Category Archives: US Gold Coins

NGC-Graded Key Date Double Eagles Each Realize Over $100K at Heritage Auction

Impressive key-date double eagles were among the 10 vintage US coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) that each realized over $100,000 at Heritage Auctions’ US Coins Signature Auction on August 4, 2020. They were led by a rare 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC AU 50 that realized $312,000 USD. It is one […]

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Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types for the Casual Collector

Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Yes, it takes deep pockets and lots of patience to specialize in Territorial or Pioneer gold. There are numerous six-figure coins, many of which are either almost never available or come with lots of problems. But there are a number of […]

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Surprise! Couple Finds Out Their Gold Coin is Worth $100,000+

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The recently found 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle now graded PCGS VF30. Images courtesy PCGS. We’ve all heard the stories from coin dealers of folks who bring coins into the shop for appraisal or sale only to tell them the pieces they delivered were worth far less than the […]

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Historic $50 California Gold Rush Coin at Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Over $1.2 million in California Gold Rush coins will be sold by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction, scheduled to be held August 4-7. A highlight from this group is a rare octagonal $50 gold coin struck by the United States […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Call the Fire Department!

ALL GOLD PRICED UNDER $7,500.00 IS ON FIRE   By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… As of 3 PM Friday, July 24, gold is at $1,897.95 USD and is climbing. We do not think there is a single coin dealer who has more than one or two GEM gold coins if that. Legend Rare […]

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known Wass Molitor 1855 $20

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), a Portland, Oregon firm specializing in choice and rare United States gold coinage, recently sold the single-finest-known example of the 1855 Wass, Molitor & Company Small Head $20.00, graded MS62 by PCGS and approved by CAC. The coin was sold to a […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #138: Rare Coin Battle: The 1822 $5 Gold Coin vs. the 1870-S $3 Gold Coin

 CoinWeek Podcast #138: Rare Coin Battle: The 1822 $5 Gold Coin vs. the 1870-S $3 Gold Coin Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes.   It’s a battle of epic proportions. Today on the CoinWeek Podcast, noted gold coin expert and author Doug […]

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Superior Gem Cameo Proof 1879 $4 Stella: Stack’s Bowers Direct

  By Stack’s Bowers …… The Pogue Specimen Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS) CAC – Among the Finest Known 1879 Four-Dollar Gold Stella. Flowing Hair. Judd-1635, Pollock-1833. Rarity-3. Gold. Reeded Edge. Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS). CAC.   Over the years, the Stella has achieved near-legendary status among numismatists. Though classed as a pattern, the Stellas have long been […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – Experimental Finish 1910 Saint-Gaudens Twenty

The United States Mint struggled to find a popular finish for gold proof coins throughout the early 20th century Renaissance of American coinage that Roger W. Burdette has chronicled in his popular writings. Various types of sandblast and satin finishes were adopted at different times, and even more experimental finishes were briefly tinkered with, but […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting: Attempt Made to Sell Fake $300,000 Gold Coin

Seller a suspect in another counterfeits case   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 worth of counterfeit coins – including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at […]

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Classic U.S. Coins – When Did Civil War Gold Become Popular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Thanks to reader M.R. from Virginia, who suggested this interesting concept, I’m going to be writing a series of blogs over the coming months entitled: When Did (Subject) Become Popular? The concept of these blogs is pretty simple. I’ll select an area of the rare date […]

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Early U.S. Coins – The Gold Coins of Templeton Reid

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Privately minted gold coins from the first decades of the United States have always intrigued numismatists. Though these coins were not minted by the United States Mint, they were integral to the regional economic systems in which they circulated. And while many associate privately minted gold with the American […]

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Mint State 1796 Stars on Obverse Quarter Eagle in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Coinage Act of April 2, 1792 authorized the production of three gold denominations at the newly established United States Mint, including the $10 eagle, the $5 half eagle, and the $2.50 quarter eagle. While the half eagle and eagle were first struck in 1795, it […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1863 California Fractional Gold 25¢ Overstruck on 1860/50

1863 Round Liberty Gold 25¢ California Fractional Gold BG-820 Overstruck on 1860/50 BG-819 NGC MS 61 UNIQUE DISCOVERY COIN   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique 1863 California Fractional Gold 25¢ overstruck on a previously struck 1860/50 Gold 25¢. In fact, it is the only known overstruck California Fractional […]

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Early U.S. Gold Coins – One of the Finest Known 1831 Half Eagles

The 1831 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a substantial mintage of 140,594 pieces, split between just two die varieties. The upcoming August 2 – 4 ANA Worlds’ Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction from Heritage features one such piece, graded MS64 by PCGS and representing the slightly more available BD-2 variety, recognizable by […]

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How Rare Are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles? An Update

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In 2016, I wrote about Gem Type One double eagles, inspired by my purchase of a PCGS/CAC MS65 1860 double eagle (which was the undisputed finest known for the date). I then asked the question: Just how rare are non-shipwreck Gem Type One double eagles? My […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1912 Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection by Max Spiegel, NGC …..   The raised spikes at the rim of this 1912 $10 Indian Head Eagle are one detail collectors can use for counterfeit coin detection.   It is no surprise that United States gold coins have long been the target of counterfeiters. A wave of deceptive forgeries appeared […]

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Spectacular Gem 1915-S Pan-Pac Round $50 in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   At the time of issue in 1915, the round version of the Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 did not sell as well as the more unusual octagonal style. The result was that a greater percentage of the mintage was returned to the Mint for melting. Of the […]

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Over $5 Million Realized in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2020 Auction continued the trend of exceptional prices realized recently demonstrated in their March Santa Ana and May Hong Kong auctions. Over $5 million USD was realized in the June sale across United States coins, tokens, and medals, achieving 114% of the pre-sale estimate on sold lots (all prices listed […]

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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

By Ron Guth – The Numismatic Detective Agency ….. One of the more interesting puzzles facing researchers and publishers is how to orient coin images for visual purposes. In other words, how should a coin be oriented or rotated so that it appears consistent throughout a publication or across publications? For most coins, especially modern […]

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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

By Ron Guth – The Numismatic Detective Agency …..   One of the more interesting puzzles facing researchers and publishers is how to orient coin images for visual purposes. In other words, how should a coin be oriented or rotated so that it appears consistent throughout a publication or across publications? For most coins, especially […]

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Rare Indian Head Eagles Lead Almost $12 Million Heritage Long Beach Auction Results

Two rare Indian Head eagles, representing the first and last years of the issue, led Heritage’s June 4-7 Long Beach Signature Auction of US coins to total sales over $11 million USD. The corresponding June 5 Pinnacle US Rarities Collection Currency Auction added close to $900 thousand, bringing the total results for the weekend close […]

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Gem Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle​ The 1897, along with the 1898 and 1899, is the most consistently well produced and attractive Proof Liberty Head quarter eagle from the 19th century. Specialist John Dannreuther goes as far as calling this era the “pinnacle of [the] Mint’s gold Proof […]

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An Interesting 1840-O Half Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In a recent (April 2020) Heritage Auction, I purchased a very interesting 1840-O Narrow Mill half eagle graded MS62 by PCGS. This coin, which I bought for $19,200 USD, lends itself to a number of discussions. 1840-O $5.00 PCGS MS62. Image courtesy Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) […]

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Fractional Gold Featured in Month-Long Heritage Auction

A fascinating corner of US numismatic history is in the spotlight as the latest Month-Long Heritage Auction focuses on Fractional gold. These small coins, privately minted in California during and after the gold rush by various minters, come in denominations of 25 cents, 50 cents, and one dollar, and in both round and octagonal shapes. […]

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Fundamentals for Gold Still Strong – Good for Rare Coins

When gold and silver prices rise, many bullion buyers eventually also begin purchasing rare gold coins, advises award-winning writer Michael Fuljenz   By Mike Fuljenz – Universal Coin & Bullion …… The fundamentals for gold continue strong as it reaches new highs worldwide and near an eight-year high in the United States, and that is helping to boost increased […]

