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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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Hoard of 41 Roman solidi discovered in a Dutch orchard

June 12, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Treasure, World Coins

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

The Dutch website de Volksrant reports (in a June 2 article by Geertje Dekkers) on the disclosure of a 41-piece gold hoard unearthed in an orchard in Gelderland. Based on certain of the gold solidi—those from the brief rule of Majorian (457–461)—experts believe the coins were buried around 460 AD. At that time, the Netherlands region was in the western part of the Roman Empire, which was in its final days. Lacking its former might, the empire engaged the locals in the far reaches of its territory to defend against invaders; in the case of the Netherlands, the Romans… Full article at the source>

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The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure

May 16, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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

In his richly illustrated new book The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure, Q. David Bowers explores the cultural scene and political and military developments that led up to the Second World War. Bowers, one of America’s preeminent historians, starts with the aftermath of the world conflict of 1914 to 1918. He colorfully describes the fabric of life in the United States and international events through the 1920s and 1930s. Then: the eruption of fresh hostilities in 1939 and immersion in a new global war. Ultimately Bowers’s focus is the 1941 maritime loss of a massive shipment of silver,… Full article at the source>

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Spain: “Treasures of Spanish Museums” Latest Series Launches with Spectacular Gold Coin and Silver Coin Set

November 30, 2016 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, Gold, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, Treasure, World Coins

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

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The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre / Real Casa de la Moneda have launched their latest set of coins in their very popular “Treasures of the Spanish Museums” series, which debuted in 2013. This is the fourth collection and this year includes four coins–three silver and one gold. The series focuses on some of Spain’s most beloved and well-known masterpieces, capturing them in precious metals, meticulously detailed and engraved. A total of 12 paintings, many of them displayed in Spain’s various national museums throughout the country, have been selected for feature in the series. For the 2016-dated collection, the Real… Full article at the source>

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$1 Million of Recently Recovered 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Coins Coming To Market

October 10, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ), Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Treasure, World Coins

For immediate release
October 8, 2016

News media contact:
John Albanese, (908) 781-9101

$1 Million of Recently Recovered 1715
Fleet Shipwreck Coins Coming To Market

Close up of the obverse a 1694 - 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.<br /> Photo credit: NGC

Close up of the obverse a 1694 – 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.
Photo credit: NGC

Sunken Spanish colonial gold treasure coins discovered during 300th anniversary of fleet’s demise to be offered for the first time.

More than 200 sunken treasure gold coins from the legendary Spanish 1715 Plate Fleet, recovered during last year’s 300th anniversary of the Atlantic Ocean hurricane that sank 11 of the fleet’s 12 ships, are now coming into the numismatic marketplace for the first time along with coins found on previous expeditions.  

The discovery of the latest trove by the historic shipwreck recovery company, 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels, LLC (www.1715treasurefleet.com), occurred on July 31, 2015, exactly 300 years to the day of the fleet’s sinking.  The treasure was found in only 6 feet of water just a hundred feet from the beach in Vero Beach, Florida, and this amazing find generated international headlines.

The coins range in denomination from one escudo to eight escudos.  They were struck in Colombia, Mexico and Peru and are dated in the era between 1692 and 1715 during the reigns of Spanish Kings Charles II and Philip V.  

“These historic treasure fleet gold pieces have been examined, authenticated and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (www.NGCcoin.com).  All but five are Mint State, and one recovered treasure coin is graded NGC MS 66,” said John Albanese of Bedminster, New Jersey, the dealer who brokered the deal to acquire the never-before offered coins.

Highlights include a 1712 Peru 8 escudos of Philip V, graded NGC MS 64; a 1711 Peru LM  2 escudos of Philip V Peru, NGC MS 66; and a 1699 Colombia 2 escudos of Charles II, NGC MS 64, that was discovered by 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels inside a recovered bronze cannon.

Blanchard and Company (www.BlanchardGold.com) and Monaco Rare Coins (www.MonacoRareCoins.com) are the primary dealerships that will be selling the coins.

“In addition to the 224 coins discovered in 2015 by 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels there are 71 shipwreck coins from the 1715 Fleet found during their two earlier underwater expeditions in 2010 and 2013 that now will also be available to collectors for the first time.  There even are coins they discovered inside a ship’s cannon!,” explained Albanese.

“The combined estimated market value of the 295 treasure coins is more than $1 million,” said Albanese.

1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels is a group of Florida based shipwreck salvors who have focused their attention since 2010 on the exploration and recovery of the famous Spanish treasure fleets convoy.

