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Weekly Numismatic World News for August 20, 2017

August 21, 2017 in Blogs, Bullion, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Money, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

In my nearly 12 years of writing this blog and occasionally delving into the reasons for the fluctuating prices of precious metals and their impact on the numismatic market, there have been some fundamentals that have driven that market. As I was reminded in one of the articles in today’s list, “Is Now The Time […] Full article at the source>

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France: New “Masterpieces” coin series pays tribute to the masterworks of French museums

August 11, 2017 in Art, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, Museums, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Michael Alexander  world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new coin series which will focus primarily on some of the most memorable art treasures and masterpieces housed in many of France’s landmark museums and historical monuments. The three-year “Masterpieces of the Museums” series commemorates major artistic eras such as the Renaissance, the Baroque period, and Impressionism, and aims to honour two major masterpieces each year. In 2017, the series commences with a sculpture and a painting: The Venus de Milo (Vénus de Milo in French; from the Louvre Museum) and the Déjeuner sur l’herbe (from the Orsay Museum). Each design is minted… Full article at the source>

Source: world.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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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 News.CoinUpdate.com (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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Israel: 50th anniversary of Jerusalem under one authority commemorated on new silver and gold coins

July 24, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Israel Coins, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Bank of Israel will issue (1st August) new gold and silver coins which mark the 50th year of the city of Jerusalem, which was brought under one single authority as a result of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Throughout Jewish history, the holy city of Jerusalem has never been forgotten. The city is considered holy to each of the primary monotheistic religions, with Jerusalem remaining an eternal source of inspiration and focus of pilgrimage for people from all over the globe.

From 1947 (before the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948) until 1967, Jerusalem was a divided city. The… Full article at the source>

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Four Are Arrested in Theft of Giant Gold Coin From Berlin Museum

July 13, 2017 in Burglaries, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, World Coins

By: David Shimer New York Times Topics (Numismatics)

The arrests were made in the theft of the 221-pound “Big Maple Leaf” coin from the Bode Museum. The coin has probably been melted or shattered, the authorities said… Full article at the source>

Source: New York Times Topics (Numismatics)

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Perth Mint’s rare $1.8m coin trilogy sold

July 7, 2017 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals

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

The following is a courtesy post from our sister site World Mint News Blog.

The pinnacle of the Perth Mint’s long-term association with Rio Tinto and Argyle Pink Diamonds, the Australian Trilogy is an incomparable combination of precious metals and rare, natural, fancy-colored diamonds unearthed from the Argyle Diamond Mine in the east Kimberley region of Western Australia.

“This coveted collection of diamond-studded gold and platinum coins has raised the bar on the concept of ‘unique collectable,’ exemplifying the quality craftsmanship for which the Perth Mint and Argyle Pink Diamonds are renowned,” said Perth Mint chief executive officer Richard Hayes.

Since the… Full article at the source>

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

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Texas: Home of the first state-run bullion depository in the U.S.

June 20, 2017 in Blogs, Bullion, Gold, Gold Bullion, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Government

By: Mint News Blog Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

The Texas state capitol building, Austin. (Photo by Ed Uthman)

The Texas state capitol building, Austin. (Photo by Ed Uthman)

Lone Star Tangible Assets (LSTA), an Austin-based firm, has signed a five-year contract with the government of Texas to manage the state’s bullion depository, which will be under the authority of the state comptroller general (currently Glenn Hegar).

Prior to the law authorizing the Texas Bullion Depository, such facilities were privately owned, with the exception of the massive depositories of the federal government. They tend to be clustered near the New York financial hub, in part because of COMEX requirements that its member depositories be located within 150 miles of New… Full article at the source>

Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

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Australian premier unveils Perth Mint’s rare $1.8m coin trilogy

June 15, 2017 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Press Releases, World Coins

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

On June 7, the premier of Western Australia, the Honorable Mark McGowan MLA, unveiled a $1.8 million, one-of-a-kind coin collection struck by the Perth Mint.

The Australian Trilogy celebrates a selection of the nation’s natural treasures and is the Mint’s most significant numismatic release for 2017. In a convergence of color and light, the collection showcases three of Australia’s most beloved fauna on three precious-metal kilo coins. Each coin is hand set with a natural, fancy-colored diamond from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine.

