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First photos of the 2017 American Eagle palladium bullion coin

September 21, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Palladium, Palladium Coins, Photography, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Coin Update (Coin Update News)

The Mint will begin selling its 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs) on September 25. Until now, no photos of the coins have been available, and the curious have had to content themselves with photos of the plaster models or with graphic designers’ renderings. Around noon today (September 20), the Mint posted live photos of the coins (hover to zoom):

The palladium Eagles will be available to the public through the Mint’s AP network. Authorized Purchasers consist of major coin and precious-metals wholesalers, brokerage firms, banks, and other participating financial intermediaries. The… Full article at the source>

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Ups and Downs of Online Auctioneering: An Interview with Sheena Wallace

February 1, 2017 in Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, E-commerce, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Photography, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Bugeja (Coin Update News)

 Online coin auctions are challenging for buyer, seller, and auctioneer, says Sheena Wallace, who helps run Auctions by Wallace, an onsite and online auction that typically showcases coins each week.

On her website, she notes that her company has “a proven track record when it comes to selling coins.” She emphasizes that her coin auctions are competitive because of the combined online and onsite crowds. She also has taken pains to provide hobbyists with expert photography.

I’ve consigned coins with Auctions by Wallace because the bidders tend to know numismatics. So rare lots tend to go at higher rates than… Full article at the source>

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Computerized Grading, Part 2: Can We Teach a Computer to See?

November 4, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Photography

By: Kendall Bailey (Coin Update News)

see (verb)—Perceive with the eyes; discern visually.

Can we teach a computer to see?

Three components are necessary for sight to happen. First, you need an eye, something to detect light. In the mechanical world, a camera would serve this function.

Second, you need a brain to decode the messages being passed along the optic nerve. A computer with a software package can accomplish this.

Third (and this is the most critical), you need cognition—that is, the ability to understand what is being seen. For instance, when we see a yellow car with a small sign on top and the letters T-A-X-I on both… Full article at the source>

Source: (Coin Update News)

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“Wow…the Coin is Better Looking in Hand!”

March 22, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Photography, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Jenna (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Another (hopefully short) blog from your DWN photographer, Jenna.

At least once a week we hear from a client who calls excitedly or emails us immediately, pleased with their most recent purchase. And they always say the same thing, “You know, I loved the photos, but this coin looks even better in person!” So that begs the question – why do I not show you exactly what you can expect when you open a package from DWN?

I stand by my photos, and they are an accurate representation of our inventory. But they are also an accurate interpretation of the coin at… Full article at the source>

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Whitman Photo Contest Winners to be Revealed at ANA World’s Fair of Money

August 5, 2015 in Coin Shows, Collecting, Competition, Events, Fun, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography, Prize Winners

By: Coin Update (Coin Update News)


Whitman Publishing will reveal the winners of its 2015 “Share Your Hobby” numismatic photography contest next week at the American Numismatic Association‘s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money. The winning photographs will be displayed at the Whitman Publishing booth, #303, from Tuesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 15, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

The “Share Your Hobby” contest was open to anyone over the age of 18 and sought photos celebrating numismatic hobbyists. Entries ranged from portraits of collectors examining rare coins to glimpses of children attending their first coin show. With prizes totaling $1,350… Full article at the source>

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Grading Raw Coins Online: A New Perspective

July 20, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Dollar Coins, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, Ethics, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Michael Bugeja (Coin Update News)


In “Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia,” Q. David Bowers writes that the 1897-O Morgan dollar is rare at the MS63 grade, with only 400 to 800 surviving examples. In MS-64, he writes, only 80 to 150 exist and in MS-65, about 50 to 100. I decided to take a chance in a Proxibid online auction where I had been buying most of my raw coins, paying $276 for the above one with buyer’s premium.

In MS62, the 1897-O retails at $2,600 with about double that amount for an MS63. At MS64,… Full article at the source>

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Popular PCGS “Periodic Table” Posters Now Are Also Available On

July 16, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Photography, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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July 16, 2015

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Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

Popular PCGS “Periodic Table” Posters
Now Are Also Available On


The popular PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of U.S. Coins posters are now also available on

The popular PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of U.S. Coins posters are now also available on

If you can’t attend one of the upcoming major shows in Baltimore, Chicago, or Long Beach, you still have an opportunity to obtain one of the popular, new “PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of United States Coins” posters.

