Category Archives: US Coins

Classic US Coins: So You’ve Decided to Collect Dahlonega Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner The Dahlonega Mint opened in 1838 as a result of the North Georgia gold rush. The difficulty of transporting gold ore to Philadelphia for deposits and/or coinage made this former backwater a viable location for the production of coinage. The Mint was opened until 1861 when […]

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1969-S DDO Penny Sold to Honest Coin Dealer for 5 Cents Expected to Realize Over $40,000 at Auction

Over the past 50 years, an individual from San Francisco accumulated thousands of Lincoln cents from change, friends, and by searching rolls. He never found anything of note, and finally the day came to sell the collection. He obtained several quotes from local coin shops and ended up selling the whole collection for a few […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime

Counterfeit 1842-O Seated Liberty Dime Counterfeit Coins By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……. The design details on this Seated Liberty Dime counterfeit coin are soft, especially at Liberty’s head, the Phrygian cap and the shield on the obverse. The Seated Liberty Dime has grown in popularity with collectors over the last couple of decades […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Offers #1 PCGS Registry Set of Proof Seated Liberty Half Dollars

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The special Thanksgiving auction #1145 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) features 300 new coins plus 35 Vault Values and 30 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale showcases a number of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a key date 1914-D 1c PCGS/CAC MS64 RD, a […]

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Pogue 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dime, One of Finest Known, Offered by GreatCollections

Pogue Collection Coin By Great Collections …. On Sunday, November 22, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this beautifully toned 1795 Flowing Hair half dime (LM-10) from the Pogue Collection, graded MS-67 by PCGS and approved by CAC. Most rare early US coin experts agree that this example, with its original luster still intact, is the […]

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Nearly $20 Million in United States Coins and Paper Money Sold in Stack’s Bowers Nov. 2020 Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2020 Showcase Auction was highlighted by several historic collections that were brought to market for the first time in decades. Hosted at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, the sale witnessed remarkably strong bidder participation through the firm’s award-winning website and mobile apps, an active phone bidding bank, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Acquires Coins In Motion

Stack’s Bowers Galleries (SBG) is proud to announce the acquisition of Coins In Motion LLC. The patent-pending Coins In Motion technology creates high-resolution animations that accurately capture the in-hand visual appeal of coins and banknotes in a manner unlike any still or video photography available today. Coins In Motion animations will be first available for […]

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Barber Silver Coinage Values and Key Dates: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… By the late 1880s, the public had grown tired of Christian Gobrecht’s Seated Liberty designs that had appeared on silver coinage for half a century since the 1830s. A competition was held by the United States Mint to redesign the nation’s silver dimes, quarters, and half dollars. Yet because only […]

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United States 1974 Lincoln Cent

Description 1974 was an interesting year in the annals of numismatic history. The country was putting the finishing touches on its planned Bicentennial celebrations. The United States Mint was gearing up to produce a range of commemorative coins and medals to mark the occasion. The year would also mark the final Blue and Brown Pack […]

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Counterfeit Coins Detection: Check the Mintmark on the 1914-S Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit 1914-S Lincoln Cent By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… NGC graders identified a recently submitted fake 1914-S cent as a slightly above-average copy for counterfeit coins. The 1914-D Lincoln Cent is well-known as one of the keys to the series, but its San Francisco counterpart is a scarce issue in its own […]

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United States 1893-CC Morgan Dollar

Description The Morgan dollar gets its name from United States Mint engraver George T. Morgan, who designed the dollar coin in competition with then-Chief Engraver William Barber. The two had a generally cordial relationship, though numismatists throughout the generations have supposed that Barber may have been envious of Morgan’s talent as an engraver and treated […]

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Pattern US Coins: The 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar

One of the many fascinating patterns to be found in the current Heritage Auction of Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part II is an 1879 silver dollar featuring a portrait of Liberty known as the Schoolgirl design. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully designed of all patterns as well as […]

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Pattern US Coins: The 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar

One of the many fascinating patterns to be found in the current Heritage Auction of Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part II is an 1879 silver dollar featuring a portrait of Liberty known as the Schoolgirl design. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully designed of all patterns as well as […]

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So You’ve Decided to Collect Classic Head Half Eagle Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner As a companion piece to the Sunnyvale Collection of Classic Head half eagles that they offered for sale in mid-October 2020, Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) creating a guide for assembling a set of these interesting coins. * * * Classic Head half eagles were struck from […]

