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A 20 Mark Pick

September 4, 2017 in Bank Notes, Blogs, Books, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Entertainment, History, Money, Numismatica, Numismatics, Paper Money

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

When you are a picker sometimes a find can be worth more than originally expected. This past week I was offered a small library of military books from the estate of a former career military officer. Normally, I will not invest too much into books since they are not big sellers. However, if I can […]

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1783-Dated Coin Identified as First Struck by the U.S. Government to Make First Public West Coast Appearance

September 1, 2017 in Antique Coins, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Press Releases, Rare Coins, US Government, USA Coins

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August 31, 2017

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1783-Dated Coin Identified as First Struck by the U.S. Government to Make First Public West Coast Appearance

 

The Plain Obverse Nova Constellatio Quint will make its first public West Coast appearance during the Long Beach Expo.

The Plain Obverse Nova Constellatio Quint will make its first public West Coast appearance during the Long Beach Expo.

(Long Beach, California) August 31, 2017 – After its showcase in August’s World’s Fair of Money, a coin that experts are hailing as the very first coin made by the United States will be displayed during the 2017 Long Beach Expo (www.LongBeachExpo.com)in Long Beach, CA, September 7- 9.

This marks the first public West Coast appearance for the coin, which is now insured for $5 million.

According to researcher David McCarthy of Kagin’s, Inc., there is overwhelming evidence that this is the very first coin ever officially struck by authority of the United States government, a finding hailed by renowned coin expert and author Jeff Garrett as “one of the most exciting developments in modern numismatics.”

The coin is known as the “Plain Obverse Nova Constellatio Quint.” It was once in the hands of one of the USA’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and it is the historic ancestor of the dollar as well as every coin in the Western world using a decimal monetary system, according to McCarthy.

“Although the coin was discovered in 1870, it was misattributed. We now have compelling evidence that it is, ‘the first that has been struck as an American coin,’ as described in the April 2, 1783 diary entry of Founding Father Robert Morris, the government’s first Superintendent of Finance and a signer of the Declaration of Independence,” stated McCarthy.

“The Quint and a subsequent set of coins were created in Philadelphia in April of 1783 under authority of the Treasury some nine years before the next coins would be struck by the U.S. government.  It would have been valued at 500-units in a proposed system that would range from 5 to 1,000 units,” McCarthy explained.

During the 18th Century, several states and private individuals manufactured coins, but this is the first coin that was struck and paid for by the U.S. government, according to McCarthy’s research, which more than a dozen other early American coin experts support.

Following the Civil War, the coin surfaced in New York City, and passed through the hands of some of the 19th Century’s greatest collectors before entering the possession of Johns Hopkins University, where it resided until 1979.

Kagin’s acquired the coin at an auction in 2013.  McCarthy began researching it through the Journals of Continental Congress, the writings of Founding Fathers Robert Morris and Thomas Jefferson, and forensic evidence found on the coins themselves, identifying it as the coin referred to by Morris, the Nation’s first Superintendent of Finance as, “the first that has been struck as an American coin.”

The coin can been seen during the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo, Thursday, September 7, through Saturday, September 9. For complete show hours, visit www.LongBeachExpo.com.  

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and children aged 8 to 16; however, free admission coupons are available in advance with promo code: EXPOPR on www.LongBeachExpo.com.  

        For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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Donn Pearlman named NLG Acting Executive Director

August 29, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatic Literary Guild, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases

August 29, 2017

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Donn Pearlman named NLG Acting Executive Director

 

Donn Pearlman NLG Acting Exec. Dir.

Donn Pearlman NLG Acting Exec. Dir.

The Board of Directors of the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) www.NLGonline.org, a nonprofit organization composed of over 400 writers, editors, authors and content producers, has selected award-winning author, journalist and former CBS broadcaster Donn Pearlman of Las Vegas, Nevada to be its Acting Executive Director. He succeeds legendary journalist Ed Reiter of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania who served as NLG Executive Director from 1990 until his death this past August 24, 2017.

