Category Archives: Key Dates & Rarities

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars

I have been collecting PCGS Silver Eagles for more than six years, marveling at their toning. You can see my PCGS Showcase set by clicking here

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars

I have been collecting PCGS Silver Eagles for more than six years, marveling at their toning. You can see my PCGS Showcase set by clicking here

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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Bob R. Simpson Part I Auction announced for September 17, 2020

Heritage Auctions to offer significant selections from one of the greatest-ever coin collections into 2021
Dallas, Texas (July 30, 2020) — Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage — or anywhere else in the world

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Bowers on collecting: Liberty Head double eagles

Time flies, and it seems like only yesterday that I with the help of Robert J. Galiette created what turned out to be a very popular book: Liberty Head Double Eagles 1849-1907: The Gilded Age of Coinage

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Bowers on collecting: Liberty Head double eagles

Time flies, and it seems like only yesterday that I with the help of Robert J. Galiette created what turned out to be a very popular book: Liberty Head Double Eagles 1849-1907: The Gilded Age of Coinage

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NGC-certified key date Double Eagle among highlights in Heritage August U.S. coins sale

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An 1870-CC $20 graded NGC AU-50 has already reached six figures weeks before the auction ends

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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NGC-certified key date Double Eagle among highlights in Heritage August U.S. coins sale

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An 1870-CC $20 graded NGC AU-50 has already reached six figures weeks before the auction ends

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Heritage Auctions sells more U.S. Coins than all other auctioneers combined during first six months of 2020

Record Sale: $2,160,000 for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 (Double Eagle) sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2020. Images by Heritage Auctions

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U.S. rare coin market quite active despite pandemic, reports Professional Numismatists Guild

With a winning bid of $2,160,000, this 1927-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle was the most valuable U.S

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Bowers on collecting: Some really rare $20 gold coins

A Real 1850 Double Eagle
In 1926 numismatists and others were startled when they read this Associated Press dispatch datelined Demopolis, Alabama:
Aided by old papers his father left him, Gayus Whitfield, of Middleboro, Ky., has unearthed buried gold valued at more than $200,000 on the Whitfield farm, near here

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Bowers on collecting: Some really rare $20 gold coins

A Real 1850 Double Eagle
In 1926 numismatists and others were startled when they read this Associated Press dispatch datelined Demopolis, Alabama:
Aided by old papers his father left him, Gayus Whitfield, of Middleboro, Ky., has unearthed buried gold valued at more than $200,000 on the Whitfield farm, near here

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U.S. rare coin market quite active despite pandemic, reports Professional Numismatists Guild

With a winning bid of $2,160,000, this 1927-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle was the most valuable U.S

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Heritage Auctions sells more U.S. Coins than all other auctioneers combined during first six months of 2020

Record Sale: $2,160,000 for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 (Double Eagle) sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2020. Images by Heritage Auctions

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Bowers on collecting: The famous Randall Hoard

Of all 19th-century American coin finds, the most famous is the so-called Randall Hoard, named after a later owner of the cache. Even today, mention of the Randall Hoard recurs with frequency in auction catalogs and sale lists

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PCGS confirms new 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar variety

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First major variety discovery of that early half dollar date in nearly a century
(June 30, 2020; Santa Ana, California) — Professional Coin Grading Service (www

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PCGS confirms new 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar variety

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First major variety discovery of that early half dollar date in nearly a century
(June 30, 2020; Santa Ana, California) — Professional Coin Grading Service (www

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Bowers on collecting: The famous Randall Hoard

Of all 19th-century American coin finds, the most famous is the so-called Randall Hoard, named after a later owner of the cache. Even today, mention of the Randall Hoard recurs with frequency in auction catalogs and sale lists

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 38 shows that, even in lockdown, rare coin market is robust

1879-O Liberty Head $20, PCGS AU-53, Blue Hill Collection Pedigree. Hover to zoom

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 38 shows that, even in lockdown, rare coin market is robust

1879-O Liberty Head $20, PCGS AU-53, Blue Hill Collection Pedigree. Hover to zoom

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Bowers on collecting: The latest book update

As you read these words I am immersed in writing a book for Whitman about the numismatic world from 1932 to date. In that year the world was in the depth of the Depression, and in America, many would consider the year and the beginning of the next to represent the point when the economy touched bottom

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Currency Auctions Allen Mincho honored with director emeritus title

Allen Mincho remains part of the Heritage family as he retires from full-time duties
Dallas, Texas (May 5, 2020) — After nearly two decades, Currency Auctions Director Allen Mincho will be retiring May 5 from Heritage Auctions, when he will assume the title of director emeritus.
“We are sincerely appreciative to Allen for his contributions to Heritage Auctions and to the currency collecting hobby,” Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman and CEO Steve Ivy said

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1892-S Morgan dollar, Uncirculated, $15 — no haggling!

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

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1892-S Morgan dollar, Uncirculated, $15 — no haggling!

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

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Bowers on collecting: Let’s go back to 1883!

Apart from certain Morgan silver dollars, the most available issue of federal coins available in Mint State today is the 1883 without CENTS Liberty Head nickel.
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Bowers on collecting: Let’s go back to 1883!

Apart from certain Morgan silver dollars, the most available issue of federal coins available in Mint State today is the 1883 without CENTS Liberty Head nickel.
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Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 auction begins Wednesday, March 18th at 10:00 a.m. PT — bid now!

Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on coins, currency, and other numismatic material in this exciting event. For more information on participating in this sale or to consign to a future auction, contact a numismatic specialist today at (800) 458-4646 or info@stacksbowers

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

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

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Liberty Seated quarters

Collecting United States coins by mintmark varieties did not become popular until the publication in 1893 of Augustus G. Heaton’s Treatise on Mint Marks

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Bowers on collecting: Revisiting the Prairie Flower

Several years ago I contributed an article to the Civil War Token Journal, on one of my favorite tokens.
I revisit it and send along with some excerpts:
The Prairie Flower Token
Reverse Die 1069
Introduction
I start the article with comments on time, patience, and the love for tokens in worn grades—musings about Civil War tokens in general

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Penny Pincher Coins launches PennyPincherAuctions.com, their Internet-only rare coin and currency auction platform

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Defining “greatness” among modern world coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker
(Pelham, Alabama) — 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

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The Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction, February 16-19, 2020, featuring the Douglas F. Bird Collection, the Great Pacific Collection, the Nancy and Bryan Collection, the Widok Collection, and more

The Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction featuring the Douglas F. Bird Collection, the Great Pacific Collection, the Nancy and Bryan Collection, and the Widok Collection will take place February 16, 2020, at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City

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Dean Schmidt receives service award for Kansas bill efforts

Industry Council for Tangible Assets dealer-member Dean Schmidt (Dean Schmidt Rare Coins, Atchison, Kansas) was honored during the ICTA dinner and update at Tony Roma’s in Orlando, Florida, on January 8 as the recipient of the 2019 Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award for his efforts to see Kansas House Bill 2140 passed. The bill provides a sales-tax exemption on sales of gold and silver coins and on all gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion

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Bowers on collecting: Suddenly it is 1861!

Here are some historical notes from this year, including some of numismatic relevance:
Following South Carolina’s lead, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina seceded from the Union. Delegates from six of these states met in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 4 to form the government of the Confederate States of America

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Liberty Seated, Barber, Mercury, and Roosevelt dime photographs sought for new Cherrypickers’ Guide

Research materials at the May 2019 Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing will release the newest volume of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins at the August 2020 World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh

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Ninth Uncirculated example of 1999/2000 Libertad mule discovered

Although it has been minted for almost 40 years, the Mexican Silver Libertad is a series that continues to see the discovery of scarce variety and error coins, including just recently the ninth Uncirculated example of the rare 1999 with the obverse of the 2000 one-ounce mule.
In 2000 the Banco de Mexico replaced the obverse Libertad design that previously depicted the Mexican coat of arms by itself with a new design showing that emblem along with prior versions encircling it

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Ninth Uncirculated example of 1999/2000 Libertad mule discovered

Although it has been minted for almost 40 years, the Mexican Silver Libertad is a series that continues to see the discovery of scarce variety and error coins, including just recently the ninth Uncirculated example of the rare 1999 with the obverse of the 2000 one-ounce mule.
In 2000 the Banco de Mexico replaced the obverse Libertad design that previously depicted the Mexican coat of arms by itself with a new design showing that emblem along with prior versions encircling it

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Strike gold in Atlanta: Y’all are invited!

The great state of Georgia is no stranger to organized numismatics. You might remember a few years ago when the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo—usually hosted in Baltimore three times a year—was held in Atlanta

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Hundreds of rare coin record prices In 2019, reports Professional Numismatists Guild

(Temecula, California) December 30, 2019 — The emphasis in the United States rare coin market in 2019 was again on superb quality and exceptional rarity with hundreds of record prices reached at major public auctions, according to a year-end tabulation by the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers

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Bowers on collecting: Glories of the numismatic past

The Kring van Draiiorgelvrienden, a Dutch group of enthusiasts who collect and admire street organs, has as its motto:
While looking at the future, do not forget the glories of the past.
Similarly, in numismatics, we consider and try to predict the future while we are dealing with the present, and those who like history contemplate the glories of the numismatic past

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Unprecedented $50 million Gold Eagles Tyrant Collection exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

Graded PCGS MS-66+, this 1795 13 Leaves variety $10 gold coin is the finest known and one of the many highlights in the unprecedented $50 million “Eagles of The Tyrant Collection” exhibit at the February 2020 Long Beach Expo. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service)

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Rare 1856-S/s quarters discovered in amazing S.S. Central America treasure

This 1856 large “S” over small “s” mint mark quarter dollar, now graded PCGS EF-45, is one of nine examples of the elusive variety recently discovered in the treasure recovered from the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the S.S

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Key date coins, the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof, and the future of American Silver Eagles: An interview with Eric Jordan

Eric Jordan, who has degrees in engineering and business, started as a collector of classic American issues like Prooflike Morgan dollars in the 1980s, but in the 1990s discovered he would not be able to complete that set and that indexed to inflation his collection had “leveled out or worse.” His attention then shifted to “the radical drop in high-end modern coin mintages” and the “low-risk opportunity they presented,” as he wrote in his well-received book, Modern Commemorative Coins (Krause, 2010)

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Bill Fivaz will update the hobby on cherrypicking coin die varieties at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020

Dennis Tucker and Bill Fivaz reviewing die varieties at a November 21, 2019, editorial meeting.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, will give an overview of today’s hobby and the market at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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Two NGC-certified double eagles soar at Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night

1856-O Liberty Head double eagle graded NGC AU-53 that realized $264,000 (USD). Hover to zoom

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Monaco: Gadoury Monte Carlo autumn auction realises spectacular results

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Editions V Gadoury Auctions, with offices in Monte Carlo, held their two-day autumn auction on the 15th and 16th November

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John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana Medals makes history

“1776” (1792) United States Diplomatic reverse progress cliche. Loubat-19

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Collecting the Libertad coin series

Mexico — the world’s largest silver producer — operates the oldest mint in North America, the Casa de Moneda, founded in 1535. In the modern era, the mint introduced the world’s first major silver bullion coin, the Libertad (which means “liberty” or “freedom”), in 1982 — the year after it debuted a gold version

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

Bill Fivaz reviewing Cherrypickers’ Guide entries at an October 24, 2019, editorial meeting.

