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Preview: HA’s Platinum Night at the World’s Fair of Money

July 31, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Events, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money, Seminars, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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From August 11 to August 15 the American Numismatic Association will organize the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Considered the largest show of the year, the whole week is a gigantic happening of numismatics, attended by people from around the world. Several auctions are also organized, with United States and world coins on offer, as well as paper money. In this preview, we will cover Platinum Night held by Heritage Auctions on the evening of August 12th. On offer will be a wide variety of high quality and seldom seen United States coins, Full article at the source>

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Historic Boboli Gardens Feature on Latest Coin in Italy’s “Historical Villas and Gardens” Series

July 30, 2015 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, History, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (IZPS) has launched the latest coin in their always anticipated “Historical Villas and Gardens” series, which features some of Italy’s most well-known and historically significant villas and gardens. This year’s coin features the Giardino di Boboli Firenze, or the Boboli Gardens, located in the picturesque city of Florence.

The Boboli Gardens, which form part of the estate cultivated by the House of de Medici during the early part of the sixteenth century, are the main gardens behind the Renaissance-style Palazzo Pitti, situated on the south side of the River Arno. The Palazzo itself dates… Full article at the source>

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Collecting Half Dimes: Q. David Bowers on an Interesting and Varied Series

July 29, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Dimes, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

By: Q. David Bowers News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Of the various denominations of silver coins, half dimes are among the smallest series in terms of different dates; they are also the most varied. Over the years, several numismatists have fallen in love with these coins, beginning with Harold P. Newlin, who in 1883 wrote a monograph on the series, complete with a good deal of sentiment—especially toward the rare 1802, obviously his pet silver coin of all time.

The first coinage of this denomination was the 1792 half disme, a “story coin” if there ever was one (this was another Newlin favorite in his 1883 text), followed by the Full article at the source>

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

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Hungarian Inventors & Inventions Series Continues with Latest Square Coin

July 29, 2015 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, World Coins

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

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The National Bank of Hungary has issued its latest coin in the popular and informative “Hungarian Inventors and Their Inventions” series, which focuses on some of the country’s best known inventors. The 2015-dated coin highlights Kornél Szilvay, an important figure in the history of Hungarian firefighting and technology, on the 125th anniversary of his birth.

Born in Budapest, his keen interest in technology was influenced by his father and by Hungary’s burgeoning mechanical engineering industry in the mid to late 1800’s. After finishing school, he was awarded a degree as a technician from the engineering faculty of the Budapest Industrial College… Full article at the source>

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

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The Duckor Family Collection of Gold Dollars

July 28, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

In all of my years of being a professional numismatist, I have met few collectors who “get it” the way Steve Duckor does. Steve is a generous, gracious individual who is easy to deal with and who has a great eye. When he decides to tackle a project he does it deliberately but aggressively, and I have seen him make very, very few mistakes in the years in which we have been friendly.

A few years ago, Steve was given the opportunity to acquire a group of superb gold dollars from his mentor David Akers. When he made the decision to…  Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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PCGS Grading Contest Announced For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

July 28, 2015 in Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Grading, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Seminars, Young Collectors

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July 28, 2015

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PCGS Grading Contest Announced
For September 2015 Long Beach Expo

 

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A young numismatist examining a coin during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Collectors, dealers and young numismatists again will have the chance to test their coin grading skills and compete for prizes in the PCGS Coin Grading Contest.  The newly announced competition will be held at the September 2015 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo, but interested participants should sign up now.

The entry fee is $50 for dealers and their associates, $25 for collectors and free for young numismatists.

The dealer with the highest score will receive a $1,000 check from Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com).  The highest scoring collector will receive $500 and the highest scoring young numismatist will receive a Mint State Morgan Dollar.

“Responses to our previous grading contests have been excellent.  We had to turn away several people who had not pre-registered for the last competition at the June Long Beach Expo because all the available slots were already filled,” said PCGS President Don Willis. “So, don’t wait to register.”

The competition will be open to members of the PCGS Collectors Club, PCGS Authorized Dealers, PCGS Set Registry participants, PCGS CoinFacts subscribers and young collectors aged 16 or younger.

