Category Archives: Americana

Colonial Coins, Washingtoniana, Indian Peace Medals in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Auction

The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana The E Pluribus Unum Collection, Part 2: Colonial Coins and Washingtoniana will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 11-13, 2020 Auction. Built over the course of more than half a century, the E Pluribus Unum Collection is replete with coins and medals […]

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Historic Collections of US Coins, Exonumia Offered in Stack’s Bowers August 2020 Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present several important collections of United States coins and Numismatic Americana in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The sale will be held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino alongside the PCGS Members Only Show, with additional Internet Only sessions to be hosted on the Stack’s Bowers […]

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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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Holabird Western Americana Collections 4-Day Big Tent Online Auction April 16-19

The categories include philatelic and numismatic, mining, Americana, railroad   A huge, four-day, online-only Big Tent Auction packed with nearly 3,100 lots of philatelic and numismatic, mining, Americana, railroad collectibles and more will be held Thursday thru Sunday, April 16-19, by Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, starting at 8 am Pacific time (11 am Eastern) […]

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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Auction Sells Over $26.59 Million in U.S. Coins

Eleven Sessions of U.S. Coins and Paper Money Bring a Total of More Than $37.5 Million   The Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction marked a successful kick-off to the firm’s 2020 season of flagship U.S. coin sales. Originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore alongside the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo, the auction […]

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Stack’s Bowers Kicks Off March Auction With Over $650,000 in Americana, Colonial Coins

View all lots and bid online in the March 2020 Auction!   Session One of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction, showcasing exonumia through colonials, realized $650,622 USD on Wednesday, March 18 in California. The sell-through rate based on the quantity of lots was 91%, with the sold lots achieving 104% of their total […]

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Medal Awarded to Inventor of First Large-Scale Electronic Computer Featured in Heritage Americana & Political Auction

A medal awarded for one of the most significant technological advancements in the last century is among the most intriguing lots offered in Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Auction February 22-23 in Dallas, Texas. The John Scott Medal Awarded to John Presper Eckert Jr. in 1961 “For The Invention Of The First Large Scale Electronic […]

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Over $17.6 Million in US Coins and Related Issues Sold by Stack’s Bowers in Baltimore

2019 Whitman Winter Expo Brings a Total of More than $19 million The Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2019 Baltimore Auction brought together collectors of every discipline for a historic offering of five important collections and numerous additional rarities. In total, over $17.6 million USD was realized across more than 6,000 lots of United States coins […]

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John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana Medals Nets $1.7 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries-  110 Historic American Medals Makes History Numismatist John W. Adams is known worldwide as the foremost expert on the medals authorized by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. His decades of collecting and research culminated in the most extraordinary cabinet of Comitia Americana medals ever assembled and resulted in a spectacular […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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The General and the Student—A Personalized, Unique Gold Medal Following the Brutality of World War I

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Ferdinand Foch, a French general and military strategist, served as the Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces in the latter part of World War I, ultimately guiding the allies to victory in their defeat of the Central Powers in November 1918. As a result of […]

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Rare US Life Saving Medal in Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Our November 2019 Baltimore Auction offers a nearly unprecedented selection of rarities from the Numismatic Americana series. Among the more significant offerings in this group is one of the earliest gold Life Saving medals struck by the United States Mint. Measuring 67 mm in diameter […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln – Beyond Brenner

Abraham Lincoln By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln […]

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George Washington: The Early Coins, Tokens & Medals Honoring Our Founding Father

By Blanchard & Company …… “Before there was a nation, before there was a symbol of this young nation — a flag, a constitution, a national seal — there was Washington. Even when in the course of revolutionary events a flag did appear and a Constitution, they did not have a long tradition behind them. […]

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United States Mint to Release 1st of Four 2019 Presidential Silver Medals January 25

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the Thomas Jefferson Presidential Silver Medal (product code S803) on January 25 at noon EST. The medal is the first of four .999 fine silver presidential medals slated for release this year. The obverse of this medal depicts a side view of Jefferson’s head and shoulders. […]

