Category Archives: Editors Choice

The Roosevelt Dime – A Fitting Tribute, But Not Without Controversy

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Most circulating United States coins have received both scrutiny and some negative press when first issued. The first 1793 cents were denounced for their Chain reverse, adapted from the earlier Fugio cents but held to be a poorly chosen symbol for its Liberty head obverse. John Reich’s buxom […]

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Olbia: Ancient Greek Coins of the Black Sea’s Northern Coast

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek …..   The northern coast of the Black Sea (Euxine Sea), which is southern Ukraine and Russia today, was considered to be at the extreme edge of the ancient Greek world. The area was settled during the great colonization period of Greek history in the eighth through sixth centuries BCE. […]

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The Bruce Morelan Collection – Lots You Need to Know: CoinWeek Streaming News

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. * * * On October 8, 2020, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer a selection of the finest early U.S. coins from the incomparable Bruce […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #142: A Legal Challenge to the Minnesota Coin Law

 CoinWeek Podcast #142: A Challenge to the Minnesota Coin Law Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan talks to Tom “The Coin Guy” Styczinski and his attorney Erick Kaardal join us to discuss a new lawsuit that has been filed […]

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Coins of the Conqueror: William, Duke of Normandy

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. On October 14, 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, accomplished in a single day what his Viking ancestors and cousins had failed to achieve over 273 years: he conquered England, defeating the English king Harold II (reigned 1066) at the Battle of Hastings. Over the next several years William […]

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The Life and Death of Pan and His Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. First appearing during the early sixth century in Arcadia, a wild mountainous region centrally located in the Peloponnesian peninsula, the Greek god Pan served as a deeply important religious figure. As the god of the wilderness, fields, sex, shepherds, panic, and hunters, this multifaceted the god served as a […]

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Coins of the Conquerors of Rome

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, so, too, did it not fall in one. It actually took three days, spread out over 66 years. Theodosius the Great (reigned 379-395 CE) was the last man to rule the entire Roman Empire, both East and West. On his […]

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Coins of the Ludi Saeculares and Rome’s Millennial Games

Coins of the Ludi Saeculares by Steve Benner for CoinWeek ….. Saeculum, an Etruscan word, referred to the length of a human lifetime (100 or 110 years), or the time necessary to replace an entire generation. You may recognize it from the phrase “Novus Ordo Seclorum” (“A New Order of the Ages”), which appears on […]

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$20 Bill Changes Since 1976: CoinWeek Streaming News

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan takes a survey of all of the different $20 bills that have been issued since roughly 1976. Quite a few signature […]

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Ancient Roman Coins of the Muses

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek ….. The Mint of the Roman Republic operated under the supervision of magistrates known as the Tresviri Aere Argento Auro Flando Feriundo (“three men for casting [and] striking bronze silver [and] gold”). This was a board of three men (tresviri), each of whom was just beginning his public career […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: Stack’s Bowers & Heritage August 2020 Auction Roundup

CoinWeek Streaming News is brought to you by NGC. For information about NGC’s current grading specials and services, as well as to look up certs, pricing information, and current populations, visit www.ngccoin.com. Charles Morgan breaks down lots from Heritage Auctions’ and Stack’s Bowers’ August 2020 U.S. coin auctions. These auctions were initially scheduled to be […]

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Young Numismatists and the Coin Collecting Merit Badge

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have long “strove to educate and enrich the youth of America”, a desire reflected in their motto, “Be Prepared”. When questioned about for what a scout should be prepared, the British scouting founder Lord Robert Baden-Powell replied: “Why, for any […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great?

 CoinWeek Podcast #140: What Made Alexander Great? Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. “This is Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek… asking what made Alexander so Great?” With these words, ancient coin expert and CoinWeek Podcast guest host Mike Markowitz begins to spin […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles: The Indenpedent Bronze Coinage of Roman Termessos

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. High in the mountains of Pisidia in Anatolia, near the Mediterranean coast of what is now southwestern Turkey), lay the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Termessos Major. Unconquered by man, the city was felled by nature when an earthquake destroyed a local aqueduct in the fifth century CE (AD). Despite […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #138: Rare Coin Battle: The 1822 $5 Gold Coin vs. the 1870-S $3 Gold Coin

 CoinWeek Podcast #138: Rare Coin Battle: The 1822 $5 Gold Coin vs. the 1870-S $3 Gold Coin Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes.   It’s a battle of epic proportions. Today on the CoinWeek Podcast, noted gold coin expert and author Doug […]

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First Read: 100 Greatest Modern World Coins… Review by Louis Golino

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature … By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   If you are a collector of American coins, you probably have long considered those coins issued in copper-nickel since 1965 (as well as modern bullion and commemoratives) to be “modern” coins and […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #137: Standing Up for Coins and Battling MOUs (with Peter Tompa)

 CoinWeek Podcast #137: Standing Up for Coins and Battling MOUs (with Peter Tompa) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Today on the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk to Peter Tompa about the pending renewal of an MOU between the United States and […]

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One of a Kind: Some Unique Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. “This is a very rare coin; only two examples known! Unfortunately, the only guy in the world who cares has the other one.” — Classic Numismatic Joke (source unknown) “Unique” means one of a kind. The ultimate rarity. The rarest anything can be. This designation, […]

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The Coin Analyst: CCAC Recommends Bold Choice for New Silver Eagle Reverse, More Traditional One for Gold Eagle

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Next January, an important new chapter will open in American numismatic history. Two of the most iconic modern American coins – the American Silver Eagle and the American Gold Eagle – will see new reverse designs on their bullion versions for the first time since both coins debuted in […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Macedon Before Alexander

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   The extent of the Kingdom of Macedonia is as ill-defined as its history is fragmentary (Raymond, 3). ANCIENT MACEDONIANS[1] were marginal Greeks. Although permitted to compete in the Olympics, the Macedonians spoke a distinctive dialect. While their neighbors were creating novel forms of government like democracy, oligarchy and […]

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Coinage of the Mughals

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. The Mughal (or “Moghul“[1]) Empire ruled much of South Asia for over three centuries. Mughal emperors accumulated vast wealth, with an economy based on a stable and abundant coinage in gold, silver and copper. They commissioned magnificent buildings and works of art – including some of the largest, costliest, […]

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The Great Silver Coin Swindle

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com …. Most U.S. coin collectors know that the United States Mint continued to pump 1964-dated 90% silver dimes, quarters and half dollars into circulation through 1965 and into early 1966. The reasons for doing this were several, some of them quite reasonable at the time. What most collectors do not […]

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Confronting Sheldon

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek ….. Dr. William Herbert Sheldon, born on November 19, 1898 and dying on September 17, 1977, was venerated for decades as one of the historical giants of American numismatics. During his later life he took the stage as the godfather or even the resident deity of the highly specialized […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #134: The Rare Coin Market Holds its Own (with Russ Augustin)

  CoinWeek Podcast #133: Early US 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, we talk to Russ Augustin of AU Capital Management and RARCOA about the ways the COVID-19 crisis has shed […]

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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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CoinWeek Preview: Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ REGENCY 38 Sale

 Legend Rare Coin Auctions is conducting Regency Auction #38 on May 14th during a live webcast. CoinWeek breaks down several key lots from the sale and provides its commentary on lots you should know about. Lots discussed in this video: Lot 17: $1 1888-O SCARFACE. PCGS MS62 CAC This is a nice example of […]

