Category Archives: U.S. Gold Coins

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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Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types for the Casual Collector

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

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

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

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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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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Call the Fire Department!

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

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known Wass Molitor 1855 $20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

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

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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

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

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

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

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

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

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An Interesting 1840-O Half Eagle Gold Coin

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

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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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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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Why MS62 May Be the “Perfect” Grade for Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I recently sold a really nice 1810 Large Date Large 5 half eagle graded MS62+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. As I was writing the description of the coin before putting it up for sale on my website, I came to the conclusion that, for […]

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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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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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Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece Description Astonishing Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold From the D. Brent Pogue Collection 1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.   A magnificent Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold with lovely golden-orange, powder blue and pinkish-rose patina. Sharply struck and frosty in finish, tt ranks among the finest not only of the […]

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Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece Description Astonishing Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold From the D. Brent Pogue Collection 1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.   A magnificent Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold with lovely golden-orange, powder blue and pinkish-rose patina. Sharply struck and frosty in finish, tt ranks among the finest not only of the […]

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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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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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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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Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1835 Classic Head $5 Gold Eagle Description The Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5 MS-65 PL (NGC) McCloskey-3 Variety 1835 Classic Head Half Eagle. McCloskey-3. First Head, Small Date. MS-65 PL (NGC). This magnificent Gem 1835 Classic Head $5 gold half eagle is fully impressed with satin textured devices that offer appreciable contrast to well-mirrored […]

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Which Rare Gold Coins Can Weather the Storm?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve been a full-time professional coin dealer since 1981 and I’ve been through numerous down markets. My experience has proven that there is no such thing as a “recession-proof” coin. Even the best coins go down during bad markets, and these represent great buying opportunities for […]

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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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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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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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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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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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New Reference Book for Classic Head Gold Coins Now Available

United States Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1839   Buy the book before the coin. Sage advice if there is a book to buy. Every coin series in U.S. history has a book dedicated to it except one: Classic Gold. Minted from 1834 to 1839 and falling between the series of the old standard preceding it […]

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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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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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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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Two Cool Gold Liberty Head Eagles Recently Sold by Doug Winter Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Liberty Head gold eagles are a favorite series at Douglas Winter Numismatics and we have a decades-old tradition of handling exceptional coins from this series. With the recent offering of the Harvey Jacobson Collection by Heritage Auctions in last month’s February 2020 Long Beach sale, we […]

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Bid by Percentage in the Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Precious Metals Auction

Auction Ends Thursday Evening, March 12   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their 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 […]

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Just How Rare Are Gem $10 Gold No Motto Liberty Head Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner No Motto Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1866. They were made at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, and San Francisco Mints in quantities ranging from small to quite large. One thing that links these issues is their rarity in higher grades. There is no […]

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Rare Georgia Gold Rush Coin Brings Record $480,000 in Atlanta

Historic coin is “coming back home”   A small gold coin with a face value of $2.50 when it was struck in northern Georgia in 1830 sold for a record price of $480,000 USD to an anonymous Georgia collector in an auction in Atlanta Thursday night, February 27, 2020. It is one of the finest […]

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Heritage Long Beach US Coin Auction Results Exceed $13 Million

Heritage’s February 20-23 Long Beach US Coins Signature Auction is now in the books! This official auction of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo realized a healthy total of over $13 million, highlighted by an 1875 Eagle that brought $360,000 USD. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The 1875 eagle in this […]

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Heritage Long Beach US Coin Auction Results Exceed $13 Million

Heritage’s February 20-23 Long Beach US Coins Signature Auction is now in the books! This official auction of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo realized a healthy total of over $13 million, highlighted by an 1875 Eagle that brought $360,000 USD. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The 1875 eagle in this […]

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The Hunt for the 1875 $10 Liberty Head Gold Eagle

By John Brush – President, David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) …… The story of the D.L. Hansen Collection has been written several places and as we wind down the challenge of collecting an example of every circulation strike piece from the United States Mint, there are a few pieces that have eluded our grasp in […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Superstar $4 Stella, 1879-1880

These numismatic supernovas shine bright in the greatest collections   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Very few United States coins inspire the awe and fascination of the 1879 and 1880 $4 gold coins, otherwise known as “Stellas”. These enigmatic coins are far beyond the financial reach of most collectors. But that […]

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Ron Guth – By the Numbers: The Harvey Jacobson, Jr. Collection of $10 Liberty Eagles

By Ron Guth ….. Number of lots: 184 Total prices realized (unofficial): $3,219,696 USD Average price per lot: $17,498.35 Price of the least valuable lot (1896 $10 in PCGS MS63 OGH CAC): $930 Price of the most valuable lot (1875 $10 in PCGS AU50): $632,500 The Harvey Jacobson, Jr. Collection On February 20, 2020, Heritage […]

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Mackinaw Collection Now Open for Bidding at Heritage Auction

The latest month-long internet coin auction from Heritage features the Mackinaw Collection, consisting primarily of gold double eagles and half eagles with a smattering of other issues. Unusually, this auction also includes a few pieces of currency, which follows closely from the story of how the collection was assembled. This auction is open for bidding […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States, the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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Lowest-Mintage Circulating U.S. Gold Coin Highlights Heritage Long Beach Expo Offerings

