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House and Senate Pass Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Act

June 30, 2015 in Coins, Commemorative, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Politics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

By Michael Zielinski News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed a bill which would require the minting and issuance of coins in commemoration of the centennial of Boys Town. The bill has now awaits the President’s signature to become law.

Boys Town is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving children and healing families. The original Boys Town was founded on December 12, 1917 by Father Edward Joseph Flanagan and has grown to provide care to children and families in 11 regions. The national headquarters is located in the village of Boys Town, Nebraska.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska introduced H.R. 893 Boys… Full article at the source>

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

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New €2 Coin Celebrates the 750th Anniversary of the Birth of Dante

June 30, 2015 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, History, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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

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The IPZS – Istituto Poligrafico Zecca dello Stato (Italian State Mint) have issued a new two Euro coin which celebrates and remembers the 750th anniversary of birth of Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321) one of the most significant Italian poets of the late Middle Ages. Dante is remembered for his work Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa (in modern Italian, Commedia) and later referred to as Divina, which is widely considered the greatest literary work composed in the Italian language and an overall masterpiece of world literature. Born in Florence, Italy and although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Full article at the source>

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

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Chaplin coin the ‘People’s Choice’ in Russia

June 29, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Prize Winners, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The Perth Mint’s 2014 silver tribute to Charlie Chaplin is the ‘People’s Choice’ at Russia’s most prestigious coin awards.

The winners of the 2015 Coin Constellation were announced overnight at the Sixth International Coin Conference and Exhibition in Moscow.

Organisations from 29 nations, including the United States, Germany, France Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic participated at this year’s event.

Representing The Perth Mint, Andrey Ignatchenko, Manager for the CIS Region, said it was extremely gratifying to win the People’s Choice as it is the only one of the 10 award categories chosen by the Russian public.

Charlie Chaplin was controversially linked to… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin Sales Reach 10,894

June 27, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The United States Mint has released the opening day sales figures for the 2015 Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin. Across both proof and uncirculated versions, sales have reached 10,894 pieces.

The specific breakdown of sales was 7,102 proof coins and 3,792 uncirculated coins.

The half ounce gold coins carry a maximum mintage of 30,000 pieces across both versions. This is triple the 10,000 maximum mintage established for other 2015-dated releases of the First Spouse Gold Coin series.

The first release of the series for this year featuring Bess Truman had first reported sales of 1,913 pieces across proof and uncirculated versions. This Full article at the source>

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

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Palladium – The Lesser Known Precious Metal

June 27, 2015 in Blogs, Bullion, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Palladium, Platinum, Precious Metals

By: American Federal American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion

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Palladium has recently felt the effects of slow auto sales in China. Auto sales in emerging markets, specifically China, were growing at record breakneck rates, however that has not been the case for 2015.

 

After sales grew at 3.9% year over year the 1st quarter of 2015 they have stalled out. Slower sales couple with the strong dollar have created a negative sentiment in the Palladium market.

That said, you have to realize that China alone is a giant with pent up demand that will explode at some point in the near future. I find it inconceivable that the… Full article at the source>

Source: American Federal Rare Coin and Bullion

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Ancient Roman Treasure Found on Irish Beach

June 27, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins, Silver

By: Nick (Liberty Coin and Currency Blog)

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It’s officially beach season. So get your swim trunks, towel, sunblock, and… metal detector? Well, the metal detector may not be absolutely necessary, but it’s not a bad idea if you want to find some buried treasure. Irish retiree Brian Murray brought along his metal detector on his trip to the beach, and it paid off big time.

Murray discovered two extravagant Roman gold rings, and a silver belt buckle along the shores of Dundrum Bay in Murlough, an area in Northern Ireland famed for its natural beauty. “I was actually collecting militaria on the shores of Murlough — it was Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Rare ‘mule’ dollar would be an exceptional find

June 25, 2015 in Antique Coins, Australian Coins, Blogs, Coin Errors, Coins, Collecting, Errors, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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‘Mule’ is the numismatic term to describe a coin struck from dies not originally intended for use together. Australia’s most famous mule is a halfpenny struck in 1916. It is the rarest Commonwealth coin issued for circulation.

In 2000, a number of dollar coins were mistakenly struck using a 10 cents obverse (heads) die. The 10 cents is marginally smaller than the dollar, which meant the resulting mule had a heavier than normal rim on the obverse.

Mule obverse courtesy of Downies.

