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NGC-Graded Key Date Double Eagles Each Realize Over $100K at Heritage Auction

Impressive key-date double eagles were among the 10 vintage US coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) that each realized over $100,000 at Heritage Auctions’ US Coins Signature Auction on August 4, 2020. They were led by a rare 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC AU 50 that realized $312,000 USD. It is one […]

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Spectacular Toned 1879-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Las Vegas Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1879-S Morgan represents the second year of the series and serves as a popular issue among type collectors and VAM variety specialists. Almost all of the 9,110,000 coins struck at San Francisco were not paid out, but remained in the Mint’s vaults and were gradually […]

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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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High-End Hansen Collection Barber Quarters in David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1130 is now live and features 300 new coins plus 25 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a flashy 1893-CC $1 NGC/CAC MS63, a finest known 1889 G$1 PCGS/CAC MS68+, […]

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Simpson Collection Part I Auction Announced for September 17, 2020

Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive, and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in the coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage – or anywhere else in the world. Simpson, whose collection is ranked by […]

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

CAC-approved coins coins outperformed other certified coins at a live auction in Las Vegas and in various public Internet sales during the month of July. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1880 Half Dollar in PF-66 CAM On July 5, the firm […]

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Classic Commemorative Coins: Possibly Unique Matte Proof 1937 Boone Half Dollar

The Heritage August 3 – 9 US Coins Signature Auction features a Matte Proof 1937 Boone half dollar. This Philadelphia commemorative half dollar derives from the only Matte Proof set authenticated of the Daniel Boone type, and may well be unique. The production of these matte proofs was not recorded by the Mint, and their […]

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Gem Proof 1909 $5, 1883 Half in David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1129 is now LIVE and features over 300 brand-new coins plus 40 Vault Values and 100 No Reserve Lots. This week’s Gem Proof 1909 $5, 1883 Half in David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including […]

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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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Bidding Open in Heritage Dallas Platinum Night and Signature Auction

Platinum Night comes to Heritage Auction’s new world headquarters   The Dallas (formerly Pittsburgh) Signature Auction is all set for the week of August 3. This will be the first full Signature U.S. Coins event – regular floor sessions plus Platinum Night – to be held entirely at our brand new facility near DFW airport. […]

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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known Wass Molitor 1855 $20

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN), a Portland, Oregon firm specializing in choice and rare United States gold coinage, recently sold the single-finest-known example of the 1855 Wass, Molitor & Company Small Head $20.00, graded MS62 by PCGS and approved by CAC. The coin was sold to a […]

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David Lawrence Features Hansen Collection Coins, More Key Nickels

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1128 is now open and features over 250 brand NEW coins plus 30 Vault Values and over 100 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including a boldly reflective 1879-CC $1 PCGS MS63+ PL (Capped Die), […]

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Key 1928 Peace Dollar in MS-66 CAC at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 26, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1928 Peace silver dollar, graded MS-66 by PCGS and approved by CAC. At 360,649 coins, the 1928 Peace dollar struck in Philadelphia has the lowest mintage of the entire series except for the 1922 High Relief variety. The coin’s rarity was appreciated […]

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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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Scarce Gem Red 1914-D Lincoln Cent at GreatCollections

1914-d Lincoln Cent By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 19, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1914-D Lincoln cent, graded MS-65+ RD by PCGS. Having one of the lowest mintages of the “Wheat Penny” era (the third lowest, to be precise, behind only the 1931-S and the iconic 1909-S VDB), the 1914-D would naturally be […]

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Early Large Cents, Key 1969 Buffalo Nickel at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1127 is now open and features over 300 new coins plus over 50 Vault Values and 85 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible PCGS-, NGC- and CAC-approved items including an attractive and desirable 1795 Flowing Hair $1 PCGS VF2 (2 […]

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Anti-Counterfeiting: Attempt Made to Sell Fake $300,000 Gold Coin

Seller a suspect in another counterfeits case   Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 worth of counterfeit coins – including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at […]

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Regency Auction 39 – Lots You Need to Know

Legend Rare Coin Auction Preview by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 39 will be held on July 16 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The sale contains 536 hand-selected lots of certified US coins of all denominations, including multiple condition-census and CAC-certified examples. With lot pre-sale estimate values ranging […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent 1856 Flying Eagle cents. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… Date alterations are the most common type of counterfeit seen . By 1856 the half cent and large cent denominations had become extremely unpopular. They hardly circulated since their large sizes were simply too cumbersome to be useful in commerce. […]

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Finest Known 1883-S Morgan Dollar in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Although often overshadowed by the 1884-S, the 1883-S Morgan dollar presents a surprising challenge to collectors in Mint State. While the mintage was moderately large at 6,250,000 pieces, the 1883-S is one of the few issues that saw active circulation beginning in the 19th century. Worn […]

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

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public Internet sales during the month of June. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1801 $10 Gold Eagle in MS-61 On June 4, Heritage Auctions sold a CAC-approved, NGC-graded MS-61 1801 $10 gold coin […]

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Key 1893-S Morgan, 1834 Quarter New at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  …… Weekly Internet Auction #1126 is now open and features over 250 brand NEW coins plus 30 Vault Values and 75 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a premium-quality 1935-S $1 PCGS/CAC MS66+, a flashy and boldly struck […]

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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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Gem 1882-O/S Strong Overstrike Morgan Dollar Highlight at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, July 5, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1882-O/S Strong overstrike Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-65 by PCGS. It is pedigreed to the notable Bella Collection in the PCGS Set Registry. This coin is one of two coins of the Strong overstrike type graded MS-65 by PCGS, with only one […]

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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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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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Spectacular Gem 1915-S Pan-Pac Round $50 in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   At the time of issue in 1915, the round version of the Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 did not sell as well as the more unusual octagonal style. The result was that a greater percentage of the mintage was returned to the Mint for melting. Of the […]

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Over $5 Million Realized in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2020 Auction continued the trend of exceptional prices realized recently demonstrated in their March Santa Ana and May Hong Kong auctions. Over $5 million USD was realized in the June sale across United States coins, tokens, and medals, achieving 114% of the pre-sale estimate on sold lots (all prices listed […]

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Key Date Coins of Tri-Century Collection at David Lawrence

Key Date Coins by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… In this week’s Sunday Internet Auction #1123 we are pleased to present an elite assembly of coins we’ve named The Tri-Century Collection. This is a unique lineup of key and semi-key dates that are highlighted by an 1895 PCGS/CAC Proof 67+ DCAM Morgan Dollar, a […]

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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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Rare Indian Head Eagles Lead Almost $12 Million Heritage Long Beach Auction Results

