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Whitman Publishing releases expanded new edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

September 8, 2017 in Books, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Reference, USA Coins

By: Dennis Tucker News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, a popular entry in the Bowers Series of numismatic titles. The book continues in the tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series guides, now numbering more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page full-color book is available online (including at Whitman.com) and from booksellers nationwide for $19.95.

Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent, America’s longest-running coin series, first minted in 1909. Author Q. David Bowers, the nation’s most widely published numismatic writer, provides… Full article at the source>

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to offer finest certified 1913 Lincoln cent at auction

March 14, 2017 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Cents, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

When the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo takes place at the end of March, it will, as always, feature an estimable array of collectible coins and paper money. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will hold a series of auctions, and its “Rarities Night” will, as usual, offer up a host of beautiful coins. Among those that are not “as usual” will be a 1913 Lincoln cent in nearly flawless condition—in fact, at MS-67 RD, it is the finest certified example of that year.

On the Stack’s Bowers blog, numismatist and cataloger James McCartney writes, With a mintage of 76.5… Full article at the source>

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Dipped: Know the Tell-Tale Signs

February 28, 2017 in Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Pennies, Rare Coins, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Increasingly on Proxibid, HiBid, and eBay, I am encountering dipped coins, making me wary about placing any bids, even on Morgan dollars like this 1902 one depicted above. That’s not how a 115-year-old silver coin is supposed to look, unless it was broken out of a bank roll, in which case the seller would have offered more than one in this condition.

This coin was expertly dipped, meaning it still may slab at PCGS or NGC.

You can buy dips at coin shops, at shows, and online. Each dealer or expert hobbyist has his or her formula, usually diluted with… Full article at the source>

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Collecting on a Budget: Affordable Indian Head Cents

April 26, 2016 in Bronze Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Copper, Copper Coins, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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We are continuing our series on interesting coins costing less than $100 with what is arguably America’s most loved and hated denomination: the cent. We have discussed the Lincoln Wheat cent series in an earlier article, and now we will go further back in time to the Indian Head cent series, which was produced from 1859 to 1909.

These coins played an important role in American commerce over a 50-year period that began before the Civil War and ended in the 20th century. Produced in large quantities most years, there are several rare and scarce dates, some of which… Full article at the source>

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The Lincoln cent 1959 – 2016

April 25, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

1959 Proof Penny

Starting in 1959, The Mint starting stamping the back of the penny with the image of the Lincoln Memorial. The year 1959 was the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. From 1959–1962 the penny was made up of 95% copper, 5% tin and zinc. However, from 1962–1982, the composition of the penny was changed by removing the tin, making the penny 95% copper and 5% zinc. They all would weigh in at 3.11 grams. The pennies made from 1982 to present, weigh 2.5 grams and are made up of 97.5% zinc and 2.5% copper, most of which is a pure… Full article at the source>

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Australia Issues Historical “Convict Love Tokens” Series

April 5, 2016 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Copper, Copper Coins, Dollar Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Royal Australian Mint, World Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Australian Mint has issued a series of coins recalling the “convict love tokens” of the 18th and 19th centuries, which were given to families in England after loved ones were banished to Australia and elsewhere following criminal convictions.

The National Museum of Australia has the world’s largest collection of these pieces and provides the following overview of their historical context:

Smoothing and engraving a coin with a message of affection was one of the few ways a convict could leave a memento behind with loved ones in England before being transported. These small tokens are also… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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February 26, 2016

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More
Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

 

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) recently had the unique opportunity to perform metallurgical testing on two different examples of the extremely rare 1792 Pattern Cent.  Both were shown to have been made of essentially pure copper instead of a “fusible alloy” containing copper and a small portion of silver.  

“The results give a clearer picture of how the U.S. Mint experimented on the earliest American coins in preparation for official coining in 1793.  At least three of the nine known 1792 Cents originally designated as the Judd-2 variety now are confirmed to be composed of virtually pure copper,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source for information about United States coins.

“This represents a major step forward in our understanding of early American numismatics, plus it was the first time these two rarities have been together in 224 years.  Working with the owners of the two 1792 cents, PCGS arranged for an in-house, non-invasive metallurgical analysis of their coins,” explained Guth.   

