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Jeff Garrett: Coins and Credit

Be wary of using credit in numismatic purchases   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week, Heritage Auctions offered the Maurice Storck Collection that contained several interesting coins bought in person at the 1954 King Farouk Palace Sale. These coins had been off the market for decades and performed extremely well. […]

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The Joint Coinage of Qatar and Dubai

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Qatar & Dubai AH1386-1966 25 Dirhams, PCGS MS64. Images courtesy PCGS The Gulf Emirate States are an amazing and rich area of the world, with the history of this region stretching back thousands of years. Prior to the discovery of oil there and the wealth from it, what today […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel

Evidence of heavy polishing where the fourth leg should be – 1937-D Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The 1937-D 3 Legged Buffalo Nickel is undoubtedly the most famous key date in the Buffalo Nickel series. Most collectors consider it to be a distinct issue although it is more accurately described […]

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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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A Time of Transition: Spanish Coin Auction by Tauler and Fau

By Jesús Orejas Valdés – Tauler and Fau …… The following highlights some of the coins from Tauler and Fau’s upcoming E-Auction 67 of Spanish coins. * * * The term “Catholic Kings” refers to Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, who were the king and queen of the Crown of Castile […]

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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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Things to Remember About Rare Coin Auctions

Coin Auctions by Jeff Garrett from the NGC Weekly Market Report ……   Jeff Garrett shares his knowledge and expertise regarding bidding at rare coin auctions such as the upcoming FUN Heritage Auction. If you’ve never attended a rare coin auction or you need a refresher on how to prepare, read on for his excellent […]

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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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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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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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Building a 1956 Mint Set of US Coins: As Complex as You Make It

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. [Editor’s note: The original column first appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter of February 26, 2013. —CoinWeek] Six years ago, we took an in-depth look at what it would take to build a competitive PCGS Set Registry 1956 Mint Set, evaluating each coin released by the […]

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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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American Gold Eagles – A Brief History and Current Values

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Although the American Gold Eagle program debuted in 1986 like the American Silver Eagle, it was established under a different 1985 law than the silver coins. The Gold Bullion Act of 1985 that authorized the minting of American gold investment coins in four sizes (1 ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce, […]

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The Paper Money Coin of 1574 – The First Paper Currency of Europe

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Netherlands Leiden 1574 Siege ¼ Gulden, PCGS XF40 Paper money requires a sacrifice, as they are not of any intrinsic value. It has a value that is assigned to the piece and based on a fiat or faith-based system that requires users to accept it for a particular value. […]

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Plants and Trees Featured on Ancient Greek Coins: Catawiki

By Willem Knapen – Numismatist, Catawiki …… Coins were the medium par excellence for bringing classical civilizations together and allowing cities to grow, and often featured the faces of rulers that were or felt responsible for this growth, in which cases coins were an excellent means of propaganda. The Persian satrap of Mysia, Tissaphernes (circa […]

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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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American Silver Eagles – A Brief History and Current Values

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the 1970s, silver that had been stored in the United States’ Defense National Stockpile for years had accumulated to the point that it exceeded projected needs. The Nixon administration proposed selling some of these holdings, but silver miners opposed the move since selling a lot of silver would depress […]

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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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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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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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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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The Provincial Coinage of Spain: Tauler and Fau Auction Sept. 22

By Jesús Orejas Valdés – Tauler and Fau …… The following highlights some of the coins from Tauler and Fau’s upcoming E-Auction 64 of Spanish coins (Vol. VII). * * * Following the end of the War of Spanish Succession in 1713, the new king Philip V had to face the problem that Spanish silver […]

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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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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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The 1936 Delaware Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… When it comes to commemorative coins, 1936 was one of the busiest years in United States Mint history. Some 21 distinct issues were minted that year, not even accounting for the numerous mintmark variations and some of the rare Proof and special presentation strikes that were also made that […]

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Jim Bisognani: Early Fall Surprises in the Coin Market

With US, world, and ancient coins all in demand, the collecting options are endless   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… As this article posts, another month has rolled around. Normally, September brings the heebie-jeebies to us in New England, as it means, with Labor Day behind us, summer is on her […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1896 $2 Silver Certificate

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… The Series of 1896 Silver Certificates are referred to as the “Educational Series” in the hobby due to the design on the $1 “History Instructing Youth” issue. All three denominations in this series consist of elaborate allegorical artwork on the face of the note that makes one forget for […]

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Keeping a Coin Dealer’s Staff and Customers Safe: Avoiding COVID-19 and Customer Backlash

By John Maben – Pegasus Coin and Jewelry …… After 40 years in the coin business as a wholesaler and internet retailer, in November 2019 I opened Pegasus Coin and Jewelry in the Bradenton/Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch area of Florida. I’d invested several hundred thousand dollars in building out a really nice, bright, new, 1,500-square-foot showroom and […]

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Q. David Bowers: The Last of the Encased Postage Stamp Issuers

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… Lord & Taylor, the famous fashion retailer, is no longer with us, or at least not in its usual form. On August 3, 2020, the firm announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and stated it planned to close all 24 of its stores. Numismatically, Lord & Taylor […]

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Q. David Bowers: The Last of the Encased Postage Stamp Issuers

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Lord & Taylor, the famous fashion retailer, is no longer with us, or at least not in its usual form. On August 3, 2020, the firm announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and stated it planned to close all 24 of its stores. Numismatically, Lord & […]

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A Closer Look at the Republic of Texas 1843 25¢ Exchequer Bill

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… Prior to being admitted to the union as the 28th state, Texas existed as a republic from 1836 to 1846. Famous Texan Sam Houston would be elected as president of the Republic of Texas twice, the second time rigorously overseeing the final issue of Texas paper money before statehood. […]

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Historic Origins and Values of the Wheat Penny: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Lincoln cent has been issued continuously since 1909, longer than any other coin currently produced by the United States. It has seen three different reverse subtypes during that period while retaining the same obverse (apart from slight modifications) and it is a coin that has long appealed to both […]

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Jeff Garrett: Consider Collecting Colonial Coins

The possibilities for collecting colonial coinage are as endless as the coins are fascinating   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… A few weeks ago, NGC announced that it had recently certified hundreds of additional colonial coins from the extraordinary collection assembled by Donald G. Partrick. NGC had certified about 350 colonial […]

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Jim Bisognani: How Are New Highs for Gold Affecting the Coin Market?

