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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire…

September 2, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

The Committee for Cultural Policy has pointed out on several past occasions that exaggerated media reports, of Islamic State (ISIS) income from the sale of looted antiquities to art and coin collecting communities, are and have from the start been unfounded. The persistence of outright lies has cast a cloud over the credibility of several major media outlets and their academic “experts” who fed the flame for what is obviously an ideological anti-trade agenda. In their August 2017 newsletter, the CCP presents a report on the findings of a Dutch National Police investigation that flatly debunks… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Weekly Numismatic World News for August 27, 2017

August 28, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Legal, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Turkish Coins, World Coins

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

This week, the BBC reported about Toby Robyns, a 52-year-old ambulance driver from the U.K., who may be facing an up to three-year prison sentence for trying to take home ancient coins he found on a beach in Turkey. Immediately, my thoughts turned to a story I wrote about my friends in a similar situation. […]

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Source: Coin Collectors Blog (CoinsBlog.ws)

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A sign of the times?

August 20, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Education, Foreign Policy, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

Over the past decade, collectors of ancient coins have been faced with constant pressure from left wing radicals of academia—particularly the archaeological community leadership and their sycophants. Among the ardent supporters of anti-collector groups are a small but well entrenched cadre of bureaucrats in Washington. The level of governmental infiltration by these cultural property nationalists—bent on eliminating or controlling international trade in cultural property—is in itself cause for some concern. History is replete with examples of ideology supplanting law and individual rights in a quest for social management. It has been the cause of more than… Full article at the source>

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ANA World’s Fair of Money auction preview: Stack’s Bowers Galleries world and ancient coins and paper money

July 31, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

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

The ANA (American Numismatic Association) is holding its annual World’s Fair of Money—considered one of the largest numismatic trade shows of the world—from August 1 to August 5 in Denver, Colorado. Stack’s Bowers Galleries will hold various auctions in conjunction with the show. Offered are a wide variety of U.S., world, and ancient coins and paper money in various floor and online sessions. In this preview article we will take look at the world side of things; in another article we take a closer look at offerings from around the field of American numismatics. All lots, including descriptions and photos,… Full article at the source>

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

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Unintended Consequences

July 31, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

Three years ago, coin collector and hobby advocate Scott Barman posted on his blog an insightful article about the nature of what others have described as ideologically inspired bureaucratic overreach. He named the post “An Ancient Dilemma” and discussed the issue of unintended consequences in an era of “hyper-partisanship”. Where other members of the coin hobby and trade—including myself on some occasions—have become understandably emotional on this topic, Mr. Barman exhibits a remarkable degree of restraint and appeals both to law and common sense. In the past several years, he has also written other pieces… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Hoard of 41 Roman solidi discovered in a Dutch orchard

June 12, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Treasure, World Coins

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

The Dutch website de Volksrant reports (in a June 2 article by Geertje Dekkers) on the disclosure of a 41-piece gold hoard unearthed in an orchard in Gelderland. Based on certain of the gold solidi—those from the brief rule of Majorian (457–461)—experts believe the coins were buried around 460 AD. At that time, the Netherlands region was in the western part of the Roman Empire, which was in its final days. Lacking its former might, the empire engaged the locals in the far reaches of its territory to defend against invaders; in the case of the Netherlands, the Romans… Full article at the source>

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James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video Available Free on New PNG YouTube Channel

May 25, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman
Professional Numismatists Guild Executive Director
951-587-8300

James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video
Available Free on New PNG YouTube Channel

 

Screen grab image of actor James Earl Jones

Screen grab image of actor James Earl Jones

(Temecula, California) May 25, 2017 – The award-winning educational video, “Money: History in Your Hands,” narrated by acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, now is available for free viewing on the Professional Numismatists Guild YouTube.com channel.

“We currently have more than a dozen videos about rare coins, paper money and precious metals available for complimentary viewing on PNG’s YouTube channel. They will be helpful for beginners to advanced collectors and investors with informative advice about buying, storing and selling numismatic items as well as gold, silver and platinum bullion items,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“An important part of our educational effort is the video, ‘Money: History in Your Hands,’ jointly created by PNG and the American Numismatic Association, and hosted on camera by James Earl Jones. It gives viewers a compelling overview of the history of money, and how it relates to art, culture, history, politics and religion,” explained Brueggeman. “The 29-minute video is available for convenient viewing in two parts.”

Other informative PNG videos focus on topics of discovering the enjoyment of coin collecting, how to determine the value of your coins, and the importance of working with a reputable, knowledgeable dealer when you buy or sell.