Since its founding in 1968, the NLG has promoted numismatic education and recognizes outstanding achievements in numismatic journalism, books, newsletters and auction catalogs.  The organization conducts an annual symposium, as well as a dinner and awards ceremony, “The Bash,” at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money® convention.

Pearlman is a longtime stalwart of the organization, having served as an NLG director for various terms since the 1980s, and from 1978 through 1989 served as emcee and organizer of its annual Bashes.  He has continued through the decades to also serve NLG as a judge, member sponsor and awards presenter.

“I am honored to be selected by the NLG Board. Ed Reiter was a long-time friend and a respected leader in the numismatic community,” said Pearlman who is president of Donn Pearlman & Associates Public Relations in Las Vegas.

Pearlman has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and columns promoting the numismatic hobby and profession, and was a columnist for years in The Numismatist magazine, official publication of ANA.  He is the author of books on broadcasting, baseball cards and coins.

Pearlman received the NLG’s highest honor, the Clemy, in 1984, and was recipient of the ANA’s highest honor, the Farran Zerbe Award, in 2015.

Other honors the incoming Acting Executive Director received include the 2017 Burnett Anderson Award for Excellence in Numismatic Writing, presented jointly by the ANA, American Numismatic Society and the NLG; the Professional Numismatists Guild’s Art Kagin Ambassador Award (2011), Significant Contribution Award (2005) and Sol Kaplan Award (1977); ANA Glenn Smedley Award (1993) and Medal of Merit (1996). He also served two terms as an ANA Governor, 1989 to 1993.

In the late 1970s to mid-1980s Pearlman was producer and narrator of a weekly series of numismatic-related educational programs for CBS Radio.  He also was the script writer for the acclaimed, joint PNG-ANA 1995 video documentary, Money: History in Your Hands, narrated by actor James Earl Jones.

“I first learned of the NLG in 1977 when I attended my first ANA convention. NLG founding Executive Director Lee Martin invited me to join, and I promptly did. When I returned home, Lee told me that I was named the master of ceremonies of the next year’s Bash. I happily remained MC for about a decade,” recalled Pearlman.

Membership in the Numismatic Literary Guild is open to authors of numismatic books; publishers and editors of recognized numismatic periodicals or club publications in the numismatic field; staff writers or columnists of such periodicals; writers whose work has been published in such periodicals or club journals; published research numismatists; auction catalogers; curators of recognized numismatic museums; broadcasters and numismatic online content producers, and others deemed worthy by the NLG Membership Committee.

A membership application is available online at https://www.NLGonline.org/NLG_Member_Form.pdf.             

 

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Weekly Numismatic World News for August 27, 2017

August 28, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Legal, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Turkish Coins, World Coins

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

This week, the BBC reported about Toby Robyns, a 52-year-old ambulance driver from the U.K., who may be facing an up to three-year prison sentence for trying to take home ancient coins he found on a beach in Turkey. Immediately, my thoughts turned to a story I wrote about my friends in a similar situation. […]

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Fort Knox opened to civilians for the first time in 40 years

August 22, 2017 in Blogs, Bullion, Education, Events, Gold, Gold Bullion, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Politics, Precious Metals, US Government

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

For much of the country, yesterday was “eclipse day.” But at Fort Knox, the big yellow wasn’t being covered up—it was being revealed: for the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Bullion Depository there was opened to civilians.

The Washington Examiner reported that yesterday (August 21), at the behest of the treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, the depository was to be opened to a delegation of politicians. The Washington Post later reported that the party included Mnuchin, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, and several journalists.

McConnell said that the idea of… Full article at the source>

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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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Learning from History using Numismatics

August 18, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Events, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

One of the most popular aphorisms was written by philosopher and essayist George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Although it was one line in Volume 1 of his five volume The Life of Reason, the statement is so profound that it stands out as a seminal statement. Events this past week in Charlottesville, Virginia are forcing us to heed Santayana’s warning and look at our history to understand how we got here and why. Regardless of how anyone feels about the issues behind the divisions we cannot condone the use of violence to try to force opinions on others. This is what was tried in the past, which is why we have to learn from it because it seems to repeat itself time and again.[…]

