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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in June 2021

In addition to faring well in internet sales during the month of June, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Costa Mesa, California, and Dallas, Texas. Here are ten examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1942-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar in MS-68 […]

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ANA Honors Distinguished Numismatists With Awards

Every year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) recognizes members who go above and beyond with their service and dedication to numismatics. The following awards, which are presented at the World’s Fair of Money, will be awarded during the Member & Awards Celebration, Thursday, August 12 at 3 p.m. in room 25/26. Adna G. Wilde Jr. […]

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NGC Promotes Eric Hogan to Grading Finalizer

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is pleased to announce that Eric Hogan has been promoted to Grading Finalizer. Hogan’s promotion reflects his numismatic knowledge, exceptional grading ability, and dedication to the hobby as well as his adherence to NGC’s principles of accuracy, consistency and integrity. Hogan began collecting coins at the age of 12, later to […]

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Developments and Preliminary Release for the Roman Republican Die Project

By Lucia Carbone and Liv M. Yarrow for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Nearly three decades ago, Richard Schaefer began collecting images of Roman Republican coins and organizing these images by one die, either obverse or reverse based on which was most distinctive for each type (Figs. 1 and 2). In Summer 2020, the American […]

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High Mint State Full Head Type 1 Standing Liberty Quarter, Registry-Quality 1928 $20 Saint at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Sunday Auction #1180 from David Lawrence Rare Coins is now LIVE and features 430 total lots including 25 Vault Values and 175 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a boldly detailed 1820 25c PCGS MS63 (Small 0), an extremely tough 1840-O 25c […]

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Mint Error Coin Chronicles: Partial Collars

Fascinating errors illustrate mechanical difficulties when seating blanks   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is one of the world’s leading authority on mint errors, a popular segment of numismatics. In Mint Error Coin Chronicles, we take an in-depth look at a specific kind of mint error. This month’s topic is Partial Collars. A Partial Collar error […]

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More Than $6 Million in Rare US Coins Sold in Heritage Summer FUN Auction

Two classic rarities shone brightly as Heritage’s July 13-15 Summer FUN Auction brought in excess of $6.1 million USD to its consignors. This auction was held at Heritage’s Dallas headquarters, with lot viewing opportunities provided at the July Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The 1884 Trade Dollar […]

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World-Class Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers Auction for ANA World’s Fair of Money in August

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to announce their Official Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money, hosted from Griffin Studios, their state-of-the-art auction venue in Costa Mesa, California. This offering will be remembered as a milestone in United States numismatics, highlighted by the Proof-68 (PCGS) Sultan of Muscat-Childs-Pogue 1804 Class I silver dollar, the […]

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Collectors Loan “Magnificent 7” $15+ Million Group of Classic U.S. Coins for Display at World’s Fair of Money

Exhibits hosted by Tangible Investments features examples of some of the finest known coins, including 1880 Coiled Hair and Flowing Hair “Stellas”   A virtual mini-museum of superb quality, seldom-seen U.S. numismatic rarities from private collections will be displayed to the public by Tangible Investments of Laguna Beach, California at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) […]

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Heritage Showcase Auctions Feature Dutton Collection of US Coins, Colonial Valley Collection of Colonial Notes

The Bruce M. Dutton Collection Showcase Auction Preliminary bidding has already begun in the latest Showcase auction from Heritage featuring selections from the collection of Bruce M. Dutton. Bidding will culminate in a live session scheduled for 6 PM CT on Thursday, July 29. All bidding will take place exclusively through Coins.HA.com. This auction features […]

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Kennedy Half Dollars Back in Full Force

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Kennedy half dollar, struck since 1964 to honor President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, have not been issued for circulation since 2002. Since that time, the coins have been sold in rolls and bags at a premium by the United States Mint, allowing collectors […]

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Isabella: The Mother of All U.S. Commemorative Quarters

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The original Washington quarter was intended as just a one-year commemorative. Yet John Flanagan’s obverse design has endured for nearly 90 years with the reverse motifs in constant flux over the last two decades. The Statehood quarters and National Parks series have both made the commemorative quarter a mainstay […]

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1891 Double Eagle Rarity Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2021 World’s Fair of Money Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Beginning in 1877, the denomination listed on the double eagle was expanded from TWENTY D. to TWENTY DOLLARS, ushering in the Type 3 design that would be used until the series conclusion in 1907. These three decades witnessed some of the lowest mintages of the entire […]

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How Much is a 2020 Tokyo Olympics Medal Worth

Precious Metals Wholesaler Dillon Gage Metals Unveils Olympian Gold and Silver Secrets   By Dillon Gage Metals …… This year, one of the world’s largest precious metals wholesale trading firms, Dillon Gage Metals, is sharing secrets behind the globally recognized Olympic medals athletes train so hard to obtain. The value of an Olympic medal is […]

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Joe Orlando Departs Collectors Universe, Executive Chairman Nat Turner Takes Over as CEO

Company Will Further Invest in Tech & Expansion of Services to Scale, Increase Operational Capacity, Best Serve its Customers & Support Growth of the Hobby   Collectors Universe, one of the leading collectible authentication and grading companies, announces that Joe Orlando, who has spent over 20 years with the company, has made the decision to […]

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United States Mint Issues New Terms for Bulk Purchase Program to Improve Online Order System

To address the extraordinarily high volume of automated web robot (BOT) traffic targeted at the Mint’s online sales site (www.catalog.usmint.gov) and to prevent the type of disruptions that Mint customers experienced during the initial pre-order window for the Morgan and Peace dollars, the United States Mint has now identified and implemented a solution that we […]

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1898-S Barber Quarter, 1846/5-O $10 Gold Eagle Variety Among David Lawrence Rare Coin Highlights

Sunday Auction #1179 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 425 total lots including 25 Vault Values and 105 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a colorfully toned Gem 1835 H10c PCGS MS66+ (Large Date, Large 5C); a […]

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Jeff Garrett: When US Coins Were Minted in Georgia

The Dahlonega Mint struck numerous gold coins that can add a unique twist to your collection Contrary to popular belief, the first significant discovery of gold in the United States was not in California in 1848 but in the lower Piedmont area of North Carolina in 1799. Conrad Reed, the son of a local farmer, […]

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The Roman Republican Die Project Progresses: Ancient Coins at the ANS

The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP) of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) has completed its first significant data upload. This platform, which launched as a functional integrated database system in December 2020, is searchable at numismatics.org/rrdp/ and focuses on Roman coinage from the period of the Roman Republic (509 – 27 BCE). The project relies […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Many–probably most–coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two sides. There may be some difference in the perceived importance or generality of their information, but each side may convey its information independently of the other. Thus, arbitrary conventions exist […]

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Ancient and Medieval Coins With Two-Sided Legends

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Many–probably most–coins do not have any inherent directionality in the images or legends on their two sides. There may be some difference in the perceived importance or generality of their information, but each side may convey its information independently of the other. Thus, arbitrary conventions exist […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces ANA World Paper Money Sale

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has announced that their August ANA World Paper Money Sale has been finalized and is posted on their website StacksBowers.com. With the bidding now open, collectors have the opportunity to add treasures to their collections as many critical and heavily collected areas of World Paper are represented in the offering. The sale […]

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Young Numismatists Receive ANA 2021 College Scholarships

  The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has awarded 2021 college scholarships to Paige Price from Bolivar, Missouri, and Madeline Rodriguez from Evanston, Illinois. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use toward tuition at an institution of their choice. “The annual scholarship is an opportunity for the American Numismatic Association to expand on its […]

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Notable Coin Auction Price Realizations at GreatCollections in June 2021

Proof Civil War Date Gold, 1946 Walker Set All-Time Auction Records By Ian Russell – President, GreatCollections.com …… June was another very strong month at GreatCollections, with spirited bidding across all coin series and categories. The coin market has enjoyed a significant lift over the past few months, with new serious collectors entering the market. […]

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How a Coin Gets Bad Karma – And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner ……. I recently sold an interesting coin (details to follow) and the entire process, which was reasonably quick and painless for both myself and the buyer, got me to thinking: can a coin get bad karma and if it does what does it take for it to […]

