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Italy’s Historical Villas and Gardens Series Continues with Villa Cicogna Mozzoni

July 31, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Euro Coins, 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, or IPZS, has issued (July 8) the latest coin in its popular series entitled, “Historical Villas and Gardens,” which focuses on some of Italy’s well-known, historical, and stately homes and their environs. The 2016-dated coin features the exquisite Villa Cicogna Mozzoni.

The Villa Cicogna Mozzoni is located in Bisuschio, near Varese in the region of Lombardy. The Villa is admired for its historical and architectural artistry and is considered one of the greatest representations of Renaissance architecture and landscape. The Villa is the present-day home to the descendants of the Mozzoni family, who established themselves… Full article at the source>

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ANA World’s Fair of Money Preview, Part II: Heritage Auctions World & Ancient Coins Sale

July 30, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Ancient Coins, Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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The World’s Fair of Money, organized by the American Numismatic Association, will be held this year in Anaheim, California, from August 9 to August 13. The week-long event-filled convention will be accompanied by various auctions offering thousands of US and world coins and currency. In this second of three previews we will take a look at the World & Ancient Coins sales held by Heritage Auctions. These auctions are divided into multiple sessions, and include sales dedicated to various high-end collections, including the Cape Coral collection of Multiple Talers, the Redwood Collection of Swiss Coins, and Part III of… Full article at the source>

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Steven Andrew Sayles 1964-2016

July 30, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

Steven Andrew Sayles was born in Gander, Newfoundland on March 14, 1964 to Wayne G. and Sharon L. (Greshay) Sayles. As a child, Steve had an inquisitive nature and was far more worldly than his years might have suggested. He was an avid collector of postage stamps from distant lands and was an amateur radio operator who logged conversations with fellow “Hams” in many foreign countries. He grew up with a global perspective, partly as the result of having been raised in a military family with its frequent relocations. After leaving Gander,… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Over 17,000 2016 Platinum Eagle Bullion Coins Sold on First Day

July 26, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint opened sales of 2016 American Eagle One-Ounce Platinum Proof Coins today, a release that was met with enthusiasm from the Mint’s authorized purchasers (AP’s). According to the most recent bullion sales numbers, the Mint sold 17,100 Platinum Eagles today, quite a large total when considered alongside the total mintages for one-ounce Platinum Eagles from other years.

At 17,100 pieces sold, the 2016 bullion APE’s now have the fifth-highest mintage ever for these issues, which were initially issued in 1997. The first three years these coins were available — 1997, 1998, and 1999 — the… Full article at the source>

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

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A Coin Dealer’s Notes on Traveling With Valuables

July 26, 2016 in Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

Photo by U.S. Department of Homeland Security via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by U.S. Department of Homeland Security via Wikimedia Commons.

For collectors attending coin shows on the national and international circuits, traveling can yield unique rewards and challenges. On the one hand, you are given chances to visit new locales, meet other collectors, and see lots of coins and bank notes in a single place. The travel can be fun, and as a dealer attending shows frequently I have been to cities and countries I probably would not have visited on my own. But there’s also risk involved with traveling large distances with valuables, and it’s important to consider your security… Full article at the source>

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Should “In God We Trust” Be Banned From Money?

July 25, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coins, Collecting, Currency, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Press Releases, U.S. Notes, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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July 25, 2016

News media contact:
Paul Stein, (409) 860-9077

Defending “In God We Trust” Motto Focus Of

Free Anaheim Educational Presentation, August 11

“Some critics of ‘In God We Trust’ may be ignorant of the phrase’s long history or are deliberately ignoring the rulings of courts and resolutions of Congress,” points out award-winning writer Michael Fuljenz.
(Anaheim, California) – An educator and acclaimed writer will give a free, informative presentation on defending the national motto, “In God We Trust,” in Anaheim, California onThursday, August 11, 2016.  The public is invited.
The program will be presented by Michael Fuljenz of Beaumont, Texas as part of the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money®, a family-friendly, educational event,August 9 – 13.  In a 1954 resolution the association supported the placing of “In God We Trust” on all U.S. currency.
The 45-minute, illustrated presentation by Fuljenz entitled, “Should ‘In God We Trust’ Be Banned From Money?,” will start at 1 pm on August 11 in room Avila A on the 4th floor of the Hilton Anaheim Hotel, 777 W Convention Way.  Audience members will learn how the motto was developed and why its historical timeline is important to its continued use today.

