The latest Coin World weekly issue, dated Dec. 25, 2017, is
out the door, and we present exclusive previews of a few articles, to
be found also in your latest digital edition of Coin World.
From Shanghai to your collection
German correspondent Sebastian Wieschowski explores the expanding
dangers of counterfeit coins, noting that Europe is experiencing the
problems seen in the United States. The quality of the coins is
getting better and more pieces are entering the marketplace, he writes
in commentary available only in the print and digital issues of the
Dec. 25 Coin World.
“The risk of becoming the victim of a counterfeit selling purported
investment coins and bullion, at least in Internet auction houses, has
never been higher,” Wieschowski writes, adding, “It may sound like
self-promotion, but this tip has been repeated by mints and consumer
advocates for years when it comes to fraud with gold coins and bars:
those who buy exclusively from reputable sources are on the safe side.”
A disastrous start for commemorative coins
The introduction of the first U.S. commemorative coins in 1892 may
have been a historic occurrence, but the results were well below
expectations. Q. David Bowers writes in his “Joys of Collecting”
column, “Numismatists of the era viewed the marketing of America’s
first commemorative coins as a first-class disaster.”
Bowers explores what happened to the unsold coins from the 1893
World’s Columbian Exposition and why the first commemorative quarter
dollar, shunned in 1893, has since become a desired rarity.
The close relationship between coins and stamps
John Kraljevich Jr. writes in his “Colonial America” column that
when an acquaintance first learns that he is a “numismatist,” that
other person often assumes his interest is in stamps. While he used to
sigh at such misunderstanding, Kraljevich now takes a different view.
“Truth be told, there are a fair number of connections between the
two fields, and those connections in the 17th and 18th century may be
interesting to enthusiasts of early American numismatics,” he writes,
as he further explores the relationships between coinage and postage
more than two centuries ago.
A remarkable VAM variety with a great background
John Roberts, in his “About VAMs” column, explores a rather
remarkable and interesting 1882-CC Morgan dollar with unusual multiple
clashing. The VAM-2C1 die marriage “is a stage within one of the most
complex progressions recorded for any Morgan dollar marriage,” Roberts writes.
The columnist relates his experiences when he consulted with one of
the giants in the field of VAMs — indeed, the man whose name lends
itself to the “VAM” acronym — to learn more about this perplexing variety.
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