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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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France: New “Masterpieces” coin series pays tribute to the masterworks of French museums

August 11, 2017 in Art, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, Museums, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander  world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new coin series which will focus primarily on some of the most memorable art treasures and masterpieces housed in many of France’s landmark museums and historical monuments. The three-year “Masterpieces of the Museums” series commemorates major artistic eras such as the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and Impressionism, and aims to honour two major masterpieces each year. In 2017, the series commences with a sculpture and a painting: The Venus de Milo (Vénus de Milo in French; from the Louvre Museum) and the Déjeuner sur l’herbe (from the Orsay Museum). Each design is minted… Full article at the source>

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

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Book review: The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt satisfies coin collectors and American history buffs alike

August 1, 2017 in Antique Coins, Art, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

How often do you read a numismatic book outside of the fields you actively collect?

Some hobbyists stick to their favorite subjects—if they collect Morgan dollars, they read books about Morgan dollars, and don’t stray very far into Buffalo nickels, commemoratives, world coins, or medals and tokens.

Many other hobbyists are like numismatic sponges, happy to absorb as much knowledge as they can from all directions. We see this at Whitman Publishing all the time. Some collectors have favorite authors and would buy a Ken Bressett book whether it’s about U.S. paper currency, English coins, or money used in Biblical times. Some… Full article at the source>

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Kagin’s Researcher Pinpoints  1783 Plain Nova Constellatio Quint as First Official USA Coin Struck Historic Coin Will Be Exhibited at ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 1 – 5

August 1, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Art, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Reference, US Government, USA Coins

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Kagin’s Researcher Pinpoints  1783 Plain Nova Constellatio Quint as First Official USA Coin Struck

Historic Coin Will Be Exhibited at ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 1 – 5

Authorized by Congress, the unique 1783 plain obverse Nova Constellatio “Quint” silver coin had a value of 500 units in a proposed but later abandoned early American decimal monetary system that would have ranged from 5 to 1,000 units. Photo credit: Image courtesy of PCGS.com

Authorized by Congress, the unique 1783 plain obverse Nova Constellatio “Quint” silver coin had a value of 500 units in a proposed but later abandoned early American decimal monetary system that would have ranged from 5 to 1,000 units.
Photo credit: Image courtesy of PCGS.com

(Tiburon, California) August 1, 2017 – David McCarthy, senior numismatist at Kagin’s, Inc. of Tiburon, California (www.Kagins.com), has pinpointed the 1783 plain obverse Nova Constellatio Quint pattern (Breen-1102, W-1830) as the first coin officially struck by authority of the United States government, a finding hailed by another U.S. rare coin expert as “one of the most exciting developments in modern numismatics.”

Results of McCarthy’s research on the unique, early American experimental silver coin, that once was in the hands of one of the USA’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, are in the August 2017 edition of “The Numismatist,” the official journal of the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org).

Now insured for $5 million, the historic ancestor of the dollar as well as every coin in the western world using a decimal monetary system, will be publicly displayed at the Kagin’s booth, #700, during the ANA 2017 World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com) in Denver, Colorado, August 1- 5.

“It’s a national treasure that was hiding in plain sight until all the pieces of the puzzle recently came together,” said Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D., President of Kagin’s.

“Although the coin was discovered in 1870, it was misattributed. We now have compelling evidence that it is, ‘the first that has been struck as an American coin,’ as described in the April 2, 1783 diary entry of Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. government’s first Superintendent of Finance,” explained McCarthy.

“The Quint and a subsequent set of coins were created in Philadelphia in April of 1783 under authority of the Treasury some nine years before the next coins would be struck by the U.S. government.  It would have been valued at 500-units in a proposed system that would range from 5 to 1,000 units,” McCarthy said.

“This was the first use of the vital and enduring decimal system to be established in the western world,” stated Kagin.

During the 1770s and 1780s several states and private individuals manufactured coins, but this is the first coin that was struck and paid for by the U.S. government, according to McCarthy’s research, which a dozen other early American coin experts agreed with before he submitted it for publication.

After examining McCarthy’s research, early American coins researcher and writer John Dannreuther of Memphis, Tennessee, the American Numismatic Association’s 2007 Numismatist of the Year, summed up the findings:

“There is a first United States coin, as we have written evidence (in the April 2, 1783 diary entry of Robert Morris, U.S. Superintendent of Finance) that one was delivered:

‘I sent for (metallurgist) Mr. (Benjamin) Dudley who delivered me a Piece of Silver Coin being the first that has been struck as an American Coin.’

