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Coinage of King Pyrrhus – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. EPIRUS IS A rugged corner of northwestern Greece and southern Albania. It emerged as an independent kingdom in the fourth century BCE, a time when other contemporary Greeks regarded the region’s tribes as “semi-barbarian”. About 319 BCE a prince of Epirus was born, named Pyrrhus, whose father was a […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great?

 CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great? Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. “This is Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek… asking what made Alexander so Great?” With these words, ancient coin expert and CoinWeek Podcast guest host Mike Markowitz begins to spin […]

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Collecting Ancient Coins: Time to Consider a New Paradigm That Facilitates Lawful Trade

By Peter K. Tompa – Cultural Property Observer….. The following is a statement delivered at the Wednesday, July 22 meeting of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by lawyer and numismatic advocate Peter K. Tompa concerning proposed updates to the 2021 renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Italy. These updates threaten American collectors’ […]

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Coins of Herod the Great – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN BIBLICAL HISTORY and popular legend, Herod “the Great”, Rome’s client king of Judaea from 40 to 4 BCE, is an evil tyrant. But ironically, the atrocity he is best remembered for–the “Massacre of the Innocents” (Matthew, 2:16–18)–probably never happened. Herod was born about 73 BCE. Herod’s wealthy father, […]

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

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

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Byzantine Coinage of the Empress Irene – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. ATHENS IN THE eighth century was a provincial small town living on memories of past glories. But its aristocrats were proud of their daughters, reputedly the most talented and beautiful women in the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) empire. When Emperor Constantine V needed a bride for his son and heir, […]

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First Read: 100 Greatest Modern World Coins… Review by Louis Golino

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature … By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   If you are a collector of American coins, you probably have long considered those coins issued in copper-nickel since 1965 (as well as modern bullion and commemoratives) to be “modern” coins and […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #137: Standing Up for Coins and Battling MOUs (with Peter Tompa)

 CoinWeek Podcast #137: Standing Up for Coins and Battling MOUs (with Peter Tompa) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Today on the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk to Peter Tompa about the pending renewal of an MOU between the United States and […]

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The Byzantine Anonymous Follis – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

  By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, gold and silver were the coinage of the elite, but humble copper was the coinage of the common folk. For over 120 years, the single denomination of copper coinage issued by the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) Empire was “Anonymous”. The Anonymous follis did not bear […]

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One of a Kind: Some Unique Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. “This is a very rare coin; only two examples known! Unfortunately, the only guy in the world who cares has the other one.” — Classic Numismatic Joke (source unknown) “Unique” means one of a kind. The ultimate rarity. The rarest anything can be. This designation, […]

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The Coin Analyst: CCAC Recommends Bold Choice for New Silver Eagle Reverse, More Traditional One for Gold Eagle

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Next January, an important new chapter will open in American numismatic history. Two of the most iconic modern American coins – the American Silver Eagle and the American Gold Eagle – will see new reverse designs on their bullion versions for the first time since both coins debuted in […]

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The Gaius & Lucius Denarius of Augustus – CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   A BRILLIANT ORGANIZER and commander, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa[1] engineered Octavian’s rise to supreme power in the waning days of the Roman Republic. Agrippa’s two sons with his wife Julia, Octavian’s only daughter, were Gaius Caesar[2] (born 20 BCE) and Lucius Caesar[3] (born 17 BCE). Gaius and Lucius would […]

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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

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

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Coin Images and Their Orientation – A Case Study

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

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Abraham Lincoln: A Numismatic Legacy Considered

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on November 6, 2012 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Prelude to War On January 12, 1848, a 39-year-old Whig congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln took to the House floor and […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Macedon Before Alexander

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   The extent of the Kingdom of Macedonia is as ill-defined as its history is fragmentary (Raymond, 3). ANCIENT MACEDONIANS[1] were marginal Greeks. Although permitted to compete in the Olympics, the Macedonians spoke a distinctive dialect. While their neighbors were creating novel forms of government like democracy, oligarchy and […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……… Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit coins, in this case a  1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the Panama […]

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Coin Board News Number 55 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 55 — Summer 2020 DISPATCH FROM THE BUNKER In the Spring issue I speculated that we soon might be under quarantine, and to varying degrees this has come to pass. Most coin shows have been canceled through July, […]

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Coinage of the Mughals

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. The Mughal (or “Moghul“[1]) Empire ruled much of South Asia for over three centuries. Mughal emperors accumulated vast wealth, with an economy based on a stable and abundant coinage in gold, silver and copper. They commissioned magnificent buildings and works of art – including some of the largest, costliest, […]

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The Great Silver Coin Swindle

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com …. Most U.S. coin collectors know that the United States Mint continued to pump 1964-dated 90% silver dimes, quarters and half dollars into circulation through 1965 and into early 1966. The reasons for doing this were several, some of them quite reasonable at the time. What most collectors do not […]

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Confronting Sheldon

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

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CoinWeek Podcast #134: The Rare Coin Market Holds its Own (with Russ Augustin)

  CoinWeek Podcast #133: Early US Copper Planchets (with Bill Eckberg) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk to Russ Augustin of AU Capital Management and RARCOA about the ways the COVID-19 crisis has shed […]

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

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

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Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part 2

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. Link to Part I When King Andrew III, last survivor of Hungary’s Árpád dynasty, died without an heir in 1301, succession to the throne was disputed by royal relatives. The subsequent history of Hungary often set foreign-born kings on a shaky throne. Twelve-year-old Wenceslaus III of Bohemia[1], betrothed to […]

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The Coin Analyst Talks to Chiara Principe, Italian Medallic Artist and Sculptor

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Italian artist Chiara Principe has been designing and sculpting coins and medals for over a decade and has extensive training as an artist and sculptor using traditional and modern methods. Best known for her work on Vatican commemorative coins, she has received international recognition for her many accomplishments. In […]

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Collect or Spend? Chipotle Mexican Grill Tokens