Numismatic experts weigh in on the “gold rush” of 2020   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Gold trading above $2,000 is truly a significant milestone — one that finds the precious metal enjoying a huge amount of attention in the mainstream media. Many veteran numismatists knew this lofty summit would be […]

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The Coinage of the Barbary Pirate States

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The contemporary United States is no stranger to overseas war. This was not always the case, however, at least not until President Thomas Jefferson took the then-unusual step of protecting American interests abroad, setting a precedent that continues today. The result would be two wars fought by Americans and […]

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Classic U.S. Coins – When Did Type One Double Eagles Become Popular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Type One Liberty Head double eagles, struck from 1850 through 1866, are today one of the most popular gold coins from the standpoint of date collecting. Despite the presence of numerous mid-to-high five-figure and even a few six-figure issues, many serious date collectors of these coins […]

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Classic U.S. Coins – When Did Type One Double Eagles Become Popular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner   Type One Liberty Head double eagles, struck from 1850 through 1866, are today one of the most popular gold coins from the standpoint of date collecting. Despite the presence of numerous mid-to-high five-figure and even a few six-figure issues, many serious date collectors of these […]

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The Uniquely American Appeal of the $3 Indian Princess Gold Coin

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… In 1854, United States Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre reached a milestone in his career. For the first time, he would choose the design for a piece of currency: in this case the three-dollar gold coin. Much of the currency up to that point favored designs that referenced […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1886 $2 Silver Certificate

By Cory Williams for PCGS …… While Silver Certificates began in 1878, the Series of 1886 would be the first issuance of denominations smaller than $10. These lower denominations would see a lot of circulation given their smaller face values and the fact that they were frequently substituted for the heavy silver dollars that people […]

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All About “Spot Price”- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Couldn’t Get a Straight Answer

By Pegasus Coin and Jewelry …… The “spot price” in the precious metals marketplace represents the basis for which a raw ounce of the metals can be bought and sold for immediate delivery. Spot prices fluctuate constantly, affecting both the buying and selling of precious metals. The price you will pay for any silver, gold, […]

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Jeff Garrett: The 2020 World’s Fair of Money That Never Was

The August sales that took place without the annual ANA show demonstrated a strong demand for quality coins   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week should have been the highlight of my numismatic year. Every summer since 1974, I have attended the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The show is […]

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The Indian Head Gold Coins That Caused a Panic Over Germs

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Indian Head Quarter Eagle and Half Eagle were struck from 1908 through 1929 as continuations of two gold denominations that trace back to the 1790s. The Indian Head gold coins of $2.50 and $5 face values, designed by noted Boston artist Bela Lyon Pratt, are beautiful on the […]

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Could COVID Kill the Penny?

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nationwide coin shortage. Shoppers are relying on debit and credit cards to avoid touching cash, which can carry germs, but that’s left parts of the nation short on spare change. Here’s what the Federal Reserve recently said on that topic: Business and bank […]

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Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types for the Casual Collector

Ten Affordable Pioneer Gold Types By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Yes, it takes deep pockets and lots of patience to specialize in Territorial or Pioneer gold. There are numerous six-figure coins, many of which are either almost never available or come with lots of problems. But there are a number of […]

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US Mint Making Changes to Meet Exploding Demand for American Gold, Silver Eagles

By Bullion Shark LLC …… As a result of the pandemic and its effects on the U.S. economy, which have resulted in the largest-ever decline in the gross domestic product (32.9%) in the second quarter of 2020 and tens of millions of unemployed–as well as rising silver and gold prices (with gold having reached several […]

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What Are Bullion Coins?

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There is a significant share of numismatics and the coin market that is driven by one factor: the metallic value of the coin. These coins that follow the fluctuation of metals markets are considered bullion coins. Bullion coins can consist of precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and […]

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Jeff Garrett: Numismatics and the Precious Metals Boom

With gold and other metals continuing to soar in value, more attention is being paid to tangible assets, including rare coins   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Precious metals–gold in particular–are in the news almost daily. This week, gold reached a new high of very nearly $2,000 USD per ounce. Prices […]

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Surprise! Couple Finds Out Their Gold Coin is Worth $100,000+

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The recently found 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle now graded PCGS VF30. Images courtesy PCGS. We’ve all heard the stories from coin dealers of folks who bring coins into the shop for appraisal or sale only to tell them the pieces they delivered were worth far less than the […]

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The French Republican Coin Dating System

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The French Revolution brought about the First French Republic, which brought about sweeping changes to remove religious and royalist influences across France and its government institutions. One such change came to its calendar, which would be changed and used by the French Republic for 12 years – including on […]

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What Gold Could Do in the Second Half of 2020 – Blanchard and Company

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ……   Uncertainty has long been the default outlook of investors. The present, however, represents both uncertainty and volatility not commonly seen in the markets. COVID-19 cases continue to climb, geopolitical events develop on an hourly basis, and markets are wavering. These factors, which are likely to remain in flux […]

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Bullion Shark: Collecting Classic, Modern, and Silver American Quarters

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The United States Mint was founded in 1792 and began striking pattern coins that year. The first regular issue coins were not produced until 1793. The first quarter dollars, however, were not issued until 1796 because Spanish colonial coins denominated in Reales, which still circulated in the U.S., filled the […]

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The Coinage of Manchukuo and the Last Emperor of China

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The Last Emperor On March 1, 1932, a man by the name of Puyi became the Datong, or chief executive, of Manchukuo. It was just six days earlier that Puyi had accepted the offer with a drunken party to celebrate this event. This celebration included a wide variety of […]

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Bullion Shark: Key Date Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Morgan Dollar Values The two most popular and widely collected classic silver dollars are Morgan dollars (1878-1921) and Peace dollars (1921-1935). And like the vast majority of other coins, their values are determined by the scarcity of the date based on the coin’s mintage, the coin’s estimated surviving population, the […]

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The Great du Pont Coin Robbery… and Recovery

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS ……   Thursday, October 5, 1967, was a really terrific day for this author. I was 14 years old, a freshman in high school, and my beloved Boston Red Sox had just played Game 2 of baseball’s 1967 World Series. The Sox pitching ace, Jim Lonborg, shut out the St. […]

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Jeff Garrett: Join a Numismatic Coin Club Fraternity

Love coin collecting? Make it official with a coin club membership Coin Clubs By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One of the most impactful aspects of the COVID-19 crisis has been the amount of time individuals are spending online. People around the country are now shopping online who had resisted this trend […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Rare Coin Market and the Hobby Move Online

Markets are being tested by the COVID-19 crisis; so far, the rare coin market is passing   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The internet has been one of the most significant driving forces for numismatics since the late 1990s. Indeed, the hobby has been forever changed by this amazing tool of […]

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Annexing the District of Columbia & U.S. Territories to the 50 State Quarters Program

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The 50 State Quarters program was one of the most successful and ambitious United States Mint coin design programs of the last five decades. When it was launched in 1999, the Statehood Quarters initiative captured the imagination of an entire nation, making evening news headlines as each new quarter […]

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Classic U.S. Coins – When Did Civil War Gold Become Popular?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Thanks to reader M.R. from Virginia, who suggested this interesting concept, I’m going to be writing a series of blogs over the coming months entitled: When Did (Subject) Become Popular? The concept of these blogs is pretty simple. I’ll select an area of the rare date […]

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Early U.S. Coins – The Gold Coins of Templeton Reid

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Privately minted gold coins from the first decades of the United States have always intrigued numismatists. Though these coins were not minted by the United States Mint, they were integral to the regional economic systems in which they circulated. And while many associate privately minted gold with the American […]