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

One of the recently tested Judd-2 cents has been owned by collector Alan Weinberg of California since 1988 when he purchased it at a Bowers and Merena auction.  Its pedigree includes the Lorin G. Parmelee, Virgil Brand and Norweb collections.  Although uncertified, PCGS estimates its grade as EF45, making it the second finest known.

The other recently tested coin, graded PCGS VF35, was unknown until 2004 when the Wolcott family from southwestern New York State brought their inherited coin to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was certified by PCGS and its discovery generated nationwide headlines.  Owners since then have included Anthony Terranova, Denis Loring, Legend Numismatics and Bob R. Simpson. The coin now is owned by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous after purchasing it through Heritage Auctions this past January.

A third Judd-2 1792 cent, confirmed to be pure copper, is in the American Numismatic Association Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection, and graded Good.

Early United States Mint engraver Henry Voight, who also created the 1793 Chain and Wreath cent varieties, designed the Judd-2 variety.

Judd refers to the book, United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces, a reference guide authored by Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.  Coins listed in the book are classified by Judd numbers, including J-2, the current designation for 1792-dated cents made of pure copper.

“1792 saw a flurry of activity aimed at establishing a mint in the United States.  Congress passed a Mint Act, a Director was chosen, a parcel of land was purchased, a building was erected in Philadelphia and employees were hired,” explained Guth.

“Several one-cent denomination coins were tested that year: a large copper piece known today as the Birch Cent (Judd-4); a smaller copper piece with a silver center (Judd-1); a piece of similar size in pure copper (Judd-2); and a piece of similar size with the copper and the silver center cent melted together into what is known as a ‘fusible alloy’ (Judd did not create a separate listing for such a coin).”  

“Mint records point to their experiment with fusible alloy cents, but none have been confirmed to date (one example tested years ago showed a small fraction of silver, but the margin of error of the test precluded a positive determination).”

The search for a real Fusible Alloy cent continues.  “Hopefully,” concluded Guth, “testing of the remaining 1792 cents will reveal the true nature of these remarkable coins.”

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has become the industry standard in third-party certification.  With offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, PCGS experts have certified over 32 million coins with a total market value of over 30 billion dollars.

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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“To Coin a Phrase”: Money in Everyday Expressions

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Kenneth Bressett News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Money terms are used in everyday expressions with little thought about their origin. “Filthy lucre,” “put in your two cents,” “pin money,” “a sawbuck,” “passing the buck”—all are common phrases related to money. Collectors like to reflect on what they mean and how they entered the English language. Some are obscure, some are self-evident, others have interesting backgrounds. One that is frequently overlooked is the derivation of the word gazette, often used as the name of a newspaper.

Few people know that today’s gazette comes from a Venetian coin of the 17th century. The coin was a 2-soldi copper piece that… Full article at the source>

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The Lincoln Cent

February 5, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Entertainment, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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The Lincoln cent, or most commonly called “penny”, started production in 1909. They have President Abraham Lincoln on the front which is where the name “Lincoln Cent” comes from. Starting with the first year of 1909 the penny has wheat ears on the back and is commonly called a “Wheat Back Penny”. They are made of bronze, which consists of 95% copper and 5% tin.

In 1909, there were pennies that were struck in San Francisco and Philadelphia that had the designer’s initials on the back of the penny at the bottom that read “V.D.B”, which stood for “Victor David Brenner”.

The… Full article at the source>

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Austria to Release 2016 Easter Coin, “Dürer’s Young Hare”

January 22, 2016 in Austrian Mint, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Copper, Copper Coins, Euro Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Dan Holmes World.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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The Austrian Mint has shared images and information on its upcoming 2016 Easter Coin featuring an image inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s 1502 masterpiece, “Feldhase,” which translates from the German to “young hare” or “field hare.” The coin will be issued in copper and silver, and will be available for €5 and €16.80, respectively.

