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
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...
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...