Category Archives: Early US Coins

Over $10 Million in Coins Sold in Two Dallas Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auction’s mid-October sales of US coins are in the book, and when everything was complete, every lot in both auctions sold, and more than $10 million USD in coins found their ways to new owners. October 14-17 saw an auction of the collection of long-time dealer Maurice Storck raise in excess of $3.7 million, […]

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A Rare Opportunity: GreatCollections Offers Mint State CAC 1798 Draped Bust Dime

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, September 20, bidding ends at GreatCollections for this toned 1798 Draped Bust dime of the Large 8 variety, graded MS-64+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. The Draped Bust dime was first issued in 1796, featuring what is called the Small Eagle reverse. In 1798, a new Heraldic Eagle reverse […]

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NGC Releases Image Gallery, Video for Partrick Collection

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has updated its image gallery of the Donald G. Partrick Collection with more than 1,000 additional coins, tokens, and medals, giving numismatists the opportunity to explore this unparalleled collection of Colonial and early US coins. The Partrick Collection, entirely certified by NGC, includes some of the greatest rarities in all of […]

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Choice VF 1815/2 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples were […]

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Choice VF 1815/2 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Sept. Collectors Choice Online Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1815/2 half dollar is a significant key date in the Capped Bust, Lettered Edge series. Struck from a single die pair, it is the only 1815-dated half dollar, subjecting it to incredible demand for those building a date set of halves. Just 47,150 examples […]

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Heritage Auctions Expects Rush for ‘Original Goldbug’ Collection of Gold Coins by James Dines

Legendary financial forecaster’s sale includes ‘virtually untouched’ 1907 Saint-Gaudens High Relief Double Eagle   Heritage Auctions strikes gold this fall by offering The James Dines “Original Goldbug” Collection, named for the legendary financial prognosticator who is also an esteemed numismatist. Mr. Dines, who rose to forecasting fame in the 1950s and ’60s, has spent more […]

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Simpson Collection Sale to Feature Finest Known 1795 Dollar With Silver Plug

The upcoming Heritage September 17 auction of Important Selections from the Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part I features, among many other outstanding coins, the finest known 1795 dollar struck with silver plug, graded MS65+ by PCGS and pedigreed to the Lord St. Oswald Collection. The Lord St. Oswald coins have earned exalted status in U.S. […]

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NGC Certifies Two Brasher Doubloons, Other Extreme Rarities From Partrick Collection

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified hundreds of additional selections from the incomparable collection of Donald G. Partrick. Incredibly, this stunning group of coins includes two Brasher Doubloons, fabled rarities that rank among the most prized coins in all of numismatics. The centerpiece of the Partrick Collection is undoubtedly the finest-known New York-Style Brasher Doubloon: […]

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ESM Collection of Large Cents Realizes Over $4.6 Million at Stack’s Bowers August Rarities Night

The incredible ESM Collection of United States Large Cents realized over $4.6 million in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2020 Las Vegas Auction. Offered as part of the firm’s Rarities Night session on Thursday, August 6, this was perhaps the most highly anticipated selection from the legendary ESM Collection. Offered was a virtually complete set […]

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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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Historic 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent Could Bring Over a Half-Million Dollars at Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to offer the finest known example of the 1793 Strawberry Leaf Cent in their August 2020 Las Vegas Auction​, presented as part of the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents. First purchased for $77.50 in 1877, this early cent […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offering ESM Collection of Large Cents, Ancient Roman Solidi

ESM Collection of United States Large Cents Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents as part of our August 2020 Auction. The collection comprises a virtually complete set of large cents by major variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857. […]

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Mint State 1796 Stars on Obverse Quarter Eagle in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Coinage Act of April 2, 1792 authorized the production of three gold denominations at the newly established United States Mint, including the $10 eagle, the $5 half eagle, and the $2.50 quarter eagle. While the half eagle and eagle were first struck in 1795, it […]

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Early U.S. Gold Coins – One of the Finest Known 1831 Half Eagles

The 1831 Capped Head Left half eagle claims a substantial mintage of 140,594 pieces, split between just two die varieties. The upcoming August 2 – 4 ANA Worlds’ Fair of Money US Coins Signature Auction from Heritage features one such piece, graded MS64 by PCGS and representing the slightly more available BD-2 variety, recognizable by […]

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PCGS Confirms New 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar Variety