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Kagin’s Researcher Pinpoints  1783 Plain Nova Constellatio Quint as First Official USA Coin Struck Historic Coin Will Be Exhibited at ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 1 – 5

August 1, 2017 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Art, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Reference, US Government, USA Coins

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Kagin’s Researcher Pinpoints  1783 Plain Nova Constellatio Quint as First Official USA Coin Struck

Historic Coin Will Be Exhibited at ANA Denver World’s Fair of Money, Aug. 1 – 5

Authorized by Congress, the unique 1783 plain obverse Nova Constellatio “Quint” silver coin had a value of 500 units in a proposed but later abandoned early American decimal monetary system that would have ranged from 5 to 1,000 units. Photo credit: Image courtesy of PCGS.com

Authorized by Congress, the unique 1783 plain obverse Nova Constellatio “Quint” silver coin had a value of 500 units in a proposed but later abandoned early American decimal monetary system that would have ranged from 5 to 1,000 units.
Photo credit: Image courtesy of PCGS.com

(Tiburon, California) August 1, 2017 – David McCarthy, senior numismatist at Kagin’s, Inc. of Tiburon, California (www.Kagins.com), has pinpointed the 1783 plain obverse Nova Constellatio Quint pattern (Breen-1102, W-1830) as the first coin officially struck by authority of the United States government, a finding hailed by another U.S. rare coin expert as “one of the most exciting developments in modern numismatics.”

Results of McCarthy’s research on the unique, early American experimental silver coin, that once was in the hands of one of the USA’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton, are in the August 2017 edition of “The Numismatist,” the official journal of the American Numismatic Association (www.money.org).

Now insured for $5 million, the historic ancestor of the dollar as well as every coin in the western world using a decimal monetary system, will be publicly displayed at the Kagin’s booth, #700, during the ANA 2017 World’s Fair of Money (www.WorldsFairofMoney.com) in Denver, Colorado, August 1- 5.

“It’s a national treasure that was hiding in plain sight until all the pieces of the puzzle recently came together,” said Donald H. Kagin, Ph.D., President of Kagin’s.

“Although the coin was discovered in 1870, it was misattributed. We now have compelling evidence that it is, ‘the first that has been struck as an American coin,’ as described in the April 2, 1783 diary entry of Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. government’s first Superintendent of Finance,” explained McCarthy.

“The Quint and a subsequent set of coins were created in Philadelphia in April of 1783 under authority of the Treasury some nine years before the next coins would be struck by the U.S. government.  It would have been valued at 500-units in a proposed system that would range from 5 to 1,000 units,” McCarthy said.

“This was the first use of the vital and enduring decimal system to be established in the western world,” stated Kagin.

During the 1770s and 1780s several states and private individuals manufactured coins, but this is the first coin that was struck and paid for by the U.S. government, according to McCarthy’s research, which a dozen other early American coin experts agreed with before he submitted it for publication.

After examining McCarthy’s research, early American coins researcher and writer John Dannreuther of Memphis, Tennessee, the American Numismatic Association’s 2007 Numismatist of the Year, summed up the findings:

“There is a first United States coin, as we have written evidence (in the April 2, 1783 diary entry of Robert Morris, U.S. Superintendent of Finance) that one was delivered:

‘I sent for (metallurgist) Mr. (Benjamin) Dudley who delivered me a Piece of Silver Coin being the first that has been struck as an American Coin.’

“The only coin that logically could be this coin is the Plain Obverse Quint.

“There are numerous things that bring us to this conclusion, the first being that “Nova Constellatio” is not found on the Plain Legend Quint. One does not remove legends, they are added,” explained Dannreuther.

“Secondly, the number of dies noted in the literature can be made to match only by having one die ground down and reengraved. After overlaying the two Quint types, it became obvious that the Plain Obverse die’s eye matched the with Legend eye. Since this is the highest point of the coin, it is the lowest part of the die, as well as the center, it would be logical to leave a small amount of this area as a starting point for the new die. The rest of the die’s detail was removed by the grinding process, of course.”

“Thirdly, the two Quint dies obviously were engraved by two different hands. Since, we know that the with Legend coins match the other denominations in style, as well as having the “Nova Constellatio” legend, the Plain Obverse has to be the first one – thus, it is the first United States coin,” stated Dannreuther.

