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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>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Brazilian Mint to help produce 2016 Olympic Medals partially constructed of recycled products

June 17, 2016 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are just around the corner, and Rio de Janeiro has been busy getting ready for the grand event. Making sure to not overlook a single detail, the Rio design team has developed a set of gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as participation medals, which beautifully illustrate Brazil’s dedicated to sustainability by constructing the said medals from recycled electronic equipment.

Working exclusively with the Brazilian Mint, the Rio 2016 design team has commissioned the establishment to produce over 75,000 participation medals and 5,000 award medals.

“The medals are one of the most important symbols… Full article at the source>

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Medal Collectors: The 2017 Red Book and MEGA RED Feature Popular U.S. Medals

March 11, 2016 in Books, Bronze, Collecting, Education, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

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1920 Manila Mint medal.

Medal collecting today is a popular and robust segment of the numismatic hobby. These coin-like pieces are similar to tokens but typically are not issued as substitutes for money; instead they are “to be held and enjoyed, commemorating an accomplishment or individual, or perhaps promoting a cause,” as Q. David Bowers relates in The Expert’s Guide to Collecting and Investing in Rare Coins. They have been called “a mirror of history.”

Medals are a longtime pursuit of mine. I’ve studied them almost as long as I’ve been interested in coins. They make up a good portion… Full article at the source>

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

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Advance Australia Fair plays key role in citizenship

November 30, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Bronze, Bronze Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The Perth Mint has released its annual Australian Citizenship $1 Coin for 2016. More than 30,000 of these coins are purchased annually by individuals and also by local governments which offer them as mementos to participants at Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.

As well as taking the pledge of commitment to Australia, people formalizing their Australian Citizenship at these ceremonies also sing Advance Australia Fair, which was first performed on this day, 30 November, in 1878 at the St Andrew’s Day concert of the Highland Society, NSW.

Patriotic song to national anthem

It took an extraordinary 106 years for the patriotic song Advance… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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NEW Aussie-style Christmas Stamp & Coin Cover

November 3, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Uncirculated Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The Australian Territory of Christmas Island, named when it was discovered on Christmas Day 1643, is the inspiration behind this year’s Christmas Stamp & Coin Cover.

The vividly illustrated envelope features the Island’s famous red crabs and a red-necked frigatebird playfully portrayed in Santa hats! The crabs also appear in the shape of a Christmas tree on the Australia Post 65c stamp, suitably stamped with a Christmas Island WA 6798 post-mark. Christmas 2015 Stamp & Coin Cover

The finishing touch is an uncirculated Australian $1 coin made by The Perth Mint with an equally vibrant illustration of Santa and his gift… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Stamp & Coin Cover records Queen’s historic royal achievement

September 9, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, History, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Queen Elizabeth II today becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch.

Celebrating her historic achievement, this souvenir Stamp & Coin Cover incorporates an Australian $1 coin issued by The Perth Mint and two Australia Post stamps featuring famous photographic portraits of Her Majesty.

Highly collectable, it also bears a postmark in the shape of the Garter Star which incorporates the words First day of issue | 9 September 2015 | Elizabeth, SA 5112.

An affordable Australian tribute dated for the day on which The Queen set a new record, it would make a superb addition to any collection of Royal memorabilia… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Simpson, the man with the donkey – a hero that “knew no fear”

April 17, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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John Simpson Kirkpatrick – “the man with the donkey” – is one of the most potent symbols of Australian courage and tenacity on Gallipoli.

Simpson was 22 years-old when he landed at dawn on 25 April 1915 tasked as a stretcher-bearer. With the aid of a donkey brought in to carry water, he transported wounded men day and night from the fighting in Monash Valley to the beach on Anzac Cove.

Private John Simpson in Shrapnel Gully with a wounded soldier on his donkey. [Australian War Memorial – P09300.001]

On the morning of 19 May, just three and a half weeks after his Full article at the source>

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Pope Francis Presented with EXPO 2015 Milano “Super-Coin”

March 10, 2015 in Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By Michael Alexander (Coin Update News)

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The Organizers of the EXPO 2015 Milano official souvenir coin/medal programme have announced that His Holiness Pope Francis was presented with one of the EXPO’s limited edition “super-coins” during a meeting between the coin’s own designer, Mrs. Laura Cretara, former Artistic Director of the IPZS or Italian State Mint.

The meeting took place on Wednesday the 4th March during a public audience which was held in St. Peter’s Square at which time Mrs. Cretara presented the Pontiff with the large bronze coin surrounded with a platinum plated outer ring. The coin, of which 2,015 pieces have been produced for the EXPO Full article at the source>

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Bronze Medals Offered for African-American History Month

February 17, 2015 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint

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

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In recognition of African-American History Month, the United States Mint has created a new section of their online product catalog to showcase medals commemorating the achievements of African-Americans and their contributions to the nation’s history. In all cases, the medals represent bronze duplicate versions of Congressional Gold Medals which were authorized under Acts of Congress.

Some of the medals included in this section were originally issued during the course of the past few years and have been previously covered on Mint News Blog. For example, the medal honoring Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King was issued Full article at the source>

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

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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.

