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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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New Edition of Whitman’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars Reveals Previously Unknown 1964 Morgan Dollar

August 30, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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

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(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new fifth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers. The 304-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online at www.Whitman.com).

The pricing, text, and certified population data in the fifth edition have been edited and updated. New research covers counterfeit error coins and other topics, including a numismatic bombshell: recent discoveries and photographs revealing the previously unknown 1964 Morgan silver dollar.

“The world of…Full article at the source>

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Reflections on the Exciting New Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

August 10, 2016 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Reference, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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

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Whenever the coins of the United States are ranked for popularity, the famous Morgan silver dollar rises to the top of the list. Here at Whitman Publishing headquarters we clearly see its universal appeal. Hobbyists buy thousands and thousands of our folders, albums, and other holders to store and display their Morgan dollars. We get letters, emails, and phone calls about the hefty old coins. When we go to coin shows, collectors and investors are talking about them. As we work on each year’s edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”), we hear… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

February 3, 2016 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Dollar Coins, Grading, History, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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February 3, 2016

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PCGS Is Giving Away 30 Morgans In 30 Days

 

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

PCGS 30th Anniversary logo

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) is turning 30, and as part of the celebration PCGS will be giving away 30 Morgan silver dollars over 30 days.

“It’s easy and free to enter online, and 30 people will win Mint State examples of one of America’s most popular coin series, the Morgan dollar,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Entries will be accepted at www.pcgs.com/30morgans starting at 9 a.m. Pacific/Noon Eastern time on February 3, 2016, the anniversary date of the company’s founding in 1986.  The deadline for submitting entries will be 4 p.m. Pacific/7 p.m. Eastern on March 3.  

At the end of the entry period, 30 winners will be selected at random.  Each winner will receive a Mint State U.S. Morgan dollar graded and encapsulated under the PCGS Secure Service.

The Morgan dollars are provided courtesy of L&C Coins (www.LCcoins.com), the sweepstakes sponsor, and each one is labeled with a special designation as 1 of 30 from the sweepstakes.  The full 30 Morgans in 30 Days rules can be found at www.PCGS.com/30morgans/rules.

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

A 30 Morgans in 30 Days prize

“PCGS experts have examined, authenticated and graded over 19 million Mint State Morgan dollars since the company’s launch. Now we’ll give away 30 of those historic coins to celebrate our 30th anniversary,” said PCGS Co-Founder David Hall, President of PCGS’s parent company, Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

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 31 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars.

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

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Collecting on a Budget: Affordable Morgan Silver Dollars

November 16, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Fun, History, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld

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Coin collecting has been called the hobby of kings, and it can certainly be very expensive. Not every coin collector is a king or millionaire, however, and still the hobby remains a rewarding pursuit. This article is the first in a new series meant for collectors who might not have a large budget, but would nonetheless like to get the most out of this fascinating pastime.

Each article will focus on a specific American coin series and suggest coins that can be purchased for less than $100 with relative ease. We’ll also make recommendations for those times you want to splurge… Full article at the source>

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How Silver Dollars Won the West

September 5, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, History, Morgan Silver Dollars, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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There was a time in the Western U.S. when silver dollars were everywhere. And it still seems like anyone with even a modest coin collection has a couple of Morgan silver dollars. But why are silver dollars so abundant? It comes down to the perfect combination of fear, skullduggery and mountains of silver.

In 1859, Patrick McLaughlin and Peter O’Riley struck gold outside Carson City, Nevada, in Six Mile Canyon. Despite the fact that Henry Comstock did not actually own the land where the miners found the gold — he just happened to be riding through a few hours after the… Full article at the source>

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Grading Morgan Dollars

June 12, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Grading, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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

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During my previous two posts viewers have asked about grading either because they have had difficulty with it or because they want to know how to select PCGS- or NGC-gradeworthy coins. Each denomination requires different skills. The Morgan dollar ranks among the easiest to grade because of its generous fields. However, because five mints manufactured Morgans (Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, San Francisco, and Denver [1921]), strikes vary from strong to weak, depending on the year and mint. That’s a bit too complex to get into here, as any Morgan aficionado knows.