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Pattern US Coins: The 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar

One of the many fascinating patterns to be found in the current Heritage Auction of Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part II is an 1879 silver dollar featuring a portrait of Liberty known as the Schoolgirl design. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautifully designed of all patterns as well as […]

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The 1922 Peace Dollar With Moustache Variety

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Peace Dollar, 1922 $1 VAM 12A Moustache, PCGS MS64. Image courtesy PCGS The 1922 Peace dollar struck at the Philadelphia Mint may be one of the most common dates among all Peace dollars, but it boasts some outstanding and highly collectible varieties. One of these is the 1922 Moustache […]

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Collecting the Liberty Head Nickel: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the late 1880s, the United States Mint began looking into replacing the Shield nickel, the five-cent piece that was struck from 1866 to 1883 and composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel, because of longstanding production problems with that coin. Liberty Head Nickel Chief Engraver Charles Barber was asked […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in October 2020

During October, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Las Vegas and Dallas in addition to public internet sales. Here are 10 examples, selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1868 Quarter in PR-65 On October 4, GreatCollections sold a CAC-approved Proof-65 1868 quarter for $2,255.62 […]

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Historic 1797 Small Eagle $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers Showcase Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1797 is the scarcest date in the Capped Bust Right, Small Eagle $10 gold series of 1795 to 1797. Specialist John W. Dannreuther provides an estimated mintage of 1,250 to 3,615 coins, with only 55 to 65 extant in all grades. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Offers Highlights From SS Central America, Brother Jonathan Shipwrecks

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The latest Sunday Internet Auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins is now live. Auction #1144 features 325 new coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a silky smooth 1900-O/CC $1 PCGS/CAC […]

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Gem 1889 $3 Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers Nov. 2020 Showcase Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The mintage for the 1889 $3 gold piece was just 2,300 coins all delivered in December, down more than 50% from the previous year’s total. It was the final circulation-strike for the denomination and only about 200 to 250 Mint State examples can be accounted for, […]

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Selections From Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part II Lead November Heritage Dallas Auction

Two Premier Sessions highlight Heritage’s November 19-22 Dallas Signature auction. Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part II launches the event, with 279 lots offered as Premier Session 1, starting promptly at 6:00 pm Central Time, Thursday evening, November 19. Our regular Premier Session follows a day later on Friday evening at 5:30 […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Second “Family” of Struck Fake Draped Bust Dollars

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… As I noted in my past CoinWeek article on the 1795 “off-center” Bust dollar fakes, my discussion at the 2019 Dayton EAC Convention on counterfeits included three “families” of fakes: the 1804 “C-6” half cent set; the 1833 “N-5” large cent set; and the 1795 “off-center” […]

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Two Killer Walking Liberty Halves At GreatCollections November 8 Auction

By CoinWeek …. Bidding for two noteworthy Walking Liberty half dollars comes to an end at GreatCollections.com on Sunday, November 8. With the market for coins in the $5,000 to $25,000 segment being so strong recently, we thought we’d remark about these two Condition Census examples At the time of publication, the high bid for […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Offers Gem 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent, Among Other Highlights

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The newest Sunday Internet Auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins is now live. Auction #1143 features 350 new coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a gorgeous gem 1909-S VDB 1c […]

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Early US Pattern Coins: “Backward Liberty” 1839 Silver Half Dollar

The upcoming November 19-22 Signature Auction of US Coins from Heritage Auctions features numerous fascinating pattern coins. One of them is an 1839 half dollar pattern with a design Judd calls “Coronet Head facing right”, also sometimes known as the “Backward Liberty”. It is strongly reminiscent of the 10-dollar Coronet Head gold coins of 1838 […]

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A Memorable 1892-O Half Eagle: Doug Winter

Despite its low mintage of just 10,000 coins, the 1892-O half eagle is a coin that doesn’t receive a lot of love, even from New Orleans gold specialists. This is likely because it is lumped in with the 1893-O and the 1894-O, which are much more available. The rarity profile of the 1892-O is far […]

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Results Analysis of the Donald G. Partrick Collection of Connecticut Copper Coins