The reverse of the nine-sided coin features Austrian Mint Chief Engraver Thomas Pesendorfer’s recreation of the Feldhase, with Albrecht Dürer’s initials, “AD,” and the year of issue, 2016, inscribed in the field below the image. The obverse bears a design common to Austrian 5… Full article at the source>

Source: world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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Collecting on a Budget: Affordable Lincoln Wheat Cents

December 24, 2015 in Antique Coins, Cents, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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We are continuing our series on affordable options for the (beginning) collector with one of the most popular coin series in America. The Lincoln Wheat Cent series was first struck in 1909, and continued to be struck until 1958. A complete set is an attainable goal for many collectors, but can be daunting, as 144 different date/mintmark combinations are needed, some of which can become quite pricey. In this article I will suggest five coins that a collector might reasonably expect to purchase for less than $100. As we can see, some options only cost $20 or so, but prices… Full article at the source>

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Austrian Schoolgirl’s Winning Design Features on New Coin

October 12, 2015 in Austrian Coins, Circulating Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Copper, Copper Coins, Design, Education, Euro Coins, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Prize Winners, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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The Mint of Austria has unveiled their latest coin in the series, “Austria by its Children”. This charming series began three years ago and has given Austrian 9- and 10-year-olds the opportunity to depict something important to them about their home town or province.

The series, which includes two coin issues per year, has been well received both in and out of Austria. The new coin is the eighth release overall in the series and the second of 2015; it features the province of Burgenland, Austria’s most eastern administrative region.

Burgenland bills itself as “the sunny side of Austria” and is best… Full article at the source>

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World War One pre-decimal coin pack – available now

December 16, 2014 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Copper Coins, History, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The launch of the Commonwealth’s own silver coins in 1910 and first bronze coins in 1911 were key events in the history of modern Australia.

A few years after their introduction, the young nation faced its biggest challenge to that point – a world war of unimaginable carnage and horror.

Drawing together these important themes, this superb pre-decimal coin pack offers collectors an example of all six Commonwealth coins featuring year-dates between the fateful years of 1914 Full article at the source>

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China-bound passenger held with over 2,000 rare ancient coins

June 2, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Copper, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Jamal Shahid. June 2st, 2014 (http://www.dawn.com)

ISLAMABAD: Customs officials at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport made one of their biggest hauls of ancient coins and artifacts when they caught a China-bound passenger trying to smuggle out more than 2,000 rare items, including 16 well-preserved gold coins.

“We were surprised at the audacity of the man,” said a customs officer recalling the May 21 catch.

According to the officer, a smuggler would have on him 20 to about 100 such items to avoid detection.

Deputy Collector Customs Ghulam Ali Malik confirmed that Mehar Nabi from Peshawar was trying to catch an early morning flight (PK1-855) to Kashgar, China, on May 21, when baggage examination led to the recovery of the coins and other objects which apparently seemed antiques.

The recovered items were sent to the Department of Archaeology and Museums (DOAM) for verification.

Department of archaeology confirms that most of the artifacts were antique

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Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

June 2, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronze Coins, Charity, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Events, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Nickel Coins, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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June 2, 2014

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Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

 

Proceeds from August 7, 2014 auction of these 30 coins will aid philanthropic mission of Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

 

(Dallas, Texas) — Thirty United States pattern coins from the acclaimed collection of the late Texas business executive and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927 – 1998) will be offered without reserves during the Platinum Night auction conducted by Heritage Auctions (http://www.ha.com) on August 7th, 2014 during the Chicago 2014 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM.  Proceeds from the sale will be used for philanthropic purposes by the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation of Dallas.

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

For the past 14 years, the 30 historic patterns have been on loan to the ANA and were frequently displayed in rotation with hundreds of other Bass Collection coins at the association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The coins in the upcoming auction include an 1838 plain edge Liberty Seated half dollar in copper (Judd-77), an 1865 with motto Seated Dollar in silver (J-434) and an 1875 Trade dollar in silver (J-1426).  All of the consigned Bass coins are being submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for grading and will have the pedigree on the insert labels in the holders.

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

“These literally are museum-quality rare coins!,” said Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions, an official auctioneer of the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“These amazing patterns come to the Chicago auction out of the specialized holdings of the Bass Collection that has been on display at the ANA Museum since 2000 when the ANA was selected by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation to hold this incredible collection,” explained Imhof.

F. David Calhoun, Executive Director of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation stated: “Over the years, Harry Bass worked with various experts at Heritage and made purchases with our Dallas neighbor, but never consigned through their auctions. Now, we are returning selections to the marketplace. As the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation sells these coins to provide funds to support our philanthropic mission, we are seeking the highest possible return. I trust Heritage to provide that, and I look forward to working with them in this new capacity.”

Pattern coins were produced usually in small quantity to test proposed designs, and sometimes were struck in various metals.  U.S. patterns are often cited by their “J” number as part of the reference system originally created by researcher and patterns reference book author, Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.