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Bullion Shark: A Brief Overview of the United States Mint’s History

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The United States Mint has served the American people for 228 years. It produces circulating coins, bullion coins, numismatic coins, and official medals. It is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and the world’s largest coining facility with branch mints operating today in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and […]

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The 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… One of the most significant pieces of socioeconomic legislation ever passed in the United States was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This set of laws helped bring an end to de jure segregation in public places and public accommodations while legally ensuring that all Americans were to be […]

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Renewal of Italian MOU Threatens Ability to Collect Ancient Roman Imperial Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On June 8, 2020, the State Department of the United States announced a proposal to extend its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Italy. The MoU, which was originally agreed to in 2001 and augmented every five years since, establishes restrictions on imports of certain artifacts of cultural importance from Italy […]

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How Rare Are Non-Shipwreck Gem Type One Double Eagles? An Update

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In 2016, I wrote about Gem Type One double eagles, inspired by my purchase of a PCGS/CAC MS65 1860 double eagle (which was the undisputed finest known for the date). I then asked the question: Just how rare are non-shipwreck Gem Type One double eagles? My […]

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Counterfeit Mintmarks? Watch Out for Embossed Mintmarks

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The presence or lack of a particular mintmark can make or break the difference in the price of a coin. Consider, for example, the values of coins from so many popular series minted during the late 19th and 20th centuries. A 1916 Mercury Dime without a mintmark? It’s worth […]

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The Secrets to Collecting Walking Liberty Half Dollars: Bullion Shark

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The Walking Liberty half dollar, issued for 31 years from 1916 to 1947 and which includes 65 date and mint mark coins, is probably the most popular 20th-century U.S. coin and the most widely collected half dollar series. It was produced during a remarkable period in American history that spanned […]

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The Royal Presentation Escudo Coinage—the Pinnacle of Spanish Colonial Numismatics

By Kyle Ponterio and Matthew Orsini – Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… An enigma to this day, the exceedingly rare “Royal” presentation issues struck at mints in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico were a distinct departure from the normal “cob” coinage that was standard during the first few centuries of Spanish Colonial rule in the New World. […]

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A Closer Look at the Series of 1918 $2 Battleship Note

By Cory Williams for PCGS ……   Back of Series of 1918 “Battleship Note” $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note, courtesy of Heritage Auctions While the terminology sounds almost the same, Federal Reserve Bank Notes differ from Federal Reserve Notes in the language of which entity will be paying to the bearer on demand. “FRBNs”, as […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1912 Indian Head $10 Gold Eagle Coin

Counterfeit Coin Detection by Max Spiegel, NGC …..   The raised spikes at the rim of this 1912 $10 Indian Head Eagle are one detail collectors can use for counterfeit coin detection.   It is no surprise that United States gold coins have long been the target of counterfeiters. A wave of deceptive forgeries appeared […]

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Encore Dollars: Dollar Coins That Came Back One More Time

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   Many coin series come and go, never to be struck again. And others take a numismatic bow only to hit the stage one more time for a surprise encore appearance some years later. Many United States coins have come back after years absent from the production schedule, as […]

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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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Keys to Collecting the Buffalo Nickel and Other Nickels

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The five-cent coin was born in the aftermath of the Civil War when copper, silver and gold coinage had been hoarded. After the war there was growing need for circulating coinage not made of a metal that would be hoarded, and nickel fit that bill. But these coins were not […]

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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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A Few Shared Design Elements on U.S. Coins You May Not Have Noticed

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… From its beginnings in 1793 through the end of the 19th century, most U.S. coins have shared a common design theme. The Draped Bust design introduced on the silver dollar in 1795 ended up being employed on the half cent, the cent, the half dime, the dime, the quarter, […]

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The Uncertain Path to the Barber Quarter: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …… Charles E. Barber, the sixth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, set out to design a set of coinage consisting of a new dime, quarter and half dollar. While the coins would ultimately carry his name (“Barber coins”) he decided to invite artists to submit designs for the […]

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An Interesting 1840-O Half Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In a recent (April 2020) Heritage Auction, I purchased a very interesting 1840-O Narrow Mill half eagle graded MS62 by PCGS. This coin, which I bought for $19,200 USD, lends itself to a number of discussions. 1840-O $5.00 PCGS MS62. Image courtesy Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) […]

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The Most Important Coin Program of Our Lifetime: 50 State Quarters

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… (Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on PCGS.com and has been updated to its current form.)  While the pomp and circumstance surrounding the 50 State Quarters program is over two decades behind us, it is hard to conceive of any future program that will have as […]

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American Gold Eagle Approaches 35th Anniversary With Design Change Looming

By Bullion Shark LLC …… During the first decade after it became legal again for Americans to own gold coins in 1974, the South African gold Krugerrand dominated the world gold coin market, accounting for 90% of coins traded. Around this time, Representative Ron Paul (R-TX22) led an effort to develop an American gold investment […]

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Bullion Shark – Collecting Kennedy Half Dollars

  By Bullion Shark LLC …… The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 was a shock to millions of Americans and people around the world who mourned the passing of the young leader. Within five days of this historic event, U.S. Mint Director Eva Adams authorized work to begin on a […]

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The Canadian Silver Dollars of 1935-67

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The coins of Canada attract collectors from all around the world with their beautiful, nature-themed designs and motifs of British royalty spanning back to the long and colorful reign of Queen Victoria. Of all the coins struck for Canada since its provincial days in the late 1850s, among the […]

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1943 Steel Pennies: An Important Part of U.S. Numismatic History

By Bullion Shark LLC …… In the history of American numismatics, there are few coins that are more popular or well-known — even outside the numismatic community – than the 1943 Lincoln steel pennies. These zinc-coated steel cents are numismatic icons that any collector can afford. 1.1 billion of them were struck, including 685 million […]

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Why MS62 May Be the “Perfect” Grade for Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I recently sold a really nice 1810 Large Date Large 5 half eagle graded MS62+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. As I was writing the description of the coin before putting it up for sale on my website, I came to the conclusion that, for […]

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Why Are Full Bands 1945 Philadelphia Mercury Dimes Scarce?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Mercury dime specialists and anybody else who loves nicely struck examples of these mid-20th-century silver coins knows that examples with Full Bands (FB) details are among the most desirable. But certain issues are scarcer with fully struck horizontal bands across the fasces than others. And among the scarcest of […]

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

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

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What Are Mint State Coins?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Even if you are relatively new to coin collecting, you probably already know that the value of a coin is directly tied to its condition. When it comes to assessing a coin’s condition, the most important distinction is between coins that are circulated, or worn, and those that are uncirculated, […]

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Collecting the Special Mint Set Coins of 1965-1967

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The mid-1960s was a colorful time in American numismatics, with the United States Mint making a series of changes to accommodate a terrible coin shortage brought on by widespread hoarding of 90% silver circulating dimes, quarters, and half dollars as the price of silver rose. To lessen the cost […]

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Collecting the Special Mint Set Coins of 1965-1967

