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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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) […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Al Doyle’s latest “Silver 101” column at CoinWeek is titled “Don’t Lose These Little Silver Coins,” covering some of the tiny silver coins that circulated in Europe as late as the mid-20th century. He notes that many of these coins were less than half the size of a U.S. dime! If you’re searching for an […]
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? […]