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2019 Rare Coin Insider


Finest Known’s Special First Year 1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar Offer

When U.S. Mint Engraver, George T. Morgan, first etched out his historic rendition of Lady Liberty in 1878, he never imagined that his iconic design would help build Wild West commerce and fuel the era of Progressive Industrialization, to become America’s most collectible coin today. Over a 140 years later, Finest Known is releasing the very first issue of this historic Morgan Dollar in Uncirculated Mint State Condition, with a special Free book offer.
CC Mintmark Morgans
The Carson City Mint was built to facilitate minting of silver from Nevada’s legendary Comstock Lode. The 1878-CC Dollar is the very first Morgan minted at the historic Carson City Mint, baring the only Double Mintmark ever issued by the U.S. Mint.  Morgan Dollars with the desirable “CC” mintmark were only minted from 1878 to 1893, with just 13 coins in the series, making it a fun set to assemble with collectors, who appreciate the grit and romance of the Old Wild West.
First Year Mint State Morgan Offer
Finest Known is excited to offer historic 1878-CC first year issue Morgan Dollars which were tucked away and stored at the U.S. Treasury for over 140 years. These coins are directly from the great U.S Treasury hoard discovery in the 1960s and are sealed in their original Government holders.

  • 1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar MS 63 for $790.
  • 1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar MS 64 for $1,250.

Free Carson City Morgan Dollar Book
Purchase a Mint State 1878-CC Morgan Silver Dollar and receive a Free copy of Adam Crum’s Carson City Morgan Dollars, 4th Edition ($24.95 value).  This hardback book is filled with compelling historical accounts in full color, with specific resource information on all CC Minted Morgan Dollars, that’s essential for any Morgan Dollar Collector!



2,400 Year Old Mint State Silver Owl with FREE Book Offer
Finest Known has acquired a pretty special selection of Mint State Ancient Athenian Owls, which are considered by many as one of the greatest coins ever made. These ancient coins are so clean, that they look as if they were freshly struck, and fell onto a pillow for over 2,400 years… Absolutely Stunning and NOW Available for Purchase.
Silver Athenian Owl Tetradrachm
Notably one of the most important, popular and artistically renown coins in numismatics today, the silver Owl of Athens is a legitimate collector’s coin, and the opportunity to own one in Mint State grade is few and far between, to say the least. It is not just a coin, but an example of “classical” Greek art in pristine Mint State condition. Their importance in early world commerce in the world’s first democracy cannot be overstated. These Athens Owls are among the most important coins of ancient civilization and are in very limited supply.
Finest Known is offering NGC graded Mint State Silver Athenian Owls, dated 440 – 404 BC for only $2,250 each.
Free Book Offer
This offer includes a FREE Hardcover reference book on the “100 Greatest Ancient Coins,” by Harlan J. Berk and Whitman Publishing.  This best-selling hardback book features over 130 pages of the Greatest Coins of the Ancient World. The Athens Owl Tetradrachm, struck in 440 BC, is listed as coin number 10 out of 100!  This book is filled with stories on each of the most important coins of early civilization, with beautiful color photos, collector’s resource visual gallery, and glossary of terms.
Offered at only $2,250 while supplies last!  
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American Silver Eagle Coin.

Announcing the Silver Eagle Monster Box Collection

Complete 34 Coin American Silver Eagle Set 1986 to 2019 In Special NGC MS69 Green Core Monster Box Holders
Instant Collection
Finest Known is excited to announce a complete set of American Silver Eagles, from 1986 to 2019, including all key dates, NGC graded MS 69, in stunning Green Core Holders with Special Monster Box Labels. Brilliantly packaged in the classic U.S. Mint Green Monster Box, this 34-coin instant collection contains 34 oz. of pure .999 silver in special Monster Box pedigreed holders that will be a perfect fit in any coin collection.
A Numismatic First
The classic U.S. Mint Green Monster Box holds two special NGC 20-coin display boxes, that fit perfectly inside, nestled by protective foam packing. This instant collection contains 34 pristine MS69 Silver American Eagles, including all key dates, with additional room in the NGC box to grow this monster collection to 40 coins through 2025!
Classic Green Monster
The green monster box is an American classic, packaged by the U.S. Mint for serious silver coin buyers, and a great way to safely store Silver Eagles. Monster boxes are large green hard plastic boxes with a removable lid that is securely sealed. The box dimensions are 15 x 8.5 x 4.5 inches, and the hard, thick protective plastic casing of the box protects its precious contents.
Spectacular Silver
The big, bright, beautiful American Silver Eagle, is one of the most popular and widely collected coins in the world. As the preferred silver bullion coin of choice for both collectors and investors alike, it is the official 1 oz legal tender silver coin of the United States, independently traded based on its 99.9% silver content, certified by the U.S. Mint, and guaranteed by the government.
Contemporary Classic Design
The American Silver Eagle design is a beautiful blend of the classic “Walking Liberty” coin design from Adolph A. Weinman, over a hundred years ago, coupled with a contemporary American Eagle design by 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, John Mercanti, making the American Silver Eagle a popular contemporary classic.
Free Book Offer
The Monster Collection includes the best-selling “American Silver Eagles” book by Miles Standish and John M. Mercanti, the U.S. Mint 12th chief engraver and designer of the coin s reverse. This book is the perfect companion to this collection, exploring every aspect of the series from a technical, artistic, and historical perspective, including current market analysis, coin populations, and much more valuable information.
“Building a complete set of American Silver Eagles can be a long, daunting endeavor, and assembling a collection in matching pedigree holders, all graded in near flawless Mint State 69 condition, is virtually unheard of.  Complete sets of American Eagles can demand higher resale values then individual coins or random dates in a sporadic set. We have done all the hard for you with this turn-key instant collection, at a spectacular price while still available.”  –  ADAM CRUM – President
The Monster Box Collection is Offered at Only $1,995 While Supplies Last!

