Category Archives: Numismatic History

Coin Profiles – Unique and Unusual Numismatic Items – Electrotype 1804 Dollar Certified by PCGS

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek ……… A new type of the 1804 Dollar, which is often referred to as “The King of American Coins,” was certified by PCGS at the 2011 American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. This is an historic electrotype copy of the unique “Class II” specimen of the […]

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Where Does Waldo Newcomer Fit Among the All-Time Great Collections of US Coins?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   By all measures an enormously successful man, legendary U.S. coin collector Waldo C. Newcomer was born on September 14, 1867, in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1889, Newcomer went to work for industrialist Bernard Baker as a clerk at the Baltimore […]

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The Roosevelt Dime – A Fitting Tribute, But Not Without Controversy

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Most circulating United States coins have received both scrutiny and some negative press when first issued. The first 1793 cents were denounced for their Chain reverse, adapted from the earlier Fugio cents but held to be a poorly chosen symbol for its Liberty head obverse. John Reich’s buxom […]

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The New Orleans Mint and Its Southern Coinage

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… The first United States Mint was built in Philadelphia, which was serving as our nation’s capital city during the period spanning 1790 through 1800 while Washington, D.C. was being built. Even when the federal government was, itself, moved to Washington in 1800, the nation’s only mint remained in Philadelphia. […]

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Famous Bronze 1943 Lincoln Cent in Stack’s Bowers Nov. Showcase Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Bronze 1943 Lincoln cent is perhaps the most famous Mint Error to ever emerge from the United States Mint. Just about 20 distinct examples are known from the Philadelphia Mint and they are highly prized at all grade levels. When the U.S. mints switched […]

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Christopher Columbus: His Decline in Numismatics and the Nation’s Collective Memory

By Heinz Tschachler ….. When in the early 1990s the United States was getting ready to commemorate the quincentennial of Christopher Columbus first landing on the Caribbean island of Guanahani, a bill was proposed that would eliminate the cent and the half-dollar and create a new small dollar coin bearing a portrait of the discoverer […]

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Three Iconic Coin Dealers Inducted Into PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame

Professional Coin Grading Service Names Bruce Amspacher, Greg Roberts, and Catherine Bullowa-Moore to Hall   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has named three longtime coin dealers and numismatic leaders to the PCGS CoinFacts Coin Dealer Hall of Fame. Every year, PCGS inducts a small handful of distinguished dealers into the Hall of Fame, and this […]

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1943 Steel Penny and Copper Pennies: History, Values and a Rare Variety

By Bullion Shark LLC …… The year 1943 found the United States getting more deeply involved in World War II with overseas deployments. At home, there was the completion of the Pentagon building in Virginia, and air raid practices at night, and rationing of food and gasoline. Driven largely by the ramp-up in industrial and […]

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ANA Members Recognized at Virtual Awards Ceremonies

Numismatics is the study and collection of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals, but at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) it is the people who truly define the hobby. Several individuals were recognized for their service and commitment to numismatics during the virtual Membership & Literary Awards and Service Awards, September 1 and 2. To […]

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

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

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

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

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How and Why Gold Became the Most Important Metal for Coins

By Ursula Kampmann for Künker GmbH …… For centuries, silver was the preferred metal across the world when it came to coins and savings. In the 19th century, that changed. We’ll explain how and why, and illustrate what happened with the help of coins that will be coming under the hammer on September 30 and […]

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Historic Origins and Values of the Wheat Penny: Bullion Shark

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

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New York International Numismatic Convention Announces New Speakers

The 49th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) has announced the addition of two educational programs to its slate of club meetings and activities. The NYINC will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York, located on 42nd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Convention activities will be held from Friday, January 8 through […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – New Martha Washington Die Design Quarter Test Strike

New Martha Washington Die Design (2011-2013) U.S. Quarter Test Strike Judd #2225 – Mint Cancelled NGC Brilliant Uncirculated Unique in Private Hands   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Newly redesigned Martha Washington dies were used to strike test pieces at the United States Mint in 2011 and 2012. This unique discovery 2012 […]

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Whitman Coin Folders as Collectible Items

By David W. Lange ….. As a collector of vintage coin boards, folders and albums for nearly 40 years, my dream has been to publish all of what I’ve learned about these items that were so crucial to the development of the coin hobby as we know it today. This goal is being realized in […]

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The Engraved Pattern “Mature Head” Cent Design Model

A Window Into the Mind of Christian Gobrecht   By Rexford Goldbaum ….. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Penny Wise, the official publication of Early American Coppers. Click here for more information about this vital organization for copper collectors. In the absence of contemporary documentation denoting the details of issuance of early Proof […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – Experimental Finish 1910 Saint-Gaudens Twenty

The United States Mint struggled to find a popular finish for gold proof coins throughout the early 20th century Renaissance of American coinage that Roger W. Burdette has chronicled in his popular writings. Various types of sandblast and satin finishes were adopted at different times, and even more experimental finishes were briefly tinkered with, but […]

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

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

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What Can You Learn While Being A Numismatist?

