Category Archives: Early American Coppers

Copper and the War of 1812 – The 1814 Plain 4 Large Cents of 1816

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Copper and the War of 1812 Coin production at the United States Mint had become erratic in the years leading up to the War of 1812, with no half cents struck since 1811, half dimes off the production roster since 1805, and silver dollars and gold eagles absent since […]

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Connecticut Coppers of Donald G. Partrick Collection at Heritage Auction

One of the most memorable U.S. Coin auctions of all time may well have been Heritage Auction’s January 2015 presentation of Donald G. Partrick’s extraordinary United States colonials. In that unprecedented sale, 355 lots realized a total of nearly $26 million – a remarkable result yet, incredibly, only a small portion of Mr. Partrick’s holdings. […]

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Stunning NGC-Certified Connecticut Coppers From Partrick Collection Being Sold

More than 500 Connecticut Coppers certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) from the Donald G. Partrick Collection are being offered for sale, representing an outstanding opportunity for collectors of post-Colonial US coinage. Bidding is now underway in a Heritage Auctions sale containing nearly all of them, with the auction scheduled to conclude on November 1, 2020. One […]

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New Jersey Coppers: Engraver Walter Mould Leaves His Mark

By Gordon Wrubel for for PCGS …… In 1881 Dr. Edward Maris published his comprehensive study of the New Jersey copper die varieties. These were described and classified with a number for the obverse and letter for the reverse die. Example: 6-D, 18-M, 63-r. Nearly all the famous collectors of the 19th century such as […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Sells Nearly $14 Million of US Coins and Exonumia in August Sale

Over $13.94 million in United States coins and Numismatic Americana was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction, contributing to overall prices realized of $21,739,851 USD for the sale across all categories. The auction was held August 5-7 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino alongside the PCGS Members Only Show, with […]

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ESM Collection of Large Cents Realizes Over $4.6 Million at Stack’s Bowers August Rarities Night

The incredible ESM Collection of United States Large Cents realized over $4.6 million in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. Offered as part of the firm’s Rarities Night session on Thursday, August 6, this was perhaps the most highly anticipated selection from the legendary ESM Collection. Offered was a virtually complete set […]

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Newly Unearthed Maris 10 1/2-C New Jersey Copper in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… ​Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a newly discovered example of the 1786 Maris 10 1/2-C New Jersey copper in their upcoming August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The Maris 10 1/2-C is a relative newcomer to the corpus of the New Jersey copper series, which […]

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The Engraved Pattern “Mature Head” Cent Design Model

A Window Into the Mind of Christian Gobrecht   By Rexford Goldbaum ….. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Penny Wise, the official publication of Early American Coppers. Click here for more information about this vital organization for copper collectors. In the absence of contemporary documentation denoting the details of issuance of early Proof […]

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Historic 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent Could Bring Over a Half-Million Dollars at Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to offer the finest known example of the 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction​, presented as part of the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents. First purchased for $77.50 in 1877, this early cent […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offering ESM Collection of Large Cents, Ancient Roman Solidi

ESM Collection of United States Large Cents Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents as part of our August 2020 Auction. The collection comprises a virtually complete set of large cents by major variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857. […]

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Finest Known Pedigreed Large Cents of ESM Collection at Stack’s Bowers August Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents as part of our August 2020 Auction. The collection comprises a virtually complete set of large cents by major variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857. Featured are all of the most iconic […]

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Gem 1809 Classic Head Half Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… Incredible Gem 1809 Classic Head Half Cent The Green-Newman-Pogue Specimen 1809 Classic Head Half Cent. C-6, B-6. Rarity-1. MS-65+ BN (PCGS). CAC. This is a gorgeous example of the Classic Head half cent, featuring a warm halo of mint color emerging from Liberty’s cap and around her head, fading into ideal […]

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Confronting Sheldon

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Dr. William Herbert Sheldon, born on November 19, 1898 and dying on September 17, 1977, was venerated for decades as one of the historical giants of American numismatics. During his later life he took the stage as the godfather or even the resident deity of the highly specialized […]

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America’s First “Penny”: The 1793 AMERI. Flowing Hair Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… After the founding of the United States in 1776, a variety of privately issued coins, medals, and tokens served alongside foreign coinage to provide the new nation with small but decent supplies of money for everyday commerce. But the concept of national sovereignty is cemented not only by charters […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: Another “All in the Family” Half Cent – 1835/1826

