• 8
    Jul

Ten 1933 Double Eagle Coins Worth Millions in Fort Knox but not yet for Sale

This famous $20 gold coin is a true rarity and an American numismatic icon, a coin which numismatists dream about owning. Yet, the beautiful and beguiling Augustus Saint-Gaudens-designed gold coin dated 1933 is not legal to own, that is for all but one survivor. It has been nearly two years since the historic court decision […]

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  • 25
    Jun

The Rodney Dangerfield of Numismatic Years, 1908 Still Important Date for Coins

by Gerald Tebben Boy, I tell ya, 1908 just can’t get no respect. When collectors think of important dates in coinage history, 1908 rarely rates a mention. Say 1907 to a collector, famed for its Saint-Gaudens gold coins, or 1909, esteemed for its Lincoln cent, and you’ll get a knowing nod. Say 1908 and you’ll […]

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  • 14
    Jun

Give Peace Dollars a Chance: Finest Known 1923-D Captures $76,375 at Sale

At the conclusion of the First World War it was suggested in many circles that a commemorative coin a “Peace Dollar” should be issued for general circulation. As elected officials put efforts forward for this endeavor, a whirlwind of positive public opinion for this venture ensued. A commission was formed and on July 28, 1921, […]

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  • 5
    Jun

If the Tea Party had Its Way, U.S. Coins and Notes Would be Very Different

By Gerald Tebben What would a Tea Party revolution mean to coin collectors? That’s something I had been thinking about as the group flexed its muscles in during the Republican primary season last summer. Where there is no one spokesman and every splinter seems to have its own ideas on how the country should be […]

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  • 3
    Jun

A Double Eagle Treasure: Collection Lanson Champagne Captures Nearly $1 Million

Normally when coin collectors think of lost gold treasures, especially when it pertains to the glorious Double Eagle or $20 gold piece, the more prestigious of the pedigrees would include the famous shipwrecks and the bounty of the SS Central America, the SS Republic or the SS Brother Jonathan. However, on June 3, 2013, at Bonham’s […]

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  • 31
    May

How the Nickel Almost Lost Its Name

By Gerald Tebben The Jefferson 5-cent coin went to war in 1942 and continued serving for the duration. Faced with the need to divert nickel and copper to the war effort after America’s entry into the Second World War, Mint officials experimented with numerous replacement materials for the metallic heart of the 5-cent coin in […]

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  • 24
    May

What’s In a Number? It’s All About the History

By Gerald Tebben In U.S. coin collecting, the number 15—in the words of the late Rodney Dangerfield—can’t get no respect. It started strong in our coinage history but lacked the staying power of 13. Thirteen, a traditionally unlucky number, gained immense importance in 1776 when 13 colonies declared themselves independent of Great Britain. For a […]

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  • 17
    May

A Very Good Year for the Nation and Its Coins

By Gerald Tebben The year 1776 was a good one for the nation and numismatics. Every coin from the famous year carries with it the tremendous power of the date and a good tale. Only a handful of 1776 U.S. coins are known: the mysterious New Hampshire coin, a trio of unique pattern Massachusetts coppers, […]

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  • 29
    Apr

The Columbus Mint That Never Was

By Gerald Tebben You won’t find any 1877-C gold $10 eagles in any collection, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. This is a tale about a U.S. Mint facility that never was. Fifteen years after the C mintmark of the Charlotte Branch Mint fell victim to the Civil War, Northern citizens sought to bring […]

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  • 28
    Apr

Elusive Coins: They’re Out There Somewhere

By Gerald Tebben In collecting, the rare but attainable coins, such as the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter dollar (mintage 52,000); ultrarare coins, such as the 1894-S Seated Liberty dime (mintage 24) and unique pieces or those no longer known to exist are the stuff of numismatic legend. Louis E. Eliasberg Sr., the only person to […]

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