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Toying with a Challenge Coin

September 26, 2016 in Blogs, Bronze, Charity, Collecting, Education, History, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Scott Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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>

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Numismatic Authors Will Share Their Knowledge at the 2016 PAN Show

September 23, 2016 in Books, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Seminars, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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(Atlanta, Georgia) — Four award-winning numismatic authors will appear as guest speakers at the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists Fall Coin Show, Thursday through Saturday, October 27–29, 2016. Clifford Mishler, Douglas Mudd, and Dennis Tucker are featured in the PAN Lecture Series, a free program starting Friday at 1:00 p.m. In addition, John Mercanti will speak at a dinner Friday evening. The show will be held at the Monroeville Convention Center outside Pittsburgh.

John Mercanti, retired chief engraver of the United States Mint, is the author of American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program, recently released… Full article at the source>

More details about the show can be found online at www.PANcoins.org

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Italy: New “Italy of Art” Series Silver Coin Now Available

September 22, 2016 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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On September 6, the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italian State Mint) issued the latest coin in the popular and successful “Italy of Art” series. The new issue highlights the lovely town of Recanati, located in the Province of Macerata.

Officially founded in the middle of the 12th century, Recanati (pictured above) probably originated from the ruins of an ancient Roman town known as Ricina. Known as a city of art, rich in Renaissance and Baroque palaces and wonderful examples of religious architecture, Recanati is also famous for being the hometown of Count Giacomo Leopardi, one of the greatest Italian… Full article at the source>

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Indecision 2016: Flip a coin

September 22, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, Exunumia, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, Tokens

By: Scott Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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>

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Exonumia: Challenge Coins Get a Hat-Tip in the Press

September 22, 2016 in Collecting, Education, Exunumia, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

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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>

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A Quick Aside: Selling Pickaxes to Miners

September 22, 2016 in Education, Gold, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

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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>

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Latvia: Innovative Coin Devoted to Entrepreneurship

September 21, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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On September 13, the Bank of Latvia issued an unusual and appealing coin dedicated to the achievements of Latvian entrepreneurs, and honoring their endeavors and contributions to the country’s economic independence and national self-confidence. The coin also recognizes the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Latvia’s independence from the former Soviet Union. Since that time, national entrepreneurs have been diligently building an enterprising state and helping to boost hopes for a better future.

The obverse bears a QR code that, when scanned, reveals a message for the next generation of entrepreneurs: “Work With Courage, Determination and Responsibility!”… Full article at the source>

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Malta Issues Tribute to Historic “Patakka”

September 21, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

By: Dan Holmes World.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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A brand-new numismatic coin, issued by the Central Bank of Malta, pays homage to a very old symbol: the Maltese Cross.

The origins of the eight-pointed emblem reach back to the 6th century, when it appeared as an ornamental feature in Byzantine art and architecture. It was adopted in the late 15th century as a symbol of the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (the “Knights Hospitaller”)—a Catholic military order that ministered to the pilgrims to the Holy Land. The order provided shelter, medicine, and eventually armed escort. The eight points of the cross were… Full article at the source>

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Newly Introduced: The “American Innovation $1 Coin Act”

September 21, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Legal, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Politics, Proof Coins, US Federal Reserve, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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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>

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New Disney coins put Mickey on the rostrum

September 21, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Released in 1935, The Band Concert was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon made in colour. During the highly acclaimed Disney short, the hero and his band are determined to complete their rendition of The William Tell Overture despite numerous distractions, including an unwelcome flute accompaniment played by none other than Donald Duck!

The Mickey Through the Ages coin collection celebrates Disney’s original, much-loved character during his hugely successful cartoon career. The first release, comprising a 1oz silver proof coin and a 1/4oz gold companion, portrays Mickey from a 1930s promotional poster for The Band Concert…Full article at the source>

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The American Numismatic Association: Planning for the Future

September 21, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Kendall Bailey News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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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!”

Their priorities:

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Precious Metals Update: Bullion Sales Up

September 21, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Eagles, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint’s authorized purchasers (AP’s) bought 945,000 2016 American Eagle silver bullion coins last week, well up from 170,000 pieces sold during the previous period.

One-ounce Silver Eagles have sold 30,155,500 pieces so far this year. As we are currently 72% of the way through 2016 and sales for these issues have reached only 64% of last year’s total of 47 million ounces, ASE sales remain unlikely to reach last year’s total.