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Continuing the theme from my previous CoinWeek article on the “family” of 1804 “C-6” struck counterfeits with another improbable die combination in the half cent series, the obverse of 1835/reverse of 1826! I decided to start this installment off with one of the most recent examples […]

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Collecting Colonials: 1786 Landscape Type Vermont Coppers Offer Whimsy and Challenge

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. When numismatist Hillyer Ryder set out to publish a reference catalog of Vermont coppers, he saw a series full of whimsy and wonder. This was a series of copper coins that were struck as circulating money in Vermont during the short period of time after the […]

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Collecting Colonials: 1786 Vermontensium Landscape Type Coppers Offer Whimsy and Challenge

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. When numismatist Hillyer Ryder set out to publish a reference catalog of Vermont coppers, he saw a series full of whimsy and wonder. This was a series of copper coins that were struck as circulating money in Vermont during the short period of time after the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #133: Early US Copper Planchets (with Bill Eckberg)

  CoinWeek Podcast #133: Early U.S. Copper Planchets (with Bill Eckberg) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, Early American Coppers (EAC) President Bill Eckberg joins us to talk about how the United States Mint acquired its […]

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Early American Copper Coin Profiles: Finest Certified 1811 Half Cent

The 1811 Classic Head half cent is a low-mintage key in the popular series and a challenging condition rarity in high grade. Only a handful of high-quality examples have survived over the years, and any auction appearance of a Mint State specimen is a notable event for early copper collectors. PCGS has certified only five […]

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ESM Collection of US Half Cents Tops $1 Million During Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night Sale

  The ESM Collection is one of the most significant half cent cabinets offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in recent years. It is ranked #2 Current Finest on the PCGS Registry in categories Half Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (179301857) and Half Cents with Major Varieties Circulation Strikes. This complete set of half cents by […]

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Unique 1800 S-209 Obverse Brockage Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… We are thrilled to present a rare mint error large cent among the many early American copper highlights in our March 2020 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. This 1800 Sheldon-209 cent depicts an obverse brockage, leaving in an intaglio impression of […]

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Condition Census 1793 Wreath Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2020 Baltimore Auction

Fresh-to-Market S-11c Variety a Major Wreath Cent Rarity   By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in 1793 are some of the most popular and romantic issues in American numismatics. We are delighted to present a truly stunning Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse example graded […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #125: Denis Loring on Collecting Copper Coins

 CoinWeek Podcast #125: Denis Loring on Collecting Copper Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan sits down with renowned Early American Coppers collector Denis Loring to discuss the magic of XF coins, collecting copper by die variety, and some of the hobby’s […]

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Gem Red 1835 Classic Head Half Cent Offered in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Assistant Engraver John Reich’s Classic Head design type was introduced on the large cents of 1808 and debuted on the half cents of the following year. It was relatively short-lived on the larger denomination and lasted only through 1814, although it was employed on the […]

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Near-Gem 1797 Large Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in the 18th century were crucial to the fledging economy of young America. They were extensively used in everyday transactions and many were damaged, lost, or worn smooth as a result. Few collectors will ever own […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Draped Bust Dollars

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… In a discussion at the 2019 Dayton EAC Convention on counterfeits, we talked of three “families” of fakes: the 1804 “C-6” half cent set, the 1833 “N-5” large cent set, and the 1795 “off-center bust” dollar set. The 1795 off-center bust, known as variety B-14 or […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Large Cents

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… After writing the previous “family” article about rather deceptive struck counterfeit half cents based on the genuine 1804 “C-6” variety, I felt it timely to document another member of the family: counterfeit large cents based on the 1833 “N-5”. Just a note, I consider this type […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: Collecting a Half Cent Type Set (with Bill Eckberg)

CoinWeek Sponsor and The Coin Course creator Jerry Shaffer teamed up with CoinWeek to produce this great step-by-step demonstration of what happens when you dip and clean vintage silver or gold coins. * * * In this video, Early American Coppers president Bill Eckberg breaks down the U.S. half cent denomination for those interested in […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: Collecting a Half Cent Type Set (with Bill Eckberg)

 In this video, Early American Coppers (EAC) president Bill Eckberg breaks down the U.S. half cent denomination for those interested in building a type set. The half cent was produced at the Philadelphia Mint from 1793 to 1857. It underwent a number of changes over the years and features many of the hobby’s most […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Half Cents