By Patrick A. Heller
In my decades of working as a coin dealer, I have written a lot of sales copy. In the process of describing various items, I have had to dig into the history of the pieces or about the history behind what was selected for the artwork

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The Great Silver Coin Swindle

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com …. Most U.S. coin collectors know that the United States Mint continued to pump 1964-dated 90% silver dimes, quarters and half dollars into circulation through 1965 and into early 1966. The reasons for doing this were several, some of them quite reasonable at the time. What most collectors do not […]

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Confronting Sheldon

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Dr. William Herbert Sheldon, born on November 19, 1898 and dying on September 17, 1977, was venerated for decades as one of the historical giants of American numismatics. During his later life he took the stage as the godfather or even the resident deity of the highly specialized […]

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Grab the Tinfoil: People on the Internet are Going Batshit Over 2020 Samoa ATB Quarter

By CoinWeek News Staff …. Did you know that the Roosevelt dime has Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s initials on it? Or that a series of Canadian banknotes feature the devil in Queen Elizabeth II’s hair? Did you know that if you fold a $20 bill just right (the basic design having been around since 1928), […]

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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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Frank Gasparro and His Coins

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

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Coin Profiles: United States 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar

Description: The United States silver dollar denomination was authorized by the Mint Act of April 2, 1792, but not produced until the fall of 1794. The legislation called for the coins to be struck at a weight of 416 grains and a fineness of .89243. In theory, the coin was meant to circulate as the […]

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5 Iconic Unique US Coins You Can’t Own

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

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Ancient Gold Coins : The First Circulating Gold Coinage and the Stag of Artemis

Ancient Gold Coins By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC …… From the The Colosseo Collection The First Circulating Coinage Little is known about this mysterious archaic electrum coinage – the first ancient gold coins. It was minted in Ionia, somewhere in central Western Anatolia on the shores of the Aegean sea, but scholars […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The History of Stack’s – 1984

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The year of 1984 showed continued regrowth in the public’s interest in Numismatics. Serious collectors returned to the hobby just as some major collections were being marketed. There were plenty of opportunities to buy coins from old-time collections, stimulated by the new growth in coin values […]

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United States Mint Celebrates Carson City Mint Sesquicentennial

United States Mint Director David J. Ryder today joined officials of the state of Nevada and representatives of the Nevada State Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first coin produced at the Carson City Mint. Director Ryder reflected on the facility’s legacy: “The Carson City Mint holds a special place in the United […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #126: Collecting Medals in America

 CoinWeek Podcast #126: Collecting Medals in America Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek sits down with So-Called Dollars expert Jeff Shevlin to talk about the ebb and flow of medal collecting in America. For generations, American communities commemorated important moments with the production […]

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United States Mint to Participate in Carson City Mint 150th Anniversary Celebration

Carson City Mint WHAT: Representatives from the United States Mint, the Nevada State Museum, and the State of Nevada will participate in a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of the production of the first coin at the Carson City Mint in 1870. The event will include the ceremonial striking of a special sesquicentennial silver […]

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Standing Tall Against Controversy and Scandal – The Standing Liberty Quarter

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

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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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Great American Coin Collectors and Their Coins: Thomas Cleneay

By Ron Guth for PCGS …… Thomas Cleneay was among the first and most ambitious coin collectors in America. He started collecting in the 1840s and, over the next four decades, built one of the finest and most complete collections of his time. In each year from 1859 to 1888, Cleneay purchased Proof sets from […]

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Franklin Mint, QVC Founder Joseph M. Segel: In Memoriam

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Saturday, December 21, Joseph Segel–“serial entrepreneur” and founder of both the Franklin Mint and QVC–died in hospice of congestive heart failure. He was 88 years old. Segal was born on January 9, 1931, in West Philadelphia, where he grew up, went to school, and started his first business. […]

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

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce that it will display an incredible tribute to the Libertas Americana medal, assembled by the Cardinal Collection Education Foundation, at the upcoming Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Orlando, January 9-11, 2020. The display, centered around one of the most beautiful and important medals struck in American history, […]

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The 1960 Small Date Cent: The Coin that Kicked Off a Collecting Frenzy

By David W. Lange for CoinWeek ….. There are a handful of events that have brought the hobby of collecting coins front and center in America’s consciousness. Perhaps the first was the discontinuance of large cents in 1857 that set people scrambling to find one of every date while they lasted. Another was the debut […]

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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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Coin Hoards, Treasures, and Troves: Separating Truth From Taradiddles!

