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Hidden Treasures Unveiled: The Henry Chapman Collection of $1 Gold Coins

Hidden Treasures Unveiled: The Henry Chapman Collection of $1 Gold Coins

In a thrilling revelation for numismatists and collectors alike, Matador Rare Coins has unveiled The Henry Chapman Collection of $1 Gold Coins, previously stored away for over a century in Philadelphia bank vaults and safe deposit boxes. This exceptional collection, assembled by the legendary Philadelphia dealer Henry Chapman, comprises 51 Liberty Head and Indian Princess Head dollars struck between 1849 and 1889, along with eight U.S. commemorative gold dollars from the early 20th century.

The collection, now described as a national treasure, has been securely held by a Philadelphia area family for generations. What the current owners initially thought might be worth $50,000 is now insured for a staggering $2 million, according to Luis Martinez, founder and president of Matador Rare Coins.

Henry Chapman himself began assembling this extraordinary collection in 1899 for a banking family, and the coins have remained in their possession ever since. The set includes several coins considered among the finest known examples of their kind today, boasting specimens from various U.S. mints, including Charlotte, Dahlonega, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

Martinez expressed his awe and excitement upon reviewing the coins, noting their remarkable eye appeal and historical significance. Each coin is now certified by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), with the Chapman pedigree indicated on the encapsulated insert label.

Stephanie Sabin, President of PCGS, highlighted the historic significance of uniting these coins with their impressive pedigree, emphasizing the importance of preserving both the coins themselves and their rich history.

Among the highlights of the collection are several coins graded at the finest known tier, including an 1863 gold dollar graded PCGS MS68 CAC, an 1881 graded PCGS PR66 Deep Cameo, an 1884 graded PCGS PR67+ Cameo CAC, and an 1887 gold dollar graded PCGS MS67+ CAC.

The commemorative gold coins within the collection also add to its allure, with notable examples such as the 1903 Louisiana Purchase McKinley and the 1915-S Panama-Pacific, both graded at the finest known tier.

This unveiling has left even seasoned experts astounded, with John Albanese, founder of CAC, expressing his surprise and delight at encountering these long-concealed treasures.

The Chapman brothers, Henry and Samuel Hudson (S.H.), were pivotal figures in the numismatic world, and this collection stands as a testament to their legacy and influence.

For those eager to learn more about The Henry Chapman Collection of $1 Gold Coins, additional information will be released soon by Matador Rare Coins. In the meantime, interested parties can contact Matador Rare Coins or visit their website for further details.

Prepare to be captivated by the allure of these hidden treasures, as the story of The Henry Chapman Collection of $1 Gold Coins continues to unfold.

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Rare Coin Extravaganza: Highlights from the US Coins Signature Auction

Rare Coin Extravaganza: Highlights from the US Coins Signature Auction

The recent US Coins Signature® Auction held from March 28-31, 2024, showcased some remarkable pieces, drawing in collectors and enthusiasts from around the globe. Among the standout lots was the sale of a rare 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS62 PCGS, which fetched an impressive $144,000, leading the event to a total of $6,241,741.

Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President at Heritage Auctions, expressed his excitement over the auction’s success, particularly highlighting the exceptional rarity and quality of the featured coins. The 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, with only 175 believed to remain in existence, stood out as a leading condition rarity in the series, making it a coveted addition to any collection.

Two other coins vied for top honors in the auction, each closing at $138,000. An 1882 Double Eagle AU58 NGC and a 1915-S Panama-Pacific Round Fifty Dollar, MS65+ NGC, showcased their historical significance and rarity, attracting considerable attention from bidders.

The auction also witnessed a new record set by an 1860 Clark, Gruber Eagle, K-3, MS61 NGC, CAC, which sold for $114,000. This coin, representing a one-time banking partnership in Leavenworth, Kansas, exemplifies the rich history encapsulated within these numismatic treasures.

