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The Under-Appreciated Platinum Eagle Proofs

October 31, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Design, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Over a week ago, the U.S. Mint announced that they will begin a three-year series of the American Platinum Eagles proof coins featuring designs inspired by the Declaration of Independence. After looking at the designs and the designs of past platinum proof coins, they may be one of the most under-appreciated series of coins produced […] Full article at the source>

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LeRoy Transfield discusses designing WWI Commemorative

October 20, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins

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

NOTE: I reached out to LeRoy Transfield, the design winner of the design competition for the World War I Centennial Commemorative dollar coin to ask about his experience with the design and competition. He sent me a copy of his story with permission to publish it here. The following is what he sent. I had […] Full article at the source>

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Hungary: Esteemed Hungarian composer featured on new silver coin

June 30, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Design, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The National Bank of Hungary have issued (24th June) a new coin which pays tribute to one of the country’s most respected and esteemed music composers, who is also remembered as a folk-dance researcher. László Lajtha was born 125 years this month in 1892. His contribution to Hungarian arts and music resulted in a resurgence of Hungarian folk dancing during the decade of the 1970’s.

The coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary at their facilities in Budapest on behalf of the National Bank. The obverse of the coin is designed by Andrea Horváth and depicts a couple folk dancing… Full article at the source>

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Affordable Seated half dimes

June 1, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Design, Dimes, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins

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

The Liberty Seated half-dime series is the smallest denomination of the Liberty Seated design by Christian Gobrecht. First introduced in 1837, Liberty Seated half dimes were struck until the denomination was discontinued and replaced by a larger coin struck in nickel in 1873. The series is generally considered to be the easiest to complete out of the various denominations with this design, but there are still several stoppers that are either expensive or rare, particularly in higher grades. Yet, a collector on a budget should have little trouble adding some interesting Liberty Seated half dimes to his or her collection… Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint Shares Design Candidates for 2018-2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coins

September 15, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Design, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint has shared potential designs for its upcoming 2018, 2019, and 2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof coins. The designs will be discussed at the next Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Meeting, scheduled to take place tomorrow, September 16. The candidates are included below with an introduction and descriptions provided by the Mint.

Since its inception in 1997, each American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin has shared a common obverse that features a portrait of Liberty. The reverse has been host to a variety of themed series (Vistas of Liberty, Preamble to the Constitution and Torches of Liberty)… Full article at the source>

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

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CCAC Will Meet to Discuss Designs for 2018, 2019, and 2020 Platinum Eagle Proof Coins

September 3, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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2016 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has announced that it will hold a meeting at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, September 16. The agenda for the meeting states that the committee will consider design candidates for American Eagle platinum Proof coins to be released in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Platinum Proof Eagles issued during those years will carry designs representing the theme of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

The Committee will also elect jurors for the Mint’s ongoing Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Design Competition, which will give a member… Full article at the source>

 

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Another Threat to the Future of “Paper Money”?

June 18, 2016 in Bank Notes, Collecting, Currency, Design, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

The U.K.'s Churchill £5 polymer bank note. Photo by Michael Alexander.

The U.K.’s Churchill £5 polymer bank note. Photo by Michael Alexander.

 

Paper money today is changing—and it’s changing fast. Close to home, recent developments have included the announcement of redesigns for the U.S. Federal Reserve Notes of the $5, $10, and $20 denominations to include women on our money for the first time in more than 100 years. Further abroad, some countries are attempting to do away with cash entirely, such as Sweden and parts of Europe that are accepting 100% digitalization and mobile banking.

Now the Bank of England is adding to the paper-free advancements by announcing Full article at the source>

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Canada Launches 2016 Majestic Animals Silver Coin Series

March 22, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Design, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, 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 launched a “Majestic Animals” five-coin subscription series for 2016. Each coin in the series is composed of 31.39 grams of 99.99% silver, costs $99.95 CAD, and features a different Canadian wild animal on its reverse. Sales will be limited to 6,500 subscriptions.

The first coin in the series features the “Regal Red Tailed Hawk,” and is now available. Like the issues that will follow it, this piece carries inscriptions noting the year of issue and the monetary denomination. A Mint press release points out that the reverse designs utilize Proof and other… Full article at the source>

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CCAC Recommends Designs for Key 2017 Releases

March 17, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee met yesterday to consider a large group of images as possible obverse and reverse designs for the 2017 20th Anniversary American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin, the 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal, and the 2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program.

