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US Mint Baseball coin design Competition

March 29, 2013 in Coins, Commemorative, Competition, Design, News, USA Coins

Batter Up! Pitch your coin design today.

On April 11, 2013, the United States Mint will launch a national design competition for the heads side of commemorative coins celebrating the National Baseball Hall of Fame to be issued in 2014.

Who May Participate?

U. S. citizens and permanent residents age 14 and older. Those 13 and younger can enter the Kids’ Baseball Coin Design Challenge.


Create and submit a common design for the obverse (heads) side of $5 gold, $1 silver and half-dollar clad coins to be issued under the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program.


The competition submission period begins on April 11, 2013, at 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and ends at 12 noon EDT on May 11, 2013. If 10,000 entries are received prior to May 11, the Mint may provide 48 hours notice that the submission period will be suspended early. This early suspension will not happen before 12 noon EDT on April 26, 2013.


Submit your design on starting April 11, 2013.

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Max Keiser Endorses Gold, Silver and Bitcoin

March 29, 2013 in Bitcoin, Gold, Investing, Money, Silver

“I recommend Gold, Silver and Bitcoin as a safehaven,” says the host of RT’s “Keiser Report.”

( March 28, 2013

Max Keiser, the host of RT’s “Keiser Report,” has been a successful stockbroker, inventor of virtual specialist technology and co-founder of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. With Cypriots experiencing bank holidays, the financial analyst has stated that he thinks the big question is, “will the confiscation of money by the IMF and Germany from depositors in Cyprus end up being the trigger for military conflict? We’ve seen coups and revolutions started for less, not to mention WWI.”

He then writes, “As always, I recommend Gold, Silver and Bitcoin as a safe haven during this turbulent time.”

Keiser is also trying to produce the first Hollywood movie ever financed using Bitcoin. To learn more click here! He has followed Bitcoin through its monumental rise to its headline-topping $90 price. Max Keiser has also predicted $500 silver bullion.

Bitcoin has gained attention over the last months, especially as the crisis in Cyprus has erupted.

Who is Mark Keiser?

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New Summer Seminar Course Taught by Numismatic Icons

March 23, 2013 in Education, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Seminars, USA Coins

The American Numismatic Association will offer a new Summer Seminar course, “Legends in Numismatics,” which will be taught by a slate of world-renowned numismatists. The course will be offered during both sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

This is a rare opportunity for students to get first-hand experience with some of the icons in the numismatic industry,” ANA Executive Director Jeff Shelvin said.

Ana Summer 2012 Course Catalog

Ana Summer 2012 Course Catalog

From June 22-28, instructors will include Ira Goldberg, Mark Borckardt, Neil Shafer and Fred Holabird. This week-long session will give students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of territorial gold, money of panics and depressions, coins that made history and the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.

“The experience of the instructors represents over 100 years in numismatics, and the topics give students an overview of various fields that they may be inspired to explore further,” Shafer said.

Notables Kenneth E. Bressett, Robert W. Hoge, Beth Deisher and Dennis Tucker will instruct the second session of the course, from June 29-July 5, which is dedicated to teaching students about the world of numismatic writing, publishing and research. Students will engage in and discuss topics with instructors in an open forum roundtable.

Deisher, retired editor of Coin World, is eager to teach numismatic writers the step-by-step instructions on how to increase the likelihood of becoming published.

“Instructors for this course will be able to provide students the how-to instructions to make their numismatic writing experiences smoother, easier and faster,” Deisher said.  “We will be able to give students the inside fast-track.”

For more information on “Legends in Numismatics” or to enroll, download the course catalog at For questions, call Education Project Manager Susan McMillan at 719-482-9850 or email

Join us for the ANA’s 45th Annual Summer Seminar, held on the Colorado College campus in beautiful Colorado Springs. Summer Seminar is an opportunity for numismatic scholarship and camaraderie, offering students a wide and varied selection of courses, mini seminars and special events suited for everyone, from the curious beginner to the most advanced numismatist.

The American Numismatic Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 27,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of programs including its education and outreach programs, museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to

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Bitcoin – The Libertarian Introduction

March 22, 2013 in Bitcoin, Currency, Investing, Virtual currency

What it is, how it’s used, and why you should care.

