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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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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 17, 2017

September 18, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

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

As this is being posted I am packing up after working this past weekend at the DC Big Flea Market and Antique Show in Chantilly, Virginia. Since I have been working in the collectibles business, I have been trying to sell at one show a month with DC Big Flea being the show I work […] Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 10, 2017 (TRY 2)

September 11, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

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

NOTE: I previous version was posted by mistake and then deleted. Sorry! As I watch the numismatic-related news that is published around the world in the regular media are the number of stories that come out of the United Kingdom and India. Aside from the change over from the “round pound” to the new 12-sided […]

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Whitman Publishing releases expanded new edition of A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

September 8, 2017 in Books, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Copper, Copper Coins, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Reference, USA Coins

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

Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, a popular entry in the Bowers Series of numismatic titles. The book continues in the tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series guides, now numbering more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page full-color book is available online (including at Whitman.com) and from booksellers nationwide for $19.95.

Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent, America’s longest-running coin series, first minted in 1909. Author Q. David Bowers, the nation’s most widely published numismatic writer, provides… Full article at the source>

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A 20 Mark Pick

September 4, 2017 in Bank Notes, Blogs, Books, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Entertainment, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money

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

When you are a picker sometimes a find can be worth more than originally expected. This past week I was offered a small library of military books from the estate of a former career military officer. Normally, I will not invest too much into books since they are not big sellers. However, if I can […]

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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 3, 2017

September 4, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century to celebrate the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country. It became an official federal holiday in 1894 and marks the unofficial end of summer. Aside from having a three day weekend, it is traditionally […]  Full article at the source>

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David Hall Previews the September 2017 Long Beach Expo

August 31, 2017 in Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), USA Coins, World Coins

 

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Originally published on August 22nd, 2017

The September 2017 Long Beach Expo will feature two great collections on display, along with Meet the Expert sessions and giveaways for both coins and sports. David Hall previews this and other attractions.

Get free passes using promo code David at https://www.longbeachexpo.com

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Unlucky at the ATM

August 20, 2017 in Bank Notes, Blogs, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Paper Money, U.S. Notes, US Federal Reserve

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

You need a quick amount of cash. After all, not every transaction can be made with a credit card. You hop in the car and drive to the bank to use the ATM. Within seconds, the machine spits out money and you drive away. Early the next morning you look at the bills and notice […] Full article at the source>

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Adding Collecting Guides

August 16, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a few writing projects that include primers about collecting numismatics. While some of these articles have allowed me to repurpose blog posts, I have had to create some content not posted before. In the past, I posted a few including the series on small dollars […] Full article at the source>

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Sirius Collecting

August 11, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

Ancient Romans used to measure time by the position of the stars. One of the stars they observed was Sirius because it was the brightest star in the sky. During their observations, they found that starting about 20 days prior to its apex and 20 days that follow, the temperatures would be its hottest. This […] Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint Anchors Last Long Beach Expo of the Year

August 10, 2017 in Auctions, Clubs and Associations, Coin Grading, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, Grading, History, Investing, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins, Young Collectors

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August 9, 2017

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U.S. Mint Anchors Last Long Beach Expo of the Year

Ellis Island Coin: The U.S. Mint will be in attendance, displaying and selling their latest offerings, including the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin. Image via www.usmint.gov.

Ellis Island Coin: The U.S. Mint will be in attendance, displaying and selling their latest offerings, including the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin. Image via www.usmint.gov.

(Long Beach, California) – It’s time for the last Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com) of the year, and as usual, the show is filled with fun for everyone. The three-day event will feature coin giveaways, the latest offerings and unveiling of a new 5 ounce silver coin from the United States Mint, and the display of two award-winning world coin sets.

Held September 7-9, 2017, the Long Beach Expo showcases collectibles from over 500 dealers, featuring everything from coins to cards.

“We’re thrilled to close out our Expo year with offerings from the U.S. Mint, which will be displaying and selling beautiful commemoratives, proof sets and more, including their brand-new 5 ounce coin, the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin, and the display of beautiful world coin sets brought to you by the PCGS Set Registry is sure to attract crowds. As always, we will host our coin giveaway, where a lucky attendee is chosen each day to win a gold coin, and PCGS will be offering on-site grading and exclusive show offers,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.

Any attendee can enter to win a gold coin simply by registering online. Winners will be announced each day of the show at 1 p.m.