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CoinWeek Preview: Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ REGENCY 38 Sale

   Legend Rare Coin Auctions is conducting Regency Auction #38 on May 14 during a live webcast. CoinWeek breaks down several key lots from the sale and provides its commentary on lots you should know about. Lots discussed in this video: Lot 17: $1 1888-O SCARFACE. PCGS MS62 CAC This is a nice example […]

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The Coin Analyst Talks to Chiara Principe, Italian Medallic Artist and Sculptor

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Italian artist Chiara Principe has been designing and sculpting coins and medals for over a decade and has extensive training as an artist and sculptor using traditional and modern methods. Best known for her work on Vatican commemorative coins, she has received international recognition for her many accomplishments. In […]

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Collect or Spend? Chipotle Mexican Grill Tokens

 At CoinWeek, we can’t wait for life to get back to normal. So hungry for fast food are we, that CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan is contemplating the unthinkable- spending his valuable Chipotle Grill token in exchange for a FREE BURRITO. Do you have one of these scarce tokens lying around? It could be worth […]

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Coins of Medieval Hungary: Part I

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. ABOUT THE YEAR 895, THE MAGYARS, a federation of nomadic tribes whose origin was in the distant forests of Siberia, crossed the Carpathian Mountains led by a chieftain named Árpád (c. 845-907), and occupied the wide, fertile Danubian basin. Known to the Romans as “Pannonia”, this region had seen […]

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CoinWeek Stream: Fascinating World War I Medals to be Auctioned April 22

 CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan discusses some great World War I medals struck in Europe to commemorate key moments in the Great War. For much of the western world, World War I took on the air of a religious war- with zealous fervor wrapped in a flag of Imperialism. At the end of the great […]

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Think Commems are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically-low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan […]

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Think Commems Are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #132: The Gold Market in a Time of Crisis (with Kitco’s Peter Hug)

  CoinWeek Podcast #132: The Gold Market in a Time of Crisis (with Kitco’s Peter Hug) 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, precious metals expert Peter Hug joins me to share his insights into the current […]

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Mike Markowitz: The Coins of Shakespeare

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   Shakespeare’s works are rich in allusions to coins. Such references were meant to bring his audiences into closer identification with the play by mentioning a familiar aspect of life … The Elizabethan was familiar with many foreign coins not only because of trade with the Continent, but because […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: CoinWeek Q&A – April 1, 2020

  Gather round and let’s talk coins with CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan. Charles answers viewer questions about the state of the market, what to do during this time of quarantine, whether the Mint should have a true wholesale program for dealers, which areas of the numismatic marketplace are primed to get hot, and much more… […]

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The Coin Books You Need to Succeed

In this video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gives an insightful rundown of the coin books that you need in your library to take your hobby to the next level. Each one of these selections contains money-saving insights, must-know insider information, and untold hours of inspiration for the numismatic enthusiast. Price Guides: U.S. Coins The Official […]

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The Coin Books You Need to Succeed

In this video, CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan gives an insightful rundown of the coin books that you need in your library to take your hobby to the next level. Each one of these selections contains money-saving insights, must-know insider information, and untold hours of inspiration for the numismatic enthusiast. Price Guides: U.S. Coins The Official […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #131: Harvey Stack Reflects on Stack’s at 57th Street

  CoinWeek Podcast #131: Harvey Stack Reflects on Stack’s at 57th Street Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Hi Everybody, this is Charles Morgan from CoinWeek. I’m delighted in the midst of our nationwide lockdown to bring you one of the coin […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #130: Discussing the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

 CoinWeek Podcast #130: Discussing the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan discusses the importance of 20th-century coinage and the selection process he and co-writer Hubert Walker used to select the 100 coins […]

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CoinWeek Stream: 20th Century Coin Masterpieces – The Pogue Collection: Part VII

  On March 20, Stack’s Bowers Galleries will conduct the seventh session of sales of the historic collection of D. Brent Pogue. In this streaming segment, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks down some of his favorite 20th-century coins from the sale. Discussed in this stream: Lot 7015: 1919 Lincoln Cent. MS-68 RD (PCGS). Lot 7019: […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Travels With Hadrian

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN THE ANCIENT WORLD, TRAVEL was hazardous and uncomfortable, even for the elite. Yet remarkably, the Roman emperor Hadrian spent half of his 21-year reign on the road, visiting almost every province of the vast empire. The mint celebrated these grand tours with extensive coinage in gold, silver and […]

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Regency Auction 37: Awesome Coins From Legend Rare Coin’s Upcoming Sale

  On March 26, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer 429 lots of high-quality certified coins–included hundreds of CAC-approved pieces–at Regency Auction 37, which is held in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show at the Le Meridien Hotel in Philadelphia. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan broke down eight of his favorite lots from the upcoming […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #129: PCGS Programs for Modern Coins 2020-2021

 CoinWeek Podcast #127: How Coin Writer Chris Bulfinch Sees the Hobby 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, Joe Pielago, PCGS Business Development Manager, joins us to talk about his company’s plans to promote modern coin […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #129: PCGS Programs for Modern Coins 2020-21

 CoinWeek Podcast #129: PCGS Programs for Modern Coins 2020-21 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, Charles talks to Joe Pielago, Business Development Manager at PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), joins us to talk about his […]

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CoinWeek IQ: United States 1921-S Morgan Dollar Zerbe Proof

Description The Zerbe Proof 1921-S Morgan dollar is one of the rarest and most enigmatic issues of the Morgan dollar series. The Morgan dollar, known more officially as the Liberty Head dollar, is a silver coin that was struck at each branch of the United States Mint in operation between 1878 and 1904 and then once […]

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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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Price Records Emerge for Finest CAC Commemorative Half Dollars

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ….. While prices for many classic commemorative half dollars are at historic lows, some high-end commems are trading at record high prices. A great example is the sale of a 1936 York County, Maine Tercentenary half dollar that sold at last August’s Stack’s Bowers Galleries American Numismatic […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Vikings

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. On JUNE 8, 793, A BAND of Norse raiders sacked Lindisfarne, a monastery on the Holy Island off the northeast coast of England. Historians date this as the beginning of the Viking Age. And over the next three centuries, these fierce Scandinavian warriors shaped much […]

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The Coin Analyst: How Might $100 Silver Impact the Coin Market?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Rising bullion prices have often been a boon for the numismatic coin market. They enable precious metal investors to direct some of the profits from the sale of their bullion holdings to numismatic pieces. This tends to have a substantial impact on the overall coin market because many large […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers)

 CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers) 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, our guest is the legendary promoter of coin collecting, Scott Travers. I have known Scott for several years and […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers)

 CoinWeek Podcast #127: Coin Market Point/ Counterpoint (with Scott Travers) 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, our guest is the legendary promoter of coin collecting, Scott Travers. I have known Scott for several years and […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #126: Collecting Medals in America

 CoinWeek Podcast #126: Collecting Medals in America Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek sits down with So-Called Dollars expert Jeff Shevlin to talk about the ebb and flow of medal collecting in America. For generations, American communities commemorated important moments with the production […]

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Awesome Coins From Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency 36 Auction

  On January 30, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will offer 394 lots of high-quality certified coins, included hundreds of CAC-approved pieces at its Regency Auction 36, which is held in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Show at the Venetian in Las Vegas. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan broke down 15 of his favorite lots from […]

