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New Edition of Whitman’s Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars Reveals Previously Unknown 1964 Morgan Dollar

August 30, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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

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(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the new fifth edition of A Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, by Q. David Bowers. The 304-page book will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide on September 27, 2016, for $19.95. Before then it is available for preorder (including online at www.Whitman.com).

The pricing, text, and certified population data in the fifth edition have been edited and updated. New research covers counterfeit error coins and other topics, including a numismatic bombshell: recent discoveries and photographs revealing the previously unknown 1964 Morgan silver dollar.

“The world of…Full article at the source>

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End of August Report

August 29, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Market Report, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins

By: Jose Legend Numismatics Market Report

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The activity we experienced this past week should have happened last week (post ANA Show). Guess the that many people were away or just not paying attention to the coin market. We had figured okay, the real doldrums had hit and we’re toast through the middle of September. NOT! Things could not have been more active.

We sold a five figure coin each day. We can only mention three of the five figure sales. We sold a 50C 1807 Draped Bust PCGS MS64 CAC, $20 1911 PCGS MS66 CAC and our gorgeous $20 1857 PCGS MS64+ CAC (this was really a… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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Collecting on a Budget: Affordable Standing Liberty Quarters

August 26, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Quarters, USA Coins

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

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The Standing Liberty quarter, originally produced from 1916 to 1930, is in the news this year thanks to the 100th anniversary of its introduction and the release of the centennial gold version from the United States Mint. It was intended to replace the Barber design with something more beautiful, and few collectors would argue that the issues introduced in 1916 are not among the most attractive circulation coinage America has ever produced. But collectors also know that the series has a few rare key-dates (such as the 1916) that are notoriously difficult to find in well-struck, Uncirculated condition… Full article at the source>

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Whitman Publishing Issues Call for New Red Book Contributors

August 23, 2016 in Antique Coins, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Reference, USA Coins

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

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(Atlanta, Georgia)—Whitman Publishing, producer since 1946 of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the annually issued retail price guide known as the “Red Book”), announces a call for new pricing contributors. There is an application and screening process, after which newly selected participants will contribute to the pricing of the 71st edition.

“Red Book pricing is compiled and analyzed from the contributions of nearly 100 of the hobby’s leading coin dealers nationwide,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “We use data provided by retailers and auctioneers active in the day-to-day business of buying, selling, and trading coins. We also… Full article at the source>

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United Kingdom Features Natural Landmarks on New Silver Crown Coin Set

August 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Royal British Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, World Coins

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

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The Royal Mint has issued (August 19) a new four-coin silver crown set entitled, “Portraits of Britain,” which features some of the most admired and distinct natural landmarks in the United Kingdom. The locations are either National Parks or regions that are set aside for preservation due to their natural beauty and unspoiled environment. Included in this series are:

The Giant’s Causeway. Located in Antrim, Northern Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is renowned for its more than 40,000 polygonal columns of layered basalt, which resulted from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. This is… Full article at the source>

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Grading Results of Cleaning and Old Green Holders

August 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

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Remember these coins? Two on the right were cleaned with MS70 detergent and two with an undisclosed dilution of water and Jewel Luster, a dipping product. All were cracked out of PCGS holders to test cleaning and grading consistency.

 

You can read about the perils of cleaning in this prior Coin Update post, focusing on these coins.

The dipped coin received a one-half upgrade to 64+. The other three graded MS-64, aligning with the old green holder grades. Again, as… Full article at the source>

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

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ANA Shares Seven Things You May Not Know About Olympic Medals

August 20, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Bronze, Collecting, Education, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver

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

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The American Numismatic Association has shared the following release:

(Colorado Springs, CO)—With so much excitement around the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, here are seven obscure Olympic medal facts courtesy of the Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. The museum is currently exhibiting “Olympic Games—History & Numismatics,” honoring the history, ideals and pageantry of the world’s finest athletic event.

#1. Olympic gold medals aren’t really gold

The last series of medals made of solid gold were awarded at the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm. Traditionally, Olympic gold medals are required to be made from at least 92.5% silver, and… Full article at the source>

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

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U.S. Mint Shares New Images of Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial Gold Coin

August 18, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint’s Web site now features official images of the 2016 Standing Liberty Quarter Centennial Gold Coin, which will become available on September 8. Production of the issue will be limited to 100,000 coins and a one-coin-per-household order limit has been established.