First major variety discovery of that Early Half Dollar date in nearly a century   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) has confirmed a new die marriage for the 1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar. The coin was struck with a previously unknown obverse die and is now recognized as the new Overton 133 variety. It is […]

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Finest Known Pedigreed Large Cents of ESM Collection at Stack’s Bowers August Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present the ESM Collection of United States Large Cents as part of our August 2020 Auction. The collection comprises a virtually complete set of large cents by major variety, spanning all issues from 1793 through the end of the type in 1857. Featured are all of the most iconic […]

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Gem 1809 Classic Head Half Cent: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers …… Incredible Gem 1809 Classic Head Half Cent The Green-Newman-Pogue Specimen 1809 Classic Head Half Cent. C-6, B-6. Rarity-1. MS-65+ BN (PCGS). CAC. This is a gorgeous example of the Classic Head half cent, featuring a warm halo of mint color emerging from Liberty’s cap and around her head, fading into ideal […]

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1794 Dollar: Legend Auctions to Sell Most Valuable US Coin in October

The world’s most valuable US coin, a 1794 Dollar that last sold for $10 million USD, is set to appear in an auction again later this year. Legend Rare Coin Auctions, Inc. has announced the sale of the Bruce Morelan Collection, a collection of coins from the early period of US history, valued in total […]

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1827/3 Capped Bust Quarter, One of the Hobby’s Major Rarities, Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, June 14, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this toned overdate Original 1827/3 Capped Bust quarter, graded Proof-65 by PCGS. The coin on offer was once part of the Virgil Brand Collection but it has a much longer pedigree, having been owned by such other American numismatic luminaries as Waldo Newcomer, […]

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Historic Browning Plate 1823/2 Quarter in Stack’s Bowers June 2020 Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Few American rarities have been so carefully documented and studied for provenance as the 1823/2 Capped Bust quarters. The rarity of this date was already legendary by the time Montroville W. Dickeson wrote his 1859 American Numismatical Manual, where he pronounced this date “extremely rare.” In […]

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Why MS62 May Be the “Perfect” Grade for Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I recently sold a really nice 1810 Large Date Large 5 half eagle graded MS62+ by PCGS and approved by CAC. As I was writing the description of the coin before putting it up for sale on my website, I came to the conclusion that, for […]

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America’s First “Penny”: The 1793 AMERI. Flowing Hair Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… After the founding of the United States in 1776, a variety of privately issued coins, medals, and tokens served alongside foreign coinage to provide the new nation with small but decent supplies of money for everyday commerce. But the concept of national sovereignty is cemented not only by charters […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: Another “All in the Family” Half Cent – 1835/1826

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Continuing the theme from my previous CoinWeek article on the “family” of 1804 “C-6” struck counterfeits with another improbable die combination in the half cent series, the obverse of 1835/reverse of 1826! I decided to start this installment off with one of the most recent examples […]

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Rare US Gold Coins: “Holy Grail” BD-1 Variety 1796 Quarter Eagle

Gold $2.50 Quarter eagles were struck for the first time in 1796 and three die varieties are known for the date. This coin represents the extremely rare BD-1 variety, with the No Stars obverse and the arrowheads extending to the base of the I in UNITED on the reverse. The Harry W. Bass Jr. Museum […]

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Which Rare Gold Coins Can Weather the Storm?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner I’ve been a full-time professional coin dealer since 1981 and I’ve been through numerous down markets. My experience has proven that there is no such thing as a “recession-proof” coin. Even the best coins go down during bad markets, and these represent great buying opportunities for […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #133: Early US Copper Planchets (with Bill Eckberg)

  CoinWeek Podcast #133: Early U.S. Copper Planchets (with Bill Eckberg) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This week on the CoinWeek Podcast, Early American Coppers (EAC) President Bill Eckberg joins us to talk about how the United States Mint acquired its […]

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Early American Copper Coin Profiles: Finest Certified 1811 Half Cent

The 1811 Classic Head half cent is a low-mintage key in the popular series and a challenging condition rarity in high grade. Only a handful of high-quality examples have survived over the years, and any auction appearance of a Mint State specimen is a notable event for early copper collectors. PCGS has certified only five […]

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1806 Draped Bust Silver Half Dollar: Blanchard

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ….. She is a busty beauty with flowing long hair. This 1806 classic silver half dollar, the Draped Bust, has outstanding eye appeal and a natural heft to hold in your hand. Congress first authorized the creation of a half dollar in April, 1792. The Draped Bust version was struck […]