By Ron Guth ….. On November 1, 2020, Heritage Auctions sold the Connecticut Copper collection assembled by Donald G. Partrick. This was a highly anticipated event because many of Mr. Partrick’s coins had been off the market since the 1980s and earlier. Mr. Partrick was known as a strong buyer of top-quality and rare Colonial […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offers Bill Fivaz’s World’s Worst Type Coin Set

In an endeavor that spanned more than 25 years, noted numismatist and researcher Bill Fivaz put considerable efforts into obtaining and downgrading coins for his self-named “World’s Worst Type Set”. As those who know Bill fondly recall, he would show off these heavily worn and sometimes nearly unidentifiable coins at his local coin club and […]

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United States 1976 Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollar

Description: Americans have long considered the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 as the birthday of the United States. And 1976 was a special year: the 200th anniversary, or bicentennial, of our nation’s founding. But Congress and the U.S. Mint were still leery of what they viewed as the abuses of […]

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United States 1978-D Eisenhower Dollar

Description Even though the United States had no real need for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President […]

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Gem 1878 Carson City Morgan Silver Dollar Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, November 1, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1878-CC Morgan silver dollar graded MS-66 by PCGS. Over two million Morgan dollars were struck at the Carson City Mint in 1878, though only a few of these coins found their way into circulation at the time. But like many Morgan dollars, […]

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Final Offerings From BigMo Civil War Collection Highlight Legend Regency Auction 42

Important Gold Rarities, All Condition Census Pieces, Will Excite Collectors   Legend Rare Coin Auctions is proud, honored, and excited to offer 31 gold coins that make up the second and final portion of the BigMo Collection of Civil War Coinage. A world-class offering of gold coins struck 1861-1865, every coin is within the condition […]

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Branch Mint Gold of Gingko Collection at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The newest Sunday Internet Auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins is now LIVE! Auction #1142 features 300 coins plus 30 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a later die state 1796 1c PCGS […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: Classic Silver – the 1883-CC Morgan Dollar

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. * * * CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan hosts this episode of CoinWeek Streaming News live from our new studio. In this episode, we show off […]

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Larry H. Miller Collection of Morgan Silver Dollars in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present The Larry H. Miller Collection of Morgan Silver Dollars in our November 10-13, 2020 Auction. It represents a historic offering that will excite even the most sophisticated collectors of this series. While certain cabinets have offered individual rarities, such […]

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

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

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Buffalo Nickels: A Brief History and a Sampling of Values

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Introduced in 1913, the Buffalo nickel was an early hit with collectors and a major circulation workhorse through 1938 when the series ended. The coins continued to circulate after they were no longer produced and typically were found well-worn, sometimes with no visible date. Even today one can find a […]

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Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek ……… A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” specimen of the […]

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Where Does Waldo Newcomer Fit Among the All-Time Great Collections of US Coins?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   By all measures an enormously successful man, legendary U.S. coin collector Waldo C. Newcomer was born on September 14, 1867, in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1889, Newcomer went to work for industrialist Bernard Baker as a clerk at the Baltimore […]

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Connecticut Coppers of Donald G. Partrick Collection at Heritage Auction

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

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Top Pop Toned 1936 Columbia Sesquicentennial Half Dollar at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, October 25, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this toned classic commemorative 1936 Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial Half Dollar, graded MS-68+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. While the mintage of 9,007 coins isn’t large, the Columbia Sesquicentennial half is one of the more widely distributed of the classic commemorative coin […]

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Over $10 Million in Coins Sold in Two Dallas Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auction’s mid-October sales of US coins are in the book, and when everything was complete, every lot in both auctions sold, and more than $10 million USD in coins found their ways to new owners. October 14-17 saw an auction of the collection of long-time dealer Maurice Storck raise in excess of $3.7 million, […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction Offers Key Date 1915 Saint, 1916 DDO Buffalo Nickel

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The first David Lawrence Sunday Internet Auction of November is now live. Auction #1140 features 300 new coins plus 50 Vault Values and over 100 No Reserve Lots. Be sure to browse and bid before lots close November 1 beginning at 8:00 pm EST. Our first highlight […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Announces New York Store Opening

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Opens New Flagship New York City Gallery at 470 Park Avenue (Between 57th and 58th Streets)   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to announce the opening of their new flagship gallery at 470 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Located just down the block from their historic West 57th Street storefront, this new […]

