Quarter Three Coin Set, Half Dollar

Welcome back to Something About Coins! The most recent sales figures from the U.S. Mint emerged. Dave Harper comments on the un-used half dollar, and Doug Winter describes an 1858-O Double Eagle from the Eliasberg Collection. Enjoy!

US Mint Sales: Quarter Set, Uncirculated and Spouse Gold Coins Debut, coinnews.net
The United States Mint has published the debuting sales figures for three products that were introduced last week — the Mount Hood Quarter Three-Coin Set, the 2011 Uncirculated Gold Eagle, and the Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Coins. The Uncirculated Gold Eagle launched Thursday, and is likely the product many collectors are most interested in given its two-year absence from the Mint’s numismatic portfolio. Its debut sales were 1,098 as of Monday, which was slower than perhaps expected. Sales were pressured no doubt by ... Click for coin article

Half dollar's time has passed, blog.numismaticnews.net/buzz
Remember the half dollar? I do. I even try to spend one every now and again. However, more than 40 years of disuse by the American public has taken its toll. I have to make a conscious effort to think of half dollars. It does not come automatically. The half dollar is my topic this morning and it was selected for me by former American Numismatic Association president Gary E. Lewis. After reading yesterday’s blog, he emailed me the following: “My obvious observation when you said ‘I was due two quarters ... ,’ what happened to the half dollar?” Lewis has ... Click for coin article

Take it all or we won’t do the deal, numismaticnews.net
Here is a story of another huge hoard, but in this case it was silver instead of gold. It has not been told to the numismatic community. It should be told and not lost. Since I am now in my 89th year, I had best tell it lest the happy reaper sees fit to harvest me. At the time I was in Curacao to obtain the great gold stash, a tale told in the May 17 issue, I heard that one of the other banks in town had a stash of 2-1/2 gulden coins that they wished to dispose. After I got back to Paramount in Englewood, Ohio, from obtaining the gold hoard in 1972 ... Click for coin article

The Eliasberg 1858-O $20.00, raregoldcoins.com
I’d like to share a photo and some information about a really interesting coin that I recently bought and sold. It’s a lovely 1858-O double eagle, graded AU55 by PCGS. What makes this coin really special, in my opinion, is its fantastic pedigree. To the best of my knowledge it has the oldest continual pedigree of any 1858-O double eagle, and certainly the best. The 1858-O is the 8th rarest of 13 double eagles produced at the New Orleans mint. You’d think this meant it was a common coin, but this is far from the case. There are an estimated ... Click for coin article

Counterfeit Detection: 1875-S Trade Dollar, ngccoin.com
One of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues is the Trade Dollar. Recently, one was submitted to NGC that exhibited a number of the telltale signs of a fake. Trade Dollars are one of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues, and fakes are received frequently by NGC. Many counterfeit Trade Dollars are well made and can be very difficult to distinguish from their genuine counterparts. Complicating the matter is the fact that many genuine Trade Dollars exhibit unusual characteristics, such as raised lumps on ... Click for coin article

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