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Building a 1956 Mint Set of US Coins: As Complex as You Make It

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. [Editor’s note: The original column first appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter of February 26, 2013. —CoinWeek] Six years ago, we took an in-depth look at what it would take to build a competitive PCGS Set Registry 1956 Mint Set, evaluating each coin released by the […]

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A Quick Look at the Silver Clad Kennedy Half Dollar

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on March 26, 2013 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Talk about an under-appreciated series. The silver-clad Kennedy half dollar has always played second fiddle to its one-off 1964 and 1964-D 90% […]

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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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Abraham Lincoln: A Numismatic Legacy Considered

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on November 6, 2012 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Prelude to War On January 12, 1848, a 39-year-old Whig congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln took to the House floor and […]

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The Most Important Coin Program of Our Lifetime: 50 State Quarters

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… (Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on PCGS.com and has been updated to its current form.)  While the pomp and circumstance surrounding the 50 State Quarters program is over two decades behind us, it is hard to conceive of any future program that will have as […]

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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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The Case for Collecting Modern World Coins & Currency

Modern World Coins & Currency By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. If you’ve followed our writing at CoinWeek over the years, you’re probably aware of our advocacy for modern circulation strike U.S. coins, specifically coins from 1965 to 1982, or what we like to call the U.S. late modern period. Suffice it to […]

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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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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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CoinWeek First Look at the Pops of the New York Bank Morgan Dollar Hoard

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Sixteen bags of Morgan dollars, still sealed in their original bags, is not something that you expect to see these days, given that it’s been more than 50 years since the Treasury vaults were emptied by silver speculators. Since that time, there have been ups and […]

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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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Market Whimsy: More Perfect than Perfect – MS-70+ and Beyond

Ask any retiree or coin collector and they’ll tell you: 70 ain’t what it used to be By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This […]

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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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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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Second United States Mint Forum Casts Mint Marketing Behemoth in New Light

  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. On October 16, 2017, the United States Mint convened a second gathering of numismatic industry stakeholders in order to share information and ideas to reinvigorate the hobby. Titled “The Road Ahead”, the forum was the centerpiece of the Mint’s efforts to foster a dialogue. The […]

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

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

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In Memoriam: Industry Icon Leon Hendrickson Passes Away at 90

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

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History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have questioned the organization’s spiritual views. For those initiated into the fraternity, Masonry is said to offer a path to self-improvement and lifelong friendships. Historically, public suspicion of the Freemasons has […]

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From the Herb Hicks Files – The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek and re-posted …. In 1963, Coin World columnist and former ANA librarian Ted Hammer wrote about a coin dealer in Texas arrested for trying to sell a gold certificate. The dealer had run afoul of federal authorities who acted to enforce a 30-year-old Executive Order outlawing private ownership […]

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In God We Trust: A Brief History

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   [Originally published September 17, 2012. --CW] We pay attention to the news, so it follows that we pay attention to politics. After all, being involved is one of the original tenants of democracy[i]. When the news (especially politics in the news) touches on numismatics, it […]

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Return to Bicentennial Coinage: Silver Business Strike Edition

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. One of the first pieces that we wrote for CoinWeek discussed Bicentennial quarters. In it, we discussed the nuances of the issue, from strike to Mint State grade distribution of the P- and D-mint coins by PCGS and NGC. We also questioned whether the coin would […]

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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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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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Controversy Over Animal Fat Used to Manufacture New UK 5 Pound Note

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. Tallow: The white nearly tasteless solid rendered fat of cattle and sheep used chiefly in soap, candles, and lubricants. –Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary Tallow. Probably not a word we or any other numismatic authors and journalists have to use much, but it’s at the heart of the […]

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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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Market Whimsy: More Perfect than Perfect – MS-70+ and Beyond

Ask any retiree or coin collector and they’ll tell you: 70 ain’t what it used to be By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This […]

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Tips for Young Numismatists: Start Small, Think Big!

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Coin collecting is a fun and exciting hobby that captures the imagination of young and old. In what other hobby will you find yourself immersed in art, economics, history and science? Think about it. To understand the meaning behind the design of a quarter pulled from […]

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Rainbow Gem 1958-D Quarter at Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night Auction

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. We’ve written about toned Washington quarters before. Over two years ago, we recognized a beautiful 1951-D PCGS MS67+ that Legend Rare Coin Auctions was offering in their Regency XIII sale. Reaching even further back than our initial review of the coin, we compiled a brief auction history […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016 Brain Food 1.) What is the Average Lifespan of a Coin? Coins are tough little devils. Over the course of a coins’ lifespan, they will be dropped, kicked, stepped on, possibly run over by a vehicle, or involved in some children’s experiment to discover just how […]

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Market Whimsy: Terminal Point

Every coin except the great rarities has a Terminal Point By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …. Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. This article consists of two columns that were […]

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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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U.S. Mint Seeks Industry, Collector Insights at Numismatic Forum

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. On October 13, 2016, the United States Mint hosted a daylong forum with industry stakeholders at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The purpose of the forum was to open a dialogue between the Mint and the industry in order to find ways to improve the […]

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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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Market Whimsy: The Rational Collector, Part 1 – Making a Monster

Imagine that you could have every coin you wanted. What could possibly go wrong? By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …. Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. “Making a Monster” was […]

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Market Whimsy: Mothers of Invention

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …. We love Columbus, Ohio. We spent some time there in the early 2000s, and even though neither of us has been back in a while, we still marvel at the culture one can find tucked away in various corners of the city: Hermon Atkins MacNeil’s bronze statue of […]

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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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CoinWeek IQ: Type Peace Dollar CAC Price Analysis

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. It’s been awhile since we’ve dug into a bit of coin market analysis and we thought it might be interesting to introduce a new recurring feature on CoinWeek, where we break down price performance for type coins of the different collector series. Collecting type coins is […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates

CoinWeek Podcast #20: Herb Hicks and the Illegality of Collecting Gold Certificates Did the letter writing campaign of an astute numismatist sway the United States Treasury Department to drop charges against a Texas coin dealer and finally allow collectors to openly collect United States Gold Certificates? In this audio retelling of Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s NLG-award-winning […]

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First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…. Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. First Read: A Guide Book of United States Coins: Deluxe Edition by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett You can’t blame Whitman for trying to shake things up with its venerable Red […]

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First Read: Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek… Coins & Collectors: Golden Anniversary Edition, by Q. David Bowers The pursuit of knowledge has many facets, not the least of which is the exploration of context. Throughout his 60-year career as […]

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