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Poster coins paint vivid picture of life during First World War

February 29, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Among the many excellent First World War centenary coin programs currently available, here’s one you won’t want to miss.

Straightforward to collect with one issue per year between 2014 and 2018, it features five beautifully produced silver releases with colour. Unusual in coin collecting, each one is rectangle-shaped, a format ideally suited to the program’s fascinating theme – Australian Posters of World War I.

Huge numbers of posters were produced during the War to satisfy a wide variety of advertising and communication needs. War bond drives and recruitment for different services were two of the primary objectives of the many campaigns publicised… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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2016 Pop Art: Canada Goose 2 oz. Silver Coin

February 29, 2016 in Art, Canadian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Royal Canadian Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released the 2016 Pop Art: “Celebrating the Canada Goose” 2 oz. Fine Silver Coin, which is composed of two ounces of .9999 silver and is available for $169.95 CAD. The coin measures 50 mm in diameter and has a mintage limited to just 3,000 pieces.

The reverse of the coin features several geese in flight, rendered in a pop art style by artist Andrew Lewis. The Canada goose is a migratory fowl known for its adaptability to a variety of environments and contexts. They are indigenous to North America, commonly spending warmer… Full article at the source>

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

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Is the coin Market too liquid for its own good?

February 27, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Laura Sperber Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

DRECK: a messed with, low end, problem or UGLY coin. Dreck has nothing to do with a coins grade or value.

Hard to believe with so few NICE coins available the coin market is in a major funk. Records are still shattered at all price levels (expect the extreme top) when great, fresh, and eye appealing rarities show up. BUT there are a whole group of mid range coins that have fallen dramatically in price. Some have fallen to ridiculous levels for no real reason. We believe with coins being so liquid and most of the good coins off the… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

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American Numismatic Association and Whitman Publishing Build Partnership

February 27, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coins, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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

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The American Numismatic Association has shared the following press release:

The American Numismatic Association is excited to announce a two-year partnership with Whitman Publishing, who is signing on as the ANA’s Official Supply Company. In this capacity, Whitman will provide members of the ANA with a 10 percent discount on numismatic books and supplies, and will actively promote the association and its membership benefits.

“This is a great opportunity for the ANA and Whitman Publishing to work together to promote the hobby, while also providing value-added benefits to ANA members,” said Kim Kiick, ANA executive director. “We are… Full article at the source>

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

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2016 Mexican Libertad Magnificent Seven Set

February 27, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Gabriel Leif Bellman World.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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There is good news and bad news on the libertad front.

The good news: the mintage remains fixed at 250 sets, signaling that this series has legs.

The bad news: 250 sets.

This year’s seven-coin Proof set featuring the 5 oz, 2 oz, 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz silver Proof libertad coins has come and gone already. As with the previous two years, this hyper-rare set is limited to 250 sets and, unless you have a contact with one of the sellers who gets their limited sets directly from the mint, the secondary market will have to… Full article at the source>

Source: world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Grading, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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February 26, 2016

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

PCGS Analysis Confirms Two More
Virtually Pure Copper Judd-2 1792 Pattern Cents

 

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

This 1792 J-2 pattern cent owned by California collector Alan Weinberg is nearly pure copper, according to PCGS. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) recently had the unique opportunity to perform metallurgical testing on two different examples of the extremely rare 1792 Pattern Cent.  Both were shown to have been made of essentially pure copper instead of a “fusible alloy” containing copper and a small portion of silver.  

“The results give a clearer picture of how the U.S. Mint experimented on the earliest American coins in preparation for official coining in 1793.  At least three of the nine known 1792 Cents originally designated as the Judd-2 variety now are confirmed to be composed of virtually pure copper,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts (www.PCGSCoinFacts.com), the Internet’s most comprehensive source for information about United States coins.

“This represents a major step forward in our understanding of early American numismatics, plus it was the first time these two rarities have been together in 224 years.  Working with the owners of the two 1792 cents, PCGS arranged for an in-house, non-invasive metallurgical analysis of their coins,” explained Guth.   

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

PCGS confirmed the Wolcott specimen 1792 J-2 cent is essentially pure copper. (Photo credit: PCGS CoinFacts.)

One of the recently tested Judd-2 cents has been owned by collector Alan Weinberg of California since 1988 when he purchased it at a Bowers and Merena auction.  Its pedigree includes the Lorin G. Parmelee, Virgil Brand and Norweb collections.  Although uncertified, PCGS estimates its grade as EF45, making it the second finest known.

The other recently tested coin, graded PCGS VF35, was unknown until 2004 when the Wolcott family from southwestern New York State brought their inherited coin to the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was certified by PCGS and its discovery generated nationwide headlines.  Owners since then have included Anthony Terranova, Denis Loring, Legend Numismatics and Bob R. Simpson. The coin now is owned by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous after purchasing it through Heritage Auctions this past January.

