Category Archives: Numismatic Personalities

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

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

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Frank Gasparro and His Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… There are few numismatic artists of the mid-20th century as prolific as Frank Gasparro, a man whose coin designs are known to hundreds of millions of Americans, even if his name isn’t familiar to all. He created some of the most widely familiar coin designs ever minted. His artistic […]

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Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store

Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store Stack’s Bowers Galleries is moving to a new, larger location at 470 Park Avenue in the spring of 2020. In the meantime, we will be at our temporary location: Americas Tower 1177 Avenue of the Americas 5th Floor New York, New York 10036 Please contact […]

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Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store

Stack’s Bowers Announces New Location for Flagship New York Store Stack’s Bowers Galleries is moving to a new, larger location at 470 Park Avenue in the spring of 2020. In the meantime, we will be at our temporary location: Americas Tower 1177 Avenue of the Americas 5th Floor New York, New York 10036 Please contact […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The History of Stack’s – 1984

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The year of 1984 showed continued regrowth in the public’s interest in Numismatics. Serious collectors returned to the hobby just as some major collections were being marketed. There were plenty of opportunities to buy coins from old-time collections, stimulated by the new growth in coin values […]

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Q. David Bowers: My First Coin Convention

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… With George Williams, I went to an Empire State Numismatic Association (ESNA) convention in Syracuse, New York, in 1954. It was my first regional coin show. By that time I had been a regular attendee at the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Coin Club, but had not ventured beyond […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The History of Stack’s – 1983

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Turns 50 1983 was a super year for Stack’s. As the markets got stronger, old-time collectors regained their confidence and an avalanche of new collectors seemed to enter the hobby. This meant that Stack’s experienced great growth, both in over-the-counter business and at our auctions, […]

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Harvey Stack – An Unpublished Story About the 1894-S Dime

The backstory of the 1894-S Barber Dime By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… When one goes looking into numismatic history to try to find a pedigree for a rare U.S. coin, one soon discovers that many a record is lost. But I have recently learned something new about the origin of the […]

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CoinWeek IQ – Nickel, Joseph Wharton, and US Coinage

Nickel and US Coinage By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Unlike copper, silver, and gold, nickel is a fairly new addition to coinage around the world. It was used in a few ancient Bactrian issues, but wasn’t seen in coins again until the mid-1800s. It didn’t appear in American coinage until the Flying Eagle and […]

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ANA Awards Given to Numismatists Making a Difference

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is honoring several numismatists who not only lead by example but pave new pathways within the numismatic hobby. Recognized for their dedication, hard work, passion and contributions, these recipients will be acknowledged at the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, August 13-17. Those being recognized are: Thomas Hallenbeck for […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The History of Stack’s – 1982

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… After the economic upheaval of 1981 and earlier, the numismatic market seemed to withstand the uncertainties created by the sharp drop in the silver market. From the latter part of the 1970s, collectors and speculators–following the sharp purchases of silver and future contracts, initiated by the […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1981

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   A Dip in the Market 1981 became a very difficult and costly year to deal with. Basic silver dropped on the world markets from over $50 per ounce to under $10 an ounce. Traders, speculators, and coin collectors felt the “sting” of this market downturn […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1981

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   A Dip in the Market 1981 became a very difficult and costly year to deal with. Basic silver dropped on the world markets from over $50 per ounce to under $10 an ounce. Traders, speculators, and coin collectors felt the “sting” of this market downturn […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1980

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Changes in the Numismatic World The year 1980 began with a crash in the silver market. For years before, the price of silver had risen slowly, inducing people to start selling any and all silver items they had laying around the house. But in a short […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1979

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Changes in the Numismatic World The year 1979 featured several influential numismatic events, including heavy precious metal buying and the subsequent effects of a hyperactive investment sector. It also featured the birth of a multi-dealer auction event, the sale of several major collections at public […]

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Harvey G. Stack Awarded Honorary Life Fellowship From ANS

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Harvey G. Stack, Co-Founder of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, received the Honorary Life Fellow Award from the American Numismatic Society (ANS) for 50 years of dedicated service, gifts and support for the Society. It is one of the foremost honors an American numismatist can receive. Approached for comment, Harvey Stack gave […]

