Category Archives: Coin Collecting


Cointastrophes! (No. 1: The Hungry Girlfriend)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

1998 Silver Eagle Found Struck on .900 Fine Silver Dollar Planchet

West Coast coin collector Deb Beibesheimer has revealed to the public one of her newest acquisitions: a 1998 American Silver Eagle struck on a .900 fineness commemorative silver dollar planchet. The coin has been certified genuine by PCGS and graded MS68. This is the only known example of a Silver Eagle bullion coin being struck […]