A third Judd-2 1792 cent, confirmed to be pure copper, is in the American Numismatic Association Edward C. Rochette Money Museum collection, and graded Good.

Early United States Mint engraver Henry Voight, who also created the 1793 Chain and Wreath cent varieties, designed the Judd-2 variety.

Judd refers to the book, United States Pattern, Experimental and Trial Pieces, a reference guide authored by Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.  Coins listed in the book are classified by Judd numbers, including J-2, the current designation for 1792-dated cents made of pure copper.

“1792 saw a flurry of activity aimed at establishing a mint in the United States.  Congress passed a Mint Act, a Director was chosen, a parcel of land was purchased, a building was erected in Philadelphia and employees were hired,” explained Guth.

“Several one-cent denomination coins were tested that year: a large copper piece known today as the Birch Cent (Judd-4); a smaller copper piece with a silver center (Judd-1); a piece of similar size in pure copper (Judd-2); and a piece of similar size with the copper and the silver center cent melted together into what is known as a ‘fusible alloy’ (Judd did not create a separate listing for such a coin).”  

“Mint records point to their experiment with fusible alloy cents, but none have been confirmed to date (one example tested years ago showed a small fraction of silver, but the margin of error of the test precluded a positive determination).”

The search for a real Fusible Alloy cent continues.  “Hopefully,” concluded Guth, “testing of the remaining 1792 cents will reveal the true nature of these remarkable coins.”

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary since its founding in 1986, Professional Coin Grading Service has become the industry standard in third-party certification.  With offices in California, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Paris, PCGS experts have certified over 32 million coins with a total market value of over 30 billion dollars.

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

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A Big Day for Bullion: Milestones for Shawnee and ASE’s

February 26, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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There have been some significant milestones for U.S. Mint bullion sales today. The Mint may be having trouble keeping some of its gold and Uncirculated collector coins in stock, but it’s had so such problems providing huge amounts of investor strikes to voracious authorized purchasers.

The Mint sold out this week’s allocation of 1,073,500 ounces of American Eagle Silver bullion coins today, bringing the overall total for 2016 to 10 million coins sold. Considering the fact that the all-time sales record for the issues reached 47,000,000 ounces last year, 10 million is an impressive total to reach… Full article at the source>

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

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“To Coin a Phrase”: Money in Everyday Expressions

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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Money terms are used in everyday expressions with little thought about their origin. “Filthy lucre,” “put in your two cents,” “pin money,” “a sawbuck,” “passing the buck”—all are common phrases related to money. Collectors like to reflect on what they mean and how they entered the English language. Some are obscure, some are self-evident, others have interesting backgrounds. One that is frequently overlooked is the derivation of the word gazette, often used as the name of a newspaper.

Few people know that today’s gazette comes from a Venetian coin of the 17th century. The coin was a 2-soldi copper piece that… Full article at the source>

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

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Shawnee 5-Ounce Silver Bullion Coin Sales Top 100,000

February 25, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The 2016 Shawnee five-ounce silver bullion coin continues to be bought by the U.S. Mint’s authorized purchasers in remarkable quantities.

Sales for the issue have now reached 102,500 coins, which equates to 512,500 ounces of silver. This makes Shawnee the highest-selling ATB five-ounce bullion coin since 2011 and the fourth-highest ever. If it sells 2,400 more pieces it will surpass 2011’s Olympic National Park issue to become #3, behind Gettysburg National Military Park and Glacier National Park. As a point of comparison, the Mint sold a total of 113,800 ATB five-ounce bullion coins in all of 2012.

The Mint has… Full article at the source>

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

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Las Vegas PCGS Invitational Show

February 22, 2016 in Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Collecting, Events, Fun, Investing, Market Report, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins

By Jose Campos Legend Numismatics Market Report

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We never can say enough great comments about the PCGS Invitationals in Las Vegas. They are by far the most intimate, secure, and well pampered (the food spreads are delicious) shows to attend.

Even in this choppy market, the majority of the real “players” attended. It was extremely interesting to note that a bigger % then usual were there solely to buy. Much to our surprise. they were not just seeking gold like always. This time we has multiple requests for (gasp) Proof Type. We certainly have not heard that in many months.

For us, the show was an unexpected… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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Civil War Eagles: A Rarity Study with Condition Census Information

February 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC), Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Grading, History, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

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This is the first of potentially many articles which focus on rarity and Condition Census information in the Liberty Head eagle series. The first sub-group I’m going to focus on is the 11 Civil War issues. These coins are, with one exception, rare in all grades and a number of them are either unknown or excessively rare in Uncirculated.

