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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>

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

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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>

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

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Whitman releases new Search & Save™ coin books on dimes, quarters, and half dollars

May 24, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Entertainment, Fun, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Reference, USA Coins, Young Collectors

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

(Pelham, Alabama)—Whitman Publishing announces the release of two new volumes in its series of combination book-albums trademarked under the name Search & Save. Each new volume consists of a 96-page hardcover book bound with a Whitman Classic Coin Album page for storing and displaying a customized coin collection. The Search & Save volumes are intended for beginning to intermediate hobbyists, as a fun way to introduce newcomers to active coin collecting. Volume 5 covers dimes and quarters, and volume 6 covers half dollars. Each retails for $9.95 and is available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at… Full article at the source>

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

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California Teenager Named PNG 2017 Scholarship Recipient

May 10, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Awards, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Competition, Conventions, Education, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Prize Winners, Seminars, Young Collectors

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News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman for PNG, (951) 587-8300

California Teenager Named
PNG 2017 Scholarship Recipient

 

Professional Numismatists Guild logo

Professional Numismatists Guild logo

(Temecula, California) May10, 2017 – A Southern California teenager whose jubilant coin collecting passion has enthralled his family and high school friends has been selected to receive the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org) 2017 Young Numismatist Scholarship.

“This year’s PNG scholarship is being awarded to Grant Shobar, 17, of Laguna Niguel, California. It will cover airfare, tuition for one of the two week-long American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar (www.money.org/summer-seminar) sessions, meals and five nights of dormitory accommodations on the campus of Colorado College, site of the ANA headquarters,” announced PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

As a youngster, Grant collected an assortment of items ranging from hotel room keys to football cards, marbles and stamps. He began collecting coins five years ago and has been an avid young numismatist since then.

“My passion for coin collecting never ends, and every hour I spend, whether organizing or analyzing a coin I am interested in buying, flies by and I enjoy every moment of it,” Grant explained.

Grant Shobar, PNG 2017 YN scholarship winner. (Photo courtesy of Shobar Family.)

Grant Shobar, PNG 2017 YN scholarship winner. (Photo courtesy of Shobar Family.)

“I was so thrilled when I learned that I won this year’s scholarship.  I went to the Summer Seminars the past two years, and the experiences were incredible.  It definitely brings collecting to a whole new level. This scholarship will help me expand my interest in the hobby and collecting,” added Grant who wants to take a Summer Seminar class on Seated Liberty coinage.

He will be a Senior this fall at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, California. He started the Numismaniacs Coin Club at the school during his Freshman year.  Grant also has written articles for various hobby publications, including the ANA’s magazine, The Numismatist, and enjoys attending the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show.

His parents, Mark and Cathy Shobar, and his sister, Hayleigh, have been delighted with Grant’s enthusiasm for collecting.

“We were excited (when Grant was notified about the PNG scholarship).  He literally lives and breathes coins; that’s all he talks about. He’s so passionate about the hobby.  His sister loves to listen to Grant talk about coins.  He teaches us all.  Now we’re always looking at all the coins and currency that come through our hands.  We learn from him,” said Cathy Shobar.

“I think this scholarship is a great opportunity for kids, a win-win for parents and their children. Not only are they learning about coins, a very valuable hobby, it teaches them more about many other topics.  We’re very blessed that he has such a passion for coins,” she added.  

Grant offers this advice for prospective collectors: “Everyone considering collecting should delve into the hobby.  Knowledge is key. Coins are really the best hobby because it is so diverse, there’s an option for everyone.”

This is the 13th consecutive year of PNG YN scholarships for the popular, annual ANA educational Summer Seminar programs.  

“The money to pay for the annual PNG YN Scholarship is administered from PNG’s Gerald Bauman Memorial Fund.  Bauman, who died in 2001, served for many years as a prominent coin dealer with Manfra, Tordella & Brookes in New York City,” explained PNG President Dana Samuelson.

            The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money dealers in the United States and six other countries.  PNG member-dealers must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics in the buying and selling of numismatic merchandise.  For additional information about PNG, visit online at www.PNGdealers.org or call (951) 587-8300.

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Paper vs Coin: In the Numismatic World, What is the difference?

November 7, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Paper Money, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Old Russian money and coins

To those who are unfamiliar, coin collecting and paper money collecting may seem as though they are one in the same but what they don’t know is they are more different than they could imagine.