The committee’s recommendations are provided below, will brief descriptions based on a press release provided by the U.S. Mint. The Commission of Fine Arts will also review the design candidates on March 17 and put forward their own choices to be considered by the Treasury….

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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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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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Design Competition for 2018 World War I Commemorative Coins

February 4, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Design, Dollar Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint has shared details for an upcoming competition in which contestants will be able to submit designs for the 2018 World War I Centennial Commemorative silver dollar. The winning artist will design both the obverse and reverse of the coin, and will receive a prize of $10,000.

The contest is open to all citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age. Each applicant can submit three to five samples between February 29 and April 28. A group of experts will then select 20 artists to move forward with obverse… 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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Austrian Schoolgirl’s Winning Design Features on New Coin

October 12, 2015 in Austrian Coins, Circulating Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Copper, Copper Coins, Design, Education, Euro Coins, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Prize Winners, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

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The Mint of Austria has unveiled their latest coin in the series, “Austria by its Children”. This charming series began three years ago and has given Austrian 9- and 10-year-olds the opportunity to depict something important to them about their home town or province.

The series, which includes two coin issues per year, has been well received both in and out of Austria. The new coin is the eighth release overall in the series and the second of 2015; it features the province of Burgenland, Austria’s most eastern administrative region.

Burgenland bills itself as “the sunny side of Austria” and is best… Full article at the source>

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Perth Mint’s first ‘intaglio’ coin celebrates Britain’s longest reigning monarch

September 9, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Design, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

The intaglio is an artistic technique commonly associated with sculpture, whereby an image is created by cutting, carving, or engraving into the surface. It has been wonderfully employed on this 1oz silver piedfort-sized commemorative, which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The coin’s reverse design elements, including the Queen’s effigy and patterns of Tudor roses, are impressed (or incused) into the coin table for an unusual and pleasing effect… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Designs Announced for 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters

July 31, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Design, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

By Michael Zielinski

The United States Mint has announced the design selections for the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters. The five coins to be issued for the coming year will feature the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska, Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, Bombay Hook National Full article at the source>

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Open Cube Shaped Coin Honors Canonization of Pope John Paul II

April 23, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins

By: Michael Alexander. April 23rd, 2014. (http://news.coinupdate.com)

The Government & Treasury of Niue Island have launched a new concept in coinage never previously seen. The new coin, a creation in the shape of an open cube with images and artwork on each side, make this item unique among coins based on its design, shape, and production.

The coin is designed by artisan Urszula Walerzak and minted by the Mint of Poland at their facilities in Warsaw. Taking advantage of a specially designed minting process – the production of a flat cross-shaped coin is completed and the next procedure of “shaping” the actual piece after minting and oxidizing takes place. The coin is bent with precision into the final example seen, the forming of an open-sided cube. The coin is issued in commemoration of the imminent canonization of the late Pope John Paul II, occurring on the 27th April of this year.

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Former US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti Designs Australian High Relief Eagle Coins

January 8, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

January 7, 2014 By Coin Update (http://news.coinupdate.com)

John Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, has created the reverse design for the Perth Mint’s recently released 2014 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle gold and silver high relief proof coins.

One of America’s most respected coin sculptor-engravers, Mercanti joined the US Mint in 1974 and held the position of Chief Engraver from 2006 until his retirement in 2010. He has been responsible for more coin and medal designs than any other employee in US Mint history. Among them is the American Silver Eagle, issued from 1986 to present, which features Mercanti’s re-interpretation of Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design on the obverse and a stunning heraldic eagle on the reverse.

John Mercanti brought his extraordinary talents to bear on the Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle project on behalf of The Perth Mint. Despite being honored for so many outstanding achievements in American coin design, he described the opportunity to sculpt the image for an Australian legal tender issue as “one of the highlights of my career.”

Full article and pictures of the designs, coins at the source>

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Monnaie de Paris and France Win 2014 Coin of the Year

December 12, 2013 in Coins, Commemorative, Design, France Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

December 11, 2013 By  (http://news.coinupdate.com/)

France has won the Coin of the Year Award (COTY) for 2014. The award, sponsored by World Coin News – goes to the Monnaie de Paris’ Yves Klein 10-euro silver coin with a distinctive blue hand of the artist against a silver background. The coin triumphed as an international judging panel submitted their choices which were tabulated before the deadline of December 8th.

he Klein 10-euro coin had also been chosen as the Most Artistic Coin among ten category winnersthat were selected to compete for the Coin of the Year. France and the Monnaie de Paris had two category winners competing for the top award. Winner of the best Silver Coin category was a silver 10-euro coin, (KM-2079) that featured a French Ocean Liner design, “Le France.”