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Russian and Soviet Banknotes on Offer at Stack’s Bowers August ANA World Currency Auction

By Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… North Caucasian Soviet Socialist Republic 1918 10 Rubles Specimen The official World Paper Money auction from Stack’s Bowers Galleries for the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature an incredibly rare Russia North Caucasus note as lot 30438, a P-S447as North Caucasian S.S.R. 1918 […]

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Künker eLive Auction 67: Ancient, World Coins and Military Orders and Decorations

Künker eLive Auction 67 is online. From now on you can study all pieces of the upcoming auction at your leisure. You can expect more than 1,500 lots, from the ancient world to modern times – as well as more than 900 lots of orders and decorations. The auction begins on Monday evening with rarities […]

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Brazilian Coins Presented in Heritage Showcase Auction

The latest Showcase auction of World & Ancient Coins from Heritage Auctions features A Special Selection of Brazilian Coins, Part III, offered entirely without reserve. This auction, a followup to our earlier offerings in July and November of 2020, features Brazilian selections for all numismatic budgets. These lots are open for bidding now, ending with […]

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Gold Bullion Spotlight: The South Africa Krugerrand

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… South Africa 1967 Krugerrand PCGS MS67 The modern bullion coin market wouldn’t exist without the forerunner that, at one point, was the world’s most traded bullion unit: the South African Krugerrand. While bullion gold was quite common prior to the Krugerrand’s introduction in 1967, the coin’s convenient one-ounce form […]

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Classic U.S. Gold Coins: The 1854-O Half Eagle Gets “Discovered”

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   CoinWeek Content Partner   The 1854-O is the second-most-available No Motto half eagle from the New Orleans Mint. According to the 2020 edition of my book Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint, 1838-1909, there are 225-275+ known – with as many as 80-100 in AU grades, plus […]

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Long Beach Expo Coin Show Returns in September 2021 Near PCGS Headquarters

Professional Coin Grading Service celebrates the first Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show in more than one year after several cancelations related to COVID-19   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) heralds the return of the Long Beach Expo Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show in Long Beach, California, just a […]

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Arizona Collection of U.S. Large Cents to be Offered at Heritage Auctions

1794 S-48 Starred Reverse Chapman Discovery Coin among highlights featured during Jan. 5-10 FUN Auction   A discerning eye taking advantage of important opportunities led to the formation of The Arizona Collection of United States Large Cents, a special collection named after the home state of the shrewd collectors who assembled it. The trove features […]

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CCG to Hire Top Videogame Experts to Launch New Grading Service

The Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) is seeking to hire top videogame experts to lead a new division — CGC Video Games — that will be dedicated to expert and impartial video game certification. CGC Video Games will be the latest division of CGC, the world’s leading certification service for comic books, trading cards, magazines, concert […]

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NGC Photo Proofs – Something I’ve Never Seen Before

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. One of the aspects of numismatics that I find particularly enjoyable is reading vintage books and periodicals and, through the information contained in them, trying to formulate an understanding of the hobby’s landscape at different points in time. This research does not always yield major breakthroughs in the way […]

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NGC Photo Proofs – Something I’ve Never Seen Before

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   One of the aspects of numismatics that I find particularly enjoyable is reading vintage books and periodicals and, through the information contained in them, trying to formulate an understanding of the hobby’s landscape at different points in time. This research does not always yield major breakthroughs in the […]

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Classic US Key Dates Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1178 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 380 total lots including 25 Vault Values and 55 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a beautiful Gem key date 1909-S VDB 1c PCGS MS65 RD, a registry-quality […]

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Stunning Gold Aureus of Macrinus – A Connoisseur’s Dream

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… The upcoming Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money from Stack’s Bowers Galleries will present a tremendous array of stunning ancient coins emanating from various well-cultivated collections. A standout among them is a dazzling and lustrous gold aureus of Roman emperor […]

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Summer FUN July 13-15 Heritage Auction Accepting Bids Now

Heritage Auctions World Headquarters in Dallas will host the July Summer FUN auction although lot viewing will take place at the Expo in Orlando. Highlights include an 1884 Trade dollar (Ex: Norweb), some great early type coins, plus plenty of branch mint gold. The Premier Session is Tuesday evening, July 13, followed by a robust […]

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Exceptional Macon Georgia Red Seal Serial Number 1 Sheet in Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

By Manning Garrett – Paper Money Consultant, Stack’s Bowers …… The Stack’s Bowers Galleries official United States Currency auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature an uncut sheet of (4) Fr. 588 $5 1902 Red Seal Serial Number 1 Notes from the Citizens National Bank (Charter #8990) of Macon, Georgia, graded Choice […]

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Ohio Budget Bill Reinstates Investment Bullion and Coin Sales Tax Exemption

The Ohio 2022–2023 budget reinstates the sales tax exemption for the purchases of investment metal bullion and investment coins that was eliminated in the previous budget. Two bills, House Bill 268 and House Bill 110, had the possibility of reinstating the exemption, with the budget bill, HB110, succeeding. The Ohio Senate Finance Committee and Ohio […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents Loch Ness Collection of Scottish Coins in ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to feature the Loch Ness Collection of Scottish Coins in their Official World Coin Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It is a landmark cabinet that will stand as a reference of quality and rarity for generations to come. It provides a magnificent showcase across six centuries of […]

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Managing the ANS Collection: An Interview With Elena Stolyarik

By Austin Andrews for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Dr. Elena Stolyarik, Collections Manager at the American Numismatic Society (ANS), has held nearly every single one of the Society’s over 800,000 objects. As a critical member of the curatorial staff, the Collections Manager diligently maintains the Society’s vast, encyclopedic holdings of coins and currency, medals […]

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The Liberty Nickel: Twice Controversial

By Kathleen Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The Liberty nickel, also referred to as the “V” nickel, is a simple design by Charles E. Barber featuring Liberty’s head on the obverse and a Roman numeral V on the reverse within a wreath. They were struck in copper-nickel, the same alloy being used already in the three-cent […]

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Results of Künker 50th Anniversary Auction 350 of German and World Coins

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, On July 1, the 350th auction sale from Künker ended with great success! We would like to thank our bidders and consignors from the bottom of our hearts for the great trust you have once again placed in us! We would also like to thank you for the numerous congratulations […]

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Great CAC-pectations: Collecting U.S. Gold Coins by CAC Approval

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In recent years, I’ve come across a number of new collectors who are “CAC only” buyers. In the past, I’ve dealt with many collectors who are “CAC preferred” when it comes to coins, but these new collectors absolutely insist every coin they buy must be CAC-approved. […]

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The Semi-Key Canadian Cents of the 1920s

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… A new era in Canadian numismatics commenced when Canada replaced its large cent with the smaller-sized one-cent coin in May 1920. The move was made due to the economics behind rising copper prices and the shrinking consumer value of a cent. Canada’s large cent weighs 5.67 grams and has […]

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Heritage Summer Hong Kong World Coin, Currency Auctions Exceed $10.5 Million

Rare Chinese dollar coins were the focus as Heritage’s June 23-25 auctions of World and Ancient Coins and rare World Paper Money raised over $10.5 million for their consignors. These auctions were held in conjunction with the biannual Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF). All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. A magnificent “Standard Pattern” […]

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Exceptional Mint State 1927-S Saint Gaudens $20 Featured in Stack’s Bowers August 2021 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… For the numismatist assembling a set of Saint-Gaudens double eagles, the later issues present a formidable challenge, even when the 1933 double eagle is excluded. Most were struck at the mints, then immediately set aside in Treasury vaults where they sat until the early 1930s when […]

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Unique Wass Molitor $20 Gold Featured in August GreatCollections Auction

The California territorial is one of the great rarities of the pioneer series   GreatCollections has been selected to auction the unique 1855 Wass Molitor Twenty Dollar gold coin, Kagin K-8a, graded AU-50 by PCGS and approved by CAC. One of only four known examples of this extremely rare Large Head Wass Molitor Twenty, it […]

