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Famed Brasher Doubloon Highlights Exhibits At Chicago ANA Courtesy Of Monaco Rare Coins

June 30, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Treasure, USA Coins

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June 30, 2014

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Famed Brasher Doubloon Highlights Exhibits

At Chicago ANA Courtesy Of Monaco Rare Coins

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

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

1787 Brasher Doubloon obverse

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

The finest certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon will be displayed by Monaco Rare Coins of Newport Beach, California (www.MonacoRareCoins.com) as the centerpiece of the official Museum Showcase exhibits at the American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com), August 5 – 9, 2014.

Graded NGC MS63 CAC, it will be insured for $10 million for the exhibition, the first since Monaco acquired the coin this past January and only this coin’s second public display the past quarter century.

The Brasher Doubloon has been described as one of the greatest numismatic rarities of the world.  Made 227 years ago by New York City gold and silversmith Ephraim Brasher, it is one of only seven known surviving examples of the first gold made for the young United States.  Brasher’s initials, EB, are punched on the wing of an eagle on the coin’s obverse.

“Novodels of the Brasher Doubloon have been commissioned by Monaco Rare Coins to be struck in .999 fine gold by the Gallery Mint on the ANA convention floor.  Master Engraver Ron Landis will actually be minting the coins with a hand-operated screw press and educating attendees on the process used to create these important pieces of Americana two centuries ago,” said Monaco Vice President Adam Crum.

A novodel is a coin struck from new dies that are backdated; in this case, 1787.

“A portion of the proceeds from sales of the Brasher Doubloon novodels will be donated to the ANA by Monaco. We have a goal in mind to donate $250,000 to the ANA for many important projects the association is seeking to fund in the coming years.  My hope is that our membership will enjoy these fun novodels and see them as an important resource to educate collectors about significant rarities that enhance our hobby,” explained Crum.

The upcoming exhibit will be this Brasher Doubloon’s first major public appearance in the Chicago area in 27 years.  It’s last formal public display in the Midwest was in 1987 when it was part of a nationwide traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the United States Constitution.  The coin was also displayed at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City and at the 2012 ANA convention in Philadelphia.

“This coin is an iconic national treasure that should be seen, and the upcoming display in Chicago will be the first of several cross-country exhibits that are being planned,” explained Crum.

“This is our country’s first gold coin, struck in the infancy of the United States with a purely American design,” said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman.  “The Brasher Doubloon is one of the most sought-after coins in existence and this example is likely the most important coin ever certified.”

The Brasher Doubloon going on display at the ANA convention weighs 26.4 grams and is .890 fine gold.

“The novodels will be the same weight as the original, but have the beautiful rich color of solid pure .999 fine gold,” said Landis.

“We will have scheduled demonstrations during the ANA convention to show how the they are made. There is a lot of hand crafting that will go into the making of the blanks, hand chasing the edge, striking and finally, adding the oval ‘EB’ stamp after the coin is struck in the screw press,” Landis explained.

Visitors to the ANA Museum Showcase exhibit (booth area #143) and the Monaco booth (#139) can obtain a complimentary, illustrated educational brochure about the Brasher Doubloon.

The obverse design of the Brasher Doubloon shows an eagle holding an olive branch in one claw and arrows in another to symbolize the United States wants peace but is ready for war.  There are 13 stars around the eagle’s head representing the original 13 colonies, and the obverse motto is E PLURIBUS UNUM (“Out of Many, One,”).   The “EB” punch mark is on the wing on the left side of the coin.

The reverse design is a sun rising over a mountain in front of a sea, a symbolic representation of a new beginning.  Around the design is another Latin legend, NOVA EBORACA COLUMBIA EXCELSIOR.  Columbia was a nickname for the United States, Nova Eboraca translates to New York and excelsior is Latin for “ever higher.”

In addition to his punch marked initials on the obverse, Brasher’s full last name is on the reverse.  Besides his work as a respected gold and silversmith, Brasher served in various political and government jobs of the day in New York and was a neighbor of George Washington on Cherry Street in lower Manhattan.

