• 6
    Feb

Bent and Beautiful, this Half Groat is Part of Henry VIII’s Legacy

By Gerald Tebben The small silver coin was bent where a chisel had cut across the king’s image, granular from centuries buried under ground and colored a uniform dull white from a harsh cleaning. In short, it was beautiful. Priced at $15, the coin came with two histories—its personal one and a deep connection to […]

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  • 6
    Feb

In Memoriam of McKinley—Medal Honors Third Slain U.S. President

By Gerald Tebben A shocked nation was reeling in 1901. For the third time in 35 years, an assassin had taken the life of an American president. This time a nut job with a handgun had turned a New York celebration into a national tragedy. Inventor Thomas Edison’s cameras recorded William McKinley’s visit to the […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Can’t Pass Them By: A Fondness for Circulated Columbian Half Dollars

By Gerald Tebben I have a particular fondness for circulated World’s Columbian Exposition half dollars. I love to hold them in my hand, study the details and think about how different the world was in 1892. Every month or so I buy one. I’ll see one in a club auction or sitting on a dealer’s […]

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  • 22
    Jan

Inventory Control: Coin List Details are Important for Estates

If you plan how to handle your more traditional investments in your estate, why not do the same with your collections? As a collector, you intimately know your collections. But the likely situation is that your heirs do not. An inventory is essential for a collector who wants to document his or her collections, and […]

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  • 22
    Jan

Collecting Modern Clad Half Dollar Commemoratives Continue Rich Tradition

The United States commemorative coin program was ushered in with the World’s Columbian Exposition half dollars of 1892 and 1893. After a flurry of issues in the 1930s, the program ended in 1954 with the final Booker T. Washington/George Washington Carver commemorative half dollar. The tradition was resurrected in 1982 with a handsome 90 percent […]

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  • 15
    Jan

Allen Berk Collection Tops Major Asian Coin, Banknote and Philatelic Auction

HONG KONG – The Allen Berk lifetime collection of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes will kick off a three-day numismatic and philatelic auction set for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at the Harbor Plaza North Point Hotel. The collection sale, hosted by Archives International Auctions, will include more than 1,000 lots of rare and highly collectible […]

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  • 25
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: New Hampshire 1776 Copper

As an appraiser, over time, you run into the same reproductions, which turn up every couple of years like old friends at a reunion. And like those old friends from school, you sort of recognize them, but enough time has gone by it takes a while to remember who they are. In the case of […]

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  • 11
    Jan

A Historic Year: 2009 Focuses on Centennial of the Lincoln Cent

By Gerald Tebben The Lincoln cent turned 100 years old in 2009. During the year, hobby publications, history magazines and daily newspapers were filled with articles about the milestone. Here are 10 facts you’re not likely to read elsewhere: 1. The New York Times reported on the cent’s release that blacks in some communities called […]

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  • 8
    Jul

The Workhorse of the Early American Banking System: Half Eagles, Part Two

Half Eagles, or five dollars gold pieces as there are often called, were the workhorse of the early American banking system, as there were so very few quarter eagles manufactured. In fact, of the roughly 2.3 million gold coins made by the United States Mint between the years of 1795 and 1834, 2.1 million were […]

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  • 30
    Jun

The Workhorse of the Early American Banking System: Half Eagles, Part One

Half Eagles, or five dollars gold pieces as there are often called, were the workhorse of the early American banking system, as there were so very few quarter eagles manufactured. In fact, of the roughly 2.3 million gold coins made by the United States Mint between the years of 1795 and 1834, 2.1 million were […]

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