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Open Cube Shaped Coin Honors Canonization of Pope John Paul II

April 23, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins

By: Michael Alexander. April 23rd, 2014. (http://news.coinupdate.com)

The Government & Treasury of Niue Island have launched a new concept in coinage never previously seen. The new coin, a creation in the shape of an open cube with images and artwork on each side, make this item unique among coins based on its design, shape, and production.

The coin is designed by artisan Urszula Walerzak and minted by the Mint of Poland at their facilities in Warsaw. Taking advantage of a specially designed minting process – the production of a flat cross-shaped coin is completed and the next procedure of “shaping” the actual piece after minting and oxidizing takes place. The coin is bent with precision into the final example seen, the forming of an open-sided cube. The coin is issued in commemoration of the imminent canonization of the late Pope John Paul II, occurring on the 27th April of this year.

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Georgia Student Wins 2014 PNG YN Scholarship

April 21, 2014 in Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300
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Georgia Student Wins PNG 2014 YN Scholarship

Tara Crosby, PNG 2014 YN scholarship winner.

Tara Crosby, PNG 2014 YN scholarship winner.

(Temecula, California) — A college student from Georgia who says “learning from numismatics has been a truly wonderful experience” is the recipient of the Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.pngdealers.org) 2014 Young Numismatist Scholarship.  Tara Crosby, age 20, of Alpharetta, Georgia, now will attend one of the two week-long American Numismatic Association 2014 Summer Seminar sessions courtesy of PNG.

Crosby was introduced to coins by her family at an early age with gifts of proof sets.  She began working part-time earlier this year for PNG Member-Dealer John B. Hamrick in Alpharetta while continuing her studies in communications at Georgia Perimeter College.

“To be able to travel to coin shows and meet so many ‘legends’ in numismatics in person has been a wonderful experience.  John (Hamrick) has been so patient teaching me and helping me learn about this fascinating world of coins”, explained Crosby.

In her PNG scholarship competition essay, she wrote about the excitement of making her first coin sale for Hamrick’s company during the ANA National Money Show in Atlanta this past February.  It was a 1926-D Double Eagle that she sold for $20,160.

“I was so thrilled, and my co-workers were incredibly supportive.  Making a sale like that with the little knowledge I had gained thus far about coins felt truly amazing and gave me the confidence to pursue a career in the numismatic field.”

Crosby wants to take a digital photography class during this year’s ANA Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Her parents, Greg and Carol Crosby, are delighted she won the PNG scholarship.  “We were both very proud and very excited for her to have such a wonderful opportunity.  Tara has always been very passionate in her interests and we have no doubt she will be successful in wherever she applies herself,” said her father who introduced the couple’s children to coins.

“Each year since the birth of our three children, one of the gifts they always received was a United States Mint proof set for that year.  We have done so up to the age of 21.   So, all the children have a complete set of 21 proof sets.  Tara will receive her final one in July when she turns 21,” he explained.

The PNG YN Scholarship Competition is open each year to applicants between the age of 13 and 22.  Entrants submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the scholarship recipient.

“The scholarship covers airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven other countries.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

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The dollar’s decline from the gold standard

April 21, 2014 in Currency, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Federal Reserve, US Mint

April 20, 2014. By: David John Marotta and Megan Russell. (http://www.dailyprogress.com)

The U.S. dollar was first regulated by the Coinage Act of 1792 and prescribed as 371.25 grains of pure silver. The eagle, worth $10, was 247.5 grains of gold. One cent, worth a hundredth of a dollar, was 24 grains of copper.

The value of the metal contained in the currency kept prices relatively constant before the founding of the Federal Reserve. During those 120 years, prices rose only 3 percent. In contrast, during the 100 years since the Federal Reserve, prices have risen 2,280 percent.

The Constitution gives Congress the power to “to coin money” and “regulate the value thereof.” This dictum was understood to be setting the currency’s weight and metallic content and was necessary to allow the currency to keep up with a growing economy.

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US Mint Sales Report: Strong Debut for Great Smoky Mountains 5 oz Silver Coins

April 16, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Market Report, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

April 15, 2014 By Michael Zielinski (http://news.coinupdate.com)

The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the opening figures for a number of recently released products. This includes the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Dollars, 2014-W Uncirculated American Silver Eagle, and the 2014-P Great Smoky Mountains National Park Five Ounce Silver Coins, which saw an extremely strong debut.

The US Mint began accepting orders for the Great Smoky Mountains Five Ounce Silver Coins on April 7, representing the first numismatic release of the year for the series. These coins are struck in 5 troy ounces of .999 silver with a wide diameter of 3 inches showcasing the artistry of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

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Numismatic Gold Coin Price Increase Possible

April 16, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

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2013 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

2013 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Based on the available data, it is possible that the prices for the United States Mint’s numismatic gold coins may be increased tomorrow. The pricing change would impact the recently released 2014 Proof Gold Eagle products.