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CoinWeek Cool Coins! 2020 Episode 1: 1976-S Error, Top Pop 1838-C, and More…

  CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! returns with our first episode of 2020. In this episode, we talk to Doug Winter about an amazing 1838-C $5 gold coin that just came to light after being held for more than three decades in a private collection. This 1838-C is graded MS63+ by PCGS and now sits as the […]

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Let’s Talk Loupes and Magnification (Video)

  Coin storage is the topic we discuss in this stream featuring CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan. Charles shares his personal experiences using a number of the hobby’s most popular products, including SAFLIP brand 2×2 coin flips, coin storage boxes that incorporate anti-tarnish Intercept Shield technology, and coin albums from the leading manufacturers. Proper coin storage […]

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Let’s Talk Loupes and Magnification (Video)

   CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan breaks down each of these coin viewing and magnification products and shows you what they look like in use. If you’d like to examine your coins using these fine products, you can do so by following these links to their respective product pages at CoinWeek Supplies. Your purchase supports […]

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Let’s Talk Coin Storage

 Coin storage is the topic we discuss in this stream featuring CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan. Charles shares his personal experiences using a number of the hobby’s most popular products, including SAFLIP brand 2×2 coin flips, coin storage boxes that incorporate anti-tarnish Intercept Shield technology, and coin albums from the leading manufacturers. Proper coin storage […]

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Let’s Talk Coin Storage

   Coin storage is the topic we discuss in this stream featuring CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan. Charles shares his personal experiences using a number of the hobby’s most popular products, including SAFLIP brand 2×2 coin flips, coin storage boxes that incorporate anti-tarnish Intercept Shield technology, and coin albums from the leading manufacturers. Proper coin […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #125: Denis Loring on Collecting Copper Coins

 CoinWeek Podcast #125: Denis Loring on Collecting Copper Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan sits down with renowned Early American Coppers collector Denis Loring to discuss the magic of XF coins, collecting copper by die variety, and some of the hobby’s […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter PROOF SET Released…

  The 2020 United States Mint release calendar continues at a busy pace this January with the release of the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set. In this CoinWeek Streaming News update, editor Charles Morgan discusses the set’s release and shows off two interesting items that he brought back from the 2020 Winter FUN […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Nabataeans

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. …[G]reat must have been the opulence of a city, which could dedicate such monuments to the memory of its rulers… (Burckhardt, 431)   IN 2019, OVER A MILLION tourists visited the spectacular ancient site of Petra in the Jordanian desert, about 98 miles (157 km) south of Jerusalem. Surrounded […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Most Profitable Modern Coins of 2019

The Most Profitable Modern Coins By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. In 2019 two major trends stood out in modern coins. The first trend was that, despite the overall high level of activity in the market with ever more new coins (especially from world and private mints), the saturation level of releases took a toll […]

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CoinWeek IQ – Intro to Colonial State Copper Coinages

Colonial State Coppers by Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Colonial coins and Federal issues are entirely different beasts, and when you’re first getting into colonials, it can be a steep learning curve. And while we can’t make you an expert in one short article, we can give you a solid introduction to a section of […]

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Franklin Mint, QVC Founder Joseph M. Segel: In Memoriam

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Saturday, December 21, Joseph Segel–“serial entrepreneur” and founder of both the Franklin Mint and QVC–died in hospice of congestive heart failure. He was 88 years old. Segal was born on January 9, 1931, in West Philadelphia, where he grew up, went to school, and started his first business. […]

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Sea Creatures on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …..   ANCIENT PEOPLE WHO lived around the shores of the Mediterranean were intimately familiar with the marine life around them. Fish were a critical resource for these societies, figuring prominently in their culture, art, and mythology from very early times. When coinage came into wide […]

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Unintentional Ways Collectors Damage Coins – And How to Stop!

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Most coin collectors know the major deadly sin regarding the handling of coins: don’t clean them! Yet a variety of coin-handling accidents will happen anyway. Many of the most well-meaning coin collectors have made some of the gravest mistakes when it comes to how they’ve handled, stored, or otherwise […]

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Coin Profile: United States 1939 Jefferson Nickel

Description: The Jefferson nickel debuted in 1938, replacing the Buffalo nickel in the 25th year of its production run. A design contest to commemorate Founding Father and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson, open to “all American sculptors”, was held in 1937. German émigré and American artist Felix Oscar Schlag was the winner. […]

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The 1960 Small Date Cent: The Coin that Kicked Off a Collecting Frenzy

By David W. Lange for CoinWeek ….. There are a handful of events that have brought the hobby of collecting coins front and center in America’s consciousness. Perhaps the first was the discontinuance of large cents in 1857 that set people scrambling to find one of every date while they lasted. Another was the debut […]

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Legend Rare Coin Regency Auction 35 Preview

Legend Rare Coin Auction Preview by Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 35 will be held on December 12 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. It will contain a wide array of US coins of all denominations, including multiple top pop pieces and countless registry-quality examples. With estimates ranging […]

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The Year That Was: Winners and Losers at the US Mint in 2019

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The United States Mint had a busy year in 2019, which isn’t surprising given the amazing pace at which it has been producing new collectible coins and other products in recent years. The Mint’s catalog has been growing in size for many years now, and it’s stuffed annually with […]

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United States 1974-D Eisenhower Dollar

Description: Besides removing silver from the quarter, dime, and nickel, the Coinage Act of 1965 also mandated that no new silver dollars could be coined until 1970, at which time the need for the denomination would be reevaluated. That “need”, apparently, came from an unexpected source: Nevada gambling casinos. Though small numbers of silver dollars […]

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United States 1940 Jefferson Nickel

Description: The Jefferson nickel debuted in 1938, replacing the Buffalo nickel in the 25th year of its production run. A design contest to commemorate Founding Father and third president of the United States Thomas Jefferson, open to “all American sculptors”, was held in 1937. German émigré and American artist Felix Oscar Schlag was the winner, […]

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

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

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CoinWeek Podcast #123: Two Weeks in the Life & the 2019-S Reverse Proof Silver Eagle

 CoinWeek Podcast #123: Two Weeks in the Life & the 2019-S Reverse Proof Double Eagle Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. It’s been a long two weeks on the road for CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, sponsored by […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins from […]

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Visit to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian

National Numismatic Collection Visit by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, the curator of the National Numismatic Collection (NNC) Dr. Ellen Feingold, former ANA President Jeff Garrett, and the NNC staff welcomed more than two dozen Friends of the Smithsonian for a private viewing of more than 2,000 gold coins […]

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2019 American Eagle 1oz Silver Enhanced Reverse Proof Coin on Sale Nov. 14

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2019 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Enhanced Reverse Proof Coin (product code 19XE) on November 14 at noon EST. The coin is priced at $65.95 USD. This coin has created a huge buzz in the collector and dealer community as everyone tries to figure out […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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A Busy Week: Smithsonian Event and Stack’s Bowers Whitman Auction Lots We’re Following

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. It’s shaping up to be a very busy week for numismatics and, weather permitting (sleet is currently coming down and covering the road with slushy ice in Central Virginia), I will make my way up north and take in both what is shaping up to be Stack’s Bowers most […]

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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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CoinWeek Podcast #122: Lianna Spurrier on Becoming a Professional Numismatist

