Heritage Auctions’ Sept. 8 and 9 Long Beach world coins auction offers a collection of 143 Brazilian Imperial medals and decorations in 107 lots. According to the firm, “It is perhaps the most interesting and advanced group of Brazilian pieces in a couple of decades.”
Today, grading is the biggest bugbear in numismatics — the most unsettled, the most unscientific. In my opinion, grading is more disorganized than it has been any time in the past 30 years. The leading certification services have abandoned at least some of the Official ANA Grading Standards.
The first copper-nickel clad half dollars were struck in 1971, with 155 million coined at the Philadelphia Mint and a series high 302 million at the Denver Mint. They were saved in roll quantity, and intact original rolls can still be found today. As a result, coins grading Gem Uncirculated are relatively abundant. But whether a Gem Uncirculated coin was struck by a fresh...
The U.S. Mint has sold the last of its 2016 American Eagle 1-ounce .9995 platinum bullion coins to its authorized purchasers. The bureau took orders on Aug. 26 for the final 1,000 coins available. The Mint made only 20,000 coins available for purchase when the coins first went on sale July 25.
For their latest series of coins issued as a set by the Royal Mint, Glyn Davies and Laura Clancy captured watercolor-style portraits of some of Britain’s best loved natural landmarks. Creating real watercolors was the first step in the process that brought the designs to Proof .925 fine silver £5 coins.
PCGS has graded just two examples of this rare 18th century gold issue in MS-61, the other being the Pogue example, which realized $440,625 in September 2015.
A five-coin set of 1915-S Panama-Pacific International Exposition gold and silver commemorative coins housed in its original leather case of issue highlights Bonhams 129-lot auction Sept. 6 in Los Angeles. Among other lots offered are a 1796 Draped Bust, 15 Stars half dollar; 1879 Flowing Hair $4 gold Stella pattern; a bronze plaquette depicting sculptor August...
Was a 1964 Morgan dollar struck? Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new fifth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers, that answers that question. The 304-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016.
No ruler of ancient Greece may be as well known and widely discussed as Alexander III, Alexander the Great. The Macedonian ruler destroyed the Persian Empire and helped spread Hellenistic culture. A “Nearly Mint State” gold stater of Amphipholis, issued circa 330 to 320 B.C. by the ruler, is offered in Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles’ Pre-Long Beach auction...
A crowd of 900 people, including 400 schoolchildren, attended the U.S. Mint's Aug. 25 launch ceremony for the Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter dollar at the park’s Painted Canyon Visitor Center in Medora, N.D. The ceremony coincided with the date of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service.
The British vote to exit the European Union one of the most significant moments in EU history — is subject of a new program of three Proof commemorative coins from the Cook Islands. The program is being issued by Coin Invest Trust, a private Lichtenstein-based company.
A book of South American specimen notes sold for nearly triple its high estimate at Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ auction dedicated exclusively to world paper money at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.
A study from the British firm Smithers Pira, that calls itself a worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains, predicts the future of traditional money like coins and notes.
Mexico’s Caballito peso series was issued from 1910 to 1914. The coin was intended to mark the War of Independence and was, according to the Bank of Mexico, as such, the first commemorative coin of its kind in Mexico.