The price of the coin will be revealed closer to the item’s launch-date, since the Mint will appraise the value of the issue in accordance with the fluctuating market price of gold. The Mint’s full pricing chart for this year’s Centennial gold coins can be viewed here.

The Standing Liberty obverse… Full article at the source>

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

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The More I Know, the More I Realize What I Don’t Know

August 17, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Win_webmaster Women in Numismatics

The More I Know, the More I Realize What I Don’t Know An Essay on Why We Should Never Stop Seeking Knowledge and…. the Most Important Reason to Attend the ANA Summer Seminar! By Charmy Harker “The Penny Lady®” Read the Full Article HERE.. Full article at the source>

Source: Women in Numismatics

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Myrna Lighterman Passes away at 85

August 17, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Win_webmaster Women in Numismatics

Myrna Lighterman Passes away at 85 Member of: Women in Numismatics, Hobo Nickel Society (Original), FUN, ANA LM, CC&GTCC (Casino Chip & Gaming Token) Awards: ANA Presidential Award (Jan 2001) Numismatic Ambassador (2008) ANA Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (2008) ANA Medal Of Merit (2012 with Mark Lighterman) Myrna will be missed… Full article at the source>

Source: Women in Numismatics

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How Rare Coins Can Help Your Investment Portfolio

August 15, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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Just last year, a British charity known for helping UK war veterans received an odd-looking two pence coin in one of its donation bins. As the coins were being counted, a branch treasurer noticed that this particular two pence coin was silver instead of the usual copper color and took the coin to the bank to find out more about it. As it turns out, the nickel-plated two-pence coin was actually made in error, making it a rare and valuable find. The coin went on to sell for £1,350 ($1,915), an astonishing 67,000 times more than its face… Full article at the source>

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Pocahontas – final coins in delightful Disney Princess series

August 15, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Disney Princess: Pocahontas

Released in 1995, Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film Pocahontas stars the 18-year old daughter of a Native American chief who falls in love with John Smith, an English soldier, during the 17th century settlement of Jamestown.

Beautiful, free-spirited and at one with nature, Pocahontas displays wisdom beyond her years by helping to allay mistrust and conflict between her people and the settlers. Despite injured John Smith’s desire for her to return to England with him, Pocahontas decides to stay with her tribe, but comforts him with the promise that “I’ll always be with you forever”.

The final release from… Full article at the source>

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Mike Fuljenz Honored With Crime Fighting And Writing Awards At World’s Fair of Money

August 13, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners

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Mike Fuljenz Honored With Crime Fighting
And Writing Awards At World’s Fair of Money

Michael Fuljenz with two of the numerous awards he received at the 2016 World's Fair of Money.

Michael Fuljenz with two of the numerous awards he received at the 2016 World’s Fair of Money.

(Anaheim, California) – Top awards for consumer protection crime-fighting efforts and outstanding numismatic writing were presented to Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion (www.UniversalCoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas, at the 2016 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money.  

He received four prestigious honors from two influential organizations, the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) and the (NLG) Numismatic Literary Guild, during awards ceremonies conducted in Anaheim, California, August 8 through 12.

The PNG presented Fuljenz the Sol Kaplan Award for efforts in combatting crimes against the numismatic community and the NLG honored him with three awards for writing, broadcasting and his strong support of the hobby. The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and currency experts, and the NLG is a nonprofit organization composed of prominent editors and writers in the numismatic community.

Fuljenz along with co-winners of the PNG’s Kaplan award, former Police Chief Doug Davis and investigative journalist Jerry Jordan, jointly worked for nine months to provide valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies in four states that helped detectives coordinate their investigations into a series of numismatic-related crimes.

Their persistent work successfully led to the arrests earlier this year of three suspected con artists who allegedly targeted elderly victims and their coin collections in California, Colorado, New York and Texas. Fuljenz assisted one of the victims get back the $84,000 he spent on purchasing counterfeit gold American Eagles from two of the suspects.

Davis, the City Manager and former Police Chief of Pantego, Texas, is Founder and President of the Numismatic Crime Information Center (www.NumismaticCrimes.org).  Jordan is Editor of SETinvesigates.com, an online investigative news organization in Southeast Texas.

The winners of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild's 2016 Sol Kaplan Award for fighting numismatic-related crimes, (left to right) Jerry Jordan, Michael Fuljenz and Doug Davis.

The winners of the prestigious Professional Numismatists Guild’s 2016 Sol Kaplan Award for fighting numismatic-related crimes, (left to right) Jerry Jordan, Michael Fuljenz and Doug Davis.