One of just 100 1875 Liberty Eagle. U.S. Gold Coin minted for circulation will be sold as part of a $10 Liberty set which is rarely completed   An 1875 $10 Liberty Eagle, the famous regular issue U.S. gold coin with the lowest circulation mintage ever recorded, highlights more than 2,000 lots in Heritage Auctions’ […]

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Lowest-Mintage Circulating U.S. Gold Coin Highlights Heritage Long Beach Expo Offerings

One of just 100 1875 Liberty Eagle. U.S. Gold Coin minted for circulation will be sold as part of a $10 Liberty set which is rarely completed   An 1875 $10 Liberty Eagle, the famous regular issue U.S. gold coin with the lowest circulation mintage ever recorded, highlights more than 2,000 lots in Heritage Auctions’ […]

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Classic US Coin Profiles: One of the Finest Known 1839/8 Type of 1838 $10 Eagles

Varieties of the 1839 $10 eagle are known with the Liberty Head design as seen on coins from 1838 (along with large letters on the reverse), as well as with the Liberty Head design as seen in 1840 and small letters on the reverse. The Type of 1838 $10 eagle is considerably more available and […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of No Motto New Orleans Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about my previous article on appearance rarity. It is my contention that CAC has now seen enough coins that we can make important observations about how rare (or not rare) a specific issue is in regards to its appearance. […]

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Unprecedented $50 Million Gold Eagles Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in display of unparalleled set   A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. The unprecedented display, “Eagles of The Tyrant Collection”, will […]

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Bullion Shark Sweepstakes

2020 American Gold Eagle Sweepstakes by Bullion Shark LLC …… Bullion Shark is proud to announce its sweepstakes for a 2020 $5 Gold Eagle! One lucky winner will receive this stunning American Gold Eagle $5 piece that was struck in .999 pure gold by the United States Mint! This is a $200 value! This is […]

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5 Iconic Unique US Coins You Can’t Own

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… As many numismatists know, several extremely rare United States coins are worth millions of dollars apiece and can ever only be owned by a tiny handful of collectors at any single time. These include famous trophy coins such as the 1913 Liberty nickel, the 1894-S Barber dime, and the […]

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Bullion Shark – Pre-1933 US Gold Coins Are a Buy Right Now

  US Gold Coins By Bullion Shark LLC …… Pre-1933 United States Gold coins are way too cheap – or at least, that is our opinion. Years ago, premiums over spot gold were significantly higher than they are today. Premiums over spot for common-date $20 Saint Gaudens, Gold Liberties, and Gold Indians were sometimes north […]

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Hefty Gold Rush $50 Humbert “Slug” At Long Beach Heritage Auction

Results also in from NYINC World and Ancient Coin Auction   Heritage Auctions will be offering an 1851 $50 Augustus Humbert Slug, graded NGC AU50, at the February Long Beach official auction. This piece of California Gold Rush history survived the past 160+ years with only the slightest trace of wear and no major issues. […]

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United States Mint Raises Prices on Numismatic Gold, Platinum, and Palladium Products

The United States Mint announces 2020 revisions to include price increases for the Platinum Proof coins within the Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, Platinum, and Palladium Products Grid. US Mint Price Increases The complete 2020 Pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, Platinum, and Palladium Products Grid will be available on a PDF Table Based on Spot […]

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Doug Winter: A Record-Setting 1872-CC $10 Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Lost amidst all the hoopla at the recent 2020 FUN Show and auctions was the sale of one of the most remarkable US gold coins I have seen in a while. This coin was a totally fresh-to-the-market 1872-CC Liberty Head eagle graded MS62 by NGC, and […]

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Stack’s Bowers Present Rarities From D. Brent Pogue Collection in March 2020 Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce Part VI and Part VII of the now legendary D. Brent Pogue Collection. The Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already completed featured this portion of the collection, almost […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles

Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner CAC has introduced a number of new shifts in the taste of buyers. A collector who focuses on rare CAC-approved coins is, in effect, an appearance rarity buyer. By this, I mean we now have an entire class of collectors who […]

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Doug Winter: What Sold Best at DWN in 2019

Gold Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……CoinWeek Content Partner Instead of the tired “what was hot/what was not” end-of-the-year articles that I typically hammer out, I’d like to try a new approach. What series sold best for my firm Douglas Winter Numismatics in 2019 and what were some of the gold coins  specific dates—and […]

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Stack’s Bowers – Scarce Mint State 1908-S Double Eagle MS-62 (PCGS)

1908-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS). This example, offered as Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Direct Coin of the Week, is a scarce and desirable Mint State preservation for this key date 20th-century double eagle gold issue. Vividly patinated in medium-gold coloration, both sides also sport full mint luster in a softly frosted texture. Well produced with […]

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Rare 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle Gold Coin in Heritage Fun Show Signature Auction

