Category Archives: Pattern Coins

Finest-Graded Una and the Lion, Certified by NGC, Offered in MDC Monaco Sale

The finest graded example of the “Una and the Lion“, a coin that is at the zenith of British numismatics, is being offered in a European auction this month. Certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the Great Britain 1839 Five Pounds shares the spotlight with several other NGC-graded British gold ultra-rarities in an MDC Monaco auction on […]

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Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction Showcases Ancient, World Coins

More than 2,500 Lots of World and Ancient Coins, Medals, and Paper Money Set to Cross the Auction Block this October   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to announce their upcoming Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auction of World and Ancient Coins, along with a great offering of World Paper Money. Building on their record-setting CCO […]

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Exceptional Gold World Coins, Medals at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… As autumn arrives, we are very pleased to offer a bounty of exceptional new coins and medals for your browsing delight and numismatic consideration. We hope you may find something special among the new items being offered. As a reminder, if you have any coins that you would like to offer to us, […]

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Bimetallic US Braille Pattern Dollar Offered by Stack’s Bowers in November Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents a rare bimetallic pattern dollar featuring Braille text in their November 2020 Showcase Auction. Struck by the German company Schuler for exhibition at United States Congressional hearings and the United States Mint, this pattern was intended to demonstrate the implementation of Braille elements in response to concerns from the Alliance for […]

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Legendary Chinese “Long-Whisker” Pattern Dollar at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… There are many highlights and exceptional rarities in the Stack’s Bowers upcoming October Hong Kong auction. But principal among them is a fabled “long-whisker” pattern dollar designed by Luigi Giorgi, the accomplished head of the central mint at Tientsin during the closing years […]

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Jeff Garrett: Collecting US Pattern Coinage

Assembling a complete set of US Pattern coins is an impossible task, but there are several collecting strategies that make these fascinating coins more accessible and fun to pursue   US Pattern Coinage by Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Years ago, Charles Anderson, owner of Whitman Publishing, began a collection of US […]

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Some of the Most Remarkable US Coins in Numismatics Highlight Simpson Collection Sale, Part I

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek …..   Heritage Auctions will be selling Bob R. Simpson’s extensive collection of coins beginning on September 17, 2020, in “Important Selections from the Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part I” (Simpson Part I). The first part of the collection going to the auction block, assembled over decades by the fossil […]

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Simpson Collection Part I Auction Announced for September 17, 2020

Bob Simpson, the Texas energy executive, and philanthropist, is as legendary in numismatic circles as the momentous United States coins he collects. And in the coming months, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will offer some of the greatest rarities found in Simpson’s historic assemblage – or anywhere else in the world. Simpson, whose collection is ranked by […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Proof Gilt Reverse Pattern 1831 Half Sovereign

Gilt Uniface Reverse Die Trial NGC Proof 65 Ultra Cameo UNIQUE & UNRECORDED   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique and unrecorded Proof gilt reverse pattern for the 1831 Great Britain William IV Half Sovereign. The regular issue was struck in Proof-only and is rare. This reverse pattern is […]

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Superior Gem Cameo Proof 1879 $4 Stella: Stack’s Bowers Direct

  By Stack’s Bowers …… The Pogue Specimen Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS) CAC – Among the Finest Known 1879 Four-Dollar Gold Stella. Flowing Hair. Judd-1635, Pollock-1833. Rarity-3. Gold. Reeded Edge. Proof-66 Cameo (PCGS). CAC.   Over the years, the Stella has achieved near-legendary status among numismatists. Though classed as a pattern, the Stellas have long been […]

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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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Eagerly Sought Pattern Morgan Half Dollar: Stack’s Bowers Direct

By Stack’s Bowers ……   Judd-1602 1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar Just One Finer 1879 Pattern Morgan Half Dollar. Judd-1602, Pollock-1797. Rarity-6. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-66+ RB (PCGS).   The Judd-1602 half dollar is one of the most popular patterns due to the use of George T. Morgan’s portrait of Liberty, previously believed to have […]

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Pattern Coins of the French Second Republic Highlight Künker Auction 337

Künker Auctions by Künker GmbH …… When the French people had chased away Citizen King Louis Philippe and founded the Second Republic, they were looking for new coin designs for their new government. The most talented artists of the time submitted design proposals. Auction house Künker presents in its auction 337 on 25 June 2020 […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Great Britain Guinea/Sovereign Pattern in Copper