Erik Voorhees – April 11, 2012

“When a state currency is challenged, the state itself is challenged, and market forces move swiftly around sickly, depreciating inhibitors.”

  • ·         Introduction
  • ·         What is Bitcoin?
  • ·         How does it work?
  • ·         Why is Bitcoin valuable?
  • ·         No really, WHY is Bitcoin valuable?
  • ·         How does one obtain it?
  • ·         Being careful with money
  • ·         What can one do with it?
  • ·         Bitcoin vs. The State
  • ·         Bitcoin and Disruption
  • ·         Useful Resources


There has been much talk about Bitcoin within libertarian and economic circles. It’s becoming a buzzword, but like all new systems that break onto the public stage quickly, Bitcoin brings with it excitement, speculation, rumor, and downright confusion. To be sure, Bitcoin is complicated. After all, it’s an entirely new global monetary system – both a currency and a payment network for that currency.

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United States Mint 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins

March 22, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

March 21, 2013 By Michael Zielinski (

The 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins are now available for purchase from the United States Mint. Three different coins recognize the five 5-Star Generals of the United States Army, Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Henry Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Omar N. Bradley, who are all alumni or were instructors at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The program was authorized under Public Law 111-262 enacted on October 8, 2010. The US Mint will strike and issue a maximum of 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad composition half dollars. Surcharges added to the price of each coin will be distributed to CGSC Foundation to help finance its activities in support of the college.

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Why Bitcoins Are Just Like Gold

March 22, 2013 in Bitcoin, Gold, History, Money

Mar 21 2013  By Alec Liu (

Plenty of people still have a difficult time wrapping their heads around what bitcoin is or why it even has value, especially as the virtual cryptocurrency continues to scale record heights. How isn’t this a Ponzi scheme, many have wondered?

A good way to look at it is to compare it to gold. What gives a shiny metal that doesn’t have a whole lot of real utility–outside of jewelry and limited industrial use–any kind of real world value?

The only reason gold has value is because one day, way back when, long before recorded history, society simply decided that this yellowish precious metal should represent “money.” From that day forward–as that idea spread virally across the globe (or at least the small part of the planet then settled by homo sapiens)–gold came to be worth something in the eyes of the people.

As a representative (and thus store) of value, it became a universal intermediary between goods and services. This was the natural, inevitable economic evolution of the barter system. As it retained its value over time–and eventually throughout human history–gold gained cultural credibility. That’s the quick and easy answer.

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Out of Change: Obama has to borrow coins to toss in Jerusalem wishing well during tour stop

March 22, 2013 in Coins, Israel Coins, News, Politics

Mar. 21, 2013 1:13pm Sharona Schwartz (

We all know the U.S. Government is a profligate borrower. What we may not have known is that it’s not only the big bucks that are important, but the small coins too.

Even though he makes trillion dollar budgetary decisions, President Barack Obama was short of change Thursday morning at a stop on his Israel tour.

At the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed, Obama wanted to throw shekels in a wishing well there, but found he was short of change.

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Range Rover Covered in Coins

March 21, 2013 in Coins, Entertainment

By: March, 20th, 2013

Chrome wrap not enough for you? These guys in Dubai will cover your car with coins. Yes, actual coins.

Rolling in a Range Rover, you look like money. Plain and simple. But these guys (in Dubai, of course) have taken things a step further. After having applied a similar treatment to a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, the crew over at Coins Car have glued a bunch of metal currency to the latest Range Rover. The process used no less than 57,412 coins to give it the most blinged-out treatment we’ve seen applied to a car yet.
Not enough? They also covered the windows with pictures of men in traditional Arabian garb and applied Emerian symbols like eagle emblems and UAE flags. They’ll gladly apply the same treatment upon commission by individual customers. Based in Dubai, they just might find some takers.


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Selling My One Ounce Gold Coin for $20 (When It Was Worth $1600) Oops!

March 21, 2013 in Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, USA Coins

By: Mark DIce (

It is incredible that so many people have no clue whatsoever as to the price of an ounce of gold…

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US Mint Numismatic Product Sales Broadly Lower

March 20, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

March 19, 2013 By  (

The United States Mint’s numismatic product sales were broadly lower on the week, although there were a few bright spots. Across all available products, there were 27 which had higher sales compared to the prior week, 7 with sales unchanged, and 104 which had lower sales.

