Category Archives: U.S. Coins

Moneyers Not ID’d on U.S. Coins

Has the United States ever identified a moneyer on our coins?
The identity of the moneyer or mintmaster on a coin dates from the time of the ancient Greek city-states; however, the United States has never marked our coinage with some indication of who was responsible for the finished product.
 
Why would a coin be graded Proof-55? I thought proofs were graded between Proof-60 and Proof-70.
Any proof coin certified by a third-party service to be in less than Proof-60 “condition” has problems, likely from having been mishandled

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Market Shows Signs of Investors Becoming Collectors

Photo by Andreas Schoelzel, courtesy of World Money Fair.
In an ideal world, an interest in coins would be the exclusive realm of collectors. The current interest in the coin market is driven partially by collectors with discretionary money, but also by a significant infusion of speculators and investors

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U.S. Coins Net Almost $14 Million in Stacks Bowers Vegas Auction

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 for the sale across all categories, Stack’s Bowers announced in an Aug. 13 statement

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Are Morgan Dollar Prices Going Up?

By Patrick Heller
In early 1989, there was the specter of possibly millions of dollars of “Wall Street-organized” rare coin investment funds entering the market to purchase large quantities of rare coins. Dealers and collectors scurried to “beat the rush” by creating a coin-buying frenzy. Prices rose significantly in anticipation of this “outside” money flowing into the numismatic market

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Are Morgan Dollar Prices Going Up?

By Patrick Heller
In early 1989, there was the specter of possibly millions of dollars of “Wall Street-organized” rare coin investment funds entering the market to purchase large quantities of rare coins. Dealers and collectors scurried to “beat the rush” by creating a coin-buying frenzy

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Think Commems are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically-low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan […]

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The Coin Books You Need to Succeed

In this video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gives an insightful rundown of the coin books that you need in your library to take your hobby to the next level. Each one of these selections contains money-saving insights, must-know insider information, and untold hours of inspiration for the numismatic enthusiast. Price Guides: U.S. Coins The Official […]

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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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September Long Beach U.S. Coin Auction brings in $18.2 Million

Two extremely rare coins from The Poulos Family Collection – an 1876-CC twenty cent piece and a Proof 1975 dime without the S mintmark – sold for $456,000 each as Heritage’s September 4-9 numismatic auctions at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo realized well over $30 million in total. U.S

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Always verify your NGC coins with the NGC website or app

A quick, easy and free way to check out a coin before you buy.
Coin collectors should always check NGC-certified coins on NGC’s website or in the NGC mobile app to verify their authenticity and learn other important information about them

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Over $5.6 Million in U.S. Coins Sold in Baltimore

Santa Ana, CA –  Collectors from across the country descended on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in the days leading up to Memorial Day, where Stack’s Bowers Galleries presented two days of exciting auction sessions in their May 2019 Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Summer Expo. Highlighted by the Drummer, Fairmont and Newmark Collections, over $5.6 million in United States coins and Numismatic Americana were sold, kicking off an exciting summer season of auction events for the firm

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Commission of Fine Arts Makes Recommendations for Coin Designs

The Commission of Fine Arts met on April 18 for their monthly meeting.  Among the agenda items was the review of the 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Coin Program, which includes designs for a 24-karat gold coin and silver medal.  In a letter dated April 25, 2019, to Mr

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CoinWeek Podcast Episode 110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz

 CoinWeek Podcast #110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Even sophisticated collectors stand to benefit by having a second set of trained eyes look over prospective coins before making a purchase. In this episode of the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast Episode 110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz

 CoinWeek Podcast #110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Even sophisticated collectors stand to benefit by having a second set of trained eyes look over prospective coins before making a purchase. In this episode of the […]

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Legend Coin Market Report: New Top Set Builder Emerges

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… THE BIG WEEK We just saw a sales report for the first three weeks of September. Somehow, we have done $2,000,000.00 in sales to collectors. That was kind of shocking as we thought we did not do much so far. We can admit when things are quiet. We even predicted that after […]

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United States 1971-S Eisenhower Dollar

Description: While the country at large’s desire for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s was hardly demonstrable, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President […]

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GreatCollections to Auction Ruth Weinberg Estate of Old Green Holders

The U.S. Gold & Silver Type Coins Were Purchased from Numismatics, Ltd in the 1970s. On Sunday, August 26th, GreatCollections will auction the Ruth Weinberg Estate of PCGS-Graded Gold and Type Coins in the Older-Style Green Holders. Ruth, a native from Los Angeles, recently passed away at the age of 96. She worked for the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #90: Collecting the Susan B. Anthony Dollar – Audio

 CoinWeek Podcast #90: Collecting the Susan B. Anthony Dollar – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Despite barely circulating, the Susan B. Anthony dollar can still be found at your local bank for face value. The coin, struck in earnest […]

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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins – Franklin Half Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ……   In this installment of Grading Coins, I’m going to talk about the popular Franklin half dollar series. The Franklin half dollar was struck for just 15 years, from 1948 to 1963. It was replaced in 1964 by the Kennedy half, under circumstances that need no explanation […]

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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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Did you know that the buffalo on the “Buffalo Nickel” is not a buffalo at all?