The 1796 No Stars quarter eagle shares a reputation with its later sibling, the 1808 quarter eagle, as among the most significant and rarest gold type coins of any denomination. Both are single-year types, with low mintages (an estimated 963 pieces for the 1796 No Stars, and 2,710 coins for the 1808). The 1796 No […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Challenges of Circulated Coinage

Take the scenic route when collecting circulated coins   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The most common advice any experienced numismatist will dispense is “buy the best you can afford.” I have shared this particular nugget of wisdom many times myself. In practice, it usually means trying to decide if you […]

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Jeff Garrett – A Christmas Miracle and Lessons Learned

A lost coin is found and lessons are learned in a numismatic holiday caper By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week, I experienced one of the most amazing events of my 45-year numismatic career. While I have often said that every day in my profession is like the Antiques Roadshow, seldom […]

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Finest PCGS 1926-S Gold Double Eagle Among Highlights of Heritage FUN Signature Auction

Our January 8-13 FUN US Coins Signature Auction features, among many other highlights, the finest PCGS-graded example of the 1926-S double eagle, a piece rich in history as well as technical and aesthetic merit. The 1926-S was once considered the third-rarest date of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series. When legendary Fort Worth coin dealer B. […]

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Mint State 1838-C Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On December 22–GreatCollection’s last Sunday online auction for the year 2019–bidding ends on this 1838-C Classic gold quarter eagle, graded MS-61 by NGC. The 1838-C Classic, or Classic Head, quarter eagle gold coin was among the first pieces struck at the Charlotte Mint, the first branch of the United States Mint built […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1923 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: The Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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Heritage Auctions – Choice 1827 Capped Head Half Eagle to be Offered at FUN

The 1827 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a mintage of 24,913 pieces, with just a single variety known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to strike the extremely rare BD-2 variety of 1826 and the very rare BD-1 1828/7 variety as well. The […]

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Cameo 1903 Liberty Gold Half Eagle Proof Major Highlight of Sunday’s GreatCollections Auction

By CoinWeek ….   Sunday evening on December 15, bidding ends on GreatCollections for this Proof 1903 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle, graded PR-66 CAM in a gold shield holder by PCGS and approved by CAC. A rare coin due to its mintage of 154, as of this writing PCGS reports a grand total of […]

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Classic US Coins – 10 Trophy Gold Coins and Their Pitches

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I define a “Trophy Coin” as one that suitably combines rarity, appearance, and a great story in one neat package. Trophy coins aren’t necessarily the rarest pieces within a specific series; for example, a 1907 High Relief is far from the rarest issue in the […]

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Gold Coin Rarities Lead Heritage Dallas Auction to $9.5 Million Realized

Rare and high-quality gold coins were the focus as Heritage’s December 5-7 Signature auction of US coins reached $9.5 million in prices realized. Combined with two auctions of world coins and currency taking place in Hong Kong at the same time, the total prices realized for the weekend eclipsed $15 million. (After-auction sales are still […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Rotated Double Struck 1904 $20 Gold Coin

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Major mint errors on U.S. gold coins are extremely rare. And of these, there are only a few known that are double or triple struck. One phenomenal example is this double stuck 1904 $20 rotated 180 degrees in the collar. Considerable detail remains from the initial strike […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Coin Selections: Choice 1827 Capped Head Half Eagle

The 1827 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a mintage of 24,913 pieces, with just a single variety known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to strike the extremely rare BD-2 variety of 1826 and the very rare BD-1 1828/7 variety as well. The […]

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$50 Million Gold Eagle Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in unparalleled set’s display at February 2020 Long Beach Expo   By Goldberg Auctioneers …… A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 Eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. […]

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The Tumultuous Times of the 1861 Indian Princess Gold Coin

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. In the wild days of the California Gold Rush (1848-1855) the supply of gold surged in the United States. This influx reinvigorated Congress’s interest in producing a gold coin dollar. Originally, the idea to issue a one-dollar gold coin came from Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury. For […]

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Scarce 1808/7 Overdate Gold Half Eagle Highlights GreatCollections Online Auction of US Coins

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, December 1, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1808/7 Capped Bust Left $5 gold half eagle, graded MS-65 by PCGS and pedigreed to both the Norweb and D. Brent Pogue collections. It is the single-finest-known example–at both PCGS and NGC–of this early half eagle overdate variety. While no auction records […]

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The Gold Coin That Owes Its Existence to the 3 Cent Stamp

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. In 1851, a U.S. postage stamp cost three cents. America was growing fast at this time and the California Gold Rush prompted the development of new U.S. gold coins. The Mint Act of February 21, 1853 authorized a $3 coin struck in gold. This gold coin matched up with […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part V: “With Motto” Half Eagles, 1866-79

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Links to Earlier Parts: $1 Gold | $2.50 Quarter Eagle | $3 Gold | $5 No Motto Half Eagle * * * The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse of the half eagle in 1866 which created a second type of […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins from […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins […]

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Rare 1795 13 Leaves $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1795 $10 eagle is among the most iconic issues to emerge from the early United States Mint. We are thrilled to present an exceptional example in lot 3177 of our November 2019 Baltimore Auction. Graded AU-53 (PCGS), this lustrous BD-4 eagle represents an important […]

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High-Grade 1927 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Gold Coin on Offer at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. From Sunday, November 10, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1927 Saint-Gaudens $20 Gold Double Eagle, graded MS-67 by PCGS. At almost three million pieces minted, the 1927 double eagle is one of the most common of the Saint-Gaudens series. But not that anyone is complaining; the 1927 comes exceptionally nice for […]

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Coin Hoards, Treasures, and Troves: Separating Truth From Taradiddles!