Error coin collectors soon drove prices up and a scramble to find the rogue pieces ensued, particularly… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Passionate Collecting

June 22, 2015 in Cents, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins, World Coins

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

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My introduction to numismatics began the “All-American” way in the mid 1970’s. A family friend gave me a Whitman folder for Lincoln Cents 1941 to date. Like millions of other kids before and since, I began to fill the holes in my album. In the 1970’s, finding most of the Lincoln cents for my budding collection was relatively easy. Every Friday after receiving my allowance, I would head to the bank for $5 worth of penny rolls. I repeated this process for months until my collection of 1941 to date Lincoln Cents was complete. Unfortunately, I lived in Florida, and… Full article at the source>

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

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Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coin Design Candidates

June 19, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The United States Mint has released the design candidate images for the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coin. This should represent the final release of the series honoring the former First Spouses of the United States of America.

The design candidates for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coin join other previously released design candidates for other 2016 First Spouse Gold Coins. Design candidates for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar can be seen here.

At the present time, Nancy Reagan is still living at the age of 93. When the coins are issued, she may join a… Full article at the source>

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

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What’s Up in the Carson City Gold Market?

June 18, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

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

It’s been far too long since I wrote about the Carson City gold market. Other than an analysis of CC double eagles which I wrote in October 2013, my last effort about this subject was a report on the Battle Born collection which I published in August 2012.

In the 1980’s and the 1990’s I was probably the single foremost buyer of high-end, important gold rarities from the CC mint. I bought (and later sold) a number of amazing collections and handled finest known or Condition Census examples of virtually every date in the Carson City half eagle, eagle…, Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Comments About Depicting A Woman On $10 Bills

June 18, 2015 in Bank Notes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Michael Fuljenz  (Award-winning numismatic author and President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas)

“For far too long, Americans’ folding money has displayed an all-male portrait gallery of dead Presidents and other prominent men from the nation’s past. Placing a woman’s portrait on our currency is a form of equal rights that hasn’t received nearly enough attention up to now.”

“Recognition of women on U.S. paper currency is long overdue. We have not had an actual, historical woman depicted on our paper money since 1896 when Martha Washington appeared with her husband, George, on $1 notes.”

“The U.S. dollar is the world’s most widely used medium of exchange, and as the father of a daughter — and a son — I heartily endorse placing a woman’s portrait on U.S. $10 bills, and hope this recognition of women continues to other currency and circulating coins into the future.”

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Phone: (702) 868-5777
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PCGS Giving Away Impressive “Periodic Table Of U.S. Coins” Posters At Four Shows

June 18, 2015 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, USA Coins

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June 18, 2015

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

PCGS Giving Away Impressive “Periodic Table Of U.S. Coins” Posters At Four Shows

 

The “science” of numismatics now has a new meaning.

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has created the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of United States Coins, an educational and fun poster that illustrates major U.S. coin denominations issued for circulation from 1793 to date.  PCGS will give away copies at four upcoming coin shows while supplies last.

A close up showing a small portion of the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table poster. Photo by Professional Coin Grading Service

A close up showing a small portion of the PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table poster.
Photo by Professional Coin Grading Service

The 24 by 36 inches poster resembles a typical scientific arrangement of chemical elements, but in this case the “elements” are superb quality images of U.S. coins from the PCGS TrueView™ photo archive.

“The coins are categorized by type.  There is information about their years in circulation, where they were struck, metallic content, weight, diameter and whether the edges are plain, reeded, lettered or decorated.  There’s also information about designers and engravers,” explained Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source of information about United States coins.

The poster made a successful public debut at the recent June 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo.

Guth said a coin-collecting professional chemist at the Long Beach show good naturedly pointed to the chart and asked: “Which ones are the radioactive coins?”

PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and PCGS Graphic Designer Ben Arboleda created and developed the periodic table of coins for the enjoyment and continuing education for collectors and dealers.

“Response to the posters at Long Beach was excellent, and now we plan to give away posters at the PCGS booths during the July and November Whitman Baltimore Expo shows, the ANA convention in Chicago in August and the September Long Beach Expo.  They will be limited to one per visitor while supplies last,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“This is another great reason to come visit the PCGS team at major shows across the calendar and across country,” Willis emphasized.

The PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table posters made their public debut at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.  From left to right: PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth, PCGS President Don Willis, PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and Collectors Universe President and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.   Photo by Donn Pearlman.

The PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table posters made their public debut at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo. From left to right: PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth, PCGS President Don Willis, PCGS Director of Education Michael Sherman and Collectors Universe President and PCGS Co-Founder David Hall.
Photo by Donn Pearlman.

The dates of the four shows are:

For more information on all PCGS attended shows, please visit www.PCGS.com/shows.