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Who’s Who: Iconic Coin Collections You Should Know

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Newman. Ford. Eliasberg. King Farouk. We see their names on slabs, on organizations, and in books, but how much do we know about them? It’s easy to never dive into who they were beyond “important collectors”, but each has an interesting story and a lifetime of unique achievements. Presented […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1978

As inflation continued, so did interest in numismatic items By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… In both numismatics and general business, 1978 continued in lockstep with 1977. More collectors seemed to enter the field, as more reference books and coin boards were being sold. The American Numismatic Association grew in numbers. Major […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: The Binion Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …. The Binion Hoard offers the collector a variety of ways to collect coins, currency and memorabilia like ashtrays, dice, gambling equipment, photos, casino chips, etc. A collector could assemble a traditional date/mintmark set, or he could choose to assemble a set of the various souvenir items available. But first, […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: The Binion Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …..   The Binion Hoard offers the collector a variety of ways to collect coins, currency and memorabilia like ashtrays, dice, gambling equipment, photos, casino chips, etc. A collector could assemble a traditional date/mintmark set, or he could choose to assemble a set of the various souvenir items available. But […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1977

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… After having a very successful year in 1976, the market seemed to want to keep growing in 1977. There was a bit of a slow start in January, but enthusiasm picked up not long after. Coin values were increasing, as high-quality rarities and collections entered the […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1974

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… A Great Year and a Great Challenge The year 1974 became another great year for Stack’s. We sold a few major collections at public auction and our over-the-counter business was strong as new collectors seemed to be entering the field. We opened several new accounts: from […]

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Newman XI Pushes Total for NGC-Certified Coins to $60 Million

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), the third-party grading service that has certified all of Eric P. Newman’s coins, has announced that the total prices realized for NGC-certified Newman coins has topped $60 million. The milestone comes after the Newman Part XI sale by Heritage Auctions, November 7-10, 2018. The top coin in the sale was a […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1973

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The year 1973 saw a number of initiatives for changes in Numismatics. With inflation continuing and money becoming more available but losing its purchasing power, all markets–from the Stock Market to commodities, to real estate as well–showed signs that certain collectibles were coming into demand and […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing Up in a Numismatic Family – The Early Days of Stack’s – 1972

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The Nixon Shock The year 1972 followed closely some of the events and happenings in the earlier years in the hobby. It was in this year of economic inflation that the hobby experienced strong growth. Many collectors new to the hobby joined the American Numismatic Association (ANA). The Professional Numismatic Guild (PNG) continued […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1970-71

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Inflation & Numismatics During the 1970-71 period, as inflation increased to over 4% per year, people started to invest more in precious metals than they had previously. Silver (especially from finding and selling coinage struck prior to 1964) and gold were being looked at as ways […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1968-1969

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The R.L. Miles Collection, Part 1 The October 1968 R.L. Miles Collection feeatured a large and almost complete selection of U.S. Gold, one of the most extensive offerings–in both quality and examples offered–in a single collection during the decades after World War II. It had a […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1967

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… When my father died in December 1966, he left his share of the company to me. I had already received 25% from my father in 1955, and that same year my uncle Joseph gave my cousins Ben and Norman 12.5% each while he retained 25% himself. […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1966

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 1966 – The Year I Can’t Forget Following 1965, business continued to be active at Stack’s. We attended […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1965

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 1965 – A Demanding Year The year of 1965 in Numismatics was a very demanding year for Stack’s, with several things […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family – The Early Days of Stack’s – 1964

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 1964 – A Year of Conflicts The year 1963 was a great year for numismatics as markets seemed to rise, […]

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Don Everhart: My Career in Coins, Part 1 – The Franklin Mint

By Don Everhart – Former Sculptor-Engraver, United States Mint ….. Exclusive for CoinWeek Fresh out of college in 1973, I made a decision that would change the course of my life forever – and I didn’t even know it at the time! Back then I was more concerned about staying alive than deciding what my […]