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Unique 1800 S-209 Obverse Brockage Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… We are thrilled to present a rare mint error large cent among the many early American copper highlights in our March 2020 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. This 1800 Sheldon-209 cent depicts an obverse brockage, leaving in an intaglio impression of […]

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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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1792 Silver Disme Project Nears Completion

By Robert Rodriguez and Tony Lopez – 1792 Silver Disme Project …… After nearly four years of research, the 1792 Silver Disme Project is nearing completion. To complete this project, in January, the Resolute Americana Collection acquired the lone 1792 silver disme it did not own, the Judd-9a thick planchet. As such, for the first […]

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Rare Silver Plug 1795 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The early United States Mint practice of inserting silver plugs into half dollars and dollars to regulate their weights is perhaps one of the most romanticized techniques used to produce America’s first coinage. It recalls an era of handcrafted workmanship and motivates today’s collectors to […]

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Condition Census 1793 Wreath Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2020 Baltimore Auction

Fresh-to-Market S-11c Variety a Major Wreath Cent Rarity   By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in 1793 are some of the most popular and romantic issues in American numismatics. We are delighted to present a truly stunning Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse example graded […]

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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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PCGS Paris Office Certifies 1776 Continental Dollar Found in Junk Box for 50 Cents

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Grading in the Paris office for PCGS is always a thrill. The submissions in Europe always trend to yielding treasures not often seen. The last grading event in Paris left seasoned graders blown away with one of these discoveries. In a single coin submission sat a 1776 Continental Currency […]

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Lustrous 1795 Half Dime to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The half dime is significant as the first denomination struck by the United States Mint, starting with the “small beginning” of 1,500 half dismes delivered to Thomas Jefferson on July 13, 1792. The next issue of half dimes featured the Flowing Hair type designed by Robert […]

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Rare 1796 No Stars Quarter Eagle Gold Coin in Heritage Fun Show Signature Auction

The 1796 No Stars quarter eagle shares a reputation with its later sibling, the 1808 quarter eagle, as among the most significant and rarest gold type coins of any denomination. Both are single-year types, with low mintages (an estimated 963 pieces for the 1796 No Stars, and 2,710 coins for the 1808). The 1796 No […]

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Mysterious “E”, “L” Counterstamps on Capped Bust Quarters Intrigue Numismatists

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ……   There are many unusual varieties among early United States Federal-era coinage, but perhaps few are as mysterious as some 1815 and 1825 Capped Bust quarters counterstamped with a single “L” or “E”. In all, there are a total of four different combinations of quarters with the counterstamps, including […]

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Jeff Garrett – A Christmas Miracle and Lessons Learned

A lost coin is found and lessons are learned in a numismatic holiday caper By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week, I experienced one of the most amazing events of my 45-year numismatic career. While I have often said that every day in my profession is like the Antiques Roadshow, seldom […]

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Stack’s Bowers Presents Extremely Rare 1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar in PCGS MS-66 CAC

1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-105. Rarity-3. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC An incredible and superior Gem surely destined for a top-tier PCGS Registry Set or cabinet of early half dollars. The brightest of blues is made brighter at the rims as the lustrous cartwheel passes it, corralling deep golden centers that turn orange and violet before […]

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Near-Gem 1797 Large Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

  By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The large cents struck by the United States Mint in the 18th century were crucial to the fledging economy of young America. They were extensively used in everyday transactions and many were damaged, lost, or worn smooth as a result. Few collectors will ever own […]

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$50 Million Gold Eagle Tyrant Collection Exhibit at February Long Beach Expo

More than 300 historic U.S. $10 coins in unparalleled set’s display at February 2020 Long Beach Expo   By Goldberg Auctioneers …… A never-before-seen exhibit of United States $10 Eagle gold coins from the extensive Tyrant Collection will be publicly displayed at the February 20-22, 2020 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectibles Expo. […]

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Rare 1795 13 Leaves $10 Featured in Stack’s Bowers November 2019 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   The 1795 $10 eagle is among the most iconic issues to emerge from the early United States Mint. We are thrilled to present an exceptional example in lot 3177 of our November 2019 Baltimore Auction. Graded AU-53 (PCGS), this lustrous BD-4 eagle represents an important […]

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CoinWeek IQ: From Half Disme to Half Dime