All of the videos are can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5co6ZLKPitRAw-6pDxeCw

Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers.  A directory of dealers, the PNG Member Code of Ethics and the organization’s Collector’s Bill of Rights can be found at www.PNGdealers.org. For additional information, contact the PNG by email at info@PNGdealers.org or by phone at 951-587-8300.

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Here are the links to the two specific videos;

Part 1: https://youtu.be/Ir_oCtaXloc

Part 2: https://youtu.be/gb3mgkYMssM

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European dealer devises a clever contest using a fake coin

May 18, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Competition, E-commerce, Education, Events, Fake Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

There’s a fake in the latest catalog of a respected auction house—and the owner knows it.

Dr. Hubert Lanz, of the respected Munich coin company Numismatik Lanz, has long been a champion of collectors, whose many hazards include the issue of counterfeit coins. As Numismatik Lanz is celebrating its 70th year of operation, Dr. Lanz came up with a clever idea to promote the company and highlight the danger of fraud in numismatics: He placed a fake in catalog number 164, and announced that anyone who identified the fake would receive a €25 credit toward their purchase in the auction.

Numismatik Lanz… Full article at the source>

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The Law and Ultra Vires

April 24, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

Cultural Heritage Lawyer Rick St. Hilaire, an apologist for cultural property nationalists and a critic of private ownership and trade in cultural property, has posted on his blog a quite lucid history of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) experiences in District and Appellate Court over the past eight years. The post is surprisingly light on the editorializing or histrionics one might expect. It simply relates the facts and the positions of the two adversaries with reasonable clarity—as well as the judgement rendered. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in cultural property issues.

That… Full article at the source>

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WGS Interview

February 28, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

http://blog.coinsupplyplanet.com/interview-wayne-sayles/

I recently came across an interview that I did a few years ago for CoinSupplyPlanet.com and thought it may be worth sharing here since it is still as relevant as the day it was recorded.

The full interview can be viewed and read at
http://blog.coinsupplyplanet.com/interview-wayne-sayles/ … Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Archaeologists Question Media Sensationalism

October 18, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Ancient coin collectors in the United States had good reason to smile this past weekend. Archaeologist Paul Barford in his blog Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues joined a growing list of critics who believe that U.S. government officials are being swayed by false information. Specifically, Mr. Barford cites major media reports regarding ISIS funding as tainting a recent Congressional Homeland Security Committee Report with “outdated information, misrepresented statistics, and discredited figures.” He goes on to suggest that congressional staffers who authored the report “…searched for reports published in major media outlets without critically examining… Full article at the source>

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$1 Million of Recently Recovered 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Coins Coming To Market

October 10, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Treasure, World Coins

For immediate release
October 8, 2016

News media contact:
John Albanese, (908) 781-9101

$1 Million of Recently Recovered 1715
Fleet Shipwreck Coins Coming To Market

Close up of the obverse a 1694 - 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.<br /> Photo credit: NGC

Close up of the obverse a 1694 – 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.
Photo credit: NGC

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during 300th anniversary of fleet’s demise to be offered for the first time.

More than 200 sunken treasure gold coins from the legendary Spanish 1715 Plate Fleet, recovered during last year’s 300th anniversary of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane that sank 11 of the fleet’s 12 ships, are now coming into the numismatic marketplace for the first time along with coins found on previous expeditions.  

The discovery of the latest trove by the historic shipwreck recovery company, 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels, LLC (www.1715treasurefleet.com), occurred on July 31, 2015, exactly 300 years to the day of the fleet’s sinking.  The treasure was found in only 6 feet of water just a hundred feet from the beach in Vero Beach, Florida, and this amazing find generated international headlines.

The coins range in denomination from one escudo to eight escudos.  They were struck in Colombia, Mexico and Peru and are dated in the era between 1692 and 1715 during the reigns of Spanish Kings Charles II and Philip V.  

“These historic treasure fleet gold pieces have been examined, authenticated and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com).  All but five are Mint State, and one recovered treasure coin is graded NGC MS 66,” said John Albanese of Bedminster, New Jersey, the dealer who brokered the deal to acquire the never-before offered coins.

Highlights include a 1712 Peru 8 escudos of Philip V, graded NGC MS 64; a 1711 Peru LM  2 escudos of Philip V Peru, NGC MS 66; and a 1699 Colombia 2 escudos of Charles II, NGC MS 64, that was discovered by 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels inside a recovered bronze cannon.

Blanchard and Company (www.BlanchardGold.com) and Monaco Rare Coins (www.MonacoRareCoins.com) are the primary dealerships that will be selling the coins.