“The only coin that logically could be this coin is the Plain Obverse Quint.

“There are numerous things that bring us to this conclusion, the first being that “Nova Constellatio” is not found on the Plain Legend Quint. One does not remove legends, they are added,” explained Dannreuther.

“Secondly, the number of dies noted in the literature can be made to match only by having one die ground down and reengraved. After overlaying the two Quint types, it became obvious that the Plain Obverse die’s eye matched the with Legend eye. Since this is the highest point of the coin, it is the lowest part of the die, as well as the center, it would be logical to leave a small amount of this area as a starting point for the new die. The rest of the die’s detail was removed by the grinding process, of course.”

“Thirdly, the two Quint dies obviously were engraved by two different hands. Since, we know that the with Legend coins match the other denominations in style, as well as having the “Nova Constellatio” legend, the Plain Obverse has to be the first one – thus, it is the first United States coin,” stated Dannreuther.

American Numismatic Association President Jeff Garrett of Lexington, Kentucky also examined McCarthy’s study prior to publication and stated: “David McCarthy’s research makes a compelling case for the 1783 Nova Constellatio Quint being the ‘First American Coin.’  As such, the historical importance of his research, and the coin, is one of the most exciting developments in modern numismatics!”

Only two examples of the 500-unit coin are known, and each is distinctively different on the front. One has the words, NOVA CONSTELLATIO, Latin for “a new constellation,” while the other example does not have any words. The research demonstrates the coin without the words on the obverse was struck first.

After surfacing in New York City nearly 150 years ago, the coin was carefully preserved in several major collections including Lorin G. Parmelee, S.H. and H. Chapman and Wayte Raymond before becoming part of the Garrett Collection and into the possession of Johns Hopkins University where it resided for much of the 20th century.  Only now, though, has numismatic research brought together evidence that it was the first federal coin made by authority of the U.S. government.

Kagin’s acquired the coin at an auction in 2013 where it was graded PCGS AU53 Secure.  McCarthy began researching it through the writings of Morris and Thomas Jefferson, Continental Congress documents, and forensic evidence found on the coins themselves, and he consulted with other noted experts in early American numismatics.

“While the 1783 Plain Obverse Nova Constellatio Quint is among the most historically significant of all United States coins, it is also one of the most important artifacts in the world,” stated Kagin.  “Nothing defines a nation and its society more than its coinage. Just like great documents such as The Magna Carta or The Declaration of Independence established fundamental principles and tenets for western society, so does coinage reflect a nation’s most important ideals, becoming a primary source of communication for a nation’s beliefs.”  

“By examining the first coin of the United States and the new decimal monetary system that it ushered in, we gain significant insights to the thinking of America’s Founding Fathers concerning what kind of nation they wished to establish,” he continued.

Kagin said the coin’s inscriptions and symbols contain the most important aspects of our fledging nation:

On the Obverse the central devices are:

  • The Eye of Providence—symbolizing the creator’s approval of our nation.
  • A circle of 13 stars –a theme which has endured for 240 years—as an obvious reference to the new constellation formed by the original 13 colonies.

The Reverse central inscription includes:

  • “U.S.” as it proclaims the name of our country for all the world to acknowledge.

This is followed by the denomination—in this case, 500 units or a Quint.  Along with the date, two of the most fundamental and defining issues for Americans then and today are prominently inscribed in Latin so all nations could understand: LIBERTAS (Liberty) and JUSTITIA (Justice).

“This coin, struck in the precious metal silver, was also the very first artifact to present our nation’s new decimal system—in fact, the first use of such a vital and enduring system to be established in the western world,” concluded Kagin.

Kagin and McCarthy made international headlines in 2014 when they assisted an anonymous California couple who discovered the “Saddle Ridge Hoard,” nearly $10 million of 19th century U.S. gold coins buried in rusting tin cans.

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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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France: Endearing Disney character Scrooge McDuck features on latest “Youth Series” gold and silver coins

June 2, 2017 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new series of coins which features one of Walt Disney Studios’ most engaging cartoon characters: Scrooge McDuck. The irrepressible duck with his affectation of a broad Scottish brogue has been part of the world of Disney now for 70 years.