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Dr. Ralph W. Ross to Become ANA’s 62nd President at Chicago World’s Fair of Money

Voting members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) have chosen a new president and vice president, and soon will be welcoming three new individuals and six incumbents to its Board of Governors for the 2021-23 election term. Incoming President Dr. Ralph W. Ross and Vice President-elect Joseph E. Boling will be joined by new board […]

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Legend Rare Coins to Offer Chicago Collection of Early Half Dollars in Regency Auction 47

Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) is proud to announce the Chicago Collection of Early Half Dollars, which includes the #1 PCGS Registry Set of Early Half Dollars, and a complete Red Book Variety Bust Half Set. This incredible collection features over 30 coins that are at least tied for finest known honors at PCGS, including […]

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David Lawrence Offers Gem 19th-Century Classic US Coins in Latest Auction

Sunday Auction #1177 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features over 500 lots including 25 Vault Values and over 175 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a tough Gem 1897-S 25c PCGS MS65+, a registry-quality 1901-O $1 PCGS […]

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Jeff Garrett: A Guide to Collecting Morgan Silver Dollars

The popular and abundant silver dollar makes a great addition to any collection   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of Morgan Silver Dollars and the beginning of Peace Silver Dollars. The year 1921 was momentous for the numismatic world, and 2021 is […]

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Uncirculated 1863 $20 Legal Tender Note Presented in Stack’s Bowers ANA Currency Auction

By Peter Treglia – Director of Currency, Stack’s Bowers …… The official Stack’s Bowers Galleries United States Currency auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature an Uncirculated Fr. 126b 1863 $20 Legal Tender Note. Continuing the general design used on the $20 Demand Notes, the face displays Liberty standing at center with […]

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Blackstone Tactical Opportunities to Acquire NGC and Certified Collectibles Group

Blackstone (NYSE:BX) announced today that funds managed by its Tactical Opportunities business have agreed to acquire a majority stake in the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) in a transaction valuing the company at more than $500 million USD. Mark Salzberg, CCG’s founder, and Steven R. Eichenbaum, CCG’s CEO, will retain a significant minority stake. Additional investors […]

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California Fractional Gold Featured in July 22 Heritage Showcase Auction

One of the Showcase auctions now open for bidding from Heritage Auctions is the July 22 California Fractional Gold Showcase Auction, a selection of 58 pieces of California fractional gold. These very small coins, privately struck in California from the 1850s to the 1880s, were minted in both octagonal and round shapes. Obverses commonly depict […]

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Royal Numismatic Society Awards Gilljam Prize to ANS Author George Watson

By American Numismatic Society (ANS) ……   The UK’s Royal Numismatic Society has awarded its Gilljam Prize for Third-Century Numismatics to George Watson’s book Connections, Communities, and Coinage: The System of Coin Production in Southern Asia Minor, AD 218–276 (Numismatic Studies 39). The prize, awarded every two years, recognizes the book or article that represents […]

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Stack’s Bowers August ANA Auction to Feature Landmark 1827/3/2 Quarter Dollar Rarity

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the Mickley/Norweb specimen of the 1827/3/2 Original quarter. This example, one of many exciting highlights of our Official Auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money, is graded Proof-65 Cameo by PCGS, and has been approved by CAC. Our catalog and website, StacksBowers.com, will feature an extensive history […]

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NGC Celebrates 50 Million Coins, Tokens and Medals Certified

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has now certified more than 50 million coins, tokens, and medals, becoming the first third-party coin grading service to reach this milestone. Fifty million coins represents numismatic rarities from the dawn of coinage to the modern day, some recovered from the depths of the ocean, and others that have been flown […]

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Mules and Blocks on Bucks: PCGS Certified Paper Money

By Philip Thomas for PCGS ……   It isn’t every day that a United States banknote variety that is currently unlisted in the foremost reference catalog enters the PCGS grading room. That is why our banknote team was more than a little bit surprised after encountering a note previously unknown to researchers and collectors active […]

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Error Coin Auction From Heritage Scheduled for July 15

Mint errors take center stage again in Heritage Auctions’ latest Error Coinage Showcase Auction. Bidding is open now, with the concluding Live Session scheduled for 6:00 PM CT on Thursday, July 15. All bidding will take place through coins.HA.com. From the Errorpalooza Collection comes a 2000-P Sacagawea Dollar, Struck on a Quarter Planchet, graded MS66 […]

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Over $7.8 Million in U.S. Coins Sold in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ June 2021 Auction

Over $7.8 million in United States coins and Numismatic American was sold in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Showcase Auction, the first event hosted at the state-of-the-art auction studio in the firm’s Costa Mesa, California headquarters. Streamed live in high-definition across a variety of platforms, the June Auction served as the latest demonstration of […]

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CCG Continues Hiring Push; Targets 500 Sarasota Employees by Summer’s End

Certified Collectibles Group (CCG), one of the largest private employers in the Sarasota-Manatee area, is excited to announce its goal of employing 500 people at its headquarters in Sarasota’s Lakewood Ranch community by the end of summer. To hit this target, CCG is offering a $2,500 sign-on bonus for new employees who start by September […]

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Heritage Opens Colonial Showcase, Hong Kong Auctions of US and World Currency

The Colonial Valley Part II Showcase Auction The latest Showcase auction of currency from Heritage Auctions features Part II of The Colonial Valley Collection, and it is open for bidding at Currency.HA.com. As might be expected from the name of the collection, virtually the entire offering consists of Colonial notes. This auction is scheduled to […]

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Charlotte Gold, SS Brother Jonathan Double Eagle Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1176 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 325 lots including 40 Vault Values, 80 No Reserve Lots, and a selection of new offerings from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a popular variety 1969-S […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offers 1880 $1,000 Legal Tender Note, Rare Mexican Currency at August ANA Auction

1880 $1000 Legal Tender Note from the Tarzan Collection By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… One of the highlights of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August Official United States Currency Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money is a Fr.187j 1880 $1000 Legal Tender Note from the Tarzan Collection. Just 14 […]

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PCGS President Brett Charville Stepping Down

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) President Brett Charville has announced he will be leaving the company but will remain part of the PCGS team while a successor is selected. “I’ve enjoyed and valued my time as President, and I’m ready for the next challenge,” Charville states. “This role has been the experience of a lifetime. […]

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Napoleon I Essai, Basel “Glückhennentaler” in Gold Among World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We hope everyone is doing well and that you may have some nice summer plans in store. This month we have brought together quite an interesting selection of coins and medals for your consideration. If you see something of interest, we look forward to hearing from you. Atlas Numismatics remains actively […]

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New Handbook on Swedish Coins and Banknotes Now Available

By Coin & Currency Institute …… A new book on all the coins of Sweden from 995 to 2021 is now available in a compact, 512-page, full color, 8.25×5.75 inch format, and at a price of just $9.95 USD (plus $5.75 postage & handling). Myntårsboken 995-2021 (or Coin Yearbook 995-2021), is by the Swedish numismatist […]

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First Display in Nearly a Decade of Rare 1921 Roman Finish Proof Saint-Gaudens $20

The 1921 Proof Double Eagle discovered in 2006 and the recently discovered 1854-S Half Eagle will both be exhibited at the 2021 Summer FUN Convention   Not known to exist until 2006, the 1921 Roman Finish Proof Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle authenticated and graded NGC PF64+ CAC will be publicly displayed in July for the […]

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Numismatic History: The Trouble With Names

By David Hill for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ……   Du Bois was a big name at the United States Mint in the 19th century. Or was it DuBois? Dubois? du Bois? This kind of thing can drive you crazy when writing, though it can be even worse when you have to speak these historical […]

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18th-Century Rarities Shine as June Heritage Auction Nears $12 Million

The most recent Signature Auction of US Coins, held June 17-20 by Heritage Auctions, saw close to $11.7 million in rare coins change hands, paced by a number of outstanding offerings from the 18th century. All told, over 1,100 coins changed hands, with well over 99% of the offerings in this auction selling. All prices […]