American Numismatic Association President Jeff Garrett of Lexington, Kentucky also examined McCarthy’s study prior to publication and stated: “David McCarthy’s research makes a compelling case for the 1783 Nova Constellatio Quint being the ‘First American Coin.’  As such, the historical importance of his research, and the coin, is one of the most exciting developments in modern numismatics!”

Only two examples of the 500-unit coin are known, and each is distinctively different on the front. One has the words, NOVA CONSTELLATIO, Latin for “a new constellation,” while the other example does not have any words. The research demonstrates the coin without the words on the obverse was struck first.

After surfacing in New York City nearly 150 years ago, the coin was carefully preserved in several major collections including Lorin G. Parmelee, S.H. and H. Chapman and Wayte Raymond before becoming part of the Garrett Collection and into the possession of Johns Hopkins University where it resided for much of the 20th century.  Only now, though, has numismatic research brought together evidence that it was the first federal coin made by authority of the U.S. government.

Kagin’s acquired the coin at an auction in 2013 where it was graded PCGS AU53 Secure.  McCarthy began researching it through the writings of Morris and Thomas Jefferson, Continental Congress documents, and forensic evidence found on the coins themselves, and he consulted with other noted experts in early American numismatics.

“While the 1783 Plain Obverse Nova Constellatio Quint is among the most historically significant of all United States coins, it is also one of the most important artifacts in the world,” stated Kagin.  “Nothing defines a nation and its society more than its coinage. Just like great documents such as The Magna Carta or The Declaration of Independence established fundamental principles and tenets for western society, so does coinage reflect a nation’s most important ideals, becoming a primary source of communication for a nation’s beliefs.”  

“By examining the first coin of the United States and the new decimal monetary system that it ushered in, we gain significant insights to the thinking of America’s Founding Fathers concerning what kind of nation they wished to establish,” he continued.

Kagin said the coin’s inscriptions and symbols contain the most important aspects of our fledging nation:

On the Obverse the central devices are:

  • The Eye of Providence—symbolizing the creator’s approval of our nation.
  • A circle of 13 stars –a theme which has endured for 240 years—as an obvious reference to the new constellation formed by the original 13 colonies.

The Reverse central inscription includes:

  • “U.S.” as it proclaims the name of our country for all the world to acknowledge.

This is followed by the denomination—in this case, 500 units or a Quint.  Along with the date, two of the most fundamental and defining issues for Americans then and today are prominently inscribed in Latin so all nations could understand: LIBERTAS (Liberty) and JUSTITIA (Justice).

“This coin, struck in the precious metal silver, was also the very first artifact to present our nation’s new decimal system—in fact, the first use of such a vital and enduring system to be established in the western world,” concluded Kagin.

Kagin and McCarthy made international headlines in 2014 when they assisted an anonymous California couple who discovered the “Saddle Ridge Hoard,” nearly $10 million of 19th century U.S. gold coins buried in rusting tin cans.

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Italy: New €2 marks Bi-millenary of the death of famed historian

July 8, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, Italian Coins, Italian Mint (Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato IPZS), New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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

The Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, or IPZS, Italy’s state minting facility have issued (23rd June) a new €2 coin which marks the occasion of the bi-millenary of the death of one of the Roman world’s most important historians, Titus Livius (59 B.C.–17 A.D.) Livius is pre-eminently remembered for his work Ab Urbe Condita (The History of Rome from Its Foundation), the most important history of Rome and a comprehensive chronicle of the Roman people from its origins to the age of Augustus.

The coin is designed by Claudia Momoni and depicts a bust of the Roman historian Titus Livius, …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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South Africa: Innovative twinned coins celebrate 50th anniversary of world’s first heart transplant

June 5, 2017 in African Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, South Africa Coins, World Coins

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

The South African Mint has issued a silver coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of a medical miracle that astonished the world in 1967—the world’s first heart transplant, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa. The extraordinary surgery is celebrated on a unique pair of coins: a 2-Rand silver coin and a smaller, 2-1/2-cent “Tickey.” The two coins actually fit together to allow the viewer to imagine the transplant. The small silver Tickey coin, depicting the good heart, appears on top of the larger coin depicting the torso and, within it, the poor heart.

