Category Archives: Numismatic Books

Künker Auction Sales 342-344 and eLive Auction 62 Online

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Künker is pleased to present to you four different auction sales today. Let us start with the chronological order of the auctions: On October 20-22, 2020, our eLive Auction 62 will take place with more than 1,600 lots from the ancient world to modern […]

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Coin Board News Number 56 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 56 — Fall 2020 COVID-19 DELAYS NEW BOOK Yes, after being twice delayed at the printer by the ongoing pandemic, Volume Three in my trilogy of comprehensive books detailing coin album publishers and their product lines has finally […]

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ANA to Celebrate Numismatic Award Recipients on Virtual Platform

Every year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) honors members who go above and beyond with their service and dedication to numismatics, as well as recognizing member longevity in the Association. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 World’s Fair of Money, the ANA will celebrate membership, literary, and service awards on a virtual platform. Led […]

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Watch: The Numismatic Literary Guild 2020 Writers Awards Ceremony Premiers at 11:00 AM EST.

 Join Numismatic Literary Guild Executive Director Ron Guth, NLG Awards Coordinator David Lange, and MC Charles Morgan as they present the 2020 NLG Writers Awards. Under normal circumstances, the NLG presents its annual awards in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money. This year, due to the cancellation of the show, […]

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Selections From D. Brent Pogue Collection Bring Over $592,000 at Stack’s Bowers Auction

Historic numismatic literature and rare Spanish Colonial gold coinage from the D. Brent Pogue Collection realized over $592,000 last week in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. This offering represents a departure from the United States coins and paper money from the Pogue Collection sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries from May 2015 […]

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Whitman Coin Folders as Collectible Items

By David W. Lange ….. As a collector of vintage coin boards, folders and albums for nearly 40 years, my dream has been to publish all of what I’ve learned about these items that were so crucial to the development of the coin hobby as we know it today. This goal is being realized in […]

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From the Book Stacks: 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. 100 Greatest Modern World Coins By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker; Foreword by Donald Scarinci.   Whitman Publishing LLC, 160 pages, lavishly illustrated, hardcover. Rarely has a numismatic book published in modern times achieved the overall excellence displayed by this newest Whitman Greatest title. Authors Charles Morgan and […]

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First Read: 100 Greatest Modern World Coins… Review by Louis Golino

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature … By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   If you are a collector of American coins, you probably have long considered those coins issued in copper-nickel since 1965 (as well as modern bullion and commemoratives) to be “modern” coins and […]

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

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

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1892-S Morgan Dollar, Uncirculated, $15—No Haggling!

By Dennis Tucker for Whitman Publishing …… How would you like an opportunity to spend less than $100, and get a collection of coins worth $250,000? The following coins are for sale—prices firm, cash on the barrel head: 1880 Shield nickel, Unc — $8.00 1921-S Liberty Walking half dollar, Unc — $18.00 1926 Sesquicentennial commemorative […]

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Announcing the 2020 Numismatic Literary Guild Awards Competition

The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors, and writers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals, and tokens as collectibles, has announced its annual awards competition for 2020. This year’s competition is being overseen by David Lange, the new NLG Awards Coordinator. To be eligible […]

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British Rarities Rank Among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

By Dennis Tucker for Whitman Publishing …… Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U.S. coins and doesn’t study money from across the Pond, this might seem like a strange thing to publicize. The United […]

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British Rarities Rank Among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

By Dennis Tucker for Whitman Publishing ……   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U.S. coins and doesn’t study money from across the Pond, this might seem like a strange thing to publicize. The […]

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Latest So-Called Dollar Fixed Price List From Jeff Shevlin Now Available

Latest So-Called Dollar Fixed Price List From Jeff Shevlin – So-CalledDollar.com …… The latest fixed price list of So-Called Dollars is currently available from Jeff Shevlin, the “So-Called Guy”. The price list has over 100 certified and raw so-called dollars for sale, as well as world’s fair and commemorative medals. Dozens of exceptionally-rare and finest-known […]

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New Reference Book for Classic Head Gold Coins Now Available

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

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New 2021 Official Red Book Will Debut April 7

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices Nearly 8,000 Items, Reports Dramatic Market and Hobby Changes   The 74th edition of the coin-collecting hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will debut April 7, 2020. The new volume includes completely updated pricing and auction data reflecting the current market for collectible […]

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The Coin Books You Need to Succeed

In this video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gives an insightful rundown of the coin books that you need in your library to take your hobby to the next level. Each one of these selections contains money-saving insights, must-know insider information, and untold hours of inspiration for the numismatic enthusiast. Price Guides: U.S. Coins The Official […]

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So-Called Dollars From the Pacific Coast Expositions

The latest publication on so-called dollars by Jeff Shevlin and Bill Hyder, So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions, won awards at the 2019 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Chicago as the Best Book of the Year on medals and tokens. So-called dollars are medals struck to commemorate events in United […]

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New Book on Medals of the Jewish-American Hall of Fame 1969-2019 Published

Jewish-American Hall of Fame medals issued from 1969 to 2019 have found homes in collections, museums, etc. around the world ― becoming the longest continuing series of non-government art medals currently being issued in the world. Now, for the first time, biographies of more than 50 Jewish-American Hall of Fame inductees have been published, along […]

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New Edition of Coins of England Catalog Now Available

Coins of England By Coin & Currency Institute …… The 2020 edition of Coins of England and the United Kingdom is the 55th update and revision of the long-time standard. Now edited by Emma Howard, the two-volume set is divided into pre-decimal issues in hardback and decimal issues in paperback. It totals 878 pages, with […]

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Donald Scarinci on the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins: Whitman

In March 2020, Whitman Publishing will release 100 Greatest Modern World Coins, by numismatists Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. The 168-page coffee-table hardcover will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com). Here, medallic-art historian Donald Scarinci shares his thoughts on modern world coinage and the new book. * * […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Buy or Bid Numismatic Book Sale #11 Now Online

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced their 11th “Buy or Bid Sale”, which began on Sunday, January 5 and will close on Monday, January 13, 2020. With hundreds of new additions, the sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. The sale includes over […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Release Portfolio Edition of Thian’s Book on Confederate Treasury Notes

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced the publication of Thian’s Masterpiece and the Early Literature of Confederate Paper Money, by David F. Fanning. This publication traces the development of the study of the Treasury Notes issued by the Confederate States of America and outlines the literary history of the subject. Beginning with Thomas Addis […]

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Künker eLive Auction 58 of Numismatic Books

Numismatic Literature Auction By Künker GmbH …… You can study all the pieces of the eLive Auction 58 of Numismatic Literature online. The auction contains more than 1,450 lots of numismatic literature from more than 400 years. We present you with a cross-section of citation works and catalogs, as well as scientific publications and special […]

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So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

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

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

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Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust Shows Numismatic Research is Alive and Well

