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United States Mint Announces 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin Designs

July 30, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

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WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) today announced the five new reverse (tails side) designs that will appear on the 2015 coins released in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

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Restoring the JFK Portrait for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollars

July 29, 2014 in Coins, Half Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

By Michael Zielinski

Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

The Kennedy Half Dollar has been produced for 50 years, but a series of tweaks and modifications have left the current design with a very different appearance than the original. The original portrait design will be making a comeback within three different numismatic products created by the United States Mint Full article at the source>

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Category: Featured Articles, US Coins

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PCGS CoinFacts™ President Ron Guth Named Numismatist of the Year: What Makes Ron Run?

July 29, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Asociation), Awards, Clubs and Associations, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS, Press Releases

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News media contact:
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PCGS CoinFacts™ President Ron Guth Named Numismatist of the Year: What Makes Ron Run?

 

Ron Guth has been named 2014 Numismatist of the Year.

Ron Guth has been named 2014 Numismatist of the Year.

The American Numismatic Association’s 2014 Numismatist of the Year is PCGS CoinFacts™ President, award-winning author, researcher, educator and all-around good guy Ron Guth.

“There is no one more deserving of this recognition than Ron.  His contributions to the hobby and profession are far-reaching and wide-ranging.  He shares his knowledge and numismatic goodwill through books, educational seminars, and of course, through the tremendous expansion of PCGS CoinFacts under his leadership the past six years,” stated David Hall, President of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT), the parent company of PCGS CoinFacts.

Guth began collecting coins in 1964 when the numismatic market was booming and much of the focus was on collecting coins by the roll.  While his U.S. and world numismatic interests are extensive, these days Guth personally specializes in an area of coins that usually are not available in roll quantities: Bavarian “Madonna” Thalers issued from 1753 to the end of the 18th century.

He served as President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) from 2005 to 2008.  He then became President of PCGS CoinFacts.com (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com) in 2008 and has guided its growth to become the Internet’s most comprehensive resource for information about United States coins.

“According to our statistics, we now have pages for 33,483 coins with over 5,171 individual coin narratives,” said Guth.

“The growth of PCGS CoinFacts is primarily a function of the new additions in our grading division.  New additions include die varieties, certain medals and tokens, and plus grades.  As new services are developed, they begin to show up on PCGS CoinFacts,” he explained.

“I’m particularly proud of the Condition Census information we offer in areas that are underdeveloped or unavailable in the market, such as U.S. Patterns, California Fractional Gold, and Territorial Gold.  Also, we cover all major rarities with updated census information.”

Guth has authored or co-authored nearly a dozen books on United States and German coins, and yet another is on the horizon.

“I’m currently working on a book with broad market appeal, but the title and contents are secret for now,” he hinted.

Guth will receive the Numismatist of the Year award at the ANA 2014 World’s Fair of MoneySM (www.worldsfairofmoney.com) banquet on Friday, August 8, in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

A 10-day trial of free access to PCGS CoinFacts is available at www.PCGSCoinFacts.com.

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Congressional Gold Medal Awarded Posthumously to Raoul Wallenberg

July 29, 2014 in Awards, Gold, Medals, News, US Government

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WASHINGTON – Swedish-born businessman and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg was posthumously awarded a Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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Grace Coolidge First Spouse ½ Ounce Gold Coins Go On Sale July 17

July 29, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins

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WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2014 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Grace Coolidge

Gold Coins July 17 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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The silver-coloured 2p freak coin that was accidentally made in the wrong metal is set to sell for £1,000 at auction

July 26, 2014 in Auctions, Coin Errors, Coins, Collecting, Cupro-Nickel Coins, English Coins, Errors, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

By MAIL ON SUNDAY REPORTER. 26 July 2014 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)

  • Coin was accidentally made in cupronickel rather than bronze 

  • Was discovered in 1988 by a petrol station owner opening roll of new coins 

  • Could fetch up to £1,000 at auction next week in Dorset  

A two pence piece that was accidentally made in the wrong metal is set to sell for 50,000 times its face value.

The coin was struck in cupronickel, the blend of copper and nickel formerly used for 10p and 5p coins, when it should have been bronze.

The errant coin, thought to be unique, was discovered in 1988, by the owner of a petrol station in a roll of new coins.

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Monaco Prepares Brasher Doubloon For It’s World’s Fair of Money Display

July 25, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Asociation), Antique Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, NGC, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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Monaco Prepares Brasher Doubloon For It’s World’s Fair of Money Display

Insured for $10 million, Monaco Rare Coins will display the finest certified (NGC MS63) 1787 Brasher Doubloon at the ANA 2014 Chicago World's Fair of Money.  (Photo credit: NGC.)

Insured for $10 million, Monaco Rare Coins will display the finest certified (NGC MS63) 1787 Brasher Doubloon at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money.
(Photo credit: NGC.)

(Newport Beach, California) — The finest certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon was shown to Southern California news media representatives as Monaco Rare Coins (www.MonacoRareCoins.com) of Newport Beach, California made final preparations for the legendary coin’s display at the upcoming 2014 Chicago ANA World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com).