Today we’re presenting a basic tutorial based on… Full article at the source>

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PCGS Plans “Worst of the Worst” Morgan Dollars And Superb, Historic Assay Medals Displays At ANA

July 9, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Medals, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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July 9, 2014

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PCGS Plans “Worst of the Worst” Morgan Dollars And Superb, Historic Assay Medals Displays At ANA

Two extremely difficult to assemble numismatic collections that are the finest of their kinds in the PCGS Set Registry® will be displayed for the first time in public by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) at the upcoming American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 5 – 9.

This 1860 U.S. Assay Commission medal, graded PCGS SP64BN, is part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection that will be displayed by PCGS at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money.   Photo credit: PCGS

This 1860 U.S. Assay Commission medal, graded PCGS SP64BN, is part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection that will be displayed by PCGS at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.
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The superb quality “Numismatic Americana Reference Collection” of Medals of the United States Assay Commission and the “End of the Trail VIII Collection” of Morgan dollars with the lowest grade point average in the “Low Ball” registry will be exhibited at the PCGS booth (#701) at the ANA convention.

The all-time finest registry set of historic U.S. Assay Commission medals of 1860 to 1977 is owned by PCGS Authorized Dealer Bill Shamhart of Numismatic Americana, Inc. in New Jersey.  The set has a Mint State weighted grade point average of 62.345.

The Assay Commission was established in 1792 to supervise the annual testing of gold and silver coinage produced by the United States Mint to ensure that the metal content met specifications.  The commission members appointed each year were private citizens including numismatists.

Medals were produced for commission members every year from 1860 through 1977, except during the Civil War era, 1862 -1866, and in 1954.

“Most U.S. Assay medals are rare because they were only issued in very limited quantities, usually from about 50 to 200 of each.  They were struck in various sizes ranging from 33 millimeters in diameter, a little larger than a modern half dollar, to 76 millimeters, about twice the size of a Double Eagle.  There’s also a vast array of interesting and beautiful designs in the series.  PCGS recently began authenticating and grading these important medals,” explained PCGS President Don Willis

PCGS has produced a brochure about U.S. Assay Commission medals in the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection featuring illustrations of Shamhart’s ten favorite medals.  Copies of the brochure will be available free while supplies last at the PCGS booth at the ANA convention.

The entire collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=118273.

PCGS also will display at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money the lowest graded basic set of Morgan Dollars.

This 1878 eight tail feathers Morgan dollar, graded PCGS PO-1 (none worse!), is from the End of the Trail VIII Collection of Low Ball Morgan dollars that will be exhibited for the first time during the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money.   Photo credit: PCGS

This 1878 eight tail feathers Morgan dollar, graded PCGS PO-1 (none worse!), is from the End of the Trail VIII Collection of Low Ball Morgan dollars that will be exhibited for the first time during the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.
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“The appropriately named ‘End of the Trail’ Morgan dollar collection has a Poor weighted grade point average of only 1.130.  It is the all-time finest, or in this case, the worst-of-the-worst basic Morgan dollar set in the Low Ball category.  While collectors have a lot of fun with the Low Ball sets, remember that it often is just as difficult and exciting to build a low grade set as it is to assemble a high grade collection,” said Willis.

Free, educational brochures about this collection will be available at the show while supplies.  The brochure includes illustrations of the top ten favorite low-grade Morgan dollar coins of the set’s owner, collector Mike Hoyman of Alaska.

Hoyman’s number one favorite is an 1878 eight tail feathers variety that is missing more than 99 percent of the obverse but has enough reverse design remaining to distinguish the eight feathers.  It is graded PCGS PO-1.

PCGS authenticators were unable to determine the specific VAM variety for that coin and some others in the collection because the grades are so low.  Of the 97 coins in the set, 87 of them are graded Poor (PCGS PO-1) and the other 10 are graded Fair (PCGS FR-2).

The entire End of the Trail VIII Collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=82663.

“PCGS launched the Low Ball registry category in 2007 as a fun and challenging way for collectors to compete to see who has the lowest graded coins.  It’s much harder than you would think, but there are now 825 registered Low Ball sets of U.S. coins,” said BJ Searls, Collectors Universe Set Registry & Special Projects Director.