 CoinWeek Podcast #122: Lianna Spurrier on Becoming a Professional Numismatist 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, we talk to Lianna Spurrier– a numismatic writer and videographer. One of a new generation of coin professionals entering the industry. Lianna […]

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New American Gold, Silver Eagle Reverses Coming in 2021

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The United States Mint has announced new reverse designs will be coming to the popular American Silver Eagle (ASE) and American Gold Eagle (AGE) coins in 2021. The silver and gold eagles, released in 1986 as the first coins of the United States Mint American Eagle bullion coin program, […]

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United States 1977 Eisenhower Dollar

Description: Besides removing silver from the quarter, dime, and nickel, the Coinage Act of 1965 also mandated that no new silver dollars could be coined until 1970, at which time the need for the denomination would be reevaluated. That “need”, apparently, came from an unexpected source: Nevada gambling casinos. Though small numbers of silver dollars […]

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The Coin Analyst: Mexican Libertad Series Surprises Again

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. As Pat Stovall, a longtime dealer in Mexican coins and the stepson of the late “Dean of American Experts on Mexican Numismatics” Don Bailey, noted recently: “The never-ending story of Mexican coins is that something new comes to light almost every day.” In an interview for CoinWeek, Pat explained […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #121: Numismatist Editor Barbara Gregory

 CoinWeek Podcast #121: Numismatist Editor Barbara Gregory Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Longtime editor of the American Numismatic Association’s Numismatist Magazine joins us to talk about the hobby’s “publication of record” and how its stories impact the market. If you haven’t heard, Barbara […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #121: Numismatist Editor Barbara Gregory

 CoinWeek Podcast #121: Numismatist Editor Barbara Gregory Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Barbara Gregory, the longtime editor of the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) Numismatist magazine joins us to talk about the hobby’s “publication of record” and how its stories impact the market. If […]

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Doug Winter: One Bad Apple or Auction Price, Doesn’t Spoil the Whole Bunch

Or, Why One Bad Auction Result Shouldn’t Take Down Price Levels on Specific Coins   By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… As a dealer, I’ve seen it dozens–if not hundreds–of times. A fairly scarce issue has been selling for, say, $5,000 USD for the last few years. Oh, sure, there’s been […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Visigoths in Spain

  Visigoths in Spain By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. …[T]he history of the Visigothic kingdom is one long struggle between the nobility and the monarchy. The kings were supported by the clergy in their efforts to consolidate the royal power and transmit it from father to son, while the nobles strove to keep it […]

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United States 1973 Eisenhower Dollar

Description: Even though the United States had no real need for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President […]

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United States 1973 Eisenhower Dollar

Description: Even though the United States had no real need for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President […]

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Rare Gold Coins Turning up in Shipwreck of SS North Carolina

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Just 20 miles off the coast of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, a shipwreck dating back to the early 1840s could yield a cache of rare gold coins from the Dahlonega and Charlotte Mints. Divers have already brought up a number of rare coins from the sunken remains of the […]

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Inside the Rare Coin Market IN-DEPTH – Episode #1: Plus Grades

 CoinWeek and the Coin Dealer Newsletter team up to bring collectors two perspectives on the major factors driving rare coin prices with a new regular series titled INSIDE the Rare Coin Market IN-Depth. Inside the Rare Coin Market In-Depth goes beyond the coverage you usually find from other publications to offer deep insights into […]

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

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

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Is Coin eXpo Show the Future of Numismatics?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. Coin shows were once the highlight of the numismatic calendar, with the big regional and national shows serving as the main events for collectors and coin dealers from coast to coast. But with the rise of the internet, social media, and other networking technology over the past 20 years, […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: Collecting a Half Cent Type Set (with Bill Eckberg)

CoinWeek Sponsor and The Coin Course creator Jerry Shaffer teamed up with CoinWeek to produce this great step-by-step demonstration of what happens when you dip and clean vintage silver or gold coins. * * * In this video, Early American Coppers president Bill Eckberg breaks down the U.S. half cent denomination for those interested in […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Video: Collecting a Half Cent Type Set (with Bill Eckberg)

 In this video, Early American Coppers (EAC) president Bill Eckberg breaks down the U.S. half cent denomination for those interested in building a type set. The half cent was produced at the Philadelphia Mint from 1793 to 1857. It underwent a number of changes over the years and features many of the hobby’s most […]

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Five More Rare Modern Coins Worth Big Bucks

Collectors are realizing just how rare certain modern errors and varieties really are   By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The recent private transaction of the ultra-rare 1975 No-S Proof Roosevelt dime for $516,000 USD, coming just a few days after realizing $456,000 during a public sale by Heritage Auctions at the Long Beach Expo […]

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Legend Rare Coin’s Regency Auction 34 – CoinWeek Preview

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 34 will be held on September 26 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. This auction will contain a wide array of US coins, including THE TYPE SET, assembled by Oliver Jung; The Hanover Collection of Lincoln cent varieties; and the Meridian Collection […]

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The Gold Coins of San Francisco, Part III: Three Dollar Gold

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Just five Three Dollar gold pieces were made at the San Francisco Mint, and this includes one issue–the 1870-S–that is unique. This is an easy set to complete although all San Francisco Threes are rare in higher grades. * * * Let’s take a quick […]

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The Coin Analyst: Silver’s Important Role in American History, Politics and Finance

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. If you’re reading this article, then you likely have more than a passing interest in silver. But while you may be familiar with the role the white metal has played in our coinage for thousands of years, you probably do not know the entire story of how 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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CoinWeek Video: Shipwreck Gold Ingots (with Daniel Frank Sedwick)

Treasure coin expert Daniel Frank Sedwick joins CoinWeek to discuss a trio of three-hundred-year-old gold ingots that were produced in South America under the authority of the Spanish crown. These ingots were produced as a convenient way to ship newly-mined gold from the New World to Spain and were thought lost forever after the ship […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #120: Steve Feltner on Coin Grading & Education

 CoinWeek Podcast #120: Steve Feltner on Coin Grading & Education Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, Steve Feltner, PCGS’ newly-named Director of Numismatic Education Outreach, joins us to talk about his experience as a professional coin grader, […]

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New Influx of Fake Gold Bullion Unsettling Investors Around the World

Increasing sophistication of bullion forgeries a concern for the United States Mint as well   By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. While the numismatic world combats a growing number of sophisticated counterfeit coins from Asia, another major challenge has arisen for those who deal in gold bars. As Reuters has recently reported, there has been […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Kushan Empire

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. During the first centuries of the Christian era, a vast inland empire stretched across Central Asia under the name Kushan. They have been referred to as a super power of their time along with the Chinese, Persians and Romans … Just how and when the Kushan dynasty was formed continues […]

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Jim Bisognani: Are Rainbow Toned Coins a Top Tier?

