Category Archives: Coins

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Demand for Collector Coins Holds Strong

The demand for both collectible and intrinsically impacted coins doesn’t seem to be pausing, even to come up for air. While there have been recent gyrations in the spot price of gold, silver and yes, even copper, none of this appears to be slowing the demand for collectible coins, which for the most part continues to outstrip supplies. This isn’t just the market for bullion American Eagle coins, but the demand continues for the new Mint issues, for 1964 and earlier circulation strike gold and silver coins, and just about anything collectible

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Does A Gold Currency Make Sense?

Gold coins have circulated for thousands of years. Using gold in coins for payment purposes has a great combination of advantages—durability, portability, standardization, relative ease of production, and others. One limitation of using gold coins for commerce, however, has been that it was most practical for face-to-face transactions

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Indian Head Gold Leads Long Beach

It was a pair of rare Indian Head $10 gold coins that bidders pursued to top lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Auction, as the two high-grade examples led more than 1,400 lots offered June 4-7

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What Can You Learn While Being A Numismatist?

By Patrick A. Heller
In my decades of working as a coin dealer, I have written a lot of sales copy. In the process of describing various items, I have had to dig into the history of the pieces or about the history behind what was selected for the artwork

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Community Voice Response: May 22, 2020

From the May 22, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
With the cancellation of coin shows, has your online buying and selling activity increased? Why or why not?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Yes, my online buying has increased substantially, especially since March of this year. I typically buy American Silver Eagles each month, but they have become very scarce and at such a high premium, that I have moved onto other sources (online)

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United States Mint Temporarily Shuts Down West Point Facility

Editor’s Note: The following is a reprint of an email message sent to industry press Wednesday, April 15. 
Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Orange County, New York, and out of an abundance of caution, the United States Mint has temporarily suspended production at the Mint facility at West Point. This action is being taken to further reduce the risk of Mint employee exposure to COVID-19

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Dates Not Set on Mint’s Product Schedule

At the time of this writing, the United States Mint does not have dates set for the remainder of its 2020 releases.
The last on-sale date listed on the Mint’s online product schedule is April 17 for the 2020 silver proof set. The next three products set for release are the Air Force silver medal, the American Eagle one-ounce 2020 gold uncirculated coin, and the American Eagle one-ounce 2020 palladium uncirculated coin

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Community Voice Response: April 28, 2020

From the April 3, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
How have your coin/bullion buying and selling habits changed in light of the coronavirus bearing down on the United States?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
I have been trying to buy when I can in different amounts and types so I can just keep adding to my bullion totals. Nothing too aggressive just basic silver 1-ounce rounds, 90 percent silver and maybe the occasional 1/10-ounce gold Eagle

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Can coins and paper money spread coronavirus?

This article is only an analysis of the available information regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and does not substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you have any questions, please contact your medical provider or review information presented by the official medical organization(s) available in your area

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Community Voice Response: March 31, 2020

From the March 6, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
What coin or coin series do you consider to be the most underrated?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
 
Franklin half dollars.
Peter Gehrke
Address withheld
 
The large cent

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Three States Considering Repeal Of Coin/Bullion Sales Tax Exemptions

In recent years, state, county, and local governments were finally required to include on their financial statements the net present value of unfunded liabilities for employee pensions and retiree health care and other retirement benefits. Michigan’s state government now discloses, for example, that it owes more than $60 billion in debt and liabilities, although these numbers are masked by spreading this information over multiple financial reports.
As a result, governments have become more aggressive at seeking additional ways to raise revenues

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Coronavirus Fears Impact Cash

By Richard Giedroyc 
Talk about dirty money! What about money laundering? Fear of the coronavirus epidemic spreading worldwide is resurrecting the urban legend about how germs on our physical money may be making us sick.
At the time this article was being written no one yet knew for certain how the coronavirus (officially known as COVID-19) is spread. It was known the disease can be passed person to person, but if the spread is generated through breathing the same air, touching an infected person, touching bank notes the infected person used, or some other mechanism is yet to be learned

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Are Numismatic Sales Rising?

By Patrick Heller
As most experienced collectors know, the published data on “wholesale” prices are not necessarily accurate.  At any time, my experience is that some coins and currency trade at a premium to these figures while others clear the market at significant discounts.
When new editions of A Guide Book Of United States Coins (popularly called The Redbook) appear, it is not unusual for some dealers to advertise a list of coins that they will purchase at or above the “retail selling prices” featured in this catalog

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Market for Morgan and Peace Dollars Still Soft

The finest known 1855 proof Kellogg $50 gold coin, graded PCGS PR-64 Cameo CAC, sold for a record $1 million by Witter Coin in San Francisco and will be exhibited by its new owner at the store’s grand opening starting Feb. 10, 2020. (Image courtesy Professional Coin Grading Service, www

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Slight Progress on Ebay Erroneous Sales Tax Charges

By Patrick Heller 
Two weeks ago, I wrote about the growing problem of how sales facilitators (referred to by many states as “market providers”) such as Amazon and eBay are now required to collect and remit the sales taxes applicable in the buyer’s state if the seller is from a different state. Unfortunately, every software system approved by the Streamline Sales Tax Governing Board, Inc. and available to Amazon and eBay has a number of errors in 1) implementing existing states’ sales tax exemptions, and 2) calculating the correct sales taxes to collect in states where county and local sales taxes may apply

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Finnish Designer Receives COTY Lifetime Achievement Honors

By Thomas Michael
The winner of this year’s Coin of the Year Lifetime Achievement award – Reijo Paavilainen.
This year’s recipient of the Coin of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, Finnish sculptor, coin and medal designer Reijo Paavilainen, actually began his artistic career as a painter. However, Paavilainen quickly moved to a more three-dimensional expression with various aspects of sculpture, one of which is the design of commemorative coins

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Kicking Off World’s Money Fair in Berlin

Listen in as Maggie Judkins, Editor of the Numismatics Division, visits with the South African Mint’s Product Development Manager, Richard Stone, as he shows some new coins at the World Money Fair in Berlin!

