As 2018 strides on stage, we reflect on the major story lines Coin World covered in 2017.
Business generated in the U.S. coin market in 2017 totaled between $3.4 billion and $3.8 billion, not including sales by the United States Mint of bullion coins, such as gold and silver American Eagles, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild’s survey.
When the Proof 2018-W American Eagle platinum $100 coin goes on sale Jan. 25, a new era begins for the series: the obverse will change annually for the next three years. An example of the Proof 2018 American Eagle was placed on exhibit Oct. 17 at United States Mint headquarters in Washington during the Mint’s second annual Numismatic Forum.
Some of the most beautiful coins in Heritage Auctions' Florida United Numismatist auction Jan. 3 to 8 are patterns. One highlight is the classic "Schoolgirl" design by George Morgan.
Because of the spot-prone nature of copper-nickel, few 3-cent coins survive in very top grades. Legend offered one graded MS-67 by PCGS and bearing a green CAC sticker that is tied for the finest at PCGS.
Also this week, a nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors has, in the past, expressed opposition to paper money.
Also inside this issue, one scratched coin still garnered a high grade and price, but how? The “Readers Ask” column explains.
Want to order the five 2018 World War I silver medals? Act quickly; they will only be on sale for 30 days.
One exceptional offering, a standout from the earliest years of the New Orleans Mint, is a 1838-O Capped Bust, Reeded Edge half dollar graded Branch Mint Proof 63 by Professional Coin Grading Service. The issue has mysterious origins, with Heritage calling it “one of the rarest and most enigmatic issues in the U.S. federal series.”
Sales by the U.S. Mint of commemorative coins from two 2017 programs may be struggling to reach levels that would ensure surcharges could be delivered to the respective recipient organizations. As of Dec. 20, the Mint had not delivered surcharges to either the Lions Clubs International or Boys Town.