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Rhode Island Ship Tokens Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coins ……   Our Sunday Internet Auction #1041 includes a selection of 260 New Items along with 60 Special No Reserve Lots, 25 Vault Value Items, and a wonderful selection of 34 rarities from the Couer d’Alene Colonial Collection. From the great state of Idaho comes the Couer d’Alene Colonial Collection! This […]

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Over $12.7 Million in U.S. Coins Sold in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

Official Whitman Expo Auction Realizes a Total of Nearly $24 Million With over $23.9 million USD in total prices realized, including $12.7 million in United States coins, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo was a successful conclusion to the firm’s 2018 showcase auction season. Highlighted by the […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

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

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

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

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U.S. Coins Realize Over $14.2 Million in Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2018 Baltimore Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the March 2018 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo was one of the most dynamic and impressive Baltimore sales in recent memory. The entire event realized a total over $24.6 million, including $14.2 million in U.S. coins sold across six sessions. The significant offering of fresh and premium quality […]

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Interesting Coins – Love Tokens

On this Valentines Day, 2018, we figure we’d add in a numismatic twist. Love tokens are generally defined as coins where one side (or sometimes both sides) has been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors. The manufacture and […]

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Interesting Coins – Love Tokens

On this Valentine’s Day, we figure we’d add in a numismatic twist. Love tokens are generally defined as coins where one side (or sometimes both sides) has been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors. The manufacture and practice […]

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The 1901 Pan-American Exposition in the “Rainbow City”

1901 Pan-American Exposition and The “Rainbow City” — the assassination that took place there & new coins and medals By 1900, the United States had established itself as a major world power. The frontier had been settled coast to coast. The major hostilities with Native Americans ended in 1890 at Wounded Knee, and the massive […]

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US Coins – America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with a soft spot […]

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The Victor Sine Clade George Washington Funeral Medal: NGC

This premiere medal was made to be worn at a memorial procession for George Washington On December 14, 1799, George Washington passed away at Mount Vernon, just two years after retiring as President of the United States. Upon his death, any hint of criticism from his presidency faded as the nation pondered his heroism and […]

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Libertas Americana Medals from the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation

By Stacks Bowers …… Following the decisive victories at Saratoga and Yorktown, Benjamin Franklin wrote to the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs Robert Livingston: “This puts me in mind of a medal I have had a mind to strike … representing the United States by the figure of an infant Hercules in his cradle, […]

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Artist Wins International Competition with Lincoln Portrait Made of Pennies

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

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NGC Certifies Unique Washington “Dollar”

A mid-19th-century fantasy earned its place in US numismatic history A unique copper specimen of the famed “Washington Dollar Fantasy” was recently certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Despite its date of 1794, the piece was actually produced in the early 1860s. It is referenced in Breen-1251, Judd-C1794-1, Baker-28A, and Musante, GW-358. In the early […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

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

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U.S. Coins Realize Over $12.4 Million in Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money met with incredible success, realizing a total of $19.2 million across all sessions, including over $12.4 million in United States coins. Showcasing the High Rise Collection, the Magnolia Collection, and other important properties, the sale offered an incomparable lineup of rarities […]

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U.S. Coin Rarities Highlight Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present an incredible lineup of United States coins in their Official Auction of the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 1-5 in Denver, Colorado. Showcasing the High Rise Collection, the Magnolia Collection, and other important properties, this sale is poised to be the numismatic event of the summer […]

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Civil War Tokens and Store Cards in Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers …… Welcome to our offering of Civil War store cards–a presentation of scarce, rare, and unique coins–including many pieces that are not represented in major collections (such as the marvelous holding of the American Numismatic Society). As mentioned in the descriptions, “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” is a phrase that can […]

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

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

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Dillon Gage Metals Offers Exclusive Uncle Sam One-Ounce Silver Round

Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Famous “I Want YOU” Poster Dillon Gage Metals, an international precious metals wholesaler, is set to release an exclusive and original one-ounce silver bullion medallion celebrating the 100th anniversary of the famous recruitment poster featuring Uncle Sam heralding, “I Want You for U.S. Army.” This iconic image is being portrayed for […]