 At CoinWeek, we can’t wait for life to get back to normal. So hungry for fast food are we, that CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan is contemplating the unthinkable- spending his valuable Chipotle Grill token in exchange for a FREE BURRITO. Do you have one of these scarce tokens lying around? It could be worth […]

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Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part I

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. ABOUT THE YEAR 895, THE MAGYARS, a federation of nomadic tribes whose origin was in the distant forests of Siberia, crossed the Carpathian Mountains led by a chieftain named Árpád (c. 845-907), and occupied the wide, fertile Danubian basin. Known to the Romans as “Pannonia”, this region had seen […]

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11 Things You Don’t Know About Selling Coins on eBay

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Plenty of people love it and plenty of people hate it, but we can all agree that eBay is a major part of the coin market. The service provides opportunities for everyone from casual collectors to huge dealers to sell their items. Whether you are thinking about selling or […]

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

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

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

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

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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 […]

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A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium Coin Series

Niobium Coin Article Originally by Louis Golino and Updated April 2020 by CoinWeek …..   The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints, with historical roots that date back to 1194. It is best known for its Philharmonic silver and gold coins, which are among the world’s most widely traded bullion coins,however since 2003 the mint has […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: CoinWeek Q&A – April 1, 2020

  Gather round and let’s talk coins with CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan. Charles answers viewer questions about the state of the market, what to do during this time of quarantine, whether the Mint should have a true wholesale program for dealers, which areas of the numismatic marketplace are primed to get hot, and much more… […]

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Jeff Garrett: Bidding at Auction , in Person and Online

The numismatic auction market is alive and well, with recent auctions proving its strength and resilience Numismatic Auctions By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… As I write this article, most rare coin professionals and collectors around the world are sheltered in trying to weather the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. However, most […]

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Streaming News: Conan the Special Ops Military Dog (and Other Proposed Commemorative Coin Programs)

  Forthcoming Commemorative Coin Programs: 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame The Coins: gold $5, silver $1, clad half dollar Struck to honor the 60th Anniversary of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The program features curved coins similar to those struck for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and 2019 Apollo 11 50th […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #130: Discussing the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

 CoinWeek Podcast #130: Discussing the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan discusses the importance of 20th-century coinage and the selection process he and co-writer Hubert Walker used to select the 100 coins […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Long and Short of Coin Collecting in Times of Uncertainty

Exercise patience and think long-term to avoid losses — and even make gains   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… There is no denying that we in America are currently consumed by media coverage of coronavirus. The slow drip of bad news accelerated last week when the stock market plunged due to […]

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars Proposed as Ongoing Program

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On March 11, U.S. Representative Garland “Andy” Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 6192 – a bill which proposes the issuance of a silver dollar program starting in 2021 that would honor the centennial of the transition in 1921 from Morgan to Peace dollars. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2), whose district […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Travels With Hadrian

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, TRAVEL was hazardous and uncomfortable, even for the elite. Yet remarkably, the Roman emperor Hadrian spent half of his 21-year reign on the road, visiting almost every province of the vast empire. The mint celebrated these grand tours with extensive coinage in gold, silver and […]

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Coin Board News Number 54 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….. For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 54 — Spring 2020 Greetings from the Chairman of the Board! Spring brings the latest roundup of coin board developments, as well as a new list of boards for sale. In a related matter my book on Whitman coin […]

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Price Records Emerge for Finest CAC Commemorative Half Dollars

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ….. While prices for many classic commemorative half dollars are at historic lows, some high-end commems are trading at record high prices. A great example is the sale of a 1936 York County, Maine Tercentenary half dollar that sold at last August’s Stack’s Bowers Galleries American Numismatic […]

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

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

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Vikings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. On JUNE 8, 793, A BAND of Norse raiders sacked Lindisfarne, a monastery on the Holy Island off the northeast coast of England. Historians date this as the beginning of the Viking Age. And over the next three centuries, these fierce Scandinavian warriors shaped much […]

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GoldDealer.com Market News: Gold Heats Up – 7 Year Highs

Commentary for Tuesday, February 24, 2020 (www.golddealer.com) By Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $$27.80 today at $1,672.40! So, we are at seven-year highs, while the Dollar Index is moving towards 100 so both gold and the dollar are now seeing solid safe-haven buying. It is a bit perplexing however […]

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The Coin Analyst: How Might $100 Silver Impact the Coin Market?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Rising bullion prices have often been a boon for the numismatic coin market. They enable precious metal investors to direct some of the profits from the sale of their bullion holdings to numismatic pieces. This tends to have a substantial impact on the overall coin market because many large […]

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Mythical Monsters on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed. ― G.K. Chesterton, a la Criminal Minds (CBS, 2007) CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY IS FILLED with monsters. For the civilizations of the ancient […]

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Ancient Gold Coins : The First Circulating Gold Coinage and the Stag of Artemis

Ancient Gold Coins By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… From the The Colosseo Collection The First Circulating Coinage Little is known about this mysterious archaic electrum coinage – the first ancient gold coins. It was minted in Ionia, somewhere in central Western Anatolia on the shores of the Aegean sea, but scholars […]

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Jeff Garrett: Coin Collecting by Die Variety

Variety is the spice of life — and coin collecting   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Over the last several months, a client of mine has taken a deep dive into collecting Morgan silver dollars. This client is quite studious and has spent considerable time learning the series. Every once in […]

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Let’s Talk Loupes and Magnification (Video)

  Coin storage is the topic we discuss in this stream featuring CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan. Charles shares his personal experiences using a number of the hobby’s most popular products, including SAFLIP brand 2×2 coin flips, coin storage boxes that incorporate anti-tarnish Intercept Shield technology, and coin albums from the leading manufacturers. Proper coin storage […]

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Let’s Talk Loupes and Magnification (Video)

   CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks down each of these coin viewing and magnification products and shows you what they look like in use. If you’d like to examine your coins using these fine products, you can do so by following these links to their respective product pages at CoinWeek Supplies. Your purchase supports […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #125: Denis Loring on Collecting Copper Coins