It’s chilly but the markets for bullion and rainbow coins are hot   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report ……   After being greeted with a rather chilly 44 degrees this morning, my burning question is: How did summer slip by so fast? I mean, Labor Day is around the corner, kids are back in school […]

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What Happens to the Washington Quarter After 2021? US Mint Weighs Its Options

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The end of the road is just around the corner for the America The Beautiful (ATB) Quarter series, a 12-year-long program in which 56 different national parks and monuments were showcased on the reverse of the Washington quarter. Since 2010, each of the 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and […]

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Sets Record for Most Valuable Modern U.S. Coin

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries official auction of the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money set several records for United States coinage earlier this month in Rosemont, Illinois. Among these was lot 5231 of their Rarities Night session, a 1964 Kennedy half dollar produced as part of an unreported Special Mint Set (SMS) and certified SP-68 […]

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CoinWeek IQ: A Guide to Certified Coin Stickers

Not all MS65s are created equal   By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. [Editor’s Note: It must be understood that certification services (such as those mentioned below) that sticker certified coins accept that the original grading service made the correct call as to a given coin’s grade. The purpose of a sticker is to provide […]

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Accidental Early Release of 2019-W San Antonio Quarters Surprises Lucky Collector and PCGS

Coin surprisingly discovered in Texas a week before official release   Even though the 2019 America the Beautiful series San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter-dollars were not scheduled to be released into circulation until August 26, a lucky collector in Texas unexpectedly discovered rolls of them – including two coveted West Point Mint mark […]

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Wow! $1,000 Gold Coin Box – with Russ Augustin – ANA 2019 Video

  Coin dealer Russ Augustin shows us a scarce Lonson $1,000 gold coin box. Boxes like this were used by banks at the end of the 19th century through the first few decades of the 20th century to store and transport gold coins from bank vaults to teller windows. Lonson Boxes were built by the […]

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Q & A with U.S. Mint Director David Ryder – CoinWeek Exclusive Video

  CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan caught up with U.S. Mint Director David Ryder at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money to discuss the wildly successful 2019-W coin program and how the Mint plans to continue to use “freemium” products in 2020 to grow its customer base. They also discuss changes that are coming […]

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Ron Guth – Five Big Ones: Stack’s Bowers – August 15, 2019

By Ron Guth ….. Disclaimer: The author is an independent reporter. He has no affiliation with Stack’s Bowers and he has received no compensation from them (or anyone else) for this analysis. On August 15, 2019, Stack’s Bowers conducted their Rarities Night session of 497 U.S. coins, plus an additional session of 41 United States […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Instagram’s Place in Numismatics – A Unique Marketplace

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. When purchasing coins online, most people’s go-to venue will be eBay or one of the major auction houses. There are well-established marketplaces with large offerings, and these are (especially when looking for something specific) usually the best option. However, with the rise of social media, new marketplaces have developed. […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coins: Coins of Medieval Armenia

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. THE CILICIAN KINGDOM OF ARMENIA (1199 – 1375) produced a vibrant culture strongly influenced by interaction with neighboring Crusader states[1]. Wealth derived from trade between East and West led to an extensive royal coinage that includes some of the most handsome and popular medieval coins collected today. Cilicia[2] is a […]

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20 New ANA-Releases 2019 from CIT Coin Invest AG

CIT – Coin Invest AG  proudly presents its large and diverse collection of new releases in Chicago. The 20 new coins span such a wide range of topics, shapes, and designs, that any collector is sure to find his or her new favorite collection piece. All new releases will be available for wholesale orders during […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-approved Coins Bring Premiums in July 2019

In addition to faring well in internet sales during the month of June, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction at a FUN Convention in Florida. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1943-S Steel Cent in MS-68 On July […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Big Five Carson City Mint Double Eagles

Carson City Mint Double Eagles By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… Carson City Mint double eagles can be neatly divided into three tiers of rarity. The third tier includes the common dates (1874-CC, 1875-CC, 1876-CC, 1882-CC, 1883-CC, 1884-CC, 1889-CC, 1890-CC, 1892-CC, and 1893-CC), while the second-tier coins are a bit less available but still reasonably […]

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CoinWeek IQ – Nickel, Joseph Wharton, and US Coinage

Nickel and US Coinage By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Unlike copper, silver, and gold, nickel is a fairly new addition to coinage around the world. It was used in a few ancient Bactrian issues, but wasn’t seen in coins again until the mid-1800s. It didn’t appear in American coinage until the Flying Eagle and […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: The Quarter Eagle

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… A total of 22 different quarter eagles were struck from 1854 through 1879. With the exception of one issue (the 1854-S) this is a completable series, although as we see below there are a number of these issues which are rare in Uncirculated. * * […]

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CoinWeek IQ: United States 1982-P Jefferson Nickel

Description: The Jefferson nickel debuted in 1938, replacing the Buffalo nickel in the 25th year of its production run. A design contest to commemorate Founding Father and Third President of the United States Thomas Jefferson, open to “all American sculptors”, was held in 1937. German émigré and American artist Felix Oscar Schlag was the winner. […]

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

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

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CoinWeek IQ: A Breakdown of Flowing Hair Large Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The Flowing Hair cent of 1793, along with the half cent, were the first coins mass-produced by the United States Government on its own property. As such they are widely studied and collected, which has resulted in a wealth of knowledge about minor die varieties for the early issues. […]

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Video: In the Trenches Fighting Counterfeits – with ACEF Director Beth Deisher

  The United States is facing an unprecedented tsunami of counterfeits coming into the country, mostly from China. From name-brand goods to everyday household items, these counterfeits diminish the value of authentic merchandise and put Americans at risk. For coin collectors and gold and silver bullion investors, the threat of counterfeits can lead to a […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #119: Dan Sedwick is Bringing Dealers Together as President of the IAPN

 CoinWeek Podcast #119: Dan Sedwick is Bringing Dealers Together as President of the IAPN Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Dan Sedwick has been elected president of the International Association of Professional Numismatists, the IAPN. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #119: Dan Sedwick is Bringing Dealers Together as President of the IAPN

 CoinWeek Podcast #119: Dan Sedwick is Bringing Dealers Together as President of the IAPN Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Dan Sedwick has been elected president of the International Association of Professional Numismatists, the IAPN. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk […]

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: An Insider’s Perspective on the Morgan & Peace 1921 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On July 16, 2019, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO5) and Andy Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 3757, the 2021 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act, which calls for the issuance of 2021-dated Morgan and Peace dollars to mark the centennial of the transition from Morgan to Peace dollars in 1921. […]

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Stack’s Bowers Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Stack’s Bowers will host a series of auctions at the 2019 ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, featuring everything from US coins to ancients. Included in the auctions will be three particularly noteworthy collections, built around Capped Bust $10 gold eagles, German talers, and proof Flying Eagle and […]

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Mormon Gold, Planchet Error SBA Among Highlights of Heritage Auctions’ World’s Fair of Money Coin Auction

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In conjunction with the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago, Heritage will be holding an auction from August 13-20 featuring a wide array of US coins, colonials, patterns, and world coins. It will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, with viewing from August 11-17. Primarily […]

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The Liberty Head Gold Coins of San Francisco: Gold Dollars

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Only seven gold dollars were made at the San Francisco Mint, but no less than three design types are represented; this includes two one-year types. The three types are as follows: Type One: 1854 only Type Two: 1856 only Type Three: 1857 through 1860 and […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: 1849 Liberty Seated Dollar + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… Continuing with the theme of silver denominations of recently made deceptive struck counterfeits, this research article features the 1849 Liberty Seated dollar and is the 20th written in the series! Documented examples initially only included TPG certified ones until late 2017 when a raw example surfaced […]

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CoinWeek IQ – The Oddities of Indian Head Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek …..   We all know that there are countless varieties of large cents, meticulously cataloged and collected. Early silver coinage and Morgan dollars are the same way, with many collectors focused on varieties. But did you ever stop to think about variety collecting with Indian Head cents? They’re generally seen […]