Fuljenz won a Best Article award for his informative story, “Treasury Moves to Redesign $10 Bill, Add Portrait of an American Woman,” published in The Examiner newspaper in his hometown of Beaumont. He also received a Best Radio Report award for his weekly broadcasts, “The Coin Show,” on KLVI 560 radio in Beaumont, and was named recipient of the NLG’s 2016 “Ribbit” Award for his service to the hobby and the Numismatic Literary Guild.  Since 1986, he has been honored with more than 60 awards from the organization.

Fuljenz also was a featured speaker at the World’s Fair of Money, presenting an educational lecture about the history of the national motto, In God We Trust, and the ongoing efforts to defend it against lawsuits that seek to remove the familiar motto from American’s currency and public buildings.

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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Numismatic Literary Guild Awards 2016 Prizes to Seven Whitman Publishing Authors

August 12, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Bank Notes, Books, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Events, Exunumia, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Prize Winners, Rare Coins, Reference, Tokens, U.S. Notes, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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(Anaheim, California)—The Numismatic Literary Guild announced the awards for its annual Writers Competition at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim, Thursday, August 11, 2016.

Seven Whitman Publishing authors received recognition in categories covering U.S. coins, U.S. paper money, world coins, numismatic investments, and tokens and medals. They were:

Michael Moran and Jeff Garrett: “Best Specialized Book, U.S. Coins,” for 1849: The Philadelphia Mint Strikes Gold, a chronicle of the trials and tribulations of the U.S. Mint in the first half of the 19th century and the tremendous impact that the 1848 discovery Full article at the source>

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High relief Enterprise coins pay tribute to iconic starship

August 10, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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In 1966, the team behind landmark sci-fi series Star Trek introduced one of the most memorable space craft ever devised for TV and film. So futuristic was the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, that 50 years later, the renowned starship is still highly admired – beloved even – by fans of the Star Trek canon.

Constructed at the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth, the Enterprise was a Constitution-class starship, a heavy cruiser built to explore strange new worlds, to serve as home to 400-plus crew, and to withstand the stress of battle.

Launched in 2245, she reached the peak of her 40-year career during… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Reflections on the Exciting New Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars

August 10, 2016 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Reference, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

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

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Whenever the coins of the United States are ranked for popularity, the famous Morgan silver dollar rises to the top of the list. Here at Whitman Publishing headquarters we clearly see its universal appeal. Hobbyists buy thousands and thousands of our folders, albums, and other holders to store and display their Morgan dollars. We get letters, emails, and phone calls about the hefty old coins. When we go to coin shows, collectors and investors are talking about them. As we work on each year’s edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the “Red Book”), we hear… Full article at the source>

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

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Gary Adkins Receives 2016 PNG Lifetime Achievement Award

August 8, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Prize Winners

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August 8, 2016

News media contact:
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Gary Adkins Receives 2016
PNG Lifetime Achievement Award

Gary Adkins (center) received the 2016 Professional Numismatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award from PNG President Dana Samuelson (left) and PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman (right).<br /> Photo by Donn Pearlman

Gary Adkins (center) received the 2016 Professional Numismatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award from PNG President Dana Samuelson (left) and PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman (right).
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(Anaheim, California) – Gary Adkins of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who served as President of the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) from 2007 to 2009 and is the current Vice President of the American Numismatic Association, is the recipient of the PNG 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Adkins received the award during the PNG annual banquet on August 8, 2016 in Anaheim, California.

“Gary has been actively involved in numismatics for a half century as a collector, as a dealer, as an educator and mentor and as a dedicated, forward-thinking leader of the Professional Numismatists Guild, the American Numismatic Association and the Industry Council for Tangible Assets,” said PNG President Dana Samuelson who presented the award to Adkins.

“Gary created the Professional Numismatists Guild ‘Collectors Bill of Rights,’ the pledge that PNG members must follow regarding consumer protection and education. He also was a hard-working leader in the recently successful fight to rescind some of the onerous tax policies and regulations in his home state of Minnesota,” added Samuelson.

A half dozen other major awards, honors and recognitions were also announced at the annual banquet.

The Abe Kosoff Founders Award for steadfast dedication to the entire numismatic community was presented by PNG Vice President Barry Stuppler posthumously to Chet Krause of Iola, Wisconsin, founder of Numismatic News and numerous other publications. Krause passed away on June 25, 2016. Numismatic News Editor David C. Harper accepted the award on Krause’s behalf.   