The US Mint determines prices for numismatic gold and platinum products based on the average weekly prices of the metals. The average is calculated based on the London Fix prices from the prior Thursday AM to the current Wednesday AM. If the calculated average moves into a higher or lower tier established at $50 intervals, then a pricing change may take place. A secondary criteria requires that the Wednesday AM Fix price must agree directionally with any change.

The available data from April 10 to April 15 place the weekly average well within the $1,300 to $1,349.99 range. This is one tier higher than the range used to establish current product prices.

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Flintstones Cartoon Characters Featured on New Collector Coin

April 15, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander. April 14th, 2014 (http://news.coinupdate.com/)

The Treasury of the Government of Niue has launched a new collector’s coin which features characters from The Flintstones. The main character’s catch-phrase “yabba dabba doo” is instantly recognized and imitated by enthusiastic watchers over the last five decades!

First broadcast in the United States on the 30th September 1960, the Flintstones, promoted as a modern stone-age family, is an animated series set in pre-historic times and which was figuratively based on the 50’s classic TV series “the Honeymooners.” The main character Fred Flintstone is a “bronto-crane” operator at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company and the head of the Flintstone clan consisting of his wife Wilma, pet dinosaur “Dino” and from the end of the third season, their little girl Pebbles. Their next door neighbors Barney & Betty Rubble along with son Bamm-Bamm completed the ensemble which was to last six seasons and include 166 original episodes. The now classic series concluded its run on the 1st April 1966 and was followed with updated versions of the Flintstone & Rubble families with the “Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show” in 1971, “The Flintstone Comedy Hour” in 1972 and “Fred Flintstone and Friends” in 1977.

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NGC Grades 30 Millionth Coin

April 15, 2014 in Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Grading, News, NGC, Numismatica, Numismatics

News 4/15/2014.  By: Certified Collectibles Group. (http://www.collectiblesgroup.com/)

Over the last four years, NGC has graded more than 10 million coins, and in the process, became the first certification service to break the 20-, 25- and 30-million-coins-graded barriers.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) graded its 30 millionth coin this week and is the first third-party coin grading service to reach this important milestone.

There has been extraordinary demand for NGC certification in world markets — as well as strong growth domestically. Over the last four years, NGC graded more than 10 million coins, and in the process, became the first certification service to break the 20- and 25-million-coins-graded barriers.

“This has been an unprecedented period of growth for NGC certification, and we are honored to be the world’s largest and most trusted third-party coin grading service,” said NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg. “The number of coins a certification service has graded is a key indicator of market acceptance, which is something every collector and dealer looks at when they sell a coin.”

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N.L. coin sells for more than $100,000

April 14, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Canadian Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Mark Rendell Special to The Telegram. April 14th, 2014. (http://www.thetelegram.com)

Rare gold piece sets record

Rummage through dad’s old coin collection. Check grandma’s trunk. If you have an old Newfoundland coin lying around, you may make a fair dollar.

On April 11, one of these coins sold for US$102,812.50 at a major auction in Chicago. The $2 gold coin is, according to Rod O’Driscoll, owner of East Coast Coins, the most expensive Newfoundland coin ever sold.

It was minted in 1865 to test a design for the Newfoundland $2 coin. The design wasn’t chosen, so the coin is one of a kind.

On its way to the auction block, said O’Driscoll, the coin passed through some interesting hands. In 1910 it appears to have shown up in the British Museum in London. A little later it found its way into the collection of King Farouk of Egypt.

In a 1969 article, coin specialist Fred Bowman listed it as one of Canada’s 10 rarest coins, and most recently it was sold in 1995 from the world famous Emory May Norweb collection for close to  $40,000.

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The die that struck Britain’s first coins?

April 11, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, History, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, UK Coins, World Coins

Ian Leins and Emma Morris, curators, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum.  April 11th, 2014

One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Department of Coins and Medals is a highly unusual object – an ancient punch or ‘die’ used to manufacture coins in the second century BC. The die was found in Bredgar, Kent by a metal detector user in 2013 and is being used to shed new light on when the first coins were made in Britain.

The earliest coins found in Iron Age Britain date from around the second century BC and, until recently, it was believed that they were produced in Gaul (a region roughly equivalent to modern day France and Belgium) and imported into south-east England. These coins, known as Gallo Belgic A, were based on the gold coinage (staters) issued by King Philip II, ruler of the Greek kingdom of Macedon from 359 – 336 BC and father of Alexander the Great.

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Government wants its rare penny back

April 9, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins

La Jolla men had hoped to sell unique aluminum coin for $250K

By Dana Littlefield .April 8, 2014 (http://www.utsandiego.com)

Randy Lawrence and Michael McConnell had a plan.

The two friends, brought together by serendipity and an extremely rare penny, were going to auction the coin later this month and donate part of the proceeds to charity. The one-of-a-kind 1974-D aluminum penny was expected to fetch $250,000 or more.

But now the U.S. government wants it back.

