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Portugal: Celebrated athlete Carlos Lopes is honoured on last Portuguese collector coin in “National Sports Heroes” series

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM) have announced (14th November) they are releasing three new collector coins which are part of the two-coin series “National Sport Heroes” commemorating personalities which achieved outstanding performances in their fields and who have left their mark close to the Portuguese nation as well as internationally. The new coins are also the second and last coin of the program, thus completing the series.

The second sports personality honoured in the series is Carlos Lopes, who was the winner of the marathon of the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. Lopes is well-remembered as having brought Full article at the source>

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Weekly World Numismatic News for November 26, 2017

November 30, 2017 in Blogs, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By scott The reason why I search for news about topics related to numismatics from outside the industry allows me to get an understanding of how others see numismatics. I find even the most innocuous story about a country considering redesigning their currency, a find of a coin thousands of years old, and how pocket change finds […]

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Singapore: Year of the Dog features on new gold and silver collector coins

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Mint of Singapore have launched (21st November) a new set of Chinese-zodiac collector coins which depict images featuring the Year of the Dog. As the new year on the lunar calendar commences on the 16th February (according to the Gregorian calendar), we say goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and welcome in the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac change their symbols in 12-year cycles, and every year, the lunar calendar highlights a unique zodiac sign which features either a mythical or a real-life animal, each with specific traits and qualities.

Those born under the sign of the Full article at the source>

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A Thanksgiving gem at Stack’s Bowers

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Brandon Christopher Hall

Recently, Stack’s Bowers held a successful auction at the 2017 Whitman Coins & Collectibles Winter Expo in which over $15.4 million worth of coins and paper money were exchanged. In a rather apropos fashion, Stack’s Bowers provided a bountiful selection of numismatic memorabilia very close to the year’s most bountiful holiday: Thanksgiving. In my own browsing of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, I happened across a relevant gem for the holidays: A 1934 Choice Uncirculated Abundance silver coin in lot 6347. The coin was designed by Albert Laessle and only 125 of them were ever struck. The striking beauty of the Full article at the source>

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Canada: USS Enterprise is the focus for innovative first-ever space ship shaped silver coin

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new silver coin which is in itself a first-ever, more a replica model rather than a coin with a traditional surface struck with a relief finish. Arguably one of the most famous starships of all, Star Trek’s celebrated USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is instantly recognizable by the rounded saucer shape and nacelles. This fictional spacecraft has a worldwide following all its own: the “Trekkies” (ardent followers of the television series) who have become experts on Star Trek and on the now-immortal crew who “boldly go where no man has gone before.”

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Assembling sets by price rather than grade

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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There’s something extremely satisfying about seeing (and even more so assembling) a beautifully matched set of coins. One of the main reasons it’s so satisfying is that it has undeniable eye appeal. The other reason is it’s an extremely difficult task to accomplish.

If you’re like me and you’d rather rush to complete your set and then take time to upgrade it, one way to do this is by assembling a set by price rather than grade. If you start with a reasonably low per-coin average price, your collecting mistakes may not cost you too much.

Let’s say, after reviewing key-date prices, Full article at the source>

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POLL: What are your numismatic gift plans for this holiday season?

November 30, 2017 in Blogs, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By scott Welcome back from your Thanksgiving Break! Today is Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is a modern invention created back when most people only had access to the Internet through a dial-up modem and would use their company’s faster connection to do online shopping following Black Friday. In the modern world, Black Friday does not have the […]

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The future of numismatics in a cashless society

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Dennis Hengeveld

In a recent article in the New York Times, it was argued that more and more societies around the world are on their way to become a cashless society. In many places, card and digital transactions are up and cash transactions are down. Sweden, in particular, is on the forefront of this, as over 99% of adults has made a non-cash payment. As a numismatist this makes me wonder what this trend, if it does indeed continue, would mean for our hobby. Will coins and bank notes become as obsolete as the VHS tape which became forgotten in mere Full article at the source>

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British Virgin Islands: Ultra-high relief silver piedfort coin marks Elizabeth and Philip’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (21st November) a new silver crown coin in celebration of the 70th (platinum) wedding Anniversary of the territory’s head of state, HM Queen Elizabeth II, and her consort, HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The royal couple were married on the 20th November 1947, in London’s Westminster Abbey in a glittering ceremony, which for many, was a great distraction from the reality of war recovery and rationing which the United Kingdom had in place since the start of the Second World War in 1939.

