Current News

July 9, 2017
NOTE: My old cell phone died , and my new cell # is: 402-937-5165
I have reduced my show schedule recently due to my eye surgeries and attempts to catch up on my inventory. It's actually nice to be home for a change! I have recently bought a few collections with a lot of World coins that I am attempting to work up and get on the website. In the meantime, I have submitted a number of coins to auction at Heritage as mentioned below, beginning with the Weekly World Auction July 23rd and through the Long Beach Auctions. I do have some nice new US, including a rare 1863/2 3c Silver in NGC PR63, a nice raw 1876 20c in VF, and a beautiful 1865 2c in MS65BN with amazing cartwheel lustre. The latest are an 1818/7 Small 8 Capped Bust Half in PCGS MS64+CAC with beautiful toning, an 1822 in PCGS MS65+, an 1813 50/UNI in PCGS AU55 and finally a pattern coin, a standard silver dime, J-703, in PCGS PR64CAC high R6.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I have submitted a number of coins to Heritage Auctions recently. There is a nice grouping of mint state and proof Philippines coins, including a 1906-S Peso in PCGS EF45 and an original 1903 Proof Set  with toned silvers in PR65-66!  I am also auctioning a large number of neat World Coins from 1600's Europe to 1947 Indian gold and a Saudi Arabia 1 Pound in PCGS MS63. The coins are marked "IN AUCTION" at the start of the description. Let me know if you have any questions regarding these items.
I have been accepted as a submitter for WINGS, the CAC of World Coins. I will be doing more with World Coins in the near future, posting some of the nice pieces I've accumulated over the last few years.
Gene Bruder

Attention Minnesota Residents:

Due to amendments to the Minnesota Bullion Dealers law, I am once again able to sell to Minnesota residents. Thank the ICTA for lobbying on our behalf to get the law amended!

PS: I have attended three ANA Summer Seminars, and highly recommend them to anyone interested in a fun week immersed in coins. Below is a note from the ANA regarding one of their best classes from the summer of 2013 - a class which I have attended and highly recommend:

Detection of Counterfeit and Altered Coins
Detection of Counterfeit and Altered Coins will be instructed during both sessions of Summer Seminar. Students will learn the often-subtle differences among genuine, counterfeit and altered coins, and then apply their newly acquired skills using the ANA's counterfeit detection set of more than 400 coins – ranging from half cents to gold and including U.S., world, ancient and colonial coins. Students will handle "raw” genuine and counterfeit coins under direct supervision of instructors. Topics include counterfeit coin production and methodology, types of counterfeit dies and castings, date and mintmark alterations, specific-gravity testing and use of optical microscopes.

Go to or call 719-482-9850 for more information.

PPS: Nice article on type coins from Numismatic News below:

Details Matter When Collecting Type Coins

By R.W. Julian, Numismatic News
February 12, 2009

One of the most interesting aspects of numismatics is collecting type coins. In this endeavor, collectors naturally strive for the best coin that can be obtained. This also means, however, that such coins as the 1808 Quarter Eagle, a distinct type that was struck in just that one year, bring strong prices at public auction even when not in the highest grades.

There is sometimes debate on just what characterizes a type coin as opposed to a variety. It is one that will perhaps never be answered, and individual collectors often have differing opinions on just what criteria are required for a true type coin as opposed to a mere variety.

The best type sets, however, are those that include all important types as well as varieties of distinction. It is the aim of this article to discuss the types and varieties of silver coins struck in 1836 and 1837 with an eye towards pointing out differences that are not normally thought of as important.

The 1830s were years of change for the Philadelphia Mint. Beginning in 1828, Mint Director Samuel Moore had introduced key mechanical changes to the system of coinage and these were accelerated under his successor, Dr. Robert M. Patterson, who assumed office in July 1835.

Both Patterson and Moore thought very little of the current designs on all three coinage metals then being struck by the Mint - gold, silver and copper - and introduced improvements to the artwork whenever possible. In 1834, with the change in weight and fineness for the gold coinage, Chief Engraver William Kneass executed new heads ofLiberty. And in 1835 Kneass remodeled theLibertyhead found on the cent, the old one long a thorn in the side of those who wanted a more artistic copper coinage.

