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Ham-handed numerical updates often create...
by Mike Diamond Updating the tooling for coinage can be accomplished in several ways, depending on whether the date originates partly or wholly on the master hub, the master die, or the working die. The method most fraught with human error involves punching some or all of the digits into each working die by hand.
It only took minutes for Proof 2016-W American...
by Paul Gilkes Collector demand was so strong for the Proof 2016-W American Eagle platinum $100 coin that the limited-edition product was placed in "Currently Unavailable" status within the first hour of sales June 30. The 2016-W coin, offered by the U.S. Mint at $1,350 per coin, was limited to a maximum mintage of 10,000 coins, with orders restricted to one coin per household.
Die variety finds wide-ranging among Coin World...
by John Wexler Coin World readers are making it a hot summer for die variety finds, reporting finds in several series and denominations. Jean Agudio gets us started with a 2009 Lincoln, Formative Years cent doubled die reverse showing a partial extra index finger just below the thumb, and a small part of the spine of the book just above the thumb.
Rounded Rim 1907 Indian Head gold $10 eagle avoided...
by Steve Roach 1907 marked a year of experimentation at the Philadelphia Mint as the $10 eagle and $20 double eagle by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens went into production. For the 1907 Indian Head eagle, several rim types were tested. Wire rim coins proved challenging to stack; a thicker rim lent itself to better stacking. Thousands were produced with a “rounded” or “rolled” rim,...
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July 11 Rosenblum auction includes 17th century...
by Jeff Starck One of the most infamous anti-Semitic medals is the Korn Jude medal from 1694. Made in silver, the design by Christian Wermuth hypes stereotypes and plays to fear during tough economic times in Germany. An example of this medal is offered in William Rosenblum’s auction No. 46A, which closes July 11.
Market's second finest known 1909-O Indian Head...
by Steve Roach A 1909-O Indian gold $5 half eagle is a product of the last year of the New Orleans Mint and from the only issue of half eagles struck at that Mint. Only a small fraction of the 34,200 examples minted survive, and even a smaller fraction survive in Uncirculated conditions. So what did this MS-65 graded example bring in the Goldbergs' pre-Long Beach sale?