By Q. David Bowers for Whitman Publishing …… The second edition of Q. David Bowers’ Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover book is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide. Here, Bowers discusses […]

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Heritage Auctions – Coin Profile – 1833 Small Date Half Eagle, Rare BD-3 Variety

Heritage’s upcoming December 5-8 US Coins Signature Auction in Dallas features a coin profile extremely rare variety of a very rare coin, the BD-3 variety of the 1833 half eagle. This coin is graded MS61 by NGC, and its pedigree includes the Norweb collection. It may be  the sole representative of the variety available to […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple or Auction Price, Doesn’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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1895 Morgan, Humbert Gold $50 Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

DLRC Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1087 offers a registry quality gem Seated Liberty quarter, a rare proof only Morgan dollar, a beautiful Liberty Gold $20, and a popular territorial Humbert $50. Don’t miss those and other exciting PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-certified pieces. In all, there’s a […]

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1914 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin in Proof 67 at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. As part of GreatCollections.com’s weekly online coin auction, bidding ends Sunday (October 20) for this Proof 67 1914 Indian Head $2.50 quarter eagle gold coin. Along with the Indian Head $5 half eagle, the Indian Head quarter eagle’s distinctive incuse design, created by Boston sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt, was initially unpopular with […]

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Rare Gold Coins Turning up in Shipwreck of SS North Carolina

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Just 20 miles off the coast of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, a shipwreck dating back to the early 1840s could yield a cache of rare gold coins from the Dahlonega and Charlotte Mints. Divers have already brought up a number of rare coins from the sunken remains of the […]

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Jim Bisognani: “15” Reasons to Buy US Gold Coin Series

Looking at the values of US gold coins over the last 15 years, lightly circulated is key   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… There’s an adage that goes something to the effect: Old age is always 15 years older than I am. I recognize much veracity in this, for no matter what your present […]

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Doug Winter: Dabbling in Territorial and Private Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… You may or may not have noticed that my firm has been far more active in selling Territorial gold coinage in the last year than in the past. While I’m not ready to become a major player in this area, my interest has been piqued […]

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Lustrous 19th Century US Gold Coins Highlight Latest David Lawrence Auction

DLRC Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1086 offers a nice assortment of different gold coins, including a piece from the SS Republic shipwreck, and a Registry-quality 1907-D $10 gold eagle, which is tied with one other piece as the finest known. Don’t miss those and other exciting […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part IV: “No Motto” Half Eagles

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Production of half eagles began at the newly opened mint in 1854. Coins produced through the first part of 1866 lacked the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse. * * * The 13 No Motto half eagles form an essentially incompletable set […]

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David Lawrence Featuring Gold Rush Era Coins in Latest Internet Auction

DLRC Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… The David Lawrence Sunday Internet Auction #1084 offers three incredible commemorative and pioneer gold issues, a Pan-Pac Octagonal, a Humbert and an Assay. Don’t miss those and other exciting PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-certified pieces. In all, there’s a vast selection of over 250 New Items, […]

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NCIC: Stolen Coins Recovered, Arrest Made in Bad Checks Case

By Doug Davis – Founder & President, Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) …… $20,000 Gold Theft-Suspects Identified Rochester, Minnesota police are investigating the theft of $20,000 USD in gold coins from Med City Coins. Two white males with heavy accents entered the store flashing a large amount of cash and wanting to buy gold coins. […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part III: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Just five Three Dollar gold pieces were made at the San Francisco Mint, and this includes one issue–the 1870-S–that is unique. This is an easy set to complete although all San Francisco Threes are rare in higher grades. * * * Let’s take a quick […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Unsurpassed 1853-D Quarter Eagle

Scarce in all grades, the 1853 Dahlonega quarter eagle is rare in Mint State and unknown any finer than the MS62 level, assigned by NGC to a coin that we will be offering in our October 15-18 Dallas Signature auction. The latest Doug Winter reference pegs the number of surviving pieces in all grades at […]

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1911 Indian Head Gold Eagle Tied for Finest Known Offered by GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, August 25, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1911 Indian Head $10 gold eagle graded MS-68 by NGC. In circulated and even lower Mint State condition, the Philadelphia issue 1911 Indian Head eagle is often collected as a type coin. With an original mintage of 505,500, the 1911 is one […]

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Gem U.S. Gold Coins Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction

DLRC Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1079 offers a special registry-quality Proof Franklin, a key date Carson City Morgan 1889-CC and a pair of scarce early gold $5 half eagles. Don’t miss these and other exciting PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-certified pieces. In all, there’s a vast selection […]