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Two Rare U.S. Coins to be Auctioned for Charity by GreatCollections

The silver and gold coins are valued at over $60,000   Two of the most famous U.S. coins ever minted are being auctioned by GreatCollections for the benefit of the Andre’ F. Toce Sr. Family Foundation, a non-profit that has donated to a variety of causes, including supporting orphaned children in Africa and safe houses […]

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Why MS62 May Be the “Perfect” Grade for Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I recently sold a really nice 1810 Large Date Large 5 half eagle graded MS62+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. As I was writing the description of the coin before putting it up for sale on my website, I came to the conclusion that, for […]

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Rare Mint State 1907 Rolled Rim $10 Gold Offered in June Heritage Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions is proud to offer a true rarity as part of the US Coins Signature Auction, which has been moved from Long Beach to Heritage Auctions’ global headquarters in Dallas, June 4-7 due to the cancellation of the Long Beach Expo. One of only 50 pieces released and around 40 estimated to survive today, […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: “Holy Grail” BD-1 Variety 1796 Quarter Eagle

Gold $2.50 Quarter eagles were struck for the first time in 1796 and three die varieties are known for the date. This coin represents the extremely rare BD-1 variety, with the No Stars obverse and the arrowheads extending to the base of the I in UNITED on the reverse. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Museum […]

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Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece Description Astonishing Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold From the D. Brent Pogue Collection 1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.   A magnificent Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold with lovely golden-orange, powder blue and pinkish-rose patina. Sharply struck and frosty in finish, tt ranks among the finest not only of the […]

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Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece Description Astonishing Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold From the D. Brent Pogue Collection 1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.   A magnificent Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold with lovely golden-orange, powder blue and pinkish-rose patina. Sharply struck and frosty in finish, tt ranks among the finest not only of the […]

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Mint State 1801 $10 Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Struck from 1795 through 1804, the Capped Bust Right gold eagles are among the most beautiful and desirable coins to emerge from the early United States Mint. At 33 mm, the planchet is impressive and Robert Scot’s allegorical portrait of Liberty on the obverse is […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: Finest-Known Special Striking 1907-D Double Eagle

No official documentation on the striking of Proof or Specimen 1907-D Liberty double eagles has ever come to light, but at least three examples have been certified by the leading grading services in recent years, two specimen strikings at NGC and a single proof at PCGS. The unique Proof has been mentioned in the literature […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: Finest-Known Special Striking 1907-D Double Eagle

No official documentation on the striking of Proof or Specimen 1907-D Liberty double eagles has ever come to light, but at least three examples have been certified by the leading grading services in recent years, two specimen strikings at NGC and a single proof at PCGS. The unique Proof has been mentioned in the literature […]

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Rare Ultra Cameo Proof 1883 $10 Eagle in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof gold coinage provides a special focus in United States numismatics, usually combining incredible visual appeal and extreme rarity. The Proof Liberty Head eagle is among the most popular but also the most challenging series in this category, with many annual mintages well below 50 pieces. […]

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Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1835 Classic Head $5 Gold Eagle Description The Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5 MS-65 PL (NGC) McCloskey-3 Variety 1835 Classic Head Half Eagle. McCloskey-3. First Head, Small Date. MS-65 PL (NGC). This magnificent Gem 1835 Classic Head $5 gold half eagle is fully impressed with satin textured devices that offer appreciable contrast to well-mirrored […]

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Which Rare Gold Coins Can Weather the Storm?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve been a full-time professional coin dealer since 1981 and I’ve been through numerous down markets. My experience has proven that there is no such thing as a “recession-proof” coin. Even the best coins go down during bad markets, and these represent great buying opportunities for […]

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Near Mint 1862 Three Dollar Gold Piece Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Over 30 years ago, United States gold coin specialist David Akers wrote, “the 1862 is the most underrated three dollar gold piece in choice uncirculated condition [from] the 1860s.” This statement remains as true today as it did then. Writing in 2005, Q. David Bowers […]

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CAC-Approved PF-65+ Flowing Hair $4 Stella Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

Flowing Hair Stella By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 26, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this 1879 $4 Gold Flowing Hair Stella, graded Proof-65+ Ultra Cameo by NGC and approved by CAC. NGC has graded 240 total examples of the 1879 Flowing Hair Stella (out of 425 originally minted), regardless of grade or designation. This […]

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Only 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle Gold Coin in Private Hands Leads Central States Auction April 23-26

The convention might be canceled, but Heritage Auctions’ presentation of nearly 3,000 lots of U.S. Coins ( including the 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle ) is right on schedule for the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) auctions, 23-24 & 26. Heritage is hosting the sales at its Dallas headquarters and worldwide on HA.com. CSNS organizers canceled […]

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Rare US Gold Coin Profiles: MS-68 CAC Three Dollar Gold

In response to the financial stresses and uncertainties of the Civil War, the government suspended specie payments late in 1861. Precious metal coinage was widely hoarded after that time and rarely seen in circulation in the eastern part of the country. As a result, gold coinage at the Philadelphia Mint was somewhat limited during the […]

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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit gold Coins -1907 Liberty Half Eagle Counterfeits Gold Coins  By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most 19th and 20th Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. […]

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Single Finest CAC Proof 1863 $3 Gold Coin Offered by GreatCollections

GreatCollections on CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 19, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this Proof 1863 Three-Dollar Gold Piece graded PR-66+ and certified Deep Cameo by PCGS and approved by CAC. It is the single-finest known example of the Proof issue. Only 39 Proof 1863 Three Dollar Gold pieces were produced at Philadelphia, and of […]

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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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Superior Gem 1911 Double Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With only 197,250 pieces produced, the 1911 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coin has one of the lowest mintages among circulation strike issues of the entire series. However, perhaps more important than the original mintage is how many coins have actually survived from the meltings […]

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The Pogue VII Sale – My Perspective Through A Dozen Coins: Doug Winter

Pogue VII Sale By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner You couldn’t have picked a more dire set of circumstances faced by Stack’s Bowers for their various March coin and paper money auctions. After the Covid-19 virus cancelled the Baltimore coin show, the firm grappled with the difficult questions forced by the crazy […]

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Historic 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle Gold Coin Offered at Heritage Auctions

NGC PR64 Ultra Cameo CAC, the only specimen known to exist outside of museums, will headline Central States Numismatic Society auction An 1858 Liberty Head eagle, one of the most historic U.S. gold coins ever minted and the only specimen known outside of museums, will headline Heritage Auctions’ U.S. coins offerings during the Central States […]

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Two Cool Gold Liberty Head Eagles Recently Sold by Doug Winter Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Liberty Head gold eagles are a favorite series at Douglas Winter Numismatics and we have a decades-old tradition of handling exceptional coins from this series. With the recent offering of the Harvey Jacobson Collection by Heritage Auctions in last month’s February 2020 Long Beach sale, we […]

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Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage Part VII

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… The D. Brent Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already concluded featured this portion of the collection, almost to completion, with notable additions such as the fabulous […]

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Bid by Percentage in the Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Precious Metals Auction

Auction Ends Thursday Evening, March 12   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present their Precious Metals Auctions, a new auction platform for buying bullion with no buyer’s fees. The interest in bullion has seen a steady increase over the past several years, as interest in this historically stable investment category grows. Bullion is available […]

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Just How Rare Are Gem $10 Gold No Motto Liberty Head Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner No Motto Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1866. They were made at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, and San Francisco Mints in quantities ranging from small to quite large. One thing that links these issues is their rarity in higher grades. There is no […]

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Rare Georgia Gold Rush Coin Brings Record $480,000 in Atlanta