In a 1922 auction catalog description of this coin, Fort Worth, Texas dealer B. Max Mehl stated: “For historical interest and numismatic rarity, this great coin is second to none. It is rightfully recognized as one of the greatest numismatic rarities of the world.”

The fabled Brasher Doubloon was the subject of a 1942 Raymond Chandler novel, “The High Window,” and a subsequent 1947 movie, “The Brasher Doubloon,” based on Chandler’s story about fictional detective, Philip Marlowe.

A video and detailed information about the history of Brasher Doubloons can be found online at www.MonacoRareCoins.com/BrasherVideo.

For additional information about the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, August 5 – 9, visit www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com.  For additional information about the Brasher Doubloon, contact Adam Crum at Monaco Rare Coins at (888) 751-1933 or visit online at www.MonacoRareCoins.com.

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Legend Will Exhibit PCGS-Certified Simpson 1922 High Relief Peace Dollar At ANA Show

June 30, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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June 30, 2014

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Steve Sloan for PCGS, (949) 567-1223
Laura Sperber for Legend Numismatics, (800) 743-2646

Legend Will Exhibit PCGS-Certified Simpson
1922 High Relief Peace Dollar At ANA Show

 

The 1922 Matte Finish High Relief Peace dollar, PCGS PR67

The 1922 Matte Finish High Relief Peace dollar, PCGS PR67

The finest PCGS-certified 1922 Matte Finish High Relief Peace dollar, graded PCGS PR67, will be one of the featured exhibits in the official Museum Showcase display at the American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of MoneySM, August 5 – 9.  Originally owned by a former United States Mint Director and recently acquired by collector Bob R. Simpson of Texas, the coin will be displayed courtesy of Simpson and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey.

“Only about 10 High Relief 1922 Peace dollars have been reported, and this example is the highest grade of the seven that have been certified by Professional Coin Grading Service.  No finer example has been reported anywhere else,” said Don Wills, President of PCGS (www.PCGS.com), a division of Collectors Universe, Inc.

The pedigree of this coin dates back to Raymond T. Baker who served as Director of the United States Mint from 1917 to 1922.   The coin was passed down through generations of his family until this year.

Legend Numismatics President Laura Sperber obtained the coin for Simpson at the June 2, 2014 auction conducted by Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in Beverly Hills, California where it sold for $458,250.

Simpson stated: “I consider this particular coin to be the ultimate Peace dollar.  No other Peace dollar I am aware of has the history or is in the same state of preservation. It’s a coin that really needs to be displayed because it is such a treasure.”

The Peace dollar design was first introduced into circulation in 1921.  It was designed by Anthony de Francisci who won a national competition conducted by the Commission of Fine Arts.

As explained on PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the original high relief of the dies created numerous problems for the United States Mint, including shortened die life and difficulties in bringing up the details with a single strike.  The coins would not stack properly because of uneven thickness and raised “fins” on the rims.

Although the relief subsequently was lowered, a small number of 1921 and 1922-dated Peace dollars were struck in high relief and today are highly prized by collectors.

The annual ANA World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com) convention will be held in the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

Since its founding in 1986, PCGS experts have authenticated and graded over 27 million coins with an estimated market value of $27 billion.  For additional information about PCGS services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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Donald Duck commemorative coin issued

June 26, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, New Zealand Coins, New Zealand Mint, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

June 26th, 2014. By Fuseworks Media, (http://www.voxy.co.nz)

A new Donald Duck commemorative coin represents big news for Disney fans, young and old.

One of the world’s most beloved animated characters, Donald Duck, is set to celebrate his 80th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the occasion, New Zealand Mint has designed and produced a gold and silver coin honouring the popular character.

It’s the second in a collector series of Disney’s most cherished and memorable characters to be minted and released globally during the next two years.

The Donald Duck release follows New Zealand Mint’s Steamboat Willie collectible coin release from April 2014, which was snapped up by Disney collectors in record time.