Recently Surfaced After 200 Years   By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… W&R-182 Copper NGC MS62BN Although this unique pattern Guinea/Sovereign is listed in the Wilson and Rasmussen reference book as W&R-182 Copper, it is not photographed in this reference book because the researchers and authors could not verify the existence of this […]

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Off-Metal Pattern Coins in the Early Chinese Republic

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following over two millennia of highly standardized and predictable currency in the form of cash, Chinese coins began a period of experimentation in the early part of the 20th century. The rather simplistic cast, holed coinage offering a few characters and possibly a mint […]

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CAC-Approved PF-65+ Flowing Hair $4 Stella Gold Coin Offered at GreatCollections

Flowing Hair Stella By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, April 26, bidding ends at GreatCollections.com for this 1879 $4 Gold Flowing Hair Stella, graded Proof-65+ Ultra Cameo by NGC and approved by CAC. NGC has graded 240 total examples of the 1879 Flowing Hair Stella (out of 425 originally minted), regardless of grade or designation. This […]

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The MBMY Collection—Chinese Pattern Coins (and More!) for the Connoisseur

Chinese Pattern Coins by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Our monumental 10th Anniversary Hong Kong auction, marking a decade of important offerings in Asia by Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, presents a tremendous array of exceptional and eclectic rarities — Chinese-specific as well as other interesting pieces from around the region. […]

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Gem Proof 1868 Judd-611 Pattern Large Cent in Stack’s Bowers June Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers …… The Braided Hair large cent was struck for circulation from 1839 through 1857, when it was retired in favor of the smaller Flying Eagle cent. These “late date” large cents are among the most popular United States coins of the 19th century, and collectors often assemble […]

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The 1989 Dragon and Phoenix Pattern Coins—A Timeless Pairing With a Modern Flair

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Animal iconography has long played an important role in Chinese art, with the fauna associated with the Lunar New Year being just one aspect. While the dragon—one of the most iconic images associated with Chinese culture—is a part of this lunar cycle, another—the phoenix—is […]

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Gobrecht Silver Dollars – The Most Misunderstood Coin

1836 C. GOBRECHT name below base, stars in obverse field, plain edge. Die alignment: eagles flies level, coin turn and eagle flies level medal turn. Judd-58 By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. The Gobrecht Silver Dollar is a complicated yet fascinating series. At first glance many would think that the Gobrecht Silver Dollar series […]

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PCGS Certifies Rare 1933 New Zealand Pattern Coin

New Zealand Pattern Coin By Jay Turner for PCGS …… There is something quite magical in viewing a pattern coin. A concept for a coin that is so familiar, yet sometimes shockingly different, is an incredible sight to behold. Such is the case for a wonderful New Zealand pattern coin recently graded by PCGS. Before […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Superstar $4 Stella, 1879-1880

These numismatic supernovas shine bright in the greatest collections   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Very few United States coins inspire the awe and fascination of the 1879 and 1880 $4 gold coins, otherwise known as “Stellas”. These enigmatic coins are far beyond the financial reach of most collectors. But that […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique & Unlisted 1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Patterns in the Standard Silver series, inscribed on each coin STANDARD SILVER, were produced in the dime, quarter dollar and half dollar denominations. The dies were engraved by William Barber with one common reverse die. They were struck in silver, copper, aluminum and brass. This discovery coin […]

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NGC Certifies Pattern Coins From Estate of US Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified five 19th-century US pattern coins that belonged to Charles E. Barber, the US Mint Chief Engraver from 1880 to 1917. A pattern coin is one that features a proposed design, composition or denomination. Three of the patterns were designed and sculpted by Barber, while the other two were executed […]

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Stack’s Bowers Present Rarities From D. Brent Pogue Collection in March 2020 Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce Part VI and Part VII of the now legendary D. Brent Pogue Collection. The Pogue Collection will forever be known as an incredible assembly of the very finest early American coins from 1792 through the 1830s. The five sales already completed featured this portion of the collection, almost […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique 1870 Standard Silver Dime on Copper Nickel Planchet

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This is a unique and spectacular mint error, a proof pattern off-metal. It was struck on a copper nickel planchet instead of a silver planchet. It is composed of 76% Cu and 24% Ni, which is copper-nickel. It weighs .99 grams. PCGS has certified the coin as […]

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Heritage Features Beautiful 1817 Pattern Three Graces Crown in January NYINC Auction