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Over $15.9 Million in US Coins Sold in Stack’s Bowers March 2017 Whitman Baltimore Auction

There was certainly no shortage of significant numismatic offerings throughout the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coins and Collectibles Expo, held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the final week of March. Anchored by the exceptional Blue Moon Collection, Part I, and the Collections of Dr. Gordon Shaw and Anthony Bettencourt, this […]

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From Crime to Punishment – Counterfeit and Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature Essay by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. From Crime to Punishment: Counterfeit & Debased Currencies In Colonial and Pre-Federal America, by Dr. Philip L. Mossman “The Spanish Milled Dollar The Coin of Our Nation’s Founders” These words […]

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They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. The continuous drumbeat of politics throughout the United States in 2015-2016 should have directed collectors to one of numismatics’ most neglected areas, America’s rich heritage of political medalets that recall the drama of vanished Presidential campaigns. Medalets of successful contenders are fascinating bits of Americana, but issues of […]

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They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   The continuous drumbeat of politics throughout the United States in 2015-2016 should have directed collectors to one of numismatics’ most neglected areas, America’s rich heritage of political medalets that recall the drama of vanished Presidential campaigns. Medalets of successful contenders are fascinating bits of Americana, but issues […]

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They Also Ran: Campaign Medals of Forgotten Candidates

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….   The continuous drumbeat of politics throughout the United States in 2015-2016 should have directed collectors to one of numismatics’ most neglected areas, America’s rich heritage of political medalets that recall the drama of vanished Presidential campaigns. Medalets of successful contenders are fascinating bits of Americana, but issues […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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United States 2015 Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse $10 Gold Coin

Description: On August 27, 2015, the United States Mint issued the 2015 Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse 1/2 oz $10 Gold Coin. The coin is struck in .9999 gold and has a maximum authorized mintage of only 10,000 pieces across all ordering options. The coin was struck at the West Point Mint and carries the […]

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United States 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse $10 Gold Coin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Release Dates Set for Final Four 2016 US Mint Products

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

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Collectors Intrigued by Political Campaign Memorabilia

By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Baltimore Expo on Deck; Colonial Copper Caper As we go to press the numismatic calendar reveals that we are one week away from the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo, the last major venue for 2016. Wow, where did this year […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set Now on Sale

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

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

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

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Numismatic History – 1830s Vintage Coin Screw Press From Frontier, Deviercy & Co.

In the Stacks January 2011 New York  Americana Sale there was an extraordinary offering of a 1830s style German or French vintage coin screw  press [Lot 5231]. The consignor has done considerable research on this press and has discovered that this machine belonged to Eugene Deviercy along with Pierre Frontier, who formed a jewelry partnership […]

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

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

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Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly all […]

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Almost Half Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin Mintage Sold First Day

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

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Standing Liberty Quarter Gold Coin on Sale Today

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

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Ronald Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set Avail. October 11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: Beyond Brenner

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln cent was […]

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

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

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Freedom-Oriented U.S. Coins And Notes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek…. Here’s a short but focused area of U.S. Numismatics: Coins and notes with a strong message of freedom and independence. These pieces go well beyond the ubiquitous portraits of an allegorical Miss Liberty, and they can be found at every price point on the spectrum. A pair of large-sized $5 […]

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

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

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Martha or George? Comparing First Spouse and Presidential Dollar Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   The First Spouse Bullion Coin Program consists of several different numismatic products offered by the U.S. Mint. The series runs concurrently with the Presidential $1 Coin Program and honors the spouses of our presidents. Over the course of each year since 2007, the Mint issues half-ounce gold coins […]

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Harpers Ferry National Park Quarter Launch Ceremony June 8

By National Park Service …..   Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in partnership with the United States Mint, invite the public to the official launch of the 33rd coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The launch ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) in Lower Town, Harpers Ferry along Hamilton Street. […]

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50 State Quarters Designs Replace Confederate Flags under Congressional Office in Washington, D.C.

