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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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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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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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The Under-Appreciated Platinum Eagle Proofs

October 31, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Design, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Over a week ago, the U.S. Mint announced that they will begin a three-year series of the American Platinum Eagles proof coins featuring designs inspired by the Declaration of Independence. After looking at the designs and the designs of past platinum proof coins, they may be one of the most under-appreciated series of coins produced […] Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 29, 2017

October 30, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Twelve years ago, when I went looking for numismatic information online, there were a few resources. The major numismatic publications had not fully embraced the online world and writing about numismatics strictly from the collector’s point of view was non-existent. I took a chance and started writing my own blog. On October 29, 2005, I […] Full article at the source>

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Numismatics: The road ahead

October 28, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

On October 16-17, the U.S. Mint held its second annual numismatic forum at its headquarters in Washington, DC, bringing together representatives of the Mint, the coin industry, the numismatic media, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and other stakeholders in the numismatic community. This year’s theme was “Numismatics: The Road Ahead.”

Like last year’s meeting, the latest forum was designed to foster greater dialogue among the various stakeholders; discuss implementation of ideas discussed at the 2016 forum; provide information about forthcoming products and improvements and innovations in how the Mint does business; and elicit suggestions from participants about how… Full article at the source>

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LeRoy Transfield discusses designing WWI Commemorative

October 20, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins

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

NOTE: I reached out to LeRoy Transfield, the design winner of the design competition for the World War I Centennial Commemorative dollar coin to ask about his experience with the design and competition. He sent me a copy of his story with permission to publish it here. The following is what he sent. I had […] Full article at the source>

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Diehl & Moy endorse change

October 18, 2017 in Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Could the recent cyber attacks and growing severity of cybersecurity issues become the motivation for Congress to vote to reform United States currency? According to Philip Diehl and Edmund Moy, former Directors of the U.S. Mint, the discussion as to remove the cent and paper dollar from circulation should be part of the current budget […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

  As you read this, the old round £1 coins have ceased to be legal tender in the United Kingdom. British news outlets are reporting that millions of the old round pounds are still in circulation but that might not be bad news for many Britons. There are reports that many coin-operated systems have not been […]Full article at the source>

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United States Mint announces designs for World War I Centennial Silver Medals

October 12, 2017 in Collecting, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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World War I Centennial Army Medal – West Point Mint

World War I Centennial Army Medal – West Point Mint

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today revealed the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active in World War I. Design descriptions and the respective minting facilities are below. The Army medal design depicts a soldier cutting through German barbed wire, while a second soldier aims a rifle amid a shattered landscape of broken trees… Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 8, 2017

October 10, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Earlier this week, the White House announced the nomination of David J. Ryder to be next Director of the U.S. Mint. If the name sounds familiar it is because Ryder served as the 34th Mint Director from September 1992 through November 1993 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Ryder’s biography in the President’s […] Full article at the source>

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Whitman Publishing releases new Q. David Bowers book on the secrets of smart coin-buying

October 8, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the newest book by Q. David Bowers. Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace: Secrets to Being a Smart Buyer debuted October 1, 2017. The 320-page full-color volume is available online (including at the website of Whitman Publishing) and in bookstores and hobby shops nationwide for $14.95.

Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace shares Bowers’s more than 60 years of experience as a coin collector, professional dealer, award-winning author and researcher, and past president of the American Numismatic Association. He tells how to build a meaningful and significant coin collection on any budget, for… Full article at the source>

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1943-D Bronze Cent makes a TV appearance, sort of

October 6, 2017 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

Fans of the NBC show The Blacklist that watched on Wednesday, October 4, would have noticed there was a numismatic role added to the script. Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader, was trying to gain the attention of a high-rolling thief and found himself at a numismatic auction. The item up for bid was the […] Full article at the source>

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September 2017 Numismatic Legislation Review

October 2, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, Legal, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Trying to follow the inner workings of politics is more frustrating than what you see on television news. Part of following the inner workings of Congress is to try to figure out what Congress will do next is not only understanding where legislation is in the process, what Congress calls “regular order,” but it also […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 1, 2017

October 2, 2017 in Blogs, Bullion, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Education, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Palladium, Palladium Coins, Paper Money, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Although the U.S. Mint has started shipping American Palladium Eagles, few have been available on the daily market. Most bullion dealers are offering these coins as a pre-sale with the expectation of receiving their coins on or about October 10 for shipment shortly thereafter. Pre-sale prices are averaging $85-200 over the spot price, which is […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 24, 2017

September 25, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Palladium, Palladium Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, US Mint, USA Coins

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

On Monday, the U.S. Mint will begin selling palladium bullion coins to authorized purchasers. The opening price will probably be $976.44 per coin, which is 6.25-percent over the spot price of $919 per troy ounce. Metal prices have not followed a path that market watchers are familiar with. Platinum is usually more expensive per troy […] Full article at the source>

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First photos of the 2017 American Eagle palladium bullion coin

September 21, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Palladium, Palladium Coins, Photography, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

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

The Mint will begin selling its 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs) on September 25. Until now, no photos of the coins have been available, and the curious have had to content themselves with photos of the plaster models or with graphic designers’ renderings. Around noon today (September 20), the Mint posted live photos of the coins (hover to zoom):

The palladium Eagles will be available to the public through the Mint’s AP network. Authorized Purchasers consist of major coin and precious-metals wholesalers, brokerage firms, banks, and other participating financial intermediaries. The… Full article at the source>

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A new book for the serious coin collector: Inside the Rare Coin Marketplace

September 18, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

“Buy the book before the coin” is good, solid, often-quoted advice for newcomers to the hobby. Frankly, it’s guidance for a lifetime of collecting; we should all heed it well beyond the beginner stage. And fortunately for today’s hobbyist, this advice has never been easier to follow—thanks in large part to one incredibly productive author, Q. David Bowers.

Numismatic publishing has experienced a renaissance, an exciting boom, over the past 15 years. Dave Bowers joined forces with Whitman Publishing in 2003 as the company’s numismatic director and as research editor of the Guide Book of United States Coins (the hobby’s best-selling… Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 17, 2017

September 18, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

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

As this is being posted I am packing up after working this past weekend at the DC Big Flea Market and Antique Show in Chantilly, Virginia. Since I have been working in the collectibles business, I have been trying to sell at one show a month with DC Big Flea being the show I work […] Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 10, 2017 (TRY 2)

September 11, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, World Coins

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

NOTE: I previous version was posted by mistake and then deleted. Sorry! As I watch the numismatic-related news that is published around the world in the regular media are the number of stories that come out of the United Kingdom and India. Aside from the change over from the “round pound” to the new 12-sided […]

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