Close-up Of Wooden Gavel And Stacked Coins On Golden Justice Scale


PNG Annual Numismatic Market Update
At the end of each year, the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) conducts an annual update on the Numismatic Rare Coin Market. The PNG estimates the U.S. rare coin market was over $4 billion in 2018. That was a significant rise from 2017, which was between $3.4 and $3.8 billion for auctions and direct sales, but not including sales by the United States Mint or bullion coins, such as gold and silver American Eagles. The U.S. Mint itself was responsible for about $3 billion of bullion and collectible coin sales. When factoring in U.S. and world paper money and bullion from other sources besides the U.S. Mint, the numismatic business in the U.S. easily exceeds $8 billion annually and is growing.
The finest known rare coins set auction price records, while easily available lower grade coins declined in value over the last year. United States rare coins selling for $50,000 or more, and those selling for $500 or less, generally did well during the last year.  Four significant, historic vintage U.S. coins and three 19th century U.S. bank notes sold for $1 million or more each during the year in public auctions and several other U.S. rare coins reportedly were purchased for $1 million or more in private transactions.
Even though investment money that may have gone into numismatic purchases went into the booming stock market in early 2018, the overall demand for extremely rare investor-collector coins rose later in the year, and the rare coin market looks promising in 2019. With the stock market dropping during the fourth quarter of 2018 there was an increase in interest in the rare coin market with some people taking profits from stocks and buying coins that have proven to show sizeable and consistent increases in value over the years, as well as buying precious metals.
Two auction companies, Heritage Auctions, and Stack’s Bowers Galleries, accounted for over 70% of the overall totals, with Heritage reporting the largest amount of U.S. coins sold at auction during 2018, was approximately $187 million. Below are the aggregate prices realized for U.S. coins sold at major public auctions over the last several years.

  • 2018 totaled $345 million
  • 2017 totaled $316 million
  • 2016 totaled $342 million
  • 2015 totaled $439 million
  • 2014 totaled $536 million

2018 Rare Coin Insider


The Ship of Gold is Sailing Quickly!

A total of 2,935 U.S. Mint gold coins retrieved from the latest recovery of sunken treasure from the fabled SS Central America which went to market already have been sold out by the California Gold Marketing Group (CGMG).
“In an incredibly short period of time, the federal issue coins from America’s greatest sunken treasure have been sold to our authorized dealers who are reporting strong sales to the public. With only a few very special exceptions, once the dealers sell their available inventory no other U.S. Mint gold coins will be available from the last expedition to this amazing treasure,” said CGMG Managing Partner, Dwight Manley.
A total of 3,129 federal, private mint and world gold coins were brought up from the SS Central America in 2014. “Of that total, 112 were California fractional gold coins, 103 Territorials and 82 were world coins from a total of ten countries. Most of the remaining 2,832 U.S. federal issue coins all certified by PCGS, have now been sold to our authorized dealers, along with some of the other gold coins,” explained Manley.
“Nothing surprises me any longer when it comes to the treasure of the SS Central America. The emotional response to this amazing discovery simply moves people from all walks of life,” said Adam Crum, Vice President of Monaco Rare Coins. Crum also emphasized, “The speed in which the coins from the 2014 recovery have sold is remarkable. If a collector, historian or investor is looking for lasting value which appeals to a broad base of buyers, then they need to act fast. The best of the coins are selling quickly and will be difficult to locate in the years ahead as they find their way into collections, estates and vaults to be hidden away for generations.”
Each of these recently PCGS certified coins sold by CGMG are encapsulated in specially-produced and labeled holders that contain a pinch of recovered SS Central America gold dust in a separate compartment.
Interested in owning a piece of Gold Rush treasure? Take the next step and give us a call at 888-700-3757.

