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James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video Available Free on New PNG YouTube Channel

May 25, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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Robert Brueggeman
Professional Numismatists Guild Executive Director
951-587-8300

James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video
Available Free on New PNG YouTube Channel

 

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Screen grab image of actor James Earl Jones

(Temecula, California) May 25, 2017 – The award-winning educational video, “Money: History in Your Hands,” narrated by acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, now is available for free viewing on the Professional Numismatists Guild YouTube.com channel.

“We currently have more than a dozen videos about rare coins, paper money and precious metals available for complimentary viewing on PNG’s YouTube channel. They will be helpful for beginners to advanced collectors and investors with informative advice about buying, storing and selling numismatic items as well as gold, silver and platinum bullion items,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“An important part of our educational effort is the video, ‘Money: History in Your Hands,’ jointly created by PNG and the American Numismatic Association, and hosted on camera by James Earl Jones. It gives viewers a compelling overview of the history of money, and how it relates to art, culture, history, politics and religion,” explained Brueggeman. “The 29-minute video is available for convenient viewing in two parts.”

Other informative PNG videos focus on topics of discovering the enjoyment of coin collecting, how to determine the value of your coins, and the importance of working with a reputable, knowledgeable dealer when you buy or sell.

All of the videos are can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5co6ZLKPitRAw-6pDxeCw

Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers.  A directory of dealers, the PNG Member Code of Ethics and the organization’s Collector’s Bill of Rights can be found at www.PNGdealers.org. For additional information, contact the PNG by email at info@PNGdealers.org or by phone at 951-587-8300.

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Note By: Numismatica.com

Here are the links to the two specific videos;

Part 1: https://youtu.be/Ir_oCtaXloc

Part 2: https://youtu.be/gb3mgkYMssM

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Whitman releases new Search & Save™ coin books on dimes, quarters, and half dollars

May 24, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Entertainment, Fun, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Reference, USA Coins, Young Collectors

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

(Pelham, Alabama)—Whitman Publishing announces the release of two new volumes in its series of combination book-albums trademarked under the name Search & Save. Each new volume consists of a 96-page hardcover book bound with a Whitman Classic Coin Album page for storing and displaying a customized coin collection. The Search & Save volumes are intended for beginning to intermediate hobbyists, as a fun way to introduce newcomers to active coin collecting. Volume 5 covers dimes and quarters, and volume 6 covers half dollars. Each retails for $9.95 and is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at… Full article at the source>

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

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Texas Attorney General Issues Gold Coins Consumer Protection Tips

May 22, 2017 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Fake Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Press Releases, PSA, Rare Coins, US Government, USA Coins, World Coins

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Paul Stein, for Universal Coin & Bullion, 409-860-9077
Texas Attorney General’s office, 800-252-8011

Texas Attorney General Issues
Gold Coins Consumer Protection Tips

(Austin, Texas) May 22, 2017 – With input from numismatic experts, the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, has issued a consumer protection alert about buying and selling gold coins.  

Award-winning rare coins and precious metals writer, Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, provided continuing consultation to the attorney general’s office on this important consumer alert. Fuljenz, in coordination with other key numismatic industry leaders, offered guidance on consumer protection best practices for precious metals consumers.

The advisory notes that senior citizens make up about 14% of the U.S. population but account for 60% of the callers to the National Fraud Information Center.

Paxton’s advisory cautions consumers and investors: “If coins you bought as an investment would have to double or triple in value before any gain could be realized, you may have been a victim of fraud.”

Entitled “Consumers Should Do Their Research Before and After Investing in Gold Coins,” the advisory emphasizes the crucial importance of working with reputable dealers to help avoid paying too much when buying or receiving too little when selling.  Paxton’s office recommends researching dealers through the Better Business Bureau, the American Numismatic Association, the Professional Numismatists Guild, Professional Coin Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

“By issuing this important consumer protection advisory, Texas is not only assisting Lone Star state residents but providing nationwide benefits to the public who can access this useful information online.  Attorneys general across the country now also have a template to provide consumer protection advice to their residents about buying and selling gold bullion and gold coins,” said Fuljenz.

Among other tips in the Texas Attorney General’s advisory:

Do not respond to callers not previously contacted. Cold callers often are not registered in Texas to legally telemarket and often try to pressure customers to act quickly.

Do not do business with a dealer who guarantees your purchases are totally safe, will go up in value or can’t go down, stresses government gold confiscation or says he will buy them back for what you paid at any time.

The full consumer protection advisory from Texas Attorney General Paxton is available online and as a printable PDF document at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/gold-coins.