Another notable highlight was the sale of a 1929 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS65+ PCGS, which reached six figures, further emphasizing the enduring allure of these historical artifacts.

Other remarkable coins that achieved significant results include the 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel, MS64 NGC, and the 1793 Chain Cent, AMERICA, S-3, B-4, Low R.3, XF45 NGC, among others.

The auction attracted widespread interest, with 2,723 bidders participating in the sold-out event, underscoring the enduring fascination with rare and historically significant coins.

Complete results from the auction can be found at, offering enthusiasts and collectors alike the opportunity to explore the diverse range of coins featured in this exceptional event.

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Whitman Presents the Second Print Run of Cherrypickers’ Guide Volume II, 6th Edition

Whitman Presents the Second Print Run of Cherrypickers’ Guide Volume II, 6th Edition

Whitman, a leading name in numismatic publications, is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated release of the second print run of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties: Volume II, 6th Edition. This invaluable reference, which made its debut at last year’s ANA World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, quickly became a favorite among collectors and dealers alike.

According to Dawn Burbank, Whitman’s vice president of sales, the first print run of over 7,200 copies sold out in under four months, demonstrating the immense popularity of this guide within the coin-collecting community. “The Cherrypickers’ Guide was one of our best book sellers of the entire year,” Burbank stated. “We couldn’t keep them on the shelves, and overall, we sold the entire print run in just under four months.” She added, “We expect the second print run to sell just as fast, based on pent-up demand for the wildly popular title.”

Now, collectors have the opportunity to get their hands on this essential resource once again. The 320-page spiral-bound hardcover Cherrypickers’ Guide can be ordered for $39.95 online at, Whitman’s Ebay Store, Amazon, and will be available in bookstores, hobby shops, and other online retailers nationwide later this month. Coin enthusiasts are encouraged to ask their favorite coin dealer for a copy.

The Cherrypickers’ Guide series has been a staple in the coin-collecting community since its inception in 1990, captivating thousands of hobbyists with its insights into rare die varieties. Authored by Bill Fivaz and professional numismatist Larry Briggs, this guide teaches collectors how to “cherrypick”—that is, how to identify unusual characteristics in seemingly ordinary coins, such as doubled and tripled dies, overdates, and repunched mintmarks, among others.

Volume II, 6th Edition features more than 440 die varieties, including nearly 80 new additions. From Capped Bust and Liberty Seated coins to Roosevelt dimes and Washington quarters, this comprehensive guide provides detailed descriptions and close-up photographs to help collectors identify valuable varieties.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Whitman is pleased to announce that Volume III of the Cherrypickers’ Guide series is set to be released this summer, prior to the ANA World’s Fair of Money 2024 in Chicago. This edition will cover half dollars through federal gold denominations, bullion coins, commemoratives, and even coins from the Philippines. For the first time ever, Volume III will feature Greysheet-based pricing and GSID numbers, enhancing the utility of this indispensable resource.

Brandon Hall, Whitman Cherrypicker’s Guide production editor, expressed his pride in the upcoming release: “The high level of community collaboration, updated content, and added features such as GSID have taken this high-demand product to the next level.” Bill Fivaz, one of the co-authors, believes Volume III to be the “best Cherrypicker ever.”

With the release of the second print run of Volume II and the highly anticipated arrival of Volume III, Whitman continues to solidify its position as the go-to source for serious coin collectors worldwide. Don’t miss out on these essential guides—order your copy today and elevate your numismatic knowledge to new heights!

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2024 American Women Quarters Proof Set Goes on Sale February 27

2024 American Women Quarters Proof Set Goes on Sale February 27

The United States Mint (Mint) 2024 American Women Quarters Proof Set (product code 24WP) will be available for purchase on February 27 at noon EST. Orders are limited to five per household for the first 24 hours.

