Numismatic News: Double-Die Gaum Quarters, Proof 70 Star? Toning & Values


July 28: Four numismatic news or coin blog articles are referenced on CoinNews every Tuesday and Thursday. These articles are not authored by us, but we recommend coin collectors read them for their unusual or interesting content. Here are today’s coin articles:

First Doubled-Die Guam Quarter ID’d
Ken Potter | NumisMaster

Floyd Howze of North Carolina sent in the first report to Numismatic News of a 2009-P Guam Territorial quarter with an obverse doubled die. The variety is typical of the obverse doubled dies that have been seen on many dates and types of the state quarter series with centralized doubling restricted to Washington’s earlobe…

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Even at Proof-70 grade some coins better
F. Michael Fazzari | Numismatic News

In the quest for the best coins, exactly what is perfection? Recently, I read that one very knowledgeable professional numismatist recommended that her client purchase a lower grade coin for his registry set because another coin that graded one point higher was not as attractive. Shortly after, while screening sets of state quarters for Proof-70 examples, it struck me that there are differences in eye appeal even for coins that merit the highest grade possible…

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Silver at rainbow’s end
Steve Roach | Coin Values

To some, rich color on silver coins is beautiful toning, while to others it represents unsightly tarnish. Silver coins can acquire a range of colors, from muddled browns and grays to vibrant jewel tones. Rainbow toned Morgan dollars represent, perhaps, the apex of the toned coin market and the area where there is the most connoisseurship and market premium assigned to….

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National Gold Exchange seeks court protection
Janet Leiser | Tampa Bay Business Journal

National Gold Exchange Inc. filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on July 24, two days after Sovereign Bank seized its multimillion-dollar gold coin collection as collateral on $35 million in loans. The coin company, located at 14309 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa, estimates its assets at $10 million to $50 million, and its liabilities at $50 million and $100 million, court records state…

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