Unusual Items: US Mint ‘Gold Disks’ Made for Oil Payments to Saudi Arabia

By CoinWeek .....   One of the things we find most exciting about reporting on the numismatic marketplace is coming across those things we either didn’t...

How a Coin Gets Bad Karma – And How It Can Regain Its Mojo

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   I recently sold an interesting coin (details to follow) and the entire process, which was reasonably quick...

Trophy Coins: A Combination of Rarity, Quality and a Great Back Story

Rarity will always be a factor in rare coins, but the combination of rarity, quality and a great story is what makes a wonderful...

From the Vaults: Four Essential Back Issues of The Numismatist

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek .....   While almost everybody handles coins on a daily basis, and a great many people collect them...

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...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Coinage of Aksum, by Mike Markowitz

The Coinage of Aksum

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   FIVE DAYS MARCH inland from the Red Sea, on the hilly Tigray Plateau, stands the city of...

Coin Photography: A Photo is Worth 1,000 Words (Except When It’s Not Enough)

A revisited guest blog on Coin Photography from Jenna Van Valen, photographer at DWN. We’ve all heard the numismatic mantra, “Buy the coin, not the...

Central Virginia Coin Club President Jim Ransom (1943-2014)

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek .....   James Jerome “Jim” Ransom, Sr., President of the Central Virginia Coin Club, died October 6 after suffering a massive...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Last Ancient Coin

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: The Last Ancient Coin

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   "What was the last ancient coin?" The question is unanswerable. There was no "last” ancient coin, just as there...
The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service - ANACS

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek.com ....   Many collectors nowadays are afraid to buy any coin not already graded and encapsulated by a third-party grading service...
The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS, Part Two

The History of the First Third-Party Coin Grading Service – ANACS, Part Two

By Tom DeLorey for CoinWeek .....   Click here for Part One. After calling to let me know that he was coming to Sidney, Ohio to meet...
Eroticism on Ancient Coins

Eroticism on Ancient Coins (Adults Only)

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   THROUGH A LONG chain of pious frauds and medieval myth-making, the February 14 feast day of St....

CoinWeek Uploads 1,000th Coin Video to the CoinWeek YouTube Channel

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek....   I don’t know if you've noticed, but this week CoinWeek uploaded its 1000th video onto the CoinWeek YouTube channel. Since we...

David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek .....   With their natural grace and implied motion, Ships are among the most beautiful elements in the coin designs...

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875 Indian Head Cent

Counterfeit 1875 Indian Head Cent Indian Head Cent By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   Many Chinese counterfeits are made from dies that are...
US Gold Coins - What Are Coins With Character?

US Gold Coins – What Are Coins With Character?

By Doug Winter – RareGoldcoins.com   CoinWeek Content Partner ......   On the front page of my website (www.raregoldcoins.com) you will see the tagline "Coins with Character". This...
Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

Profiles in Bullion: Engelhard

By Ron Drzewucki - Modern Coin Wholesale.....   It isn’t every day that you get to talk about an honest-to-goodness Bond villain when writing a coin...

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 1

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   Is there anything better suited to honor the famous figures of history than a coin? * *...
Counterfeit Coin Detection - 1922 No D Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1922 No D Lincoln Cent

Counterfeit 1922 No D Lincoln cent   By Max Spiegel –  Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ......   The 1922 No D Lincoln cent has long been popular with...
Top 10 Women on Coins, Part 2

Top 10 Women on World Coins, Part 2

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   Link to Part 1 5.) Irene of Athens Like much of the Middle Ages, the history of the...

114 Years Ago Today: ANA Co-Founder Dr. George F. Heath Passed Away

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ....   114 years ago today, Dr. George Francis Heath died at his home in Monroe, Michigan. He...
CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of Pergamon

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of Pergamon

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   NOW AND THEN in history, economic, political and social forces come together in just the right combination to make a...

Why the European Coin Market Is Better Than the U.S.

Europe has a modern, innovative and thriving coin market. Here’s why By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek .....   On Monday, I received a call from a friend...
United States 1886 Morgan Dollar Silver Coin

United States 1886 Morgan $1 Silver Coin

Description The 1886 Morgan dollar, known more officially as the Liberty Head dollar, is a silver coin that was struck at the United States Mint...

Evaluating Safe Preservation Methods for Proof Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ......   For as long as there have been Proof coins, there have been collectors trying to preserve them. Proof coins,...
The East India Company and Its Coins

The East India Company and Its Coins

The East India Company's classic coins included Gold Mohur, Silver Rupiya, Pagoda, Anna, Fanams and Cash Four centuries ago ships set sail in search of...

Coin Market In-Depth: Remembering the Apostrophe Sales, 1978-1990

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek .....   The Background Numismatic auctions in the U.S. were an integral part of the coin collecting scene since the 1850s....
Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: “1785” Bar Copper - Jack D. Young, EAC

Struck Counterfeit Coin of the Week: “1785” Bar Copper + 1-Page Attribution Guide

By Jack D. Young, Early American Coppers (EAC) ......   This is only my second article regarding counterfeit Colonial “coins”, following one published here on CoinWeek...
Coin Profiles - The 1850 $5 Moffat Gold Coin - A Curious Liberty

Coin Profiles – The 1850 $5 Moffat Gold Coin – A Curious Liberty

Moffat Gold Coin - Imagine this for a moment: private issuance of currency isn’t frowned upon. In fact, it’s legal. There is an abundance...

Why Collectors Dream of Owning an 1894-S Barber Dime

By Blanchard & Company ......   Barber dimes were minted from 1892 through 1916 and struck at four different mints. In 1894, however, the San Francisco Mint...