Initially inspired by the Charles Dickens classic novel A Christmas Carol and its primary antagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, Carl Barks came up with the quintessentially stodgy but lovable Scrooge McDuck in 1947. At the time, Banks was an author of comic-book stories for Western Publishing, an American comic-edition company, and was also working for Walt… Full article at the source>

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

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What’s Your Inspiration?

May 10, 2017 in Art, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Brian Martin United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

By Heather Sabharwal May 9, 2017 When it comes to coin design, inspiration can take many forms. From historical documentation to personal experiences, United States Mint artists draw upon many things to ultimately express the values, aspirations and shared heritage… Full article at the source>

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Italy: New “Italy of Art” Series Silver Coin Now Available

September 22, 2016 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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On September 6, the Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato (Italian State Mint) issued the latest coin in the popular and successful “Italy of Art” series. The new issue highlights the lovely town of Recanati, located in the Province of Macerata.

Officially founded in the middle of the 12th century, Recanati (pictured above) probably originated from the ruins of an ancient Roman town known as Ricina. Known as a city of art, rich in Renaissance and Baroque palaces and wonderful examples of religious architecture, Recanati is also famous for being the hometown of Count Giacomo Leopardi, one of the greatest Italian… Full article at the source>

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Proposed Legislation Aims to Designate Saint-Gaudens Site as National Arts Park

June 6, 2016 in Art, Blogs, Education, History, Legal, Legislation, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government

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

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Above: Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (with Amor Caritas in the background), Paris, 1898. Credit: Courtesy of National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

 

Two bills have been introduced proposing the redesignation of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire to the “Saint-Gaudens National Park for the Arts.” The companion bills were submitted simultaneously on May 12 by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH1).

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born in Ireland, raised in New York City, and went on to become one of America’s greatest sculptors. He created some of the nation’s best-known public statues, including Standing… Full article at the source>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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

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

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Canada Kicks Off “Little Creatures” Series With Silver Coin Featuring Venetian Glass Snail

March 9, 2016 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Royal Canadian Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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The Royal Canadian Mint has launched a new series of silver coins featuring nature’s littlest wildlife creatures uniquely rendered with the aid of Venetian glass. The first coin in this three-coin series begins bears a depiction of the common land snail in its ideal habitat.

Snails are small-to-medium sized molluscs that are generally split into three groups: land snails, sea snails, and freshwater snails. There are nearly 1,000 species of snail spread throughout the world’s continents, including many in North America.

 

The coin is designed by Canadian artist Maurice Gervais and captures the delicate beauty of a snail… Full article at the source>

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

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France Debuts “Paris Treasures” Series with Opéra Garnier Silver Coins

March 9, 2016 in Art, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, France 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)

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Two new coins honoring France’s famous Opéra Garnier have been released by the Monnaie de Paris to launch the Mint’s “Paris’ Treasures” series. The coins are composed of 90% silver and share obverse and reverse designs; collectors can choose from a 10€ silver Proof coin that weighs 22.2 grams and costs 78€, and a 50€ silver Proof coin that weighs five ounces and costs 470€. The Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, is one of the most famous opera houses in the world.

The obverse includes features of the Opéra Garnier, including the building’s facade,… Full article at the source>

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

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Isle of Man Includes Donatello Masterpiece on New Gold Crown Coin

March 8, 2016 in Art, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, World Coins

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

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The Isle of Man Government has authorized (March 7) a new gold coin marking the 550th anniversary of the death of one of the world’s greatest sculptors. Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi, (1386 – 1466), better known as Donatello, was the greatest Florentine sculptor before Michelangelo, and was the most influential individual artist of the 15th century in Italy.

Donatello studied classical sculpture, and used this to develop a fully Renaissance style that he then applied throughout his long and productive career. One of his most famous pieces is a bronze roundel depicting the Madonna and Child known as the… 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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2016 Pop Art: Canada Goose 2 oz. Silver Coin

February 29, 2016 in Art, Canadian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Royal Canadian Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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The Royal Canadian Mint has released the 2016 Pop Art: “Celebrating the Canada Goose” 2 oz. Fine Silver Coin, which is composed of two ounces of .9999 silver and is available for $169.95 CAD. The coin measures 50 mm in diameter and has a mintage limited to just 3,000 pieces.