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… A recent internet listing for an 1804 “C-6” half cent was the motivation to pull this information together for presentation. I actually sent a note to the seller about the listed example (which he replied is genuine and came from a respected US auction house) as […]

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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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Near-Mint 1795 C-2a Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night 2019 ANA Auction

Half Cent Rarity by James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Early American copper enthusiasts will be delighted at the incredible 1795 C-2a half cent featured in lot 5073 of Rarities Night in our August 2019 ANA Auction. Certified AU-58+ (PCGS), this half cent ranks as a Condition Census example and offers superior, near-Mint […]

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CoinWeek IQ: A Breakdown of Flowing Hair Large Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The Flowing Hair cent of 1793, along with the half cent, were the first coins mass-produced by the United States Government on its own property. As such they are widely studied and collected, which has resulted in a wealth of knowledge about minor die varieties for the early issues. […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: 1849 Liberty Seated Dollar + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Continuing with the theme of silver denominations of recently made deceptive struck counterfeits, this research article features the 1849 Liberty Seated dollar and is the 20th written in the series! Documented examples initially only included TPG certified ones until late 2017 when a raw example surfaced […]

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Rare Proof 1837 N-10 1837 Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2019 ANA Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Among the most coveted early American coppers are the Proof large cents struck in the mid-19th century. With production figures shrouded in mystery, Proof large cents have been the subject of intense scholarly debate and serve as crown jewels in the most advanced cabinets. Our […]

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Early US Coins: Only $361.03 Worth of Chain Cents Were Ever Produced

By Blanchard & Company …… It’s big, beautiful and very rare. It’s also controversial and was only minted for one year, which increases the rarity value of any survivors today. The 1793 Chain Cent is one of the first coins American collectors began acquiring in the 1800s. Today, the 1793 Chain cent remains a highly […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Certified Immunis Columbia Copper

The 1787 Immunis Columbia, with the Eagle reverse, is a mysterious issue that has puzzled numismatists since the earliest days of the hobby. In The Early Coins of America, Sylvester Sage Crosby states these pieces were originally believed to be manufactured in England. However, Crosby’s study of the punches used for the dies and the […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Certified Immunis Columbia Copper

The 1787 Immunis Columbia, with the Eagle reverse, is a mysterious issue that has puzzled numismatists since the earliest days of the hobby. In The Early Coins of America, Sylvester Sage Crosby states these pieces were originally believed to be manufactured in England. However, Crosby’s study of the punches used for the dies and the […]

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CoinWeek Video: Del Bland: A Collector Remembered

  On Friday, May 3rd, the American Numismatic Society and more than 100 collectors from the Early American Coppers met to celebrate and honor the life of Del Bland. Del Bland passed away on October 16, 2018. A lifelong collector, Del began his numismatic journey in 1950, when at the age of 17, he began filling […]

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Early American Coppers, American Numismatic Society to Remember Specialist and Friend Del Bland

On Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Early American Coppers (EAC) Convention in Dayton, Ohio, the EAC and the American Numismatic Society (ANS) will host a get-together to allow the many friends and colleagues of the late Del Bland to remember, celebrate, and honor this extraordinary man. He passed away on October 16, 2018. Delmar […]

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1792: A Hub Story: How the First U.S. Mint Coinage Dies Were Made

At the 2018 Early American Coppers Convention in Traverse City, Michigan, EAC President William Eckberg gave an in-depth presentation on his ongoing research into the production techniques employed by the U.S. Mint to create dies in its first few years of operation. Numismatists have puzzled for more than a century about who designed the United States Mint’s first pattern […]

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NGC Certifies New Half Cent Variety

1795 Die Marriage Previously Unknown with Lettered Edge Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has identified a new variety of 1795 Half Cent. It is the first example of this obverse and reverse pairing known with a lettered edge; all other examples have a plain edge. The worn and corroded 1795 Half Cent was recently submitted to […]

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ANS Acquires Del Bland Archive of United States Large Cent Research

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the vast archive of research data assembled by United States large cent expert Del Bland, who died in late 2018. Nearly 50 years ago, Bland began scouring auction catalogs, meticulously compiling information on the condition, sale prices, and ownership of large cents. By […]

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CoinWeek: Silly Heads of 1839 – Discovering a New Variety

