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Jeff Garrett: When US Coins Were Minted in Georgia

The Dahlonega Mint struck numerous gold coins that can add a unique twist to your collection   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Contrary...

Ancient Roman Coins – Octavian and the Battle of Actium

Octavian. Gold Aureus (7.8g) minted at Rome, 32-31 BC By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Octavian was the son of Julius Caesar's niece...

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part II

By David Provost for CoinWeek .....   Author’s Note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser-known information about the US commemorative coins series derived...
The Ancient Coins of Kroisos - Michael T. Shutterly

The Ancient Coins of Kroisos

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   Kroisos, King of Lydia Kroisos, the last king of the Ionian kingdom of Lydia in Asia Minor, launched a...
Classic U.S. Gold Coins: The 1854-O Half Eagle Gets "Discovered"

Classic U.S. Gold Coins: The 1854-O Half Eagle Gets “Discovered”

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   The 1854-O is the second-most-available No Motto half eagle from the New Orleans Mint. According to the...

NGC Photo Proofs – Something I’ve Never Seen Before

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek .....   One of the aspects of numismatics that I find particularly enjoyable is reading vintage books and periodicals and, through...

CoinWeek Podcast #161: Let’s Get Medieval: Mike Markowitz on Coins of the Middle Ages

  The CoinWeek Podcast is brought to you by PCGS. Check out PCGS’ new grading specials and take advantage of an exclusive offer to get...
Helena, the First Christian Pilgrim

Helena, the First Christian Pilgrim

By David Hendin for CoinWeek .....   Some years ago, on a visit to Rome, my wife and I searched out the church of Santa Croce...
Roman Gold -Tiberius (AD 14-37). AV aureus

Ancient Roman Coins – The Tribute Penny – Render Unto Caesar What Is Caesar’s

Tribute Penny - Tiberius (14-37 CE). AV aureus ). Lugdunum, ca. 18-35 CE. The same type was also issued in silver, which became known as...

Commemorative Stories: The 1983-84 LA Olympics Coins – Part I

By David Provost for CoinWeek .....   Author’s Note: My intention for this series of “stories” is to present lesser-known information about the US commemorative coins series derived...
Almost Emperors: Three Caesars Who Didn't Quite Make It and Their Coins

Almost Emperors: Three Caesars Who Didn’t Quite Make It and Their Coins

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek .....   This article deals with three men that, while seemingly destined to become the emperor of ancient Rome--indeed, they held...

Reading Auction Catalogue Listings – An Essential Skill for Collectors

By Charles Morgan and Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek .....   As a collector advances in the hobby, they might find themself nose deep in one of...

Eagles on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Majestic, powerful, swift, and intelligent, the eagle has held a strong grip on human imagination since the...
Five Brief Takes: Early US Gold Coins

Five Brief Takes: Early US Gold Coins

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   Early US gold is defined as quarter eagles, half eagles, and eagles struck between 1795 and 1834....
Four Reasons the Ancient Coin Market is Complicated - Tyler Rossi

Four Reasons the Ancient Coin Market is Complicated

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   One of the most common questions I receive as a numismatist and a numismatic writer is: How much did...
Jeff Garrett: The 1933 Double Eagle - The World's Most Valuable Coin?

Jeff Garrett: The World’s Most Valuable Coin

The 1933 Double Eagle reigns today, but other rarities could one day hold numismatics’ top spot   By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   The...
From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part III

From Valuable to Worthless and Back Again: Pre-1950 Chinese Currency, Part III

Collecting Rare Pre-1950 Chinese Currency by Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ......   Links to Part I | Part II Many factors converge to create the...

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...
Ancient Gold Coin Hoard Pinpoints Persian Destruction of Jerusalem

Ancient Gold Coin Hoard Pinpoints Persian Destruction of Jerusalem

By David Hendin for CoinWeek .....   If a hoard of 264 Byzantine gold solidi suddenly appeared and careful examination showed that every coin in the...
The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021 – Winners and Losers

The Coin Analyst: U.S. Mint Products for the Second Half of 2021 – Winners...

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek .....   The second half of 2021 will be a busy period for U.S. Mint products. In particular, we will...

Ancient Gold Coin Profiles – Civic Badge of Cyzicus

Ancient Gold Coin - Mysia, Cyzicus. Hekte circa 500-450 By Russell A. Augustin, AU Capital Management, LLC ......   Cyzicus was one of the great trade cities...
Gold Market Report Commentary by Richard Schwary - GoldDealers.com

Gold Market Report – Narrow Ranges and Mixed Sentiment

Commentary for Saturday, June 12, 2019 (www.golddealer.com) By Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ......    Gold closed down $16.80 at $1,877.40 and silver closed up...

Counterfeit Coin Detection: Spark-Erosion 1874 Three Cent Nickel Die Trial

By Max Spiegel for NGC ......   Three Cent nickels were struck in 75% copper and 25% nickel with a silver-gray color, but the coin submitted...
Temples on Ancient Coins

Temples on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   Temples were designed to house a statue of the deity and store votive offerings, and were not...

So… What’s the Third Rarest No Motto New Orleans Eagle in High Grades?

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   It’s pretty obvious to specialists that the two rarest No Motto New Orleans eagle $10 gold coins...
CoinWeek Podcast #159: The Infamous 1933 Double Eagle (with David Tripp)

CoinWeek Podcast #159: The Infamous 1933 Double Eagle (with David Tripp)

 CoinWeek Podcast #159: The Infamous 1933 Double Eagle (with David Tripp) Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or...

History Hidden in Plain Sight: Freemasons on United States Coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek .....   According to some, the secretive fraternity of the Freemasons is elitist and anti-democratic. Still others have...

Ancient Coins of Lucania, Part 1: Metapontum, Heraclea, and Sybaris

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek .....   Lucania was one of the most important regions of Magna Graecia, an area that encompassed the Greek colonies of...
Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 1

Coinage in the Roman Provinces: ANS Conference Highlights, Part 1

By Lucia Carbone for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   The American Numismatic Society (ANS) and the PhD Program in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY,...

How Best to Sell Your Rare Coins

By Dr. Richard S. Appel - UniqueRareCoins.com ......   Selling your rare coin collection, investment or inheritance can be either pleasant and profitable or a frustrating,...