Cleaning remains a taboo topic, and one of the first things that collectors learn as they enter our hobby is that one should never clean coins. As collectors progress on their journey, they learn that there are some cleaning methods that can be used with caution and by experimenting on low-value coins, but that, generally, cleaning is something that should be left...
Working both within and outside of the confines of the law, American artist James Stephen George Boggs — better known as J.S.G. Boggs — is an enigma. His signature pieces are hand-drawn replicas of current money called “Boggs bills” that he uses to purchase goods and services. His work combines visual art and performance art, with his bills and the documentation...
The week-long juggernaut that is the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money is now over and the 2016 edition can be characterized as a modest success for the rare coin market.
The U.S. Mint slowed down its pattern production in the mid-1880s after a surge of patterns in the 1860s, 1870s and in the first years of the 1880s. A 5-cent pattern from 1896, attributed to Charles Barber and listed as Judd 1770 in the reference to the series, doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention from collectors today.
The lustrous coin featured handsome green-gold toning and the reverse was encircled by what was described as “a distinctive band of gleaming denim-grey color, ceding once more to the prevalent chartreuse tones.”
Whether what was done to this coin is considered a ruin or simply a misguided “repair” that brings it into a more affordable price range might depend on your viewpoint.
Classic collector coins dominated the Aug. 11 Rarities Night auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries held during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif., with several overdate varieties being among the highlights.
The 2014-W Kennedy gold half dollar was the hottest coin in the summer of 2014 with a product launch at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money and sales at the U.S. Mint’s sales centers attracting national news attention.
At a July 24 online auction by GreatCollections, a PCGS MS-67 quarter dollar sold for $1,925. Just a month earlier, at Heritage’s Long Beach auction, a different example sold for $2,596.75.
Heritage describes the coin as “a technically perfect example, with fully struck design elements and impeccably preserved surfaces that radiate vibrant, satiny mint luster from both sides. A few subtle hints of golden-tan toning add to the incredible eye appeal.”