The strongest gainer for the week was the 2012 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set, which had sales of 5,580 units compared to sales of just 284 in the prior week. This set contains the four uncirculated 2012 Presidential Dollars, 2012 Native American Dollar, and 2012-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle. The latter coin had sold out of its individual option last week, making this product the only source of the coin directly from the US Mint.

Entering their third week of availability, the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Silver Dollars added 11,030 units across proof and uncirculated options. The cumulative sales total has now reached 74,119 out of the 350,000 maximum mintage. The coins for the United States Mint’s other commemorative coin program for this year honoring the U.S. Army 5-Star Generals will debut later this week.

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The Gold and Silver Mine – The rare ‘Stella’ gold coin

March 20, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: DOUGLAS KEEFE. March 19th, 2013 (

During the course of the monetary history of our great country, we have experienced some strange denominations of coins. Some examples are the half-cent, 2- and 3-cent coins, a 20-cent piece, and gold coins in $2.50 and $3 denominations. Old-timers will remember the saying “phony as a three-dollar bill” (but that didn’t apply to the $3 coin, unless of course it was counterfeited). But I’m getting away from the intent of this article.

During the 1870s, a proposal was made for the production of a $4 gold coin. The reasoning was that it would facilitate trade in countries where European gold coins were used in commerce, but whose weight didn’t correspond to any of our coins’ weights.

The designs proposed had a common reverse that featured a five-pointed star with the word ‘Stella’ within it, being Latin for ‘star’ – hence the term given to the coin. The entire inscription read “One Stella 400 cents.” Many people incorrectly think ‘Stella’ refers to a woman’s name.

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Rare Coins Index Soars, But “Know Your Dealer,” Advises Professional Numismatists Guild

March 19, 2013 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

Published: Monday, Mar. 18, 2013 (

TEMECULA, Calif. —

Rare coins soared 25 percent in value over the past year and 248 percent the past ten years, according to the Luxury Investments Index in the recently-released Knight Frank 2013 Wealth Report. However, numismatic experts caution that before making a purchase investors should beware of unscrupulous “boiler room” dealers who may promise more than they deliver.

“Rare coins are an enjoyable hobby and part of some people’s long-term portfolios, but buyers should remember the important adage: If you don’t know rare coins, you better know your rare coin dealer,” said Jeffrey Bernberg, President of the Professional Numismatists Guild (

Founded in 1955, the PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers. PNG members must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics ( in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.

“The authoritative Knight Frank Wealth Report and the recent, record-breaking auction of the first rare coin to reach the $10 million dollar level have prompted more people to look into rare coins as long-term investments,” Bernberg explained.

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A Guide to Ancient Coin Collecting

March 18, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, History, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Russell A. Augustin on March 15, 2013 ( AU Capital Management )  (

Amassing a collection of ancient coins can seem like a daunting task: the US mint has existed for little more than two hundred years, but the Classical world spans a colossal twenty-one centuries. Where would a collection begin, let alone end?

That’s where we come in.

You don’t need to own a museum or be a Rockefeller to collect ancient coins. There are indeed thousands of possible collections, but we’ll cover the ones that could be most comfortably completed, including variations based on the overall price tag: some sets have individual coins that could run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but there are alternate sets and subsets which are equally exciting and historical at more affordable prices.

But even though ancient coins have been collected by such noteworthy historical figures as Thomas Jefferson, Louis XIV, and Augustus Caesar himself, the field is open to all comers. We have observed that the market on these coins is less mature than that of US ones, so coins of smaller mintage and greater intrinsic value are actually far less expensive today than their American counterparts. Additionally, there is such an extensive pool of variations that you could contentedly collect for decades to come and never run out of new sets to complete.

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Santa Cruz club to slip rare coins into circulation

March 18, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Nickel Coins, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Kimberly White. Santa Cruz Sentinel. 03-16-2013 (

FELTON — Members of the Santa Cruz Coin Club will be up to their old tricks next month.

Five or six years ago, the local chapter of the American Numismatic Association secretly started slipping rare coins into circulation, hoping some eagle-eyed kindred spirits would find an Indian head penny or buffalo nickel while sorting through their pocket change.