In November 2019, Whitman Publishing will release William Bierly’s In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion. The 352-page hardcover volume will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at Whitman.com). Here, Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker discusses how the book came to be. * * * Sometimes […]

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In God We Trust: New Whitman Book Explores the Civil War, Its Effects on American Money, Banking, and Religion

Whitman Publishing announces the release of In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, by numismatic researcher William Bierly. The 352-page hardcover book will debut in November 2019 at booksellers and hobby shops nationwide–as well as online–for $29.95 USD. The national motto “In God We Trust” debuted on United States coinage […]

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Monnaies Françaises: French Coin Reference 2020 Edition Available in November

French “Red” Book by Coin & Currency Institute …… Monnaies Françaises has been the bible on the coins of modern France since it was first published in 1973. It is now authored by Francesco Pastrone and published by Editions Victor Gadoury of Monaco. It is called “Le Rouge” (The Red) in French. The 24th edition, […]

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Capturing the Excitement of Lost and Found Coin Treasures

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

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The Coin Analyst: Girl on the Silver Dollar and the Merging of Greco-Roman and American Visions of Liberty

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Girl on the Silver Dollar by Roger W. Burdette (Seneca Mill Press, 2019) * * * Ask most collectors of the Morgan silver dollar issued from 1878 to 1921 who the model was for the image of Liberty that appears on the coin’s obverse, and they will likely say […]

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Second Edition of The Early Dated Coins of Europe, 1234-1500 to be Released This Fall.

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The appearance of a date on a coin is something so obvious to the layman that it is taken for granted. It will no doubt then come as a shock to discover that the custom of placing the year of minting on coins is absent for most of coinage […]

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George F. Kolbe Library Sale of Numismatic Books Saturday, October 26

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering for sale at auction the personal library formed by numismatic bookseller George F. Kolbe on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The 166-page auction catalogue will mail in about one week to clients currently on our mailing list. A PDF of the printed catalogue is available now on the […]

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New Book on Gold Coins of Sweden First on the Subject in Nearly 40 Years

By Coin & Currency Institute …… Not since the publication of The Coinage of Sweden, in 1977, and Coins of the Swedish Possessions in 1980, has there been any concerted effort to update the extensive and diverse gold coin issues of this widely collected area of numismatics. With the Fall 2019 publication of Sveriges Guldmynt, […]

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The Coin Analyst: Silver’s Important Role in American History, Politics and Finance

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. If you’re reading this article, then you likely have more than a passing interest in silver. But while you may be familiar with the role the white metal has played in our coinage for thousands of years, you probably do not know the entire story of how the […]

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George F. Kolbe Numismatic Library to be Sold in October

The personal library formed by numismatic bookseller George F. Kolbe will be sold at auction on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The sale will be conducted by Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers and will feature a printed catalogue and live online bidding. The catalogue will be available by the beginning of October, but clients are advised […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Award Winners at 2019 ANA Show

Complete List of Award Winners By Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) …… The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors, writers, bloggers, and content producers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals and tokens as collectibles, presented its annual awards for 2019 at the ANA World’s Fair […]

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A Life’s Work: New Catalogue for the Rainer Opitz Collection “Reformatio in Nummis”

By Künker GmbH …… Dear Coin Enthusiasts, The catalogue of the Opitz Collection has been published. The six-volume work comprises exactly 3,577 pages with more than 6,000 objects, which were collected by Rainer Opitz in about 40 years on the subject of “Reformatio in Nummis”. The six volumes comprise exactly 3,577 pages, which were necessary […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Publish American Paper Money Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce the availability of our July fixed-price catalogue, featuring rare and desirable works on American paper money. The 127-lot PDF catalogue is divided into two sections–highlights and more common items–and offers a wide variety of material costing from under $20 to over $1,000 USD. To download the […]

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

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

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Barber Coins and a New Generation of Collectors

by John Frost, president and journal editor of The Barber Coin Collectors’ Society… When I began collecting coins in fourth grade, I really got the bug, and soon took this new hobby of mine seriously. Like several of my friends, I started with Lincoln cents, and I assembled most of the collection by sixth grade. […]

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Barber Coins and a New Generation of Collectors: Whitman

By John Frost – President and Journal Editor, Barber Coin Collectors’ Society ……   When I began collecting coins in fourth grade, I really got the bug, and soon took this new hobby of mine seriously. Like several of my friends, I started with Lincoln cents, and I assembled most of the collection by sixth […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Awards Competition for 2019

The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors, and writers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals, and tokens as collectibles, has announced its annual awards competition for 2019. This year’s competition is being overseen by David Lange, the new NLG Awards Coordinator. To be eligible […]

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CoinWeek First Read: 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, Second Edition

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Believe us, writing books like this is hard work… Harlan J. Berk’s 100 Greatest Ancient Coins is the fifth title in Whitman Publishing’s groundbreaking 100 Greatest series and was the first to introduce readers […]

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Ken Bressett Comments on the 2nd Edition of Whitman’s Curious Currency

Ken Bressett, Editor Emeritus of the Guide Book of United States Coins, shares his thoughts on “odd and curious” (primitive) money, and on Curious Currency: The Story of Money From the Stone Age to the Internet Age, Robert Leonard’s newly updated book on the subject. * * * By Ken Bressett for Whitman Publishing …… […]

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Numismatic Literature of North America Auction April 27

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announces our Sale 152, which will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019. The 441-lot sale is entirely devoted to North American numismatics (though a number of important catalogues issued by American dealers offering ancient and foreign coins are also included). Material from the libraries of Doug Robins, Philip J. […]

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A Brief History of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing, LLC …… Whenever the classic coins of the United States are ranked for popularity, the famous Morgan silver dollar rises to the top of the list. Every day at Whitman Publishing we see evidence of its universal appeal. Hobbyists buy thousands upon thousands of coin folders, albums, and […]

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Burns Memorial Library at ANA National Money Show

The John Burns Memorial Numismatic Reference Library will be part of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show to be held on March 28 – 30, 2019 at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John Burns was a popular numismatic book dealer that was often seen at many coin shows in the […]

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Whitman Debuts Expanded 2nd Edition Harlan Berk’s 100 Greatest Ancient Coins

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the second edition of 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, by noted historian of the ancient world and professional coin dealer Harlan J. Berk. The 144-page hardcover coffee-table book will debut March 12, 2019, two weeks before the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) National Money Show. It will be available from booksellers […]

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New 2020 Red Book Reports Dramatic Market Changes

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices Nearly 8,000 Items – Covers Circulating, Commemorative, and Bullion Coins The newest edition of the coin hobby’s annual Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will debut on April 9, 2019, two weeks before National Coin Week. The 73rd edition (with a cover date of 2020) […]

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Whitman Publishing Releases 2nd Edition of Rare Coin Collecting and Investing Memoir