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Five Brief Takes: Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Early US gold is defined as quarter eagles, half eagles, and eagles struck between 1795 and 1834. These issues have long been very popular with collectors. They are mostly collected by type, but a few well-heeled individuals specialize in date sets of specific denominations. As a […]

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NCBA Seeks Dealer Data to Help Combat State Efforts Against Bullion Sales Tax Exemptions

The National Coin & Bullion Association (NCBA) is fighting to preserve sales-tax exemptions on coins, paper money, and precious-metals bullion in 39 states, and we are also working to gain such an exemption in the 11 states that do not currently have one. We are currently seeking 400 coin and precious metals dealers to take […]

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An Extremely Rare Platinum Russian Coin Graded by PCGS

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Russia 1845 СПБ 6 Rubles – Ex Hutten-Czapski and Mikhailovich Collections – PCGS PR65DCAM For Russian numismatics, there are many rarities and highly desirable coins. In a recent submission that came into the PCGS Europe office in Paris, a coin was submitted that meets many “dream” categories for those […]

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Part II of Mike Coltrane Collection of US Paper Money From Heritage Auctions Open for Bidding

The first installment of The Mike Coltrane Collection in November 2020 was enthusiastically received, which came as no surprise to us here at Heritage Auctions. Mike collected for four decades, with many of his notes never having appeared before at public sale. Furthermore, he has been universally well-liked and respected within the hobby, both as […]

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Newly Discovered 1794 Dollar to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers August ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to present a newly discovered 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar in their official auction for the 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money this August. Discovered in an accumulation by a UK dealer over 25 years ago, this piece is a newcomer to the census of known examples and was only […]

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Künker Summer Auction Sale #350: Popken Collection and Rarities From Germany

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, Künker takes pride in the fact that so many clients trust us, not only when they are building a collection but also when it comes to making their collection re-enter the cycle of collecting. The lösers we are able to offer you in this auction come from the Friedrich Popken […]

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Jeff Garrett: The World’s Most Valuable Coin

The 1933 Double Eagle reigns today, but other rarities could one day hold numismatics’ top spot   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The 1933 Double Eagle that realized $18,900,000 USD in a Sotheby’s sale earlier this month was stunning news for the numismatic community. The final hammer price shattered the previous […]

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Walking Liberty Collection Earns Nearly $1 Million in Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Auction

The magnificent Lulu Collection of Walking Liberty half dollars realized over $971,000 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction, setting a new benchmark for quality and value in this popular Short Set category. A Short Set comprises the second part of the two-folder set for Walking Liberty half dollars produced by Whitman […]

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GreatCollections Marks Its Millionth Auction with Civil War Gold Rarity

By CoinWeek …..   On Sunday, June 27, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com in a landmark auction for an important U.S. gold rarity. The auction listing is the company’s one millionth; the coin is an 1864 gold eagle Proof, graded PF 65 Ultra Cameo by NGC and CAC approved. In total, 50 Proof coins were struck […]

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Mark Salzberg: Charles Morgan Is the Leader We Need for the ANA Board of Governors

With a visionary perspective and commitment to creating relevance for new and younger collectors, Charles Morgan will serve the ANA well   Dear Fellow Numismatists: For more than 130 years, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) has been the country’s preeminent coin collecting organization, providing the hobby with support and leadership by encouraging new collectors, organizing […]

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1907 High Relief Wire Edge Double Eagle, Key Date 1804 Quarter Among Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Sunday Auction #1175 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 294 lots including 40 Vault Values, 40 No Reserve Lots and a selection of new offerings from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a key date 1804 […]

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From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part III

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… Links to Part I | Part II Many factors converge to create the attraction and desirability of pre-1950 Chinese currency to worldwide collectors, investors, and history enthusiasts. This is especially true of the notes issued by the Bank of Communications (BofComm). One […]

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Coin Board News Number 59 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 59 — Summer 2021   ONLY ONE MORE TO GO It’s been nearly a year since the publication of my book Coin Collecting Albums—A Complete History & Catalog, Volume Three: Whitman Publishing Company Folders and Albums 1940-1978. In […]

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Contemporary Chinese Coins Gaining on Century-Old Counterparts at Heritage Auctions’ HKINF Event

Highlights make world premiere at Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair official auctions June 25-27   A collector’s pick of world and ancient coins among the nearly 1,000 lots on offer may see contemporary Chinese coins ready to grow in market share at this spring’s Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) official auctions. The coin show […]

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SS Central America Foreign Gold Coins Set Record Prices in Goldberg’s Auction

  The allure of coveted treasure from the fabled “Ship of Gold”, SS Central America, resulted in record bids of up to eight times pre-sale estimates for 76 world gold coins in an auction conducted by Ira and Larry Goldberg in Los Angeles and online on June 15, 2021. “This was the first time these […]

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The Early Coinage of Modern Lebanon—An Array of High Grade Offerings

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following World War I and the demise of the once vast and powerful Ottoman Empire, various parts of the realm were partitioned off, including the land that makes up present-day Lebanon. In this case, France held a mandate officially meant to foster future states, […]

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Proof Franklin Half Dollars: A Date-by-Date Analysis

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The short-lived Proof version of the popular Walking Liberty half dollar was discontinued during World War II as metals were scarce and the country’s attention was focused on more important things. During the economic hardships that followed the war, the United States Mint didn’t begin striking proof coinage again […]

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Proof Franklin Half Dollars: A Date-by-Date Analysis

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The short-lived Proof version of the popular Walking Liberty half dollar was discontinued during World War II as metals were scarce and the country’s attention was focused on more important things. During the economic hardships that followed the war, the United States Mint didn’t begin striking proof coinage again […]

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A Caffeinated Tour of the American Numismatic Society Collection

By John Thomassen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… In the world of humorous coffee shop signs, there is one that has always rung particularly true for this numismatic devotee: “I Don’t Drink Coffee To Wake Up, I Wake Up To Drink Coffee.” For many, coffee and tea drinks are mere caffeine delivery systems with […]

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PCGS Around the World – The Thailand Pattern Coin From Paris That Was Too Late

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Many pattern coins are created as samplings, with their rejection caused by the selection of another design. However, for Thailand pattern coins made by the Paris Mint, the design never went into issue for another reason: the death of the beloved monarch King Rama V. It may be hard […]

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VAMs and Dimple Morgan Dollars Reflected in Month-Long Auction

The latest month-long auction of US coins from Heritage Auctions focuses on the ever-popular Morgan Dollar series, with an offering consisting of VAM varieties as well as Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike Morgans. This auction is open for bidding now, with the concluding live session scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 at 6 PM CT. This […]

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Stack’s Bowers Featuring Exceptional Fine Style Lysimachos Tetradrachm in June CCO Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… With over 200 lots of ancient coins in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Ancient and World Collectors Choice Online (CCO) Auction, there are numerous exciting highlights. One particular standout is a silver tetradrachm of the Thracian king Lysimachos, who had served as one […]

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Changes Coming to All Three Sides of the 2021 American Silver Eagle: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The West Point Mint, which produces bullion and collector precious metal coinage for the United States Mint, recently struck the final Type 1 2021 American Silver Eagle and the first batch of the Type 2 coins you have likely heard about. Mint Director David J. Ryder personally struck the final […]

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Heritage Now Accepting Bids for June 17-20 US Coins Signature Auction

The rare coin market continues to show strength in nearly all areas, especially among the hobby’s greatest rarities. Nearly all series are strong. Most recently, Heritage Auctions’ Central States Auction set several records on its way to more than $42 million in prices realized for U.S. coins alone. Total auction proceeds exceeded the $50 million […]

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Banknote Book of World Paper Money Acquired by CDN Publishing

In a major industry announcement, CDN Publishing has agreed to acquire the collection of world paper money catalogs edited by Owen Linzmayer and published under the name of The Banknote Book (BNB). The Banknote Book consists of nearly 300 different chapters of world banknotes, based on the issuing country. Linzmayer has been working on the […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

Posted by Max Spiegel for NGC …….. Three Cent nickels were struck in 75% copper and 25% nickel with a silver-gray color, but the coin submitted to NGC appeared to be made entirely out of copper. Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®), a professional coin conservation company affiliated with NGC, recently received a coin that the submitter […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction Highlights More From Hansen Collection

