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CoinWeek Podcast #142: A Legal Challenge to the Minnesota Coin Law

 CoinWeek Podcast #142: A Challenge to the Minnesota Coin Law Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan talks to Tom “The Coin Guy” Styczinski and his attorney Erick Kaardal join us to discuss a new lawsuit that has been filed […]

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Closed Amid Pandemic, ANA Money Museum Reopens to Public

New Guidelines Encourage Public Safety Amid COVID-19 Concerns   The ANA Money Museum in Colorado Springs has reopened to the public after being closed for nearly six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum is open on a revised schedule with limited days and hours – Wednesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 […]

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ANA: Young Numismatist 6th Annual Live Auction, eLearning Seminars

By the American Numismatic Association (ANA) …… Young Numismatist 6th Annual Live Auction Join fellow young numismatists to bid on over 100 lots at a live auction hosted by ANA Numismatic Educator Sam Gelberd. Lots include U.S. and foreign coins, as well as Mint sets, banknotes, and numismatic literature. Whether you’ve participated in auctions before, […]

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Coin Board News Number 56 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 56 — Fall 2020 COVID-19 DELAYS NEW BOOK Yes, after being twice delayed at the printer by the ongoing pandemic, Volume Three in my trilogy of comprehensive books detailing coin album publishers and their product lines has finally […]

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ANS Archives Roman Republican Die Project Online

Richard Schaefer’s RRDP is now on Archer   The Roman Republican Die Project (RRDP), under the direction of Dr. Lucia Carbone (ANS) and Prof. Liv Yarrow (Brooklyn College, CUNY) aims at providing a precise quantification of the monetary production during the Roman Republic. The first two phases of this project have been generously funded by […]

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ANA Awards 2020 College Scholarships

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has awarded 2020 college scholarships to Abigail Zechman from Clermont, Florida, and Colin Feitl from Hebron, Kentucky. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use toward tuition at an institution of their choice. “The annual scholarship is an opportunity for the American Numismatic Association to expand on its core […]

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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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Coin Board News Number 55 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 55 — Summer 2020 DISPATCH FROM THE BUNKER In the Spring issue I speculated that we soon might be under quarantine, and to varying degrees this has come to pass. Most coin shows have been canceled through July, […]

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ANA Podcast Covers Conversations About Coins and Paper Currency

“Two Bits”, a new podcast from the American Numismatic Association (ANA), is now available on money.org/podcast. Its hosts, ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd and The Numismatist author Mitch Sanders, discuss wide-ranging topics about numismatics and the world of coins and paper currency. In the inaugural episode of “Two Bits”, the hosts discuss collecting during the […]

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ANS Launches Important Update to Online Imperial Roman Coins

An Important OCRE Update The American Numismatic Society (ANS) has recently launched an update to its Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE) digital corpus. This update, months in the making, incorporates the newly published volume of Spink’s authoritative series, Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) into OCRE. Published in 2019, this new volume updates the typology […]

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New ANA eLearning Academy Provides Taste of Summer Seminar

Collectors Can Register for Free Condensed Courses   During what would have been the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) annual Summer Seminar event – June 29-July 10, the Association will instead offer free virtual courses through its new ANA eLearning Academy. Eleven courses that would have been offered during the week-long Summer Seminar will be offered […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces CoinHoards Ancient Coin Research Tool

CoinHoards is a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project developed by the American Numismatic Society (ANS). An innovative research resource, CoinHoards provides primary data and other information on 2,387 hoards of coins produced by Greeks and other non-Roman peoples in the Mediterranean and adjacent regions between ca. 650 and […]

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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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British Rarities Rank Among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

By Dennis Tucker for Whitman Publishing …… Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U.S. coins and doesn’t study money from across the Pond, this might seem like a strange thing to publicize. The United […]

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British Rarities Rank Among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

By Dennis Tucker for Whitman Publishing ……   Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U.S. coins and doesn’t study money from across the Pond, this might seem like a strange thing to publicize. The […]

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ANA School of Numismatics Offers Coin Grading Seminar in Pittsburgh

  The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is offering an educational course through its Florence Schook School of Numismatics, held in conjunction with the Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money®. “Intermediate U.S. Coin Grading” will be offered prior to the show. The convention begins August 4 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, located at 1000 Fort […]

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National Coin Week: Join the ANA, Get Free Access to Digital Content

The American Numismatic Association Offers Free Membership During National Coin Week   For a limited time, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) is offering a free digital “Gold” membership to anyone who joins the coin collecting organization during National Coin Week, April 19-25. The ANA is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the […]

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Newman Numismatic Portal Remains Active During COVID-19 Epidemic

By Len Augsburger – Newman Numismatic Portal …… Like most of the country, the Newman Numismatic Portal has transitioned to “all remote” status, with Newman Portal staff now completely working from home. Scanning operations are on hold, as our multiple scanning centers (Washington University in St. Louis, the American Numismatic Society in New York, and […]

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American Numismatic Association Cancels 2020 Summer Seminar

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) announced that the 2020 Summer Seminar, scheduled for June 27-July 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19) safety concerns. “While it seemed inevitable with each passing week, we were officially notified by Colorado College today that they are suspending all summer programs and camps in […]

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Money Talks Speakers Wanted for ANA Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money

American Numismatic Association (ANA) members are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the 2020 World’s Fair of Money® in Pittsburgh, August 4-8 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Those interested in giving a Money Talks presentation should submit an online proposal at money.org/numismatic-events/money-talks. […]

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The Coin Books You Need to Succeed

In this video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gives an insightful rundown of the coin books that you need in your library to take your hobby to the next level. Each one of these selections contains money-saving insights, must-know insider information, and untold hours of inspiration for the numismatic enthusiast. Price Guides: U.S. Coins The Official […]

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A Message From American Numismatic Association Executive Director Kim Kiick

To our American Numismatic Association community, While this Coronavirus has impacted all facets of our lives, the American Numismatic Association has been focused on how we can keep our members safe and engaged. Sharing our collecting passion with others is part of what makes the hobby so enjoyable, and the ANA offers an abundance of […]

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Central States Awards Summer Seminar Scholarship

Andrew Blinkiewicz has been awarded the 2020 Central States Numismatic Society’s Emerging Professional Summer Seminar Scholarship, sponsored by Eagle Eye Rare Coins. The scholarship, created in 2019, recognizes professional numismatists under 30 who have contributed to the hobby through their work and involvement in numismatic organizations. Blinkiewicz has been a senior numismatist at Heritage Auctions […]

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Longest-Running Editor-in-Chief of ANA’s Numismatist Retires

Barbara Gregory Closes ANA Chapter in April After 38 years at the American Numismatic Association (ANA), The Numismatist Editor-in-Chief Barbara Gregory will retire next month. Her legend as the longest-running editor-in-chief at the ANA began in 1988. She also is the first female to hold the position. In mid-April, she passes the editorial responsibilities to […]

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Exhibit Award Winners Announced for ANA 2020 National Money Show

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) presented 25 competitive exhibit awards at the 2020 Atlanta National Money Show. Winners were announced at the Exhibit Awards Presentation and Reception on Saturday, February 29. Dennis Schafluetzel received the Steven J. D’Ippolito Award for Excellence in Numismatic Exhibiting (best of show) for his exhibit, “Chattanooga Depression & Clearing House […]

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ANS Launches Online Fundraising Campaign for OCRE

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) aims to incorporate major new research on Roman Imperial Coinage into its hugely popular digital resource Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE). This is a laborious process that entails updating or amending thousands of entries, and it will take several months to complete. In order to assist this project, […]

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ANA: Coronavirus Update for American Numismatic Association Members

