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Bookshelf: Grading Coins by Photographs 2nd Edition

Grading Coins by Photographs

Grading Coins by Photographs  – 2nd Edition By: Q. David Bowers Publisher: Whitman Publishing, LLC Pages: 384 [amazon_link id=”0794836879″ target=”_blank” ]Price: Paperback $19.95[/amazon_link] In the best-selling [amazon_link id=”0794836879″ target=”_blank” ]Grading Coins by Photographs[/amazon_link], Q. David Bowers has crafted a unique combination of step-by-step grading instructions for every federal coinage series from half cents to double […]

Ken's Korner: The Colosseum in Rome is leaning

The Colosseum in Rome is leaning

The Colosseum in Rome is leaning News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The Colosseum in Italy – the 2,000-year-old scene of bloody gladiator fights in the days of the Roman Empire – is leaning about 40 centimeters lower on the south side than the north, and officials are […]

A Child's World: Childhood in 19th Century New England

Coral and Silver Rattle, 1825

A Child’s World: Childhood in 19th Century New England New Exhibit at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA Opens October 13 In an age before super-sized toy stores, pampered children, and helicopter parents, a new concept of a child’s formative years began to emerge in 19th-century New England. There was an increasing awareness that “childhood” was […]

Bookshelf: Tibetan Art

Tibetan Art

Tibetan Art By: Lokesh Chandra Publisher: Niyogi Books Pages: 216 [amazon_link id=”8189738305″ target=”_blank” ]Price: Hardcover $85[/amazon_link] The rich artistic heritage of Tibet stems from the depths of the meditations of great masters. It translated into them an elaborate symbolic system that takes the form of three-dimensional images or two-dimensional thankas and mandalas. [amazon_link id=”8189738305″ target=”_blank” ]Tibetan […]

Bookshelf: World Hallmarks Volume 1

World Hallmarks Volume 1

World Hallmarks Volume 1 By: William B. Whetstone, Danusia V. Niklewicz, & Lindy L. Matula Publisher: Hallmark Research Institute Pages: 380 Price: [amazon_link id=”B007JU3JWA” target=”_blank” ]Hardcover $288[/amazon_link] It is the goal of [amazon_link id=”B007JU3JWA” target=”_blank” ]World Hallmarks Volume 1[/amazon_link] to help bring better understanding of precious metal hallmarks and hallmarking to countries that do not hallmark, […]

Ken's Korner: Holyfield items to be auctioned

Holyfield items to be auctioned A trove of memorabilia items from the storied career of boxer Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will be sold November 30 by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, CA (to register to bid, log on to www.juliensauctions.com). Included will be Holyfield’s bronze medal from the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los […]

Ken's Korner: SpongeBob coins are seized by FBI agents

SpongeBob coins are seized by FBI agents

SpongeBob coins are seized by FBI agents FBI agents have seized silver SpongeBob SquarePants coins made by a private company in New Zealand as part of its take-down of a financier who pleaded guilty to nearly 20 counts of fraud. Russell Wasendorf, Sr., CEO of Cedar Falls, Iowa-based Peregrine Financial Group, has confessed to doctoring […]

Collecting Asian Art

19th Century Japanese Vases

Collecting Asian Art by Isadore M. Chait This article is for the novice collectors as well as seasoned collectors. Asian Art encompasses a vast number of specific categories and includes numerous countries where the art was and is being produced. Let me break it down for you into simpler categories, or at least the major […]

Ken's Korner: Rare Antique Stradivarius violin turned in to lost-found

Rare Stradivarius violin turned in to lost-found

Ken’s Korner: Rare Antique Stradivarius violin turned in to lost-found A rare antique Stradivarius violin worth millions of dollars was turned in to a Swiss post office lost-and-found after an absent-minded musician left it on a train in Bern. The owner of the instrument lent it to a friend, who got off at a stop […]

Bookshelf: Colors and Patterns of Depression Era Glassware

Colors and Patterns of Depression Era Glassware

Colors and Patterns of  Depression Era Glassware By: Doris Yeske & Lyle Fokken Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Pages: 192 [amazon_link id=”0764341170″ target=”_blank” ]Price: Paperback $14.99[/amazon_link] [amazon_link id=”0764341170″ target=”_blank” ]Colors and Patterns of Depression Era Glassware[/amazon_link] The revised edition of this popular and affordable book focuses on 16 of the most popular glass colors of the Depression […]