Sunday Auction #1174 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 365 lots including 25 Vault Values, 65 No Reserve Lots, and a selection of new offerings from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a colorful key date […]

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Two-Headed British Pattern Coin Among World Rarities in MDC Monaco Sale

An extremely rare British Gold Pattern Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is among the offerings in a sale presented by renowned European auction house MDC Monaco. It is one of more than a dozen NGC-certified coins that have a starting price over € 100,000 in the sale, which is being held on June […]

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The Silver Shortage and How It’s Affecting You: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, there have been some amazing developments regarding silver bullion and the silver market – the wholesale and retail markets as well as investing in silver through ETFs, or Exchange Traded Funds. After dipping in 2019, the combined demand from those who […]

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Highlights From Robert Adam Collection of U.S. Tokens and Medals in Stack’s Bowers June CCO Auction

The Robert Adam Collection of U.S. Tokens and Medals comprises more than 450 lots with nearly 600 individual items, making it one of the most extensive collections of its kind that Stack’s Bowers Galleries has had the privilege of bringing to auction in recent years. The core of the collection is an impressive holding of […]

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Scott Travers Endorses Charles Morgan for ANA Governor

SCOTT A. TRAVERS Author of The Coin Collector’s Survival Manual American Numismatic Association (ANA) Past Vice President, 1997-1999 ENDORSES CHARLES MORGAN Candidate for ANA Governor 2021   Elections are about the future, but never more so than this year, as we recover from a devastating global pandemic. We can have a visionary capable of leading […]

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Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 2

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… Link to Part 1 The second day of the ANS conference, March 24, 2021, chaired by Pere Pau Ripollès, focused on “new” coinages in the Roman provinces, namely coinages that featured the names of Roman magistrates. H. Güney focused on the bronze coinages issued in the […]

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Jeff Garrett: Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles as Starter Coins?

This rundown of the different types of Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles could be the start of an amazing coin collection   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Over the years, I have been asked dozens of times what coins a new collector should consider buying. Often, it is a bullion buyer who has […]

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Fifth 1922 Modified High Relief Peace Dollar Pattern Discovered and Certified by NGC

New research shines a light on a Peace Dollar experiment that produced coins likely still waiting to be found   When David Lange, Research Director at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), identified the first 1922 Modified High Relief Peace Dollar in 2001, very little was known about these coins. Even though they look dramatically different from […]

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Ootje Oxenaar – The Art and Application of Banknote Design

By Phil Arnold for PCGS …… On a dreary April morning in 1998, I was blearily wandering through the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I was just 17 years old at the time, and I was fortunate enough to be part of a high school music trip to Holland. Despite my interest in visual arts […]

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Anglo-Trinidadian Botanist Henry Prestoe and the 1878 Paris Expo: Stack’s Bowers

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As mentioned in a previous piece, award medals often combine the elegant and artistic elements of numismatics with interesting aspects of material culture, often relating an individual to a particular event in time. Such is the case with a fascinating silver medal in our […]

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The Once and Future Commemorative Washington Quarter

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities …… The Washington Quarter obverse is one of the longest-running U.S. coin designs. Since colonial times, the George Washington motif has been a favorite in numismatic circles. Considered the “Father of our Country”, his likeness is featured on many medals, tokens, and paper monies, including the currently circulating quarter and […]

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The Once and Future Commemorative Washington Quarter

By Dan Duncan – Pinnacle-Rarities ……   The Washington Quarter obverse is one of the longest-running U.S. coin designs. Since colonial times, the George Washington motif has been a favorite in numismatic circles. Considered the “Father of our Country”, his likeness is featured on many medals, tokens, and paper monies, including the currently circulating quarter […]

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Heritage Auctions to Feature Bullion Coins in Modern Coin Showcase Sale

Heritage is offering a Showcase Auction of Modern Collectible US Coins and Bullion, with bidding open now and continuing through a live session scheduled for 6 PM CT on Tuesday, June 29. This auction features an excellent selection of collectible US Bullion coins, along with a smattering of other modern issues. The United States Mint […]

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Magnificent 1853 Three-Cent Silver Featured in Stack’s Bowers June Costa Mesa Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Measuring just 14 mm in diameter, the silver three-cent piece is the smallest silver type ever issued by the United States Mint in both size and denomination. Across all U.S. coinage, only the Type I gold dollar is tinier at 13 mm. As such, the silver-three […]

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Two NGC-Graded Vintage Chinese Coins From NC Collection Realize Over $1 Million Each

The finest known example of a Chinese coin designed by Luigi Giorgi dazzled the coin collecting world, realizing $1.34 million at a Champion Macau auction that ended May 30, 2021. It more than quadrupled its pre-auction estimate of $150,000 to $300,000. The China YR 3 (1911) Silver Dollar Long Whiskered Dragon graded NGC MS 64 features a […]

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Gold and Platinum Premium Firefighter Coins New From CIT

A Triumph of Minting Technology: Firefighter 2021 At the beginning of this year, CIT Coin Invest released after the 2020 “Fighter Pilot” the second issue of its Real Heroes series. Honoring the heroes of 11 September 2001, a tragedy that happened exactly 20 years ago, this issue is dedicated to firefighters around the globe. A […]

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Building A Certified Grading Set of Liberty Seated Dollars

By Greg Shishmanian ….. A longtime friend and I were enjoying one of our many conversations on our favorite series when suddenly he suggested that I build a Liberty Seated Dollar (LSD) grading set. For several decades we’ve focused on acquiring premium quality (PQ) examples of each date. I’d never considered building a grading set […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in May 2021

In addition to faring well in internet sales during the month of May, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction in Las Vegas. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a larger number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1926-S Peace Dollar in MS-66 On May 2, GreatCollections sold […]

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Dillon Gage Metals Joins Responsible Jewellery Council as Members of Sustainability

Precious Metals Company Joins World Leader in Jewelry and Watch Standard-Setting   By Dillon Gage Metals …… Dillon Gage Metals, a world leader in physical precious metals trading and technology, announces its refinery is undergoing the membership certification process with the Responsible Jewellery Council, also known as RJC, the world’s leading standard-setting organization for the […]

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The New Navy in New York: Tokens, Medals and Art

By Peter van Alfen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… At the end of the American Civil War, the United States had the second-largest navy in the world after the Royal Navy of Great Britain, a result of the Union’s attempt to blockade Southern ports. By 1880, however, the US Navy had dropped to 12th […]

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David Lawrence Offers Naples Collection of US Gold Coins

Sunday Auction #1173 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features 280 lots including 35 Vault Values, 35 No Reserve Lots, and a selection of new offerings from the D.L. Hansen Collection. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is an original key date […]

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NGC Hires Keith Moon as Senior Grading Finalizer

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is excited to announce that Keith Moon, one of the country’s top coin graders, has accepted a position as Senior Grading Finalizer. He will join Mark Salzberg, Rick Montgomery, Scott Schechter, Ben Wengel, and NGC’s other top vintage coin graders, ensuring the succession and long-term consistency of NGC’s senior grading team. […]

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$100 Million Exhibit of US Type Coins From Tyrant Collection to be Displayed at World’s Fair of Money

Never-before-seen exhibit will showcase hundreds of superb condition coins, including the famous King of Siam Proof Set   For the first time ever, the public will be able to see the superb quality type set of more than 400 U.S. coins from the acclaimed Tyrant Collection at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 10-14. […]

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The 1964 Kennedy Half Dollar: History and Values

The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was a huge shock to the American nation and the world, not only because it is rare for an American president to be assassinated but also because Kennedy was widely admired. Following the enormous outpouring of national grief for the slain leader, the Johnson […]

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Unique Counterstamped 1854 New Orleans Gold Coin Returns Home

Historic sunken treasure finally back in The Big Easy after 167-year journey that included being submerged more than 7,000 feet underwater when SS Central America sank in 1857   A unique, sunken treasure gold coin that made its way from New Orleans to the California Gold Rush and then to the Panama railroad before going […]