In addition to J-77, 434 and 1426 mentioned above, the 27 other patterns from the Bass Collection that will be offered at the auction are:

  • 1838 Seated Liberty half dollar, J-79 original in silver
  • 1850 Annular Cent, J-119 in billon
  • 1855 Flying Eagle cent, J-168 in bronze
  • 1861 With Motto half dollar, J-278 in copper
  • 1863 Postage Currency dime, J-326 in copper
  • 1863 With Motto quarter dollar, J-335 in silver
  • 1863 With Motto half dollar, J-344 in aluminum
  • 1865 With Motto half dollar, J-429 in silver
  • 1866 Washington five cent, J-473 in nickel
  • 1866 Shield nickel, J-509 in bronze
  • 1868 cent, J-606 in copper
  • 1869 Standard Silver quarter dollar, J-721 in silver
  • 1870 half dime, J-815 in copper
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1090 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1092 in aluminum
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1093 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess dollar, J-1149 in aluminum
  • 1872 Commercial dollar, J-1219 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1293 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1322 in silver
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1355 in copper
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1356 in aluminum
  • 1879 quarter dollar, J-1591 in copper
  • 1881 cent, J-1665 in aluminum
  • 1882 Shield nickel, J-1697 in nickel
  • 1885 Snowden dollar, J-1747 in silver
  • 1896 five cents, J-1771 in nickel

“Harry W. Bass, Jr.’s collection has long been heralded as one of the most amazing collections ever put together, and we’ve been very fortunate to get to display these beautiful works of art at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum,” said Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director. “Thousands of visitors to the Money Museum have enjoyed the Bass Collection over the years, and thousands more will continue to enjoy the rest of Harry Bass’s amazing collection in the interactive Bass Gallery. We very much appreciate our long-term relationship and support that the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation has given to the ANA.”

Bass was a life member of the ANA for more than 30 years.  He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1989, and was selected to the association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of Texans by providing support to qualified organizations in the areas of education, human services, civic and community, science and research, and arts and culture. It funds special projects of public entities or other nonprofit 501(c)(3) endeavors. Mr. Bass sought to extend the accomplishments of his father’s Harry Bass Foundation, established by Harry Bass, Sr., supporting Dallas charitable and religious institutions, hospitals, and museums with funds from family oil interests and subsequent investments. Assets of the merged Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation have continued to grow with the sale of portions of Mr. Bass’s coin collection, following his death in April 1998. This auction will further that mission.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $900 million, and 850,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Collecting on a modest budget still offers thrills

May 23, 2014 in Cents, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

The Gold and Silver Mine By: Douglas Keefe. May 21st 2014. (www.shorenews.com)

Collecting coins doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor (remember, I said collecting, not investing). There are many opportunities to collect United States coins on a modest budget.

One examples is Lincoln Cents starting from 1959, the year the design on the reverse of the coin changed from having two wheat stalks framing the words “One Cent” to the new design featuring the Lincoln Memorial. Although the earlier design with the wheat stalks, which were minted from 1909 until 1958, have virtually disappeared from circulation, the cents with the Lincoln Memorial are plentiful. So if someone wanted to start collecting these cents, they could purchase one of those inexpensive blue coin albums that have holes for each date and mint and then start going through their coins to try to fill all the openings in the album.

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Brazil Issues Numismatic Series for World Cup Soccer

February 2, 2014 in Brazil Coins, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Copper Coins, Gold Coins, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Silver Coins

Brasilia, Jan 29 (Prensa Latina) The Brazilian Central Bank unveiled a series of commemorative coins today to mark the 2014 World Cup, scheduled from June 12 to July 13.

The limited numismatic series consists of a gold coin, two silver and six of copper and nickel, which can be acquired by fans at the headquarters of the issuing bank in Brazil.

A gold piece of 16 mm in diameter, with nominal value of 10 reais (about four dollars) appears as the most exclusive, with 5,000 units to be sold at a price of 1,180 reais (491 dollars).

On the face of it is the championship trophy and the inscription “World Cup FIFA Brazil-2014.”

The reverse shows a soccer ball touching the net and the four stars of the Southern Cross constellation, the country�s national symbol.

In silver, coins 40 mm in diameter were minted, with a nominal value of five reais (two dollars) and maximum runs of 20,000 units, priced at 190 reais (79 dollars) apiece.