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Harvey Stack Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1963

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 A Promising Year After finishing the year 1962 with the success of the Samuel Wolfson Collection of gold coins, we had the feeling […]

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Harvey Stack Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1960

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 Harvey, Norman and Ben The year 1960 was another exciting year for Ben, Norman and myself, as we all committed ourselves to a full dedication to Numismatics […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1957

  By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 An Important Year in My Development By 1957 I had some 10 years of full-time experience at Stack’s, which exposed me to an active retail trade in coins. I also […]

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In Memoriam – “Mr. ANA”: Edward C. Rochette, 1927-2018

By CoinWeek News Staff …. If you are now or ever have been a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) in the last 50 years, it’s because a man named Ed Rochette devoted a large portion of his professional life to its success. His decades of work for the organization earned him the nickname […]

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Booker T. on the Tarmac: A Story About First Coinvestors

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen’s The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins: 1892-1954 has always been one of my favorite books. Sure, the topic’s been done better, most recently by Swiatek himself. And yes, the book is hopelessly optimistic about what was then the future […]

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In Memoriam: The Life and Legacy of Eric P. Newman, 1911-2016

  By CoinWeek News Staff …. With contributions by Karl Newman of Monaco Rare Coins You can hardly be blamed for taking the man’s immortality for granted; he’d made it all the way to 106, after all. But as each of us went about our business Wednesday, secure if not content in the status quo […]

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In Memoriam: The Life and Legacy of Eric P. Newman, 1911-2017

By CoinWeek News Staff …. With contributions by Karl Newman of Monaco Rare Coins You can hardly be blamed for taking the man’s immortality for granted; he’d made it all the way to 106, after all. But as each of us went about our business Wednesday, secure if not content in the status quo of […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family – 1955-1956

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Interest in Coins Starts to Grow Again Numismatics started to grow all through the 1950s. Many of the servicemen who were stack’s collectors before World War Two returned home, settled […]

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Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists PAN eNews for October 2017

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …. Welcome to the PAN Coin Show! We hope that you have included us in your plans for this week. Show floor booths are sold out. There will be a wide selection of numismatic material that you will not find within a hundred mile radius of the Pittsburgh area. […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family – An Incredible Year Continues

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 1954 Continued After the initial sale in March was sold, we offered a second section to the Davis-Graves Collection – of which the specialized collection of foreign gold coins numbered […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family – 1954

In which yours truly meets not one but TWO numismatic legends By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Incredible Year of 1954 As described in a different article, I discussed the acquisition of the Davis-Graves Collection and the Anderson-Dupont […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family, Part 4

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The Good Days at Stack’s in 1951 With our family staff reduced by both Norman and Ben not with us, Stack’s continued to produce its share of numismatic catalogs and price lists for United States, Ancient […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 18

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 is the final part in […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 18

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 is the final part […]

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Did Louis Eliasberg Understand and Pursue Gem Quality Coins?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #384 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds ….. An often repeated viewpoint asserts that, since the vast majority of the the gem quality pre-1900 U.S. coins in the Eliasberg Collection came from the Clapp Collection, Eliasberg does not deserve much credit […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family, Part 3

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 The Postwar Years World War II came to an end in 1945. It brought home many a soldier, sailor, airman and marine, away from their families for as long as five years. They had to rebuild their lives in […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …..   Benjamin and Norman Visit Stack’s Benjamin and Norman Stack, brothers and my first cousins, were the sons of Joseph B. Stack, my father’s brother. Like me they were constant visitors to our store on Sixth Avenue. Benjamin was Norman’s older brother by less than two […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …..   Benjamin and Norman Visit Stack’s Benjamin and Norman Stack, brothers and my first cousins, were the sons of Joseph B. Stack, my father’s brother. Like me they were constant visitors to our store on Sixth Avenue. Benjamin was Norman’s older brother by less than two […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #77: Scott Travers on the Passing of Ed Reiter – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #77: Scott Travers on the Passing of Ed Reiter – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Over the course of his career, CoinAge Magazine editor Ed Reiter’s wit and passion for coins guided generations of numismatists in their enjoyment […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #77: Scott Travers on the Passing of Ed Reiter – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #77: Scott Travers on the Passing of Ed Reiter – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Over the course of his career, CoinAge Magazine editor Ed Reiter’s wit and passion for coins guided generations of numismatists in their enjoyment […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 17