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Proof Trade Dollars: Why Were They Made After Circulation Strikes Ended?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Trade Dollars of 1873-1885 represent one of the more curious areas of American numismatics. Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1873, the Trade Dollar was struck for the purpose of facilitating export transactions with China and was expressly created to compete against the silver Mexican Peso, a large, […]

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The Wreck of Brother Jonathan Still Keeps Its Secrets

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… On a Sunday morning in 1865, a paddle steamer called Brother Jonathan departed Crescent City Harbor, California. The ship was the idea of Edward Mills from New York. His original aim was to create a route from New York to Chagres, Panama as the first leg of a two-leg […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1903-S Added S Morgan Dollar

A prominent area of discoloration around the mintmark is a sign that this Morgan Dollar is a counterfeit. Morgan Dollar Counterfeit By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The vast majority of the more than 1.2 million Morgan dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1903 entered circulation, either immediately or as they were trickled out […]

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Silver War Nickels: History, Values and Varieties

By Bullion Shark LLC …… About 10 months into the U.S. involvement in World War II that begin in December 1941 after the Pearl Harbor attack, the United States Mint began producing silver nickels. These coins were made of an alloy of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese rather than 75% copper and 25% […]

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Harvest Moon Collection of Gem Morgan Dollars at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The newest David Lawrence Rare Coins Sunday Internet Auction is now live. Auction #1140 features 300 coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items, including a fascinating civil war date 1861-C $5 PCGS […]

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Choice Uncirculated Rolls of Early Lincoln Cents Beginning to Stir

By Dr. Richard S. Appel – UniqueRareCoins.com …… The 1963-64 period witnessed a price explosion for uncirculated rolls of U.S. coins that has yet to be duplicated. Numerous rolls of cents through half dollars rose in price from near face value in the mid-1950s to many multiples of those levels just a few years later. […]

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The Roosevelt Dime – A Fitting Tribute, But Not Without Controversy

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Most circulating United States coins have received both scrutiny and some negative press when first issued. The first 1793 cents were denounced for their Chain reverse, adapted from the earlier Fugio cents but held to be a poorly chosen symbol for its Liberty head obverse. John Reich’s buxom […]

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Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction Features Rare Mint State 1852-O Double Eagle

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Even though the New Orleans Mint had produced double eagles in both 1850 and 1851, the coiners were still working out many of the difficulties in producing such a large gold piece. The emphasis seemed to have been placed on quantity over quality, leaving many […]

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The New Orleans Mint and Its Southern Coinage

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… The first United States Mint was built in Philadelphia, which was serving as our nation’s capital city during the period spanning 1790 through 1800 while Washington, D.C. was being built. Even when the federal government was, itself, moved to Washington in 1800, the nation’s only mint remained in Philadelphia. […]

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Heritage Auction October Dallas Signature Sale Closing Wednesday

On October 14-18, two rarity-filled auctions will prompt five busy days at Heritage Auction’s Dallas World Headquarters. Signature floor sessions are scheduled Wednesday through Friday, capped off by a pair of online sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The sessions are divided between The Maurice Storck Collection and our regular October 2020 Signature event, as seen […]

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Jeff Garrett: Fractional Gold Comes to Market

Collecting California fractional gold coins is a fascinating pursuit, as many of the coins are tangible links to one of the most exciting eras of American history   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Next week, Heritage Auctions will be offering the Maurice Storck Collection. Storck was a coin dealer who was […]

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Million-Dollar Coins Aside, Regency 41 Results Reflect Healthy Market

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….. Hits and Misses from the Morelan Collection On Thursday, October 8, 2020, Legend Rare Coin Auctions held Regency Auction 41 in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The sale will most be known for the first 30 lots, devoted to the United States […]

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High Gem 1929-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Bidding on this lightly toned toned 1929-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar–graded MS-66+ by PCGS and judged strong for the grade by CAC–ends on Sunday, October 11 at GreatCollections.com. With 1,001,200 half dollars struck in Denver that year, the 1929-D is neither scarce nor common. But when one looks at examples graded higher […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in September 2020

During September, CAC approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction in Dallas and in public internet sales. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1917-D Type One Standing Liberty Quarter in MS-66FH On September 6, the firm GreatCollections sold a […]

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Stunning NGC-Certified Connecticut Coppers From Partrick Collection Being Sold

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

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PCGS Grades 1st New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety Discovered in Nearly a Century

