• 8
    Jan

The $1.99-Million Dime: 1894-S 10-Cent Piece Sells in Tampa Auction

DALLAS – An 1894-S Barber Dime, the finest known, realized $1,997,500 at auction on Jan. 7, 2016 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night event at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention in Tampa, Fla. It was sold to an experienced collector, who placed their bid online and wishes to remain anonymous. The winning […]

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  • 8
    Jan

Nailed It! Dime Struck on a Nail Brings $42,300 at Auction

Spectacular mint error brings impressive price realized in spirited bidding in Heritage Auctions Tampa, FL Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention auction TAMPA – A singular and spectacular U.S. Mint error coin—a Roosevelt Dime struck on a zinc-coated sixpenny nail and graded MS65 PCGS—sold for $42,300 on Jan. 6, 2016, in Heritage Auctions’ Florida United Numismatists […]

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  • 19
    Aug

‘Short Snorters’ and Challenge Coins: A Bar Game and a Collectible

Imagine being behind enemy lines, slowly making your way through hostile territory to join up with your allies. There is a distinct possibility that you can be captured by hostiles, but when reaching the allies you also need to convince them that you are one of them. How do you do that? That was exactly […]

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  • 22
    May

$25.3-Million Pogue Coin Collection Sale is Numismatic History in the Making

I have been involved in the numismatic field for more than four decades. In that time, I’ve had the privilege to catalog common coins and rarities, analyze the U.S. coin market via public and private sales, and maintain one of the most respected price guides and newsletters for U.S. coins. In the course of a […]

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  • 2
    Feb

That ‘Doggone’ Rug: How Some Typos can be turned into Collectible Gold

There are times when attention to detail seems to have gone to the dogs. At least, that’s the opinion of Bob Gualtieri, the sheriff of Pinellas County, Fla., who ordered a large green rug from American Floor Mats. The rug was to feature the Sheriff’s Office logo: a black, gold, and blue star emblazoned with […]

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  • 7
    Jan

How Searching for One Particular Penny Started a Life-Long Coin Collection

Now that we have taken the curtain down on another year and started a new one, for numismatists such as myself, it is a time to reflect and really enjoy the hobby of coin collecting. As Old Man Winter settles in and the days have gotten shorter, it’s a great time to catalog and research […]

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Mayhem at Chicago ANA; Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Changes Hands for $100,000
  • 21
    Aug

Mayhem at Chicago ANA; Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Changes Hands for $100,000

Since its very inception some 50 years ago, the Kennedy half dollar remains for many a valued and cherished keepsake. Yet, the passion generated by the inaugural release of the silver Kennedy half dollar—on March 24, 1964—pales to the frenetic chaos which greeted the inaugural release of the 50th Anniversary gold Kennedy half dollar proof […]

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  • 17
    Jul

First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction. This coin, minted in the Hijri/Muslim Calendar year of 77 (696 A.D.), is the most sought-after Islamic coin; its […]

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  • 10
    Jun

Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at this year’s International Paper Money Show (IPMS) slated for June 13-14 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. […]

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  • 11
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host an exciting interview with Kagins Inc.’s, Donald Kagin, PhD, and David McCarthy, who are handling a once-in-a-century find—The Saddle Ridge Hoard; $10-million worth of rare gold coins—that was buried sometime in the late 1800s and recently discovered by a couple out walking their dog on […]

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