Close up of the reverse of a 1694 - 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.<br /> Photo credit: NGC

Close up of the reverse of a 1694 – 1713 Charles II type gold 2 escudos struck in Colombia, one of the 1715 Plate Fleet Spanish colonial coins recovered on July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of the hurricane that sank all but one ship.

Photo credit: NGC

“Our goal is to bring the amazing story of the 1715 Plate Fleet to the public.  We hope the recovery of these incredibly rare artifacts will help educate people about Spanish colonization of the New World and life on the high seas in 1715,” stated Brent Brisben, 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels Co-Founder and Operations Manager

“The discovery of gold and silver coins in sunken cannon in 2010 was an amazing recovery.  For decades, treasure hunters have told tales of treasure hidden inside of cannons, but our recovery was the first time the tale was ever validated. We recovered a 3½ foot bronze rail gun, the first bronze rail/swivel cannon ever recovered from the 1715 Fleet.  We discovered 50 gold and 40 silver coins in the breech of the cannon,” explained Brisben.

Brisben’s great-great-great grandfather, Daniel Beaver, died in another famous shipwreck, the fabled “ship of gold,” the S.S. Central America, that sank off the South Carolina coast in a hurricane in September 1857 while carrying tons of California Gold Rush coins and gold bars to New York City.

NGC has created special insert labels for the 1715 Fleet coins, including a special designation for the coins recovered from the cannon.

“Coinage of the 1715 Fleet offers up rare riches, providing researchers a unique opportunity to study the trade and transport of the day and gives collectors the chance to acquire a high-grade example of a coin from the golden shipwreck treasure of lore. A quantity of uncirculated Spanish gold coins such as this simply does not exist outside of a shipwreck discovery,” stated NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg.

“NGC worked directly with the recovery group to not only preserve the important provenance of these coins, but also the story of their individual recovery. For the first time, specific dive missions and finds are referenced on the NGC certification label,” said Salzberg.

In addition to the NGC encapsulation, each coin will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Brisben, along with the original, numbered archeological tag that was used by the expedition crew to denote each item as it was discovered and recovered.  The unique tag number is indicated on the certificate of authenticity for each coin.

The fabled 1715 Fleet convoy of 12 ships loaded with New World treasure set sail from Havana, Cuba to Spain on July 24, 1715.  In the early morning hours of July 31 a fierce hurricane sank all the ships except one off the eastern coast of Florida.  More than a thousand people were killed in the storm and resulting shipwrecks.  

On July 31, 2015, the 300th anniversary of that historic day, 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels recovered 350 gold coins, including nine extremely rare Royals.  Some of the coins were given by the company to its crew-members and subcontractors as their share of the recoveries, and all the large Royals presentation pieces were privately sold earlier this year to anonymous collectors for an average of $275,000 a piece.

“We have owned the exclusive salvage rights to the 1715 Fleet since 2010. We have never previously sold a single gold coin from our recoveries,” said Brisben.  “The story of the fleet is an amazing tale which really provides the fascination with these coins.”

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An Intellectual Curiosity

March 3, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Treasure, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

“We treat all stakeholders with a vested interest in the site with the same intellectual curiosity, which means we interact with and learn from local populations, dealers, collectors, looters, government employees, archaeologists, museum professionals, tourists, and customs agents.”

Morag Kersal, Archaeologist and Assistant Professor at DePaul University

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/02/2016/monitoring-looting-in-jordan-using-drones

Treating ancient coin collectors with intellectual curiosity is an interesting way for Professor Moreg to describe interaction with a learning discipline that is older than any university in the world. Some of the foremost names in international leadership, social justice, art, science, literature, philanthropy, commerce and virtually every other facet of life were… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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“To Coin a Phrase”: Money in Everyday Expressions

February 26, 2016 in Antique Coins, Collecting, Copper Coins, Education, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

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

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Money terms are used in everyday expressions with little thought about their origin. “Filthy lucre,” “put in your two cents,” “pin money,” “a sawbuck,” “passing the buck”—all are common phrases related to money. Collectors like to reflect on what they mean and how they entered the English language. Some are obscure, some are self-evident, others have interesting backgrounds. One that is frequently overlooked is the derivation of the word gazette, often used as the name of a newspaper.