The official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions, will host four Signature Auctions, featuring U.S. Coins, World Coins, U.S. Currency and World Currency, from Wednesday, September 6 through Saturday, September 9.  Attendees are encouraged to visit the Heritage Lot Viewing room (104-A), located upstairs in the lobby area, to see the actual coin and currency items that will be in the auctions.

The Mint returns to the Long Beach Expo (booth #1535) after showcasing their groundbreaking American Liberty 225th Anniversary gold coin earlier this year, and they will be displaying the 225th Anniversary Four-Medal set, featuring four medals from four different mints with four different finishes. The medal set has reverse proof, proof, an enhanced uncirculated and uncirculated medal. The Mint is also launching their latest coin, the Ellis Island 2017 5 Ounce Silver Coin, which is available for purchase starting September 7, the first day of the show. Visitors can purchase or simply view the Mint’s latest offerings.

Also on the coin side, PCGS (www.PCGS.com) will be in attendance (booth #807) and offering on-site grading, as well as accepting submissions of all service levels.  Additionally, the brand-new coin price magazine, Rare Coin Market Report, will be distributed free of charge by PCGS at booth #1.

The bi-monthly magazine features up-to-date coin price info on PCGS-graded coins and fun, educational articles written by numismatic experts, like PCGS CoinFacts President Ron Guth.

“The Long Beach Expo presents a great opportunity to research a coin in the RCMR, visit booths like the U.S. Mint, purchase a coin and then return to the PCGS booth for grading. You can literally experience, all in one venue, the pivotal steps of coin collecting,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

McVey Collection: Two award winning world coin sets will be on display at booth #1535

McVey Collection: Two award winning world coin sets will be on display at booth #1535

Two beautiful world coin sets will be on display at the Set Registry booth (#1148): the McVey Canadian dollar date set and the McVey Mexico Silver Peso date set.

The 28-coin McVey Canadian dollar date set, circulation strikes, spans from 1935 to 1967 and features the portraits of three British monarchs: George V, George VI and Elizabeth II.  While, the award-winning McVey Mexico Silver Peso set features 41 silver pesos with two reverse designs.

“We always love to showcase world coins when the opportunity arises. Both of these sets are quite the spectacle, and we encourage show attendees to visit our booth and see these sets in person,” said PCGS Set Registry Director BJ Searls.

PCGS Co-Founder David Hall will be conducting “Meet the Expert” sessions, which is an opportunity for the public to bring their coins to the show and have them examined by a numismatist with decades of experience. Sessions take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, and Friday, September 8, and from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 9.

A staple of the Long Beach Expo returns with the Kids Treasure Hunt. Children visiting the Expo can earn free coins by participating in the fun, which will take place on Saturday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids can also participate in numismatic youth activities at booth #861, including America The Beautiful Quarter Trivia and a memory game involving world currency. Children have the opportunity to win quarters and currency during the fun.

The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo takes place Thursday, September 7, through Saturday, September 9. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Thursday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Long Beach Expo will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center, located at 100 South Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance online.

Discounted tickets are available at  www.LongBeachExpo.com. Simply select ‘Get Passes,’ and enter the promo code: EXPOPR.

        For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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Coin Update contributor Louis Golino wins a Numismatic Literary Guild award

August 9, 2017 in Awards, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Prize Winners, USA Coins

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

During the 2017 Numismatic Literary Guild (www.nlgonline.org) awards ceremony, held during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, on August 4, Coin Update contributor Louis Golino won his second NLG award to date.

The award for the best article in a non-numismatic publication was given for his story “Liberty Centennial Designs,” published in the magazine Elemetal Direct, about the 2016 trio of gold Liberty coins.

Louis has been writing about coins since 2010 for a wide range of publications and websites. He began by writing for Coin Update on modern U.S. coins. He then wrote a weekly… Full article at the source>

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VIDEO: Coin Bridge

August 9, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Entertainment, Fun, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, World Coins

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

Time for some mindless levity. While looking for numismatic-related stories around the interwebs, I came across this video. With 200 coins that appears to be the size of a quarter, the presenter builds a bridge of coins that loops off the edge of the table. It’s Tuesday and there is a long week ahead!… Full article at the source>

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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Helps “Shave Miles” Event Raise $10,000 For ANA and Sick Children

August 4, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Charity, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Collecting, Conventions, Donations, Entertainment, Events, Fun, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison Helps “Shave Miles” Event Raise $10,000 For ANA and Sick Children

History’s Pawn Stars celebrity Rick Harrison makes the first pass of the electric cutter as NGC Vice President Miles Standish gets his head shaved at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 2017, to raise money for the Austin-based Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare and the American Numismatic Association. Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.

