Category Archives: Coin Collecting

News about numismatics and coin collecting in general

Collectors Chase Rare Silver Eagles

April 29th, 2017 by

The numismatic world was treated to the discovery of a new rare variety coin early in 2017 when it was discovered that the U.S. Mint struck a very small number of its flagship American Silver Eagle coins at the Philadelphia Mint beginning in 2015. These coins do not bear a mintmark that identifies where they […]

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Exonumia That Pops

February 26th, 2017 by

Many people collect gold and silver items that incorporate medallic artwork but are not technically coins. More obscure than numismatics proper, this field of exonumia offers a rich diversity of styles. Exonumic items are often historical in nature, which also ties them closely to coin collecting.

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Fractional Gold Buffalo Coins May Return

January 28th, 2017 by

The American Gold Buffalo is a one-ounce coin offered each year by the United States Mint. Alongside the American Gold Eagle bullion coin, the Gold Buffalo is part of the mint’s growing bullion coin program. Compared to the 22-karat Gold Eagle, the Gold Buffalo is 24 karats, meaning that its gold content is .9999 fine, or […]

Collecting Numismatic Medals

November 12th, 2016 by

Sometimes, the most interesting aspects of numismatics are the oddities that exist outside of the legal tender sphere, such as medals or tokens. A vibrant collecting community surrounds these items and illuminates intriguing historical perspectives.

US Mint Claims 1974-D Aluminum Cent

March 18th, 2016 by

The saga of one of the most mythical of US coins ended yesterday, when the only known example of an experimental aluminum cent was returned to US Mint authorities. The 1974-D aluminum cent was never authorized to be struck. and was not even known to exist until a specimen was discovered by a La Jolla, […]

1933 Double Eagle Case Back in the Courts

October 15th, 2015 by

Everyone’s favorite classic American coin, the illegal-to-own 1933 $20 Gold Double Eagle, is back in the spotlight. A decade-long saga between the U.S. government and one family that believes it rightfully owns 10 of the ’33 Double Eagles continues to unfold in federal court after several twists and turns. The Langbord family, who in 2004 […]

1916-2016 Gold Centennial Coins in Silver?

October 15th, 2015 by

In a move that a large swath of U.S. coin collectors have lauded, the U.S. Mint plans to launch a centennial commemorative coin program next year. The one-year commemorative series will honor a trio of designs that made their debut 100 years earlier in 1916: the Walking Liberty, Standing Liberty, and Winged Liberty Head (Mercury) […]

Saint-Gaudens “Family Tree”

July 13th, 2015 by

“I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would it be possible, without asking permission of Congress, to employ a man like Saint-Gaudens to give us a coinage that would have some beauty?”—President Theodore Roosevelt, 1904 Let’s face it, chances are your favorite coin designs have been created or influenced by one man, Augustus […]

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Has the Perth Mint Solved the Milk Spot Mystery?

January 27th, 2015 by

Any serious coin collector knows that the nefarious milk spot will often sully the surface of your favorite coinage. Milk spots are white deposits that leave unappealing blotches on many silver coins and bullion bars. Thankfully, collectors may soon have their frustrations ameliorated. A recent analysis by Australia’s Perth Mint has shed light on the […]

Asking The Experts: The 3 Coins Would You Choose Over All Others

July 30th, 2014 by

Check out the newest feature article at Gainesville Coins, where we ask the experts which three coins would they choose over all others? See what some of the leading numismatists, bullion analysts, and ancient coin experts say. If YOU could only have three coins for your collection, what would they be, and why?

The Legendary Great White Buffalo – Immortalized in Gold!

July 23rd, 2014 by

The 1998 Canadian $200 gold White Buffalo coin was the second release in a four-coin series released by the Royal Canadian Mint to commemorate beliefs and traditions of First Nations people, the Native Canadians and Americans. Designed by native artist, Alex Janvier, the coin’s reverse depicts a white buffalo rearing up on its hind legs. […]

Cointastrophes! (No. 1: The Hungry Girlfriend)

April 2nd, 2014 by

Cointastrophe (koin-tas-truh-fee) noun: any misfortune, mishap, or failure relating to coins; a coin-related fiasco On a fairly regular basis, a customer visits our showroom and shares an interesting or funny story about a disastrous experience with coins they had. These stories invariably lend themselves to a broader discussion about what went wrong. For all of our customers’ benefit—and […]

Gold Nobel Peace Prize Realizes Over $1 Million at Auction

March 28th, 2014 by

At the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore this week, one item in particular catalyzed the action in the auction room. The 1936 Nobel Peace Prize medal awarded to Argentine scholar and diplomat Carlos Saavedra Lamas, long presumed to be lost, brought a buzz to the auction room by garnering $1,116,250 before the gavel fell. Lamas, […]

Coins to Match your Renaissance Fair Character

March 6th, 2014 by

Renaissance Fair is once again in full swing in the Tampa Bay area and we’ve selected the Ren-Fairest coins of all for the occasion. For all you Medieval Mavens we know these coins and bars aren’t exactly from the same time period, but they’ll up your coolness factor when you buy your turkey leg by […]

Gainesville Coins’ Night At the Oscars: Our Top Three Fashion Picks

March 3rd, 2014 by

Another night at the Oscars? Not for Gainesville Coins. This year, the ladies were all about looking natural and elegant. Our top fashion picks? For one, Lady Liberty. She dazzled on our red carpet once again. Known as “Walking Liberty,” she was graceful, dressed in a long free-flowing vintage gown, designed by A. A. Weinman. […]

“Perfect” Key Date 1993 Gold Eagle Sets Record At Auction

January 3rd, 2014 by

A 1993 half-ounce American Gold Eagle proof coin, graded a perfect PF70 DCAM by PCGS, was recently auctioned for a record $22,825 by GreatCollections. This amazing price for a modern bullion coin is a result of so few being struck in perfect condition at the U.S. Mint. PCGS only has records of 32 1993 $25 […]

1913 : A Rare-Date Year For Coins

December 4th, 2013 by

Al Doyle at CoinWeek has an interesting article on how 1913 was a year that saw really low mintages on several different U.S. coins, and brings up the idea of collecting a 1913 set. Perhaps you’re looking for neat idea for a new set? If you collect Buffalo Nickels, which debuted in 1913, you already […]

Mint State 1893-S Morgan Sells for $235,000 At Heritage Auction

November 11th, 2013 by

High grade coins, especially in key dates, continue to rock the cash register this year. This MS64 NGC 1893-S Morgan Dollar went for $235,000 in the recent New York auction by Heritage. 1893 saw the smallest mintage of Morgan dollars out of the entire series, and almost none have survived in as good condition as […]

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Is It Time To Retire “Old Abe” On The Penny?

October 29th, 2013 by

The obverse of the 1909 Lincoln cent is the longest-running coin design in U.S. history, and was the first design featuring a President to appear on American coinage. After 104 years, do you think it’s time for a change? Or perhaps you think that we should ditch the penny altogether, like many other industrialized nations? […]