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Learning from the news of the day

December 5, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

Although this blog is about numismatics, there are times when the news of the day reminds us that we not perfect beings and there are lessons learned that should apply to the hobby. For the last few months, there have been reports about how sexual harassment has been pervasive in industries where men hold a […] Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for November 19, 2017

November 20, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Sometimes, I find it difficult to keep an open mind with some of the non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins that are on the market. Some of the themes have started as interesting ideas have turned into blatant commercialism that I am not sure how to interpret its benefits to the hobby. From superheroes to movie […] Full article at the source>

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Coingrader “fails”

November 16, 2017 in Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Photography, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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

Too often numismatic writers give the impression that they always win in online auctions, but all of them will fail on occasion, including me. That is what this post is about. Perhaps my examples here might inform you about issues that often result in cleaned or damaged coins after they are sent in for holdering.

Sometimes, in my view, the holdering company gets it wrong, as I wrote about earlier in the article, “Resubmitting or Living with Grades.”

More often I fail in winning coins because of poor photography, or sharp photography that doesn’t give me a clear view of the… Full article at the source>

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How counterfeiting could one day be irrevocably stifled by smartphone apps

November 15, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Ipad Apps, Iphone Apps, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Software, Technology, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Brandon Christopher Hall News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Yesterday, the coin-collecting hobby got an update for the next generation: Lookzee. The app takes advantage of an iPhone’s camera to take an image of a collector’s coin, which is then cross-referenced against a database built from thousands of coins sorted by Tim Rathjen’s revolutionary “Machine.” After analyzing the collector’s coin, Lookzee provides its denomination, type, and year of issue. The app also provides a broad estimate of the coin’s worth as well. A video of the app in action is available on Lookzee’s official Facebook page, and while the only version available at the moment is for… Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for November 12, 2017

November 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Crypto Currency, Currency, Digital Currency, Education, Entertainment, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

As I peruse the Interwebs for numismatic-related stories from non-numismatic sources, my searches are inundated with stories about Bitcoin, crypto-currencies, and blockchains. Most of the time, the stories are just noise given my objective to find information relevant to collectors including the issuance of circulating currencies and the impact of precious metals on the market. […] Full article at the source>

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Thoughts on this weekend’s Whitman Expo

November 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Whitman Expo came to Baltimore this weekend to fill up three large halls in the Baltimore Convention Center. Like every Whitman Expo, dealers come from all over making it a must-attend east coast destination. I was able to attend on Friday afternoon. It was not for long because I had to work half of the […]Full article at the source>

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The psychological profile of a counterfeiter, according to Criminal Minds

November 12, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, History, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins

By: Brandon Christopher Hall News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Recently, I happened to get back into watching the show Criminal Minds, which centers around the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). While most television crime shows tend to focus on the forensic and anthropological aspects of violent crimes, Criminal Minds, in keeping with its namesake, tends to focus on the psychological aspects of criminally deviant behavior. Two nights ago, I happened to be watching season one’s episode three, which is entitled “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” While the episode opened with a graphic scene of a man’s lower extremities being blown off by a car bomb in… Full article at the source>

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The centenary anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth passes us by while many more are still concerned learning about his death

November 3, 2017 in Art, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Brandon Christopher Hall News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Following the initial release of 2,891 documents previously withheld by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Thursday, October 19, the Internet went up in storm. While many are satisfied with this initial release of documents regarding the president’s assassination, the international non-profit transparency group WikiLeaks is offering a $100,000 reward for the remainder of the withheld documents, with founder Julian Assange calling President Trump’s delay on the 25-year-planned full release “inexcusable.” As an interesting example of cosmic irony, 2017 also happens to be the centenary anniversary of President Kennedy’s… Full article at the source>

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October 2017 Numismatic Legislation Review

November 1, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Legal, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, USA Coins

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

It seems that when I write these posts about the monthly numismatic-related legislation reviews, I note how frustrating it is to follow the workings of Congress. Even though I work as a part-time political analyst and have some contacts I can leverage, even the insiders cannot explain why things happen. Let’s look at recent legislation. […] Full article at the source>

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Congressmen press the U.S Mint for action on counterfeit gold and silver coins

October 31, 2017 in Coins, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, Gold Eagles, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Washington, DC (October 29, 2017) — Congressmen Alex Mooney (R-WV) and Frank Lucas (R-OK) delivered a formal letter to the United States Mint and the Secret Service on Friday, urging aggressive action on the growing problem of high-quality counterfeits of U.S. precious-metals coins entering the country from China and elsewhere.

“Enclosed herewith is a 1995 1-ounce gold American eagle coin, carrying a face value $50 and ostensibly minted by the U.S. Mint,” Mooney and Lucas wrote. “You are free to keep it, as it’s a worthless tungsten fake.”