The PCGS Set Registry (www.pcgs.com/setregistry) was established in 2001 and now hosts over 70,000 U.S. and world coins sets. For additional information about PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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‘Pawn Stars’ Shop May Have Melted Stolen $50,000 Coin Collection

March 11, 2014 in American Buffalo, Antique Coins, Burglaries, Coins, Gold, Gold Buffalo, Gold Coins, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Theft, USA Coins

By ALAN FARNHAM via Good Morning America March 11th, 2014.  (http://abcnews.go.com)

A man whose $50,000 coin collection was first stolen, then hocked, cannot recover it from Las Vegas’ famous “Pawn Stars” pawn shop. Reason: The hock shop claims it melted the coins down.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the State of Nevada in Clark County Justice Court, a coin collection valued by its owner, David Walters, at up to $50,000, was stolen from Walters’ Las Vegas home in November 2013 by Walters’ niece, Jennifer Beckman.

Court documents say Walters’ collection–kept in a bag hidden under a dresser–contained such rarities as a 1903 St. Gaudens $20 gold piece and Silver Morgan coins from the 1880s. It also contained contemporary 1 oz. American Buffalo gold pieces.

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PCGS-Certified MS66+ 1888-O Morgan Becomes 50 Millionth Item Certified By Collectors Universe

February 27, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins

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February 26, 2014
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PCGS-Certified MS66+ 1888-O Morgan Becomes 50 Millionth Item Certified By Collectors Universe

An important and historic milestone has been reached by Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), the parent company of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com).  On February 26, 2014, PCGS authenticated and graded a coin that became the 50 millionth item certified by Collectors Universe.

 

This 1888-O Morgan dollar, graded PCGS MS66+, became the 50 millionth item certified by Collectors Universe.  (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service)

This 1888-O Morgan dollar, graded PCGS MS66+, became the 50 millionth item certified by Collectors Universe. (Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service)

 

“We opened our doors for business in February 1986 and we received 18,000 coins for grading that very first month, a number far in excess of what we expected.  The next month we received 35,000 coins, and we have been growing steadily since.  Now just a few weeks after our 28th anniversary of being in business, we’ve reached the 50,000,000th milestone because collectors and dealers worldwide have put their trust in the assurance and market liquidity that Collectors Universe’s expert, third-party grading and authentication provide,” said David Hall, President and Founder of Collectors Universe.

“They’ve come to us year-after-year to certify the authenticity of some  of the world’s most valuable rare coins, trading cards, game-used baseballs, bats and other sports memorabilia, autographs and historical documents.”

The landmark achievement of certifying the 50 millionth item occurred at the American Numismatic Association National Money Show in Atlanta, Georgia when a team led by PCGS President Don Willis certified the authenticity and grade, PCGS MS66+, of an 1888-O Morgan dollar.  It was submitted by Mike Newman of Augusta, Georgia, a member of the PCGS Collectors Club and a participant in the PCGS Set Registry® under the name “Georgia Dawg.”

A special insert label that reads, “Collectors Universe 1986 – 2014 50,000,000 Coins, Cards & Autographs Graded,” was used when PCGS encapsulated the coin.  There is also another specially-prepared 50,000,000 designation insert on the reverse of the holder that was personally autographed by Hall.

In recognition of the milestone and as a symbolic representation of the year PCGS was founded, the company is awarding the submitter a 1986 proof American Eagle gold one-ounce bullion coin.

“The PCGS concept of standardized grading, a cash-back grading guarantee, and sight-unseen trading of coins in safe, long-term storage holders, revolutionized the rare coin industry.  These dramatic improvements have forever changed the way rare coins are bought and sold,” said Willis.

Since its founding PCGS has examined, authenticated and graded nearly 28 million coins with a combined market value of over $27 billion.  These include the world’s most valuable rare coin sold at auction, a 1794 Flowing Hair silver dollar graded PCGS SP66 that’s believed to be the first silver dollar ever struck by the United States Mint and that brought $10 million.

PCGS experts also certified the authenticity and grade of the buried treasure trove of more than 1,400 gold coins found in California that generated international headlines this past week.

The Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) and PSA/DNA Authentication Services divisions have certified since 1991 over 22 million trading cards, sports memorabilia items and autographs with a combined estimated market value of over $1 billion.  Among the PSA and PSA/DNA certified items are the baseball bat that sold for $1.2 million in 2004 that was used by Babe Ruth in 1923 to hit the first home run in the original Yankee Stadium.  And at the request of the NFL, PSA/DNA has authenticated all of the footballs used in more than a dozen Super Bowl games.

For additional information about Collectors Universe, visit www.collectors.com.  For  information about PCGS products and services visit www.pcgs.com or call (800) 447-8848, and for PSA and PSA/DNA visit www.psacard.com or call (800) 325-1121.

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US Mint Sales Report: Sales Conclude for Multiple 2012 & 2013 Products

January 3, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Buffalo, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Half Dollars, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Quarters, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

January 2, 2014 By Michael Zielinski   (http://news.coinupdate.com/)

The weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the latest figures for multiple 2012 and 2013 products which recently concluded sales. The first available numbers for multiple recently released products are also available.

In early December, the US Mint announced their “Last Chance” sale, which gave collectors their final opportunity to place orders for many 2012 and 2013 numismatic products. The products included the 2013 commemorative coins, 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins, 2012 Proof Platinum Eagle, and the 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set. Sales were scheduled to conclude on December 31, although several products sold out early as US Mint inventory levels were exhausted. The sales cut off date for this week’s report is December 29, meaning that figures could still show movement in the following week’s report.

Figures of note for the “Last Chance” products include the individual 2013 5-Star Generals Gold Coins, which show sales of 5,674 for the uncirculated version and 5,950 for the proof version. The proof coin was also included in the 3-Coin Proof Set with reported sales of 9,999 units. There has been significant secondary market price movement for these coins, which concluded sales at historically low levels.

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Solving A Serious Mystery: Why Don’t Gold And Silver Coins Circulate?

August 22, 2013 in Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Investing, Money, Morgan Silver Dollars, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

OP/ED 08/21/2013. By Keith Weiner (http://www.forbes.com)

The U.S. Mint has been stamping out gold and silver Eagle coins since 1986. The Mint is required by law to produce Eagles in sufficient quantity to meet demand. In addition, there are many other gold and silver coins that are readily available including Maple Leafs from Canada, and Krugerrands from South Africa. There is no shortage of coins today.

Gold and silver coins do not circulate. This is a serious mystery that requires some thought to solve.

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Legend Numismatics negotiates the purchase of the Bella Collection for over $3,000,000

July 30, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE             Date of Release: July 30, 2013

Legend Numismatics negotiates the purchase of the Bella Collection for over $3,000,000.00

LINCROFT, NJ – Legend Numismatics is proud to announce the purchase of the Bella Collection of Morgan Silver Dollars. The collection, which is ranked #4 on the PCGS Registry, was acquired for a price in excess of $3,000,000.00.

 Assembled by a very dedicated Morgan collector, the Bella Collection was named after his much beloved late Italian Greyhound. The collection took several years of exhaustive searching to build and the quality of the set is truly amazing. The collector is moving on to other lofty numismatic endeavors.

Highlights of the Bella Collection include:

 $1 1879-CC CAPPED DIE PCGS MS65+ CAC

$1 1882-O PCGS MS68+ CAC

$1 1886-O PCGS MS65 CAC EX JACK LEE

$1 1892-S PCGS MS65

$1 1893-S PCGS MS62 CAC

$1 1893-CC PCGS MS65 CAC EX ELIASBERG

$1 1896-S PCGS MS66 CAC

$1 1897-O PCGS MS65

$1 1904 PCGS MS67

 “When it comes to the outright selling of your collection, no one in the business today has purchased more sets intact then we have,” said Legend Numismatics president Laura Sperber. “We were thrilled when we first started discussing the possibility of buying the Bella Collection. The transaction was smooth and fast. A big thank you goes to the Bella collections owner!”

Legend Numismatics will be offering all magnificent Bella Morgans at the upcoming ANA World’s Fair of Money at Table #323.

For more information, you can contact Legend Numismatics at legend@legendcoin.com

Legend Numismatics
P O Box 9
Lincroft, NJ  07738
732-935-1795

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