As the number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to increase nationally, our highest priority is to protect the health and safety of our members, staff, volunteers and community. As things stand today, we are still planning to hold our 2020 Summer Seminar and Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money®. Colorado College has informed us that […]

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Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards

Submissions for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through April 1. The awards were established to encourage young writers and promote future numismatic ­authors and ­researchers. The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for cash awards and numismatic […]

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Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Invites Applications for Newman Grants

The Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES) announces the opening of the application period for the 2020 Newman Grant program. Newman Grants are designed to financially assist numismatic authors and organizations pursuing original research in American numismatics. This is the second year of the program. In 2019, the Newman Grant program supported research projects […]

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Coin Board News Number 54 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….. For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 54 — Spring 2020 Greetings from the Chairman of the Board! Spring brings the latest roundup of coin board developments, as well as a new list of boards for sale. In a related matter my book on Whitman coin […]

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Central States Convention Announces Programs for 2020 Show

The 313-booth Central States Numismatic Convention, with public bourse hours Wednesday through Saturday, April 22-25, has announced its schedule of educational programs, meetings and seminars. The convention will be held at the Schaumburg Convention Center and adjoining Renaissance Hotel, 10 miles from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport adjacent to the westbound I-90 freeway, at 1551 North Thoreau […]

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Atlanta National Money Show Awaits Collectors

Coin collectors are enthusiastically anticipating the National Money Show in Atlanta, Febuary 27-29. The three-day event, sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA), is expected to attract thousands of coin collectors from Georgia and throughout the U.S. eager to buy, sell and see more than $100 million of historic numismatic treasures. Hundreds of coin […]

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World’s Money Fair: Call for Papers at ANA 2020 Sundman Lectures

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting proposals for the 2020 Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series. Presentations will be given August 5 during the symposium at the Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money®. Proposals must be received by April 3. This year, Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the […]

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Let’s Talk Coin Storage

 Coin storage is the topic we discuss in this stream featuring CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan. Charles shares his personal experiences using a number of the hobby’s most popular products, including SAFLIP brand 2×2 coin flips, coin storage boxes that incorporate anti-tarnish Intercept Shield technology, and coin albums from the leading manufacturers. Proper coin storage […]

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Let’s Talk Coin Storage

   Coin storage is the topic we discuss in this stream featuring CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan. Charles shares his personal experiences using a number of the hobby’s most popular products, including SAFLIP brand 2×2 coin flips, coin storage boxes that incorporate anti-tarnish Intercept Shield technology, and coin albums from the leading manufacturers. Proper coin […]

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Nevada State Museum celebrates sesquicentennial of Carson City Mint

CARSON CITY MINT, Nevada – In February of 1870, the sparkling new steam-powered coin press inside the United States Mint in Carson City struck its first coin, a Seated Liberty silver dollar with a crisp CC mint mark. One hundred and fifty years, millions of dollars, a couple of road trips and a healthy dose […]

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Nevada State Museum Celebrates Sesquicentennial of Carson City Mint

In February of 1870, the sparkling new steam-powered coin press inside the United States Mint in Carson City struck its first coin, a Seated Liberty silver dollar with a crisp CC mint mark. One hundred and fifty years, millions of dollars, a couple of road trips and a healthy dose of serendipity later, Coin Press […]

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Jeff Garrett: See You at the ANA Summer Seminar

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

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Registration Open for 52nd Annual ANA Summer Seminar

Register by April 3 for Discounts   Registration is open for those looking to attend the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) annual Summer Seminar. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the Colorado College campus adjacent to the ANA headquarters, Summer Seminar features classes to suit virtually every collector’s hobby needs. This once-a-year opportunity for numismatic learning […]

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ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

Applications for college scholarships provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 13. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 to provide a graduating high school senior who is also a member of the ANA with $1,000 to use at the university, community college, or trade school of the student’s choice. […]

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Unintentional Ways Collectors Damage Coins – And How to Stop!

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Most coin collectors know the major deadly sin regarding the handling of coins: don’t clean them! Yet a variety of coin-handling accidents will happen anyway. Many of the most well-meaning coin collectors have made some of the gravest mistakes when it comes to how they’ve handled, stored, or otherwise […]

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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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Coin Board News Number 53 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….. For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 53 — Winter 2020   MARKET ACTIVITY The past quarter was unremarkable for the most part, though there were a few notable transactions. A four-piece lot of Oberwise boards sold on eBay for very strong money. All were in […]

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Nevada State Museum Event Replicates 1870 Half Dollar

CARSON CITY, Nevada – It’s been almost 150 years since the first Liberty Seated half dollar was struck on Coin Press No. 1 inside the U.S. Branch Mint in Carson City – coins made of pure silver and bearing the signature “CC” mint mark. The Nevada State Museum is commemorating that milestone using the same […]

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United States Mint Launches New Online Education Game “Map Mania”

The United States Mint launched its newest educational game Map Mania. This game teaches U.S. geography, helping students to learn the 50 states, state capitals, and state trivia based on the America the Beautiful Quarters® and 50 State Quarters programs. Map Mania is one of 12 free online educational games on the Mint’s Kids Site, […]

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PNG 2020 Young Numismatist Scholarship Competition Opens

YNs have until March 13, 2020 to submit an essay   The annual Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) Young Numismatist (YN) Scholarship Competition has opened. The PNG will provide a scholarship to a deserving YN to attend one session of the 2020 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 27-July 2 or […]

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Expand Your Numismatic Knowledge: Apply for ANA Summer Seminar Scholarships

Available for Young Collectors and Adult Hobbyists Full and partial scholarships are available to both youths and adults who wish to attend the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) highly acclaimed 2020 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dates for the two one-week sessions are June 27-July 2 and July 4-9. Scholarships will be awarded on the […]

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Between Text and Objects: Ancient Coins and the “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea”

The American Numismatic Society Presents a Lecture with Dr. Shailen Bhandare on Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Between Text and Objects: Coinage and the “Periplus of the Erythraean Sea”   The Periplus is a Hellenistic Greek text that provides fascinating details and insights into the trans–Indian Ocean trade in the first century CE. Among its many […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins from […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: Shipwreck Coins

  By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …. Thanks to a fellow pedigree collector, I’ve started to add shipwreck coins to my collection. There’s a lot of information available on each shipwreck, and the stories are as interesting as any “land-based” hoard so why not? The nice thing about building any pedigree collection is that you […]

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So You Want to Be a Classical Numismatist? Ancient Coins for Beginners

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. THE HIGHEST PRAISE THAT one ancient coin collector can give another is to say he or she “has an eye for coins.” Someone with this remarkable ability can look at a tray of a hundred nearly identical pieces and unerringly pick out the three or four best […]

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Modern Commemorative Coins: From Concept to Production

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. When it comes to producing commemorative coinage in the bureaucratic realm of the U.S. government, officials at the United States Mint have relatively little wiggle room. While many world mints have a degree of operational autonomy and the liberty to produce creative, outside-the-box coinage – such as the colored […]

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Don’t Clean Your Coins – A Demonstration in Silver Dollar Destruction

CoinWeek Sponsor and The Coin Course creator Jerry Shaffer teamed up with CoinWeek to produce this great step-by-step demonstration of what happens when you dip and clean vintage silver or gold coins. * * * To the seasoned collector, few things are as heartbreaking as a rare coin that has been cleaned or otherwise altered […]

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Civil War Token Society Announces Trask Family YN Summer Seminar Scholarship

In recognition of Susan Trask and her husband the late Frank Trask, the Civil War Token Society has created the annual Trask Family YN Summer Seminar Scholarship for young numismatists to apply for financial assistance to cover the cost of tuition, room, and board charged by the American Numismatic Association (ANA). Susan and Frank Trask […]