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Quite a few denominations have been introduced and retired throughout our history, and while the half dime lives on in spirit through the nickel, the original small silver pieces are virtually unknown outside of the numismatic community. They tend to receive less attention than their larger counterparts, so let’s […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Draped Bust Dollars

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… In a discussion at the 2019 Dayton EAC Convention on counterfeits, we talked of three “families” of fakes: the 1804 “C-6” half cent set, the 1833 “N-5” large cent set, and the 1795 “off-center bust” dollar set. The 1795 off-center bust, known as variety B-14 or […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Coin Selections: Rare Early Proof 1831 Quarter

1831 saw the planchet diameter of quarters reduced by about 10%, with the Capped Bust design modified by Chief Engraver William Kneass. Multiple varieties exist for this date, including four Small Letters varieties and three with Large Letters. The change in dimensions and design increased the likelihood of proofs being struck, and Walter Breen suggested […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Large Cents

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… After writing the previous “family” article about rather deceptive struck counterfeit half cents based on the genuine 1804 “C-6” variety, I felt it timely to document another member of the family: counterfeit large cents based on the 1833 “N-5”. Just a note, I consider this type […]

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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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Struck Counterfeit Coins: A Family of Struck Fake Half Cents

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… A recent internet listing for an 1804 “C-6” half cent was the motivation to pull this information together for presentation. I actually sent a note to the seller about the listed example (which he replied is genuine and came from a respected US auction house) as […]

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Near-Mint 1795 C-2a Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers Rarities Night 2019 ANA Auction

Half Cent Rarity by James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… Early American copper enthusiasts will be delighted at the incredible 1795 C-2a half cent featured in lot 5073 of Rarities Night in our August 2019 ANA Auction. Certified AU-58+ (PCGS), this half cent ranks as a Condition Census example and offers superior, near-Mint […]

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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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Early US Coins: Only $361.03 Worth of Chain Cents Were Ever Produced

By Blanchard & Company …… It’s big, beautiful and very rare. It’s also controversial and was only minted for one year, which increases the rarity value of any survivors today. The 1793 Chain Cent is one of the first coins American collectors began acquiring in the 1800s. Today, the 1793 Chain cent remains a highly […]

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Early American Coppers, American Numismatic Society to Remember Specialist and Friend Del Bland

On Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Early American Coppers (EAC) Convention in Dayton, Ohio, the EAC and the American Numismatic Society (ANS) will host a get-together to allow the many friends and colleagues of the late Del Bland to remember, celebrate, and honor this extraordinary man. He passed away on October 16, 2018. Delmar […]

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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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The 1792 Half Disme: A Small Coin with Huge Historical Significance

By Blanchard & Company …… The United States of America was still in its infancy in the early 1790s. The Founding Fathers signed the Constitution just a few years before in 1787 and many landmark events that shaped the country we are today occurred in the years that followed. Up until this time, American colonists […]

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NGC Certifies New Half Cent Variety

1795 Die Marriage Previously Unknown with Lettered Edge Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has identified a new variety of 1795 Half Cent. It is the first example of this obverse and reverse pairing known with a lettered edge; all other examples have a plain edge. The worn and corroded 1795 Half Cent was recently submitted to […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Early Overdate 1802/1 Half Eagle

A substantial mintage for the time of 53,176 Capped Bust Right half eagles occurred in 1802, all using leftover obverse dies from the previous year that have a 2 punched over the final digit in the date. Eight die varieties are known for the date. In our current March 14-16 Dallas Signature Auction we are […]

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Collecting Early American Coins for Profit

By Mark Ferguson – www.MFrarecoins.com ……… While dealing in coins for more than forty years, I’ve observed that the most experienced and sophisticated collector/investors are drawn to collecting early American coins – the very first coins produced by our country.  These are the coins minted between 1793, the first year of regular issue United States […]

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Fresh Gem Quality 1795 Eagle Highlights Legend Rare Coin Auctions 31st Regency Sale

Stunning Coin a Historic Trophy of American Numismatics Legend Rare Coin Auctions is honored to have been consigned and is proud to offer one of the FINEST 1795 Eagle $10 gold pieces that survives. This marvel of American numismatics is graded MS64+ by PCGS and is endorsed by CAC. The coin that is fresh to […]

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Rare Gold Coins: What Was in Demand in 2018?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   2018 was a decidedly mixed year for the rare coin market. In brief: interesting rare coins performed fairly well to very well, while uninteresting coins performed terribly. * * * To be more specific, the rare date gold market continued to be among the […]