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PCGS Announces Security Chip-Embedded Slabs To Protect Against Counterfeiting

On Dec. 26, 2019, the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) announced its partnership with HID Global to begin embedding high-security Near Field Communication (NFC) chip technology in PCGS coin slabs. PCGS slabs embedded with NFC technology allow any collector or dealer with a modern smartphone to easily verify that the coin encapsulated within was indeed certified, graded, and slabbed by PCGS

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Review of The Collector’s Handbook 10th edition

by Mike Thorne, PhD
Have you given any thought to what will happen to your coin collection when you’re no longer around? Are any of your children interested in coins? Your spouse? Other relatives?
And how much is your collection worth? Should it be sold to a friendly dealer you have done business with? Sold at auction? Is there a guide that might help you answer these questions?
If you have a valuable coin collection, then it would be worth your while to procure a copy of The Collector’s Handbook: Tax Planning, Strategy and Estate Advice for Collectors and Their Heirs. Penned by James L. Halperin, Gregory J

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Notoriety Does Not Lead to Record Setting Prices

The price of many gold and silver business strike coins rose recently, in part due to an appreciable increase in the spot price of these metals, but more in reaction to that spot price rise. Simply put, demand for such coins, regardless of if they are of a collectible grade or not, increased.
At the moment this commentary is being written the spot price has declined once more but is remaining near the resistance levels of $1,500 per ounce for gold and $18 an ounce for silver

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Ohio Nixes Coin/Bullion Sales Tax Exemption—Reducing Future Tax Collections

The Ohio legislature, after going back and forth on the issue, sent a fiscal 2020-2021 budget bill to Governor Mike DeWine’s office that eliminates that state’s existing sales tax exemption on precious metals bullion and bullion-priced gold and silver coins, effective Oct. 1, 2019.
According to budget plans, once again imposing sales tax on such products will result in a net increase in Ohio total tax collections

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Update on coins, precious metals sales tax exemptions

As of right now, 37 states have either no state sales taxes at all (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon) or have complete or partial sales tax exemptions on the in-state retail sales of coins and precious metals bullion. That may soon change.
All ten of the most populous states and 17 of the 20 most populous have such exemptions, so that well over 80% of the nation’s residents have such an exemption where they live

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Searching for Coins Online With HiBid.com

Sponsored Post by HiBid.com…. The great thing about collecting coins and currency is that even examples that aren’t priced very highly often have artistic value. Some are so intricately embellished that they’re worth appreciating under a magnifying glass in good lighting. Others have a curiosity factor, such as a holed coin from Pakistan or 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, […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #108: Coin Submission Success Strategies

 CoinWeek Podcast #108: Coin Submission Success Strategies Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. If you’re anything like me, then you have probably, on one or more occasions, put together a coin submission to one of the major Third Party Grading services. The reasons you […]

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Modern Dime Designations: What Are Full Bands and Full Torch?

  by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. NGC’s designations give collectors a more comprehensive assessment of dimes from the past century. NGC uses a numeric grade to succinctly describe a problem-free coin’s condition. Certain coins, however, are eligible for a more nuanced description of their condition and appearance. For these coins, NGC graders follow the numeric grade […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Coinage Act of January 9, 1837

An Act supplementary to the act entitled “An act establishing a mint, and regulating the coins of the United States.”  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the officers of the mint of the United States shall be a director, a treasurer, […]

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Ancient Coins: What about Spartan coins ?

Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek… Spartans disdained many things that other ancient Greeks valued. One of these things was money, even Spartan coins. Hundreds of different Greek cities issued coins between the birth of coined money around 650 BCE and the end of Greek civic coinage some time after 300 CE. The apparent exception […]

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The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow, Warloard Zhou Xicheng and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. It’s said that every coin tells a story. Boy, do I have one straight out of Mysteries of the Unknown, and it involves warloard Zhou Xicheng and his car. In 1928, the warlord of Kweichow province, Zhou Xicheng, minted a coin to commemorate the completion of the Kweichow […]

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US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

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Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

  Coin Toning and Eye Appeal By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Once it leaves the Mint, few things add value to a coin. But of those things, attractive natural coin toning arguably adds the most. What is “ coin toning ”? The word “toning” can describe both the coloration of a coin […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions to Offer The Konstantine Collection of Capped Bust Half Dollars

by Legend Rare Coin Auctions…. Fabulous collection features many Condition Census and Finest Known examples. Legend Rare Coin Auctions today announces with great honor and pride that the Kontantine Collection of Capped Bust Half Dollars will be auctioned in Regency Auction 28, on September 26, 2018, the official auction of the PCGS Members Show. Anchoring […]

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Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

Selling your Coin Collection By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments …… “My Dad had a coin collection and has since passed on giving the collection to the family. How can I be sure to get full value if we decide to sell?” It is amazing how often I get this email so a general […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote in U.S. numismatic history. Since it first burst into the headlines in 1965 until the announcement that it was ceasing production of medals, coins and collectibles early in 2003, the […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Coinage Act of 1834

Coinage Act of 1834 1834 June 27 An Act concerning the gold coins of the United States, and for other purposes. In order to bring the gold price into line with the silver price, the United States government provided for a slightly revised ratio of gold to the dollar. As silver remained unchanged, this had […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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The Coin Analyst: 1982 Lincoln Cent Provides Collectors with Challenges, Rewards

The Coin Analyst – CoinWeek.com ….. 1982 was the year E.T. The Extra Terrestrial hit the silver screen. The average price of a new home was $80,000, and the Equal Rights Amendment failed ratification. It was also the year the United States Mint began making Lincoln cents from a 97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper alloy instead […]

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Learn Coin Grading From NGC: Prooflike and Deep Prooflike

This new monthly feature in the NGC eNewsletter promotes a better understanding of NGC’s coin grading and designations NGC coin grading uses a numeric grade to succinctly describe a problem-free coin’s condition. Certain coins, however, require a more nuanced description of their condition and appearance. For these coins, NGC graders follow the numeric grade with […]

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Spitting Eagles, Alligator Eyes and Donkey Tails: Three Morgan Dollar Varieties

Morgan Dollar Varieties By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Outside of a “Bugs Bunny” Franklin half dollar, it’s hard to beat some of the colorful names attributed to Morgan Dollar Varieties over the years. I don’t often write about them, so to “fill in the gaps” and maybe introduce people to one of […]

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Good Samaritan Returns $10,000 in Gold Coins to Owner

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. It’s probably safe to say that, for those of us who missed the cut for the Forbes 400 (maybe next year), unexpectedly finding even a single gold coin would be a cause for wild celebration. A visiting faculty member from Egypt at the University of Colorado, however, proved […]

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Anceint Coins – Superb Nero Aureus will be in Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice sale this week

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Stack’s Bowers Ancient Coins Cataloger The upcoming Stack’s Bowers Galleries May Collectors Choice Online Auction featuring World and Ancient Coins May 14-16th includes a fantastic Aureus of Roman Emperor Nero as lot 70103. One of the most iconic Roman emperors, Nero is famed for having “fiddled while Rome burned.” This […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #97: Numismatic Americana Through the Eyes of John Kraljevich