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the second edition of Pleasure and Profit: 100 Lessons for Building and Selling a Collection of Rare Coins, by Robert W. Shippee. The 328-page book will debut at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, February 28, 2019. After that, it can be ordered from booksellers and hobby shops […]

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Whitman Publishing Announces Expanded, Updated 6th Edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newly expanded and updated sixth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide in early March 2019, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online). The sixth edition’s […]

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Whitman Announces Expanded 2nd Edition Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins

Whitman Publishing will release an enlarged, updated second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins, by Q. David Bowers, in February 2019. The 400-page book, volume 20 in the popular Bowers Series of numismatic references, will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at Whitman.com), for $29.95. The second […]

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Whitman Publishing Releases New Third Edition of Lincoln Cents Guide Book

  Whitman Publishing has released an updated and revised third edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents. It continues in the popular tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series numismatic guides, which number more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page full-color book is available now, in January […]

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More Highlights From the Jan. 26 Kolbe & Fanning Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are conducting our 151st book auctions of numismatic literature, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The sale includes material on ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics, with the 500 lots offering a wide variety of books for the collector’s consideration. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 43: […]

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New Book on World War II Prisoner of War Money in the United States

Groundbreaking New Book on the Money Used by World War II Prisoners of War in the United States By Coin & Currency Institute …… It is an often forgotten piece of World War II history that between 1942 and 1946, 425,000 Germany, Italian, and even some Japanese prisoners of war were held at 700 POW […]

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Highlights of the Kolbe & Fanning January 26 Numismatic Book Sale

  Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announce our Sale 151, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The 500-lot sale covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics, and includes selected items from over thirty different numismatic libraries, offering something for virtually all interests. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 167: an exceptionally well-preserved […]

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Jeff Garrett: What to Give a Numismatist for Christmas

A coin, book or membership can make a memorable gift By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… If you’re like everyone else, you are probably searching for holiday gift ideas to please that “hard to buy for” friend or relative. It seems like the world revolves around something electronic these days, and there […]

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40th Anniversary Book of Royal French Coins Available From Editions Gadoury

By Coin & Currency Institute …… The 40th anniversary edition of Monnaies Royales Françaises, 1610-1792, by Francesco Pastrone, a standard reference book on the coins of the Kings of France beginning with Louis XIII (1610)and ending at the French Revolution, has been released and is now available to collectors in North America with delivery in […]

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Whitman Publishing’s Canadian Numismatic Advisory Board Accepting Applications

Collectors, Dealers, and Researchers Invited to Apply Whitman Publishing is accepting applications for appointment to its Canadian Numismatic Advisory Board (CNAB). The CNAB was established to advise the publisher and editors of Whitman Publishing on topics relating to Canadian coins and tokens, medals, paper currency, and related numismatic items. These include colonial and provincial coinage; […]

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One Week Left in Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers Buy or Bid Sale #8

  Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced their eighth “Buy or Bid Sale,” which began on Saturday, November 3 and will close on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. There will be no printed catalogue. The PDF catalogue […]

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New Book on So-Called Dollars from Pacific Coast Expositions Just Released

So-Called Dollar dealer Jeff Shevlin and William D. Hyder announced the release of their new book, So-Called Dollars from the Pacific Coast Expositions. It is an illustrated reference and is the second in a series of books Shevlin plans to publish to redefine and expand the field of collecting So-Called Dollars. The preface is written […]

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Ancient Coin Books: A Collector’s Reference Library for Classical Numismatics

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series on Ancient Counterfeiters by Mike Markowitz …. The best advice this or any other coin collector ever got is, “Buy the book before you buy the coin.” For beginning collectors of early and modern American coins, the choice of reference books is simple. If you have The Official Red Book®, you’re probably good to go. With […]

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Eric P. Newman Collection Final Sales Feature Numismatic Library and Archives

The final sales of material from the numismatic collections formed by Eric P. Newman are being sold by Heritage Auctions in November 2018. Sale X will include the final offering of important paper money, while the two catalogues comprising Sale XI will include the remaining coins, mechanical counterfeit detectors and related items, as well as […]

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Auction Results for John W. Adams Library of Numismatic Books and Catalogues

On Saturday, July 14, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held their live online auction of highlights from the John W. Adams Library. The Adams Library was strongest in classic American auction catalogues, an area of the numismatic books market that has been somewhat weak in recent years due to the proliferation of online resources and […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild 50th Anniversary Bash Set for Philadelphia ANA

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Numismatic Literary Guild stages an awards ceremony (“The Bash”) at each ANA summer convention. Open to the public, the 2018 Bash will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 16, in Liberty Ballroom A&B of the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, 1201 Market St. Admission is $15 at the door and […]

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New Book by QDB on Vermont Coppers Available

Dave Bowers’ Newest Book on Vermont Coppers Has Something for Everyone By Chris McDowell Dave has done it again! Yet another numismatic best seller is soon to be available. This 175 page, full color hardbound edition will have a special numbered bookplate (1-500) signed by Dave. Several well-known colonial collectors contributed in many ways in […]

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Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles Available Through Heritage Auctions

Volume written by Roger Burdette and edited by Heritage Auctions experts breaks down history of popular collectible coin DALLAS, Texas (July 13, 2018) – The definitive resource on the history of one of the world’s most popular collector coins, Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Illustrated by the Phillip H. Morse and Steven Duckor Collections, written by Roger […]

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American Numismatic Society Massive Two-Week Summer Numismatic Books Sale

American Numismatic Society Massive Two-Week Summer Numismatic Books Sale The ANA has so many numismatic books and journals on the horizon (and from the past few years) that we need to make space for this bumper crop of new arrivals! We are offering a special midsummer sale, so if you missed out on your numismatic […]

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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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July 14 Sale Features Highlights of John W. Adams Library

Selected highlights of the magnificent numismatic library carefully assembled by prolific author John W. Adams are featured in Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers’ 150th auction, to be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018. The Adams Library is well known for including one of the finest collections of American numismatic auction catalogues ever assembled. Exceptional runs […]

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Highlights From John W. Adams Library to be Sold July 14: Kolbe & Fanning

The Adams Library Include Exceptional Runs of Classic American Auction Catalogues  Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are celebrating our 150th Auction by offering highlights of the extraordinary numismatic Adams library formed by author and researcher John W. Adams on July 14, 2018. The Adams Library includes one of the finest collections of American numismatic auction catalogues […]

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Special Offerings in the Kolbe & Fanning Online Bookstore

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are happy to present this selection of special offerings from our online store: First Illustrated Edition of Fleetwood on English Coinage CHRONICON PRECIOSUM: OR, AN ACCOUNT OF ENGLISH GOLD AND SILVER MONEY; THE PRICE OF CORN AND OTHER COMMODITIES; AND OF STIPENDS, SALARIES, WAGES, JOINTURES, PORTIONS, DAY-LABOUR, &C. IN ENGLAND, […]

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Kolbe & Fanning to Sell Highlights of John W. Adams Library July 14