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

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

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Q. David Bowers on Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust

(Pelham, Alabama) — 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

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Q. David Bowers on Bill Bierly’s In God We Trust

(Pelham, Alabama) — 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

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NGC-certified 1776 Continental dollar a highlight of Heritage sale in Dallas

Heritage Auctions is offering the high-grade rarity in October 17-19 event.
A 1776 Continental dollar graded NGC MS-65 is among the coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) that are expected to draw high bids at an October 2019 sale presented in Dallas by Heritage Auctions, the collectibles auction powerhouse

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Capturing the excitement of lost and found coin treasures

David Bowers’s 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

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Capturing the excitement of lost and found coin treasures

David Bowers’s 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

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NGC-certified Seated Liberty half dollar mint error realizes over $50,000

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The nearly 150-year-old coin, which was struck on a wrong-size planchet, was sold by GreatCollections

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Eye-appealing and high-quality coins reign supreme at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 34th Regency Auction

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(Lincroft, NJ — September 27, 2019) Legend Rare Coin Auctions presented its 34th Regency Auction on the evening of September 26, 2019, at the Bellagio, and as usual, high-end quality performed very well

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PCGS grades elusive 1830 large

1830 $5 PCGS PR-62.
Unique example crosses from competing grading service’s PR-63 holder to PCGS PR-62
Rare coins are stars in their own right, but the 1830 Proof $5 gold half eagle is in a class all by itself

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PCGS grades elusive 1830 large

1830 $5 PCGS PR-62.
Unique example crosses from competing grading service’s PR-63 holder to PCGS PR-62
Rare coins are stars in their own right, but the 1830 Proof $5 gold half eagle is in a class all by itself

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Eye-appealing and high-quality coins reign supreme at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 34th Regency Auction

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(Lincroft, NJ — September 27, 2019) Legend Rare Coin Auctions presented its 34th Regency Auction on the evening of September 26, 2019, at the Bellagio, and as usual, high-end quality performed very well

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NGC-certified rarities realize six figures at Long Beach Auction

A rescued 1817/4 Bust half dollar and a 2000 Sacagawea dollar mint error are among the NGC-graded highlights from Heritage Auctions’ sales in early September.
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NGC-certified rarities realize six figures at Long Beach Auction

A rescued 1817/4 Bust half dollar and a 2000 Sacagawea dollar mint error are among the NGC-graded highlights from Heritage Auctions’ sales in early September.
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Show report: September Long Beach Expo

The third and final Long Beach Expo for 2019, held on September 5-7, closed out the year with some memorable moments.
The world’s most valuable private coin collection, The Tyrant Collection, had a large and beautiful brightly lit display, showcasing over 400 different coins from the Tyrants of the Seine selection including examples dating from 59 B

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Record-breaking 1975 No S Proof dime quickly re-sold for $516,000

Auction purchase by Mitch Spivack, MonsterCoinMart’s Justin Spivack, and Steven Heller bought days later by avid collector
September 16, 2019 — The most valuable United States modern coin ever sold at auction, a 1975 Proof No S dime, changed hands twice in less than a week, both times for record prices.
The finer of the two known 1975 Proof dimes without the San Francisco “S” mint mark was jointly purchased on September 6, 2019, for $456,000 by modern coin specialist Mitch Spivack along with his son, Justin, owner of MonsterCoinMart in Orange County California, and with collector Steven Heller also as a partner on the deal

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CAC coins bring premiums in August 2019

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in two official auctions at the ANA Convention near Chicago, one of the two most important events of the year.
Here are 10 examples which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed:

On August 13, Stack’s Bowers auctioned a CAC-approved MS-65 grade 1904 $20 gold coin for $3,840

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CAC coins bring premiums in August 2019

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in two official auctions at the ANA Convention near Chicago, one of the two most important events of the year.
Here are 10 examples which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed:

On August 13, Stack’s Bowers auctioned a CAC-approved MS-65 grade 1904 $20 gold coin for $3,840

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Q&A: What causes a missing or weak “4” on 1943 steel cents?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: I have a number of 1943 steel cents on which the “4” of 1943 is either weak or missing. What caused this?
A: The missing or weak numeral (or letter) error is generally caused by the concerned area of the die filling with dirt, grease, or metal particles which harden and prevent coin planchet metal from flowing into that area of the die as intended, which softens or eliminates the intended raising of the numeral or letter

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What causes a missing or weak “4” on 1943 steel cents?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: I have a number of 1943 steel cents on which the “4” of 1943 is either weak or missing. What caused this?
A: The missing or weak numeral (or letter) error is generally caused by the concerned area of the die filling with dirt, grease, or metal particles which harden and prevent coin planchet metal from flowing into that area of the die as intended, which softens or eliminates the intended raising of the numeral or letter