Priced at $23, the set consists of five American Women Quarters with proof finishes honoring Reverend Dr. Pauli Murray—poet, writer, activist, lawyer, and Episcopal priest; the Honorable Patsy Takemoto Mink—the first woman of color to serve in Congress and a champion of many causes, including Title IX legislation; Dr. Mary Edwards Walker—Civil War-era surgeon, and women’s rights and dress-reform advocate; Celia Cruz—Cuban-American singer, cultural icon, and one of the most popular Latin artists of the 20th century; and Zitkala-Ša— also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin—a writer, composer, educator, and political activist for Native American rights and citizenship in the early 20th century. Each set is minted at the United States Mint at San Francisco and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Each coin in this series features a common obverse (heads) design depicting a portrait of George Washington. This design was originally composed and sculpted by Laura Gardin Fraser as a candidate entry for the 1932 quarter, which honored the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. The inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2024.”

The Mint accepts orders at its online catalog at and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468) to place an order.

The American Women Quarters Proof Set is available for purchase through the Mint’s Subscription Program. Subscriptions work like a magazine subscription. Once you sign up, you will receive the next product released in the series and continue to receive products until you end your subscription. Visit our subscriptions page to learn more.

The American Women Quarters Proof Set is part of the Authorized Bulk Purchase Program (ABPP) and is available to Authorized Bulk members. Products listed in this program will be eligible for early release, carry an AB suffix to the product code, and may carry a premium. Early released products are not eligible for discounts.

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of February 27, 2024, at noon EST.

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160 Years Since the Hunley Made Waves as the First Combat Submarine

Today, February 17, 2024, marks a pivotal moment in naval history. 160 years ago, on this day in 1864, the Hunley submarine achieved a historic feat by sinking an enemy warship, becoming the world’s first successful combat submarine. However, following this groundbreaking achievement, both the submarine and its crew vanished without a trace, leaving behind a legacy and a mystery that endured for over a century.

Thanks to the relentless efforts of treasure hunters and historians, the Hunley was finally located in 1995 by an expedition led by Clive Cussler’s National Underwater Maritime Agency (NUMA). Resting about 4 miles off the coast of Charleston, 30 feet below the surface, the Hunley was raised completely intact on August 8, 2000, in a remarkable engineering feat.

Now undergoing a meticulous excavation and conservation process, the Hunley serves as a time capsule from the 19th century, holding invaluable historical treasures and the remains of its brave crew. Partnering with Clemson University, scientists are working tirelessly to preserve this legendary submarine, extracting harmful salts from its iron skin to prevent decay.

The Hunley’s story continues to inspire innovation and scientific advancements, pushing the boundaries of historical exploration. Important forensic evidence collected during the excavation offers hope of solving the enduring maritime mystery surrounding its disappearance.

The Hunley lab, now a center of excellence run by Clemson University, showcases cutting-edge technologies developed to conserve maritime treasures efficiently. Moreover, the submarine serves as an educational beacon, attracting visitors from across the globe to learn about history, archaeology, and science firsthand.

Join us in commemorating this historic milestone and witnessing the ongoing efforts to preserve the legacy of the Hunley. Click the arrow below to watch the video and delve deeper into the remarkable story of the world’s first successful combat submarine.

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Inside Look: Crafting the NFL Super Bowl Flip Coin – A Florida Legacy

As the anticipation builds for Super Bowl 58, fans around the world gear up for the spectacle that marks the pinnacle of American football. Amidst the excitement and fervor, there’s one element that often goes unnoticed but holds significant symbolic value – the flip coin that kicks off the grand event. What many may not know is that this crucial piece of Super Bowl tradition is crafted right here in Florida.

Highland Mint, nestled in the heart of Brevard County, has been the artisan behind the iconic NFL Super Bowl flip coin for an impressive 31 years. Vincent Bohbot, the executive vice president at Highland Mint, proudly shares insights into the meticulous craftsmanship that goes into each coin, marking the beginning of the football extravaganza.