The 1 oz 99.9% pure silver and ¼ oz 99.99% pure gold Donald Duck coins will be available to purchase from June 26th, 2014.

Full Article at the source>

Priced at NZ$755.00 and NZ$108.00 respectively, the coins can be purchased on www.nzmint.co.nz

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US Mint Sales Report: Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollars Debut

June 25, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By Michael Zielinski. June 25th, 2014. (http://news.coinupdate.com)

The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic sales report includes the opening figures for the 2014 Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollar products. Elsewhere in the report, the 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins saw a boost in demand.

On June 19, the US Mint began accepting orders for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollars available in an array of bags, rolls, and boxes. This represented the third release of the year and the 31st release overall for the Presidential $1 Coin Program. Since 2012, the new releases of the series have not been distributed to the channels of circulation, but have only been available within numismatic products.

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Message from Robert Brueggeman to all PNG Member-Dealers on Operation Choke Point.

June 21, 2014 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coins, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Politics

By: Robert Brueggeman. 06/19/2014 (http://www.ngccoin.com)

[TEMECULA, CA] — There is a US Justice Department initiative that has the potential to shut down every coin dealer — PNG member and non-PNG member alike — in the United States as well as curtail business by overseas dealers who use US-based banks. Read that again: the potential to shut down every coin dealer.

The threat is real, and this urgent email is sent to make sure every PNG member is aware of this profession-killing peril, and to encourage members to promptly take appropriate action.

The coin market menace is called “Operation Choke Point,” and it literally has the potential to choke your business to death by pressuring banks and other financial institutions to close your accounts. Why? Because, according to the Justice Department, you are engaged in a business with a high risk for fraud.

A May 29, 2014 report by the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform stated: “Operation Choke Point has forced banks to terminate relationships with a wide variety of entirely lawful and legitimate merchants…. Acting in coordination with Operation Choke Point, bank regulators labeled a wide range of lawful merchants as ‘high-risk’ – including coin dealers…”

The concept of innocent until proven guilty apparently no longer applies to professional numismatists. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FIDC) now includes coin dealers in the same risk category as ammunition sales, drug paraphernalia, credit card repair services, debt consolidation scams, escort services, online gambling, payday loan companies, Ponzi schemes and pornography.

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Free Admission and Gold Coin Prizes At 2014 PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show

June 16, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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June 16, 2014

 

News media contacts:
Robert Brueggeman, for PNG, (951) 587-8300
Jake Sherlock, for ANA, (719) 482-9872

 

Free Admission and Gold Coin Prizes At 2014 PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show

(Rosemont, Illinois) — Complimentary admission coupons for collectors and the general public are now available for the PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show being jointly conducted August 2 – 4, 2014 by the Professional Numismatists Guild (http://www.PNGdealers.org) and the American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org).  One lucky visitor each day will win a U.S. $20 denomination gold coin valued at more than $1,300.

The three day, Saturday-to-Monday show will be held immediately prior to and in the same location as the Chicago 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money SM in Hall A of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.  Public hours will be Saturday, August 2, from 10 am to 6 pm; Sunday, August 3, from 9 am to 6 pm; and Monday, August 4, from 9 am to noon.

Auction lot viewing will be conducted during the show by Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions, the ANA’s official 2014 auctioneers.

“The PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show will be open to the public to buy and sell,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“This show is being produced by the same, experienced team that successfully organized PNG Day shows across the country for two decades,” added Brueggeman.

Admission at the door will be $6 per person; however, free admission coupons and complimentary invitations are available in advance now from the approximately 100 participating dealers who will have tables at the show.  A list of the those dealers is online at http://www.pngdealers.org/images/ANAdirectory.2014.pdf.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, the official grading service of PNG, and Professional Coin Grading Service will both be accepting submissions at the show, and PCGS will be conducting on-site grading.

For additional information about the PNG-ANA Numismatic Trade Show, go to http://www.pngdealers.org/events, or contact the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at info@PNGdealers.org.

