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What Does a Virtually “Perfect” 19th Century Gold Coin Look Like?

September 30, 2014 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By Doug Winter (RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

The majority of the coins I deal with are imperfect. They were struck by crude machinery, in often difficult circumstances, by often-times inexperienced mint personnel. If I had to guess, I’d say the average grade of the coins I sell is in the Extremely Fine-45 to About Uncirculated-55 range. I sell coins which are “gently used.”

But every now and then, I handle a coin that is not only “unused,” but it is superb quality. I Full article at the source>

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Coin celebrates Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Gloria Scott

September 30, 2014 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Records

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

Gloria-Scott_1oz-silver-coin

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 56 short stories featuring detective Sherlock Holmes.

The story of the Gloria Scott came to light after Sherlock spent a month with his university friend, Victor Trevor. During his stay, Sherlock exercised his powers of deduction to uncover a secret from the family’s past.

Dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and the story of the Gloria Scott, this very limited coin is from Full article at the source>

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Another PNG Intern Hired, and Streamlined Program Announced For Future PNG Interns

September 24, 2014 in Education, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

For immediate release
September 24, 2014

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman (951) 587-8300

Another PNG Intern Hired And Streamlined
Program Announced For Future PNG Interns

Monica Bacon

Monica Bacon

(Temecula, California) — The Professional Numismatists Guild’s (http://www.PNGdealers.org) “Promoting Numismatic Growth” program has placed another intern into a full-time job as a professional numismatist.  PNG also has streamlined the program for prospective future interns.

Monica Bacon, age 29, of Indianapolis, Indiana, now has been hired as a Consignment Coordinator at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas after a brief internship there.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity,” said Bacon.  “I have a nice support system here and everyone has something to teach me.  I’m looking forward to seeing where this door leads.”

Prior to starting her internship at Heritage, Bacon was an intern for three months at Dillon Gage Metals in Addison, Texas as part of PNG’s Promoting Numismatic Growth program.

“I learned heaps and made some lasting friendships. Dillon Gage is a family that I’m grateful to have been a part of,” she said.

Bacon is the third intern hired full-time since the PNG internship rotations began earlier this year, and the second one hired by Heritage.

“We are big supporters of the PNG internship program, and are very pleased with the quality of candidates we are getting,” stated Heritage Co-Chairman Steve Ivy, a PNG Past President.

“The PNG internship project is designed to provide education, training and mentoring for the next generation of coin and banknote dealers.  Applications are encouraged and being accepted from prospective professional numismatists, ages 21 and up, who want to participate in the program,” said PNG President Terry Hanlon, President of Dillon Gage.

In addition to Heritage and Dillon Gage, two other PNG member-dealer companies currently are offering internship positions through the PNG program: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation in Sarasota, Florida which hired a PNG intern in May, and Stack’s Bowers Galleries in Irvine, California.

Carol Raia, Administrator of the PNG Promoting Numismatic Growth program, said based on the success of the unprecedented project’s first year of  operation, changes are being made to streamline the process for future interns.

“Internship candidates who successfully complete the background security check and education components of the program will get a certificate of completion.  Then, instead of a year-long rotation of three-month internship positions at four different firms, they will have the opportunity for a three-month internship at a participating PNG member’s dealership.  PNG headquarters will inform all PNG member-dealers about the availability of the internship candidates,” Raia explained.

Former PNG intern and now full-time professional numismatist Monica Bacon encourages prospective future dealers to enroll in the PNG program.

“This is a once in a lifetime experience so don’t waste it.  You need to go in with a positive attitude and a good work ethic. Ask questions, pick everyone’s brains, and touch as much material as you can.  Strive to learn everything you possibly can,” she advised.

Specific information about the internship program, including costs and required online educational courses through the University of Rare Coins, is available at www.PNGdealers.org under the “Promoting Numismatic Growth” navigation links near the top of the PNG’s home page.  For additional information, contact the PNG by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at internship@PNGdealers.org.