The premise is similar in the sense that one has embarked on a mission to collect as much historical currency as humanly possible. The difference, beyond the obvious physical state, is quite extensive but yet simple when observing these primary differences:

  • Comparatively, paper currency is easier to store than coins as it requires less space.
  • There are a greater number of coins available in the world… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Archaeologists Question Media Sensationalism

October 18, 2016 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, USA Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

Ancient coin collectors in the United States had good reason to smile this past weekend. Archaeologist Paul Barford in his blog Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues joined a growing list of critics who believe that U.S. government officials are being swayed by false information. Specifically, Mr. Barford cites major media reports regarding ISIS funding as tainting a recent Congressional Homeland Security Committee Report with “outdated information, misrepresented statistics, and discredited figures.” He goes on to suggest that congressional staffers who authored the report “…searched for reports published in major media outlets without critically examining… Full article at the source>

Source: Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

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Whitman Publishing Releases Three New Search & Save™ Coin Books

June 2, 2016 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Reference, USA Coins

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

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Whitman Publishing has shared the following press release:

(Atlanta, Georgia) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the first three volumes in a new series of combination book-albums, trademarked under the name Search & Save. Each volume consists of a 64-page book bound with a Whitman Classic Coin Album page for storing and displaying a coin collection. The Search & Save volumes are intended for beginning to intermediate hobbyists, and as a fun way to introduce newcomers to active coin collecting. The first three books cover Lincoln cents, nickels, and State quarters. Each retails for $9.95 and is available from booksellers… Full article at the source>

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

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Kids and Coins Part Three

March 5, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Tom Becker From the Desk of Q. David Bowers (Stack and Bowers)

From The Coin Collector , Issue #124, March 11, 2002 This week I conclude an article written in 2002 by the late Tom Becker — an “infomercial” he called it at the time — about “Kids … Full article at the source>

Source: From the Desk of Q. David Bowers (Stack and Bowers)

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How To Get Started in Coin Collecting

February 17, 2015 in Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, USA Coins

By Jeff Garrett News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Morgan Silver Dollar

I first became interested in coin collecting the old fashioned way in the late 1960’s. A family friend gave me a Whitman album for Lincoln Cents, 1941-to date. For some reason, the challenge of completing this small album became a full time pursuit for a budding, young numismatist. My parents would take me to the bank each week to purchase $5 dollars worth of penny rolls that would be searched and later traded for another batch of penny rolls. After several weeks of meticulous searching, my album neared completion. This is where things get interesting for most collectors. Some become Full article at the source>

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

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Four Easy Steps to Becoming a Coin Collector

January 4, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics

By admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

A new year is here, and it’s a great time to try new things. Coin collecting is a unique hobby for several reasons. Unlike most other hobbies, coins don’t just cost money; they often end up earning you money. But just like any new hobby, when you’re first starting out there’s a lot to learn. […] Full article at the source>

Source:: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Passion for coins comes out in the wash

October 20, 2014 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

By Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Visiting the laundry while living in the USA sounds like a curious way to get in to coins. Believe it or not, that’s exactly what sparked an enduring love of collecting for one Perth Mint customer. Here “MyTwoCents” recounts his story for The Perth Mint Blog.


“Coin collecting can be as simple or as complicated as you like. It can be inexpensive, such as looking through your pocket change and trying to save a dollar Full article at the source>

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Coin Collecting with Children

April 10, 2013 in Canadian Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Numismatica, Numismatics, USA Coins, Young Collectors

April 9, 2013 By Joey of  made by joey (http://playfullearning.net)

Joey from Made by Joey is sharing an inspirational post on coin collecting with children today. Children are natural collectors and coin collecting sounds like a fun way to spend time together as a family and playfully practice math skills to boot!

I describe our family as “recreational coin collectors“, meaning that we only collect coins that are in circulation in Canada.  This means that we do not purchase complete sets, shop in coin shops for rare coins, or pay more for the coin than face value.  It can be a slow process that requires patience and organization to find the coins that you are seeking!

Coin collecting with children can be an enjoyable activity with many learning opportunities, such as…

  • Searching for coins
  • Sharing or trading coins with others that are missing coins
  • Sorting coins by type (ie:  penny, nickel, dime, etc)
  • Organizing coins by date
  • Keeping a record of the coins in the collection
  • Researching how many coins were produced in any given year at the Canadian Mint or the US Mint.*

*Did you know that the Mint does not make the same number of coins each year?  Knowing how many were produced for circulation can answer why you may be having troubles finding certain coins.

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