Historic coin is “coming back home”   A small gold coin with a face value of $2.50 when it was struck in northern Georgia in 1830 sold for a record price of $480,000 USD to an anonymous Georgia collector in an auction in Atlanta Thursday night, February 27, 2020. It is one of the finest […]

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Heritage Long Beach US Coin Auction Results Exceed $13 Million

Heritage’s February 20-23 Long Beach US Coins Signature Auction is now in the books! This official auction of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo realized a healthy total of over $13 million, highlighted by an 1875 Eagle that brought $360,000 USD. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The 1875 eagle in this […]

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The Hunt for the 1875 $10 Liberty Head Gold Eagle

By John Brush – President, David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) …… The story of the D.L. Hansen Collection has been written several places and as we wind down the challenge of collecting an example of every circulation strike piece from the United States Mint, there are a few pieces that have eluded our grasp in […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Superstar $4 Stella, 1879-1880

These numismatic supernovas shine bright in the greatest collections   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Very few United States coins inspire the awe and fascination of the 1879 and 1880 $4 gold coins, otherwise known as “Stellas”. These enigmatic coins are far beyond the financial reach of most collectors. But that […]

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Ron Guth – By the Numbers: The Harvey Jacobson, Jr. Collection of $10 Liberty Eagles

By Ron Guth ….. Number of lots: 184 Total prices realized (unofficial): $3,219,696 USD Average price per lot: $17,498.35 Price of the least valuable lot (1896 $10 in PCGS MS63 OGH CAC): $930 Price of the most valuable lot (1875 $10 in PCGS AU50): $632,500 The Harvey Jacobson, Jr. Collection On February 20, 2020, Heritage […]

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Mackinaw Collection Now Open for Bidding at Heritage Auction

The latest month-long internet coin auction from Heritage features the Mackinaw Collection, consisting primarily of gold double eagles and half eagles with a smattering of other issues. Unusually, this auction also includes a few pieces of currency, which follows closely from the story of how the collection was assembled. This auction is open for bidding […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States, the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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Lowest-Mintage Circulating U.S. Gold Coin Highlights Heritage Long Beach Expo Offerings

One of just 100 1875 Liberty Eagle. U.S. Gold Coin minted for circulation will be sold as part of a $10 Liberty set which is rarely completed   An 1875 $10 Liberty Eagle, the famous regular issue U.S. gold coin with the lowest circulation mintage ever recorded, highlights more than 2,000 lots in Heritage Auctions’ […]

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Classic US Coin Profiles: One of the Finest Known 1839/8 Type of 1838 $10 Eagles

Varieties of the 1839 $10 eagle are known with the Liberty Head design as seen on coins from 1838 (along with large letters on the reverse), as well as with the Liberty Head design as seen in 1840 and small letters on the reverse. The Type of 1838 $10 eagle is considerably more available and […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of No Motto New Orleans Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about my previous article on appearance rarity. It is my contention that CAC has now seen enough coins that we can make important observations about how rare (or not rare) a specific issue is in regards to its appearance. […]

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Unprecedented $50 Million Gold Eagles Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in display of unparalleled set   A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. The unprecedented display, “Eagles of The Tyrant Collection”, will […]

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Bullion Shark – Pre-1933 US Gold Coins Are a Buy Right Now

  US Gold Coins By Bullion Shark LLC …… Pre-1933 United States Gold coins are way too cheap – or at least, that is our opinion. Years ago, premiums over spot gold were significantly higher than they are today. Premiums over spot for common-date $20 Saint Gaudens, Gold Liberties, and Gold Indians were sometimes north […]

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Doug Winter: A Record-Setting 1872-CC $10 Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Lost amidst all the hoopla at the recent 2020 FUN Show and auctions was the sale of one of the most remarkable US gold coins I have seen in a while. This coin was a totally fresh-to-the-market 1872-CC Liberty Head eagle graded MS62 by NGC, and […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles

Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner CAC has introduced a number of new shifts in the taste of buyers. A collector who focuses on rare CAC-approved coins is, in effect, an appearance rarity buyer. By this, I mean we now have an entire class of collectors who […]

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Doug Winter: What Sold Best at DWN in 2019

Gold Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……CoinWeek Content Partner Instead of the tired “what was hot/what was not” end-of-the-year articles that I typically hammer out, I’d like to try a new approach. What series sold best for my firm Douglas Winter Numismatics in 2019 and what were some of the gold coins  specific dates—and […]

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Stack’s Bowers – Scarce Mint State 1908-S Double Eagle MS-62 (PCGS)

1908-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS). This example, offered as Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Direct Coin of the Week, is a scarce and desirable Mint State preservation for this key date 20th-century double eagle gold issue. Vividly patinated in medium-gold coloration, both sides also sport full mint luster in a softly frosted texture. Well produced with […]

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Rare 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle Gold Coin in Heritage Fun Show Signature Auction

The 1796 No Stars quarter eagle shares a reputation with its later sibling, the 1808 quarter eagle, as among the most significant and rarest gold type coins of any denomination. Both are single-year types, with low mintages (an estimated 963 pieces for the 1796 No Stars, and 2,710 coins for the 1808). The 1796 No […]

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Jeff Garrett – A Christmas Miracle and Lessons Learned

A lost coin is found and lessons are learned in a numismatic holiday caper By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week, I experienced one of the most amazing events of my 45-year numismatic career. While I have often said that every day in my profession is like the Antiques Roadshow, seldom […]

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Finest PCGS 1926-S Gold Double Eagle Among Highlights of Heritage FUN Signature Auction

Our January 8-13 FUN US Coins Signature Auction features, among many other highlights, the finest PCGS-graded example of the 1926-S double eagle, a piece rich in history as well as technical and aesthetic merit. The 1926-S was once considered the third-rarest date of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series. When legendary Fort Worth coin dealer B. […]

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Mint State 1838-C Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On December 22–GreatCollection’s last Sunday online auction for the year 2019–bidding ends on this 1838-C Classic gold quarter eagle, graded MS-61 by NGC. The 1838-C Classic, or Classic Head, quarter eagle gold coin was among the first pieces struck at the Charlotte Mint, the first branch of the United States Mint built […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1923 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: The Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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Heritage Auctions – Choice 1827 Capped Head Half Eagle to be Offered at FUN

The 1827 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a mintage of 24,913 pieces, with just a single variety known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to strike the extremely rare BD-2 variety of 1826 and the very rare BD-1 1828/7 variety as well. The […]

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Cameo 1903 Liberty Gold Half Eagle Proof Major Highlight of Sunday’s GreatCollections Auction

By CoinWeek ….   Sunday evening on December 15, bidding ends on GreatCollections for this Proof 1903 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle, graded PR-66 CAM in a gold shield holder by PCGS and approved by CAC. A rare coin due to its mintage of 154, as of this writing PCGS reports a grand total of […]

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Classic US Coins – 10 Trophy Gold Coins and Their Pitches

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I define a “Trophy Coin” as one that suitably combines rarity, appearance, and a great story in one neat package. Trophy coins aren’t necessarily the rarest pieces within a specific series; for example, a 1907 High Relief is far from the rarest issue in the […]

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Gold Coin Rarities Lead Heritage Dallas Auction to $9.5 Million Realized

Rare and high-quality gold coins were the focus as Heritage’s December 5-7 Signature auction of US coins reached $9.5 million in prices realized. Combined with two auctions of world coins and currency taking place in Hong Kong at the same time, the total prices realized for the weekend eclipsed $15 million. (After-auction sales are still […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Rotated Double Struck 1904 $20 Gold Coin

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Major mint errors on U.S. gold coins are extremely rare. And of these, there are only a few known that are double or triple struck. One phenomenal example is this double stuck 1904 $20 rotated 180 degrees in the collar. Considerable detail remains from the initial strike […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Coin Selections: Choice 1827 Capped Head Half Eagle

The 1827 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a mintage of 24,913 pieces, with just a single variety known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to strike the extremely rare BD-2 variety of 1826 and the very rare BD-1 1828/7 variety as well. The […]