 CoinWeek Podcast #97: Numismatic Americana Through the Eyes of John Kraljevich Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk to John Kraljevich – noted expert on US Coins, Americana, a fellow alumnus of the […]

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A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch –  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s where […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #90: Collecting the Susan B. Anthony Dollar – Audio

 CoinWeek Podcast #90: Collecting the Susan B. Anthony Dollar – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Despite barely circulating, the Susan B. Anthony dollar can still be found at your local bank for face value. The coin, struck in earnest […]

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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins – Franklin Half Dollars

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

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CoinWeek IQ 360: Collecting Silver Dollars by Design Type VR

 CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com and the industry’s leading experts. Charles Morgan sits down with nationally-known coin dealer Julian Leidman to discuss a popular area of collecting: U.S. silver dollars. From 1794 to the end of the 20th century, America’s dollar coins have served as the backbone for the […]

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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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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Lights and Loupes

By Ron Drzewucki on Grading Coins – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. So check this out. I flew in to Texas a few weeks ago and met up with a dealer friend of mine. This is a guy who knows his coins. He’s a major Texas dealer who’s been in the family business his whole life. […]

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5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Do you have a coin collector in your life but don’t know what to get them? Fear not fellow traveler, CoinWeek is here with five numismatist-approved gift suggestions that you don’t need to be a rare coin expert to get right.   1. Coins & Collectors: Golden […]

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5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   Do you have a coin collector in your life but don’t know what to get them? Fear not fellow traveler, CoinWeek is here with five numismatist-approved gift suggestions that you don’t need to be a rare coin expert to get right.   1. Coins & […]

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AU Capital Management: The Baldwin $10 Cowboy Gold Coin

AU Capital Management President Russ Augustin teams up with CoinWeek to tell the behind-the-scenes stories of the great gold coins of American history. In this episode, Russ talks about the fascinating 1850 Baldwin $10 gold coin, a private issue gold coin struck at the height of the California Gold Rush. It is a coin steeped […]

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United States 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin

Description: In 2017, the United States Mint celebrated the 225th anniversary of its creation with the construction of the Philadelphia Mint as authorized by the Coinage Act of 1792. The highlight of the Mint’s celebrations was the 2017 American Liberty Proof Gold Coin. Part of a new series of coins and medals that showcase a […]

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State Mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg Launch New Website

State Mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg launch new website The State Mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg have launched their new website featuring a wealth of interesting information on technical aspects related to the minting of coins and medals. If you want to learn more about the new polymer coin or the manufacturing of their famous art medal, you can […]

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US Coin Profile – 2015 High Relief 24K Gold Coin

Description: On July 30, 2015, the United States Mint will issue a 1 ounce .9999 gold coin struck in high relief and bearing the notional denomination of $100. This high relief gold coin was not specifically authorized by Congress, but instead will be issued under the authority granted under 31 U.S.C. § 5112(i)(4)(C), which gives […]

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On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

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

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

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Editor’s Choice: eBay US Coin Highlights of the Week

By CoinWeek …..   Each day, CoinWeek’s editors comb eBay’s thousands of numismatic auctions and listings in search of 10 Cool Coins! that you need to know. Today, we focus on US Coins. Today’s highlights include the finest Eisenhower dollar collection ever built; a superb gem 1881 Proof Set; the finest known Templeton Reid $2.50 […]

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Artist Wins International Competition with Lincoln Portrait Made of Pennies

By CoinWeek News Staff …. A portrait of Abraham Lincoln made out of 24,500 pennies has won over $200,000 in prizes at the ninth annual ArtPrize international art competition.Richard Schlatter, a 73-year-old artist, illustrator and former ad executive from Battle Creek, Michigan, created the piece, which he titled “A. Lincoln” after the way in which […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #79: My Advice for the United States Mint

CoinWeek Podcast #79: My Advice for the U.S. Mint Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. The CoinWeek Podcast returns after a short hiatus. We’ve been up to our eyeballs in new site design, an hour-long new coin grading video, and preparations for […]

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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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Ed Reiter, Former New York Times Numismatics Columnist, CoinAge Editor Dies at 79

(Wilkes-Barre, PA) August 24, 2017 — Ed Reiter of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, a one-man institution in coin writing for over half a century, died at the age of 79 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 24. According to his wife, Patricia, the cause was multiple organ failure.   At the time of his death, Reiter was still […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote in U.S. numismatic history. Since it first burst into the headlines in 1965 until the announcement that it was ceasing production of medals, coins and collectibles early in 2003, the […]

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CoinWeek: The “Steel” Cent of 1943 – 4K Video

Charmy Harker is the Penny Lady, one of the leading specialized dealers in the area of Lincoln cents. In this CoinWeek Exclusive video shot at the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sits down with Charmy to discuss everybody’s favorite oddball Lincoln cent, the 1943 “Steel Penny”. The coin was struck […]

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State of the Mint – U.S. Mint Numismatic Coin Sales as of Aug. 13, 2017

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Current numismatic coin sales figures* from the U.S. Mint. Products listed are currently available for purchase at the U.S. Mint. Items labeled ‘Out of Stock’ or ‘Sold Out’ on usmint.gov are not listed below. Sales figures for items older than 2010 are omitted from the Mint’s online records and therefore not […]

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Modern US Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

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CoinWeek: Private Lot Viewing: Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA Rarities Night Sale – 4K Video

Go behind the scenes of the hobby’s most important rare coin markets with CoinWeek’s Private Lot Viewing 4K Videos. In this episode, editor Charles Morgan sits down with Stack’s Bowers’ Vicken Yegparian to discuss three amazing lots from the firm’s Rarities Night auction at the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money. They discuss the 1794 […]

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State of the Mint – U.S. Mint Numismatic Coin Sales as of Aug. 6, 2017

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Current numismatic coin sales figures* from the U.S. Mint. Products listed are currently available for purchase. Items labeled ‘Out of Stock’ or ‘Sold Out’ on usmint.gov are not listed below. Sales figures for items older than 2010 are omitted from the Mint’s online records and therefore not included here. Listings change […]

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At the ANA, Many Attempts to Bridge the Coin Collecting Divide

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. To hear some veterans of the industry tell it, the coin hobby of today is a much different creature than the one they found themselves on top of 20 or 30 years ago. That was a time when a dealer with a suitcase full of silver […]

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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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CoinWeek Podcast #73: Howdy Stranger, Care to Flip a Coin?