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

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Nabataeans

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. …[G]reat must have been the opulence of a city, which could dedicate such monuments to the memory of its rulers… (Burckhardt, 431)   IN 2019, OVER A MILLION tourists visited the spectacular ancient site of Petra in the Jordanian desert, about 98 miles (157 km) south of Jerusalem. Surrounded […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Most Profitable Modern Coins of 2019

The Most Profitable Modern Coins By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. In 2019 two major trends stood out in modern coins. The first trend was that, despite the overall high level of activity in the market with ever more new coins (especially from world and private mints), the saturation level of releases took a toll […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Challenges of Circulated Coinage

Take the scenic route when collecting circulated coins   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The most common advice any experienced numismatist will dispense is “buy the best you can afford.” I have shared this particular nugget of wisdom many times myself. In practice, it usually means trying to decide if you […]

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Great American Coin Collectors and Their Coins: Thomas Cleneay

By Ron Guth for PCGS …… Thomas Cleneay was among the first and most ambitious coin collectors in America. He started collecting in the 1840s and, over the next four decades, built one of the finest and most complete collections of his time. In each year from 1859 to 1888, Cleneay purchased Proof sets from […]

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Sea Creatures on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   ANCIENT PEOPLE WHO lived around the shores of the Mediterranean were intimately familiar with the marine life around them. Fish were a critical resource for these societies, figuring prominently in their culture, art, and mythology from very early times. When coinage came into wide […]

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Jeff Garrett – A Christmas Miracle and Lessons Learned

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

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Ravenna: From Imperial Capital to Byzantine Outpost

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. …the sick promenade while the doctors lie abed, the baths freeze while the houses burn, the living are thirsty while the buried swim, thieves are vigilant while the authorities sleep, the clergy lend money while the Syrian merchants sing psalms… (Deliyannis, 50) —Sidonius Apollinaris (c. 430-489 describing Ravenna as […]

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The 1960 Small Date Cent: The Coin that Kicked Off a Collecting Frenzy

By David W. Lange for CoinWeek ….. There are a handful of events that have brought the hobby of collecting coins front and center in America’s consciousness. Perhaps the first was the discontinuance of large cents in 1857 that set people scrambling to find one of every date while they lasted. Another was the debut […]

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Never Keep a Paper Dollar in Your Pocket Till Tomorrow

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   The numismatic object illustrated above is a wonderfully preserved example of a private issue token categorized by numismatic researchers Harold E. Hibler and Charles V. Kappen as a So-Called Dollar. It is a political piece that was issued in the years immediately preceding the outbreak of the Civil […]

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Coin Board News Number 53 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….. For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 53 — Winter 2020   MARKET ACTIVITY The past quarter was unremarkable for the most part, though there were a few notable transactions. A four-piece lot of Oberwise boards sold on eBay for very strong money. All were in […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Celtic Coinage of Gaul

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in ours Gauls, the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws (Caesar, 1).   FOR MOST AMERICANS, “Celtic” means […]

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The Coin Analyst: Chief Engraver Joseph Menna and the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Future

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On February 4, 2019, U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder appointed Joseph Menna – a New Jersey-raised artist and sculptor with almost 35 years’ professional experience — as the 13th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. His appointment filled an important gap at the top of the Mint’s […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Guptas

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN INDIA’S LONG HISTORY, the Gupta Empire (c. 319 – 550 CE) is remembered as a golden age of art, literature, science, and culture. Economically it was truly a golden era; Gupta kings issued a flood of beautiful gold dinaras – coins that reflected the prosperity created by the […]

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting Error Coins

How to get comfortable in this challenging and fascinating corner of numismatics By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   My daily assortment of emails contains quite a few inquiries about rare coins and coin collecting. People run across a news article, or something I have written about, and think they might have […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

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

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

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

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

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

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

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

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Coin Collecting Tips – How to Store Your Coins

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Now that you own some nifty coins, how will you keep them safe and store them? In our previous installment we discussed the proper way to handle coins so as to keep them free of potential damage. Now we have to consider keeping those coins in our collection and doing […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: Shipwreck Coins

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

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Coin Collecting Tips – How to Store Your Coins

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. Now that you own some nifty coins, how will you keep them safe and store them? In our previous installment we discussed the proper way to handle coins so as to keep them free of potential damage. Now we have to consider keeping those coins in our collection and doing […]

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So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

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Coin Hoards, Treasures, and Troves: Separating Truth From Taradiddles!

By Q. David Bowers for Whitman Publishing …… The second edition of Q. David Bowers’ Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover book is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide. Here, Bowers discusses […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Future of Coin Conventions

Collector camaraderie keeps coin shows going strong   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… During my tenure as a member of the Board of Governors for the American Numismatic Association (ANA), one of my prime responsibilities was to make decisions about ANA conventions, which is no small task given their size and […]

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The Coin Analyst: Mexican Libertad Series Surprises Again

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. As Pat Stovall, a longtime dealer in Mexican coins and the stepson of the late “Dean of American Experts on Mexican Numismatics” Don Bailey, noted recently: “The never-ending story of Mexican coins is that something new comes to light almost every day.” In an interview for CoinWeek, Pat explained […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #121: Numismatist Editor Barbara Gregory

 CoinWeek Podcast #121: Numismatist Editor Barbara Gregory Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Longtime editor of the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatist Magazine joins us to talk about the hobby’s “publication of record” and how its stories impact the market. If you haven’t heard, Barbara […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Visigoths in Spain

  Visigoths in Spain By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. …[T]he history of the Visigothic kingdom is one long struggle between the nobility and the monarchy. The kings were supported by the clergy in their efforts to consolidate the royal power and transmit it from father to son, while the nobles strove to keep it […]

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

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

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Large Cents

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

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Q. David Bowers: My First Coin Convention