Sale to Include Exceptional Runs of Classic American Auction Catalogues Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are celebrating our 150th Auction by offering highlights of the extraordinary numismatic library formed by author and researcher John W. Adams on July 14, 2018. The Adams Library includes one of the finest collections of American numismatic auction catalogues ever […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Ephemera Sale #3 Closes Tomorrow

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are conducting our third Numismatic Ephemera Sale, which closes on Friday, May 18, 2018. The sale includes 100 lots of numismatic memorabilia, short sale catalogues, photographs, letters, brochures, leaflets, booklets, and so on. A few numismatic highlights include: Lot 203: A scarce early G. Frederick Kolbe numismatic literature list from […]

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Q. David Bowers – Fascinating Coin Treasures

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Hoards and finds are endlessly interesting. My Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures book published by Whitman has been a best seller. I was delighted when I unexpectedly received this from the Midwest Book Review, a firm that makes recommendations to libraries and others: […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild Announces New Award Categories for 2018

The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors and writers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals and tokens as collectibles, has substantially revised its annual awards competition categories for 2018 and beyond. “Working with awards coordinator Scott A. Travers and NLG board members John Albanese, […]

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Kenneth Bressett Named First Red Book Editor Emeritus

Kenneth Bressett, longtime editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”), has retired into Whitman Publishing’s newly created position of Editor Emeritus. The 2019 (72nd) edition of the Red Book, available now from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, features a 10-page illustrated tribute to Bressett. In addition, the […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Buy or Bid Sale #6 Closes Today

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers’ sixth “Buy or Bid Sale” will close later today, Friday, April 6. The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. There will be no printed catalogue. The PDF catalogue is available now for downloading from the Kolbe & Fanning […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Announce April 28 Auction of Numismatic Books

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announce our Sale 149, which will be held on April 28, 2018. The 500-lot sale features further selections from the extensive library of William A. Burd, among others, and covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 1: The rarely seen 1717 History of the […]

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Over Two Centuries of U.S. Dimes Featured in New 4th Edition of Whitman’s MEGA RED

The fourth edition of MEGA RED (the Deluxe Edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the “Red Book”) will officially debut April 10, 2018, with retail pre-orders being shipped on that date. The 1,504-page MEGA RED retails for $49.95 USD. It can be pre-ordered online and after April 10 will […]

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Books About Gunmoney, Ancient Chinese Coins Among New Arrivals at Kolbe & Fanning

The following are a few highlights from among the books just in at Kolbe & Fanning: MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN COINAGE. 8 BRITAIN AND IRELAND C. 400–1066 The most recently published volume in the hugely important MEC series, and one of the most important, covering the coinage of the Anglo-Saxon period in Britain and Ireland. MEDIEVAL EUROPEAN […]

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Latest Numismatic Books Arrive at Kolbe & Fanning

Kolbe & Fanning have been adding new publications to our website and restocking other recent works in an effort to expand our online retail offerings of numismatic books. Recent additions include: All currently available volumes of the Monete Italiane Regionali series published by Varesi. New publications by the American Numismatic Society (ANS), including Brian Stickney’s […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Booksellers – 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage Special Editions

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced the availability of a limited Special Edition produced on commission for last year’s NLG Book of the Year winner 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage , written by Pete Smith, Joel J. Orosz, and Leonard Augsburger. Thirty copies of the book have been hand-bound in green quarter morocco with […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 26, 2018: Buy the Book Before your Buy the Bitcoin….

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for January 26, 2018 Brain Food 1.) This is the reason why only dead people can be featured on American currency In 1866, Congress issued an act stating that no living person can be portrayed on American currency. Our Founding Fathers believed it was unpatriotic for living […]

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Groundbreaking Research Leads to New Rick Tomaska Book on Franklin and Kennedy Half Dollars

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing …… I first met Rick Tomaska (virtually, through email and phone conversations) in the early weeks of 2005, not long after I came aboard as publisher at Whitman Publishing. Editorial work was under way on the 59th edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the hobby’s […]

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Q. David Bowers: Numismatic Books & the Appeal of Double Eagles

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Double eagles have always been one of my favorite series. The first one I ever owned was an 1855-S when I was a teenager in the early 1950s. Graded perhaps EF-40, it was fascinating to hold. Where had it been in the past hundred years? How […]

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American Sales Incl. Ancient Coins Featured in 2018 NYC Book Auction: Kolbe & Fanning

Catalogues including high-quality plates of ancient coins have been in demand for many years as collectors and dealers use them to trace the provenance of individual coins. While the various European auction series have been thoroughly investigated, however, it is often the case that early American catalogues are neglected. In fact, a number of American […]

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The Polish 1621 hundred ducats – the most expensive Polish coin ever minted

By Dariusz F. Jasek ….. As edited by Etjen Vincani In the previous article the first free election of a Polish king was described. This article will deal with the subject of the second free election. After the childless death of Stephen Báthory (below left) on December 12, 1586, another free election was required. The most important candidates to the […]

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Kolbe & Fanning New York Numismatic Book Auction January 13

Numismatic Book Auction to be held at NYINC Kolbe & Fanning will be conducting our 2018 New York Numismatic Book Auction this Saturday, January 13, at the New York International Numismatic Convention in the Empire State Ballroom I of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan (109 E. 42nd Street), beginning at 12:30 pm Eastern Time. The sale features highlights from the library of William […]

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Unlocking Numismatic History on the Internet

  By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Civil War tokens have been one of my great pleasures in numismatics. I first discovered them in the late 1950s when I visited Dr. George J. Fuld, then a professor at M.I.T., at his home in Wakefield, Massachusetts. I bought from him many duplicates from […]

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Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Publish December Fixed Price Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce the availability of their December fixed price catalogue, featuring rare and out-of-print numismatic books from around the world. Including works on ancient, medieval and modern topics, the 36-lot PDF catalogue offers a wide variety of material. To download the catalogue, visit our website at numislit.com. The catalogue is […]

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Kolbe & Fanning’s New York Book Auction Now Accepting Bids

The catalogue for the 2018 New York Book Auction, to be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 by Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers, is now available through the firm’s online bidding platform at bid.numislit.com. The catalogue, featuring highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd along with other properties, is also […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Buy or Bid Sale #5 Ends Tonight, Dec. 11

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers fifth “Buy or Bid Sale” will close tonight (Monday, December 11). The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. There will be no printed catalogue. The PDF catalogue is available now for downloading from the Kolbe & Fanning website […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Buy or Bid Sale #5 Open Through Dec. 11

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced their fifth “Buy or Bid Sale”, which begins now and will close on Monday, December 11. The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. There will be no printed catalogue. The PDF catalogue is available now for […]

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Announcing the Release of Mexican Paper Money 2017

