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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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New Ken Bressett book on coin collecting will be available at the August 2017 Denver ANA Show

July 21, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Books, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers

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

(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newest edition of the Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting: An Introduction to the World of Coins, by Kenneth Bressett. The 288-page softcover book debuted July 4, 2017, and is now available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $12.95. Mr. Bressett will autograph copies at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Denver, August 1–5, 2017.

The guide, popularly known as the “Yellow Book,” includes chapters on coin collecting as a hobby; places to find coins; how coins are made; venues to learn… Full article at the source>

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

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Spain: “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” the focus of new silver coin

July 20, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre–Real Casa de la Moneda will issue, on the 24th July, a new silver coin with colour accenting that seeks to raise awareness of the contribution of sustainable tourism. The United Nations 70th General Assembly has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This new initiative seeks to further the development among public- and private-sector decision-makers and the public at large, while mobilizing all stakeholders to work together in making tourism a catalyst for positive change.

Spain in particular is a very desirable destination for literally millions of tourists who are attracted… Full article at the source>

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

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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>

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

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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>

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

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America the Beautiful Quarters® Program

June 5, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Quarters, Silver, Silver Coins, Uncirculated Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Carolyn Fields United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

About the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program America the Beautiful Quarters® Site and Design Selection Process Silver Bullion Quarters Additional Resources About the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program In 2010, the United States Mint began issuing 56 quarter-dollar coins featuring… Full article at the source>

Source: United States Mint Press Releases/Public Statements

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APMEX promoting its new CoinGrade+ feature with giveaway of MS-70 Silver Swan from the Perth Mint

May 5, 2017 in Australian Coins, Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

(Oklahoma City)—After being made available to the public on April 3, the 2017 Silver Swan 1-ounce coin—the first release of a new bullion series from the Perth Mint—sold out worldwide in less than two days.

The coin’s .9999 fine silver content and low mintage of 25,000 coins combined bullion’s utility with collectible appeal. Similar to well-known silver coin series like the Kookaburra and Koala, the Swan coins will change designs with each release. The Perth Mint has had much success with these continuing series, as well as with other innovative coin designs.

While all available Silver Swan coins were quickly claimed,… Full article at the source>

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

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New Spock coin commemorates Star Trek’s famous Mirror, Mirror episode

May 4, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Monster coin portrays ultimate prehistoric predator

April 21, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them.

Standing up to 12 metres high, T. rex had a large, muscular tail essential for balancing its colossal neck and head. With only puny arms, its fearsome reputation was the result of massive jaws equipped with spitefully serrated dagger-length teeth.

 Testament to its awe inspiring violence, palaeontologists believe that in one mouthful, T. Rex could tear away more than… Full article at the source>

 

Source: Perth Mint Blog

By: Perth Mint

Published on Apr 20, 2017

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It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them. Now, dinosaur fans can feast on this remarkable 5oz silver proof coin portraying a daunting image of the ravenous beast’s gaping mouth and lethal incisors. Limited to a maximum mintage of just 500, it’s sure to cause a feeding frenzy among collectors!

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There’s still time to register early for the 2017 ANA Summer Seminar

March 29, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Press Releases, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Hobbyists interested in attending the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) 49th annual Summer Seminar in Colorado Springs, Colo. can now register for the event online. The two one-week sessions will be held June 17-29. ANA members who register by March 31 will save $50 per session on the cost of tuition; life members who register will save an additional $25 per session. Register online here. Summer Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for numismatic study, and the 2017 Summer Seminar features a lineup of classes to meet virtually every collector’s needs. To view a full list of courses, session schedules… Full article at the source>

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

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase important collections in March 2017 Baltimore Auction

March 25, 2017 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, E-commerce, Education, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

 

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering world-class collections as part of their Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectible Expo next week in Baltimore, Maryland. Anchored by the Blue Moon Collection, Part I, and the collections of Dr. Gordon Shaw and Anthony Bettencourt, this event will showcase fresh, high-quality material that many collectors will be eager to bid on.

The auction begins at 4:00 (ET) on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 29, with Session I, which will feature numismatic Americana, colonial… Full article at the source>

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

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Spain: World Cup 2018 features on latest gold and silver collector coins

March 3, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre / Real Casa de la Moneda have unveiled (27th February) two new coins that celebrate the sports world’s most prestigious tournaments on the football/soccer calendar: the World Cup. The 21st World Cup tournament was awarded to the host country of Russia in December 2010. The announcement was made from the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) headquarters in Zurich, winning out over nine other countries who had placed their bid to host.

