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Mexico: 35 is the new 25

July 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, Mexico Coins, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Gabriel Leif Bellman world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

Libertad collecting is a joyous hobby that rests somewhere between the adrenal-stimulating activity of cliff diving and the patient detail-sifting of prospecting sand. This year’s surprise offering from Mexico’s mint is a first. Like the Reverse Proof set of two years ago, it has a precedent: the collecting of bullion silver bars. It also pays homage to the Libertad’s roots as a bullion coin. This silver Proof set is issued in honor of the 35th year of the Libertad’s being offered by the mint as a bullion coin (and silver Proof, gold bullion, gold Proof, and even a rare platinum… Full article at the source>

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Libertad Varieties

March 3, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Mexico Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Gabriel Leif Bellman world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

One of the joys of Libertad collecting is that even if you have think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. This month a 2015 two-ounce silver Proof Libertad with a “detached wing” designation from NGC sold for $799. You can clearly see the wing looks like it was detached from the winged angel’s body—and of course, anybody who has read Gabriel García Márquez knows that real angels have wings that are attached to their bodies. Take a look at your 2015 two-ounce silver Proofs—likely there are more out there.

As if hunting for set completion weren’t enough of a sport, there… Full article at the source>

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

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2015 Reverse Proof Libertad!

August 27, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Mexico Coins, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Gabriel Leif Bellman world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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For those of us struck by the polished-dies-of-the-libertad bug, 2015 has lived up to our usual standard of shock, excitement, bafflement, and mad internet scrambling. Keeping this beautiful collection current has always been an elusive goal, and now the Banco de Mexico has decided to accept their North American destiny and release a reverse Proof, leading libertad collectors worldwide to gasp and scramble.

For the past few years, the Mexican Mint has decided to release very popular and increasingly limited-to-region sets. Two- and three-coin sets—often limited to a mintage of 1000 and sold only in Europe, the U.S., or Mexico—hold high… Full article at the source>

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Notes from the 2014 Libertad Underground

December 11, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Mexico Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By Gabriel Leif Bellman World.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

2014 Gold Libertad Proof Coin

Like the Dia De Los Muertos, the Mexican Libertad mintage number release days are cryptic, unnerving, and lead to profound thoughts like “I need to look into becoming the Indiana Jones of Mexican banking laws a little more closely- there’s got to be a way to find more of these.”

Libertads are as elusive as stock market manipulations by high frequency traders. But unlike the Nasdaq, Libertads feature beautiful nude women and eagles tearing apart Full article at the source>

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Guillermo Barba: Silver coin demand rises sharply in Mexico

April 30, 2013 in Coins, Mexico Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

From http://www.gata.org

Submitted by cpowell on Mon, 2013-04-29 04:02. Section: 

12:03a ET Monday, April 29, 2013

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

Mexican financial journalist Guillermo Barba reports tonight that demand for his country’s silver Libertad coins has exploded, according to information provided to him by the Bank of Mexico.

For April through the 23rd of the month, Barba writes, the central bank had sold 174,055 Libertad coins, more than were sold in the first three months of this year altogether — 169,928 coins total in those three months, 46,693 in January, 80,929 in February, and 42,306 in March.

Last year, Barba adds, demand for the silver Libertad was down by 60 percent.

Barba’s report is posted in Spanish at his Internet site, Global Financial Intelligence, here:

http://inteligenciafinancieraglobal.blogspot.mx/2013/04/explota-demanda-…

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

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Morton & Eden to sell Spanish Colonial coins from The Archer M. Huntington Collection

February 20, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Mexico Coins, News, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

February, 20th, 2013 from http://www.artdaily.org

LONDON.- Following last November’s successful sale of important Portuguese and Portuguese Colonial coins from the Archer M. Huntington Collection of Hispanic Coins, on Wednesday March 6 2013 specialist London auctioneers Morton & Eden will sell the equally important Spanish Colonial coins from the same collection. Numbering almost 1,500 items, the sale is expected to raise a total in the region of £500,000.

The Huntington Collection, a vast group of 37,895 coins relating to the Spanish World, was sold en bloc to benefit the Hispanic Society of America (HSA). Many significant and academically important pieces were acquired on behalf of the American Numismatic Society (ANS), to which they had formerly been loaned for many years. However, the Morton & Eden sales of Portuguese material, and now the Spanish Colonial coins offer collectors at all levels a rare opportunity to bid for items of impeccable pedigree and provenance.

The gold, silver and copper coins for sale in the present collection span South and Central America and the West Indies and include examples from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Santo Domingo, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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When five is more than 50,000

November 5, 2012 in Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Mexico Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins

John Hazlehurst Mon, Nov 5, 2012 (Colorado Springs Business Journal http://csbj.com)

I save stuff – old coins, letters, stamps, campaign signs, newspapers and anything else that seems interesting. I enjoy my unintended and untended “collections,” but it’s dismaying to think that my spouse and/or kids will have to sort through all this junk when I shuffle off this mortal plane.

Hoping to dispose of some stuff, I emptied out a basement drawer– and found treasure!

Crumpled in a corner was an undated Mexican 50,000 peso note. From a recent trip, I knew that the present peso/dollar exchange rate is about 12.5 to 1, so 50,000 pesos would be…$4,000. Could I be looking at $4,000 big ones? Oh, happy day – but it wasn’t to be.

Severe inflation had hollowed out the peso during the ’70s and ’80s. Once the currency stabilized, the government called in the large-denomination notes, and replaced them with smaller denomination notes of equal value. Each new peso is worth 1,000 old pesos, so my 50,000 peso note is worth about four bucks…oh, well.

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Why don’t humans use gold coins as Money?

November 5, 2012 in Gold, Gold Coins, Mexico Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins

26/October/2012

On the use of gold coins as money

Hugo Salinas Price (http://www.plata.com.mx)

The answer is quite simple: because they don’t want to, under present circumstances.

The attachment of humans to gold is remarkable; I suspect there is something metaphysical about gold that attracts human beings. Perhaps gold is part of the natural order of things, part of the Rerum Natura, and the relationship of humans to gold is “built-in” into human nature, like sexual attraction. I won’t insist upon this, but I think about it.

But getting back to the question and the answer I give. The next question is: Why don’t humans choose to use gold coins as money, under the present circumstances?

The answer is equally simple: because we humans value gold so highly (the most significant material gift a man can give a woman he loves is gold in some form) we will use anything else available to make a payment, rather than part with gold.

If you have dollars, you will use dollars instead of gold. If you have euros, you will use euros instead of gold. British pounds, Russian rubles, Chinese yuan, Japanese Yen, and even that unlikely monetary unit, the Zambian kwatcha, any one of these will be used for payments rather than giving up a gold coin.

I read that the Swiss are thinking about allowing gold to have a monetary role. Someone has quipped that this is like wanting to re-hydrate water. The Swiss will achieve exactly nothing with this measure. Do they want to use gold as money? For that to happen, there would have to be no other currency available to the Swiss.

Gold will once again be used as money (it actually is money) when nobody will take anything else in payment or when there isn’t anything but gold (or silver) available with which to make payments. That was the situation back in the 19th Century and before. Gold was used because there was no alternative but silver, and that situation would have continued except for the fact that the ratio of silver to gold was a fixed ratio, and was not allowed to fluctuate with the market.

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