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Douglas Winter Numismatics Sells Finest Known Wass Molitor 1855 $20

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

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

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

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Classic US Coin Profiles: Possibly the Finest 1916-D Lincoln Cent

The story of the 1916-D Lincoln cent, which claims a mintage approaching 36 million coins, mirrors those of its contemporaries. The issue can be found without trouble through grades as high as MS64 Red, though many pieces are spotted or struck from excessively worn dies, displaying soft detail. Nonetheless, even Gem Red coins are accessible, […]

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Just How Rare Are Gem $10 Gold No Motto Liberty Head Eagles?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner No Motto Liberty Head eagles were struck from 1838 through 1866. They were made at the Philadelphia, New Orleans, and San Francisco Mints in quantities ranging from small to quite large. One thing that links these issues is their rarity in higher grades. There is no […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: A Superb 1909-S VDB Cent

The debut of the Lincoln cent was highly anticipated, by coin collectors and the general public alike. As the first U.S. portrait coin struck for circulation, with the bust of the universally popular president on the obverse, the new design was greeted with unprecedented enthusiasm. The August 1909 edition of The Numismatist notes: ” … […]

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

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

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

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

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Only 1884 Indian Princess Gold Dollar in MS-69 Going Fast at GreatCollections.com

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, January 27, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for a very exciting condition-rarity 1884 Indian Princess one dollar gold coin. Out of a small mintage of 5,230 business strike 1884 gold dollars (which is surprisingly a middle-of-the-road striking for the Type 3, of which this coin is an example), this is the […]

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1927-D Peace Dollar Brings Over $100,000 at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, a 1927-D Peace Dollar graded MS66+ by PCGS with a CAC-Approved green sticker sold for $93,500 ($105,187.50 with Buyer’s Fee). The coin is the third example to earn the grade MS66+ at PCGS. PCGS accounts for thirteen coins at the MS66 level and none finer than MS66+. […]

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Desirable 1885-S Liberty Head Double Eagle in Stack’s Bowers May 2018 Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers ……   Our May 2018 Collectors Choice Online Auction–which takes place on Wednesday, May 23–features exciting United States, World, and Ancient coins, as well as paper money. With a focus on collector quality across every series, this sale is sure to entice collectors of every interest. […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Top-Grade 1885 Liberty Nickel, MS67

The legendary key date status of the 1885 Liberty nickel drives unparalleled demand for high-grade representatives. While Uncirculated coins can usually be found for a price through MS65, Premium Gems are rarely offered, and finer pieces are so rare as to be uncollectible from the perspective of most Liberty nickel enthusiasts. In our upcoming November […]

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Opinion: The PCGS and NGC Dust Up Shows Market Realities

Image Composite: Heritage Auctions | Ron Drzewucki | CoinWeek By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. On January 17, NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg published an open letter on the NGC website (it also went out in an NGC email). In the letter, which is accompanied by data, Mark alleges that there has been an […]

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PCGS: Rare 1893-S $1 Discovered at ANA Meet the Expert Session

This 1893-S evaluated during PCGS’ Meet the Expert sessions is now valued at $53,000, according to the PCGS Price Guide. Professional Coin Grading Service’s (PCGS) Meet the Expert sessions at the ANA concluded in an unexpected way. On Saturday, August 13, 2016, the final day of the World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, California, a […]

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