It’s hard to believe that the end is upon us… the end of 2016, that is. With the better part of the calendar year behind us, the editors of CoinWeek felt that it was time to take a look back at a banner year for CoinWeek’s video team. In 2016, CoinWeek fully committed itself to producing high quality 4K videos – making ours the first publication in the industry to do so. Beyond pixels, this year has seen a number of fantastic new multi-media series blossom into fan favorites; series like CoinWeek IQ and our award-winning CoinWeek Podcast. We will have more installments of these two series before the year comes to a close.
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#10. Best Coin Unboxing Video: Niue 2016 Star Wars: Darth Vader 1 Ounce Silver Coin
Back to the Future was cool in 1985. Still kind of cool in 1989. Not so much in 1990. But home video in the DVD and BluRay generations made catalog films cool again, and now a whole new audience can experience the adventures of Doc Brown and Marty McFly in the good doctor’s DeLorean time machine. For this Unboxing video, CoinWeek got its hands on a deluxe one-ounce silver collectible coin product that came packaged in a model of the car. The car lights up and houses the coin under its hood – proving the old maxim with cars, that it’s what’s under the hood that counts.
#9. Best Video for Stackers: CoinWeek IQ: 7 Things Silver Stackers & Gold Bugs Should Know About the Precious Metals Market
Pat Heller is probably one of the most consistent proponents for precious metals in the numismatic industry. Pat knows coins and the bullion market and in this CoinWeek IQ video, he shares with us seven things that precious metals investors should know about the market.
#8. Best World Coin Video: CoinWeek Submits a Box of World Coins to WINGS + RESULTS!
You think all certified coins are created equal? That’s a mistake many collectors make when building their collections. In this video, Charles Morgan takes a box of his world coins graded by PCGS and NGC to WINGS’ Lance Tchor to see how many would earn WINGS’ gold and silver stickers. The answer? You’ll have to watch and find out.
#7. Best Modern Coin Video: CoinWeek IQ: Collectors Should be Aware of Problem MS70 American Silver Eagles
American Silver Eagles have become one of the most popularly collected coins in the industry. Third-party certification and the marketing that goes along with it has played a big role in elevating the series’ profile in the hobby. Unfortunately, many collectors do not realize that these beautiful one-ounce silver coins have a built-in bug that could wipe out all of the collector premium. That problem is called “milk spots”. In this CoinWeek IQ video, QA Check’s James Sego sits with us to discuss the issue.
#6. Can We Go Again? Numismatic Vienna: A Visit to the Austrian National Numismatic Collection
We’re not going to lie. The city of Vienna is nothing short of amazing. From its famous sausages, schnitzels, and coffees to the copious sprawl of cobblestone streets lined with historic palaces, structures, storefronts, and parks, there’s no place on earth like Vienna. In this video, CoinWeek takes to the streets of Vienna is search of numismatic wonder and winds up getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the important Austrian National Numismatic Collection.
#5. Best Auction of the Year: D. Brent Pogue Family Coin Collection – Session IV
The D. Brent Pogue Collection series of sales by Stack’s Bowers & Sotheby’s have already smashed records and solidified their place as the most significant numismatic auction of this generation. This video, shot on May 24 at Sotheby’s is New York, captures all of the excitement of Session IV and stands as the only HD video document of this historic sale.
#4. Best “How To” Video – CoinWeek IQ: Proper Preservation Techniques for Copper Coins
It used to be that early copper coins were the cornerstone of every great coin collection. The sheer wonder and variety of coins and numismatic objects available to modern collectors has changed that… a little. In this CoinWeek IQ video Early American Coppers president Bill Eckberg brushes off his tools and demonstrates for us the forgotten art of proper copper coin preservation.
#3. Best “Behind-the-Scenes” Video – CoinWeek IQ: CoinWeek Walks Through a Coin Submission at the ANA World’s Fair of Money
It’s rare that collectors have the opportunity to see what really goes on “behind-the-scenes” in the rare coin industry. In this CoinWeek IQ video, we peel back the curtain on one of the most important aspects of the rare coin market… the proper grading and authenticating of coins. NGC Grader Scott Schechter and NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg take us through the process as we submit a diverse and interesting array of U.S. coins.
#2. Best “Test Your Skills” Video – We Take the PCGS Grading Challenge!
Every collector with at least a few years under their belt thinks that they know how to grade coins as well as (or better than) the experts. Well, we put CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan to the test by matching his grading skills against the skills of the PCGS experts in the PCGS Grading Challenge. In this video, follow along and grade these 20 coins yourself–do you fare better or worse than Charles?
#1. Best CoinWeek Video of 2016: CoinWeek IQ: How Gold Coins Are Made: Spotlight on the Vienna Philharmonic Gold Coin
The Austrian Mint allowed CoinWeek’s cameras unprecedented access in this 4K UHD video that shows how the Vienna Philharmonic gold coin is made. See 2,200 pound spools of pure gold coining strip being punched into blanks, watch press operators swap out a broken die, and follow along as inspectors use giant magnifiers to inspect each coin for quality. No video that we’ve ever seen reveals as much about the operations of a modern mint.
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