Historic 1891 Dutch Kwartje Shatters Auction Records

Historic 1891 Dutch Kwartje Shatters Auction Records

In a remarkable turn of events, a 25 Cents coin from the Netherlands, known as a kwartje, minted in 1891 during Queen Wilhelmina’s reign, has ascended to numismatic royalty. On Monday, this historic coin was sold for an astounding €1,045,000 ($1,130,376) at Heritage Auctions Europe-Cooperatief (HA-Europe), setting a new record for the highest price ever paid for a Dutch coin.

HA-Europe, a branch of Heritage Auctions—the world’s premier auctioneer of coins and currency—witnessed a bidding frenzy that shattered previous records. The last record was set in 2021 when an 8-fold gold rosenobel fetched €700,000 ($757,190). For the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the prior best was an 1867 gold double ducat, sold for €200,000 last year.

“We anticipated a hammer price between €300,000 and €400,000,” revealed Jacco Scheper, Managing Director of HA-Europe. “Nobody expected this world record.” The auction saw bids pour in rapidly, beginning at €300,000 and reaching its historic peak in just two minutes.

The 1891 kwartje is revered as the pinnacle of “Kingdom coins,” a term denoting coins minted during the Kingdom of the Netherlands era (1806-present). This specific coin, now the most expensive Dutch coin ever, is especially notable for its rarity and provenance. It has had only four owners over the past century and is the sole example available on the open collecting market, which undoubtedly contributed to its legendary status among collectors.

Scheper described the coin as “the Holy Grail for coin collectors” in an interview with RTL Nieuws. Its sale not only broke records but also highlighted the enduring allure and value of numismatic treasures.

This sale was part of a stellar week for World and Ancient coins at Heritage Auctions. The CSNS World & Ancient Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction amassed $11,904,407, contributing to a total of $52,341,143 from the Central States Numismatic Society auction events.

For coin enthusiasts and collectors, the sale of Wilhelmina’s 1891 kwartje is a momentous event that underscores the vibrant and ever-thriving world of numismatics. This record-breaking auction sets a high bar for future sales and demonstrates the exceptional historical and monetary value that rare coins can hold.

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Get Ready for an Unforgettable Coin Collecting Experience in Tampa This September!

Attention all coin enthusiasts! The highly anticipated Greater American Coin Convention (GACC) is just around the corner, and it promises to be an event you won’t want to miss. Scheduled for September, the show is rapidly approaching, and preparations are well underway. Larry Shepherd, President of Shepherd Expos Management, has shared some exciting updates and crucial information for attendees.

With only four months to go, hotel rooms are filling up fast. Many club members have already secured their accommodations through the event’s official website, www.GACC.show. If you haven’t booked your stay yet, now is the time! The website offers links to all contracted properties with specially negotiated discounted rates. Given the popularity of the event and the prime location in Tampa, it’s essential to make your reservations as soon as possible.

Tampa’s vibrant riverwalk and convenient trolley system make it easy to explore the city. These connect various hotels and the convention center, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees. For those who have never visited the Tampa Convention Center, you’re in for a treat. Named the best convention center in the Southeast in 2023, it boasts a stunning waterfront location, surrounded by restaurants and lively nightlife.

The GACC is set to offer more than just a venue; it will be an experience to remember. In the coming days, several significant announcements will be made, adding to the excitement. Expect to hear about a new major sponsor, an official grading service, participation from the U.S. Mint, and a special release at the show.

Moreover, the event will feature enhanced educational opportunities for collectors, all conveniently located on the bourse floor. Shepherd Expos Management is also planning nighttime social activities to further enhance your experience. Safety is a top priority, and the event location ensures you can comfortably walk the streets and enjoy the local attractions.

Shepherd Expos Management is also planning ahead, with announcements expected regarding a two or three-city show schedule for 2025. Responding to dealer feedback, the aim is to provide better show options in safe, profitable locations with a high concentration of serious collectors. These future venues will offer improved opportunities for both dealers and collectors.