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United Kingdom: Exceptional Pattern penny of King Edward VIII to be auctioned later this month

An exceptionally rare Pattern penny struck during the brief reign of King Edward VIII is set to be auctioned later in September. The coin, whose sale is to be arranged by Spink, London, is regarded as a “Pattern” and dated “1937,” was one of a tiny handful of trial coins that were quietly produced by the Royal Mint in anticipation of Edward VIII’s coronation, which would have occurred in May 1937

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Q&A: Can we account for the upsurge of interest in recent years in mint errors?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Can you account for the upsurge of interest in recent years in mint errors?
A: Major mint errors—overdates, off-center strikes, and multiple strikes—have long been of great interest to most collectors. Some of the more significant mint errors—die breaks, double dates, and clipped planchets—have also enjoyed a small but enthusiastic following for many years

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CAC coins bring premiums in July 2019

In addition to faring well in Internet sales during the month of July, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction at a FUN Convention in Florida. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries sets record for most valuable modern U.S. coin

Santa Ana, California (August 28, 2019) — The Stack’s Bowers Galleries official auction of the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money set several records for United States coinage earlier this month in Rosemont, Illinois. Among these was lot 5231 of their Rarities Night session, a 1964 Kennedy half dollar produced as part of an unreported Special Mint Set (SMS) and certified SP-68

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NGC-certified Pacific Company gold dollar realizes $264,000 in Stack’s Bowers sale

The rarity from the California Gold Rush was struck with dies created by a short-lived San Francisco company.
An 1849 Pacific Company gold $1 that Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) graded NGC MS-61 realized $264,000 at the Stack’s Bowers ANA Rarities Night auction on August 15 in Chicago

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to present the Q. David Bowers Reference Collection of Encased Postage Stamps

Santa Ana, California (July 30, 2019) — One of the most interesting collections to cross the block this August at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money is the personal reference collection of encased postage stamps assembled by Q. David Bowers

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NGC highlights in Stack’s Bowers’ August coin auctions in Chicago

An extremely rare Morgan dollar is among the prestigious offerings in the Rarities Night sale.
A key date Morgan dollar and an always-popular gold rarity, both certified by NGC, are among the highlights being offered as part of the Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night sale on August 15 in Chicago

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Legend Numismatics purchases the David Hall $10 Liberty Collection

(Lincroft, NJ) — Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey, representing collector Bob R. Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas, has purchased the complete set of $10 Liberty Head gold pieces assembled by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) founder David Hall

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Legend Numismatics purchases the David Hall $10 Liberty Collection

(Lincroft, NJ) — Legend Numismatics of Lincroft, New Jersey, representing collector Bob R. Simpson of Fort Worth, Texas, has purchased the complete set of $10 Liberty Head gold pieces assembled by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) founder David Hall

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Famous 1876-CC 20-cent rarity to be offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries

A PCGS-Graded MS-65 Example will be a Highlight in their Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money
Santa Ana, California — For a long time the 1876-CC 20-cent piece has been recognized as one of the most famous and most desired of all American coins, and the offering of an example attracts great attention in the numismatic community. Not only is it a great rarity with fewer than 20 pieces believed to exist, but it also possesses the added romance that accompanies coins from the historic and short-lived Carson City Mint

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NCS conservation highlights

Here are a few NCS conservation highlights from July.
Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) uses a variety of proprietary techniques to remove harmful surface contaminants, stabilize and protect a coin’s surfaces and, in many cases, improve a coin’s eye appeal

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2019 ANA Chicago World’s Fair of Money schedule

From August 13-17 in Rosemont, Illinois, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, the 2019 American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money will be held

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Bowers on collecting: Happy Independence Day!

I wish you and yours a happy Independence Day. We are all so fortunate to live under the Stars and Stripes—with a history of democracy extending back over 235 years, unequalled in the world

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Bowers on collecting: Happy Independence Day!

I wish you and yours a happy Independence Day. We are all so fortunate to live under the Stars and Stripes—with a history of democracy extending back over 235 years, unequalled in the world

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting 20-cent pieces

This week I conclude my commentary on 20-cent pieces per a question from  Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate. When I look to buy one for my type set most of what I see for sale is circulated coins

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the famous 1894-S dime in their auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 15, 2019

Santa Ana, CA — Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the famous 1894-S dime in their auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 15, 2019

Santa Ana, CA — Of all great American coin rarities, the 1894-S dime stands high in the front rank. The appearance of one in the marketplace is always a cause for excitement

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting 20-cent pieces

This week I conclude my commentary on 20-cent pieces per a question from  Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate. When I look to buy one for my type set most of what I see for sale is circulated coins

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First public exhibit of recently discovered, rare 1854-S $5 at ANA show

Historic, Gold Rush-era San Francisco half eagle will be featured in museum showcase display courtesy of ANA Governor Brian Hendelson
(Rosemont, Illinois) June 24, 2019 — The fourth known 1854 San Francisco Mint Liberty Head half eagle, discovered just last year and subsequently sold at auction for $2.16 million, will be publicly exhibited for the first time during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019

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Collectors Universe reaches historic milestone by certifying its 75 millionth collectible