The 1861 is by far the most common Civil War eagle and it is among the more plentiful No Motto issues of this denomination. The mintage of 113,164 is many times more than all the other Civil War… Full article at the source>

 

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Kids and Coins, Part 2

February 18, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Tom Becker From the Desk of Q. David Bowers (Stack and Bowers)

From The Coin Collector , Issue #124, March 11, 2002 In this week’s blog I continue with an article written in 2002 by the late Tom Becker of our staff — an “infomercial” he called it … Full article at the source>

Source: From the Desk of Q. David Bowers (Stack and Bowers)

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New Members Join Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

February 18, 2016 in Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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New CCAC members Dennis Tucker, left, and Steve Roach, right.

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee was joined by its newest members Tuesday as the panel met to vote on designs for 2017’s Elegy Mounds and Ellis Island ATB quarters. Dennis Tucker and Steve Roach were officially welcomed by their CCAC colleagues at the start of the meeting, which served to launch their respective four-year terms.

Dennis Tucker takes over for outgoing member Dr. Michael Bugeja to fill a position created for individuals “specially qualified in numismatics.” Steve Roach will occupy a seat designated for a “representative… Full article at the source>

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

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CCAC Recommends Designs for Ellis Island and Effigy Mounds Quarters

February 17, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) met today in Washington, D.C. to discuss design candidates for two of 2017’s America the Beautiful quarters.

Back in October, the committee met with the intention of making recommendations for all five of 2017’s ATB issues, but they were unable to get behind any single design submitted for either Effigy Mounds National Monument or Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument). Today’s meeting gave CCAC members the chance to look over new submissions as well as revised versions of older designs, and they were able to come to a decision on which images to put… Full article at the source>

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

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The World of Non-Circulating Legal Tender Coins

February 17, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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The numismatic world has recently seen a plethora of coin issues commemorating anything from bumblebees to volcanoes, and just about anything else you can imagine. These coins are known as NCLT issues, an abbreviation that stands for “Non-Circulating Legal Tender.” While many commemoratives can be considered part of this category, here we specifically mean modern coins that have been issued on a large scale during the past decade or so.

This “boom” in NCLT coins started relatively recently, and, while it’s hard to pinpoint in exact date (commemorative coins have been issued for centuries in many countries around the world), it… Full article at the source>

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

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PNG 2016 YN Scholarship Competition Announced

February 16, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coin Shows, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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February 16, 2016

News media contacts:
Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

 PNG 2016 YN Scholarship Competition Announced

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       (Temecula, California) — The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) will provide a scholarship to a deserving young numismatist (YN) to attend the 2016 American Numismatic Association (http://www.money.org) Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This is the 12th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational programs.

            “Once again, the PNG scholarship will cover airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long Summer Seminar sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

            “All young numismatists between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible to enter and are cordially invited to apply for the scholarship.  Entrants must submit a short essay outlining why they should be chosen as the 2016 scholarship recipient.  The deadline for receipt of the entries is Friday, April 1, 2016” explained Brueggeman.

            Entries must include the applicant’s name and contact information. The essays can be sent by email to info@PNGdealers.org or by mail to the PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA  92590. 

“Young collectors are the future of the hobby, and these annual PNG scholarships help eager young numismatists learn more about the hobby through the unique learning experiences the ANA offers with its annual Summer Seminars.  The PNG is proud to continue its support of this outstanding program,” said Dana Samuelson, PNG President.

            The two separate 48th Annual ANA Summer Seminar week-long sessions will be held Saturday, June 18, to Thursday, June 23, and from Saturday, June 25, to Thursday, June 30.  Participants ranging from teenagers to seniors take class instruction on specific coin and paper money collecting topics or the hobby’s technical and business aspects.  Additional information about the ANA Summer Seminar sessions can be found on the ANA website at www.money.org/summer-seminar.

  “On behalf of the ANA, I would like to thank PNG for generously offering this opportunity to a deserving young numismatist.  It not only supports the ANA mission of providing numismatic education but also invests in the future of numismatics — our YNs,” said ANA Executive Director Kimberly Kiick.

The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City.

            The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and seven other countries.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

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Exclusive coin-in-book celebrates 100th Anniversary of the Gumnut Babies

February 16, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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100th Anniversary of the Gumnut Babies 1oz Silver Proof Coin & Book

This year marks the 100th anniversary of May Gibbs’ Gumnut Babies, the Australian children’s classic featuring a much-loved cast of fantasy bush characters. The success of the tale encouraged May to write and illustrate more short-stories inspired by Australian native flora, and in quick succession the Gum Blossom Babies, Flannel Flower Babies, Boronia Babies, Wattle Babies and others had captivated children’s hearts.