“We’ve had many requests from across the country for these fascinating posters.  While supplies last, we’re giving them free to visitors to the PCGS booths at several coin shows, and they also are now available for purchase by anyone on,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The posters can be ordered for $19.99 each at  Free shipping is available for Amazon Prime members and free shipping is available for all orders over $35.

The 24 by 36 inches poster resembles a typical scientific arrangement of chemical elements, but in this case the “elements” are superb quality images of U.S. coins from the PCGS TrueView™ photo archive.

“It’s an educational and fun poster that illustrates major U.S. coin denominations issued for circulation from 1793 to date,” said Willis.

PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall stated: “I encourage all dealers to show this to their clients, and all parents to share this with their children. I’m amazed at the work that went into creating this great representation of United States coinage. I believe this is one of the best things we’ve ever done.”

The posters provide important information about the coins depicted.

“The coins are categorized by type.  There is information about their years in circulation, where they were struck, metallic content, weight, diameter and whether the edges are plain, reeded, lettered or decorated.  There’s also information about designers and engravers,” explained Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (, the Internet’s ultimate, single source of information on U.S. coins.

The posters will be distributed free while supplies last at these shows:

For more information on all PCGS attended shows, visit

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email  


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The 5 Essential Books for Coin Collectors

January 26, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography, USA Coins

By: The Silver Dollar Scoop — A Coin Collecting Blog

“Buy the book before you buy the coin.”  That’s one of the guiding principles of coin collecting, a lesson that many collectors have to learn the hard way. In the field of numismatics, knowledge is power, and that power can make the difference between buying a valuable coin or a worthless counterfeit. Coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies in the world, with thousands of numismatic books written over the centuries… Full article at the source>

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What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

September 30, 2014 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Doug Winter ( (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

The majority of the coins I deal with are imperfect. They were struck by crude machinery, in often difficult circumstances, by often-times inexperienced mint personnel. If I had to guess, I’d say the average grade of the coins I sell is in the Extremely Fine-45 to About Uncirculated-55 range. I sell coins which are “gently used.”

But every now and then, I handle a coin that is not only “unused,” but it is superb quality. I Full article at the source>

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Coin Photography: Where to Start?

September 20, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography

By Jenna (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Jenna again, with another photography blog.

I want to tell you all how to be successful in coin photography: you need to start at the beginning, and practice.

When I started shooting film seriously, things were not so simple. I had a composition notebook I carried, I had to neurotically jot down the settings of every frame I took; my f-stop, my shutter speed, the time of day, was my subject backlit? Then I would process my Full article at the source>

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A Photo is Worth 1,000 Words (Except When It’s Not Enough)

August 28, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Photography

By Jenna a guest post (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

A Guest Blog from Jenna Van Valen, photographer here at DWN.

We’ve all heard the numismatic mantra, “Buy the coin, not the holder.” But what about those times we can’t view the coin in person? Surely we can’t all attend every convention, every auction, visit every dealer and view their inventory. We rely on dealers we trust, we rely on their descriptions, and we hope that the photo tells enough of a story that we can Full article at the source>

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Numismatic Photography—Key Component if Buying Online

August 16, 2013 in Auctions, Coin Grading, Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography

August 15, 2013 By Michael Bugeja (

Earlier this year I posted a Coingrader Capsule titled “Hit and Miss Bargains,” explaining how I had given up on some auction houses that fail to upgrade their photography so that buyers can grade lots accurately and know on what they are bidding.

One of the houses that was “hit and miss” for me over the years was Gary Ryther Auctioneers of Lawson, Missouri. I have long admired Gary for his ethics and in-house shipping policies, but his photography was lacking through 2011. For starters, he took photos on the slant rather than straight on, which tends to highlight luster at the expense of detail, especially on DMPL coins.

Full article and pictures at the source>

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