The reverse of the coin features several geese in flight, rendered in a pop art style by artist Andrew Lewis. The Canada goose is a migratory fowl known for its adaptability to a variety of environments and contexts. They are indigenous to North America, commonly spending warmer… Full article at the source>

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

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U.S. Mint Breaks Record with 5th Coin of the Year Award

February 10, 2016 in Art, Awards, Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Design, Half Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Prize Winners, US Mint, USA Coins, World Records

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

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The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative half dollar won the top prize at the Coin of the Year (COTY) Awards last week at the World Money Fair in Berlin. This if the fifth time the U.S. Mint has brought home the accolade, surpassing Italy’s four wins to set a new world record.

A Mint press release points out that while the Baseball Hall of Fame $5 gold issue won a COTY for Best Gold Coin, the clad version ultimately took home the overall prize because of the increased difficulty of striking a cupped coin in a copper-nickel clad composition. So… Full article at the source>

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

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Long Beach Expo Visitors See United States Mint’s Reagan Coins Designs

February 6, 2016 in Art, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Education, Entertainment, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

For immediate release
February 6, 2016

News media contact:
Steve Sloan, (949) 567-1223

Long Beach Expo Visitors See
United States Mint’s Reagan Coins Designs

 

James Pressley and Ronald Reagan art: United States Mint Retail Sales Manager James Pressley unveils at the Long Beach Expo on February 6, 2016 the design selected for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

James Pressley and Ronald Reagan art:
United States Mint Retail Sales Manager James Pressley unveils at the Long Beach Expo on February 6, 2016 the design selected for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

(Long Beach, California) – Visitors on the closing day of the February 2016 Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo received a previously announced numismatic treat.  Representatives of the United States Mint displayed the just-announced selected designs for the upcoming Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coin.

“The official unveiling ceremony was conducted at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on Saturday morning, February 6.  However, as soon as that ceremony ended, Mint employees attending the Long Beach Expo promptly set up a display of the designs that will be used for the new commemorative coins,” said Cassi East, President of the Long Beach Expo.

“At about 12:30 on Saturday afternoon, we made a public address announcement to tell everyone on the convention floor about the surprise display.  Visitors to the show were quite happy to be among the first to see which artworks were selected for the coin designs,” explained East.

“All of us are delighted the United States Mint gave everyone at the Long Beach Expo the opportunity to see the historic design selections as soon as possible after the official unveiling,” added East.

The United States Mint had a booth at the February 4 – 6 Long Beach Expo to showcase and sell the Mint’s latest collector coins and medals.  James Pressley, the Mint’s Retail Sales Manager, made arrangements with other Mint officials to display the Ronald and Nancy Reagan coin designs at the show, located south of Los Angeles, as soon as the official ceremony ended 70 miles away in Simi Valley, north of Los Angeles.

February 6 was selected as the date for the unveiling of the selected designs because it was the 105th anniversary of the late President’s birth.

James Pressley and Nancy Reagan art: The reverse and obverse designs selected for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coins were publicly displayed at the Long Beach Expo by United States Mint Retail Sales Manager, James Pressley, immediately after the official unveiling ceremony at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

James Pressley and Nancy Reagan art:
The reverse and obverse designs selected for the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold coins were publicly displayed at the Long Beach Expo by United States Mint Retail Sales Manager, James Pressley, immediately after the official unveiling ceremony at the Reagan Presidential Library. (Photo by Donn Pearlman.)

According to the official announcement from the Mint, both the Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan coins will be featured in a variety of products available for purchase from the United States Mint during 2016.  For additional information, visit the Mint’s website at www.usmint.gov.

The next Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo will be conducted in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, June 9-11, 2016.   For additional information, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com.

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Artist “Strikes” Buffalo Nickel in Oreo

February 5, 2016 in Art, Design, Entertainment, Fun, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

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Artist Javier Fiore made good use of a snack and a safety pin last week when he carved an impressively detailed likeness of a Buffalo nickel’s obverse into the cream filling of an Oreo cookie.

Coin World points out that Fiore posted an image of his work to the Facebook page of the Original Hobo Nickel Society, where it joined a wide variety of creative coin designs rendered by an array of artists and enthusiasts. When a commenter recommended that Fiore sell the item on eBay, the artist responded, “Hah. I think that rots in… Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint Shares Final Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Designs

November 28, 2015 in Art, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Design, Dollar Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint has shared its design selections for the 2016 Mark Twain Commemorative coins. The designs will be officially unveiled today during a ceremony at the Mark Twain Museum in the author’s boyhood home of Hannibal, Missouri.