 At the 2018 Early American Coppers Convention in Traverse City, Michigan, numismatist Mark Klein, an EAC member and student of 1839-dated large cents, gave an in-depth presentation on his discovery of a new Silly Head variety. In this enhanced presentation, you can follow along with Mark’s journey of discovery of a new 1839 cent variety as […]

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Counterfeits get better and better

Counterfeits have been around since the beginning of coinage and I suspect the beginning of other things as well. Today, we have to watch for counterfeit purses, watches, car parts and blue jeans to name a few. It is human nature to want something for nothing, or to go for an easy profit

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The Five Aspects That Make Coin Collections Great Or, How to Build the Next Great Collection

Building Great Coin Collections By John Kraljevich – jkamericana.com A CoinWeek Content Partner….. Among the perks of being an auction cataloguer is the ability to see great coin collections in situ, just as the collector formed them: complete, in their envelopes, in their natural state of order or disorder. Seeing three great coin collections side by […]

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The Five Aspects That Make Coin Collections Great, or How to Build the Next Great Collection

Building Great Coin Collections By John Kraljevich – jkamericana.com A CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Among the perks of being an auction cataloguer is the ability to see great coin collections in situ, just as the collector formed them: complete, in their envelopes, in their natural state of order or disorder. Seeing three great coin collections […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… A continuation of the series on the latest deceptive struck counterfeits, this is the second research article on silver “coins” and the most recent type yet. The timeline for this one shows the presumed genuine source example sold on the internet back in August of 2012, […]

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Brasher Doubloon and Historic New York Coppers in PCGS Exhibit at Next Long Beach Expo

After their acclaimed exhibit at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money, eight historic early American coins–including a legendary 1787 gold Brasher Doubloon–will be exhibited by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) at the next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo from January 31 through February 2, 2019. “The […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1806 “C-3” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This is the 3rd article in the series reviewing an early half cent (17th in the series on the counterfeit subject) and is one of the three little sisters “varieties” documented so far. This is the only example known to date with two possible versions; one I call the […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1803 “C-3” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This is the 3rd article in the series reviewing an early half cent (17th in the series on the counterfeit subject) and is one of the three little sisters “varieties” documented so far. This is the only example known to date with two possible versions; one I call the […]

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Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction: Lots You Need to Know

  by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….. Goldberg’s Pre-Long Beach Auction, offering a range of United States Coins & Currency as well as Ancient and World Coins, will be held from September 3-5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The auction offers collectors the opportunity to bid on a number of important and attractive coins, including a […]

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History as Struck: The Medals of the United States Mint

 At the 2018 Early American Coppers Convention in Traverse City, Michigan, numismatist John Kraljevich, a noted expert on U.S. Coins and Americana, gave an in-depth presentation on the topic of medals struck by the United States Mint. The United States Mint has a long and storied history, not just as the maker of American […]

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CoinWeek: EAC Remembers R. Tettenhorst, Numismatist

Collector R. Tettenhorst–real name Bernard Alan Edison–built an amazing collection of half cents and was a revered member of the copper collecting community. Edison was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 23, 1928. He was a scion of the Edison family, who founded the famous Edison Brothers shoe store chain. Edison graduated from Harvard […]

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Choice Mint State 1807 “Comet” Draped Bust Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

By James McCartney – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Our upcoming August 2018 Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature a number of significant early American copper specimens, including a popular 1807 Sheldon-271 cent. Certified MS-63 BN by PCGS, it is an exceptionally preserved example of this Comet variety with a […]

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Bernard Alan Edison, aka “R. Tettenhorst” (1928-2018): In Memoriam

By CoinWeek ….   Bernard Alan Edison, the collector responsible for one of the all-time great collections of copper United States Half Cents, has passed away. He was 90 years old. Better known in the wider hobby by the nom de coin “R. Tettenhorst” (which was actually the name of his secretary, to whom his […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1805 “C-4” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

This is the second article in the counterfeit coin series reviewing an early half cent (15th in the series on struck counterfeits), and is one of the three little sisters “varieties” documented so far. The source example was discussed briefly in my first CoinWeek exclusive article (“From the Brink to the ‘Dark-Side’“, published May 8, […]

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Colonial Coinage – Fugio Coppers Are Not One-Cent Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #404 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Research for this discussion began with the idea that there are many 18th-century copper coins that now cost from $500 to $1,500 each. Indeed, a neat set of major varieties of Fugio […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1806 “C-1” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ……   This is the 14th article in the continuing summary of deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date; it is the first in the series reviewing an early half cent, and is one of the three little sisters “variety” documented so far. This is also the earliest […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1799 “S-189” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This article is intended as a continuing summary of the deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date; it is unique in that only one struck example has been reported, and it is one of the “Kings” of early large cent collecting. The probable source coin is well […]

