Monthly Archives: December 2014

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

“All these big auctions, oh my! Newman, Gardner and Partrick, oh my! Pogue 1n 15, 16 and 17, oh my! The coin market cannot possibly absorb that much material! Oh my!”

That’s what we have been hearing over the past several months, as the Dorothys, the scarecrows and cowardly lions pull their bids, close their wallets, and run for the storm cellars.

Yes, auctions this big and so close together are unprecedented, but didn’t we all know for many years that they were coming? Eric Newman is 104 years old. Gene [...]

By |December 19th, 2014|General|0 Comments|

A Story About a Kid and an 1804 Silver Dollar

I developed an interest in coins when someone gave me a used Red Book when I was 10 years old. As kids that age often do when they find something new and interesting, I quickly got hooked, and immersed myself in discovering designs and denominations and history that I never knew existed. I opened and read that Red Book every day, studying designs, values and mintages, but the page I always turned to first was the page with the story of the most valuable U.S. coins, the 1804 Silver [...]

By |December 14th, 2014|General, Videos|2 Comments|

My “Dream” Box of 20

IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT (or if pigs could fly), these would be the coins I would most love to own in my personal “Box of Twenty:”

1) MCMVII Ultra High Relief $20 PCGS PR-69
2) 1804 Dollar, Sultan of Muscat Specimen, Watters, Child, Pogue PCGS PR-68
3) 1907 Indian Head Double Eagle Pattern
4) 1872 Amazon Gold Pattern Set
5) 1794 Silver Dollar PCGS SP-66
6/7) 1915-S $50 Pan Pac Round and Octagonal
8) Superb Quality $4 Stella
9) 1861 Paquet Reverse $20
10) 1804 Plain 4 Proof $10
11) [...]

By |December 12th, 2014|General|0 Comments|

Throwback–The SIMCO Invitational 7/22/02

Reprinted from the PCGS U.S. Coin Forum

Written by Brian Sonnier (aka GSAGUY)

Monday, July 22, 2002 4:45 PM

Those of you who have been around this hobby for a number of years and certainly those of you who are fans of high-quality commemoratives know the name of Larry Shepherd and SIMCO Numismatics.

In the late 1980s, Larry assembled what was then (and may be to this day), the finest collection of monster toned commemoratives ever assembled. He sold the collection at auction in the early 1990s but has remained active in [...]

By |December 10th, 2014|General|0 Comments|

Congratulations Rod Gillis

Congratulations to Rod Gillis, one of the “good” people at the ANA. Rod is the reason there will be a WWI U.S. commemorative coin. It has been Rod’s dream, and his initiative, that has resulted in the WWI Commemorative Coin bill passing the U.S. House and Senate this week. It goes to show what one person with a good idea and the perseverance to to work hard and fight for it for more than four years can accomplish. Great job Rod!

By |December 8th, 2014|General|0 Comments|
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