Bill Higgins, the club’s treasurer, said they now do it every year in honor of National Coin Week, held this year April 21-27 with the theme “Buffalo Nickel Centennial: Black Diamond Shines Again.” The national numismatic association is celebrating by hosting events and educational activities centered around the Indian head/buffalo nickel, including Native American history and animals on coins.

The face of the Indian head/buffalo nickel is believed to be based on three American Indians, Chief Iron Tail of the Lakota Sioux, Chief Two Moons of the Cheyenne and a third who remains unidentified, according to the U.S. Mint. A bison, believed to have been modeled after a buffalo at a New York zoo, Black Diamond, graces its back.

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PCGS Paris Certifies “Champagne Lanson” Gold Double Eagles

March 14, 2013 in Coin Grading, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, USA Coins

March 13, 2013 By Coin Update (

The Professional Coin Grading Service’s European Submission Center ( in Paris has authenticated and graded the treasure trove of nearly 500 U.S. 19th and early 20th century $20 gold coins discovered in a French vineyard. Known as the Champagne Lanson Bonnet Vineyard Collection, the coins soon will be offered in a public auction by Bonhams ( on June 3, 2013.

“These are the 497 U.S. Double Eagles that were discovered last year in an attic during remodeling work on what used to be grape-drying facility in Les Riceys, a village in Eastern France.  The treasure trove of gold coins were minted between 1851 and 1928, and the majority of the now PCGS-certified coins were graded PCGS MS63 or higher.  Three 1924 Double Eagles graded PCGS MS66,” said Muriel Eymery, PCGS Vice President of International Business Development.

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Austin Rare Coins and Bullion Sells One of the World’s Oldest and Most Treasured Coins Lydian Gold Coin Struck in 560 BC Will Never Be Back on Market

March 13, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics

PRESS RELEASE March 12th, 2013 ( By BusinessWire

AUSTIN, Texas, Mar 12, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Austin Rare Coins and Bullion, a leading provider of investment-grade rare gold and silver coins and gold and silver bullion, announced today it has sold one of the oldest gold coins ever made to a private collector in Texas. The hand-struck coin is breathtaking and what makes it even more unique is the almost perfectly centered image and incredibly fine detail. Similar coins from this era tend to be off centered and far lower quality than this one, yet have sold for much more than the $27,000 this coin fetched. An image of this amazing treasure can be seen at

“We have never encountered an Ancient gold coin of this age in such remarkable quality,” said Ryan Denby, president of Austin Rare Coins and Bullion. “It’s hard to imagine this was crudely produced nearly 2,600 years ago.”

The first coins struck for commerce, created by King Croesus in Lydia (modern Iran), are referred to as third-stater coins and are made of Electrum – a combination of gold and silver. This amazing coin, dating to 560 BC, is one of the first staters – struck from pure gold. This Ancient Lydian coin is about the size of a U.S. dime and contains 1/4 ounce of gold. Middle Eastern and European treasures such as this have been becoming increasingly harder to find as governments have dramatically restricted the export of such artifacts – preferring to keep them for museum display or for the private collections of ruling monarchies.

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Gold and Silver Coins Celebrate 850 Years of Notre Dame Cathedral

March 12, 2013 in Coins, Commemorative, Euro Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins

March 11, 2013 By Michael Alexander (

The Monnaie de Paris has launched (11th March) a series of exquisite and innovative coins to mark the 850 years since the commencement of construction of one of the world’s most notable religious landmarks – that of the Notre Dame Cathedral, located in the heart of Paris.

Construction began in 1183 during the reign of Louis VII and was eventually completed by 1345 (at which time, Philip VI of the house of Valois was King) and included some of the most colorful and intricate stained glass panes ever assembled. Known as Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris) and located on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, it is the church that contains the cathedra or official chair of the Archbishop of Paris. The cathedral is also home to the crown of thorns, a fragment of the True Cross and one of the Holy Nails.

Notre Dame is considered a Gothic-style masterpiece of architecture – with a height of 226 feet or 69 meters, a length of 420 feet (128 meters) and a width of 226 feet (69 meters) it is one of the largest structures of its kind and among the first buildings in the world to use arched exterior supports, becoming a noted aspect of Gothic style construction. Notre Dame sustained considerable damage during the French Revolution and underwent considerable reconstruction to restore its original Gothic splendor. Today, the Cathedral welcomes more than 13 million visitors every year from around the world and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On this momentous anniversary, Notre Dame will be equipped with new bells.

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Demand for Silver Coins Jumps 148%; Investors start pouring in

March 11, 2013 in Coins, Investing, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

MARCH 10, 2013 BY THE DOC (

In February 2013, the U.S. Mint reported that it sold almost 3.7 million ounces of silver in coins. In the same period of 2012, it sold 1.49 million ounces of silver.

Simple calculation would show that’s an increase of more than 148% in demand for silver coins in one year! (Source: U.S. Mint)

Looking at the long-term chart of silver, we see it is still in a bull market.

As central banks around the world are now net buyers of gold bullion, I’m getting more bullish on silver. (Don’t get me wrong. I love gold, and I am a big believer of gold prices moving higher.) But gold bullion may have become too expensive for small investors to own…and silver could just be that low-priced alternative for investors to protect themselves from coming inflation.

At present, both gold bullion and silver alike are experiencing significant negative sentiment. In the midst of all this and severe pressure from the bears, the demand for silver hasn’t declined; as a matter of fact, the demand for silver is increasing and robust to say the least.

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Why I Am Buying Rare Coins Now

March 11, 2013 in Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Investing, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By David Batson of David Batson, Commodities (

So, I know for a fact that I am going to be called a fool and a piker by several people in the bullion business and a few others who just don’t like my cock-sure attitude about things.

But I don’t care because I am right–as usual–and my critics are wrong–as usual.

I am entering the rare coins market after more than a decade of trading futures contracts and physical gold and silver bullion. The reason is simple: I expect a lot more retail investors to be entering the precious metals market over the next three to five years and numismatics is a retail-oriented segment.

Keep in mind that rare coins have done just fine over the last decade. If in 2008 you were buying Morgan silver dollars, 100-year old Liberty Heads and pre-1933 St. Gaudens; you are a happy camper. You are ahead of the game.

But I think it is going to be even better going forward.

Listen, the bullion bull market has been driven by governments and institutions buying over the past decade. The conversation really starts and stops with China, who will take delivery of the equivalent of the entire world’s production of gold in 2013. Throw in institutions like the University of Texas, which was kind enough to let the world know it was buying $1 billion worth of gold in Spring 2011 (most institutional buyers you will never hear about) and you get a 700% increase in gold over the last decade.

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10 Lesser-Known U.S. Coins

March 8, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Money, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

M Asher Cantrell.  March 6, 2013 (

President Obama recently suggested the retirement of the penny as a way of reducing the federal budget, since it costs nearly two and a half times its face value to mint. While that may not happen any time soon, it’s still interesting to look at some other coins in U.S. history that were retired, were exceptionally rare, or never even made it off the drawing board…


While most of America’s coinage is made up of a variety of materials, bullion coins are made up entirely of precious metals. Currently, there are four kinds: Silver Eagles, Gold Eagles, Platinum Eagles, and Gold Buffalos.

Each are legal tender and have their own face value: Silver Eagles are $1, Gold Eagles are $5, $10, $25, or $50 (depending on weight), Platinum Eagles are $100, and Gold Buffalos are $50. However, it would be a really horrible idea to spend them—the coins are intended to be bought and sold at the current market value of the metal from which they were created (which is far, far higher than the face value).

Bullion coins aren’t circulated and can’t be purchased from the U.S. Mint directly. Instead, a network of authorized sellers can hook you up … to the tune of the market value of the metal, plus a little extra for the convenience of having it in coin form.

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Israel Producing Gold ‘Ten Commandments’ Medallions

March 8, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Israel Coins, Precious Metals

For the first time, Israel will be producing a set of gold coins commemorating the Ten Commandments

By David Lev 03-13-2013 ( Arutz Sheva)

For the first time, Israel will be producing a set of gold coins commemorating the Ten Commandments. The Israel Coins and Medals Corporation has released a set of ten medallions, with a very high gold content level – .999 pure – that will feature symbolic graphical renditions of the Ten Commandments.


Israel The Ten Commandments, 2013/5773 Medal Series

The Ten Commandments, 2013/5773
Medal Series

Each of the ten medallions features a work of art that describes the particular Commandment, along with the relevant passage from the Biblical Book of Exodus, where the Ten Commandments are listed. The opposite side of each coin shows a renditions of the Tablets of the Law, upon which the Bible tells us G-d inscribed the Ten Commandments. The logo of the Corporation, as well as its gold content, is also inscribed.

For Jews, the entire Torah is seen as the Word of G-d, but the Ten Commandments have always held a higher status due to the fact that they were revealed directly by G-d Himself to the Jewish people, who had just left Egypt. The Ten Commandments have a special place in the heart of the Jewish people, and indeed in the hearts of religious and secular people around the world.

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Keep Calm and Carry On as Silver Coin Sales Soar!

March 8, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

Sean Brodrick | March 7, 2013 (

When I was walking the rows and corridors of the Prospectors and Developers’ Association of Canada (PDAC) in Toronto this week, I kept thinking of the phrase from the London Blitz, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

That’s because many developers and explorers I talked to were feeling the strain of sagging stock prices.

Plenty of junior miners I checked had money in the till — at least, enough to last them for a year or two. But because investor sentiment has been extraordinarily bearish, deals that might have been available six months or a year ago are no longer on the table.

But just because big-money investors are bearish on these companies, doesn’t mean individual investors are entirely bearish on the metals themselves. In fact, if you’ve bought one particular form of bullion this year, you’ve been a part of history-making sales …

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US Mint Sales Report: 2013 Girl Scouts Silver Dollars Debut

March 7, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

March 5, 2013 By Michael Zielinski (

2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Proof Silver Dollar (G10)

2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Proof Silver Dollar (G10)

2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Proof Silver Dollar (G10)

2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Proof Silver Dollar (G10)

The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report contains the opening figures for the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollars. Elsewhere in the report, more of the 2012-P America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins have sold out and sales of the First Spouse Gold Coins saw another increase.

On February 28, 2013, the US Mint began sales of the 2013 Girl Scouts Silver Dollar commemorative coins. The coins were offered in proof and uncirculated versions under introductory pricing for the first month of availability. Through the reporting date of March 4, orders have been received for 29,331 proofs and 12,293 uncirculated coins. This makes for a combined total of 41,624 out of the maximum authorized mintage of 350,000.

The available options for the 2012-P ATB Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins continue to dwindle. The design featuring Denali National Park & Preserve has now sold out. This leaves only the designs for El Yunque National Forest and Chaco Culture National Historical Park remaining.

The US Mint has not yet indicated the maximum mintage levels or release dates for the 2013-dated issues of the series.

Sales of the available First Spouse Gold Coins increased for the second week in a row. After selling a meager 126 coins across all options two weeks ago, last week’s sales nearly doubled to 219. For the current week, sales rose again to 360 coins across all options. A potential driver for the recently higher sales may have been collectors making their purchases before a new pricing grid went into effect on February 27. The new pricing grid served to increase the prices for the First Spouse Coins, despite falling precious metals prices.

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World record price for rare Australian ‘Holey Dollar’

March 7, 2013 in Antique Coins, Australian Coins, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

Agence France-Presse March 5, 2013 (

A private collector has paid a world record Aus$495,000 (US$508,000) for one of Australia’s first coins, known as the “Holey Dollar”, auctioneers said Wednesday.

Only 300 of the coins survive and Belinda Downie, managing director of Melbourne dealer Coinworks, said the one that sold this week was the finest example.

“This Holey Dollar was created in 1813 from a Spanish Silver Dollar that had been minted at the Lima Mint in Peru in 1808,” she said.

“Only 20 of the 200 specimens held by private collectors have ties to the Lima Mint. And this is the absolute finest of them all.”

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Largest Roman coin hoard found in Shropshire returns to county

March 6, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Bronze Coins, Byzantine Coins, News, Roman Coins, Treasure

The largest Roman coin hoard ever discovered in Shropshire – featuring up to 10,000 coins – has been returned to the county permanently.

March 5, 2013 (

And the ancient haul, which is classified as treasure worth £25,000 and dating from between 317-335 A.D, will be displayed in Shrewsbury’s new £10.5 million museum and art gallery when it opens later this year.

Shropshire Museums has secured the safekeeping of the 9,236 coins from the British Museum which had been examining, recording and conserving the find since it was uncovered by novice metal detectorist Nic Davies in a field north of Shrewsbury in 2009.

The hoard is now at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre where it is being photographed and catalogued to allow people to study it online.

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