“The game doesn’t start without the flip-coin,” Bohbot emphasizes, underlining the significance of this small yet vital component. For the dedicated team at Highland Mint, the production of these coins is more than just a job; it’s a source of pride and a testament to their craftsmanship.

Bohbot elaborates on the process, explaining, “When we’re watching the game, and they’re doing the coin toss, that’s when you look at it, here we look at it all day long, coins are being flipped, coins are being minted. But then when you see it at the game, that’s when you’re like, hey, that’s our coin, that’s our company that’s doing this.”

Each coin is meticulously numbered, with “0-0-1” determining the fate of the initial kick-off and “0-0-0” poised for overtime, should the need arise. The attention to detail extends to the design, with heads bearing the illustrious Super Bowl logo and tails showcasing the emblems of the competing teams.

This year, as the Super Bowl fever grips the nation, Highland Mint dispatched its latest batch of coins to Las Vegas, where they await their moment in the spotlight. A total of 10,000 coins were meticulously crafted, with only a hundred reserved for the NFL while the rest are made available for avid fans and collectors alike.

Behind the scenes, the 140-member strong team at Highland Mint toils tirelessly, from melting the metals to packaging the finished product. Their dedication reflects a shared sense of pride in contributing to the spectacle of the biggest football event of the year.

“Everybody takes pride in this, how can you not? Whether they’re football fans or not, everybody likes to say that we’re part of the biggest game of the year,” Bohbot asserts, encapsulating the sentiment that permeates Highland Mint.

As Super Bowl Sunday approaches, and millions tune in to witness the clash of titans on the gridiron, spare a thought for the artisans behind the scenes, whose craftsmanship ensures that the spectacle begins with a simple flip of a coin – a coin made with care and precision right here in the Sunshine State.

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Numismatic Luminary Dennis Tucker Embarks on New Journey

Numismatic Luminary Dennis Tucker Embarks on New Journey

We are pleased to share with you some bittersweet news regarding one of the most esteemed figures in numismatic publishing. After an illustrious nineteen-year career as publisher at Whitman Publishing, Dennis Tucker will be bidding farewell to his role at the end of February 2024.

Throughout his tenure, Tucker has been a pivotal force in shaping the landscape of numismatic literature, overseeing the publication of over 300 titles spanning various fields including numismatics, banking and financial history, American presidency, and U.S. military history. His leadership has been characterized by unwavering dedication, innovation, and a deep commitment to excellence.

Under his guidance, Whitman Publishing has witnessed a modern renaissance in numismatic literature, marked by the development of bestselling series such as the Bowers Series and the iconic “100 Greatest” library. Tucker’s own contributions to numismatic scholarship are equally noteworthy, with his award-winning book American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date standing as a testament to his expertise and passion for the field.

Beyond his professional achievements, Tucker has been a staunch advocate for the numismatic community, earning accolades such as the ANA’s Glenn B. Smedley Memorial Award and being named one of the most influential people in numismatics by Coin World. His commitment to promoting numismatic education and awareness has left an indelible mark on our hobby.

As Dennis Tucker embarks on this new chapter in his life, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for his years of service and dedication to the numismatic community. Though he may be stepping away from his role at Whitman, we are confident that his presence will continue to be felt in various numismatic endeavors and philanthropic pursuits.

Please join us in congratulating Dennis on his retirement and wishing him all the best in his future endeavors. His legacy will forever be cherished, and his contributions to the numismatic world will continue to inspire generations to come.

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Living History Illuminated: Jamie Franki’s Numismatic Art for a Purpose

Living History Illuminated: Jamie Franki’s Numismatic Art for a Purpose

Coin and medal artist Jamie Franki has graciously donated an original piece of art featuring the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) Living American History performers, with the proceeds from the auction benefiting this educational initiative.