The tournament will last for 32 days, with the opening ceremonies to commence on the 14th June 2018 and conclude on the 15th… Full article at the source>

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

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What’s the meaning of the citrine gemstone in this giant-sized coin?

January 10, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Citrine has been advocated by various groups over time for a variety of alleged powers and benefits.

For instance, it’s known as the ‘success stone’ by those who believe in its ability to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in business, where it’s also earned the nickname the ‘merchant’s stone’.

Said to radiate positive energy, citrine is worn next to the skin by people who credit it with healing properties – particularly in the case of stomach disorders.

On an emotional and spiritual level, others avow its ability to inspire optimism, generosity and enlightenment.

This 2017 Gemstone Edition includes a yellow citrine in the rooster’s… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set Available November 22

November 4, 2016 in Blogs, Circulating Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Fun, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Quarters, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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While higher-end collectors and investors mull the effects of today’s jobs report on gold prices—or of increases in Chinese manufacturing on silver prices, or of Tuesday’s election results on, well, just about everything—bread-and-butter collectors are eyeing humbler targets. On November 22 the Mint will release the America the Beautiful Quarters 2016 Circulating Coin set.

With the price of the Walking Liberty Half Dollar Centennial likely to be $915.00 or higher, the idea of a $5.95 product offering is somewhat refreshing. The coins have no bullion value and no particular numismatic value, barring the luck of an error coin slipping into Full article at the source>

Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

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Free Book, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, With New Or Renewed ANA Membership Via Rare Coin Wholesalers

November 1, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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November 1, 2016

News media contact:
Michael Contursi, (949) 679-1222

Free Book, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, With New Or
Renewed ANA Membership Via Rare Coin Wholesalers

 

100 Greatest U.S. Coins, 4th Edition

100 Greatest U.S. Coins, 4th Edition

(Irvine, California) – A free copy of the latest edition of the award-winning book, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, will be sent to anyone who submits an American Numismatic Association (ANA) new member or membership renewal through Rare Coin Wholesalers (RCW) before the end of the year.  The promotion is a joint project between RCW and the ANA, the world’s largest organization devoted to collectors of coins, paper money, tokens and medals.

“For each new or renewal ANA application we process now through December 31, 2016, we’ll send the applicant a complimentary copy of the just-published 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, 4th Edition by Jeff Garrett with Ron Guth,” said Michael Contursi, President of Rare Coin Wholesalers (www.RCW1.com) in Irvine, California.

“It’s an impressive, ‘coffee table’ reference book with superb, full-color photographs of 100 of America’s greatest numismatic treasures.  This book is an informative update to the earlier editions that were named Best Book by the Numismatic Literary Guild, and usually sells for about $30,” explained Contursi.

New member ANA applications and renewals can be conveniently submitted online at www.rarecoinwholesalers.com/ana-membership,

“Why is RCW doing this? First, we strongly support the educational mission of the ANA, the ANA’s promotion of coin collecting and the many benefits ANA members enjoy. The author of this excellent, Whitman Publishing book, Jeff Garrett, is the current ANA President and, we support his efforts to grow the association,” explained Contursi.  

“Second, many of the coins depicted and discussed in the book are coins RCW has owned and exhibited at the ANA Money Museum, such as the finest known 1794 silver dollar – the world’s most valuable rare coin and believed by many experts to be the very first silver dollar ever made by the United States Mint — or we assisted collectors in acquiring the kinds of coins featured in the book for their own collections,” said Contursi.

“Finally, our family has grown our business to the next generation, similar to many of our collector/investor clients and colleagues, and we strongly encourage educating and advising the future stewards of numismatics for many generations,” stated Contursi.

“It is my goal to increase membership of the American Numismatic Association by at least 5,000 members in the next few years.   I applaud the team at Rare Coin Wholesalers for being strong partners with the ANA over the years and their continuing support of the association’s education mission,” stated ANA President Garrett.  

By participating in this promotion, applicant’s information will be provided to RCW for fulfillment.  In addition to receiving the free book, everyone applying to join the ANA or renew through this promotion will receive additional information from RCW including useful personal finance commentaries prepared exclusively for RCW by noted economist, Scott Sumner, Ph.D.  The Atlantic magazine described Dr. Sumner as “the blogger who saved the economy.”  He is Director of the Program on Monetary Policy at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia and is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts

For additional information, contact Rare Coin Wholesalers toll free at (800) 347-3250 or online at www.rarecoinwholesalers.com/ana-membership.