Newport Beach, CA — Collectors Universe (NASDAQ: CLCT), the parent company of Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), just surpassed a significant milestone in its 33-year history by certifying its 75 millionth item earlier this week.
“Reaching the 75 million collectibles certified milestone is a testament to the entire staff, both current and former employees, in addition to the unparalleled power of our brands,” said Collectors Universe President and CEO Joe Orlando

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on 20-cent pieces

I continue to discuss topics proposed a few weeks ago by readers. Next up is this from Matt from Santa Rosa, California:
When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the Mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate

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Fabled S.S. Central America treasure reveals extremely rare, Gem 1856-S dime

Retrieved in latest sunken treasure recovery, top rarity is now graded PCGS MS-65 CAC, tied for finest known
(Brea, California) June 14, 2019 — The S.S

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Reflections on the silver coinage of 1916

The first volume of the “Bowers Series” of numismatic references—the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars—was published in 2004. As of 2019 that initial volume plus the two dozen that followed it have comprised more than 8,000 pages of information on U

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Show report: Long Beach Expo

There was no June gloom at this year’s summer edition of the Long Beach Expo: Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show this past week. The sun brought out collectors and enthusiasts near and far, filling the bourse floor by noon on Thursday (opening day to the public), with a line wrapping around the side of PCGS Booth #401 all the way through Saturday

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CAC coins bring premiums in May 2019

In addition to faring well in Internet sales during the month of May, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in auctions in New Orleans and Baltimore. Here are 10 examples which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed

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PCGS certifies one of the finest-known 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Stellas

(Santa Ana, California) — One of the finest-known 1879 $4 Flowing Hair Stellas is now in a Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Gold Shield holder.
Previously graded PF-67*CA, the coin, which is one of the most sought after among collectors, was graded PR-67CAM by PCGS and now resides in the most trusted holder in the industry

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United Kingdom: Rare early sovereign offered by Royal Mint by ballot

The Royal Mint has announced that after having acquired an exceedingly rare British gold sovereign coin, they will make it available to an interested collector by ballot.
The coin in question, an 1819-dated George III sovereign, was first minted just two years after the initial issue of the country’s first gold coins since the great re-coinage of 1816, which saw the removal of gold guineas of 21 shillings and the introduction gold sovereigns of 20 shillings

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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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Regency Auction 32 results prove that top quality reigns supreme in the current market

(Lincroft, NJ) — Legend Rare Coin Auctions presented their 32nd Regency Auction, conducted as the official auction for the PCGS Members Only Show in New Orleans. Featuring over 630 lots, this auction included a separate session for silver dollars, held Wednesday, May 15, while type coins and gold were offered on Thursday, May 16

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Q&A: Mercury dime Mint errors

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Can you explain what is meant by a 1942/41 dime? Is it a dime struck with a dual date?
A: Two major “overdate” Mint errors exist for 1942, one from the Philadelphia Mint and one from the Denver Mint. Both were produced when production dies in the preparation process were first sunk with a 1941-dated hub die and then, by accident, finished with 1942 hub dies

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Whitman Publishing holds Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) — An editorial summit was convened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, May 1 and 2, 2019, to plan the sixth edition, volume II, of Whitman Publishing’s Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins. The meeting laid out a comprehensive plan for updating the volume, which covers die varieties of U

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Rare 1964 Kennedy half dollar sets $108,000 world record price at Heritage Auctions

Sale of special Mint set example smashes $47,000 record April 25 in Chicago
Dallas, Texas (April 29, 2019) — A 1964 Kennedy half dollar sold for a world record $108,000, making it the most expensive coin of its type, during a public auction of rare U.S

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Pre-order your 2020 Blue Book for free shipping!

For more than 75 years, coin dealers have used the Official Blue Book to make buying offers. And when you pre-order your 2020 Blue Book today, you’ll receive free shipping on your entire order!
As a collector, you can use it to find out how much your coins are worth!

The Blue Book’s price listings offer a real-world look at the rare-coin market, gathered from dealers around the country

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Bowers on collecting: Let’s go back to the Melish sale in 1956

As you read these words, the Central States Numismatic Society convention is taking place in Schaumburg, Illinois. This prompts me to go back to some text I am creating for my autobiography

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The Great American Coin Hunt is underway: Check your pocket change this week!

The Great American Coin Hunt is now fully underway as part of National Coin Week. Initially, the Great American Coin Hunt started as an idea formed between several coin dealers, but has since evolved into a viral, grassroots campaign that has taken off in the online numismatic community with tens of thousands of enthusiasts planning to participate in the phenomenon

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Bowers on collecting: Surprises in the marketplace

On April 17 to 19, 1980, the Central States Numismatic Society Convention was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, preceded by Professional Numismatists Guild Day on the 16th. The atmosphere was uncertain

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CAC coins bring premiums in March 2019

In addition to faring well in Internet sales, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Maryland and Texas during March. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed

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Q&A: Which of the branch mints was the first to strike quarter dollars?