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… With George Williams, I went to an Empire State Numismatic Association (ESNA) convention in Syracuse, New York, in 1954. It was my first regional coin show. By that time I had been a regular attendee at the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Coin Club, but had not ventured beyond […]

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The Coin Analyst: Girl on the Silver Dollar and the Merging of Greco-Roman and American Visions of Liberty

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Girl on the Silver Dollar by Roger W. Burdette (Seneca Mill Press, 2019) * * * Ask most collectors of the Morgan silver dollar issued from 1878 to 1921 who the model was for the image of Liberty that appears on the coin’s obverse, and they will likely say […]

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The Coin Analyst: Silver’s Important Role in American History, Politics and Finance

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. If you’re reading this article, then you likely have more than a passing interest in silver. But while you may be familiar with the role the white metal has played in our coinage for thousands of years, you probably do not know the entire story of how the […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Half Cents

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

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Coin Board News Number 52 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

  Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 52 — Fall 2019   MIDWEST COLLECTION STILL REVEALING TREASURES Not long after the last issue of Coin Board News was published, I finally finished cataloging the vast Midwest Collection of coin boards. There are some quite […]

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Jeff Garrett: What to Do with Inherited Coins

Online resources can help you find someone you can trust   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When the public brings in coins for appraisal, they have usually done some research. But working with these folks also reminds me how little the general population knows about the world of rare coin grading. The […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Kushan Empire

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. During the first centuries of the Christian era, a vast inland empire stretched across Central Asia under the name Kushan. They have been referred to as a super power of their time along with the Chinese, Persians and Romans … Just how and when the Kushan dynasty was formed continues […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Big Five Coins Everyone Covets

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When I started my full-time career in numismatics around 1977, numismatic rarity was measured against five coins. Everything else was compared with them and was worth considerably less. The top three coins at the time were the: 1804 Silver Dollar 1913 Liberty Nickel 1894‐S Barber Dime The […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coins: Coins of Medieval Armenia

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. THE CILICIAN KINGDOM OF ARMENIA (1199 – 1375) produced a vibrant culture strongly influenced by interaction with neighboring Crusader states[1]. Wealth derived from trade between East and West led to an extensive royal coinage that includes some of the most handsome and popular medieval coins collected today. Cilicia[2] is a […]

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Ancient Coins – Coinage of the Ancient Olympics

Ancient Olympics – Elis, Olympia, 87th-90th Olympiad, 432-420 BC. AR Stater [1] Coins of the Ancient Olympics By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… One of the few ancient traditions to survive until the modern world is the Olympic games. Occurring in the same four-year cycle today as in […]

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: An Insider’s Perspective on the Morgan & Peace 1921 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On July 16, 2019, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO5) and Andy Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 3757, the 2021 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act, which calls for the issuance of 2021-dated Morgan and Peace dollars to mark the centennial of the transition from Morgan to Peace dollars in 1921. […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: Gold Dollars

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

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

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

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Bee All That You Can Bee: Honeybees on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …..   From the dawn of human society, the nature and origin of the bee have awakened the curiosity and interest of man. For thousands of years, honey was the only sweetening material known, and it is quite natural that in ancient times, the little busy creature who produced this […]

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

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

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Coin Board News Number 51 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 51 — Summer 2019   The Midwest Collection! GIGANTIC COIN BOARD PURCHASE In April I negotiated a deal to purchase more than 400 coin boards, including titles from all seven original publishers of the 1930s-40s. This was no […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Genuine 1856 Flying Eagle Cent The Flying Eagle Cent By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. NGC graders find an altered-date 1856 Flying Eagle cent and explain what to avoid. The 1856 Flying Eagle cent is an important and highly collectible issue because of its status as the first Small Cent. Large Cents, which […]

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CoinWeek IQ: An Introduction to Ancient Indian Punch Mark Coins

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Ancient coinage developed in three primary, distinct traditions. We all know one of them: the Greek tradition of struck coins featuring a central image is what developed into our coinage. But what about the other two? Coins developed independently in China as cast coins, usually featuring up to four […]

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The Coin Analyst: Recent Medallic Works by Joel Iskowitz on Apollo 11 and World War I

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Acclaimed coin and medal designer Joel Iskowitz — one of the most prolific living American medallic artists – has been keeping busy since moving on last year from his position as a member of the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). He recently shared information about some of […]

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Q. David Bowers: Coin Ladies Quiz, Part 1

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997. 1. This lady, the wife of Anthony de Francisci, the sculptor who created the motif of the Peace silver dollar, is said to have posed for the image of Miss Liberty on the obverse. […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Earliest Russian Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. SINCE ANCIENT TIMES, RUSSIA’S great rivers have served as trade routes, sending Baltic amber, luxury furs, beeswax, honey, and slaves southward in exchange for the wine, silver, silks and fine metalware of the Mediterranean and Islamic civilizations. About the year 860, Riurik[1], a legendary Scandinavian adventurer, was invited by […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: 1854 Huge O Liberty Seated Quarter + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… A follow up to the 1927-S Liberty Standing Quarter article in this continuing series on deceptive struck counterfeits, this research article on another “quarter” features the 1854 Huge O Liberty Seated variety. Documented examples to date include two TPG-reviewed specimens, with the presumed genuine repaired source […]

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A Guide to the Austrian Mint’s 25 Euro Niobium Coin Series

Niobium Coin Article Originally By Louis Golino and Updated May 2019 by CoinWeek ….. The Austrian Mint is one of the world’s oldest mints with historical roots that date back to 1194. It is best known for its Philharmonic silver and gold coins, which are among the world’s most widely traded bullion coins,however since 2003 the mint has issued […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – What Happened to April?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… WOW, how time flew. The only good thing about April, we saw a glimmer of activity at Central States–a show that has been in serious decline for years. This past week we heard even more positives about the market. A friend called us to say he sold a […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – What Happened to April?

