Jeff Garrett: ANA Summer Seminar – A Chance to Learn From Experts

By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ......   After a nearly three-year hiatus, the ANA Summer Seminar returns to Colorado Springs this year. Strict...
ANA National Money Show

ANA National Money Show Attendance Surpasses 3,000

The American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 2022 National Money Show in Colorado Springs, Colorado, welcomed a total of 3,288 people to the three-day event, held...
Dispatches From a Week in Numismatics - Charles Morgan

Dispatches From a Week in Numismatics

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek .....   Hello, CoinWeek readers. As we wrap up the final days of winter, I thought I'd write a few words...
Coin Collecting Merit Badge Tips for Teachers and Scouts

Coin Collecting Merit Badge Tips for Teachers and Scouts

By CoinWeek .....   The Coin Collecting Merit Badge should be a fun, rewarding, and educational experience for scouts. And it not only teaches them about...
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...
ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

Applications for the Gerome Walton Memorial College Scholarship provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 11. The scholarship fund...
Q. David Bowers: Two Remarkable Finds of US Gold Coins

Q. David Bowers: Two Remarkable Finds of US Gold Coins

By Q. David Bowers - Co-Founder, Stack's Bowers .....   A Remarkable Find In August of 1908, two boys named James McFarland and John May were swimming...

USA Coin Album: Coin Ghosts of Christmas Past

By David W. Lange - Research Director, Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) ......   Because the holiday season is rapidly approaching, I’ll finally break precedent and do...
CoinWeek Podcast #163: Why #FreeCoinDay Matters

CoinWeek Podcast #163: Why #FreeCoinDay Matters

The CoinWeek Podcast is brought to you by PCGS. Check out PCGS’ new grading specials and take advantage of an exclusive offer to get...
Dealers Mark December 18, 2021 as Free Coin Day & Encourage Collectors to Give This Holiday Season

Dealers Mark December 18, 2021 as Free Coin Day & Encourage Collectors to Give...

By CoinWeek ..... Dealers from across the country are getting into the Christmas spirit by dropping silver dollars and gold coins into Salvation Army buckets...
Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists for 2022 ANA Awards

Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists for 2022 ANA Awards

Deadline for Nominations is January 15   Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding dedication to numismatics....
American Numismatic Association College Scholarship Renamed

American Numismatic Association College Scholarship Renamed

On September 14, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors voted unanimously to name the Association's annual higher education scholarship the Gerome Walton...
CSNS President Mitch Ernst Announces 2021 Sower Award Recipients

CSNS President Mitch Ernst Announces 2021 Sower Award Recipients

Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS) President Mitch Ernst is proud to announce Dennis Tucker and Chris Seuntjens as the 2021 recipients of his annual...
Young Numismatists Receive 2021 ANA Scholarships for College

Young Numismatists Receive ANA 2021 College Scholarships

The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has awarded 2021 college scholarships to Paige Price from Bolivar, Missouri, and Madeline Rodriguez from Evanston, Illinois. Each winner...
YN Scholarships Available for First Coin University Program in San Francisco

YN Scholarships Available for First Coin University Program in San Francisco

Witter Coin Co. offers opportunity for 13-to-21 year-old scholarship recipients to learn from professionals and get hands-experience at a major coin store   Scholarship applications are...

Celebrate “Money, Big & BOLD” During 2021 National Coin Week

Activities Offer Hobbyists a Chance to Win Prizes   Collecting silver dollars has long been a favorite of coin collectors. One hundred years ago, the United...
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...

ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

Applications for college scholarships provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 12. The scholarship fund was established in 2014...

PAN Reports Successful COVID-Compliant Fall Coin Show

By Pat McBride - Corresponding Secretary, Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) ......   The PAN Fall Coin Show was successfully held on October 29-31, 2020, at...

ANA: Recognize Fellow Collectors and Nominate Deserving Hobbyists

Deadline for Award Nominations is January 15   Each year, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) presents awards to deserving individuals in recognition of outstanding dedication to...

ANA: Young Numismatist 6th Annual Live Auction, eLearning Seminars

By the American Numismatic Association (ANA) ......   Young Numismatist 6th Annual Live Auction Join fellow young numismatists to bid on over 100 lots at a live...

Highest ANA Awards Given to Numismatists Making a Difference

American Numismatic Association to Honor Recipients Virtually   The American Numismatic Association (ANA) is honoring several numismatists who not only lead by example but pave new...

Young Numismatists and the Coin Collecting Merit Badge

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have long “strove to educate and enrich the youth of...

PAN Offering World’s Fair of Money NGC Special Issue Innovation Dollars

NGC Innovation Dollar Slab was to be part of cancelled American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Festivities   The August 4-8 ANA 2020 World's Fair...

Jeff Garrett: The Great American Coin Hunt – 2020 Edition

By Jeff Garrett - Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries .....   The last few weeks have been like no other in my 45 plus years as a...

No School? Use Pocket Change to Help Educate Children at Home

National Coin Week, April 19-25, 2020, emphasizes that money is history you can hold in your hands   Common, everyday pocket change at home can be...

A Message From American Numismatic Association Executive Director Kim Kiick

To our American Numismatic Association community, While this Coronavirus has impacted all facets of our lives, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) has been focused on...

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...
ANA 2019 Young Numismatist (YN) Literary Awards

ANA College Scholarships Available to Young Collectors

Applications for college scholarships provided by the American Numismatic Association (ANA) are being accepted through March 13. The scholarship fund was established in 2014...

United States Mint Launches New Online Education Game “Map Mania”

The United States Mint launched its newest educational game Map Mania. This game teaches U.S. geography, helping students to learn the 50 states, state...