“In addition to the 224 coins discovered in 2015 by 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels there are 71 shipwreck coins from the 1715 Fleet found during their two earlier underwater expeditions in 2010 and 2013 that now will also be available to collectors for the first time.  There even are coins they discovered inside a ship’s cannon!,” explained Albanese.

“The combined estimated market value of the 295 treasure coins is more than $1 million,” said Albanese.

1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels is a group of Florida based shipwreck salvors who have focused their attention since 2010 on the exploration and recovery of the famous Spanish treasure fleets convoy.

Close up of the reverse of a 1694 - 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.<br /> Photo credit: NGC

Close up of the reverse of a 1694 – 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.

Photo credit: NGC

“Our goal is to bring the amazing story of the 1715 Plate Fleet to the public.  We hope the recovery of these incredibly rare artifacts will help educate people about Spanish colonization of the New World and life on the high seas in 1715,” stated Brent Brisben, 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels Co-Founder and Operations Manager

“The discovery of gold and silver coins in sunken cannon in 2010 was an amazing recovery.  For decades, treasure hunters have told tales of treasure hidden inside of cannons, but our recovery was the first time the tale was ever validated. We recovered a 3½ foot bronze rail gun, the first bronze rail/swivel cannon ever recovered from the 1715 Fleet.  We discovered 50 gold and 40 silver coins in the breech of the cannon,” explained Brisben.

Brisben’s great-great-great grandfather, Daniel Beaver, died in another famous shipwreck, the fabled “ship of gold,” the S.S. Central America, that sank off the South Carolina coast in a hurricane in September 1857 while carrying tons of California Gold Rush coins and gold bars to New York City.

NGC has created special insert labels for the 1715 Fleet coins, including a special designation for the coins recovered from the cannon.

“Coinage of the 1715 Fleet offers up rare riches, providing researchers a unique opportunity to study the trade and transport of the day and gives collectors the chance to acquire a high-grade example of a coin from the golden shipwreck treasure of lore. A quantity of uncirculated Spanish gold coins such as this simply does not exist outside of a shipwreck discovery,” stated NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg.

“NGC worked directly with the recovery group to not only preserve the important provenance of these coins, but also the story of their individual recovery. For the first time, specific dive missions and finds are referenced on the NGC certification label,” said Salzberg.

In addition to the NGC encapsulation, each coin will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Brisben, along with the original, numbered archeological tag that was used by the expedition crew to denote each item as it was discovered and recovered.  The unique tag number is indicated on the certificate of authenticity for each coin.

The fabled 1715 Fleet convoy of 12 ships loaded with New World treasure set sail from Havana, Cuba to Spain on July 24, 1715.  In the early morning hours of July 31 a fierce hurricane sank all the ships except one off the eastern coast of Florida.  More than a thousand people were killed in the storm and resulting shipwrecks.  

On July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of that historic day, 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels recovered 350 gold coins, including nine extremely rare Royals.  Some of the coins were given by the company to its crew-members and subcontractors as their share of the recoveries, and all the large Royals presentation pieces were privately sold earlier this year to anonymous collectors for an average of $275,000 a piece.

“We have owned the exclusive salvage rights to the 1715 Fleet since 2010. We have never previously sold a single gold coin from our recoveries,” said Brisben.  “The story of the fleet is an amazing tale which really provides the fascination with these coins.”

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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>

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

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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>

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

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Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction Brings in $6.3 Million at Chicago International Coin Fair

April 28, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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Heritage Auctions has shared the following press release regarding its recent World and Ancient Coins sale at the Chicago International Coin Fair in Rosemont, Illinois.

DALLAS — Famous rarities from Australia and Canada led the results in Heritage’s April 14-19, 2016 CICF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction in Chicago, hammering prices totaling more than $6.3 million in all.

“Demand continues to be solid for the best examples across the market,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “We’re continuing to see great examples of a wide variety of international coins coming out of top shelf collections. Our… Full article at the source>

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

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An Intellectual Curiosity

March 3, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Treasure, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

“We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum professionals, tourists, and customs agents.”

Morag Kersal, Archaeologist and Assistant Professor at DePaul University

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/monitoring-looting-in-jordan-using-drones

Treating ancient coin collectors with intellectual curiosity is an interesting way for Professor Moreg to describe interaction with a learning discipline that is older than any university in the world. Some of the foremost names in international leadership, social justice, art, science, literature, philanthropy, commerce and virtually every other facet of life were… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Funding Terrorism

January 29, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Foreign Policy, History, Investing, Legal, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

In the wake of the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee passage of a bill “to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict, or natural and other disasters, and for other purposes.” Every thinking American ought to give some serious thought to the part that includes “for other purposes”. The situation in Syria and Iraq is deplorable, but it is not going to be resolved by yellow journalism or poorly conceived import restrictions. Couched within this appeal for egalitarian protection of the past is a blatant and disgustingly sub-rosa agenda pushed incessantly… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Provenance: Nice but not Law