The most interesting changes, however, came to the silver. With the advent of steam coinage in March 1836, it was the intention of Dr. Patterson to strike every coin at the Mint the new way and do away with the old screw presses that had served the Mint since 1792. The first coinage on the new press was of cents, and the event was considered so important in the minds of mint officials that a special medal was struck the same day, March 23, that this occurred.

In terms of marketplace and other commercial uses, the most important silver coin struck in 1836 was the half dollar, but in March 1836 this denomination was still being struck on the old screw presses. Patterson ordered Engraver Christian Gobrecht to prepare dies for a new coinage of half dollars by steam. The work was delayed for several reasons, but by the fall of 1836 the new dies were ready for use.

The Gobrecht half dollar dies used similar artwork to the old Reich design of 1807 but more neatly executed, both for the eagle and theLibertyhead. There was another difference, one that is more readily noticed by modern collectors: the edges of the new coin would be reeded rather than having the old lettered edge, which read FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR.

The new half dollars also omitted the motto E PLURIBUS UNUM (one [nation] out of many [states]). As early as 1825, Mint Director Samuel Moore had planned to eliminate this motto from the coinage on the grounds that it was simply another way of saying "United States," and he thought once was perhaps enough. Moore and Patterson agreed fully on this point, and the motto last appeared on the dime and half dime of 1837.

The motto did not appear again until 1850 with the new Double Eagle, but here it was properly used as part of the Great Seal of theUnited States. Congress restored the motto in 1873 under the mistaken belief that it belonged on the coinage. By then Robert Patterson and Samuel Moore were long dead and no longer able to point out to Congress why the motto had been dropped.

Patterson had planned to begin the new 50-cent pieces in October 1836 and in fact had stopped the old lettered-edge half dollar mintage at the end of September. (As early as Sept. 6 the director had written a correspondent that the Mint would begin coining half dollars by steam within a few weeks.) However, something went wrong with the new steam press and the ceremony marking these new half dollars was pushed back to early November.

On Nov. 8 the director wrote Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury, enclosing 10 specimens of the new half dollar coinage struck that day. Some numismatic writers have speculated that these were proof coins (primarily because the word "specimen" was sometimes used in the early Mint to mean a proof coin), but this cannot be the case. Proofs were struck on screw presses, and would be until the 1890s, but Patterson is clearly speaking of the new steam press coinage of half dollars, meant for general use.

Some kind of mechanical problem, probably ejection from the reeded collar, caused a sudden halt in the new coinage. It did resume in early December, but again apparently only for a short period before the same or perhaps some new mechanical problem stopped the striking. Whatever the nature of the impediment, it is clear that the 1836 reeded-edge half dollars were struck in limited numbers unlike the millions of lettered-edge pieces struck during the past few years.

How many of the new half dollars were struck in 1836? The answer is that we simply do not know, as the Mint registers of coinage do not distinguish between the two kinds of half dollars. In 1836 silver coins were officially delivered by director's warrant on the last day of each month. For the half dollar this meant 738,000 pieces in November and 1,034,200 in December. In the 1950s Walter Breen speculated that the reeded-edge mintage was 1,200 pieces, based on the December delivery; it could just as easily have been 4,200 or 3,200 by this kind of reckoning.

The 1836 reeded-edge half dollar is a scarce coin but can hardly be considered rare, as it is often true that more than one specimen will appear in a given auction. One recent auction, for example, had four of these coins. It is the opinion of this writer that the true mintage of 1836 reeded-edge half dollars might well exceed 5,000 pieces and perhaps even double that.

The problem with determining mintage for the 1836 reeded-edge half dollar is also tied up with Mint policies of the period. It is known, for example, that specimens of the new Gobrecht dollar of December 1836 were kept on hand at the Mint for at least two years so that interested citizens and collectors could obtain a new coin at face value. If this was done for the 1836 half dollar, the mintage estimates would be skewed because of this. On the other hand the same design was struck in 1837, which might well mean that the 1836s were not kept on hand.