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World’s most valuable private coin collection revealed

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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The Tyrant Collection is to be displayed in a multi-year series of exhibits at the Long Beach Expo

(Beverly Hills, California) November 27, 2017 — The existence of a previously unreported collection of the world’s most famous and valuable ancient, world, and United States rare coins is being revealed for the first time. The Tyrant Collection, which includes a treasured 1937 Edward VIII Proof set, will be publicly displayed over the course of several years through a series of exhibits at upcoming Long Beach Expo conventions.

“For a number of years, the Tyrant collector has been assembling what is undoubtedly the world’s Full article at the source>

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USS Constitution Museum launches limited edition collector’s medallion minted from copper salvaged from the famous ship

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Brandon Christopher Hall

The USS Constitution Museum, named after the planet’s oldest still-commissioned vessel, the USS Constitution, has revealed that it is offering a limited edition medallion minted from copper taken from the ship itself. The USS Constitution was named by none other than President George Washington himself, and has stayed afloat since its launch in 1797. She was built at Edmund Hartt’s shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts, and is often referred to by the loving nickname “Old Ironsides.” The Constitution is renowned for her valiant service in the War of 1812, defeating five different British warships throughout the conflict: HMS Pictou, Cyane, Java, Full article at the source>

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the Eldorado Collection of Columbian Paper Money

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Coin Update

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be showcasing the first installment of The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money as part of their official auction January 11–13, 2018, during the New York International Convention at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Eldorado Collection, offered in two auction catalogs, is an important auction event in Latin American numismatics and is the finest ever cataloged. These catalogs are the initial offerings, which feature many of the rarest and highest-grade selections from this epic cabinet.

The paper money presentation portrays the broadest view of this subject ever published in English or Full article at the source>

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Australia: Gold and silver coins celebrate the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Royal Australian Mint have released (23rd November) two new collector coins which are produced to celebrate the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Australia, April 4–15, 2018. The XXI Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, located on Australia’s east coast, with events also taking place in Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville. The Gold Coast, or GC 2018, will be the largest international multi-sport event ever hosted on the Gold Coast and will be the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade. Across 11 days of competition, more than 6,600 athletes and team Full article at the source>

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George Rogers Clark 5-oz. silver Uncirculated coin goes on sale December 5

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (product code 17AN) on December 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coins replicate the designs featured on the Mint’s ATB quarters. This coin’s reverse depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville. Inscriptions are GEORGE ROGERS CLARK, INDIANA, 2017, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

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Weekly Numismatic World News for November 19, 2017

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

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

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

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Coingrader “fails”

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

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

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

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

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

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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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How counterfeiting could one day be irrevocably stifled by smartphone apps

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

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

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

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Lookzee arrives to App Store, IOS users may download immediately

November 14, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Ipad Apps, Iphone Apps, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Technology, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Bellingham, Washington — Stamp and Coin Place is pleased to announce the release of Lookzee, a smart, efficient, and easy way to image and share coins. Among Lookzee’s features are easy image acquisition, computer vision-assisted image handling, account creation with options for saving coin images, and in-app open chat forums to share and discuss coins.

Lookzee is the product of optical research and programming to leverage smartphone imaging capabilities, allowing users to create high-quality photos of the world’s most collected item, coins! Additionally, Lookzee’s software auto-crops… Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for November 12, 2017

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

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

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

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Thoughts on this weekend’s Whitman Expo

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

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

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

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The psychological profile of a counterfeiter, according to Criminal Minds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 2017 Numismatic Legislation Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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