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Coin Board News Number 52 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

  Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 52 — Fall 2019   MIDWEST COLLECTION STILL REVEALING TREASURES Not long after the last issue of Coin Board News was published, I finally finished cataloging the vast Midwest Collection of coin boards. There are some quite […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Instagram’s Place in Numismatics – A Unique Marketplace

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. When purchasing coins online, most people’s go-to venue will be eBay or one of the major auction houses. There are well-established marketplaces with large offerings, and these are (especially when looking for something specific) usually the best option. However, with the rise of social media, new marketplaces have developed. […]

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Former Police Chief Doug Davis Named Anti-Counterfeiting Director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation

Current Anti-Counterfeiting Director Beth Deisher will step down in September after successful anti-counterfeiting work Doug Davis, founder of the Numismatic Crime Information Center (www.NumismaticCrimes.org) and a former Police Chief of the Dallas suburb of Pantego, Texas, has been selected by the nonprofit Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF www.ACEF online.org) to be its next Director of Anti-Counterfeiting. Davis has more […]

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

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

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Stack’s Bowers to Display Cardinal Collection Foundation Tribute to Franklin’s Libertas Americana Medal

At the upcoming American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money Convention in Rosemont, Illinois, August 13-18, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce it will have at their bourse table 1005 an incredible display assembled by the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation and centered around one of the most beautiful and important medals struck in […]

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ANA Awards College Scholarships to Committed Numismatists

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has awarded 2019 college scholarships to William Cooper from Woodlands, Texas, and Isaiah Hageman from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to use toward tuition at an institution of their choice. “The annual scholarship is an opportunity for the American Numismatic Association to expand on its […]

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Red Book Celebrities in the Spotlight at ANA Legacy Series

ANA World’s Fair of Money to Feature Bressett, Garrett in Chicago   To recognize hobby icons and create a record of their contributions, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) conducts the ANA legacy series – live interviews with notables in the coin community. The events, held in conjunction with ANA conventions, is intended to honor individuals who […]

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Coin Board News Number 51 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 51 — Summer 2019   The Midwest Collection! GIGANTIC COIN BOARD PURCHASE In April I negotiated a deal to purchase more than 400 coin boards, including titles from all seven original publishers of the 1930s-40s. This was no […]

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The Coin Course: Discovering the Market Value of U.S. Coins

In many ways, determining the value of a coin or a coin collection can be an overwhelming task. Where do you begin? You may want to sell one coin or a collection of coins but how do you know the real value in today’s marketplace? Perhaps you are considering investing in coins and you want […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – Altered Date 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

Genuine 1856 Flying Eagle Cent The Flying Eagle Cent By Max Spiegel – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ….. NGC graders find an altered-date 1856 Flying Eagle cent and explain what to avoid. The 1856 Flying Eagle cent is an important and highly collectible issue because of its status as the first Small Cent. Large Cents, which […]

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Eric P. Newman YN Scholarship Program Supports 30 Young Numismatists

Young Numismatists will continue to receive support from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES). Last year, the organization generously donated $50,000 to support the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Summer Seminar and YN Scholarship. The money has provided for the establishment of all-expense-paid YN scholarship for Young Numismatists to attend the week-long program, many […]

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Chicago to Host 2019’s Biggest Numismatic Event: ANA World’s Fair of Money

Every year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) hosts the World’s Fair of Money in a major metropolitan market. It is a convention that features all things related to coin collecting and draws thousands of collectors from around the world. This year, the ANA is returning to Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, August 13-17. Attendees can find out […]

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Exhibit Winners Announced for ANA 2019 National Money Show

Twenty exhibitors displayed 27 impressive competitive exhibits at the 2019 National Money Show, held March 28-30 in Pittsburgh. The American Numismatic Association (ANA) recognized each exhibit winner on March 30 during the Exhibit Awards Presentation and Reception, along with two noncompetitive exhibitors who also displayed material. Michael Kodysz received the Steven J. D’Ippolito Award for […]

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Money Talks Speakers Wanted for Chicago World’s Fair of Money

  Members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the 2019 World’s Fair of Money® in Chicago, August 13-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Those interested in giving a Money Talks presentation should submit an online […]

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Princeton-Bound Teen Wins 2019 PNG YN Scholarship

Young Connecticut numismatist will attend a six-day session of the ANA Summer Seminar The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) 2019 Young Numismatist Scholarship has been awarded to Christian Hartch, 18, of Greenwich, Connecticut. The scholarship will pay for him to attend one of the six-day American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminar sessions this June. Hartch began […]

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Behind the Scenes of the James A. Stack 1933 $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

By Ron Guth ….. James A. Stack is well-known among collectors of high-quality U.S. coins because of the disposition of his collection in several auctions in the late 1980s and the early ’90s. Had his collection been sold in a single sale, it would have ranked as one of the greatest of the 20th century. […]

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The Great American Coin Hunt: Millions of Collectible Coins to be Released Into Circulation Willy Wonka Style

If you haven’t heard about it by now, you may want to log on to social media and see what all the buzz is about. Search hashtag #GreatAmericanCoinHunt on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The Great American Coin Hunt began as an idea between a few coin dealers and within just a few days has become […]

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1792: A Hub Story: How the First U.S. Mint Coinage Dies Were Made

At the 2018 Early American Coppers Convention in Traverse City, Michigan, EAC President William Eckberg gave an in-depth presentation on his ongoing research into the production techniques employed by the U.S. Mint to create dies in its first few years of operation. Numismatists have puzzled for more than a century about who designed the United States Mint’s first pattern […]

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Coin Board News Number 50 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …..   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 50 — Spring 2019 IT’S BEEN A WILD RIDE… Yes, I’m congratulating myself on 50 installments of Coin Board News. Congratulations, too, to all of you who have followed it for the past 11 years. CBN Number 1 […]

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Register Now for ANA Summer Seminar Discounts

Hobbyists interested in attending the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 51st annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. can now register for the event online. The two one-week sessions will be held June 15-27. ANA members who register by Friday, March 29 will save $50 per session on the cost of tuition; life members who register […]

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ANA National Money Show in Pittsburgh Just Days Away

Coin collectors are enthusiastically anticipating the National Money Show in Pittsburgh, March 28-30. The three-day event, sponsored by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association (ANA), is expected to attract thousands of coin collectors from Pennsylvania and throughout the U.S. eager to buy, sell and see more than $100 million of historic numismatic treasures. Nearly 200 coin […]

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Jeff Garrett: Learning the Art of Rare Coin Grading

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

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Jewish-American Hall of Fame Medal Series Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise Medal by Eugene Daub is 50th in the Jewish-American Hall of Fame Series The Jewish-American Hall of Fame series of medals was launched 50 years ago under the direction of Mel Wacks, who continues to guide what is now the longest continuing series of art medals in the United States, and […]

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Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards

Submissions for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through April 15. The awards were established to encourage young writers and promote future numismatic ­authors and ­researchers. The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for cash awards and numismatic […]

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Burns Memorial Library at ANA National Money Show

The John Burns Memorial Numismatic Reference Library will be part of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) National Money Show to be held on March 28 – 30, 2019 at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John Burns was a popular numismatic book dealer that was often seen at many coin shows in the […]

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New Exhibit Takes Center Stage at ANA Money Museum

“Money of Empire: Elizabeth to Elizabeth” The British Empire, more than any other, set the stage for the modern world in which we live. From small origins during the late 16th century, the British Empire expanded to become the largest empire in history and the most powerful global economic and military power for over a […]

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Is It Ever OK to Clean Coins?