New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Graded by PCGS as an F15 and Designated a “Discovery Coin”   It still pays to scrutinize all coins for something new or unusual, even those belonging to a series as well studied as the Flowing Hair Half Dollar. Struck by the United States Mint from 1794 through 1795, […]

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Mint State Buffalo Nickels, Other Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The latest Sunday Internet Auction from David Lawrence Rare Coins is now live. Auction #1139 features 315 brand NEW coins plus 30 Vault Values and 70 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including a frosty key-date 1936-D 25c […]

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2021 Morgan Silver Dollar, Peace Dollar Closer to Being Minted

By Bullion Shark LLC …… There is some very good news for collectors of U.S. coins who have been excited about the idea of the United States Mint striking 2021-dated Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars for several years now. On September 22, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6192, the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1854-O Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Counterfeit 1854-O Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar Counterfeit Coins Profiled by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ………. Numerous issues, such as depressions, raised lines, porosity and die damage, presented plenty of evidence to prove this coin not genuine. The Coinage Act of 1853 reduced the weight of the silver half dime, dime, quarter and half dollar as […]

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The Bruce Morelan Collection – Lots You Need to Know: CoinWeek Streaming News

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. * * * On October 8, 2020, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer a selection of the finest early U.S. coins from the incomparable Bruce […]

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Treasures From the Bruce Morelan Collection: Regency Auction 41

The Bruce Morelan Collection By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… These coins are like family Those are the words of Laura Sperber, founder of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. She’s handled more than $1 billion in rare coins over her four-decades as a coin dealer, but “these” coins she helped procure for longtime collector Bruce Morelan. […]

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Treasures From the Bruce Morelan Collection: Regency Auction 41

The Bruce Morelan Collection By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… These coins are like family Those are the words of Laura Sperber, founder of Legend Rare Coin Auctions. She’s handled more than $1 billion in rare coins over her four-decades as a coin dealer, but “these” coins she helped procure for longtime collector Bruce Morelan. […]

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Cameo Proof 1887 Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Just 710 Proof Morgan dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1887, and only about 500 examples survive in any condition. This issue presents a surprising challenge for collectors who seek the finest levels of preservation and production quality. As is the case with […]

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California Fractional Gold October 22 Heritage Auction Open for Bidding

One of the Month-Long auctions now open for bidding at Heritage Auctions is the October 22 California Fractional Gold US Coins Special Monthly Auction, a selection of 100 pieces of California fractional gold. These very small coins, privately minted in California from the 1850s to the 1880s, were minted in both octagonal and round shapes. […]

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About Uncirculated 1799 Draped Bust Silver Dollar at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, October 4, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this toned 1799 Draped Bust Heraldic Eagle Silver Dollar, graded AU-58 by NGC and approved by CAC. NGC reports a total of 128 grading events at AU-58 for the 1799 Draped Bust dollar, which is clearly not the top pop grade. But this […]

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Simpson I Results: US Gold; Plus a Snapshot of the Higher End of the Market

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner The auction sale of Part One of selections from the collection of Bob Simpson was recently conducted by Heritage on September 17 in Dallas. While the sale was not notable for its number of gold coins, there were some important pieces included; coins that we will […]

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Fresh Coins From Maurice Storck Collection Offered in Oct. Heritage Auction

The Maurice Storck Collection, to be offered October 14-17, ranks among some of the freshest offerings Heritage has ever brought to auction. His World Coins and Currency were auctioned in August and realized huge premiums for their certified grades. His U.S. coin collection spans the spectrum – with many of the coins being off the […]

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Stack’s Bowers to Present High-Grade Naples Bay Collection of US Coins

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the upcoming sale of the Naples Bay Collection, a highlight of their November and December 2020 auctions. The Naples Bay Collection is one of those classic old collections that was assembled over two generations by a father and son team, inspired by a shared passion for numismatics. The […]

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David Lawrence Offers More than 100 So-Called Dollars, 1909-S VDB…

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The first David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction of October is live. Auction #1137 features 375 coins plus 30 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a brilliantly lustrous 1892-CC $1 PCGS MS66, an […]

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NGC-Certified 1907 High Relief Double Eagle Sells for $660,000 at Heritage Sale

An exceptional 1907 High Relief Double Eagle certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) realized $660,000 in the Heritage US Coins Signature Auction held from September 18-20, 2020. Several other NGC-certified coins realized six figures, demonstrating the robust demand for high-quality, vintage US coins graded by NGC. The top lot was a magnificent 1907 High Relief Wire Rim $20 […]