 “Some critics of ‘In God We Trust’ may be ignorant of the phrase’s long history or are deliberately ignoring the rulings of courts and resolutions of Congress,” explained Fuljenz, the President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont who has written award-winning articles about the national motto (www.INGODWETRUSTonmoney.com).

 

Commenting on the recent controversy about the motto’s placement on police vehicles in some communities, Fuljenz explained: “The patriotic motto has withstood a long line of legal challenges to appear on our money and on government-owned property.  Courts have ruled that the motto can remain for ceremonial and patriotic reasons, for tradition and for passive use.”

“It first appeared on circulating United States coins in 1864.  It has been on all our coins since 1938, became the only official national motto in 1956 with the signing of legislation by President Dwight Eisenhower, and has appeared on all our paper money since 1966,” said Fuljenz.

A lawsuit was filed earlier this year in Ohio seeking to remove the phrase from U.S. coins and paper money.
In 2013, a Federal Court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit seeking removal of In God We Trust from our currency.  The judge noted that “the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly assumed the motto’s secular purpose and effect.”  In 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a resolution reaffirming it as the national motto and encouraging its display in all public schools and government buildings.

Fuljenz pointed out that while the motto first appeared on U.S. coins at the time of the Civil War it actually was inspired by events a half century earlier during the War of 1812.
“In 1861, Treasury Secretary Salmon Chase received a letter from a Pennsylvania minister who requested ‘the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.’   Chase instructed Mint Director James Pollock to prepare a motto.  Pollock recalled a then-popular lyric in the now-seldom sung fourth stanza of The Star Spangled Banner: ‘And this be our motto – In God is our trust.’  Pollock had the words, ‘GOD OUR TRUST,’ placed on a few experimental patterns being tested in the early 1860s for proposed new designs for half-dollar and $10 denomination coins,” said Fuljenz.
“After consultations and debate within the Treasury Department, the words, IN GOD WE TRUST, first appeared in circulation on a new coin denomination, copper two-cent pieces, starting in 1864,” Fuljenz added.
Admission to the August 11 lecture is free.  Admission to the World’s Fair of Money in the Anaheim Convention Center, August 9 – 12, will be $8 for adults, free for children, and free to everyone on Saturday, August 13.  A $2 discount coupon is available online at www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com.

About Michael Fuljenz

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion

A former high school chemistry and physics teacher and principal of the Governor’s gifted students program in Louisiana, Mike Fuljenz has served on the Diocese of Beaumont Catholic School Board since 2007 and was President from 2010 to 2012.  He was honored with the Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas Humanitarian Award in 2013.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  He recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from McNeese State University.  A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the Jefferson County Texas Crime Stoppers organization, the Numismatic Literary Guild and the Industry Council For Tangible Assets.

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WAMPUM – The Original Currency

July 22, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, Currency, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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When Europeans began traveling in masses to the New World during the 17thcentury, many arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs. Having spent virtually every last bit of available worth for the trip across the pond, the new settlers began searching for the means to trade, barter and purchase necessities for survival.

The pre-existing inhabitants of the land would prove to be well-versed in obtaining many of the primary provisions needed for everyday life. Thus began a trading relationship that would evolve into currency exchange, but not in the manner of which we may think by today’s standards.

Wampum… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Whitman Publishing Releases New Bowers Book on Modern Dollar Coins

July 19, 2016 in Antique Coins, Books, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, Entertainment, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Reference, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of A Guide Book of Modern United States Dollar Coins, by Q. David Bowers. The 320-page book (number 22 in the popular Bowers Series) debuts July 26 and will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $19.95.