By Q. David Bowers for Whitman Publishing …… The second edition of Q. David Bowers’ Lost and Found Coin Hoards and Treasures, one of the most exciting coin-collecting books of recent years, has been released by Whitman Publishing. The 480-page hardcover book is available online and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide. Here, Bowers discusses […]

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ANS Executive Director Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan to Retire, Assume New Research Role

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Dr. Ute Wartenberg Kagan, who has served as the executive director of the American Numismatic Society (ANS) since 1999, will be transitioning to a new research curator role at the numismatic non-profit organization headquartered in New York City on November 1. She announced her resignation from her post in […]

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In God We Trust: New Whitman Book Explores the Civil War, Its Effects on American Money, Banking, and Religion

Whitman Publishing announces the release of In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, by numismatic researcher William Bierly. The 352-page hardcover book will debut in November 2019 at booksellers and hobby shops nationwide–as well as online–for $29.95 USD. The national motto “In God We Trust” debuted on United States coinage […]

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Q. David Bowers: My First Coin Convention

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… With George Williams, I went to an Empire State Numismatic Association (ESNA) convention in Syracuse, New York, in 1954. It was my first regional coin show. By that time I had been a regular attendee at the Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania) Coin Club, but had not ventured beyond […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Coin Selections: Gem Continental Dollar in Dallas Auction

Despite a documented history dating back more than 235 years, the 1776 Continental dollar remains an enigmatic issue to numismatists today. The coins have been studied by some of the greatest numismatic researchers of all time, but opinions about the origin and intended purpose of the coins remain divided. Regardless of their controversial nature, the […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The History of Stack’s – 1983

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Turns 50 1983 was a super year for Stack’s. As the markets got stronger, old-time collectors regained their confidence and an avalanche of new collectors seemed to enter the hobby. This meant that Stack’s experienced great growth, both in over-the-counter business and at our auctions, […]

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The Coin Analyst: Silver’s Important Role in American History, Politics and Finance

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. If you’re reading this article, then you likely have more than a passing interest in silver. But while you may be familiar with the role the white metal has played in our coinage for thousands of years, you probably do not know the entire story of how the […]

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CoinWeek IQ – Nickel, Joseph Wharton, and US Coinage

Nickel and US Coinage By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Unlike copper, silver, and gold, nickel is a fairly new addition to coinage around the world. It was used in a few ancient Bactrian issues, but wasn’t seen in coins again until the mid-1800s. It didn’t appear in American coinage until the Flying Eagle and […]

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Famous Coin Collector D. Brent Pogue Dead at 54

On July 29, a friend of D. Brent Pogue visited Pogue’s home in Corona del Mar, California and discovered the famed coin collector dead. He was 54 years old. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death. Along with his father Mack, Brent assembled one of if not the best modern collections of […]

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

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

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The History of Stack’s – 1982

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… After the economic upheaval of 1981 and earlier, the numismatic market seemed to withstand the uncertainties created by the sharp drop in the silver market. From the latter part of the 1970s, collectors and speculators–following the sharp purchases of silver and future contracts, initiated by the […]

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Extremely Rare 1920 Wilson Dollar in Gold to be Offered at July 21 Austin Auction Sale

Extremely rare 1920 Wilson dollar in gold to be offered at July 21 Austin Auction Sale On July 21, Austin Auction Gallery will offer one of the finest-known examples of one of the rarest gold medals ever struck by the United States Mint. The 1920 Wilson dollar is a seldom-seen numismatic rarity that is highly […]

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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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Jim Bisognani: The Tale of Two Washingtons

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

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

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

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1981

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   A Dip in the Market 1981 became a very difficult and costly year to deal with. Basic silver dropped on the world markets from over $50 per ounce to under $10 an ounce. Traders, speculators, and coin collectors felt the “sting” of this market downturn […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1981

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   A Dip in the Market 1981 became a very difficult and costly year to deal with. Basic silver dropped on the world markets from over $50 per ounce to under $10 an ounce. Traders, speculators, and coin collectors felt the “sting” of this market downturn […]

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Q. David Bowers: Coin Ladies Quiz, Part 1

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers …… This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997. 1. This lady, the wife of Anthony de Francisci, the sculptor who created the motif of the Peace silver dollar, is said to have posed for the image of Miss Liberty on the obverse. […]

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Alchemical Gold Coin Back in Weimar Germany

By Künker GmbH …… A celebration took place in March at the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. There, a 1687 gold coin, only one single specimen of which is known to exist, was the center of attention. The off-metal strike in gold of the Alchemistentaler of Frederick I of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg from 1687 was officially returned to representatives […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1980

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Changes in the Numismatic World The year 1980 began with a crash in the silver market. For years before, the price of silver had risen slowly, inducing people to start selling any and all silver items they had laying around the house. But in a short […]

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David W. Lange Acquires Massive “Midwest Collection” of Vintage Coin Boards

By Coin Board News …… In a very rare opportunity, vintage coin board collector and dealer David W. Lange has negotiated the purchase of more than 400 antique coin boards from the 1930s and ’40s. Far from a random hoard, this collection represents many years of careful selection by a discriminating individual in the Midwest. It […]

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An Open Letter to Bill Hyder and the Token and Medal Society