The following is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Which of the branch mints was the first to strike quarter dollars?
A: The New Orleans Mint began striking Liberty Seated quarter dollars in 1840. The San Francisco Mint followed in 1855

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Several PCGS specimens highlight Kagin’s ANA National Money Show Auction March 28-29

A spectacular $50 1877 Half Union Pattern J-1547 PCGS gilt PR-63RB CAC, considered the second finest known, is just one of the PCGS graded featured items being offered unreserved in Kagin’s Auctions ANA National Money Show March 28-29 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Hundreds of newly certified PCGS U

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NGC certifies new half cent variety

1795 die marriage previously unknown with lettered edge.
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has identified a new variety of 1795 half cent

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Clash of the Coins final matchup: Liberty Head V nickel versus Dahlonega Mint gold half eagle

On March 18, the final matchup in the Clash of the Coins will be decided on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s website. The final match, representing a clash between the categories of Symbols and Economic Role, respectively, is between a Liberty Head V nickel with No Cents and a Dahlonega Mint gold half eagle

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Bowers on collecting: Hobby versus industry

Recently, I have been going through old Coin
World columns and other items in connection with writing my autobiography.
I came across this, published in Coin World in June 1995 (if you don’t
subscribe to this newspaper you should; plus, you might enjoy my weekly “The
Joy of Collecting” column, which has been running there since 1961!)
It’s A Wonderful Hobby
Today when I came into the office a fax
was waiting for me from Joseph E

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Whitman Publishing releases new updated edition of Robert Shippee’s award-winning memoir on collecting and investing in rare coins

(Pelham, Alabama) — 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

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NGC highlights in Stack’s Bowers’ Spring auction in Baltimore

1879 Flowing Hair $4, graded NGC PF-65 Ultra Cameo.
An 1879 Flowing Hair Stella and an 1851 Humbert
are among the highlights

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Numismatics goes viral in the United States: The coming Great American Coin Hunt

Two months
from now, in late April 2019, the Great American Coin Hunt is planned to launch
as part of National Coin Week. Initially, the Great American Coin Hunt started
as an idea formed between several coin dealers, but has since evolved into a
viral, grassroots campaign that has taken off in the online numismatic
community with tens of thousands of enthusiasts planning to participate in the
phenomenon

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Numismatics goes viral in the United States: The coming Great American Coin Hunt

Two months
from now, in late April 2019, the Great American Coin Hunt is planned to launch
as part of National Coin Week. Initially, the Great American Coin Hunt started
as an idea formed between several coin dealers, but has since evolved into a
viral, grassroots campaign that has taken off in the online numismatic
community with tens of thousands of enthusiasts planning to participate in the
phenomenon

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Numismatics-inspired 60-pound bottle of wine

(Long Beach, California) January 31, 2019 — A Napa Valley California wine company, whose name was inspired by the design of the fabled 1787 Brasher doubloon once owned by the vineyard proprietor, has created a mega-sized bottle of fine wine standing over 2.5 feet tall and weighing about 60 pounds

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Exploring Colorado’s rare forgotten silver

Lesher Referendum Dollars have been part of the Guide Book of United States Coins—the hobby’s perennially popular “Red Book”—since 1957. That year, in the 11th edition, the “dollars” (so called, but actually privately issued tokens, and not really legal tender) were described thus:
Coined by Joseph Lesher in 1900 and 1901 at Victor, Colorado

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Exploring Colorado’s rare forgotten silver

Lesher Referendum Dollars have been part of the Guide Book of United States Coins—the hobby’s perennially popular “Red Book”—since 1957. That year, in the 11th edition, the “dollars” (so called, but actually privately issued tokens, and not really legal tender) were described thus:
Coined by Joseph Lesher in 1900 and 1901 at Victor, Colorado

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Bowers on collecting: Happy New Year!

As we ring out the old year and ring in the new I wish you and your extending family and friends a happy, healthy, prosperous, and numismatically enjoyable 2019.
The rare coin market continues to
be dynamic with many buyers, at levels that are in some series 25% or so lower
than they were at the height of the recent market, which I calculate as being
August 2013

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Bowers on collecting: Silver dollars in 1955 and 1956

The following is from the manuscript of the autobiography I have been working on for quite a few years. Today it is fascinating to review the past, such as my spending Gem 1928 Peace dollars because I had too many of them

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 29 was a great success, given the choppiness of the market

Activity from the start was strong and the pace carried through the live sale. In sale 29, more than 90% of the sales were to collectors

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Bowers on collecting: The 1861 Confederate half dollar

After seven states seceded from the Union, beginning with South Carolina in December 1860, the Confederate States of America was formed with its capital as Montgomery, Alabama. The federal branch mint in New Orleans fell in the hands of the seceded State of Louisiana and the Confederacy

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NGC certifies additional Newman selections

Rare medals, patterns, and error coins are among the NGC-graded highlights headed to auction in November.
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified an additional 137 coins, medals, and tokens from the Eric P

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PR-68 Barber dime one of the highlights in upcoming Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night in Baltimore

Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night is always one of the most anticipated auctions at the Whitman Expo, and this month a gorgeous Proof 1910 Barber dime promises to be one of the stand-out stars.
From StacksBowers

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Bowers on collecting: The birth of the Lincoln cent

Collecting Lincoln cents from circulation and putting them in blue Whitman folders is the way that most people discovered numismatics from the 1930s down to the 1970s or so. The hope was to find a rare 1909-S V

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CAC coins bring premiums in September

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in auctions in California and Internet sales during September. Here are 10 examples which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed

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Major Barber exhibits and lectures planned for October 2018 Baltimore Expo

(Baltimore, Maryland) — The Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo will feature two groundbreaking new exhibits and lectures on personal artifacts from the family of U.S

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Stack’s Bowers to offer near Mint 1783 Chalmers threepence at October 2018 Whitman Baltimore Expo auction