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   The mid-1960s was a colorful time in American numismatics, with the United States Mint making a series of changes to accommodate a terrible coin shortage brought on by widespread hoarding of 90% silver circulating dimes, quarters, and half dollars as the price of silver rose. To lessen the […]

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Replacing the Large Cent With the Small Cent: A New Era

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The United States one-cent coin was, along with the half cent, among the first denominations ever coined by the United States Mint for mass distribution and circulation in 1793. The nation’s early one-cent coins are much larger in diameter than those produced since those of the current size and […]

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Ancient Electrum Coins – Strength and Unity of an Empire

The Colosseo Collection Electrum Coins …… By Russell A. Augustin – AU Capital Management, LLC The ancient Greek island of Lesbos was located in the northeastern Aegean Sea off the coast of modern-day Turkey. Its largest and wealthiest city, Mytilene, was originally founded in the 11th century BCE by the Penthilidae family of Thessaly, who […]

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Which Rare Gold Coins Can Weather the Storm?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve been a full-time professional coin dealer since 1981 and I’ve been through numerous down markets. My experience has proven that there is no such thing as a “recession-proof” coin. Even the best coins go down during bad markets, and these represent great buying opportunities for […]

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Victor David Brenner & His Lincoln Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Lincoln cent collectors new and seasoned alike know the three ubiquitous letters of their specialty. These are the letters “VDB”, which boldly appear on the reverse of the scarce 1909 VDB and rare 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents and the obverse of all Lincoln cents made since 1918. For many, […]

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The 2000 United States Millennium Coinage & Currency Set Turns 20

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The anticipation surrounding the dawning of the new millennium had been building for many years by the time calendars finally changed to the year 2000. While flying cars were nowhere to be seen, the arrival of the third millennium “Anno Domini” was greeted by a throng of numismatic promotional […]

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The Long Bear Market in Silver: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. Investors big and small, domestic and foreign, have piled heartily into gold since the start of the COVID-19 bear market in stocks. Gold is one of the best performing assets classes in the first quarter 2020, yet silver remains depressed. Many investors wonder why. The short answer is that […]

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The 6 Classic Mercury Dime Key Dates & Rarities

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Winged Liberty Head Dime, better known as the “Mercury” Dime, was struck by the United States Mint from 1916 through 1945 and became one of the most beloved coins of the 20th century. The Mercury Dime was designed by Adolph A. Weinman, a renowned sculptor who also lay […]

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1992 Silver Proof Sets – The Return to Silver

1992 Silver Proof Set By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 1992 marked an important milestone for coin collectors who longed for the return of 90% silver Roosevelt dimes, Washington quarters, and Kennedy half dollars. For the first time since 1964, those three series were produced in 90% silver compositions and included in special […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Regency Auction 37 Shows Strength of Hobby

By Matthew Bell – Legend Numismatics …… This week’s market report is going to be all about the Regency Auction 37, which closed last Thursday, March 26. We’ve spoken for the last few weeks about all of the changes that had to be made to make the auction happen, and Thursday we found out if […]

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The Pogue VII Sale – My Perspective Through A Dozen Coins: Doug Winter

Pogue VII Sale By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner You couldn’t have picked a more dire set of circumstances faced by Stack’s Bowers for their various March coin and paper money auctions. After the Covid-19 virus cancelled the Baltimore coin show, the firm grappled with the difficult questions forced by the crazy […]

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No FG Kennedy Half Dollars – What Are They & What Are They Worth?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Kennedy half dollars are among the most popular United States coins, offering a wide variety of common dates, conditional rarities, and notable varieties. Among these varieties are the No FG Kennedy half dollars, which lack the “FG” initials of the coin’s reverse designer Frank Gasparro. No FG Kennedy half […]

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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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Type I and II 1979 and 1981 Susan B. Anthony Dollars

  By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Susan B. Anthony dollars belong to one of the shortest-lived coin series in United States history, and they were surely among the least popular coins ever issued for the general public. But the first (and so far only) small-size, copper-nickel clad dollar ever made by the United States […]

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Two Cool Gold Liberty Head Eagles Recently Sold by Doug Winter Numismatics

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Liberty Head gold eagles are a favorite series at Douglas Winter Numismatics and we have a decades-old tradition of handling exceptional coins from this series. With the recent offering of the Harvey Jacobson Collection by Heritage Auctions in last month’s February 2020 Long Beach sale, we […]

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Frank Gasparro and His Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… There are few numismatic artists of the mid-20th century as prolific as Frank Gasparro, a man whose coin designs are known to hundreds of millions of Americans, even if his name isn’t familiar to all. He created some of the most widely familiar coin designs ever minted. His artistic […]

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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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1806 Draped Bust Silver Half Dollar: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. She is a busty beauty with flowing long hair. This 1806 classic silver half dollar, the Draped Bust, has outstanding eye appeal and a natural heft to hold in your hand. Congress first authorized the creation of a half dollar in April, 1792. The Draped Bust version was struck […]

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NGC Counterfeit Detection: 1921 Peace Dollar

Among other problems, this fake is too thick to be a genuine example of this key date   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… In 1921, the United States was still reeling from the effects of World War I. Over 116,000 American serviceman lost their lives in what was then called The Great War. Due to […]

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Coins of Transylvania and Dracula, Vlad the Impaler

By Dylan Dominguez for PCGS …… Transylvania, as stated in Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897), was “one of the wildest and least-known portions of Europe”. It is also known in Bram Stoker’s novel as the home of where the fictional character was created, based on the Romanian ruler, Vlad III Dracula. Although Vlad III Dracula […]

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Just How Rare Are Gem $10 Gold No Motto Liberty Head Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner No Motto Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1866. They were made at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, and San Francisco Mints in quantities ranging from small to quite large. One thing that links these issues is their rarity in higher grades. There is no […]

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Three-Cent Silver Coins – Solving the Problem of Scarcity: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. The US three-cent silver coin was one of the many repercussions of the California Gold Rush. The country experienced a surging supply of gold as new discoveries opened in the east. This development created an economic scenario in which the price of gold relative to silver dropped. Thus, silver […]

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The Hunt for the 1875 $10 Liberty Head Gold Eagle

By John Brush – President, David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) …… The story of the D.L. Hansen Collection has been written several places and as we wind down the challenge of collecting an example of every circulation strike piece from the United States Mint, there are a few pieces that have eluded our grasp in […]

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Ahead of Its Time – The Alcohol-Fueled Car Medals of 1901-1902

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The debate about environmental issues, natural resources, and technological improvements are more relevant than ever before. Yet, two French gold medals submitted for certification to the Shanghai, China, PCGS office are evidence of the technology that existed 120 years ago. Using alcohol or ethanol as fuel is not new […]

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The Affordable Yet Scarce 1939-D & 1950-D Jefferson Nickel Keys Dates

By Jon Garner for PCGS …… Jefferson nickels have been around since 1938, but despite the long run of this popular series, it has not spawned many truly rare dates among the regular issues. Only a handful of regular-issue business strikes saw mintages of less than 10 million pieces, but there two circulation issues saw […]