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Carson City Coinage Featured in Heritage Month-Long Auction

Heritage Auctions is offering a month-long internet-only auction showcasing exclusively Carson City coinage. The Carson City Mint operated from 1870-1893, producing some of the most sought-after coins in US numismatic history, ranging from dimes to double eagles. This auction will be open for bidding exclusively at coins.HA.com until June 15, with the live session scheduled […]

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Tauler and Fau Auction 87 of Ancient, Spanish and World Coins Now Open Through June 9

Auction 87 from Tauler & Fau features 374 lots and closes on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, beginning at 04:00 p.m. (CEST), exclusively online. The catalogue is already available at www.tauleryfau.com. This sale features an important selection of numismatic rarities of Ancient, Spanish, and World coins. You will find among the Greek coins a rare and […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation Assists in Seizure of 40,000+ Fakes

If genuine, the intercepted counterfeits would have a retail value of about $2 million   Representatives of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF) and its Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF) on the request of the Secret Service provided on-site numismatic expertise to federal law enforcement agents in the Los Angeles area who seized more than 40,000 fake […]

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Champion Auction of NC Collection of Chinese Coins Attracts Large Bids

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. On May 29-30, Champion Auctions conducted a sale of the NC Collection of Chinese rarities certified by NGC. The collection was assembled over 45 years by Nelson Chang, a commodities trader and member of “a family of renowned collectors,” according to an earlier article by NGC. Estimates for the […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Offer Real Doge Coins of Venice in June Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… In the news a bit recently, riding the wave of crypto-mania and through the hyping of Elon Musk, Dogecoin has seen great gains as supporters attempt to make it the next bitcoin. The “currency” is based upon a popular meme from the summer of […]

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So… What’s the Third Rarest No Motto New Orleans Eagle in High Grades?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   CoinWeek Content Partner   It’s pretty obvious to specialists that the two rarest No Motto New Orleans eagle $10 gold coins in higher grades (in this case, AU55 and better) are the 1841-O and the 1859-O. But there’s a lot of competition for the number three (and four) […]

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Künker Celebrates Firm’s 50th Anniversary With Rare World Coins of Auction 350

Two anniversaries at once: 1 July 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Münzenhandlung Fritz Rudolf Künker. Additionally, Künker’s 350th auction will take place. That’s reason enough for a numismatic firework with many rarities! * * * Künker’s 350th auction will take place from 29 June to 1 July 2021. This is another […]

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1872-CC Seated Liberty Dime Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1172 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features 300 lots including 35 Vault Values and 65 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a registry quality key date 1909-S VDB 1c PCGS MS66+ RD, a rare Carson […]

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Rare World, Shipwreck Coins Set Record Sedwick Auction

Strong bids for rare world and shipwreck coins surpassed $4.07 million in Daniel Frank Sedwick’s May 7, 8, & 10 Treasure Auction 29. This is a new record for the auction firm and an indicator of a robust market for collectible coins and currency. The top-selling coin in the sale was the single finest Mexico […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #159: The Infamous 1933 Double Eagle (with David Tripp)

 CoinWeek Podcast #159: The Infamous 1933 Double Eagle (with David Tripp) 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, numismatic researcher and author David Tripp joins us to talk about the 1933 Double Eagle. You know that […]

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The Franc: A Coin, a Currency, an Orphan

By Gilles Bransbourg for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ……   The Franc is one of the oldest and most widespread currency units in the world, currently the official currency of 25 states or autonomous territories. However, the Franc was never intended to become the name of a currency until the French kingdom issued a specific […]

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Coin Question – How to Successfully Interact With a Coin Dealer

How to Ask a Coin Question by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……   CoinWeek Content Partner A day rarely passes without a non-collector calling me or emailing me with a question (or questions) about a coin or a collection of coins that they own. Some of these interactions are disasters from the get-go. Here are […]

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Certified Collectibles Group Bolsters Claim for Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Against Globant

Certified Collectibles Group (CCG), which includes eight of the world’s leading providers of authentication, grading, and conservation services for coins, paper money, comic books, trading cards, and other collectibles, announced earlier this month that it has filed a second amended complaint in its lawsuit charging international technology firm Globant S.A., along with its subsidiary Globant […]

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Finest Known 1883 No Cent Nickel, Branch Mint Gold Dollars Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Sunday Auction #1171 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features over 350 lots, including 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is the finest known 1895 25c PCGS MS67+, a key date from Carson City […]

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Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 1

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The American Numismatic Society (ANS) and the PhD Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, had the pleasure of hosting a three-day conference (March 23–25, 2021) focusing on the coinage produced in the Roman Provinces in the second and first centuries BCE (i.e., before the […]

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SS Central America Sunken Treasure World Gold Coins in Goldberg Auction

First offering of these historic coins retrieved in 2014 from the Atlantic Ocean site where the fabled “Ship of Gold” sank in 1857   Two of the finest known, very rare 1855 and 1856 Australian sovereigns–as well as an interesting mix of 74 other sunken treasure gold coins from Europe and South America that were […]

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How Best to Sell Your Rare Coins

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… Selling your rare coin collection, investment or inheritance can be either pleasant and profitable or a frustrating, nerve-wracking, and uncertain experience. Making the right choices are crucial for achieving a desirable outcome. And it can be especially trying for someone who inherited a valuable collection or accumulation, […]

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Medieval World Coins: The Allan Evans Papers

By David Yoon for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The many treasures of the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) archives include not only the Society’s own history and papers documenting the activities of many of its former staff and officers. There are also resources for researchers, many of which document the activities of numismatic collectors or […]

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Half Dimes, Coins in Old Holders Highlight Heritage Auctions

Half Dimes From Old Orchard Collection Open for Bidding The forgotten denomination of half dimes, the silver precursor to today’s nickel, is on display in Heritage’s auction of The Old Orchard Collection of Half Dimes. Bidding in this month-long auction is open now, continuing through a live session beginning at 6 PM CT (7 PM […]

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Top Pop 1935-S Buffalo Nickel Featured in Stack’s Bowers June Costa Mesa Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Produced toward the end of the Buffalo nickel series and with a relatively generous mintage of 10,300,000 coins, the 1935-S was well-positioned for a high rate of survival in Mint State. However, the soft striking detail typical of many earlier San Francisco Mint issues also haunts […]

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David Lawrence Acquires ESM Proof Half, Large Cent Collections From Harlan J. Berk, Ltd

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has purchased one of the most impressive sets of Proof Half Cents and Large Cents ever put together. In a private transaction, Mike Printz of Harlan J. Berk, Ltd (HJBLTD) and John Brush of DLRC pieced together the transfer of the nearly complete set of Proof […]

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YN Scholarships Available for First Coin University Program in San Francisco

Witter Coin Co. offers opportunity for 13-to-21 year-old scholarship recipients to learn from professionals and get hands-experience at a major coin store   Scholarship applications are now being accepted from young numismatists, ages 13 to 21, for the first Coin University program in San Francisco, California, July 24-31, 2021. As many as 25 all-expense scholarships […]

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Counterfeit World Coins: South Korea 1959 50 Hwan

There is a danger in complacency   By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Just because something is common, not very expensive, or of modern production doesn’t mean that it will not be a target for counterfeiters looking to profit from people’s complacency concerning the authenticity of such coins. Recently in a submission of modern coins […]

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Selected Results From the April Heritage Central State Auctions: A Brief Analysis

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Heritage Auctions conducted a massive sale last month in place of what would have been the annual Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) show. I didn’t count the number of lots, but I know it took me about five minutes (plus a handmade organizational chart… sigh) to […]

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Presenters Wanted for 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money Numismatic Lectures

The annual American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money is considered the biggest week of the year for collectors of coins, paper money, tokens and medals. The event features expansive educational forums led by notable speakers sharing their numismatic expertise, including the Sundman Lecture Series Symposium and Money Talks. The ANA is currently accepting […]

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Finest Known 1776 Continental Dollar Offered at Heritage Long Beach Auction