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$50 Million Gold Eagle Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in unparalleled set’s display at February 2020 Long Beach Expo   By Goldberg Auctioneers …… A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 Eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. […]

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The Tumultuous Times of the 1861 Indian Princess Gold Coin

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. In the wild days of the California Gold Rush (1848-1855) the supply of gold surged in the United States. This influx reinvigorated Congress’s interest in producing a gold coin dollar. Originally, the idea to issue a one-dollar gold coin came from Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury. For […]

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Scarce 1808/7 Overdate Gold Half Eagle Highlights GreatCollections Online Auction of US Coins

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, December 1, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1808/7 Capped Bust Left $5 gold half eagle, graded MS-65 by PCGS and pedigreed to both the Norweb and D. Brent Pogue collections. It is the single-finest-known example–at both PCGS and NGC–of this early half eagle overdate variety. While no auction records […]

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The Gold Coin That Owes Its Existence to the 3 Cent Stamp

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. In 1851, a U.S. postage stamp cost three cents. America was growing fast at this time and the California Gold Rush prompted the development of new U.S. gold coins. The Mint Act of February 21, 1853 authorized a $3 coin struck in gold. This gold coin matched up with […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part V: “With Motto” Half Eagles, 1866-79

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Links to Earlier Parts: $1 Gold | $2.50 Quarter Eagle | $3 Gold | $5 No Motto Half Eagle * * * The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse of the half eagle in 1866 which created a second type of […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins from […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins […]

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Gold Coins From Dell Loy Hansen Collection Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1091 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a rare Mercury dime, a colorfully toned Barber quarter, a beautiful Bust half, a Liberty Seated half tied for finest known, a lustrous Draped Bust Hansen dollar, a finest known […]

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Rare 1795 13 Leaves $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1795 $10 eagle is among the most iconic issues to emerge from the early United States Mint. We are thrilled to present an exceptional example in lot 3177 of our November 2019 Baltimore Auction. Graded AU-53 (PCGS), this lustrous BD-4 eagle represents an important […]

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Rare 1795 13 Leaves $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1795 $10 eagle is among the most iconic issues to emerge from the early United States Mint. We are thrilled to present an exceptional example in lot 3177 of our November 2019 Baltimore Auction. Graded AU-53 (PCGS), this lustrous BD-4 eagle represents an important […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: Shipwreck Coins

  By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …. Thanks to a fellow pedigree collector, I’ve started to add shipwreck coins to my collection. There’s a lot of information available on each shipwreck, and the stories are as interesting as any “land-based” hoard so why not? The nice thing about building any pedigree collection is that you […]

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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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Heritage Auctions – Coin Profile – 1833 Small Date Half Eagle, Rare BD-3 Variety

Heritage’s upcoming December 5-8 US Coins Signature Auction in Dallas features a coin profile extremely rare variety of a very rare coin, the BD-3 variety of the 1833 half eagle. This coin is graded MS61 by NGC, and its pedigree includes the Norweb collection. It may be  the sole representative of the variety available to […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple or Auction Price, Doesn’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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1895 Morgan, Humbert Gold $50 Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

DLRC Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1087 offers a registry quality gem Seated Liberty quarter, a rare proof only Morgan dollar, a beautiful Liberty Gold $20, and a popular territorial Humbert $50. Don’t miss those and other exciting PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-certified pieces. In all, there’s a […]

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1914 Indian Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin in Proof 67 at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. As part of GreatCollections.com’s weekly online coin auction, bidding ends Sunday (October 20) for this Proof 67 1914 Indian Head $2.50 quarter eagle gold coin. Along with the Indian Head $5 half eagle, the Indian Head quarter eagle’s distinctive incuse design, created by Boston sculptor Bela Lyon Pratt, was initially unpopular with […]

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Rare Gold Coins Turning up in Shipwreck of SS North Carolina

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Just 20 miles off the coast of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, a shipwreck dating back to the early 1840s could yield a cache of rare gold coins from the Dahlonega and Charlotte Mints. Divers have already brought up a number of rare coins from the sunken remains of the […]

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Jim Bisognani: “15” Reasons to Buy US Gold Coin Series

Looking at the values of US gold coins over the last 15 years, lightly circulated is key   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… There’s an adage that goes something to the effect: Old age is always 15 years older than I am. I recognize much veracity in this, for no matter what your present […]

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Doug Winter: Dabbling in Territorial and Private Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… You may or may not have noticed that my firm has been far more active in selling Territorial gold coinage in the last year than in the past. While I’m not ready to become a major player in this area, my interest has been piqued […]

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Lustrous 19th Century US Gold Coins Highlight Latest David Lawrence Auction

DLRC Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1086 offers a nice assortment of different gold coins, including a piece from the SS Republic shipwreck, and a Registry-quality 1907-D $10 gold eagle, which is tied with one other piece as the finest known. Don’t miss those and other exciting […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part IV: “No Motto” Half Eagles

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Production of half eagles began at the newly opened mint in 1854. Coins produced through the first part of 1866 lacked the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse. * * * The 13 No Motto half eagles form an essentially incompletable set […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part III: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Just five Three Dollar gold pieces were made at the San Francisco Mint, and this includes one issue–the 1870-S–that is unique. This is an easy set to complete although all San Francisco Threes are rare in higher grades. * * * Let’s take a quick […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Unsurpassed 1853-D Quarter Eagle

Scarce in all grades, the 1853 Dahlonega quarter eagle is rare in Mint State and unknown any finer than the MS62 level, assigned by NGC to a coin that we will be offering in our October 15-18 Dallas Signature auction. The latest Doug Winter reference pegs the number of surviving pieces in all grades at […]

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Over $19.8 Million of United States Coins Sold by Stack’s Bowers at 2019 ANA Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction at the ANA World’ Fair of Money attracted collectors from all over the world to Rosemont, Illinois for one of the largest numismatic auctions of the year. This event was met with resounding success, realizing over $19.8 million in United States coins sold, and overall sales of $30.6 million […]

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SS Central America Sunken Treasure Gold Dust Now in Grand Format, Certified 5oz Holders

California Gold Rush gold dust housed in elegant PCGS holders   Historic sunken gold treasure, originally discovered by 49ers during the heydays of the California Gold Rush and untouched in the miners’ gold field packets for more than 160 years, is now available in grand format PCGS-certified holders each containing five ounces of the precious […]

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High Mint State 1913-D Barber Quarter Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

DLRC Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1080 offers a registry quality Barber Quarter, a frost gem proof Barber Quarter, a lovely Civil War date Seated Half, a gorgeous Walking Liberty Proof Half, a CAC-approved Liberty Gold $5, and a rare shipwreck Liberty $10 gold piece. Don’t miss […]

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Rare 1851 Humbert $50 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Among the most evocative of all the Gold Rush issues, the huge octagonal $50 gold pieces nicknamed “slugs” have been favorites of numismatists for generations. Tokens and medals made in imitation of these iconic pieces have been produced throughout the 20th century, and even the […]

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Wow! $1,000 Gold Coin Box – with Russ Augustin – ANA 2019 Video

  Coin dealer Russ Augustin shows us a scarce Lonson $1,000 gold coin box. Boxes like this were used by banks at the end of the 19th century through the first few decades of the 20th century to store and transport gold coins from bank vaults to teller windows. Lonson Boxes were built by the […]

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Taraszka Collection of Early $10 Eagles Earns Over $3.2 Million in the Stack’s Bowers 2019 ANA Auction

A milestone in early American numismatics was realized at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, where the incredible Anthony J. Taraszka Collection of 1795 to 1804 $10 Gold Eagles was sold to a standing-room audience on the evening of Thursday, August 15. The catalog featured 41 coins, comprising […]

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Gold Coins Offering Huge Bargains in Today’s Trade Atmosphere