To register for a contest time slot or get additional information, call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848, Monday through Friday between 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, or email info@PCGS.com.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

A contestant closely examining one of the coins during the PCGS Coin Grading Contest at the June 2015 Long Beach Expo.

Participants in the dealers and collectors categories will have 30 minutes to grade 20 coins, while young numismatists will have 20 minutes to grade 10 coins.

“Once again, a variety of coins will be carefully selected for the contest, and evaluating each one will definitely challenge even the most knowledgeable collector,” said PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall.

The Long Beach Expo will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., in Long Beach, California, September 17 – 19, 2015.  Additional information about the show is available at www.LongBeachExpo.com.

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DECLARED Final mintage of 2015 Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign announced

July 27, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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In line with our earlier announcement, the 2015 Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign 22-carat gold proof coins were withdrawn from sale on Friday 17 July. While each release originally had a permitted maximum mintage of 1,500 coins, the closure of sales means the following declared (final) mintage figures apply…SpacerFull article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Whitman Announces 25th-Anniversary Update to the Cherrypickers’ Guide

July 25, 2015 in Antique Coins, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

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

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On September 29, Whitman Publishing will release the sixth edition of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins in honor of the series’ 25th anniversary. Series creators Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton have partnered with die-variety specialist Mike Ellis to produce an updated version of the award-winning reference, which aims to help collectors spot rare and valuable coins that may appear mundane prior to close examination.

Boasting 1,110 close-up photos and 150 new coin varieties, the anniversary edition will cover “half cents, large cents, small cents, two-cent and three-cent pieces, and nickels,” according to a… Full article at the source>

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What is Australia’s rarest collectable gold coin?

July 24, 2015 in Antique Coins, Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

For such a young nation, Australia is responsible for some seriously sought-after coins. The 1813 holey dollar & dump and the 1930 penny are two of our most desirable rarities. With an equally illustrious status in Australian numismatics, the 1920 Sydney sovereign is another legendary collectable.

Portraying Pistrucci’s famous St George design with a ‘S’ mintmark in the exergue (above the year-date), only three examples of the 1920 Sydney sovereign are known to exist in private hands. It’s Australia’s rarest collectable gold coin and, unsurprisingly, commands a price tag to suit!

£650,000 was needed to secure one of these elusive treasures when… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Big News for New Orleans Gold Collectors

July 23, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

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

If you collect New Orleans mint gold coinage, it’s likely that you refer to my book “Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint, 1839-1909.” It’s hard to believe this but my second edition is now almost a decade old, having been published in 2006. While a lot of the information in the book is still useful, a lot is outdated.

I’ve decided to work on an all-new third edition and hope to have it ready by the summer of 2016. Unlike my last book which I released strictly online, I am thinking that the newest edition of the New Orleans… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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$1.9 million Fraud Judgment Raises Compelling Hobby Issues

July 23, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Fake Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins

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

PCA Collectibles, a New York company associated with the former PCI Coin Grading company, was found liable for nearly $1.9 million in damages based on the impression that coins sold to the plaintiffs were graded independently according to industry standards but actually were fake (one coin), damaged or worth only a fraction of Red Book prices.

The Red Book, or The Official Red Book: A Guide Book Of United States Coins, was sent by one of the defendants, Anthony J. Delluniversita, to the late Corpus Christi stockbroker Bonnie Pereida, who used it to evaluate the prices she paid against the value… Full article at the source>

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Judge Awards Coin Fraud Victim’s Estate Nearly $1.9 Million Under Federal Racketeer Laws

July 22, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Fake Coins, Grading, Investing, Legal, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, US Government

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Judge Awards Coin Fraud Victim’s Estate
Nearly $1.9 Million Under Federal Racketeer Laws

 

(Corpus Christi, Texas) – A Federal Court Judge in Texas has issued her final ruling that a coin fraud victim’s estate should receive nearly $1.9 million from a Long Island coin dealer and his grading company under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO).  The estate was assisted in its three-year recovery efforts by former Professional Numismatists Guild President Paul Montgomery, President of Paul Montgomery and Associates in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (www.paulmontgomeryonline.com).

Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the United States District Court of Southern Texas, Corpus Christi Division, issued her final judgment on July 21, 2015.

Last November, Judge Ramos held a bench trial in the case.  On May 20, 2015 she issued a 30-page Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law in which she ruled that PCA Collectibles, Inc. of North Lindenhurst, New York, and PCI Coin Grading company misled Corpus Christi stockbroker Bonnie Pereida “into buying coins that were counterfeit, damaged or worth only a fraction of what they were represented to be.”

Judge Ramos also stated in May: “The Court concludes that there is clear and convincing evidence of the fraud perpetuated by PCI and PCA against Pereida.”

In her final judgment, the judge now has ordered that the estate can recover $1,892,324 from Anthony Delluniversita, majority owner of PCA and the owner of PCI coin grading company at the time the coins were graded and sold to Pereida.  Of that total, $1,610,802 is for damages, $280,190 for attorney’s fees and another $1,332 for costs of the lawsuit.

Montgomery stated: “I’ve been involved in hundreds of these kinds of cases, and this is the first one that resulted in a federal court victory.  Usually, the sellers resolve the buyers’ complaints to avoid a trial in court by eventually making a refund of all or at least a portion of what the customers paid.  It takes time, but there are remedies against nefarious dealers, and I’m delighted for Dr. Malvino about the judge’s decision in this case.”

According to court documents, from January through May of 2011, Pereida made 31 separate purchases of rare coins from PCA.  She bought 135 coins and paid a total of $727,569 to PCA for them.  The coins were graded by PCI, and the sole owner of PCI at the time was defendant Delluniversita who also was the dominant shareholder of PCA Collectibles.

Pereida’s fiancé  Albert P. Malvino, Ph.D., testified, “We bought these (coins) for our retirement…and we thought…we’re getting a good deal…..”

When Pereida died in October 2011, Dr. Malvino was appointed executor of her estate and had the coins appraised.

Heritage Auctions through its Heritage Appraisal Services estimated the auction value at $190,865 at the time the coins were examined, less than 27 percent of the amount paid by Pereida.  Montgomery then was retained by Dr. Malvino to assess the grade and value of the coins, and he concluded the reasonable retail value of the coins at the time they were purchased by Pereida was $150,964, about 20 percent of what Pereida paid.

Montgomery also requested Professional Coin Grading Service to do an independent appraisal of the grades, and, according to the Judge’s ruling, “PCGS’s findings were consistent with those of Montgomery.”

Heritage, Montgomery and PCGS identified one coin as a counterfeit, a 1914-D Indian $2.50 graded by PCI as MS64.

They also identified 25 other coins that could not be graded because they were either cleaned or damaged.  These included a 1907 Saint-Gaudens Roman Numerals High Relief Double Eagle graded by PCI as MS65 and sold for $19,500.  Heritage estimated the auction value at $6,000, Montgomery valued the coin at retail as $4,500 and both Heritage and Montgomery agreed with PCGS that the coin had been cleaned.

An 1892-CC Liberty Double Eagle, sold by PCA to Pereida for $12,500 and graded by PCI as MS62, was valued by Heritage at $2,600 and only AU, valued by Montgomery at $700 because it was damaged and given also given no grade by PCGS because of an noticeable scratch on the coin.

During the trial in November 2014, Montgomery showed the judge coins graded by PCI as Mint State, that were in his opinion, only About Uncirculated.

“She quickly understood the concept of grades and its relationship to coin values.  I told her: ‘Your Honor, now you’re a coin grader,’” recalled Montgomery.

“When you’re buying or selling coins, there’s an important lesson for the public to remember.  If you don’t know rare coins, you’d better know your rare coin dealer.  Members of the Professional Numismatists Guild must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  The dealer who sold coins to Ms. Pereida was not a PNG member,” said Montgomery who served as PNG President from 2009 – 2011.

Dr. Malvino was represented by attorney R. Lyn Stevens of Stevens Baldo Freeman & Lighty in Beaumont, Texas (www.sbf-law.com and www.CoinFraud.com).

