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Securing Your Collection

May 25, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

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Numismatics is an exciting hobby. Learning coin histories, building sets, and finding that one piece you need can be fun and rewarding. With those benefits comes a certain risk, however, and security is a top concern for many collectors and dealers around the world.

Too often we hear news of a collection stolen in a home invasion, or of a dealer being robbed while grabbing something to eat on a long drive back from a coin show. In this article we will discuss some things collectors can do to protect their investments.

When it comes to security and valuables, there are a… Full article at the source>

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

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Italy Releases Final Gold Coins in Popular “Flora and Fauna” Series

May 24, 2016 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

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

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The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca Della Stato (IPZS) has issued the last two gold coins in a five-year series highlighting the flora and fauna of Italy. This year the representation of animals and flowers is taken from famous works of contemporary art.

20 EURO: Contemporary art is well represented by the floral frescoes decorating the Villa Igiea in Palermo. These frescoes were superbly painted by Ettore De Maria Bergler (1850 – 1938), an Italian artist considered to be the most important practitioner of early 20th century Libertarian painting.

The obverse, designed by Annalisa Masini, includes an image of a female bust with a… Full article at the source>

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

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National Geographic Pairs with South African Mint to Launch Big Cats Coin Program

May 24, 2016 in African Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, South Africa Coins, World Coins

By: Dan Holmes World.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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National Geographic and the South African Mint have launched a limited edition coin series called the National Geographic Big Cats Coin Program. The new program includes five unique issues and benefits National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, which aims to combat the decline of these animals in the wild.

 

The two rand silver issue is composed of one ounce of 92.5% silver and is currently available for $49.95. The mintage limit has been set at 7,700.

The coin’s reverse features a closeup image of a… Full article at the source>

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

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PCGS, Legend Auctions, and the Big Easy

May 22, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Market Report, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

By: Jose Legend Numismatics Market Report

Good Happenings in the Big Easy

New Orleans sure is a different kind of place. Every one was pretty happy to take a break from Las Vegas. In fact, this probably was one of the BEST attended Invitationals PCGS has held. We were surprised at how many local collectors there were who showed up and were buying coins! Ditto for dealers.

We certainly did not have to struggle to sell. We saw our “super secret” first shot buyer who was clearly looking to replenish his inventory. After him, we just sat at our table (vs walking the show) and sold soup to… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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The Newbie’s Lament: What Should I Collect?

May 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

For new collectors of vintage United States gold coins, one of the most puzzling questions to ask is: what should I collect. The answer, of course, depends on your budget but it also depends on which sort of collection you are going to build: a set with a focused beginning, middle, and end, or a more random approach.

To make this an inclusive article, I’m going to look at three price ranges of coins (small, medium and large if you will…) and how they apply to both approaches.

First, let’s quickly discuss price ranges. To collect 19th and early 20th century US… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Coin gives voice to language of love

May 20, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, 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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It’s estimated that there are 1,025,109 words in the English language and that ‘love’ ranks inside the top 400 most commonly used. It comes from the Anglo Saxon lufu, which in turn is derived from the early Germanic lubō.

In Chinese, the world’s most widely spoken language, love is pronounced “ai”. It’s represented by a composite character comprising a number of traditional symbols, including representations of a man, a woman and a heart.

With over 400 million speakers, Spanish lies between Chinese and English as the second most popular language in the world. Amor comes directly from Latin, sharing its origin with… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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What Are the Three Rarest Carson City Half Eagles?

May 17, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Gold, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

Of the three denominations of gold coins struck at the Carson City mint, perhaps the most popular to collect by date are the half eagles. Of the 19 issues produced between 1870 and 1893, all are obtainable in reasonably high grades. But some of these are rarer than most collectors realize, and the Big Three are extremely challenging to obtain in higher grades. What are the three rarest Carson City half eagles and how do they compare in overall and high grade rarity?… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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The Educational Series is considered to be the most beautiful currency ever created by the United States

May 16, 2016 in Art, Blogs, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Collecting, Education, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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In 1896, the United States released the Educational Series, an artistically inclined series of currency depicting three allegorical motifs that would become some of the most highly revered notes ever produced by our government.