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Bee All That You Can Bee: Honeybees on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …..   From the dawn of human society, the nature and origin of the bee have awakened the curiosity and interest of man. For thousands of years, honey was the only sweetening material known, and it is quite natural that in ancient times, the little busy creature who produced this […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC Coins Bring Premiums in June 2019

In addition to faring well in Internet sales during the month of June, CAC approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction at a Long Beach Expo in California. Here are 10 examples, which were selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1914-S $10 Gold Eagle in […]

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Watch: CoinWeek Goes Bust Buying $200 Graded Silver Coin “Mystery Box”

 What happens when a knowledgable numismatist drops $200 on a graded silver coin “mystery box” on eBay? You’re about to find out. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a shot at a 20-coin lot of NGC- and PCGS-graded silver coins, containing what the seller promised would be three silver dimes, […]

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Classic US Gold Coins – The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: What should I collect? The answer, of course, depends on your budget, but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a […]

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Political Back and Forth as Harriet Tubman $20 Note Design Work Possibly Confirmed

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. On Friday, June 14, in an article by Alan Rappeport, the New York Times presented evidence that design work on the Series 2020 Harriet Tubman $20 Federal Reserve Note had begun as early as 2016 – which runs contrary to recent statements made by Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #118: Storing Precious Metals: Safeguarding Your Future

 CoinWeek Podcast #118: Storing Precious Metals: Safeguarding Your Future Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. In this episode of the CoinWeek Podcast, we talk to Alyssa Moen, President of International Depository Services, a subsidiary of Dillon Gage. Alyssa’s company provides investors a safe, secure, […]

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CoinWeek IQ: A Preview of Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 33rd Regency Sale

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Legend Rare Coin Auctions will hold their 33rd Regency Auction on June 27 in Las Vegas. It will feature a selection of US coins, including pieces from the Hunter Collection of early silver coins and the Hickory Ridge Collection of Peace dollars. Regency Auctions are held five times a […]

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Fabled SS Central America Treasure Reveals Extremely Rare, Gem 1856-S Dime

Retrieved in latest SS Central America sunken treasure recovery, top rarity is now graded PCGS MS65 CAC, tied for finest known The SS Central America, the famous “Ship of Gold” that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush-era treasure, continues to reveal astonishing numismatic surprises. The latest find is an extremely rare mint […]

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Ron Guth: Five Big Ones: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers – June 2-5, 2019

By Ron Guth ….. Disclaimer: The author is an independent reporter. He has no affiliation with Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers and he has received no compensation from them (or anyone else) for this analysis. From June 2 to June 5, 2019, Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers (Goldbergs) conducted a sale of rare coins in […]

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CoinWeek IQ: An Introduction to Ancient Indian Punch Mark Coins

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Ancient coinage developed in three primary, distinct traditions. We all know one of them: the Greek tradition of struck coins featuring a central image is what developed into our coinage. But what about the other two? Coins developed independently in China as cast coins, usually featuring up to four […]

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Classic US Coins: Looking at Gold Like A Copper Collector

Gold coins with Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… This blog is inspired by reader D.N. who recently sent me a nice unsolicited email including the following statement: “…you may be the only dealer of any US series ( including gold ) that strictly employs an advanced copper collector approach to quality: […]

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The Coin Analyst: Recent Medallic Works by Joel Iskowitz on Apollo 11 and World War I

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Acclaimed coin and medal designer Joel Iskowitz — one of the most prolific living American medallic artists – has been keeping busy since moving on last year from his position as a member of the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). He recently shared information about some of […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Japanese Bar Money

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Information about early Japanese coinage can be difficult to find. It’s not a highly studied area among American numismatists, but some of the coinage is very unique and raises many questions. Take bar money, for example. Mainly minted in the 1800s, these thick and sharply cornered rectangular coins are […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #116: The State of the Rare Coin Market (with Doug Winter)

CoinWeek Podcast #116: The State of the Rare Coin Market (with Doug Winter) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. U.S. gold and rare coin expert Doug Winter joins CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan to discuss the current state of the rare coin market, which is in […]

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Ron Guth: Five Big Ones: Legend Rare Coin Auctions – May 15-16, 2019

By Ron Guth ….. Disclaimer: The author is an independent reporter. He has no affiliation with Legend Rare Coin Auctions and he has received no compensation from them (or anyone else) for this analysis. On May 15 and 16, 2019, Legend Rare Coin Auctions conducted a sale in conjunction with the PCGS Members Only Coin […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double eagles […]

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One of the Coolest US Gold Coin Hoards You’ve Never Heard of

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner ……   Starting around May 2018, one of the most amazing hoards of United States gold coins I have ever seen started appearing for sale. Graded by PCGS and marketed by Stack’s Bowers, this massive group–likely containing tens of thousands of coins–consists of eagles and double […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Flying Eagle Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Flying eagle cents offer a unique opportunity to collectors. Many early coins, such as large cents, have been extensively studied and are commonly collected by die pairing and variety. Most of these populations have been well picked over, and the series contains so many different coins that getting started […]

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CoinWeek IQ: Collecting Flying Eagle Cents

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek …..   Flying eagle cents offer a unique opportunity to collectors. Many early coins, such as large cents, have been extensively studied and are commonly collected by die pairing and variety. Most of these populations have been well picked over, and the series contains so many different coins that getting […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #115: Harlan J. Berk on the 100 Greatest Ancient Coins

 CoinWeek Podcast #115: Harlan J. Berk on the 100 Greatest Ancient Coins Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Harlan J. Berk has just written an amazing book that covers more than one thousand years of coin production with the 2nd edition release of 100 […]

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Struck Counterfeit Coins: 1854 Huge O Liberty Seated Quarter + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) …… A follow up to the 1927-S Liberty Standing Quarter article in this continuing series on deceptive struck counterfeits, this research article on another “quarter” features the 1854 Huge O Liberty Seated variety. Documented examples to date include two TPG-reviewed specimens, with the presumed genuine repaired source […]

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On eBay Right Now: Mint State 1927-S Walking Liberty Half Dollars

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Building a great collection starts with purpose but can only truly be realized with years of patience and informed pursuit of the best material available within one’s budget. Great collections can be built with top-pop condition rarities or carefully curated coins at any tier of the grading spectrum. Simply […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1980

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Changes in the Numismatic World The year 1980 began with a crash in the silver market. For years before, the price of silver had risen slowly, inducing people to start selling any and all silver items they had laying around the house. But in a short […]

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CoinWeek Video: Del Bland: A Collector Remembered

  On Friday, May 3rd, the American Numismatic Society and more than 100 collectors from the Early American Coppers met to celebrate and honor the life of Del Bland. Del Bland passed away on October 16, 2018. A lifelong collector, Del began his numismatic journey in 1950, when at the age of 17, he began filling […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #114: Coin Shop Theft

 CoinWeek Podcast #114: Coin Shop Theft Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. On April 7, coin dealer Chris Lyche was alerted that his brick and mortar coin shop, GSA Coins & Jewelry, had been robbed. Despite installing a new security system and taking every […]

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Rare Opportunity to Own Set of All Five 1964 Special Mint Set US Coins at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. After a 1964 “SMS” Kennedy half dollar sold for $108,000 USD on April 25, a rare opportunity to own a complete set of high-grade 1964 Special Mint Set coins presents itself this week at GreatCollections.com, with bidding ending at 8:34 pm EST this Sunday, May 12. Only 12 of the unofficial “Special […]