The case is Albert Malvino v. PCA Collectibles, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:12-CV-401, in the U.S. District Court of Southern District of Texas Corpus Christi Division.

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2015 American Silver Eagle Bullions Will Return July 27

July 22, 2015 in Blogs, Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The United States Mint will resume sales of the 2015 American Silver Eagle bullion coin on July 27, according to Reuters. The coin sold nearly three million units on Jan. 12, the day of its release, a number that grew to 21,786,000 by the time sales were suspended on July 7. The nearly three-week hiatus, instated to allow the West Point Mint to catch up on production, has been longer than expected.

The 2015 American Silver Eagle bullion coin has been hugely popular, due in part to a renewed interest in silver as gold prices flounder. The coin can Full article at the source>

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

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Grading Raw Coins Online: A New Perspective

July 20, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Dollar Coins, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, Ethics, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Photography, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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

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In “Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars of the United States: A Complete Encyclopedia,” Q. David Bowers writes that the 1897-O Morgan dollar is rare at the MS63 grade, with only 400 to 800 surviving examples. In MS-64, he writes, only 80 to 150 exist and in MS-65, about 50 to 100. I decided to take a chance in a Proxibid online auction where I had been buying most of my raw coins, paying $276 for the above one with buyer’s premium.

In MS62, the 1897-O retails at $2,600 with about double that amount for an MS63. At MS64,… Full article at the source>

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

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No One Knows the Secrets of Gold Spirals Found in Denmark

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Gold, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Thousands of mysterious gold spirals have been found in Zealand, Denmark. A little while back, a team of archeologists found four Bronze Age gold bracelets there. The archeologists thought they were done, so they handed the site over to amateur archaeologist Christian Albertsen. But Albertsen believed there was more to be discovered. And he was right. There was a lot more.

All in all, Albertsen located around 2,000 gold spirals. The hoard weighed in at between 200 and 300 grams. Experts believe the spirals are from between 900 and 700 B.C. during the Bronze Age. While the date and size of… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Man Finds Nazi-Era Coin Hoard Worth 45,000 Euros in Northern Germany

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Austrian Coins, Belgian coins, Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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

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Last October, Florian Bautsch was walking with his metal detector when he stumbled upon an unusual gold piece in Lüneburg, Germany, south of Hamburg. Piqued, he kept searching, eventually discovering nine more of the coins—enough to spur him to notify local archaeologists that he might be on to something big.

After a two-week excavation, the archaeologists did find something big: a trove of 207 gold coins buried one meter deep at the foot of a tree. Bearing stamps from Belgium, France, Italy, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the coins had been buried in separate pouches that had deteriorated except for their seals, Full article at the source>

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

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Numismatic Hall of Fame to Gain Two New Members

July 16, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Collecting, Conventions, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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

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The American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame will gain two new members at the World’s Fair of Money awards banquet on August 14 in Rosemont, Illinois. James Edward Charlton and David E. Schenkman will be inducted in recognition of their prolific careers as writers and numismatists, joining the elite group of eighty-six inductees previously admitted to the Hall since its creation in 1964.

James Charlton, who died in 2013 at the age of 102, was a life member of the ANA and the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association. His research, writing, and publishing contributions are considered to be of… Full article at the source>

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

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Donn Pearlman To receive Farran Zerbe Memorial Award

July 16, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Coin Shows, Collecting, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

By: ANA Blog News | ANA Official Post | ANAStaff

Publicist Honored for long Career Promoting the Hobby

 

Donn Pearlman, who for more than 50 years has worked to promote the American Numismatic Association and the hobby as a journalist, publicist and collector, is the 2015 recipient of the ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service. Pearlman will receive the award on Friday, August 14, during the ANA Awards Banquet and Silent Auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois…

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Popular PCGS “Periodic Table” Posters Now Are Also Available On Amazon.com

July 16, 2015 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Photography, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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July 16, 2015

News media contact:
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Popular PCGS “Periodic Table” Posters
Now Are Also Available On Amazon.com

 

The popular PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of U.S. Coins posters are now also available on Amazon.com

The popular PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of U.S. Coins posters are now also available on Amazon.com

If you can’t attend one of the upcoming major shows in Baltimore, Chicago, or Long Beach, you still have an opportunity to obtain one of the popular, new “PCGS CoinFacts Periodic Table of United States Coins” posters.