The very complex and correct anatomical detail… Full article at the source>

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How America’s wars created a day of remembrance and influenced our coinage

May 29, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Foreground: Reverse of a 1995 Proof silver dollar in honor of Civil War Battlefield preservation. (U.S. Mint photo) Background: In Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place a small American flag in front of more than 230,000 grave markers, to honor every individual buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and at the foot of each columbarium to account for the more than 400,000 interred. (DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard)

Foreground: Reverse of a 1995 Proof silver dollar in honor of Civil War Battlefield preservation. (U.S. Mint photo) Background: In Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place a small American flag in front of each of the more than 230,000 grave markers, to honor every individual buried at Arlington National Cemetery, and at the foot of each columbarium to account for the more than 400,000 interred. (DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard)


Today has been our national day to reflect on the sacrifices of American service members who have given their lives in battle… Full article at the source>

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James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video Available Free on New PNG YouTube Channel

May 25, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

News media contact:
Robert Brueggeman
Professional Numismatists Guild Executive Director
951-587-8300

James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video
Available Free on New PNG YouTube Channel

 

Screen grab image of actor James Earl Jones

Screen grab image of actor James Earl Jones

(Temecula, California) May 25, 2017 – The award-winning educational video, “Money: History in Your Hands,” narrated by acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, now is available for free viewing on the Professional Numismatists Guild YouTube.com channel.

“We currently have more than a dozen videos about rare coins, paper money and precious metals available for complimentary viewing on PNG’s YouTube channel. They will be helpful for beginners to advanced collectors and investors with informative advice about buying, storing and selling numismatic items as well as gold, silver and platinum bullion items,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“An important part of our educational effort is the video, ‘Money: History in Your Hands,’ jointly created by PNG and the American Numismatic Association, and hosted on camera by James Earl Jones. It gives viewers a compelling overview of the history of money, and how it relates to art, culture, history, politics and religion,” explained Brueggeman. “The 29-minute video is available for convenient viewing in two parts.”

Other informative PNG videos focus on topics of discovering the enjoyment of coin collecting, how to determine the value of your coins, and the importance of working with a reputable, knowledgeable dealer when you buy or sell.

All of the videos are can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5co6ZLKPitRAw-6pDxeCw

Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers.  A directory of dealers, the PNG Member Code of Ethics and the organization’s Collector’s Bill of Rights can be found at www.PNGdealers.org. For additional information, contact the PNG by email at info@PNGdealers.org or by phone at 951-587-8300.

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Here are the links to the two specific videos;

Part 1: https://youtu.be/Ir_oCtaXloc

Part 2: https://youtu.be/gb3mgkYMssM

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Hungary: János Irinyi, inventor of the match, features on latest “Hungarian Inventors” coin

May 16, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Cupro-Nickel Coins, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Science, World Coins

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

The National Bank of Hungary will issue (18th May) a new coin in the very popular and ongoing collector series “Inventions and Technical Innovations of Hungarian Engineers and Inventors.” The series features the people and inventions that have made a significant technical or scientific contribution to popular culture and modern life. The latest coin highlights both the inventor János Irinyi (1817–1895) and the outstanding contribution he is credited as having invented and patented—the noiseless and non-explosive match. The coin also marks the 200th anniversary of the year of his birth.

The square-shaped coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary with… Full article at the source>

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

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The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure

May 16, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

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

In his richly illustrated new book The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure, Q. David Bowers explores the cultural scene and political and military developments that led up to the Second World War. Bowers, one of America’s preeminent historians, starts with the aftermath of the world conflict of 1914 to 1918. He colorfully describes the fabric of life in the United States and international events through the 1920s and 1930s. Then: the eruption of fresh hostilities in 1939 and immersion in a new global war. Ultimately Bowers’s focus is the 1941 maritime loss of a massive shipment of silver,… Full article at the source>

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The mother of the Father of Our Country: Mary Ball Washington

May 14, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

Sunday is Mother’s Day. In the world of U.S. coins and paper money, there’s not much to look at with respect to such a holiday. We do, however, have an extremely popular first president who has appeared on coins, tokens, medals, paper money, and nearly every kind of financial product that can be stamped or printed—namely, George Washington. And as it happens, his journey to the status of Founding Father was strongly influenced by one of the most epic presidential mothers of all time: Mary Ball Washington.

