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France: New “Masterpieces” coin series pays tribute to the masterworks of French museums

August 11, 2017 in Art, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, Museums, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander  world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new coin series which will focus primarily on some of the most memorable art treasures and masterpieces housed in many of France’s landmark museums and historical monuments. The three-year “Masterpieces of the Museums” series commemorates major artistic eras such as the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and Impressionism, and aims to honour two major masterpieces each year. In 2017, the series commences with a sculpture and a painting: The Venus de Milo (Vénus de Milo in French; from the Louvre Museum) and the Déjeuner sur l’herbe (from the Orsay Museum). Each design is minted… 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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Proposed Legislation Aims to Designate Saint-Gaudens Site as National Arts Park

June 6, 2016 in Art, Blogs, Education, History, Legal, Legislation, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government

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

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Above: Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (with Amor Caritas in the background), Paris, 1898. Credit: Courtesy of National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

 

Two bills have been introduced proposing the redesignation of the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire to the “Saint-Gaudens National Park for the Arts.” The companion bills were submitted simultaneously on May 12 by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rep. Frank Guinta (R-NH1).

Augustus Saint-Gaudens was born in Ireland, raised in New York City, and went on to become one of America’s greatest sculptors. He created some of the nation’s best-known public statues, including Standing… Full article at the source>

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Perth Mint issues first coin to celebrate May Gibbs’ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

January 6, 2015 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Tails of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, the gumnut babies, is a much-loved children’s classic.

The story was created by May Gibbs, whose parents migrated from England to Australia in 1881 when she was four-year old. The family lived in Western Australia, but later in life May moved to Sydney, where she and her husband built a home at Neutral Bay. Called Nutcote, the house is now a museum.

The young May developed a deep love Full article at the source>

Source:: Perth Mint Blog

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Curator’s Choice: The Yorkshire archaeology Hoards which are going global with Google

November 7, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, English Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: http://www.culture24.org.uk/ November 6th, 2014.

Curator’s Choice: Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics for York Museums Trust, on the Yorkshire Museum’s collection of Yorkshire Hoards going global with Google

“The numismatic collection – money and medals – numbers over 40,000 objects and is one of the strongest in northern England.

Most of that material has been excavated with new finds coming up every year from farmers, metal detectorists and archaeologists.

A lot of that excavated material comes in the form of hoards – accumulations of wealth buried in the ground.

Yorkshire Hoards is a project between Google Cultural Institute and York Museums Trust looking at these hoards and what they can tell us about the history of the region.

Over the past 3,000 years, from the Bronze Age through to the 17th century, very large numbers of hoards have gone into the ground across Yorkshire.

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Spain Lays Out Silver Won from U.S. Treasure-Hunters

June 14, 2014 in Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Naharnet Newsdesk. June 13th, 2014. (http://www.naharnet.com/)

Spain has proudly put on show tens of thousands of silver coins from a 19th-century shipwreck that it won back in court from U.S. treasure hunters.

The country’s soon-to-be king, Felipe, and future queen Letizia on Thursday launched the exhibition in central Madrid celebrating the return of the sunken treasure to Spain.

They viewed treasures and documents that tell the story of how British warships blew up the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, sending its precious cargo to the bottom of the sea.

The highlight of the show, in the basement of Madrid’s recently reopened National Archaeological Museum, is a glass case containing heaps of more than 30,000 tarnished silver coins.

The cargo came to Spain in 2012 after a five-year legal battle with Odyssey, the U.S. company that hauled it up two centuries after it sank.

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San Francisco’s Old Mint To Hold Rare Coin Exhibit & Auction For New Museum

May 27, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Charity, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— While someone in San Francisco won the $70 million SuperLotto prize this weekend and the mystery tweeter is planting hidden cash about the Bay, one California family is ready to cash in on its own buried treasure.

The Saddle Ridge Hoard has been heralded as the greatest buried treasure discovery in the history of the country. This Tuesday night the first coin from the hoard is set to go up for auction.

One year ago, a Sierra Nevada couple found eight cans in their backyard that were stuffed with 1,400 19th century gold coins. Rare coin expert, David McCarthy with Kagin’s, who specializes in early and rare U.S. coins, has been helping the couple to prepare their treasure trove for auction.

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San Francisco Museum at the mint: http://www.theoldmint.org/

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Inquests find medieval and Bronze Age relics found by metal detectors in West Norfolk are treasure

April 29, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, History, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By Chris Bishop.  April 29, 2014 (http://www.edp24.co.uk/)

A hoard of 12 silver coins has been declared treasure, meaning their finder can keep them, at a coroner’s inquest today.

The coins were found by Stephen Sproule whilst he was metal detecting on land at Fincham, near Downham Market, in October 2011.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake said the small silver coins were known as Sceattas and represented the first type of penny, which were minted from 675AD until the middle of the 8th Century.

“They were scattered over a wide area but would appear to represent a hoard or part of a hoard, rather than stray losses over time” she said.

“These coins are in good condition and had not been in circulation long when deposited.”

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The die that struck Britain’s first coins?

April 11, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, History, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, UK Coins, World Coins

Ian Leins and Emma Morris, curators, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum.  April 11th, 2014

One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Department of Coins and Medals is a highly unusual object – an ancient punch or ‘die’ used to manufacture coins in the second century BC. The die was found in Bredgar, Kent by a metal detector user in 2013 and is being used to shed new light on when the first coins were made in Britain.