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. Designs from the 50 State Quarters program will soon adorn the subway halls below a United States Capitol office building in Washington, D.C., replacing a display of state flags and seals. The move is underway to remove Confederate symbols that formerly appeared on the walls of the subway system […]

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Roland Auctions NY: The Estate of Dr. Alan York Numismatic Collection Auction, Part II

Highlights On View At Roland Auctions NY April 21, 22 and 25 By Roland Auctions NY …..   Roland Auctions NY is proud to present its second numismatic auction from the estate of nationally-renowned and esteemed collector Dr. Alan York. This sale’s vast historical holdings tell the story of Western Europe and the Americas from […]

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U.S. Mint Launches Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Quarter

United States Mint and National Park Service (NPS) officials launched the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin today honoring Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Kentucky. “Modern day explorers and travelers stand in awe at this great break in the Appalachian Mountain chain, which gave passage to thousands seeking something new beyond the horizon,” said […]

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Modern US Coins – Mintage, Release Date Set for 2016 Gold Mercury Dime

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. The United States Mint just released new details about the highly anticipated 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin, including its launch date, finish quality, and mintage figures. The new gold Mercury dime will go on sale at 12 Noon Eastern Time on April 21. Mint officials are surely gearing […]

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The “Other” Monty Hall Problem: Disappearing Half Dollars

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. I enjoy viewing old TV game shows. I grew up seeing guys like Bert Convy, Bob Barker, and Jim Perry wheel and deal with contestants for prizes like new cars, fine jewelry, and fancy computers with 64 kilobytes of RAM (it was the eighties). I also enjoy watching older […]

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So-Called Dollars Debut in Whitman Mega Red Book

Deluxe Edition of The Guide Book of U.S. Coins will showcase So-Called Dollars By Jeff Shevlin …… According to Kenneth Bressett, editor for the Red Book, “The growing interest in medal collecting has prompted the publishers of Whitman’s Guide Book of United States Coins to acknowledge the important role medals have for today’s collector community, […]

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Cumberland Gap Quarter Launch Ceremony Set for April 11

Local school kids take charge of ceremony welcoming the 32nd America the Beautiful Quarters® Program WHAT: Join the fun, Monday, April 11, 2016, when two Middlesboro Elementary School fourth-grade students take the helm at the United States Mint launch ceremony for the America the Beautiful Quarters coin honoring Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The event […]

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Gerald Ford Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set Avail. April 8

The 2016 Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal SetTM – Gerald Ford (product code 16PE) will be available for purchase starting April 8 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set includes an uncirculated Gerald R. Ford Presidential $1 Coin and a bronze medal with the same images on the obverse and reverse that appear […]

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Numismatic Education – Online Registration for ANA Summer Seminar

Hobbyists interested in attending the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 48th annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo. can now register for the event online. The two one-week sessions will be held June 18-30, 2016. ANA members who register by March 31 will save $50 per session on the cost of tuition; life members who register […]

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Cumberland Gap Quarter Product Options Avail. April 4

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for product options with quarters honoring Cumberland Gap National Historical Park April 4 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Product options and their prices are as follows: Coins in the rolls and bags are struck on the main production floors of the United States Mint’s facilities at Denver, […]

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Nixon Coins Unveiled at Presidential Library

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. Two new coins honoring President Richard Nixon and First Lady Patricia Nixon were unveiled by the United States Mint at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California. The golden-colored Presidential $1 coin featuring Richard Nixon and the $10 First Spouse Gold Coin bearing a portrait of his wife […]

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Modern Coins – US Mint Strikes Nat. Park Service Coin | CoinWeek

The United States Mint opened the doors of its San Francisco facility to the media today for a ceremonial striking of the 2016 National Park Service (NPS) Proof Clad Half Dollar. “Every day, across the Nation, the Mint connects Americans through coins, and in 2016 it will be our great privilege to connect America to […]

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Nancy Reagan Coin Marks End of First Spouse Program

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for Coinweek ……. With the death of Nancy Reagan on March 6, 2016, interest is mounting for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse half-ounce $10 gold coin, currently slated for release in July. Even before the 94-year-old former first lady passed away, many within the numismatic community (and the public at large) eagerly […]