By Dennis Tucker – Publisher, Whitman Publishing, LLC ……   April 2019 Dear Bill, I’ve got something to vent about. Your article in the January/February 2019 issue of the Token and Medal Society’s TAMS Journal (“Merchant Token Ephemera From Wiley, Kansas”) makes me feel like I’ve been asleep for the past 15 years as a […]

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

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

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The Golden Dollar: Story of the Sacagaweas

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The dollar coin has never circulated well in America. Even designs that are loved by collectors today, such as the Morgan dollar, struggled to find their way out of contemporaneous storage vaults as consumers simply didn’t want them. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was supposed to fix this problem […]

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Uniface Fugio Copper Impressions in Gold Featured in Stack’s Bowers May 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……..   Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an exceptional selection of United States colonial coinage, including many popular issues and an impressive set of New Jersey coppers from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell. Highlights of our colonial offering include a pair of unique gold […]

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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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Ken Bressett Comments on the 2nd Edition of Whitman’s Curious Currency

Ken Bressett, Editor Emeritus of the Guide Book of United States Coins, shares his thoughts on “odd and curious” (primitive) money, and on Curious Currency: The Story of Money From the Stone Age to the Internet Age, Robert Leonard’s newly updated book on the subject. * * * By Ken Bressett for Whitman Publishing …… […]

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In Memoriam: Dr. Rainer Opitz (1954-2019)

By Künker Auctions GmbH …… “To achieve the possible, we must attempt the impossible again and again.” —Hermann Hesse The German numismatic community has lost a visionary: Dr. Rainer Opitz passed away at the age of 64 on February 7, 2019. The businessman Rainer Opitz is known in the numismatic world for his dedication to […]

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Harvey G. Stack Awarded Honorary Life Fellowship From ANS

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Harvey G. Stack, Co-Founder of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, received the Honorary Life Fellow Award from the American Numismatic Society (ANS) for 50 years of dedicated service, gifts and support for the Society. It is one of the foremost honors an American numismatist can receive. Approached for comment, Harvey Stack gave […]

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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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How the Flying Eagle Cent Reinvented the Coin

By Blanchard & Company ……   For more than 60 years, the United States minted the large cent. These coins, about the size of a half dollar, consisted of nearly pure copper. They were heavy, cumbersome and falling out of favor for commerce. By the early 1850s the time had come to issue something more […]

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PMG Grades Second-Known 1920 Home Bank of Canada $5

Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) has certified the second-known example of the 1920-dated Home Bank of Canada $5. The issue was previously thought to be unique, with the only example being in the National Currency Collection of The Bank of Canada. The note, recently certified by PMG, is the first and only in private hands. This […]

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AU Capital – Indian Peace Medals: Important and Historic Collectibles

  AU Capital Management President Russ Augustin teams up with CoinWeek to discuss the fascinating Indian Peace Medal series. In this episode, Russ shares a number of medals from his collection and discusses the important historic role these numismatic objects played in bettering relations between native tribes and the American government. From the English administration […]

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High-Grade Connecticut Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar Coin at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, February 24 at 9:46 pm Eastern Time, bidding closed on a toned PCGS MS-67 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Commemorative half dollar over at GreatCollections.com. The attractively toned coin was CAC approved and realized $1,375. A Worthy Commemorative In April and May of 1935, the Philadelphia Mint coined 25,018 Connecticut Tercentenary half […]

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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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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Rare 2nd Series Bechtler $5 Gold Coin

America’s first gold rush took place in the Piedmont area of North Carolina and Georgia in the 1820s and ’30s. The expanding economy of the region desperately needed a more dependable medium of exchange than the miner’s gold dust could provide. To fill this need, Christopher Bechtler, a German-born goldsmith and watchmaker, established a private […]

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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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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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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: The Bushnell Specimen Getz Pattern Cent

The 1792 Washington President 1 copper and silver coins are attributed to the hand of Lancaster, Pennsylvania engraver Peter Getz. Working with a large number of contributors, the late George Fuld published The Washington Pattern Coinage of Peter Getz, a history and census of this issue in 2009. Pennsylvanian Robert Morris, who was born in […]

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The Story Behind the Susan B. Anthony Dollar

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Large dollar coins have never been overly successful in the United States. Early silver dollars didn’t circulate widely in the US, and even Morgan and Peace dollars sat in vaults. The public preferred to carry lighter, more convenient silver certificates more than large coins, so most of the coins […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1978

As inflation continued, so did interest in numismatic items By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… In both numismatics and general business, 1978 continued in lockstep with 1977. More collectors seemed to enter the field, as more reference books and coin boards were being sold. The American Numismatic Association grew in numbers. Major […]

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The 1964 Peace Dollar That Never Was

By Blanchard & Company In 1965 the US Mint melted 316,076 silver Peace dollar coins that never reached circulation. These coins were the early batches of an initiative intended to coin 45 million silver dollars. The story of “the coins that never were” began with one man in Nevada. In 1918, Senator Key Pittman of […]