CoinWeek Podcast #73: Howdy Stranger, Care to Flip a Coin? Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we depart from our normal fare and talk to David Schirduan, a game designer, whose new game “Clink” uses […]

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CoinWeek Ask Recap: Coin Collector Questions from July 19, 2017

Take your hobby to the next level with some straight up answers to your pressing coin questions. CoinWeek editor and 13-time Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) Award winner Charles Morgan hosted a live stream event for coin collector questions on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 on CoinWeek’s Facebook Channel, where he answered reader coin questions on-air. The topics […]

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CoinWeek: United States Mint 225th Anniversary Silver Medal Unboxing – 4K Video

Coinweek unboxes a 2017 U.S. Mint silver medal struck to honor the 225th Anniversary of the Mint. We are giving this Mint product away in this week’s CoinWeek Giveaway. For details, click here. * * * CoinWeek is the #1 website online for news and information about numismatics. CoinWeek has also won the NLG Award […]

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CoinWeek Ask: Our New Coin Question and Answer Live Stream, Tuesday at 12:30pm.

Take your hobby to the next level with some straight up answers to your pressing coin questions. CoinWeek editor and 13-time Numismatic Literary Guild Award winner Charles Morgan will host a live stream event on Tuesday on CoinWeek’s Facebook Channel, where he will answer reader questions on-air. Sign up to our Facebook page to watch live… […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #71: Early Coppers to Buy… and to Avoid – Audio

CoinWeek  Podcast #71: Early Coppers to Buy… and to Avoid Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Bill Eckberg is the President of the Early American Coppers, a specialty club dedicated to the study and collecting of early U.S. copper cents and half […]

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CoinWeek Ask: Our New Question and Answer Live Stream, Today at 12:30pm.

    Oh, the power of the internet! CoinWeek editor and thirteen-time Numismatic Literary Guild Award winner Charles Morgan will host a live stream event today on CoinWeek’s Facebook Channel, where he will answer reader questions on air. Some of the questions that we will answer today pertain to certified coin populations, world currency values, […]

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CoinWeek: Beautiful Cartwheels: DMPL & PL Morgan Dollars – 4K Video

Coin dealer Don Rinkor specializes in DMPL and PL Morgan dollars. This popular subset of Morgan dollar collecting focuses on highly reflective dollars, many with rich cameo contrast. In this video, CoinWeek talked to Don about five DMPL or PL dollars that savvy collectors should know about, how eye appeal is important on PL and […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 965: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek …..   David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) conducts online auctions of certified coins, offering collectors a mix of classic and modern material in all grades so that the everyman collector and the ultra-high-end registry set builder has the opportunity to upgrade their collections with new coins each week. Auction 965 is live now […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #70: The Canadian Loonie Celebrates 30 Years – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #70: The Canadian Loonie Celebrates 30 Years Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. The Canadian “Loonie” has just celebrated 30 years of service. When the $1 coin was introduced in 1987, it replaced a $1 Canadian currency note. No small […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #68: Things to Know When Selling Off Coins From Your Collection

CoinWeek Podcast #68: Things to Know When Selling Off Coins From Your Collection Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek podcast, we are on the hunt for good advice on how to sell a dozen or so coins […]

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Modern US Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Ft. Moultrie at Ft. Sumter National Monument Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Plans to Discontinue Mail Orders

On Friday, May 26, the United States Mint today announced that it is discontinuing all mail orders effective September 30, 2017. The Mint will return any mail orders received after September 30 with instructions for placing orders online or by phone. The consumer products industry is increasingly adopting Web-based sales channels, including mobile applications, that […]

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CoinWeek: American Liberty 225th Anniversary High Relief Silver Medals First Look – 4K Video

American Liberty 225th Anniversary High Relief Silver Medals struck in multiple finishes will be released this summer. Behind a glass case at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, the United States Mint put on display five high relief silver medals struck to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the United States Mint. These medals, along […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: Numismatic Diversification

Diversifying your coin collecting areas of interest is a very enjoyable way to collect and learn about the history of different series By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… During a recent meeting with my financial advisor we discussed the importance of diversification. Having all of your eggs in any one basket is risky […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collect Smart on a Budget – 4K Video

Collect more of what you want by implementing these strategies… Not every collector has the unlimited means necessary to put together a world famous coin collection, but many collectors on a budget overlook methods that can help them get the most enjoyment and value out of the hobby. In this CoinWeek IQ video, editor Charles […]

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Rare British Pattern Crown Certified by NGC

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified one of only two known Great Britain 1950 Pattern Crowns. It is graded NGC MS 63. The 1950 Pattern Crowns were struck as the United Kingdom prepared to release a new crown coin in 1951 after a 13-year hiatus. The 1951 Crown was to be the first struck in […]

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United States 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver $1 Coin

Description: The 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar honors the 100th anniversary of the world’s largest service club. Founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has more than 1.4 million members working together to help improve communities around the world. There are more than 46,000 associated clubs […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This Week on the CoinWeek Podcast, I talk to Aaron Klein and Shawn Smeallie from the Dollar Coin Alliance. Smeallie is the Executive Director […]

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Silver Dollars and Charity – An Interview with Wayne Miller

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek…. How does a person become fascinated with silver dollars? Growing up in a place such as Helena, Montana where Morgan and Peace dollars were a part of daily life meant that Wayne Miller was constantly exposed to the hefty coins at an early age. “Montana was one of five states […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #64: Lee Crane Talks U.S. Mint Products & Congratulations Set – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #64: Lee Crane Talks U.S. Mint Products & Congratulations Set – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. It’s no secret that some U.S. Mint new release products take on a life of their own after their initial release on […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Hot off the Press: Striking Euro Coins – 4K Video

  In this CoinWeek IQ video sponsored by NGC, CoinWeek goes behind the scenes at the Austrian Mint in Vienna to watch the production of made for circulation Euro coins. In this video watch 1 euro coin blanks become 1 euro coins and watch how the Mint’s complex automation takes bins of 20-cent euro coins […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Let’s Collect: Early Coppers – 4K Video

The coin collecting hobby in the United States grew tremendously in the mid 19th century when collectors saved Early American Copper Coins from destruction after the Large Cent and Half Cent was rendered obsolete by the emergence of the Small Cent. More than 150 years later, collecting these beautiful copper coins remains a vital part […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #63: Upper Deck President Jason Masherah on the Debut of Blind Pack Modern Coins

CoinWeek Podcast #63: Upper Deck President Jason Masherah on the Debut of Blind Pack Modern Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Upper Deck took the trading card hobby by storm in 1989 with the launch of the industry’s first premium baseball […]

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The Ghosts of the Numismatic Past Watch Over the End of the Pogue Era