January 22, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, World Coins

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

As a result of persistent ideological proselytization, some elements and individuals within the Federal bureaucracy have come to believe that importation of common ancient coins manufactured in countries with which the U.S. has negotiated and signed a Memorandum of Understanding must be accompanied by “Provenance” showing the whereabouts of that item for some specified period of time. In fact, the governing law—Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (CCPIA-1983)—never included this provision in either letter nor intent. The basis for this recent provenance fixation is unfounded. That is not to say that coin collectors do not value provenance,… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Leave it to the Experts

December 29, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Errors, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

Where in the world does the press come up with their “experts” on cultural property matters? The latest brazen show of ignorance appears in a citation by “leading world museums and the U.N. Cultural agency” in a supposedly expert warning distributed through a plethora of media outlets by Associated Press.

 The photo caption above describes an Islamic gold dinar of the Marinid dynasty as one of the cultural treasures from Libya that needs to be watched for. Unfortunately, the image accompanying this caption is a silver tetradracm of Nikis, a magistrate of Cyrene… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Money of the Bible: A “Numismatic Chronicle of Events” That Astounds and Enlightens

December 10, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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

Money of the Bible

Cover of Money of the Bible, 3rd ed

Money of the Bible has established itself as a most valuable reference and sumptuous art book dedicated to both numismatics and Biblical studies,” wrote Dr. Paul Rynearson in this outstanding book’s foreword. “You will discover fascination on every page.”

The remarkable volume by Kenneth Bressett was awarded the Numismatic Literary Guild’s top prize of “Best Specialized Book, World Coins.”

It’s not only professional numismatists and researchers who give the book high praise. These comments are from reviews posted by everyday collectors on Amazon.com:

“Well worth the price and a GREAT coffee table book.”… Full article at the source>

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

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Auction 320 Prices Realised / Results / Auction 321 Consignments

November 18, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Auctions, Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By: Downies (Downies Blog)

A grand event for Australian numismatics, Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 320 was an outstanding success! Comprising more than 3,500 lots, our last auction for 2015 was highlighted by a number of exquisite English Hammered pieces, which as expected sold … Continue reading → Full article at the source>

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The Doomed Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1715

August 22, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spanish Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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With a slight breeze riffling the water, twelve ships set sail from Havana. Eleven were bound for Spain, loaded with gold and silver. Among them were the flagship Capitana and Urca de Lima. The twelfth ship was the Griffon, a French merchant vessel that had been detained in port. Afraid that word would leak of the treasure they were carrying—making the Spanish fleet easy prey for pirates—the Spaniards brought the Griffon with them.

It was a calm and sunny day on July 24th, 1715. The fleet sailed for the Gulf Stream, avoiding Florida’s coastal reefs. Five days on, the weather turned. Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Ancient Artifact Smuggling now “impossible” in Egypt

August 19, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Indian Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

http://www.thecairopost.com/news/156529/news/antique-coins-smuggling-attempt-foiled-by-cairo-airport-authorities

By:  Ancient Coin Collecting

A Cairo Post article of June 21, 2015 just came to our attention and seemed worthy of sharing.  The piece, titled “Antique coins      smuggling attempt foiled by Cairo airport authorities” heralds the arrest of an Italian passenger bound for London.  The “foiled       attempt” was confirmed to Cairo Post by Cairo airport security director Major general Ayman Abdel Fatah.  Five coins identified as “antique” Egyptian artifacts were reportedly confiscated… Full article at the source>

Source: Coin Collecting Alltop.com

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Ancient Roman Treasure Found on Irish Beach

June 27, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Roman Coins, Silver

By: Nick (Liberty Coin and Currency Blog)

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It’s officially beach season. So get your swim trunks, towel, sunblock, and… metal detector? Well, the metal detector may not be absolutely necessary, but it’s not a bad idea if you want to find some buried treasure. Irish retiree Brian Murray brought along his metal detector on his trip to the beach, and it paid off big time.

Murray discovered two extravagant Roman gold rings, and a silver belt buckle along the shores of Dundrum Bay in Murlough, an area in Northern Ireland famed for its natural beauty. “I was actually collecting militaria on the shores of Murlough — it was Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Polish Forest Ranger Finds 6,000 Silver Coins

May 11, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Centuries ago someone in what is now Poland amassed quite a collection of silver coins. For some unknown reason, the owner of this massive hoard of silver coins decided to hide them in two pots deep in the forest. Whoever hid the coins did an exceptional job, because no one found them — until now. […] Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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