The Heritage January 12-13 NYINC World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction features, among many other highlights, an example of the beautiful 1817 Pattern “Three Graces” Crown, graded Proof 65 by NGC. This pattern is estimated at $80,000-$100,000 USD, and it is scheduled to cross the auction block in New York on Monday, January 13. Alongside […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Coin, Currency Signature Auctions Realize Over $5.5 Million

Szechuan Pattern Set Eclipses $1 Million   Chinese Coin Highlights A spectacular double pattern set of Szechuan coinage, made by the Ferracute factory in New Jersey, was the unquestioned highlight of Heritage’s December 5-6 auction of world and ancient coins in Hong Kong. Overall, the auction of world and ancient coins realized over $3.8 million […]

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NGC-Certified 1897 Szechuan Ferracute Pattern Set Realizes $1,020,000 at Auction

An 1897 Szechuan Ferracute Pattern Set certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized $1,020,000 USD at auction, an impressive figure that reflects the set’s extreme rarity and numismatic importance. The 10 silver and brass coins in the set were sold as a single lot in the Heritage Auctions Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) World […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Proof Half Sovereign Pattern Mule with Sixpence Obverse

By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… This proof Half Sovereign off-metal mule pattern encompasses a combination of history, rarity, and condition. This piece is the ONLY known certified example and the ONLY known piece as well. The obverse was struck from the regular obverse die intended for the Sixpence issue. The reverse was […]

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Heritage Offers Complete Ferracute Specimen Double Pattern Set of Chinese Coins

Heritage’s December 5-6 Hong Kong World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction features a fantastically rare set of Chinese patterns, minted at the Ferracute Machine Company in New Jersey. Only three such sets are known to exist. The set contains coins ranging in denomination from five cents to one dollar, with examples of each struck in […]

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Mike Byers Mint Error News – Unique Lauer Queen Victoria Gold Pattern Coin

(1887) Great Britain Queen Victoria Lauer Pattern in Gold Uniface Obverse Die Trial Ex. Murdoch Collection (1904) – UNIQUE By Mike Byers for Mint Error News …… Several patterns struck in gold with new designs were submitted in 1887 for the jubilee of Queen Victoria. Her young head portrait had been used for 50 years […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln – Beyond Brenner

Abraham Lincoln By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln […]

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NGC Certifies Impressive Waterbird Collection of Rare British Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the Waterbird Collection, an impressive array of rare British coins spanning almost six centuries. The coins range from a rare gold noble of King Henry IV struck circa 1412-13 to a 2002 Gold Maundy set from the Cook Islands. Among the many highlights of the collection is an exceptionally […]

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Spink to Auction Edward VIII Pattern Coin

Spink is delighted to announce the forthcoming sale of an excessively rare Edward VIII Pattern Penny at its London auction house on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. This trial coin, never released for circulation as a result of the King’s abdication in December 1936, is appearing for the very first time at a UK public auction. […]

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Royal Australian Mint Celebrates Kookaburra Centenary With Square 1/4oz Silver Proof Coins

By Royal Australian Mint …… One of Australia’s most unusual and distinctive coin designs celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019, the design never circulated and yet it is still treasured in numismatic circles today. This 2019 25c Fine Silver Proof Set remembers the Kookaburra coins, valued for their distinctive designs and rarity. In 1919, Australia’s […]

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NGC Grades Important Collection of Chinese Patterns Featuring Mao Zedong

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified a spectacular collection of patterns featuring the likeness of Mao Zedong, the leader of the People’s Republic of China from its founding in 1949 until his death in 1976. These 28 patterns – 14 copper and 14 aluminum – were struck in the Fen and 5 Fen denominations. A […]

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Featured Highlights From the E. Horatio Morgan Collection – August 2019 ANA Auction

E. Horatio Morgan Collection by Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   We are thrilled to present selections from the incredible E. Horatio Morgan Collection, which are among the many highlights of our Official Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money this August. Assembled primarily in the late 1980s and early ’90s, the E. Horatio Morgan […]

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Key Carson City Gold, Choice Wildman Thaler Among New Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… Atlas Numismatics will be attending the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019 being held in Rosemont, Illinois (Chicago). If you would like us to bring any specific items to the show for you to see in person, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Atlas Numismatics will be […]

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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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Three Dollar Gold Coins From Chinook Collection Offered at CSNS

It isn’t often that we’re able to feature a collection of three dollar gold pieces in one of our auctions, but three dollar gold pieces form the great majority of the Chinook Collection, a part of the April 25-28 Central States Numismatic Society US Coins Signature Auction. Our consignor is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman […]

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Flowing Hair Stella Offered in Heritage Auctions U.S. Coins Sale