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Brasher Doubloon and Historic New York Coppers in PCGS Exhibit at Next Long Beach Expo

After their acclaimed exhibit at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money, eight historic early American coins–including a legendary 1787 gold Brasher Doubloon–will be exhibited by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) at the next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo from January 31 through February 2, 2019. “The […]

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Collecting Classic US Coins – The Silver Dollars of Our Founding Fathers

You might be surprised at how affordable some of the earliest US silver dollars are By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Silver Dollars were first authorized during the presidency of George Washington in 1792. The first coins were produced two years later in 1794, with only 1,758 coins leaving the fledgling Mint […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers to Feature Archangel Collection of Colonial and 1792 Coinage in October Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the Archangel Collection of Colonial and 1792 Coinage as a featured highlight of their October 2018 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore. Comprising a comprehensive type set of early American and related issues, the cabinet showcases some of the greatest rarities of the […]

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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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Buddy Ebsen 1795 O-121 Half Dollar Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2018 Baltimore Auction.

By James McCartney – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Among the significant rarities featured in our June 2018 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo is a gorgeous 1795 Overton-121 Flowing Hair half dollar in nearly Mint State preservation. This AU-58 (PCGS) example is an exceptional representative of the popular Y […]

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King of American Coins Comes to Long Beach: Heritage to Auction 1804 Dollar

1804 dollars deserve headlines every time they come to auction. Heritage is proud to feature the Mickley-Hawn-Queller specimen, a Class I “Original”, as one of the offerings in the June 14-17 Long Beach Signature Auction. This coin will cross the block as a part of the Premier session, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, June […]

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Bernard Alan Edison, aka “R. Tettenhorst” (1928-2018): In Memoriam

By CoinWeek ….   Bernard Alan Edison, the collector responsible for one of the all-time great collections of copper United States Half Cents, has passed away. He was 90 years old. Better known in the wider hobby by the nom de coin “R. Tettenhorst” (which was actually the name of his secretary, to whom his […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1805 “C-4” Half Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

This is the second article in the counterfeit coin series reviewing an early half cent (15th in the series on struck counterfeits), and is one of the three little sisters “varieties” documented so far. The source example was discussed briefly in my first CoinWeek exclusive article (“From the Brink to the ‘Dark-Side’“, published May 8, […]

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Admiral Collection Ten Dollar Gold Highlights Heritage Auction Long Beach Results

The Admiral Collection, one of the finest early eagle and Liberty Head ten dollar gold collections ever assembled and featuring coins long off the market, provided most of the fireworks as Heritage’s Long Beach Signature Auction soared to outstanding results. This auction, originally scheduled for February 22-26, but extended to February 27 due to technical […]

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Gold Eagles from The Admiral Collection Featured in Heritage Long Beach Auction

Heritage is proud to present our February 22-26 auction of US coins at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo, one of the finest February Long Beach auctions we have offered in some time. The Featured Collections in this auction are quite impressive, none more so than the Admiral Collection. Quite simply, The Admiral Collection […]

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Finest Known 1805 O-112 Bust Half Dollar Offered in Stack’s Bowers March 2018 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers ……   The Sutton Court Collection of Early Bust Half Dollar Varieties is one of the most exciting cabinets of bust half dollar that we have handled in recent years. Assembled by Overton number with a focus on the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle type, specialists will […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Presentation Strike 1795 Draped Bust Dollar

The 1795 B-14, BB-51 Bust dollar with an off-center Draped Bust represents the first appearance of the new Draped Bust Dollar obverse design. The Small Eagle reverse also made its first appearance here. The circumstances surrounding the coin’s issuance are subject to a certain amount of speculation. The designer and engraver remain unidentified, the exact […]

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Classic US Gold Coin Profile – The 1795 Small Eagle Half Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I’m not sure the 1795 Small Eagle half eagle is my favorite American gold coin, but it is certainly well up on my Top 10 list. I have handled dozens of 1795 half eagles in grades ranging from Fine-12 to MS65, and to this day, […]

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Bullowa 1799 Silver Dollars Enhance Auction & Bring Strong Prices

Coin Rarities & Related Topics#393 – Massachusetts Silver Coinage A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Though far from being the rarest or the most expensive coins in the Stack’s-Bowers Rarities Night event of November 9, two 1799 silver dollars were among the most appealing and popular of all coins in the auction. Almost-uncirculated 18th-century silver […]