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The 1920 Wilson Dollar: A Counterfeited Rarity

An elusive medal represents a challenge for collectors of higher grades   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The Wilson dollar was struck to commemorate the opening of the Manila Mint on July 6, 1920, which was the first and only US mint established outside the continental United States. The obverse is a well-executed bust of […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Smithsonian National Numismatic Collection

An exhibit at the National Museum of American History showcases many legendary rarities   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Spring is fast approaching. And for many, that means a trip to our nation’s capital to see the cherry blossoms and to visit the numerous free Smithsonian Museums. There will also be […]

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Collecting 1943 Lincoln Steel Cents

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… There are few 20th-century coins as popular with numismatists and non-numismatists alike as 1943 Lincoln Steel cents. Struck as an emergency measure to help save copper for ammunition shells to be used by Allied Forces during World War II, 1943 Lincoln Steel cents are a product of war-era rationing […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of No Motto New Orleans Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about my previous article on appearance rarity. It is my contention that CAC has now seen enough coins that we can make important observations about how rare (or not rare) a specific issue is in regards to its appearance. […]

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5 Iconic Unique US Coins You Can’t Own

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… As many numismatists know, several extremely rare United States coins are worth millions of dollars apiece and can ever only be owned by a tiny handful of collectors at any single time. These include famous trophy coins such as the 1913 Liberty nickel, the 1894-S Barber dime, and the […]

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NGC Ancients – Bronze Coinage of the Greek Kings of Ptolemaic Egypt

Choice and rare ‘Bronzes’ of ancient Egypt are eagerly sought by collectors By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Egypt under the Greek ‘Ptolemaic‘ kings and queens produced a substantial coinage. In all metals, there are numerous designs, mint-designations and varieties that make the series both challenging and fascinating. In previous columns, we offered overviews of […]

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Bullion Shark – Pre-1933 US Gold Coins Are a Buy Right Now

  US Gold Coins By Bullion Shark LLC …… Pre-1933 United States Gold coins are way too cheap – or at least, that is our opinion. Years ago, premiums over spot gold were significantly higher than they are today. Premiums over spot for common-date $20 Saint Gaudens, Gold Liberties, and Gold Indians were sometimes north […]

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The Athenian Tetradrachm – The Most Iconic Ancient Greek Coin: MA-Shops

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… This blog is about one of the most iconic Greek coins ever minted, known to almost all coin collectors. It’s so famous, in fact, that this coin will also be recognized by much of the general public. It is pictured on the modern one euro […]

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Why Palladium Prices Keep Going Up

  By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …… Palladium is currently in a supply deficit. This is the main reason that prices have climbed so much recently. The shortfall in the palladium supply has been building for several years. Of course, demand from the automotive industry is also playing a role. As Jim Wyckoff of Kitco […]

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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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Looking Back on the Sacagawea Dollar 20 Years Later

By Adrian Chacon and Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Where have the last two decades years gone? It’s hard to believe that, 20 years ago, the United States Mint was releasing the long-awaited Sacagawea dollar. Hailed by the U.S. Mint and many in the numismatic world as a pioneering coin, the Sacagawea dollar was long-anticipated […]

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Collecting Short Sets – Four Ideal Short Sets for Collectors of US Coins

Short Sets Collecting Strategies By Adrian Chacon for PCGS …… Collecting Short sets  of coins that represents a portion of an entire series. There is a particular range of years which accommodates these sets, and many of these short sets are very popular among collectors. All sets mentioned below can be found in the PCGS […]

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Is the US Mint Setting Coin Collectors Up for a Silver Eagle Rarity in 2020?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… For the last three years, the United States Mint has decided to do something strange. They decided to release the Proof American Silver Eagle and the Bullion Strike Silver Eagle almost simultaneously. In 2018, the release date was January 4, in 2019 it was January 10, and in 2020 it […]

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New to Collecting & on a Budget? Where to Begin With Vintage US Coins

By Mike Sherman for PCGS …… Just because you’re not a millionaire doesn’t mean you can’t have a great deal of fun building an interesting coin collection. And because you don’t have a ton of money also doesn’t mean you have to confine your collecting to modern issues. All too often, we focus on the […]

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Rising Precious Metals Pricing and How It’s Affecting the Market

Precious Metals By Bullion Shark LLC …… Every single group of precious metals has been on the move lately. That includes gold, silver, platinum, palladium and rhodium. Precious metal investors are thrilled, and hype in the market is starting to show. Since the metals hit their heights in 2011, we have not since seen the […]

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Doug Winter: A Record-Setting 1872-CC $10 Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Lost amidst all the hoopla at the recent 2020 FUN Show and auctions was the sale of one of the most remarkable US gold coins I have seen in a while. This coin was a totally fresh-to-the-market 1872-CC Liberty Head eagle graded MS62 by NGC, and […]

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Jim Bisognani: FUN by the Numbers

At this year’s FUN Show, the Proof was in the pudding By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… The first few weeks of 2020 have already showcased major venues, allowing us to make a quick assessment of what the future holds for various numismatic markets. Out of the gate, the 65th annual FUN […]

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Standing Tall Against Controversy and Scandal – The Standing Liberty Quarter

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… One of my favorite 20th-century coin designs has always been the Standing Liberty quarter. It replaced the staid and certainly not provocative Barber quarter, which had been struck since 1892. But was the Standing Liberty quarter a controversial coin? Let’s review a quick history of this quarter dollar. In […]

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Jeff Garrett: See You at the ANA Summer Seminar

There is no better numismatic education for new collectors, prospective dealers and professionals seeking to sharpen their skills   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last summer, I had the pleasure of spending nearly a week in Colorado Springs as an instructor at the annual American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminar. While […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles

Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner CAC has introduced a number of new shifts in the taste of buyers. A collector who focuses on rare CAC-approved coins is, in effect, an appearance rarity buyer. By this, I mean we now have an entire class of collectors who […]

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The 1920 Pilgrim Commemorative Half Dollar Turns 100

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 2020 represents a very special duo of commemoratives for numismatists who appreciate Colonial history. Among America’s earliest chapters is the landing of the famous Mayflower, an English ship that carried more than 100 Puritans, collectively known as The Pilgrims, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Prior to disembarking […]

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1958 Doubled Die Remains One of the Most Elusive Lincoln Cent Varieties

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Lincoln cent is one of the most popular United States series, and over its century-plus run that began in 1909 it has spawned a multitude of exciting varieties. Among the rarest breed of these are doubled dies, and many collectors know the most popular pieces by heart, including […]

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The 1875 Dot Reverse Indian Head Cent: Did It Catch a U.S. Mint Crook?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… What’s up with the unusual raised dot on the reverse of some 1875 Indian Head cents? That’s the question many coin collectors have asked for decades. The little raised dot in question appears near the top left corner of the “N” in the word “ONE” on the reverse of […]

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Doug Winter: What Sold Best at DWN in 2019

Gold Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com ……CoinWeek Content Partner Instead of the tired “what was hot/what was not” end-of-the-year articles that I typically hammer out, I’d like to try a new approach. What series sold best for my firm Douglas Winter Numismatics in 2019 and what were some of the gold coins  specific dates—and […]

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Jim Bisognani: Ninth Annual Market Review – Part 2

In the second installment of the 2019 Numismatic Market Review, numismatists share insight on collecting in the new decade — on a budget, with big bucks and in a bull market Numismatic Market Review by Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Welcome to 2020, my friends! In its first week, the new decade […]

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Why Was the Mintmark Moved on Walking Liberty Half Dollars ?