The obverse and reverse of the $5 gold coin are pictured above. The obverse was designed by Benjamin Sowards, sculpted by Don Everhart, and includes a portrait of Twain with the inscriptions, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, and 2016.

The reverse was designed by Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Joseph Menna. A Mississippi River Steamboat is pictured, with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF… Full article at the source>

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

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Bureau of Engraving and Printing – Intaglio Print Program “Ideals in Allegory – Democracy”

November 20, 2015 in Art, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, US Federal Reserve, US Government

Bureau of Engraving and Printing – Intaglio Print Program “Ideals in Allegory – Democracy”

Contact:

Karen Smith (202) 874-2108

Washington, DC (First day of sale: December 1, 2015 – 8:00 A.M. Eastern Time)

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is pleased to introduce a new intaglio print, “Ideals in Allegory – Democracy,” which is dedicated to female allegorical figures that represent a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.  This print features an exquisite compilation of unique engraved vignettes focusing on the age-old art of intaglio printing.

Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew announced earlier this year that the next generation of currency will feature the theme of democracy and for the first time in more than a century, our paper currency will feature the portrait of a woman.  This is a historic moment – changes have only been made to the faces on our currency a few times since Federal Reserve notes were first put into circulation in 1914.

The “Ideals in Allegory – Democracy” print is $22.50.  Bulk pricing is available for this print.

This product can be purchased by phone at 1 (800) 456-3408; by fax 1 (888) 891-7585 [International fax (202) 874-1788]; in the Washington, DC and Fort Worth, TX Visitor Center Gift Shops; and through the BEP’s online store moneyfactorystore.gov

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Introducing Collectors.com

September 7, 2015 in Art, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, E-commerce, Ebay, Education, Entertainment, Fun, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, USA Coins, World Coins

 

By: Collectors.com

Originally published on Aug 27, 2015

Visit www.collectors.com to find collectibles.

The fastest and easiest way to find the collectibles you need for your collection is Collectors.com. Search results for coins, trading cards, currency, stamps and autographs from across the internet in a single dashboard. Collectors.com is so simple to use it will become the first place you go to collect.

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Gumnut Baby sculpture stolen

March 25, 2015 in Art, Australian Coins, Blogs, Burglaries, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Extremely upsetting news that thieves have stolen one of the Gumnut Baby sculptures from Stirling Gardens in the centre of Perth.

The theme of our Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ 2015 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin, the characters are the much-loved creation of Australian author and artist May Gibbs, who published her first book about the pair’s adventures in 1918. The sculptures are by Claire Bailey and date from 2001.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the missing Baby is returned and the statue repaired for all to enjoy once again.

By: Perth Mint

Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Curator’s Choice: The Yorkshire archaeology Hoards which are going global with Google

November 7, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, English Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: http://www.culture24.org.uk/ November 6th, 2014.

Curator’s Choice: Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics for York Museums Trust, on the Yorkshire Museum’s collection of Yorkshire Hoards going global with Google

“The numismatic collection – money and medals – numbers over 40,000 objects and is one of the strongest in northern England.

Most of that material has been excavated with new finds coming up every year from farmers, metal detectorists and archaeologists.

A lot of that excavated material comes in the form of hoards – accumulations of wealth buried in the ground.

Yorkshire Hoards is a project between Google Cultural Institute and York Museums Trust looking at these hoards and what they can tell us about the history of the region.

Over the past 3,000 years, from the Bronze Age through to the 17th century, very large numbers of hoards have gone into the ground across Yorkshire.

Full article at the source>

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Marvelous Rarities and Collections at Gorny & Mosch

August 27, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By Coin Update

Be it an ox hide ingot, a unique silver medallion of Trajan, the largest collection of religious amulets and medals the market has ever seen or a nicely assorted collection of numismatics: Gorny & Mosch has spectacular offers for its October sale.

Make sure to keep the week from 13 to 17 October, 2014, free! For there will be something spectacular at Gorny & Mosch’s agenda. Auction sale #224 offers magnificent rarities dating from ancient Full article and pictures at the source>

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

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