Category Archives: Coin Collecting

News about numismatics and coin collecting in general

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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?

This Canadian 1998 gold coin honors the White Buffalo.

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 […]

Valued for being a unique specimen, Lama's 1936 Nobel Peace Prize also contains 8 oz of pure gold.

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, […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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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? […]

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NGC Finds Rare Morgan Dollar Variety In Bulk Submission

August 23rd, 2013 by

CoinWeek reports on a rare find by a NGC coin grader who was working through a bulk submission of nearly 1,000 Morgan Dollars. As you can see from the photo on left, the die that made this San Francisco-minted 1921 Morgan had the mintmark almost totally filled with grease when it struck this coin. Estimates […]

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1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Sells For $117,500

August 20th, 2013 by

A 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded MS61 by NGC sold for $117,500 in Heritage’s recent auction at the 2013 Summer FUN Show.  The 1921 double eagle is one of the more rare mintages, with almost all of them held in banks as currency reserves until they were melted down in 1933. It is estimated that […]

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Should Lady Liberty Return to U.S. Coins? One Congressman Thinks So

August 8th, 2013 by

Some examples of Liberty on classic U.S. coinage Would you like to see a revitalization of United States coinage? You aren’t the only one. As reported by Louis Golino on CoinWeek, Congressman Andrew Barr of Kentucky has introduced H.R. 2535, the American Liberty Coinage and Deficit Reduction Act of 2013. The act would authorize new […]