• 8 Jan
    2016

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
    2016

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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  • 7 Jan
    2015

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
    2014

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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  • 11 Mar
    2014

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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  • 27 Feb
    2014

$10M ‘Saddle Ridge Hoard’ Gold Coin Treasure Rocks Numismatic World

Whether it was fate or purely by accident, February seems to be a great month for prospecting for gold. Two years ago in February a worker renovating an old vineyard building in France discovered a treasure trove of nearly 500 U.S. Double Eagles gold coins that had been located in the rafters of that old building. […]

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  • 22 Nov
    2013

The Kennedy Half Dollar—A Numismatic Tribute to a Slain President

Amazingly, it has been 50 years today. For many of us, it may be difficult to remember where we were, or what we did yesterday. However young or old, those of us who lived through the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, all have vivid memories of where we were, what we were doing, to this […]

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  • 23 Aug
    2013

ANA World’s Fair of Money Auctions Set Chicago Area on Fire; $75 Million in Sales

CHICAGO – Strength and power describe the ongoing prowess of the rare coin market. The just concluded American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money convention in Rosemont, Ill., featured two stand out auctions by Heritage Auctions and Stacks Bowers, the ANA’s host auctioneer. Combined, the two auction houses delivered more than 16,000 lots of coins […]

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  • 16 Aug
    2013

A Coin Collector’s Question: Is it Time to Flock to U.S. Silver Eagles?

In the early 1980s, a multitude of investors and collectors were keen on acquiring silver in coin or bar format for investment and speculation. The metals market was a huge business and millions of dollars were spent annually to purchase silver, especially foreign silver. At the same time, the U.S. government—which had gone off the […]

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  • 4 Aug
    2013

ANA Windy City Auctions to Deliver the ‘King’ of American Coins

The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, scheduled for Aug. 13-17 in the Windy City suburb of Rosemont, Ill., is a time for excitement and jubilation for coin collectors and dealers, too. It’s also a time for camaraderie, stories and of, course, a chance to buy, sell and trade the finest coins available. And […]

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