The concept of striking coins from locally gathered metals — familiar to collectors of U.S. pioneer gold coins — is not unique to the United States. German coinage includes many examples of “locally sourced” metal being used to make coins, including a gold ducat from Munich, identified on the coin as being made from Rhine River gold, that is offered in Sincona AG’s...
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.
Also popular this week were posts about the future of the U.S. dollar coin, the benefits of third-party grading for collectors, and the soon-to-be-released Reverse Proof Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar coin.
The edge inscription on the Proof 2016-W American Eagle silver dollar denoting the 30th anniversary of the bullion coin is getting mixed reviews. Some collectors took to the Collectors Universe and Numismatic Guaranty Corp. online message boards to express their dissatisfaction with the appearance of the edge inscription
Coin Lore column from Oct. 17, 2016, Weekly issue of Coin World: As Union forces closed in on New Orleans in April 1862, the city carried on as best it could, though cotton, “the wealth of the South,” was burned by the bale on the levies to prevent it from falling into Union hands, and precious metals were removed from the city. The Confederacy suspended specie...
Coins, paper money and medals that have flown aboard American spacecraft are among the lots to be offered Oct. 13 to 20 by RR Auction. Of the lots offered, 517 are dedicated to space collectibles. Among the lots to be offered are a 1944 Winged Liberty Head dime salvaged in 1999 from Astronaut Gus Grissom's 1961 Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft; a Series 1953-B $2 note...
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.
Just as it was years ago, it is up to a sophisticated buyer endeavoring to build a great collection to study the coin itself or, today unlike yesteryear, a needle-sharp image of it. A certified coin with a guarantee of authenticity is a great start.
The author of The Profit March series on coin investment, the Barnumesque George Haylings, was widely off the mark with his predictions of profits to be made in U.S. coins. A roll of U.S. coins he was certain would hit $10,000 in 1971 was actually worth less than $50.
Lincoln cents with the Union Shield reverse are definitely popular with Coin World readers. A nice example of this is a 2011 Lincoln, Union Shield cent with a strong doubled die obverse that was submitted by Ronald Burke. Very strong extra thickness shows on the digits of the date and also on LIBERTY. Notches show in the lower left corners of the digits and the...
The Royal Spanish Mint celebrates a milestone of royal importance with a new silver coin. The Proof .925 fine silver €10, released Sept. 26, commemorates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Charles III. Charles III was the king of Spain and the Spanish Indies from 1759 to 1788.
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.
The Royal Mint’s annual Lunar bullion program continues with 2017 coins marking the Year of the Rooster. It is the fourth round of coins to be issued in the Royal Mint’s Lunar series, which started with the 2014 Year of the Horse, followed by the Year of the Sheep in 2015 and Year of the Monkey coins in 2016.
Investment demand during 2016 is expected to expand by 45,000 ounces, to 350,000 ounces in 2016, while specific bar and coin demand is anticipated to dip from 2015 levels, according to the World Platinum Investment Council’s latest quarter report.