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2016-W National Park $5 Gold Coin. Image: CoinWeek / U.S. Mint.

2016-W National Park Service Centennial $5 Gold Proof : A Collector’s Guide

The 2016-W National Park Service Centennial $5 Proof gold coin honors the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS). Signed into law by...
Accolated bust portraiture. Lafayette dollar (left) and Huguenot half dollar (right). Image: Stack’s Bowers.

Accolated – Two Portraits, One Coin

(adj.) "Accolated" is a coin design term used to describe two overlapping portraits facing the same direction (either right or left), implying a shared vision...
1936 Elgin Half Dollar. This example, graded PCGS MS68, was sold by Stack’s Bowers on March 24, 2023 for $7,800. Image: Stack’s Bowers.

1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

The 1936 Elgin Centennial Half Dollar: Purpose and Legislation The 1936 Elgin Centennial half dollar was produced on behalf of sculptor Trygve A. Rovelstad for...
The 1900 Lafayette Dollar. This example, graded PCGS MS63, was sold by Stack's Bowers on 8/31/2022 for $1,440.

1900 Lafayette Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

While the Lafayette dollar was the third official United States commemorative coin (after the Columbian Exposition half dollar and quarter), it was still the...
Coins representing everyday soldiers.

Top 10 Military Figures on US Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek .....   Popular with many collectors, military themes adorn several United States coins (especially commemoratives), tokens, and currency notes. The following...
United States 1922 Grant Centennial Commemorative Gold Dollar

1922 Grant Centennial Gold Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

If one commemorative coin is good, then two coins are twice as good--or so the reasoning goes with these often exploited issues. The Grant...
Patriotic Themes on Coins and Paper Money

Patriotic U.S. Coins and Banknotes

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek .....   Here's a short but focused area of numismatics: patriotic U.S. coins and notes with a strong message of freedom...
Antietam and Gettysburg: Classic US Civil War Commemorative Coins

Antietam Half Dollar Commemorates Deadliest One-Day Civil War Battle

By Blanchard and Company, Inc ......   The 1937 Antietam silver commemorative half dollar coin was minted to honor the 75th anniversary of a Civil War...
Commemorative Coin Stories: 1982 George Washington Half Dollar

Commemorative Coin Stories: 1982 George Washington Half Dollar

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...

Booker T. on the Tarmac: A Story About First Coinvestors

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker for CoinWeek .....   Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen’s The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins: 1892-1954 has always...
Counterfeit Coin Detection - 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit coin - 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar The relatively crude forgery shows extensive loss of detail throughout.   By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ...... In recent years, the...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...
Counterfeit Coin Detection - 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit coins, in this case a 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar.   By Max Spiegel,...

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