Few people know that today’s gazette comes from a Venetian coin of the 17th century. The coin was a 2-soldi copper piece that… Full article at the source>

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

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The Doomed Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1715

August 22, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spanish Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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With a slight breeze riffling the water, twelve ships set sail from Havana. Eleven were bound for Spain, loaded with gold and silver. Among them were the flagship Capitana and Urca de Lima. The twelfth ship was the Griffon, a French merchant vessel that had been detained in port. Afraid that word would leak of the treasure they were carrying—making the Spanish fleet easy prey for pirates—the Spaniards brought the Griffon with them.

It was a calm and sunny day on July 24th, 1715. The fleet sailed for the Gulf Stream, avoiding Florida’s coastal reefs. Five days on, the weather turned. Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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No One Knows the Secrets of Gold Spirals Found in Denmark

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Gold, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Thousands of mysterious gold spirals have been found in Zealand, Denmark. A little while back, a team of archeologists found four Bronze Age gold bracelets there. The archeologists thought they were done, so they handed the site over to amateur archaeologist Christian Albertsen. But Albertsen believed there was more to be discovered. And he was right. There was a lot more.

All in all, Albertsen located around 2,000 gold spirals. The hoard weighed in at between 200 and 300 grams. Experts believe the spirals are from between 900 and 700 B.C. during the Bronze Age. While the date and size of… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Man Finds Nazi-Era Coin Hoard Worth 45,000 Euros in Northern Germany

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Austrian Coins, Belgian coins, Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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

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Last October, Florian Bautsch was walking with his metal detector when he stumbled upon an unusual gold piece in Lüneburg, Germany, south of Hamburg. Piqued, he kept searching, eventually discovering nine more of the coins—enough to spur him to notify local archaeologists that he might be on to something big.

After a two-week excavation, the archaeologists did find something big: a trove of 207 gold coins buried one meter deep at the foot of a tree. Bearing stamps from Belgium, France, Italy, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the coins had been buried in separate pouches that had deteriorated except for their seals, Full article at the source>

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

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Pirate’s Treasure Found Off the Coast of Madagascar

June 3, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Sometime in the late 1600s, pirate William Kidd was sailing his ship, the Adventure Galley, off the island of Sainte Marie, which lies east of what is now Madagascar. The Adventure Galley sank in shallow waters, under unknown circumstances. Legend has it that the ship was full of treasure. But it was just a legend — until now.

Recently, explorer Barry Clifford found a large silver bar in the shallow waters off the coast of Sainte Marie. Though not confirmed, the bar is thought to be from the Adventure Galley‘s wreckage. Clifford’s team believes the 110-pound bar, stamped with the letters… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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An 1860 Cruise Ship Full of Treasure to be Salvaged

May 31, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

In the fall of 1860, disaster struck the S.S. Connaught on its second voyage ever. On the last-leg of its route from Galway, Ireland to Boston, Massachusetts, the ship sprung a leak. The crew scrambled to stop the leak, and managed to stop it before the ship sank. Just then, a raging fire broke out. […] Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Polish Forest Ranger Finds 6,000 Silver Coins

May 11, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Centuries ago someone in what is now Poland amassed quite a collection of silver coins. For some unknown reason, the owner of this massive hoard of silver coins decided to hide them in two pots deep in the forest. Whoever hid the coins did an exceptional job, because no one found them — until now. […] Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Spelunkers Find 2,300-Year-Old Silver Coins in Israel

March 23, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Few hobbies are as exciting as spelunking, exploring sometimes-untouched caves, delving as deep as courage allows. And occasionally these explorers find more than adventure below the earth. For example, some spelunkers recently made the discovery of a lifetime. Reuven Zakai, his adult son Hen Zakai and their friend Lior Zhalony are experienced spelunkers. In fact, […] Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Great American Mines: Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

November 30, 2014 in Blogs, Education, Gold, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

For centuries, legends have inspired men to search for gold in the Southwest region of the United States. Shovels in hand, treasure hunters have chased legends of a place called the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Possible locations range from Mexico to just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. According to most legends, the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine […] Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency 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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Roman coins discovered in Bath, go on tour.

August 28, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure

By Bath Chronicle. August 27, 2014 (http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/)

Budding historians will be given the chance to examine a collection of silver Roman coins when the Beau Street hoard goes on tour this autumn.

The hoard, which includes 17,577 silver coins, was excavated by archaeologists on the site of the new Gainsborough Hotel in Beau Street, Bath, in 2007.

In March the council was awarded a grant of £372,500 from The Heritage Lottery Fund to purchase the hoard and put it on display.