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Amazing coin puts new spin on Yin Yang

October 19, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Ancient Chinese philosophers thought all things in the universe are made up of two contrasting forces, known as Yin and Yang.

While contradictory, Yin and Yang are also complementary, meaning they cannot exist without each other. And because they are constantly re-balancing – their influence over one another repeatedly ebbing and flowing – the concept was used to explain the cyclical changes in nature.

As Yang energy overcomes Yin, for example, day turns to night. Broader manifestations in Yin Yang’s duality include slow/fast; soft/hard; cold/hot; wet/dry; passive/aggressive. Yin is associated with the earth, the moon, and femininity; while Yang is identified with… Full article at the source>

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Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

October 6, 2016 in Collecting, Events, Exunumia, Gold, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Science

For immediate release
October 6, 2016

News media contact:
Eric Bradley (214) 409-1871  ericb@ha.com

Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

Nobel Prize medal presented to chemist Georg Wittig for 1954 discovery of “The Wittig Reaction” is accompanied in October 19, 2016 auction by four other prestigious medals awarded to the noted German researcher and educator.

Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

(Dallas, Texas) – The historic 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry awarded to Professor Georg Wittig (1897 – 1987) of Germany will be offered by Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) on October 19, 2016 as part of Heritage’s two-day Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction.  Four other gold medals awarded over the years to Prof. Wittig are also being offered together with the large, 22 carat Nobel Prize medal.

“Dr. Georg Wittig was a distinguished researcher, author and educator who received the 1972 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his 1954 discovery of what is now known as The Wittig Reaction, a process of regulating the regrouping of atoms in a molecule,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage’s Executive Vice President of International Numismatics.  

“Professor Wittig’s work along with Nobel Prize co-recipient Herbert C. Brown made it possible to mass produce hundreds of important drugs, such as the arthritis medicine hydrocortisone, as well as mass produce industrial chemicals that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive,” Bierrenbach explained.

The Nobel Prize medal, designed by Swedish artist Erik Lindberg, measures 6.5 centimeters in diameter (approximately 2.5 inches) and weighs 204.0 grams (approximately 7.2 ounces).  Struck in 22 carat gold, it features female allegories of Science and Nature, with Wittig’s name and the year of the award engraved beneath. The front side features the likeness of Alfred Nobel with the dates of his birth, 1833, and death, 1896, in Roman numerals.

The medal is housed in the original presentation case received by Prof. Wittig in  1972.

The four other medals received by Prof. Wittig and accompanying the Nobel Prize medal in the auction are:

  • The Paul Karrer Award 22 carat, 97.7 grams, two inches in diameter gold medal presented in 1973 by Universitat Zurich.
  • The 14 carat, 123 grams, 2.25 inches gold medal Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics awarded in 1967, and is considered the highest German award for outstanding scientific achievements.
  • The Roger Adams Medal given by the American Chemical Society in 1973. It is cast in 10 carat gold, weighs 258.9 grams, and is three inches in diameter.
  • The Adolf Von Baeyer medal awarded in 1953 to Prof. Wittig.  It is gold-plated, weighs 83.3 grams and is two inches in diameter.
Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Full descriptions of all the medals are available online at: https://historical.ha.com/itm/miscellaneous/georg-wittig-nobel-prize-medal-in-chemistry-received-in-1979-together-with-four-additional-medals/p/6165-67001.s?ic5=CatalogHome-FeaturedItems-071515.

“Most of Dr. Wittig’s scientific work, including that which won him the Nobel Prize, was conducted during his years at the University of Tübingen. He was known as a meticulous teacher who set very high standards for his students, and he established a productive research group of young, promising scientists,” said Bierrenbach.

Prof. Wittig died on August 26, 1987, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday.

For additional information about the medal or other items offered in this auction, contact Heritage Auctions at (877) 437-4824 or visit online at www.HA.com.

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End of Summer (Market Report)

September 18, 2016 in Coin Dealers, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Jose Legend Numismatics Market Report

Summer is over

Looks like the summer doldrums are coming to an end. This years episode was pretty rough. It got so quiet the market (in our estimation) overall fell 10-15% from June until now. It was different this year since there was an unexpected appearance of a few “whales” and what one dealer called a major collector “a super nova”. Those people affected the upper end of the rare gold market and hard to believe the early copper markets were hot all summer. The feather down effect is now only started to be felt in other areas.

