The latest Coin World weekly issue, dated Oct. 9, 2017, is out
the door, and we present exclusive previews of a few articles, to be
found also in our latest digital edition.
American Eagle program gets its fourth metal, and high premiums
The American Eagle program is getting a new metal, its fourth, with
the introduction of the nation’s first palladium bullion coin. As this
week’s Editorial indicates, premiums were already well above those
charged for similar products (Maple Leafs and generic bars) from other
issuers just days before the coins would be offered by the U.S. Mint
to authorized purchasers on Sept. 25.
“As of Sept. 21, one firm was offering (for October delivery) the
American Eagle at a huge premium over its Canadian and generic
counterparts. It is offering the U.S. coin at a premium ‘As low as
$102.99 per oz over spot!’ compared to a premium of $9.99 per ounce
over spot for the Canadian coin and generic bars of the same weight
and fineness (yes, those numbers are correct).”
Look closely, and you’ll see changes in the American Eagle silver dollar
Think the 2017 American Eagle silver bullion coin is identical to
the 1986 version of the coin, the first to be issued? It isn’t, writes
Scott Schechter in his “Making Moderns” column.
Noticeable changes were made to the design in 1989, 1991, 1993,
1994, 1996, 2008 and 2010, Schechter writes. Relief has been changed,
the designs made sharper, the sculptural form has been lost and
restored, and the text font has been changed (the latter resulting in
the only collectible die variety for the series). To learn more about
the changes, read Schechter’s column in the print and digital issues
of Coin World.
‘Weak-Fatty’ gold coins: you don’t want any in your collection
In his “Detecting Counterfeits” column, Michael Fahey discusses a
type of counterfeit gold coin called a “Weak-Fatty.” He writes, “I do
not remember who coined the term ‘Weak-Fatty,’ but that was what we
called them. The finer details of the design were usually weak or
indistinct on these fakes, and the peripheral lettering was fat and
rounded, instead of being crisp and sharp.”
The counterfeit 1899-S Coronet gold half eagle that is reviewed in
the column “is a typical example of a ‘Weak-Fatty’ fake,” Fahey
writes. Diagnostics, photographs and tips of what to look for found in
his column are available only in the Oct. 9 issue of Coin World.
Car wash token and more: what rolls of dollar coins can yield
Bill O’Rourke writes in his newest “Found in Rolls” column, “One of
the things that fascinates me as I search through rolls of coins is
the amazing variety of numismatic material that can be found.” One
roll of small-sized dollar coins recently searched yielded a
ringed-bimetallic token good for use at a Florida business, O’Rourke
reports. “This token has a brass outer ring with an aluminum core and
was apparently made for use at a local car wash,” he writes.
He also found Presidential dollars and Sacagawea/Native American
dollars that were not officially released into circulation but made
their way there anyway. Learn more what he found in his latest column,
appearing only in the print and digital issue of Coin World.
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