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2016 Gerald R. Ford Presidential $1 Coin Products On Sale March 8

The United States Mint will open sales for collectible rolls, bags, and boxes with 2016 Gerald R. Ford Presidential $1 Coins on March 8 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The following product options will be available: The product options contain circulating quality coins from the Mint’s facilities at Philadelphia or Denver that have never been […]

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2016 U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set™ Avail. March 7

Sales will open for the 2016 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (product code 16AQ) on March 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set includes five quarters–all struck in 90 percent silver at the United States Mint at San Francisco–with reverse designs honoring Shawnee National Forest (Illinois), Cumberland Gap National […]

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U.S. Mint Opens Sales for Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coins Feb. 18

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coins starting on February 18 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The obverse design features a portrait of Mrs. Nixon with the inscriptions “PATRICIA NIXON,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “LIBERTY,” “2016,” “37th,” and “1969-1974.” The obverse was designed by United States Mint […]

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Sales Open Feb. 16 for 2016 U.S. Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set

Sales for the 2016 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set (product code 16P3) will open on February 16 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set contains three Presidential $1 Coins in proof condition with the portraits of Presidents Richard M. Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, and Ronald Reagan on their obverse. All coins were […]

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U.S. Mint Announces 2016 First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

  The United States Mint today officially announced the new designs for the Patricia Nixon and Betty Ford First Spouse Gold Coins that will be released this year. Information about the designs is below. Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin The reverse design features stylized figures standing hand-in-hand surrounding a globe, symbolizing Mrs. Nixon’s commitment […]

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U.S. Mint to Launch 1st Quarter of 2016 Hon. Shawnee National Forest Feb. 4

The United States Mint will join the National Forest Service to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Shawnee National Forest Thursday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. Central Time (CT). The ceremony will be held at the Southeastern Illinois College Deaton Gymnasium in Harrisburg, Illinois. Invited guests include U.S. Senators Mark Kirk and […]

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Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin Products On Sale Feb. 3

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for product options with 2016 Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coins starting on February 3 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The bags and rolls contain circulating quality Nixon presidential dollar coins from the Mint’s facilities at Philadelphia or Denver that have never been placed into circulation. The […]

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United States Mint Announces 2016 Presidential $1 Coins Designs

The United States Mint today officially announced the designs that will appear on the 2016 Presidential $1 Coins honoring former Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. The coins’ obverses were designed and sculpted by the following talented United States Mint Sculptor-Engravers: Richard M. Nixon Obverse Designer and Sculptor: United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don […]

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Saratoga 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin on Sale Now

By CoinWeek News Staff…. The 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Saratoga National Historical Park Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin went on sale at noon Eastern Time today, December 3 at the United States Mint. With a retail price of US$149.95, the coin has an Uncirculated finish and consists of five troy ounces (155.5 grams) of .999 […]

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No Order Limits for American $1 Coin, Currency Set as Year Ends

By CoinWeek News Staff…. As of December 1, the United States Mint has removed household order limits for the remaining 2015 American $1 Coin & Currency Sets in its inventory. A limit of five per household had been in place previously since the coin and currency set was first released on August 24. According to […]

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Saratoga National Historical Park 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin Available Dec. 3

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Saratoga National Historical Park (Product Code SN5) on December 3, 2015 at noon Eastern Time (ET). America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are struck in .999 fine silver and display the “P” mint mark […]

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Saratoga National Historical Park Quarter 3-Coin Set Available Today

By CoinWeek News Staff…. The 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Saratoga National Historical Park went on sale today, December 1, at the United States Mint. Priced at $9.95, the set features two uncirculated finish quarters minted in Denver and Philadelphia and one proof quarter minted in San Francisco. Like other three-coin sets […]

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Saratoga Quarter Rolls, Bags, 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin Now Available

By CoinWeek News Staff….   As of Monday, November 30, rolls and bags for the 2015 America the Beautiful Saratoga National Historical Park quarter are now available from the United States Mint. Also available from authorized dealers on Monday is the 2015 Saratoga National Historical Park 5 oz. silver bullion coin. Rolls and bags from […]