Annapolis, Maryland silversmith John Chalmers produced silver threepence, sixpence, and shillings, the dies for which seem to have been engraved by Thomas Sparrow, who also engraved plates for Maryland paper currency.
The Chalmers pieces were produced in Annapolis at the corner of Fleet and Cornhill streets

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Stack’s Bowers to offer near Mint 1783 Chalmers threepence at October 2018 Whitman Baltimore Expo auction

Annapolis, Maryland silversmith John Chalmers produced silver threepence, sixpence, and shillings, the dies for which seem to have been engraved by Thomas Sparrow, who also engraved plates for Maryland paper currency.
The Chalmers pieces were produced in Annapolis at the corner of Fleet and Cornhill streets

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Rare countermarked 1786 “Baby Head” Vermont copper at the Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of the Whitman Baltimore Winter Expo

One of the most significant offerings in the Stack’s Bowers October 2018 Baltimore Auction is a 1786 Ryder-9 Vermont copper countermarked in a manner most familiar to collectors of regulated gold.
This piece is a delightful representative of the popular Baby Head variety, offering glossy surfaces and bold definition to each side

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Legend’s Regency Auction 28 presents major opportunities for collectors

Firm’s second two-day auction focuses on quality rarities, with one session focused solely on half dollars.
(Lincroft, NJ)—Legend Rare Coin Auctions is proud to announce the 28th Regency Auction, the second auction in the firm’s history that required two sessions to present the wide variety of important, historic, and rare coins

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Q&A: Why are there less Mint error coins in circulation now?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Having been a casual collector for many years, I am puzzled by the fact that minting errors that seemed to have been in plentiful supply 20 to 25 years ago are today typically priced near or just above the three-digit level. Why is this?
A: The short answer is supply and demand

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Bowers on collecting: The rise of mint mark collecting

Today in 2018 the collecting of United States coins is done by dates and mint marks. As you no doubt already know, the first three mints were opened in 1838: Charlotte, North Carolina (mintmark C); Dahlonega, Georgia (D); and New Orleans, Louisiana (O)

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Red Book recollections: Ron Guth

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book, now in its 72nd edition. “Red Book Recollections” features personal reflections written by Red Book contributors, collectors, and others with the aim of providing different perspectives on the long-lived reference work

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling — America’s most famous coin?

Quite a few years ago—it was probably in the 1960s or early 1970s—I asked several people what coin they would pick as their favorite from colonial times to the present. Kenneth Bressett, who later became editor of the Guide Book, picked the 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree shilling

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling — America’s most famous coin?

Quite a few years ago—it was probably in the 1960s or early 1970s—I asked several people what coin they would pick as their favorite from colonial times to the present. Kenneth Bressett, who later became editor of the Guide Book, picked the 1652 Massachusetts Pine Tree shilling

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Heritage Auctions 2018 World’s Fair of Money preview: U.S. coins

The ANA­ World’s Fair of Money is traditionally among the largest coin shows organized in the United States. This year, it is being held in Philadelphia, PA, from August 14 to 18

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The 1792 gold piece that might have once jingled in George Washington’s pocket sold for $1.74 million in Philadelphia

Offered in first public auction since 1890; all net proceeds donated to charity
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (August 16, 2018) — A one-of-a-kind 1792 gold coin believed by its previous owner to have once been a cherished memento of U.S

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Unprecedented Tyrant Collection of historic Italian coins at Long Beach

(Long Beach, California) August 3, 2018 — Famous gold and silver coins of Italy from the acclaimed Tyrant Collection, ranging from Gelon, tyrant of the cities of Gela and Syracuse in 485 B.C

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Historic 1794 dollar and Silvano DiGenova going “home” to Philadelphia For ANA show

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) August 8, 2018 — It will be a Philadelphia “homecoming” at the ANA 2018 World’s Fair of Money for one of the finest known surviving examples of a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar. It’s also the homecoming for the person exhibiting that historic coin, Silvano DiGenova, President of Tangible Investments, Inc

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Stack’s Bowers 2018 World’s Fair of Money preview: Rarities Night

In this second preview article for the various auctions held during the World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, PA, this month, we will take a look at some of the highlights of U.S

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Mint to display three 1933 double eagles at ANA World’s Fair of Money

Display will include previously unknown piece
Washington — The United States Mint announced today that it will display three of the nation’s 1933 double eagle gold coins in booth 218 at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia from August 14 to August 18.
The display will feature two of the 10 pieces recovered by the government in 2004

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Stack’s Bowers 2018 World’s Fair of Money preview: U.S. currency and paper money

The World’s Fair of Money, held this year in Philadelphia, PA, is considered the major numismatic event in the United States. This week-long happening attracts collectors and dealers from around the world, and with it come a number of auctions held by various auction companies offering thousands of different numismatic items

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Bowers on collecting: Civil War money

Forming a collection of money used during the Civil War can be an interesting pursuit. A full collection of such would include tokens, coins, and paper money and would run to over 1,000 varieties if scrip or private paper money notes were considered

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Red Book recollections: Jesse Iskowitz

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book, now in its 72nd edition. “Red Book Recollections” features personal reflections written by Red Book contributors, collectors, and others with the aim of providing different perspectives on the long-lived reference work

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All-time finest historic CC dollar collection purchased by Barry Stuppler