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   WOW, how time flew. The only good thing about April, we saw a glimmer of activity at Central States–a show that has been in serious decline for years. This past week we heard even more positives about the market. A friend called us to say he sold […]

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The Coin Analyst: 2019-W Quarters Boost Modern Coin Collecting, But Will It Last?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   The Washington quarter has long been a staple of modern U.S. coin collecting, especially since it is one of those iconic series that many collectors started collecting from circulation — often at a young age. Collecting from circulation has a storied tradition in this country, especially among those […]

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Watch: Talking Ancient Coins with Mike Beall and Mike Markowitz, Part I

  In Part I of Talking Ancient Coins, collector Mike Beall sits down with CoinWeek Ancients writer Mike Markowitz to take a numismatic tour of the ancient world. Discussed in this 45-minute episode are examples of the earliest known ancient coins, archaic coins from ancient Greece, the signed dekadrachms of Sicily, large-sized Aes Gracia As […]

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Coins of the Bad Popes

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God. THE POPE’S resounding modern titles give […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part IV

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. The Seleucid empire fell apart as things do – internal failures and others’ successes, inevitability and chance. The epithets of kinglets accumulated, reechoing because the core was hollow… When at last the lots were shaken and the world divided, the kingdom’s west fell to Rome and its east to […]

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Q. David Bowers – Some Reflections on Collecting

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Some reflections on collecting in past times, part of a commentary I am doing on the “instant collecting” of today, 2019. “Instant collecting,” via the internet and with certified coins and 101 different sources for pricing information, would seem to make it unnecessary for most collectors […]

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

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

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

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

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Coin Board News Number 50 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 50 — Spring 2019 IT’S BEEN A WILD RIDE… Yes, I’m congratulating myself on 50 installments of Coin Board News. Congratulations, too, to all of you who have followed it for the past 11 years. CBN Number 1 […]

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What Do I Do with This Crap? 11 Ways to Handle Your Low-Value Collectibles

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Visits to my coin dealer friend’s home office are some of my favorite moments in the hobby. But recently, among the many impressive items in his collection and inventory, I noticed a box marked “Low-Value Crap”. I admit I have some LVC (Low-Value Crap) in my house. My collection […]

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Challenging the Status Quo: An Interview With U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder

A Coin Analyst Exclusive By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. David J. Ryder, the 39th Director of the United States Mint, assumed his new role on May 31, 2018. Ryder has extensive professional experience relevant to running the Mint, having served in other government positions and spent over 20 years working for companies that develop […]

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Demand for CAC Coins Continues to Grow – Supporting Values

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek on the Rare Coin Market – MFrarecoins.com …… If you collect CAC coins, you’re in good company and your ranks are growing. This is mostly good news if you own CAC coins and plan to purchase more. It means price support and liquidity are strengthening even more, as is their […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part III

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Part I | Part II Antiochus V & Timarchus When Seleucid king Antiochus IV died unexpectedly in 164 BCE, he left his nine-year-old son in the care of Lysias, a trusted official. As Antiochus V, the boy’s portrait appears on the coinage[1] with the epithet Eupatoros (“son of a […]

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Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek…. Some types of coin cleaning might very well improve a coin’s appearance, while most other methods may actually damage the coin’s surface, appearance and–most importantly–the value. If I could offer just one piece of advice to you today, it would be this: Do not clean your coins under […]

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Early American Coins: The Bar Cent and Counterfeits

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The bar cent has a remarkably simple design: A USA monogram on the obverse and 13 bars on the reverse. In fact, they could easily be dismissed as tokens, but this simple design holds quite a bit of history – and value. Creation The early United States was at […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part II

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Part I Antiochus III When Seleucus III was poisoned by his officers in 223 BCE, his 18-year-old son, Antiochus, inherited an empire that was rapidly falling apart. In a reign of 35 years, Antiochus III tried to emulate the conquests of Alexander, earning the epithet Megas (“the Great”). The […]

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US Paper Money: Spectacular 1882 $1,000 Gold Certificate, Only One in Private Hands

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… This highlight showcases one of the most spectacular, most important notes in the Joel R. Anderson Collection Part 4 sale. Just four examples are known, and this is thought to be the only one in private hands. By itself, this note would anchor a great offering […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Euro’s Impact on Numismatics After 20 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On January 4, 1999, 11 members of the European Union began using a common currency known as the euro. For the first three years, the currency existed virtually, used only for cashless and bank transactions. Euro coins were first minted in 1999 but only entered circulation in 2002 following […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – A Long, Drawn-Out Week

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… It’s always frustrating when things are a bit slow on the web. However, we have been engaged in some serious projects all of a sudden that actually can be completed. We have come to the realization that our inventory is semi-bloated with older generic gold coins. While we […]

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Jeff Garrett: Myths About Coin Collecting

Useful facts and helpful tips for new coin collectors By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One complaint that I sometimes receive about my articles is that there is not enough information for those new to the hobby. Most of my articles in recent years have drilled down on specific subjects, with the […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part I

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. MURDEROUS AND TREACHEROUS, the Seleucids, a Greek dynasty who ruled much of the Middle East from 312 to 64 BCE, were a nasty lot. But they had exquisite artistic taste, rather like those brutal Italian Renaissance princes who sponsored sculptors, painters and architects who created sublime masterpieces of enduring […]

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The Future of Our Hobby

The following is a white paper that was submitted to the American Numismatic Association in conjunction with the ANA’s 2019 Future of Numismatics Forum. By Charles Morgan …..   There has been no time in the history of the numismatic hobby where more information about coins, paper money, and other objects related to the study […]

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

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

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Ancient Greek Coins – New Style Athens Tetradrachm

Attica, Athens AR Tetradrachm. New Style Coinage, circa 154-153 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   Athens was once immensely powerful and independent, but its invincibility was ultimately disproved. It was conquered first by Sparta, then by Macedonia, and eventually by Rome. Athens’ value was well understood, and it was allowed […]

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The Coin Analyst: The 10 Greatest U.S. Mint Coins of the Decade, 2010-2019