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The 1964 Peace Dollar That Never Was

By Blanchard & Company ……   In 1965 the US Mint melted 316,076 silver Peace dollar coins that never reached circulation. These coins were the early batches of an initiative intended to coin 45 million silver dollars. The story of “the coins that never were” began with one man in Nevada. In 1918, Senator Key […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Next Big Thing

What will spark renewed interest in the hobby of coin collecting? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 50 State Quarters program. Launched in 1999, the program saw the issuance of five different commemorative quarter dollars each year. States were featured in the order of […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Launches Improved Online Auction Archives

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce a complete rebuild and relaunch of their online Auction Archives, available at https://archive.stacksbowers.com/. The site now features nearly 650,000 past auction records, including many Stack’s and American Numismatic Rarities (ANR) sales dating back to 2002, which have not been available before. Added to the archives are famous auctions such […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: 1922 High Relief Peace Dollar with Unique Antique Finish

Judd-2018 is a recently discovered trial striking of the 1922 High Relief Peace dollar, struck in business-strike format and first reported by David W. Lange in 2007. It is one of the rarest die combinations from 1921 to 1922, a time period when the Mint experimented extensively with the relief of Anthony de Francisci’s artistic […]

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The Story of the 1973/74 Aluminum Lincoln Penny

By Blanchard & Company ……   How do you run a successful business? You make sure that costs don’t exceed revenues. However, in a 2014 biennial report to Congress, the United States Mint explained that it takes 8.04 cents to make a nickel and 1.66 cents to make a penny. This imbalance between manufacturing costs and face […]

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In Memoriam: Gijsbertus Willem de Wit (1926-2018)

By Künker Auctions GmbH …… On December 1, 2018, Gijsbertus Willem de Wit passed away. He was first and foremost known to numismatists because of his extensive collection of medieval coins, which was sold in three parts by the auction house Künker in 2007/8. According to Bernd Kluge and his work on medieval numismatics, it […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1977

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… After having a very successful year in 1976, the market seemed to want to keep growing in 1977. There was a bit of a slow start in January, but enthusiasm picked up not long after. Coin values were increasing, as high-quality rarities and collections entered the […]

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The Puzzle of the Nova Constellatios

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. What was the first US coin? The 1793 large cent? Or the 1792 half disme? Nope. The first coin series minted under the authority of the US government was the Nova Constellatio series, a set of pattern coins called for by Robert Morris in 1783 with a fascinatingly convoluted […]

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

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

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1973

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The year 1973 saw a number of initiatives for changes in Numismatics. With inflation continuing and money becoming more available but losing its purchasing power, all markets–from the Stock Market to commodities, to real estate as well–showed signs that certain collectibles were coming into demand and […]

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The Early Days of Numerical Coin Grading

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek ….. Numismatist Ron Guth has very sincerely proposed that the coin industry and the significant Third Party Grading Services (TPG’s) change the grading standards that it and they use. His new system would go from the current scale of 1 to 70 to a new one that starts at 1 […]

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Holy Sh*t, That’s Rare: A Horseman $10 of a Different Color

By David McCarthy for CoinWeek ….. On a hot afternoon this summer, I found myself wandering a suburban park in search of a grave. Like most wild goose chases, it started innocently enough. I’d been part of a discussion about the so-called “Nagy Restrikes” of one of the most well-loved coins of the gold rush: […]

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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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Coin Profile – 1892-1893 Columbian Exposition Half Dollar

As the first commemorative Half Dollar struck, the Columbian Exposition Half Dollar holds a special place in the long and historic commemorative series. From the first proof striking that sold for $10,000 in 1892,(The first specimen struck was bought for $10,000 by the firm that made Remington typewriters, as a publicity stunt) and to the […]

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History of Coins – TWO-BITS, FOUR-BITS, SIX-BITS, EIGHT…

By Leon F. McClellan …… Have you ever wondered why a United States quarter-dollar is called “two-bits”? Or, a half-dollar “four-bits”? Do you know why we call our basic monetary unit “dollar” instead of something else? Two-bits, four-bits, six-bits and eight-bits make reference to the eight-reales silver coin of New Spain and Mexico. It is […]

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FDR Executive Order 6102 – Forbidding the Hoarding of Gold

  From: President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt To: The United States Congress Dated: 5 April, 1933 Presidential Executive Order 6102 Forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion and Gold Certificates BY VIRTUE Of the authority vested in me by Section 5 (b) of the Act of October 6, 1917, as amended […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing Up in a Numismatic Family – The Early Days of Stack’s – 1972

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The Nixon Shock The year 1972 followed closely some of the events and happenings in the earlier years in the hobby. It was in this year of economic inflation that the hobby experienced strong growth. Many collectors new to the hobby joined the American Numismatic Association (ANA). The Professional Numismatic Guild (PNG) continued […]

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US Coin Profiles – Standing Liberty Quarter, Type 1, 1916-1917