Not only is the accepted mintage of 1,200 seriously in doubt, but the very status of these coins is as well. For some uncertain reason Breen also believed that the planchets for the reeded-edge half dollar coinage in 1836 were prepared in anticipation of the coinage law that was signed by President Andrew Jackson on January 18, 1837. The new law reduced the planchet weight slightly but also increased the fineness from .8924 to .900.

Unfortunately for this curious theory about striking coins in deference to a law not yet passed by Congress, it could not have happened. The bullion and coinage ledgers clearly show that all half dollars in 1836 were struck on planchets made according to the law passed in April 1792: 208 grains of silver, .8924 fine. The 1837 law mandated a weight of 206.25 grains, .900 fine. (The amount of pure silver did not change, however.)

For many years, due to a misunderstanding, the 1836 reeded-edge half dollars were also thought of as patterns and not regular coinage. They are, however, legal coins in every sense of the word and were struck according to the law of April 1792, which was in force until January 18, 1837.

The point to be made here is that the 1836 reeded-edge half dollar is a very special coin. The same design was certainly used in 1837, but the issues of that latter year were on the new weight standard. This means, beyond any doubt, that the 1836 reeded-edge half dollar is a one-year type coin necessary to complete any collection. It is equally true that the 1837 reeded-edge half dollar, because of the change in weight and fineness, is also a single year type coin for this denomination. (The reverse was changed slightly in 1838 when HALFDOLreplaced the 50 CENTS used on the reeded-edge pieces of 1836-1837.)

Unlike the 1836 reeded-edge half dollar, however, the 1837 half dollar is relatively easy to find because the mintage in that year was a strong 3.6 million pieces. The only problem here for the type collector is the best quality piece that can be obtained for the funds available.

Although the half dollars of 1836 and 1837 are very clearly key coins, there are other denominations that merit close attention because of changes made to them and not generally recognized by type collectors. In particular, the January 1837 law changed the weights and finenesses for the half dime, dime and quarter dollar as well.

The designs for the three minor silver coins below the half dollar in value remained the same when coinage resumed under the law of January 1837. The dies were not changed even though the law called for a new kind of reverse for the dime and half dime, the Eagle being dropped and the denomination placed inside of a wreath. That the design of 1836 continued in use during the early months of 1837 for the two smaller coins meant only, however, that the reverse designs would be changed as soon as Engraver Christian Gobrecht could find the time to do so.

Once the new Mint law had taken effect in January 1837, the Mint resumed production of silver coins using the new date of 1837. For the half dollar this meant the revised design, using a reeded edge, introduced in November 1836.

The quarter dollar continued to be struck throughout 1837 with the old Bust design, and it was not until mid-1838 that the Seated Liberty motif was placed on this denomination. However, it is important to note that the Bust quarter dollars of 1837-1838 were struck on the new weight standard of 1837 and not that of 1792 as had been the case for coins struck prior to 1837. This means that a complete type set of quarter dollars should include a Bust coin of 1837 or 1838, either of which is obtained with relative ease.

For dimes and half dimes, the situation was similar to the quarter dollar but here the only date of concern is 1837. In both cases the summer of 1837 saw the new Liberty Seated design placed on the obverse while the eagle vanished from the reverse.

As with the quarter dollars of 1837-1837, the 1837 date for the Bust dime and half dime is a must for a complete type set. The 1837 coinage of these two coins used the new weight and fineness mandated by the January law. It is perhaps a small change by modern standards but in 1837 it meant a critical difference to the officials at the Mint, who had lobbied for many year to rid themselves of the difficult .8924 fineness.

Even though the 1837 Bust dime and half dime are thus important for a type set, neither is in the scarce or rare category. High grade coins of course are always difficult to find at low prices, and again it is merely a matter of how much the collector is willing to spend that will determine the quality of a type set.

