Toys for Tots is a charitable organization founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks, a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve officer. MAJ Hendricks was inspired by his wife who wanted to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child in the Los Angeles are but could not find an organization that could help. He […] Full article at the source>
Have you noticed that every election “is the most important in our history?” Or that “you have no clearer choice” than whatever any of the candidates are selling? There are so many clichés that it would require its own blog post. But what does that have to do with numismatics? Long-Stanton Manufacturing Company was founded […] Full article at the source>
An article in today’s Washington Post calls attention to the collecting specialty of “challenge coins,” particularly CIA challenge coins. For those who are unfamiliar with the term, challenge coins are medallions that are imprinted with an organization’s insignia and distributed to its members. Katherine Jaeger (now Katherine de Silva), in A Guide Book of U.S. Tokens and Medals, explains:
“Anyone looking on the Internet for a definition of the challenge coin will encounter a widely duplicated posting entitled, ‘The History of the Challenge Coin.’ As the story goes, during World War I a wealthy Army Air… Full article at the source>
When things go south, invest in gold. When things go south of south, invest in . . . manufacturers of home safes?
The Wall Street Journal has reported on a surprising trend in Germany and elsewhere: faced with negative interest rates in the eurozone, banks are beginning to charge interest on deposits. And their customers are beginning to withdraw their cash from the banks and take it home.
Of course, they’re not exactly stashing it out back in a coffee can, like some eccentric neighbor who still uses a rotary phone and hides canned goods under the bed. They’re putting… Full article at the source>
On Wednesday, September 14, Representative James A. Himes introduced H.R. 6025, known as the “American Innovation $1 Coin Act.”
If adopted, the act would authorize $1 numismatic coins whose designs recognize both American innovation in general and “significant innovation and pioneering efforts of [American] individuals or groups.” One coin would be released for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories, in alphabetical order.
The program, if approved, could commence as early as January 1, 2017, as determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, who would also determine the appropriate quantities of Uncirculated and Proof strikes.
Per the… Full article at the source>
Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I have been struggling for a week with how to best write an article about the future of the ANA—struggling because I have always thought of them as sort of an “old boys’ network.” That is, until I found the strategic plan on their website.
Their mission: “To encourage and educate others about the world of money in its many forms.”
The theme of their current strategy: “A New Approach—continuing a legacy of numismatic education and fellowship. We aspire to be the premier go-to Association for all things numismatic!”
- Enhance educational resources
- Exceptional membership… Full article at the source>
During the last two decades or so, the field of numismatics has evolved tremendously. Where collectors were once limited to buying at local coin shops, at local and national trade shows, and through mail-order lists, the Internet has created an online marketplace that stretches from coast to coast and beyond. Where knowledge—always king—was once difficult to gain, it can now be had with a few clicks of a mouse. It is obvious that the wonderful world of numismatics is changing as always, but these changes are happening more rapidly than ever. What does his mean in the long term? In… Full article at the source>
September 20, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Legal, Legislation, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins
Here we go again… the government want to take your ancient coins away from you. This is different from other conspiracy theories because since there is no mechanism for them. Here, foreign governments are working in collusion with the United States Department of State Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC). The problem with CPAC is that […] Full article at the source>
A reader who found the Coin Collectors Blog through a search came across the two-part series I wrote in 2012 about “How Are Coins Priced” (links to Part I and Part II). After asking a few questions this new reader asked me about the section about Negotiating in Part II. My principles of negotiating are […] Full article at the source>
It is almost a tradition now for Heritage Auctions to have a world currency auction in conjunction with the September show in Long Beach, California. This year, there were a total of 1,890 lots offered for sale, including a floor auction held on September 8 and an on-line only session ending on September 12. The notes offered range in origin from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and many present and former countries in between. In this review, we will take a look at some of the highlights in the sale; all of the lots offered in this auction can be viewed… Full article at the source>
One of the strangest set of stories about the problem of counterfeiting was the several stories that came out at the end of August about people trying to make purchases with movie prop money. This has caused regional U.S. Secret Service across the south to issue warnings. Prop movie money is designed to look close […] Full article at the source>
September 7, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Federal Reserve, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins