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POLL: What do you think about Presidential Silver Medals

February 12, 2018 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Silver, US Mint

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors News Feed (Scott Barman)

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Mint announced to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee that they would be producing silver medals based on the design of previous presidential medals. These medals would be struck using the same .999 silver planchets that are used for the American Silver Eagle coins. The U.S. Mint thinks that the […] Full article at the source>

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Bowers on collecting: American medals to the fore — the 1805 Eccleston medal

February 8, 2018 in Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Tokens

By: Q. David Bowers News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Welcome to the latest installment in my series on the subject. I highlight some of those featured in the best-selling Whitman Publishing book, 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens.

This week I showcase one of the most preposterous medals in the book, voted number 24 on the list:

1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston, “The Land Was Ours”

Among numismatically popular early medals associated with the life of George Washington, the Eccleston medal of 1805, from dies cut by Thomas Webb, is certainly the largest (76 millimeters), and it is among the most interesting.

At first glance, this seems to be a satirical medal… Full article at the source>

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Six more weeks of winter

February 3, 2018 in Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Scott Barman Coin Collectors News Feed (Scott Barman)

There may be a coin, token, or medal that will help celebrate any holiday or occasion. Someone looking for a collecting idea decided to find out if there was a coin for every holiday or commemoration. After searching online for the last few months, this person found over 150 coins and medals to cover more […]

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Weekly World Numismatic News for January 28, 2018

January 29, 2018 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

I wanted to keep this week to writing more about numismatics than commenting on something going on. Unfortunately, that changed with an alert showing up in the Federal Register that the David Ryder nomination is on hold. That put a funk on the week. During the week I was able to pick up something for […] Full article at the source>

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These Chihuahuas are not dogs

January 29, 2018 in Blogs, Collecting, Currency, Education, Entertainment, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

This past week, I was looking into a box I purchased from an estate and I found a plastic bag of old foreign currency. When I removed the notes, I found common notes that can usually be purchased from estate especially since he was a career military officer. There was everything from German Notgeld to […] Full article at the source>

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Bowers on collecting: American medals to the fore — a retrospective

January 25, 2018 in Books, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Tokens

By: Q. David Bowers News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

It seems like only yesterday, but it was over a decade ago that Katherine Jaeger and I created The 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens for Whitman Publishing. This title has been very popular and remains in print. Check the Whitman website or with your favorite coin dealer or bookseller. We surveyed leading collectors, dealers, researchers and others and asked them to name in order those they thought to be most important. Medals can be important in different ways—for history or for art, or for rarity or numismatic value. In my mind, importance in history and aspects of art… Full article at the source>

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The Stack’s Bowers Galleries NYINC Auction of World and Ancient Coins realizes $9.82 million

January 23, 2018 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Canadian Coins, Coins, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, World Coins

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

New York — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their January 2018 international auction. An excellent array of coins was anchored by the exceptional El Dorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. In total, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries NYINC auction realized nearly $10 million (all prices reported include the standard buyer’s premium).

The first major highlight of Session C (World Coins Part 1) was lot 20065 — the “King of Canadian Coins” — which surpassed estimate to realize $84,000. This 1921 50-cents is exceedingly rare in any grade, with this example bearing an incredible grade of Specimen-62… Full article at the source>

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“Tried, tested, and true”—Rick Tomaska is the perfect author for a book on Franklin and Kennedy half dollars

January 23, 2018 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Half Dollars, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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

I first met Rick Tomaska (virtually, through email and phone conversations) in the early weeks of 2005, not long after I came aboard as publisher at Whitman Publishing. Editorial work was underway on the 59th edition of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the hobby’s popular “Red Book”), and Rick shared his knowledge of Special Mint Sets, cameo designations, and coin pricing. He had recently contributed to David W. Lange’s Guide Book of Modern United States Proof Coin Sets. We kept in touch over the years on various numismatic book projects. Then in 2008, we started talking about Franklin… Full article at the source>