Mary was 80 years old when her son became the first American president. She… Full article at the source>

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

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Ukraine: 100th anniversary of first statehood celebrated with new coin

March 29, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Nickel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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

The National Bank of Ukraine have issued (22nd March) a new coin in celebration of Ukraine’s first declaration of statehood, which occurred in the wake of the dissolution of the Russian Empire in 1917. Events surrounding the abdication of Czar Nicholas II on the 15th March 1917 resulted in the initial declaration of independence in the spring of 1917, but this declaration would be followed by a civil conflict and a short-lived duration of statehood.

The coin is produced by the Ukrainian… Full article at the source>

 

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Spain: Tercentenary of the Royal Company of Midshipmen celebrated with new silver coin

March 18, 2017 in Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, 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 FNMT / Real Casa de la Moneda RCM have unveiled their latest silver collector coin, which marks the Tercentenary (300th anniversary) of the Real Compañía de Guardias Marinas (Royal Company of Midshipmen), founded in 1717. The academy was first established in the city of Cadiz by José Patiño y Rosales (1666–1736), Spain’s secretary of state during the reign of King Felipe V, from 1700 to 1746. Initially, the academy was intended to offer scientific/practical instruction to future naval officers, combining an eminently practical British style of training to midshipmen as well as the solidly… Full article at the source>

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WGS Interview

February 28, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting

http://blog.coinsupplyplanet.com/interview-wayne-sayles/

I recently came across an interview that I did a few years ago for CoinSupplyPlanet.com and thought it may be worth sharing here since it is still as relevant as the day it was recorded.

The full interview can be viewed and read at
http://blog.coinsupplyplanet.com/interview-wayne-sayles/ … Full article at the source>

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A brief history of silver certificates

February 16, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, U.S. Notes

By: Tegna Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

United States Silver Certificate

Forms of currency come and go throughout the histories of nations around the world, from the Franc to the Euro, and from simple gold pieces to the standard silver coin. The U.S. is a relatively young nation (240 years old) but its currencies have changed several times since its founding. One currency lost to antiquity is the Silver Certificate, which began circulation in 1878.

A Brief History of the Silver Certificate

The Silver Certificate was created in response to silver agitation (demonetized silver) by American citizens upset with the Fourth Coinage Act of 1873, which aimed to end bimetal currency by implementing… Full article at the source>

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$10 Million Coin Makes First Public West Coast Appearance

January 16, 2017 in Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Dollar Coins, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, USA Coins, World Records

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$10 Million Coin Makes First Public West Coast Appearance

The 1794 Specimen Dollar from the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars is one of many highlights of the show.

The 1794 Specimen Dollar from the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars is one of many highlights of the show.

(Long Beach, California) — The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is set to kick off 2017 with their first show of the year (www.LongBeachExpo.com). From February 16-18, 2017, the show will boast the hobby’s first $10 million coin on display, along with gold coin giveaways, educational opportunities for collectors, and as always, fun activities for kids.

Highlighting the many features of the Long Beach Expo is the display of the Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars (booth 1348), featuring the 1794 Specimen Dollar, better known as the first, and only, coin to reach the $10 million mark at auction.

Compiled over years by famed collector Bruce Morelan, the set features 12 early silver dollars, dating from 1794 to 1803, and includes coins of such pedigree, value and grade that it is considered one of the most remarkable achievements in the annals of American numismatics.

“We are thrilled to have the privilege to showcase this unprecedented set and coin that many believe to be the first dollar struck on U.S. soil. In fact, we encourage visitors to take a picture with the coin, a piece of American history,” said Long Beach Expo President Cassi East.

The 1794 Specimen Dollar will be presented in a walk-through, museum-quality exhibition space, perfect for 360 degree views of the iconic coin.