The 1776 Continental dollar is an enigmatic, complex issue that has fascinated numismatists for more than 200 years. Numismatic scholars from Sylvester Sage Crosby to Eric P. Newman and Michael Hodder studied the issue in detail, mapping out a convincing theory of the origin and purpose of the coins and classifying the numerous varieties that […]

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Historic Paquet Reverse 1861-S Double Eagle Offered in Stack’s Bowers June 2021 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1861-S Paquet Reverse is perhaps the most famous collectible Type I double eagle and is recognized well beyond the specialists of the series. Anthony C. Paquet was born in Hamburg, Germany on December 5, 1814, and arrived in Philadelphia in 1848. In early 1857, he […]

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CCG, NGC Offers $2,500 Bonus to New Employees as Hiring Push Continues

  The Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) is seeking to immediately hire dozens of employees across all of its categories and for nearly all positions, including entry-level, specialist, and management positions. All new employees will receive comprehensive, paid training by CCG. To fill the multitude of positions available, CCG is increasing its sign-on bonus* to $2,500 […]

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GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, May 16, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this rare key date 1916 Standing Liberty quarter, graded MS-61 by NGC with the Full Head (FH) designation. It is also approved by CAC as strong for the grade. At the time of writing, the MS-61 FH 1916 Standing Liberty quarter currently on […]

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Künker eLive Auction 66, Part 2: Orders and Decorations Now Online

Part 2 of Künker’s eLive Auction 66, featuring military orders and decorations, is online. From now on you can study all pieces of the upcoming auction at your leisure. The first part of our online auction contains the collection “International Red Cross” from Heinrich Baumann (1930-2011), a passionate Red Cross member from Donaueschingen. Over many […]

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Dave & Adam’s Submits Rare 1943 Bronze Cent to NGC for Certification

  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified one of the finest examples of the famed 1943 Bronze Cent, an elusive mint error highly prized by coin collectors. The coin was submitted by Dave & Adam’s Card World, a powerhouse in the world of collectible sports cards. In order to save copper for the war effort […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Super Sunday Sale Now Open

Super Sunday Special: No Interest 90-Day Layaway   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auctions (DLRC) is proud to present our May Super Sunday Sale ending Sunday night, May 23. This special auction event boasts an elite group of highlight offerings including the Rockville $3 Gold Collection, over 50 newly deaccessioned pieces from the greatest collection of […]

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NGC Registry to Recognize CAC Certified Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) is pleased to announce that the NGC Registry will recognize and score coins evaluated by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), starting May 19, 2021. This latest step reinforces the NGC Registry’s position as the hobby’s largest and most inclusive online coin collecting platform. Collectors use the Registry to display their certified coins […]

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Dr. Ursula Kampmann Chosen for Numismatic Literary Guild Board

Editor-in-Chief of CoinsWeekly succeeds long-time NLG executive Donn Pearlman   Ursula Kampmann, Ph.D., of Lörrach, Germany, founder of the German and English language MuenzenWoche (CoinsWeekly), Cosmos of Collectibles, and Bookophile, has joined the Board of Directors of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). Dr. Kampmann is the first overseas member of the organization’s board. She succeeds […]

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Fresh Collections and Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2021 California Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce their June 2021 Showcase Auction, the first event to be hosted at the state-of-the-art auction gallery in the firm’s new Costa Mesa, California headquarters. Live bidding will take place on June 10 and 11, with Internet Only Sessions held the following week from June 14 through 16 on […]

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National Money Show ANA Money Talks Scheduled Online

Live webinars available through ANA eLearning Academy   With a mission to educate and encourage others to study and collect money and related items, the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA) provides numerous educational opportunities to coin enthusiasts. Money Talks is one such program offered during ANA annual conventions. However, with the cancellation of the National […]

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Type 2 American Silver Eagles Coming Soon

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Last year the United States Mint announced that after using the same obverse and reverse designs on the American Silver Eagle since its debut in 1986, they would launch a new reverse design for the iconic coin in 2021. Dubbed the Type 2 Silver Eagle, that new reverse was unveiled […]

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Una and the Lion Propel Heritage World and Ancient Coin Auction to $9 Million

Two examples of the 1839 British Proof “Una and the Lion” Five Pounds coin took top honors in Heritage Auctions’ May 6-7 World and Ancient Coins Platinum Night Auction. Overall nearly $9 million USD in rare world and ancient coins changed hands, with more than 3,200 bidders participating. All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. […]

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ANS Acquires Numismatically Important Mark Salton Papers

Thanks to the efforts of American Numismatic Society (ANS) Life Fellow Dr. Ira Rezak—and with gratitude to Katharine Conway, executor of the Estate of Lottie Salton Revocable Trust—the ANS Library and Archives has acquired about 20 cubic feet of Mark Salton’s papers and annotated auction catalogs. This follows a bequest of $500,000 from his wife […]

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Rare Error Coins Emerges From Somalia Elephant Series

German coin dealership Emporium Hamburg has announced that an error coin has emerged from its own 2014 series of 1/50-ounce ‘Somalia Elephant’ bullion coins. This error coin can only be identified as such when placed on precision scales. The piece does not weigh 0.62 g, but 0.5 g, a difference that is not visible to […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in April 2021

In addition to faring well in internet sales during the month of April, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Las Vegas and Dallas. Here are a dozen examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1930-S Standing Liberty Quarter in MS-66 FH On […]

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Special Heritage Auctions This Week Feature Classic Commemoratives, Ancient Roman Coins

May 15 Classic Commemoratives Auction Open for Bidding Among the current auction offerings from Heritage Auctions is a special month-long auction dedicated to classic US commemorative coinage minted during the period 1892-1954. This auction, with material intended for collectors of all budgets, is available exclusively through Coins.HA.com. Bidding is open now, with the concluding live […]

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Choice 1901 $10 Bison Legal Tender Note, World Paper Money in May CCO Currency Auctions

Choice About New 1901 $10 Bison in May CCO Currency Auction By Brad Ciociola – Currency Specialist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The upcoming May 2021 United States Currency Collectors Choice Auction from Stack’s Bowers Galleries features a nearly uncirculated Fr.121m 1901 $10 Legal Tender Note. Graded Choice About New 58 by PCGS Currency, the note […]

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Live or Memorex- a Dark Side Struck Counterfeit 1797 Large Cent

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Continuing on the theme of deceptive struck counterfeits, this is likely my most ambitious research article since my CoinWeek piece on the counterfeit 1798 “S-158” large cents, the coin and variety that lead a group of fellow enthusiasts and myself down the path of hunting for […]

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Gold Bullion Spotlight: The Other Vintage Bullion Mexican Coinage

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… A previous Gold Bullion Spotlight featuring the popular Mexico Centenario coinage offers a look at one of the most popular types of Mexican gold coins from yesteryear. Yet several other vintage coins from Mexico also trade at or very close to their bullion value. Here we will highlight these […]

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Flashy Carson City Trade Dollar, Finest Known 1922-S Peace Dollar Among Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Sunday Auction #1169 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now LIVE and features over 500 lots including 75 Vault Values and 100 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a rare issue 1884 3cN PCGS MS66, a flashy 1877-CC Trade$ PCGS MS64, […]

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Numismatist Mark Borckardt Honored With Herbert Silberman Award From Early American Coppers Club

Just 10 specialists have received the award during the last 40 years   Mark Borckardt, Senior Cataloger and Senior Numismatist at Heritage Auctions, has been awarded The Herbert Silberman Award by the Early American Coppers Club (EAC). The award is the EAC’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have shown exceptional service to […]

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ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago Gets the Green Light

Safety protocols may limit the size of the show   Coin collectors can breathe a sigh of relief. The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois – a suburb of Chicago – announced on May 4 that it will resume hosting trade shows and events beginning in July, which is great news for those […]

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The Changing Iconography of Byzantine Gold Coins

  By Elena Stolyarik for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… The Byzantine Empire, which lasted more than a thousand years, had one of the most monetized economies in medieval Europe. The coinage of Byzantium was an essential element of this unique civilization, which preserved Roman law and state structures and inherited not only the Hellenistic […]