Regretfully, due to print limitations, additional buying and selling tips were excluded, said Fuljenz, including avoiding false grading claims, advice about return privileges and urging caution if sellers receive certified money orders or certified checks from unknown buyers because they could be counterfeit.  All ten of the additional consumer protection tips are available online at www.MikeFuljenz.com/goldtips.

At Fuljenz’ request, the following are among the precious metal industry leaders who provided input to him for the advisory. Their names are listed alphabetically with affiliations given only for identification purposes.

Gary Adkins, American Numismatic Association Vice President and former Professional Numismatists Guild President

John Albanese, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and CAC

Doug Davis, Founder of Numismatic Crime Information Center, City Manager and former Police Chief of Pantego, Texas

Beth Deisher, Director of Anti-Counterfeiting for the Industry Council for Tangible Assets and former Editor of Coin World

Terry Hanlon, Dillon Gage Metals President, former PNG President

Jerry Jordan, award-winning investigative reporter and former Texas newspaper editor

Kathy McFadden, ICTA Executive Director

Rick Montgomery, NGC President

Donn Pearlman, public relations consultant, ANA Zerbe Award recipient, former ANA Governor and former journalist/broadcaster

Jay Sheppard, Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas Dispute Resolution Director

Miles Standish, NGC Vice President

Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) President Michael Fuljenz has won more than 60 prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Jefferson and Hardin Counties Texas, and is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild which honored him along with Doug Davis and Jerry Jordan in 2016 with its Sol Kaplan Award for helping to fight numismatic-related crimes.

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STEM at the United States Mint

May 21, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Press Releases, Technology, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Brian Martin United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

STEM stands for “science, technology, engineering and math.” Many different careers use the problem-solving and innovation techniques taught in STEM, and these skills are in demand now more than ever. In fact, there were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs in the… Full article at the source>

Find out more about how the Mint and its employees use STEM in this video.

By: USMINT

Originally published on Nov 7, 2016

This video with employees at West Point and Headquarters explores how the U.S. Mint uses science, technology, engineering and math to make coins.

 

Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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European dealer devises a clever contest using a fake coin

May 18, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Competition, E-commerce, Education, Events, Fake Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

There’s a fake in the latest catalog of a respected auction house—and the owner knows it.

Dr. Hubert Lanz, of the respected Munich coin company Numismatik Lanz, has long been a champion of collectors, whose many hazards include the issue of counterfeit coins. As Numismatik Lanz is celebrating its 70th year of operation, Dr. Lanz came up with a clever idea to promote the company and highlight the danger of fraud in numismatics: He placed a fake in catalog number 164, and announced that anyone who identified the fake would receive a €25 credit toward their purchase in the auction.

Numismatik Lanz… Full article at the source>

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Grande Dame of Numismatics Passes Away at 97

May 17, 2017 in American Numismatic Society, ANA (American Numismatic Association), Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, USA Coins, World Coins

By: James A. Simek, PNG Secretary

Catherine Bullowa-Moore, a very highly respected Philadelphia coin dealer for six and one-half decades, passed away peacefully May 15, 2017. She was 97 years of age and was originally from Larchmont, New York. She was likable, charming, engaging and very interested in educating people about the joys of numismatics. She was particularly fond of talking to youngsters about coins because she felt they represented the future of the hobby.

I first met Catherine in 1966, I believe, at a coin show in downtown Chicago. I was a teenager with very little money to spend, and I let her know that. She graciously spent time visiting with me and even let me have a coin on “memo” since I did not have enough money with me to pay for it (at the time I did not even know what “memo” meant!). I was taken aback, since we had just met and did not really know each other, but she said “that’s OK, I trust you.” That left an indelible mark and led to a friendship that has endured for more than half a century. She is one of the reasons I am in this profession today.

After marrying David Bullowa, one of America’s premier professional numismatists, Catherine was thrust into the rare coin business when David died unexpectedly in October 1953 after only 1-1/2 years of marriage. Although approached by numerous dealers who wanted to purchase the business name and location, Catherine was determined to make a career of it herself. “Determined” is a good word to describe Catherine. She was independent, strong-willed and extremely capable and was admired by many for having these traits.

She had acquired a love of coins from her late husband and, in his memory, decided to continue the business. Keep in mind that, at the time, there were only a handful of female coin dealers in the entire country so this presented quite a challenge for the young lady who had majored in zoology at Connecticut College.

