An interesting visual document humanizing the problem of counterfeit money in the mid-19th century by American painter Daniel Huntington is set to be offered on Oct. 5 in New York City as part of Doyle’s American Paintings, Furniture and Decorative Arts auction.
An 1850 numismatic book related to the California Gold Rush sold for $10,625 on Sept. 21 as part of Bonhams’ Fine Books and Manuscripts auction in New York City. “New Varieties of Gold and Silver Coins, Counterfeit Coins, and Bullion; with Mint Values” was written by Jacob Reese Eckfeldt and William E. Du Bois.
Collectors will long debate whether the 1,389 1848 Coronet gold $2.50 quarter eagles with CAL. stamped above the eagle’s head on the reverse are truly the first U.S. commemorative coins. The letters were stamped at the Philadelphia Mint above the eagle to identify coins minted from the first gold sent to the Philadelphia Mint from California.
Massive single-owner auctions like the Twelve Oaks Collection include a broad range of coins, allowing the results to shed light on different segments of the rare coin market.
Heritage observed that the Twelve Oaks Collection included a remarkably broad spectrum of gold coins, from early U.S. Mint issues to classic gold commemoratives, along with some pioneer gold pieces. This privately struck 1850 Moffat & Co. pioneer gold $5 coin, graded Mint State 62 by Professional Coin Grading Service, features an obverse design that mimics...
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Circulated rarities from the Philadelphia Mint's first years are among highlights in Heritage’s U.S. coin auction Oct. 3 to 5 in Dallas. We present a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar graded Very Fine 25 by Professional Coin Grading Service; a 1796 Capped Bust, No Stars gold $2.50 quarter eagle, PCGS Extremely Fine 45; an 1871-CC Coronet gold double eagle, About Uncirculated...
Heritage hosted a massive suite of auctions including U.S. coins, U.S. paper money and world coins and paper money between Sept. 7 and 13. Leading its offering of the Jon Alan Boka Collection of 1794 Liberty Cap cents was a Sheldon 49 Starred Reverse variety, graded Very Fine 35 by Professional Coin Grading Service, that sold for $258,500.
Trade dollars were never intended to circulate in the United States. They were first issued in 1873 in an effort to compete with crown-sized world trade coins in trade with Asian countries. Slightly heavier than a U.S. standard silver dollar, Trade dollars were still underweight relative to the other world trade coins. Asian merchants punched chop marks to verify the...
Major errors on Walking Liberty half dollars are rare and this 1942 example struck on a planchet intended for a quarter dollar is one of perhaps five known. Like many errors, it happened during a busy time at the Bureau of the Mint as it was coping with the challenges brought on by World War II.