The latest Coin World Monthly issue, dated September 4 2017,
is out the door, and we present some exclusives, to be found also in
our latest digital edition.
Design failures or desirable rarities, or both?
Some coin designs last for decades, like the Seated Liberty design
or the Lincoln cent’s obverse. Then there are the “one-year wonders,”
or designs that lasted just a year, or less.
In our cover feature, William T. Gibbs looks at coins like the 1793
Flowing Hair, Chain cent, the 1808 Draped Bust quarter eagle, and the
1883 Liberty Head, No CENTS 5-cent coin. None lasted for more than a
few months, and today they avidly sought by collectors.
Pricing the unique collectible
It can be difficult to place a price on a great rarity, especially
if it is unique or nearly so. In his “The Investment Column,” Steve
Roach compares an Apollo 11 lunar mission bag that once held rocks
collected by Neil Armstrong on the moon and the Langbord 1933 double
eagles. The government sought to confiscate the coins and the lunar
sample bag, but only one was deemed legal to sell at auction.
Fill your bookshelf with essential world coins references
Collectors of U.S. coins have long had A Guide Book of United
States Coins, aka the “Red Book.” Jeff Starck reports that world
coin collectors have their “Red Books” as well, focusing such topics
as the coins of Canada, Mexico, and England and the United Kingdom.
What books do you need to add to your bookshelf?
Paper or plastic? The changing nature of ‘paper’ money
From paper made of mulberry bark to high-tech polymer, paper money
has been produced on a wide range of “paper” for hundreds of years.
William T. Gibbs takes through a brief tour through the evolution of
what paper money is printed on.
From thin and thick paper used for Colonial-era notes, to paper
bearing a wide swath of blue fibers, to polymer with security threads
and more, paper money has constantly changed.
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