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Thermometer, now in a coin

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

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata June 15, 2014 (http://www.business-standard.com)

As a tribute to Anders Celsius, the Swedish astronomer who invented the Celsius temperature scale, a Pacific country is now launching a unique coin with an inbuilt thermometer.

Issued by Cook Islands, an island nation in the south Pacific ocean, the commemorative coin will be made available through Coin Invest Trust of Liechtenstein, says numismatist Alok K Goyal, the authorised marketer of these coins.

Struck in one ounce of sterling (0.925) silver, the coin with a 50 mm in diameter has the face value of five dollars.

Inset into the reverse side is a thermometer scaled from 14 to 32 degrees Celsius, with each of the ten discs showing a different number in sequential order.

Full article at the source>

Link to product page at Coin Invest Trust

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Spain Lays Out Silver Won from U.S. Treasure-Hunters

June 14, 2014 in Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Naharnet Newsdesk. June 13th, 2014. (http://www.naharnet.com/)

Spain has proudly put on show tens of thousands of silver coins from a 19th-century shipwreck that it won back in court from U.S. treasure hunters.

The country’s soon-to-be king, Felipe, and future queen Letizia on Thursday launched the exhibition in central Madrid celebrating the return of the sunken treasure to Spain.

They viewed treasures and documents that tell the story of how British warships blew up the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, sending its precious cargo to the bottom of the sea.

The highlight of the show, in the basement of Madrid’s recently reopened National Archaeological Museum, is a glass case containing heaps of more than 30,000 tarnished silver coins.

The cargo came to Spain in 2012 after a five-year legal battle with Odyssey, the U.S. company that hauled it up two centuries after it sank.

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The Gold and Silver Mine, June 13

June 14, 2014 in Coins, Currency, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

A weekly column dedicated to “digging out” current information about precious metals, coins and other numismatics.

By: Douglas Keefe. June 13, 2014 (http://www.shorenewstoday.com/)

Last weeks’ article was about gold and silver as investments and if there is any potential for the prices to rise in the future. This week I will give some insight relative to investing in rare coins and currency. That differs from buying just bullion items as the value of an investment in gold and silver bullion items rises and falls with the metals market, whereas the value of rare coins will change based on demand and supply, independent of the price of the metals. Although the track record of rare coin investments is very good, there are never any guarantees and not every rare coin investment increases in value. Careful selection is important.

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Silver: The Undercover Super Metal

June 12, 2014 in Bullion, Education, Investing, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Sukhdip Basra  on June 12, 2014 (http://www.visualcapitalist.com)

Silver has a reputation for being gold’s less desirable sister, but make no mistake, silver may still be a golden opportunity to invest in.

You might be surprised to know that silver plays a part in many everyday things you use, especially electronics. Silver has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of all metals. The use of silver is very prevalent in the photography, consumer electronics, medical, and high tech industries.

A huge future super consumer of silver will be the green technology sector. The primary technology that converts the energy of light into electricity in solar panels is solar cells, also known as photovoltaic cells. Silver is the primary ingredient used in these cells; depending on the type, up to 90% of the cell may be silver. Future silver consumption by the solar energy industry is estimated to be 100 million ounces by 2015.

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There’s A Gold-Dispensing ATM on West 57th Street (New York)

June 11, 2014 in Bullion, Gold, Gold Bullion, Investing, News, Precious Metals

By: Scout June 11, 2014. (http://www.scoutingny.com/)

A few days ago, I was scouting for office space around West 57th Street when I happened to walk by Stack’s Rare Coins shop…

…and noticed what looked sort of like an ATM out front.