Numismatic rarity discovered after decades in Massachusetts family safe   A superb example of an extremely rare 140-year-old U.S. coin that sat, untouched and perhaps unknown, in a family safe is among lots in highest demand being offered at Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins Auction March 14-16. This 1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, JD-1, R.3, […]

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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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Clay, Cardboard, and Zinc: Altered Coinage of World War II

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In the United States, the most dramatic effect that World War II had on our coinage was the steel penny. The composition of our nickels changed as well, but that wasn’t an immediately noticeable change in the appearance of the coin. Both changes are well-known by collectors today, but […]

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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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Lion Dollar, Beautiful Bavarian Pattern 3 Mark Coin Among Highlights From Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… We will be attending the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) from January 10-13, 2019. If you would like us to bring any specific items for your examination at the show please contact us at your earliest convenience. New Inventory These five items are just a sample of the 560 recent […]

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Rare Chinese Patterns Lead $5.1 Million Heritage Auctions Hong Kong Event

Rare gold and silver patterns provided many of the highlights as Heritage’s auctions realized over $5.1 million December 5-7 in Hong Kong. After auction sales are continuing and may add even more to the total. All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. Rare coins sold for over $3.3 million in total, with the vast majority […]

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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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A World of Money – Extremely Rare 2nd Variety “Reversed Legends” Pattern Kwangtung 50 Cents Coin

By Heritage Auctions …… In 1889 a new mint was opened in Kwangtung. A series of 5 coins were struck: 3.65 Candareens (5 Cents), 7-3/10 Candareens (10 Cents), 1 Mace 4-3/5 Candareens (20 Cents), 3 Mace 6-1/2 Candareens (50 Cents), and 7 Mace 3 Candareens. These pieces were struck, and entered into circulation, to replace […]

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Prooflike 100 Corona Gold Coin Among Highlights From Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… We will be attending the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) from January 10-13, 2019. If you would like us to bring any specific items for your examination at the show please contact us at your earliest convenience. These five items are just a sample of the 540 recent additions to […]

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NGC Certified Pattern Struck on Gilded and Cutdown Seated Liberty Dime

This recent discovery was previously unknown to the numismatic community Authenticated and certified by NGC (and approved by CAC), this 1852 gold dollar pattern (Judd 138) is the only known U.S. pattern or coin that was gold plated (gilt) by the United States Mint and then overstruck. It was originally a silver Seated Liberty dime […]

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NGC Certifies Rare Standing Liberty Quarter Pattern

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare pattern 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter. Graded NGC PF 61, it is believed to be only the third example in existence. The coin was originally graded by another third-party grading service, which had identified it as a regular 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter. The error was undetected until […]

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1792 George Washington Gold Piece Makes 1st Public Appearance Since 1890

Elite collector Eric P. Newman’s favorite coin, now bound for Heritage Auctions’ ANA Platinum Night Auction with all net proceeds donated to charity A one-of-a-kind gold coin believed to have once been a cherished memento of U.S. President George Washington made its first public pre-auction showing since 1890 when Heritage Auctions put it on display […]

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NGC Certifies Newman’s Unique 1792 Washington President Gold Eagle

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the late Eric P. Newman’s most cherished coin: the unique 1792 Washington President gold eagle that researchers believe was presented to George Washington and carried by him as a pocket piece. Graded NGC XF 45★, the coin will be sold without reserve by Heritage Auctions on August 16, 2018, […]

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Stack’s Bowers Auctions – Iconic “Una and the Lion” Proof Set

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …… This inaugural preview for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2018 ANA Auction features one of the most recognizable English coins. Rightly considered among the most spectacular English coin designs, the Una and the Lion Pattern 5 Pound by itself would warrant a feature here. This […]

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Rare Chinese Coin Pattern Highlights from Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers …… Chinese Coin Pattern: An Amazing “Fang Kong” Pattern 10 Cash This week’s first highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White Collection of Chinese Copper Coins is the amazing An-hui “Fang Kong” coin pattern 10 Cash. Struck in the style of the earlier square-hole type […]

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Incredible “L. Giorgi” Pattern 10 Cash at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction of Chinese Coins

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers ……   This week’s Hong Kong Auction highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White collection of Chinese Copper coins is Lot 40299, an incredible pattern 10 Cash, undated (ca. 1914) and signed by the prolific die engraver and head of the Tientsin Mint, Luigi Giorgi. […]