In celebration of the Gumnut Babies‘ centenary, The Perth Mint has released a superb commemorative coin featuring an original May Gibbs illustration of her tiny, cherub-like… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Bad coins in good sets

February 15, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Laura Sperber Legend Numismatics Hot Topics

When not to add a bad coin to a collection

 Having built many of the FINEST EVER Collections (MS Half Dimes, MS+PR Barber Dimes, Dollars 1794-1921S, $3 MS, $10 Indians and Saints, etc), I have earned the right to comment with authority about GEM sets. Recently I have seen a very disturbing trend among collectors. Some want to play this registry game so bad and be top guns they include coins that never ever should be considered for a great set. It is my strong opinion, adding one bad coin creates a cancer that affects the rest of the collection.
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Why Does the 1861-C Half Eagle Get No Love?

February 15, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

When I first became interested in Southern branch mint gold coinage, the 1861-C and 1861-D half eagles were both highly regarded issues. The latter was always worth more than the former, but both were sought-after and regarded as key issues within their respective sets.

Fast forward 30 years and the scenario has changed. The 1861-D half eagle is now a revered multiple level of demand issue, sought after by Civil War specialists, Dahlonega collectors, and wealthy individuals who fancy cool coins with great back stories. The 1861-C half eagle has been relegated to also-ran status; appreciated by few collectors outside of… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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The Week of Everything Pogue

February 15, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, Investing, Market Report, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Jose Campos Legend Numismatics Market Report

Legend lives for numismatic events like this. The Pogue Collection ranks among the greatest ever formed. This past week group III was sold at Sotheby’s in NYC.

Having had time to plan, we thought we were ready. However when the sale started, the action was far different then what we had anticipated. The results were much weaker then we had expected. The two highlight coins-the 1C 1793 Chain PCGS MS65RB and the $5 1815 PCGS MS65 BOTH sold for sums far less then expected and were UNDER $1 million each. In fact shockingly NO coin broke $1 million in last weeks… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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Latest Auction Makes Pogue Collection Most Valuable Ever Sold

February 15, 2016 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Events, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

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1793 Flowing Hair Chain cent.

A third installment of the Brent D. Pogue Collection brought in $17,135,612.50 at auction this past weekend at a sale conducted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries in association with Sotheby’s in New York City. This brings the overall total realized by sales of the Pogue collection to $68,577,182, more than any other single collection in history.

The Garrett 1793 Flowing Hair Chain cent, graded MS-65 RB by PCGS, brought in the largest sum of the auction at $998,750. Another significant portion of the overall total came from 11 half cents that brought in a combined $4,159,500.

The previous record… Full article at the source>

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

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Gold Value Hits Highest Point in a Year

February 14, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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Gold continued to come on strong this week, increasing its value by $66.35 per ounce over the last five days to end at its highest point since February 9 of last year. Currently listed at $1,239.75 by the London Bullion Market Association, the commodity has gained particular momentum since the start of the new year, and has risen over $177 per ounce in the last six weeks.

Gold’s growing strength is helping to drive strong sales of the U.S. Mint’s 2016 gold bullion coins, which have already exceeded totals for all of January and February of 2015… Full article at the source>

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

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NGC Upgrades Guides to Match PCGS CoinFacts

February 13, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins

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

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Following the PCGS announcement late last year that CoinFacts would be available to hobbyists for free, competitor NGC has launched a nifty, enhanced price guide that contains many of the same features as CoinFacts, with graphics, census data, and auction prices.

In a news release earlier this month, NGC claimed that its U.S. Coin Price Guide is faster and easier to use–on computers, tablets, and smartphones.I tried it. The company is correct.

When you log on to the price guide, you locate your coin type from a table of images, making the selection easier and more visually appealing than if… Full article at the source>

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

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Perth Mint To Release 10 Kilo Year of the Monkey Silver Coin

February 12, 2016 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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The Perth Mint announced that it will soon be selling its 2016 Year of the Monkey 10 Kilo Silver Coin on a mint-to-order basis. The Mint’s Web site notes that this item has a maximum mintage of 150 pieces.

The reverse image depicts two monkeys sitting in a peach tree; peaches are a traditional symbol of longevity and immortality. Inscribed near the rim of the coin are the Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and YEAR OF THE MONKEY, along with the Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 10 KG… Full article at the source>

By: Perth Mint

Originally Published on Apr 1, 2012

 

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The Perth Mint’s largest 2012 Year of the Dragon coins are made from 10 kilograms of 99.99% pure gold, and 10 kilograms of 99.9% pure silver.

This video shows these spectacular Australian legal tender investment coins being made at the Mint.

 

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

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Historic quote inspires centenary of the Battle of the Somme coin

February 12, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The Battle of the Somme refers to a series of battles that took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916, during the First World War, in which more than 1 million men from both sides of No Man’s Land were wounded or killed. During the battles, the British and French armies fought against German troops alongside in the Somme region of northern France in an effort to break the deadlock of trench warfare and restore the fighting to fluid, mobile warfare.

The gun crew of an Australian Howitzer Battery, in an emplacement behind a steep bank near Lavieville in the… Full article at the source>

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