Category Archives: Smithsonian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Smithsonian acquire BCA coin trio

The surcharge on sales from this $5 pink gold coin went to fund research by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the United States and abroad. (Image courtesy of Smithsonian, photo by Hugh Talman.)
On March 19, three coins from the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program were added to the Smithsonian’s National Philanthropy Collection, including the first ever pink-hued gold coin

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Smithsonian acquires BCA coin trio

The surcharge on sales from this $5 pink gold coin went to fund research by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in the United States and abroad. (Image courtesy of Smithsonian, photo by Hugh Talman.)
On March 19, three coins from the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program were added to the Smithsonian’s National Philanthropy Collection, including the first ever pink-hued gold coin

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1974

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… A Great Year and a Great Challenge The year 1974 became another great year for Stack’s. We sold a few major collections at public auction and our over-the-counter business was strong as new collectors seemed to be entering the field. We opened several new accounts: from […]

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Jeff Garrett: When Proofs Were New

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

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1967

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… When my father died in December 1966, he left his share of the company to me. I had already received 25% from my father in 1955, and that same year my uncle Joseph gave my cousins Ben and Norman 12.5% each while he retained 25% himself. […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1966

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 1966 – The Year I Can’t Forget Following 1965, business continued to be active at Stack’s. We attended […]

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Dealers from Around the World at 17th Annual International Stock, Bond & Paper Money Show

By Scripophily.com …… The 17th Annual International Stock and Bond Show in Herndon, Virginia will have thousands of historical and artistic stock and bond certificates, autographs, paper money documents, and much more. The show will have dealers from all over the world and is expected to be the best stock and bond event ever. The […]

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Heritage Auctions – Finest Cert. 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar in Silver at FUN

The Schoolgirl dollar is George T. Morgan’s masterpiece. The design of Liberty faces left, with E PLURIBUS at the left rim, seven stars above, UNUM at the right rim, four more stars, the date 1879, and finally two more stars before we come back around from whence we began. Liberty’s hair is combed back and […]

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Maybe Leonardo da Vinci Can Help the Rare Coin Market

What drove a $450 million sale? Bragging rights? Philanthropy? Clever marketing? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… A couple of weeks ago, the world was shocked when a painting by the great Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci sold for $450,300,000 USD. The price shattered the previous record for a work of art, […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family – 1955-1956

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 Interest in Coins Starts to Grow Again Numismatics started to grow all through the 1950s. Many of the servicemen who were stack’s collectors before World War Two returned home, settled […]

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The Howard F. Bowker Collection Enhances the National Numismatic Collection

Guest Commentary by Dr. Ellen R. Feingold, Curator of the National Numismatic Collection …… Tomorrow, November 8, is the first day that selections from the Smithsonian’s East Asian coin collection–featuring the recently-acquired Howard F. Bowker Collection–will be exhibited as part of the National Numismatic Collection’s ongoing “Value of Money” exhibit. The Collection’s curator, Dr. Ellen […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 2: Parmelee

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #387 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This is the second discussion in a series about comprehensive collections of classic U.S coins (1793-1934) that were offered, at least in large part, in public auctions. Perhaps the greatest collection of classic […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 18

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …… CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry is the final part in […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 18

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry is the final part […]

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Former ANA President Jeff Garrett: World’s Fair of Money Recap

Reflections on the author’s 44th ANA show (and counting!) By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… It has been about a month since the 2017 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money ended in Denver, Colorado. The show saw the completion of my tenure as ANA president, and the many duties associated […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 17

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 33 and […]

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Internet Auction #955 from David Lawrence Rare Coin Now Open

By David Lawrence Rare Coins …… Our Sunday Internet Auction #955 is now live with a great selection of 375 fresh, new coins, over 50 No Reserve lots and 25 Vault Values. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, April 9. Some of the more interesting highlights from this week’s sale include: […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 10

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers …… CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 19 and 20, […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 9

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | In the fall of 1958 we had our customary visit from Mr. Lilly and we showed him some of our recent acquisitions […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numistourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numistourist Howard Berlin The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download all […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numistourist Howard Berlin

CoinWeek Podcast #51: Globetrotting with Numistourist Howard Berlin The CoinWeek Podcast won the 2016 NLG Award for Best Audio Program. If you’d like to help the podcast grow and continue to bring you in-depth and thoughtful interviews and news coverage, then leave us a five-star review on the iTunes store. You can also download all […]

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Stack’s Bowers: Choice Mint State 1906 Liberty Double Eagle at Our March 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …..   Already consigned to our Official Auction of the March 2017 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is a lovely Choice Mint State 1906 Liberty Head double eagle only recently reintroduced to the numismatic market. Rich honey-gold hues dominate both sides, adorned by subtle green at […]

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Coin Collecting Commentary: How To Invigorate The Hobby

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… The US Mint forum attracted leaders from all areas of the hobby including the media, mass market sellers, numismatic artists, collectors, rare coin dealers and grading companies. A few weeks ago Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson of the United States Mint held a forum in Philadelphia […]

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Littleton Coin Company in New Smithsonian Virtual Exhibit

By Littleton Coin Company ……….. The origins and growth of Littleton Coin Company, L.L. Bean, Williams-Sonoma and seven other well-known catalog companies are featured in a new Smithsonian National Postal Museum virtual exhibition showcasing the long-standing partnership between the U.S. Postal Service and private businesses. Titled America’s Mailing Industry and planned as a physical on-site Smithsonian […]

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Market Whimsy: The Rational Collector, Part 1 – Making a Monster

Imagine that you could have every coin you wanted. What could possibly go wrong? By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker …. Charles and Hubert’s column Market Whimsy, which originally appeared in the American Numismatic Association (ANA) magazine The Numismatist, won the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild’s award for Best Column, Non-Profit Large Publications. “Making a Monster” was […]

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Collecting Classic Gold Commemorative Coinage (1903-1926)

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This is a great time to collect one of the most interesting and attractive United States coins series My last article focused on classic commemorative silver coins struck from 1892 to 1954. As enumerated, there are many compelling reasons to collect this long-ignored series. Nearly all […]

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Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #268 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Broadly defined, a wide variety of items fall into the category of pattern, experimental and trial pieces. Patterns, narrowly defined, are design concepts that should logically have been considered, […]

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Smithsonian & NGC Preserve National Numismatic Collection

Smithsonian Preserves National Numismatic Collection Through NGC Encapsulation of International Coins. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History today announced the completion of a second project to increase the long-term preservation of the National Numismatic Collection housed at the museum through protective coin holders. The 100 coins recently encapsulated are some of the rarest and […]

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Whitman Expo Baltimore Coin Show Report: Part 1

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek….  A CoinWeek field report from Whitman Expo Baltimore…. For one lucky youngster–12-year-old Cole Bank–the opening day of the Spring coin show was one to remember. Dressed in Orioles orange and black, he was the first person in line to purchase and receive a 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and […]

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