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Book review: The Gold Indians of Bela Lyon Pratt satisfies coin collectors and American history buffs alike

August 1, 2017 in Antique Coins, Art, Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Dennis Tucker (Coin Update News)

How often do you read a numismatic book outside of the fields you actively collect?

Some hobbyists stick to their favorite subjects—if they collect Morgan dollars, they read books about Morgan dollars, and don’t stray very far into Buffalo nickels, commemoratives, world coins, or medals and tokens.

Many other hobbyists are like numismatic sponges, happy to absorb as much knowledge as they can from all directions. We see this at Whitman Publishing all the time. Some collectors have favorite authors and would buy a Ken Bressett book whether it’s about U.S. paper currency, English coins, or money used in Biblical times. Some… Full article at the source>

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“Decay” inaugurates new high-relief silver series, “Gargoyles & Grotesques”

June 2, 2017 in African Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: World Mint News Blog (News and Commentary on World Coins)

Proof finish. (Background photo of Washington National Cathedral by Carol M. Highsmith)

Ibex Coins, on behalf of the Republic of Chad, has released the first of an intriguing new series of high-relief silver coins called “Gargoyles and Grotesques.” The subjects, as the name suggests, are those strange and fantastical creatures that have decorated buildings since ancient times, peering from the peaks of gothic windows, crouching on rooftops, and scaring away evil spirits. A specific type of grotesque, the gargoyle, has an architectural purpose: it serves as a downspout, directing rainwater away from the sides of a building. The new series takes… Full article at the source>

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Proposed Legislation Aims to Designate Saint-Gaudens Site as National Arts Park

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

By: Dan Holmes Mint News Blog (


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


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

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

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Artist “Strikes” Buffalo Nickel in Oreo

February 5, 2016 in Art, Design, Entertainment, Fun, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By: Coin Update (Coin Update News)


Artist Javier Fiore made good use of a snack and a safety pin last week when he carved an impressively detailed likeness of a Buffalo nickel’s obverse into the cream filling of an Oreo cookie.

Coin World points out that Fiore posted an image of his work to the Facebook page of the Original Hobo Nickel Society, where it joined a wide variety of creative coin designs rendered by an array of artists and enthusiasts. When a commenter recommended that Fiore sell the item on eBay, the artist responded, “Hah. I think that rots in… Full article at the source>

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Coins and stamps now more profitable than art and wine

September 24, 2013 in Antique Coins, Art, Coins, Collecting, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

Interview by Mark Garrison (

There’s a special category of assets called ‘passion investments.’ This includes fine art, wine and other collectibles. It’s high glamour, high cost and also high risk, which is why it’s mostly the realm of the super-rich. Jason Karaian, senior Europe correspondent at Quartz, says there are some interesting new trends in this arena. Classic cars are fetching a lot of money right now, and coins and stamps are doing especially well — better than fine art, wine and jewelry. He says the shift could point to a number of things, but it’s worth noting that these items have a more ‘geekier’ image associated with them.

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