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. At about 11 pm it was all over – the end of a journey. A journey that, for the Pogue family, lasted 35 years, and for collector D. Brent Pogue, spanned the entirety of his adult life. The collection, which now stands as the most valuable coin […]

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World Coin Profiles: 1970 Algeria 5 Centimes F.A.O. Coin

Description: Algeria is a predominantly Muslim country located on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa. It’s neighbors to the east are Tunisia and Libya. To the west, Algeria borders Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Mali. For a hundred years, Algeria was under the colonial control of France, which forced its control upon the people of […]

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S-Mint Proof “Congratulations Set” American Silver Eagle “No Longer Available”

CoinWeek Staff Reports… Well, that didn’t take long. In a final bow to collectors, former U.S. Mint Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson authorized the production of American Silver Eagle Proof coins at the San Francisco Mint. The coins, which bear the “S” mintmark, differ from the regular issue Proof coins that are being struck this year at […]

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The Marvelous Pogue Family Coin Collection, part 23: Surprisingly Strong 5th Auction

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #377 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds… The Pogue V sale by Stack’s-Bowers was held the evening of Friday, March 31st at the Evergreen House, the former residence of the Garrett Family Coin Collection. This auction was […]

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CoinWeek IQ: U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Joseph Menna Talks Modern Coin Design – 4K Video

Joseph Menna is a a medallic sculptor at the U.S. Mint. If you’ve spent a Lincoln cent struck since 2010, you have spent a coin that Menna has sculpted. Beyond the reverse of the Shield cent, he has designed or engraved dozens of coins and medals for the U.S. Mint, including the George Washington and Thomas […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #56: Andrea from the Coin Couch Stops By…

CoinWeek Podcast #56: Andrea from the Coin Couch Stops By… Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, I sit down with Andrea from the youtube channel, the Coin Couch. We talked about coins, dead presidents, the Queen, […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Making Gold Ingots at the Austrian Mint – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ is an ongoing series of exclusive videos that go in-depth into important numismatic topics and feature many of the hobby’s leading experts and personalities. In this exclusive  video, we return to Vienna, Austria to visit our friends at the Austrian Mint to pay a visit to the melting room. Once there, our cameras captured […]

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Coinweek IQ: Grading Ancient Coins with David Vagi – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ is an ongoing series of exclusive videos that go in-depth into important numismatic topics and feature many of the hobby’s leading experts and personalities. In this IQ video, CoinWeek sits down with NGC Ancients’ Director David Vagi to discuss collecting ancient coins, ancient coin grading, and how new collectors should approach this remarkable […]

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American Innovation $1 Coin Program Reintroduced to Congress

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On January 31, 2017, the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (H.R. 770) was reintroduced, this time to the 115th Congress of the United States of America. Once again, the chief sponsor of the bill is U.S. Representative James A. Himes (D-CT4). Co-sponsors currently include Representatives […]

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American Innovation $1 Coin Program Reintroduced to Congress

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On January 31, 2017, the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (H.R. 770) was reintroduced, this time to the 115th Congress of the United States of America. Once again, the chief sponsor of the bill is U.S. Representative James A. Himes (D-CT4). Co-sponsors currently include Representatives […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 27: Capped Bust Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #368 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This discussion of Capped Bust half dimes is in line with a past discussion on Capped Bust half dollars and a recent piece on Capped Bust quarters. It is not difficult to […]

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The Epic $100 Nickel Roll Search

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… I’ve been picking through nickel rolls for years. I searched through my first roll of nickels in 1993, when I was 12 years old and first getting into coin collecting. I remember finding one or two pre-1960 Jefferson nickels in almost every roll back in those days, but I […]

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Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… For a variety of reasons (including some below), No Motto Liberty Head eagles are exceedingly rare in higher grades. Even “common” issues from Philadelphia produced in the 1840s and ’50s are rare in the lower Uncirculated grades and mostly unknown in MS63 to MS64; let alone […]

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Philadelphia Mint Quietly Releases 2017-P Lincoln Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   One of the most important U.S. coins in numismatic history entered circulation over the past several days, and barely anyone noticed – at first, anyway. The 2017-P Lincoln cent became the first-ever United States one-cent coin to bear Philadelphia’s “P” mintmark. The coin, which has already been discovered […]

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For Coins, This Is a Postmodern Era (or, R.I.P. The Modern Era: 1932-1982)

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Don’t worry. This isn’t an essay on literary theory, or some nostalgic lament. Instead, we’d like to take a moment to explain something critical to our understanding of the stylistic and political implications behind what’s known as the Modern Era of U.S. coinage, and how that […]

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The Vienna Philharmonic Gold Bullion Coin and the Austrian Mint

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …..   Question: Which bullion coins have face values denominated in euros? Well, let’s start by seeing how many European bullion coins are out there? You might expect Europe to be full of countries churning them out, but it’s not. You’ve got the United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine and […]

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The $1,000 Kennedy Half Dollar Roll Search

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… For the past seven years, I had longed for the opportunity to pore through a bank box of half dollars to look for old and valuable coins. I’ve heard and read the stories for years about fellow collectors who had found silver half dollars, Franklin and Walking Liberty halves, […]

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2017 U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Available Jan. 5

Sales will open for the 2017 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ (product code 17AP) on January 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The five proof-finish quarters in this set have reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (IA), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (DC), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO), Ellis Island […]

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Modern Commemoratives – 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Coin Bill Passes House

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Monday, December 5, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation authorizing the production and sale of commemorative coins honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing – the first time mankind had ever set foot upon the surface of another planetary body. The bill (H.R. […]

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2016 U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set Available Dec. 14

The 2016 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (product code 16RB) will be available for purchase starting on December 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $49.95, this set contains the following uncirculated quality $1 coins in production this year: Three Presidential $1 Coins Struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the obverses of […]

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2016 Fort Moultrie ATB 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Avail. Dec. 8

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) (product code 16AN) on December 8 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design features Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship. […]

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U.S. Mint Releases 2017 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design

On December 1, the United States Mint released the design that will appear on the reverse of the Native American $1 Coin next year. The coin will honor Sequoyah of the Cherokee Nation, creator of the Cherokee language. Designed by Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Chris Costello and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. […]

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Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter Nat. Monument) America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Avail. Dec. 5

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) (product code 16AH) on December 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This set contains two uncirculated Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) quarters–one each from the Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint facilities–and […]

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NGC: 2016-W Burnished Mint State Silver Eagle Special Designations

The 2016-W Burnished Mint State Silver Eagle will be released on December 1 The US Mint is set to release the 2016-W Burnished Mint State Silver Eagle on December 1. The world’s most popular silver coin, the American Silver Eagle, was introduced in 1986. Burnished Mint State versions were added for the series’ 20th anniversary […]

