The latest Coin World monthly issue, dated July 3, 2017, has
been sent to the presses, and we have a quick preview of some of
the Coin World exclusives found in our latest digital edition.
Collecting Morgan dollars: Their charms and secrets
In his cover feature about Morgan dollars, Steve Roach profiles the
series. “Certainly they are one of America’s most popular coins, and
with good reason — there are millions of handsome Mint State
survivors, a few tough issues in the series of regular issues but no
great rarities, and endless collecting options,” he writes.
He asks, “How does someone start collecting Morgan dollars?” and
offers five different approaches collectors can follow.
The many whimsical names of large-size $2 notes
“What is the common denominator for such colorful nicknames as Lazy
Deuces, Battleship Notes, and Rainbow 2s?” asks William T. Gibbs in
his feature in the Paper Money section, answering, “They all are used
for large-size $2 notes of distinctive designs.”
While the $2 Federal Reserve note is something of an orphan
denomination today, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, $2 notes of
different kinds circulated widely. Many are of distinctive designs,
from which are derived their whimsical and distinctive nicknames.
America’s largest circulating gold coin
The $20 double eagle is not only the nation’s largest circulating
gold coin, it accounted for “more than 75 percent of all of that
precious metal deposited for coinage at the Mints,” writes Q. David
Bowers in his “The Joys of Collecting” column.
“It may come as a surprise for you to learn that of the about 200
dates and Mint marks of twenties from 1850 to 1933, only about 20 are
classic rarities costing over $10,000 each (with some into six
figures),” he says, with most of the remainder available for a bit
more than their bullion value.
Peloponnesian masterpieces: Five beautiful silver coins
“Ancient Greek artists were responsible for many masterpieces of
numismatic art,” David Vagi begins, in his “Ancients Today” column,
adding, “A number of these were created in the mid-fourth century
B.C., near the end of the Classical Period of Greek art (circa 479 to
350 or 336 B.C.), when especially close attention was paid to coins as
objects of art.”
He adds: “Some of the most remarkable coins of this era were
produced in the Peloponnesus, the land mass to the south of the Greek
mainland. Among them are five silver coins issued from the 370s to
340s B.C. that are worthy of individual study.”
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