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The US Dollar Coin: 500 Years in the Making

Liberty, Eagle, Morgan, Peace, Eisenhower and Sacagawea are a few of the better-known US dollar coins. Most are silver, but some are gold, while others are just “golden” in color. But to trace the origin of dollar coins, we must go back 500 years to a small town in Bohemia. First, there was the Joachimsthaler […]

Samurai swords, armor ready for action in online sale Jan. 15

Japanese swords and armor are joined by additional Asian antiques in a Jasper52 online auction that will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 15. Among the impressive items being offered are Chinese paintings, Buddhist figures, carved jadeite and tsuba sword fittings. View the auction. Learn more about the auction on Auction Central News.

Marilyn Monroe stars in Jasper52 gravure auction Jan. 16

Famous photographers of the 20th century and their equally famous images are presented in a Premium Gravures Auction by Jasper52 to be conducted Wednesday, Jan. 16. The auction will begin with two of America’s most famous photographers, Ansel Adams and Diane Arbus, followed by a beautiful image of Hollywood’s immortal starlet, Marilyn Monroe. View the […]

Face jugs: pottery with personality

NEW YORK – With their bulging eyes, folky appearance and carved/incised teeth, stoneware face jugs are the most striking of Southern decorative arts forms. Although some were made in the North, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, they are mainly a Southern form. “When a collector or historian thinks of broad term Southern pottery, face jugs always come […]

Designer Fashion Auction Jan. 9 is in the bags

More than 200 fashion designer bags are complemented by several dozen lots of couture in a Jasper52 online auction set for Wednesday, Jan. 9. Chanel, Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Fendi and Louis Vuitton are a few of the famous names offered in this large auction. View the auction. Learn more about the auction on Auction Central […]

Americana auction highlights handicrafts and arts Jan. 8

American culture and crafts of the 19th and 20th centuries are featured in a Jasper52 online auction scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8. Handmade needlework, woodcarving and metalwork, as well as outsider art, are included in this eclectic collection of Americana. View the auction. Learn more about the auction on Auction Central News.

Coral: treasured since ancient times

NEW YORK – Although coral reefs resemble underwater branched plants, they are actually colonies of tiny organisms living on limestone exoskeletons of their ancestors. Precious coral, as the decorative type is commonly known, ranges from pale pink to deep red. Since it is colorfast and polishes to a high sheen, this gem-like matter harvested mainly […]

Lustrous loose gemstones gathered for online auction Dec. 26

Jasper52 will conduct a diverse loose gemstones auction on Wednesday, Dec. 26, showcasing a variety of cuts, stones and colors. From intense sapphire to lustrous emeralds, certified diamonds and more, bidders are sure to find a unique treasure among this kaleidoscope of colors to fit into a setting of equal beauty. View the auction. Learn […]

Reading the Alphabet soup of US Mint marks

NEW YORK –The United States Mint is where our coins are made. But how do you know which branch made it? That’s where mint marks come in. Before the United States Mint During the years between the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the adoption of the Constitution on September 17, 1789, […]