Two rare Indian Head eagles, representing the first and last years of the issue, led Heritage’s June 4-7 Long Beach Signature Auction of US coins to total sales over $11 million USD. The corresponding June 5 Pinnacle US Rarities Collection Currency Auction added close to $900 thousand, bringing the total results for the weekend close […]

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Gem Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof 1897 Quarter Eagle​ The 1897, along with the 1898 and 1899, is the most consistently well produced and attractive Proof Liberty Head quarter eagle from the 19th century. Specialist John Dannreuther goes as far as calling this era the “pinnacle of [the] Mint’s gold Proof […]

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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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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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Scarce Half Cents of Falls Church Collection at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1122 consists of 200 brand NEW lots plus 50 Vault Values and 55 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a collection of scarce half cents, a gem 1872 2c PCGS/CAC MS65RB, a stunningly toned […]

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New Plan for 2021-Dated Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Last year the 1921 Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Act, which proposed issuing 2021-dated Morgan silver dollars and Peace dollars, was introduced. Though the proposed program remains popular with collectors, the bill never gained much support in Congress. Just before the year ended, the Congress passed the Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin […]

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

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public internet sales during the month of May. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from many results that could have been listed. 1. 1915 Barber Dime in MS-65 On May 3, GreatCollections sold a CAC-approved MS-65 grade 1915 Barber dime for $832.50 USD. A non-CAC-certified MS-65 […]

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Collecting Strategies: Peace Dollars – Mintage vs. Price in MS63

Market Analysis by CoinWeek ….. Hi folks. Today we wanted to draw your attention to the popular U.S. Peace dollar series and some collecting strategies for those who would like to buy uncirculated coins but stay within a reasonable price range. To help, we’ve split the series into two periods and have created a graph […]

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American Bank Note Company Stamp Plates Unique Opportuniy at David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1121 consists of 280 brand NEW lots plus 50 Vault Values and 50 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a brilliant 1921 1c PCGS MS67 RD, a popular and scarce 1886-O $1 PCGS MS64, […]

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Fractional Gold Featured in Month-Long Heritage Auction

A fascinating corner of US numismatic history is in the spotlight as the latest Month-Long Heritage Auction focuses on Fractional gold. These small coins, privately minted in California during and after the gold rush by various minters, come in denominations of 25 cents, 50 cents, and one dollar, and in both round and octagonal shapes. […]

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GreatCollections to Auction $6 Million Catskill Collection of Rare U.S. Coins

200+ coins, including major U.S. rarities: 1794 $1 and $4 Stella   GreatCollections is pleased to announce the Catskill Collection of U.S. coins, the most valuable single collection ever consigned to our firm. The collection comprises of 240 certified coins graded by PCGS and NGC and includes many major rarities, such as a 1792 half […]

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Proof V Nickel, Barber Half Dollar Collections at David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1120 consists of over 400 brand NEW coins plus over 35 Vault Values and 60 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a crisp 1858 Flying Eagle 1c PCGS MS66 (Large Letters), a popular 1882-CC […]

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Condition Census 1845 Liberty Seated Dollar in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Throughout the 1840s, the United States Mint struck silver dollars only at the request of bullion depositors who asked for this denomination. There was no significant supply of domestically mined silver available during that decade, limiting the amount of bullion available for dollar coinage. The […]

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Two Rare U.S. Coins to be Auctioned for Charity by GreatCollections

The silver and gold coins are valued at over $60,000   Two of the most famous U.S. coins ever minted are being auctioned by GreatCollections for the benefit of the Andre’ F. Toce Sr. Family Foundation, a non-profit that has donated to a variety of causes, including supporting orphaned children in Africa and safe houses […]

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Danville Collection Morgan Dollars Highlights David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1119 consists of over 300 brand NEW coins plus over 50 Vault Values and over 80 No Reserve Lots. The Danville Collection of Morgan Dollars is an excellent assortment of high quality common dates or slightly better date Morgan Dollars. With a focus on […]

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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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Gem 1891-CC Morgan Dollar: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

Desirable Gem 1891-CC Morgan Dollar 1891-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).   This is an exceptionally well-preserved, highly attractive example of a conditionally challenging Carson City Mint Morgan dollar issue. Sharply struck throughout, both sides are brilliant with subtle hints of golden toning and faint prooflike reflectivity in the fields. Silky smooth in appearance and […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency 38 Shows Market is Robust, Even in Lock Down

Collector coins shine draw record phone and internet bidding activity on webcast auction   Regency Auction Result Highlights by Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) …… An auction that was supposed to take place at Harrah’s in New Orleans–as part of the PCGS Members Only Show–was forced to become a webcast event held at Legend Rare […]

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Rare Mint State 1907 Rolled Rim $10 Gold Offered in June Heritage Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions is proud to offer a true rarity as part of the US Coins Signature Auction, which has been moved from Long Beach to Heritage Auctions’ global headquarters in Dallas, June 4-7 due to the cancellation of the Long Beach Expo. One of only 50 pieces released and around 40 estimated to survive today, […]

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Long Beach Signature Auction Featuring Choice Collections of Rare US Coins

We are excited to welcome you to Heritage’s Official Long Beach Expo Signature auction, to be held June 4, 5, and 7. Strong results from our recent Central States Numismatic Society auction reveal incredible strength in the rare coin market despite recent challenges from COVID-19. The tally is in, and our CSNS offerings totaled more […]

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Finest Graded 1862 Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

  Featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries upcoming June 2020 Santa Ana Auction is an incredible MS-68 (PCGS) 1862 Indian cent that stands alone at the top of the condition census. It is the sole finest 1862 cent graded by either PCGS or NGC, and is tied with the very finest known across the entire […]

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Key Peace Dollar, High Relief Saint at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1118 consists of over 250 brand NEW coins plus over 50 Vault Values and over 70 No Reserve Lots. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a sharply struck and beautifully toned 1876 Trade$ PCGS MS66 (OGH) and […]

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PCGS 1938 Half Dollar Proof Sells for Record $81,562 at GreatCollections

After spirited bidding from 11 different collectors and dealers, the finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar ended up selling for a new all-time record price of $81,562 USD at GreatCollections on Sunday, April 26. The coin, graded PCGS PR68+ CAC, is the single finest 1938 Walking Liberty Half Dollar known from an original mintage of […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: “Holy Grail” BD-1 Variety 1796 Quarter Eagle

Gold $2.50 Quarter eagles were struck for the first time in 1796 and three die varieties are known for the date. This coin represents the extremely rare BD-1 variety, with the No Stars obverse and the arrowheads extending to the base of the I in UNITED on the reverse. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Museum […]

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

CAC-approved coins coins outperformed other certified coins in various public internet sales during the month of April. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1926-S Peace Dollar in MS-64 On April 5, GreatCollections sold a CAC-approved, NGC-graded MS-64 1926-S Peace silver dollar for […]

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Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece Description Astonishing Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold From the D. Brent Pogue Collection 1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.   A magnificent Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold with lovely golden-orange, powder blue and pinkish-rose patina. Sharply struck and frosty in finish, tt ranks among the finest not only of the […]

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Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece Description Astonishing Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold From the D. Brent Pogue Collection 1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.   A magnificent Superb Gem 1878 Three-Dollar Gold with lovely golden-orange, powder blue and pinkish-rose patina. Sharply struck and frosty in finish, tt ranks among the finest not only of 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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1892-S Morgan Dollar, Uncirculated, $15—No Haggling!

By Dennis Tucker for Whitman Publishing …… How would you like an opportunity to spend less than $100, and get a collection of coins worth $250,000? The following coins are for sale—prices firm, cash on the barrel head: 1880 Shield nickel, Unc — $8.00 1921-S Liberty Walking half dollar, Unc — $18.00 1926 Sesquicentennial commemorative […]

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Mint State 1801 $10 Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Santa Ana Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Struck from 1795 through 1804, the Capped Bust Right gold eagles are among the most beautiful and desirable coins to emerge from the early United States Mint. At 33 mm, the planchet is impressive and Robert Scot’s allegorical portrait of Liberty on the obverse is […]

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David Lawrence Features Peach City Collection of Classic US Quarters and Gold Coins

Our Sunday Internet Auction #1117 consists of 275 brand NEW coins plus 90 Vault Values and over 70 No Reserve Lots from the Peach City Quarter & Gold Collection. This week’s sale is full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items – including a gem 1961 50c PCGS/CAC Proof 67+ (DDO), a sharply struck 1883-S […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection: 1924-S Buffalo Nickel

Counterfeit Buffalo Nickel By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……… The 1924-S Buffalo Nickel is a prime target for counterfeiters. In particular, sharp-eyed graders will pay close attention to additions or other alterations made to the mintmark. Prominent sculptor James Earle Fraser created an iconic design deeply rooted in Western Americana for the Buffalo […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: Finest-Known Special Striking 1907-D Double Eagle

No official documentation on the striking of Proof or Specimen 1907-D Liberty double eagles has ever come to light, but at least three examples have been certified by the leading grading services in recent years, two specimen strikings at NGC and a single proof at PCGS. The unique Proof has been mentioned in the literature […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: Finest-Known Special Striking 1907-D Double Eagle

No official documentation on the striking of Proof or Specimen 1907-D Liberty double eagles has ever come to light, but at least three examples have been certified by the leading grading services in recent years, two specimen strikings at NGC and a single proof at PCGS. The unique Proof has been mentioned in the literature […]

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Superb Gem 1892 Barber Quarter: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1892 Barber Quarter Description Stunning Superb Gem 1892 Barber Quarter The D. Brent Pogue Specimen MS-67 (PCGS) CAC Type II Reverse 1892 Barber Quarter. Type II Reverse. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC. This CAC-approved Superb Gem is an exceptionally well-produced and preserved example of this popular first-year Barber quarter. The strike is outstanding, the dies imparting a […]

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Classic Commemorative Month-Long Heritage Auction Open for Bidding

Now open for bidding is our auction specializing in Classic Commemorative US coins, available exclusively at coins.HA.com. This month-long auction focuses exclusively on US commemorative issues dated 1892-1954 and contains numerous very high grade coins among its offerings for all budgets. The Live session for this auction is scheduled for May 15. One of the […]

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Rare Ultra Cameo Proof 1883 $10 Eagle in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Proof gold coinage provides a special focus in United States numismatics, usually combining incredible visual appeal and extreme rarity. The Proof Liberty Head eagle is among the most popular but also the most challenging series in this category, with many annual mintages well below 50 pieces. […]

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CAC-Approved 1928-S Peace Dollar MS-65 at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, May 10, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this 1928-S Peace silver dollar graded MS-65 by PCGS in a gold shield holder and approved by CAC. It’s hard not to notice the mintage of 1,632,000 Peace dollars struck at the San Francisco Mint in 1928. But like many coins popular with […]

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Special Collection of Seated Liberty Dimes and Half Dimes at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1116 consists of 435 brand NEW coins plus 75 No Reserve Lots and 60 Vault Values. This week’s sale is chock-full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including an 1802 $1 PCGS XF40, an 1893-S $1 PCGS XF40, an 1808 $5 PCGS MS61, […]

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Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1835 Classic Head $5 Gold Eagle Description The Sole Finest 1835 Classic Head $5 MS-65 PL (NGC) McCloskey-3 Variety 1835 Classic Head Half Eagle. McCloskey-3. First Head, Small Date. MS-65 PL (NGC). This magnificent Gem 1835 Classic Head $5 gold half eagle is fully impressed with satin textured devices that offer appreciable contrast to well-mirrored […]

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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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Top Pop 1923-S Lincoln Cent Offered by GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, May 3, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1923-S Lincoln cent graded MS-65+ RD by PCGS. It is pedigreed to the Fairfax Collection of United States Coins, though this is not featured on the holder. While not one of the absolute lowest mintages coming out of San Francisco, a relatively […]

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Southern City 3-Cent Silver Collection at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1115 consists of 420 brand NEW coins including 125 No Reserve Lots and 30 Vault Values. This week’s sale is chock-full of incredible NGC-, PCGS- and CAC-approved items including a 1799 $10 PCGS/CAC MS62, an 1841-C $5 NGC AU55, and a gorgeous matching 1936 […]

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Classic Coin Profile: United States 1838-O Dime

Description The New Orleans Mint was one of three branches of the United States Mint authorized to be opened by the Coinage Act of March 3, 1835. The same Act authorized the opening of an important assay office in New York City. The Louisiana facility was built on land donated to the federal government by […]

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Near Mint 1862 Three Dollar Gold Piece Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Over 30 years ago, United States gold coin specialist David Akers wrote, “the 1862 is the most underrated three dollar gold piece in choice uncirculated condition [from] the 1860s.” This statement remains as true today as it did then. Writing in 2005, Q. David Bowers […]

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1880-CC Morgan Dollar VAM-5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1880-CC Morgan Dollar Description Superb Gem 1880-CC 8/7 Morgan Dollar VAM-5, Ex GSA Hoard Just one finer in this category 1880-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. VAM-5. Top 100 Variety. 8/High 7. MS-67 (NGC). A brilliant and frosty snow-white gem with a dusting of original patina apparent on each side. This Morgan Dollar fields are considerably reflective […]