Curious, I looked a little closer and realized this wasn’t any ordinary ATM…

Full article and Pictures at the Source>

Website of Gold ATM Machine http://www.gold-to-go.com/en/

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Chinese Rare Coin Experts Assist Collectors At Long Beach Expo With Prediction Chinese Coin Market Will Soon Surpass U.S. Market

June 11, 2014 in China Coins, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Events, Gold, Grading, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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June 11, 2014

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Chinese Rare Coin Experts Assist Collectors
At Long Beach Expo With Prediction Chinese
Coin Market Will Soon Surpass U.S. Market

VIP Chinese dealers and some PCGS employees arrive at the Long Beach Expo on June 4, 2014.   Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

VIP Chinese dealers and some PCGS employees arrive at the Long Beach Expo on June 4, 2014.
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

(Long Beach, California) — More than two dozen of the top rare coin experts from mainland China and Hong Kong attended the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com) for the first time, June 5 – 7, 2014.  The response was enthusiastically positive from the dealers, collectors and the public who brought their Chinese coins to the show for free appraisals, according to Long Beach Expo officials.

“The visit was a sign of the huge activity and soaring prices in the emerging Chinese coin market and emphasized the importance of having coins certified for authenticity and grade.  The opportunity for collectors and the public to have their Chinese coins appraised by experts led to lines of visitors during the daily ‘Meet The Expert’ appraisal sessions,” said Ms. Cassi East, President of the Long Beach Expo.

Mr. Don Willis, President of Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) stated: “Stories in Los Angeles area Chinese language news media about the visit prompted many local collectors and the public to bring their coins to the show for free appraisals from these respected dealers.  Some of the collectors learned their coins were counterfeits, and then realized why it is essential to buy certified coins.”

Mr. Willis continued: “Collectors in Asia now are appreciating what collectors in the United States have known for decades: PCGS certification provides peace of mind when you buy, protection for the coins while you own them and liquidity when you want to sell them.”

There were educational seminars during the show about the Chinese coin market and grading Chinese coins.

Mr. Keqin Sun, author of the Standard Catalog of Chinese Modern Circulating Coins and owner of Coin001.com, said that as the Chinese coin market matures and more numismatic research is published, “I believe that soon, China will surpass the U.S. coin market.”

In addition to Mr. Sun, other dealers from mainland China and Hong Kong who attended the June 2014 Long Beach Expo included: Ms. Zuo Jingua, General Manager, Chenxuan Auction, Beijing; and Mr. Chen Haomin, Chairman, Coin in Coin, Guangzhou; and Mr. Nirat Lertchitvikul, Director of Asian Operations, Stacks Bowers, Hong Kong.

The 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, Mr. John Mercanti, and 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins designer, Ms. Cassie McFarland, also attended the show each day to meet with collectors and dealers.

Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com), official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, conducted a rare coin auction that generated US$16.9 million in winning bids.  Heritage also displayed more than US$1 million of rare 19th and early 20th century Chinese gold and silver coins that will be in a future auction.

The next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Collectible Expo will be conducted September 4 – 6, 2014.  For additional information, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com.

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Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold Expert®, Honored With Press Club Awards

June 11, 2014 in Awards, Gold, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, US Mint

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News media contact:
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Michael Fuljenz, America’s Gold

Expert®, Honored With Press Club Awards

 

Michael Fuljenz with first place awards at the Press Club of Southeast Texas 2014 banquet. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)


Michael Fuljenz with first place awards at the Press Club of Southeast Texas 2014 banquet. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

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The Press Club of Southeast Texas has presented four of its Excellence in Media awards to Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion, for his recent consumer protection and education writings about gold and rare coins.

(Beaumont,  Texas) — Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas (www.UniversalCoin.com), was honored with four awards in the 23rd annual Excellence in the Media competition conducted by the Press Club of Southeast Texas. The awards were for Fuljenz’ consumer education and protection writings about buying and selling rare coins and precious metals.

The Press Club presented him with first place awards for the best news release and best electronic newsletter, and third places awards for the best brochure and best guest column.  The award ceremony was held in Beaumont, Texas on June 6, 2014.