History’s Pawn Stars celebrity Rick Harrison makes the first pass of the electric cutter as NGC Vice President Miles Standish gets his head shaved at the World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, August 3, 2017, to raise money for the Austin-based Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare and the American Numismatic Association.
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman.

Accompanied by Denver Broncos cheerleaders Krista (left) and Brielle (right) the now-hairless Miles Standish holds a t-shirt proclaiming: BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day. Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

Accompanied by Denver Broncos cheerleaders Krista (left) and Brielle (right) the now-hairless Miles Standish holds a t-shirt proclaiming: BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

Professional stylist "Dava" skillfully removed Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin's hair at the 2017 Denver World's Fair of Money to help raise $10,000 for the ANA and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare. Photo credit: Donn Pearlman​

Professional stylist “Dava” skillfully removed Heritage Auctions Co-Chairman Jim Halperin’s hair at the 2017 Denver World’s Fair of Money to help raise $10,000 for the ANA and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare.
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman​

(Denver, Colorado) August 3, 2017 – With the help of nationally known television celebrity Rick Harrison and two Denver Broncos cheerleaders, prominent numismatists Michael “Miles” Standish, Jim Halperin and Orlando Rodrigo Lorenzana Williams got their heads shaved at the American Numismatic Association 2017 World’s Fair of Money® in Denver to raise money for two nonprofit organizations. The event on August 3 generated $10,000 in donations that will be evenly divided between the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org) and the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare (www.sf4c.org).

Immediately after his head was shaved, Standish held up a t-shirt printed with the words: “BALD GUYS Never have a bad hair day.”

Standish is an award-winning numismatic author and Senior Grader and Vice-President of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation. Halperin is Co-Chairman of Heritage Auctions and also an author of numismatic books and futurist novels. Williams is Director of Sales at Coin Invest Trust in Liechtenstein.

Harrison, of the popular History’s Pawn Stars television program and the Las Vegas Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (www.gspawn.com), made the first pass of the electric cutter on Standish’s head and was among those who presented a donation check.  

Additional cutting was performed on Standish by coin hobby personalities including Lee Minshull, ANA President Jeff Garrett and former ANA President Ken Bressett.  

Broncos cheerleaders Brielle and Krista led cheers, signed autographs and posed for photos during the “Shave Miles” event.

A silent auction of a half dozen plaster sculptures by John Mercanti, who served as the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, also helped raise funds for the Standish Foundation and the ANA.

Miles’ wife, Andrea Mangione Standish, a certified child life specialist, launched the Austin, Texas-based foundation in 2010.  The foundation assists healthcare providers around the world to provide the tools and training they need to minimize healthcare-related pain and suffering in children.

“The mission of the foundation is to have happy, healthy, resilient kids who haven’t been traumatized by healthcare experiences.  This event was to help children get better care and to help an important hobby organization dear to me and to so many others, the American Numismatic Association,” he explained.

The 25,000-member American Numismatic Association, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect coins and related items.  The ANA serves the academic community, collectors, and the general public.

A native of Michigan, Standish began collecting in 1973 at the age of nine.  In 2011, he was honored with the “Director’s Coin for Excellence” by then-Director of the United States Mint Edmund Moy.

He is co-author with former Chief Engraving of the United States Mint, John Mercanti, of the 2012 reference book, “American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program.”  Standish’s 2014 book, “Morgan Dollar: America’s Love Affair with a Legendary Coin,” received the 2015 Numismatic Literary Guild award for Best Specialized Book.  

Information about the Standish Foundation for Child & Family Centered Healthcare is at www.sf4c.org and information about the American Numismatic Association is at www.money.org.

 

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Watch Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison in Denver shave Miles Standish’s head to help sick children

August 3, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Books, Charity, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Fun, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

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

Rick Harrison, of History’s popular Pawn Stars television program and the famous Las Vegas Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, will make the first pass of the electric cutter on the head of NGC vice president Michael “Miles” Standish, who is deliberately going bald to raise money for two nonprofit organizations. Heritage Auctions co-chairman Jim Halperin and CIT Mint executive Orlando Williams also will have their heads shaved to raise money. Members of the Denver Broncos cheerleaders squad will attend as special guests to lead cheers and sign autographs for visitors at the event on Thursday afternoon, August 3, 2017.