Description: Charles Barber’s quarter dollar design was introduced in 1892, a beneficiary of the provision of the Mint Act of 1890 which allowed for the design of a coin to be changed every 25 years. Though not mandated by law, Barber’s designs for the dime, quarter, and half dollar were set aside in 1916. Mint […]

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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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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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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1970-71

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Inflation & Numismatics During the 1970-71 period, as inflation increased to over 4% per year, people started to invest more in precious metals than they had previously. Silver (especially from finding and selling coinage struck prior to 1964) and gold were being looked at as ways […]

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CoinWeek: EAC Remembers R. Tettenhorst, Numismatist

Collector R. Tettenhorst–real name Bernard Alan Edison–built an amazing collection of half cents and was a revered member of the copper collecting community. Edison was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 23, 1928. He was a scion of the Edison family, who founded the famous Edison Brothers shoe store chain. Edison graduated from Harvard […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1968-1969

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The R.L. Miles Collection, Part 1 The October 1968 R.L. Miles Collection feeatured a large and almost complete selection of U.S. Gold, one of the most extensive offerings–in both quality and examples offered–in a single collection during the decades after World War II. It had a […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Columbian Half Dollar: A Commemorative Story

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   In the latest (2019 cover date) issue of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the 1892 and 1893 Columbian commemorative half dollars are listed at $310 each in MS-65 grade. Get set to be surprised! At the height of a boom in the coin […]

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

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

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Collecting Morgan Dollars: An Overview

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   As a collectible, Morgan silver dollars, minted between 1878 and 1921, have no real peer in American numismatics. It is by far the most widely collected and traded numismatic coin in the world. Attend any coin show and you will quickly see that slabbed and raw Morgan dollars […]

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Court Denies Appeal to Remove “In God We Trust” From Currency

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On May 31, the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled against a man suing to remove the motto “In God We Trust” from the nation’s currency. Litigation had been ongoing since May of last year. Kenneth Mayle, the 36-year-old plaintiff who describes himself as a non-theistic […]

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

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

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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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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1965

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 1965 – A Demanding Year The year of 1965 in Numismatics was a very demanding year for Stack’s, with several things […]

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The 1933 Double Eagle: America’s Most Notorious Coin

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. If you ever thought that it would be cool to own a 1933 Double Eagle, think again. The handful of people who have “owned” specimens of the notorious coin have been famously unlucky. But what’s so unlucky about owning one of the most coveted American coins struck in the […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Ephemera Sale #3 Closes Friday, May 18

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are announcing our third Numismatic Ephemera Sale, which will close on Friday, May 18, 2018. The sale includes 100 lots of memorabilia, short sale catalogues, photographs, letters, brochures, leaflets, booklets: all sorts of material that doesn’t necessarily fit well in a book auction but which is interesting nonetheless. Items in […]

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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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Ancient Coins : Lydian Gold Considered the First Coins in the World

By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC The Colosseo Collection …… Lydian Coins are considers to be the First Coins ever produced and used. The First Official Coin Natural resources are often a source of great wealth for a country, especially its king. The Pactolus River in Lydia, now modern day Turkey, was one […]

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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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Don Everhart: My Career in Coins, Part 1 – The Franklin Mint

By Don Everhart – Former Sculptor-Engraver, United States Mint ….. Exclusive for CoinWeek Fresh out of college in 1973, I made a decision that would change the course of my life forever – and I didn’t even know it at the time! Back then I was more concerned about staying alive than deciding what my […]

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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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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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Colorado Springs Services Scheduled for Edward C. Rochette

  Services for former American Numismatic Association President and Executive Director Edward C. Rochette are scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Shove Chapel on the grounds of Colorado College, 1010 N. Nevada Avenue in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Rochette, 90, died on January 18 in Colorado Springs, where he lived most of his […]

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Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1957

  By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 An Important Year in My Development By 1957 I had some 10 years of full-time experience at Stack’s, which exposed me to an active retail trade in coins. I also […]

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Liberty Head $5 Gold Half Eagles – The Only Coin Series Struck at All U.S. Mints!

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #403 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. These were struck in Philadelphia (PA), Charlotte (NC), Dahlonega (GA), New Orleans (LA), San Francisco (CA), Carson City (NV), […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #89: Recovering Gold from the SS Central America with Bob Evans

 CoinWeek Podcast #89: Recovering Gold from the SS Central America with Bob Evans Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Bob Evans has been there from the start, serving as chief scientist and historian for the salvage and recovery effort of the […]

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Ship of Gold Exhibit to Feature $40 Million in “New Cargo” Gold Rush Treasure at Long Beach

First public exhibit of latest recovered glittering trove from fabled SS Central America will be at February 22-24, 2018 Long Beach Expo The unparalleled SS Central America “Ship of Gold” exhibit will dock with $40 million of glittering “new cargo” sunken treasure at the February 22-24, 2018 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible […]

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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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Stone Mountain: Birth of the Klan Half Dollar