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GreatCollections to Auction Yellowstone Collection of U.S. Gold Coins

GreatCollections is pleased to announce the auction of the Yellowstone Collection of U.S. Gold Coins scheduled for Sunday, October 4. The collection comprises over 100 certified coins that were mostly acquired between 2000 and 2008. The collection includes many rarities, some of which are universally known, including a key-date 1929 Indian Half Eagle, graded PCGS […]

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Silver Dollar Specialties Offered in Month-Long Heritage Auction

The latest month-long auction of US coins from Heritage Auctions focuses on the ever-popular Morgan and Peace Dollar series, with an offering consisting of VAM varieties as well as Prooflike and Deep Mirror Prooflike (DMPL) Morgans. This auction is open for bidding now, with the concluding live session scheduled for Thursday, October 15 at 6 […]

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United States Mint introduces rolls and bags of Connecticut American Innovation $1 coins on September 29

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will open sales for Connecticut American Innovation $1 coins packaged in collectible rolls and bags beginning on September 29 at noon EDT. These new additions to the Mint’s product lineup contain uncirculated $1 coins from the Philadelphia and Denver facilities

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Three iconic coin dealers inducted into PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Professional Coin Grading Service Names Bruce Amspacher, Greg Roberts, and Catherine Bullowa-Moore for Prestigious Honor
(Santa Ana, California) September 24, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has named three longtime coin dealers and numismatic leaders to the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame, and this year the world’s premier third-party grading service is adding the names of three well-deserving individuals to the hall of numismatic luminaries

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The 1909-S VDB Lincoln Cent and How it Changed the Hobby: CoinWeek Streaming News

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. * * * CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan takes a deep dive into the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent, the coin that changed American numismatics forever. Buoyed […]

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Jeff Garrett: US Gold Coins Coming Home

In the last few years, the amount of US gold coins arriving from overseas sources has risen dramatically   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… US gold coins have been a fascination of mine since the start of my career in the 1970s. Back then, there was a high demand and a […]

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The Circulation Strike 1841 $2.50 Little Princess Quarter Eagle

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The 1841 $2.50 “Little Princess” Quarter Eagle symbolizes one of the most controversial numismatic reclassifications in recent years. A coin long regarded as a proof-only issue, the 1841 Quarter Eagle was determined by numerous coin experts to have been struck as both a Proof and a circulation strike. The […]

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Three iconic coin dealers inducted into PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Professional Coin Grading Service Names Bruce Amspacher, Greg Roberts, and Catherine Bullowa-Moore for Prestigious Honor
(Santa Ana, California) September 24, 2020 — Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has named three longtime coin dealers and numismatic leaders to the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame, and this year the world’s premier third-party grading service is adding the names of three well-deserving individuals to the hall of numismatic luminaries

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United States 1923 Peace Dollar

Image: Coins in Motion. Description: The 1923 Peace dollar is one of the most common issues in the series of dollar coins (1921-35) designed by Anthony de Francisci. Peace dollars bear an obverse image of a young Lady Liberty crowned with rays, strikingly resembling the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. First issued five […]

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United States Mint introduces rolls and bags of Connecticut American Innovation $1 coins on September 29

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will open sales for Connecticut American Innovation $1 coins packaged in collectible rolls and bags beginning on September 29 at noon EDT. These new additions to the Mint’s product lineup contain uncirculated $1 coins from the Philadelphia and Denver facilities

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Understanding the 1938-D D Over S Buffalo Nickel Variety

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Buffalo Nickel series, running from 1913 through 1938 and designed by James Earle Fraser, yields many rare and alluring varieties. These include rare overdates, scarce doubled dies, and even missing anatomy on the bison that appears on the reverse of the coin. And then there is the fascinating […]

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Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo will reconvene in March 2021

The bourse at the Whitman Expo, Baltimore, November 3–6, 2016.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction Will Still Be Held in November 2020
(Baltimore, Maryland) — The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo was prohibited from being held November 12–14, 2020, due to Maryland’s ongoing mitigation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

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The Bob R. Simpson Collection debuts at $14.6 million at Heritage Auctions