World Numismatics, LLC has released the 2017 Digital Edition of the most complete guide to Mexican Paper Money ever published.  Mexican Paper Money has become the industry standard and contains listings on more than 7,000 items, thousands of which are not listed in most catalogs.  The 2017 Edition has thousands of changes including many newly discovered notes. […]

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Ancient Coin Books – Highlights from the William A. Burd Library

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd in our 2018 New York Book Auction, which will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. We have […]

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Coin Club News – An Interview with David Chio of the Macau Numismatic Society

  By Yuan Shui Qing, Xi’an Numismatic Society, for the Journal of East Asian Numismatics …… The Macau Numismatic Society was founded in 1988, and since then has become a major player in the Greater Chinese collecting sector. The Society’s leading figure is David Chio. David Chio was born in 1957 in Macau. After much […]

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21st Edition of Friedberg’s U.S. Paper Money to See October Release

By Coin & Currency Institute …. Sixty-four years after its introduction, the 21st edition of Paper Money of United States, the standard reference book on United States paper money, is being released by the Coin & Currency Institute. In 1953, the late Robert Friedberg (1912-1963) broke new ground when the Treasury Department granted permission for […]

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Whitman Releases New Q. David Bowers Book on Secrets of Smart Coin-Buying

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newest book by Q. David Bowers. Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace: Secrets to Being a Smart Buyer debuted October 1, 2017. The 320-page full-color volume is available online (including at the website of Whitman Publishing) and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide for $14.95. Inside the Rare Coin […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Oct. 7 Numismatic Book Auction is Tomorrow

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will hold Sale 147 this Saturday, October 7, 2017, beginning at 12:00 noon eastern time. Featuring material from the libraries of William A. Burd and Q. David Bowers, the 500-lot sale covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics. Bids may be placed via post, email, fax or phone, as well as […]

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Heritage Auctions Releases 1802 Half Dime Book

The 1802 half dime is one of the great rarities in U.S. numismatics. It is without a doubt the key date early half dime. Despite its notoriety as a classic numismatic rarity, less is known about the 1802 half dime’s mintage and survival rate than that of many other rare American coins … until now. […]

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New Standard Work on Coins of Queen Isabel II of Spain Now Available

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are proud to announce the availability of Pat O’Connor’s new book The Coins of Isabel II of Spain: A Detailed Study of the Coins, Patterns, and Medals of Her Reign. This exhaustive yet easy-to-use reference work covers all of the coins issued during her reign (1833-1868), providing full color illustrations […]

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More Highlights from Kolbe & Fanning Oct. 7 Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be holding our Sale 147 on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The 500-lot sale includes material from the libraries of William A. Burd and Q. David Bowers and covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 42: Gallatin’s beautiful volume on Syracusan decadrachms Lot 91: […]

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A New Book for the Serious Coin Collector: Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing …… “Buy the book before the coin” is good, solid, often-quoted advice for newcomers to the hobby. Frankly, it’s guidance for a lifetime of collecting; we should all heed it well beyond the beginner stage. And fortunately for today’s hobbyist, this advice has never been easier to follow–thanks […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Announce Oct. 7 Auction of Numismatic Books

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announce our Sale 147, which will be held on October 7, 2017. The 500-lot sale features selections from the libraries of William A. Burd and Q. David Bowers, among others, and covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 20: The deluxe three-volume Boutin reprint […]

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Whitman Publishing Releases Expanded New Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, a popular entry in the Bowers Series of numismatic titles. The book continues in the tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series guides, now numbering more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page […]

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Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning 20% Off Web Sale

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are holding a 20% off sale on all retail items currently listed on their website at numislit.com. The sale runs from Sunday, September 10 through Saturday, Sept. 16. The numislit.com website features over 1,000 listings of numismatic books, catalogues and periodicals. Users may browse over 20 different categories (Greek, Roman, […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 8, 2017: Hanging with Beatrix, Busted Bitcoin, Gold Fakers

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 8, 2017: Brain Food 1.) New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology: Dogs The first counterfeit-sniffing dog, Mike, went into the field in 1997, and other dogs since then have had great success finding and busting counterfeiters. The Secret Service has expanded the canine anti-counterfeiting program, and begun tackling counterfeiting of […]

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Whitman Publishing Releases Overview of So-Called Dollars

The third edition of MEGA RED (the Deluxe Edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins) includes a 10-page full-color appendix on So-Called Dollars, a class of nearly 800 different historical medals, many of them struck by the United States Mint. The section’s author, Jeff Shevlin, is a specialist in the field. He defines […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers Publish August Fixed Price Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning numismatic booksellers are pleased to announce the availability of their August fixed price catalogue, featuring rare and out-of-print numismatic books from around the world. Including works on ancient, medieval and modern topics, the 36-lot PDF catalogue offers a wide variety of material. To download the catalogue, visit our website at numislit.com or click […]

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Whitman Releases New 7th Edition of Kenneth Bressett’s Guide Book of United States Currency

Whitman Publishing has released the new seventh edition of the Guide Book of United States Currency, a guide to American paper money by Kenneth Bressett, former president of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and longtime senior editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins. The full-color, 352-page softcover book is available online (including at […]

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Kolbe & Fanning to Offer William Burd Numismatic Library

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce that they have been chosen to offer the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicago coin dealer William A. Burd in several upcoming auctions. The Burd Library is well known to many due to the long-standing willingness of the owner to make his library available for use […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Award Winners at 2017 ANA Show

Complete List of Winners By Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) ……   BOOK OF THE YEAR The work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics – 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage, by Pete Smith, Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK United States Coins (tie) – The $2½ and $5 Gold Indians of Bela […]

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Live at the ANA with CoinWeek – Pete Smith, Joel Orosz, Leonard D Augsburger talk about about 1792 coins

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan talks with Pete Smith, Joel Orosz, Leonard D Augsburger, authors of a new book  on 1792 coins, the year our nation’s coinage was born. As you can tell from the conversation, these are dedicated and serious numismatic researchers and authors whose passion for numismatics would be very hard to not pick […]

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New 3rd Edition MEGA RED Features Engraved Love Token Coins

Deluxe Edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins – MEGA RED The third edition of MEGA RED (the Deluxe Edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins) features different types of altered coins in several new appendices, including an eight-page illustrated study of love tokens. MEGA RED retails for $49.95 and is […]

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RESULTS – A Special Offering of Rare Numismatic Literature in Partnership with Stack’s Bowers

In partnership with Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers, Stack’s Bowers Galleries  showcased Numismatic Literature relating to the magnificent collection of Colonel E.H.R. Green as part of their August 2017 Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado. This group of seven lots was offered in Session I,  on August 1, 2017. […]

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Whitman Publishes Expanded 2nd Edition of Guide Book of Buffalo, Jefferson Nickels

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new second edition of the Guide Book of Buffalo and Jefferson Nickels, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page softcover book is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $19.95 USD. Bowers will autograph copies at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair […]