The Bowers Series is a popular Whitman Publishing library of numismatic books, each covering a different segment of the hobby. Volume 22 explores the full range of modern U.S. dollar coins: Eisenhower, Susan B. Anthony, Sacagawea, Native American, and Presidential. These coins, the successors to the… Full article at the source>

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Buyer jumps at chance to own one-of-a-kind Kimberley Treasure coin

July 19, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Following the launch of the world exclusive Kimberley Treasure coin, The Perth Mint has sold the spectacular masterpiece to an international buyer within just 48 hours of its release.

Crafted from one kilogram of 99.99% pure gold and featuring a radiant 0.54 carat red diamond from the famed Argyle Diamond Mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Kimberley Treasure coin is a one-of-a-kind collector’s item and valuable investment.

The new owner of the coveted piece is Ashish Vijay Jain, Chairman of Tiara Gems and Jewellery DMCC, a company which specialises in rare coloured diamonds, unique collectables and… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Newly Discovered, Unique Dual-Plugged 1795 Silver Dollar To Be Offered by Heritage Auctions

July 18, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Dollar Coins, Education, History, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

For immediate release
July 18, 2016

News media contact:
Eric Bradley, Heritage Auctions Public Relations Associate
214-409-1871; Ericb@ha.com

Newly Discovered, Unique Dual-Plugged 1795
Silver Dollar To Be Offered by Heritage Auctions

Authenticated by NGC, this discovery coin will be featured in the Heritage Platinum Night Auction at the ANA Anaheim World’s Fair of Money, August 10, 2016

The first known 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar with two inserted plugs has been authenticated by NGC and will be offered by Heritage Auctions on August 10, 2016. Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

The first known 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar with two inserted plugs has been authenticated by NGC and will be offered by Heritage Auctions on August 10, 2016.
Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

The first known 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar with two inserted plugs has been authenticated by NGC and will be offered by Heritage Auctions on August 10, 2016. Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

The first known 1795 Flowing Hair silver dollar with two inserted plugs has been authenticated by NGC and will be offered by Heritage Auctions on August 10, 2016.
Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

A first-of-its-kind, recently discovered 1795 U.S. Flowing Hair silver dollar (http://coins.ha.com/itm/early-dollars/silver-and-related-dollars/1795-1-flowing-hair-three-leaves-two-mint-silver-plugs-b-5-bb-27-r1-au53-ngc/p/1238-101028.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515) with two separate “plugs” has been authenticated by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com) and will be a featured highlight of the Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) Platinum Night auction at the American Numismatic Association 2016 Anaheim World’s Fair of Money, August 10.

“Many 1795 silver dollars, along with a single 1794 dollar and a small number of 1795 half dollars, show evidence of a Mint-inserted plug, apparently to achieve a correct weight for the planchet prior to striking.  Today, for the first time, we have a 1795 Flowing Hair dollar that has two Mint-inserted silver plugs, one at the center of the obverse and the other at the lower reverse,” said Mark Borckardt, Heritage Senior Cataloger.

“Each of the two plugs has a diameter of about 4 millimeters.  The obverse plug is located on Liberty’s neck, tangent to the jaw line which appears through the plug.  The reverse plug is located between the ribbon ends,” he explained.

The coin has been certified and graded NGC AU53 and is designated as 1795 dollar Flowing Hair, Three Leaves variety B-5, BB-27, R-1.

“Most numismatic researchers today agree that silver plugs were added to adjust the weight of the planchets.  While we don’t know the exact process used at the Philadelphia Mint in 1795, we assume an underweight planchet was pierced and a silver pin fastened to the planchet by means of smooth ‘dies’ in a screw press.  Apparently, the first plug on this coin was not enough to bring up the weight to the standard level of 26.96 grams, so a second plug was inserted,” said Borckardt.

The weight of the dual-plugged coin is 26.98 grams.

Close up photos show the plugs on the unique 1795 dual-plugged silver dollar on Liberty’s neck on the obverse and between the ribbon ends on the reverse. Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

Close up photos show the plugs on the unique 1795 dual-plugged silver dollar on Liberty’s neck on the obverse and between the ribbon ends on the reverse.
Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

Close up photos show the plugs on the unique 1795 dual-plugged silver dollar on Liberty’s neck on the obverse and between the ribbon ends on the reverse. Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

Close up photos show the plugs on the unique 1795 dual-plugged silver dollar on Liberty’s neck on the obverse and between the ribbon ends on the reverse.
Photo credit: Heritage Auctions www.HA.com

The consignor of the discovery coin wants to remain anonymous, and no information is available at this time about the coin’s earlier provenance.