Walking Liberty Half Dollars By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Walking Liberty half dollars are widely considered among the most beautiful coins the United States Mint has ever produced. The coin, designed by noted sculptor-engraver Adolph A. Weinman, was struck from 1916 through 1947 and has remained beloved by collectors since the coin was in […]

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Why Was the Mintmark Moved on Walking Liberty Half Dollars ?

Walking Liberty Half Dollars by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   Walking Liberty half dollars are widely considered among the most beautiful coins the United States Mint has ever produced. The coin, designed by noted sculptor-engraver Adolph A. Weinman, was struck from 1916 through 1947 and has remained beloved by collectors since the coin was […]

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Janus and New Year Coins in Ancient Rome: MA-Shops

JANUS By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… As we reflect on the past year, we have much to be thankful for. Our wonderful customers (both new and returning) continue to inspire us with their passion for history and collecting coins, banknotes and more. We are grateful for our trusted dealers, and […]

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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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Newly Identified Contemporary Counterfeit 1894-O Morgan Dollar

NGC’s discovery is the first reported counterfeit Morgan Dollar of this date Counterfeit Morgan Dollar Posted by Ben Wengel, NGC Grader and Attributor Recently, an 1894-O Morgan Dollar was examined in an invoice at NGC that was proven to be an unreported contemporary morgan dollar. Despite being a well-circulated piece, there were several distinct problems […]

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Atocha: The Most Valuable Shipwreck Find in History

By Blanchard and Company, Inc …..   The Nuestra Señora de Atocha was one of the most valuable shipwrecks in history. The Spanish galleon was owned by King Philip IV before sinking into the ocean in 1622 during a hurricane. It carried an armament of 20 heavy guns. The cargo was so vast that it […]

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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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The 10th Anniversary of the Lincoln Shield Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… It’s perhaps hard to believe that 10 years have already passed since the first Lincoln Union Shield cent emerged in 2010. It came about as the fifth and final reverse redesign in fewer than 13 months following 2009’s successful four-coin circulating commemorative program showcasing Abraham Lincoln’s colorful life from […]

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Finest PMG Curacao 1960 25 Gulden Note Offered in Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction

By Aris Maragoudakis – Director of World Currency Auctions, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… NYINC Paper Money Highlights Our upcoming New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Auction in January will offer one of the nicest Dutch Colonial pieces we have offered in recent memory. In lot 30193, bidders will have the opportunity to purchase a 1960 […]

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Classic US Coins – 10 Trophy Gold Coins and Their Pitches

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I define a “Trophy Coin” as one that suitably combines rarity, appearance, and a great story in one neat package. Trophy coins aren’t necessarily the rarest pieces within a specific series; for example, a 1907 High Relief is far from the rarest issue in the […]

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Horses and Torses: Collecting New Jersey Coppers as Illustrated by the E Pluribus Unum Collection

By Kyle Knapp for PCGS …… The Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale of the E Pluribus Unum Collection of New Jersey Coppers in Baltimore in November 2019 offered collectors the rare opportunity to examine a cabinet carefully assembled and improved upon for years by a dedicated specialist of the series. As on many such occasions, new […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Difference a Point Makes in Certified Coins

With the popularity of online set registries, coin collecting has become a competitive sport   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Sometimes one point is insignificant. Your credit score might be 720 or 721, but the one-point difference really doesn’t matter much. On the other hand, if the Super Bowl is tied, […]

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The Tumultuous Times of the 1861 Indian Princess Gold Coin

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. In the wild days of the California Gold Rush (1848-1855) the supply of gold surged in the United States. This influx reinvigorated Congress’s interest in producing a gold coin dollar. Originally, the idea to issue a one-dollar gold coin came from Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury. For […]

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MA-Shops: A Brief Sampling of Banknotes

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… I wanted to discuss a topic about banknotes. So, I started searching for banknotes on MA-Shops. It came to my notice that MA-Shops has a great collection of banknotes for paper money collectors. In this blog, I will give a few examples of the banknotes […]

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MA-Shops: A Brief Sampling of Banknotes

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com ……   I wanted to discuss a topic about banknotes. So, I started searching for banknotes on MA-Shops. It came to my notice that MA-Shops has a great collection of banknotes for paper money collectors. In this blog, I will give a few examples of the […]

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NGC Ancients – The Lives of Four Emperors on Roman Coins

A popular way to collect ancient Roman coins is by emperor By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Portraits are one of the hallmarks of coins of the Roman Empire. For centuries, collectors have marveled at the images of emperors and members of their families that appear on coins. Not surprisingly, portraits often are the focus […]

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The Gold Coin That Owes Its Existence to the 3 Cent Stamp

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. In 1851, a U.S. postage stamp cost three cents. America was growing fast at this time and the California Gold Rush prompted the development of new U.S. gold coins. The Mint Act of February 21, 1853 authorized a $3 coin struck in gold. This gold coin matched up with […]

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Jim Bisognani: Will the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof Silver Eagle Beat the 1995-W?

An instant “rarity” sets the market aflutter, but perfection has its price   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… In the early 1980s, many investors and coin collectors were keen on acquiring silver in coin or bar form for investment and speculation. The metals market was a mega business and millions of […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part V: “With Motto” Half Eagles, 1866-79

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Links to Earlier Parts: $1 Gold | $2.50 Quarter Eagle | $3 Gold | $5 No Motto Half Eagle * * * The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse of the half eagle in 1866 which created a second type of […]

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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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NGC Ancients – Coins From the Strait of Messina

Ancient Coins issued from colonies bordering the Strait of Messina are numerous and interesting Strait of Messina Coins By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The Strait of Messina, which separates Italy and Sicily and is just two miles wide at its narrowest point, has been the scene of many historic events. Countless armies have crossed […]

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Jim Bisognani: November Market Report

Shopping at the Baltimore Whitman Winter Expo and at a mammoth Stack’s Bowers sale; plus, it’s time to cozy up — with your coin collection   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… OK, 2019 is nearly over, and I don’t need a calendar to know this. On Halloween night, I witnessed several full-blown Christmas ads […]

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Jim Bisognani: November Market Report

Shopping at the Baltimore Whitman Winter Expo and at a mammoth Stack’s Bowers sale; plus, it’s time to cozy up — with your coin collection   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   OK, 2019 is nearly over, and I don’t need a calendar to know this. On Halloween night, I witnessed […]

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The Spanish 100 Pesetas Gold Coin