The World’s Fair of Money is underway! All that glitters isn’t always old gold coins The so called dog days of summer are at hand. Although the overall coin market has been, at best, status quo for most of the year, the metals market and gold coins truly hit its stride just before all of […]

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Gold Coins Offering Huge Bargains in Today’s Trade Atmosphere

The World’s Fair of Money is underway! All that glitters isn’t always old gold coins   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   The so-called dog days of summer are at hand. Although the overall coin market has been, at best, status quo for most of the year, the metals market and gold coins truly […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Big Five Carson City Mint Double Eagles

Carson City Mint Double Eagles By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… Carson City Mint double eagles can be neatly divided into three tiers of rarity. The third tier includes the common dates (1874-CC, 1875-CC, 1876-CC, 1882-CC, 1883-CC, 1884-CC, 1889-CC, 1890-CC, 1892-CC, and 1893-CC), while the second-tier coins are a bit less available but still reasonably […]

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The Second Life of the 1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

  By Blanchard & Company …… The United States expanded its reach in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. For $15 million the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles from France. The additional land doubled the size of the country. Soon after, President Thomas Jefferson took the initiative to find out what awaited in that great wilderness. […]

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Heritage Platinum Night: Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection of U.S. Gold Coins

Heritage is pleased to present an important selection of U.S. gold coins from The Joan Zieg Steinbrenner Collection, a highlight of our official auction of this year’s ANA World’s Fair of Money, to be held in Chicago August 14-18. The finest of these coins will be offered during Platinum Night on Wednesday, August 14. Joan […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: The Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… A total of 22 different quarter eagles were struck from 1854 through 1879. With the exception of one issue (the 1854-S) this is a completable series, although as we see below there are a number of these issues which are rare in Uncirculated. * * […]

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Why Aren’t Truly Exceptional Branch Mint Gold Half Eagles Worth More Money?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… In the Arlington Collection Concierge Sale (which I am currently offering on my website), there are a number of really exceptional coins. One of my favorites is a PCGS/CAC MS63 1857-C half eagle that I sold to a Midwestern collector This coin–about which I will go into detail in a few […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Finest Known Proof 1837 Quarter Eagle

Only four examples of the 1837 Classic Head Proof quarter eagle are known to numismatists today. One of those coins is located in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and a second example is in impaired condition. Heritage Auctions is privileged to present the finest known example of this landmark early proof rarity […]

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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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ANA Signature Auction Features Great Coins in Fascinating Collections

The ANA World’s Fair of Money is always one of the top numismatic events of the year, and, as always, Heritage is proud to be able to present the official auction. This event, scheduled for August 14-18 at the convention in Rosemont, Illinois, with Platinum Night scheduled for the evening of August 14, features coins […]

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When Is Deep Cameo or Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

Proof Gold Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Having recently handled a considerable number of impressive Proof gold coins, I’ve been thinking about when a specific coin is worth a premium because of is status as a Deep Cameo (PCGS’ modifier) or Ultra Cameo (NGC’s modifier). After a brief explanation of […]

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Mormon Gold, Planchet Error SBA Among Highlights of Heritage Auctions’ World’s Fair of Money Coin Auction

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In conjunction with the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, Heritage will be holding an auction from August 13-20 featuring a wide array of US coins, colonials, patterns, and world coins. It will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, with viewing from August 11-17. Primarily […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Only seven gold dollars were made at the San Francisco Mint, but no less than three design types are represented; this includes two one-year types. The three types are as follows: Type One: 1854 only Type Two: 1856 only Type Three: 1857 through 1860 and […]

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Heritage Auctions – Select 1804 Small 8 Over Large 8 Half Eagle Sold for $54K

At the Heritage Summer FUN Signature Auction one of the highlights was a PCGS-graded MS63 example of the 1804 half eagle, variety BD-7. At R.4, this is the most collectible variety of the three 1804 Small Over Large 8 half eagles (the variety is better described as Normal 8 over Large 8). The upright of […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: SS Central America 1857-S $3 Gold Coin

Although recoveries from the SS Central America more than doubled the number of Mint State 1857-S three dollar gold pieces known, just 11 examples are currently shown in Uncirculated grades by both PCGS and NGC combined. This PCGS-graded MS61 coin that we are offering in our July 11-14 Summer FUN Signature Auction is one of […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: What should I collect? The answer, of course, depends on your budget, but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a […]

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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 Museum Showcase display courtesy of ANA Governor Brian Hendelson   By Classic Coin Company …… 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 […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Rising Gold Tide

As gold’s price shows strength, will it spark a wider interest in coins? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Then I began my career in numismatics in the mid-1970s. At the time, precious metal prices played a relatively small role in the market for rare coins. Gold sold for around $150 to $200 […]

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Lustrous Charlotte Mint Quarter Eagle Gold Highlight of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1069 offers a stunning large cent, a one year type quarter, various beautiful gold examples and a countless number of PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-certified pieces. In all, there’s a vast selection of 300 New Items, featuring 90 No Reserve Lots and 20 Vault Value Items. All […]

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Heritage Long Beach Auction Sells Over $8.3 Million

Gold rarities were the highlights as Heritage’s June 6-9 Signature Auction, held in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo, raised close to $8.4 million for its consignors. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s premium. A 1797/5 half eagle with the large eagle reverse brought $192,000 when the hammer fell in the […]

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Classic US Coins: Looking at Gold Like A Copper Collector

Gold coins with Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… This blog is inspired by reader D.N. who recently sent me a nice unsolicited email including the following statement: “…you may be the only dealer of any US series ( including gold ) that strictly employs an advanced copper collector approach to quality: […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1900-S $5 Half Eagle

This Middle Eastern counterfeit coin lacks the details of a genuine 1900-S Half Eagle. Counterfeit Coin Detection By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… When we think of Counterfeit Coin Detection in the coin market today, we imagine deceitful people attempting to pass off a fake as genuine to a dealer or collector based on its numismatic […]

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1883 Trade Dollar, Shipwreck Gold Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Our Sunday Internet Auction #1068 offers a beautiful proof Trade Dollar, a key date Morgan Dollar, two exciting shipwreck $20 Liberty Gold pieces and a countless number of PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-certified pieces. In all, there’s a vast selection of over 400 New Items, featuring 100 No Reserve Lots and 25 Vault Value Items. All […]

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Counterfeit Coins Detection – Fake $5 Indian Lacks Details

Counterfeit Coins – Reverse of a Denver Mint Indian Half Eagle By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The missing details on this $5 Indian reveal it to be in the category of counterfeit coins. One common technique used by authenticators  on the lookout for counterfeit coins is to assess a coin’s level of detail. This can […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Exceptional Near-Gem 1813 $5 Gold Half Eagle

In 1813, John Reich modified his obverse design to show a more cropped portrait of Liberty than had been in use since 1807. The half eagle diameter was reduced by 1.2 mm in 1829 at the hand of William Kneass, 12 years after Reich left the Mint, but Reich’s design was not replaced until 1834. […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double eagles […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double […]

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Gold Rush Treasure “Supernova” Sinks 1857-S $20 Auction Record at Legend Rare Coins

Multi-Toned Double Eagle From SS Central America Sells for record $282,000 The spectacular 1857-S Double Eagle, recovered in 2014 from the fabled SS Central America and nicknamed “Supernova” because of its amazing, unique natural toning, set a record price for any 1857 San Francisco Mint $20 gold coin in a public auction conducted by Legend […]

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Q. David Bowers Discusses the Taraszka Early Gold Collection – Video

  Stack’s Bowers co-founder Q. David Bowers sat down with us to discuss an important collection of 18th century U.S. gold coins assembled by noted collector and numismatic researcher Anthony Taraszka. The Taraszka Early Gold Collection will be one of many highlights that Stack’s Bowers has planned for collectors in its 2019 American Numismatic Association […]