(Woodland Hills, California) August 1, 2018 — The Ponderosa Collection, the PCGS Set Registry number one finest-of-all-time set of circulation strike Carson City Morgan dollars, 1878-1893, has been acquired intact by Woodland Hills, California dealer Barry Stuppler.
The purchase price for the 13-coin set plus a 14th “top pop” CC dollar was $1

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Historic Brasher Doubloon and New York coppers in PCGS exhibit at ANA Philadelphia show

(July 26, 2018) — One of the legendary 1787 gold Brasher Doubloons and seven of the finest known 1780s New York colonial era copper coins will be displayed together for the first time in an educational exhibit hosted by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) at the American Numismatic Association 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money, August 14-18.
“The lettering and some design elements of all seven of these distinguished coins are punch linked, and each of these coins is an important part of early American history and numismatics

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“Most beautifully toned gold coin” recovered with SS Central America treasure

“Supernova” Double Eagle will be publicly displayed for the first time at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia
(July 23, 2018) — Named the “Supernova,” an 1857-S Double Eagle with unique, mind-blowing toning was among the thousands of U.S

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NGC certifies unique “Mint cancelled” error coin

This 2007-D Washington quarter was originally struck on a Sacagawea $1 planchet before being cancelled by the U.S

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to feature the Archangel Collection of Colonial and 1792 Coinage in their October Baltimore auction

Santa Ana, CA. — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the Archangel Collection of Colonial and 1792 Coinage as a featured highlight of their October 2018 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore

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Bowers on collecting: The 1776 Continental Currency dollar revisited

The 1776-dated Continental Currency dollar in pewter is one of the best-known coins associated with early America. Conventional wisdom has had it that the paper dollar of similar design was discontinued in 1776 and the pewter dollar was issued as a more durable substitute

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“Crème de la Crème” of San Francisco Mint coins in SS Central America treasure

The public can see them for the first time at the ANA 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money.
(July 16, 2018) — The latest recovery of sunken treasure from the legendary “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America, includes six coins that now comprise the finest known “San Francisco Mint denomination set” for $1, $2

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CAC coins bring premiums in auctions in June 2018

CAC-approved coins continue to realize higher prices at auction than their non-CAC counterparts. Here are 10 examples, among many, that could be listed:

On June 11, the Goldbergs auctioned an MS-64 1892-O quarter with a CAC sticker for $780

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David Lawrence Rare Coins purchases an 1804 Draped Bust dollar for $2.64 million

Mr. Hansen is a prominent Salt Lake City businessman and owner of the Real Salt Lake major league soccer team

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The Carson City Mint 150th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2018

Last month, Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV) introduced H.R

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PCGS all-time finest U.S. commemoratives exhibited at World’s Fair of Money

(July 2, 2018) — Visitors to the ANA 2018 World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia can see an impressive exhibit of classic United States commemorative coins, many of them the finest known and many with spectacular, original toning. The 144-coin collection, The J&L 144 Complete Set, is ranked as both the current finest and all-time finest in the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Set Registry

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Strong demand for latest SS Central America treasure

The Ship of Gold is sailing quickly. A total of 2,935 U

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David Lawrence Rare Coins and D.L. Hansen acquire the “King of American Coins”

David Lawrence Rare Coins, on behalf of Dell Loy Hansen, acquired one of the 15 known examples of the world-famous 1804 Draped Bust dollar, known as the “King of American Coins,” for $2.64 million via the Heritage Auctions event on June 14th, hosted by the Long Beach Coin Expo

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Bowers on collecting: The Cliff House and a special token

If you like San Francisco history, then you know all about the Cliff House. The name applies to three structures perched on the hillside overlooking Seal Rocks just outside of the Golden Gate

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Bowers on collecting: Conservation, toning, and more

Last week I invited readers to a forum about labeling coins with “cleaned,” “environmental damage,” “artificial toning,” and the like. Notations such as this on holders severely damage the value of coins

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Bowers on collecting: Conservation, toning, and more

Last week I invited readers to a forum about labeling coins with “cleaned,” “environmental damage,” “artificial toning,” and the like. Notations such as this on holders severely damage the value of coins

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Spectacular PCGS-certified Morgans command record prices in Sotheby’s Auction

The recent Sotheby’s Historic Coins and Medals Auction in New York set new price records with Morgan silver dollars certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) for authenticity and grade.
“The six most valuable coins sold in the auction were graded by PCGS, and a total of 86 of the 100 coins in the complete Morgan dollar set offered by Sotheby’s were certified by Professional Coin Grading Service

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The Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction, June 10–13, 2018, featuring The Green Tree Collection of United States half cents part II

The Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction will take place June 10 – 13, 2018 at the Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc. offices in Los Angeles, as well as online

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Bowers on collecting: Invitation to a forum!

Next week in this column I plan to discuss “cleaning,” “artificial toning” and “conservation” of coins. I invite readers, including those who grade or certify coins for a living, to send me an e-mail with your thoughts at *protected email*

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Q&A: Are oddities, varieties, and errors still considered valuable when collecting current United States coinage?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers, 5th edition:
Q: I am confused by the seemingly endless variety of mint errors. Can you provide me with a breakdown of types?
A: Minting errors are generally categorized into three major groupings: Die/engraving errors, planchet errors, and striking errors

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Bowers on collecting: Coins of the presidential administrations — John Adams

This week I give another overview of the coins issued during the administrations of various presidents from George Washington to date with a small selection of illustrations. To include all of the design types—never mind different dates and varieties—would far exceed the space available

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