  By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. for CoinWeek…. Some types of coin cleaning might very well improve a coin’s appearance, while most other methods may actually damage the coin’s surface, appearance and–most importantly–the value. If I could offer just one piece of advice to you today, it would be this: Do not clean your coins under […]

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Celebrate Discovery and Innovation During 2019 National Coin Week

“Discover the Past, Envision the Future” To recognize the role of numismatics in discoveries and innovation, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) selected “Discover the Past, Envision the Future” as the theme for the 96th annual National Coin Week, April 21-27. The theme was provided by ANA member Dennis Tucker. The Association will host a variety […]

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Early American Coins: The Bar Cent and Counterfeits

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The bar cent has a remarkably simple design: A USA monogram on the obverse and 13 bars on the reverse. In fact, they could easily be dismissed as tokens, but this simple design holds quite a bit of history – and value. Creation The early United States was at […]

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Registration Now Open for ANA Summer Seminar

Registration for the 2019 Summer Seminar is open! Sign up early for discounts and a guaranteed spot The two one-week sessions will be held June 15-27 in Colorado Springs on the campus of Colorado College (adjacent to the ANA). ANA members who register by March 29 will save $50 per session on the cost of […]

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Pittsburgh Legacy Series to Welcome Don Everhart

In 2015 the American Numismatic Association (ANA) introduced the ANA Legacy Series to recognize hobby icons and help create a record of their contributions. The series continues today, held in conjunction with ANA conventions. They consist of live interviews with notables in the coin community and honors individuals who have profoundly impacted the hobby, giving […]

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PCGS, Newman Numismatic Portal Make Historic Bowers & Merena Auction Catalogs Available Online

By Newman Numismatic Portal …… On Monday, February 18, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) announced the full-view availability of Bowers & Merena (and predecessor) auction sale catalogs on NNP. PCGS holds electronic rights to Bowers & Merena publications prior to February 2004 and is making this content available to […]

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A 37-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese Panda

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …. Bullion collectors today enjoy a smorgasbord of products from a variety of nations. After the Krugerrand proved there was an international market for such items, many of the world’s economic powerhouses followed suit, starting in the late 1970s. One of the first to do so was China–or, […]

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A 37-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese Panda

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….   Bullion collectors today enjoy a smorgasbord of products from a variety of nations. After the Krugerrand proved there was an international market for such items, many of the world’s economic powerhouses followed suit, starting in the late 1970s. One of the first to do so was […]

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Pez Heads and Starburst: Errors and “Errors” of George Washington Presidential Dollars

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In 2007, eBay exploded with different varieties and errors of the new George Washington presidential dollar coins. The series was the first circulating coinage to feature edge lettering in 74 years, so it was bound to have some problems. Some of those errors are still well-known today, but others […]

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Announcing the 65th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics

65th Annual Eric P. Newman Graduate Summer Seminar in Numismatics June 3 through July 26, 2019   Study at the Foremost Seminar in Numismatic Methods, Theory, and Data Science   For over half a century. the American Numismatic Society (ANS), a scholarly organization and museum of coin, money, and economic history has offered select graduate […]

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Who’s Who: Iconic Coin Collections You Should Know

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Newman. Ford. Eliasberg. King Farouk. We see their names on slabs, on organizations, and in books, but how much do we know about them? It’s easy to never dive into who they were beyond “important collectors”, but each has an interesting story and a lifetime of unique achievements. Presented […]

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ANS Acquires Del Bland Archive of United States Large Cent Research

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the vast archive of research data assembled by United States large cent expert Del Bland, who died in late 2018. Nearly 50 years ago, Bland began scouring auction catalogs, meticulously compiling information on the condition, sale prices, and ownership of large cents. By […]

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New ANA Scholarship Celebrates Passionate, Influential Numismatist

There are members of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) who go above and beyond to share their passion for the hobby. These are the individuals who help the hobby evolve. Last summer, one such dedicated ANA member passed away, leaving behind a numismatic legacy dedicated to nurturing the next generation of numismatists. Charles “Charlie” Browne […]

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Ancient Coin News – ANS Announces Ptolemaic Coins Online

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Ptolemaic Coins Online (PCO). As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages project, PCO is a new research tool intended to provide wide access to the coins listed in the print volumes of Coins […]

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PNG Opens 2019 Young Numismatist Scholarship Competition

Young Numismatists have until March 29, 2019 to submit an essay   The annual Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) Young Numismatist (YN) Scholarship Competition has opened. The PNG will provide a scholarship to a deserving YN to attend one session of the 2019 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 15-20 or […]

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Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Invites Applications for Newman Grants

The Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society (EPNNES) announces the creation of the Newman Grant program to financially assist numismatic authors and organizations pursuing original research in American numismatics. Newman Grants will be awarded annually with the first set of awards announced in May 2019. EPNNES has previously supported the numismatic community through the creation […]

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Coin Dealers Helping Coin Dealers’ RoundTable Group Launch YouTube Channel

Collecting has been around since the beginning of humanity. Humans were drawn to collecting as it brings happiness and challenges the brain to learn. Throughout the early centuries of collecting, as it pertains to coins, it was considered a hobby of the wealthy. The early days of collecting saw Kings and Queens, Thomas Jefferson and […]

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ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

Applications for college scholarships provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 15. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 to provide a graduating high school senior who is also a member of the ANA with $1,000 to use at the university, community college, or trade school of the student’s choice. […]

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NCIC to Conduct Law Enforcement Training at Long Beach Expo

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING NCIC will be conducting a “Numismatic Crime Investigations” class to law enforcement investigators during the Long Beach Expo The Long Beach Expo will be the host for an in-depth Numismatic Crime Investigations class on January 31, 2019, in Long Beach, California. The class will be presented by the Numismatic Crime Information Center […]

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ANA Scholarships for Art Engraving Course Now Available

The art of engraving has been around since the dawn of time. From artistic printmaking and mapmaking to storytelling through printed illustrations, engraving has been a profound artistic method for creative minds over the years. Even today, engraving remains as an important artistic expression and one that is seen every day–in our pocket change. Engraved […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: The Binion Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …. The Binion Hoard offers the collector a variety of ways to collect coins, currency and memorabilia like ashtrays, dice, gambling equipment, photos, casino chips, etc. A collector could assemble a traditional date/mintmark set, or he could choose to assemble a set of the various souvenir items available. But first, […]

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Pedigrees & Hoards: The Binion Hoard

By Rick Bretz for CoinWeek …..   The Binion Hoard offers the collector a variety of ways to collect coins, currency and memorabilia like ashtrays, dice, gambling equipment, photos, casino chips, etc. A collector could assemble a traditional date/mintmark set, or he could choose to assemble a set of the various souvenir items available. But […]

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What Does the Future of Money Look Like? Papers Accepted for ANA Sundman Lecture Series

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting proposals for the 2019 Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series. Presentations will be given August 14 during the symposium at the Rosemont World’s Fair of Money®. Proposals must be received by March 1. As we navigate the age of electronic transactions using credit cards, and more […]

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Coin Board News Number 49 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 49 — Winter 2019 A MAN OF FEW WORDS Veteran readers of Coin Board News look forward to the Winter issue as the occasion for my annual updates of all of my books and a revised Value Guide […]

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Explore the ANA Money Museum From the Comfort of Home

Virtual Exhibits Transform the Way History is Seen   Money derives its value by being a medium of exchange, a unit of measurement, and a storehouse for wealth; it can be a shell, a metal coin, or a piece of paper. Money also provides a substantial record of the history and culture of civilizations dating […]