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Rare 1912 Proof Indian Head Half Eagle $5 Gold Coin up for Auction at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. In not quite two weeks, bidding ends on this 1912 Indian Head $5 gold half eagle, graded Proof 67 by NGC, on GreatCollections.com. According to the Red Book, only 144 Proof half eagles are known to have been minted at Philadelphia in 1912. This falls somewhere in the middle for Proof Indian […]

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Three Famous Coin Hoards

By Blanchard & Company ……   For millennia, people have buried and hoarded coins for various reasons. In ancient times, many coin hoards were buried during wartime. Other coin hoards began in the wake of the Great Depression by those who distrusted banks and paper money and preferred to store their life savings at home. […]

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Rare 1876-CC Liberty Head Eagle Gold Coin in Upcoming Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1876-CC $10 is a significant rarity and is elusive in all grades. With appeal to both Carson City enthusiasts and Liberty Head gold specialists, demand far exceeds supply. We are thrilled to offer a pleasing AU-53 (PCGS) example in lot 1112 of our upcoming […]

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Collecting US Gold Coins by Year

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com highlights US gold Coins …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I’m not sure if it’s a trend or not but in the last few months I’ve encountered a number of collectors who are working on a year-set of US gold coins. * * * A year-set focuses on a specific US Gold […]

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An Open Letter to Bill Hyder and the Token and Medal Society

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing, LLC ……   April 2019 Dear Bill, I’ve got something to vent about. Your article in the January/February 2019 issue of the Token and Medal Society’s TAMS Journal (“Merchant Token Ephemera From Wiley, Kansas”) makes me feel like I’ve been asleep for the past 15 years as a […]

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1904-S Morgan Dollar Highlights This Week’s David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1063 includes a selection of over 350 New Items featuring with 100 No Reserve Lots and 50 Vault Value Items. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, May 5. The first highlight coin is a 1904-S $1 PCGS MS63. This piece is a […]

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$5 Indian Gold, 19th-Century Type Coins Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1062 includes a selection of over 375 New Items with a pair of fantastic collections. The sale is highlighted by the Prestige Collection of 19th-Century Type and the Cavalier Collection of $5 Indian Gold, two fresh offerings straight out of the numismatic woodwork, along with 75 […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Low Mintage Rarity 1885 $20 Double Eagle Gold Coins

United States $20 gold coins were extremely useful in foreign trade during the last half of the 19th century. Double eagles were immediately recognizable to European and Latin American trade partners and their weight and gold content were reliably guaranteed, making them ideal as a medium of exchange. On the other hand, 20 dollars was […]

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Five Exercises in Rare Date Gold Coin Pricing

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For collectors and dealers alike, accurately pricing a coin remains perhaps the most difficult process in all of numismatics. This shouldn’t be the case as there are numerous price guides who offer years of experience and expertise to assist collectors and dealers. Unfortunately, none of […]

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SS Central America Gold Highlights David Lawrene Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1061 includes a selection over 500 New Items along with 100 No Reserve Lots and 30 Vault Value Items. We have three very exciting shipwreck items featured that are sure to garner much attention. All lots will begin closing at 8 pm EST on Sunday, April […]

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Uniface Fugio Copper Impressions in Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……..   Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an exceptional selection of United States colonial coinage, including many popular issues and an impressive set of New Jersey coppers from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell. Highlights of our colonial offering include a pair of unique gold […]

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Three Interesting Classic U.S. Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… At DWN, I get to handle many interesting coins. Some make it to the website; others don’t. In this article, I thought I’d share images and impressions of three particularly interesting coins that I handled in March 2019. * * * 1. The World’s Most […]

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Three Dollar Gold Coins From Chinook Collection Offered at CSNS

It isn’t often that we’re able to feature a collection of three dollar gold pieces in one of our auctions, but three dollar gold pieces form the great majority of the Chinook Collection, a part of the April 25-28 Central States Numismatic Society US Coins Signature Auction. Our consignor is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman […]

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Behind the Scenes of the James A. Stack 1933 $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

By Ron Guth ….. James A. Stack is well-known among collectors of high-quality U.S. coins because of the disposition of his collection in several auctions in the late 1980s and the early ’90s. Had his collection been sold in a single sale, it would have ranked as one of the greatest of the 20th century. […]

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Gold Coin Rarity: What We Can Learn From the Hansen Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Part One: Gold Dollars Through Three Dollar Gold The once-in-a-generation collection of U.S. coins being assembled by Dell Loy Hansen and David Lawrence Rare Coins gives numismatists an unusual opportunity to determine the condition rarity of many issues. Assuming that Mr. Hansen is placing an […]

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Jeff Garrett: Double Eagles a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Many Double Eagles are selling for close to melt value, making these classic gold coins easy to acquire   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… I have been an observer of numismatic market trends for over 40 years. During that time, rare coins have risen and fallen sharply many times. Historically, the […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – Fake $5 Indian Half Eagle with “Stock Reverse”

Counterfeit 1915-S $5 Indian Gold Half Eagle / stock reverse By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… NGC receives countless fakes struck from stock dies. Many counterfeit coins, especially gold coins, were struck from stock dies, which were reused on multiple issues. A counterfeiter saved time and money by using one die, such as […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: MS62+ 1868-S Double Eagle

The 1868-S double eagle has an undistinguished mintage of 837,500 pieces, and circulated examples can be found with little difficulty. The problem arises when an attractive Mint State coin is needed for a type or date/mintmark collection. This condition difficulty is explained by two major factors in the post-Civil War United States economy. First, gold […]

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Budget Collecting: A Classic US Gold Coin Series That’s Within Reach

Even collectors on a budget can attain this goal   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Well, it’s finally here. Spring, that is. I don’t want to jinx it, but the season does appear to be changing here in New England, and boy am I excited for the transition. The numismatic market is also showing […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The 19 different Liberty Head double eagles struck at the Carson City Mint between 1870 and 1893 form one of the most popular series in American numismatics. * * * In recent years, values have soared for these coins due to shrewd promotions and legitimate […]

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Over $1 Million in Gold Set to Sell in Stack’s Bowers March Collectors Choice Sale

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… We are excited to offer an impressive selection of over $1 million in rare gold coins in our upcoming March Collectors Choice sale, set to close on March 20, 2019. The coins comprise Liberty Head $10, Liberty Head $20 and Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces dated from 1847 to the early […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Early Overdate 1802/1 Half Eagle

A substantial mintage for the time of 53,176 Capped Bust Right half eagles occurred in 1802, all using leftover obverse dies from the previous year that have a 2 punched over the final digit in the date. Eight die varieties are known for the date. In our current March 14-16 Dallas Signature Auction we are […]

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The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner Cats versus dogs. Coke versus Pepsi. Good versus evil. You get my point: two camps competing for your Coin Collecting heart, your affection or your soul. Its not that far-fetched to stretch this analogy out to some of the basic issues in coin collecting. No, its not […]

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The Numismatic Versus: Comparing Coin Collecting Methods

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Cats versus dogs. Coke versus Pepsi. Good versus evil. You get my point: two camps competing for your Coin Collecting heart, your affection or your soul. Its not that far-fetched to stretch this analogy out to some of the basic issues in coin collecting. No, […]

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SS Central America “Supernova” Double Eagle Gold Coin To Be Sold by Legend Rare Coin Auctions

 The spectacular 1857-S Double Eagle, recovered in 2014 from the fabled SS Central America and now nicknamed “Supernova” because of its amazing, unique natural toning, will be offered to the public for the first time through Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA). “I was beyond thrilled when the coin was consigned to Legend Auctions. When […]

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Flowing Hair Stella Offered in Heritage Auctions U.S. Coins Sale

Numismatic rarity discovered after decades in Massachusetts family safe   A superb example of an extremely rare 140-year-old U.S. coin that sat, untouched and perhaps unknown, in a family safe is among lots in highest demand being offered at Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins Auction March 14-16. This 1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, […]