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ANA Money Museum to Deaccession Duplicate Items on eBay

ANA members will be able to acquire objects at a discounted price   The Money Museum, operated by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, announced that it will soon be selling – or deaccessioning, as the practice is known – select items from its collection that are redundant, mostly low-value specimens […]

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Atlas Numismatics New World Coins Include Monster Prussia 5 Mark Silver Pattern

By Atlas Numismatics …… Dear Clients, We have been enjoying a pleasant spring here in New York with many exceptional blooming trees and colorful flowers this year. We’ve also been hard at work preparing more great coins and medals for your consideration. We hope that you may find something of interest as you browse our latest inventory. […]

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An American and Saudi Arabian Gold Coin Featured in Stack’s Bowers June World Coin Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… American interest in foreign oil supplies increased following World War I, with a focus on the Middle East in particular. The Standard Oil of California company entered into an agreement with Saudi Arabia in 1933 that would allow for the exploration of oil within […]

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The One That Got Away: Only 1933 Double Eagle That Can Be Owned to Sell in June

Today, most collectible coins are certified before they are sold at auction. The complete process of certification — authentication, grading, and encapsulation in a protective holder — boosts buyer confidence, precipitates competitive bidding, and ultimately results in higher prices realized. Yet one particular coin of utmost value and legendary status will cross the auction block […]

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Künker eLive Auction 66 of Ancient and World Coins Now Open

Dear bidders and coin enthusiasts, eLive Auction 66 from Künker starts today. From now on you can study all the pieces of the upcoming online auction at your leisure. You can look forward to more than 1,700 lots from ancient to modern times. The offer of the ancient coins impresses among others with Greek coins, […]

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One-of-a-Kind Error Coins of Don Bonser Collection, Small Size Notes in Heritage Auctions

When coins are manufactured, things don’t necessarily go as planned, and the results can be both very intriguing and highly collectible. The Don Bonser Collection of United States Error Coins, Part 3 is evidence of this, containing 248 examples of Murphy’s Law in action. This month-long auction from Heritage is open now for bidding at […]

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The Coinage of the Nation of Celestial Space

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… What does it take to become a nation? In short, the answer is declaring independence and gaining recognition. But the theory of what a nation is has left many to philosophize the concept of sovereign nations. This practice has led to individuals and groups pushing the idea of a […]

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Netherlands to Issue 2021 Gold Ducats by Reservation Only

Orders Being Accepted Until May 27 When Mintage Set, Reservations No Longer Guaranteed   By Coin & Currency Institute …… The Dutch Gold Ducat and Double Gold Ducat are appearing in another variation of their traditional, classic design for their 2021 issue from the Royal Dutch Mint. The first Gold Ducat with the legendary standing […]

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Arkansas Governor Hutchinson Signs Bill Providing Sales Tax Exemption for Coins, Bullion

By Industry Council for Tangible Assets…. On May 3, 2021, Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson (R) signed into law Senate Bill 336, creating an exemption from the sales and use tax for coins, currency, and bullion. “The bill’s primary sponsor, Senator Mark Johnson (R), along with its House sponsor, Representative Delia Haak (R-91), championed the bill […]

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As Red Book Celebrates 75 Years, a Look at How Today’s Edition Gets Made

By Jeff Garrett, special for CoinWeek …… The Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book) is one of the most iconic brands in all of numismatics. The book was first published by Whitman in 1946 and was written by R.S. Yeoman. More than 25,000,000 copies of the Red Book have been printed since […]

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$250 Buffalo Nickel / Liberty “V” Nickel Grab Bag

By CoinWeek ….. In this episode of CoinWeek Streaming News, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan cracks open a bag of over 100 mixed date Buffalo and Liberty head nickels that he purchased online. Usually, this is a bad idea; can you trust that an “unsearched” bag you’re purchasing over the internet is really unsearched? And what […]

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$250 Buffalo Nickel / Liberty “V” Nickel Grab Bag

By CoinWeek …..   In this episode of CoinWeek Streaming News, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan cracks open a bag of over 100 mixed date Buffalo and Liberty Head nickels that he purchased online. Usually, this is a bad idea; can you trust that an “unsearched” bag you’re purchasing over the internet is really unsearched? And […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Regency Auction 45

Are you ready? Regency Auction 45 is now done being cataloged, and we have posted our watchlist. This is one of our most diverse sales ever, with really something for everyone. While this is just a watchlist right now and descriptions, photos, and estimates are not 100% finalized, we are letting you get an early […]

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The Grand Watermelon Note Returns on a Replica Silver Bar

In the pantheon of American paper currency, the Treasury Note Series of 1890-1891 is not particularly memorable for its breathtaking designs and impressive artistry. Many collectors seek out the designs of the historic Silver Certificate and United States Note Series, such as the imagery from the 1901 Bison Note and the Educational Series. However, there […]

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United States $10,000 Federal Reserve Note Realizes Record Price of $456,000

An extremely rare banknote certified by Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) realized a record-setting $456,000 in a sale presented by Heritage Auctions. Three other PMG-graded notes also realized prices over $100,000 at the Central States Currency Signature Auction, held April 21-23, 2021. The 1928 $10,000 Federal Reserve Note (Kansas City) graded PMG 30 Very Fine (lot 22175) […]

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CAC Verifies Grade of Stuart Weitzman 1933 Double Eagle

Venerable auction house Sotheby’s is pleased to announce that John Albanese of CAC (Certified Acceptance Corporation) has verified as meeting its strict grading criteria, the PCGS MS 65 grade of Stuart Weitzman’s 1933 Double Eagle, and has assigned it a green sticker to designate that the coin is strong for its grade. The Weitzman 1933 […]

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Andrew Salzberg Joins CCG as Executive Vice President

The Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) is pleased to announce that Andrew Salzberg has been hired as Executive Vice President. In this role, he will develop exciting new programs across the CCG companies, work to further optimize CCG’s services, and focus on customer experience and satisfaction. Salzberg is the ideal person to deliver in these roles […]

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Stack’s Bowers May World Paper Money Auction to Feature Syria 100 Livres Color Trial Specimen

By Christopher Dahncke – Currency Auction Associate, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries upcoming May World Paper Money Collectors Choice Online (CCO) Auction offers a wide variety of currency from many countries. One important note we are pleased to present is lot 70868: Syria P-85cts 1958 100 Livres Color Trial Specimen in PMG Choice […]

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Capture the Tears of the Moon in a Stunning New Silver Bullion Issue

The beliefs of the Inca take center stage in an impressive new silver coin release issued on behalf of the nation of Tuvalu. These beautiful coins with a domed central element offer up a glimpse of what the Incan people literally believed to be the Tears of the Moon, small bits of silver that rained […]

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From Mound House to Manhattan: The Medallic Art Company Archives, Part 1

By Jesse Kraft for American Numismatic Society (ANS) …… As many of you know, the American Numismatic Society purchased the archives of the Medallic Art Company (MACO) at a bankruptcy auction in 2018. The sheer size of this purchase, however, did not allow for the tale to end so quickly. Within weeks of the landmark […]

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Central States Auctions Surpass $47 Million at Heritage

Fresh-to-market coins and historical rarities pushed Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) event to $47,783,690 (USD) across several sales of U.S. coins and currency, a 42 percent increase from the auctioneer’s 2020 CSNS auctions and the highest total sold in the last five years. The sales offered more than 15,800 lots April 22-25 in […]

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Key Date Mercury Dime, Proof Walking Liberty Among Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Sunday Auction #1167 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features over 500 lots including over 40 Vault Values and 145 No Reserve Lots. Included in the variety of fantastic PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items in this week’s sale is a popular key date 1916-D 10c NGC/CAC XF45, a scarce first-year Proof […]

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NGC-Certified Vintage Coins From the Americas Featured in Sedwick Auction

Two highlights of the May sale were minted in Mexico and Colombia   Rare vintage coins from Latin America are being offered in Sedwick’s Treasure, World, US Coin, and Paper Money Auction 29, which features a variety of rarities certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The sale is comprised of six sessions being held May […]

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