In addition to hundreds of dealers from throughout the world of collectibles, two key players in the numismatic industry will be on-site. The U.S. Mint will be present, selling the latest commemorative coins at booth 1148, and PCGS will be grading coins and offering special labels for U.S. Mint releases at booth 807.  

“This is a great chance for collectors to get the latest U.S. Mint coins, then get their coins graded and holdered with special labels at the PCGS booth, all at one show. It’s a one-stop show for your collecting needs,” said PCGS President Don Willis.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day.

Each year, the Long Beach Expo gives visitors various educational opportunities throughout the three-day show. For this upcoming show, The National Silver Dollar Roundtable (booth 1148) is offering a free silver dollar seminar on Thursday, February 16 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The show also gives visitors a chance to meet with a respected numismatist during “Meet the Expert” sessions. PCGS Founder David Hall will conduct the sessions during all three days of the show (booth 807), Thursday, February 16, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday, February 17, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, February 18, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Aside from educational opportunities and an abundance of collectibles from over 500 dealers, the Long Beach Expo is also fun for kids. Be sure to bring your kids by Saturday, February 18 to partake in our Treasure Hunt, where they have the chance to earn up to three PCGS-certified coins, Pokémon cards and a goodie bag,” said East.

Attendees have three chances to win ½ ounce Gold Eagle coins by way of a prize drawing each day. Winners will be drawn at 1 p.m. each day of the show. Simply sign up for free at the registration booth.

The official auctioneer of Long Beach Expo, Heritage Auctions, will hold their Signature U.S. Coin Auction from Wednesday, February 15 to Friday, February 17.

For those locating their coins via the CoinSearch (m.collectorscorner.com), look for listings five to seven days before show day.

Free admission is available to the Long Beach Expo with promo code EXPOPR. Go to www.LongBeachExpo.com and click on the “GET PASSES” button.

The Long Beach Expo will take place February 16-18, 2017, at the Long Beach Convention Center. For additional information, including the schedule of events and a list of attending dealers, visit online at www.LongBeachExpo.com, call the Long Beach Expo at 888-743-9316 or email at LBExpo@collectors.com.

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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>

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Malta Issues Tribute to Historic “Patakka”

September 21, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Education, Euro Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

By: Dan Holmes World.mintnewsblog.com (News and Commentary on World Coins)

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A brand-new numismatic coin, issued by the Central Bank of Malta, pays homage to a very old symbol: the Maltese Cross.

The origins of the eight-pointed emblem reach back to the 6th century, when it appeared as an ornamental feature in Byzantine art and architecture. It was adopted in the late 15th century as a symbol of the Order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem (the “Knights Hospitaller”)—a Catholic military order that ministered to the pilgrims to the Holy Land. The order provided shelter, medicine, and eventually armed escort. The eight points of the cross were… Full article at the source>

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U.S. Mint Plans Coin Forum to Share Perspectives on Numismatic Hobby

September 3, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Conventions, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Seminars, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

United States Of America Mint Logo

United States Of America Mint Logo

The U.S. Mint has announced that it will hold a Numismatic Coin Forum in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 13. The one-day conference aims to prepare for the Mint’s upcoming 225th anniversary by bringing together various members of “stakeholder” organizations to discuss the past, present, and future of numismatics.

A press release notes that U.S. Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson said of the upcoming forum, “It seems only appropriate that, while we as a bureau are celebrating our history, the Mint is also looking for ways to improve the way we engage our customers and invigorate our relevance into the future.”… Full article at the source>

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WAMPUM – The Original Currency

July 22, 2016 in Blogs, Collecting, Currency, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Wampum

When Europeans began traveling in masses to the New World during the 17thcentury, many arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs. Having spent virtually every last bit of available worth for the trip across the pond, the new settlers began searching for the means to trade, barter and purchase necessities for survival.

The pre-existing inhabitants of the land would prove to be well-versed in obtaining many of the primary provisions needed for everyday life. Thus began a trading relationship that would evolve into currency exchange, but not in the manner of which we may think by today’s standards.

Wampum… Full article at the source>

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