The artwork, skillfully crafted by Jamie Franki, portrays familiar faces from major coin shows across the country: Dennis Boggs as Abraham Lincoln, Patrick McBride as Benjamin Franklin, and Curt Radabaugh as George Washington. The auction, held during the PAN Banquet on October 19, 2023, at the LeMont Restaurant, concluded with a winning bid of $1,400 from coin dealer David Siebert of The Coin Collector.

Jamie’s work captures the essence of each historical figure with symbolic elements – Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, Franklin’s electricity experiment, and Washington’s Colonial Battle Flag amid falling Christmas snow from his Delaware crossing. The artist used a combination of client-supplied photos, Photoshop, Prismacolor pencils, and digital enhancements to create this unique piece.

For those interested in supporting the Living American History Program, smaller matted prints are available for $50 each, measuring 8×10 with a 12×14 black beveled mat. All proceeds from these sales will contribute to sustaining and expanding the program.

In addition, we’d like to reflect on a notable moment in numismatic history: at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in August 2023, Whitman Publishing introduced Dennis Boggs as President Abraham Lincoln to the numismatic community. Whitman Publishing’s numismatic research director David Crenshaw played a key role in organizing Boggs’ appearance at the WFOM. Crenshaw fondly recalls that the show’s coordinator, Brenda Bishop, remarked that President Lincoln was the hit of the show! Boggs soon became a fixture at various numismatic shows nationwide, evolving into a trio of living history portrayers.

We encourage enthusiasts to consider supporting the Living American History Program by acquiring prints of Jamie Franki’s artwork, available through the PAN website. Your contribution will help maintain and expand this valuable initiative, preserving and celebrating our nation’s history in a unique and engaging manner.

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Echoes of History: Exploring Ancient Artifacts

Echoes of History: Exploring Ancient Artifacts

The third edition of Harlan J. Berk’s 100 Greatest Ancient Coins will debut in December 2023, available from bookstores and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at Here, David Hendin, vice president and adjunct curator of the American Numismatic Society, shares his thoughts on the book and its author.

The greatest thing about Harlan Berk’s 100 Greatest Ancient Coins—aside from the coins!—is that even family and friends of collectors will appreciate the fabulous photos of these treasures and Harlan’s concise historic explanations. Collectors fear not, however, since Harlan has also provided current scholarly information to satisfy them as well. He also gives us a book that covers Greek, Roman, and so-called Byzantine coins in a single, impressively entertaining and informative volume.

I can’t think of another person more qualified to have written this popular book than Harlan J. Berk. He is a serious collector and connoisseur of art and paintings. (He has amassed the best-known collection of Chicago Modernists.) Anyone who has even chatted casually with Harlan knows his excitement for the subjects, as well as his expertise. He has also been a leading coin dealer, based in Chicago, for more than fifty years. He maintains an extensive numismatic library at his office and welcomes collectors and scholars. I’m proud to say that we have been friends for fifty years or so.

Harlan is obsessed with beauty and workmanship of coins, which, he notes, “have been collected almost since they were issued. There is evidence that the leaders of some great cities issued wonderful artistic coins made by recognized artists so that future generations would know what heights they reached. . . . Renaissance kings and princes collected coins. . . . Today ancient coins are collected around the globe.”

If you are one of those readers who tend to skip the text and admire the beautiful photos and look up values—don’t even think about it. Harlan’s notable introduction explains a great deal about ancient art and how it evolved; in the third edition of 100 Greatest Ancient Coins he adds a new section on cave paintings. We also get Harlan’s quick guided tour of coinage from the beginning up to the Eastern Roman Empire (the topic of one of his other important books), as well as an overview of collecting, grading, and authentication. Especially illuminating is Harlan’s snapshot of how the values of these coins have evolved from the mid-twentieth century forward. I’ve been reading about ancient coins for more than fifty-five years, and I learned something!