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1880-CC Morgan Dollar VAM-5: Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week

1880-CC Morgan Dollar Description Superb Gem 1880-CC 8/7 Morgan Dollar VAM-5, Ex GSA Hoard Just one finer in this category 1880-CC Morgan Silver Dollar. VAM-5. Top 100 Variety. 8/High 7. MS-67 (NGC). A brilliant and frosty snow-white gem with a dusting of original patina apparent on each side. This Morgan Dollar fields are considerably reflective […]

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CAC-Approved PF-65+ Flowing Hair $4 Stella Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

Flowing Hair Stella By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 26, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this 1879 $4 Gold Flowing Hair Stella, graded Proof-65+ Ultra Cameo by NGC and approved by CAC. NGC has graded 240 total examples of the 1879 Flowing Hair Stella (out of 425 originally minted), regardless of grade or designation. This […]

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Only 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle Gold Coin in Private Hands Leads Central States Auction April 23-26

The convention might be canceled, but Heritage Auctions’ presentation of nearly 3,000 lots of U.S. Coins ( including the 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle ) is right on schedule for the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) auctions, 23-24 & 26. Heritage is hosting the sales at its Dallas headquarters and worldwide on HA.com. CSNS organizers canceled […]

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Rare US Gold Coin Profiles: MS-68 CAC Three Dollar Gold

In response to the financial stresses and uncertainties of the Civil War, the government suspended specie payments late in 1861. Precious metal coinage was widely hoarded after that time and rarely seen in circulation in the eastern part of the country. As a result, gold coinage at the Philadelphia Mint was somewhat limited during the […]

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Impressive Humbert $50 Gold Rush Coins Offered Soon

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… In our latest Sunday Internet Auction #1114 we are offering 360 brand new coins, 50 No Reserve Lots and 50 Vault Values. We are pleased to offer several coins that we purchased in the recent auction of the Pogue Collection. Additionally, we have an excellent selection of NGC […]

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Heritage Offers Jesse Lopez Classic Silver Dollar Collection, Confederate Currency

The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection Heritage’s latest month-long coin auction is The Jesse Lopez Dollar Collection, running through April 15 at coins.HA.com. As with most of our month-long auctions, this offering focuses on collector coins, with offerings for budgets of all sizes. Silver dollars are always popular, and like most of our US coin auctions, […]

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Finest Known 1887 Morgan Dollar, Key Date 1916-D Mercury Dime Offered by David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… In our latest Sunday Internet Auction #1113, we are offering 425 brand NEW coins, 100 No Reserve Lots and 50 Vault Values. We also have an excellent selection of NGC and PCGS coins including a beautiful red Gem 1887 Indian cent, a rare key date 1916-D Full Band […]

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Think Commems Are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles […]

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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit gold Coins -1907 Liberty Half Eagle Counterfeits Gold Coins  By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most 19th and 20th Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. […]

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Single Finest CAC Proof 1863 $3 Gold Coin Offered by GreatCollections

GreatCollections on CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 19, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this Proof 1863 Three-Dollar Gold Piece graded PR-66+ and certified Deep Cameo by PCGS and approved by CAC. It is the single-finest known example of the Proof issue. Only 39 Proof 1863 Three Dollar Gold pieces were produced at Philadelphia, and of […]

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New Reference Book for Classic Head Gold Coins Now Available

United States Classic Gold Coins of 1834-1839   Buy the book before the coin. Sage advice if there is a book to buy. Every coin series in U.S. history has a book dedicated to it except one: Classic Gold. Minted from 1834 to 1839 and falling between the series of the old standard preceding it […]

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

In addition to realizing newsworthy premiums in a public auction in Southern California, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public internet sales during the month of March. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1899 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle Gold Coin […]

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Certified Gem Franklin Half Dollar Collection Offered by David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… This week we are offering a fantastic group of Franklin half dollars along with a bonus offering! We are including a free copy of the book, The Complete Guide to Franklin Half Dollars, with every auction order that includes a coin from this collection valued at $1,000 or […]

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Numismatics Weathers the Storm: Collecting Community Comes Together, Resulting in Strong Prices Realized at Legend’s Regency Auction 37

  With the uncertainty that the current Covid-19 global pandemic is bringing to the markets and people’s everyday lives, numismatics seems to be providing a safe haven and comfort to collectors all over. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ (LRCA) 37th Regency Auction was scheduled to take place at Le Meridien in Philadelphia. Two weeks prior to […]

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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Auction Sells Over $26.59 Million in U.S. Coins

Eleven Sessions of U.S. Coins and Paper Money Bring a Total of More Than $37.5 Million   The Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction marked a successful kick-off to the firm’s 2020 season of flagship U.S. coin sales. Originally scheduled to take place in Baltimore alongside the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Spring Expo, the auction […]

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Superior Gem 1911 Double Eagle Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… With only 197,250 pieces produced, the 1911 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle gold coin has one of the lowest mintages among circulation strike issues of the entire series. However, perhaps more important than the original mintage is how many coins have actually survived from the meltings […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers March 2020 US Coin Auction Session Two Garners Nearly $1 Million

View All Lots & Bid in the Internet Sessions Here   Session Two of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction closed with total prices realized of nearly $1 million USD. The sell through rate based on the quantity of lots was 93%, with the sold lots achieving 104% of their total estimates, which had […]

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Historic 1858 Proof Liberty Eagle Gold Coin Offered at Heritage Auctions

NGC PR64 Ultra Cameo CAC, the only specimen known to exist outside of museums, will headline Central States Numismatic Society auction An 1858 Liberty Head eagle, one of the most historic U.S. gold coins ever minted and the only specimen known outside of museums, will headline Heritage Auctions’ U.S. coins offerings during the Central States […]

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Charlotte and Dahlonega Southern Mint Gold at David Lawrence Rare Coins

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Numismatics is filled with a wide range of historical aspects, but one of the most popular focuses for collections is Southern Branch Mint Gold Coins. These collections primarily include Charlotte and Dahlonega issues, with the occasional New Orleans addition. But rarely do we get the opportunity to showcase […]

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ESM Collection of US Half Cents Tops $1 Million During Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night Sale

  The ESM Collection is one of the most significant half cent cabinets offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in recent years. It is ranked #2 Current Finest on the PCGS Registry in categories Half Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (179301857) and Half Cents with Major Varieties Circulation Strikes. This complete set of half cents by […]

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Matte Proof 1910 Lincoln Cent at GreatCollections Much Scarcer Than Commonly Understood