The first place news release, “Gold Expert Mike Fuljenz Assists Police Agencies on Numismatic Crimes,” explained how Fuljenz was a keynote speaker at a special training course conducted by the Numismatic Crime Information Center for Texas law enforcement personnel on the topic of investigating crimes involving rare coins, bullion and jewelry.  The first place electronic newsletter is a weekly online publication that includes Fuljenz’s Metals Market Report and is available free at www.UniversalCoin.com.

The “Universal Gold Guide” brochure honored by the Press Club provides information about diversifying investment portfolios with gold.  A complimentary copy is available by calling (800) 877-3273.

Fuljenz’ award-winning guest column entitled, “Cheerleaders and currency can show their trust in God,” was about court rulings involving the motto, “In God We Trust,” and was published in the May 20, 2013 edition of the Beaumont Enterprise, a Hearst daily newspaper.

Readers of the Beaumont Enterprise recently selected Universal Coin & Bullion as the 2014 Readers’ Choice winner for buying and selling gold.

The Press Club of Southeast Texas is composed of professionals  in media, public relations, academia, public affairs and corporate communication and public information in nine Southeast Texas counties.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Mike Fuljenz has won more than 50 prestigious national and regional awards and honors the past two decades for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He is a respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont.  Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Numismatic Literary Guild and Beaumont Crime Stoppers.

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Recovery of shipwreck gold “beyond expectations”

June 5, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Kathy Lynn Gray. June 5th, 2014. The Columbus Dispatch (http://www.dispatch.com/)

Gold and other valuables from outside the hull of the SS Central America have been retrieved, and a crew has begun bringing up nuggets, ingots and coins from inside the shipwreck, the recovery company reported yesterday. 

“Early-recovery results are well beyond our expectations,” CEO Greg Stemm told shareholders at Odyssey Marine Exploration’s annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. “Nearly every day of seafloor operations produces new discoveries and recoveries of gold in a dazzling array of different forms.”

The ship sank off the coast of South Carolina during a hurricane in 1857, taking 428 people to their deaths and leaving millions of dollars worth of personal and commercial gold on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Transformers: Age of Extintion – official coins

June 3, 2014 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

 

By: Perth Mint

Originally Published on Jun 2, 2014

http://www.perthmint.com.au
To mark the release of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, The Perth Mint has released three official commemorative coins featuring the leading characters of OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE and LOCKDOWN. The coins incorporate lenticular lenses to spectacular effect as the characters transform from their humanoid form into ‘alternate mode’. No more than 5,000 of each coin, which is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and housed in innovative presentation packaging, will be released.

Transformers page at the Perth Mint

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China-bound passenger held with over 2,000 rare ancient coins

June 2, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Copper, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Jamal Shahid. June 2st, 2014 (http://www.dawn.com)

ISLAMABAD: Customs officials at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport made one of their biggest hauls of ancient coins and artifacts when they caught a China-bound passenger trying to smuggle out more than 2,000 rare items, including 16 well-preserved gold coins.

“We were surprised at the audacity of the man,” said a customs officer recalling the May 21 catch.

According to the officer, a smuggler would have on him 20 to about 100 such items to avoid detection.

Deputy Collector Customs Ghulam Ali Malik confirmed that Mehar Nabi from Peshawar was trying to catch an early morning flight (PK1-855) to Kashgar, China, on May 21, when baggage examination led to the recovery of the coins and other objects which apparently seemed antiques.

The recovered items were sent to the Department of Archaeology and Museums (DOAM) for verification.

Department of archaeology confirms that most of the artifacts were antique

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A history of the world in 100 objects: The coins of Croesus

June 2, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Anna Seaman June 2nd, 2014. (http://www.thenational.ae)

Made of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver, the coins of King Croesus were the some of the earliest to be issued. Rather crudely fashioned by a few blows of a hammer, the rounded golden lumps date back to 550BC. They were minted in what is now Turkey, in the latter period of the reign of King Croesus, who conquered the Iron Age kingdom of Lydia.

The image of a lion and a bull fighting in profile can be seen on the face of the coin; this was an indication of the purity of the metal, which lifted the responsibility for checking the individual coins from the businessman to the ruler, elevating the kingdom’s position to trade and making King Croesus extremely wealthy.