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Western Australian Centenary 1929 Medal (part 2)

October 15, 2014 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

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Centenary 1929 Bronze Medal

What happened to all the medals produced in celebration of Western Australia’s Centenary in 1929? Glenn Burghall’s research reveals that they were presented to a broad range of people – from ordinary school children right up to the reigning monarch!

Approximately 85,000 medals were struck at the Perth Branch of the Royal Mint to commemorate the Western Australian Centenary in 1929, and about 85% of these were distributed to the school-aged children of the State.

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Rare Coins Bear Scars of Ancient Jewish Rebellion

August 5, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, History, Israel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure

By Jeanna Bryner. August 5th, 2014 (http://www.livescience.com/)

A Late Second Temple Period Jewish settlement with a trove of rare bronze coins inside one of its houses has been discovered in Israel.

The 114 bronze coins, which were found inside a ceramic money box and hidden in the corner of a room, date to the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans — an uprising that destroyed the Temple on Tisha B’Av about 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported today (Aug. 5).

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What An Olympic Gold Medal Is Really Worth

February 20, 2014 in Bronze, Gold, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver

By: http://www.libertycoinandcurrency.com  .

With the start of the Winter Olympics, the whole world has turned its eyes toward Sochi, Russia — and everyone is dreaming of gold. Here are some details about the tradition of awarding medals in Olympic history, as well as the lowdown on the gold, silver and bronze medals at this year’s Olympic Games in Sochi.

In the beginning, there were no medals. The Olympics began as a series of contests between Greek city-states back in 776 BC. Held every four years for more than a millennium, the games included running events, wrestling, javelin throwing and chariot racing. Winners received an olive wreath from the wild olive tree that grew at Olympia — and four years’ worth of bragging rights.

The modern Olympic Games began in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Event winners received a silver medal and an olive branch — symbolizing the original olive wreath of the ancient games — while the second-place contestant took home a copper or bronze medal and a branch of the laurel tree.

The custom of awarding gold, silver and bronze medals to the top three finishers in each event commenced with the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri. At that time, the first-place medals were solid gold. However, that practice quickly became too expensive, and the last time pure gold medals were awarded to Olympic winners was in Stockholm, Sweden, at the 1912 Summer Games.

The gold medal at this year’s Sochi Olympic Games weighs 531 grams, making it one of the largest ever awarded. If it were made of pure gold, it would be worth nearly $24,000 at today’s gold prices. Based on its composition, however, it’s worth quite a bit less.

Here’s the breakdown of precious metal content in each medal:

Gold: Composed of 525 grams of silver (at least .925 grade) covered with six grams of pure gold. Worth about $600 based on today’s gold prices.
Silver: Composed of 525 grams of silver (at least .925 grade). Worth about $370 based on today’s silver prices.
Bronze: Composed of copper mixed with zinc and tin. Worth about $3.50.

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Vatican to issue medals for canonization of John XXIII, John Paul II

February 2, 2014 in Bronze, Commemorative, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Vatican

By: CWN (Catholic World News) – January 29, 2014

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The Vatican will issue special medals to commemorate the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

The medals, which will be issued March 3, will feature profiles of the two Pontiffs on one side, and the coat of arms of Pope Francis on the other. They will be released through the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office in advance of the canonization ceremony, which is scheduled for April 27.

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The one cent coin that’s worth a mint: Rare bronze penny from 1793 fetches $140,000 at auction

July 19, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Cents, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

  • Rare bronze coin dates from 1793 when the United States Mint opened
  • It created a frenzy at auction, reaching $140,000 from an anonymous bidder

By OLIVIA WILLIAMS (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

A one-cent coin has sold at auction for $140,000 – 14 million times its original price.An international bidding war erupted for the rare bronze coin dating from 1793, the year the United States Mint first opened.The coin had been tipped to sell for around $4,560, but 10 keen bidders sent the price soaring at the Bonhams auction in London yesterday.

Eventually an anonymous coin collector placed the winning bid – at more than 30 times the estimate.

John Millenstead, head of coins and medals at Bonhams, said: ‘Although the coin is quite rare and in good condition, we are slightly bewildered that it went for quite so much.

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Professor Muhammad Yunus Bronze Medal

April 20, 2013 in Bronze, Collecting, Commemorative, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

Friday, April 19, 2013 Posted by Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)
Earlier this week, the Congressional Gold Medal was presented to Professor Muhammad Yunus to recognize his contributions to the fight against global poverty and his effort to promote economic and social change. He is credited with developing the concepts of microcredit and microfinance, through which very small loans were extended to  entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. He received the Nobel Peace Price in 2006.
Muhammad Yunus Bronze Medal

Muhammad Yunus Bronze Medal

The obverse of the medal features a portrait of Professor Yunus with the traditional Bengali jamdani fabric design, intended to represent his optimistic and cheerful demeanor. Inscriptions include “Professor Muhammad Yunus” and “Act of Congress 2010″. The obverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

The reverse depicts a lotus in open in full bloom, rising above the water and carry a depiction of the globe in its petals. This is intended to symbolize Yunus’ dream to end world poverty. The inscription reads “Banker to the Poor” and in Bengali “Let us send poverty to the museum”. The reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

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