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Jersey hoard: Archaeologists unpick 70,000 coins

August 23, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

Work to separate 70,000 Celtic coins and pieces of jewellery is taking place under the public gaze at Jersey Museum.

 

Researchers aim to remove and clean up to 500 coins a week for the next three years in a specially built glass-walled lab.

The metal detector enthusiasts who made the find are now part of the team working on the project.

They unearthed the hoard, though to be the world’s largest, in 2012 in a field in Grouville.

For the past two years the team, led by Jersey Heritage conservator Neil Mahrer, has been documenting the hoard, which is about 2,000 years old.

Full article, pictures and video at the source>

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Thousands of silver coins discovered in condemned St. Cloud house

August 9, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Half Dollars, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, USA Coins

Treasure: 60 lbs of silver coins hidden for decades

August 8, 201 By Henry Pierson Curtis, Orlando Sentinel (orlandosentinel.com)

ST. CLOUD — Florida has a long history of buried, lost or sunken treasures.Most involve shipwrecks and gold doubloons or “Pieces of Eight.”

This tale involves a condemned home with a crumbling chimney in a neighborhood once home to Civil War veterans near the shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga.

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Rare Coins Bear Scars of Ancient Jewish Rebellion

August 5, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, History, Israel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure

By Jeanna Bryner. August 5th, 2014 (http://www.livescience.com/)

A Late Second Temple Period Jewish settlement with a trove of rare bronze coins inside one of its houses has been discovered in Israel.

The 114 bronze coins, which were found inside a ceramic money box and hidden in the corner of a room, date to the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans — an uprising that destroyed the Temple on Tisha B’Av about 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported today (Aug. 5).

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Saddle Ridge Hoard Coins being sold at Amazon.com

July 12, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, USA Coins

Here is a link to the Saddle Hoard Coins being sold at Amazon.com

Saddle Ridge Hoard coins being sold at Amazon.com

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Hoard of rare coins from Roman and Iron Age periods found in British cave

July 7, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

By Descrier Staff.

A hoard of 26 rare coins from the Roman and Iron Age periods in a cave in Derbyshire by a member of the public.

The trove is the first time that Roman coins that predate the invasion of Britain in AD 43 and gold and silver pieces from the Corieltavi tribe have been found together.

The cache, which has been declared a “treasure” by authorities, has prompted a full excavation of the site in Dovedale.

British Museum’s curator of Iron Age and Roman coins, Ian Leins, said:

“Although this is a much smaller hoard than the similar finds made at Hallaton in 2000, this has been declared treasure and is an exciting discovery given the puzzling location in a cave and the fact that it lies beyond the main circulation area of the coinage.”

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Famed Brasher Doubloon Highlights Exhibits At Chicago ANA Courtesy Of Monaco Rare Coins

June 30, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Treasure, USA Coins

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June 30, 2014

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Adam Crum (888) 751-1933

Famed Brasher Doubloon Highlights Exhibits

At Chicago ANA Courtesy Of Monaco Rare Coins

Insured for $10 million, Monaco Rare Coins will display the finest certified (NGC MS63) 1787 Brasher Doubloon at the ANA 2014 Chicago World's Fair of Money.    (Photo credit: NGC.)

Insured for $10 million, Monaco Rare Coins will display the finest certified (NGC MS63) 1787 Brasher Doubloon at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money.
(Photo credit: NGC.)

1787 Brasher Doubloon obverse

Insured for $10 million, Monaco Rare Coins will display the finest certified (NGC MS63) 1787 Brasher Doubloon at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money. (Photo credit: NGC.)

The finest certified 1787 Brasher Doubloon will be displayed by Monaco Rare Coins of Newport Beach, California (www.MonacoRareCoins.com) as the centerpiece of the official Museum Showcase exhibits at the American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com), August 5 – 9, 2014.

Graded NGC MS63 CAC, it will be insured for $10 million for the exhibition, the first since Monaco acquired the coin this past January and only this coin’s second public display the past quarter century.

The Brasher Doubloon has been described as one of the greatest numismatic rarities of the world.  Made 227 years ago by New York City gold and silversmith Ephraim Brasher, it is one of only seven known surviving examples of the first gold made for the young United States.  Brasher’s initials, EB, are punched on the wing of an eagle on the coin’s obverse.