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Classic US Coins: So You’ve Decided to Collect Proof Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Imagine, if you will, that the coin market is a sushi bar. You look in the cases and you see the familiar fish: salmon, albacore, mackerel, and regular tuna. Off in the corner, in a special case, there is the prized (and pricey) fatty tuna […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Choice 1930-S Indian Eagle

Small denomination gold coinage was seldom seen in circulation after World War I, as people had become accustomed to using the more convenient paper money for everyday transactions. Large denomination gold coins still had a role to play in foreign trade and as backing for paper currency so double eagles were produced regularly throughout the […]

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Fresh to Market Stella Leads Dallas Offerings From Heritage Auctions

Our busy January/February coast-to-coast swing is complete, and we look forward to returning to our world headquarters in Dallas (3500 Maple Avenue) for the next U.S. Coins Heritage Signature event. We see strong prices in many areas, limited only by enough high-quality coins coming to auction. It is a good time not only to buy […]

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US Gold Coins – A (Brief) Analysis of Low-Grade No Motto San Francisco Half Eagles and Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Over the last decade, I have become more and more interested in low-grade examples of No Motto San Francisco gold. By “low grade”, I mean coins in the AG3 to VF35 range, and by “No Motto” I am referring to the Liberty Head design type […]

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CoinWeek Video: The Taraszka Early Gold Collection with David Hall

PCGS founder David Hall has been traveling the country with Stack’s Bowers to discuss and show the upcoming offering of the important Taraszka Collection of Early Gold $10 Coins. This collection was painstakingly assembled and includes every die variety of this difficult series. At the January FUN Show, Charles Morgan sat down with David to […]

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Fresh Gem Quality 1795 Eagle Highlights Legend Rare Coin Auctions 31st Regency Sale

Stunning Coin a Historic Trophy of American Numismatics Legend Rare Coin Auctions is honored to have been consigned and is proud to offer one of the FINEST 1795 Eagle $10 gold pieces that survives. This marvel of American numismatics is graded MS64+ by PCGS and is endorsed by CAC. The coin that is fresh to […]

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Classic US Gold: Where Are All the Great Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I recently read a quote from a well-known dealer who (and I’m paraphrasing) stated that today’s dealer couldn’t build great sets for their clients due to an absence of great coins. While I don’t totally agree with this, I do feel this statement has some […]

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$11 Million Sells in Long Beach Heritage US Coin Signature Auction

California Gold Rush-era relics from the shipwreck of SS Central America were among the top sellers in Heritage’s January 29-February 3 Long Beach Signature Auction, held in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo. Altogether, prices topped $11 million, with after-auction sales continuing through February 6. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: MS66 1910-S $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

More than five years have passed since we last offered a 1910-S double eagle in the seldom-granted Premium Gem grade, but we are privileged to be able to do so as a part of our March 13-16 Dallas Signature Auction. PCGS and NGC have certified a combined 19 examples at MS66, plus only three numerically […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect (a Set of) New Orleans Liberty Head Half Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The New Orleans Mint produced Liberty Head half eagles from 1840 through 1857, and again from 1892 through 1894. There were a total of 16 different issues constituting three distinct types. These types are as follows: No Motto Small Letters Reverse (1840-1843) No Motto Large […]

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MA-Shops: The Gold $20 Liberty Head Double Eagle – A Desirable Coin

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… My previous blog about the Morgan Dollar was a small success. It seems that there is a significant amount of interest in information about coins from the USA. This is not strange because these coins have several attractive aspects to them. This large interest in […]

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Only 1884 Indian Princess Gold Dollar in MS-69 Going Fast at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, January 27, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for a very exciting condition-rarity 1884 Indian Princess one dollar gold coin. Out of a small mintage of 5,230 business strike 1884 gold dollars (which is surprisingly a middle-of-the-road striking for the Type 3, of which this coin is an example), this is the […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Near-Perfect 1864 Gold Dollar Coin

In 1864, the Civil War raged on, with severe consequences both on the battlefield and in commerce. The greenback could not hold its value and Confederate currency was worth next to nothing. Even the stalwart gold dollar fell victim to the war, with the US Mint producing just 5,900 circulation strikes and 50 proofs for […]

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Gem 1911 Saint and 1909-S VDB Highlight This Week’s DLRC Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1049 includes a selection of 525 New Items including 50 No Reserve Lots and 25 Vault Value Items. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, January 27. The first highlight coin is an 1892 $1 NGC MS66. The 1892 is a better P-mint […]

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Rare Gold Coins: What Was in Demand in 2018?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   2018 was a decidedly mixed year for the rare coin market. In brief: interesting rare coins performed fairly well to very well, while uninteresting coins performed terribly. * * * To be more specific, the rare date gold market continued to be among the […]

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Carson City Morgans, Gold Indians Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 1047

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1047 includes a selection of 300 New Items including 100 No Reserve Lots and 25 Vault Value Items. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, January 13. Some of the highlights from this week’s auction include: 1807 25c NGC AU58 (B-2) 1901-S 25c […]

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Gold Coin Expert Paul Nugget Joins David Lawrence Rare Coins

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is pleased to announce that world-renowned gold coin specialist Paul Nugget has joined the company as a new affiliate. Paul, a native New Yorker, will remain in the Empire State, serving his existing clients as well as helping DLRC serve a wider base of customers. Nugget’s interest in coins started […]

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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – 1907-S $10 Gold Eagle with Arabic Punch

Counterfeit 1907-S Gold $10 Eagle By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. NGC recently received a counterfeit gold coin submission of a 1907-S Eagle that had an Arabic punch. Most collectors associate chopmarks with the short-lived Trade Dollar series, which circulated extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Many merchants chopmarked the coins to show that the […]

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Beverly Hills Heritage U.S. Coin Auction Realizes $6.5+ Million

Gold was the story in California as Heritage’s December 13-14 Beverly Hills Signature Auction raised in excess of $6.5 million for its consignors. Post Auction sales continue and may add further to this total. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The six highest valued coins in the auction were all gold rarities, led […]

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Jeff Garrett: Proof Coins and Other Missed Opportunities

A common numismatic regret: ‘If I knew then what I know now’ By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   Having been in the rare coin business now for over 40 years, I often have thoughts about the classic saying, If I knew then what I know now. The market for rare coins […]

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Proof 67+ CAC 1950 Franklin Half Among Stack’s Bowers Dec. Collectors Choice Online Coin & Currency Auction Highlights

By Stack’s Bowers …… The Stack’s Bowers December Collectors Choice sale is now online – check out StacksBowers.com to view over 450 lots of U.S. Coins and Currency. As a special holiday promotion, we are offering you FREE SHIPPING within the United States on all orders totaling $500 or more before shipping or taxes. This […]

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Heritage Auctions’ Beverly Hills US Coins Signature Auction: Lots You Need to Know

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   On December 13 and 14, Heritage Auctions will conduct their last U.S. Coins Signature Auction of the 2018 calendar year. The sale features 2,964 lots, including early U.S. gold, type coins, numerous CAC-approved coins certified by NGC and PCGS, and a complete set of silver […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect (a Set of) Dahlonega Half Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Of the four denominations struck at the Dahlonega Mint, half eagles are the largest in size and have (by far) the most struck, both in terms of individual dates and total produced. This denomination was made from 1838 through 1861, and there were a total […]

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GreatCollections Offering Rare Mint State 1850-O Quarter Eagle Approved by CAC

By CoinWeek ….   This Sunday, bidding comes to a close on one of the two PCGS-certified finest known 1850-O Liberty Head quarter eagles, which is currently being offered online at GreatCollections.com. Graded MS64, it is the second example to earn that grade at PCGS. Encapsulated in a Gold Shield holder, the coin has also […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Finest 1899 Proof Quarter Eagle