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Collecting US Gold Coins by Year

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com highlights US gold Coins …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I’m not sure if it’s a trend or not but in the last few months I’ve encountered a number of collectors who are working on a year-set of US gold coins. * * * A year-set focuses on a specific US Gold […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1979

By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……   Changes in the Numismatic World The year 1979 featured several influential numismatic events, including heavy precious metal buying and the subsequent effects of a hyperactive investment sector. It also featured the birth of a multi-dealer auction event, the sale of several major collections at public […]

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Jeff Garrett: Golden Opportunities to Grow the Coin Collecting Hobby

Programs such as the Great American Coin Hunt are helping promote numismatics   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   In the past, National Coin Week went largely unnoticed by most collectors and dealers in the United States despite the fact that the American Numismatic Association (ANA) created the event 96 years […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #113: Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure Auction Preview

CoinWeek Podcast #113: Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure Auction Preview Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This episode of the NLG Award-winning CoinWeek Podcast is brought to you by PCGS. In this episode, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sits down with Daniel Frank Sedwick to discuss highlights […]

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The Coin Analyst: 2019-W Quarters Boost Modern Coin Collecting, But Will It Last?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …..   The Washington quarter has long been a staple of modern U.S. coin collecting, especially since it is one of those iconic series that many collectors started collecting from circulation — often at a young age. Collecting from circulation has a storied tradition in this country, especially among those […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #112: The Great American Coin Hunt

 CoinWeek Podcast #112: The Great American Coin Hunt Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan sits down with Great American Coin Hunt organizer Rob Oberth to discuss the success of the event and its implications for the hobby in this episode […]

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Watch: Talking Ancient Coins with Mike Beall and Mike Markowitz, Part I

  In Part I of Talking Ancient Coins, collector Mike Beall sits down with CoinWeek Ancients writer Mike Markowitz to take a numismatic tour of the ancient world. Discussed in this 45-minute episode are examples of the earliest known ancient coins, archaic coins from ancient Greece, the signed dekadrachms of Sicily, large-sized Aes Gracia As […]

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See the Amazing Eureka Gold Nugget, Second Largest Ever Found in Arizona!

  Always find time in your day to stop and eat a sandwich. That is the lesson we learned when we sat with Utah coin dealer Robert Campbell so he could show us this impressive gold nugget that was discovered in a placer mine in the Huachuca mountains of Arizona. The nugget appears in its […]

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See the Amazing Eureka Gold Nugget, 2nd Largest Ever Found in Arizona!

Always find time in your day to stop and eat a sandwich. That’s the lesson we learned when we sat with Utah coin dealer Robert Campbell so he could show us this impressive gold nugget that was discovered in a placer mine in the Huachuca mountains of Arizona. The nugget appears in its original form, […]

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Five Exercises in Rare Date Gold Coin Pricing

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… For collectors and dealers alike, accurately pricing a coin remains perhaps the most difficult process in all of numismatics. This shouldn’t be the case as there are numerous price guides who offer years of experience and expertise to assist collectors and dealers. Unfortunately, none of […]

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The Golden Dollar: Story of the Sacagaweas

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The dollar coin has never circulated well in America. Even designs that are loved by collectors today, such as the Morgan dollar, struggled to find their way out of contemporaneous storage vaults as consumers simply didn’t want them. The Susan B. Anthony dollar was supposed to fix this problem […]

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CoinWeek First Read: 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, Second Edition

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature… Review by Charles Morgan for CoinWeek ….. Believe us, writing books like this is hard work… Harlan J. Berk’s 100 Greatest Ancient Coins is the fifth title in Whitman Publishing’s groundbreaking 100 Greatest series and was the first to introduce readers […]

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Three Interesting Classic U.S. Gold Coins

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… At DWN, I get to handle many interesting coins. Some make it to the website; others don’t. In this article, I thought I’d share images and impressions of three particularly interesting coins that I handled in March 2019. * * * 1. The World’s Most […]

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NGC Ancients: Late Roman Coin Reverse Types, Part 2

Reverse types of the Late Roman Empire are remarkably varied, with military and religious types being the most abundant   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… Click Here for Part I In the previous column, we examined some of the familiar reverse types associated with Roman military life and the vows undertaken by emperors. In […]

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Behind the Scenes of the James A. Stack 1933 $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin

By Ron Guth ….. James A. Stack is well-known among collectors of high-quality U.S. coins because of the disposition of his collection in several auctions in the late 1980s and the early ’90s. Had his collection been sold in a single sale, it would have ranked as one of the greatest of the 20th century. […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part IV

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. The Seleucid empire fell apart as things do – internal failures and others’ successes, inevitability and chance. The epithets of kinglets accumulated, reechoing because the core was hollow… When at last the lots were shaken and the world divided, the kingdom’s west fell to Rome and its east to […]

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Gold Coin Rarity: What We Can Learn From the Hansen Collection

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Part One: Gold Dollars Through Three Dollar Gold The once-in-a-generation collection of U.S. coins being assembled by Dell Loy Hansen and David Lawrence Rare Coins gives numismatists an unusual opportunity to determine the condition rarity of many issues. Assuming that Mr. Hansen is placing an […]

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CoinWeek: Cool Coins! 2019 Episode 2: Key Dates, Original Gold, and Athenian Owls

  CoinWeek’s Cool Coins! returns with our second episode of 2019. In this clip, we talk to Allen Rowe of Northern Nevada Coin, Harlan J. Berk, Doug Winter, and Bob Green of Park Avenue Numismatics. Allen has a gem uncirculated 1916-D Winged Liberty Dime. This coin is completely brilliant without a hint of toning. It […]

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What Do I Do with This Crap? 11 Ways to Handle Your Low-Value Collectibles

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Visits to my coin dealer friend’s home office are some of my favorite moments in the hobby. But recently, among the many impressive items in his collection and inventory, I noticed a box marked “Low-Value Crap”. I admit I have some LVC (Low-Value Crap) in my house. My collection […]

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Challenging the Status Quo: An Interview With U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder

A Coin Analyst Exclusive By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. David J. Ryder, the 39th Director of the United States Mint, assumed his new role on May 31, 2018. Ryder has extensive professional experience relevant to running the Mint, having served in other government positions and spent over 20 years working for companies that develop […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #111: Talking CAC Coins; the Future of Grading with John Albanese

 CoinWeek Podcast #110: Talking CAC Coins; the Future of Grading with John Albanese Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Collecting and investing in rare coins at the upper levels of the hobby requires more than just money, it requires considerable amounts of knowledge, patience, […]

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Demand for CAC Coins Continues to Grow – Supporting Values

By Mark Ferguson for CoinWeek on the Rare Coin Market – MFrarecoins.com …… If you collect CAC coins, you’re in good company and your ranks are growing. This is mostly good news if you own CAC coins and plan to purchase more. It means price support and liquidity are strengthening even more, as is their […]

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Classic US Coins: So You’ve Decided to Collect Proof Gold…

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… Imagine, if you will, that the coin market is a sushi bar. You look in the cases and you see the familiar fish: salmon, albacore, mackerel, and regular tuna. Off in the corner, in a special case, there is the prized (and pricey) fatty tuna […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part II