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 5, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1910 Lincoln Proof cent, graded PR-67 RD by PCGS and approved by CAC. Of the scarce Matte Proofs issued from 1909 through 1916, the 1910 has the highest official mintage at 4,118 (all the rest are under 3,000 to lesser and greater […]

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Record-Setting Pogue Collection of Classic US Coins Sells $15.343 Million in Single Session

Two Coins Break Million-Dollar Barrier, Total Surpasses Pre-Distress High Estimates   Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and negative indicators, rare coins continued to shine at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Auction in California. Nearly three years after Part V of the D. Brent Pogue Collection hit the market, the most valuable coin collection […]

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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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Knowledge and Diversification Keys to Successful Coin Investing

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Anyone who tells you that making a profit plays no role in their coin buying habits is most likely not being honest. While there are many motivations for buying coins, most people want their coins to appreciate in value. But the degree to which making a profit is important […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions Moving Regency 37 Sale to New Jersey Office

By Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) …… Due to the constantly changing situation concerning COVID-19, as well as the rapidly increasing response from businesses and governments throughout the country, we are moving next week’s auction from Philadelphia to our offices in New Jersey. In an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees […]

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions Moving Regency 37 Sale to New Jersey Office

By Legend Rare Coin Auctions (LRCA) …… Due to the constantly changing situation concerning COVID-19, as well as the rapidly increasing response from businesses and governments throughout the country, we are moving next week’s auction from Philadelphia to our offices in New Jersey. In an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees […]

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Scarce 1921-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek ….   On Sunday, April 12, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1921-D Walking Liberty half dollar, graded XF-40 by NGC. The 1921 half dollar struck at the Denver Mint is the lowest-mintage issue of the entire Walking Liberty series. At only 208,000 struck, it is more scarce than the Philadelphia 1921 (at […]

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Finest Known 1852 Liberty Seated Quarter in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1852 Liberty Seated quarter has a relatively low mintage of 177,060 coins, a steep departure from figures that were multiples greater throughout the 1840s and that went on to exceed one million coins regularly throughout the 1850s. This population was further diminished by melting […]

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

In addition to faring well in internet sales, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction in Los Angeles and in the official auction of the Long Beach Expo in California. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1806/5 Overdate Quarter […]

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Welcome to The D. Brent Pogue Collection: Masterpieces of United States Coinage Part VII

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… The D. Brent Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already concluded featured this portion of the collection, almost to completion, with notable additions such as the fabulous […]

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Regency Auction 37: Awesome Coins From Legend Rare Coin’s Upcoming Sale

  On March 26, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer 429 lots of high-quality certified coins–included hundreds of CAC-approved pieces–at Regency Auction 37, which is held in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show at the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan broke down eight of his favorite lots from the upcoming […]

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Rare Proof Restrike 1852 Liberty Seated Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Philadelphia Mint struck only 1,100 silver dollars for commercial use in 1852, a fact that was not lost on contemporary numismatists. By the end of that decade, the 1852 had a reputation as a rare and desirable date in the silver dollar series. The United […]

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The Cody Brady Collection Month-Long Auction of Classic US Coins From Heritage

The Cody Brady Collection Month-Long Auction of US Coins is one of two Month-Long auctions offered by Heritage Auctions ending on March 15. The live auction for this collection will begin at noon CT, exclusively through Heritage Live. Our month-long auctions feature individual collections and/or specialized offerings, usually with an emphasis on affordable collector coins. […]

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CoinWeek IQ: United States 1921-S Morgan Dollar Zerbe Proof

Description The Zerbe Proof 1921-S Morgan dollar is one of the rarest and most enigmatic issues of the Morgan dollar series. The Morgan dollar, known more officially as the Liberty Head dollar, is a silver coin that was struck at each branch of the United States Mint in operation between 1878 and 1904 and then once […]

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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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Heritage Long Beach US Coin Auction Results Exceed $13 Million

Heritage’s February 20-23 Long Beach US Coins Signature Auction is now in the books! This official auction of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo realized a healthy total of over $13 million, highlighted by an 1875 Eagle that brought $360,000 USD. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The 1875 eagle in this […]

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Heritage Long Beach US Coin Auction Results Exceed $13 Million

Heritage’s February 20-23 Long Beach US Coins Signature Auction is now in the books! This official auction of the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo realized a healthy total of over $13 million, highlighted by an 1875 Eagle that brought $360,000 USD. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The 1875 eagle in this […]

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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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Jeff Garrett: The Superstar $4 Stella, 1879-1880

These numismatic supernovas shine bright in the greatest collections   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Very few United States coins inspire the awe and fascination of the 1879 and 1880 $4 gold coins, otherwise known as “Stellas”. These enigmatic coins are far beyond the financial reach of most collectors. But that […]

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Top Pop PCGS CAC 1936 Long Island Commemorative Half Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, March 8, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this toned 1936 Long Island Tercentenary half dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. Rare in higher Mint State for reasons mentioned below, PCGS has certified 20 examples at its top pop grade of 67+. The fact that this example has […]

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Superb Gem 1921 Chapman Proof Morgan Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Rare Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar The Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan dollar is among the most elusive issues of the entire series, far exceeding in rarity the legendary Proof-only 1895. We are thrilled to offer one of very finest survivors from this clandestine issue in […]

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

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

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Mackinaw Collection Now Open for Bidding at Heritage Auction

The latest month-long internet coin auction from Heritage features the Mackinaw Collection, consisting primarily of gold double eagles and half eagles with a smattering of other issues. Unusually, this auction also includes a few pieces of currency, which follows closely from the story of how the collection was assembled. This auction is open for bidding […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1924 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: Acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States, the Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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Million-Dollar Piece of Baltimore History Set for March Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction

Famous 1804 Dollar once owned by Garrett Family and Johns Hopkins University   A rare 1804 silver dollar, the most famous prize in coin collecting, will be sold in Baltimore on March 20, at an auction conducted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries of Santa Ana, California. One of just 15 known to exist, the auction house […]

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Eye-Catching Toned Seated Liberty Half at David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1106 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a gem Proof Shield nickel, an original key date Bust quarter, a splashy toned Seated Liberty half, a frosty proof-like Morgan dollar, a lustrous Peace dollar, and a pleasing orange tinted $10 […]

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Top Pop PCGS/CAC 1879-O Morgan Dollar Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, March 1, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1879-O Morgan silver dollar, graded MS-66+ by PCGS and approved by CAC In only the second year of the series’ production, 1879 saw 2.887 million Morgans struck at New Orleans. But business strike silver dollars from the New Orleans Mint were weakly […]

