The following was re-posted from the “Bowers on Collecting” column Of all dates in the Matron Head series, cents of 1839 are the most diverse, and, because of that, likely the most fascinating. The 1839, 9 Over 6, is one of the most interesting ...
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Bowers on Collecting: the 1839 Matron Head modified large cent

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The following was re-posted from the “Bowers on Collecting” column

Of all dates in the Matron Head series, cents of 1839 are the most diverse, and, because of that, likely the most fascinating. The 1839, 9 Over 6, is one of the most interesting overdates in the series. In 1839 a die of 1836 with Plain Hair Cords was overdated with a 9, creating an 1839 cent with Plain Hair Cords — a style that had been discontinued two years earlier. Today, this overdate is nearly always seen in lower grades, with VG to Fine or the occasional VF being usual. Any higher grade is a rarity. The estimated population of this 1839, 9 Over 6 cent is 200 to 350 pieces.

1839 was a year of transition and the Matron Head was discontinued late in the year. It seems that in 1839 Christian Gobrecht was contemplating many changes. Already, in 1838, the Braided Hair design was adopted on the $10 eagle; in 1839 it would be employed on the $5 half eagle, and then, in 1840, on the $2.50...

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United States Mint releases 2024 Liberty & Britannia Program products

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting pre-orders for products in the 2024 Liberty & Britannia Program on February 8, 2024, at noon EST. Orders are expected to begin shipping in mid-May.

In this project, these two historic mints have come together in a ground-breaking creative partnership, featuring the talent and skills of each mint’s Chief Engraver to produce a design featuring both Liberty and Britannia. United States Mint Chief Engraver, Joseph Menna, and The Royal Mint Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers, have created a stunning design celebrating the harmony of the figures while giving each equal prominence in the design.

The United States Mint is offering a 24-karat high relief gold Proof coin and a 99.9 percent silver Proof medal featuring these collaborative designs. The obverse (heads) of both options depicts Allegorical Liberty and Britannia in stoic profile portraits featuring complementary and balancing elements suggestive of...

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Dennis Tucker retiring as publisher at Whitman

Dennis Tucker, Publisher.

(Virginia Beach, Virginia) — Following a nineteen-year career as Publisher at Whitman Publishing, Dennis Tucker will retire at the end of February 2024. He plans to spend time with family in the United States and the Philippines while pursuing creative and philanthropic projects.

Tucker has served Whitman as its publisher from December 2004, when the company was owned by Atlanta-based Anderson Press, through its recent acquisition by CDN Publishing. During that time he has overseen the publication of more than 300 titles ranging from 64-page monographs to 1,504-page references in the fields of numismatics, banking and financial history, the American presidency, U.S. military history, and other nonfiction topics.

“Dennis Tucker has been a loyal leader and a guiding figure in our business,” said Whitman president Mary Burleson. “He has built lasting relationships with researchers and numismatic industry leaders, developed and mentored our editorial...

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PCGS weekly update February 6, 2024

Recent Price Guide Updates

CoinFacts Narrative Update

The Millennium Coin & Currency Set contains a Series 1999 $1 Federal Reserve Note (with serial number beginning with “2000”), a 2000 Mint State American Silver Eagle, and a 2000-D Sacagawea dollar. The United States Mint produced a limited run of just 75,000 sets and sold them at an issue price of $39 each. Read more.

PCGS Set Registry Update

The region of Oultrejordain, known in Latin as Transjordan, was east of the Jordan River. Montreal, Hormuz, Sela, Tafilah, and Kerak were cities that all together existed in this region a little less than 900 years ago. Kerak, or Al-Karak, is home to the Kerak Castle, which was built in 1142 by Pagan the Butler and the King of Jerusalem known as Fulk. This structure stands today and was built atop a mountain that is known as a spur castle. Abdullah I bin Al-Hussein, who was part of the...

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San Marino: New one-ounce silver bullion coin series launched featuring peregrine falcon

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The Philatelic and Numismatics Division of San Marino has launched a new bullion-related product of one-ounce silver coins as the smallest republic in Europe seeks to enter the numismatic bullion market. As the third smallest country in Europe after Vatican City and Monaco, the fifth-smallest country in the world has developed an impressive catalogue of collector and circulation coins since their first national coinage was produced and released in 1864. As part of an agreement between Italy and San Marino, Sammarinese coinage was produced in denominations and specifications as Italian coinage and was denominated as the Sammarinese lire. Both currencies were interchangeable at an equal value and as denominations in Italy were removed from circulation and new values added, these coins were also replicated in San Marino. With the entry of Italy into the eurozone in 2002, coins of San Marino were also denominated in euros, although the country is not a member-state of the...

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