A lawyer for the United States Mint sent a letter to the men in February stating that because the aluminum penny was never issued as legal tender, the coin remains property of the federal government, regardless of how long it was in private hands.

Lawrence, a real estate agent, inherited the penny from his father in 1980. He recently sold it to McConnell, owner of the La Jolla Coin Shop, who later uncovered the penny’s history and notified Lawrence.

Now the men are taking the issue to federal court. They filed a lawsuit last month seeking a judgment from the court declaring that they, not the government, are the coin’s true owners.

Meanwhile, plans to auction the penny remain on hold.

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700-year-old coin found during Bannockburn dig

April 9, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, English Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By George Mair April 9th, 2014 (http://www.scotsman.com)

A 700-YEAR-OLD English coin has been found near the abbey where the victorious Robert the Bruce took booty from the Battle of Bannockburn.

The silver penny was discovered yards from Cambuskenneth Abbey, near Stirling, by archaeologists looking for artefacts from the time of the 1314 battle.

The small coin, minted in London during the late 13th or early 14th century, may have been a month’s wages for a soldier in Edward II’s defeated army.

Experts from GUARD Archaeology, who led a metal detector survey of the area, believe it may have been among the spoils of battle taken back to the abbey by the Bruce from the battlefield.

Warren Bailie, GUARD’s battlefield archaeologist, who led the search, said today: “This coin would have been in circulation in 1314 and could relate to the Battle of Bannockburn.

“Cambuskenneth Abbey was where the Scots’ baggage train was held before the battle and where they returned to immediately afterwards.

“It was where the booty was taken from the battlefield, so it could potentially have been dropped booty.

“It was worth quite a lot of money at that time — perhaps a soldier’s wage for that month.”

Cambuskenneth Abbey is one of the few places specifically mentioned in near contemporary accounts of the Battle of Bannockburn.

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Sales Begin for 2014-P Great Smoky Mountains 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

April 9, 2014 in Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Quarters, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

April 8, 2014 By Coin Update (news.coinupdate.com)

2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ - Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

On April 7, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the latest coin in the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin series. The coin features Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in Tennessee, representing the twenty first release within the ongoing series.

The reverse design carries the depiction of a historic log cabin located situated within the park, incorporating a view of the lush green forest and mountains beyond. A hawk is pictured circling in the air above. Inscriptions include “Great Smoky Mountains”, “Tennessee”, “2014″, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Renata Howard.

The obverse features the 1932 portrait of George Washington designed by John Flanagan, which was used as the original design for the Washington Quarter. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, “Liberty”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “In God We Trust”, and the denomination “Quarter Dollar”.

Each coin is struck in 5 troy ounces of 99.9% silver with an uncirculated finish. This numismatic version of the coin carries the “P” mint mark to represent the Philadelphia Mint.

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It’s all on the metal

April 8, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: GEETA PADMANABHAN April 8th, 2014 (http://www.thehindu.com)

Coin collectors from Chennai talk about how their hobby connects them to people and civilisations

Raman Sankaran

Sit with Raman Sankaran for a spell-binding account of India’s coin history. “It is a 2,300-year-old saga,” he begins, and points out how our habit of throwing coins into rivers made riverbeds fertile land for coin harvests. “Archaeologists have excavated only a few Sangam Age coins, but found a huge quantity in river-beds.” He tells you how natural stones were polished and embellished to enhance their exchange value, how when Romans bought them off, silver was shaped into coins, group symbols punched on them gave birth to “punch-marked” coins. Copper came on the scene when silver went into short supply; coins were square-shaped with the popular animal elephant embossed on one side.

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New Coin Pays Tribute to Finnish Markaa and Numismatics

April 8, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

April 7, 2014 By Michael Alexander (http://news.coinupdate.com/)

The Mint of Finland have unveiled a new coin which remembers the first modern Finnish currency, the Markkaa, and pays tribute to Finnish coin collectors. Finland’s first publication especially dedicated to numismatics was published in 1745. The coin and medal collection of the Academy in Turku was begun in 1747 and the first known private collections in Finland are believed to have started in the 18th century.

On 29 March 1809, Finland was brought under Imperial Russian control and gained the status of an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire until the end of 1917. With the collapse of Imperial Russia and since the head of state was the Czar of Russia, it was not clear who the chief executive of Finland was after the Russian revolution. The government declared independence on the 6th December 1917. Under some influence from Imperial Germany, supporters of Finnish independence, the Finnish parliament elected Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse, a brother-in-law of German Emperor Wilhelm II as the King of Finland and Karelia on the 9th October 1918. On the 9th November 1918, Wilhelm II had abdicated as Emperor due to the Central powers defeat of the Great War of 1914 – 1918 and Germany was itself declared a republic. Two days later, on the 11th November 1918, the Finnish government asked Prince Frederick to give up the crown and a Republican form of government was officially adopted on the 17th July 1919.

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For further information on this and other coins available from the Mint of Finland, please visit their website at: http://www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng/ Information available in Finnish, Swedish and English – international orders dispatched.

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