There are two 5 reais coins. One of them has on one side the mascot of the World Cup, Fuleco, and the reverse shows the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, venue for the final game; while the another shows a player who kicks the ball, himself seemingly in mid-air, and on the reverse a map of Brazil with the name of the twelve sites with monuments, cultural elements, animals or trees characteristic of each.

The cheapest copper-nickel coin consists of six coins of two reais (0.8 dollars) that will be sold at 30 reais (12.5 dollars), which represent different plays such as goalkeeper save, chest control, header, passing, dribbling and goal definition.

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Pre-euro coins could fetch up to $13,200 at auction

January 15, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Irish Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By: Molly Muldoon @MollyMuldoonNYC January 15,2014 (http://www.irishcentral.com/)

Over ten years on from switching to the Euro, collectors are now saying that some of the more scarcely produced Irish currency from before the switch could fetch a pretty penny. Coins from as recent as the 1980s and 1990s are valued at thousands of euros today.

Despite the fact that Ireland officially joining the Euro over ten years ago, there is still up to “€300m worth of punts are still unclaimed for” according to the Central Bank of Ireland. While many of the unclaimed coins and notes probably haven’t changed much in value, some of the more rare pieces have skyrocketed in price today.

For example, the 1985 copper-colored 20p piece that depicts a horse could be worth at least €10,000 in auction. Similarly, the 1992 10p coin could bring in between €5,000 and €10,000. Both of these coins were only produced in very small quantities, making them rare today.

“It’s their very scarcity that makes them so collectable,” says Mike Kelly, one of Ireland’s foremost coin collectors and numismatic experts, speaking to the Irish Independent. “The fact that anomalies like those coins exist gets collectors really excited.”

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Rare coins unearthed from Andhra temple

September 4, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure

September 03, 2013 (http://zeenews.india.com)

Rajahmundry: A large collection of rare coins minted in the 19th century has been discovered from a 300-year-old Shiva temple in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

About 975 coins, comprising 5 gold, 40 silver and 930 copper, were found last month during an excavation at the foot of the temple ‘Dwajasthambham’ (pillar), which is being restored after its collapse last year in November, executive officer Suryachandra Rao of Ksheera Ramalingaswara Swamy Temple told a news agency here.

Most of the coins dating between 1853-1873 were found beneath the 150-feet tall Dwajasthambham. The gold coins, weighing 22 grams each, consist of one belonging to the Napoleonic era, he said.
Rao said that some of the devotees felt that the collapse of the Dwajasthambham was inauspicious and asked us to place all the coins back in the column of the Pallakolu temple.

Recently, at the time of re-installation (of Dwajasthambham) all coins were put under it as desired by devotees, he added.

The Archaeology department was informed about the discovery at the ancient temple site following which they prepared a report on the coins.

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For a change, visit Udupi’s numismatics museum

August 22, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Coins displayed from 400 B.C. will take you down history lane

If you like seeing ancient coins and understand history through coins, the Numismatics and Notaphily Museum, a part of the Corporation Bank Heritage Museum in the heart of Udupi, is the place for you.

Nearly 1,800 coins from 400 B.C. to the present times are on display at Corporation Bank. Coins in materials such as gold, silver, copper, lead, nickel and steel are on display. There is explanation in English besides all the coins. “We will soon provide explanation of coins in Kannada on each exhibit stand,” said M.K. Krishnayya, curator of the museum.

The oldest coins at the museum date back to Gandhara Janapada (400 B.C.–350 B.C.). Coins from a variety of eras and kingdoms from Surasena Janapada (350 BC to 2 AD) to Tippu Sultan can be foundA separate section displays coins issued by East India Company, French, Dutch, Portuguese and British Indian Government as well as the post Independence period, including the “Anna” series of coins, Naya Paisa and Paisa systems can be found here. There is a commemorative coins section, where coins of Rs. 1,000, Rs. 100, Rs. 50, and Rs. 20 denomination are on display.

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PCGS Plans Unique Nova Constellatio Set Exhibit at ANA World’s Fair of Money

July 15, 2013 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Commemorative, Conventions, Copper, Copper Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

July 15, 2013 By Coin Update (http://news.coinupdate.com)

A unique set of four 1783 Nova Constellatio patterns will be displayed by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) and Beverly Hills dealer Kevin Lipton on behalf of the coins’ anonymous current owner at the Chicago American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, held from August 13 – 17, 2013.  The one copper and three silver coins, insured for $15 million, were recently certified by PCGS and the exhibit will be at the PCGS booth (#701).

