Celebrating 50 Years of Künker – The Book

Celebrating 50 Years of Künker – The Book

In 2021, Künker celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the auction house commissioned a company chronicle that reflects the history of the...
R.S. YEOMAN ON THE SUBJECT OF COIN BOARDS, courtesy Whitman Publishing

Coin Board News Number 62 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange - www.coincollectingboards.com .....   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 62 — Spring 2022   COLD TURKEY I haven’t been able to buy...
Background of the Saint-Gaudens $20 Doube Eagle The Saint-Gaudens double eagle is one of the most famous of all American coin types. Its existence came only at the insistence of President Theodore Roosevelt, who sought for years to beautiful America’s humdrum coin designs. Saint-Gaudens’ involvement in the process was meant to be more far-reaching than it turned out to be. The artist set out to redesign every denomination of America’s circulating coinage but fell seriously ill before this plan could truly come to fruition. In fact, what we have in the form of the Saint Gaudens-designed $10 and $20 gold coins were actually only made possible due to the work of Saint Gaudens’ assistant Henry Hering. The Mint’s first strikings of this $20 design came in the form of two dozen Proofs, which were struck in March, each coin requiring nine impressions to realize the full detail of Saint-Gaudens’ high relief design. The Mint’s engraving department, led by Chief Engraver Charles Barber, was adamant that the high relief models were completely impractical for use in striking circulating coins. Barber is often slandered in numismatic circles as being entitled, hard to deal with, and unprofessional to his peers in the U.S. Mint engraving department and to outside artists. This could not be farther from the truth, and in the case of the double eagle design, he was absolutely correct! All double eagles struck in 1907 and most struck in 1908 lack the motto "In God We Trust" and are referred to as No Motto types. "With Motto" double eagles were struck from 1908 through 1933 when production of the coin was terminated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt's executive orders recalling all privately owned gold. Design The obverse features a full-length image of Liberty, facing forward, with an olive branch in her extended left hand and a raised torch in her extended right hand. Draped in a long, flowing gown, her hair is swept to the left. Some describe her as striding forward; the foot of her left leg rests on a large rock (in front of which are oak leaves), difficult terrain through which to be walking. To Liberty's right, at the bottom of the coin, the sun is visible behind a depiction of the United States Capitol building. Rays from the sun extend upward from behind the Capitol and Liberty to about the level of Liberty's waist. At the top of the coin is the word LIBERTY, the torch separating I and B. Forty-six tiny six-pointed stars (48 stars from 1912 forward) are arrayed just inside the flat rim, forming a circle broken only at the bottom. The date, in 'Arabic' numerals, is at the right bottom, above the rock, and a monogram of the designer's initials ASG is below the date. With Motto Saints were minted in Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco; D and S mintmarks are located above the date. The crest of the sun appears again on the reverse, at the bottom with rays extending upward nearly to the top of coin behind a majestic left-facing eagle, wings uplifted in flight. In an arc above the sun is IN GOD WE TRUST, the words separated by centered triangular dots. At the top is UNITED STATES OF AMERICA in a concentric arc next to the flat rim, with TWENTY DOLLARS just below in another arc. The words of both phrases are separated by centered triangular dots, and the text is also in front of the sun's rays. E PLURIBUS UNUM in raised letters, with 13 separating raised stars, is on the edge of the coin.  

Submissions Accepted for ANA Young Numismatist Literary Awards

Submissions for the American Numismatic Association's (ANA) annual Young Numismatist Literary Awards competition are being accepted through April 1. The awards were established to...
Whitman Publishes Q. David Bowers Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins

Whitman Publishes Q. David Bowers Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins

Whitman Publishing announces the upcoming release of A Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins, by Q. David Bowers. The new 448-page book is...
New Print-on-Demand Program From American Numismatic Society

New Print-on-Demand Program From American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society (ANS) is proud to announce a new print-on-demand (POD) program. Every month or so, the ANS will release four to 10...
Coin Board News Number 61 - For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Coin Board News Number 61 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange - www.coincollectingboards.com .....   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 61 — Winter 2022   MAJOR DISCOVERY Your eyes do not deceive you......
CoinWeek Collector Fundamentals: How to Handle Coins

CoinWeek Collector Fundamentals: How to Handle Coins

By Peter Mosiondz, Jr. .....   In an earlier article, I mentioned that we will discuss how to handle coins properly. And, this is very important....
Coin Board News Number 60 - For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Coin Board News Number 60 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange - www.coincollectingboards.com .....   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 60 — Fall 2021   ANA CONVENTION A SUCCESS It was wonderful to...
So-Called Dollars From 1876 Centennial Exposition Included in 2022 Mega Red Book

So-Called Dollars From 1876 Centennial Exposition Included in 2022 Mega Red Book

The latest edition of the “Red Book” showcases over 80 so-called dollars from the Centennial Exposition   The seventh deluxe edition of A Guide Book of...
Antique Coin Boards News

Vintage Coin Board Collection Now Online at Newman Numismatic Portal

Antique Coin Boards News by David W. Lange - www.coincollectingboards.com .....   The entire collection of vintage coin boards assembled by David W. Lange is now illustrated...

