Certified Coin Marketplace – CAC-Approved Coins Bring Premiums in February 2021

In addition to faring well in internet sales, CAC-approved coins outperformed other certified coins in live auctions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Dallas....

Finest Known O-104 1825 Half Dollar in Stack’s Bowers March Las Vegas Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ......   As the young American economy began to flourish in the early 19th century, deposits of silver...
Classic US Gold Coins - A Rare HM-2 1838-C $5 Half Eagle With Perfect Reverse, by Doug Winter

Classic US Gold Coins – A Rare HM-2 1838-C $5 Half Eagle With Perfect...

By Doug Winter - RareGoldCoins.com ......   CoinWeek Content Partner   The 1838-C is among the most sought-after Classic Head half eagles. It is both a one-year type...
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...

The Cheetah – Second Coin in Big Cat Half Gram Gold Series Now Available

The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the release of the second coin in a series of five coins featuring Big Cats of the...

Explore the Queen’s Virtues in a New Six-Coin Silver Series

Conceived during the latter stages of Queen Victoria’s reign as Queen of England, the Queen’s Virtues is an allegorical presentation of six virtues representing...

CoinWeek Podcast #153: Collecting Currency with Arthur Friedberg

CoinWeek Podcast #153: Collecting Currency with Arthur Friedberg Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek...

Hear “Ship of Gold” Bell Toll During Presentation by Bob Evans on March 21

Scientist Evans will show items from the legendary SS Central America during free online Newman Numismatic Portal Symposium   A sound only a few have heard...

David Jacobson Wins American Israel Numismatic Association 2021 Shekel Prize

David Jacobson, Associate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford, has won the Shekel Prize Medal, awarded by the American Israel Numismatic...

1933 Double Eagle to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

By Christopher Bulfinch for CoinWeek .....   Well, CoinWeek's recently-published 1933 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle story will need an update now that the New York Times...

The Coin Analyst: From Una and the Lion to the Three Graces – Classic...

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek .....   The February 22 launch and instant sell-out of The Royal Mint’s Three Graces silver and gold coins underscores...
Extraordinary New Jersey Coppers From the Donald G. Partrick Collection at Heritage

Extraordinary New Jersey Coppers From the Donald G. Partrick Collection at Heritage

The Donald G. Partrick Collection of Extraordinary Colonial Coinage Featuring New Jersey Coppers promises to strike a chord with specialists across every colonial collecting...

Sensational Pennsylvania First Charter $50 National Banknote in Stack’s Bowers March Auction

By Christopher Dahncke - Currency Auction Associate, Stack's Bowers Galleries ......   The Stack's Bowers Galleries March 2021 Las Vegas sale features an exciting array of...

Pegasus Reverse Frosted Silver Bullion Coin Returns for 2021

2021 Edition of Flagship Bullion Coin Limited to 10,000 Fine 999. Silver Bullion 1oz Coins Worldwide Only 100 Pieces of the Sold-Out Fine...
The First Athenian Owls

The First Athenian Owls: Symbols of What, Exactly?

By Peter van Alfen for American Numismatic Society (ANS) ......   On the bills and coins that we use today, we recognize the link between the...
A Sneak Peek at Daniel Frank Sedwick’s May 7-8 Treasure Auction 29

A Sneak Peek at Daniel Frank Sedwick’s May 7-8 Treasure Auction 29

By Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC ......   We’ve received a lot of interest in our upcoming May 7-8 Treasure Auction 29 – and rightfully so. The...
Reaper of Death Dominates Royal Canadian Mint's Latest Collector Coin Offering

Reaper of Death Dominates Royal Canadian Mint’s Latest Collector Coin Offering

By Royal Canadian Mint ......   Greek for "Reaper of Death", the Thanatotheristes degrootorum is a fascinating find for Canada: the first new tyrannosaur species to...
Shipwreck Gold, 1916-D Mercury Dime Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

Shipwreck Gold, 1916-D Mercury Dime Among Highlights of David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction

By David Lawrence Rare Coin Internet Auctions  ......   Sunday Auction #1160 from David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) is now live and features 385 total lots...
Newman Numismatic Portal

Newman Numismatic Portal to Hold Symposium March 19-21

Following the positive response to the first Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) Symposium in August 2020, NNP is pleased to announce the next event, which...
Oregon $5 Territorial Gold Beaver Coins

Oregon $5 Territorial Gold Beaver Coins: Move Over, Pelts and Furs

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ......   In the Oregon Territory during the California Gold Rush years – one important thing was missing – there was...
American Numismatic Association (ANA) 2021 Chicago World's Fair of Money

American Numismatic Association to Host “Dealer Day” Prior to Chicago World’s Fair of Money

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) will conduct its first-ever "Dealer Day" on Monday, August 9, in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, immediately prior...
Steve Benner: Ten Ancient Coins I'd Love to Own

Steve Benner: Ten Coins I’d Love to Own

By Steve Benner for CoinWeek .....   Like most coin collectors, I have a list of coins I want to own. The list I plan to cover...

Gold Market Newsletter – Gold Remains Defensive

Commentary for Monday, March 5, 2021 (www.golddealer.com) By  Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc ......   Gold closed down $2.20 today at $1,698 continuing to struggle...
Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), United States Mint

American Innovation $1 Coin, Merchant Mariners Gold Medal Designs to be Reviewed by CCAC

The United States Mint announces that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a telephonic public meeting March 23 and 24, 2021. The...
Stack's Bowers' March 2021 Auction: Lots You Need to Know

Stack’s Bowers’ March 2021 Auction: Lots You Need to Know

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek .....   Stack’s Bowers Galleries is hosting a series of important U.S. coin, Americana, and paper money auctions from March 24...
Mystic Wolf gold, silver and platinum coin from CIT

Mystic Wolf Set From CIT Features Ultra High Relief Platinum Coin

Mystic Wolf Platinum Mongolia. 25,000 Togrog 2021. Platinum .9995. 1 oz. Proof. 33 mm. Mintage: 199. Gold Mongolia. 25,000 Togrog 2021. Gold .9999. 1 oz. Proof....

Top Pop 1849 Liberty Head $2.50 Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Las Vegas Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ......   The 1849 quarter eagle is a rare and underrated Philadelphia Mint issue from the early days...

American Numismatic Association Partners with CDN Publishing on eLearning Academy Online Education

The partnership enables ANA to continue offering free classes to collectors   CDN Publishing, the purveyor of print and online numismatic publications such as the Greysheet,...

Heritage California Fractional Gold Auction Ends March 15

One of the Month-Long auctions now open for bidding at Heritage Auctions is the March 15 California Fractional Gold US Coins Special Monthly Auction,...

US Mint Releases Final Classic Design American Eagle Gold Proof Coin March 11

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for 2021 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins on March 11 at noon EST. This is the...