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Collecting 18th Century New Jersey Copper Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #394 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Between the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and the enactment of the United States Constitution on June 21, 1788, the federal (national) government did not establish an […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: “1785” Bar Copper + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This is only my second article regarding counterfeit Colonial “coins”, following one published here on CoinWeek concerning struck fake Massachusetts half cents, and the same process of other recent (within the last several years) deceptive struck early coppers believed to be Chinese in manufacture. This new […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1796 “S-93” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This latest installment in the continuing summary of deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date centers around this 1796 “S-93” Large Cent; as in previous articles in this series, I have included a one-page attribution guide to aid in the identification of any that are still out […]

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Condition Census 1795 Half Cent in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ……   The Stack’s Bowers November 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Baltimore Expo promises to be a truly monumental event in both quality and quantity of offerings. This year’s auction will be highlighted by selections from the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation, the […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1797 “S-136” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This latest installment in the continuing summary of the deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date concerns the 1797 “S-136” Large Cent. As with previous articles in this series I have included a one-page attribution guide to aid in the identification of any that are still out […]

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British Halfpenny Imitations Minted and Circulated in New York Before 1800

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #385 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Imitation British halfpennies were made in New York State during the 1780s and widely circulated as money. The purpose here is to introduce this series and to provide guidelines for collecting them. A […]

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British Halfpenny Imitations Minted and Circulated in New York Before 1800

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #385 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Imitation British halfpennies were made in New York State during the 1780s and widely circulated as money. The purpose here is to introduce this series and to provide guidelines for collecting them. […]

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Heritage Long Beach US Coins Auction Exceeds $9.1 Million Sold

Eighteenth-century copper coinage was the featured attraction as the September 7-10 Long Beach Signature Auction raised close to $9.2 million USD for its consignors. This auction took place in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo. All prices include Buyer’s Premium. The top lot in the auction was a 1795 Reeded Edge Cent, […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1795 “S-76b” Large Cent

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This installment starts with a 2012 internet-listed example deemed a counterfeit and removed from that venue; it was further discussed in the Coin Community Forum and labeled a “Chinese” 1795 large cent. Since I was already full in chasing these latest struck fakes, I decided to […]

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Hidden or Sleeping Rarities, Part 1: Copper Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #382 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The rarities that appear in major auctions or are shown at major coin conventions with press releases and fanfare receive a great deal of attention. This new series is about the rarities […]

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Hidden or Sleeping Rarities, Part 1: Copper Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #382 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The rarities that appear in major auctions or are shown at major coin conventions with press releases and fanfare receive a great deal of attention. This new series is about the rarities […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1796 “S-85” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This article is intended as a continuing summary of the deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date, including the damaged “source” coin, the example most likely repaired and used to create the dies to strike the other copies; this source was unknown when we became aware of […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1796 “S-85” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ……   This article is intended as a continuing summary of the deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date, including the damaged “source” coin, the example most likely repaired and used to create the dies to strike the other copies; this source was unknown when we became aware […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: An Interesting 1798 “S-158 Large Cent” + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This is intended as a summary of the documented counterfeit 1798 “S-158” large cents to date, including several listed sellers. The “source” coin, the example most likely used to create the dies to strike the other copies was unknown when we became aware of the first […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: Repaired 1836 Gobrecht Dollar + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Probably one of the most significant “finds” we as a group have made is this Gobrecht dollar, and it is certainly the earliest we have seen, as the holed source coin sold in a 2008 auction. This article is intended as another installment disclosing discovered current […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #71: Early Coppers to Buy… and to Avoid – Audio

CoinWeek  Podcast #71: Early Coppers to Buy… and to Avoid Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Bill Eckberg is the President of the Early American Coppers, a specialty club dedicated to the study and collecting of early U.S. copper cents and half […]

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Birch Cent Not Seen in 55 Years to Appear at Heritage Auctions ANA Platinum Night

1792 cent with plain edge traced back to 1890 Parmelee auction; consignment window still open The consignment deadline for Heritage Auctions’ 2017 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Auction is June 21, so sellers still have a few days to submit their high-end collections to appear along with special offerings, such as a 1792 Parmelee Birch Cent […]