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 33 and […]

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Beth Deisher Honored With 2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award

The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) presented its 2017 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award to prominent hobby leader Beth Deisher. The award was announced during the PNG’s annual banquet held this year in Denver, Colorado on July 31, 2017. Deisher is the Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) Director of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA). She was […]

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A Reader Writes: Harvey Stack on the Hobby’s Relationship with Toning

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Dear Charles, Welcome home! It had to be a hard week. Morning till late-at-night events, your days just on the floor doing videos with Hubert, but you surely tried to keep up with everything going on. Bravo! I enjoyed the livestreaming you did and found the […]

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CoinWeek’s Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker Talk Coins on the Part-Time Genius Podcast

From onions hawked by animated ogres, to upbeat soundtracks created explicitly for sharks, there’s a lot of pork in the government’s budget. But just how outraged should we be? Will and Mango try to get an answer for you. Featuring James Ledbetter and the editors of CoinWeek. CoinWeek editors Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker were […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 16

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 31 and […]

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In Memoriam: Industry Icon Leon Hendrickson Passes Away at 90

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Truly a giant in the professional ranks of rare coin dealers. –Jeff Garrett, President of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and owner of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries Icon of the rare coin industry and all-around gentleman Leon Hendrickson passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017. His […]

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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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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 14

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 27 and […]

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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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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 12

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 20, […]

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Ask a Grader with Ron Drzewucki

Ever wondered what grading coins is like? Modern Coin Wholesale’s Ron Drzewucki gives CoinWeek the inside scoop By CoinWeek …. Professional coin grading can be a mysterious and inscrutable process to the average collector. Take a coin, insert it into the “black box” of third-party grading, and watch it come out the other side with […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….   “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is a forgery is a crime.” –Leo Mildenberg (1913 – 2001)[1] FOR CLASSICAL NUMISMATISTS any discussion of fake ancient coins is… a delicate subject. Dealers worry that fear of fakes […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Modern Fakes of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. “To declare that a forged coin is genuine is a mistake, but to declare that a genuine coin is a forgery is a crime.” –Leo Mildenberg (1913 – 2001)[1] FOR CLASSICAL NUMISMATISTS any discussion of fake ancient coins is… a delicate subject. Dealers worry that fear of fakes will […]

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Bernard von NotHaus “Trump Dollar” Coin Production Halted + CoinWeek Exclusive Video 4K

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Following the historic election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States, would you expect to see “The Donald” appear on a coin? Bernard von Nothaus, the notorious creator of the “Liberty Dollar®”, is way ahead of you! Trump Dollar Coin? It’s worth clarifying […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 7

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 After making our delivery of United States and foreign gold coins to Mr. Josiah K. Lilly in the spring of 1956, I discussed ways of making his collection grow. He […]

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Coin Collecting Philosophy from Virgil M. Brand

By Q. David Bowers – Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… One of my favorite numismatic experiences was working with Norman Neubauer, the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, the heirs of Virgil M. Brand, and David E. Tripp in the sale by auction of many coins from the Brand estate. If you are an old-timer, you will […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 6

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 During the fall of 1955 and winter and early spring of 1956, Stack’s continued building segments of the J.K. Lilly Collection, keeping him informed while he spent his winter in Florida. We sent […]

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CoinWeek Videos Surpass 1.5 Million Views

By CoinWeek …. On Thursday, October 6, 2016, CoinWeek.com announced that its award-winning YouTube video channel had exceeded 1.5 million views. CoinWeek launched its video channel in 2011 and has since uploaded more than 1,300 original videos – including the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild Award Winning videos Numismatic Vienna and How Gold Coins are Made: […]

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Famous Coin Counterfeiter Thomas Wyatt’s Larcenous Letters of Deception – 4K Video

