November 27, 1998 |
An Egyptian coin from the era of Ptolemy II (246-221 B.C) will be a feature of the auction Dec. 2 and 3 held by Stack's at Park Central Hotel, Seventh Avenue at 56th Street in Manhattan. The sale comes with the New York International Numismatic Convention. The Egyptian Pentekaidekadrachm is the largest denomination coin struck by the Greeks, who then controlled Egypt. The silver coin carries the portrait of Berenike II, a veil over her hair, and, on the reverse, a cornucopia. The unusual coin is part of 180 lots of ancient coins to be sold on the first day of the auction.
September 18, 1998 |
The Delaware quarter, first in the series celebrating all 50 states, will be delivered to Federal Reserve banks in January. The Mint expects interest in the new coins will cause a surge in collector demand that may make the first half-million coins disappear from circulation. Director Philip N. Diehl said the new coins would test the Mint's capacity to produce coins since it would have to produce circulating quarters as well as collectors' pieces. The Mint sets will have to be repackaged from the current five-coin format to the nine-coin format needed to include the five new coins planned each year for the next decade.
October 4, 1992 |
What may be the historic-coins sale of the year will take place Oct. 20 to 22, when part of Floyd T. Starr's collection will be auctioned in New York City. Starr, a Philadelphian, died in 1971 after a half-century of collecting. His collection, known as the Philadelphia Estate, has been kept intact, though a collection of large cents was sold in 1984. Starr collected with an eye to history. His coins include early proof, specimen and mint state coins, often coins struck as presentation pieces, which have been used as the reference points for grading coins.
November 1, 1992 |
Canadian and world coins from the notable collections of Bernard Nangle and Amon Carter Jr. will be a feature of a mail bid sale by Coin Galleries Inc., the foreign department of Stack's, which closes Nov. 10. The 216 lots of the Nangle collection, mainly ancient Greek and Roman, are only a part of his trove. A lawyer who worked in the New York Customs House, Nangle was an active collector until 1920, and the collection has been held intact since his death in 1957. Stack's is offering this major collection in three sales, the last of which will take place in December.
May 10, 1992 |
A book that applies the principle of the stock market to the market in coins has been published by Krause Publications. Auction Prices Realized ($60, plus $2.50 for shipping) summarizes the results of 65 top coin auctions in 1991. Editor Bob Wilhite says that the book is intended as a reference to give collectors a clear knowledge of each coin's price history during the year, information useful in bidding and negotiating. The book also includes prices for certified slab coins and a table of numerical grades for all U.S. coins.
November 24, 1991 |
The 1992 Canadian commemorative dollar will be struck in 0.925 fine silver, an increase in silver content that long has been requested by collectors. Present commemorative dollars are struck in 0.500 silver. The remainder is copper. Kirsten Peterson, a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mint, said the commemoratives were struck in 0.800 fine silver at the start of the series in 1935, but the silver content was reduced in 1971. Peterson also said the mint will offer a collector's edition in 1992 to mark the 125th anniversary of the Canadian confederation.
January 17, 1993 |
Skiing has been part of life in what is now Norway for thousands of years, so it is not a surprise that Norway's Olympic coinage features the image of the earliest Norwegian skier known. The 1994 Winter Olympics will be held in Lillehammer, and the host nation is issuing 16 gold and silver coins to mark the event. Available now in the United States and Canada are two sets of silver proof coins and a 1,500-kroner gold proof. The gold proof shows Rodoy Man, the figure found on a rock carving on Rodoy Island in northern Norway.
November 9, 2001 |
To strike or not to strike more silver bullion Buffaloes, a contentious issue in late summer, turned to dust last month when Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill brushed it off. No more Buffaloes, O'Neill decided. Too much else going on in the world. Investors stood to gain by his decision, but collectors stood to lose by not having more of the popular replicas of the old Buffalo nickels available. Once the half-million coins were distributed, both sides had gone to Treasury to fight hard for their opposing cases.
June 27, 1993 |
World War II commemorative coins are available and the U.S. Mint is selling them with 13 options, ranging from a young collector's edition to a six-coin proof set. Proceeds from the surcharges attached to the sales will go to the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Battle of Normandy Foundation. A memorial is planned in Washington to honor veterans of World War II and participants in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. The coins will be issued in both uncirculated and proof condition.
July 30, 2004 |
The Royal Canadian Mint has joined La Monnaie de Paris in issuing coins marking the 400th anniversary of the first French settlement in Canada. Canadian and American officials first showed the new circulating "L'Acadie" quarter at St. Croix Island in the St. Croix River, the boundary between Maine and New Brunswick. Commemorative versions of the coin are available, too, but Canadian officials wanted to heighten awareness of the event by putting the quarter in circulation. The coin depicts a sailing ship similar to those familiar to St. Croix Island founders Samuel de Champlain and Pierre Dugua.