This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending August 12, 2018. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was once again the 2018 San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set (18XC), which sold 9,503 units. In second place was again the 2018 ...

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending August 12, 2018

This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending August 12, 2018. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was once again the 2018 San Francisco Silver Reverse Proof Set (18XC), which sold 9,503 units. In second place was again the 2018 U.S. Mint Proof Set (18RG), which sold 3,890 units. The third best-selling item this week was the 2018 American Silver Eagle one-ounce Proof coin (18EA), with 2,193 sold. It’s followed by the 2018 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set (18RH), with 2,151 individual units sold; and the 2018 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (18RJ), with 1,994 sold.

This week saw no downward adjustments.

Last week, the Mint released the 2018 American Eagle one-ounce silver Proof coin (18EM) on August 14, while the George Washington and John Adams presidential silver medals (S801 and S802) were released on August 16. Additionally, a limited number of World War I silver dollar and medal sets are now available for purchase.

The following are the U.S....

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Heritage Auctions 2018 World’s Fair of Money preview: U.S. coins

1792 Washington President gold eagle pattern, EF-45. Musante GW-31 (A). Last publicly offered in 1890. Photo credit: Heritage Auctions. Hover to zoom.

By Dennis Hengeveld

The ANA­ World’s Fair of Money is traditionally among the largest coin shows organized in the United States. This year, it was held in Philadelphia, PA, from August 14 to 18. That same week saw a large number of coin auctions being held, offering a wide variety of numismatic items by various companies. We have covered several of the auctions by Stack’s Bowers in other preview articles; in this one, we will take a look at some of the most interesting (from a historical and value perspective) items in the various U.S. coin sessions offered by Heritage Auctions. All lots discussed in this article, as well as the lots in their various floor and online sessions, can be viewed in detail on their website.

The first lot that we will take a look at certainly classifies as one of the most historical in the auction....

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United States Mint lifts the curtain on designs for the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Program

Background photo by AgnosticPreachersKid.

Philadelphia — The United States Mint revealed the official designs for the 2019–dated coins in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The designs were unveiled at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Designers in the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) created the new designs which will be displayed on the reverse (tails side) of quarters honoring Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts), American Memorial Park (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam), San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas), and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho). The designs were sculpted by the Mint’s sculptor-engravers.

Lowell National Historical Park

  • Designer: Joel Iskowitz
  • Sculptor-Engraver: Phebe Hemphill

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This design depicts a mill girl working at a power...

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The Dentuck ANA blog: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell, is the host city of the 2018 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. (Photo courtesy U.S. National Park Service.) Hover to zoom.

Bowers, Burdette, Books, and Beards at America’s Biggest Coin Show

There’s something magical about the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money. For most collectors and dealers, this is the biggest “coin show” of the year. I put coin show in quotes because it’s about so much more than just coins. Paper money, medals, tokens, and other numismatic treasures, educational seminars and entertaining talks, creative exhibits, and eye-dazzling displays are all front-row center and a mile deep at the ANA’s summer show.

What more could you ask for?

Let’s see. How about:

  • exciting auctions of first-class rarities;
  • a smorgasbord of world mints;
  • the chance to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner with other hobbyists;
  • rare-book sellers with more stories than the Empire State...

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Bowers on collecting: Enjoying the Guide Book

By Q. David Bowers

Ever since its launching in 1946 (with a 1947 cover date) A Guide Book of United States Coins has been the primary source of information relating to coin prices in different grade categories as well as other information such as historical notes and mintage. At the time, the Standard Catalogue of United States Coins, first published by Waite Raymond in the early 1930s, was the book to use, but distribution was erratic and editions were not published yearly. The Standard Catalogue endured until 1958 and then faded away. Historical copies are interesting to read today, especially for prices before the Guide Book was issued.

Edited by Richard S. Yeoman, the Guide Book was distributed through hobby stores nationwide, giving it a wider circulation than the Standard Catalogue. For most (not all) later years, annual editions were published with updates. Today in 2018 the Guide Book remains the basic source for information.

I believe that a careful study of the ...

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