This American flag, popularly attributed to Betsy Ross, was designed during the American Revolutionary War features 13 stars to represent the original 13 colonies. According to the legend, the original Betsy Ross flag was made on July 4, 1776.


ANA Governor Brian Hendelson will provide historic multi-million dollar Philadelphia Mint coins and early United States Mint appointment documents for ANA Museum Showcase exhibit.
The finest known 1792 Half Disme, formerly owned by the first United States Mint Director David Rittenhouse, and the finer of the two known 1861 Philadelphia Mint Paquet Reverse Liberty Head Double Eagles, will be featured exhibits in the Museum Showcase at the American Numismatic Association’s 2018 Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money.
The two historic coins, along with George Washington and/or Thomas Jefferson-signed papers appointing Rittenhouse, Elias Boudinot and Robert Patterson as the first, third and fourth Mint Directors respectively, are being loaned for the exhibit from the personal collection of ANA Governor Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Company of Bridgewater, New Jersey.
The two coins will be insured for a combined $10.5 million for their “homecoming” display, August 14-18.
“The Half Disme was the first denomination produced by the young United States for circulation, and this particular, superbly struck and preserved coin could be the first one made. I’m happy to share it and the Paquet Reverse Double Eagle at the 2018 ANA convention for everyone to enjoy and to learn about the hobby and history,” explained Hendelson.
The rainbow toned 1792 Half Disme (LM-1, Judd-7, Pollock-7) is graded PCGS MS-68 and the 1861 Paquet Reverse Double Eagle is graded PCGS MS-67.


Hobby’s Demand Inspired a Special Book on Carson City Morgan Dollars

The Morgan silver dollar is one of the most popular American coins of recent generations. We see evidence of this all the time here at Whitman Publishing, in daily communication with coin collectors across the nation.
As a company, we seek to publish books that help hobbyists understand their coins so they can build excellent collections, wisely and with as much useful knowledge as possible. The book Carson City Morgan Dollars, by Adam Crum, Selby Ungar, and Jeff Oxman, shines a light on an exciting niche within the very popular Morgan dollar series. Its focus is on the coins struck in the 1800s at the United States Mint’s factory in the “Silver State,” Nevada.
The first edition of Carson City Morgan Dollars was released in late 2009. The new book satisfied a demand within the hobby community. Morgan dollars were so popular that even specialized subcategories, such as the Morgans struck at a particular mint, had large audiences of enthusiasts. This continues to be the case today.
In 2011 we published the second edition, expanded and revised. A few years later we updated the book to a third edition, which debuted at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show, held in Atlanta in March 2014. The third edition featured additional historical photographs, revisions from ongoing numismatic research, updated retail values and certified-coin populations, and new market commentary.
Today, nearly a decade after the first edition was published, the hobby’s appetite for information is as robust as ever. For the fourth edition of Carson City Morgan Dollars (due to being released next week), the authors have studied the rare-coin market and have updated the book’s valuation charts with a snapshot of today’s retail environment. Interestingly, some coin values have gone down in recent years—a reflection of market corrections in many areas of the hobby. Does this suggest interest in these historic coins is decreasing? I don’t believe so, at least not in an intellectual sense. Collectors remain as fascinated as ever by the romance and history wrapped up in Morgan dollars. If anything, today’s retail prices might offer fresh opportunities for newcomers (and longtime collectors) to acquire attractive coins for their collections at affordable prices.
In addition to updated valuations, the fourth edition has been expanded with 24 more pages that include a new photographic gallery of the Carson City Mint, drawing from government archives and other sources; a study of other coins minted there; a look at Morgan dollar values and numismatic research in the late 1940s; and more.
The fourth edition of Carson City Morgan Dollars takes its place on the bookshelf with other standard references such as Q. David Bowers’s Comprehensive U.S. Silver Dollar Encyclopedia (1992) and his hugely popular two-volume Silver Dollars and Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia (1993), and the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars (first edition 2004, fifth edition 2016). It also joins other recent Morgan dollar–related publications such as The Private Sketchbook of George T. Morgan, America’s Silver Dollar Artist (Lee, 2013) and Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair With a Legendary Coin (Standish, 2014).
If the past is a preface to the future, and if collector demand remains as strong as it is, we can happily look forward to more books on Morgan silver dollars—including continuing guidance and insight from Messrs. Crum, Ungar, and Oxman.
For first-time Monaco customers who acquire one or many coins, we will send a copy of Adam’s book, Carson City Morgan Dollars, absolutely free. This must-have resource gives the collector and investor a detailed insider’s view of today’s market for Carson City Morgan dollars, including VAM varieties and focusing especially on GSA-slabbed coins. Whether you collect by date/mintmark or by variety, this in-depth book will make you a more savvy buyer. Includes condition census, market notes, enlarged full-color photographs, valuations, mintages, certification data, prooflike and DMPL coins, and more.
By Dennis Tucker, Publisher, Whitman Publishing LLC

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