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Saratoga Quarter Rolls, Bags, 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin Now Available

By CoinWeek News Staff…. As of Monday, November 30, rolls and bags for the 2015 America the Beautiful Saratoga National Historical Park quarter are now available from the United States Mint. Also available from authorized dealers on Monday is the 2015 Saratoga National Historical Park 5 oz. silver bullion coin. Rolls and bags from the […]

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The Coin Analyst: The American Silver Eagle Turns 30

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….   The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the 1985 Liberty Coin Act and issued since October 1986, is a coin best described with superlatives. It is the world’s best-selling silver bullion coin; the U.S. Mint’s most important bullion coin program; the most widely collected modern silver coin of all time; […]

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Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Designs Unveiled

Coin designs honoring the life and legacy of celebrated author unveiled two days before 180th anniversary of his birth The first of several ceremonies to unveil designs for commemorative coins honoring celebrated author Mark Twain took place today at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. The event took place two days […]

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U.S. Mint to Launch Saratoga Quarter November 17

The United States Mint will join the National Park Service to launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Saratoga National Historical Park Tuesday, November 17, 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), at Schuylerville High School in Schuylerville, N.Y. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Barbara Fox, designer of the Saratoga National Historical Park […]

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40 Years Since U.S. Bicentennial Coins First Hit Pocket Change

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek…. Growing up, I didn’t spend much time looking for 50 States Quarters–they didn’t exist yet. It was the early 1990s, and I was just foraying into the world of coin collecting. As those who were involved in the coin industry will remember, the early ‘90s was a pretty staid time […]

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Bombay Hook America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ Available Oct. 6

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (product code NF8) starting on Oct. 6 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This set, priced at $9.95, contains two uncirculated quality Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarters–one each from the United States Mint […]

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Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin Available Oct. 8

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (product code SN4) on October 8 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The three-inch coin is priced at $149.95; however, as with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, the […]

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Another Bullion Sell Out for U.S. Mint: Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin

By CoinWeek News Staff…. By Tuesday, September 29, the United States Mint had sold out of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge 5 oz. silver bullion coin. The coin, the fourth and next-to-last entry in the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters silver bullion series, had been released only a day earlier on the 28th. As […]

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Pete Smith on the Passing of Francis Paul Prucha (1921-2015)

By Pete Smith for CoinWeek.com….   Francis Paul Prucha, author of Indian Peace Medals in American History, died on July 30, 2015, at age 94. His book, published in 1971 by University of Nebraska Press, has become the standard reference on the topic. Prucha was born in River Falls, Wisconsin, on January 4, 1921. He […]

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2015 Coin and Chronicles Set – Dwight D. Eisenhower Available August 11

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2015 Coin and Chronicles Set-Dwight D. Eisenhower (product code AX2) on August 11 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The set contains the following: One 2015 Eisenhower Presidential $1 Reverse Proof Coin – available only in this set One Eisenhower Presidential Medal struck in .999 fine […]

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Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – 1870 Seated Half Dollar Obverse Cancelled Die

Editors Note: Heritage’s upcoming ANA Signature Sale # 1223 contains an items the caught our eye as we were previewing the sale. It is not the most expensive highlight of the sale, or even an item that will get much or any press coverage, but it does fall into the “Unique and Unusual” category of […]

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U.S. Mint Explains Itself as Truman Coin & Chronicles Set Sells Out

By CoinWeek News Staff…. At noon Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, June 30, the 2015 Harry S. Truman Coin & Chronicles Set (product code: AX1) went on sale at the United States Mint. 15 minutes later, it was sold out. In a July 1 note that seemed to anticipate much of the commentary of the […]

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First Read: Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature…   Essay by David Thomason Alexander, Founder Medal Collectors of America for CoinWeek….   Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta: Portrait Medallions by Jean-Baptiste Nini at the Chateau of Chaumont; Medallions of Franklin and of American Interest by Jean Martin Renaud; […]

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Kisatchie National Forest Quarter Launch Ceremony April 22