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Ron Guth – Five Big Ones: Stack’s Bowers – August 15, 2019

By Ron Guth ….. Disclaimer: The author is an independent reporter. He has no affiliation with Stack’s Bowers and he has received no compensation from them (or anyone else) for this analysis. On August 15, 2019, Stack’s Bowers conducted their Rarities Night session of 497 U.S. coins, plus an additional session of 41 United States […]

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Gold Coins Offering Huge Bargains in Today’s Trade Atmosphere

The World’s Fair of Money is underway! All that glitters isn’t always old gold coins   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   The so-called dog days of summer are at hand. Although the overall coin market has been, at best, status quo for most of the year, the metals market and gold coins truly […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Big Five Carson City Mint Double Eagles

Carson City Mint Double Eagles By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… Carson City Mint double eagles can be neatly divided into three tiers of rarity. The third tier includes the common dates (1874-CC, 1875-CC, 1876-CC, 1882-CC, 1883-CC, 1884-CC, 1889-CC, 1890-CC, 1892-CC, and 1893-CC), while the second-tier coins are a bit less available but still reasonably […]

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The Second Life of the 1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

  By Blanchard & Company …… The United States expanded its reach in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. For $15 million the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles from France. The additional land doubled the size of the country. Soon after, President Thomas Jefferson took the initiative to find out what awaited in that great wilderness. […]

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Heritage Platinum Night: Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection of U.S. Gold Coins

Heritage is pleased to present an important selection of U.S. gold coins from The Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection, a highlight of our official auction of this year’s ANA World’s Fair of Money, to be held in Chicago August 14-18. The finest of these coins will be offered during Platinum Night on Wednesday, August 14. Joan […]

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CAC-Approved Gem 1908 No Motto Saint-Gaudens $20 Gold Coin Among Highlights at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Tomorrow on Sunday, August 11, bidding ends for this 1908 Saint-Gaudens No Motto $20 double eagle gold coin, graded MS-66+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. The coin is just one of several highlights that will close at this week’s GreatCollections Certified Coin Auctions sale. At the time of publication, the price […]

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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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Key Carson City Gold, Choice Wildman Thaler Among New Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Atlas Numismatics will be attending the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019 being held in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago). If you would like us to bring any specific items to the show for you to see in person, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Atlas Numismatics will be […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: The Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… A total of 22 different quarter eagles were struck from 1854 through 1879. With the exception of one issue (the 1854-S) this is a completable series, although as we see below there are a number of these issues which are rare in Uncirculated. * * […]

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Why Aren’t Truly Exceptional Branch Mint Gold Half Eagles Worth More Money?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… In the Arlington Collection Concierge Sale (which I am currently offering on my website), there are a number of really exceptional coins. One of my favorites is a PCGS/CAC MS63 1857-C half eagle that I sold to a Midwestern collector This coin–about which I will go into detail in a few […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Finest Known Proof 1837 Quarter Eagle

Only four examples of the 1837 Classic Head Proof quarter eagle are known to numismatists today. One of those coins is located in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and a second example is in impaired condition. Heritage Auctions is privileged to present the finest known example of this landmark early proof rarity […]

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New Secrets of SS Central America Treasure Revealed in Bowers-Manley Book

Impressive book provides previously undisclosed information about fabulous Gold Rush sunken treasure of fabled “Ship of Gold”   By California Gold Marketing Group …… Never before revealed information about the greatest American treasure ever found, the tons of California Gold Rush-era coins, ingots, and gold dust recovered from the 1857 sinking of SS Central America, […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Only seven gold dollars were made at the San Francisco Mint, but no less than three design types are represented; this includes two one-year types. The three types are as follows: Type One: 1854 only Type Two: 1856 only Type Three: 1857 through 1860 and […]

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Heritage Auctions – Select 1804 Small 8 Over Large 8 Half Eagle Sold for $54K

At the Heritage Summer FUN Signature Auction one of the highlights was a PCGS-graded MS63 example of the 1804 half eagle, variety BD-7. At R.4, this is the most collectible variety of the three 1804 Small Over Large 8 half eagles (the variety is better described as Normal 8 over Large 8). The upright of […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: What should I collect? The answer, of course, depends on your budget, but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a […]

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First Public Exhibit of Recently Discovered Rare 1854-S $5 at ANA Show

Historic, Gold Rush-era San Francisco Half Eagle will be featured Museum Showcase display courtesy of ANA Governor Brian Hendelson   By Classic Coin Company …… The fourth known 1854 San Francisco Mint Liberty Head Half Eagle, discovered just last year and subsequently sold at auction for $2.16 million, will be publicly exhibited for the first […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Rising Gold Tide

As gold’s price shows strength, will it spark a wider interest in coins? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Then I began my career in numismatics in the mid-1970s. At the time, precious metal prices played a relatively small role in the market for rare coins. Gold sold for around $150 to $200 […]