Proceeds from… Full article at the source>

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Why isn’t the World’s Fair of Money being live streamed?

August 3, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Blogs, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Since the World’s Fair of Money has opened let me get into my annual rant: Why isn’t the show broadcast for those of us who cannot attend? Once again, work obligations have prevented me from traveling to attend the World’s Fair of Money. Unfortunately, it has been a few years since I was able to […]

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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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Tuvalu and the Perth Mint celebrate the 2017 Diwali festival with colorful silver coin

July 21, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: World Mint News Blog world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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The Perth Mint, in conjunction with the island of Tuvalu, has released a 1-ounce silver coin honoring the Hindu “festival of light” called Diwali. Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs not just in India but around the world, Diwali is a five-day festival in honor of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of love and good fortune. Her symbol is gold, so, naturally, gold is the focus of the joyous gift-giving that takes place over the course of the festival.

To celebrate Diwali, Tuvalu and the Perth Mint have once again joined efforts, this time producing a 1-ounce, .9999 fine… Full article at the source>

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

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Planes, trains, and automobiles: Thematic bank-note collecting

July 14, 2017 in Bank Notes, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Paper Money

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

Thematic (or topical) collecting is very popular in the stamp community. There are collectors and clubs for a wide range of subjects, from butterflies to lighthouses and from royalty to astronomy. In the numismatic world, collecting by theme is not as popular or well publicized, but there are still many opportunities to build a collection based on a certain topic, and many collectors who build such collections. In this article we will take a look at some areas of banknote collecting that are likely to give a thematic collector the most opportunity to find examples with a certain theme.

Banknote designs… Full article at the source>

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

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What are the greatest modern coins of the United States?

July 13, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Books, Clubs and Associations, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Reference, USA Coins

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

The fourth edition of Whitman Publishing’s 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins will enjoy its public debut in a few short weeks. Look for it at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado. In the meantime, if you’re a fan of modern U.S. coins, you can preorder your copy online or from your favorite local bookstore.

When 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins debuted in February 2011, it was the eighth volume in Whitman Publishing’s popular 100 Greatest™ library of books. In earlier volumes the spotlight was occupied by rare and valuable ancient coins, unique 18th- and 19th-century… Full article at the source>

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“Past & Present” takes a look at the success of the 50 State Quarters Program

July 7, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Quarters, USA Coins

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

Here at Coin Update, we’re great fans of the blog “Past & Present,” which is operated by the Stamp & Coin Place. We like it so much, in fact, that we asked them to let us share snippets of their blog posts from time to time. Happily for our readers, they graciously agreed. The following, which considers the success of the 50 State Quarters Program, is the first of what we hope will be many such posts. Enjoy!

The State Quarter series is easily the most successful numismatic program of all time. It generated over $3.8 billion in seigniorage… Full article at the source>

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Must-See Rarities at Denver World’s Fair of Money

June 21, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Clubs and Associations, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Errors, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Money, Museums, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Seminars, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

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Must-See Rarities at Denver World’s Fair of Money

 

To celebrate the American Numismatic Association’s (www.money.org) 50th anniversary in Colorado, the ANA is exhibiting Colorado Gold Rush era rarities and Lesher Referendum dollars along with other historic and famous numismatic treasures from the association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at the World’s Fair of Money® (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com), August 1 – 5, 2017, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

"During the early 1860's Colorado Gold Rush, Clark, Gruber & Co. of Denver produced gold coins including this 1860-dated $20 denomination coin with a fanciful depiction of Pike’s Peak. It will be displayed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2016, in Denver." Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"During the early 1860's Colorado Gold Rush, Clark, Gruber & Co. of Denver produced gold coins including this 1860-dated $20 denomination coin with a fanciful depiction of Pike’s Peak. It will be displayed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2016, in Denver."
Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"Only five 1913-dated Liberty Head nickels are known to exist today, and one of them will be displayed at the ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2017. It is insured for $3 million." Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"Only five 1913-dated Liberty Head nickels are known to exist today, and one of them will be displayed at the ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, August 1 – 5, 2017. It is insured for $3 million."
Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017." Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017."
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017." Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"The U.S. Treasury Department Bureau of Engraving and Printing will display its educational $1 Billion Exhibit featuring high denomination currency, including $100,000 notes, at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017."
Photo credit: Donn Pearlman