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Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1793 S-5 Wreath Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Continuing on the theme of disclosing discovered current deceptive struck counterfeits and establishing one-page attribution guides for each, the variety for this installment has been the subject of a previous CoinWeek article from the folks at NGC entitled “Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1793 Flowing Hair Large […]

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Counterfeit Coins – A Mystery 1872-S “Half Dollar” and 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… One of the “coins” left out of my previous CoinWeek article on damaged source coins (for use in creating counterfeit dies) is this “mystery” 1872-S half dollar. Many of our documented source and counterfeit examples were discovered in one of the large internet sales venues, and […]

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Classic US Coins – Rare Early Cents Offered in Padula Family Collection

Elusive 1793 S-15 cent and famous Reeded Edge cent offered during Heritage Auctions’ September Long Beach Expo Early American copper collectors are urged to consign to Heritage Auctions’ September 6-11 Long Beach Expo Auction, which will feature an important, lifetime large cent collection offering one of the few complete Sheldon-numbered variety sets ever formed. The […]

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US Coins – Finest Known 1803 Cohen-2 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. Early American copper collectors pursue numismatics with great enthusiasm, resulting in long-established condition censuses for most issues. Usually, the finest half dozen examples of a given variety comprise a recognized hierarchy with provenances stretching back a century or more. Rarely, if ever, is this order […]

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From the Brink to the Dark Side: Early American Copper Struck Counterfeits & Damaged Source Coins

By Jack D. Young for Early American Coppers (EAC) …… As introduction, a member of Early American Coppers (EAC) posted on the club’s Facebook page “Dark Side”, a fake 1796 “S-85” that he astutely identified from a recent internet listing, and as follow-up to that discussion I was able to post images of the discovered […]

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting Colonial Coinage

Colonial coins offer a combination of rarity, historical value and affordability By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… My last article mentioned my first trip to the ANA Summer Seminar in 1974. My instructor that week was “Red Book” editor Ken Bressett. I had decided to take his class on United States Colonial […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Let’s Collect: Early Coppers – 4K Video

The coin collecting hobby in the United States grew tremendously in the mid 19th century when collectors saved Early American Copper Coins from destruction after the Large Cent and Half Cent was rendered obsolete by the emergence of the Small Cent. More than 150 years later, collecting these beautiful copper coins remains a vital part […]

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US Coins – Pogue Sale Part V: The Landmark Hines 1799 Cent

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   Fact: The most popular American series to collect by die varieties is copper cents from 1793 to 1857. Fact: The most famous single coin in large cent lore and tradition is the Henry Hines 1799 cent, the only known Mint State example. Crossing the auction block […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1793 Flowing Hair Large Cent

Counterfeit large cents – 1793 Flowing Hair Cent – Tooling Marks; Raised Lines By Max Spiegel, NGC ……..   The first coins struck by the United States Mint were the half cents and large cents made in 1793. All half cents from this year bear the left-facing Liberty Cap design, while large cents feature three major […]

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US Coins Surpass $6.5 Million at Stack’s Bowers 2016 Whitman Baltimore Auction

Nostalgia for young America was demonstrated throughout the sessions of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the November 2016 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, where colonial and classic issues claimed the spotlight at the Baltimore Convention Center. The United States coins portion of the sale saw strong results, surpassing $6.5 million in total prices […]

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Million Dollar Coins, Part 3: Half Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #358 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This discussion is about those U.S. half cents that are or were worth more than $1 million each, or may realistically retail for that much in the near future. As markets for […]

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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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Early American Coin Auctions – The Carolina Collection

By Arnold Miniman, Collector for Stack’s Bowers …… The Carolina Collection will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Early American Coins auction session held in conjunction with the Colonial Coin Collectors Club. The session begins Friday evening at 4:00 PM ET, on November 4, 2016, in Room 308. The auction is now online for viewing […]

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Eliasberg-Partrick 1787 Massachusetts Cent in C4 Session of Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Among the many highlights in our Early American Coins session at our November Baltimore Auction (presented in cooperation with the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, or C4), is the outstanding Choice Mint State 1787 Massachusetts cent offered in lot 5177. We had the pleasure of […]

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Coin Auctions: Stack’s Bowers Announces Pogue V Date