As members of the House Financial Services subcommittee, which oversees the U.S. Mint, Congressmen… Full article at the source>

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Design of Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal approved at last Wednesday’s CCAC meeting

October 31, 2017 in Education, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Government

By: Brandon Christopher Hall  News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Last Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the CCAC held a meeting to discuss the design of the upcoming Congressional Gold Medal to honor Bob Dole. Bob Dole is a lawyer, former congressman of Kansas, former Republican Leader of the United States Senate, and 1996 presidential candidate who is renowned for his valiant service in World War II. In 1942, he entered the United States Army’s Enlisted Reserve Corps, rising to second lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division. In April 1945, while fighting southwest of Bologna, Italy, in the Apennine Mountains, Dole was grievously injured in the upper right shoulder by German… Full article at the source>

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Scary collectible for Halloween

October 31, 2017 in Blogs, Canadian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Royal Canadian Mint has created two unique coins they call “Nocturnal by Nature” that would fit the theme of Halloween. What makes them interesting is that the fields and some of the devices are plated with black rhodium to create a darkened look. The first coin’s reverse, which is sold out, features a barn […] Full article at the source>

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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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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 29, 2017

October 30, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Twelve years ago, when I went looking for numismatic information online, there were a few resources. The major numismatic publications had not fully embraced the online world and writing about numismatics strictly from the collector’s point of view was non-existent. I took a chance and started writing my own blog. On October 29, 2005, I […] Full article at the source>

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Numismatics: The road ahead

October 28, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

On October 16-17, the U.S. Mint held its second annual numismatic forum at its headquarters in Washington, DC, bringing together representatives of the Mint, the coin industry, the numismatic media, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and other stakeholders in the numismatic community. This year’s theme was “Numismatics: The Road Ahead.”

Like last year’s meeting, the latest forum was designed to foster greater dialogue among the various stakeholders; discuss implementation of ideas discussed at the 2016 forum; provide information about forthcoming products and improvements and innovations in how the Mint does business; and elicit suggestions from participants about how… Full article at the source>

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Time for the olde guard to wake up to new technology

October 28, 2017 in Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Technology

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

I have a tremendous amount of respect for the people who have been in the numismatic industry and has been responsible for keeping alive and solid over the last number of years. Their knowledge of the art and business of numismatics are invaluable. I wish some would write more about what they know. However, the […] 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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Diehl & Moy endorse change

October 18, 2017 in Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Could the recent cyber attacks and growing severity of cybersecurity issues become the motivation for Congress to vote to reform United States currency? According to Philip Diehl and Edmund Moy, former Directors of the U.S. Mint, the discussion as to remove the cent and paper dollar from circulation should be part of the current budget […]Full article at the source>

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Falkland Islands: Centenary of the House of Windsor celebrated with new crown coin set

October 12, 2017 in British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Uncirculated Coins, World Coins

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

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (9th October) a new set of crown coins which mark the centenary anniversary of the establishment of the British Royal House. The Royal House came about due to the circumstances just after the fighting for the Great War began (1914–1918).

The long-established and historic dynasty of Saxe Coburg and Gotha had succeeded to the British throne upon the accession of HM King Edward VII, son of Prince Albert, the prince consort of HM Queen Victoria, whom she had married in 1840. Queen Victoria was the last of the Hanoverians to sit… Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 8, 2017

October 10, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Earlier this week, the White House announced the nomination of David J. Ryder to be next Director of the U.S. Mint. If the name sounds familiar it is because Ryder served as the 34th Mint Director from September 1992 through November 1993 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Ryder’s biography in the President’s […] Full article at the source>

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Whitman Publishing releases new Q. David Bowers book on the secrets of smart coin-buying

October 8, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newest book by Q. David Bowers. Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace: Secrets to Being a Smart Buyer debuted October 1, 2017. The 320-page full-color volume is available online (including at the website of Whitman Publishing) and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide for $14.95.

Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace shares Bowers’s more than 60 years of experience as a coin collector, professional dealer, award-winning author and researcher, and past president of the American Numismatic Association. He tells how to build a meaningful and significant coin collection on any budget, for… Full article at the source>

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1943-D Bronze Cent makes a TV appearance, sort of

October 6, 2017 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

Fans of the NBC show The Blacklist that watched on Wednesday, October 4, would have noticed there was a numismatic role added to the script. Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader, was trying to gain the attention of a high-rolling thief and found himself at a numismatic auction. The item up for bid was the […] Full article at the source>

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September 2017 Numismatic Legislation Review

October 2, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Legal, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Trying to follow the inner workings of politics is more frustrating than what you see on television news. Part of following the inner workings of Congress is to try to figure out what Congress will do next is not only understanding where legislation is in the process, what Congress calls “regular order,” but it also […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 1, 2017

October 2, 2017 in Blogs, Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Palladium, Palladium Coins, Paper Money, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Although the U.S. Mint has started shipping American Palladium Eagles, few have been available on the daily market. Most bullion dealers are offering these coins as a pre-sale with the expectation of receiving their coins on or about October 10 for shipment shortly thereafter. Pre-sale prices are averaging $85-200 over the spot price, which is […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 24, 2017

September 25, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Palladium, Palladium Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

On Monday, the U.S. Mint will begin selling palladium bullion coins to authorized purchasers. The opening price will probably be $976.44 per coin, which is 6.25-percent over the spot price of $919 per troy ounce. Metal prices have not followed a path that market watchers are familiar with. Platinum is usually more expensive per troy […] Full article at the source>

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