Officiating at the event, the premier said that the creation of such an exceptional collector’s item reinforces Australia’s… Full article at the source>

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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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France: Endearing Disney character Scrooge McDuck features on latest “Youth Series” gold and silver coins

June 2, 2017 in Art, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Monnaie de Paris, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Monnaie de Paris have unveiled a new series of coins which features one of Walt Disney Studios’ most engaging cartoon characters: Scrooge McDuck. The irrepressible duck with his affectation of a broad Scottish brogue has been part of the world of Disney now for 70 years.

Initially inspired by the Charles Dickens classic novel A Christmas Carol and its primary antagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, Carl Barks came up with the quintessentially stodgy but lovable Scrooge McDuck in 1947. At the time, Banks was an author of comic-book stories for Western Publishing, an American comic-edition company, and was also working for Walt… Full article at the source>

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

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2017 American Eagle 1-oz. gold Uncirculated coin goes on sale today

June 1, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, US Mint, USA Coins

By: Mint News Blog Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

(Photos courtesy of APMEX)

(Photo courtesy of APMEX)

Today (June 1) is the release date for the Mint’s annual American Eagle 1-ounce gold Uncirculated coin (17EH), which will be available from noon Eastern time. The Uncirculated and Proof AGEs are collector versions of the official U.S. Mint American Eagle gold bullion coins, differing with respect to finish and mintmark (which the bullion strike lacks). Each 22-karat (0.9127 fine) gold Uncirculated coin, denominated $50, is enclosed in a clear capsule housed in a blue, Mint-branded box, and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

(Individual, high-res photos courtesy of the U.S. Mint)

Each coin measures 1.287 inches in… Full article at the source>

Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

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Rich in symbolism, new Dragon and Phoenix coins offer rare collectable opportunities

May 17, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Two of the most potent animal symbols in Chinese mythology appear in stunning high relief on these new gold and silver proof coins from The Perth Mint.

Seen as wise and benevolent, the Oriental dragon represents nobility and good fortune in a culture where people believed their Emperor to have been the son of a dragon.

Another ancient symbol of good fortune, the Phoenix is considered to be an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadowed harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new Emperor.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and phoenix are said to be perfect matches for one another. The… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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$1 million gold Maple Leaf stolen from Bode Museum in Germany

March 27, 2017 in Canadian Coins, Coins, Gold, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Royal Canadian Mint, Theft, World Coins

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

Remember Canada’s jaw-dropping, million-dollar gold Maple Leaf? Struck in 2007, the coin weighs 100 kilograms, is .99999 fine, and has a $1 million face value. A little over an inch thick and nearly 21 inches in diameter, it’s worth nearly $4.5 million.The coin, which contains 3,215 troy ounces of gold, was certified by Guinness World Records to be the world’s largest gold coin. According to the Royal Canadian Mint’s website, five have been produced and sold to date.

According to Associated Press, the one housed in the Bode Museum,which is located on Germany’s UNESCO-listed Museum Island, has been stolen…. Full article at the source>

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

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New to gold investing? The FTC has these tips

March 24, 2017 in Bullion, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Bullion, Investing, IRA, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, US Government

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


“Police say two Bend teens made more than $50,000 selling fake bars of gold.” That’s the headline in today’s Register-Guard, a newspaper in Eugene, Oregon. It seems the two budding criminals got hold of fake, 1-ounce gold bars purported to be from the Perth Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint, in seemingly official, tamper-proof packaging. Then they went on Craigslist and connected with potential buyers. The unscrupulous juveniles rooked at least three adults—including an experienced coin dealer, who bought the majority of their stock* from individuals who’d purchased it directly from the teens.

This story seemed like a good intro… Full article at the source>

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

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New to bullion investing? Important guidelines to get you safely started

March 17, 2017 in Bullion, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Platinum, Platinum Coins, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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

Student loans, auto loans, home mortgages, and similar expenditures are major financial milestones—most people encounter one or more of them at some point in life. If you don’t have direct experience in these areas, you almost certainly know someone who does, and they can point you in the right direction.

Investing in coins or precious metals, on the other hand, is very different. If you aren’t already in the know, chances are your friends and relatives aren’t, either. Lack of information leaves people especially vulnerable to fraud, whether it’s malicious (as with counterfeit coins) or simply ignorant (overcharging for legitimate items… Full article at the source>

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

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Spain: World Cup 2018 features on latest gold and silver collector coins

March 3, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Spanish Coins, World Coins

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

The Fabrica Nacional Moneda y Timbre / Real Casa de la Moneda have unveiled (27th February) two new coins that celebrate the sports world’s most prestigious tournaments on the football/soccer calendar: the World Cup. The 21st World Cup tournament was awarded to the host country of Russia in December 2010. The announcement was made from the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) headquarters in Zurich, winning out over nine other countries who had placed their bid to host.