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2014 Native American Dollar Reverse Designs Reviewed

August 30, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

August 30, 2013 By Michael Zielinski (http://news.coinupdate.com)

At their most recent meeting, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) reviewed the seven design candidates provided by the United States Mint for the reverse of the 2014 Native American Dollar. The theme for the design is the Native American hospitality which helped to ensure the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The Native American $1 Coin Program was authorized under Public Law 110-82 and requires coins to be issued with annually rotating designs honoring of Native Americans and the important contributions made by tribes and individuals to the development and history of the United States. For each year of the series, the Glenna Goodacre depiction of Sacagawea and child has appeared on the obverse, while the reverse has carried the design for the given theme.

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Finalist Designs Selected for Baseball Coin Design Competition

July 21, 2013 in Art, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Design, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

July 19, 2013 By Michael Zielinski (http://news.coinupdate.com)

In 2014, the United States Mint will issue commemorative coins to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The program was authorized under Public Law 112-152 and will include $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars with a shared design. All three coins will have a convex reverse design depicting a baseball and a concave obverse selected through a public competition.

The competition to design the obverse of the commemorative coins was open to submissions between April 11 and May 11, 2013. During this time, a total of 178 design submissions were received. An internal round of judging at the United States Mint narrowed the field to an initial 24 semi-finalists. The designs were evaluated based on artistic merit, coinability, technical accuracy, and appropriateness. Earlier this month, the Mint indicated that three of these had been removed for noncompliance and an additional five semi-finalists were added due to a discrepancy in judging, resulting in an updated field of 26 semi-finalists.

The semi-finalist designs were evaluated by five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith, Don Sutton, and Dave Winfield. Based on the scores provided, the field of candidates was narrowed to the 16 finalist designs shown below.

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* Article contains images of all selected designs. What is your favorite?

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Exclusive Interview with Tom Fitzgerald, Designer of Ireland’s 2013 John F. Kennedy Gold and Silver Coins

July 5, 2013 in Coins, Commemorative, Design, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Silver, Silver Coins

July 5, 2013 By Michael Alexander (http://news.coinupdate.com)

During my visit to New Ross, County Wexford, and just after the official launch ceremonies for the collector coins issued by the Central Bank of Ireland to mark the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s visit to Ireland, I was able to sit down with the designer of the coins. The design was entrusted to well-known Irish Artist Tom Fitzgerald who has cultivated quite a name for himself as a sculptor and working with oils and canvas. His coin design was inspired by some of President Kennedy’s most memorable photographs and images produced at the height of his world-wide popularity and the result is a starkly vivid and almost nostalgic depiction of the 35th American President – the first US head of state ever depicted on an Irish coin.

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Who was Augustus Saint-Gaudens?

June 28, 2013 in Art, Coins, Design, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

A new post today by Dennis Hengeveld at http://news.coinupdate.com gives a good answer to that question and provides several relevant pictures. Good read!. Highly recommended. Here is the link>

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Renaissance of American Coinage

May 14, 2013 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins

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Theodore Roosevelt Presidential 1 Dollar Coin (2013)

Back in December 1904, three years after he took office, Theodore Roosevelt sent a famous letter to Treasury Secretary Leslie Shaw that ushered in a new age of American coinage.

Here’s what he said:

 I think our coinage is artistically of atrocious hideousness. Would it be possible, without asking permission of Congress, to employ a man like Saint-Gaudens to give us a coinage that would have some beauty?

Roosevelt’s strong words are not surprising coming from a man of great passion and conviction who rarely did anything by half measure. The Saint-Gaudens referred to in the letter is, of course, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a Roosevelt family friend who would go on to design the $10 and $20 gold pieces that are still beloved by collectors today.

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The Redesigned $100 Note (U.S. Currency)

May 10, 2013 in Currency, Design, Education, Money, News, Paper Money, U.S. Notes

May 10th, 2013. (http://www.newmoney.gov)

The new $100 note is the latest denomination of U.S. currency to be redesigned. Over a decade of research and development went into its new security features.

The redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013.

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