BAUSCH & LOMB HASTINGS MEASURING MAGNIFIER 7X

Regular Price: $87.45 Sale Price: $65.59 The Bausch & Lomb Hasting measuring magnifier is a highly-corrective Hasting Triplet lens in a stand style magnifier. The magnifier...

THE OFFICIAL RED BOOK: A GUIDE BOOK OF U.S. TYPE COINS

Regular Price: $19.95 Sale Price: $14.96 Collecting United States coins by date and mintmark is a popular pursuit. However, even if you had an unlimited budget...

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF U.S. GOLD COINS 1795-1933

Regular Price: $69.95 Sale Price: $52.46 In Cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution. United States Gold Coins have seen a popularity boom in recent years. Thousands of...

THE OFFICIAL RED BOOK: A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 2022 (MEGA RED...

Regular Price: $49.95 Sale Price: $27.49 The Seventh Deluxe Edition MEGA RED is the latest expanded version of the hobby’s best-selling “Red Book” (more than 24...

THE OFFICIAL RED BOOK: A GUIDE BOOK OF UNITED STATES COINS 2022

Regular Price: $15.95 Sale Price: $8.78 2022 marks the 75th edition of the The Official Red Book A Guide Book of United States Coins and...

LIGHTHOUSE LCD DIGITAL MICROSCOPE, 500X

Regular Price: $359.95 Sale Price: $305.99 This stand alone LightHouse Microscope has a built in 3.5-inch LCD screen and microSD card that offers connectivity to a...
Royal Numismatic Society Awards Gilljam Prize to ANS Author George Watson

Royal Numismatic Society Awards Gilljam Prize to ANS Author George Watson

By American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   The UK's Royal Numismatic Society has awarded its Gilljam Prize for Third-Century Numismatics to George Watson’s book Connections, Communities,...
New Handbook on Swedish Coins and Banknotes Now Available - Coin & Currency Institute

New Handbook on Swedish Coins and Banknotes Now Available

By Coin & Currency Institute ......   A new book on all the coins of Sweden from 995 to 2021 is now available in a compact,...

Coin Board News Number 59 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange - www.coincollectingboards.com .....   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 59 — Summer 2021   ONLY ONE MORE TO GO It’s been nearly...
US Coins - Roger Burdette Explores Most Unusual Coinage Proposals in New Book

US Coins – Roger Burdette Explores Most Unusual Coinage Proposals in New Book

Seneca Mill Press LLC announces the release of the latest numismatic book by Roger W. Burdette: Fads, Fakes & Foibles Most 19th-century Americans thought of coins...
First Read: The Confident Carson City Coin Collector, Volumes 1-3

First Read: The Confident Carson City Coin Collector, Volumes 1-3

First Read, a continuing series of essays about classic and contemporary works of numismatic literature ... The Confident Carson City Coin Collector is the most...

As Red Book Celebrates 75 Years, a Look at How Today’s Edition Gets Made

By Jeff Garrett, special for CoinWeek ......   The Guide Book of United States Coins (the Red Book) is one of the most iconic brands in...

New Half Cent Handbook Looks to Demystify Collecting Half Cents by Variety and Die...

By CoinWeek ..... The Half Cent Handbook: Draped Bust Varieties: 1800-1808 (2021), by Ed Fuhrman   Since its release in 2019, The Half Cent: 1793-1857, self-published by...

You Need THESE Books to Appraise Your Coin Collection

By Christopher Bulfinch for CoinWeek .....   People reach out to CoinWeek daily to ask for advice about selling coin collections. After inheriting a collection, or finding...

CoinWeek Podcast #152: Completing a DANSCO 7070

 CoinWeek Podcast #152: Completing a DANSCO 7070 Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on...

Coin Board News Number 58 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange - www.coincollectingboards.com .....   For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 58 — Spring 2021   MARKET ACTIVITY While we await our vaccinations, things...
New Large-Format Book From ANA Reveals History Through American Coinage

New Large-Format Book From ANA Reveals History Through American Coinage

Coin collectors and history buffs alike are sure to enjoy Past Tense, an entertaining, large-format book of author Rod Gillis' colorful "Past Tense" monthly...

Jeff Garrett: Numismatic Holiday Gift Ideas

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Like everyone else, you are probably searching for holiday gift ideas to please that hard-to-buy-for friend...
Coin Board News by David W. Lange

Coin Board News Number 57 – For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards

Antique Coin Boards with David W. Lange - www.coincollectingboards.com ..... For Collectors of Antique Coin Boards Number 57 — Winter 2021 Annual Update Issue   A YEAR OF MINIMAL CHANGE Yes,...

Harvey Stack: The History of Stack’s – 1985, Pt. 1

By Harvey Stack - Co-Founder, Stack's Bowers Galleries ......   Another Year of Change Like the year before, 1985 was another major year for the hobby as...