Catherine loved to read and made good use of David’s extensive numismatic library. She studied not only United States coins and currency, but foreign and ancient coins as well. It was not long before she was a self-taught expert in several aspects of numismatics.

In 1959, Catherine married Earl E Moore, an autographs and manuscripts specialist. Their union was to last 41 years. They were frequent attendees at coin shows and conventions throughout the country and both of them enjoyed the camaraderie and interactions with old friends that these opportunities afforded.

Through the years, Catherine held membership in numerous professional and hobby-related organizations. Among them were the American Numismatic Society (ANS) of which she was a Life Fellow and to which she contributed generously; the Royal Numismatic Society (RNS) of which she was a Fellow; the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN); the American Numismatic Association (ANA) in which she held Life Membership #355; and the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) where she had Senior Member status. She was also a founding member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), and one of only a handful of individuals to have been given Life Member status (#3) by the organization.

Catherine received many awards and accolades throughout her illustrious career, and one she was quite pleased to receive was the PNG’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. She also received their Art Kagin Numismatic Ambassador Award in 2013.

One achievement of which she was particularly proud was to have been chosen in 1965 as a member of the United States Assay Commission. Names were submitted by the Director of the Mint to the White House where the final choices were made. Members would check random samples of the previous year’s coinage for weight and purity and membership in the Commission carried with it a great deal of prestige. She also was a member of the Old Time Assay Commissioners’ Society and enjoyed that immensely.

Catherine’s rich legacy and fond memories remain with countless people she has come in contact with throughout her long and illustrious career in numismatics. She will be greatly missed by her family, as well as by numerous friends and associates.

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Rich in symbolism, new Dragon and Phoenix coins offer rare collectable opportunities

May 17, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Two of the most potent animal symbols in Chinese mythology appear in stunning high relief on these new gold and silver proof coins from The Perth Mint.

Seen as wise and benevolent, the Oriental dragon represents nobility and good fortune in a culture where people believed their Emperor to have been the son of a dragon.

Another ancient symbol of good fortune, the Phoenix is considered to be an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadowed harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new Emperor.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and phoenix are said to be perfect matches for one another. The… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Hungary: János Irinyi, inventor of the match, features on latest “Hungarian Inventors” coin

May 16, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Science, World Coins

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

The National Bank of Hungary will issue (18th May) a new coin in the very popular and ongoing collector series “Inventions and Technical Innovations of Hungarian Engineers and Inventors.” The series features the people and inventions that have made a significant technical or scientific contribution to popular culture and modern life. The latest coin highlights both the inventor János Irinyi (1817–1895) and the outstanding contribution he is credited as having invented and patented—the noiseless and non-explosive match. The coin also marks the 200th anniversary of the year of his birth.

The square-shaped coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary with… Full article at the source>

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

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The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure

May 16, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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

In his richly illustrated new book The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure, Q. David Bowers explores the cultural scene and political and military developments that led up to the Second World War. Bowers, one of America’s preeminent historians, starts with the aftermath of the world conflict of 1914 to 1918. He colorfully describes the fabric of life in the United States and international events through the 1920s and 1930s. Then: the eruption of fresh hostilities in 1939 and immersion in a new global war. Ultimately Bowers’s focus is the 1941 maritime loss of a massive shipment of silver,… Full article at the source>

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

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Is there a fortune hiding in your change jar?

May 15, 2017 in Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Dimes, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Tegna Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Many people probably have a jar, bucket or piggy bank where they keep all the change they’ve acquired over the years. Sometimes we collect it just to get it out of our wallets. Other times we do it to save up for a large purchase. Often, though, we don’t pay much attention to which coins make it into our change banks, meaning you probably don’t know if you have some truly valuable coins hiding inside. Before you lose that jar in your next move or convert it all to cash at your nearest bank, be sure to sift through it… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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The mother of the Father of Our Country: Mary Ball Washington

May 14, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

Sunday is Mother’s Day. In the world of U.S. coins and paper money, there’s not much to look at with respect to such a holiday. We do, however, have an extremely popular first president who has appeared on coins, tokens, medals, paper money, and nearly every kind of financial product that can be stamped or printed—namely, George Washington. And as it happens, his journey to the status of Founding Father was strongly influenced by one of the most epic presidential mothers of all time: Mary Ball Washington.

Mary was 80 years old when her son became the first American president. She… Full article at the source>

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

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Russia: New silver Proof coin commemorates poet Konstantin Balmont

May 12, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Russian Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: World Mint News Blog world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

As of May 2, 2017, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has issued a silver Proof coin commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of poet Konstantin Balmont (1867–1942). The coin is the latest entrant in the series “Outstanding Personalities of Russia.”