The results exceeded every expectation I had
— Bob R. Simpson

Dallas, Texas (September 21, 2020) — “Numismatic royalty

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Rare Gem 1932 Double Eagle Gold Coin Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 27, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1932 Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle, graded MS-65+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. A total of 1,101,750 double eagles were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1932 but only about 100 to 150 pieces are thought to have survived to the […]

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New Jersey Coppers: Engraver Walter Mould Leaves His Mark

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

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Bob R. Simpson Collection Debuts at $14.6 Million at Heritage Auctions

“The results exceeded every expectation I had” – Bob R. Simpson   “Numismatic royalty.” Those are the words the auctioneer used to describe legendary collector Bob R. Simpson and his renowned collection of Proof coins and ultimate rarities. When the gavel fell on the last of the 349 lots offered in Part 1 of The […]

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The Bob R. Simpson Collection debuts at $14.6 million at Heritage Auctions

The results exceeded every expectation I had
— Bob R. Simpson

Dallas, Texas (September 21, 2020) — “Numismatic royalty

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A Rare Opportunity: GreatCollections Offers Mint State CAC 1798 Draped Bust Dime

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 20, bidding ends at GreatCollections for this toned 1798 Draped Bust dime of the Large 8 variety, graded MS-64+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. The Draped Bust dime was first issued in 1796, featuring what is called the Small Eagle reverse. In 1798, a new Heraldic Eagle reverse […]

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David Lawrence Offers Rare 1800 Half Eagle, Toned 1885 Half and More…

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The Weekly Internet Auction #1136 is live and features 240 brand NEW coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC-, and CAC-approved items including an elusive 1805 25c PCGS MS63, a beautifully toned 1885 50c PCGS/CAC […]

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

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

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Incredible Gem 1894 Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With just 110,000 coins produced, the 1894 has the lowest mintage among circulation strike Morgan dollars from the Philadelphia Mint. It is a key date issue in this popular series, and is the rarest Philadelphia Mint Morgan in Mint State after only the 1901. When […]

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Roosevelt Dimes – History, Values and Some Key Dates: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was the only U.S. president who served more than two terms in office, from 1932 to 1945. During that period, he took the country out of the Great Depression and guided it through most of World War II while also transforming the country in lasting ways […]

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GreatCollections Offers Key Date 1893-CC Morgan Dollar in Mint State

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 20, bidding ends at GreatCollections for this 1893-CC Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-64 by PCGS. The key date 1893-CC was the last Morgan dollar struck at the fabled Carson City Mint, and as such, it has been and remains a popular coin among collectors. And while the official mintage […]

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Spectacular NGC-graded double eagle in the spotlight at Heritage sale

1907 High Relief Wire Rim Saint-Gaudens double eagle graded NGC PF-69 and pedigreed to the Tacasyl Collection. Hover to zoom

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Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo will reconvene in March 2021

The bourse at the Whitman Expo, Baltimore, November 3–6, 2016.
Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction Will Still Be Held in November 2020
(Baltimore, Maryland) — The Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo was prohibited from being held November 12–14, 2020, due to Maryland’s ongoing mitigation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

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Spectacular NGC-graded double eagle in the spotlight at Heritage sale

1907 High Relief Wire Rim Saint-Gaudens double eagle graded NGC PF-69 and pedigreed to the Tacasyl Collection. Hover to zoom

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A Quick Look at the Silver Clad Kennedy Half Dollar

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on March 26, 2013 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Talk about an under-appreciated series. The silver-clad Kennedy half dollar has always played second fiddle to its one-off 1964 and 1964-D 90% […]

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Classic US Silver Dollars – Brilliant Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar

Every circulation-strike issue from the inception of the Morgan dollar series in 1878 through 1904 was accompanied by a small run of Proofs, typically in the high hundreds of pieces. The year 1921, when Morgan dollar output resumed for one last time using newly created hubs, was different in a number of ways, including the […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins and nuTilt Imaging bring new, immersive technology to the hobby

Virginia Beach, Virginia: David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) and nuTilt Imaging are excited to introduce a brand-new imaging technology to the hobby of numismatics. NuTilt is a patent-pending process that brings coin imaging to life! The limitation of coin images today is that they are static; nuTilt breaks this barrier, showing how the light catches all areas of a coin just like it does when you tilt it in your palm

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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin on sale September 18

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U.S

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The U.S. Mint commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War II

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to sell collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah jazz owner, for nearly 25 years