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Coin Inventory: Canada & Newfoundland : Small Cents: Small Cents 1920-date
 DateGradeCatalog #DescriptionPriceItem #
192250 BNKM-28Dark chocolate color with mark free surfaces. Nice example of this key date.$60.00Add to Cart
192762 BNKM-28Lustrous chocolate color with mark free surfaces. Presents well.$45.00Add to Cart
192962 BNKM-28Lustrous chocolate color with carbon free surfaces. Presents well.$18.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Dimes: Mercury Dimes 1916-1945
 DateGradeCatalog #DescriptionPriceItem #
1931 - D64 (PCGS)FS-501Doubled die obverse, pick up on date. Frosty white coin with full lustre and bands except one small hit on the center bands. Scarce variety.$365.00Add to Cart
1934 - D65 + (PCGS)Blazing white, semi-prooflike fields contribute to exceptional eye appeal.$350.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Fifty Cents: Capped Bust Half Dollars 1807-1836
 DateGradeCatalog #DescriptionPriceItem #
180840 PQ (PCGS)O-103, R1A lovely, white coin with loads of cartwheel lustre on both sides. I have a hard time calling this just an EF40!$475.00Add to Cart
1809III edge40 PQ (PCGS)O-109a, R2A lovely, dusky white coin with loads of cartwheel lustre on both sides. Fully struck obverse, near so reverse.I have a hard time calling this just an EF40. looks closer to AU!$745.00Add to Cart
182558 (PCGS)O-111, R3Nice 58 coin with a trace of wear, full cartwheel lustre and some nice light electric blue rim toning on the reverse. Neat variety with strong repunched 50 C . Not an unsightly mark to be seen.$845.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Half Cents: Classic Half Cents 1809-1836
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183558 BN (NGC)SOLD: Nice clean surfaces with some traces of red. Cracked out of the NGC holder, but with the insert. Came from a type set I sold to a customer.$215.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Large Cents: Classic Large Cents 1808-1814
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1810/0920 detailNice details with even brown surfaces. However, the obverse has seen a slight beating and shows some scars. Still a decent example for the date or type.$500.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Quarter Eagles ($2.50): Liberty Head Quarter Eagles 1840-1907
 DateGradeCatalog #DescriptionPriceItem #
1840 - C55 (PCGS)SOLD: Fully struck example from a mintage of only 12,822 coins. First year of issue for this design. Pop=14, with 27 higher (63 highest).$4,700.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Sets: Mint Sets
 DateGradeCatalog #DescriptionPriceItem #
1957Type B67 CAC (PCGS)FS-501SOLD: Type B reverse; Vivid album toning on flawless surfaces. Pop=19, none higher. Just back from CAC.$400.00
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Coin Inventory: US: Small Cents: Lincoln Cents-Wheat 1909-1958
 DateGradeCatalog #DescriptionPriceItem #
1915 - D64 RB (PCGS)SOLD: 98%RD; A fully struck, nearly red coin with one small reverse spot. So close to full red, with just a little faded red on the bottom of Lincoln's coat.$315.00
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1915 - D45 SOLD: Original medium brown, spot free. Sharp wheat ears.$27.00Add to Cart
1923 - S45 Nice brown surfaces with a sharp strike.$45.00Add to Cart
1936 - S64 RDSOLD: Super sharp strike!.$20.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Territorial: Hawaiian Coins: Hawaii Twenty Five Cents
 DateGradeCatalog #DescriptionPriceItem #
1883/864 Breen-8033A lustrous, white coin that shows bold repunching inside the first 8.$425.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Tokens/Colonials: Hard Times Tokens
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183764 BNHT-293Merchant's Exchange; Lustrous brown surfaces with traces of red and carbon free. Scarce this nice.$200.00Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Twenty Five Cents: Barber Quarters 1892-1916
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1899/89955 PQ (NGC)An original skin coin toned in shades of blue, green and rose. If you like them natural, here is one. The RPD is very strong to the SW on the 2nd 9, and appears to be an new variety. Any help appreciated!Add to Cart

Coin Inventory: US: Twenty Five Cents: Washington Quarters 1932-1998
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1939 - D66 (PCGS)A pretty coin with multicolored pastel album toning. A nice area on the obverse, and much more on the reverse. Blazing lustre underneath.$150.00Add to Cart
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