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Lustrous Charlotte Mint Quarter Eagle Gold Highlight of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1069 offers a stunning large cent, a one year type quarter, various beautiful gold examples and a countless number of PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-certified pieces. In all, there’s a vast selection of 300 New Items, featuring 90 No Reserve Lots and 20 Vault Value Items. All […]

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Heritage Long Beach Auction Sells Over $8.3 Million

Gold rarities were the highlights as Heritage’s June 6-9 Signature Auction, held in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo, raised close to $8.4 million for its consignors. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s premium. A 1797/5 half eagle with the large eagle reverse brought $192,000 when the hammer fell in the […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double eagles […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double […]

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Rare Original Proof 1836 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof early American copper coinage is one of the most fascinating and intensely pursued series in numismatics. Mint records are largely unclear on these half cents and large cents, leaving much of the production statistics to be drawn from the surviving populations. Most issues are […]

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Rare 1912 Proof Indian Head Half Eagle $5 Gold Coin up for Auction at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. In not quite two weeks, bidding ends on this 1912 Indian Head $5 gold half eagle, graded Proof 67 by NGC, on GreatCollections.com. According to the Red Book, only 144 Proof half eagles are known to have been minted at Philadelphia in 1912. This falls somewhere in the middle for Proof Indian […]

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Three Famous Coin Hoards

By Blanchard & Company ……   For millennia, people have buried and hoarded coins for various reasons. In ancient times, many coin hoards were buried during wartime. Other coin hoards began in the wake of the Great Depression by those who distrusted banks and paper money and preferred to store their life savings at home. […]

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Coins and Currency From US, Canada on Tap at ANA World’s Fair of Money Signature Auctions: Heritage

The 2019 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money® will be held in Chicago on August 13-17, 2019, and once again Heritage is the official auctioneer. Here is just a taste of what will be offered: The Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection of gold rarities includes the extraordinary John Jay Pittman 1843 three-piece gold proof […]

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1904-S Morgan Dollar Highlights This Week’s David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1063 includes a selection of over 350 New Items featuring with 100 No Reserve Lots and 50 Vault Value Items. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, May 5. The first highlight coin is a 1904-S $1 PCGS MS63. This piece is a […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Low Mintage Rarity 1885 $20 Double Eagle Gold Coins

United States $20 gold coins were extremely useful in foreign trade during the last half of the 19th century. Double eagles were immediately recognizable to European and Latin American trade partners and their weight and gold content were reliably guaranteed, making them ideal as a medium of exchange. On the other hand, 20 dollars was […]

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Five Exercises in Rare Date Gold Coin Pricing

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For collectors and dealers alike, accurately pricing a coin remains perhaps the most difficult process in all of numismatics. This shouldn’t be the case as there are numerous price guides who offer years of experience and expertise to assist collectors and dealers. Unfortunately, none of […]

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SS Central America Gold Highlights David Lawrene Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1061 includes a selection over 500 New Items along with 100 No Reserve Lots and 30 Vault Value Items. We have three very exciting shipwreck items featured that are sure to garner much attention. All lots will begin closing at 8 pm EST on Sunday, April […]

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Uniface Fugio Copper Impressions in Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……..   Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an exceptional selection of United States colonial coinage, including many popular issues and an impressive set of New Jersey coppers from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell. Highlights of our colonial offering include a pair of unique gold […]

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Three Interesting Classic U.S. Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… At DWN, I get to handle many interesting coins. Some make it to the website; others don’t. In this article, I thought I’d share images and impressions of three particularly interesting coins that I handled in March 2019. * * * 1. The World’s Most […]

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Three Dollar Gold Coins From Chinook Collection Offered at CSNS

It isn’t often that we’re able to feature a collection of three dollar gold pieces in one of our auctions, but three dollar gold pieces form the great majority of the Chinook Collection, a part of the April 25-28 Central States Numismatic Society US Coins Signature Auction. Our consignor is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman […]

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Behind the Scenes of the James A. Stack 1933 $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

By Ron Guth ….. James A. Stack is well-known among collectors of high-quality U.S. coins because of the disposition of his collection in several auctions in the late 1980s and the early ’90s. Had his collection been sold in a single sale, it would have ranked as one of the greatest of the 20th century. […]

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Gold Coin Rarity: What We Can Learn From the Hansen Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Part One: Gold Dollars Through Three Dollar Gold The once-in-a-generation collection of U.S. coins being assembled by Dell Loy Hansen and David Lawrence Rare Coins gives numismatists an unusual opportunity to determine the condition rarity of many issues. Assuming that Mr. Hansen is placing an […]

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Jeff Garrett: Double Eagles a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Many Double Eagles are selling for close to melt value, making these classic gold coins easy to acquire   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… I have been an observer of numismatic market trends for over 40 years. During that time, rare coins have risen and fallen sharply many times. Historically, the […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: MS62+ 1868-S Double Eagle

The 1868-S double eagle has an undistinguished mintage of 837,500 pieces, and circulated examples can be found with little difficulty. The problem arises when an attractive Mint State coin is needed for a type or date/mintmark collection. This condition difficulty is explained by two major factors in the post-Civil War United States economy. First, gold […]