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Golden opportunity for fans of Mickey Mouse and his classic cartoon friends

September 22, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, New Zealand Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, World Coins

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

Mickey&Friends_Gold_Coins

Mickey & Friends, the delightful coin program featuring some of Disney’s most famous cartoon characters, is now available in gold!

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1/4oz of pure gold, the six new coins portray the ever popular Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

Issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender of Niue, each coin is officially licensed by Disney Consumer Products.

Destined to be highly-prized for their rarity, no Full article at the source>

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Coin Photography: Where to Start?

September 20, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography

By Jenna RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Jenna again, with another photography blog.

I want to tell you all how to be successful in coin photography: you need to start at the beginning, and practice.

When I started shooting film seriously, things were not so simple. I had a composition notebook I carried, I had to neurotically jot down the settings of every frame I took; my f-stop, my shutter speed, the time of day, was my subject backlit? Then I would process my Full article at the source>

Source:: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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2014 Presidential $1 Four-Coin Set, Philadelphia

September 17, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Uncirculated Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

United States Of America Mint Logo

United States Of America Mint Logo

This set features all four 2014 Presidential $1 Coins minted at the United States Mint at Philadelphia. These coins have a circulating finish but have never been placed into circulation.

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Bill Motto: A Memoriam

September 17, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

A good guy passed away yesterday and I’d like to share some thoughts about him. William “Bill” Motto was the CEO of a major Midwestern company, but I knew him as an advanced collector of United States gold coins.

I really got to know Bill around four or five years ago when the United States Gold Coin Club was founded. I was vaguely aware of Bill prior to this but he was such a low-key, under-the-radar Full article at the source>

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How To Collect Type One Double Eagles

September 16, 2014 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, USA Coins

By Doug Winter RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

Type One double eagles have become the single most popular area of collecting in the rare date United States gold coin market. With the discovery of over 10,000 high grade, formerly rare issues in the S.S. Central America, S.S. Brother Jonathan, and S.S. Republic shipwrecks, Type Ones have received tremendous publicity in both the numismatic and non-numismatic press. This is clearly a design type which is destined to remain popular with a number of future Full article at the source>

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PCGS Advises How To Save Money On Restoring Your Coins

September 16, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Restoration

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September 15, 2014

News media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

PCGS Advises How To Save Money On Restoring Your Coins

1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial 50c

1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial 50c Before and After Restoration

Professional Coin Grading Service has updated its experts’ tips about what kinds of unattractively-toned, environmentally-damaged and other “problem” coins can be restored, and has reduced the evaluation fee for submitted coins that subsequently do not qualify for PCGS Restoration service (www.PCGS.com/restoration).

“If your coins suffer from some types of problem that detract from their natural beauty, PCGS Restoration may be able to help,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“Improper storage, accidental exposure to caustic elements or even the deliberate addition of foreign substances can detract from an otherwise beautiful coin.  These problems often can be addressed by the skillful application of various non-invasive and industry-accepted techniques.  Returning coins to their natural, original condition is the purpose of the PCGS Restoration service,” explained Willis.

PCGS Restoration will remove contaminants that are determined to have been deliberately and artificially applied, including putty, grease and other substances used by “coin doctors.”  Restoration also will remove contaminants on the coin’s surface caused by improper care or storage, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or verdigris.  Recent fingerprints also can be removed.

1971 Eisenhower dollar

1971 Eisenhower dollar Before and After Restoration

“Restoration certainly works in many cases and can produce wonderful results on many coins.  However, not all coins can be restored, so PCGS Restoration now has reduced its $25 examination fee to only $10 for submitted coins that are evaluated but do not qualify for restoration,” Willis announced.

PCGS has updated its concise, helpful web page of tips to help collectors and dealers determine what coins are right for PCGS Restoration service: www.PCGS.com/restoration.  To save time and money, collectors and dealers are encouraged to carefully read the information before submitting coins.

There also now is a link on that web page to a brief, introductory video about PCGS Restoration.

All coins restored through the PCGS Restoration service will be graded by PCGS.  Once graded by PCGS they will be covered by the PCGS Guarantee of Authenticity and Grade.

“When done properly, professional restoration can enhance the appearance and value of many coins,” said Willis.

Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has authenticated, graded and certified over 29 million coins with a combined value of $29 billion.  For additional information, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt $1 Coin Cover

September 15, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

US Mint Logo

US Mint Logo

The American Presidency $1 Coin Cover Series showcases the Presidential $1 Coins. The 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt $1 Coin Cover is the 32nd issue in the series, which began in 2007. This limited-edition cover–only 25,000 will be produced–features two Franklin D. Roosevelt $1 Coins from the first day of production at each United States Mint facility–March 5, 2014 (Philadelphia), and April 14, 2014 (Denver). Full article at the source>

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2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Great Sand Dunes National Park

September 15, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Numismatica, Numismatics, Quarters, Uncirculated Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

US Mint Logo

US Mint Logo

The Great Sand Dunes National Park quarter is the fourth release in 2014 and the 24th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has the tallest dunes in North America forming the centerpiece of the site’s diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. These can be experienced through hiking, sand sledding, splashing in the Medano Creek, and watching wildlife. The Great Sa

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Gliding possum flies in the face of danger

September 15, 2014 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

Mahogany Glider coin

Named after its rich brown mahogany-coloured belly, the Mahogany Glider is a large gliding possum found only in the Wet Tropics of northern Queensland.

A nocturnal, elusive and silent marsupial, the Mahogany Glider was first described in the 1880s. It seemingly disappeared and was regarded as extinct until scientists rediscovered it living near Tully in 1989.

The area’s woodland provides the Mahogany Glider with an open canopy, allowing it to glide from tree to tree. It uses Full article at the source>

Source:: Perth Mint Blog

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Scuba Diver Finds Oldest Coin in Bulgaria

September 10, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Sofia News Agency. 09/10/2014 (http://www.novinite.com)

An ancient coin believed to be the oldest one found so far in Bulgaria has been discovered in the Black Sea just off the town of Sozopol.

According to Vladimir Penchev, numismatist at the National History Museum (NHM) in Sofia, the coin made of electrum (a gold/silver alloy) can be dated back to the second half of the 7th century BC as originating from the kingdom of Lydia which means it is at least 2,650 years old.

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Australia’s secretive owl brought to light

September 9, 2014 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Records

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

Masked_Owl_silver-coin

The Common Barn Owl has a mysterious family offshoot in Australia.

Unlike its extensively distributed relative, the Masked Owl is only found in coastal regions of Australia and some parts of New Guinea.

Even here it’s regarded as a bit of an enigma due to its nocturnal, secretive and often very silent behaviour, which makes it difficult to observe.

Now, The Perth Mint has highlighted this shy, rare bird with the latest release Full article at the source>

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2014 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set

September 8, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, Uncirculated Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By Mint News Blog

US Mint 2014 Annual Uncirculated Coin Set

US Mint 2014 Annual Uncirculated Coin Set

Today, September 8, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2014 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set. This set brings together uncirculated versions of six different dollar coins issued for this year.

Across the six coins included in the set, three different series and three different mint facilities are represented. Specifically, each set includes the following coins:

  • The four uncirculated 2014 Presidential Dollars featuring Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Full article at the source>Source:: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)
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What the ‘Goat’ means for your personality

September 4, 2014 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

12 Chinese Lunar Animals

12 Chinese Lunar Animals

The ancient Chinese lunar calendar, which dates back beyond 2,600 BC, is reputedly the longest chronological record in history. According to Chinese legend, Buddha summoned the animals to attend him before departing to the next life. Just 12 came and consequently each one was rewarded with a lunar year to preside over.

2015 Year of the Goat

The Chinese believe that these animals have a profound effect on the personality of people born under their influence. Thus, anyone Full article at the source>

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All Star Line Up For Autographed PCGS Baseball HOF Coin Inserts

September 2, 2014 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

For immediate release September 2, 2014
News media contact: Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

All Star Line Up For Autographed

PCGS Baseball HOF Coin Inserts

An example of a Hank Aaron autographed insert on a PCGS-certified 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollar.

An example of a Hank Aaron autographed insert on a PCGS-certified 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollar.

