Coin World's latest weekly edition is out the door and will be
in the hands of subscribers shortly. Here, we present previews of a
few of its columns, all found exclusively in the print and digital
editions of the Feb. 19 issue of Coin World.
Dates of two sizes, a doubled die, and more
What coin struck in the second half of the 20th century has a
doubled die obverse, dates of two different sizes, and a repunched
Mint mark? As John Wexler explains in his “Varieties Notebook” column,
exclusive to the Feb. 12 issue of Coin World, it’s the 1960-D/D
Lincoln, Small Date Over Large Date cent — a coin that has a lot going
for it from the viewpoint of a collector of die varieties.
Wexler explains how the coin was created and notes that an example
of the coin was recently submitted to him by a Coin World
reader. To learn more, read the column in the digital and print issues
of Coin World.
Did California small denomination gold coin circulate?
While clear evidence exists that the higher-denomination pioneer
gold coins of California circulated as money, it has been less clear
whether small-denomination pieces — those issues in denominations of
$1 or less — circulated as well. Now, a pair of numismatists looks at
the best evidence.
Robert Lande and John Paulsen write: “There certainly is some
evidence that the early, 1852 to 1857, 25-cent, 50-cent, and $1
pieces, called ‘Period 1’ issues, did circulate. But the amount and
nature of the evidence is not even remotely comparable to the
overwhelming and incontrovertible evidence that their larger cousins …
were used as money. Moreover, the best evidence indicates that the
later small denomination pieces — issued from 1858 to 1882 — probably
were used just as souvenirs or for jewelry.” See the evidence in their
article appearing exclusively in the print and digital editions of the
Feb. 19 issue of Coin World.
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Seated Liberty half dollar not what it seems
“The 1840 Seated Liberty, Medium Letters half dollar is an
imposter,” writes Gerald Tebben in his “Coin Lore” column. “For more
than a century it posed as a Philadelphia Mint coin when, in fact,
Miss Liberty on the obverse was a Southern belle,” he adds.
Tebben explores the research that upset what we thought we knew
about the coin, and proved which Mint facility actually struck the
coin. So where was the coin struck and why did it differ from most
other 1840 Seated Liberty half dollars? Find out in the Feb. 19 issue
of Coin World.
The first ‘superstar’ collection’s auction catalog
“Joseph J. Mickley was the first ‘superstar’ American numismatist,
whose encyclopedic collection was sold in the earliest American
catalog recognized as an enduring reference work and as a collectible
in its own right,” writes Joel Orosz in his “Numismatic Bookie”
column. However, when thieves struck on April 13, 1867, stealing a
goodly portion of Mickley’s world coins, he decided sell what remained
of his collection.
“The Mickley sale is a numismatic literature classic,” Orosz writes,
noting, “The sale realized a record $13,285.70. Had the stolen world
coins been present (as well as American gold, English coins before the
Conquest, and British Conder tokens, all sold privately …), Mickley’s
collection may have realized $50,000, nearly four times the previous record.”