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Finest Certified Judd-145 1852 Ring Dollar in Gold at Heritage Dallas Auction

The reason for experimentation with gold dollars and the ring dollar specifically, (Judd-136 to Judd-148) was to provide a larger, more convenient diameter for the coins. Gold dollars were small and easily lost, and in the early 1850s they represented a substantial amount of money for the average worker. Convenience lost out, however, to a more practical […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Sale Features Bowers’ Chinese Coins in Copper

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Coins in Copper. This offering, presented in a stand-alone catalog, will be held Monday, April 2 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The collection is […]

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World Coins: The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading auctioneer […]

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Impressive “Huai” Pattern 20 Cash Chinese Coin at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Stack’s Bowers Auctions …… Another highlight from the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Copper Coins to be offered in Stack’s Bowers April 2-4, 2018 Hong Kong auction as a standalone catalog. Here are featured the Impressive Kiangsu-Chingkiang “Huai” Pattern 20 Cash – the only known example in private hands. The […]

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Mysterious Honan Pattern 500 Cash Copper Coin at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Stack’s Bowers Auctions ……   This week’s highlight from the Q. David Bowers collection of Chinese Copper Coins being offered in our April 2-4, 2018 Hong Kong auction as a stand along catalog is the mysterious Honan Pattern 500 Cash. Very little is actually known about this issue, with much speculation. […]

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The French in Vietnam – Rare 1946 French Indochinese Piastre Pattern Coin at MA-Shops

French Indochinese piastre By CoinWeek …. Compared to Portugal and Spain, France was late colonizing Asia and the Far East. Its involvement in Southeast Asian affairs didn’t begin until the early 1600s, when French Jesuit missionaries began working in Vietnam – which itself was only just beginning to grow into the country as we understand […]

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Incredible Rare Great Britain Pattern Crown: Stack’s Bowers NYINC

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …… The Stack’s Bowers Galleries January New York International (NYINC) sale is a magnificent event with published high estimates in excess of $9 million. One of the highlights is lot 20350, a tremendous pattern crown for Great Britain’s George III engraved by the master Benedetto Pistrucci. […]

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Heritage Auctions – Finest Cert. 1879 Schoolgirl Dollar in Silver at FUN

The Schoolgirl dollar is George T. Morgan’s masterpiece. The design of Liberty faces left, with E PLURIBUS at the left rim, seven stars above, UNUM at the right rim, four more stars, the date 1879, and finally two more stars before we come back around from whence we began. Liberty’s hair is combed back and […]

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New Million Dollar Coin: David Lawrence Rare Coins Sells 1879 Coiled Hair Stella

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) has brokered one of the rarest U.S. gold issues from the 19th Century. Graded by PCGS Proof 66 Cameo, DLRC placed an 1879 Coiled Hair $4 Gold Stella for just over $1,000,000. This transaction solidified the coin as one of the newest members of the PCGS Million Dollar Coin Club. […]

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NGC Modern Chinese Coin Tops Heritage Auction Hong Kong Sale

A modern Chinese coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) led the way at the Heritage Auctions World Coins and Ancient Coin Signature Auction event in Hong Kong earlier this month. The extremely rare 1989 Dragon & Phoenix Pattern Gold 200 Yuan, graded NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo, realized an astonishing $408,000 USD. The coin […]

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Stack’s Bowers November Baltimore Auction: Classic Lots You Need to Know

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. The Stack’s Bowers November 2017 Baltimore Auction, like all other Stack’s Bowers sales at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, are a great source of fresh coins for collectors looking for rarities, type material and numismatic items a little off of the beaten path. When the first […]

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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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NGC Certifies China 1911 Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Gold Dollar

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare China 1911 Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Gold Dollar. Graded NGC SP 63+, it is considered to be one of the most valuable coins in vintage Chinese numismatics. This rarity was submitted in Shanghai to the NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB), which was established in March […]

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NGC Certifies 17 Experimental Glass Cents and Tokens

Patterns struck during World War II by the Blue Ridge Glass Corporation Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified 17 experimental cents and tokens struck in glass during World War II to test the unusual composition for coinage. Images of these rare pieces can be viewed at NGCcoin.com/GlassCents. With copper needed for the war effort, the […]

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Heritage: 20th Century Rarities Claim Top Honors in $4 Million Hong Kong Auctions

A Chinese 1914 Republic Yuan Shih-kai silver “L. Giorgi” Pattern Specimen Dollar SP65 PCGS, took top lot honors at $77,675 USD in Heritage Auction’s $2.9 million Asian Coins Signature Auction held June 21-23 in Hong Kong. The auction saw bidders vying for a diverse selection of 20th century rarities in one of the fastest-growing events […]