“This unique early American coin provides insight into the early years of the United States Mint.  Its discovery 221 years after its production makes us eagerly anticipate what other numismatic treasures are still waiting to be found,” said Borckardt.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $900 million, and 950,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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300th Anniversary of Spanish Postal Service “Correos” featured on New Silver Coin

July 15, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

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On July 18, the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Casa Real de la Moneda will issue a new collector coin celebrating the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Spain’s postal service.

Granted by Royal Warrant of King Philip V on July 13, 1716, the system was implemented to deliver the King’s orders and diplomatic dispatches, which included his personal correspondences as well as government payments and monies. The warrant granted by the King was seen as a national service and a successor to privately organized services run by noble or titled personalities in Spain.

The re-organization of the national service… Full article at the source>

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Koalas reveal why it’s cool to be a tree hugger!

July 15, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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One of the curious things about koalas is the fact that they hug trees. After observing a group of koalas during hot weather, scientists say they have worked out why. Apparently, trunks of certain trees can be more than 5°C cooler than the surrounding air in extreme conditions. Incredibly, access to these trees can save about half the water a koala would need to keep cool on a hot day.

This year’s Proof Issue from the Australian Koala gold proof coin series portrays a koala edging along a tree branch – maybe in search of a cool spot where it can… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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David Sundman Receives ANA’s Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award

July 14, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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The American Numismatic Association has shared the following press release:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016—David Sundman, president of Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, NH, is the 2016 recipient of the American Numismatic Association’s Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award. The award honors a professional numismatist who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the Association and displays exemplary ethical standards as a numismatic dealer.

Unlike many numismatists, David Sundman grew up with a mail-order stamp and coin business, which was founded by his parents, Maynard and Fannie. By age five, David was sorting bags of Indian Head cents… Full article at the source>

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

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2016 Ronald Reagan $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set Opens Near 6,000 Sales

July 13, 2016 in Bronze, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Education, Exunumia, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set had a strong debut last week, according the U.S. Mint’s latest sales report. The set moved 5,910 units between Tuesday and Sunday of last week, giving it the most successful launch for a Presidential dollar and First Spouse Medal Set since the Kennedy issue was launched a year ago. With the exception of the Kennedy set, the Reagan set had the best opening since Coin Update began publishing sales reports in 2010.

The set, which includes a Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and a bronze replica… Full article at the source>

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Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons Learned: The U.S. Mint’s Upcoming Palladium Program

July 13, 2016 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Palladium, Palladium Coins, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The legislated motifs of the palladium coin: Adolph Weinman’s Winged Liberty dime obverse, and the reverse of the 1907 American Institute of Architects medal, also by Weinman.

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee is a public group established by Congress to advise the secretary of the Treasury on designs for U.S. coins and medals and similar areas of national concern. Recently I reported on the design-review process and the open-forum question-and-answer session of the Monday, June 27, meeting of the CCAC. This was an interesting and productive meeting that covered 2018 “National Park” quarters, Barack Obama’s presidential medals, and other… Full article at the source>

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

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2016 ANA Young Numismatist Literary Award Winners Announced

July 13, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Collecting, Competition, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners, Young Collectors

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

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Whitman Publishing has shared the following press release:

Each year the American Numismatic Association recognizes young writers through the Young Numismatist Literary Awards, funded by Whitman Publishing. Awards of up to $1,000 are given in three age groups named after Whitman authors and longtime hobby leaders Bill Fivaz (entrants aged 8–12), Q. David Bowers (ages 13–17), and Kenneth Bressett (ages 18–22).