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2016 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Available December 1

  The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2016 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin (product code 16EG) starting on December 1 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is the collector version of the United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. Struck on burnished […]

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US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

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A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

By Joe Jaroch -  Posted with Permission from AU Capital Management ………. Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the U.S. Mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end? That’s where […]

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United States 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse $10 Gold Coin

Description: On July 1, 2016 the United States Mint issued the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse 1/2 oz $10 Gold Coin. The coin is struck in .9999 gold and has a maximum authorized mintage of only 10,000 pieces across all ordering options. The coin was struck at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” […]

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2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set Available Nov. 22

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ (product code 16AC) starting on November 22 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $5.95, the set contains 10 circulating coins-five from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and five from the United States Mint at Denver – […]

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Classic US Coins – The Last Wheat Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. When the Lincoln wheat cents of 1958 were struck by the United States Mint, few individuals knew the coins would represent the end of a 50-year tradition. Collectors had little reason to suspect that the Lincoln cent, which had remained virtually unchanged since its debut in 1909, was set […]

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U.S. Mint Limited Edition 2016 Silver Proof Set Available November 25

The 2016 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (product code 16RC) will be available for purchase beginning on November 25 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $139.95, this set includes the following proof quality coins: One American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin; Five America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coins honoring Shawnee […]

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Modern US Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

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U.S. Mint Launches 35th America the Beautiful Quarter in South Carolina

On Thursday, November 17, the United States Mint joined the National Park Service to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) in South Carolina. The coin’s reverse depicts Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from British ships. “This new coin […]

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Modern US Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Ft. Moultrie at Ft. Sumter National Monument Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

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U.S. Mint Holds Strike Ceremony for Lions Clubs Commemorative Silver Coin – 4K Video

By CoinWeek News Staff ….. Today, November 9, 2016, at its main production facility in Philadelphia, the United States Mint held a special ceremony for the first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar coin. And CoinWeek was on hand to film the event in high-definition. According to the Mint’s Principal […]

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U.S. Mint to Launch Fort Moultrie Quarter Nov. 17

What: The United States Mint will launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) in South Carolina on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. (ET). The ceremony will culminate with a coin exchange, where the public can trade cash for $10 rolls of newly-minted Fort Moultrie (Fort […]

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CoinWeek to Film Lions Clubs Silver Dollar First Strike Ceremony

On the morning of November 9, 2016, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan will be on hand at the Philadelphia Mint filming the ceremonial first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Silver Dollar. The new silver dollar is one of three coins authorized by the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act (part of […]

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Who’s Minding The Mint? Fewer Hobbyists Collect Mint Sets These Days – Here’s Why

Does anyone collect mint sets these days? Those who do are among a shrinking group of hobbyists By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for FUN Topics ….. The number of collectors who pursue mint sets as a significant numismatic objective today is relatively small – and getting smaller, according to United States Mint sales statistics and the observations […]

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Release Dates Set for Final Four 2016 US Mint Products

By CoinWeek News Staff …. Until today, four products on the United States Mint’s online product schedule for 2016 had yet to receive official release dates: the Fort Moultrie America the Beautiful Quarter Three-Coin Set (product code 16AH), the Fort Moultrie Uncirculated 5oz Silver Coin (product code 16AN), the Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (product […]

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Modern Coins: A Lifetime of Change to Our Change

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   Look at the change in your pocket or purse. You’ll notice the coins in circulation look a lot different today than, say, in the mid-1990s. As recently as 1998, the array of current-production circulating coins included the Lincoln Memorial cent, the Jefferson nickel with traditional side-profile obverse bust, […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #45: Can the U.S. Mint Compete in the Current Coin Climate & The 2016 Election’s Effect on Gold

CoinWeek Podcast #45: Can the U.S. Mint Compete in the Current Coin Climate & The 2016 Election’s Effect on Gold Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan takes a look at the 2016 Centennial Gold Coin Program from the […]

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U.S. Mint Ceremonial Strike of Lions Clubs Commemorative Coin Nov. 9

WHAT: Representatives from the United States Mint and Lions Clubs International will participate in a ceremonial strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs Proof Silver Dollar. To commemorate the organization’s centennial in 2017, Congress has directed the U.S. Mint to strike and issue up to 400,000 silver dollar coins. The coins will not be available to […]

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Order Limit Lifted on Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set

The United States Mint has lifted the household order limit on the 2016 Coin and Chronicles Set-Ronald Reagan (product code 16PA). The 2016 Coin and Chronicles Set–Ronald Reagan is the last set in the Coin and Chronicles Presidential Series. The coins, medal, and engraving are displayed in a rich blue folder covered in soft-touch material […]

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What’s in Store at the U.S. Mint for 2017? CoinWeek Has the Answers

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. If you followed our reporting last Friday concerning the United States Mint’s hobby stakeholder forum, then you already know that a large group of industry leaders, collectors and officials gathered last week in Philadelphia to work with the Mint in an effort to improve its product […]

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First Read: A Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. A new era in United States coinage dawned in 1971 with the launch of the Eisenhower dollar. It was the first dollar coin issued since the Peace dollar series ended in 1935. Unfortunately […]

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NGC Certified Coins: 2016 Ronald Reagan Coin, Chronicles Set Pedigree

NGC will assign the COIN AND CHRONICLES SET pedigree to the coins and medal from this set The Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles Set went on sale at noon on October 11. Limited to a maximum of 150,000 sets, it includes a Reverse Proof 2016-S Reagan Presidential Dollar, a 2016-W 30th Anniversary Proof Silver Eagle […]

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Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set Now on Sale

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   As of noon Eastern Time, the 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set (product code 16PA) is now available for order at from the U.S. Mint online catalog. A maximum of 150,000 sets will be produced, and a household order limit of three is currently in effect though […]

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2016 Coin and Chronicles Set – Ronald Reagan on Sale October 11

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2016 Coin and Chronicles Set – Ronald Reagan (product code 16PA) beginning on October 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $68.95, this set contains the following: One 2016 Presidential $1 Reverse Proof Coin struck at the United States Mint at San Francisco One 2016 […]

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Collecting US Coins – Modern Rarities: 1982 & 1983 Souvenir Coin Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   The United States Mint has released hundreds of products for coin collectors over the last four decades. Yet four of the scarcest, most popular items to come out of the U.S. Mint since the 1960s aren’t products hobbyists could originally order by mail or online. The 1982 and […]