For the masses and… Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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Over 17,000 2016 Platinum Eagle Bullion Coins Sold on First Day

July 26, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The U.S. Mint opened sales of 2016 American Eagle One-Ounce Platinum Proof Coins today, a release that was met with enthusiasm from the Mint’s authorized purchasers (AP’s). According to the most recent bullion sales numbers, the Mint sold 17,100 Platinum Eagles today, quite a large total when considered alongside the total mintages for one-ounce Platinum Eagles from other years.

At 17,100 pieces sold, the 2016 bullion APE’s now have the fifth-highest mintage ever for these issues, which were initially issued in 1997. The first three years these coins were available — 1997, 1998, and 1999 — the… Full article at the source>

Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

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300th Anniversary of Spanish Postal Service “Correos” featured on New Silver Coin

July 15, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

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On July 18, the Fabrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre – Casa Real de la Moneda will issue a new collector coin celebrating the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Spain’s postal service.

Granted by Royal Warrant of King Philip V on July 13, 1716, the system was implemented to deliver the King’s orders and diplomatic dispatches, which included his personal correspondences as well as government payments and monies. The warrant granted by the King was seen as a national service and a successor to privately organized services run by noble or titled personalities in Spain.

The re-organization of the national service… Full article at the source>

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2016-W American Platinum Eagle: How Does Quick Sellout Impact Aftermarket? 

July 5, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

By Louis Golino News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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On May 26, as collectors waited to find out when the 2016-W Centennial Gold Standing Liberty Quarter and other highly-anticipated issues will launch this year, the Mint surprised everyone by announcing that the 2016-W $100 American Platinum Eagle Proof coin would be released on June 30.

Last year’s release in this popular series was not available until last December due to problems sourcing sufficient supplies of platinum planchets. But this year the Mint reported having fewer problems in that regard, though it is still not clear if there will be no one-ounce bullion coin for the second year in a row. Two-Year… Full article at the source>

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Coin gives voice to language of love

May 20, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team  Perth Mint Blog

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It’s estimated that there are 1,025,109 words in the English language and that ‘love’ ranks inside the top 400 most commonly used. It comes from the Anglo Saxon lufu, which in turn is derived from the early Germanic lubō.

In Chinese, the world’s most widely spoken language, love is pronounced “ai”. It’s represented by a composite character comprising a number of traditional symbols, including representations of a man, a woman and a heart.

With over 400 million speakers, Spanish lies between Chinese and English as the second most popular language in the world. Amor comes directly from Latin, sharing its origin with… Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint Sales Report: Big Numbers for Gold Mercury Dime and 2016 Silver Proof Set

April 27, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

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The 2016 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set was released on Monday, April 18.

It’s been an eventful week at the U.S. Mint as two big releases garnered significant interest from collectors.

The first product to debut during this period was the 2016 U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set, which contains 13 Proof coins, seven of which are composed of 90% silver. The item sold more units than any other numismatic product this week, posting a total of 176,733 sets purchased. This number is slightly down from the 2015 issue’s first-week total of 184,613 sets sold, but it’s worth noting that last… Full article at the source>

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April New Product Bulletin – out today

April 5, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

This year’s Three-Coin Set from our ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary coin series commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought on the Western Front during WWI, where more than 46,000 Australian men and women lost their lives.

Australia’s contribution to celebrations marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday includes three stunning legal tender tributes from The Perth Mint – each certain to be a sought-after numismatic souvenir of this historic occasion.

As the Queen turns 90, were also pleased to announce availability of an eye-catching Stamp & Coin Cover portraying Her Majesty wearing the Australian Golden Wattle brooch.

Extremely affordable, this… Full article at the source>

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France’s Favorite Little Prince Takes a Great Journey on New Coin Series

March 31, 2016 in Circulating Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Monnaie de Paris, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Uncirculated Coins, World Coins

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

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The Monnaie de Paris has launched (21st March) a new numismatic series chronicling the travels of France’s favorite Petit Prince, based on the novella by Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900 – 1944). The release of this most recent series of “The Little Prince” coins coincides with the 70th anniversary of the story’s publication in France in 1946.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry was a French poet and aviator who made his first flight in 1912, marking the beginning of his passion for aviation. He studied architecture until his French Air Force service began in 1921 in Strasbourg. A 1923 plane accident in… Full article at the source>

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