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Budget Collecting: A Classic US Gold Coin Series That’s Within Reach

Even collectors on a budget can attain this goal   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Well, it’s finally here. Spring, that is. I don’t want to jinx it, but the season does appear to be changing here in New England, and boy am I excited for the transition. The numismatic market is also showing […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The 19 different Liberty Head double eagles struck at the Carson City Mint between 1870 and 1893 form one of the most popular series in American numismatics. * * * In recent years, values have soared for these coins due to shrewd promotions and legitimate […]

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Over $1 Million in Gold Set to Sell in Stack’s Bowers March Collectors Choice Sale

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… We are excited to offer an impressive selection of over $1 million in rare gold coins in our upcoming March Collectors Choice sale, set to close on March 20, 2019. The coins comprise Liberty Head $10, Liberty Head $20 and Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces dated from 1847 to the early […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Early Overdate 1802/1 Half Eagle

A substantial mintage for the time of 53,176 Capped Bust Right half eagles occurred in 1802, all using leftover obverse dies from the previous year that have a 2 punched over the final digit in the date. Eight die varieties are known for the date. In our current March 14-16 Dallas Signature Auction we are […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Choice 1930-S Indian Eagle

Small denomination gold coinage was seldom seen in circulation after World War I, as people had become accustomed to using the more convenient paper money for everyday transactions. Large denomination gold coins still had a role to play in foreign trade and as backing for paper currency so double eagles were produced regularly throughout the […]

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Fresh to Market Stella Leads Dallas Offerings From Heritage Auctions

Our busy January/February coast-to-coast swing is complete, and we look forward to returning to our world headquarters in Dallas (3500 Maple Avenue) for the next U.S. Coins Heritage Signature event. We see strong prices in many areas, limited only by enough high-quality coins coming to auction. It is a good time not only to buy […]

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US Gold Coins – A (Brief) Analysis of Low-Grade No Motto San Francisco Half Eagles and Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Over the last decade, I have become more and more interested in low-grade examples of No Motto San Francisco gold. By “low grade”, I mean coins in the AG3 to VF35 range, and by “No Motto” I am referring to the Liberty Head design type […]

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Liberty Head Double Eagles, Indian Head Gold Feature in David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1053 includes a selection of 450 New Items including 142 coins in the Hot Springs Gold Collection along with 150 No Reserve Lots and 25 Vault Value Items. The Hot Springs Gold Collection features numerous examples of key date pieces in the $2.5, $5, and $10 […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Rare 2nd Series Bechtler $5 Gold Coin

America’s first gold rush took place in the Piedmont area of North Carolina and Georgia in the 1820s and ’30s. The expanding economy of the region desperately needed a more dependable medium of exchange than the miner’s gold dust could provide. To fill this need, Christopher Bechtler, a German-born goldsmith and watchmaker, established a private […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect (a Set of) New Orleans Liberty Head Half Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The New Orleans Mint produced Liberty Head half eagles from 1840 through 1857, and again from 1892 through 1894. There were a total of 16 different issues constituting three distinct types. These types are as follows: No Motto Small Letters Reverse (1840-1843) No Motto Large […]

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MA-Shops: The Gold $20 Liberty Head Double Eagle – A Desirable Coin

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… My previous blog about the Morgan Dollar was a small success. It seems that there is a significant amount of interest in information about coins from the USA. This is not strange because these coins have several attractive aspects to them. This large interest in […]

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Beverly Hills Heritage U.S. Coin Auction Realizes $6.5+ Million

Gold was the story in California as Heritage’s December 13-14 Beverly Hills Signature Auction raised in excess of $6.5 million for its consignors. Post Auction sales continue and may add further to this total. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The six highest valued coins in the auction were all gold rarities, led […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Gold Coins: Tips for the Rest of Us

 CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com and the industry’s leading experts. Collecting gold coins is a pinnacle activity in our hobby, but many people shy away from it due to the perception of the high cost involved. But is collecting gold coins really beyond the means of the average collector? […]

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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 Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Three Dollar Gold Pieces …

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The odd denomination Three Dollar gold piece was introduced in 1854, ostensibly to facilitate large purchases on three cent stamps. This denomination proved cumbersome almost immediately and it soon lost popularity. It somehow limped along until it was abolished in 1889. Amongst collectors, this […]

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Scarce & Rare Double Eagles, US Gold Coins in David Lawrence Auction #993

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our New Year’s Eve Sunday Internet Auction #993 features 38 exciting coins from The Champagne Gold Collection. This amazing collection of gold coins offers some unique opportunities for the advanced collector. A well-rounded assortment of key dates, low population pieces, and impressively difficult to locate coins is an offering […]

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New 2018 American Gold Buffalos Now Available for Preorder

APMEX, Inc., the nation’s largest Precious Metals e-retailer, is pleased to announce the 2018 American Gold Buffalos are now available to pre-order. As an authorized purchaser, APMEX is able to buy Gold Buffalo coins directly from the U.S. Mint, meaning APMEX customers will be among the first to receive their coins in January. In 2006, […]