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Ancient Coin News – ANS Releases Seleucid Coins Online Version 2

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of version 2 (v.2) of the web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO). As a component of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project, SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between […]

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ANA Summer Seminar Scholarships Available for Young Collectors, Adult Hobbyists

Expand Your Numismatic Knowledge: Apply for Summer Seminar Scholarships Full and partial scholarships are available to both youths and adults who wish to attend the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) highly acclaimed 2019 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dates for the two one-week sessions are June 15-20 and June 22-27. Scholarships will be awarded on […]

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Pittsburgh to Host ANA National Money Show in March

Build Your Collection from the Best Numismatic Inventory Anywhere It’s not too early to make plans for the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2019 National Money Show in Pittsburgh. The convention takes place March 28-30 in Hall B of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The three-day show offers access to hundreds of dealers offering the […]

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ANA Names Brianna Victor New Seminar Manager

Brianna Victor was named the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Seminar Manager in September after Amber Bradish departed to pursue a post-graduate degree. Victor will lead the Association’s annual Summer Seminar—the hobby’s premier educational event—as well as Technical Series seminars and educational programs at the ANA National Money Show and World’s Fair of Money. Bradish will […]

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Ancient Coin Books: A Collector’s Reference Library for Classical Numismatics

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series on Ancient Counterfeiters by Mike Markowitz …. The best advice this or any other coin collector ever got is, “Buy the book before you buy the coin.” For beginning collectors of early and modern American coins, the choice of reference books is simple. If you have The Official Red Book®, you’re probably good to go. With […]

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Mentors Encouraged to Join ANA’s Numismatic Diploma Program

Experienced Collectors to Pass on Knowledge in Numismatic Diploma Program An organization dedicated to educating and encouraging the study of numismatics, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) offers individuals the opportunity to discover and explore the world of money by enrolling in the School of Numismatics Diploma Program. Those who complete correspondence courses, hands-on seminars or a combination […]

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Cryptocurrency News: Federal Court Finds that Virtual Currencies Are Commodities

US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Press Release…. Washington, DC — On September 26, 2018, Senior Judge Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, entered an order holding that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has the power to prosecute fraud involving virtual currency and denying the defendants’ motion to […]

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United States Mint Launches New Coin Educational Games

The United States Mint proudly announces the release of its newest educational game: Counting with Coins. This game teaches basic math concepts and coin identification for grades K-2 in a fun grocery store setting. Counting with Coins is one of six new games on the bureau’s redesigned H.I.P. Pocket Change website for children and educators, which re-launched in […]

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Garrett: How Digital Photography Revolutionized the Coin Hobby

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Those who know how to use the technology have an advantage in the coin marketplace. NGC launched a new service for collectors and dealers in June called Photo Vision. The new photo service provides submitters with high-resolution pictures of their coins before they have been encapsulated. The pictures will be […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Coinage Act of January 9, 1837

An Act supplementary to the act entitled “An act establishing a mint, and regulating the coins of the United States.”  Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the officers of the mint of the United States shall be a director, a treasurer, […]

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NCIC Takes Numismatic Crime Investigations Class to Beaumont, Texas

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Requests and Hosts Numismatic Crime Class for Investigators and Surrounding Agencies The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will host an in-depth Numismatic Crime Investigations class on October 12, 2018 in Beaumont, Texas. The class will be presented by the Numismatic Crime Information Center and will provide attendees with the basic skills, knowledge […]

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Trask Family Funds Young Numismatist Summer Seminar Scholarship

In recognition of Susan Trask and her husband the late Frank Trask, the Civil War Token Society has created the annual Trask Family Young Numismatist Summer Seminar Scholarship for young numismatists to apply for financial assistance, up to 75% of the cost of tuition charged by the American Numismatic Association. Susan and Frank Trask have […]

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US Coin Design – The Heraldic Eagle Design

by Dan Duncan – Pinnacle Rarities ……… Many of the coins we collect are graced with images of the bald eagle, our national bird. Most of these are portrayals of the regal bird as depicted on the Great Seal of the United States, with the adaptation of this heraldic eagle design and its use in various […]

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What Were They Worth? The Purchasing Power of Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coins Series by Mike Markowitz…. Throughout the history of ancient coins  two contradictory concepts have competed with each other. According to one concept, a coin is a piece of precious metal whose value is essentially equivalent to the value of the bullion from which it was made, and the stamp on its face […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1880 Shield Nickel

Counterfeit 1880 Shield Nickel Counterfeit Coins By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… Even with only a quick glance, a number of problems with this counterfeit Shield Nickel are obvious. The first nickel five cent pieces were struck in 1866 and there have been relatively few key dates issued in the nearly 150 years […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985

An Act to authorize the minting of gold bullion coins. Be it in enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SHORT TITLE Section 1. This Act may be cited as the “Gold Bullion Coin Act of 1985”. MINTING GOLD BULLION COINS Sec. 2.(a) Section 5112(a) […]

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Toning and Eye Appeal on Rare and Modern Coins

  Coin Toning and Eye Appeal By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Once it leaves the Mint, few things add value to a coin. But of those things, attractive natural coin toning arguably adds the most. What is “ coin toning ”? The word “toning” can describe both the coloration of a coin […]

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New Book by QDB on Vermont Coppers Available

Dave Bowers’ Newest Book on Vermont Coppers Has Something for Everyone By Chris McDowell Dave has done it again! Yet another numismatic best seller is soon to be available. This 175 page, full color hardbound edition will have a special numbered bookplate (1-500) signed by Dave. Several well-known colonial collectors contributed in many ways in […]

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American Numismatic Society announces gift from Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society

For over sixty years the American Numismatic Society (ANS) has offered an intense eight week long summer course in numismatics to select graduate students. Always interested in numismatic education, Eric P. Newman’s generous lifetime endowment of the ANS’s Summer Seminar has allowed the ANS to continue to train new generations of numismatists. Following Mr. Newman’s […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote in U.S. numismatic history. Since it first burst into the headlines in 1965 until the announcement that it was ceasing production of medals, coins and collectibles early in 2003, the […]

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Paper Money – What Are The World’s 15 Highest Denominations Ranked by GDP

Paper Money Denominations Updated by Coinweek Staff July 24, 2018 ……. Ever wonder what the highest-denomination paper money banknotes are in the world’s top-producing nations based on GDP? At a time when terrorism and other criminal activities increasingly have the attention of international police and regulatory agencies, there is greater pressure on authorities to eliminate the […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Coinage Act of 1834

Coinage Act of 1834 1834 June 27 An Act concerning the gold coins of the United States, and for other purposes. In order to bring the gold price into line with the silver price, the United States government provided for a slightly revised ratio of gold to the dollar. As silver remained unchanged, this had […]

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Counterfeit Banknotes – The Story of Czeslaw Bojarski

Counterfeit Banknotes – By Ethan Bickford, PMG Researcher …….. One of the most successful makers of counterfeit banknotes of the 20th century was Czeslaw Bojarski and he preferred to work alone. We have many prefabricated images in our heads of counterfeit banknotes operations; massive mafia printing operations in some dingy cellar in the city, massive […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Coinage Act of 1792

Coinage Act of 1792 United States Statutes at Large, 2nd Congress, Session I., p. 246-251. April 2, 1792 AN ACT Establishing a Mint, and regulating the Coins of the United States. Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, and it is hereby […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library

 CoinWeek Podcast #101: John W. Adams to Sell His Numismatic Library Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. John W. Adams is a consummate collector and numismatic scholar, whose focus over many decades of activity has included studies into United States large […]