The Sol Kaplan Award for efforts in combatting crimes against the numismatic community was presented by PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman jointly to Doug Davis, Michael Fuljenz and Jerry Jordan.  

“Davis, Fuljenz and Jordan worked for nine months to provide valuable assistance to law enforcement agencies in four states that helped detectives coordinate their investigations into a series of numismatic-related crimes. Their persistent work successfully led to the arrests earlier this year of three suspected con artists who allegedly targeted elderly victims and their coin collections in California, Colorado, New York and Texas,” explained Brueggeman.

Davis, the City Manager and former Police Chief of Pantego, Texas, is Founder and President of the Numismatic Crime Information Center, and previously received a Kaplan Award in 1988.  PNG member Fuljenz is President of Universal Coin & Bullion in Beaumont, Texas, and Jerry Jordan is Editor of SETinvesigates.com, an online investigative news organization in Southeast Texas.

The Robert Friedberg Award that recognizes outstanding literary achievement in numismatics and is not automatically given each year was announced by PNG Secretary James Simek.  The 2016 recipient is author Hugo Vanhoudt for his reference book, “The Coins of the Burgundian, Spanish and Austrian Law Countries and of the French and Dutch Periods, 1434-1830” (published in Belgium, 2015).

The Art Kagin Ambassador Award for distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill was presented to Anthony Swiatek of Saratoga Springs, New York, a former ANA president (1997 – 1999).  PNG Board member John Maben chaired the Kagin Award selection committee.

The Significant Contribution Award for years of dedication and significant contributions to numismatics was presented by PNG Board member James Sego to Paul Whitnah of Arlington, Texas.  Whitnah, who assists dealers and collectors nationwide with travel arrangements through M&M Travel, provides on-site communications services at the PNG/ANA Numismatic Trade Show and was a volunteer at ANA conventions for over 30 years.

PNG leaders recognized Dean Oaks of Iowa City, Iowa for 50 years as a member of the guild.

Eight other members were saluted for reaching 25 years of membership: Daniel Avena Jr. of Vineland, New Jersey; Sheridan Downey of Oakland, California; Bret Leifer of Wayland, Massachusetts; Warren Mills of Milford, New Hampshire; Donn Pearlman of Las Vegas, Nevada; Thomas Schell of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; David Sundman of Littleton, New Hampshire; and Anthony Swiatek of Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit trade association composed of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers who must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  Members of the PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer (APMD) program must follow strict code in the buying and selling of numismatic bullion items.

For additional information about the awards, the PNG or APMD, contact Robert Brueggeman, PNG Executive Director, 28441 Rancho California Road, Suite 106, Temecula, CA 92590. Phone: (951) 587-8300. Email: info@PNGdealers.org. Online: www.PNGdealers.org.

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Whitman Author Dennis Tucker Will Share Collector and Investor Advice and Research on U.S. Medals at the ANA World’s Fair of Money

August 6, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Books, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Reference, USA Coins

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

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Dennis Tucker, author of American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date, will give two talks at the 2016 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Anaheim.

Thursday, August 11, at 4:00 p.m.—“Money Talks” presentation: “So-Called Dollars in the Mega Red Book,” with Jeff Shevlin and William D. Hyder. For the first time ever, an illustrated appendix on So-Called Dollars appears in the latest Mega Red, the deluxe edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins. Shevlin, Hyder, and Tucker discuss the importance of these… Full article at the source>

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Monster Toning, Monster Prices: It’s Still Just Bullion, Folks!

August 6, 2016 in Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, USA Coins

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

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The screenshot above came in a search of “toned” and “monster” Silver Eagles on eBay. There were hundreds with “Buy It Now” prices ranging from $50 to $5,000.

This article tries to put the issue into perspective for those considering bidding or buying one of these coins. You may want to do so because of a unique pattern, for instance, or perhaps because you want at least one for your collection before they vanish. Or perhaps you are trying to build a set of toned Eagles.

Good toned examples are becoming increasingly difficult to find.