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. It was in 1923 that renowned sculptor Gutzon Borglum wrote to influential senator Henry Cabot Lodge, urging him to support legislation for a Stone Mountain commemorative half dollar. The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Calvin Coolidge on March 17, 1924. The money raised […]

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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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Booker T. on the Tarmac: A Story About First Coinvestors

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen’s The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins: 1892-1954 has always been one of my favorite books. Sure, the topic’s been done better, most recently by Swiatek himself. And yes, the book is hopelessly optimistic about what was then the future […]

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Preliminary MacNeil Sketch for the Reverse of the Standing Liberty Quarter

As offered as LOT #4469 in the Heritage 2018 January FUN US Coins Signature Auction and described in the catalog below, this is original artwork for a proposed reverse of the Standing Liberty Quarter dollar. a true piece of numismatic history sketched by Hermon MacNeil. “Paper: 7.5×10 in. Sketch: 5.5 in. dia. Famously displayed in the Eric P. Newman […]

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The Victor Sine Clade George Washington Funeral Medal: NGC

This premiere medal was made to be worn at a memorial procession for George Washington On December 14, 1799, George Washington passed away at Mount Vernon, just two years after retiring as President of the United States. Upon his death, any hint of criticism from his presidency faded as the nation pondered his heroism and […]

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Grading World Coins – NGC Certifies Important Early Gold Penny of Britain

Unpopular during the reign of King Henry III, this penny is cherished by the numismatic world today Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has certified an extremely rare and important gold penny from the reign of King Henry III of England. Struck in London in 1257, it is one of just four known examples in private hands […]

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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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Thompson Remains in Jail While Court OKs Sale of SS Central America Gold

  By CoinWeek News Staff …. After a quick morning hearing on Thursday, November 30, Franklin County, Ohio Common Pleas Judge Laurel Beatty-Blunt signed an order approving the sale of $30 million worth of gold, gold coins and other items recovered from the site of the 1857 shipwreck of SS Central America. The approximately 16,000 […]

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Collecting 18th Century New Jersey Copper Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #394 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Between the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and the enactment of the United States Constitution on June 21, 1788, the federal (national) government did not establish an […]

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

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

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Ancient Coin Books – Highlights from the William A. Burd Library

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd in our 2018 New York Book Auction, which will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. We have […]

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Some Comments on Civil War Tokens & an Appreciation of George Fuld

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers …… Over a long period of years, ever since I discovered the world’s greatest hobby in 1952 at the age of 13, I have studied and read avidly. Now, many years later I am still learning. Along the way I have explored and have written books on colonial […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family – An Incredible Year Continues

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 1954 Continued After the initial sale in March was sold, we offered a second section to the Davis-Graves Collection – of which the specialized collection of foreign gold coins numbered […]

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NGC Certifies Finest Known 1820 North West Company Token

 This rare unholed example issued by the fur trading business will go to auction in 2018 Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently certified the finest-known 1820 North West Company Token. Graded NGC MS 61, it is remarkable in its detail and surface quality for the issue. This example first appeared in public auction in 1952 during […]

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

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

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Chinese Coins: The First Show Panda

Chinese coins- The first Show Panda created quite the “Pandamania” in the late 1980s By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……. As hundreds of collectors, dealers, flippers and even scholars swirled past me at the Hong Kong Coin Fair, I stared attentively across the showcase. Robert Mish stood there, dressed in sport shirt and […]

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Collecting World Currency: A Study of El Banco del Estado de Chihuahua Bromide Proofs

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   The history of El Banco del Estado de Chihuahua (Bank of the State of Chihuahua) is brief and steeped in the turbulent times of the Mexican Revolution. It was founded on December 12, 1913, as decreed by General Francisco “Pancho” Villa, military governor of the […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 6, 2017: Australia 5 Cent, Money Evolves, Wu-Tang Clan…

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 6, 2017: Brain Food 1.) INFOGRAPHIC: 58 Insane Facts About Bitcoin You probably have heard a lot of people talking about Bitcoin recently, so you’ll want to save this infographic via BitcoinPlay.net to learn what Bitcoin is, when it started, and who uses this cryptocurrency the most… […]

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World Coins – The Argentina 1829 “Tapados” of Facundo Quiroga

By Mariano Cohen, courtesy Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC …… Lot 777: Argentina (River Plate Provinces), La Rioja Mint, 8 reales, 1828P, NGC MS 63 (finest-known in NGC Census); Images courtesy Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC In September 1825 the government of La Rioja in Argentina approved the statute creating the “Banco de Rescates y Casa de […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family – 1954

In which yours truly meets not one but TWO numismatic legends By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Incredible Year of 1954 As described in a different article, I discussed the acquisition of the Davis-Graves Collection and the Anderson-Dupont […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 1: Rarity Over Quality

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #387 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This series is about comprehensive collections of classic U.S coins (1793-1934) that were offered, at least in large part, in public auctions. World coins, ancient coins, paper money and medals are all different […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family, Part 4