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Weekly World Numismatic News for January 21, 2018

January 22, 2018 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Royal Australian Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

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

One of the more interesting news items is that the Royal Canadian Mint is suing the Royal Australian Mint. Apparently, the Royal Canadian Mint alleges that the process used by the Royal Australian Mint to produce the 2012 $2 Remembrance Day Poppy coin used a process that was patented by the Royal Canadian Mint. The […] Full article at the source>

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Money manufacturing continues during a shutdown

January 21, 2018 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government

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

The last time the government shutdown, because Congress did not do their job, was on September 30, 2013. Over the weekend, the major impact will be the recreational-based activities including the National Parks and the Smithsonian Museums—although many of these agencies will remain mostly open using what is called “carry-over funding” which are services whose […] Full article at the source>

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Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

January 21, 2018 in Awards, Education, Events, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Politics, Prize Winners, US Government

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

Washington — Former U.S. Senator Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole received a Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Dole was presented the medal in recognition of his service to the nation as a soldier, legislator, and statesman.

Bob Dole proudly served the people of Kansas in Congress for 36 years, both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. During his time in office, he was known for his bipartisan ability to “reach across the aisle,” which was illustrated by his work on the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was also a dedicated… Full article at the source>

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Bowers on collecting: Facts and fantasies about the Bank of the United States

January 18, 2018 in Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, U.S. Notes, US Federal Reserve, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Q. David Bowers News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

I love history, and over a period of time, I have immersed myself in many accounts published in early newspapers, books, and directories. These include Niles’ Weekly Register, launched in Baltimore in 1811, and continued for decades afterward. I skimmed every issue and read anything that had to do with finance or numismatics. The result was an “I was there” experience, such as in late summer 1814 when Hezekiah Niles, editor, was at his desk in Baltimore while British forces were approaching the city. Of course, we all know they didn’t make it, and the rockets fired from Fort McHenry… Full article at the source>

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United States Mint releases annual special occasion coin sets on January 11

January 11, 2018 in Coins, Collecting, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 versions of its popular special occasion sets starting on January 11, 2018, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

Designed to celebrate the arrival of a newborn, the 2018 United States Mint Birth Set (product code 18RD) features teddy-bear themed packaging with gender neutral colors. The set includes the following five Proof-finish coins from the San Francisco Mint:

  • One Kennedy half dollar
  • One Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter — the first quarter of the year from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program
  • One Roosevelt dime
  • One Jefferson nickel, and
  • One Lincoln penny

The coins are held… Full article at the source>

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Morgan silver dollars part two

January 11, 2018 in Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, History, Investing, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

By: Q. David Bowers News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Continuing from my last column, I told about the release at the Philadelphia Mint in November 1962 of quantities of 1903-O dollars, hundreds of thousands of them. At the time the 1903-O cataloged in Mint State for $1,500 in the Guide Book of United States Coins, with no others priced higher. As I mentioned before, by that time I had been a dealer for nearly 10 years and had never seen an Uncirculated coin. Now, all of a sudden, they were readily available. To many, this was like finding gold in the streets! As might be expected, the $1,500… Full article at the source>

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Collecting silver Morgan dollars

January 4, 2018 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

By: Q. David Bowers News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Welcome to my new series of columns. Over a period of time, I will touch on various subjects — from the popular, as here, to the obscure. I hope that you enjoy them. If you have any feedback, comments, or suggestions for future columns, just use my email address at the bottom.

Years ago, the most popular American series to collect was Lincoln cents from 1909 onward. This was a lot of fun, as with just a few exceptions, all dates and mint marks could be found easily in circulation. In 2018, that is not so. In fact, even finding 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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Eric P. Newman (1911-2017)

November 16, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

It is with great sadness to report that an icon of numismatics, Eric P. Newman, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday at the age of 106. Even if you never met Newman your life in numismatics has been changed for the better by his work. He will be missed by everyone. The following is […] 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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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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