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A Memorable 1892-O Half Eagle: Doug Winter

Despite its low mintage of just 10,000 coins, the 1892-O half eagle is a coin that doesn’t receive a lot of love, even from New Orleans gold specialists. This is likely because it is lumped in with the 1893-O and the 1894-O, which are much more available. The rarity profile of the 1892-O is far […]

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A Seven-Mint Liberty Head Half Eagle Set on Steroids

Half Eagle collecting By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve written before on collecting a seven-mint set of Liberty Head half eagles. In case you’ve forgotten, the Liberty Head half eagle is the only American coin to have been struck at all seven of the mints that produced vintage US designs. These […]

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What I Learned About Liberty Head Half Eagles From the Fairmont Hoard

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In their August 2020 auction, Stack’s Bowers introduced the numismatic world to another facet of the seemingly limitless hoard that is the Fairmont Collection: a comprehensive date run of Liberty Head half eagles. We’ve come to expect large hoards of double eagles from overseas sources, as […]

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An Interesting 1840-O Half Eagle Gold Coin

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner In a recent (April 2020) Heritage Auction, I purchased a very interesting 1840-O Narrow Mill half eagle graded MS62 by PCGS. This coin, which I bought for $19,200 USD, lends itself to a number of discussions. 1840-O $5.00 PCGS MS62. Image courtesy Douglas Winter Numismatics (DWN) […]

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Counterfeit Gold Coin Detection – Liberty Half Eagles

Counterfeit gold Coins -1907 Liberty Half Eagle Counterfeits Gold Coins  By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… These counterfeit gold coins were found unexpectedly among a group of US coins freshly returned from Europe. It’s well known to collectors that most 19th and 20th Century US gold coins available to collectors today have “come back” from Europe. […]

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CAC and the Appearance Rarity of Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles

Dahlonega and Charlotte Half Eagles by Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner CAC has introduced a number of new shifts in the taste of buyers. A collector who focuses on rare CAC-approved coins is, in effect, an appearance rarity buyer. By this, I mean we now have an entire class of collectors who […]

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Cameo 1903 Liberty Gold Half Eagle Proof Major Highlight of Sunday’s GreatCollections Auction

By CoinWeek ….   Sunday evening on December 15, bidding ends on GreatCollections for this Proof 1903 Liberty Head Gold Half Eagle, graded PR-66 CAM in a gold shield holder by PCGS and approved by CAC. A rare coin due to its mintage of 154, as of this writing PCGS reports a grand total of […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part V: “With Motto” Half Eagles, 1866-79

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Links to Earlier Parts: $1 Gold | $2.50 Quarter Eagle | $3 Gold | $5 No Motto Half Eagle * * * The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was added to the reverse of the half eagle in 1866 which created a second type of […]

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Heritage Auctions – Coin Profile – 1833 Small Date Half Eagle, Rare BD-3 Variety

Heritage’s upcoming December 5-8 US Coins Signature Auction in Dallas features a coin profile extremely rare variety of a very rare coin, the BD-3 variety of the 1833 half eagle. This coin is graded MS61 by NGC, and its pedigree includes the Norweb collection. It may be  the sole representative of the variety available to […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part IV: “No Motto” Half Eagles

  By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Production of half eagles began at the newly opened mint in 1854. Coins produced through the first part of 1866 lacked the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse. * * * The 13 No Motto half eagles form an essentially incompletable set […]

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Why Aren’t Truly Exceptional Branch Mint Gold Half Eagles Worth More Money?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… In the Arlington Collection Concierge Sale (which I am currently offering on my website), there are a number of really exceptional coins. One of my favorites is a PCGS/CAC MS63 1857-C half eagle that I sold to a Midwestern collector This coin–about which I will go into detail in a few […]

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Heritage Auctions – Select 1804 Small 8 Over Large 8 Half Eagle Sold for $54K

At the Heritage Summer FUN Signature Auction one of the highlights was a PCGS-graded MS63 example of the 1804 half eagle, variety BD-7. At R.4, this is the most collectible variety of the three 1804 Small Over Large 8 half eagles (the variety is better described as Normal 8 over Large 8). The upright of […]

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US Gold Coins – A (Brief) Analysis of Low-Grade No Motto San Francisco Half Eagles and Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Over the last decade, I have become more and more interested in low-grade examples of No Motto San Francisco gold. By “low grade”, I mean coins in the AG3 to VF35 range, and by “No Motto” I am referring to the Liberty Head design type […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect (a Set of) New Orleans Liberty Head Half Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The New Orleans Mint produced Liberty Head half eagles from 1840 through 1857, and again from 1892 through 1894. There were a total of 16 different issues constituting three distinct types. These types are as follows: No Motto Small Letters Reverse (1840-1843) No Motto Large […]

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Fistful of affordable gold is within reach