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New Ken Bressett Coin Collecting Book Available at Denver ANA Show

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newest edition of the Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting: An Introduction to the World of Coins, by Kenneth Bressett. The 288-page softcover book debuted July 4, 2017, and is now available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $12.95. Mr. Bressett will autograph […]

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Whitman Releases 4th Edition of 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publications …… The fourth edition of Whitman Publishing’s 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins will enjoy its public debut in a few short weeks. Look for it at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado. In the meantime, if you’re a fan of modern U.S. […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Sale Closes Tomorrow, July 15 at Noon

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are currently holding Sale 146, which will close in a live online auction on this Saturday, July 15. The 400-lot sale features selections from several private European libraries and the specialized holdings of an American collector, and covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Sale 146 – Important Numismatic Literature: Lots You Need to Know

Numismatic booksellers Kolbe & Fanning will conduct their 146th Sale of Important Numismatic Literature on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 12:00 Noon, Eastern Time. The sale will consist of 400 rare and antiquarian numismatic books, including many highly collectible editions, manuscripts, and plated catalogs covering a wide range of numismatics, from ancients to world coins […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting…

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting… Brain Food 1.) What Happened When Hamilton Lost the Mint When Hamilton first began studying and reporting on the need for a mint, he and Jefferson were still civil, if not close friends. Politics and rivalry soon divided them, which was […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting…

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting… Brain Food 1.) What Happened When Hamilton Lost the Mint When Hamilton first began studying and reporting on the need for a mint, he and Jefferson were still civil, if not close friends. Politics and rivalry soon divided them, which […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Announce July 15 Numismatic Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced that our Sale 146 will be held on July 15, 2017. The 400-lot numismatic book auction features selections from several private European libraries and the specialized holdings of an American collector, and covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 2: Andreas Alföldi’s […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017: Gold Coins, Bitcoin, Crime Alert…

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 23, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Does Japan’s five-yen coin need a foreigner-friendly redesign? The five-yen coin is the only denomination without its value written in numerals. The only indication of its worth is in the kanji characters 五円, which mean “five yen,” and so foreign visitors who […]

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An Update from the Newman Numismatic Portal Website

By Len Augsburger – Newman Numismatic Portal …… June is typically a slow month for the numismatic business as collectors tend to be out and about and transitioning into summer activities. Not so at the Newman Numismatic Portal – in fact, summer is our busy season as students are looking for work and are less […]

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An Update from the Newman Numismatic Portal Website

By Len Augsburger – Newman Numismatic Portal ……   June is typically a slow month for the numismatic business as collectors tend to be out and about and transitioning into summer activities. Not so at the Newman Numismatic Portal – in fact, summer is our busy season as students are looking for work and are […]

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Whitman Publishing 2nd Edition Guide to Gold Buying and Selling

On the Fourth of July, 2017, Whitman Publishing will release a newly updated second edition of its award-winning book GOLD: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today, by Jeff Garrett and Q. David Bowers. It is available for preorder online (including at www.Whitman.com) and will be sold at bookstores and hobby dealers […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 9, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Vikings knew how to maintain trust in their money By the 880s the Vikings had taken over the territory of all but the West Saxons but they provided their subjugated peoples with money they knew – in the form of imitations of […]

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USA Coin Album: A Memorial to the Memorial Cent

Certified grading kicks things into high gear By David W. Lange, Research Director at NGC …….. Collectors have a sentimental attachment to the old Wheat Ear cents of 1909-58, but no such affection is felt for the Memorial cents. Of course, they are collectable, but the primary interest seems to be in the very highest […]

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Whitman Releases New Check List and Record Book of U.S. Paper Money

Whitman Publishing announces the release of an updated Check List and Record Book of United States Paper Money for collectors of American currency. The 256-page softcover book retails for $9.95 USD and is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online. The Check List and Record Book is designed as a convenient way for […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Buy or Bid Sale #4 Ends Tomorrow

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers’ fourth “Buy or Bid Sale” closes tomorrow, Saturday, June 3. The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. The PDF catalogue is available now for downloading from the Kolbe & Fanning website at numislit.com. As the name of the […]

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Whitman Offers Free JFK Book on Medal & Coin Art for President’s 100th Birthday

John F. Kennedy, the only American president ever honored on a circulating half dollar coin, was born May 29, 1917. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, Whitman Publishing is offering a free copy of The Kennedy World in Medallic Art: John F. Kennedy and His Family in Medals, Coins, Tokens, and Other Collectibles, […]

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Whitman Releases New Search & Save Coin Books on Dimes, Quarters, Half Dollars

Whitman Publishing announces the release of two new volumes in its series of combination book-albums trademarked under the name Search & Save. Each new volume consists of a 96-page hardcover book bound with a Whitman Classic Coin Album page for storing and displaying a customized coin collection. The Search & Save volumes are intended for […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Booksellers Buy or Bid Sale #4 Today Through June 3

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced their fourth “Buy or Bid Sale”, which begins now and will close on Saturday, June 3. The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. There will be no printed catalogue. The PDF catalogue is available now for […]

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New 3rd Edition MEGA RED Features Great Depression Hobo Nickels

The third edition of MEGA RED (the Deluxe Edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins) officially debuted at the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo, March 30, 2017, and is now available nationwide. Among the book’s special features is a nine-page full-color appendix on hobo nickels. A hobo nickel is a Buffalo nickel […]

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Numismatic Books – NLG Now Accepting Entries for 2017 Writer’s Contest

By Numismatic Literary Guild …… Entries are now being accepted for the Numismatic Literary Guild’s (NLG) 2017 Writers’ Competition. The contest covers a broad spectrum of categories, including books on numismatic subjects; newspaper and magazine articles and columns; online websites, articles, columns and blogs; numismatic newsletters; auction catalogs; and TV, radio and audio-visual presentations. To […]

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New Book on 1802 Half Dimes Released by Heritage Auctions

Obverse, 1802 Half Dime, Valentine Specimen. PCGS AU-50. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions   Jon Amato examines the census of a classic American coin The 1802 half dime is one of the great rarities in U.S. numismatics. It is without a doubt the key-date early half dime. Despite its notoriety as a classic numismatic rarity, less […]

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Coin Collecting Advice: Building a Numismatic Library

Assembling the correct numismatic library for your level of engagement in the hobby is very important By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One of the most sage pieces of advice ever given in numismatics is “Buy the book before the coin”. The legendary numismatist Q. David Bowers is credited with coining the […]

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2018 Red Book Honors 1st U.S. Mint Director Rittenhouse, 225 Years of American Coinage

The classic hardcover version of the 71st-edition Guide Book of United States Coins (the hobby’s popular “Red Book”) celebrates the 225th anniversary of federal coinage in Philadelphia. On its back cover is a commemorative gold-foil portrait of David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States Mint, who was appointed by President George Washington in 1792. […]