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Available Oct. 6

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Theodore Roosevelt National Park (product code 16AM) on October 6 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The coin’s reverse (tails) features a young Theodore Roosevelt on horseback surveying the terrain near the Little Missouri River. Inscriptions […]

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2016 America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set – Theodore Roosevelt National Park on Sale Oct. 3

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Theodore Roosevelt National Park (product code 16AG) beginning on October 3 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $9.95, this set contains two uncirculated Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarters–one each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities–and one […]

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New 14-Year American Innovation Dollar Coin Program Proposed

  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. On September 14, U.S. Representative James A. Himes (D-CT4) introduced the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (H.R. 6025) into Congress. Similarly to the 50 States Quarters program, the bill requires the Secretary of the Treasury to “mint coins in recognition of American innovation & significant […]

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The Coin Analyst: All You Need to Know About the 30th Anniversary American Silver Eagle

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… The American Silver Eagle turns 30 years old in 2016. To honor the special occasion, the United States Mint is offering special-edition 30th Anniversary Proof and Uncirculated American Silver Eagles (ASEs) featuring a special edge inscription. 30th Anniversary American Silver Eagles are being minted at the U.S. Mint branch […]

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Walking Liberty Gold Coin Production Has Begun

By CoinWeek News Staff …. U.S. Mint shares latest pictures with CoinWeek Michael White, of the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, has confirmed that production of the 2016 Walking Liberty Centennial Gold Coin began almost two weeks ago on September 9. As with all other gold coins produced by the U.S. Mint, the […]

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APMEX – Valley of Dry Bones: 5th Release in 2016 Biblical Series

The Valley of Dry Bones Has Been Announced as the 11th Biblical Release From Scottsdale Mint and Is Now Available at APMEX The Scottsdale Mint Biblical Coin Series highlights stories from the Bible. Some of the stories include The Good Samaritan, The Last Supper, The Ten Commandments and more. The Valley of Dry Bones, depicting […]

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Classic US Coins: Does a 1964 Morgan Silver Dollar Exist?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Rumors have long circulated in numismatic circles about the mystery of the 1964 Peace dollar, which would have been the last 90% silver dollar minted for circulation. That is, if the entire mintage hadn’t been melted down when the plan to coin new silver dollars (which hadn’t been […]

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Rare 1964 SMS Kennedy Half Dollar Sells for $47K

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… A 1964 Special Mint Set Kennedy half dollar recently turned heads when it was offered by Heritage Auctions during the September 7-11, 2016 Long Beach Expo U.S. Signature Auction. Trading for $47,000 USD, the coin listed as Lot #5545 became the first 1964 Special Mint Set (SMS) Kennedy half […]

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U.S. Mint Reveals American Platinum Eagle Proof Coin Design Candidates

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   The United States Mint recently revealed design candidates for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof coin program. Tomorrow morning, on September 16, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will review the packet of 36 obverse and 10 reverse designs and discuss the relative merits of each. […]

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2016 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin Avail. Sept. 16

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2016 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin (product code 16EA) on September 16 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year marks the 30th anniversary of the United States Mint’s production of the American Eagle Silver Proof Coin. Introduced in 1986, the popular coin is the collector […]

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Almost Half Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin Mintage Sold First Day

By CoinWeek News Staff …. The U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications reported on September 9 that first-day sales of the 2016 Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial Gold Coin totaled 47,884 pieces. This is 2,116 coins shy of half the maximum mintage limit of 100,000 as set by the Mint. While customers who bought their coins […]

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Standing Liberty Quarter Gold Coin on Sale Today

  By CoinWeek News Staff …. In case you haven’t done it already, right click on the link below to open a new tab or window: http://catalog.usmint.gov/standing-liberty-2016-centennial-gold-coin-16XC.html If you plan on ordering the 2016 Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial Gold Coin (product code 16XC), then make sure you have the Mint’s online catalog page open no […]

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Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set Avail. October 11

By CoinWeek News Staff …. Over the weekend, the United States Mint updated their product schedule to announce that the 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set will be available for order at noon Eastern Time on October 11. The Reagan Presidential dollar is the 39th and final issue in the Presidential $1 Coin […]

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U.S. Mint Announces 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Program Coin Designs

The United States Mint today announced the five new designs that will appear on the reverses of the 2017-dated coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The honorees are Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa); Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, D.C.); Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri); Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) (New […]

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The Future of Money: Banknotes and Coins

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Throughout the modern era (roughly since gold and silver specie ceased to be used as circulating currency), coins and banknotes have been the fiat tokens we use to represent money. However, like the rest of our society, the financial system has undergone a rapid transformation in the Digital […]

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Portugal’s Queens of Europe Series Features Catherine Braganza of England

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda has launched (29 August) the latest coin in a series entitled, “Queens of Europe,” which chronicles Princesses of Portuguese Royal Houses who have attained the status of Queen consort through marriage to European monarchs. This year’s coin is dedicated to Catherine of Braganza (1638 – 1705), who was Queen Consort of England as the wife of King Charles II

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U.S. Mint Launches America the Beautiful Quarters Program Coin Honoring Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The United States Mint joined the National Park Service (NPS) today to celebrate the release of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. The ceremony coincided with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NPS on this day in 1916. Photo Credit: U.S. Mint “This coin […]

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2016 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series 3-Medal Set Avail. August 31

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2016 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series Three-Medal Set (product code 16MA) on August 31 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This is the final release in the series. This three-medal set includes one each of the 2016 medals in 1 5/16-inch size with obverses bearing the likenesses […]

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2016 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series 3-Medal Set Avail. August 31

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2016 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series Three-Medal Set (product code 16MA) on August 31 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This is the final release in the series. This three-medal set includes one each of the 2016 medals in 1 5/16-inch size with obverses bearing the likenesses […]

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park Quarters Available August 29

The United States Mint will accept orders for product options with quarters honoring the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota starting on August 29 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Product options and their prices are as follows: Coins in the rolls and bags are struck on the main production floors at the Philadelphia, Denver, […]

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U.S. Mint Unveils Designs for Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin

Designs for coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Boys Town were unveiled today (August 23) during a ceremony at Boys Town Music Hall in Boys Town, Nebraska. “Each time a person looks at any one of these unique designs, it will spark an interest in learning about the history of Boys Town, […]

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The 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal: What It Is and How It Came to Be

By CoinWeek News Staff …. UPDATE: Within five minutes after 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, both the West Point issue and San Francisco Mint issue of the 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal are listed as “Currently Unavailable” on the U.S. Mint’s online catalog. While not an official sell-out, this status means that all available inventory […]

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Red Book Recollections: David M. Sundman