In this third edition, Harlan has paid special attention to updating his text on Tyre shekels, coins with portraits of Cleopatra VII, Athenian owl tetradrachms (a significant summary that updates dating theories and suggests that some later Athens types, once believed to be Athenian in origin, were actually struck in the ancient East), the Horseman staters of Tarentum, Brutus’s Eid Mar coins, Nero’s Port of Ostia sestertius, Titus’s Colosseum sestertius, Constantine IV folles, and the Judaea Capta sestertius. Photos of these coins and others have been upgraded to even more fabulous than in previous editions.

If you are a collector on a budget, you don’t need to worry. If you cannot afford to purchase all 100 of these significant coin types, there are many first-cousins of the “100 Greatest” that can still be purchased for less than $100.

It’s not easy to write about the “best 100” of anything. Harlan presents his numismatic hit parade in the order they were issued, hence #87, the Ionia electrum stater, is listed first. There is also an appendix that lists the coins in their order of “greatness,” as well as an appendix that shows the coins in actual size alongside each other together with dimensions, weight, and page number where the coin is featured.

Even some collectors often pass over words they do not fully understand. Harlan provides a brief but excellent illustrated glossary of terms, locations, and mythological and actual names that enhance the book’s value.

It’s no wonder that the first two editions of this classic book are “out of print.” It is the perfect gift for your cousin, aunt, uncle, mom, dad, sibling, grandpa, or friend who collects ancient coins. In fact, it’s a fun book to read for anyone interested in ancient history.

Coin collectors have a well-known saying: “Buy the book before the coin.” In this case you must have the book, so in this case it is okay to buy it before or after you buy the coin. You will be paging through it for many years to come.

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Ron Drzewucki Assumes Presidency at CAC Grading

Ron Drzewucki Assumes Presidency at CAC Grading

A Numismatic Visionary

We are thrilled to announce the latest development at CAC Grading, one that marks a significant milestone in our commitment to setting the highest standards in rare coin authentication and certification. Ron Drzewucki, a distinguished figure in the numismatic world, has been appointed as the new President of CAC Grading, succeeding John Albanese, who continues his role as Chief Executive Officer.

Ron’s journey with CAC Grading has been nothing short of exceptional. As one of the co-founders, he played a pivotal role as Senior Finalizer, overseeing the authentication and grading of over 100,000 coins since our inception. With over 40 years of experience as a professional numismatist and a reputation for being a world-class grader, Ron’s dedication and expertise have been invaluable to our growth and success.

A stalwart in the numismatic community, Ron’s affiliations with esteemed organizations like the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society, and the Professional Numismatists Guild underscore his deep-rooted commitment to the craft. His extensive background, coupled with his tenure at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, where his discerning eye for coins was highly regarded, positions him as an exemplary leader for CAC Grading.

“I am honored to take on the role of President at CAC Grading and continue the legacy of transparency and excellence set by John Albanese,” expressed Ron Drzewucki. “My focus remains on upholding the highest standards in grading and fostering the growth of coin enthusiasts, guiding us into an exciting future.”

John Butler, Co-Founder and Finalizer at CAC Grading, commended Ron’s journey, emphasizing his unwavering dedication from his early days in a coin store to this pinnacle in his career. His ascent to the presidency is a testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence, a sentiment echoed by the numismatic community.

With the exceptional leadership of both John Albanese and Ron Drzewucki, we anticipate a robust 2024, building on the momentum and trust garnered by collectors and dealers since our inception.

CAC Grading’s journey, initiated in 2007 with Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), has evolved into a symbol of accuracy and reliability in the numismatic realm. In 2022, under the guidance of Albanese and key figures like Drzewucki, CAC Grading emerged as a beacon of consistency, setting new benchmarks in third-party grading and encapsulation services.

We invite you to explore our services and join us in celebrating this exciting new chapter in the world of numismatics. For more information, visit, reach out via email at, or call 888-537-3798. Join us as we continue our commitment to excellence in rare coin authentication and grading.

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