an exciting change of pace. While our next regularly scheduled series of Collectors Choice Online auctions […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Relocates Their June 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ June 2020 Auction has been relocated from the Baltimore Convention Center to their Santa Ana, California home office. Lot viewing for the auction will be held by appointment at the California office starting June 8. “As the world closely monitors the impact of the Covid-19 virus and the resulting cancellation of numerous […]

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Top Pop 1923-S Lincoln Cent Offered by GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, May 3, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1923-S Lincoln cent graded MS-65+ RD by PCGS. It is pedigreed to the Fairfax Collection of United States Coins, though this is not featured on the holder. While not one of the absolute lowest mintages coming out of San Francisco, a relatively […]

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Off-Metal Pattern Coins in the Early Chinese Republic

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following over two millennia of highly standardized and predictable currency in the form of cash, Chinese coins began a period of experimentation in the early part of the 20th century. The rather simplistic cast, holed coinage offering a few characters and possibly a mint […]

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Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo cancels June bourse, plans to reopen in November

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(Baltimore, Maryland) — Maryland’s ongoing state of emergency, declared March 12 by Governor Larry Hogan to help control the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, has closed the June 2020 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo bourse

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Southern City 3-Cent Silver Collection at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1115 consists of 420 brand NEW coins including 125 No Reserve Lots and 30 Vault Values. This week’s sale is chock-full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a 1799 $10 PCGS/CAC MS62, an 1841-C $5 NGC AU55, and a gorgeous matching 1936 […]

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Heritage Offers Ancient Coin Selections From the Morris Collection, Part IV

The latest month-long coin auction from Heritage once again features selections from the Morris Collection. Bidding is already open, with a live auction conducted on Heritage Live scheduled for 6 pm CT on May 10. All bidding will take place at HA.com. This auction, with offerings for all budgets, consists entirely of ancient coinage with […]

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Rare Hong Kong 1893 10 Dollar Note: Only Issued Pick-143 Certified by PMG

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… In lot 50281 of the upcoming Stack’s Bowers May 4, 2020 Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, Hong Kong and World Paper Money, we will be offering a scarce banknote printed by Barclay and Fry Ltd. PMG’s population report lists this note as […]

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Sedwick Treasure Auction 27 Now Online

Treasure, World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction 27 Live on the Internet: Wednesday-Friday, May 27-29, 2020 Click Here   By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC …… We are all leading different lives from those we had just two months ago. In some ways, things have changed greatly for the time being; but in other ways, […]

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Near Mint 1862 Three Dollar Gold Piece Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Over 30 years ago, United States gold coin specialist David Akers wrote, “the 1862 is the most underrated three dollar gold piece in choice uncirculated condition [from] the 1860s.” This statement remains as true today as it did then. Writing in 2005, Q. David Bowers […]

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1880-CC Morgan Dollar VAM-5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1880-CC Morgan Dollar Description Superb Gem 1880-CC 8/7 Morgan Dollar VAM-5, Ex GSA Hoard Just one finer in this category 1880-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. VAM-5. Top 100 Variety. 8/High 7. MS-67 (NGC). A brilliant and frosty snow-white gem with a dusting of original patina apparent on each side. This Morgan Dollar fields are considerably reflective […]

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CAC-Approved PF-65+ Flowing Hair $4 Stella Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

Flowing Hair Stella By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 26, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this 1879 $4 Gold Flowing Hair Stella, graded Proof-65+ Ultra Cameo by NGC and approved by CAC. NGC has graded 240 total examples of the 1879 Flowing Hair Stella (out of 425 originally minted), regardless of grade or designation. This […]

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World Coin Profile: Rare Gold Venetian 15 Zecchini

Collectors of the Italian series, and particularly the Venetian series, will be intimately familiar with the nearly universally recognized imagery of the doge of Venice kneeling with staff in hand before the figure of St. Mark, the patron saint of the Italian city-state. This image is widely seen in the longstanding series of ducats and […]

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Only 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle Gold Coin in Private Hands Leads Central States Auction April 23-26

The convention might be canceled, but Heritage Auctions’ presentation of nearly 3,000 lots of U.S. Coins ( including the 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle ) is right on schedule for the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) auctions, 23-24 & 26. Heritage is hosting the sales at its Dallas headquarters and worldwide on HA.com. CSNS organizers canceled […]

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Regency Auction 38 Updates From Legend Rare Coin

Regency Auction By Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) …… On April 14, PCGS announced that their scheduled Members’ Only Show, set to take place May 13-16 in New Orleans, had been canceled. As a result of this change, the Regency Auction 38, which was to be held in conjunction with that show, will now be […]

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Rare US Gold Coin Profiles: MS-68 CAC Three Dollar Gold

In response to the financial stresses and uncertainties of the Civil War, the government suspended specie payments late in 1861. Precious metal coinage was widely hoarded after that time and rarely seen in circulation in the eastern part of the country. As a result, gold coinage at the Philadelphia Mint was somewhat limited during the […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Highlights May 2020 Hong Kong Coin, Paper Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is tremendously excited to present their May Hong Kong Coin and Paper Money auction—a monumental event that marks a decade of the firm’s sales in Asia. The sale has generated a great deal of interest due to its vast array of rare coins and paper money, over 3,850 lots in total. […]