1804 Draped Bust dollar, PCGS PR-65. Courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries

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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meets by teleconference September 22, 2020, and September 23, 2020

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting by teleconference from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (EDT) on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, and from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, September 23.
Agenda (subject to change):

Review and discussion of obverse and reverse candidate designs for the U

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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meets by teleconference September 22, 2020, and September 23, 2020

The following comes from an e-mail sent to the numismatic press
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting by teleconference from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (EDT) on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, and from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, September 23.
Agenda (subject to change):

Review and discussion of obverse and reverse candidate designs for the U

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in August 2020

During August, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in an auction in Dallas, in two live auctions in Las Vegas, and in public internet sales. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1853 With Arrows Dime in MS-64 On August 2, the firm […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins Offers Key Date Flying Eagle Cent, Mercury Dime, More

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… The new David Lawrence Rare Coins’ Our Weekly Internet Auction #1135 is LIVE and features 225 new coins plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a Gem example 1927-S 5c PCGS MS65 […]

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Rare Gold, Currency Highlights Heritage September 18-20 Dallas Signature Auctions

The historic offering of Important Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part 1 by Heritage Auctions sets the stage for an impressive lineup of coins in the September 18-20 Dallas Signature auction. The Friday afternoon session on September 18 includes 540+ lots featuring outstanding coins from colonials to medals and tokens. A full-fledged Premier […]

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The U.S. Mint commemorates the anniversary of the end of World War II

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The following is an excerpt of an article by Stephanie Meredith on the website of the United States Mint
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to sell collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah jazz owner, for nearly 25 years

1804 Draped Bust dollar, PCGS PR-65. Courtesy of Stack’s Bowers Galleries

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency 40 Recap: CoinWeek Streaming News

  CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. * * * CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks down five lots that you need to know about from the recently held Legend Rare Coin […]

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Why Some Liberty Seated Coins Have Arrows by the Date

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Liberty Seated coinage, one of the longest-running motifs on United States coins, remains one of the most popular and widely collected 19th-century types. These coins were produced at a time when it was standard for multiple denominations to share a common design, as was the case with the […]

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A Seven-Mint Liberty Head Half Eagle Set on Steroids

Half Eagle collecting By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve written before on collecting a seven-mint set of Liberty Head half eagles. In case you’ve forgotten, the Liberty Head half eagle is the only American coin to have been struck at all seven of the mints that produced vintage US designs. These […]

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting US Pattern Coinage

Assembling a complete set of US Pattern coins is an impossible task, but there are several collecting strategies that make these fascinating coins more accessible and fun to pursue   US Pattern Coinage by Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Years ago, Charles Anderson, owner of Whitman Publishing, began a collection of US […]

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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin on sale September 18

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U.S

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to Sell Collection of Larry H. Miller, Utah Jazz Owner for Nearly 25 Years

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the spectacular collection built by Utah businessman Larry H. Miller across two sales to be held in November and December 2020. Larry H. Miller was an entrepreneur and philanthropist most famous as the owner of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Utah Jazz from 1985 up to his death […]

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1943 Steel Penny and Copper Pennies: History, Values and a Rare Variety

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The year 1943 found the United States getting more deeply involved in World War II with overseas deployments. At home, there was the completion of the Pentagon building in Virginia, and air raid practices at night, and rationing of food and gasoline. Driven largely by the ramp-up in industrial and […]

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SS Republic 1857-S Liberty Head Double Eagle Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 13, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1857-S Liberty Head $20 Double Eagle gold coin recovered from the shipwreck of SS Republic graded AU-58 by NGC. The certified coin includes a display case and DVD from Odyssey Marine, the company that discovered the shipwreck site in 2003. 970,500 examples […]

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David Lawrence Rare Coins and nuTilt Imaging bring new, immersive technology to the hobby

Virginia Beach, Virginia: David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) and nuTilt Imaging are excited to introduce a brand-new imaging technology to the hobby of numismatics. NuTilt is a patent-pending process that brings coin imaging to life! The limitation of coin images today is that they are static; nuTilt breaks this barrier, showing how the light catches all areas of a coin just like it does when you tilt it in your palm

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on a famous hoard — Talbot, Allum & Lee coppers

Obverse and reverse of a 1795 Talbot, Allum & Lee copper cent. These were made in Birmingham, England, to the order of a New York City merchant

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