Gold’s value decreased by $10.80 an ounce during the past week. Gold is now appraised at $1,313.80 according to the London Bullion Market Association. The value… Full article at the source>

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United States Mint Opens Sales for 2016 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin on September 16

September 21, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Investing, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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WASHINGTON-The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2016 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin (product code 16EA) on September 16 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

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Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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The Final Verdict? U.S. Mint 225th Anniversary Design

September 21, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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Last Friday (September 16), the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held its scheduled meeting at the United States Mint in Washington, D.C. On the agenda were the candidate designs for the 2018-2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof Program “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,” as well as the election of jurors for the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Design Competition. Members of the public were invited to attend the open session of the meeting.

The closed, administrative portion of the meeting included a discussion of the Mint’s 225th anniversary coin, complete with the examination of a test strike. The final design… Full article at the source>

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The Future of Numismatics

September 20, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld  News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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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>

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Collectors of ancient coins need your help!

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

By: Scott Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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>

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End of Summer (Market Report)

September 18, 2016 in Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Jose Legend Numismatics Market Report

Summer is over

Looks like the summer doldrums are coming to an end. This years episode was pretty rough. It got so quiet the market (in our estimation) overall fell 10-15% from June until now. It was different this year since there was an unexpected appearance of a few “whales” and what one dealer called a major collector “a super nova”. Those people affected the upper end of the rare gold market and hard to believe the early copper markets were hot all summer. The feather down effect is now only started to be felt in other areas.

For the masses and… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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Whatever happened to Customer Service?

September 17, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Events, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Scott Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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>

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Louisiana Purchase Commemorative Gold Dollars

September 16, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Thirteen gold commemorative coins were released by the United States Mint between 1903 and 1926, ranging in denominations from one dollar to fifty dollars. These were sometimes released in conjunction with a commemorative silver dollar, but occasionally featured another subject altogether, as was the case with the first two gold commemorative issues, the 1903 Louisiana Purchase gold dollars.

The United States first struck a gold dollar in 1849, following the discovery of gold in California. Over the years, the denomination ceased to be used except in remote areas of the country, and by the 1880s mintages had dropped considerably. The denomination… Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint Shares Design Candidates for 2018-2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins

September 15, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Design, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint has shared potential designs for its upcoming 2018, 2019, and 2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof coins. The designs will be discussed at the next Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Meeting, scheduled to take place tomorrow, September 16. The candidates are included below with an introduction and descriptions provided by the Mint.

Since its inception in 1997, each American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin has shared a common obverse that features a portrait of Liberty. The reverse has been host to a variety of themed series (Vistas of Liberty, Preamble to the Constitution and Torches of Liberty)… Full article at the source>

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Review: 2016 Long Beach Heritage Auctions World Currency Sale

September 14, 2016 in Auctions, Bank Notes, Collecting, Currency, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Dennis Hengeveld News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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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>

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2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Quarter: For Collectors, Not Flippers

September 12, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Louis Golino News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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On September 8, the U.S. Mint began accepting orders for the eagerly anticipated 2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Quarter, the second of three coins to mark the 100thanniversary of the very popular Liberty-themed coin series that began in 1916.

Unlike the previous coin in this trio, the 2016-W Winged Head Liberty Centennial Gold Dime that launched on April 21, the gold quarters had a household limit of one, and their mintage was set at a maximum of 100,000; the dimes had a household limit of ten and mintage limit of 125,000. In addition, the dimes had an… Full article at the source>

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Is a new grading system needed?

September 12, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Blogs, Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Scott Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

Over the last few years there have been many numismatic writers who have taken to their keyboards to complain about the state of coins grading. Aside from your intrepid blogger there was a series of articles that appeared in Coin World by Q. David Bowers. In his articles, Bowers notes that even though the American […] Full article at the source>

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Prop counterfeiting is the new threat

September 8, 2016 in Bank Notes, Blogs, Counterfeit, Money, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Scott Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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>

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Forum to Discuss the Numismatic Hobby

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

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WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Mint is holding a one-day Numismatic Forum on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pa.
The purpose of this meeting is to gather individual members of stakeholder organizations to share perspectives on the past, present, and future of the numismatic hobby. In anticipation of the Mint’s 225th anniversary in 2017, the Forum will discuss the future of the Mint and the numismatic environment as a whole.
“It seems only appropriate that, while we as a bureau are celebrating our history, the Mint is also looking for ways to improve the way we engage… Full article at the source>
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