For years, the silver certificate was a dull rendition of black ink featured on the obverse and green on the back but by the 1890’s, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing agreed it was time to revamp the appearance of the silver certificates. The BEP then commissioned designers known for their allegorical murals to create the artwork for each denomination. Of the 15-20 artists hired for… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Ohio Teenager Wins PNG 2016 YN Scholarship

May 12, 2016 in Awards, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Education, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Prize Winners, Scholarships, Young Collectors

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Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

 Ohio Teenager Wins PNG 2016 YN Scholarship

 

Spencer Kinkelaar of Morrow, Ohio

Spencer Kinkelaar of Morrow, Ohio

(Temecula, California) – Spencer Kinkelaar, a 16-year old honor roll student from Morrow, Ohio who enjoys collecting Franklin half dollars and silver American Eagle coins, has been selected as this year’s winner of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) Young Numismatist Scholarship.

The scholarship will cover airfare and tuition for him to attend a week-long session of the 2016 American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar (www.money.org/summer-seminar) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kinkelaar is one of triplet boys, and he credits his father with initially sparking an interest in coin collecting in all three boys.

“As a young child, I was always interested in numismatics.  At a young age, my father showed me his collection, which he started as a child,” Kinkelaar wrote in his application essay.

Last summer, while he and his family were preparing to move from Philadelphia to the Cincinnati area, he rediscovered his old coin collection in the closet.

“Remembering my past, I began to review my collection, excitedly noting my old pastime. I began to research collecting again and went to the bank to search half dollar rolls.  Shortly afterwards, I joined the ANA as a YN,” he wrote.

Kinkelaar said he was “quite surprised” when the PNG notified him about the scholarship award:  “It was quite exciting that the PNG thought I’d be a good candidate to come out to Colorado Springs to learn about numismatics.”

His father, Mark, happily responded, “It didn’t surprise me too much.  He’s quite competitive and I was pleased to learn about it.  I think he’ll enjoy it.  It’s the kind of experience a young man needs.”

“We appreciate what the PNG is doing and the opportunity for Spencer.  It’s a wonderful learning opportunity,” stated Mark Kinkelaar who has enjoyed going to coin shows with him.    

Spencer Kinkelaar will be a Junior this fall at Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio.  His plans for college include studying economics and finance as an undergraduate, then attending business and law school for post-graduate degrees.

“When I learn about enthusiastic young numismatists, such as Spencer, I feel confident about the future of the hobby,” said Dana Samuelson, PNG President.  “The PNG is happy to provide young collectors with these annual scholarships so they can be part of the outstanding learning experience the ANA offers with its Summer Seminars programs.”

The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from the PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund. 

“Mr. Bauman served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City, and he was a mentor to some of today’s outstanding numismatic professionals.  After he died in 2001, the memorial fund was created as an on-going legacy to him and his mentoring,” explained PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The Professional Numismatists Guild 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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New Hampshire’s Senators Propose Coins Commemorating Space Shuttle Challenger

May 11, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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Christa McAuliffe

 

A new commemorative coin program memorializing the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster has been proposed by United States Senators Kelly Ayotte and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. It would particularly highlight the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, a high school social studies teacher and mother of two who was chosen to join the expedition as the “first teacher in space.”

McAuliffe and six other astronauts were killed after the Challenger exploded shortly after launching from the coast of Florida on January 28, 1986. Due in part to the significant media attention attracted by McAuliffe’s participation in the mission,… Full article at the source>

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

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Automobile Designer Enzo Ferrari Featured on Italy’s latest EUROPA Star Silver Coin

May 6, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, 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 Zecca Della Stato (IPZS) has issued its latest collector coin as part of the current EUROPA star coin program. This year the focus is on 20th century Europe and those who have made memorable contributions during this period.

The Italian addition to this series for 2016 features the Italian automotive industry, famed the world over for its stylish and fast cars. One particular name stands out in this milieu for its uniquely coveted automobiles: Ferrari.

The founder of this internationally-known brand was Enzo Ferrari (1898 – 1988), who is credited with helping the Italian automotive industry achieve a heightened… Full article at the source>

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

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American Buffalo Bullion Coins Get Packaging Overhaul

May 6, 2016 in American Buffalo, Bullion, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Buffalo, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint has updated its packaging for American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins, ushering in the use of hard plastic containers similar to those employed to ship gold and silver American Eagle bullion coins.