While the official name is the Five Cent Indian head, this coin has come to be known in the hobby as a “Buffalo Nickel.” Peculiarly, the sturdy animal featured on the coin is not an actual buffalo — it is an American bison!
One may understandably have a hard time distinguishing between the animals

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CoinWeek IQ: INFOCUS – Draped Bust Quarters – 4K Video

 CoinWeek IQ: Analysis and Insights from the editors of CoinWeek.com and the industry’s leading experts. The rare coin market has peaks and valleys. For astute collectors, this is a good thing. A recent dip in the rare coin market has seen the prices of many important American coins down slightly in recent years. Gary […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #83: Tim Rathjan and His Coin Sorting Machine

CoinWeek Podcast #83: Tim Rathjan and His Coin Sorting Machine Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Tim Rathjan is a coin dealer and inventor. He is obsessed with coins and has spent the past few years developing a custom-built coin recognition technology […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Coin Boards with David Lange – 4K Video

The story of coin boards is the story of the coin hobby in America. NGC Research Director Davie Lange is the hobby’s leading expert in vintage coin boards. Coin boards, introduced in the 1930s, brought a new way to collect coins and the general public quickly caught on. David Lange describes some of the earliest […]

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CoinWeek: Private Lot Viewing: Stack’s Bowers 2017 ANA Rarities Night Sale – 4K Video

Go behind the scenes of the hobby’s most important rare coin markets with CoinWeek’s Private Lot Viewing 4K Videos. In this episode, editor Charles Morgan sits down with Stack’s Bowers’ Vicken Yegparian to discuss three amazing lots from the firm’s Rarities Night auction at the 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money. They discuss the 1794 […]

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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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United States 2015 Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge 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, the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks or other national sites in each state, […]

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Highlights from Sonny Henry’s June 13 Coin & Currency Auction

By Sonny Henry’s Auction Service and CoinWeek News Staff…. The June 13, 2015 Coin & Currency Auction, & Mail Bid of the Northern Illinois, & Tennessee Collections & others conducted by SONNY HENRY’S AUCTION SERVICE of Mendota, IL was held at the Midwest Center for Christian Living Lasalle, IL. It was very fast paced, and […]

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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Franklin Half Dollars

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale In this installment of Grading Coins, I’m going to talk about the popular Franklin half dollar series. The Franklin half dollar was struck for just fifteen years, from 1948 to 1963. It was replaced in 1964 by the Kennedy half dollar. The circumstances behind the release of that […]

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On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards. Video: 11.07.

Think modern coins are boring? Think again. Adapted from Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker’s in-depth article, On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards, this CoinWeek original production digs deep into this often overlooked modern issue and asks the question, what is the “optimum collecting grade” for an issue where more than 1.6 billion examples were struck. […]

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Central States Numismatic Society 76th Convention Wrap-up with Kevin Foley – VIDEO: 4:21

Kevin Foley, Convention Chairman, Central States Numismatic Society; Interviewer: David Lisot. Kevin Foley talks about the 76th annual CSNS Convention, including its expanded bourse and Civil War Lecture Series. He shares why exhibits are so important to the convention and about naming the Best of Show Exhibit Award after the Hendricksons of SilverTowne. Copyright © […]

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CoinWeek Video: Mercury Dimes Counterfeit Detection with Bill Fivaz (9:57).

Cherrypicker’s Guide editor and renowned coin expert Bill Fivaz gave an informative class on counterfeit detection in the popular Mercury dime series at the January 2015 FUN Show in Orlando, Florida. This video segment highlights many of Bill’s valuable insights. Copyright © CoinWeek April 2015 COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: Building the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set, Part 4: Barber and Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ………. We continue our guide to the Ultimate 20th Century Type Set by focusing on the century’s forgotten denomination, the half dollar. For many Americans, the fact that the United States continues to produce a half dollar would come as a surprise. The coin hasn’t been a […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Expand Online Numismatic Bookstore

Kolbe & Fanning have been augmenting their online bookstore, substantially expanding offerings of numismatic books for direct retail sale at fixed prices. Their online bookstore, on the main Kolbe & Fanning website at www.numislit.com, currently includes over 1350 titles spanning the entire world of numismatics. While many numismatists associate Kolbe & Fanning strictly with auctions, […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions President Julie Abrams Discusses Regency XI Auction

Julie Abrams, Legend Rare Coin Auctions Interviewer: Charles Morgan, CoinWeek.com…….. In January of 2015, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sat down at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ booth at the Florida United Numismatists Convention to talk to LRCA President Julie Abrams about the featured collected consignments in the upcoming Regency XI Rare Coin Auction, which will be held on February […]

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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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The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle, Part 2

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com Last week, it was tech specs and design. This week, I wanted to talk about the Morgan dollar and American Silver Eagle’s “eye appeal”–specifically, toning and strike. By extension, the topic covers some aspects of the series’ collectibility.   Toning Morgan dollars are some of the most beautifully toned American coins. […]

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World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Signed by President Obama

By Coinweek News Staff…. As the nations of the world begin to honor those who died one hundred years ago in what is called the first World War, the president signed legislation on December 16 that authorizes the US Mint to produce commemorative coins that honor America’s veterans of that conflict. The World War I […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for less than $500 each, Part 10: Walking Liberty Half Dollars

  Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #255  A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds… For less than $500 per coin, a set of Walking Liberty half dollars ‘by date’ (including U.S. Mint locations) can be completed with circulated representatives of some ‘early […]

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Bowers: Curious, but True!

by Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers   • Jefferson nickels should actually be called Jefferson coppers, as they contain much more copper (75%) than nickel (25%). • Did the colony of Maryland have its own mint circa 1660? There are some authorizations for and mentions of such, but so far as is known, all Maryland coins were […]

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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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