By Tauler and Fau …… With the fall of the reign of Isabel II of Spain, a revolutionary period started during which the social, political, and economic structures were being modernized. Within this period, the most important Spanish currency reform undertaken in the modern age was introduced: the Order of 19th October of 1868. Centenary […]

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Counterfeit Coins Detection – Altered Date 1815 Half Dollar

The altered date on this half dollar imitates a true numismatic rarity. By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… In the early part of the 19th century, the fledgling United States was in a crisis. US merchant ships were being blocked from conducting trade with mainland Europe by the British Royal Navy. This lead to serious economic woes […]

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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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Merovingian Coins on MA-Shops.com

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… Coins from the Merovingian Empire are popular around the world. Their gold coins, the tremissises, being the most popular of all. Merovingian coins have a style that reminds people of the early middle ages, and most of the coins are very rare. So, to add […]

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NGC Ancients – Bridges on Roman Coins

Bridges on Roman Coins By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… A number of Roman coins depict bridges, although not always exact likenesses. As engineers and architects, the Romans had few peers in the ancient world. Many of their buildings and monuments survive to this day, though most have vanished due to catastrophes or the recycling […]

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Blanchard: Over 270 Million of These Coins Were Melted

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. Over 270 million Morgan silver dollars met their fate in the melting pot under the provisions of the Pittman Act of 1918. The U.S. government ordered this dramatic move to save Great Britain from a banking collapse and may have also helped the Allies win the war. How did […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple Don’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple or Auction Price, Doesn’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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Pillar Dollar Coin Coveted by US Collectors Recovered From Rooswijk Shipwreck

The Spanish Pillar Dollar By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. If there is one classic Mexican coin that serious U.S. numismatic collectors covet, it’s the Pillar dollar. The 8 Reale, also known as “piece of eight”, is an iconic silver coin that was struck at the Mexico City Mint between 1732 and 1772. Mexican Pillar […]

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Jeff Garrett: Toned Coins – A Matter of Taste

Attractively toned coins continue to be one of the most enigmatic segments of the rare coin market   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Someone once said, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This sublime statement has become a reality in the rare coin business. Toned coins are now extremely […]

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Jim Bisognani: “15” Reasons to Buy US Gold Coin Series

Looking at the values of US gold coins over the last 15 years, lightly circulated is key   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… There’s an adage that goes something to the effect: Old age is always 15 years older than I am. I recognize much veracity in this, for no matter what your present […]

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NGC Ancients: Silver Coin “Pocket Change” of Central Greece

Interesting silver coins from Central Greece are available for modest prices   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… One popular area for ancient Greek coinage is central Greece, home to a number of important cities, notably Athens. From the sixth century BCE onward, a great variety of coins were struck there, principally in silver and […]

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Doug Winter: Dabbling in Territorial and Private Gold Coinage

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… You may or may not have noticed that my firm has been far more active in selling Territorial gold coinage in the last year than in the past. While I’m not ready to become a major player in this area, my interest has been piqued […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Art of Rare Coin Submissions

Submitting coins for grading can be complex, but with proper advice, you can ensure that the process goes smoothly and that you realize the full benefits of certification By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… My company has been submitting coins for grading and authentication since the inception of third-party grading in the […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part IV: “No Motto” Half Eagles

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Production of half eagles began at the newly opened mint in 1854. Coins produced through the first part of 1866 lacked the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse. * * * The 13 No Motto half eagles form an essentially incompletable set […]

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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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Jeff Garrett – A Case for Coin Conservation

Proper coin conservation is effectively anti-coin doctoring Professional Coin Conservation By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Several of my very good friends in Lexington, Kentucky, are involved in the restaurant industry. One fellow was CEO of Long John Silver’s and later Church’s Chicken. Another owns and operates two successful, upscale eateries. Occasionally, […]

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Classic US Coins – Redesigning Currency with the Flying Eagle Cent

The Flying Eagle Cent By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. It was the 1850s and the United States Mint had a problem. The “large cent”, which was simply a penny, was becoming too expensive to manufacture. The coin was nearly the size of a half dollar and consisted entirely of copper. They needed an alternative. […]

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Gold Bugs Swarm, Modern Rarities Rule at Long Beach Expo

For many, the timing was perfect at the Long Beach Expo Long Beach Expo Review By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… The final Long Beach Expo for 2019 is in the books. This one was certainly an interesting affair, having all the trappings for an eventful venue and record-setting auction. The Timing was Perfect […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part III: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Just five Three Dollar gold pieces were made at the San Francisco Mint, and this includes one issue–the 1870-S–that is unique. This is an easy set to complete although all San Francisco Threes are rare in higher grades. * * * Let’s take a quick […]

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MA-Shops: The Ancient Coins of Syracuse

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… A Powerful and Flourishing City It’s not tough to find a topic to write about when there are so many fascinating and beautiful coins available. There is so much inspiration for my blogs but also a lot of inspiration for collectors among all those great […]

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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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Jim Bisognani: Are Rainbow Toned Coins a Top Tier?

It’s chilly but the markets for bullion and rainbow coins are hot   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… After being greeted with a rather chilly 44 degrees this morning, my burning question is: How did summer slip by so fast? I mean, Labor Day is around the corner, kids are back in school and […]

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Jim Bisognani: Are Rainbow Toned Coins a Top Tier?

It’s chilly but the markets for bullion and rainbow coins are hot   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   After being greeted with a rather chilly 44 degrees this morning, my burning question is: How did summer slip by so fast? I mean, Labor Day is around the corner, kids are back in school […]

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5 Things to Know as Gold Bull Run Unfolds: Blanchard

Gold Bull Run By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. 1. Gold is proving its worth as a safe-haven asset In today’s world of stepped-up U.S.-China trade tensions, market-moving tweets, stock market volatility and economic uncertainty, gold is acting exactly as it should – as a safe-haven investment. Investors around the globe are investing in gold […]

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Rare 1851 Humbert $50 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Among the most evocative of all the Gold Rush issues, the huge octagonal $50 gold pieces nicknamed “slugs” have been favorites of numismatists for generations. Tokens and medals made in imitation of these iconic pieces have been produced throughout the 20th century, and even the […]

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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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A Good Gun, a Good Horse and a Good Wife: Daniel Boone and the Missouri Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… Born in 1734 near Reading, Pennsylvania, Daniel Boone had all the ingredients for a happy life. “All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife,” Boone said. Yet the father of 10 children with his wife Rebecca had a taste for adventure and […]

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Gold Coins Offering Huge Bargains in Today’s Trade Atmosphere

The World’s Fair of Money is underway! All that glitters isn’t always old gold coins   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   The so-called dog days of summer are at hand. Although the overall coin market has been, at best, status quo for most of the year, the metals market and gold coins truly […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Big Five Carson City Mint Double Eagles

Carson City Mint Double Eagles By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… Carson City Mint double eagles can be neatly divided into three tiers of rarity. The third tier includes the common dates (1874-CC, 1875-CC, 1876-CC, 1882-CC, 1883-CC, 1884-CC, 1889-CC, 1890-CC, 1892-CC, and 1893-CC), while the second-tier coins are a bit less available but still reasonably […]