“The Nova Constellatio coins arguably are the first patterns for a United States coinage system, and this set of four is one of the great treasures of United States numismatics,” said David Hall, a PCGS Co-Founder and President of Collectors Universe, Inc.

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Ancient coins found in Andhra town temple

June 3, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Copper, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure

TNN | Jun 3, 2013. (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

ELURU: Ancient coins have been discovered from underneath the Dwajasthambam of Ksheera Ramalingeswara Swamy temple at Palacole town in West Godavari district. Temple authorities, who were restoring the Dwajasthambam that fell down last year, were astonished to find a large cache of gold, silver and copper coins inside the foundation. They had dug up the foundation of Dwajasthambam to install a new one.

The temple authorities have informed officials of the state archaeology department. The period of the coins and their historical and archaeological value is yet to be ascertained. They also found a Kurma Yantra from the site.

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Stivers re-introduces the Cents and Sensibility Act

April 30, 2013 in Coins, Copper Coins, Money, Pennies, Politics, US Mint, USA Coins

Monday, April 29, 2013. (http://www.vintondaily.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Steve Stivers (R – OH) this week introduced the Cents and Sensibility Act to lower the cost of producing pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and to ensure they are minted with steel instead of minerals imported from outside the U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D – OH) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R – OH) signed on as original co-sponsors of the bipartisan legislation.

“This legislation is a common-sense solution to decrease the cost of minting our coins,” Stivers said. “Not only will it cost less, but steel is an American resource that we have here at home and can be manufactured right here in our backyard.”

Since 2006, due to the rising cost of materials and labor, the manufacturing of some denominations has become unprofitable. Of the coins currently in circulation today, the cost of producing pennies and nickels is greater than the face value of the coins themselves.

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The Gold and Silver Mine – The rare ‘Stella’ gold coin

March 20, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: DOUGLAS KEEFE. March 19th, 2013 (http://www.shorenewstoday.com)

During the course of the monetary history of our great country, we have experienced some strange denominations of coins. Some examples are the half-cent, 2- and 3-cent coins, a 20-cent piece, and gold coins in $2.50 and $3 denominations. Old-timers will remember the saying “phony as a three-dollar bill” (but that didn’t apply to the $3 coin, unless of course it was counterfeited). But I’m getting away from the intent of this article.

During the 1870s, a proposal was made for the production of a $4 gold coin. The reasoning was that it would facilitate trade in countries where European gold coins were used in commerce, but whose weight didn’t correspond to any of our coins’ weights.

The designs proposed had a common reverse that featured a five-pointed star with the word ‘Stella’ within it, being Latin for ‘star’ – hence the term given to the coin. The entire inscription read “One Stella 400 cents.” Many people incorrectly think ‘Stella’ refers to a woman’s name.

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Club event teaches history using stamps, coins

February 24, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Seminars, USA Coins, Young Collectors

By: MARK ESTES Correspondent. February 23, 2013 (http://www.news-journalonline.com)

The Flagler County Stamp and Coin Club used the history of Abraham Lincoln to introduce a group of children and parents to the hobby of coin collecting during a special program this week at the Flagler County Public Library.

“Collecting pennies is the easiest thing to collect in coin collecting,” club president David Rosenthal said. “You can reach into your pocket and you pull out pennies with different dates on them.”

Rosenthal discussed some of the basics of coin collecting, showing the children how they can fill blue Whitman coin folders to hold their collections.

“You open the books up, it will give you the date of the penny and you stick it in,” he said. “You want to try to get as many different pennies as you can. Along with the date there is what is called a mint mark and the book tells you how many pennies were minted for each date and mint. You can find a P, an S or a D on some of these. The P stands for Philadelphia, the S for San Francisco and the D for Denver. Some don’t have any mint markings on them. They call those plain.”

Rosenthal also explained how to use cardboard 2x2s to display individual coins. As he spoke, members of the club distributed kits with a variety of coin-collecting gear, such as the cardboard 2x2s, and clear plastic coin holders. Every child also got a special envelope sent from the U.S. Mint containing an uncirculated 2012-D Lincoln cent and a copper blank that pennies are stamped on.

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