Collector demand was so strong for the Proof 2016-W American Eagle platinum $100 coin that the limited-edition product was placed in "Currently Unavailable" status within the first hour of sales June 30. The 2016-W coin, offered by the U.S. Mint at $1,350 per coin, was limited to a maximum mintage of 10,000 coins, with orders restricted to one coin per household.
Coin World readers are making it a hot summer for die variety finds, reporting finds in several series and denominations. Jean Agudio gets us started with a 2009 Lincoln, Formative Years cent doubled die reverse showing a partial extra index finger just below the thumb, and a small part of the spine of the book just above the thumb.
1907 marked a year of experimentation at the Philadelphia Mint as the $10 eagle and $20 double eagle by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens went into production. For the 1907 Indian Head eagle, several rim types were tested. Wire rim coins proved challenging to stack; a thicker rim lent itself to better stacking. Thousands were produced with a “rounded” or “rolled” rim,...
A 1909-O Indian gold $5 half eagle is a product of the last year of the New Orleans Mint and from the only issue of half eagles struck at that Mint. Only a small fraction of the 34,200 examples minted survive, and even a smaller fraction survive in Uncirculated conditions. So what did this MS-65 graded example bring in the Goldbergs' pre-Long Beach sale?
And then there was one. The June 22 passing of Staff Sgt. David Thatcher leaves 100-year-old Col. Richard Cole as the sole survivor among 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders that on April 18, 1942 engaged in a daring bombing raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The raid was in retaliation for Japan’s unprovoked Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Thatcher died...
Editors and reporters are sometimes under great time restraints to meet deadlines, but it is often crucially important that “outside” news media get accurate, expert information. When numismatic experts take the time to help nonhobby media, coverage of coins in the general media is more likely to benefit all concerned.
In 1958, at the age of 19, Q. David Bowers was elected an ANS fellow, an honor he cherishes to this day. In his many trips to Audubon Terrace, he was always greeted warmly. He would pick out favorite series — Vermont copper coins of 1785 to 1788 topped the list — and would be given a tray with the coins on hand. He would retire to a nearby room, and with magnifying...
The 99th annual convention in Fukuoka, Japan, for Lions Club International served as the stage June 28 for the unveiling of the approved designs for the 2017 Lions Clubs International Century of Service silver dollar
The official launch ceremony for the 2016 Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter dollar will be held at 10 a.m. Mountain Time Aug. 25 at the park's Painted Canyon Visitor Center, I-94, Exit 32, in Medora, N.D. Representing the U.S. Mint at the ceremony will be Rhett Jeppson, principal deputy director and Mint director nominee.
An Indian Head 1933 gold $10 eagle graded Mint State 66 with a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker topped the Goldberg sale, bringing $881,250. Just 40 or so examples of this issue are known today from a mintage of 312,500.