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Classic US Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Gold Dollars …

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Sure, size matters – but collectors have long appreciated gold dollars, the smallest size and denomination in the annals of American gold coin issues. * * * The United States gold dollar was made from 1849 through 1889 in three distinct types and was struck […]

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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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Prooflike 1857-S Double Eagle Gold Coins from the SS Central America Shipwreck

By Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek ….. The loss of SS Central America in September 1857 had a major impact on the history of the United States. Although a recession had already started in 1856, and a major insurance company failed in August, the loss of this ship caused upheaval in financial markets and exacerbated what […]

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The 36 Major US Gold Coin Types: A Collector’s Guide

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… Between 1795 and 1933 a total of 36 major gold types were issued for circulation. In my May 2017 article on collecting US gold by type, I touched on these. In this follow-up, I’m going to discuss each type in more detail with suggestions on how and what to […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 15

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 29 and […]

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Classic Gold US Coins – The “With Motto” New Orleans Eagle “Short Set”

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Collectors who like completable themed sets don’t have a ton of options if they’re on a budget. Sure, there’s the Indian Head quarter eagle series; it is completable but the 1911-D is an expensive hole to fill. Or there are esoteric “subsets” like the San […]

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So You’ve Decided to Collect United States Gold Coins by Type…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Many collectors of United States gold want to collect with a purpose and with a goal. However, these collectors don’t necessarily care to be specialized or ultra-specialized. In this case, collecting by type is a perfect fit. There are literally infinite ways by which to collect […]

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2017 American Gold Eagle Uncirculated Coin Available June 1

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin (product code17EH) on June 1 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This coin is a collector version of the Mint’s American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin. Struck at the United States Mint at West Point, the obverse features a version […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 19 and […]

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U.S. Mint to Release 2017 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin May 11

The United States Mint 2017 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 17EL) will be available for purchase beginning on May 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Produced since 2006, this .9999 fine, 24-karat gold coin features designs that are based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle […]

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Rare Coin Auction: 1810 Half Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

1810 Capped Bust half eagle one rare coin among many to be offered by Stack’s Bowers in Baltimore… By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. This week’s featured highlight from our official June 2017 Baltimore Expo Auction is an extreme rarity from the Capped Bust half eagle series that has been called […]

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So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The term “Early American Gold Coins” generally refers to the quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles produced at the Philadelphia Mint between 1795 and 1834. By its very nature, early American gold attracts well-heeled collectors. There aren’t many interesting issues available anymore in the sub-$10,000 USD […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Enigmatic Proof-Only 1887 Half Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The half eagle denomination was produced virtually uninterrupted from 1795 through 1929. During this 130-year period only one issue–the 1887–was struck in only a Proof format. For reasons still unknown, no business strike half eagles were made in 1887 and a total of just 87 coins […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Rare 1818 Gold Half Eagle Coin Varieties

The middle of the Capped Head series offers a trio of scarce-to-rare 1818 half eagles, including two of the most famous reverse die blunders of the entire half eagle series. The popular STATESOF variety (BD-2) attracts much of the attention, although the equally interesting BD-3 die marriage, with its overpunched denomination, is arguably the greater […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #369 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type was covered in Part Nine of this series. The ‘With Motto’ type dates from […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #369 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type was covered in Part Nine of this series. The ‘With Motto’ type dates from […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Original vs. Non-Original Gold Coin Surfaces – 4K Video

At the 2016 American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, CoinWeek caught up with Douglas Winter. Doug is an acclaimed author, blogger, and leading dealer in rare gold coins. His website is www.raregoldcoins.com. In this CoinWeek IQ video, Doug shares valuable tips that gold coin collectors need to know to purchase gold coins with original surfaces. Doug discusses […]

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US Gold Coins – What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. Of the three denominations of gold coins struck at the Carson City Mint, perhaps the most popular to collect by date are the half eagles. Of the 19 issues produced between 1870 and 1893, all are obtainable in reasonably high grades. But some of these are rarer than most […]

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Classic US Coins – A Unique Treasure, Wonderful Gem Proof 1833 Half Eagle

Only Proof Certified by PCGS By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… David Akers: “My favorite Pittman Collection coin” One of the most marvelous of the D. Brent Pogue Collection coins is this ultra-quality 1833 Large Date half eagle, Proof-67–the only Proof of this date ever certified by PCGS. The combination of high […]

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Room to Run: Epic Portfolio Strategy for Rarities

By Bruce Smith Sr. Portfolio Director and Numismatic Writer – Blanchard and Company…. I write quite a bit about finding what I call “opportunity specie” in the rare coin market. Undervalued coins. Sleeper coins. Pedigree coins. Old holder coins. CAC coins. Blue chip coins. All represent strong opportunity for smart resourced investors. Combine any of […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 each, Part 6: Three Dollar Gold Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #242   A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… U.S. Three Dollar Gold coins were minted from 1854 to 1889. There is just one design type of this denomination. In addition to the fact that some non-rare […]

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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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