Category Archives: Henry Chapman

Classic US Silver Dollars – Brilliant Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Dollar

Every circulation-strike issue from the inception of the Morgan dollar series in 1878 through 1904 was accompanied by a small run of Proofs, typically in the high hundreds of pieces. The year 1921, when Morgan dollar output resumed for one last time using newly created hubs, was different in a number of ways, including the […]

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Horses and Torses: Collecting New Jersey Coppers as Illustrated by the E Pluribus Unum Collection

By Kyle Knapp for PCGS …… The Stack’s Bowers Galleries sale of the E Pluribus Unum Collection of New Jersey Coppers in Baltimore in November 2019 offered collectors the rare opportunity to examine a cabinet carefully assembled and improved upon for years by a dedicated specialist of the series. As on many such occasions, new […]

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NGC Grades One of First 10 Morgan Dollars Struck in San Francisco

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified one of the first 10 Morgan dollars struck by the San Francisco Mint. This incredible piece of numismatic history is now graded NGC SP 64. Hundreds of millions of Morgan dollars were struck from 1878 to 1921. Today, they are among the most popular coins with collectors because of […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Rare 2nd Series Bechtler $5 Gold Coin

America’s first gold rush took place in the Piedmont area of North Carolina and Georgia in the 1820s and ’30s. The expanding economy of the region desperately needed a more dependable medium of exchange than the miner’s gold dust could provide. To fill this need, Christopher Bechtler, a German-born goldsmith and watchmaker, established a private […]

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More Highlights From the Jan. 26 Kolbe & Fanning Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are conducting our 151st book auctions of numismatic literature, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The sale includes material on ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics, with the 500 lots offering a wide variety of books for the collector’s consideration. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 43: […]

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Highlights of the Kolbe & Fanning January 26 Numismatic Book Sale

  Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers announce our Sale 151, which will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The 500-lot sale covers ancient, foreign and U.S. numismatics, and includes selected items from over thirty different numismatic libraries, offering something for virtually all interests. Some highlights of the sale include: Lot 167: an exceptionally well-preserved […]

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Rare Chapman Proof 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar to be Offered at Summer FUN Show

Business strike 1921 Morgan dollars are common, but proofs are significant rarities. None were officially made for collector sale, but the grading services recognize two varieties: the Chapman proofs and the Zerbe proofs. Certified Zerbe proofs tend to be from VAM-1AG or VAM-47 dies, and do not show all characteristics of proof Morgan dollars of […]

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Choice Mint State 1807 “Comet” Draped Bust Cent Featured in Stack’s Bowers ANA Auction

By James McCartney – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Our upcoming August 2018 Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money will feature a number of significant early American copper specimens, including a popular 1807 Sheldon-271 cent. Certified MS-63 BN by PCGS, it is an exceptionally preserved example of this Comet variety with a […]

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Kolbe & Fanning to Sell Highlights of John W. Adams Library July 14

Sale to Include Exceptional Runs of Classic American Auction Catalogues Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are celebrating our 150th Auction by offering highlights of the extraordinary numismatic library formed by author and researcher John W. Adams on July 14, 2018. The Adams Library includes one of the finest collections of American numismatic auction catalogues ever […]

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American Sales Incl. Ancient Coins Featured in 2018 NYC Book Auction: Kolbe & Fanning

Catalogues including high-quality plates of ancient coins have been in demand for many years as collectors and dealers use them to trace the provenance of individual coins. While the various European auction series have been thoroughly investigated, however, it is often the case that early American catalogues are neglected. In fact, a number of American […]

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The Greatest U.S. Coin Collections Ever Auctioned, Part 2: Parmelee

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #387 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds ….. This is the second discussion in a series about comprehensive collections of classic U.S coins (1793-1934) that were offered, at least in large part, in public auctions. Perhaps the greatest collection of classic […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers: Finest Prooflike 1811 Half Cent, Superb Gem Mint State

The Famous Collins Find Coin, Unique PCGS Grade   By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers …. If you would like to own a superb half cent of a quality that no one else will ever have (unless you opt to sell it), this coin is front row center as a candidate. A superb gem, […]

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T. Harrison Garrett and the Evergreen Museum and Library

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ….   ​Our catalog of the D. Brent Pogue Sale Part V is now in distribution. To order a printed copy, contact our offices at 800-458-4646. As our sale on the evening of March 31 will be held at the Evergreen Museum & Library in Baltimore, it may […]

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Doug Winter Numismatics Buys Gem 1850-O Eagle, Ex-Eliasberg at 2017 FUN Show

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com CoinWeek Content Partner …… For a variety of reasons (including some below), No Motto Liberty Head eagles are exceedingly rare in higher grades. Even “common” issues from Philadelphia produced in the 1840s and ’50s are rare in the lower Uncirculated grades and mostly unknown in MS63 to MS64; let alone […]

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Kolbe & Fanning Sale 143: New Online and Mail Bid Sale October 21-22

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to announce that our 143rd sale of important numismatic literature will be held on October 21 and 22, 2016. The two-part sale will feature the remarkable library of American numismatic auction catalogues formed by a prominent Texas collector, buttressed by a wide-ranging library on foreign and ancient coins formed by […]

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