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What Do “Original” Early US Gold Coins Look Like?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… The term “original” is used and misused frequently by collectors and dealers alike. As a dealer who uses this term frequently, I am often asked what constitutes originality. I thought this concept would be illustrated with good quality images of four choice, original early gold […]

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Exciting Early American Coins Highlight Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries November 2017 Baltimore Auction will be truly monumental, rivaling the most spectacular events of the past five years in quality and quantity of offerings. The sale will feature selections from the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation, the Alexander and Murray Hill Collections, and other important properties, as well as a fantastic selection […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 3: McCoy in 1864

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #390 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, at public auctions. The first comprehensive collection of U.S. coins to be auctioned this […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1796 “S-93” Large Cent + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This latest installment in the continuing summary of deceptive struck counterfeits documented to date centers around this 1796 “S-93” Large Cent; as in previous articles in this series, I have included a one-page attribution guide to aid in the identification of any that are still out […]

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Condition Census 1795 Half Cent in Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ……   The Stack’s Bowers November 2017 Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectibles Baltimore Expo promises to be a truly monumental event in both quality and quantity of offerings. This year’s auction will be highlighted by selections from the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation, the […]

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

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

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Stack’s Bowers: Near Gem 1797 Draped Bust Dime in October Auction

  By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ……   Featured in Stack’s Bowers upcoming October 2017 Collector’s Choice Online Auction is an incredible MS-64 (NGC) 1797 Draped Bust dime of the JR-2, 13 Stars variety. By a slight margin, JR-2 is considered the scarcer of the two varieties of 1797 dimes. The […]

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British Halfpenny Imitations Minted and Circulated in New York Before 1800

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #385 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Imitation British halfpennies were made in New York State during the 1780s and widely circulated as money. The purpose here is to introduce this series and to provide guidelines for collecting them. A […]

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British Halfpenny Imitations Minted and Circulated in New York Before 1800

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #385 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds …..   Imitation British halfpennies were made in New York State during the 1780s and widely circulated as money. The purpose here is to introduce this series and to provide guidelines for collecting them. […]

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Heritage Long Beach US Coins Auction Exceeds $9.1 Million Sold

Eighteenth-century copper coinage was the featured attraction as the September 7-10 Long Beach Signature Auction raised close to $9.2 million USD for its consignors. This auction took place in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo. All prices include Buyer’s Premium. The top lot in the auction was a 1795 Reeded Edge Cent, […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: 1795 “S-76b” Large Cent

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This installment starts with a 2012 internet-listed example deemed a counterfeit and removed from that venue; it was further discussed in the Coin Community Forum and labeled a “Chinese” 1795 large cent. Since I was already full in chasing these latest struck fakes, I decided to […]

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

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

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

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

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CoinWeek IQ: Resolute Americana Collection of Continental Dollars – 4K Video

Collector Robert Rodriguez approaches coin collecting with enthusiasm, a keen eye for quality, and a deep appreciation for numismatic history and research. In this remarkable CoinWeek IQ video, Rodriguez sits down with NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2017 World’s Fair of Money to discuss The Resolute Americana Collection of 1776 Continental […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: An Interesting 1798 “S-158 Large Cent” + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This is intended as a summary of the documented counterfeit 1798 “S-158” large cents to date, including several listed sellers. The “source” coin, the example most likely used to create the dies to strike the other copies was unknown when we became aware of the first […]

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From the Brink II: An Update on Struck Counterfeits & Damaged Source Coins – 1807 Early Dime & Friends

By Jack D. Young for Early American Coppers (EAC) …… This article is intended as a continuation of the information reported in my previous CoinWeek article in regards to discoveries of damaged and repaired legitimate coins used to create the dies to strike this latest wave of struck “clones”/counterfeits. As previously stated, the research continues […]

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Spink to Offer Rare Pewter Continental Currency Piece at June Auction

  On June 19 and 20, Spink USA in New York will be offering an amazing item. Lot 208 is a 1776 pewter Continental Dollar. Newman 3-D, Breen-1095, W-8460, Low R.4. PCGS MS63. “EG FECIT” on the obverse. “CURRENCY.” Large “N” in “AMERICAN” on the reverse. Sundial / Thirteen states on linked chains. The Continental […]