By Mark Benvenuto
When it comes to serious coin collecting, and assembling collections that ought to go up in value over the course of years and decades, many collectors think of gold. There are certainly some beautiful pieces and beautiful series that have been struck in gold. The metal takes a design very well and often strikes up easily with sharp details

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Proof 67+ CAC 1950 Franklin Half Among Stack’s Bowers Dec. Collectors Choice Online Coin & Currency Auction Highlights

By Stack’s Bowers …… The Stack’s Bowers December Collectors Choice sale is now online – check out StacksBowers.com to view over 450 lots of U.S. Coins and Currency. As a special holiday promotion, we are offering you FREE SHIPPING within the United States on all orders totaling $500 or more before shipping or taxes. This […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect (a Set of) Dahlonega Half Eagles…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Of the four denominations struck at the Dahlonega Mint, half eagles are the largest in size and have (by far) the most struck, both in terms of individual dates and total produced. This denomination was made from 1838 through 1861, and there were a total […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Finest 1840-C Half Eagle Certified by PCGS

  Our current Long Beach Signature Auction features a monumental coin for Charlotte branch mint specialists — an 1840-C half eagle graded MS64+ by PCGS and endorsed for quality and originality by CAC. The Charlotte Mint began coining operations in 1838 and was only in its third year of production when it struck 18,992 Liberty […]

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1797 Half Dollar, Hawaiian Rial Highlight Latest David Lawrence Rare Coin Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Auctions ……   David Lawrence Rare Coin Sunday Internet Auction #1011 offers a fantastic selection of 325 New Items along with 50 No Reserve lots and 30 Vault Values. All lots will begin closing at 8pm EST on Sunday, May 6. Some of the more interesting highlights from this week’s sale include: […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – So You’ve Decided to Collect Liberty Head Half Eagles

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I can make a strong case for half eagles as the most compelling of the many Liberty Head denominations. There are many interesting ways to collect these coins which we will discuss in this article. * * * The Liberty Head design was first used […]

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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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Classic US Gold Coins – The Cool Coin 1834-1933 Gold Type Set

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Earlier in 2017, I wrote an article about collecting US gold coins by type. This article generated a lot of feedback; some favorable, some not. I was accused of being an elitist by some collectors, mainly because some of the coins discussed in the article […]

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Can You Collect Rare US Gold on a Budget of $2,500-5,000 per Coin?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… When I speak to new collectors, they are often under the impression that most of the coins I sell are in the five- and six-figure range. While my company does sell a good number of expensive US gold coins, the bread and butter items in […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Enigmatic Proof-Only 1887 Half Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The half eagle denomination was produced virtually uninterrupted from 1795 through 1929. During this 130-year period only one issue–the 1887–was struck in only a Proof format. For reasons still unknown, no business strike half eagles were made in 1887 and a total of just 87 coins […]

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Heritage Offers Hutchinson Collection Half Eagle Gold Coins at Central States Signature Auction

Offerings from The Hutchinson Collection, Part II are featured as the April 26 – May 2 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction opens for bidding soon at the Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) convention in Chicago and online at www.HA.com/coins. Our popular Platinum Night session, featuring the finest numismatic material, is scheduled for the evening of […]

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A Dozen Unheralded San Francisco Gold Issues Which (Almost) Never Come Nice

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… There are numerous San Francisco issues that are known for their typically ratty appearance. This “rattiness” may be the result of extensive commercial use, numismatic abuse, or poor strike/planchet preparation. This blog is not about these issues; it is about some of the seemingly more available […]

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Choice AU 1871-CC Liberty Half Eagle in Stack’s Bowers March 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. The year 1870 saw the beginning of coin production at the Carson City Mint, starting a decade of low-mintage issues affecting nearly all of the gold denominations. The Liberty half eagle was the smallest of the gold coins manufactured by this western mint, and was […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #369 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type was covered in Part Nine of this series. The ‘With Motto’ type dates from […]

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Rare Gold Coins under $5000 Each, Part 11: ‘With Motto’ Liberty Head ($5 Gold) Half Eagles

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #369 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Liberty Head half eagles (U.S. $5 gold coins) were minted from 1839 to 1908. The ‘No Motto’ type was covered in Part Nine of this series. The ‘With Motto’ type dates from […]

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Why No Motto Philadelphia Half Eagles May be the Best Value in Today’s Dated Gold Market

1849 $5.00 PCGS AU55 CAC. Images courtesy Doug Winter Numismatics (DWN) By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The rare date gold market is now fairly mature and many areas which were formerly overlooked and undervalued (like San Francisco half eagles and eagles, New Orleans half eagles and eagles and Type One Liberty […]

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NGC Certifies Hornets Nest Collection of Charlotte Mint Gold Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has graded the Hornets Nest Collection, the first complete set of Charlotte Mint gold coins ever assembled. Notably, the collection includes an NGC VF 20 specimen of the legendary 1849-C Open Wreath Gold Dollar, one of the rarest United States coins. The seed of the Hornets Nest Collection was planted during […]

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