Partnering with Coin World, the GACC is receiving unparalleled promotion. Coin World has been advertising the show online and in print weekly since November and will continue to do so up until the event. This extensive promotion ensures that this show will be one of the most well-publicized events in history.

The Tampa show is strategically located in the heart of the second-largest collector area in the nation, encompassing 21 million people and a vast collector base within a four-hour drive. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other passionate collectors from across the state and nation, form lifetime friendships, and connect with top dealers who may not typically attend state shows.

On behalf of Larry Shepherd, Rick Amos, and the entire teams at Amos Media/Coin World and Shepherd Expos Management, we invite you to join us for an unforgettable experience in Tampa this September. For any questions or special needs, feel free to reach out via email at shepherdexpostampa@gmail.com or call 719-464-8801. Stay updated by visiting www.GACCS.show.

We look forward to seeing you in September for what promises to be a landmark event in the coin collecting world!

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Unlock Your Numismatic Potential with the ANA’s Updated Diploma Program

Attention coin enthusiasts! The American Numismatic Association (ANA) has unveiled its completely updated and redesigned Numismatic Diploma Program (NDP), an excellent opportunity for anyone eager to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of numismatics. Spearheaded by the ANA’s Education Director, Christian Strayhorn, this revamped program offers a fresh, engaging, and interactive approach to learning about the fascinating world of coins and currency.

The Numismatic Diploma Program is designed to provide individuals with a comprehensive understanding of numismatics through a series of six online courses. Successful completion of these courses will earn participants the distinguished title of “Numismatic Scholar.” The redesigned courses aim to meet the needs of today’s learners, featuring up-to-date information, insightful content, and an engaging learning experience.

The first course, “Introduction to Numismatics,” is now available through the ANA’s eLearning Academy. This foundational course sets the stage for the entire program, offering a thorough introduction to the basics of numismatics. ANA members can register for this course on the ANA website at ANA Education. The fee for this initial course is $75, which includes a $25 registration fee and a $50 course fee.

The ANA is committed to rolling out additional courses every 6-8 months. Each subsequent course will cost $50, ensuring an affordable and continuous learning journey for all participants. These courses will cover various specialized topics within numismatics, providing learners with a broad and deep understanding of the hobby.

Students enrolled in the NDP will find the learning experience both exciting and rewarding. The redesigned courses incorporate interactive activities, insightful articles from The Numismatist magazine, and the exploration of valuable museum resources. This approach ensures that students not only gain knowledge but also develop practical skills to appreciate and enjoy the hobby to its fullest.

Embark on this educational adventure and become a part of the vibrant numismatic community. Register for the “Introduction to Numismatics” course today, and take the first step towards earning your “Numismatic Scholar” certificate. Visit ANA Education for more information and to sign up.

The American Numismatic Association’s updated Numismatic Diploma Program is more than just a series of courses; it’s a journey into the rich history and intricate details of the world’s coins and currency. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your numismatic knowledge and skills. Happy collecting!

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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 HA.com/1373, offering enthusiasts and collectors alike the opportunity to explore the diverse range of coins featured in this exceptional event.

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Journey into the World of Coin Collecting with Avery McGee

Dive into the fascinating world of coin collecting with Newton County teenager Avery McGee, whose passion for rare and valuable coins has sparked a journey of discovery and learning. In an engaging article by Michelle Floyd for The Newton Community Magazine, Avery’s journey unfolds as he delves into the intricate world of numismatics. From uncovering rare error coins to exploring the vibrant atmosphere of coin shows, Avery’s enthusiasm for collecting is palpable. With his father Adam by his side, Avery navigates through conventions and club meetings, immersing himself in the rich history and artistry of coins. Join Avery on his captivating quest as he shares insights, experiences, and the joy of bonding over a shared interest. Read the full article here, and witness the enduring allure of coin collecting through the eyes of a dedicated young collector.

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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.com, 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 https://www.usmint.gov/ 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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Honoring the Legendary Numismatist Bill Fivaz on His 90th Birthday with MCCA

The Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta is delighted to announce the successful celebration of esteemed numismatist Bill Fivaz’s 90th birthday at their recent club meeting on February 17. The event, organized by the club where Bill serves as a member and on its board of directors, was a memorable occasion filled with camaraderie, reflections, and heartfelt tributes.