As the race to the playoffs and World Series attracts attention, many baseball fans are also excited about an increasingly popular way to collect Hall of Fame players’ autographs.  Thirty-one players enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum now have signed insert labels for PCGS-certified 2014 Hall of Fame gold, silver and clad commemorative coins. The autograph line up also includes a dozen other all-star major league players as well as Olympic softball gold medal winner Jenny Finch and artist Cassie McFarland who designed the curved baseball glove obverse of the Hall of Fame coins. “The Hall of Fame coins have been extremely popular with both coin and sports memorabilia collectors.  Combining PCGS certification of the coins with authentic signatures of Hall of Fame players’ autographs on the inserts is a great way to enjoy both hobbies.  So, we’ve been adding more former stars of the game to the autograph line up,” said “Miles” Michael Standish, PCGS Vice President. Standish attended the 75th anniversary Hall of Fame induction ceremonies weekend in Cooperstown, New York, July 25 – 28, 2014.  Three of this year’s inductees are now among the players who have signed PCGS inserts. All the autographs are signed in the presence of a PCGS representative.  The HOF players participating in the PCGS “autographed coin” program are: Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Jim Bunning, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Bob Gibson, Tom Glavine, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Tony LaRussa, Tommy Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Pérez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Frank Thomas, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount.

Baseball Hall of Fame 2008 inductee Rich "Goose" Gossage signed autographs for PCGS during the 2014 HOF weekend at Cooperstown, New York.

Baseball Hall of Fame 2008 inductee Rich “Goose” Gossage signed autographs for PCGS during the 2014 HOF weekend at Cooperstown, New York.

During the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame weekend at Cooperstown, New York, 1996 HOF inductee Jim Bunning signed autographs for PCGS.

During the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame weekend at Cooperstown, New York, 1996 HOF inductee Jim Bunning signed autographs for PCGS.

Other former major league players who also have signed PCGS insert labels are: Bill Buckner, Doc Gooden, Pedro Martinez, Minnie Minoso, Dale Murphy, Tony Oliva, Jimmy Piersall, Pete Rose, Lee Smith, Darryl Strawberry and Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. The Baseball Hall of Fame signatures program is the latest in a series of “autographed coin” projects from PCGS since 1999.  Previous insert autographs have included former U.S. Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W. Bush as well as former U.S. Mint Directors Jay Johnson, Edmund Moy, Donna Pope, Jay Johnson and Chief Engraver John Mercanti. Since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has authenticated, graded and certified over 29 million coins with a combined value of $29 billion.  For additional information, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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Australian Dinosaur coin series roars into existence with fearful pre-historic monster called ‘Banjo’

September 2, 2014 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

Between 145 million and 65 million years ago, during the period known to science as the Cretaceous, the evolving continent of Australia provided an ideal environment for dinosaurs.

Evidence of their existence has been found in numerous areas, including Central-West Queensland, a hot-spot for the discovery of fossilised bones from dinosaurs alive at that time.

In 2006, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum made one of the region’s most famous discoveries near the town of Full article at the source>

Source:: Perth Mint Blog

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September New Product Bulletin – out today

September 2, 2014 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Records

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

Are you an avid Lunar coin collector? Were you born in the Year of the Goat? Is someone in your family born in the Year of the Goat?

Then don’t miss our latest bulletin featuring the Proof Issue from our internationally renowned Australian Lunar Coin Series.

Available now, stunning gold and silver versions of the 2015 releases make superb collectables, gifts and keepsakes for anyone born under the influence of the goat Full article at the source>

Source:: Perth Mint Blog

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2015-2016 Native American Dollar Designs

September 1, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

By Mint News Blog

2015 Native American Dollar

2015 Native American Dollar Mohawk Iron Workers

The United States Mint has announced the design selections for the 2015 and 2016 Native American Dollars. These coins will continue the series featuring annually rotating reverse designs which celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Native Americans.

Originally, the Mint had prepared 20 design candidates for 2015 and 18 design candidates for 2016, which were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) in March 2014. Coverage of the reviews Full article at the source>

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

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