At the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2016 World’s Fair of Money, CoinWeek’s editors stopped by the table of numismatic bookseller Kolbe & Fanning to take a look at an intriguing collecting of letters from known counterfeiter and numismatic forger Thomas Wyatt. In this 4K CoinWeek Exclusive video, Dr. David Fanning discusses the contents of the letters […]

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Farran Zerbe: Numismatist – Promoter – Hustler

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. Historians state that “Everybody was Somebody” in the small population of the Thirteen Colonies at the time of the American Revolution. People who would be lost in a population of 300 million had a vastly greater opportunity to shine in a population of 10 or 12 million. So […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 5

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 In my last article (see Part 4, above), I told of being with Josiah Lilly when he learned that the polio vaccine his company had been working on was approved for use. Here I continue with […]

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Four Takeaways from Receiving the ANA Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

By Littleton Coin Company ……….. Littleton Coin Company president shares what he’s learned from winning the prestigious award Recently the American Numismatic Association (ANA) honored me with the 2016 Dealer of the Year Award. This prestigious award goes to a dealer who has shown exceptional dedication to strengthening the hobby and the ANA and displays […]

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Robert Bashlow

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. THE CAST OF CHARACTERS in American Numismatics over the last century-and-a-half has included many an odd personality, whether in the ranks of collectors, dealers, researchers or story tellers. Some of these were well known figures who devoted decades to the field, often as professional coin auctioneers such as […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers

CoinWeek Podcast #39: Q. David Bowers Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Q. David Bowers is the most prolific numismatic writer in the hobby’s history – he is also the breaker of numismatic news this month – as he and Whitman have […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 4

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 On our visit to Eagle’s Nest to deliver the gold coins we had assembled for Mr. Lilly and that he had examined during his visit to Stack’s in spring 1954, my father and I were able to examine more […]

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PAN to Feature John Mercanti at Fall Coin Show

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) have completed arrangements to have retired U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti attend the PAN Fall Coin Show and Convention to be held October 27-29 at the Monroeville Convention Center, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fall show theme is “The American Silver Eagle, 30th Anniversary”. Mr. Mercanti will […]

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PAN to Feature John Mercanti at Fall Coin Show

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) have completed arrangements to have retired U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti attend the PAN Fall Coin Show and Convention to be held October 27-29 at the Monroeville Convention Center, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fall show theme is “The American Silver Eagle, 30th Anniversary”. Mr. Mercanti will […]

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Michael Fuljenz Honored with Crime Fighting and Writing Awards at World’s Fair of Money

By Universal Coin & Bullion ….. Top awards for consumer protection crime-fighting efforts and outstanding numismatic writing were presented to Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, at the 2016 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money. He received four prestigious honors from two influential organizations, the Professional Numismatists Guild […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 As I explained in an earlier part of this story, Stack’s involvement with the Josiah K. Lilly Collection all started with his initial visit to our storefront in New York. As related he and his wife traveled to Florida each winter […]

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A Most Distinguished Gentleman: In Memoriam – Gene Gardner

by Greg Reynolds for CoinWeek…. I feel honored to have had the privilege of knowing Eugene H. Gardner, Sr., 80. He was one of the most distinguished, visibly active and enthusiastic collectors in the history of the coin community in the United States. I was saddened to hear of Gene’s passing on July 16, 2016, after […]

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Harvey Stack Remembers Chet Krause

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …… It was with great sadness and a feeling of personal loss that I learned of the recent passing of my dear friend Chet Krause. I remember first meeting him when he visited Stack’s in New York City. He was there to sit down and talk to my […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #36: Donn Pearlman talks 1913 Nickels, Numismatic Writing, and a Hobby in Transition

CoinWeek Podcast #36: Donn Pearlman talks 1913 Nickels, Numismatic Writing, and a Hobby in Transition Few in the coin industry have been as successful in bringing mainstream attention to numismatics as has Donn Pearlman, former ANA Governor, and 2015 Farran Zerbe Award winner. Donn is the press agent for PNG, Heritage Auctions, the ANA, and a […]