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Traveling to Coin Shows – Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Bullion, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals – Beware the TSA Commentary on Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com By Patrick A. Heller A while back, a woman contacted me with a problem. She was preparing to take a domestic flight the next day carrying 15 US $20.00 Double Eagles in […]

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Traveling to Coin Shows – Minimize Risk Of TSA Confiscating Bullion, Rare Coins, Or Cash

Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals – Beware the TSA Commentary on Traveling with Coins, Cash and Precious Metals Prepared for CoinWeek.com By Patrick A. Heller …..   A while back, a woman contacted me with a problem. She was preparing to take a domestic flight the next day carrying 15 U.S. $20.00 Double […]

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The Coin Analyst: 1982 Lincoln Cent Provides Collectors with Challenges, Rewards

The Coin Analyst – CoinWeek.com ….. 1982 was the year E.T. The Extra Terrestrial hit the silver screen. The average price of a new home was $80,000, and the Equal Rights Amendment failed ratification. It was also the year the United States Mint began making Lincoln cents from a 97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper alloy instead […]

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The Once and Future King: A (Brief) History of Gold Coins in America

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….   Long appreciated for its beauty, rarity and practicality, gold is the ultimate coining material. It’s true that even rarer metals can be made into bullion coins, and cheaper, more common substances make up our circulating coinage. But gold and alloys of gold have been there from […]

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Grading Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. FEW TOPICS IN CLASSICAL NUMISMATICS provoke more ferocious argument than the grading of ancient coins. Among collectors of classic American coins the 70-point “Sheldon Scale”[1] is universally accepted as a standard. Machine-made modern coins in the highest grades have literally, never been touched by human hands. Ancient […]

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Numismatic Crime Investigations Class for Law Enforcement at ANA Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money

The Numismatic Crime Information Center (NCIC) will offer a one-day training class on “Numismatic Crime Investigations” for local, state and federal law enforcement officers during the ANA World’s Fair of Money August 14-18, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The eight-hour class is designed to provide law-enforcement personnel–including patrol officers, detectives, investigators and prosecutors–with the fundamental investigative […]

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Spitting Eagles, Alligator Eyes and Donkey Tails: Three Morgan Dollar Varieties

Morgan Dollar Varieties By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. Outside of a “Bugs Bunny” Franklin half dollar, it’s hard to beat some of the colorful names attributed to Morgan Dollar Varieties over the years. I don’t often write about them, so to “fill in the gaps” and maybe introduce people to one of […]

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The Art of Grading Peace Dollars

  By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. As a professional coin grader for most of my career, I can tell you that for as complex as the Morgan dollar is – and it is – the Peace dollar really takes the cake for being a difficult coin to grade. It’s not that graders […]

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Modern US Coins – Proof Coinage Resumes: 1950-1964

By Thomas Daniel Bowers Jr. ….. The term “Proof coin” during the years 1950 through 1964 refers to the manufacturing method used to produce coins whereby the coins are struck using polished dies and planchets. Starting in 1850, only individual/single Proof coins, were produced upon a request to the U.S. Mint – and the requester […]

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Last Chance to Register for ANA Summer Seminar

Classes for the 2018 Summer Seminar are just two weeks away! Register now to claim your spot — it’s your last chance!   Summer Seminar is held June 16-28 in Colorado Springs on the campus of Colorado College (adjacent to the ANA). A wide variety of seminars are being offered in two sessions. This year’s […]

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Coin Board News Number 47 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com …. For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 47 — Summer 2018 MARKET ACTIVITY There have been more than the usual number of Antique Coin Boards for sale this past quarter. Most of these sets are incomplete, lacking the keys, but the sheer number of coins adds […]

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Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Donates $50,000 to Support ANA Summer Seminar Program

Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society The Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society has donated $50,000 to support the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Summer Seminar. The donation includes a “matching” funds campaign to supplement the proceeds of the Young Numismatist Benefit Auctions. The money also provides for the establishment of all-expense-paid scholarships for Young Numismatists […]

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Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme and an 1861-P Paquet $20 at 2018 ANA World’s Fair of Money

ANA Governor Brian Hendelson will provide historic multi-million dollar Philadelphia Mint coins and early United States Mint appointment documents for ANA Museum Showcase exhibit The finest known 1792 Half Disme, formerly owned by the first United States Mint Director David Rittenhouse, and the finer of the two known 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet Reverse Liberty Head […]

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ANA World’s Fair of Money Coming to Philadelphia

The 2018 World’s Fair of Money® in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania is fast approaching, and so are many of the registration deadlines for the August 14-18 show, which will be held in Hall D and E of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, located at 1101 Arch St. Show hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14; 10 […]

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American Numismatic Society Announces Walter Scheidel as 2018 Fowler Memorial Lecturer

            The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is delighted to announce that the 2018 Harry W. Fowler Memorial Lecture will be presented by Walter Scheidel, Dickason Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Classics and History, Kennedy-Grossman Fellow in Human Biology at Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public […]

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Q. David Bowers – Fascinating Coin Treasures

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Hoards and finds are endlessly interesting. My Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures book published by Whitman has been a best seller. I was delighted when I unexpectedly received this from the Midwest Book Review, a firm that makes recommendations to libraries and others: […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild Announces New Award Categories for 2018

The Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG), a nonprofit organization composed of editors, authors and writers who cover news and feature stories about all forms of money, medals and tokens as collectibles, has substantially revised its annual awards competition categories for 2018 and beyond. “Working with awards coordinator Scott A. Travers and NLG board members John Albanese, […]

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Don Everhart: My Career in Coins, Part 3 – Historic Figures & Heads of State

By Don Everhart – Former Sculptor-Engraver, United States Mint ….. Exclusive for CoinWeek Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 During my 13+ years as a sculptor-engraver for the United States Mint, I had the opportunity to work on Congressional Gold Medals for many prominent leaders and heads of state. Additionally, I had the honor […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family – The Early Days of Stack’s – 1964

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 1964 – A Year of Conflicts The year 1963 was a great year for numismatics as markets seemed to rise, […]

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Kenneth Bressett Named First Red Book Editor Emeritus

Kenneth Bressett, longtime editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”), has retired into Whitman Publishing’s newly created position of Editor Emeritus. The 2019 (72nd) edition of the Red Book, available now from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, features a 10-page illustrated tribute to Bressett. In addition, the […]

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Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers…. Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, that was […]

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Counterfeit Coins and the Effects on Numismatics

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   Editors Note: Links to the next two Articles…. Part2     Part 3 Counterfeiting, or making something false, has occurred since goods were exchanged for services or other items. If a bag that was supposed to contain wheat was instead full of another grain or even sand, […]

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Harvey Stack Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1963

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 A Promising Year After finishing the year 1962 with the success of the Samuel Wolfson Collection of gold coins, we had the feeling […]

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Coin Board News Number 46 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.com ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 46 — Spring 2018 AS I WAS SAYING… I recently sent out an email blast with regrets that the Spring issue of CBN would be delayed by my busy schedule. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to the […]

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Coin Grading – Collectors Embrace NGC Details Coins

With extraordinary coins in demand, an NGC Details Coins grade is just part of the equation By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   As this week’s installment posts, Major League Baseball has officially started its campaign. Gosh, it seems like I just got through wishing family and friends Happy New Year, yet […]

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ANA Literary Awards Competition Open to Young Numismatists

Entries are now being accepted for the 2018 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition. The awards program encourages young writers and promotes future numismatic authors and researchers. All submissions must be postmarked by May 14. The contest is open to young writers in three age groups, all of whom will compete for […]

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Celebrate National Coin Week with the ANA, Win a Gold Coin