“We’ve had many requests from across the country for these fascinating posters.  While supplies last, we’re giving them free to visitors to the PCGS booths at several coin shows, and they also are now available for purchase by anyone on Amazon.com,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

The posters can be ordered for $19.99 each at http://amzn.to/1O80vjl.  Free shipping is available for Amazon Prime members and free shipping is available for all orders over $35.

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.

“It’s an educational and fun poster that illustrates major U.S. coin denominations issued for circulation from 1793 to date,” said Willis.

PCGS Co-Founder and Collectors Universe President David Hall stated: “I encourage all dealers to show this to their clients, and all parents to share this with their children. I’m amazed at the work that went into creating this great representation of United States coinage. I believe this is one of the best things we’ve ever done.”

The posters provide important information about the coins depicted.

“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 ultimate, single source of information on U.S. coins.

The posters will be distributed free while supplies last at these shows:

For more information on all PCGS attended shows, 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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Princess Jasmine next in line on Disney coin series

July 14, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Released in 1992, Aladdin was Disney’s 31st animated feature.

It’s based on a Middle Eastern folk tale found in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (aka The Arabian Nights).

The plot unfolds in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, where the title character is an impoverished but kind-hearted thief who is entranced by the Sultan’s daughter, Princess Jasmine.

Obliged by law to choose a suitor of noble blood, the determined and daring young beauty wishes only to marry for love. Falling for Aladdin during a visit to the market, she’s later left distraught when the evil sorcerer Jafar deceives her into… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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PCGS Hosts Superb Simpson Half Dollar And Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

July 13, 2015 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Half Dollars, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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July 13, 2015

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PCGS Hosts Superb Simpson Half Dollar
And Stella Patterns At World’s Fair of Money

 

Two superb sets from The Bob Simpson U.S. Pattern Collection, the Morgan half dollar patterns of 1877 and $4 Stellas in all metals, will be displayed at the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) booth during the American Numismatic Association Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.worldsfairofmoney.com), August 11 – 15,  2015.

These two sets are ranked as both the current and all-time finest of their kind in the PCGS Set Registry®, and this will be the first time they will be publicly exhibited.  The coins will be displayed courtesy of collector Bob Simpson of Texas and Legend Numismatics of New Jersey.

While supplies last, visitors to the PCGS booth (#601) can receive a free, illustrated educational brochure about these two historic sets.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money will be this 1880 Flowing Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1657), graded PCGS PR67 Cameo.

Among the outstanding Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money will be this 1880 Flowing Hair $4 “Stella” (J-1657), graded PCGS PR67 Cameo.

“Bob Simpson has amassed what is probably the most extensive collection of U.S. patterns ever assembled.  Out of a total of 1,176 patterns he has listed in the PCGS Set Registry, 779 are ‘Top Pop’ and 641 coins are the single finest specimens graded.  PCGS is pleased to share with the public a small portion of Mr. Simpson’s extraordinary collection at the upcoming ANA convention,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

“The U.S. 1877 Morgan Half Dollar Patterns set is 90 percent complete with 18 of the 20 coins required for a complete set.  It has a weighted grade point average of 68.71,” explained BJ Searls, Director of the PCGS Set Registry (www.PCGS.com/setregistry).

“Mr. Simpson’s 1879 – 1880 U.S. Patterns $4 Stellas All Metals set includes an amazing 13 of the 15 required coins; a level of completion that is unprecedented. The weighted grade point average is 68.5, and 9 of the 13 coins are Top Pops,” added Searls.

The original creation of the pattern half dollars and $4 denomination coins is interesting for numismatists.  In 1877, United States Mint Engraver George T. Morgan began testing new designs for half dollars with the intention of eventually using them on silver dollars beginning in 1878. Today, Morgan dollars are among the most popular of all United States coins.