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book, now in its 70th edition. “Red Book Recollections” features personal reflections written by Red Book contributors, collectors, and others with the aim of providing different perspectives on the long-lived reference work

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U. S. Mint Unveils Designs for Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins

By United States Mint ….. WHAT: Representatives from the United States Mint and Boys Town will unveil the designs for the Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins at the Boys Town Music Hall in Boys Town, Nebraska. Pursuant to Public Law 114-30, the designs of the gold, silver and clad coins are emblematic of the 100 […]

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U.S. Mint Opens Sales for 2016 Ronald Reagan $1 Coin Cover Aug. 18

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2016 Ronald Reagan $1 Coin Cover (product code 16FC) on August 18 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This limited-edition coin cover includes two circulating finish Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coins from the first day of production at United States Mint facilities–January 6, 2016 (Philadelphia Mint) […]

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The Lindworm of Klagenfurt

The Austrian Mint  fifth silver coin in the series “Tales and Legends in Austria”, recounts the legend of the Lindworm of Klagenfurt, which used to hinder trade in the Klagenfurt area of Carinthia in southern Austria. The obverse of the coin depicts the Lindworm fountain and the statue of Hercules in the central square of […]

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Austrian Commemorative Coin Profile – The Lindworm of Klagenfurt

The Austrian Mint  fifth silver coin in the series “Tales and Legends in Austria”, recounts the legend of the Lindworm of Klagenfurt, which used to hinder trade in the Klagenfurt area of Carinthia in southern Austria. The obverse of the coin depicts the Lindworm fountain and the statue of Hercules in the central square of […]

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Sell Dad’s Coin Collection And Guarantee You Get The Right Price

By Richard Schwary – California Numismatic Investments “My Dad had a coin collection and has since passed on giving the collection to the family. How can I be sure to get full value if we decide to sell?” It is amazing how often I get this Email so a general answer might help everyone: Most […]

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Bring the Olympic Games Home with One–Year–Only Coins

1952 Finnish Olympic Coin and a Bronze Medal from the same Games in Helsinki By Littleton Coin Company ……….. Let the games begin… the 2016 Summer Olympic games – held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Excitement for the games is building as Team USA’s roster is getting finalized, and for many competitors, the games are […]

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Modern US Coins – Olympics a Timely Theme for Coin Collectors

Since the United States Mint offered the nation’s first Olympic coins honoring the XXVIII Summer Olympics in 1984 in Los Angeles, the number of U.S. coins dedicated to the quadrennial sporting events has grown a surprising amount By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ……. In every sense, the modern Olympic Games are worthy of not just […]

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U.S. Mint Opens Sales for 2016 Presidential $1 Three-Coin Set Aug. 9

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2016 Presidential $1 Three-Coin Sets beginning on August 9 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The sets–one each from the Philadelphia Mint (product code 16PB) and the Denver Mint (product code 16PC)–contain circulating quality coins with the portraits of Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and […]

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U.S. Mint: September Sale Date for Standing Liberty Gold Coins

News and Updates from the United States Mint By CoinWeek News Staff ….   According to Michael White at the United States Mint, the Standing Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold Coin (product code 16XC) will be available for order starting at noon Eastern Time on September 8. At the time of writing, the Mint’s online product […]

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U.S. Mint Launches Public Design Competition for Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin

Winning artist to depict fight against breast cancer on America’s first “pink gold” coins The United States Mint is pleased to announce a call for artists to design both the obverse and reverse of the commemorative coin that will acknowledge America’s fight against breast cancer. Authorized by law, the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act […]

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Appeals Court Rules for U.S. Gov’t in Langbord 1933 Double Eagle Fight

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Exactly one year after the Philadelphia United States Attorney’s Office filed a petition with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the U.S. Government to rehear the case of Langbord et al v. U.S. Department of Treasury et al (Case No. 12-4574), the en banc court issued […]

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Tips for Beginners: Coin Collecting by the Roll

By Littleton Coin Company ……….. Collecting coins by the roll has always offered a “hoarding appeal” – if owning a single desirable coin is fun, why not own a whole roll of them! But roll collecting has been popular for another reason in recent years. The U.S. Mint’s heavy workload, including quarters and dollars with […]

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Definitive Reference Book on Olympic Coinage Lists All Issues from 1952 – 2016

Battenburg Publishers has released a new book listing the many coins issued for the modern Olympic Games, beginning with pieces minted for the 1952 XV Summer Games in Helsinki, Finland and continuing through the latest coins issued for the 2016 XXXI Summer Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Written in both English and German, Olympic Coins, Helsinki 1952 – Rio 2016 was launched earlier this year during the World Money Fair in Berlin and the consignment sold out during the three-day event

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The Coin Analyst: July Proves Eventful for United States Mint

With over half the year gone and some great coins on the way, July has nevertheless been a busy month for the Mint By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   With 2017 fast approaching, the United States Mint has a surprising number of headliner products yet to be released. While the 2016-W Mercury Dime Centennial […]

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NGC: Officially Licensed MLB™ Holder, Club Labels Available Limited Time Only

NGC’s officially licensed holder and MLB club labels are available for a limited time Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has been granted exclusive rights by Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) to holder coins with certification labels featuring the logos of the MLB clubs. NGC is the only grading company authorized to use the MLB club logos. […]

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ANA Releases Technical Seminars and Money Talks Schedule for World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim

The following press release was shared by the American Numismatic Association.
Friday, July 15, 2016—Attendees of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim are encouraged to sign-up for the ANA’s pre-convention, two-day Technical Series Seminars

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Modern US Coins – Ike Dollar Registry Set Hits eBay

One of the finest collections of Eisenhower dollars ever assembled is turning heads on eBay By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ……. An exquisite Ike dollar set, built by Eisenhower dollar enthusiast Troy Weaver, has been listed on popular online auction site eBay for a “Buy-it-Now” price of US$170,000, with best offers considered. The 26-coin set […]

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2016 ANA Young Numismatist Literary Award Winners Announced

Whitman Publishing has shared the following press release:
Each year the American Numismatic Association recognizes young writers through the Young Numismatist Literary Awards, funded by Whitman Publishing. Awards of up to $1,000 are given in three age groups named after Whitman authors and longtime hobby leaders Bill Fivaz (entrants aged 8–12), Q

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CoinWeek IQ: Proper Preservation Techniques for Copper Coins – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com. Copper is one of the most reactive metals used to make coins. Because of this, copper coins require constant care to maintain their original beautiful appearance. In this insightful CoinWeek video, Early American Coppers president Bill Eckberg demonstrates the proper preservation techniques for copper coins and describes […]

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