The 95th annual National Coin Week, April 15-21, honors the role of numismatics in building bridges and promoting unity and reconciliation Collectors are encouraged to participate in National Coin Week (April 15-21) activities to win great prizes – such as a 2018 American Eagle one-tenth ounce gold proof coin, proof sets and one-year memberships to […]

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Harvey Stack Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1960

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 Harvey, Norman and Ben The year 1960 was another exciting year for Ben, Norman and myself, as we all committed ourselves to a full dedication to Numismatics […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Contemporary Counterfeit Coins From the Reign of Queen Isabel II

By Patrick O’Connor – Aurora Raritires LLC …… During a recent discussion, the subject of counterfeit coins arose – specifically, the odd circumstance whereby prices for certain counterfeit coins have occasionally exceeded the prices for genuine examples. As the subject of fake coins has been a growing concern among collectors, this seemed an ideal opportunity […]

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Postal Inspectors, FedEx, District Attorney Investigators and Banking Investigators to Attend ANA Law Enforcement Seminar

Numismatic crime offenses related to USPS and FedEx shipments continue to plague the numismatic industry and in most cases are frustrating to the victims. The immediate challenge in these type of offenses is determining which law enforcement agency federal or local takes the lead role. The Numismatic Crime Information Center is addressing these issues along with other […]

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Classic Anglo-Saxon Coin Art Featured in Tyrant Collection

Among the numismatic treasures that will be featured in the upcoming inaugural exhibit of rarities from the privately owned Tyrant Collection (www.TheTyrantCollection.com) will be the first public displays in the United States of some of England’s most important Anglo-Saxon era coins. Veteran professional numismatist and English coinage specialist Bruce Lorich, on behalf of the Tyrant […]

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Learn to Grade Coins and Currency Like the Pros at ANA Seminars

Learn to Grade Coins and Currency – A small investment in numismatic education can pay off big in long-term hobby enjoyment The vast majority of collectors and dealers develop their skills through experience. The accumulation of knowledge and understanding can take years, even decades. However, there is one sure-fire way to jump-start your numismatic education: […]

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ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

  Applications for college scholarships provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 15. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 to provide a graduating high school senior who is also a member of the ANA with $1,000 to use at the university, community college, or trade school of the student’s […]

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PNG Announces 2018 Young Numismatist Scholarship Competition

The Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) will provide a scholarship to a deserving young numismatist (YN) to attend one of the six-day sessions of the 2018 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “This is the 14th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs. The PNG scholarship […]

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Central States Announces Heritage Auctions Educational Speakers

2018 election results also announced By Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) …… The 79th Anniversary Convention of the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) will be held April 24-28, 2019 at the Schaumburg Convention Center and Renaissance Hotel, located at 1551 North Thoreau Drive in the Chicago suburb located roughly 10 miles Northwest of O’Hare Airport. […]

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Civil War Bonds: Funding the Virginia Home Front

By R. Neil Hening and Robert W. Tharpe ….. Most of us are familiar with bonds issued by the Confederate government that were used to help fund the war and the government itself. Millions in bonds were authorized and they have been well-catalogued and published in Confederate and Southern States Bonds by Grover C. Criswell […]

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Ancient Coins – ANS Introduces Seleucid Coins Online Numismatic Reference

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce the release of a new web-based research tool: Seleucid Coins Online (SCO) (numismatics.org/sco). As a component of the National Endowment of the Humanities-funded Hellenistic Royal Coinages (HRC) project (see numismatics.org/pocketchange/neh-hrc), SCO aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the coinages struck by the Seleucid kings between […]

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The 1901 Pan-American Exposition in the “Rainbow City”

1901 Pan-American Exposition and The “Rainbow City” — the assassination that took place there & new coins and medals By 1900, the United States had established itself as a major world power. The frontier had been settled coast to coast. The major hostilities with Native Americans ended in 1890 at Wounded Knee, and the massive […]

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US Coins – America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with a soft spot […]

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ANA World’s Fair of Money: Papers Accepted for Sundman Lecture Series

Sundman Lecture Series – World’s Fair of Money  The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is currently accepting proposals for the 2018 Maynard Sundman Littleton Coin Company Lecture Series. Presentations will be given August 15 during the symposium at the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money®. Proposals must be received by February 26. Beloved historical figure, scientist, inventor and […]

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American Sales Incl. Ancient Coins Featured in 2018 NYC Book Auction: Kolbe & Fanning

Catalogues including high-quality plates of ancient coins have been in demand for many years as collectors and dealers use them to trace the provenance of individual coins. While the various European auction series have been thoroughly investigated, however, it is often the case that early American catalogues are neglected. In fact, a number of American […]

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Educational Activities, Events Highlight 2018 National Coin Week Celebration

2018 National Coin Week Theme Celebrates Unity Across Borders To recognize the role of numismatics in building bridges and promoting unity and reconciliation, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) selected “Connecting Cultures: From Many, One” as the theme for the 95th annual National Coin Week, April 15-21. The theme was provided by ANA member Linda Mosvick. […]

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Inaugural Exhibit of Tyrant Collection – Treasures Includes First USA Display Of Rare 1937 Edward VIII Proof Set

The first public display of a portion of the extensive numismatic treasures in the recently revealed Tyrant Collection (www.TheTyrantCollection.com) will be at the February 22 – 24, 2018 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo) and will feature a $15 million exhibit of historic English coins. Labeled “The Tyrants of the Thames,” […]

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Getting Started Collecting U.S. Coins: Basics For Beginning Collectors

A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds People have asked me, “What should I collect,” or, separately, “What are the best coins to buy now.” People frequently become angry when I decline to answer such questions with simple, encompassing statements. Much depends upon the budget and interests of the individual coin buyer. Each collector should read, […]

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Seventh Annual Market Review (Part 2)

Posted by Jim Bisognani for NGC ………… Winter FUN underway, but baby, it’s cold outside! Happy 2018, my friends! Although the unpredictable climate in New England can be referred to as “wait a minute” weather, we have been living through the longest sustained cold snap I can ever recall! Since a heavy, wet snow graced us on Christmas Eve and […]

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Coin Collecting Terminology – Is it a Widget Coin and What does that Mean?

Doug Winter  – RareGoldCoins.com – What is a Widget Coin? One of the newer catch-all coin terms that’s been making the rounds is widget coin or simply “widgets” This is a derogatory term meaning a coin that is common, boring, and lacking in character. I would primarily characterize a widget coin as something that is […]

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Market Whimsy: More Perfect than Perfect – MS-70+ and Beyond

Ask any retiree or coin collector and they’ll tell you: 70 ain’t what it used to be 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. This […]

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Ron Drzewucki’s Grading Coins: Lights and Loupes

By Ron Drzewucki on Grading Coins – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. So check this out. I flew in to Texas a few weeks ago and met up with a dealer friend of mine. This is a guy who knows his coins. He’s a major Texas dealer who’s been in the family business his whole life. […]

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Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency – CFTC Launches Virtual Currency Resource Web Page

By Commodity Futures Trading Commission Bitcoin web page…. On December 15, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) launched a virtual currency resource web page, cftc.gov/bitcoin. This dedicated page is a central repository for Commission-produced resources about virtual currency, and is designed to educate and inform the public about these commodities, including the possible risks associated […]

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World Coin News – Princeton Receives Bell Collection of Gold Ducats

By Alan Stahl – Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University Library ……   The Princeton University Library Numismatic Collection has just received by bequest the Benjamin R. Bell Collection of Ducats. Bell, who worked as a coin dealer and died at a young age earlier this year, was a collector and scholar of the medieval ducats […]

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Collect Smart! Expand Your Coin Knowledge Through ANA Seminars