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The Good Days at Stack’s in 1951 With our family staff reduced by both Norman and Ben not with us, Stack’s continued to produce its share of numismatic catalogs and price lists for United States, Ancient […]

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

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

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

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

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NGC Certifies Unique Washington “Dollar”

A mid-19th-century fantasy earned its place in US numismatic history A unique copper specimen of the famed “Washington Dollar Fantasy” was recently certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Despite its date of 1794, the piece was actually produced in the early 1860s. It is referenced in Breen-1251, Judd-C1794-1, Baker-28A, and Musante, GW-358. In the early […]

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Did Louis Eliasberg Understand and Pursue Gem Quality Coins?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #384 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds ….. An often repeated viewpoint asserts that, since the vast majority of the the gem quality pre-1900 U.S. coins in the Eliasberg Collection came from the Clapp Collection, Eliasberg does not deserve much credit […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family, Part 3

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Links to Part 1 | Part 2 The Postwar Years World War II came to an end in 1945. It brought home many a soldier, sailor, airman and marine, away from their families for as long as five years. They had to rebuild their lives in […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Coin Boards with David Lange – 4K Video

The story of coin boards is the story of the coin hobby in America. NGC Research Director Davie Lange is the hobby’s leading expert in vintage coin boards. Coin boards, introduced in the 1930s, brought a new way to collect coins and the general public quickly caught on. David Lange describes some of the earliest […]

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Coin Market In-Depth: Remembering the Apostrophe Sales: 1978-1990

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek …..   The Background Numismatic auctions in the U.S. were an integral part of the coin collecting scene since the 1850s. The relationship between collectors, professional numismatists, auction firms and the American Numismatic Association (ANA) has been complicated since the national organization was founded in 1891. ANA’s founder Dr. […]

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Hidden or Sleeping Rarities, Part 1: Copper Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #382 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The rarities that appear in major auctions or are shown at major coin conventions with press releases and fanfare receive a great deal of attention. This new series is about the rarities […]

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Hidden or Sleeping Rarities, Part 1: Copper Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #382 An Ongoing Column by Greg Reynolds …..   The rarities that appear in major auctions or are shown at major coin conventions with press releases and fanfare receive a great deal of attention. This new series is about the rarities […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …..   Benjamin and Norman Visit Stack’s Benjamin and Norman Stack, brothers and my first cousins, were the sons of Joseph B. Stack, my father’s brother. Like me they were constant visitors to our store on Sixth Avenue. Benjamin was Norman’s older brother by less than two […]

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In the Early Days of Stack’s: Growing up in a Numismatic Family

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …..   Benjamin and Norman Visit Stack’s Benjamin and Norman Stack, brothers and my first cousins, were the sons of Joseph B. Stack, my father’s brother. Like me they were constant visitors to our store on Sixth Avenue. Benjamin was Norman’s older brother by less than two […]

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

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

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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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In the Early Days of Stack’s: The Golden Age of Coin Collecting

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. I have had the pleasure of writing and publishing some of my thoughts on coins and the history of the hobby for close to 10 years now. I am now 89 years old and love to relate stories of my growing up in the family business […]

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A Reader Writes: Harvey Stack on the Hobby’s Relationship with Toning

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ….. Dear Charles, Welcome home! It had to be a hard week. Morning till late-at-night events, your days just on the floor doing videos with Hubert, but you surely tried to keep up with everything going on. Bravo! I enjoyed the livestreaming you did and found 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 2

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. In Part One, I discussed the beginnings of popular coin collecting in America in the late 1850s. I also discussed the birth of the coin dealing market and the origins of several coin clubs and organizations in the latter half of the 19th century. And of course, I […]

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First United States Coin? David McCarthy Believes its the Quint.

Senior numismatist for Kagin’s, David McCarthy has just published new research into Type 2 Quint pattern coin that has been a subject of great interest for the firm since it acquired the coin at a 2013 Heritage Auction. After more than four years of research, McCarthy believes that the 1783-dated coin, of which only one […]

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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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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 16

By Harvey Stack – Founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   CoinWeek continues to post Harvey Stack’s wonderful series of blogs on not only the building of one of the all-time greatest coin collections but also how the relationship between Josiah K. Lilly and the Stack family grew over time. This week’s entry compiles parts 31 and […]

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In Memoriam: Industry Icon Leon Hendrickson Passes Away at 90

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Truly a giant in the professional ranks of rare coin dealers. –Jeff Garrett, President of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and owner of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries Icon of the rare coin industry and all-around gentleman Leon Hendrickson passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017. His […]

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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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Modern Coins at Stack’s Bowers ANA World’s Fair of Money Rarities Night Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek ….. The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money remains one of the largest coin conventions in the calendar year. Stack’s Bowers, an Official Auctioneer of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, will conduct a seven-session sale over the course of eight days with sale highlights featured in the Session Four “Rarities […]

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