By United States Department of Agriculture…. Kisatchie National Forest officials, along with representatives from the United States Mint, are pleased to announce the ceremonial launch of the America the Beautiful Quarter featuring Kisatchie National Forest. On Wednesday, April 22nd at 10 a.m. at the Alexandria Riverfront Center located in downtown Alexandria, the quarter featuring Kisatchie […]

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Interesting Coins – Love Tokens

On this Valentines Day, 2014, we figure we’d add in a numismatic twist. Love tokens are generally defined as coins where one side (or sometimes both sides) has been smoothed down and engraved with initials, names, phrases and/or scenes. These were often given to young ladies as “tokens of love” by suitors. The manufacture and […]

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United States Mint Launches Quarter Honoring Homestead National Monument of America

Latest America the Beautiful Quarters Coin pays homage to the courage and tenacity of Nebraska homesteaders. United States Mint representatives joined National Park Service officials today to launch the Homestead National Monument of America Quarter, the 26th coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. The quarter’s reverse (tails side) design represents the three fundamentals […]

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Gold Medal Collection once belonging to Louis Eliasberg brings $62891.88 at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

by CoinWeek News Staff… A fifteen piece uncirculated gold medal collection once belonging to famed collector Louis Eliasberg has just brought $62,891.88 (with buyer’s premium) at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale, held in New York. The set, sold in individual lots, including a possibly unique Lincoln Indian Peace Medal (Lot 91, Realized with BP $15,275), a […]

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Rare Wilson So-Called Dollar on Sale Today at Stack’s Bowers Americana Sale

by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek…. Lot 217. Extremely Rare 1920 Wilson Dollar in Gold For fans of the So-Called dollar series, it’s always a treat to see an auction appearance of one of the series’ true stoppers, the extremely rare 1920 “Wilson dollar” in gold. The Wilson dollar was struck on July 16,1920 to commemorate […]

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Q. David Bowers on Stack’s Americana Sale – February 5-7, 2015

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers Each year at this time, and in some years at other times as well, we hold an Americana Sale. The focus is on numismatics of our country with special emphasis on tokens, medals, documents, paper money, and archival items apart from the mainstream of federal coinage 1792 to date, although […]

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Session 1 of Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction Brings $1.14 Million

Last of the Missouri Cabinet Coins Leads the Way…  By CoinWeek News Staff… With the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show set to kick off on Saturday, January 29, the Los Angeles-based dealers Ira and Larry Goldberg are in the midst of conducting a seven-session auction that covers a broad range of […]

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America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with a soft spot […]

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Coin Profile – Historic 1864 Boston Masonic Temple Half Dollar

  By Greg Cohen and John Pack – Stacks Bowers Auctions ………. Traditionally, the New York Americana Sale features important collections of American federally issued and colonial era coins, alongside a very strong selection of Numismatic Americana (what used to be called “Exonumia”) — a catch all for medals, tokens, and similar numismatic items that […]

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Coins, Other Contents of Boston Time Capsule Revealed

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. According to Lily Rothman in a January 6 piece for Time magazine, the Paul Revere-era time capsule unearthed and opened recently in Boston isn’t technically a “time capsule”. In the article, expert William E. Jarvis–who literally wrote the book on time capsules with his Time Capsules: A Cultural History (2002)–insists […]

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World War II Members of the Civil Air Patrol Receive Congressional Gold Medal

A Congressional Gold Medal was awarded collectively today to the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The medal, designed and struck by the United States Mint, recognizes the organization for their humanitarian, combat, and national services during a critical […]

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Amazing 15-Piece Gold Lincoln Medallic Set With Unique Gold Lincoln Indian Peace Medal

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist. Based on the lot description by John Kraljevich …. A Major Highlight in Stack’s Bowers February 2015 Americana Sale An amazing – not many other superlatives fit – 15-piece boxed “set” of Lincoln medals and medalets, all in gold, will be a focal point in the Stack’s Bowers upcoming February […]

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Coin 3D-Printed at NC State Successfully Launched Aboard Orion Spacecraft