“Novodels of the Brasher Doubloon have been commissioned by Monaco Rare Coins to be struck in .999 fine gold by the Gallery Mint on the ANA convention floor.  Master Engraver Ron Landis will actually be minting the coins with a hand-operated screw press and educating attendees on the process used to create these important pieces of Americana two centuries ago,” said Monaco Vice President Adam Crum.

A novodel is a coin struck from new dies that are backdated; in this case, 1787.

“A portion of the proceeds from sales of the Brasher Doubloon novodels will be donated to the ANA by Monaco. We have a goal in mind to donate $250,000 to the ANA for many important projects the association is seeking to fund in the coming years.  My hope is that our membership will enjoy these fun novodels and see them as an important resource to educate collectors about significant rarities that enhance our hobby,” explained Crum.

The upcoming exhibit will be this Brasher Doubloon’s first major public appearance in the Chicago area in 27 years.  It’s last formal public display in the Midwest was in 1987 when it was part of a nationwide traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the United States Constitution.  The coin was also displayed at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City and at the 2012 ANA convention in Philadelphia.

“This coin is an iconic national treasure that should be seen, and the upcoming display in Chicago will be the first of several cross-country exhibits that are being planned,” explained Crum.

“This is our country’s first gold coin, struck in the infancy of the United States with a purely American design,” said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman.  “The Brasher Doubloon is one of the most sought-after coins in existence and this example is likely the most important coin ever certified.”

The Brasher Doubloon going on display at the ANA convention weighs 26.4 grams and is .890 fine gold.

“The novodels will be the same weight as the original, but have the beautiful rich color of solid pure .999 fine gold,” said Landis.

“We will have scheduled demonstrations during the ANA convention to show how the they are made. There is a lot of hand crafting that will go into the making of the blanks, hand chasing the edge, striking and finally, adding the oval ‘EB’ stamp after the coin is struck in the screw press,” Landis explained.

Visitors to the ANA Museum Showcase exhibit (booth area #143) and the Monaco booth (#139) can obtain a complimentary, illustrated educational brochure about the Brasher Doubloon.

The obverse design of the Brasher Doubloon shows an eagle holding an olive branch in one claw and arrows in another to symbolize the United States wants peace but is ready for war.  There are 13 stars around the eagle’s head representing the original 13 colonies, and the obverse motto is E PLURIBUS UNUM (“Out of Many, One,”).   The “EB” punch mark is on the wing on the left side of the coin.

The reverse design is a sun rising over a mountain in front of a sea, a symbolic representation of a new beginning.  Around the design is another Latin legend, NOVA EBORACA COLUMBIA EXCELSIOR.  Columbia was a nickname for the United States, Nova Eboraca translates to New York and excelsior is Latin for “ever higher.”

In addition to his punch marked initials on the obverse, Brasher’s full last name is on the reverse.  Besides his work as a respected gold and silversmith, Brasher served in various political and government jobs of the day in New York and was a neighbor of George Washington on Cherry Street in lower Manhattan.

In a 1922 auction catalog description of this coin, Fort Worth, Texas dealer B. Max Mehl stated: “For historical interest and numismatic rarity, this great coin is second to none. It is rightfully recognized as one of the greatest numismatic rarities of the world.”

The fabled Brasher Doubloon was the subject of a 1942 Raymond Chandler novel, “The High Window,” and a subsequent 1947 movie, “The Brasher Doubloon,” based on Chandler’s story about fictional detective, Philip Marlowe.

A video and detailed information about the history of Brasher Doubloons can be found online at www.MonacoRareCoins.com/BrasherVideo.

For additional information about the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, August 5 – 9, visit www.WorldsFairOfMoney.com.  For additional information about the Brasher Doubloon, contact Adam Crum at Monaco Rare Coins at (888) 751-1933 or visit online at www.MonacoRareCoins.com.

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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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Recovery of shipwreck gold “beyond expectations”

June 5, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Kathy Lynn Gray. June 5th, 2014. The Columbus Dispatch (http://www.dispatch.com/)

Gold and other valuables from outside the hull of the SS Central America have been retrieved, and a crew has begun bringing up nuggets, ingots and coins from inside the shipwreck, the recovery company reported yesterday. 

“Early-recovery results are well beyond our expectations,” CEO Greg Stemm told shareholders at Odyssey Marine Exploration’s annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. “Nearly every day of seafloor operations produces new discoveries and recoveries of gold in a dazzling array of different forms.”

The ship sank off the coast of South Carolina during a hurricane in 1857, taking 428 people to their deaths and leaving millions of dollars worth of personal and commercial gold on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. 

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