Whether you’re new to collecting or a seasoned professional, ANA programs can help you become a smarter collector and enrich your enjoyment of the hobby The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) School of Numismatics is offering a pair of educational courses held in conjunction with the 63rd annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention. “Grading Mint State […]

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American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar Scholarships for Young Collectors and Adult Hobbyists

Deadline for scholarship applications January 31 Full and partial scholarships are available to both youths and adults who wish to attend the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) highly acclaimed 2018 Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Dates for the two one-week sessions are June 16-21 and June 23-28. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of […]

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Education’s Role in Developing the Future of the Coin Hobby

By Gary Adkins – President, American Numismatic Association (ANA) ……   [Originally delivered at the Second United States Mint Forum on October 17, 2017. —CoinWeek] Thank you Director Motl and your generous staff for inviting me to speak at your annual United States Mint Forum. It is a privilege to be here with you and […]

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Can Social Media Re-energize the Rare Coin Market?

by Jeff Garrett We should meet younger numismatists where they are on Social Media such as Facebook and Twitter. While president of the American Numismatic Association, I had many discussions with fellow dealers and collectors about Social Media and the lack of youth in our hobby. The average ANA member is somewhat north of 60 years […]

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In Memoriam: The Life and Legacy of Eric P. Newman, 1911-2016

  By CoinWeek News Staff …. With contributions by Karl Newman of Monaco Rare Coins You can hardly be blamed for taking the man’s immortality for granted; he’d made it all the way to 106, after all. But as each of us went about our business Wednesday, secure if not content in the status quo […]

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In Memoriam: The Life and Legacy of Eric P. Newman, 1911-2017

By CoinWeek News Staff …. With contributions by Karl Newman of Monaco Rare Coins You can hardly be blamed for taking the man’s immortality for granted; he’d made it all the way to 106, after all. But as each of us went about our business Wednesday, secure if not content in the status quo of […]

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Coin Board News – Number 45

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net ….   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 45 — Winter 2018 HAS IT REALLY BEEN 10 YEARS? Indeed, it has been 10 years since Coin Collecting Boards of the 1930s & 1940s was published by my own PennyBoardPress®. It has also been 10 years since the first […]

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ANS Introduces 160,000 High-Res Downloadable Coin Images to Website

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is pleased to announce a new image-zooming feature in MANTIS (http://numismatics.org/search), the online database of its numismatic collection, and ARCHER (http://numismatis.org/archives), the Society’s digital archive. The ANS will now make its highest-resolution images freely available under a Creative Commons license, enabling researchers to zoom down into minute details of an […]

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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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American Numismatic Society, Google Arts Partner for Online Exhibits

The American Numismatic Society has partnered with Google Arts & Culture to present online exhibits of its collections through the Google Cultural Institute. This free platform allows the ANS to showcase its collections and exhibitions through leveraging web design tools created by Google for non-profit cultural institutions. In presenting its exhibitions online through Google, the […]

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ANA: Expand Your Numismatic Knowledge Through Technical Seminars

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) School of Numismatics is offering a pair of educational courses held in conjunction with the 63rd annual Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention. “Grading Mint State Coins” and “Introduction to Cherrypicking Die Varieties” will be offered prior to the FUN show, January 3-4. The FUN Convention begins January 4 at the […]

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Enhance Your Counterfeit Detection Skills with Cutting Edge Classes

  Authorities recently charged a man with selling counterfeit coins in fake Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) slabs to pawn shops in the Minneapolis area. It’s important to remember this type of illegal activity is happening throughout the country and collectors should take the necessary steps to protect their investments. […]

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Ancient Coin Collectors Guild Continues Fight Against Coin Seizure

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Until the early years of the 21st century, it was relatively easy and completely legal for an American collector to import ancient coins from most other countries. But in recent years there has been a definite trend toward ever-increasing restrictions on such activities. The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) was […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1797 “S-136” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This latest installment in the continuing summary of the deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date concerns the 1797 “S-136” Large Cent. As with previous articles in this series I have included a one-page attribution guide to aid in the identification of any that are still out […]

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A New Book for the Serious Coin Collector: Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing …… “Buy the book before the coin” is good, solid, often-quoted advice for newcomers to the hobby. Frankly, it’s guidance for a lifetime of collecting; we should all heed it well beyond the beginner stage. And fortunately for today’s hobbyist, this advice has never been easier to follow–thanks […]

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Coin Board News – Number 44

By David W. Lange – www.coincollectingboards.net …. For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 44 — Fall 2017 SHOPPING TIME! Fortune shined on my enterprise during the past few months, and I’m once again able to include a new list of coin boards for sale with this newsletter. Quite a few nice Colonial Coin & […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1796 “S-85” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ……   This article is intended as a continuing summary of the deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date, including the damaged “source” coin, the example most likely repaired and used to create the dies to strike the other copies; this source was unknown when we became aware […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Franklin Mint

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …. In 2016, the meteoric career of the Franklin Mint (FM) has ended in Never-Never-Land as a dusty footnote in U.S. numismatic history. Since it first burst into the headlines in 1965 until the announcement that it was ceasing production of medals, coins and collectibles early in 2003, the […]

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Numismatic Literary Guild Announces Award Winners at 2017 ANA Show

Complete List of Winners By Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) ……   BOOK OF THE YEAR The work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics – 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage, by Pete Smith, Joel Orosz and Leonard Augsburger BEST SPECIALIZED BOOK United States Coins (tie) – The $2½ and $5 Gold Indians of Bela […]

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10 Great Moments That Shaped American Coin Collecting, Part 1

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Selecting with absolute precision 10 of the greatest moments in the history of coin collecting in the United States is a daunting task. Numismatics has enjoyed more than 160 years of growth in the U.S. since its murky beginnings in the early 19th century. Its rollicking career has […]

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Dahlonega Gold Set Displayed at University of Georgia

The collection of coins from 1838-1861 is part of the “Gold-Digging in Georgia” exhibit Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is honored to have certified the Thomas Leverette McMullan Reed Creek Collection of Dahlonega Mint Coins, which is now prominently on display at the University of Georgia in Athens. This collection contains all 62 issues of the […]

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Updated Coin Grading Correspondence Course Offered by ANA

Coin Grading is one of the key skills every coin collector strives to master. Some collectors are fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of the multi-day grading seminar offered by the American Numismatic Association (ANA). But for those who cannot attend the seminar, the ANA’s “Grading U.S. Coins Today” correspondence course is the […]

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Updated Coin Grading Correspondence Course Offered by ANA

Coin Grading is one of the key skills every coin collector strives to master. Some collectors are fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of the multi-day grading seminar offered by the American Numismatic Association (ANA). But for those who cannot attend the seminar, the ANA’s “Grading U.S. Coins Today” correspondence course is the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #72: The Coin Market in Asia is Growing

CoinWeek Podcast #72: The Coin Market in Asia is Growing Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan sat down with Champion Auctions president Michael Chou in Berlin to discuss the current state of the Asian coin market. The structure of the […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1787 Massachusetts “4C” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) for CoinWeek …… A comment I have heard in regards to these latest struck fakes is that the counterfeiters do not copy low-grade or common coins; the subject of this latest article begs to differ and I titled my previous Colonial Coin Collectors Club (C4) News Letter […]

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From the Herb Hicks Files – The Illegal Ban on Gold Certificates

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek and re-posted …. In 1963, Coin World columnist and former ANA librarian Ted Hammer wrote about a coin dealer in Texas arrested for trying to sell a gold certificate. The dealer had run afoul of federal authorities who acted to enforce a 30-year-old Executive Order outlawing private ownership […]

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