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

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

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NGC Attributing Tomaska Die Varieties for Franklin, Kennedy Half Dollars

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is now attributing Proof Franklin half dollars and Proof Kennedy half dollars according to the die varieties cataloged by Rick Tomaska in Cameo and Brilliant Proof Coinage of the 1950 to 1970 Era. Submitters can request the attribution for applicable coins through NGC’s VarietyPlus® service. Tomaska, a renowned numismatic researcher and […]

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NGC Attributes Tomaska Die Varieties for Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars

A 1960 Franklin half dollar graded PR-67 in the new NGC holder attributing Tomaska die varieties. (Image courtesy NGC)
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is now attributing proof Franklin half dollars and proof Kennedy half dollars according to the die varieties cataloged by Rick Tomaska in Cameo and Brilliant Proof Coinage of the 1950 to 1970 Era, the firm announced May 12. Submitters can request the attribution for applicable coins through NGC’s VarietyPlus service

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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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Classic Coin Profile: United States 1838-O Dime

Description The New Orleans Mint was one of three branches of the United States Mint authorized to be opened by the Coinage Act of March 3, 1835. The same Act authorized the opening of an important assay office in New York City. The Louisiana facility was built on land donated to the federal government by […]

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High-value “cherrypicker” coins take the stage at the ANA National Money Show

Cherrypickers’ Guide volume editor Larry Briggs, author Bill Fivaz, associate editor Brandon Hall, and publisher Dennis Tucker at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020.
Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, and Dennis Tucker, publisher at Whitman Publishing, along with Whitman Associate Editor Brandon Hall, spoke to a standing-room-only audience at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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Jeff Garrett: Coin Collecting by Die Variety

Variety is the spice of life — and coin collecting   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Over the last several months, a client of mine has taken a deep dive into collecting Morgan silver dollars. This client is quite studious and has spent considerable time learning the series. Every once in […]

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1958 Doubled Die Remains One of the Most Elusive Lincoln Cent Varieties

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Lincoln cent is one of the most popular United States series, and over its century-plus run that began in 1909 it has spawned a multitude of exciting varieties. Among the rarest breed of these are doubled dies, and many collectors know the most popular pieces by heart, including […]

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The 1960 Small Date Cent: The Coin that Kicked Off a Collecting Frenzy

By David W. Lange for CoinWeek ….. There are a handful of events that have brought the hobby of collecting coins front and center in America’s consciousness. Perhaps the first was the discontinuance of large cents in 1857 that set people scrambling to find one of every date while they lasted. Another was the debut […]

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Die variety photographs welcomed for new Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II

Cherrypickers’ Guide coauthor Bill Fivaz working on the upcoming Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II, at an editorial meeting on October 24, 2019.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing is calling on the hobby community for photographs of die varieties of U

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Die variety photographs welcomed for new Cherrypickers’ Guide, Sixth Edition, Volume II

Bill Fivaz reviewing Cherrypickers’ Guide entries at an October 24, 2019, editorial meeting.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing is calling on the hobby community for photographs of die varieties of U

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Heritage Auctions – 1797 16 Stars Half Dime in MS66

A Special Half Dime The 16 Stars was the second of three types of half dimes to be produced in 1797, after the 15 Stars and prior to the 13 Stars variant. Of the two 16 Stars varieties, this one has a leaf distant from the first T in STATES, while LM-2 has a leaf […]

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Finest 1831 Capped Bust Dime Variety Featured in August 2019 ANA Sale

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The JR-3 variety of the 1831 Capped Bust dime is unremarkable in most grades and carries a Rarity-1 rating. It can serve as an ideal type coin as it is readily available up through Choice Mint State. However, in Gem condition, this variety becomes formidably scarce. […]

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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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1812 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle BD-2 Featured Highlight of Stack’s Bowers Direct

1812 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle. BD-2. Rarity-4+. Close 5D. MS-65 (PCGS). On June 18, 1812, President James Madison declared war on the United Kingdom in response to the impressment of American sailors and interference in America’s expansion westward, thus precipitating an armed conflict that would last the next two-and-a-half years. In the midst of […]

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Heritage Auctions – Rare 9 Leaves 1795 Small Eagle Reverse Gold Eagle

The Philadelphia Mint struck gold coins for the first time in 1795, when a reported mintage of 5,583 Capped Bust Right eagles was accomplished. It is likely that the 1795-dated dies continued to be used in the early part of 1796, however, so the surviving population for the date is somewhat larger than the modest […]

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Four More Lots You Need to Know: Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Auction

By CoinWeek ….. Previously, CoinWeek covered three important modern coin lots that you need to know about from the Stack’s Bowers June 2017 auction at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. In this piece, CoinWeek’s editors will run down classic U.S. coin highlights that you will not want to miss. Stack’s Bowers […]

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US Coins – NGC Certifies New Bust Quarter Variety

1822 B-3 is a Previously Unknown Die Marriage Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an 1822 quarter dollar variety that was previously unknown to numismatists. The new discovery has been cataloged as Browning-3, adding a third variety to the two 1822 die marriages that have been sought by generations of quarter collectors. The numbering system […]

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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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