"One of the exhibits at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017, features “funny money,” currency that was mistakenly misprinted, including this $1 bill with upside down serial numbers." Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

"One of the exhibits at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1 – 5, 2017, features “funny money,” currency that was mistakenly misprinted, including this $1 bill with upside down serial numbers."
Photo credit: American Numismatic Association Money Museum

Highlights include:

  • the McDermott/Bebee Collection 1913 Liberty Head nickel, Idler/Bebee Class III 1804 Draped Bust dollar and error notes from the Bebee collection with upside down serial numbers and other printing mistakes;
  • the High Relief and Ultra High Relief 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles from the Harry W. Bass, Jr. collection;
  • a set of 1860’s Clark, Gruber & Co. Colorado territorial gold pieces;
  • a nearly complete set Lesher Referendum silver dollars from the early 1900s;
  • a 1933 Eagle, one of the greatest gold coin rarities of the 20th century with less than 40 known surviving examples from the last year that U.S. gold coins were struck for circulation;
  • and the Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme along with the George Washington-signed document appointing David Rittenhouse as first Director of the United States Mint.

The Museum Showcase area (booth #1103) will be open during public hours of the convention in Hall F of the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street.

“The ANA opened its Colorado Springs headquarters building in 1967, and as part of this year’s golden anniversary we want collectors and the public to see examples of Colorado’s colorful numismatic history as well as some of the other most popular items in the ANA museum collection,” explained ANA Executive Director Kim Kiick.

“We’ve been planning for many months to create Denver convention exhibits that will be must-see for collectors and will be an educational and appealing introduction to the fascinating hobby for the general public,” said ANA Museum Curator Douglas Mudd.

“The 1913 Liberty Head nickel donated to the ANA by Aubrey and Adelle Bebee is always a favorite at the conventions. One of its previous owners, J.V. McDermott of Milwaukee, used to carry it in his pocket to show to strangers. Today it’s insured for $3 million and is one of only five known 1913 Liberty nickels,” said Mudd.

The Colorado Gold Rush era coins in the Museum Showcase will include an 1860 Clark, Gruber $20 gold piece with a design that has the word, DENVER, below a fanciful depiction of Pike’s Peak which actually is located in the Colorado Springs area, about 70 miles south.

Lesher Referendum dollars are an intriguing part of Colorado’s mining history.

“To promote greater use of silver, Joseph Lesher of Victor, Colorado created eight-sided ‘dollars’ in 1900 and 1901 from silver mined in the Cripple Creek area. Lesher quickly gave up his plans for the coins, but today these octagonal, so-called dollars are an example of Old West history you can hold in your hands,” explained Mudd.

The Rittenhouse 1792 Half Disme is an example of the first coins authorized by President Washington during the early days of the U.S. Mint.  It is being displayed by the ANA, courtesy of Brian Hendelson, President of Classic Coin Company, in celebration of the Mint’s 225th anniversary this year.

The Denver World’s Fair of Money will be open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, August 1 – 5. Public hours will be Tuesday, 1 – 5:30 pm; Wednesday – Friday, 10 am – 5:30 pm; and Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm.

Admission is free for all ANA members.  Admission for non-ANA members is $8 for adults, with children 12 and under admitted free.  Admission is for everyone on Saturday, August 5.

For additional information about the Denver World’s Fair of Money, visit www.WorldsFairofMoney.com or call 719-632-2646.

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United Kingdom: Mr. Jeremy Fisher, second 2017 Beatrix Potter coin, now available

June 13, 2017 in Blogs, British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Proof Coins, Royal British Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, UK Coins, World Coins

By: World Mint News Blog world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

The second release in the Beatrix Potter 2017 Collection features Mr. Jeremy Fisher—the first time the character has appeared on an official U.K. coin. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, the eighth of Potter’s little tales, follows the frog in his waterproof mackintosh and galoshes through a day of fishing adventures.

Once upon a time there was a frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher; he lived in a little damp house amongst the buttercups at the edge of a pond.The water was all slippy-sloppy in the larder and in the back passage.But Mr. Jeremy liked getting his feet wet; nobody ever scolded… Full article at the source>

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