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Birch Cent Not Seen in 55 Years to Appear at Heritage Auctions ANA Platinum Night

1792 cent with plain edge traced back to 1890 Parmelee auction; consignment window still open The consignment deadline for Heritage Auctions’ 2017 American Numismatic Association (ANA) Auction is June 21, so sellers still have a few days to submit their high-end collections to appear along with special offerings, such as a 1792 Parmelee Birch Cent […]

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Heritage: Important Classic US Coins Offered in Long Beach Auction

For more than a quarter of a century, Heritage and the Long Beach Coin Expo have combined talents and resources to present the Official Signature auctions – a long history of cooperation and success, and this is continuing with our current offerings scheduled for June 8-11 in Long Beach and through HA.com. At last count, […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Extremely Rare Copper 1875 Half Eagle

Our Long Beach Signature Auction of US Coins features an example of a 1874 half eagle struck in copper, graded Proof 64 Red and Brown by PCGS. This coin, cataloged as Judd-1371, is a regular dies trial striking in copper (from the regular proof dies) with reeded edge. This pattern was most likely distributed to […]

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NGC & Chen Gi Mao Form NGC Advanced Vintage Chinese Coins Authentication Bureau

Extremely Rare 1897 Ferracute Szechuan Pattern Set is Certified Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and noted numismatist Chen Gi Mao have announced that they will form the NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB). The partnership combines the experience and expertise of NGC, a leading third-party coin grading service established in 1987, and Chen Gi Mao, one […]

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Highlights from the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday April 3 through Wednesday April 5 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Session B will commence at 11:00 AM Hong Kong […]

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U.S. Coin Patterns for Less Than $5,000 Each, Part 5: “Standard Silver” Dimes

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #371 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. It is not practical to cover all dime patterns in one discussion. The topic here is Liberty Head, “Standard Silver” dime patterns that cost less than $5,000 each. These are dated 1869 […]

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U.S. Coins – Glass Penny Sells for $70,500 at FUN Show Heritage Auction

Ultra-rare glass coin was World War II experiment The only known surviving intact experimental all-glass penny, manufactured in 1942 as a possible alternative to copper that was urgently needed during World War II, sold for $70,500 in a public auction conducted in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and online by Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions on Friday, January […]

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Heritage: Hong Kong Auction Open for Bidding

Our third semi-annual Hong Kong World Coins Signature Auction, scheduled for December 8-9, is open for bidding at HA.com! It has been only one year since we held our first auction in Hong Kong, and yet we have already made great strides in building our presence in the Chinese and East Asian Market. This current […]

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D. Moore Collection of Russian Coins in Heritage NYINC Auction

We are already looking forward to our January 8-9 World Coins Signature Auction, to be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). The superlatives for this auction are already flowing in, with particular emphasis on the diversity and quality of the material to be offered. One of the standout collections to […]

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Four Captivating U.S. Patterns from the Stack’s Bowers Baltimore Auction

By Hubert Walker for Coinweek…. Stack’s Bowers, the official auctioneer for the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo in Baltimore, will hold its next Rarities Night Auction of U.S. Coins on November 3. The 196 lots up for offer consist of a variety of lustrous, rare and conditionally rare examples of almost every classic American coin […]

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Rare US Coins – Glass Cent Pattern Discovered

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Amid the nationwide mobilization effort for the Second World War, the United States Mint was forced to explore using new materials for its low-denomination coins as nickel and copper supplies were diverted to war production. This led the mint to replace the normal composition of the five-cent nickel […]

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U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 3: Three Cent Pieces

Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #351 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This is the third in a series on collecting U.S. patterns without spending as much as $5,000 USD on any one piece. Although patterns are not coins, some did circulate as coins and patterns are often collected along with […]

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Classic US Coins – Art and Numismatics

Collecting coins based on art is an endless journey and one that should give you a different perspective of the hobby By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Last week I had the pleasure of traveling with a friend to Cornish, New Hampshire on a very interesting numismatic road trip. Cornish, New Hampshire […]

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Champion Summer Hong Kong Auction Attracts Top Bidders, Record Prices for Chinese Coins

By Champion Auction …… Champion Auction is the only Asian Auction house which holds auction lot viewing in the US, Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong/Macau area. This policy allows our bidders to bid by phone and online to support a strong floor turnout, which leads to the top auction prices. Champion is also the oldest […]