The earliest coins found in Iron Age Britain date from around the second century BC and, until recently, it was believed that they were produced in Gaul (a region roughly equivalent to modern day France and Belgium) and imported into south-east England. These coins, known as Gallo Belgic A, were based on the gold coinage (staters) issued by King Philip II, ruler of the Greek kingdom of Macedon from 359 – 336 BC and father of Alexander the Great.

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Naples Archeological Museum reveals ‘hidden’ treasure

March 14, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Greek Coins, History, Medals, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

Closed coin collection to be shown to the public on Sunday

Marh 14th, 2014  (http://www.ansamed.info/)

(ANSAmed) – NAPOLI – To hear talk of hidden treasure makes one think immediately of an old chest full of precious antique coins. This is exactly what awaits visitors to the National Archeological Museum of Naples on Sunday March 15, when the museum will open its doors to reveal a “secret” collection for one day – that of the museum’s coins, one of the most important collections in Italy with about 150,000 pieces, from coinage of ancient Greece to that of the Bourbon mint.

The name of the guided tour is “Coins and economy in the ancient world”. It is a rare opportunity rendered even more precious by the presence of archeologists and historians, experts in numismatics, who will explain not only the eras in which the coins were used, but also economic aspects linked to their use.

Coin collecting dates back to the 1500s, as demonstrates the Farnese collection, created in Rome but arriving in Naples through the Bourbon inheritance of Charles VII of Naples. The collection shows the choice of coins and medallions preferred by erudite and Renaissance coin collectors: portraits of illustrious men, architects of ancient history, representations of historic episodes and celebrated ancient monuments that have disappeared or are no longer identifiable. Another attentive and passionate collector was Cardinal Stefano Borgia, a learned prelate from the late eighteenth century with antiquarian interests, whose collection was sold by one of his descendants to the King of Naples Joachim Murat. The Borgia collection includes coins from series produced in Etruria, Umbria, Lazio, Rome and in the central Adriatic area of Italy.

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Holiday find identified as rare reckoning coin

December 26, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, History, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Treasure, World Coins

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 By: Cornish Guardian (http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk)

A RARE Medieval coin – believed to be the first of its kind to be discovered in the South West – was uncovered when a car mechanic stumbled upon it while on holiday in North Cornwall.

But it wasn’t until Tony Hadland showed the item to one of his customers, who was an expert on Medieval coinage, back in Gloucestershire, that he realised the true value of his find.

The piedfort, a non-functional coin most likely used as a reckoning counter, is a striking example of a coin-type issued by King John II of France around 1360.

The coin, discovered by Mr Hadland while walking on National Trust land in Boscastle, was only about the eighth recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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Israel Museum Buys 1,500-Year-Old Persian Coin Collection

December 20, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Israel Coins, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

By: Jewish Press News Briefs Published: December 19th, 2013 (http://www.jewishpress.com/)

The Israel Museum has bought more than 1,200 silver coins that were used in Persia in the 4th and 5th centuries and which includes several rare coins. Referring to a rare silver artifact called the “first Jewish coin” because of the inscription of the word “Judea” in Aramaic, the museum’s chief curator of archaeology, Chaim Gitler, told the Times of Israel, “It’s the earliest coin from the province of Judea.”

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Museum of coins and notes opens in Abu Dhabi

December 18, 2013 in Bank Notes, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money, World Coins

By Wam. Dec 17th, 2013 (http://www.emirates247.com/)

The Central Bank of the UAE on Tuesday inaugurated the Central Bank Museum of Coins and Notes at its head office in Abu Dhabi City.

Khalifa Mohamed Al Kindi, Chairman of the Central Bank Board of Directors, cut the ribbon in presence of members of the board, senior members of the senior management of the Central Bank in addition to chief executive officers of banks operating in UAE.

The museum was inaugurated to mark the occasion of the Central Banks’s 40th Anniversary to give researchers, visitors, school and university students and individuals interested in this field, the opportunity to  get to know the various stages of currency development in the region before the foundation of the United Arab Emirates, as well as to view the Central Bank’s issues of currency notes, coins and commemorative coins.

The museum includes a part of the Central Bank’s collections of currency notes, currency coins, commemorative coins, gifts and samples of issues of UAE currency notes and coins and currency of other countries, in addition to cash counting and sorting machines used by the Central Bank in the past.

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History’s home in a village

November 18, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Art, Bank Notes, British Coins, Coins, History, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money

By Hemant Kumar Rout 11-17-2013 (http://newindianexpress.com)

It is a treasure trove of antiquity buried in obscurity. The Odisha Rural Museum  is home to 6,000 rare coins and currency notes of around 200 countries, 7,000 postage stamps, 3,425 foreign and Indian paintings, 2,000 rare metals and stones, 3,000 books and magazines, old clocks, watches and much more.

Located in Maitapur village in Balasore district, 200 km from Bhubaneswar, it is the only museum of its kind in the state with a collection of nearly 30,580 rare artefacts that draw innumerable visitors, including students and research fellows.

However, it is not run by any government agency or corporate body. It is the labour of one man’s love and untiring effort. Kailash Chandra Mohanty, a retired employee of Indian Post and Telegraph Department, was determined to retain the historical significance of his native village which led to the creation of the museum.

During his tenure, Mohanty travelled across the country and collected artefacts over 50 years. He spent his own money and established the museum in 1985. Since Mohanty’s demise at the age of 74 earlier this year, his wife Janakilata Mohanty (67) has been managing the place.

There is no entry fee here and the museum is open from 10am to 4pm every day. Exhibiting ancient coins, foreign currency, century-old postal stamps, palm leaf manuscripts, musical instruments, ancient weapons and armoury, the three-room museum is a confluence of world culture.

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