The tournament will last for 32 days, with the opening ceremonies to commence on the 14th June 2018 and conclude on the 15th… Full article at the source>

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

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Will the Trump administration make gold great again?

March 2, 2017 in Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, US Federal Reserve, US Government, US Mint

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

Donald Trump has been interested in gold for decades and once reportedly accepted rent payment in gold bars when APMEX was opening a New York branch back in 2011 (see photo above, or scroll down for video). He also bought a large quantity of gold for about $185 an ounce when gold ownership was legalized in 1975, and sold at just under $800 an ounce years later.

Trump has expressed qualified support for the idea of returning to the gold standard but has not backed any specific plan to do so. For example, during the 2016 presidential campaign he told GQ… Full article at the source>

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

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How the Mint audits the nation’s deep-storage gold

March 1, 2017 in Blogs, Education, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, US Government, US Mint

By: Mint News Blog Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

Weighing-gold

The status of the U.S. gold reserves has long been a point of discussion, as all information on the subject is closely guarded by the Treasury. Although information on annual audits is available, the average person is unaware of it; and even those who know it exists generally don’t know where to find it. Couple these facts with the public’s widespread distrust of Congress and government agencies, and it’s no wonder that rumors about the nation’s gold supply have run rampant for decades. Nearly every coin and/or investment forum on the Internet, if you dig deeply enough, has hosted discussions Full article at the source>

Source: Mint News Blog (http://mintnewsblog.com)

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Your guide to the lunar zodiac in the Year of the Rooster

December 6, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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Click image to discover your lunar animal

Buddha and the 12 lunar animals

The ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar, which dates back beyond 2600BC, is reputedly the longest chronological record in history. According to a popular version of its founding legend, Buddha called on every animal to attend on him prior to departing to the next life. Only 12 animals arrived to honour the sage and in recognition of their allegiance he rewarded each one with a place in the famous lunar zodiac.

In some versions of the story, Buddha asked the animals to race across a river. Not the greatest swimmer, the rooster… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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Blockchain Technology Allows Digital Investment in Precious Metals

December 1, 2016 in Crypto Currency, Currency, Digital Currency, Education, Gold, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Royal British Mint, Virtual currency

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

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This morning there was a post on LinkedIn that caught my eye. It was a piece from the Telegraph that talked about how the Royal Mint is going to begin offering gold trading using blockchain technology.

If you’re asking yourself what “blockchain” means, I’m sure you’re not alone. I knew the term was somehow related to cryptocurrency, but that was all. I spent a couple of hours reading and bouncing ideas off my three-year-old, always a good sounding board, and decided to write a little bit about it.

Blockchain Technology

This is the technology that Bitcoin is based on. Don’t let words like… Full article at the source>

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

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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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Five of the rarest coins you could possibly come across

November 22, 2016 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Reference, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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For its short length in history, the United States has an extensive list of currency. Many of which are thought to be lost forever after being ordered to be destroyed due to a depression or plans of being replaced with an entirely new design. Their scarcity sparked beliefs of fable until collectors began coming forward with authentic coins verifying their place in history.

The 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar – $10 Million

Now considered the highest valued coin in history, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar was struck only in 1794 and 1795. Many collectors refer to it as much… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Early November report

November 12, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Market Report, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, USA Coins

By: Jose Legend Numismatics Market Report

Let the flow begin

We were relieved to see activity continue at a good pace this past week. Of course gold still clearly leads the way.

To answer so many questions we had last week: With Trump being elected the rare coin market has seen NO major changes, nor do we anticipate any in the short term. We have talked to several Wall Street big wigs and bankers. Their general feelings are money will be unlocked in businesses thus leading to profits, thus leading to more income and bounses for the masses. So eventually there will be more money looking Full article at the source>

Source: Legend Numismatics Market Report

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The Australian who inspired silent contemplation of fallen comrades

November 11, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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To honour those who have died as a consequence of war, Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence as the clock strikes the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – the moment the guns fells silent on the Western Front in 1918.

The observance takes place in other Allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States. But how did the tradition originate? Click here for more official military tribute coins from The Perth Mint.

Edward George Honey has been credited as the first person to suggest a period of silence in which… Full article at the source>

Source: Perth Mint Blog

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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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