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South Africa: Innovative twinned coins celebrate 50th anniversary of world’s first heart transplant

June 5, 2017 in African Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, South Africa Coins, World Coins

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

The South African Mint has issued a silver coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of a medical miracle that astonished the world in 1967—the world’s first heart transplant, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The extraordinary surgery is celebrated on a unique pair of coins: a 2-Rand silver coin and a smaller, 2-1/2-cent “Tickey.” The two coins actually fit together to allow the viewer to imagine the transplant. The small silver Tickey coin, depicting the good heart, appears on top of the larger coin depicting the torso and, within it, the poor heart.

The very complex and correct anatomical detail… Full article at the source>

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

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“Decay” inaugurates new high-relief silver series, “Gargoyles & Grotesques”

June 2, 2017 in African Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: World Mint News Blog world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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Ibex Coins, on behalf of the Republic of Chad, has released the first of an intriguing new series of high-relief silver coins called “Gargoyles and Grotesques.” The subjects, as the name suggests, are those strange and fantastical creatures that have decorated buildings since ancient times, peering from the peaks of gothic windows, crouching on rooftops, and scaring away evil spirits. A specific type of grotesque, the gargoyle, has an architectural purpose: it serves as a downspout, directing rainwater away from the sides of a building. The new series takes… Full article at the source>

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

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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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Beware of Frighteningly Deceptive Counterfeits Statement By Dwight Manley

November 12, 2015 in African Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fake Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, PSA, World Coins

November 12, 2015

 

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Dwight Manley, (714) 526-5460

Beware of Frighteningly Deceptive Counterfeits
Statement By Dwight Manley

 

Prominent rare coin dealer and collector Dwight Manley, owner of Fullerton Coins & Stamps in Fullerton, California and Managing Partner of the California Gold Marketing Group, who assisted a quarter-century ago in breaking up a counterfeit coin and counterfeit holder scheme, has issued the following statement.

The counterfeit quarter-ounce Krugerrand in a counterfeit NGC holder that was purchased in Fullerton, California. (Photo courtesy of Dwight Manley.)

The counterfeit quarter-ounce Krugerrand in a counterfeit NGC holder that was purchased in Fullerton, California. (Photo courtesy of Dwight Manley.)

“A frighteningly deceptive counterfeit has been encountered, and the world needs to be told about it. We recently realized that a 2005-dated quarter-ounce South African Krugerrand labeled NGC Proof 70 is not only a counterfeit coin, it is housed in a counterfeit Numismatic Guaranty Corporation holder that has the same certification number on the label as a genuine 2005 PF 70 one-quarter ounce Krugerrand listed in the NGC data base.”

“The fake was purchased on October 23, 2015 by a knowledgeable employee of Fullerton Coins & Stamps over the counter from a semi-regular customer. Before making the purchase, the employee checked the NGC website to see if the certification number and coin description matched. They did: cert number 3676849-006.”

“I recently examined the coin, and it just didn’t look quite right. I did a side-by-side, inch-by-inch comparison between the encapsulated coin the store purchased and the obverse and reverse photos on the NGC website. The reproduction of the NGC hologram on the fake is almost dead on the same; however, there is one distinct difference between fake and genuine on the left side of the front insert label. On the fake coin, the circle in the NGC logo (an encircled balance scale) goes almost entirely around the P in the grade PF 70. On the genuine coin’s label, the P is outside the logo circle.”

“An amazing amount of effort obviously went into creating a fake coin and a fake holder with a cert number and description that match a genuine coin. I’ve notified NGC, but in the meantime, I caution collectors and dealers to watch out for any similar, deceitful and dangerous counterfeits.”

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Investing in Gold Coins Part 1 – Bullion Coins

March 30, 2015 in African Coins, American Buffalo, Bullion, Canadian Coins, China Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Gold, Gold Buffalo, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

By: The Silver Dollar Scoop Blog. (http://www.silverdollarco.net/blogs/the-silver-dollar-scoop)

Gold coins have been a store of value for over 2000 years, from the first natural electrum coins struck in ancient Lydia to modern American gold eagles. Gold serves as a valuable hedge against uncertain financial markets, and coins are the most convenient way to hold physical gold. Coins have more liquidity than gold bullion bars, and there’s no excitement to investing in gold via a precious metals ETF – holding gold in your hand is half the fun!

Anyone interested in gold coin investment has an unlimited range of Full article at the source>

Source: Coin Collecting Alltop.com

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‘Investors’ in R5 Mandela coins ripped off

May 12, 2014 in African Coins, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Investing, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By: Angelique Arde and Margie King. May 11th, 2014 (http://www.iol.co.za/) Personal Finance.

If you have paid thousands of rands for a R5 Mandela coin, which you bought as an investment, you are neither an investor nor a collector. You are a “victim”, Glenn Schoeman, the president of the South African Association of Numismatic Dealers, says.

A R5 circulation coin commemorating Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday is worth R5. It contains no precious metal and it is not rare. But cunning dealers, exploiting Mandela’s iconic brand, have talked up a market around these coins, which are on sale for anything from a couple of hundred rand to R1 million.

“The biggest problem in numismatics [coin collecting] at the moment is the Mandela R5 coin. That’s where the bulk of the rip-off is occurring,” Peter Wilson, the chairman of the National Association of Numismatic Societies, says.

“We have been warning the market for some time: there is little that’s rare about the Mandela R5 coin. And, no, it is not an investment,” he says.

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African coins tell of ancient travel

August 28, 2013 in African Coins, Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

AFP  Published August 26th, 2013 (http://gulfnews.com)

Discovery also sheds light on unsolved mysteries of Aboriginal rock art

Sydney, New South Wales: Solving the mystery of how 900-year-old African coins ended up in remote Australia could not only recast the history of foreign contact Down Under, but shed light on Aboriginal rock art.

How the ancient Kilwa coins, believed to date from about 1100, came to be discovered on the Wessels Islands off the Northern Territory in 1944 has long posed questions about foreign visits to far off Australian shores.

 

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