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce Part V of their series of auctions featuring the D. Brent Pogue Collection–the most valuable rare coin collection ever to cross the auction block, and the collection with the highest overall quality. Gathered over a period of many years, dating back to the 1970s, many if not most […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #41: Jon Alan Boka’s Incredible 1794 Cent Collection

CoinWeek Podcast #41: Jon Alan Boka’s Incredible 1794 Cent Collection Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. The 1794 Cent has puzzled and excited early copper specialists for more than 150 years. With more than 50 varieties deemed “collectible” by Dr. William Sheldon, […]

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Stack’s Bowers: Condition Census 1798 S-166 Draped Bust Cent to Be Featured in Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. The Draped Bust cents of 1798 represent one of the most dynamic issues of early American copper coinage, with significant modifications to both the obverse and reverse design types throughout the year. With 46 distinct die pairings, the challenge this issue presents to collectors is […]

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Strong Hammer Prices at Goldberg Auction Reflect Early American Copper Market Strength

CoinWeek Auction Analysis ….. Led by the Fred Iskra Collection of Large Cents, copper coins made up more than 600 of the 2,600 lots offered by Goldberg Auctioneers in their September 4-7 Pre-Long Beach Auction. With prices realized ranging from strong to superior, the results are yet another indicator of what CoinWeek’s price analysts have […]

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Private Lot Viewing – Heritage Auctions Platinum Night August 2016 – 4K Video

At the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2016 World’s Fair of Money, Heritage Auctions offered collectors a chance to take home a number of important numismatic rarities. Before Heritage’s big Platinum Night Auction, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sat with Heritage’s Mark Borckardt to get a one-on-one tour of some of the sale’s most exciting offerings. In […]

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Million Dollar Coins, Part 1: 1792 Patterns

Bushnell-Parmelee-Jenks-Col. Green 1792 Birch Cent – The First American Cent – Choice AU-58 (PCGS) A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #348 This week’s column is about those 1792 patterns that, in my estimation, are likely to be worth more than $1 million in the current market […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 22: Braided Hair Half Cents

A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #347 U.S. half cents were first struck in 1793, and Braided Hair half cents were introduced in 1840. It is generally believed, though, that all half cents dating from 1840 to 1848 are Proofs. Indeed, standard references imply that no […]

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Eliasberg Gold Shines Brightly at Stack’s Bowers 2016 ANA U.S. Coins Auction

Even three-and-a-half decades after the original dispersal of his incredible gold coin collection, Louis E Eliasberg, Sr. was the champion at the Stack’s Bowers August 2016 Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money United States coins realized over US$13.1 million as part of the overall Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA auction, which in total […]

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Heritage Auctions: Two Cents Lead $38 Million Anaheim ANA Results

  Two early American cents, among the first struck by the U.S. Mint in 1792, sold for a combined US$869,500 – more than 43 million times their face value – to lead the results in Heritage’s August 10 – 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction in Anaheim, California. Overall results from US coins totaled nearly […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Pt. 21: Matron Head Large Cents

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #343 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… For less than $500 per coin, an extensive and impressive collection of early U.S. copper coins could be assembled ‘by date.’ Although Matron Head large cents could be […]

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Two 1792 Cents Enliven Heritage 2016 ANA U.S. Coin Signature Auctions

Scarce gold issues costar in 5,000-lot Anaheim Platinum Night, Floor and Non-Floor Sessions A 1792 Silver Center Cent, Judd-1, SP35 PCGS Secure CAC will give collectors a rare opportunity to own one of the most historic coins in early American numismatics on August 10-14 at Heritage Auctions’ ANA U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Anaheim, CA. […]

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Heritage Auctions to Present Jon Alan Boka 1794 Cent Collection at Long Beach

On display at the ANA and to be auctioned at the September Long Beach Expo, over half of the collection ranks in the top 10 for their respective variety Right: The finest-known 1794 S-19a Discovery Coin, XF40 PCGS. From The Al Boka Collection, Part II   This September at the Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions […]

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Collecting Classic US Coins: Gem Circulated

Attractive coins can be found at all levels of the Sheldon scale Much attention in numismatics is focused on quality. One of the most common pieces of wisdom dispensed by experienced numismatists is to buy the best you can afford. For decades this advice has served most collectors very well. Top quality coins have been […]

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Overgrading and How It Affects Coin Values

By Rick Snow – Owner and Operator, Eagle Eye Rare Coins …… I have written about the problem of overgrading for many years now. In 1996, I began a service called Photo Seal. In small ways it has helped control the problem within the Flying Eagle and Indian cent collector community, but we are now […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Proper Preservation Techniques for Copper Coins – 4K Video

CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com. Copper is one of the most reactive metals used to make coins. Because of this, copper coins require constant care to maintain their original beautiful appearance. In this insightful CoinWeek video, Early American Coppers president Bill Eckberg demonstrates the proper preservation techniques for copper coins and describes […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each: Draped Bust Half Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #329 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Draped Bust half cents were minted from 1800 to 1808. U.S. half cents were first made in 1793 and last produced in 1857. A set of Draped Bust half cents ‘by date’ can be […]

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The D. Brent Pogue Collection Part III, An Appreciation

By John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant –  Stacks Bowers ……… Coin collectors may not seem an especially reverent lot. Casual demeanor and good senses of humor are more commonplace than their opposites, from local coin shows to Manhattan auction galleries. The bourse floor is a leveler that puts experts and connoisseurs shoulder to shoulder with hobbyists […]

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Incredible Gem 1793 Chain AMERICA Cent – A Numismatic Landmark

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers…. Finest Ever Certified! There is something incredible, something special, about any 1793 Chain cent. First delivered by the coiner at the Mint on March 1, 1793, these were released into circulation without fanfare. There is no known record of anyone having a numismatic interest in them at the […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each – Part 18 – Classic Head Large Cents

News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #308 – A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …… As next week’s piece will concern classic U.S. coins that cost less than $100 each and expensive rarities do not tend to emerge ‘in the news’ during the month of December, it […]

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David Sklow to Manage ANA’s Dwight N. Manley Library

American Numismatic Association Veteran Joins Staff Renowned bibliophile David Sklow has joined the American Numismatic Association (ANA) staff as the manager of the Dwight N. Manley Library. Sklow will oversee and manage the library and its assets. During his previous employment, he served in a similar capacity as Director for the ANA Library and Research […]

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1795 Reeded Edge Large Cent Appears, First Time in 50 Years

To be offered at auction, Jan. 7, 2016, at the Tampa, Florida FUN convention A 1795 Reeded Edge large cent, NGC VG Details – The ‘House of Davis McKinney’ Specimen – will be sold at auction for the first time in half a century on January 7, 2016. It will be presented as part of […]

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US Coin Profiles – 1807/6 Draped Bust Cent

Monumental Gem Red 1807/6 Large Cent -Far and Away the Finest Known 1807/6 Draped Bust Cent. S-273. Rarity-1. Large 7, Pointed 1. MS-66 RD (PCGS). OGH. CAC. This incredible red Gem delivers an unrivaled and captivating aesthetic, matched by an equally impressive provenance that traces it through some of the most significant hands in U.S. […]

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Early American Coppers: Tribute to Coin Collector Dan Holmes – Video: 12:59.

One of the most well-liked members of the Early American Coppers group was not able to attend this year’s convention in Irving, Texas. Dan Holmes is a former president of the organization and has devoted much of his life to collecting large cents and all the Sheldon varieties. When his collection was sold it comprised […]

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The Magnificent Twin Leaf Collection: A Great Collection of Cents is the Story of American Numismatics

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries…. October 15, 1792 “In execution of the authority given by the legislature, measures have been taken for engaging some artists from abroad to aid in the establishment of our mint; provision has been made for the requisite buildings, and these are now putting into proper condition for the purposes of the […]

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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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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 […]

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NGC Grades Eric Newman Collection Part V

Heritage will offer Eric Newman Collection Part V this fall… Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded the fifth installment of the extraordinary collection of 103-year old numismatic researcher and writer Eric P. Newman. The selections comprise nearly 1,000 coins and boast a variety of exceedingly rare and high grade US Colonial, Territorial and Federal issues. […]

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The Cutest of Apple Cheeks: The Jackman-Jung 1794 Large Cent

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #232 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. In early August, Heritage will auction a group of type coins consigned by Oliver Jung, including the finest known 1794 Apple Cheek Large Cent. Among coin collectors, Jung is […]

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Numismatic Quick Hits: Liberty “V” Murder Mystery + John W. Adams + Special Labels for 57th Street

by Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. How many times has the United States employed Roman numerals on its coinage? The silver three-cent piece debuted in 1851 and announced its value by employing the Roman numeral III on the reverse. When the three-cent nickel came along in 1865, the III was retained. In 1881, Mint […]

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