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Bidding Options at Tomorrow’s Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Book Sale Make Buying Easy

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are looking forward to our Sale 145, which will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, beginning at 12:00 noon eastern time. The sale includes selections from the libraries of Italo Vecchi and Tom Cederlind, and features rare and desirable works from around the world. With the launch of the […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Introduce Medal and Exonumia Catalogue

  Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have released our first catalogue devoted to numismatic exonumia: tokens, medals, badges, scrip and related items that pertain in some way to the coin collecting field. Examples include tokens issued by coin dealers or collectors, medals depicting prominent collectors or scholars, badges produced for coin shows, “Good For” tokens […]

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More Highlights from Kolbe & Fanning’s April 22 Sale

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are holding their Sale 145 on Saturday, April 22, 2017, with the live online auction beginning at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. The 443-lot sale features selections from the libraries of Tom Cederlind, Italo Vecchi and other consignors, and includes interesting and important material on ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics. Some […]

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NGC 30th Anniversary Red Book Promo

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Whitman have created a special NGC 30th Anniversary edition of the 2018 A Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the “Red Book”. Only 2,017 copies of the NGC 30th Anniversary Official Red Book® have been printed. Founded in 1987, this year NGC celebrates its 30th anniversary of […]

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NGC 30th Anniversary Red Book Promo

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Whitman have created a special NGC 30th Anniversary edition of the 2018 A Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the “Red Book”. Only 2,017 copies of the NGC 30th Anniversary Official Red Book® have been printed. Founded in 1987, this year NGC celebrates its 30th anniversary of […]

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American Numismatic Society Awarded Funding for Humanities Open Book Program

The digitization of the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) backlist of monographs has been funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as part of the joint NEH-Mellon Humanities Open Book Program. All of the ANS’s book-length publications through 2010 will be made available for free online for anyone to use. The ANS is one of the […]

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Kolbe & Fanning: New Live Bidding App Available in Apple, Google Play Stores

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are excited to announce that we have introduced a new app in partnership with Auction Mobility, our firm’s third-party online bidding platform. While Kolbe & Fanning have offered live online bidding in our auctions for several years, the move to an app-based platform provides a number of advantages for our […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Announce April 22 Auction of Numismatic Books

Firm Using Auction Mobility for Live Online Bidding Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced that their Sale 145 will be held on April 22, 2017. The 443-lot sale features selections from the libraries of Tom Cederlind and Italo Vecchi, as well as interesting and important material from other consignors on ancient, foreign and U.S. […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Announce April 22 Auction of Numismatic Books

Firm Using Auction Mobility for Live Online Bidding Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced that their Sale 145 will be held on April 22, 2017. The 443-lot sale features selections from the libraries of Tom Cederlind and Italo Vecchi, as well as interesting and important material from other consignors on ancient, foreign and U.S. […]

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Submissions Accepted for ANA Club Publications Contest

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting entries for the 2017 Outstanding Club Publications competition. The contest is open to member clubs that are current with their ANA dues and do not have an elected or salaried ANA officer as editor or assistant editor. Club publications must have been issued on a regular basis. […]

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ANA: Literary Awards Competition Open to Young Numismatists

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition. The awards program encourages young writers and promotes future numismatic authors and researchers. All submissions must be postmarked by May 15. The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for […]

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World Coins – A History of the Netherlands Gold Ducat, Part 3: The Importance of Primary Research in Numismatics

By Dariusz F. Jasek ….. Link to Part 1 | Part 2 The idea of this article is not to discredit other authors or publications mentioned here. However, without pointing out certain examples it would be impossible to explain how important it is to do primary research in numismatics. Of course, some mistakes are inevitable […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Booksellers Buy or Bid Sale #3 Today Through March 15

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced their third “Buy or Bid” Sale, which begins now and will close on Wednesday, March 15. The sale focuses on modestly priced books, giving collectors an opportunity to add to their libraries at minimal cost. The sale includes over 1,400 works on ancient, medieval and modern coins, as […]

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New Red Book Celebrates 225 Years of U.S. Coinage

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices 7,900 Coins The 71st edition of the hobby’s Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will launch at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo on March 30, 2017. It features new and extensively updated content reflecting the current market for collectible coins. To celebrate the […]

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PNG Calls For 2017 Hobby Award Nominations

Nominations now are being accepted for the 2017 Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) awards, according to PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman and President Dana Samuelson. “Each year the PNG publicly recognizes outstanding achievements in the hobby and the profession by honoring deserving recipients with awards in a half dozen categories. We cordially welcome and strongly encourage […]

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Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning February 2017 Fixed Price Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce the availability of their February 2017 catalogue, featuring works on ancient, medieval and modern topics, the 36-lot PDF catalogue aims to include a wide variety of books and other material. To download the catalogue, visit our website at numislit.com. A few highlights from this offering include: A copy […]

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Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning February 2017 Fixed Price Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce the availability of their February 2017 catalogue, featuring works on ancient, medieval and modern topics, the 36-lot PDF catalogue aims to include a wide variety of books and other material. To download the catalogue, visit our website at numislit.com. A few highlights from this offering include: A copy […]

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Coin Board Collecting – Special Book Offer

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   Time flies, and there are now three titles now published under the PennyBoard Press imprint: Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940s: A Complete History, Catalog and Value Guide Coin Collecting Albums: A Complete History & Catalog, Volume One – The National Coin Album & Related […]

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Coin Board Collecting – Special Book Offer

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   Time flies, and there are now three titles now published under the PennyBoard Press imprint: Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940s: A Complete History, Catalog and Value Guide Coin Collecting Albums: A Complete History & Catalog, Volume One – The National Coin Album & Related […]

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Numismatic Books – Ninth Edition of Friedberg’s Gold Coins of the World Published

By Coin & Currency Institute …. The previous edition of Gold Coins of the World, by Arthur L. Friedberg and Ira S. Friedberg, was published eight years ago in 2009. That edition–the eighth–and each one before it descended from the original, groundbreaking 1958 work by Robert Friedberg, whose cataloging and numbering system revolutionized the way […]

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Kolbe & Fanning 2017 New York Book Auction Saturday, January 14

Kolbe & Fanning will be conducting our 2017 New York Book Auction this Saturday, January 14, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). The sale features selections from the libraries of Italo Vecchi and Tom Cederlind, as well as other properties pertaining to ancient, foreign […]

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Kolbe & Fanning NY Book Auction Bidding Instructions

Kolbe & Fanning are looking forward to our 2017 New York Book Auction, which will take place on Saturday, January 14, 2016, beginning at 12:30 p.m. eastern time, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan in conjunction with the 2017 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). The sale features selections from the libraries of Italo Vecchi […]

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Kolbe & Fanning’s 2017 New York Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce that our 2017 New York Book Auction will feature a wide variety of numismatic books from around the world, including material from the libraries of Tom Cederlind and Italo Vecchi. The sale includes 400 lots covering ancient, medieval and modern foreign coins, as well as U.S. numismatics. A […]