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1512), graded PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

The 1877 pattern half dollar (J-1512), graded PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo, will be among the Simpson Collection pattern coins on display at the PCGS booth during the 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“This explains why his 1877 Half Dollar Patterns look so familiar to us today.  The head he used on the 1877 coins is a miniature version of what eventually appeared with modifications on nearly half a billion silver dollars from 1878 to 1921,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGScoinfacts.com), the internet’s most comprehensive source of information about U.S. coins.

“The real beauty of this series, however, comes from the fabulous reverse designs, all of which revealed this engraver’s incredible talent,” Guth stated.

Simpson commented: “1877 pattern half dollars are some of the most beautiful coins ever made. In my opinion, they are the ultimate design and size for the Morgan head.  My goal is to own an example of every 1877 pattern Morgan half minted.”

Highlights of Simpson’s Morgan 1877 Half Dollar Patterns collection include Judd-1511 graded PCGS PR66 Red and Brown; J-1512, PCGS PR66+ Deep Cameo; and J-1516, PCGS PR 66 Deep Cameo.

The Stella, a $4 denomination gold coin co-designed by Morgan and Charles E. Barber, was originally intended for use in international trade.  Before the plans were abandoned, a small number were experimentally struck in 1879 and 1880 with two different Flowing Hair and Coiled Hair obverse designs.  A few patterns also were struck in copper, white metal and aluminum.

“Save for the Amazonians, there is no other pattern series as captivating as the Stellas.  To have them in all metals is spectacular.  The Mint truly created a special coinage for the time,” Simpson stated.

Highlights in the Simpson Stella collection include 1879 Flowing Hair J-1635, PCGS PR65 Cameo; 1879 Coiled Hair J-1638, PCGS PR66+ Cameo; and 1880 Flowing Hair J-1657, PCGS PR67 Cameo.

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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Recap: Heritage Summer FUN U.S. Coins Signature Auction

July 13, 2015 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

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On July 9, Heritage Auctions organized a Signature Sale in conjunction with the summer FUN show, held in Orlando, Florida. Offered were a wide variety of numismatic items, some of which we covered in our preview. In this recap we will discuss some of the most noteworthy results from the sale, ranging from high grade nineteenth century rarities to seldom encountered and somewhat obscure coins… Full article at the source>

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Which Woman Will Be on the New $10 Bill?

July 11, 2015 in Blogs, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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It’s official: in 2020, a woman will be on the $10 bill. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew announced that a woman would be featured either alongside Alexander Hamilton, or all on her own. Before this, the only woman to have ever been featured solo on paper currency was Martha Washington. So who will it be this time? The jury is still out.

For some time, a nonprofit organization named Women on the $20s had been advocating replacing Andrew Jackson. The organization released the results of a poll last May that asked U.S. citizens which woman should replace Jackson. Over 350,000 Full article at the source>

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‘Lest We Forget’ coin presented at historic Menin Gate ceremony

July 10, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The Perth Mint’s ANZAC Spirit Lest We Forget 1 kilo silver proof coin was presented to the Last Post Association by the Returned and Services League at a memorial event at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, on 9 July 2015. The ceremony, which has taken place daily since 1928, included the playing of the Last Post for the 30,000th time. It is the intention of the Last Post Association to perform this traditional final salute to the fallen as an act of homage to Allied soldiers killed during the Great War in perpetuity.

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Iconic sentries light the way safely along Australia’s coast

July 9, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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On 1 July 1915, the Commonwealth of Australia officially accepted responsibility from the State Governments for all landfall and coastal lights around Australia.

Lighthouses have played a vital role in coastal navigation and safety since the earliest years of settlement. Within just a few years of the colony’s founding in 1788, convicts built Australia’s first marine light on South Head at the entrance to Sydney Harbour – a simple iron brazier suspended from a tripod.

A few years later, convict architect Francis Greenway designed Australia’s first proper lighthouse for the site. Named after the influential fifth Governor of New South Wales, it… Full article at the source>

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