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. Part I Antiochus III When Seleucus III was poisoned by his officers in 223 BCE, his 18-year-old son, Antiochus, inherited an empire that was rapidly falling apart. In a reign of 35 years, Antiochus III tried to emulate the conquests of Alexander, earning the epithet Megas (“the Great”). The […]

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AU Capital – Indian Peace Medals: Important and Historic Collectibles

  AU Capital Management President Russ Augustin teams up with CoinWeek to discuss the fascinating Indian Peace Medal series. In this episode, Russ shares a number of medals from his collection and discusses the important historic role these numismatic objects played in bettering relations between native tribes and the American government. From the English administration […]

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Paper Money News – PCGS, Jason Bradford End Currency Grading Relationship; Bradford Launches New Grading Service

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….. PCGS announced on Tuesday that it has ended its business relationship with K3B, Inc., a Peoria, Illinois company that operated under the trademark and brand PCGS Currency. The announcement came as unexpected news to the numismatic community as K3B has been grading notes under the PCGS Currency brand since February […]

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The Coin Analyst: The Euro’s Impact on Numismatics After 20 Years

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On January 4, 1999, 11 members of the European Union began using a common currency known as the euro. For the first three years, the currency existed virtually, used only for cashless and bank transactions. Euro coins were first minted in 1999 but only entered circulation in 2002 following […]

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

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

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Pez Heads and Starburst: Errors and “Errors” of George Washington Presidential Dollars

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In 2007, eBay exploded with different varieties and errors of the new George Washington presidential dollar coins. The series was the first circulating coinage to feature edge lettering in 74 years, so it was bound to have some problems. Some of those errors are still well-known today, but others […]

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Classic US Gold: Where Are All the Great Coins?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldCoins.com …… CoinWeek Content Partner …… I recently read a quote from a well-known dealer who (and I’m paraphrasing) stated that today’s dealer couldn’t build great sets for their clients due to an absence of great coins. While I don’t totally agree with this, I do feel this statement has some […]

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CoinWeek Podcast Episode 110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz

 CoinWeek Podcast #110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Even sophisticated collectors stand to benefit by having a second set of trained eyes look over prospective coins before making a purchase. In this episode of the […]

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CoinWeek Podcast Episode 110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz

 CoinWeek Podcast #110: The Importance of Auction Representation with Michael Printz Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Even sophisticated collectors stand to benefit by having a second set of trained eyes look over prospective coins before making a purchase. In this episode of the […]

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Who’s Who: Iconic Coin Collections You Should Know

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Newman. Ford. Eliasberg. King Farouk. We see their names on slabs, on organizations, and in books, but how much do we know about them? It’s easy to never dive into who they were beyond “important collectors”, but each has an interesting story and a lifetime of unique achievements. Presented […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series – The Seleucids and Their Coins: Part I

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ….. MURDEROUS AND TREACHEROUS, the Seleucids, a Greek dynasty who ruled much of the Middle East from 312 to 64 BCE, were a nasty lot. But they had exquisite artistic taste, rather like those brutal Italian Renaissance princes who sponsored sculptors, painters and architects who created sublime masterpieces of enduring […]

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The Future of Our Hobby

The following is a white paper that was submitted to the American Numismatic Association in conjunction with the ANA’s 2019 Future of Numismatics Forum. By Charles Morgan …..   There has been no time in the history of the numismatic hobby where more information about coins, paper money, and other objects related to the study […]

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

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

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions Regency 30 Sale: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek …..   On Sunday, January 27, 2019, Legend Rare Coin Auctions will conduct the 30th in its series of Regency Auction sales. The series, which has been built on the premise that auctions featuring only curated, high-quality coins provide discriminating clients a better way to build collections, has taken off and landed the […]

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Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction of Ancient Coins, World Coins and Paper Money Realizes Nearly $5 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their January 2019 New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) Auction. An important and diverse selection of coins, including some magnificent European gold issues, made this a memorable auction event. In total, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries NYINC auction realized $4,945,277 USD (all prices reported include the […]

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The Story Behind the Susan B. Anthony Dollar

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Large dollar coins have never been overly successful in the United States. Early silver dollars didn’t circulate widely in the US, and even Morgan and Peace dollars sat in vaults. The public preferred to carry lighter, more convenient silver certificates more than large coins, so most of the coins […]

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Harvey Stack – Growing up in a Numismatic Family: The Early Days of Stack’s – 1978

As inflation continued, so did interest in numismatic items By Harvey Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… In both numismatics and general business, 1978 continued in lockstep with 1977. More collectors seemed to enter the field, as more reference books and coin boards were being sold. The American Numismatic Association grew in numbers. Major […]

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Jeff Garrett: The Next Big Thing

What will spark renewed interest in the hobby of coin collecting? By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 50 State Quarters program. Launched in 1999, the program saw the issuance of five different commemorative quarter dollars each year. States were featured in the order of […]

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Fact or Myth: Josh Tatum and Racketeer Nickels

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. The Liberty head or “V” nickel was released in 1883. The denomination was marked by a large “V” on the reverse; the word “cents” was nowhere to be found. The three cent piece of the time was labeled in the same way, with a large Roman numeral three and […]

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The Coin Analyst: The 10 Greatest U.S. Mint Coins of the Decade, 2010-2019

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. With the 2010s having begun their final year, now is a good time to look back on the past decade in United States Mint coin production and highlight the most significant releases. Secondary market performance and mintages have been considered, but other factors were even more important – especially […]

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CoinWeek: Silly Heads of 1839 – Discovering a New Variety

 At the 2018 Early American Coppers Convention in Traverse City, Michigan, numismatist Mark Klein, an EAC member and student of 1839-dated large cents, gave an in-depth presentation on his discovery of a new Silly Head variety. In this enhanced presentation, you can follow along with Mark’s journey of discovery of a new 1839 cent variety as […]

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Certified Coin Marketplace: CAC Coins Bring Premiums in December

CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in a live auction in Beverly Hills and in internet sales during December. Here are 10 examples selected from a large number of results that could have been listed. 1. 1832 Half Dollar in AU-58 On December 2, GreatCollections sold a CAC-approved AU-58 1832 half dollar for $677.25. On […]

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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 2019 FUN US Coins Signature Auction: Lots You Need to Know

By CoinWeek….. Beginning on Wednesday, January 9, Heritage Auctions will conduct their first U.S. Coins Signature Auction of the 2019 calendar year. Heritage’s FUN sale is a bellwether event for the rare coin hobby and all eyes will be focused on not only the price performance of the lots in this sale but also whether […]

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Jeff Garrett: American Silver Eagle Coin Season Begins

The first of the popular coins for 2019 are about to enter the numismatic marketplace By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In recent years, an annual tradition in the numismatic world has begun at the beginning of every calendar year. Starting in January, the US Mint commences delivery of United States Silver […]

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Jeff Garrett: American Silver Eagle Coin Season Begins

The first of the popular coins for 2019 are about to enter the numismatic marketplace By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In recent years, an annual tradition in the numismatic world has begun at the beginning of every calendar year. Starting in January, the US Mint commences delivery of United States Silver […]

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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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World Bullion Coins: First Ever Antique Silver Libertads Exclusive to APMEX

APMEX, Inc. has announced first-time releases from Banco de México showcasing the iconic Silver Libertad design in a new way. Since 1982, the Silver Mexican Libertad has been a favorite of coin collectors and investors. Available in a wide range of sizes, these iconic coins are easily accessible no matter the buyer’s budget. Banco de […]

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