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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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PCGS Graded 21 of Top 25 Most-Expensive United States Coins Sold in 2019

Including A $3.96 Million Coin That Crossed Over To PCGS Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) closed the books on 2019 by proudly announcing that 20 of the 25 most-expensive United States coins sold at public auction this past year were in PCGS slabs. That number climbs to 21 when counting a rarity that was certified […]

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Lowest-Mintage Circulating U.S. Gold Coin Highlights Heritage Long Beach Expo Offerings

One of just 100 1875 Liberty Eagle. U.S. Gold Coin minted for circulation will be sold as part of a $10 Liberty set which is rarely completed   An 1875 $10 Liberty Eagle, the famous regular issue U.S. gold coin with the lowest circulation mintage ever recorded, highlights more than 2,000 lots in Heritage Auctions’ […]

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Lowest-Mintage Circulating U.S. Gold Coin Highlights Heritage Long Beach Expo Offerings

One of just 100 1875 Liberty Eagle. U.S. Gold Coin minted for circulation will be sold as part of a $10 Liberty set which is rarely completed   An 1875 $10 Liberty Eagle, the famous regular issue U.S. gold coin with the lowest circulation mintage ever recorded, highlights more than 2,000 lots in Heritage Auctions’ […]

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Classic US Coin Profiles: One of the Finest Known 1839/8 Type of 1838 $10 Eagles

Varieties of the 1839 $10 eagle are known with the Liberty Head design as seen on coins from 1838 (along with large letters on the reverse), as well as with the Liberty Head design as seen in 1840 and small letters on the reverse. The Type of 1838 $10 eagle is considerably more available and […]

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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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Unprecedented $50 Million Gold Eagles Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in display of unparalleled set   A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. The unprecedented display, “Eagles of The Tyrant Collection”, will […]

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Gem 1878 Morgan Dollar 7TF Reverse DMPL CAC Offered at David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1105 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a crisply-struck Indian cent, a lustrous S-mint Mercury dime, a scarce CC Morgan dollar, a flashy obverse mintmark half eagle, and a frosty yellow-gold Liberty $20. In all, there’s a vast selection […]

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Rare Silver Plug 1795 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The early United States Mint practice of inserting silver plugs into half dollars and dollars to regulate their weights is perhaps one of the most romanticized techniques used to produce America’s first coinage. It recalls an era of handcrafted workmanship and motivates today’s collectors to […]

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Condition Census 1793 Wreath Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2020 Baltimore Auction

Fresh-to-Market S-11c Variety a Major Wreath Cent Rarity   By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in 1793 are some of the most popular and romantic issues in American numismatics. We are delighted to present a truly stunning Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse example graded […]

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

In addition to faring well in internet sales, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins at the FUN Convention in Orlando. Here are 10 examples, selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. As it is traditional in the coin business for relatively expensive U.S. coins to publicly trade in January, the […]

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Full Head 1918-S SLQ, Full Bands 1945 Mercury Dime at David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1104 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a rainbow-toned Bust quarter, a stunningly mirrored Walking Liberty Proof, a frosty Morgan dollar, a popular Civil War $5 issue, a key date Indian Head $10, and a superb No Motto Saint-Gaudens […]

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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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Scarce 1914 Indian Head Gold Quarter Eagle Among Other Hansen Collection Offerings

  D.L. Hansen Collection by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1103 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a scarce gem Buffalo Nickel, a rare proof Capped Bust Dime, a registry-quality ultra gem proof Washington Quarter, a beautiful gem Barber Half, a scarce proof only Trade […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers Direct Coin of the Week: Gem Proof 1870 Two Cent Piece

Just One Certified Finer   1870 Two Cent Piece. Proof-66+ RD (PCGS). CAC. This is an enchanting specimen, the surfaces awash in vivid rose-orange color with subtle olive undertones evident at isolated viewing angles. The design elements are fully struck and rise boldly above shimmering reflectivity in the fields. Expertly preserved and visually appealing, this […]

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CAC-Approved 1926-D Peace Dollar Offered at GreatCollections.com

1926-D Peace Dollar By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, February 9, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1926-D Peace dollar, graded MS-64 by PCGS and approved by CAC. The issue is certainly not rare (the Denver Mint struck 2,348,700 Peace dollars dated 1923), and neither is the grade. PCGS reports a census of 1,820 grading events […]

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CAC-Approved 1926-D Peace Dollar Offered at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, February 9, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this 1926-D Peace silver dollar, graded MS-64 by PCGS and approved by CAC. The issue is certainly not rare (the Denver Mint struck 2,348,700 Peace dollars dated 1923), and neither is the grade. PCGS reports a census of 1,820 grading events for a […]

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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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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Life After FUN

Market Report By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics …… LEGEND NUMISMATICS IS PLEASE TO ANNOUNCE THE SALE OF THE 1C CHAIN AMERI PCGS SP65 BN CAC This market report sale actually was negotiated and agreed upon at the FUN Show. All we can say is the coin was sold to a long-time friend of Legend […]

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Legend Rare Coin Market Report – Life After FUN

Market Report By Laura Sperber – Legend Numismatics ……   LEGEND NUMISMATICS IS PLEASE TO ANNOUNCE THE SALE OF THE 1C CHAIN AMERI PCGS SP65 BN CAC This market report sale actually was negotiated and agreed upon at the FUN Show. All we can say is the coin was sold to a long-time friend of […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers Present Rarities From D. Brent Pogue Collection in March 2020 Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce Part VI and Part VII of the now legendary D. Brent Pogue Collection. The Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already completed featured this portion of the collection, almost […]

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Srotag Registry Sets of US Coins to be Auctioned by GreatCollections

750+ PCGS/NGC-Certified Coins   GreatCollections is pleased to announce the auction of the Srotag Registry Sets in February and March 2020. The collection comprises over 40 individual registry sets from half cents through $10 gold pieces with an emphasis on CAC-approved coins. All coins have been graded by PCGS or NGC. Ian Russell, owner/president of […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1870 Standard Silver Dime on Copper Nickel Planchet

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique and spectacular mint error, a proof pattern off-metal. It was struck on a copper nickel planchet instead of a silver planchet. It is composed of 76% Cu and 24% Ni, which is copper-nickel. It weighs .99 grams. PCGS has certified the coin as […]

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Shipwreck Gold, US Coins From Hansen Collection in David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction

D.L. Hansen Collection By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1102 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a highly sought-after Indian half eagle, a colorfully toned Hawaiian commem, a lustrous gold eagle from the SS Republic shipwreck, a choice, CAC-stickered early gold half eagle, and a […]