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Impressive Humbert $50 Gold Rush Coins Offered Soon

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… In our latest Sunday Internet Auction #1114 we are offering 360 brand new coins, 50 No Reserve Lots and 50 Vault Values. We are pleased to offer several coins that we purchased in the recent auction of the Pogue Collection. Additionally, we have an excellent selection of NGC […]

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Recent Auctions Show Coin Market, Banknotes Strong Amid Global Crisis

  As the world faces an unprecedented economic and public health crisis brought on by the coronavirus COVID-19, the numismatic markets have demonstrated incredible resiliency. Indeed, coins and banknotes represent one of the rare pockets of stability, safety and even strength during this period of fear and uncertainty. Significant volatility of the stock market is […]

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Heritage Offers Jesse Lopez Classic Silver Dollar Collection, Confederate Currency

The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection Heritage’s latest month-long coin auction is The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection, running through April 15 at coins.HA.com. As with most of our month-long auctions, this offering focuses on collector coins, with offerings for budgets of all sizes. Silver dollars are always popular, and like most of our US coin auctions, […]

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Auctions Remain Strong for CAC Coins Amid Pandemic

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ….. As we cope with an uncertain future regarding the health, social and economic crisis the world is currently facing, it may be difficult for some collectors to know what to expect in the coin market. The best indicator we have in deciding how to deal with […]

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Auctions Remain Strong for CAC Coins Amid Pandemic

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ……   As we cope with an uncertain future regarding the health, social and economic crisis the world is currently facing, it may be difficult for some collectors to know what to expect in the coin market. The best indicator we have in deciding how to deal […]

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Auctions Remain Strong for CAC Coins Amid Pandemic

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ……   As we cope with an uncertain future regarding the health, social and economic crisis the world is currently facing, it may be difficult for some collectors to know what to expect in the coin market. The best indicator we have in deciding how to deal […]

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Finest Known 1887 Morgan Dollar, Key Date 1916-D Mercury Dime Offered by David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… In our latest Sunday Internet Auction #1113, we are offering 425 brand NEW coins, 100 No Reserve Lots and 50 Vault Values. We also have an excellent selection of NGC and PCGS coins including a beautiful red Gem 1887 Indian cent, a rare key date 1916-D Full Band […]

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The MBMY Collection—Chinese Pattern Coins (and More!) for the Connoisseur

Chinese Pattern Coins by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Our monumental 10th Anniversary Hong Kong auction, marking a decade of important offerings in Asia by Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, presents a tremendous array of exceptional and eclectic rarities — Chinese-specific as well as other interesting pieces from around the region. […]

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Early American Copper Coin Profiles: Finest Certified 1811 Half Cent

The 1811 Classic Head half cent is a low-mintage key in the popular series and a challenging condition rarity in high grade. Only a handful of high-quality examples have survived over the years, and any auction appearance of a Mint State specimen is a notable event for early copper collectors. PCGS has certified only five […]

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Single Finest CAC Proof 1863 $3 Gold Coin Offered by GreatCollections

GreatCollections on CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 19, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this Proof 1863 Three-Dollar Gold Piece graded PR-66+ and certified Deep Cameo by PCGS and approved by CAC. It is the single-finest known example of the Proof issue. Only 39 Proof 1863 Three Dollar Gold pieces were produced at Philadelphia, and of […]

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Coins Q&A: Selling online

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Selling your coins yourself, in online auctions, can be fun if you have the time and talent to do it. This typically requires some skill with scanning or photography (buyers like to examine potential purchases)

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Ancient Coin Profile: 9 Solidi Medallion of Constantine the Great

Gold medallions were gifts produced for the Roman emperor to bestow upon high-ranking civilian and military individuals, as well as “foreign ambassadors and chieftains whom it was intended to impress.” They were “the imperial counterpart of private gifts presented to friends on important occasions.” Described by Arnold Toynbee as money medallions because they were “true […]

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World Coin Profiles: Finest Known Gold Ship Ryal of Elizabeth I

Our upcoming April 22-27 Central States World Coins Signature Auction features an absolutely spectacular Elizabeth I (1558-1603) gold “Ship” Ryal of 15 Shillings, graded MS64 by PCGS. This piece’s very survival seems miraculous. It is one of the rarest and most popular coins of Elizabeth I’s reign, absent from most British collections in any condition, […]

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Holabird Western Americana Collections 4-Day Big Tent Online Auction April 16-19

The categories include philatelic and numismatic, mining, Americana, railroad   A huge, four-day, online-only Big Tent Auction packed with nearly 3,100 lots of philatelic and numismatic, mining, Americana, railroad collectibles and more will be held Thursday thru Sunday, April 16-19, by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, starting at 8 am Pacific time (11 am Eastern) […]

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Gem Proof 1868 Judd-611 Pattern Large Cent in Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Braided Hair large cent was struck for circulation from 1839 through 1857, when it was retired in favor of the smaller Flying Eagle cent. These “late date” large cents are among the most popular United States coins of the 19th century, and collectors often assemble […]