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. With the 2010s having begun their final year, now is a good time to look back on the past decade in United States Mint coin production and highlight the most significant releases. Secondary market performance and mintages have been considered, but other factors were even more important – especially […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – Heraclius: The Greatest Emperor You’ve Never Heard of

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series  by Mike Markowitz ….. Of the characters conspicuous in history, that of Heraclius is one of the most extraordinary and inconsistent. In the first and last years of a long reign, the emperor appears to be the slave of sloth, of pleasure, or of superstition, the careless and impotent spectator of the public […]

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

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

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

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

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Jeff Garrett: Proof Coins and Other Missed Opportunities

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

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

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

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The Coin Analyst: 2018’s Most Profitable Modern Coins

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. As the end of 2018 nears, it is a good time to consider which modern coins and sets were the best performers on the secondary market – an approach first used here in 2015. Once again, there were more world coins that were profitable to those who purchased them […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles – Portrait of Alexander the Great

Macedonia, Philip II, struck under Philip III; Kolophon, c. 322 BC, Stater By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   With no mass media, ancient coins functioned as powerful tools for propaganda due to their portability and potential to circulate widely. Rulers would carefully choose their types and each element of the designs […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles – Portrait of Alexander the Great

Macedonia, Philip II, struck under Philip III; Kolophon, c. 322 BC, Stater By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ……   With no mass media, ancient coins functioned as powerful tools for propaganda due to their portability and potential to circulate widely. Rulers would carefully choose their types and each element of the designs […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Ptolemies, Part III

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series  by Mike Markowitz ….. THE TRAGIC AND CHAOTIC last generations of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt were dominated by the growing power of Rome, and the fickle loyalties of Alexandria’s unruly population (usually described by historians as “the mob”). A lack of ancient statistics makes numerical estimates risky[1], but the consensus is that […]

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Coin Board News Number 49 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 49 — Winter 2019 A MAN OF FEW WORDS Veteran readers of Coin Board News look forward to the Winter issue as the occasion for my annual updates of all of my books and a revised Value Guide […]

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Collecting Classic US Coins – The Silver Dollars of Our Founding Fathers

You might be surprised at how affordable some of the earliest US silver dollars are By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Silver Dollars were first authorized during the presidency of George Washington in 1792. The first coins were produced two years later in 1794, with only 1,758 coins leaving the fledgling Mint […]

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The Puzzle of the Nova Constellatios

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. What was the first US coin? The 1793 large cent? Or the 1792 half disme? Nope. The first coin series minted under the authority of the US government was the Nova Constellatio series, a set of pattern coins called for by Robert Morris in 1783 with a fascinatingly convoluted […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Ptolemies, Part II

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series  by Mike Markowitz ….. Ptolemy IV Philopator (222 – 204 BCE) THE LONG DECLINE OF Ptolemaic Egypt began with the reign of Ptolemy IV, who was born about 245 BCE and came to the throne on the death of his father in 221. He is known by the epithet “Philopator” (“Beloved of His […]

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The Early Days of Numerical Coin Grading

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek ….. Numismatist Ron Guth has very sincerely proposed that the coin industry and the significant Third Party Grading Services (TPG’s) change the grading standards that it and they use. His new system would go from the current scale of 1 to 70 to a new one that starts at 1 […]

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Jeff Garrett: When Proofs Were New

The Smithsonian collection sheds light on some of the earliest examples from the US Mint By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… To begin a conversation about early United States Proof Coinage we should first discuss the definition of the term. The Guide Book of United States Coins (Redbook) defines the word as […]

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

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

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The Coin Analyst: Why the Libertad Design Is Not Likely to Change

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. Almost 40 years after the introduction of Mexico’s Libertad — originally intended as a bullion coin that with time became a widely-collected numismatic collectible — the coin remains a perennial favorite in large part because of its stunning design. This design is still seen by collectors today as one of […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz …. The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise of […]

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Medieval Numismatics: Coins of the Crusaders

Crusaders coins survive in surprising abundance and have much to tell us about this distant era, which has so many parallels to contemporary events. By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. Between 1096 and 1291, the Church of Rome, the aristocracy, and the peoples of Western Europe launched a series of military campaigns against the Muslim […]

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Ancient Roman Coins – A Conspiracy to Assassinate the Emperor Nero

Aureus 64-65, AV 7.27 g. NERO CAESAR – AVGVSTVS By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC …… The name Nero holds a particularly sinister connotation due to how history remembers his cruel and self-indulgent tendencies. His reputation was equally negative during his reign, and the discontent came to a climax in 64 CE. […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Ptolemies: Part I

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series on Ancient Counterfeiters by Mike Markowitz …. Of all the successors of Alexander the Great, the family of Ptolemy, son of Lagos, was the most successful, ruling Egypt for nearly three centuries (305 – 30 BCE). Oddly enough, the story begins with a hijacking. When Alexander died in Babylon on 10 June 323 BCE, his corpse, […]

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Ancient Coins: War and Peace – The Sikyon Stater

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus and was known in antiquity for its industries, including sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors: Thebes, Corinth, Athens, and Sparta. It was the main mint for the anti-Athenian states in the Peloponnesian War and issued […]

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What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series by Mike Markowitz…. Throughout the history of ancient coins  two contradictory concepts have competed with each other. According to one concept, a coin is a piece of precious metal whose value is essentially equivalent to the value of the bullion from which it was made, and the stamp on its face […]

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

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

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The Coin Analyst: The 50 State Quarters Program 20 Years Later

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek….. In 1999 the U.S. Mint launched the 50 State Quarters Program – the first modern circulating coin program with a new design on each coin that ran for an extended period until 2009. The series saw the issuance of 56 quarters – one for each state and U.S. territory plus […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit 1880 Shield Nickel Counterfeit Coins By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… Even with only a quick glance, a number of problems with this counterfeit Shield Nickel are obvious. The first nickel five cent pieces were struck in 1866 and there have been relatively few key dates issued in the nearly 150 years […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – Zeus at Olympia