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Whitman Announces New Guide Book of the United States Mint by Q. David Bowers

Whitman Publishing announces the release of A Guide Book of the United States Mint, by Q. David Bowers. The 448-page softcover book is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and at Whitman’s website for $24.95. The 23rd volume in the award-winning Bowers Series explores the heart of American coin collecting: the United States Mint […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 18, 2016 Brain Food 1.) The priceless legacy of P.L. Gupta We owe a great debt to coin collector P.L. Gupta, whose career continues to shape the study of the monetary and numismatic history of India… 2.) A Brief History of the Racketeer Nickel [T]he Deadwood nickel is […]

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“Blanks” Vs. “Planchets”; Plus a Sale on Collectible Numismatic Books

If you’ve ever wondered whether a “blank” and a “planchet” are the same thing, Dick Johnson’s Encyclopedia of Coin and Medal Terminology has the answer. This week’s E-Sylum newsletter shared the following encyclopedia entry:
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Numismatic Books: Kolbe & Fanning Week-Long 50% Off Sale

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced that they are holding a massive 50% off Inventory Reduction Sale, applicable to over 1,400 books listed on their website. The sale runs from Sunday, November 13 through Saturday, November 19, and is available only to orders placed through numislit.com. Check out Kolbe & Fanning’s large online inventory […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 28, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Is It Illegal to Deface US Currency? While this video may be ridiculously awesome, because Bill Murray is super cool, have you ever wondered if it is illegal to deface or alter a U.S. bank note? 2.) 7 Tips For Surviving Your First […]

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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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Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Sale: Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21 & 22

Kolbe & Fanning’s wish to remind everyone that our 143rd sale of important numismatic literature will be held this Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22, 2016. The sale is arranged in two parts: —Part One, featuring 293 lots, will be conducted as a live online sale on Friday, October 21. Bidders may participate in […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #43: Numismatic Books Old and New with Dr. David Fanning

CoinWeek Podcast #43: Numismatic Books Old and New with Dr. David Fanning Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Numismatic Bookseller Dr. David Fanning is this week’s guest on the CoinWeek Podcast. Alongside partner George Kolbe – a noted numismatist in his own […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 7, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 7, 2016 Brain Food 1.) ANA Unveils Treasures In Your Pocket In 2014 a collector discovered a 1969-S Lincoln cent in his pocket change. Upon further inspection, he realized it was a rare doubled die cent. The value of his find? $19,800… To encourage budding coin collectors, the […]

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Numismatic Books – More Highlights from Kolbe & Fanning Oct. 21-22 Sale

Kolbe & Fanning’s 143rd sale of numismatic literature will be held on October 21 and 22, and bids are beginning to come in. The two-part sale features a remarkable library of early American auction catalogues, as well as a wide variety of works on foreign, ancient and U.S. coins. The sale is arranged in two […]

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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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Kolbe & Fanning Sale 143: New Online and Mail Bid Sale October 21-22

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce that our 143rd sale of important numismatic literature will be held on October 21 and 22, 2016. The two-part sale will feature the remarkable library of American numismatic auction catalogues formed by a prominent Texas collector, buttressed by a wide-ranging library on foreign and ancient coins formed by […]

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First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide is a book that sought us out. Almost Literally. In Army chow halls across the country there’s an expression: “Eat First – Taste Later”. That’s […]

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First Read: Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Numismatic Archaeology of North America: A Field Guide is a book that sought us out. Almost Literally. In Army chow halls across the country there’s an expression: “Eat First – Taste Later”. That’s […]

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World Coins – A History of the Netherlands Gold Ducat: As It Began

By Dariusz F. Jasek …..   Not long before the first gold ducats were minted, in 1252 the mints of Florence and Genoa started minting florins. They were minted with a similar but inconsistent weight and fineness, thus they did not always maintain the same value. This led to the introduction of a new coin […]

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Whitman: New Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars Sold Out

Early Sellout Reflects Strong Hobby Interest in Recent 1964 Morgan Discovery Whitman Publishing announces that the fifth edition of Q. David Bowers’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars is temporarily sold out due to high demand. More copies are scheduled to arrive in mid-October. “Collectors can call our Customer Service number at 1-800-546-2995 to order […]

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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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Numismatic Books – Kolbe & Fanning Publish September Fixed Price Catalogue

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce the availability of their latest catalogue, featuring works on ancient, medieval and modern topics, the 36-lot PDF catalogue aims to include a wide variety of material. To download the catalogue, visit our website at numislit.com. A few highlights from this May offering include: The magnificent 1645 Icones volume […]

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Whitman Publishing: Exploring the Mints of the United States

The United States Mint is at the center of American coin collecting. It is the wellspring, the mother lode, of the little copper, silver and gold objects of material culture that numismatists collect, study, and catalog. The Mint is the sole manufacturer of the nation’s legal-tender coinage, and its products are used every day by […]

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Whitman Releases Expanded Edition of Bowers’s Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the updated and expanded second edition of A Guide Book of United States Commemorative Coins, a volume in its popular Bowers Series of numismatic titles, available November 1, 2016. The book continues in the tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other best-selling “Official Red Book” […]

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New Guide Book of Peace Dollars Explores America’s Last Silver Dollar and the Mysterious 1964-D Coinage

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the updated and revised third edition of the Guide Book of Peace Dollars, by award-winning numismatic researcher Roger W. Burdette. The 288-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online at www.Whitman.com). […]

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New Edition of Whitman’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars Reveals Previously Unknown 1964 Morgan Dollar

Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new fifth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers. The 304-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016, for $19.95 USD. Before then it is available for preorder – including on Whitman.com. The pricing, text, […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 26, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for August 19, 2016 Brain Food 1.) Rare coins in rare places While finding one or more rare coins in a totally unexpected location doesn’t happen very often, it does happen. Here are three stories about rare coins found in surprising spots… 2.) Some interesting facts about Indian currency […]

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Whitman Publishing Issues Call for New Red Book Contributors

Whitman Publishing, producer since 1946 of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the annually issued retail price guide known as the “Red Book”), announces a call for new pricing contributors. There is an application and screening process, after which newly selected participants will contribute to the pricing of the 71st edition. “Red Book pricing […]

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Kolbe & Fanning: Super-Cheap Catalogues!

It is a simple fact that many sale catalogues that contain good, solid information aren’t worth much money on the secondary market. Collectors and researchers continue to need them, though the monetary return makes it difficult for booksellers to bother with them. As a result, they tend to pile up. We have compiled a list […]

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CoinWeek Wins Record Nine Numismatic Literary Guild Awards

Numismatic Literary Guild Awards include Best Website, Best Video & Best Podcast By CoinWeek News Staff ….. On Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) announced the winners of its annual writing competition at the NLG Bash, a dinner banquet attended by scores […]

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