The obverse bears a relief image of the Russian Federation’s coat of arms with the inscriptions РОССИЙСКАЯ ФЕДЕРАЦИЯ (Russian Federation) above the arms and БАНК РОССИИ (Bank of Russia) below them. Under the bank name is the denomination, 2 РУБЛЯ (2 rubles) and the… Full article at the source>

Source: world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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Portugal: Centenary of Our Lady of Fatima shrine celebrated with new coin

May 12, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda or INCM have issued (5th May) a new coin commemorating the Fatima Santuary as part of the celebration of the centenary of the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. The anniversary has not only significant socio-cultural relevance in Portugal but also international support throughout the Catholic world.

Consecrated to the Virgin Mary, the sanctuary is one of the most important Marian Shrines in the world. Some four million people visit Fatima each year, drawn by apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported by three shepherd children in 1917. According to the tradition, the Virgin revealed the… Full article at the source>

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California Teenager Named PNG 2017 Scholarship Recipient

May 10, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Prize Winners, Seminars, Young Collectors

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Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

California Teenager Named
PNG 2017 Scholarship Recipient

 

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(Temecula, California) May10, 2017 – A Southern California teenager whose jubilant coin collecting passion has enthralled his family and high school friends has been selected to receive the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) 2017 Young Numismatist Scholarship.

“This year’s PNG scholarship is being awarded to Grant Shobar, 17, of Laguna Niguel, California. It will cover airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar (www.money.org/summer-seminar) sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” announced PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

As a youngster, Grant collected an assortment of items ranging from hotel room keys to football cards, marbles and stamps. He began collecting coins five years ago and has been an avid young numismatist since then.

“My passion for coin collecting never ends, and every hour I spend, whether organizing or analyzing a coin I am interested in buying, flies by and I enjoy every moment of it,” Grant explained.

Grant Shobar, PNG 2017 YN scholarship winner. (Photo courtesy of Shobar Family.)

Grant Shobar, PNG 2017 YN scholarship winner. (Photo courtesy of Shobar Family.)

“I was so thrilled when I learned that I won this year’s scholarship.  I went to the Summer Seminars the past two years, and the experiences were incredible.  It definitely brings collecting to a whole new level. This scholarship will help me expand my interest in the hobby and collecting,” added Grant who wants to take a Summer Seminar class on Seated Liberty coinage.

He will be a Senior this fall at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California. He started the Numismaniacs Coin Club at the school during his Freshman year.  Grant also has written articles for various hobby publications, including the ANA’s magazine, The Numismatist, and enjoys attending the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show.

His parents, Mark and Cathy Shobar, and his sister, Hayleigh, have been delighted with Grant’s enthusiasm for collecting.

“We were excited (when Grant was notified about the PNG scholarship).  He literally lives and breathes coins; that’s all he talks about. He’s so passionate about the hobby.  His sister loves to listen to Grant talk about coins.  He teaches us all.  Now we’re always looking at all the coins and currency that come through our hands.  We learn from him,” said Cathy Shobar.

“I think this scholarship is a great opportunity for kids, a win-win for parents and their children. Not only are they learning about coins, a very valuable hobby, it teaches them more about many other topics.  We’re very blessed that he has such a passion for coins,” she added.  

Grant offers this advice for prospective collectors: “Everyone considering collecting should delve into the hobby.  Knowledge is key. Coins are really the best hobby because it is so diverse, there’s an option for everyone.”

This is the 13th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational Summer Seminar programs.  

“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,” explained PNG President Dana Samuelson.

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

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Grading Capped Bust half dollars

May 10, 2017 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, Half Dollars, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

Grading Capped Bust half dollars is a challenge, especially to new hobbyists unaccustomed to the series, which ran from 1807 to 1839 and which continues to be popular because many of the dates are affordable and come with a large selection of die varieties (including overdate strikes).

We’ll save overdates for a future column. This post concerns circulation (business) strikes. The denomination was used heavily in circulation, and that accounts for the typical wear you will see on the high points of the obverse and reverse.

The grading basics of this post concern high points where wear is readily distinguishable: the raised… Full article at the source>

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

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What’s Your Inspiration?

