As he writes, Q. David Bowers is getting set to go to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif. If you plan to attend and want to say hi, or have a book autographed, track him down. He’ll be most available on Thursday and Friday.
Gene Gardner was a world-class numismatist, but he was also a world-class gentleman and a world-class friend. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Horizontal movements can occur before impact, during impact, and during retraction. If a lateral shift occurs during impact or early in retraction (before it’s cleared the coin’s surface), the die will drag itself across the coin. This will cause the newly struck design to be repositioned, smeared, scraped or erased.
Summertime means road trips, and a recent journey took the author to the David Owsley Museum of Art in Muncie, Ind. Its collection areas include ancient, medieval, Renaissance, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century and modern art, arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas; European and American decorative arts and furniture; and works on paper, including...
Also this week, Bill O'Rourke wrote about some interesting world coins that turned up in a U.S. roll. Catch up on all of the week's biggest numismatic insights and news. Coin World is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.
The Lincoln cents with the Union Shield reverse design are only in their seventh year of production, but they are proving to be a fertile hunting ground for die varieties.
Perhaps the most visually impressive and historically significant congressional gold medal in Stack's Bowers Galleries upcoming ANA auction was the one awarded to Gen. Zachary Taylor by a unanimous vote of Congress on July 16, 1846, for defeating the Mexican army at Brownsville, Texas, during the 1846 battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. The offering represents...
A 1964 Kennedy half dollar owned by a reader has the typical Proof finish used on U.S. coins and not the Special Mint set finish found on a few rare pieces dated before 1965.
If you could write with your change in Columbus, Ohio, you knew were the coins came from — the Ohio Penitentiary. Prisoners at the Pen with too much time on their hands and mischief in their minds often used materials at hand to make their own versions of U.S. coins.
The award honors an individual within the numismatic community who has demonstrated long-term leadership in the field and to the association. He will be presented with the award on Friday, Aug. 12, during the awards banquet at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Calif.