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The Second Life of the 1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

  By Blanchard & Company …… The United States expanded its reach in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. For $15 million the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles from France. The additional land doubled the size of the country. Soon after, President Thomas Jefferson took the initiative to find out what awaited in that great wilderness. […]

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Jeff Garrett: Getting Started in U.S. Coin Collecting

Ten answers to the question: What coins should I pursue in U.S. Coin Collecting ? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… I often have conversations with others about the growth of numismatics. Most, if not all, agree on the importance of attracting young people to the hobby. Not long ago, I spoke with […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: The Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… A total of 22 different quarter eagles were struck from 1854 through 1879. With the exception of one issue (the 1854-S) this is a completable series, although as we see below there are a number of these issues which are rare in Uncirculated. * * […]

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George Washington: The Early Coins, Tokens & Medals Honoring Our Founding Father

By Blanchard & Company …… “Before there was a nation, before there was a symbol of this young nation — a flag, a constitution, a national seal — there was Washington. Even when in the course of revolutionary events a flag did appear and a Constitution, they did not have a long tradition behind them. […]

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NGC Ancients – Roman Republican Silver Serrati Coins

The reason for the serrated edges on some silver Roman Republic denarii is not known   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The edges of most silver denarii of the Roman Republic have no particular features beyond those imparted by the flow of metal during the striking process. There is, however, a group of coins […]

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Jim Bisognani: The Price Is Right?

World coins make huge advances; transparency is a very clear advantage   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… August already? I have said it before and I will reiterate: Time seems to be on a much faster track as we age. As a youth, August was the swan song for school vacation. Preparations had to […]

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Why Aren’t Truly Exceptional Branch Mint Gold Half Eagles Worth More Money?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… In the Arlington Collection Concierge Sale (which I am currently offering on my website), there are a number of really exceptional coins. One of my favorites is a PCGS/CAC MS63 1857-C half eagle that I sold to a Midwestern collector This coin–about which I will go into detail in a few […]

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Jeff Garrett: Learn Things New and Ancient at ANA Summer Seminars

Education is essential to succeeding as a coin collector   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… During my 40-plus-year career, I have handled about every coin in the Red Book. My knowledge of United States coinage is extensive, and I spend a considerable amount of time doing numismatic research. But there is always […]

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When Is Deep Cameo or Ultra Cameo Proof Gold Worth a Premium?

Proof Gold Coins By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… Having recently handled a considerable number of impressive Proof gold coins, I’ve been thinking about when a specific coin is worth a premium because of is status as a Deep Cameo (PCGS’ modifier) or Ultra Cameo (NGC’s modifier). After a brief explanation of […]

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How One Metal Detectorist Discovered the Seaton Down Hoard of Ancient Roman Coins

The Seaton Down Hoard By Alex Lemaire for CoinWeek ….. Laurence Egerton is a 51-year-old semi-retired builder in the United Kingdom who spends his spare time metal detecting. He doesn’t make a living out of it. For most of the many years he has spent pursuing this hobby, he has dug up little more than […]

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Why Are Premiums on Sovereign Bullion Higher Than on Generic Bullion?

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Coin collectors and precious metals investors often ask the question: “Why would I pay more for an American Silver Eagle if it contains the same precious metal content as a 1 oz silver round?” This is a great question, and it can be answered with a variety of answers. However, […]

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MA-Shops: The History of Coin Collecting

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… An Old Hobby In this blog, I will discuss the history of coin collection. It is an old hobby with an impressive history and I think this creates an extra dimension for the appreciation of coin collecting in general. And, it feels great to know […]

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Jim Bisognani: Summer FUN Still Far From Over

Heritage sale claims $5.8 million; I remember the day man walked on the moon   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… The Summer FUN is in the books and the Heritage Signature Summer FUN auction is complete. As is usually the case, the summer FUN installment in the Sunshine State is much more lightly attended […]

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A Man, a Plan, a Coin: The Classic Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… For many, the Oregon Trail evokes thoughts of untouched terrain, the untamed wild, and new beginnings. The reality was much different. Many lost their lives traveling the 2,170 miles spanning the distance of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. It is estimated that 20,000 people lie in unmarked graves. The […]

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The Legionary Marc Antony Denarii: A Featured Group in the Stack’s Bowers World & Ancient Coin ANA Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following the assassination of Rome’s ‘dictator for life’ Julius Caesar in 44 BCE, Rome was plunged further into chaos, having already seen Caesar quell a bitter feud with the Senate and Gn. Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) just a few years prior. Many […]

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MA-Shops: Ancient Coins of the Roman Emperor Nero

Emperor Nero By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… Within numismatics, there is one general topic that I like the most and that is ancient coins. In particular, Roman coins. It doesn’t matter to me if I have to talk about coins from the early Republic or about coins minted at the […]

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Jeff Garrett insights – Focus on Rarity

Not everyone can afford unique coins in top condition, but supply and demand are important and Coin Rarity are important Coin Rarity By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The sale last year of the extremely rare 1854-S Half Eagle for over $2 million brought back memories of the 1982 auction of the Eliasberg […]

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General Lafayette on US Coins – The Hero of Two Worlds

A national hero to not one but two countries Born in 1757, Gilbert Lafayette came from an ancient noble family in France. By his teen years, Lafayette was orphaned and inherited an immense fortune. He joined the court of King Louis XVI, but yearned for something more meaningful and exciting. Lafayette wanted to become a […]

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

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

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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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Jim Bisognani: The Tale of Two Washingtons

A bureaucratic struggle behind the scenes in 1931 decided how the first US president would be portrayed on coins for years to come   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. The year is moving right along; I can’t believe that the Fourth of July, our greatest American holiday, is but a week away! Seemingly in […]

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Classic US Coins: The 1921 Peace Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… The 1921 Peace Dollar has origins dating back to 1878 when the United States Congress passed the Bland-Allison Act. This measure required the Treasury Department to make a monthly purchase of $2 million in silver for the sole purpose of converting the metal into silver dollars. These pieces carried the […]

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Important Judaea Capta Coinage Offered in Stack’s Bowers August ANA Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… This week’s featured ancient coin highlight from our Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money offers an opportunity to present not only a rare and important Roman issue but also introduce a few interesting selections coming up in the August sale. […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Rising Gold Tide

As gold’s price shows strength, will it spark a wider interest in coins? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Then I began my career in numismatics in the mid-1970s. At the time, precious metal prices played a relatively small role in the market for rare coins. Gold sold for around $150 to $200 […]

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Nova Constellatio: The Story of America’s First Minted Coin

By Blanchard & Company …… In 1783 the monetary system in the United States was something of a mess. There was inconsistency among the coinage used throughout the 13 states governed by the Articles of Confederation. Some people used coins from other countries and others used money that was unique to their region. The value […]

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NGC Ancients – Collecting Byzantine Coins on a Budget