By Q. David Bowers As you read these words I am getting ready to go to the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore next week from Wednesday the 24th through Saturday. What a nice event this will be! Guaranteed! It always is! On the program is the ...

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Bowers on collecting: The 2018 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo

By Q. David Bowers

As you read these words I am getting ready to go to the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore next week from Wednesday the 24th through Saturday. What a nice event this will be! Guaranteed! It always is!

On the program is the annual meeting of the Colonial Coin Collectors Club, founded in 1993, and now with several hundred enthusiastic members. Complementing this will be a grand auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries featuring outstanding colonial coins including in the Archangel Collection, plus two memorable currency collections — the Joel Anderson Collection Part 3 — with many incredible rarities as well as affordable items, and the Caine Collection of federal Proof notes. Each of these is definitive. Beyond that, there are many federal coins from half cents to double eagles, commemoratives, and more — plus additional paper money. If you are looking for it, chances are we have it.


That is not all. A dynamic bourse with...

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2019 Apollo 11 coin designs take flight four years after program proposed

Michael Olson at the Apollo 11 design unveiling event. Hover to zoom.

By Louis Golino

On October 11 at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the designs of the 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coins were unveiled with considerable fanfare by the U.S. Mint’s Director David Ryder and officials from the space community.

Apollo 11 crew: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin.

The designs — an obverse showing Neil Armstrong’s boot print as he made his first steps on the lunar surface, and a reverse based on the famous photo of Buzz Aldrin on the moon that features his helmet visor with a reflection of Neil Armstrong, the U.S. flag, and the lunar module — were received enthusiastically by those in attendance.

The launching of these designs took place more than four years after the idea of an Apollo 11 commemorative program was first proposed by Michael Olson, then a member of the Citizens Coinage...

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending October 7, 2018

This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending October 7, 2018. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was again the 2018 U.S. Mint Proof Set (18RG), which sold 6,801units. In second place was the 2018 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set (18RH), which sold 4,381 units. The third best-selling item this week was the 2018 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (18RJ), with 3,184 sold. It’s followed by the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Coin and Stamp Set (18CL), with 2,846 individual units sold; and the San Francisco Mint’s 2018 American Silver Eagle one-ounce Proof coin (18EM), with 2,300 sold.

This week only saw a minor downward adjustment of -4 for the 2018 American Palladium Eagle one-ounce Proof coin (18EK), which is now marked “currently unavailable” on the Mint’s website.

The 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set (18AC) was released on October 10 and will be included in next week’s report. Additionally, a limited number of World War I silver...

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Designs revealed for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program

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Washington — The United States Mint unveiled the designs for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program today. The obverse and reverse designs will be featured on the four coins in the program: a $5 gold coin, a standard size $1 silver coin, a half dollar clad coin, and a five-ounce $1 silver Proof coin. In a manufacturing first for the Mint, the five-ounce silver Proof coin will be curved, as will the other coins in the program.

The winning artist whose design graces the obverse is Gary Cooper.

The obverse was engraved by Joseph Menna. The reverse of the coin was designed and engraved by Phebe Hemphill.

The United States Mint is proud to present the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program to celebrate the first manned moon landing on July 20, 1969. All coins share common designs and are curved.

The Apollo 11 50th anniversary five-ounce Proof silver dollar marks several “firsts” for the United States Mint. It is the first...

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Bowers on collecting: The birth of the Lincoln cent

By Q. David Bowers

Collecting Lincoln cents from circulation and putting them in blue Whitman folders is the way that most people discovered numismatics from the 1930s down to the 1970s or so. The hope was to find a rare 1909-S V.D.B. or 1914-D Lincoln cent. By the 1970s most cents in circulation were of the Lincoln Memorial reverse type. Older cents called “wheaties” were mostly removed from circulation and were worth two cents each in large wholesale lots. Today, “wheaties” are hardly ever seen. The only hope of finding a valuable cent is the 1969-S Doubled Die, an obscure variety that has not inspired many people to search.

Among older Lincoln cents there are two that are very historical and very affordable. The first is the 1909-V.D.B. cent from the Philadelphia Mint. The second is the 1943 zinc-coated steel cent made at the three mints.

As to the birth of the Lincoln cent, this week I give a few comments:

1907 G$20 Saint Gaudens (Roman, ultra high relief, wire...

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