Professional Coin Grading Service was founded in 1986 by distinguished numismatic experts, and now has offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris.  PCGS experts have certified over 30 million coins with a total market value of over 29 billion dollars. PCGS represents the industry standard in third-party certification, and is a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

For additional information about PCGS products and services, call 800-447-8848 or email info@pcgs.com.  

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2015 National Park Service Commemorative Coins Design Candidates

June 18, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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Next year, a commemorative coin program will recognize the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The program was authorized under section 3055 of Public Law 113-291 and provides for the minting and issuance of up to 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 silver dollars, and 750,000 clad half dollars. Surcharges added to the cost of each coin will be distributable to the National Park Foundation for projects and programs that help preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the National Park Service and promote public enjoyment and appreciation of those resources.

The designs for the coins are to be… Full article at the source>

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

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Limited time remaining to order popular Australia Sovereign gold proof coin

June 18, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The Perth Mint will shortly withdraw from retail sale the Australia Sovereign 2015 gold proof coin.

Customers wishing to acquire this release are advised that orders will cease at 8.00am on Friday 17 July 2015 AWST (or earlier, depending on stock availability).

The coin’s Declared Mintage will be announced on The Perth Mint website during the week commencing 20 July 2015.

Struck from 22-carat gold, the Australia Sovereign gold proof coin is an annual commemorative which has been issued by The Perth Mint since 2009. From 2013 the extremely limited release has featured a reverse inspired by Leonard Charles Wyon’s Type Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Dinosaur coin series comes of age

June 17, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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This month’s release of Muttaburrasaurus makes now the perfect time to acquire all five releases from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs coin series.

With designs and accompanying Certificates verified by the Queensland-based Australian Age of Dinosaurs initiative, this series reflects the latest specialist knowledge about five famous dinosaurs that once inhabited the evolving Australian landscape.

Each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, the coins in this series portray the extraordinary Australovenator, Diamantinasaurus, Leaellynasaura, Minmi and Muttaburrasaurus on dramatic coloured backgrounds.

No more than 5,000 of each coin will be released, making the Australian Age… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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May 2015 US Mint Circulating Coin Production

June 15, 2015 in Blogs, Circulating Coins, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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Updated figures are available covering the United States Mint’s circulating coin production through the month of May 2015. For the fifth consecutive month, the monthly production total surpassed one billion coins. Preliminary production figures are now available for the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar.

For the month of May 2015, the US Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver struck 1.46 billion circulating quality coins across five denominations. The figure was down compared to the prior month when production reached nearly 1.7 billion pieces. The figure was up from the year ago period when production Full article at the source>

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

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SOLD OUT Another Star Trek Two-Coin Set sells out

June 15, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The following collector coin release is now sold out at The Perth Mint. Star Trek: The Next Generation Captain Jean-Luc Picard & U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D 2015 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Great Stories Make Coins

June 15, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

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Shortly after finding out that I am a rare coin dealer; new acquaintances will often begin to ask about coin collecting. One of the first questions many people ask – What is the most expensive coin? Most are astounded when told that a 1933 Double Eagle sold at auction for over $7,000,000 several years ago. They usually then ask how can a coin be worth so much. The short answer is “The Story”. It was because of questions like this, that several years ago I authored the very popular 100 Greatest U.S. Coins. The book is now in its fourth… Full article at the source>

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

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Grading Morgan Dollars

June 12, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Grading, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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

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During my previous two posts viewers have asked about grading either because they have had difficulty with it or because they want to know how to select PCGS- or NGC-gradeworthy coins. Each denomination requires different skills. The Morgan dollar ranks among the easiest to grade because of its generous fields. However, because five mints manufactured Morgans (Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, San Francisco, and Denver [1921]), strikes vary from strong to weak, depending on the year and mint. That’s a bit too complex to get into here, as any Morgan aficionado knows.

Today we’re presenting a basic tutorial based on… Full article at the source>

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

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Belgium Commemorates Waterloo With a Coin, and France Is Not Pleased

June 10, 2015 in Belgian coins, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Politics, World Coins

By: Dan Bilefsky New York Times Topics (Numismatics)

After France objected to a coin commemorating the Battle of Waterloo, Belgium invoked a little-known European Union rule that allowed it to issue the money anyway… Full article at the source>

Source: New York Times Topics (Numismatics)

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Official Launch Event For Downies New Southgate Store

June 10, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By: Downies Downies.com

On Friday, May 29 Downies held a special event to officially launch their new retail store at Southgate on the banks of the picturesque Yarra River in Melbourne’s CBD. The event was attended by around 30 people, with clients, friends … Continue reading → Full article at the source>

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More PNG Interns Hired, Mentoring Available For Prospective Professional Numismatists

June 9, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases

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June 9, 2015

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

More PNG Interns Hired, Mentoring Available
For Prospective Professional Numismatists

Two more interns in the Professional Numismatists Guild’s (www.PNGdealers.org) Promoting Numismatic Growth mentoring program have been hired as full-time professional numismatists.  The PNG continues to encourage more candidates to enroll in the organization’s recently-launched mentoring program and also is offering its online education courses to anyone, whether or not the person wants to enroll in the internship program.