Greek Coin Profile By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… As the Olympics became progressively more popular, the city of Elis sought to build a new, larger temple which was worthy of Zeus, the king of the gods. The project to build the Temple of Zeus began in 470 BCE and was completed […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins, Aliens and UFOs

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. On the wall of his office in the FBI building’s basement, Special Agent Fox Mulder of the TV series The X-Files has a UFO poster that proclaims: I WANT TO BELIEVE. The sentiment is widely shared, even among numismatists, who are generally a rather skeptical bunch. The “Alien” Coin […]

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US Coins – What’s up with the 1969 Quarter? The Key Date You Didn’t Know About

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker ….. Walter Breen doesn’t mention it, and in A Guide Book of Washington and State Quarters (Whitman, 2006), Q. David Bowers offers up the generic (“Cherrypicking for quality is advised”), and the baffling (“In this era plastic holders … were a popular way to display sets of coins, including […]

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The TYPE B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters of 1956-1964 An Unprecedented Variety Part 1

Type B Proof Reverse Washington Quarters……. By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… Beginning in 1956 and continuing through 1964, the Philadelphia Mint produced a remarkable nine-coin series of major Washington Quarter varieties ( the Proof Reverse Washington Quarters). They were unlike anything earlier coined in the history of the U.S. Mint. I stumbled […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – The Peak of Classical Artistry

Ancient Greek Coins By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC Lampsakos has a storied past, having been a frequent source of contention between battling powers, changing hands between Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta between the sixth and fifth centuries BCE. It was the first ancient Greek coins from city-state to see its gold coinage […]

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Why Are 1943 Copper and 1944 Steel Lincoln Cent Errors So Valuable?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: Lincoln Cent Errors , coin markets #306 For CoinWeek  by Greg Reynolds….. Although 1909-S VDB and 1914-D pennies are often thought of as the most important Lincoln cents, the most valuable Lincoln cent errors;  ‘cents’ are the off-metal errors struck in 1943 and 1944, which relate to U.S. involvement in World […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

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

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Bad Money – Ancient Counterfeiters and Their Fake Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series on Ancient Counterfeiters by Mike Markowitz …. Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur “The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.” — attributed to Petronius, 1st-century Roman satirist AROUND 650 BCE, on the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea, coinage was invented. Very soon afterward, Ancient Counterfeiters and their counterfeit […]

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Coin Expert Advice – Ten Tips For Selling Your Coins

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

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Traveling to Coin Shows – Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Bullion, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals – Beware the TSA Commentary on Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com By Patrick A. Heller A while back, a woman contacted me with a problem. She was preparing to take a domestic flight the next day carrying 15 US $20.00 Double Eagles in […]

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Traveling to Coin Shows – Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Bullion, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals – Beware the TSA Commentary on Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com By Patrick A. Heller …..   A while back, a woman contacted me with a problem. She was preparing to take a domestic flight the next day carrying 15 U.S. $20.00 Double […]

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CoinWeek First Look at the Pops of the New York Bank Morgan Dollar Hoard

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Sixteen bags of Morgan dollars, still sealed in their original bags, is not something that you expect to see these days, given that it’s been more than 50 years since the Treasury vaults were emptied by silver speculators. Since that time, there have been ups and […]

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Grading Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. FEW TOPICS IN CLASSICAL NUMISMATICS provoke more ferocious argument than the grading of ancient coins. Among collectors of classic American coins the 70-point “Sheldon Scale”[1] is universally accepted as a standard. Machine-made modern coins in the highest grades have literally, never been touched by human hands. Ancient […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Columbian Half Dollar: A Commemorative Story

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   In the latest (2019 cover date) issue of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the 1892 and 1893 Columbian commemorative half dollars are listed at $310 each in MS-65 grade. Get set to be surprised! At the height of a boom in the coin […]

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Spitting Eagles, Alligator Eyes and Donkey Tails: Three Morgan Dollar Varieties

Morgan Dollar Varieties By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Outside of a “Bugs Bunny” Franklin half dollar, it’s hard to beat some of the colorful names attributed to Morgan Dollar Varieties over the years. I don’t often write about them, so to “fill in the gaps” and maybe introduce people to one of […]

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NGC Ancients: Classic Greek Coins, Part II

David Vagi continues his discussion of the designs of select ancient Greek coins in the second of a multi-part series By David Vagi – Director, NGC Ancients …… With this article we advance in our survey of Greek silver coins to Southern Italy and Sicily, a region the Romans called Magna Graecia (“Greater Greece”). The area […]

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Cleaned Copper Coins May Be Challenging to Detect

Posted by David W. Lange, NGC Research Director This month Dave discusses the difficulty of detecting cleaned copper and bronze coins. My recent column on the mistaken perception held by many that old coin albums will still prompt attractive toning on coins today elicited a great deal of comment from both collectors and dealers. It […]

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Collecting Morgan Dollars: An Overview

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   As a collectible, Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have no real peer in American numismatics. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars […]

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Precious Metals & Bullion Coins – Making the Transition From Silver to Gold

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek …..   According to popular wisdom and common sense, beginning precious metals investors who lack large budgets should purchase silver before venturing into gold. This is very logical for a number of reasons, but it leaves an important question unanswered: When does the silver buyer make the switch to the yellow metal? This […]

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The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

  By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as complex as the Morgan dollar is – and it is – the Peace dollar really takes the cake for being a difficult coin to grade. It’s not that graders […]

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Monster: The Coinage of Caligula

  CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz…. Oderint, dum metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear). — Caligula THE ANNALS OF THE ROMAN HISTORIAN TACITUS (56 – 117 CE) survived in one damaged medieval manuscript at the Monte Cassino monastery[1]. The section covering the reign of Emperor Caligula is missing, and we […]

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Classic US Gold Collecting Strategies: The “Best Available Coin”