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Coin Clubs – Fuljenz Extends Sponsorship Of Prestigious ANA Zerbe Award

Mike Fuljenz, left, helped ANA President Walter Ostromecki, right, present the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award last year to recipient Donn Pearlman at the 2015 Chicago World’s Fair of Money®. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.) The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed each year by the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org), will continue to be sponsored […]

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ICTA: David Crenshaw Recognized for Service to Numismatic Hobby

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets…. At the Georgia Numismatic Association’s (GNA) annual banquet on April 16, special guest and American Numismatic Association (ANA) president Jeff Garrett recognized an individual who has made numerous contributions to the hobby and to the American Numismatic Association: “When David Crenshaw was 10 years old, he picked out his […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Interview: Former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti – 4K Video

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan met up with former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti to discuss Mercanti’s relationship with U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro, Mercanti’s approach in the coin design process, his work on the American Silver Eagle and the 1986 Statue of Liberty dollar, the U.S. Mint engraver he considers is this generation’s Laura Garden […]

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Numismatic History – Coin Dealer B. Max Mehl – A Texas Master of Coins

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek…. Max Mehl claimed that he spent a million dollars advertising to buy a 1913 Liberty nickel for $50. Unfortunately his expensive ad campaign was a total failure. He was never able to buy that $50 1913 nickel. Yet somehow he became the most successful coin dealer of his era. In […]

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The Modern Hobby of Ancient Coins – A CoinWeek Exclusive with Harlan J. Berk

By CoinWeek…. Harlan J. Berk founded the company that bears his name in 1964, but like so many other numismatists, he actually got his start as a kid when someone (in Berk’s case, his mother) gave him those first fascinating coins. And now, after 52 years plus as a professional and a coin dealer–specializing in […]

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Coin Collecting and Numismatics – Thoughts on Rarity, Part 3

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Part 1 Part 2 Here I continue my thoughts on rarities, and the factors that affect this important aspect of numismatics. As noted, true rarity cannot be caused by a collector through hoarding or manipulation, although sometimes temporary rarity can be achieved. During the early days of the […]

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Confronting Breen

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Twenty-two years ago, noted numismatist Walter H. Breen died at Chino’s California Institute for Men, part of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A convicted serial child molester, it’s hard to imagine that Breen’s stay at the facility was ever meant to rehabilitate the man. Instead, […]

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Coin Designer Joel Iskowitz at 5th Annual Wall Street Collectors Bourse

By Wall Street Collectors Bourse…. OCTOBER 22-24, 2015 AT THE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE One of the highlights of the 5th Annual Wall Street Collectors Bourse will be a talk by Joel Iskowitz on “Designing Congressional Gold Medals: An Artist’s Perspective”. Mr. Iskowitz will look back on more than three decades creating unparalleled artworks displayed […]

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Harvey Stack: Counsel for Collectors, Stacks’ Enduring Legacy, and Dealing in Bags and Rolls – Video

Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…. In this mini-series of interviews, Stack’s Bowers founder Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about his sixty-plus years in the coin business. Harvey Stack: Counsel for Coin Collectors in the Long Term. VIDEO: 5:13. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuIs1qMcdvM Harvey gives his expert opinion to collectors looking to hold coins long term.   Stack’s Recent History and Philosophy of Business. […]

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Summer Seminar Scholarship a Celebration of Diane Piret’s Life

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets…. A giant in the dealer and collector community, Diane Piret truly did make a difference! She left her mark on every aspect of ICTA, whose team of Executive Director Eloise Ullman and Industry Affairs Director Diane Piret worked tirelessly to improve the lives of every dealer and collector for […]

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Harvey Stack: Current Coin Prices, Counsel for Collectors, the Essence of Collecting – Video.

Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…. In this mini-series of interviews, Stack’s Bowers founder Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about his sixty-plus years in the coin business. Harvey Stack: Current Prices of Great Numismatic Rarities. VIDEO: 2:48. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYMangMU5dw Harvey has seen prices on the great numismatic rarities soar in value. He cautions what makes for a healthy market.   Harvey Stack: […]

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Harvey Stack – On Sol Kaplan, Skinny Miles, Stanley Apfelbaum and Others – Video

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…. In this mini-series of interviews, Stack’s Bowers founder Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about three of the 20th century’s most important collectors, their most important coins, and how they got them.   Harvey Stack: Recollections of Sol Kaplan. Video: 1:51 //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt27oxBUhks Legendary coin dealer Sol Kaplan is remembered by Stack’s Bowers founder […]

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CoinWeek Q&A with PCGS President Don Willis – Video: 17:48

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan spoke with PCGS President Don Willis at the Central States Numismatic Society’s 76th Annual Convention in Schaumburg, Illinois. Willis discussed on-site show grading, PCGS’s ongoing focus in creating new markets for coin grading in the world numismatic marketplace, the PCGS Set Registry, the new PCGS Digital Coin Album, and why collectors like novelty label inserts.     […]

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Harvey Stack – The Building of the ANA Library and the Development of the ANA Grading Guide Book

Harvey G. Stack Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com…… In this mini-series of interviews, Stack’s Bowers founder Harvey Stack shares his thoughts and recollections about the construction and development of the American Numismatic Institution’s Library and the the behind-the-scenes tension surrounding the creation of the ANA Grading Guide Book. . //www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gxB1X_IGCA .. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=3S5zkkrSXzc   Copyright © CoinWeek April 2015 COINWeek is the […]

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CoinWeek Interview: John Kamin – Forecasting Profits in Numismatics and Avoiding the Traps

A CoinWeek Exclusive Interview… At the Central States Numismatic Society’s 76th Annual Convention, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sat down with John Kamin, editor of The Forecaster Moneyletter. In this interview Kamin discusses speculating on numismatics, the buying and selling of “factory coins”, and areas of the market where most anybody can buy into and possibly reap profits from […]

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Harvey Stack talkes Pogue and Other Great Collections – Video: 9:24

On March 26, Stack’s Bowers founder and numismatic luminary Harvey Stack sat down with CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan to discuss numismatic history in the making, the upcoming sale of the D. Brent Pogue Rare Coin Cabinet. Stack, whose career spans more than sixty years, grew up in the business and has been at the center of many of […]

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Forged by Fire: The Birth of the Morgan Dollar and the Feud Between George T. Morgan and Charles E. Barber

By Shaquille Brissett of Gainesville Coins…. During the late 19th century, a culmination of market forces led to a volatility of the silver industry that provoked populist anxieties. Proposals by Representative Richard Bland and Iowa Senator William Allison would appease both Greenbackers (a post-civil war political party that favored the use of paper money and […]

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An Honest Man: ANA National Money Show Attendee Turns in Rare Gold Coin

When he realized he misplaced a nearly $60,000 coin during dealer set up at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show in Portland, Oregon, Brian Hendelson became frantic. Hendelson, owner of Classic Coin Company in Bridgewater, New Jersey, was reunited with it the next morning. The quick, happy ending resulted from the honesty of a […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: The Binion Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek…. The Binion Hoard offers the collector a variety of ways to collect coins, currency, and memorabilia like ashtrays, dice, gambling equipment, photos, casino chips, etc. A collector could assemble a traditional date/mintmark set, or he could choose to assemble a set of the various souvenir items available. But first, who […]

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Numismatic Personalities – A Conversation with Harvey Stack – Joining the Family Coin Business and the First Auction

Harvey G. Stack – – How I Was Trained to Be in the Family Coin Business. S15-2 VIDEO Interviewer: David Lisot, CoinWeek.com ……. Mr. Harvey Stack graciously granted CoinWeek’s David Lisot an interview in the offices of Stack’s Bowers in New York City. In this Multi part series, Harvey talks about in 1940 when he […]

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A Crown and Taler Man, Reflections on Dr. John S. Davenport

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek…. Rarely does a single individual become identified so completely with any area of numismatics as did Dr. John S. Davenport (1907-2001). Over a period of more than 50 years, his name became synonymous with the world of large-size silver coins, generally referred to as crowns and talers. “Crowns” in […]

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