Coin World's latest weekly edition is on its way to you, and we
present previews of a few of its columns, all found exclusively in the
print and digital editions of the Jan. 8 issue of Coin World.
And the Top 10 Stories of 2017 are …
Every year in December, the Coin World editorial staff looks
back at the last 12 months and votes on the top 10 stories we have
covered during that period. What 10 stories made the cut this year? A
couple of hints: three involve American Eagle bullion coins, those
coins struck by the United States Mint and those pieces that are
issued and sold by the unscrupulous.
Our coverage, exclusive to the print and digital editions of
Coin World, begins in the Jan. 15 issue.
Mutilated coins used by a ‘secret’ society
The United States has never been more split than it was during the
Civil War, when North and South fought over the issues that divided
them. However, there were those in both regions that did not support
the majority view of their fellow citizens.
As Gerald Tebben writes in his “Coin Lore” column, some in the North
who were sympathetic to the South called themselves “Copperheads,” and
to identify themselves to others in this “secret” society, they wore
badges made from mutilated copper coins.
Repunched Mint mark varieties among collector finds
Many collectors like to share their discoveries with others, and
John Wexler is happy to oblige in his monthly column “Varieties
Notebook.” This month, several repunched Mint mark varieties are among
the finds by readers.
Readers report finding 1954-S/S and 1961-D/D Lincoln cents with
repunched Mint marks. Each has a Mint mark that is doubled, and many
such varieties await discovery. To join the variety hunt, be sure to
read John’s monthly column, exclusive to Coin World’s print and
Mint officials share knowledge in a ‘first’ book
In the 1840s, “Collectors of French and British coins had guidebooks
identifying and illustrating their national coins, but not Americans,”
writes Joel Orosz in his “Numismatic Bookie” column. That changed in
1842 when two Philadelphia Mint officials “shone light into the
numismatic darkness” with a book that was the first of its kind in the
William Dubois and Jacob Eckfeldt’s A Manual of Gold and Silver
Coins of all Nations, Struck within the Past Century “instantly
became the guidebook for American coin collectors. Although
numismatists eventually found several errors in the text, the plates
of coins kept it useful for decades,” he writes.
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