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POLL: What are your numismatic gift plans for this holiday season?

November 30, 2017 in Blogs, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By scott Welcome back from your Thanksgiving Break! Today is Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is a modern invention created back when most people only had access to the Internet through a dial-up modem and would use their company’s faster connection to do online shopping following Black Friday. In the modern world, Black Friday does not have the […]

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British Virgin Islands: Ultra-high relief silver piedfort coin marks Elizabeth and Philip’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Coin Update

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (21st November) a new silver crown coin in celebration of the 70th (platinum) wedding Anniversary of the territory’s head of state, HM Queen Elizabeth II, and her consort, HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The royal couple were married on the 20th November 1947, in London’s Westminster Abbey in a glittering ceremony, which for many, was a great distraction from the reality of war recovery and rationing which the United Kingdom had in place since the start of the Second World War in 1939.

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Assembling sets by price rather than grade

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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There’s something extremely satisfying about seeing (and even more so assembling) a beautifully matched set of coins. One of the main reasons it’s so satisfying is that it has undeniable eye appeal. The other reason is it’s an extremely difficult task to accomplish.

If you’re like me and you’d rather rush to complete your set and then take time to upgrade it, one way to do this is by assembling a set by price rather than grade. If you start with a reasonably low per-coin average price, your collecting mistakes may not cost you too much.

Let’s say, after reviewing key-date prices, Full article at the source>

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USS Constitution Museum launches limited edition collector’s medallion minted from copper salvaged from the famous ship

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Brandon Christopher Hall

The USS Constitution Museum, named after the planet’s oldest still-commissioned vessel, the USS Constitution, has revealed that it is offering a limited edition medallion minted from copper taken from the ship itself. The USS Constitution was named by none other than President George Washington himself, and has stayed afloat since its launch in 1797. She was built at Edmund Hartt’s shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts, and is often referred to by the loving nickname “Old Ironsides.” The Constitution is renowned for her valiant service in the War of 1812, defeating five different British warships throughout the conflict: HMS Pictou, Cyane, Java, Full article at the source>

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase the Eldorado Collection of Columbian Paper Money

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Coin Update

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be showcasing the first installment of The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money as part of their official auction January 11–13, 2018, during the New York International Convention at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Eldorado Collection, offered in two auction catalogs, is an important auction event in Latin American numismatics and is the finest ever cataloged. These catalogs are the initial offerings, which feature many of the rarest and highest-grade selections from this epic cabinet.

The paper money presentation portrays the broadest view of this subject ever published in English or Full article at the source>

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Australia: Gold and silver coins celebrate the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Royal Australian Mint have released (23rd November) two new collector coins which are produced to celebrate the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Australia, April 4–15, 2018. The XXI Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, located on Australia’s east coast, with events also taking place in Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville. The Gold Coast, or GC 2018, will be the largest international multi-sport event ever hosted on the Gold Coast and will be the largest sporting event to be staged in Australia this decade. Across 11 days of competition, more than 6,600 athletes and team Full article at the source>

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George Rogers Clark 5-oz. silver Uncirculated coin goes on sale December 5

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (product code 17AN) on December 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coins replicate the designs featured on the Mint’s ATB quarters. This coin’s reverse depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville. Inscriptions are GEORGE ROGERS CLARK, INDIANA, 2017, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

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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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Ryder Nomination Moves Forward

November 3, 2017 in Blogs, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

The Nomination of David J. Ryder to become the 39th Director of the U.S. Mint moves forward as the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs ordered that his appointment to be reported favorably. Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) reported the committee’s recommendation without a printed report. His nomination was added to the […] 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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Time for the olde guard to wake up to new technology

October 28, 2017 in Blogs, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Education, Grading, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Technology

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

I have a tremendous amount of respect for the people who have been in the numismatic industry and has been responsible for keeping alive and solid over the last number of years. Their knowledge of the art and business of numismatics are invaluable. I wish some would write more about what they know. However, the […] 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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Falkland Islands: Centenary of the House of Windsor celebrated with new crown coin set

October 12, 2017 in British Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Uncirculated Coins, World Coins

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

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (9th October) a new set of crown coins which mark the centenary anniversary of the establishment of the British Royal House. The Royal House came about due to the circumstances just after the fighting for the Great War began (1914–1918).

The long-established and historic dynasty of Saxe Coburg and Gotha had succeeded to the British throne upon the accession of HM King Edward VII, son of Prince Albert, the prince consort of HM Queen Victoria, whom she had married in 1840. Queen Victoria was the last of the Hanoverians to sit… 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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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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ALERT: Obsolete paper money stolen in Georgia

September 22, 2017 in Bank Notes, Collecting, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, PSA, Theft, U.S. Notes

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

The Numismatic Crime Information Center advises collectors to be on the lookout for the following obsolete bank notes, stolen from a car in Georgia:

The Coweta County, Georgia, sheriff’s department is investigating a burglary resulting in the loss of the following obsolete notes:

  • Merchants and Planters Bank $1 (1857) $1 (1859) $2 $3 $5 $10 $20 $50 $100
  • Timber Cutters Bank $1 $2 $10 $20 $50
  • State of Georgia Bank of Commerce $1 $2 $5 $20
  • Farmers and Mechanics Bank $1 $2 $5 $10 $100
  • Planters Bank $1

All were in a black binder marked “Currency Album” in gold leaf. All notes were from the 1850, …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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