First-place winners receive a $500 cash prize and a $500 voucher to build a personal library of numismatic books from Whitman Publishing. Second place receives a certificate and a book voucher for $200. Third place receives a… Full article at the source>

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Bob McCabe’s Book on Counterfeiting To Be Released This Holiday Season

July 13, 2016 in Books, Collecting, Counterfeit, Currency, Education, Entertainment, History, Money, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

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This winter, the long-anticipated story of paper-money counterfeiting by historian Bob McCabe will make its debut. Counterfeiting and Technology: A History of the Long Struggle Between Paper-Money Counterfeiters and Security Printing is an adventurous monument to the history of paper money and, most importantly, to the technology that created it.

At the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Illinois, last year, I had the privilege of attending a Society of Paper Money Collector’s meeting, during which a presentation on Confederate paper money was delivered. Afterward the floor was opened to a Q&A session, during which one particular question caught my… Full article at the source>

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Perth Mint Unveils $1 Million Gold Coin With Red Diamond

July 13, 2016 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins, World Records

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

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The Premier of Western Australia, the Honorable Colin Barnett, MLA, unveiling the Perth Mint’s Kimberley Treasure Coin.

The Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, today unveiled the world’s first coin to feature a significant red diamond from Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle Diamond Mine.

A world exclusive from The Perth Mint, the Kimberley Treasure coin is the only coin in its class.

Valued at $1 million, the breathtaking collectable has been crafted from one kilogram of 99.99% pure gold, and features a radiant 0.54 carat red diamond unearthed from the famed outback mine in the East Kimberley region of Western… Full article at the source>

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Monnaie de Paris Issues 2016 Women of France: Joan of Arc Gold and Silver Coins

July 13, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Monnaie de Paris, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

1890 statue of Joan of Arc, Philadelphia. Photo by Smallbones.

1890 statue of Joan of Arc, Philadelphia. Photo by Smallbones.

The Monnaie de Paris has released its 2016 Women of France: Joan of Arc gold and silver coins, which carry the third design in the Mint’s new “Women of France” series launched earlier this year. The coin is available in a 22.2-gram silver Proof version and as 1/4-ounce and 1-ounce gold Proof pieces.

The Joan of Arc coins follow the Queen Clotilde and Queen Matilda releases in this series. As a teenager, Joan of Arc experienced visions in which she believed various… Full article at the source>

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

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Precious Metals Update: Silver Eagle Allocation Exceeds 3.6 Million

July 11, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Market Report, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint’s authorized purchasers (AP’s) bought 250,000 of last week‘s 2,839,500-ounce allocation of 2016 American Eagle silver bullion coins, leaving 2,589,500 unsold. This is the most unsold Silver Eagles we’ve seen so far this year, continuing a recent trend that has seen the Mint’s inventory growing with the help of consistent production and softer demand.

Sales for the issues dropped sharply, due in part to the observance of the Fourth of July holiday. AP’s bought 73% fewer Silver Eagles during this period than the 938,000 ounces reported last week. The unsold pieces have been added to this week’s… Full article at the source>

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Fuljenz Extends Sponsorship Of Prestigious ANA Zerbe Award

July 7, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Collecting, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

For immediate release
July 7, 2016

News media contact:
Paul Stein, (409) 860-9077

Fuljenz Extends Sponsorship
Of Prestigious ANA Zerbe Award

Mike Fuljenz, left, helped ANA President Walter Ostromecki, right, present the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award last year to recipient Donn Pearlman at the 2015 Chicago World's Fair of Money®. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

Mike Fuljenz, left, helped ANA President Walter Ostromecki, right, present the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award last year to recipient Donn Pearlman at the 2015 Chicago World’s Fair of Money®. (Photo by Jerry Jordan.)

The Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed each year by the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org), will continue to be sponsored by ANA Life Member Michael Fuljenz and Universal Coin & Bullion, Ltd. (www.UniversalCoin.com) of Beaumont, Texas.  

Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion, has sponsored the prestigious award since 2012 and now has agreed with the ANA to extend the sponsorship through 2018.

“The American Numismatic Association is an important part of the hobby and has been an important part of my life. I worked for many years as an authenticator and committee chairman for the ANA Certification Service and as an instructor at the annual ANA Summer Seminars.  In more recent years, I’ve happily helped promote and sponsor the annual conventions as well as the Zerbe Award,” said Fuljenz.