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Classic US Coins – Rare Early Cents Offered in Padula Family Collection

Elusive 1793 S-15 cent and famous Reeded Edge cent offered during Heritage Auctions’ September Long Beach Expo Early American copper collectors are urged to consign to Heritage Auctions’ September 6-11 Long Beach Expo Auction, which will feature an important, lifetime large cent collection offering one of the few complete Sheldon-numbered variety sets ever formed. The […]

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US Coins – Finest Known 1803 Cohen-2 Half Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers June 2017 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. Early American copper collectors pursue numismatics with great enthusiasm, resulting in long-established condition censuses for most issues. Usually, the finest half dozen examples of a given variety comprise a recognized hierarchy with provenances stretching back a century or more. Rarely, if ever, is this order […]

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Building a World Class Numismatic Gold Coin Collection: The Josiah K. Lilly Collection, Pt. 13

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 19 and […]

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New Book on 1802 Half Dimes Released by Heritage Auctions

Obverse, 1802 Half Dime, Valentine Specimen. PCGS AU-50. Image courtesy Heritage Auctions   Jon Amato examines the census of a classic American coin The 1802 half dime is one of the great rarities in U.S. numismatics. It is without a doubt the key-date early half dime. Despite its notoriety as a classic numismatic rarity, less […]

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Stack’s Bowers Offers PCGS MS64 Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar at August 2017 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is delighted to feature the incredible Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar as part of their August 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction in Denver, Colorado. This MS-64 (PCGS) example was last offered at public auction in the firm’s sale of the Norweb Collection in November 1988. This incredible […]

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So You’ve Decided to Collect Early American Gold Coins…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… The term “Early American Gold Coins” generally refers to the quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles produced at the Philadelphia Mint between 1795 and 1834. By its very nature, early American gold attracts well-heeled collectors. There aren’t many interesting issues available anymore in the sub-$10,000 USD […]

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Over $15.9 Million in US Coins Sold in Stack’s Bowers March 2017 Whitman Baltimore Auction

There was certainly no shortage of significant numismatic offerings throughout the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the Whitman Coins and Collectibles Expo, held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the final week of March. Anchored by the exceptional Blue Moon Collection, Part I, and the Collections of Dr. Gordon Shaw and Anthony Bettencourt, this […]

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Heritage: Virtually 100% sell-through in $9.8 Million Dallas US Coin Auction

NGC MS63 1892-S Dollar fetches $76,375 in Heritage Auctions’ April 4-6 event. Many coins actually exceed their prices from 2014 market peak Over $9.8 million in rare U.S. coins crossed the auction block in Heritage Auctions’ offerings of April 4-6, held at its Dallas headquarters. In total, over 4,100 lots found new homes during this […]

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Pogue Collection Surpasses $106 Million

  Fifth Sale Nets Over $21 Million for 232 Coins Setting a new world record for the most valuable numismatic cabinet ever sold, and perhaps a new world record for any holding of collectibles in any field, the D. Brent Pogue Collection netted total sales of $106,720,432.25 USD over the course of five auction events […]

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Legend Numismatics Buys Dexter/Pogue 1804

Famous coin now part of “Super Collector” Bruce Morelan’s early American dollars set The Class I Dexter/Pogue specimen 1804 Draped Bust U.S. silver dollar purchased at auction on Friday night, March 31, 2017, for $3,290,000 jointly by Kevin Lipton of Beverly Hills, California and John Albanese of Bedminster, New Jersey, was sold by them less […]

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Classic U.S. Coins for Less Than $500 Each, Part 27: Capped Bust Half Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #368 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This discussion of Capped Bust half dimes is in line with a past discussion on Capped Bust half dollars and a recent piece on Capped Bust quarters. It is not difficult to […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #41: Jon Alan Boka’s Incredible 1794 Cent Collection

CoinWeek Podcast #41: Jon Alan Boka’s Incredible 1794 Cent Collection Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. The 1794 Cent has puzzled and excited early copper specialists for more than 150 years. With more than 50 varieties deemed “collectible” by Dr. William Sheldon, […]

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Stack’s Bowers: Condition Census 1798 S-166 Draped Bust Cent to Be Featured in Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ….. The Draped Bust cents of 1798 represent one of the most dynamic issues of early American copper coinage, with significant modifications to both the obverse and reverse design types throughout the year. With 46 distinct die pairings, the challenge this issue presents to collectors is […]

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