Los Angeles and Orange County area television crews and reporters visited the Monaco offices on Thursday, July 25, to take pictures of the coin and interview Monaco President Michael Carabini and Vice President Adam Crum.  In addition to a story about the historic coin, the Orange County Register newspaper posted a photo slideshow and a video at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/coin-629767-rare-coins.html?pic=2.

“In preparation for the exhibit at the ANA convention, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has updated the pedigree on the encapsulation insert label to read Virgil Brand – Monaco,” said Crum.

Described as one of the greatest numismatic rarities of the world, the coin is graded NGC MS63, and is the finest certified of the seven known 1787 Brasher Doubloons.  It now is insured for $10 million for the display at the 2014 World’s Fair of Money in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois, August 5 – 9.

Monaco Rare Coins President Michael Carabini (standing to the left) watches as company Vice President Adam Crum shows the 1787 Brasher Doubloon to Los Angeles area news media. (Photo credit: Donn Pearlman)

Monaco Rare Coins President Michael Carabini (standing to the left) watches as company Vice President Adam Crum shows the 1787 Brasher Doubloon to Los Angeles area news media.
(Photo credit: Donn Pearlman)

It was created 227 years ago by New York City gold and silversmith Ephraim Brasher, and is the first gold coin struck for the young United States.  Monaco acquired the historic early American coin this past January at the Florida United Numismatists auction conducted by Heritage Auctions, and this upcoming exhibit will be only its second major public display the past quarter century.

A video prepared by Monaco Rare Coins and detailed information about the history of Brasher Doubloons is online at www.MonacoRareCoins.com/BrasherVideo.

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Royal Canadian Mint Launches 10 oz. 99.99% Pure Silver Bullion Bar

July 25, 2014 in Bullion, News, Precious Metals, Royal Canadian Mint, Silver

By Michael Zielinski

The Royal Canadian Mint has expanded their line of bullion products with a new 10 ounce 99.99% pure silver bullion bar.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to offering precious metal investors the best combination of quality and value by delivering superior bullion products through innovation,” said Marc Brûlé, Interim President …read more

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Category: Precious Metals, Royal Canadian Mint, World Coins

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Are 1870-CC Eagles Undervalued in Comparison to their Double Eagle Counterparts?

July 25, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Doug Winter (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Without a lot of fanfare, we have seen the dispersal of one of the most amazing collecting of Western branch mint gold coins in the history of numismatics. So far in 2014, the various sales of the Bently/Nob Hill Collection(s) of US Gold Coinage has seen no less than six …read more

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Category: Market Blog, branch mint gold, Carson City double eagles, Carson City eagles, Carson City gold, Carson City gold coins, gold coins, U.S. gold

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U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Designs Unveiled

July 25, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By Michael Zielinski

At a ceremony held earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton, and United States Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson unveiled the designs for the upcoming United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins.

In his remarks Deputy Director Peterson said, “”Every day, across the …read more

Source: News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Category: Featured Articles, United States Mint, US Coins

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Kennedy Half Dollar Clad Set First Day Sales Reach 68,974

July 25, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Uncirculated Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

Kennedy Half Dollar 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin

By Mint News Blog

The United States Mint has just indicated that opening day sales for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set reached 68,974 units. This amount has already exceeded the Mint’s initial production level by a wide margin and portends strong demand for the two forthcoming anniversary releases.

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Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

Category: Kennedy Half Dollars

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Fake Silver Coins: 11 Ways to Spot Counterfeits

July 23, 2014 in Coin Validators, Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, Silver Eagles

By: Dave Martinez. July 2014 (http://www.silvercoins.com)

It is unfortunate that articles like this have to be written, but where there is money trading hands, there will always be fakes, frauds, and counterfeits.

If you have purchased some silver and can’t get rid of that little voice in your head that keeps saying what if they are fake silver coins …

Below are 11 ways on how to spot fake silver eagles, bars, and bullion. We’ve ranked them from the least to the most effective methods in detecting counterfeits. (Most of these tests can also be applied to gold as well).

 1. Magnetic Test

While many fakes can easily pass this test, silver as well as gold bullion for that matter are both non-magnetic. If a bullion coin or bar sticks to a magnet you can easily throw this one out. Fakes that are produced with any iron or steel content in them will give off some magnetic attraction and identify itself as a fake. Metals that have a core of zinc, copper, lead or other non-magnetic metal will not be detected by this test.

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Is it Time to Buy Indian Head Half Eagles?

July 22, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Douglas Winter. July 21st, 2014 (http://raregoldcoins.com)

I am generally not a participant in the generic gold market as I tend to favor scarce and rare dates over more common ones. But I like Indian Head half eagles a lot and a recent experience made me ask the question: “is it time to buy Indian Head half eagles?”

I bought a nice, fresh deal of Indian Head half eagles about six weeks ago. All were in very old holders and I broke them out and sent them off to grading. My results were excellent and nearly every coin graded MS64 or MS65. As I got ready to cash in on my windfall, I did some price research and was shocked. Unless they stickered at CAC (more on this in a few moments) the levels I was going to have to sell them left me breathless…and not in a good way.

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National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set Available July 28

July 21, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins, Young Collectors

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WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will open sales July 28 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set (product code B37).

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Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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