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Private Lot Viewing – Heritage Auctions Platinum Night August 2016 – 4K Video

At the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2016 World’s Fair of Money, Heritage Auctions offered collectors a chance to take home a number of important numismatic rarities. Before Heritage’s big Platinum Night Auction, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sat with Heritage’s Mark Borckardt to get a one-on-one tour of some of the sale’s most exciting offerings. In […]

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Million Dollar Coins, Part 1: 1792 Patterns

Bushnell-Parmelee-Jenks-Col. Green 1792 Birch Cent – The First American Cent – Choice AU-58 (PCGS) A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #348 This week’s column is about those 1792 patterns that, in my estimation, are likely to be worth more than $1 million in the current market […]

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Stack’s Bowers August ANA Sale of World and Ancient Coins Realizes $4.89 Million

Warm sunny weather greeted attendees to the annual ANA convention last week as they brought spirited bidding to the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money. The World and Ancient coins sessions realized nearly US$4.9 million (including the standard buyer’s premium) as part of the overall Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: Beyond Brenner

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln cent was […]

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U.S. Coin Patterns for Less than $5,000 Each, Pt. 2: Two Cent Pieces

  Analysis regarding scarce coins,  markets, and coin collecting #345 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. It has already been explained, in Part 15 of a series about classic U.S. coins, that a set of regular issue, business strike Two Cent Pieces may be completed without spending as much as $500 on any […]

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Classic US Coins – Gold Stella $4 Coin Goes to Auction

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. There’s an old saying, “fake like a two-cent coin” or “a three-cent coin.” While these obscure denominations haven’t seen circulation for a very long time, there ironically were two-cent and three-cent denominations of U.S. coins (the latter known as a “trime”) during the 19th century. What’s more, there […]

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Stack’s Bowers World Coin Auction – Gem Chinese 1910 Pattern Dragon Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …… This week’s preview for the Stack’s Bowers upcoming August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a lovely Dragon Pattern Dollar from the final period of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in […]

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World Coins – Rare Chinese Coinage Highlights $3.6 Million Hong Kong Auction Results

Rarities from mainland China highlighted the results as our second Hong Kong numismatic auction event brought its consignors close to US$3.6 million. Held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair on June 22-24, our rare coin auction, focusing on issues from eastern Asia, brought its consignors over $2.8 million, with world currency (also […]

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Seldom Seen Selections: 1913 Buffalo Nickel Pattern

Mint documents indicate that Philadelphia Mint Superintendent John Landis informed Mint Director George Roberts on March 3, 1913 that 17 pattern Buffalo Nickels had been struck. The documents also list to whom they were distributed. Of the 17 struck, six pieces went to John Landis on February 28 and are assumed to have been destroyed. […]

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US Coin Pattern – 1913 Buffalo Nickel

Mint documents indicate that Philadelphia Mint Superintendent John Landis informed Mint Director George Roberts on March 3, 1913 that 17 pattern Buffalo Nickels had been struck. The documents also list to whom they were distributed. Of the 17 struck, six pieces went to John Landis on February 28 and are assumed to have been destroyed. […]

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World Coin Grading – NGC Certifies Rare Modern Venezuelan Pattern

The only Venezuela 1989 bimetallic 20 Bolivares pattern certified by NGC thus far has been graded MS 66. By the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Venezuela was unable to produce sufficient circulation issue coinage at its mint in Caracas so the country needed to rely on foreign mints for […]

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NGC Certifies First World Gold Coin Pattern Ever Struck by United States Mint

1855 MB Peru 2P Gold Pattern NGC graders have certified a rare 1855 Peruvian Gold Pattern 2 Peso struck at the Philadelphia Mint. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded an 1855 Peruvian Pattern 2 Peso in gold that was the first pattern struck by the United States Mint for a foreign country. “Patterns” are sample […]

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Gobrecht Silver Dollars – The Most Misunderstood Coin

1836 C. GOBRECHT name below base, stars in obverse field, plain edge. Die alignment: eagles flies level, coin turn and eagle flies level medal turn. Judd-58 By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation…. The Gobrecht Silver Dollar is a complicated yet fascinating series. At first glance many would think that the Gobrecht Silver Dollar series […]

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Mexican Coins – Pattern 8 Reales from Durango Mint in Stacks Bowers Baltimore Sale

MEXICO. Pattern 8 Reales, 1840-DoOMC. NGC AU-53. By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Stack’s Bowers Cataloger ……… Stack’s Bowers November Baltimore is just a few days away, and the excitement is certainly building. For World coins, the November Baltimore sale has historically been a great venue for Latin American coinage, specifically that of Mexico. With nearly […]

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Federal Judge Rules Against Government in 1974-D Aluminum Cent Case

by CoinWeek Staff… It looks like Heritage might get to auction that unique 1974-D aluminum cent after all… Intended to be one of the highlights of Heritage Auctions’ 2014 Central States Numismatic Society Convention Sale, a 1974-D aluminum cent pattern once belonging to an assistant superintendent at the Denver Mint, has been tied up in […]

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The Coin Analyst: Federal Judge Rules Against Government in 1974-D Aluminum Cent Case

The Coin Analyst by CoinWeek… It looks like Heritage might get to auction that unique 1974-D aluminum cent after all… Intended to be one of the highlights of Heritage Auctions’ 2014 Central States Numismatic Society Convention Sale, a 1974-D aluminum cent pattern once belonging to an assistant superintendent at the Denver Mint, has been tied […]

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Early American Rare Coins & Patterns in Kendall Collection Bring Solid Prices in Baltimore

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #271 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Early American, pre-1793 rarities tended to bring moderate to strong prices overall in the auction of the Kendall Collection in Baltimore on March 26th. The Kendall Foundation consignment alone […]

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Early American Rare Coins & Patterns in Kendall Collection Bring Solid Prices in Baltimore

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #271 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds Early American, pre-1793 rarities tended to bring moderate to strong prices overall in the auction of the Kendall Collection in Baltimore on March 26th. The Kendall Foundation consignment alone […]

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Gem Quality Shield Earring Quarter Pattern Coin to be auctioned at the Central States Coin Convention

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community #268 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds…. Broadly defined, a wide variety of items fall into the category of pattern, experimental and trial pieces. Patterns, narrowly defined, are design concepts that should logically have been considered, […]

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English Coins – 1910 George V Pattern Crown At Dix Noonan Webb

The 1910 George V Pattern Crown in gold is one of only two known specimens and is expected to sell for £80,000 to £100,000 at Dix Noonan Webb. A major numismatic rarity will be among the highlights of the auction of Ancient, British and World Coins, Tokens and Commemorative Medals to be held by Dix […]

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Partrick Coin Collection Part I realizes $25.93 million at FUN

1792 Birch Cent brings $2.585 million in Heritage Auctions’ Jan. 8 evening session; five Partrick coins break seven figures in Orlando, FL ORLANDO, FL – Don Partrick’s visionary collection of American colonial coins electrified the numismatic community on Thursday night, Jan. 8, 2014 when the more than 350 coins contained therein realized almost $26 million […]

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PCGS to Display Finest Gobrecht Dollar Set At 2015 FUN

The all-time finest 1836-1839 Gobrecht Dollar patterns set will be exhibited for the first time anywhere in public at the January 2015 Florida United Numismatists convention. The display at the Professional Coin Grading Service (http://www.PCGS.com) booth, number 108, will be courtesy of the set’s owner, collector Bob R. Simpson of Texas, and Legend Numismatics of […]

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The Fabulous Eric Newman Collection, Part 12: Pre-1793 Patterns for U.S. coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #251 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds The most exciting ‘news’ at the moment is the sale of pre-1793 patterns from the Eric Newman Collection. On Friday, Nov. 14, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, […]

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NGC Grades The Donald G. Partrick Collection, Part I

On November 10, 2014, the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced that the service has graded Part I of the phenomenal collection of Donald G. Partrick. A serious student of Early American coinage, Partrick carefully assembled a cabinet that boasts a number of iconic Colonial and Early United States issues, including many unique and finest known specimens. Heritage […]

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Heritage to Auction Donald G. Partrick’s Collection of Extraordinary United States Colonial Coins

Starting in 2015 at FUN; the finest collection of colonial American coins ever assembled Heritage Auctions has announced that it will offer the Donald G. Partrick Collection of Extraordinary United States Colonials, beginning with Part I this coming January’s Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention auction, Jan. 7-10, 2015, in Orlando, FL. Other sales are planned […]

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1877 Half Union Pattern in Gilt Copper

The 1877 fifty dollar patterns, named half unions, were struck in both Large and Small Head varieties, both types using a common reverse. One specimen of each design was struck in gold (Judd-1546 and Judd-1548) and a small number of copper examples of each design were also produced (Judd-1547 and Judd-1549). Some of the copper […]

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