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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

Excellent examples of Byzantine coins are easily affordable   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… As we discovered in the previous two columns, the fields of ancient Greek and Roman coins provide the budget-minded collector with opportunities perhaps unequaled in any other area of numismatics. This month we’ll continue the discovery with Byzantine coins, which […]

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Early US Coins: Only $361.03 Worth of Chain Cents Were Ever Produced

By Blanchard & Company …… It’s big, beautiful and very rare. It’s also controversial and was only minted for one year, which increases the rarity value of any survivors today. The 1793 Chain Cent is one of the first coins American collectors began acquiring in the 1800s. Today, the 1793 Chain cent remains a highly […]

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Will Gold-Backed Currencies Be Revived?

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …… It’s every goldbug’s favorite pipe dream: a return to some kind of gold standard that backs our money. Nothing remotely like a gold standard has been used anywhere in the world in almost 50 years. A true gold specie standard–the use of gold coins as money–hasn’t been in effect […]

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Classic US Coins: Looking at Gold Like A Copper Collector

Gold coins with Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… This blog is inspired by reader D.N. who recently sent me a nice unsolicited email including the following statement: “…you may be the only dealer of any US series ( including gold ) that strictly employs an advanced copper collector approach to quality: […]

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Jeff Garrett: With the 2019-W Quarter, the Hobby Catches a Break

With the 2019-W quarter program, the Mint shows leadership in boosting numismatics, but more publicity is needed By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In the last several years, most numismatic leaders have been searching for ways to stimulate the hobby. There has been a special emphasis on young people, as that segment […]

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The Unusual Journey of the Three-Cent Silver Coin

By Blanchard & Company …… American coinage often follows a strange path. Each piece minted has a unique, twisting history, and this is especially true of the 1858 three-cent silver piece. The coin has origins in the most unlikely place: the Post Office. In early 1851, the United States Congress began discussing the reduction of […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1900-S $5 Half Eagle

This Middle Eastern counterfeit coin lacks the details of a genuine 1900-S Half Eagle. Counterfeit Coin Detection By  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… When we think of Counterfeit Coin Detection in the coin market today, we imagine deceitful people attempting to pass off a fake as genuine to a dealer or collector based on its numismatic […]

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Bitcoin vs. Gold: 10 Crystal-Clear Comparisons

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins …… Bitcoin vs. Gold: What’s the Difference? The financial media has at times struggled to cover the emerging sector of cryptocurrencies. By now many have at least heard of the first and most prominent cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. If you ask a crypto enthusiast why Bitcoin is different from the thousands of […]

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World Coins: Gold Sovereigns on MA-Shops

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… Saint George and the Dragon A few days ago I bought a small lot of 19th-century golden world coins; one of these coins was a golden sovereign. I looked at the iconography of the coin and I liked it more than I realized. I appreciated […]

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Jeff Garrett: Don’t Set Yourself Up for Numismatic Heartache

To succeed in collecting a set, make sure your target is financially feasible By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… When I began collecting decades ago, my first goal was to complete a set of 1941-to-date Lincoln cents. I lived in Florida at the time and locating the early San Francisco Mint issues […]

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NGC Ancients – Collecting Greek Coins on a Budget

Greek coins are available for every budget   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… As we saw in the last column, ancient Roman coins offer some unexpected opportunities for collectors at most every level of budget. This month we’ll focus on similar bargains available in the field of ancient Greek coins, many of which are […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double eagles […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double […]

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Rare Original Proof 1836 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof early American copper coinage is one of the most fascinating and intensely pursued series in numismatics. Mint records are largely unclear on these half cents and large cents, leaving much of the production statistics to be drawn from the surviving populations. Most issues are […]

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Jim Bisognani: These Lincolns Make Cents

Solving the copper conundrum; summer expos around the corner   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. Although the first day of summer is a month away, spring is still having a hard time establishing itself here in my New Hampshire. This morning, as I made my way to my home office, it was a rather […]

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Three Famous Coin Hoards

By Blanchard & Company ……   For millennia, people have buried and hoarded coins for various reasons. In ancient times, many coin hoards were buried during wartime. Other coin hoards began in the wake of the Great Depression by those who distrusted banks and paper money and preferred to store their life savings at home. […]

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Jeff Garrett: Who Are the Best Sources of Rare Coins and Information About Them?