May 10, 2017 in Art, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Brian Martin United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

By Heather Sabharwal May 9, 2017 When it comes to coin design, inspiration can take many forms. From historical documentation to personal experiences, United States Mint artists draw upon many things to ultimately express the values, aspirations and shared heritage… Full article at the source>

Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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Austria: Latest coin in popular Silver Niobium series rolls out in June

May 7, 2017 in Austrian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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

On June 7, 2017, the Austrian Mint will release “Mikrokosmos” (Microcosm), the newest in its extremely popular Silver Niobium series. Inaugurated in 2003, the bimetallic €25 coins have consistently sold out at the mint, and all—especially the first few issues—have gained value on the secondary market.

Each year’s issue is composed of a disc of niobium surrounded by a .900 silver outer ring. The brilliant colors of the disc are achieved by anodic oxidation—a precisely controlled electrochemical process that deposits a fine layer of oxidized niobium on the surface of the disc. The color is determined by the thickness of… Full article at the source>

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

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APMEX promoting its new CoinGrade+ feature with giveaway of MS-70 Silver Swan from the Perth Mint

May 5, 2017 in Australian Coins, Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

(Oklahoma City)—After being made available to the public on April 3, the 2017 Silver Swan 1-ounce coin—the first release of a new bullion series from the Perth Mint—sold out worldwide in less than two days.

The coin’s .9999 fine silver content and low mintage of 25,000 coins combined bullion’s utility with collectible appeal. Similar to well-known silver coin series like the Kookaburra and Koala, the Swan coins will change designs with each release. The Perth Mint has had much success with these continuing series, as well as with other innovative coin designs.

While all available Silver Swan coins were quickly claimed,… Full article at the source>

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

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New Spock coin commemorates Star Trek’s famous Mirror, Mirror episode

May 4, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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The “Box of 20” collecting method

May 3, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins, World Coins

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

Coin collecting features virtually endless possibilities to put together sets of ancient, classic, and modern coins. Many of these sets, however, consist of dozens of different coins, and many sets include various stoppers that cost a strong premium due to their rarity. Building complete sets, even type sets, may not be feasible for all collectors. Perhaps because of this, a new way of collecting has become more popular over the past few years: the “box of 20” collecting strategy. The idea originates with PCGS and NGC storage boxes, which traditionally hold 20 spaces for certified coins. Instead of using these… Full article at the source>

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

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New App, New Features for PCGS Set Registry

May 1, 2017 in Android Apps, Coins, Collecting, Ipad Apps, Iphone Apps, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Uncategorized

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May 1, 2017

Media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

New App, New Features for PCGS Set Registry

The PCGS Set Registry app offers the key elements of the desktop version, as well as some brand new features.

The PCGS Set Registry app offers the key elements of the desktop version, as well as some brand new features.

Newport Beach, California) – Thanks to a brand-new app from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com), collectors can manage their coin collections from their smartphones. The company just added the PCGS Set Registry companion app to its growing list of mobile apps.

This app, compatible with iOS and Android, comes on the heels of an update to the Set Registry desktop site, which allowed for enhanced mobile compatibility. Both the app and recent update were steps in providing convenience and a renewed experience to users.

“Making the site mobile was a must. It is simply more convenient to manage your set on the go. In addition to the added convenience, we’ve included new features, such as image uploading and the “What If” feature, which we believe will be a hit among set owners,” stated PCGS President Don Willis.

Collectors can now easily upload images directly from their mobile device to their collection. Scanning the coin’s cert number automatically adds the image to the set if a PCGS TrueView™ image is available for the coin. Or, users can take a picture of a coin and instantly upload the image to their inventory.

The “What If” feature shows collectors how a PCGS-graded coin would impact their set by simply scanning or entering the coin’s cert number. Once the coin info is entered, a before and after comparison of their set’s rank, rating and grade is shown.

“Released as a companion app, collectors are encouraged to use both the app and desktop site in tandem for the complete experience,” said Set Registry Director BJ Searls.

Considering the enhanced, mobile experience, the company anticipates the app to be a popular download among collectors.

“With this app, you can update and access your set from anywhere, as long as you can connect to the internet. The interface is streamlined, and it launches and performs functions quickly. There are many reasons collectors will want to download it,” said Willis.

The PCGS Set Registry companion app is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play. Visit www.PCGS.com/apps to learn more.

Developed in 2001, the PCGS Set Registry was the hobby’s first free online tool for organizing and analyzing coin collections. For more information on the PCGS Set Registry, and to start your online collection, visit http://www.PCGS.com/SetRegistry.   

Founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, Professional Coin Grading Service is the most respected coin authentication and grading company in the world and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Paris and the United States.

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App Download Links

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pcgs.setregistry

 iOS:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/coin-collection-pcgs-set-registry/id1215957117?mt=8

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