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Certified Gem Franklin Half Dollar Collection Offered by David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… This week we are offering a fantastic group of Franklin half dollars along with a bonus offering! We are including a free copy of the book, The Complete Guide to Franklin Half Dollars, with every auction order that includes a coin from this collection valued at $1,000 or […]

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Numismatics Weathers the Storm: Collecting Community Comes Together, Resulting in Strong Prices Realized at Legend’s Regency Auction 37

  With the uncertainty that the current Covid-19 global pandemic is bringing to the markets and people’s everyday lives, numismatics seems to be providing a safe haven and comfort to collectors all over. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ (LRCA) 37th Regency Auction was scheduled to take place at Le Meridien in Philadelphia. Two weeks prior to […]

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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Auction Sells Over $26.59 Million in U.S. Coins

Eleven Sessions of U.S. Coins and Paper Money Bring a Total of More Than $37.5 Million   The Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction marked a successful kick-off to the firm’s 2020 season of flagship U.S. coin sales. Originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore alongside the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo, the auction […]

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Künker Spring Auction Results Defy Troubles

Künker Spring Auction Results by Künker GmbH …… The Künker Spring Auction Sales took place in the middle of the worldwide coronavirus crisis and under constantly tightened security requirements. The concern was enormous: How would the collectors react? In brief, the mood was positive and participation was high overall. For the more than 6,500 lots, […]

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Heritage to Offer the Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of World Banknotes

Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer have spent a lifetime specializing U.S. and British Commonwealth banknotes. Their collection of World Banknotes is among the finest ever assembled. On April 24, Heritage is proud to present an auction of their collection, featuring rarities spanning the world over, some of the finest to be offered in decades. This […]

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Full Bands 67+ CAC 1936-S Mercury Dime at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 12, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this toned 1936-S Winged Liberty (Mercury) dime, graded MS-67+ Full Bands by PCGS and approved by CAC. In 1936, there were 9,210,000 dimes struck at the San Francisco Mint, which was a relatively average mintage for an S-mint Mercury dime. But in the […]

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Coin and banknote markets strong amid global crisis

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Numismatics weathers the storm: The collecting community comes together in tough times resulting in strong prices realized at Legend’s Regency Auction 37

(Lincroft, NJ — March 27, 2020) With the uncertainty and chaos that the current COVID-19 global pandemic is bringing to the markets and people’s everyday lives, numismatics seems to be providing a safe haven and comfort to collectors all over. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 37th Regency Auction was scheduled to take place at Le Meridien in Philadelphia

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Superior Gem 1911 Double Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With only 197,250 pieces produced, the 1911 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coin has one of the lowest mintages among circulation strike issues of the entire series. However, perhaps more important than the original mintage is how many coins have actually survived from the meltings […]

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Heritage Central States Ancient & World Coins Auction Open for Bidding

As the auction season kicks into full stride with Heritage’s April 24-27 World and Ancient Coin Signature auction, we are excited to announce another standout auction, as well as the addition of a special Premier Session of elite coins sure to appeal to even the most scrupulous collector. Without further ado, here is a preview […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Regency Auction 37 Shows Strength of Hobby

By Matthew Bell – Legend Numismatics …… This week’s market report is going to be all about the Regency Auction 37, which closed last Thursday, March 26. We’ve spoken for the last few weeks about all of the changes that had to be made to make the auction happen, and Thursday we found out if […]

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The Pogue VII Sale – My Perspective Through A Dozen Coins: Doug Winter

Pogue VII Sale By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner You couldn’t have picked a more dire set of circumstances faced by Stack’s Bowers for their various March coin and paper money auctions. After the Covid-19 virus cancelled the Baltimore coin show, the firm grappled with the difficult questions forced by the crazy […]

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PCGS-certified Pogue 1804 U.S. silver dollar sold for $1.44 million by Stack’s Bowers

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(March 25, 2020) — Known as “The King of American Coins,” an 1804 United States Draped Bust dollar certified by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as PCGS PR-55 was sold for $1,440,000 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries on March 20, 2020

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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 US Coin Auction Session Two Garners Nearly $1 Million

View All Lots & Bid in the Internet Sessions Here   Session Two of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction closed with total prices realized of nearly $1 million USD. The sell through rate based on the quantity of lots was 93%, with the sold lots achieving 104% of their total estimates, which had […]

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Historic 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle Gold Coin Offered at Heritage Auctions

NGC PR64 Ultra Cameo CAC, the only specimen known to exist outside of museums, will headline Central States Numismatic Society auction An 1858 Liberty Head eagle, one of the most historic U.S. gold coins ever minted and the only specimen known outside of museums, will headline Heritage Auctions’ U.S. coins offerings during the Central States […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Offer Exceptional Array of Exonumia in Medals-Only Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a special April Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of over 160 lots of exonumia in medals. These pieces represent three different topics: the works of Jacques Wiener, mostly comprising his famous, intricately engraved architectural series; World War I medals from a variety of issuers on each side of […]

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