The United States Mint struck 150 Proof quarter eagles in 1899. In their gold Encyclopedia, Garrett and Guth estimate that “around 100” examples survive, which is less than half of the reported certified population of 249 coins. Obviously, the official reports are inflated by resubmissions. Garrett and Guth further write: “The issue trades as a […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions Regency 29 Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek …..   On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will conduct the 29th in its series of Regency Auction sales. The series, which has been built on the premise that auctions featuring only curated, high-quality coins provide discriminating clients a better way to build collections, has taken off and landed the […]

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Holy Sh*t, That’s Rare: A Horseman $10 of a Different Color

By David McCarthy for CoinWeek ….. On a hot afternoon this summer, I found myself wandering a suburban park in search of a grave. Like most wild goose chases, it started innocently enough. I’d been part of a discussion about the so-called “Nagy Restrikes” of one of the most well-loved coins of the gold rush: […]

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The Five One-Year Types of New Orleans Mint Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – www.raregoldcoins.com …… Gold coins were made at the New Orleans Mint between 1839 and 1909. During this time, there were no fewer than five issues which are distinct one-year types. This means that a specific design was produced just for a single year. These five one-year types are very popular with […]

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Phenomenal 1907-S Liberty Head $10 to be Offered in October Baltimore Auction

The 1907-S Liberty Head $10 eagle is well-known as a better date in the series in Choice Mint State or finer grade, despite a relatively generous mintage for the era of 210,500 pieces. Few such Liberty Head $10 pieces have been located in European bank hoards, and most examples are thought to have been stored in government […]

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Collecting Strategies: Transitional Gold Coins

U.S. Gold Coins with Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……… I am often asked for ideas about which US gold coins to collect, especially ones that are a little bit “out of the box.” I recently had a conversation with a long-time collector about new directions for his set and we discussed the […]

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The Caviar of Numismatics – Collecting Proof United States Gold Coins

The late great collector Ed Trompeter once stated “only real men collect Proof United States gold coins.” This very chauvinistic statement would be politically incorrect in today’s world, but it does offer a glimpse into how this elusive segment of the market is usually viewed. Proof United States gold coins start at rare! Only incredibly […]

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Doug Winter: Eight Great U.S. Coin Collections

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Editor’s Note: Over the years, Doug Winter has written extensively about many of the greatest coin collections of the 20th century. In this piece, we draw from the archives, Doug’s writing on eight key collections. 1. The Ed Milas Collection of No Motto Half Eagles One of the most ambitious collecting […]

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US Gold Coins – Finest Known 1861-C Half Eagle is sold

Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) of Portland, Oregon in conjunction with David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) of Virginia Beach, Virginia recently sold the single finest known example of the rare 1861-C half eagle. Graded MS63 by PCGS and approved by CAC, the coin is the finest known by a full two points. FINEST KNOWN 1861-C $5.00 […]

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Amazingly Toned Gold Coin Recovered with SS Central America Treasure

“Supernova” Double Eagle from the SS Central America Treasure will be publicly displayed for the first time at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® in Philadelphia Named the “Supernova,” an 1857-S Double Eagle with unique, mind-blowing toning was among the thousands of U.S. and world gold coins recovered during the last sunken treasure mission to the […]

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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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Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

Selling Your Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……. As someone who sells a lot of coins, I have some selling tips/tricks/thoughts that I’d like to share, specifically about selling your coins. 1. Don’t Get Into a Forced Sale Situation. When it comes to buying coins, most people (dealers and collectors) are sharks. If they […]

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The Finest of the SF Mint Gold from the SS Central America Treasure to be at the ANA

The latest recovery from the legendary “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America Treasure, includes six coins that now comprise the finest known “San Francisco Mint denomination set” for $1, $2.50, $3, $5, $10 and $20 gold pieces, according to the California Gold Marketing Group (CGMG). The Double Eagle in the recently assembled set is […]

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The Two Varieties of 1840-C Half Eagle Gold Coin

BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two discovered high grade 1840-C half eagles were in the 2011 Heritage Platinum Night session of the FUN auction  and they gave us an interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to this discovery of these two coins, which […]

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The Two Varieties of 1840-C Gold Half Eagles Coins

 Gold Half Eagles BY Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com Two discovered high grade 1840-C gold half eagles were in the 2011 Heritage Platinum Night session of the FUN auction  and they gave us an interesting insight to the emission sequence and striking characteristics of the rare and popular 1840-C half eagle. Prior to this discovery of […]

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Unprecedented Grouping of Rare Territorial Gold Coins Aboard SS Central America Treasure

Some of the finest known Kellogg & Co. and Wass Molitor & Co. San Francisco gold coins are among the 105 historic California Gold Rush Territorial gold coins recovered during the last expedition to the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America, that sank in 1857. The headline-making recovery also includes a rare variety […]

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Classic Silver Dollar Collection Highlights David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction

Silver Dollar Collection from David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1021 offers a fantastic selection of over 315 New Items including the Midsummer Silver Dollar Collection, along with 50 No Reserve Lots and 30 Vault Values. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, July 15. Our Midsummer Silver Dollar Collection […]

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Is It Still Possible to Put Together a Nice Set of New Orleans Double Eagles?

New Orleans Double Eagles By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Let’s say an upscale collector makes a decision to put together a complete 13 coin set of New Orleans double eagles. Putting monetary concerns aside (for the sake of this blog, we’re going to say that this collector has the necessary […]

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Finest Certified 1860-O Liberty Double Eagle in Heritage Summer FUN Signature Sale

After the San Francisco Mint opened in 1854, most of the bullion from the California gold fields went to that facility for coinage and bullion deposits dropped precipitously at the New Orleans Mint. Accordingly, only small mintages of double eagles were turned out at New Orleans after that time. Only 6,600 of the O-mint Liberty […]

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The Once and Future King: A (Brief) History of Gold Coins in America

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….   Long appreciated for its beauty, rarity and practicality, gold is the ultimate coining material. It’s true that even rarer metals can be made into bullion coins, and cheaper, more common substances make up our circulating coinage. But gold and alloys of gold have been there from […]

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SS Central America Sales…

The “Ship of Gold” is sailing quickly. A total of 2,935 U.S. Mint gold coins retrieved from the last recovery of sunken treasure from the fabled SS Central America and made available in the market already have been sold out by the California Gold Marketing Group (CGMG). “In an incredibly short period of time, the […]

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SS Central America Gold Coins Sail Away…

The “Ship of Gold” is sailing quickly. A total of 2,935 U.S. Mint gold coins retrieved from the last recovery of sunken treasure from the fabled SS Central America and made available in the market already have been sold out by the California Gold Marketing Group (CGMG). “In an incredibly short period of time, the […]

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

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

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Morgan Dollar Collection: Bid Now on Heritage Summer FUN Offerings

Heritage has a history as Official Auctioneer for the Florida United Numismatists (FUN), which celebrates its 12th annual Summer FUN event in Orlando this year. Our Signature auction of US coins is scheduled for July 12-15, with the Premier Session, scheduled for Thursday, July 12, featuring the finest-known 1860-O double eagle, among many other treasures. […]

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1792 George Washington Gold Piece Makes 1st Public Appearance Since 1890

Elite collector Eric P. Newman’s favorite coin, now bound for Heritage Auctions’ ANA Platinum Night Auction with all net proceeds donated to charity A one-of-a-kind gold coin believed to have once been a cherished memento of U.S. President George Washington made its first public pre-auction showing since 1890 when Heritage Auctions put it on display […]

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NGC Certifies Newman’s Unique 1792 Washington President Gold Eagle

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the late Eric P. Newman’s most cherished coin: the unique 1792 Washington President gold eagle that researchers believe was presented to George Washington and carried by him as a pocket piece. Graded NGC XF 45★, the coin will be sold without reserve by Heritage Auctions