Dealers’ operations have gotten bigger and are moving online, but personal connections remain important   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Other than plucking them from circulation, anyone who collects coins buys them from someone. For those unfamiliar with the hobby, the mention of a coin dealer probably brings to mind a […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – What Happened to April?

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

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – What Happened to April?

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

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Rare 1876-CC Liberty Head Eagle Gold Coin in Upcoming Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1876-CC $10 is a significant rarity and is elusive in all grades. With appeal to both Carson City enthusiasts and Liberty Head gold specialists, demand far exceeds supply. We are thrilled to offer a pleasing AU-53 (PCGS) example in lot 1112 of our upcoming […]

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Central States US Coin Auction Claims Over $19 Million

Are six-figure coins a bargain?   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ….. May already! I don’t know about you, but in New Hampshire I am still waiting for spring to arrive. Hey, just ask some of the people attending the just-concluded Central States Numismatic Society 80th Anniversary Convention in Schaumburg, Illinois, held April 24-27. Many dealers […]

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NGC Ancients – Collecting Roman Coins on a Budget

Roman coins are readily available and can be acquired for reasonable prices By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Like so many areas of numismatics, ancient coins offer opportunities for collectors of most every budget – ranging from less than $10 per coin to astonishing masterpieces that fetch seven figures. This time, we’ll take a look […]

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Collecting US Gold Coins by Year

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com highlights US gold Coins …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I’m not sure if it’s a trend or not but in the last few months I’ve encountered a number of collectors who are working on a year-set of US gold coins. * * * A year-set focuses on a specific US Gold […]

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The Strange Story of Hard Time Tokens

By Blanchard & Company …… If you look at a coin from the United States you expect to find a phrase like “E Pluribus Unum”. However, if you’re lucky you might find a coin in your collection with a more ordinary phrase like “I take the responsibility”. Who would put a depressing message like this […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1979

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Changes in the Numismatic World The year 1979 featured several influential numismatic events, including heavy precious metal buying and the subsequent effects of a hyperactive investment sector. It also featured the birth of a multi-dealer auction event, the sale of several major collections at public […]

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Jeff Garrett: Golden Opportunities to Grow the Coin Collecting Hobby

Programs such as the Great American Coin Hunt are helping promote numismatics   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   In the past, National Coin Week went largely unnoticed by most collectors and dealers in the United States despite the fact that the American Numismatic Association (ANA) created the event 96 years […]

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Coin Collecting Strategies: Cherry Picking

By Jeff Garrett for NGC …… Nearly every series offers something for the cherry picking specialist. There are few things in coin collecting as exciting as making a numismatic discovery. I started to think about this subject last week when I purchased a collection of Large Cents dated 1793-1857. The coins are in an old […]

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Columbian Exposition and Classic US Commemoratives: Paying 50 Cents for a Quarter

By Blanchard & Company …… What do the world’s first Ferris wheel, a quarter that costs 50 cents and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry have in common? Answer? The 1893 World Columbian Exposition, also known as Chicago’s World Fair. It was the site of the world’s first Ferris wheel. Originally known as the “Chicago […]

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Five Exercises in Rare Date Gold Coin Pricing

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For collectors and dealers alike, accurately pricing a coin remains perhaps the most difficult process in all of numismatics. This shouldn’t be the case as there are numerous price guides who offer years of experience and expertise to assist collectors and dealers. Unfortunately, none of […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Power of Population Reports

Upgrade your knowledge by studying a wealth of coin data available online for free   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Decades ago, collectors and dealers relied on standard numismatic references, such as the Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book), for much of their information. Most of today’s collectors […]