“Five of the original seven PNG interns now have been successfully placed in numismatic careers,” said Carol Raia, Administrator of the PNG mentoring program.

Former PNG interns Evan Brooke

Former PNG interns Evan Brooke

Evan Brooke, age 30, has been hired as a grader at Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com), the PNG’s official grading service, and Ian Connor, age 22, has been hired by coin dealer Jay King of Logansport, Indiana.

The Promoting Numismatic Growth project was started in 2014 and is intended to help nurture the next generation of professional numismatists.  The program includes online instruction about coins, banknotes and the numismatic market, followed by a paid internship at a major numismatic company.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have been chosen by the PNG to take part in this amazing internship program.  You could not buy the knowledge and connections I have made in the past year.  Working with and learning from the best numismatists in the world is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Brooke.

Connor concurred: “There is no doubt in my mind the most valuable part of the PNG experience is the people you meet and work with on a daily basis.  The experts you cross paths with at all companies is something that is invaluable and extremely helpful.  All were eager for me to ask questions and pick their brains.  I had the opportunity to learn a tremendous amount of knowledge in a very short time from these wonderful mentors.”

Internship applications are being accepted by PNG from prospective candidates 21 to 32 years of age.

Former PNG interns Ian Connor

Former PNG interns Ian Connor

“Internship candidates who successfully complete a background security check and the education components of the program will have the opportunity for a three to six month, paid internship at either Heritage Auctions or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The PNG also is offering its extensive online, multi-media internship education and training curriculum from the Edward C. Milas School of Numismatics to anyone who wants to take the classes, not just internship candidates.  There are two levels of online classes developed in conjunction with the University of Rare Coins.

The fee for applying for the internship program is $250 to cover the cost of a security background check and the Level 100 online classes.  The cost for Level 200 for intern candidates is an additional $250.  Those who want only the online classes can enroll for a total fee of $300 that includes both Level 100 and 200.

Certificates of Completion will be provided to everyone who successfully completes both levels.

“I would encourage any young person who wishes to make a career out of numismatics to pursue this informative opportunity,” said former intern Brooke.

“I cannot thank the PNG enough for giving me this opportunity, especially Carol Raia, the program administrator, and the President of the PNG, Terry Hanlon. I would like to especially thank my first mentor Sam Brown from Keypoint Trust Coins in Ambler, Pennsylvania who helped me out so much. I will be forever grateful for that,” he added.

Specific information about the internship program and educational courses 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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Heritage June 2015 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction Recap

June 8, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

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The Long Beach Expo held this past week included a Heritage Auction with a wide variety of numismatic lots. In our preview article we discussed a number of these lots, and in this recap we will look at those lots that resulted in the highest results. Overall the sale realized prices that were in line with other recent results, which is a good sign for the overall health of the coin market. Please note that all prices mentioned include a buyers premium of 17.5%.

The first lot we will discuss was offered as lot 4230. It was… Full article at the source>

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

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Angry bull ant the world’s most dangerous

June 8, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Guinness World Records certifies that the world’s most dangerous ants are Australian.

Almost all the 90 or so species of bull ant are endemic to this country. Also known as bulldog ants, sergeant ants, jumper ants and by other worrisome names, they’re easily provoked into angry and aggressive behaviour.

Bull ants often have bright red or orange colouration. The can grow up to 40mm long, have large eyes, impressive jaws and a very venomous sting.

Bull ants live underground, but exit en masse to deter intruders from getting too near the entrance to their nest. With well-developed vision, bull ants are known to… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Pirate’s Treasure Found Off the Coast of Madagascar

June 3, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Sometime in the late 1600s, pirate William Kidd was sailing his ship, the Adventure Galley, off the island of Sainte Marie, which lies east of what is now Madagascar. The Adventure Galley sank in shallow waters, under unknown circumstances. Legend has it that the ship was full of treasure. But it was just a legend — until now.

Recently, explorer Barry Clifford found a large silver bar in the shallow waters off the coast of Sainte Marie. Though not confirmed, the bar is thought to be from the Adventure Galley‘s wreckage. Clifford’s team believes the 110-pound bar, stamped with the letters… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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