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Dr. Donald Kagin's 10 Favorite Gold Coins

By Dr. Donald Kagin in Press Coverage, Achievements
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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.

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.
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