Named after a former ANA president, the Zerbe Award is given in recognition of numerous years of dedicated service to numismatics.  The 2016 award will be co-presented by Fuljenz and ANA President Jeff Garrett to Mark Lighterman and posthumously to Myrna Lighterman at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® banquet in Anaheim, California on Friday, August 12.

“Our renewed commitment for annual $10,000 contributions to the ANA to underwrite the Zerbe Award and be a Title Sponsor of the ANA World’s Fair of Money is a sound investment in the future of a great organization and hobby,” said Fuljenz.

Produced by the nonprofit American Numismatic Association, the World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com) is a family-friendly, educational event that will be open to the public, Tuesday through Saturday, August 9 – 13, in the Anaheim, California Convention Center.  Visitors can see $1 billion of historic numismatic national treasures, including a U.S. Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing exhibit of $100,000 bills.

Fuljenz will be a featured speaker at the show, presenting an educational seminar about the national motto, “In God We Trust,” at 1 pm on Thursday August 11.

Known as America’s Gold Expert®, Universal Coin & Bullion President Michael Fuljenz has won dozens of prestigious Numismatic Literary Guild as well as other national and regional awards and honors for his consumer education and protection work in rare coins and precious metals.  A respected community leader in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas, Mike also has served with distinction as a consultant to the Federal Trade Commission, United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint, and is on the Boards of Directors of the influential Industry Council For Tangible Assets, Crime Stoppers of Beaumont, Texas, and is a member of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild and is a PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer.

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Online Platforms vs. Buyer’s Fee: Share Your Views!

July 7, 2016 in Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, E-commerce, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins

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

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Occasionally we need our viewers to weigh in on a complex or controversial issue, and this is as controversial as it gets: questions about where you do online coin business and why and what terms you are willing to accept or reject.

We will cover fees (paid by sellers and buyers) in addition to services before sharing some examples from my Proxibid experience–which you can affirm or contest, as always, because your opinions matter at Coin Update.

First, some background to inform your views.

Last year Numismatic News ran an interesting and prescient piece chronicling the reasons hobbyists are buying more coins online… Full article at the source>

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

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Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coins Week 1 Sales, 2016 Platinum Eagle Photos

July 7, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Uncirculated Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint’s first-week sales totals for the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coins show that interest in the issues has been higher than we’ve seen for most other recent releases in this series. The Proof version of the coin sold 1,428 pieces between Friday, July 1, and Monday, July 4, while the Uncirculated coin saw 792 orders placed. That means the Reagan coins tied 2015’s Lady Bird Johnson issues for the second-biggest First Spouse debut in recent memory, with the Kennedy coins still significantly higher.

Making this launch more impressive is the fact… Full article at the source>

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

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Stack’s Bowers Announces World & Ancient Coins Auction for 2016 World’s Fair of Money

July 7, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Events, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

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Syracuse 100 Litrae of Agathocles (Copyright Stack’s Bowers Galleries).

Stack’s Bowers has shared the following press release:

 

SANTA ANA, CA. — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce details of their upcoming World Coin, Ancient Coin & World Paper Money Auction, to be held in conjunction with the 2016 ANA World’s Fair of Money between August 9 and 13. The sale will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 West Katella Avenue in Anaheim, California.

The Ancient Coin and World Coin sale will be split between two days, with Session A commencing on Wednesday morning August 10, at 9:00 AM Full article at the source>

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2016-W American Platinum Eagle: How Does Quick Sellout Impact Aftermarket? 

July 5, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By Louis Golino News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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On May 26, as collectors waited to find out when the 2016-W Centennial Gold Standing Liberty Quarter and other highly-anticipated issues will launch this year, the Mint surprised everyone by announcing that the 2016-W $100 American Platinum Eagle Proof coin would be released on June 30.

Last year’s release in this popular series was not available until last December due to problems sourcing sufficient supplies of platinum planchets. But this year the Mint reported having fewer problems in that regard, though it is still not clear if there will be no one-ounce bullion coin for the second year in a row. Two-Year… Full article at the source>

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