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Dr. Donald Kagin's 10 Favorite Gold Coins

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Dr. DONALD KAGIN'S

10 favoriteGold Coins

The nation's first doctor of numismatics shares his golden picks

Appeared in COINage Magizine, April 2018

Scott Travers is one of the best promoters of numismatics and has written scores of books and articles and given dozens of lectures educating thousands of collectors on all aspects of numismatics. So when he called me 12 days before deadline and said, “Dr. Kagin [even after 35 years he still calls me this] I need to fill some pages for Coinage Magazine for a special feature edition on gold coins. You’ve owned or auctioned some of the greatest pieces ever, so why don’t you write about your ten favorite?” Anyone who knows Scott would understand why I couldn’t say no. Over my 60 years of collecting, cataloging and dealing in numismatics, I have been blessed with handling so many cool pieces that it’s hard to narrow my favorites down to just ten coins, so I set a few criteria for each coin. First, they had to be gold, they had to be historically important and thereby tell a fascinating story, they either had to be aesthetically beautiful works of art or otherwise rally cool, and I had to have owned them at least once. With two slight fudges, here is my list.

RARE HIGLEY COPPER STARS IN KAGIN’S ANA NATIONAL MONEY SHOW AUCTION

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One of four known 1737 Higley or Granby Coppers brought a record $252,000 (all prices include a 20% buyer’s premium) in Kagin’s Auctions March 8-9th at the annual American Numismatic Association National Money Show sale in Irving, Texas. Described as the Three Crowned Hammers, Crosby 19; Breen-239; Freidus 1.2-B.a; Whitman-8205 variety and graded PCGS VF-35, it was last sold by Stack’s at the John J. Ford, Jr. part II sale in May, 2004, where it realized $212,500. It is considered the finest known specimen of the variety and sports a distinguished pedigree which includes Charles Ira Bushnell, S&H Chapman June 1882 sale; Henry Chapman sale of February 1923; Hillyer Ryder; and F.C.C. Boyd before being acquired by numismatist John J. Ford, Jr.

New York Post on the First American Coin

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New York Post 8/1/2017 Historic coin experts say they have found the first silver piece minted by the US and believe it was likely held by Founding Father — and founder of The Post — Alexander Hamilton.

The First Coin Struck by the U.S. Government

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In 2013, David McCarthy spotted a rare coin in an auction catalog and immediately had a hunch it was the first coin minted by the fledgling United States of America in 1783. Not the first run of coins, mind you, but the very first one.

McCarthy, an experienced numismatist (coin collector) bought the silver coin for $1.18 million.

Kagin’s Auctions announced the implementation of the Kagin’s Auctions Loyalty Program

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Kagin’s Auctions announced the implementation of the Kagin’s Auctions Loyalty Program ™. All successful purchasers shall be entitled to a credit against any future purchases in a KA auction, in the amount of one percent (1%) of the hammer price paid by them (hammer – taxes or other charges not included), such credit to extend to the next two (2) KA auctions, or a period of 1 year, whichever is longer.

Kagin's, Inc. Announces New Kagin's Auction Division

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Kagin’s, Inc. announced that effective immediately, they have reopened it’s almost 80 year old Kagin’s Auction division.

California Man Unearths Giant Gold Nugget – May Be Largest in Private Hands in California

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The Butte Nugget, with an estimated value of $450,000, will be marketed exclusively by Kagin’s, Inc. SAN FRANCISCO – Oct. 21, 2014 – Rare coin experts, Kagin’s Inc., today announced

California Family Discovers Buried Treasure - Hidden Cache of 19th Century U.S. Gold Coins May Be Most Valuable Hoard Unearthed in North America

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The Saddle Ridge Treasure of over 1400 gold coins, with an estimated value of $10+ Million, will be marketed exclusively by Kagin’s, Inc. and available for purchase at a later

Saddle Ridge Hoard Interview

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Q. You call this the Saddle Ridge Hoard; is that where you found these coins? Mary: Yes – we found the coins buried on a little area of our property

PCGS Coin Dealer Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee, Art Kagin

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Kagin’s is proud to announce its beloved and late Founder, Art Kagin’s induction to the PCGS Hall of Fame. PCGS Coin Dealer Hall of Fame 2013 Inductee, Art Kagin Art

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