Category Archives: New Discoveries

PCGS Grades 1st New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety Discovered in Nearly a Century

New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Graded by PCGS as an F15 and Designated a “Discovery Coin”   It still pays to scrutinize all coins for something new or unusual, even those belonging to a series as well studied as the Flowing Hair Half Dollar. Struck by the United States Mint from 1794 through 1795, […]

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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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Non-Cancelled Martha Washington Judd #2131 Obverse Die Offered for Sale

CoinWeek Staff Reports….. The United States Mint produced Martha Washington die to strike experimental patterns. In the Spring 2018 issue of Mint Error News Magazine, coin dealer Mike Byers confirms the existence of a non-canceled Martha Washington die in private hands. The die is the second reported example of a privately-held die of the design, which […]

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Unprecedented Grouping of Rare Territorial Gold Coins Aboard SS Central America Treasure

Some of the finest known Kellogg & Co. and Wass Molitor & Co. San Francisco gold coins are among the 105 historic California Gold Rush Territorial gold coins recovered during the last expedition to the fabled “Ship of Gold,” the SS Central America, that sank in 1857. The headline-making recovery also includes a rare variety […]

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CDHCD Dealer Finds Extremely Rare 1848 Proof Seated Liberty Dime

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….. A winning bid on eBay for a collection of coins gave an Indiana coin dealer far more than he bargained for. After processing and sorting the collection, Sam Shafer discovered an 1848 Seated Liberty dime that seemed far better struck than what one would expect for the period. The coin, […]

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US Coins – NGC Certifies New Bust Quarter Variety

1822 B-3 is a Previously Unknown Die Marriage Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an 1822 quarter dollar variety that was previously unknown to numismatists. The new discovery has been cataloged as Browning-3, adding a third variety to the two 1822 die marriages that have been sought by generations of quarter collectors. The numbering system […]

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Rare British Pattern Crown Certified by NGC

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified one of only two known Great Britain 1950 Pattern Crowns. It is graded NGC MS 63. The 1950 Pattern Crowns were struck as the United Kingdom prepared to release a new crown coin in 1951 after a 13-year hiatus. The 1951 Crown was to be the first struck in […]

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Royal Mint Says Possible Counterfeit of UK’s New £1 Coin Is Mint Error

By CoinWeek News Staff …. Over the weekend, British media (especially the tabloids) began to report that a man had discovered a counterfeit version of the new 12-sided one-pound coins. Roy Wright, a 48-year-old charity worker from Addlestone in Surrey, England, noticed the suspect coin while he was giving a tip to a delivery man. […]

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British Museum: Exclusive Video of Piano Gold Coin Hoard

By CoinWeek News Staff …. Earlier this year, the British public–along with the rest of the world–was invited to help solve the mystery of 913 piece gold coin hoard hidden inside a vintage piano donated to a local community college in 2015. The 91.7% pure gold coins, 633 sovereigns and 280 half sovereigns dating from […]

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NGC Grades Rare Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Error

A unique Canadian Maple Leaf error is certified by NGC Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has authenticated and graded an extremely rare Canadian Silver Maple Leaf error. This 2005 $5 Silver Maple Leaf was incorrectly struck on a 25.1g .9999 silver planchet intended for commemorative silver dollars instead of a 31.1g .9999 silver planchet used for […]

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Classic US Coins – A Design Analysis of the 1964 Morgan Hubs

By Leroy Van Allen, Special for CoinWeek …..   In November, Charles Morgan, Editor of CoinWeek, sent me an e-mail with three overall photographs of the two Morgan dollar hubs dated 1964 recently found by numismatists at the Philadelphia Mint. He wanted to know if I had any information on these hubs. This was the […]

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NGC, Stack’s Bowers Galleries Identify New California Fractional Gold Variety

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and Stack’s Bowers Galleries have identified a new variety of California Fractional Gold. The 1854 Octagonal California Gold Dollar was recently submitted to NGC for attribution and grading. California Fractional Gold Pieces were struck by private mints in California in order to fill a need for smaller denominations in commerce. The […]

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Newly Discovered, Unique Dual-Plugged 1795 Silver Dollar Offered by Heritage Auctions

Authenticated by NGC, this discovery coin will be featured in the Heritage Platinum Night Auction at the ANA Anaheim World’s Fair of Money, August 10, 2016 A first-of-its-kind, recently-discovered 1795 U.S. Flowing Hair silver dollar with two separate “plugs” has been authenticated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and will be a featured highlight of the […]

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Rare Proof 1859 Quarter Eagle with the New Reverse to be sold at the Stack’s Bowers Official ANA Sale in August.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present the Rubin Family Collection as part of our Official Auction in conjunction with the ANA World’s Fair of Money to be held in Rosemont, Illinois in August of this year. This small collection of gold, silver and copper coins includes the finest of three known Proof 1859 quarter […]

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PCGS Confirms Major New 1798 Dollar Variety

  There’s been a big discovery in early American numismatics. Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has authenticated a long-speculated but never-before-confirmed new obverse and reverse die combination on a 1798 Draped Bust silver dollar. This new die marriage was struck from known obverse and reverse dies, but this is first known example with this combination. […]

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US Coins – Distinct Varieties of 2015 $5 Gold Eagles Discovered by NGC

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) graders have discovered two distinct edge varieties of 2015 $5 One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles: “Wide Reeds” and “Narrow Reeds.” The “Wide Reeds” variant displays the standard size edge reeding seen on prior years’ One-Tenth Ounce Gold Eagles. The second style, called “Narrow Reeds” by NGC, has much smaller and finer reeds […]

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NGC Grades Second “NO P” 1987 China Gold 5 Yuan Panda

by  David J. Camire for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation In 1987 China struck Gold 5 Yuan Pandas with three mintmarks: P, Y and S. NGC has recently graded a second example of a Proof Yuan Panda with a missing mintmark…. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently graded a second example of a 1987 China Gold 5 Yuan Panda […]

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CoinWeek Article Leads to the Discovery of Previously Unknown 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets

A coin dealer’s article on Double Mint Sets leads to the discovery of 1942-1946 Double Mint Sets… By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. This is a story about five tiny cloth sacks, a numismatic mystery 70 years in the making, and a coin industry veteran, whose recollection of one particular missed opportunity led […]

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