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Silver coin found off Nassau County could be evidence of missing Spanish treasure ship

June 2, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, World Coins

One silver coin does not a shipwreck make.

 

By Dan Scanlan Sun, Jun 1, 2014 (http://members.jacksonville.com)

But the recent discovery of that coin off Amelia Island could mean Doug Pope and Amelia Research and Recovery are one step closer to finding the Spanish galleon San Miguel, which Pope believes sank in August 1715 off Nassau County.

The silver reale’s recovery came as the group and its $3 million research and recovery vessel, Polly-L, searched in unusually clear water, Pope said.

“It is the right time frame and right nationality and we are trying to pick up the trail of the ship. … We are pretty positive that it is here,” he said.

Pirates as well as the Spanish, who mined gold in South America and shipped it home in vast armadas, are part of the history of Nassau County. So “who knows what’s down there” in the waters offshore, Amelia Island Museum of History Executive Director Phyllis Davis said. “We are always excited when there might be some new discovery and this was the path from Spain to South America and it is very, very possible that it is down there,” Davis said. “I know they will be very careful how they excavate it.”

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Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

June 2, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronze Coins, Charity, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Events, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Nickel Coins, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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June 2, 2014

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Noah Fleisher, (214) 409-1143  NoahF@ha.com

Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

 

Proceeds from August 7, 2014 auction of these 30 coins will aid philanthropic mission of Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

 

(Dallas, Texas) — Thirty United States pattern coins from the acclaimed collection of the late Texas business executive and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927 – 1998) will be offered without reserves during the Platinum Night auction conducted by Heritage Auctions (http://www.ha.com) on August 7th, 2014 during the Chicago 2014 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM.  Proceeds from the sale will be used for philanthropic purposes by the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation of Dallas.

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

For the past 14 years, the 30 historic patterns have been on loan to the ANA and were frequently displayed in rotation with hundreds of other Bass Collection coins at the association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The coins in the upcoming auction include an 1838 plain edge Liberty Seated half dollar in copper (Judd-77), an 1865 with motto Seated Dollar in silver (J-434) and an 1875 Trade dollar in silver (J-1426).  All of the consigned Bass coins are being submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for grading and will have the pedigree on the insert labels in the holders.

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

“These literally are museum-quality rare coins!,” said Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions, an official auctioneer of the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“These amazing patterns come to the Chicago auction out of the specialized holdings of the Bass Collection that has been on display at the ANA Museum since 2000 when the ANA was selected by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation to hold this incredible collection,” explained Imhof.

F. David Calhoun, Executive Director of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation stated: “Over the years, Harry Bass worked with various experts at Heritage and made purchases with our Dallas neighbor, but never consigned through their auctions. Now, we are returning selections to the marketplace. As the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation sells these coins to provide funds to support our philanthropic mission, we are seeking the highest possible return. I trust Heritage to provide that, and I look forward to working with them in this new capacity.”

Pattern coins were produced usually in small quantity to test proposed designs, and sometimes were struck in various metals.  U.S. patterns are often cited by their “J” number as part of the reference system originally created by researcher and patterns reference book author, Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.

In addition to J-77, 434 and 1426 mentioned above, the 27 other patterns from the Bass Collection that will be offered at the auction are:

  • 1838 Seated Liberty half dollar, J-79 original in silver
  • 1850 Annular Cent, J-119 in billon
  • 1855 Flying Eagle cent, J-168 in bronze
  • 1861 With Motto half dollar, J-278 in copper
  • 1863 Postage Currency dime, J-326 in copper
  • 1863 With Motto quarter dollar, J-335 in silver
  • 1863 With Motto half dollar, J-344 in aluminum
  • 1865 With Motto half dollar, J-429 in silver
  • 1866 Washington five cent, J-473 in nickel
  • 1866 Shield nickel, J-509 in bronze
  • 1868 cent, J-606 in copper
  • 1869 Standard Silver quarter dollar, J-721 in silver
  • 1870 half dime, J-815 in copper
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1090 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1092 in aluminum
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1093 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess dollar, J-1149 in aluminum
  • 1872 Commercial dollar, J-1219 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1293 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1322 in silver
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1355 in copper
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1356 in aluminum
  • 1879 quarter dollar, J-1591 in copper
  • 1881 cent, J-1665 in aluminum
  • 1882 Shield nickel, J-1697 in nickel
  • 1885 Snowden dollar, J-1747 in silver
  • 1896 five cents, J-1771 in nickel

“Harry W. Bass, Jr.’s collection has long been heralded as one of the most amazing collections ever put together, and we’ve been very fortunate to get to display these beautiful works of art at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum,” said Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director. “Thousands of visitors to the Money Museum have enjoyed the Bass Collection over the years, and thousands more will continue to enjoy the rest of Harry Bass’s amazing collection in the interactive Bass Gallery. We very much appreciate our long-term relationship and support that the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation has given to the ANA.”

Bass was a life member of the ANA for more than 30 years.  He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1989, and was selected to the association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of Texans by providing support to qualified organizations in the areas of education, human services, civic and community, science and research, and arts and culture. It funds special projects of public entities or other nonprofit 501(c)(3) endeavors. Mr. Bass sought to extend the accomplishments of his father’s Harry Bass Foundation, established by Harry Bass, Sr., supporting Dallas charitable and religious institutions, hospitals, and museums with funds from family oil interests and subsequent investments. Assets of the merged Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation have continued to grow with the sale of portions of Mr. Bass’s coin collection, following his death in April 1998. This auction will further that mission.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $900 million, and 850,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Legend Numismatics Market Report

June 2, 2014 in Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Market Report, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Legend Numismatics. May 31st.  2014.

LEGEND IS BUYING!


Legend has one of the biggest and best customer bases in the business. We have probably 2 of the biggest active collectors and we have hundreds of folks looking to buy an MS67 Morgan. In between those prices ranges we have a dozens of collectors whose active Want Lists total OVER $20,000,000.00! LEGEND NEEDS TO BUY YOUR COINS TODAY!

We enjoyed unexpectedly strong sales in May. Those sales were primarily the result of Legend buying 2 big deals and 4 smaller groups of nice coins. Save for a straggler or two, all of those coins are now sold. We need to replenish! This Market Report is designed to let the collecting world know there is still a strong market that is starved for the “right” coins. Legend definately has no weakness on sales-just buying. We NEED coins BADLY! We will pay more then anyone to get exactly what we need. Try us! Below is a partial list of things we are looking for. LEGEND IS WILLING TO BUY ENTIRE COLLECTIONS TO GET A SINGLE COIN!

Parameters: we only need what is listed (if we need a 66 PCGS CAC we do not not want a 65 NGC CAC). It would be a waste of yours and our time to offer anything else unless you want t sell us a group of coins. We are more then proven that we pay top dollar in the market. On higher grade RARE coins we generally will pay what we think a coin will sell for in auction. It should be noted that Legend Numismatics is proven to be one of the top buyers at all the major auctions houses. Selling to us saves you as much as 15%. We do NOT look to buy cheap. If you have a collection that’s fresh, call or email us! We offer many ways besides outright purchase for you to maximize your value

ALL MATCHED ORIGINAL PRE 1915 PROOF SETS PR64 AND HIGHER 

ALL EARLY PCGS CAC COPPER 1793-1855. H.01-Large cents.

Will buy 1C 1793 AU50 and higher. Later dates MS65 and higher. We LOVE Naftzger Large Cents in 65 and higher PCGS CAC ONLY! 
1C 1909S VDB PCGS MS66RD CAC $12,500.00 
1C ALL LINCOLN MATTE PR CAC PCGS 65RB AND HIGHER 
1C 1955/55 PCGS MS65 RD CAC OFFER US! 

 

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