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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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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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Baltimore Release 2019-S Reverse Proof Silver Eagle, Cameo Proof 1888 $3 Gold at David Lawrence Rare Coins

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1101 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a a beautiful Gem Proof half cent, a registry-quality key date Indian cent, an original Bust quarter, a legendary condition rarity Morgan dollar, a scarce Proof $3 Princess Gold, a […]

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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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Beautiful Large Cents, Gem Liberty Gold Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  ……   Our Sunday Internet Auction #1100 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a beautiful AU Liberty Cap half cent, a handsome Early large cent, a famous key date Standing Liberty quarter, a better date Morgan dollar, a superb Gem Peace dollar, […]

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1927-D Double Eagle Highlights $42 Million Heritage FUN US Coins Results

The first great numismatic event of the year is now complete, with Heritage’s January 8-12 FUN Signature Auction grossing close to $42 million USD, led by an example of the classic rarity 1927-D double eagle. Overall Heritage’s FUN Auctions, held in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists convention in Orlando, are expected to bring their […]

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Legendary 1884 and 1885 Trade Dollars From E. Horatio Morgan Collection to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to continue their tradition of presenting world-class rarities at auction by featuring 1884 and 1885 Proof Trade dollars in their March 18-20, 2020 Baltimore Auction. The 1884 and 1885 trade dollars are legendary U.S. Mint rarities, ranking #78 and #15 respectively among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins (Garrett & Guth, […]

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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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Mint State 1899-CC Morgan Dollar Highlight at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, January 12, bidding ends on GreatCollections for this 1892-CC Morgan dollar graded MS-62 by NGC. The 1892-CC Morgan dollar is interesting in that most of the run was entered into circulation. Most other Morgan dollars struck by the Carson City Mint were not, and collectors would have to wait almost […]

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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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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in December 2019

In addition to realizing newsworthy premiums in a public auction in Dallas, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public internet sales during the month of December. Here are 10 examples selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1903-S $10 Gold Eagle in MS-66 On December 5, Heritage […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in December 2019

In addition to realizing newsworthy premiums in a public auction in Dallas, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public internet sales during the month of December. Here are 10 examples selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1903-S $10 Gold Eagle in MS-66 On December 5, Heritage […]

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Heritage Monthly Internet Auction Features Classic US Commemorative Coins

The newest Monthly Internet Auction of US Coins from Heritage features selections of classic (1892-1954) silver and gold commemorative coins. Open for bidding now, this auction is scheduled to close with a live session conducted exclusively through Heritage Live at 6 PM CT on Wednesday, January 15. Classic commemorative coins are typified by a wide […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers – Scarce Mint State 1908-S Double Eagle MS-62 (PCGS)

1908-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-62 (PCGS). This example, offered as Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Direct Coin of the Week, is a scarce and desirable Mint State preservation for this key date 20th-century double eagle gold issue. Vividly patinated in medium-gold coloration, both sides also sport full mint luster in a softly frosted texture. Well produced with […]

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Gem US Coins From Hansen Collection, Toned Washington Quarters Highlight David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1099 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a Continental Dollar, a lustrous key date Standing Liberty quarter, a beautiful Barber half, a gorgeous Bust dollar, a gem Peace dollar, a beautiful $1 gold piece, a famous Civil […]

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Rare 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle Gold Coin in Heritage Fun Show Signature Auction

The 1796 No Stars quarter eagle shares a reputation with its later sibling, the 1808 quarter eagle, as among the most significant and rarest gold type coins of any denomination. Both are single-year types, with low mintages (an estimated 963 pieces for the 1796 No Stars, and 2,710 coins for the 1808). The 1796 No […]

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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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Gem Red 1835 Classic Head Half Cent Offered in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Assistant Engraver John Reich’s Classic Head design type was introduced on the large cents of 1808 and debuted on the half cents of the following year. It was relatively short-lived on the larger denomination and lasted only through 1814, although it was employed on the […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Heritage Auction’s 2020 FUN Sale Preview

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. One of the largest coin, currency, medal, and collectibles auctions in the world is set to take place at the FUN show in January. The Heritage Auction will take place at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show in Orlando between January 8 and 12, and it promises to be […]

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Gem Silver Trime, Rare $3 Princess Gold Among Highlights of 1st David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction for 2020

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  ……   Our Sunday Internet Auction #1098 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a key date Indian cent, a beautiful Gem trime, a rainbow toned Barber quarter, a New Orleans key date Morgan dollar, a rare $3 Princess gold piece, a scarce […]

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Coin Profile: United States 1877 Indian Head Cent

Description: The small “white cents”, so-called because of their light color compared to that of the older large cents, had at first escaped the hoarding of coins that came with the Civil War. But by 1862, in spite of the production of millions of the coins, the cent had also disappeared from circulation, joining the […]

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Mysterious “E”, “L” Counterstamps on Capped Bust Quarters Intrigue Numismatists

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   There are many unusual varieties among early United States Federal-era coinage, but perhaps few are as mysterious as some 1815 and 1825 Capped Bust quarters counterstamped with a single “L” or “E”. In all, there are a total of four different combinations of quarters with the counterstamps, including […]

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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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Rare Gem 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar Offered in Stack’s Bowers January 2020 Collectors Choice Online Sale

Collectors Choice Online Features Nice 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar   By Ben Orooji – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   The Stack’s Bowers January Collectors Choice Online sale is coming up in a few weeks and, as usual, features a number of exciting coins perfectly suited to collectors of popular United States issues. […]

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Top Pop 1935 Buffalo Nickel in NGC MS-68 Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek ….   On Sunday, December 29, as part of its last auction for the year, GreatCollections.com will end bidding on this 1935 Buffalo nickel, graded MS-68 by NGC. Even though 58,264,000 Buffalo nickels were struck in 1935, it is nevertheless an interesting study in condition rarity. In grades up to and including Mint […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers Presents Extremely Rare 1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar in PCGS MS-66 CAC

1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-105. Rarity-3. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC An incredible and superior Gem surely destined for a top-tier PCGS Registry Set or cabinet of early half dollars. The brightest of blues is made brighter at the rims as the lustrous cartwheel passes it, corralling deep golden centers that turn orange and violet before […]

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Finest PCGS 1926-S Gold Double Eagle Among Highlights of Heritage FUN Signature Auction

Our January 8-13 FUN US Coins Signature Auction features, among many other highlights, the finest PCGS-graded example of the 1926-S double eagle, a piece rich in history as well as technical and aesthetic merit. The 1926-S was once considered the third-rarest date of the Saint-Gaudens double eagle series. When legendary Fort Worth coin dealer B. […]