Plastic tubes used to ship the coins contain 20 one-ounce pieces each; the larger boxes are packed with 25 tubes, totaling 500 coins. Gold Eagles are transported in red containers, while Silver Eagles are shipped in green packaging. The new Gold Buffalo tubes and boxes are orange, according to a press release.

American Buffalo bullion coins will now be shipped in orange… Full article at the source>

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

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Gary Carlson: In Memoriam

May 6, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

I was just informed that my old friend Gary Carlson passed away and I wanted to share some thoughts and memories of him.

I met Gary in 1983 when I went to work for Steve Ivy at Steve Ivy Rare Coins in Dallas. Gary had come from the “real world” of business, working, if I recall correctly, for John Deere or some such solid Midwestern Fortune 500 company. Gary was always a true Midwesterner with firm family values and a bluntness which would often put him at odds with The Man when it came to the daily coin business at SIRCO. Gary… Full article at the source>

Source: RareGoldCoins.com (Douglas Winter Numismatics)

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Use Caution To Avoid Gold And Silver Counterfeits, Advises Professional Numismatists Guild.

May 3, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Fake Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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Use Caution To Avoid Gold And Silver Counterfeits, Advises Professional Numismatists Guild.

 

Historic, genuine 1803 Draped Bust design U.S. silver dollars in Very Fine condition are currently valued at about $3,000. This counterfeit 1803-dated dollar was recently offered in a Hong Kong flea market for less than $3. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

Historic, genuine 1803 Draped Bust design U.S. silver dollars in Very Fine condition are currently valued at about $3,000. This counterfeit 1803-dated dollar was recently offered in a Hong Kong flea market for less than $3. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Temecula, California) – Beware of counterfeit vintage rare coins and fake modern gold and silver bullion items now being offered in the marketplace.  Purchase only from reputable dealers, cautions the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top numismatic experts.

“It is clear there is an increase in the types of fakes sold by unscrupulous dealers.  These sales of counterfeit coins are potentially a multi-million dollar problem for the public.  There’s an old saying that can help buyers avoid problems: If you don’t know coins, you better know your dealer,” stated Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) President Dana Samuelson.

“We conducted an informal inquiry of PNG members and PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealers (APMD) about what they’re encountering now in the marketplace.  They have seen everything from counterfeits of vintage rare coins to modern precious metal items.  These include fakes of popular century-old U.S. Morgan and Peace design silver dollars to current gold and silver American Eagles, gold U.S. Buffalo coins, silver and gold Chinese Pandas, and Canadian silver and gold Maple Leaf coins.  We’re also seeing spurious gold and silver ingots,” said Samuelson.

“Professional dealers who look at classic U.S. coins and bullion items all day long are usually not fooled by these spurious items, but to the untrained eye they often look like the real thing,” he explained.

“Many of the fakes apparently are originating in China and then offered online by various sellers.  It is imperative that collectors, investors and the general public deal only with reputable, knowledgeable experts who offer a guarantee of authenticity,” emphasized Samuelson.

Two PNG members who recently were in Asia say they saw counterfeits of early 19th century Draped Bust, mid 19th century Seated Liberty and late 19th and early 20th century Morgan and Peace silver dollars being sold in flea markets in China and Hong Kong for $1 to $3 each.

Unsuspecting buyers have submitted counterfeit modern bullion coins to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com) for authentication and grading. NGC, the official grading service of PNG, earlier reported submissions of counterfeit 2012-dated gold American Eagle $50 denomination coins.

The front and back of a counterfeit 2012-dated American Eagle $50 denomination one-ounce gold bullion coin. (Photo courtesy of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.)

The front and back of a counterfeit 2012-dated American Eagle $50 denomination one-ounce gold bullion coin. (Photo courtesy of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.)

Those particular counterfeits exhibit poorly defined details around Liberty’s face and hair, different fonts for lettering and the date compared to genuine coins and the color is different because the fakes are not composed of gold, according to Max Spiegel, a Vice President of Certified Collectibles Group, NGC’s parent company.

PNG and PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise including bullion coins, precious metal rounds and ingots, and they offer a guarantee of authenticity for the numismatic items they sell.

For a list of PNG-APMD members visit www.PNGdealers.org and click on the APMD navigation link.

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