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I am continually asked by new collectors, and by established collectors who are new to gold coins, what should they collect. For some collectors, the answer is a specialized collection focusing on a specific series/denomination/mint. But other collectors chafe at the structure required to collect […]

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Five Things To Know Before Buying a Coin

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Ideally, a collector walks into a deal knowing everything there is to know about buying a coin. This includes the typical “Red Book” kind of knowledge like dates, mintages, mint marks and value, etc., along with things like certified populations and how the market’s behaving. If we’re […]

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Imperial Wannabes: The Ancient Coinage of Roman Usurpers

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. IMPERIAL ROME NEVER REALLY solved the problem of orderly succession to power. The “normal” pattern of inheritance in a monarchy is an elderly ruler replaced after his natural death by a well-qualified adult son. For Rome, this was an exception, not a rule. Officially, an emperor had […]

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Coin Board News Number 47 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …. For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 47 — Summer 2018 MARKET ACTIVITY There have been more than the usual number of Antique Coin Boards for sale this past quarter. Most of these sets are incomplete, lacking the keys, but the sheer number of coins adds […]

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Ancient Coin Profile – The First Facing Portrait of a King

LYCIA. Dynasts of Lycia, Perikles (c.375-360 BCE), Silver Stater By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… Lycia was a mountainous region in Anatolia with dramatic slopes that plunge into the sea. Many of its cities left the Delian League as Athens and Sparta fought the Peloponnesian War but in 429 BCE, Athens sent […]

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Ancient Coins on Modern Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. COINAGE IS CONSERVATIVE. IF a denizen of ancient Rome picked up a modern American dime, he would recognize familiar symbols: a torch, an olive branch, oak leaves. He could even understand the Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM (“Out of Many, One”). Similarly, if that ancient Roman picked […]

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Paper Money – Some of My U.S. Currency Favorites

By Chad Hawk – Grader, Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) ……   As a grader for PMG, I enjoy the tremendous benefit of seeing some of the world’s greatest paper money everyday. I review notes from all over the world and have been able to view more paper money than most people encounter in their entire […]

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4 Easy Tips on How to Build a Great Coin Collection

By Legend Numismatics ……   Legend Numismatics has built more of the FINEST KNOWN Coin Collections of true classic US coins than any dealer active today. We’ve built the FINEST EVER Half Dime collection. our signature FINEST EVER MS Trade Dollar coin Collection, and we have just finished building the FINEST EVER $3 GEM Proof Collection […]

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Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… Lydian Coins are considers to be the First Coins ever produced and used. The First Official Coin Natural resources are often a source of great wealth for a country, especially its king. The Pactolus River in Lydia, now modern day Turkey, was one […]

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Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, that was […]

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Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Terrible Ninth Century

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. MOST PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT MEDIEVALISTS would be hard pressed to name one thing that happened between the years 800 and 900. For many Europeans during that terrible century, it was the worst of times. Viking raiders descended from the north, Arab marauders attacked from the south, and kingdoms […]

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Don Everhart: My Career in Coins, Part 1 – The Franklin Mint

By Don Everhart – Former Sculptor-Engraver, United States Mint ….. Exclusive for CoinWeek Fresh out of college in 1973, I made a decision that would change the course of my life forever – and I didn’t even know it at the time! Back then I was more concerned about staying alive than deciding what my […]

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Coin Board News Number 46 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 46 — Spring 2018 AS I WAS SAYING… I recently sent out an email blast with regrets that the Spring issue of CBN would be delayed by my busy schedule. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the […]

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

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

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GoldDealer Gold Market Commentary – Gold Again Settles Lower

Gold Commentary for Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (www.golddealer.com) By Ken Edwards and Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ……   Gold closed down $17.80 today at $1,324.20 – finally deciding to settle and taking some of the recent buzz away from this market. Like I have been saying it’s no use getting too excited […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Counterfeit Morgan Dollar

1903-S Counterfeit  Morgan Silver Dollar By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. The raised lumps and lines on this 1903-S  are signs of counterfeit Morgan Dollar production. The Morgan Dollar is one of the most popular coins with collectors, and it’s not hard to see why. Silver dollars have a certain nostalgic appeal and an uncirculated […]

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Ancient Coins: The Beginning of Coinage

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection ……… The Beginning of Coinage Shown with expressive and diverse imagery today, ancient coins started from very humble beginnings. The ancient author Herodotus wrote that the Lydians were “the first people we know of to use a gold and silver coinage”. Through hoard evidence […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Ancient Coinage of Yemen

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. The ancient coinage of Southern Arabia is one of the most obscure branches of numismatics. In origin it is Greek; but in development it is Semitic. For the proper study of it a numismatist who is equally well equipped on the Greek and Semitic side is required; […]

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Q. David Bowers – Focus on Finest Known Rare $100 Date Back Iowa National Bank Note

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Momentum builds for our forthcoming sale of the Joel R. Anderson Collection of large-size paper money types. Part 1 will cross the block at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore next week(!), always one of the top shows of the year. The notes will […]

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The Admiral’s Dozen: 12 Favorite Coins From the Heritage February Long Beach Sale

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I first found out about the offering of a complete set of Liberty Head eagles from an observant client who emailed me a link in early January. He’s a succinct guy and his subject line said it all: “Epic collection of Eagles to be offered.” […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Contemporary Counterfeit Coins From the Reign of Queen Isabel II

By Patrick O’Connor – Aurora Raritires LLC …… During a recent discussion, the subject of counterfeit coins arose – specifically, the odd circumstance whereby prices for certain counterfeit coins have occasionally exceeded the prices for genuine examples. As the subject of fake coins has been a growing concern among collectors, this seemed an ideal opportunity […]

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Ancient Greek Coins – The Tumultuous History of Kamarina

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… The history of Kamarina, a port city on the southern coast of Sicily, is among the most tumultuous of Ancient Greece. It was founded in 599 BCE by settlers from Syracuse and its location allowed it to grow quickly and amass substantial wealth through trade. However, […]

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