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Mint State 1838-C Quarter Eagle Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On December 22–GreatCollection’s last Sunday online auction for the year 2019–bidding ends on this 1838-C Classic gold quarter eagle, graded MS-61 by NGC. The 1838-C Classic, or Classic Head, quarter eagle gold coin was among the first pieces struck at the Charlotte Mint, the first branch of the United States Mint built […]

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NGC to Showcase Stunning Toned GSA Hoard Morgan Dollars at FUN Show

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) will display selections from Toneddollars’ high-ranking NGC Registry sets of GSA Hoard Morgan dollars at the 2020 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show in January. Each coin features vibrant, colorful toning, an attribute that is highly prized by collectors. Jack Kelly, who goes by Toneddollars in the NGC Registry, submitted his extraordinary […]

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Nicely Toned Top Pop 1904 Barber Quarter Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1096 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as an electric toned half cent, a tied for finest Indian cent, an underrated Lincoln cent, a colorfully toned Bust quarter, a superb Barber quarter gem, a gorgeous Bust dollar, and […]

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Coin Profiles: United States 1923 Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

Description: The Saint-Gaudens $20 gold double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful and artistic numismatic designs ever realized in the United States. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin […]

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Heritage Auctions – Choice 1827 Capped Head Half Eagle to be Offered at FUN

The 1827 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a mintage of 24,913 pieces, with just a single variety known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to strike the extremely rare BD-2 variety of 1826 and the very rare BD-1 1828/7 variety as well. The […]

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Near-Gem 1797 Large Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in the 18th century were crucial to the fledging economy of young America. They were extensively used in everyday transactions and many were damaged, lost, or worn smooth as a result. Few collectors will ever own […]

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Cameo 1903 Liberty Gold Half Eagle Proof Major Highlight of Sunday’s GreatCollections Auction

By CoinWeek ….   Sunday evening on December 15, bidding ends on GreatCollections for this Proof 1903 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle, graded PR-66 CAM in a gold shield holder by PCGS and approved by CAC. A rare coin due to its mintage of 154, as of this writing PCGS reports a grand total of […]

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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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MA-Shops Welcomes US Coin Dealer Phoenix Gold

Phoenix Gold Corp. Becomes Certified Dealer at MA-Shops.com …… MA-Shops is proud to welcome Phoenix Gold Corp., an antique specialist priding itself as one of the leading collectible coin wholesalers in the United States. “We specialize in Morgan and Peace dollars as well as better-date, rare U.S. coins that offer an interesting story or exceptional […]

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Legend Rare Coin Regency Auction 35 Preview

Legend Rare Coin Auction Preview by Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 35 will be held on December 12 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will contain a wide array of US coins of all denominations, including multiple top pop pieces and countless registry-quality examples. With estimates ranging […]

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Gold Coin Rarities Lead Heritage Dallas Auction to $9.5 Million Realized

Rare and high-quality gold coins were the focus as Heritage’s December 5-7 Signature auction of US coins reached $9.5 million in prices realized. Combined with two auctions of world coins and currency taking place in Hong Kong at the same time, the total prices realized for the weekend eclipsed $15 million. (After-auction sales are still […]

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Legend Rare Coin Regency Auction 35

Attention bidders, Regency Auction 35 is live. We worked around the clock putting the final touches on descriptions, images, and estimates, making sure everything is ready for bidding. We have the entire auction listed so you can begin to target your coins of interest. All 611 lots are true LEGEND QUALITY. Each coin goes through […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Rotated Double Struck 1904 $20 Gold Coin

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Major mint errors on U.S. gold coins are extremely rare. And of these, there are only a few known that are double or triple struck. One phenomenal example is this double stuck 1904 $20 rotated 180 degrees in the collar. Considerable detail remains from the initial strike […]

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United States 1914-D Lincoln Cent

Description The Lincoln cent is the United States’ longest-serving coin. Its 1909 debut marked the centennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln and its elegant sculptural design served as the vanguard of a new wave of American coin art. But while the golden age of American coin design is most associated with medallic artist and […]

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More Outstanding Classic US Coin Auction Highlights From D.L. Hansen Collection

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1095 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection, as well as a choice Flying Eagle cent, two beautifully toned Seated Liberty halves, a key date Walking Liberty half, a choice Bust dollar, a popular key date Morgan dollar, amazing Proof gold […]

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Stack’s Bowers December Collectors Choice, Precious Metals Auctions Close This Week

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Collectors Choice Our December 2019 Collectors Choice Sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view over 600 lots of U.S. coins and U.S. currency, valued over $1,000,000 USD. Over 85% of the lots are unreserved. The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website and mobile Apps on […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Coin Selections: Choice 1827 Capped Head Half Eagle

The 1827 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a mintage of 24,913 pieces, with just a single variety known for the date. This was the only use of the obverse die, but the reverse was used to strike the extremely rare BD-2 variety of 1826 and the very rare BD-1 1828/7 variety as well. The […]

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PCGS MS67+ 1915-S Panama-Pacific Commemorative Half Dollar at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. In a few days, bidding ends on Sunday, December 8 on GreatCollections.com for this 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Commemorative half dollar, graded MS-67+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. PCGS reports 25 examples of the Pan-Pac half dollar at MS-67+, with only four higher in MS-68. To date, the highest auction price for […]

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$50 Million Gold Eagle Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in unparalleled set’s display at February 2020 Long Beach Expo   By Goldberg Auctioneers …… A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 Eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in November 2019

In addition to realizing newsworthy premiums in a public auction in Baltimore, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in various public internet sales during the month of November. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1895 Dime in MS-67 On November 14, Stack’s […]

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Maine Centennial Half Dollar Turns 100 in 2020

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ….. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Maine Centennial Commemorative half dollar, a coin that was issued in 1920 to honor the 100th anniversary of Maine’s admission to the Union in 1820. As a pre-1930 issue, the Maine Centennial is among the earlier group of Classic United […]

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Rare 1856-S/s Quarters Discovered in Amazing SS Central America Treasure

Nine elusive examples of the large mint mark over small mint mark variety now confirmed from treasure retrieved in 2014   The fabled SS Central America, the famous “Ship of Gold” that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush treasure, continues to surprise and delight the numismatic world. California Gold Marketing Group LLC […]

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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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Full Band 1916-D Mercury Dime, 1879 Gold Stella Among Highlights at David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Auction Highlights by David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions  …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #1094 offers another selection from the D.L. Hansen Collection as well as a Mercury dime rarity, a gorgeously toned Bust quarter, a flashy rare Liberty Seated proof quarter, a deep cameo Liberty Gold $2.50, a beautiful cameo proof $3 gold piece, a […]

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