By CoinWeek Staff…. Coins have flown in space before. Twelve 22-karat gold Sacagawea dollar coins travelled on the Space Shuttle Columbia in July 1999. A 1909 VDB Lincoln cent currently resides on Mars, where it serves as a calibration target for one of the Curiosity rover’s imaging systems. But today represented the possible dawn of […]

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NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

On November 10, 2014, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that the service has graded Part I of the phenomenal collection of Donald G. Partrick. A serious student of Early American coinage, Partrick carefully assembled a cabinet that boasts a number of iconic Colonial and Early United States issues, including many unique and finest known specimens. Heritage […]

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Stack’s to Offer Rare Newly Discovered Silver Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal

Newly Discovered Silver Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal Consigned to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries February 2015 New York Americana Sale… A magnificent and immensely historic medal, the newly discovered silver Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal, will be offered at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries New York Americana Showcase and Rarities Night Auction, February 5-6, 2015. The […]

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Excerpts from the E-Sylum: A Mecklenburg Declaration Citation

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. Last week the E-sylum quoted an article that we published from CoinWeek contributing writer David Provost about the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. In that piece, Provost wrote that no contemporary newspaper accounts of the event had been found. […]

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Congressional Gold Medals Awarded to the Fallen Heroes of September 11, 2001

Three Congressional Gold Medals were awarded today in honor of the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The ceremony took place in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The United States Mint prepared and struck the three gold medals—one […]

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The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Centennial Medal

by David Provost for CoinWeek… Editor’s Note: David Provost writes the excellent “Commemorative Stories” series for CoinWeek. The following piece on the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Centennial Medal originally appeared in the North Carolina Numismatic Association Journal as part of David’s series titled “Exploring North Carolina Exonumia”. This series earned David an NLG Award for Best Column […]

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Excerpts from the E-Sylum: Updating Betts of American Colonial Medals

Each week, CoinWeek, in collaboration with the Numismatic Bibliomania Society, brings you a highlighted feature from the current volume of the E-Sylum eNewsletter. This week, Tony Lopez and Skyler Liechty, check in to let readers know that they are working on an update to C. Wyllys Betts’ landmark work, American Colonial History Illustrated by Contemporary Medals. Here […]

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A Nigerian General’s Dream… A Cautionary Tale of Historical Bond Fraud

by Joshua T. Herbstman for CoinWeek…. At some time or another, we have all gotten an email that resembles the following: Dear Sir, During the regime of our late head of state, General Sani Abacha, the government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various Ministries. The new civilian […]

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A Nigerian General’s Dream… A Cautionary Tale of Historical Bond Fraud

by Joshua T. Herbstman for CoinWeek…. At some time or another, we have all gotten an email that resembles the following: Dear Sir, During the regime of our late head of state, General Sani Abacha, the government officials set up companies and awarded themselves contracts which were grossly over-invoiced in various Ministries. The new civilian […]

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First Read: American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1

First Read, a CoinWeek continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature….  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek….. American Numismatic Auctions to 1875: Volume 1: American Numismatic Auctions 1738-1850, by John N. Lupia III John N. Lupia III’s American Numismatic Auctions is a revised and expanded edition of Part […]

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NGC Authenticates Newly Reported Gobrecht Brass Hub Reduction

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has authenticated a previously unreported brass hub reduction produced at the United States Mint from an eagle designed by famed US Mint Engraver Christian Gobrecht. A hub reduction represents a transitional piece between the sculpted model and the hub used to create coining dies. This square piece came to NGC in […]

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Commemorative Stories: The 1892-93 Columbian Half Dollars

By David Provost for CoinWeek….. Author’s note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser known information about the US commemorative coins series derived from my original research in the records of Congress and/or the reports and correspondence of the individual coin sponsors. The information presented will not simply be a reworking […]

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Rare Gold Coins from The Bently Collection Brings Nearly $9 Million

Rare gold coins from The Bently Collection, offered by Heritage, raises nearly $9 million to launch Bently Foundation in San Francisco - Ultra Rare 1927-D Double Eagle brings $1.2+ million to top the offerings, March 20, at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco. A legendary 1927-D double eagle, the rarest coin ever minted in Denver and the […]

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