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Three Interesting Classic U.S. Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… At DWN, I get to handle many interesting coins. Some make it to the website; others don’t. In this article, I thought I’d share images and impressions of three particularly interesting coins that I handled in March 2019. * * * 1. The World’s Most […]

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A Brief History of the U.S. Trade Dollar

By Blanchard & Company ……   In the late 1860s and early ’70s, trade between the United States and China was increasing. However, a threat to this trading emerged from the unlikeliest of places: the Mexican peso. Many Chinese businesses preferred the peso to U.S. currency because the peso contained more silver than the standard […]

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NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Reverse Types, Part 2

Reverse types of the Late Roman Empire are remarkably varied, with military and religious types being the most abundant   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Click Here for Part I In the previous column, we examined some of the familiar reverse types associated with Roman military life and the vows undertaken by emperors. In […]

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Coin Hobby Gets Some Spring in Its Step From Kagin’s ANA National Money Show Auction

Kagin’s sale in Pittsburgh provides some nice energy as seasons change   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Well, spring training is over; now the new season has begun. Oh, you thought I was referring to Major League Baseball. Well, that too, but it always seems that around the end of March or the beginning […]

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Q. David Bowers – Some Reflections on Collecting

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

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

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

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Jeff Garrett: Double Eagles a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

Many Double Eagles are selling for close to melt value, making these classic gold coins easy to acquire   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… I have been an observer of numismatic market trends for over 40 years. During that time, rare coins have risen and fallen sharply many times. Historically, the […]

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MA-Shops: Gold From a Numismatic Perspective

By Joël van Dam – Owner, Joëlnumismatics, for MA-Shops.com …… In this blog, I will discuss the subject of gold from a numismatic perspective. Above all, gold is a chemical element, found in the periodic table with atomic number 79 and the symbol “Au” (from the Latin for gold, aurum). It is a naturally occurring […]

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Legend Coin Market Report – The March PCGS Invitational and Auction

By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… We’ve just spent the past two weeks jetting up and down the West Coast to do business with only a day to rest. The running around paid off, but we missed an apparently large amount of business from the office that we had to postpone until now. One […]

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NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Reverse Types, Part 1

The reverse designs of late Roman coins typically feature military themes   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Coins of the Late Roman Empire have a remarkable variety of designs. In the previous column, we examined some of the principal types encountered on the obverse – typically the imperial portrait. In this installment (and the […]

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Budget Collecting: A Classic US Gold Coin Series That’s Within Reach

Even collectors on a budget can attain this goal   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… Well, it’s finally here. Spring, that is. I don’t want to jinx it, but the season does appear to be changing here in New England, and boy am I excited for the transition. The numismatic market is also showing […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Carson City Double Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The 19 different Liberty Head double eagles struck at the Carson City Mint between 1870 and 1893 form one of the most popular series in American numismatics. * * * In recent years, values have soared for these coins due to shrewd promotions and legitimate […]

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The 1792 Half Disme: A Small Coin with Huge Historical Significance

By Blanchard & Company …… The United States of America was still in its infancy in the early 1790s. The Founding Fathers signed the Constitution just a few years before in 1787 and many landmark events that shaped the country we are today occurred in the years that followed. Up until this time, American colonists […]

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Jeff Garrett: Learning the Art of Rare Coin Grading

Summer seminars offer classes in coin photography and coin grading By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This summer, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) will conduct two weeks of educational seminars in Colorado Springs. These annual events, which are dubbed “Summer Seminar“, are one of the most successful educational endeavors of the ANA. […]

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Over $1 Million in Gold Set to Sell in Stack’s Bowers March Collectors Choice Sale

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… We are excited to offer an impressive selection of over $1 million in rare gold coins in our upcoming March Collectors Choice sale, set to close on March 20, 2019. The coins comprise Liberty Head $10, Liberty Head $20 and Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces dated from 1847 to the early […]

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