MCCA Iconic Fivaz
Cheers to 90 Years! Metropolitan Coin Club members gather around Bill and Marilyn Fivaz, joined by their loving family, to celebrate Bill’s remarkable milestone birthday. (Photo by Barry Inman.)

The celebration, which took place during the club meeting, deviated from the usual agenda to mark this significant milestone in Fivaz’s life. Attendees were treated to a delightful spread of refreshments provided by club newsletter editor David Crenshaw and club secretary Marvin Dudek, ensuring a festive atmosphere for all.

Among the highlights of the celebration was a sumptuous vanilla sheet cake with fudge icing, complemented by other snacks and sodas. Plastic champagne glasses filled with non-alcoholic sparkling white grape juice cocktail were raised in a special toast to honor Fivaz.

Dudek enhanced the culinary experience with a selection of savory treats including turkey, ham, and roast beef, along with a fresh fruit platter and a cheese party tray. Other members also contributed additional snacks, and several contributed monies to help cover the expenses. The venue was adorned with birthday decorations, creating a joyous ambiance fitting for the occasion.

The evening’s program included heartfelt remarks about Fivaz, delivered by Crenshaw, followed by a toast to honor him.

Bill and Marilyn Fivaz share a special moment with emcee David Crenshaw (left) and their cherished family members Jeanne, John (back), Diane, and Jake, amidst the joyous celebration of Bill’s 90th birthday. (Photo by Barry Inman.)

Bill Fivaz beams with delight as he admires his birthday cake, exclaiming, ‘Hey, the baker spelled my last name correctly!’ A sweet moment captured during the celebration of Bill’s 90th birthday. (Photo by David Crenshaw.)

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John Phipps presents a surprise to Bill Fivaz, a specially labeled wooden nickel holder commemorating the occasion. The holder, approximately 8″ x 8″, showcases the most recent MCCA wooden nickel with a grade of MS-90, adorned with five-star stickers symbolizing quality. Bill’s trademark red ink pricing is visible in the corner, but as Bill says, ‘There is quality in every grade.’ Even with his discount sign reading ‘10% off price as marked,’ Bill remains truly ‘priceless’ to the Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta. (Photo by David Crenshaw.)

“I was deeply honored last night at our coin club (MCCA) meeting to have the members participate in celebrating the 50th anniversary of my 40th birthday, complete with a (non-alcoholic) toast, a food spread that was absolutely 5-star, and a delicious birthday cake. It was so nice to see everyone, even several that came from over a hundred miles away, join in the festivities. I thank everyone involved in the party and shall have very fond memories of it forever,” commented Fivaz.

A special surprise organized by board of directors member and YN director, John Phipps, added to the excitement of the celebration.

Attendees had the opportunity to join in the festivities by raising their glasses in a collective toast to Fivaz, expressing gratitude for his immense contributions to the numismatic community. The celebration culminated in a group picture capturing the moment before the lighting of the “90” candles on the cake and a rendition of Happy Birthday to commemorate this milestone.

Fivaz’s wife, Marilyn, daughter Diane and her husband John, and daughter-in-law Jeanne, and grandson Jake were also in attendance, adding to the warmth and joy of the celebration.

Crenshaw, in his remarks to the club members, highlighted the significance of Fivaz’s contributions to the world of numismatics, emphasizing his dedication, expertise, and enduring impact on the hobby. Crenshaw led a heartfelt toast, celebrating Fivaz’s achievements and wishing him continued joy and fulfillment in his 90th year.

“I am proud to see our members come together to honor Bill Fivaz on his 90th birthday. His dedication to numismatics has left an indelible mark on our club and the entire numismatic community,” said Tom Youngblood, president of the Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta.

The Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta extends its sincere thanks to all who attended and contributed to making Fivaz’s 90th birthday celebration a memorable success. Let us continue to celebrate the life and legacy of a true icon in the world of coins.

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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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