And as always, a coin is worth only… Full article at the source>

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American Numismatic Association to Grant Service Awards to Numismatists at World’s Fair of Money

August 5, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners

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

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The American Numismatic Association has shared the following press release:

 

The recipients of the American Numismatic Association 2016 Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award, Farran Zerbe Memorial Award, Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Numismatist of the Year Award will be formally recognized at the upcoming World’s Fair of Money, which takes place Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim in the California D Ballroom. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award

Mary Counts Burleson, president of Whitman Publishing, LLC, will receive the Elvira Clain-Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in Numismatics. Established in 2013, the award recognizes women… Full article at the source>

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New Zealand Features Honey Bee on World’s First Silver Hexagonal Coin with Resin Inclusion

August 3, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, New Releases, New Zealand Coins, 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 Reserve Bank of New Zealand has unveiled (August 1) a new coin paying homage to the humble honey bee, or Apis mellifera. The honey bee is an integral part of our lives, providing honey while pollinating flowers and plants that provide the human race with needed sustenance. The life and hierarchy of the honey bee is complicated, with an organized society of three adult castes comprising of the queen, workers, and drones, each with a specific purpose and function.

Queens, who are responsible for producing and laying eggs, live for an average of two-to-three years and sometimes longer. Just one… Full article at the source>

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As Rio prepares for the Olympics, the Athletes prepare for the medals

August 2, 2016 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Education, Entertainment, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Embracing their dedication to sustainability, The Brazilian Mint has constructed the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics medals with recycled materials.

The gold, silver, and bronze medals will each contain 30% melted down and recycled metals from the area. For the coveted gold medal, the strictest of guidelines were followed for their creation. The recycled materials extracted were done so without the use of mercury, and the remaining 70% carefully mined under heavy supervision.

Sculptors and design teams have shown great care and dedication while creating the intricate details displayed on this year’s summer Olympic… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Revamped PNG Website Adds NGC Price Guide

August 1, 2016 in Antique Coins, Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Reference, USA Coins

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August 1, 2016

News media contact:
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Revamped PNG Website Adds NGC Price Guide

New PNG Home Page

New PNG Home Page

(Temecula, California) – The Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) has revamped its website so that collectors now can conveniently find on one site the current retail values of U.S. coins as well as easily locate knowledgeable, reputable rare coin and banknote dealers.  The PNG website also has now been optimized for easy use on mobile devices.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization founded in 1955 and composed today of many of the top dealers in the United States and around the world who must adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  PNG’s revamped website now provides expanded resources to collectors, dealers and the general public.  

“In addition to streamlining the ‘Find PNG Dealers’ feature, we now have a prominent link to the extensive Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) online price guide that lists more than 100,000 prices for various U.S. coins in different grades,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.  

“NGC is the world’s largest rare coin authentication and grading service, and is the official certification service of PNG.  Their price guide is an authoritative reference for the current values of NGC-certified coins.  So, on one website you can conveniently and quickly get current prices and locate dealers who specialize in buying and selling those coins,” stated PNG President Dana Samuelson.

PNG also plans to add useful “how to” videos to the website to provide useful consumer education and investor protection information.

“Our revised website also offers a link for doing business with members of the PNG Accredited Precious Metals Dealer (APMD) program.  AMPD dealers specialize in buying and selling silver, gold, platinum and palladium bullion coins and ingots.  The APMD website (www.APMDdealers.org) now features current spot prices for precious metals and the top 10 most popular bullion items as well as charts of historical bullion prices,” said Brueggeman.

The NGC Price Guide currently lists values for 125,000 U.S. coins, and can be accessed from desktop computers, tablets and smart phones.

“The NGC U.S. Coin Price Guide features 11 years of historical pricing data with the ability to chart changes in a coin’s value over time and compare historical values for multiple coins. There are two full time analysts, both with decades of coin pricing experience, updating pricing every day in the NGC U.S. Coin Price Guide,” explained NGC Vice President of Sales and Marketing Max Spiegel.

For additional information about the PNG, contact the Professional Numismatists Guild by phone at (951) 587-8300 or by email at info@PNGdealers.org.

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U.S. Mint 2016 Bullion Sales Update: Platinum, Gold, and Silver Prices Rise

August 1, 2016 in Blogs, Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Eagles, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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Gold, silver, and platinum have all gained in value during the past week, making it an apt time to look at recent trends in U.S. Mint bullion sales. Platinum in particular has been quite visible of late, with prices rising just as the Mint begins issuing its 2016 American Eagle one-ounce platinum bullion coins.

As noted on Monday, the Mint began accepting orders for bullion Platinum Eagles on July 25. Authorized purchasers (AP’s) scooped up an impressive 17,100 pieces in one day, giving this year’s one-ounce Platinum Eagles their fifth-highest mintage ever. On Tuesday another 1,300 coins were sold…, Full article at the source>

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

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