America’s Inaugural Federal Reserve Note Proof Archive Fetches $504,000 Dallas, Texas (August 12, 2020) — Earlier this summer, the American Numismatic Association 2020 World’s Fair of Money was canceled for only the third time in more than a ...
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Heritage Auctions’ offerings of finest-known coins from U.S. and England push ANA sales past $33 million and more...

Heritage Auctions’ offerings of finest-known coins from U.S. and England push ANA sales past $33 million

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America’s Inaugural Federal Reserve Note Proof Archive Fetches $504,000

Dallas, Texas (August 12, 2020) — Earlier this summer, the American Numismatic Association 2020 World’s Fair of Money was canceled for only the third time in more than a century because of the global pandemic. But with Dallas-based Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night Auctions moved online, that cancelation did little to stop thousands of bidders from spending more than $33.1 million August 3-9 on U.S. coins and currency and world and ancient coins.

“Circumstances and setting might change, but the passion remains as high as ever for highly collectible coins and currency,” said Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions. “Of course we would have loved to have been in the same room, and we all eagerly await the day when we can be again. But the number of clients and collectors only grows, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results we saw over the last...

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United States Special Mint Set coins

This NGC certification label for a 1965 SMS Nickel shows how NGC attributes SMS coins. Hover to zoom. Images by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

A guide to understanding these issues and locating them in NGC’s online resources

NGC sometimes receives inquiries from customers searching for the listings of Special Mint Set (SMS) coins within the NGC CensusNGC Coin Explorer, and NGC VarietyPlus web resources. This can be challenging, because these distinctive pieces are neither ordinary coins (labeled as MS) nor Proofs (labeled as PF). Instead, they are a unique series of strikes that don’t exactly fit the criteria of either category.

A little background on these issues is useful in understanding how they are labeled and sorted by NGC.

Special Mint Sets, 1965-1967

The term Special Mint Set was first employed by the U.S. Mint during the nationwide coin shortage of the mid-1960s. This crisis was part fact and part fabrication, as Congress and the Mint desired to ease the...

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Andorra: New €2 commemorative coins remember the 50th anniversary of voting rights for women

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The Servei Emissions Andorra has unveiled the second design for their 2020-dated €2 commemorative coins which celebrate the 50th anniversary of the granting of voting rights to women in Andorra. It was 50 years ago on the 23rd April 1970, that the principality’s constitution was changed to grant women the right to have a say in the governing of the country. The decree was agreed to and signed by both co-princes of Andorra, the president of France, and the Roman Catholic bishop of Urgel. Andorra’s women voted for the first time in the elections held on the 14th December 1971.

The Principality of Andorra is unique in the world, as it is the only country which applies the diarchical, or system of co-rulers, to govern. This arrangement has been in place in this small land-locked country of about 191 square miles and situated in the mountainous range of the Pyrenees since 1278. At the time of granting enfranchisement to Andorra’s female citizens, the population was...

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Bowers on collecting: Blame it on Hurricane Diane!

By almost any evaluation the 1955 Doubled Die cent is the most famous die error in the Lincoln cent series. The date and all obverse lettering are dramatically doubled. When these were first noticed by numismatists, Numismatic News called them 1955 Shift cents. Later, Kenneth E. Bressett gave them the Doubled Die name, used in the Guide Book from that time to the present.

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As to how the coins were made, years later I inquired at the Philadelphia Mint and learned that on Thursday, August 18, 1955, several presses were coining cents, dumping the coins into a box where they were then collected and mixed with the cents from other coining presses. At the time Hurricane Diane was passing through the East Coast, causing extensive damage. There was confusion at the Mint and elsewhere as no one knew what the weather would bring next.

Late in the afternoon a Mint inspector noticed the bizarre doubled cents and removed the offending die. By that time somewhat over 40,000 cents...

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NGC Registry featured set: USA-Philippines

This month’s featured set belongs to coin928.

This month, we are delighted to share the striking and detailed NGC Registry set, USPI-Complete, USA-Philippines, 1903-1945, Complete, Including Varieties by coin928.

Coin928 began assembling this set back in March of 2011 and has slowly been building it for nine years and counting. It is obvious even to the most casual observer that he has a deep passion for these coins. He has posted clear, crisp images for all his coins — more than 180 in all. These well-struck, high-grade beauties are very well presented. Check out the photo gallery that presents the evolution of these coins over a 42-year span.

His lovely images are complemented by detailed and thoughtful comments for all 185 coins, with descriptions of strike quality, blue iridescent toning, underlying luster, and much, much more. Each written comment offers a detailed piece of numismatic history. He leaves nothing to chance; references are listed, as well.

Thank you,...

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