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United States Mint announces designs for World War I Centennial Silver Medals

October 12, 2017 in Collecting, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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World War I Centennial Army Medal – West Point Mint

World War I Centennial Army Medal – West Point Mint

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today revealed the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active in World War I. Design descriptions and the respective minting facilities are below. The Army medal design depicts a soldier cutting through German barbed wire, while a second soldier aims a rifle amid a shattered landscape of broken trees… Full article at the source>

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Whitman authors will speak at 2017 ANA “Money Talks” in Denver

August 2, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

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Several Whitman Publishing authors are scheduled to give “Money Talks” presentations at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, August 1–5, 2017. The show is held at the Colorado Convention Center. Each “Money Talks” presentation is held in room 501 and is 30 to 45 minutes long, with time afterward for questions and discussion from the audience.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

“Collecting Modern U.S. Mint Silver Medals for Fun and Profit” — Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker, author of American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date, will share his research and insight, and will… Full article at the source>

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to showcase important collections in March 2017 Baltimore Auction

March 25, 2017 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Conventions, E-commerce, Education, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be offering world-class collections as part of their Official Auction of the Whitman Coins & Collectible Expo next week in Baltimore, Maryland. Anchored by the Blue Moon Collection, Part I, and the collections of Dr. Gordon Shaw and Anthony Bettencourt, this event will showcase fresh, high-quality material that many collectors will be eager to bid on.

The auction begins at 4:00 (ET) on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 29, with Session I, which will feature numismatic Americana, colonial… Full article at the source>

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Be Wary of So-Called “Trump Coins,” Cautions Professional Numismatists Guild

January 28, 2017 in Collecting, Education, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PNG Professional Numismatists Guild, Press Releases, PSA, Tokens, US Mint

CORRECTED: January 27, 2017
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Be Wary of So-Called “Trump Coins,”
Cautions Professional Numismatists Guild

 

(Temecula, California) – So-called “Trump coins” are being offered in the marketplace, and they may be delightful souvenirs, but in many cases should not be mistaken for “rare coins,” cautions the Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org).  In some cases, the items being offered are not even actually coins despite how they’re advertised, according to the PNG.

“Buyers today may be bitterly disappointed tomorrow if they mistakenly thought these kinds of souvenir items would be great investments,” stated PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

The PNG is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the top rare coin and paper money experts in the United States and six other countries.

PNG President Dana Samuelson points out that the United States Mint has not issued any coins or medals depicting President Donald J. Trump.  

“The so-called Trump coins now in the marketplace are either privately issued tokens or medals and not legal tender coins; or are genuine U.S. Mint-produced coins that have been deliberately altered by private parties after they left the Mint; or are coins produced by foreign countries but usually intended only for collectors and not for circulation in those countries,” explained Samuelson.

Some of the “Trump coins” being sold to the public are touted as gold or silver plated, but PNG cautions that can be confusing or misleading to potential buyers.

“The plating may be simply a microscopically thin layer of silver or gold that’s worth only a dollar or two. These should not be considered as investments in precious metals.  These kinds of novelty items often have little or no secondary market value,” stated PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

PNG officials recommend that buyers and sellers contact members of their Accredited Precious Metals Dealers (APMD) program.  PNG-APMD members must adhere to a strict code of ethics in the buying and selling of coins and precious metals.

Information about APMD, its code of ethics and a directory of accredited dealers can be found at www.APMDdealers.org, or call the Professional Numismatists Guild at (917) 587-8300.

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Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

October 6, 2016 in Collecting, Events, Exunumia, Gold, History, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Science

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Professor’s 1979 Chemistry Nobel Prize

Gold Medal Offered By Heritage Auctions

Nobel Prize medal presented to chemist Georg Wittig for 1954 discovery of “The Wittig Reaction” is accompanied in October 19, 2016 auction by four other prestigious medals awarded to the noted German researcher and educator.

Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

(Dallas, Texas) – The historic 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry awarded to Professor Georg Wittig (1897 – 1987) of Germany will be offered by Heritage Auctions (www.HA.com) on October 19, 2016 as part of Heritage’s two-day Historical Manuscripts Grand Format Auction.  Four other gold medals awarded over the years to Prof. Wittig are also being offered together with the large, 22 carat Nobel Prize medal.

“Dr. Georg Wittig was a distinguished researcher, author and educator who received the 1972 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his 1954 discovery of what is now known as The Wittig Reaction, a process of regulating the regrouping of atoms in a molecule,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage’s Executive Vice President of International Numismatics.  

“Professor Wittig’s work along with Nobel Prize co-recipient Herbert C. Brown made it possible to mass produce hundreds of important drugs, such as the arthritis medicine hydrocortisone, as well as mass produce industrial chemicals that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive,” Bierrenbach explained.

The Nobel Prize medal, designed by Swedish artist Erik Lindberg, measures 6.5 centimeters in diameter (approximately 2.5 inches) and weighs 204.0 grams (approximately 7.2 ounces).  Struck in 22 carat gold, it features female allegories of Science and Nature, with Wittig’s name and the year of the award engraved beneath. The front side features the likeness of Alfred Nobel with the dates of his birth, 1833, and death, 1896, in Roman numerals.

The medal is housed in the original presentation case received by Prof. Wittig in  1972.

The four other medals received by Prof. Wittig and accompanying the Nobel Prize medal in the auction are:

  • The Paul Karrer Award 22 carat, 97.7 grams, two inches in diameter gold medal presented in 1973 by Universitat Zurich.
  • The 14 carat, 123 grams, 2.25 inches gold medal Otto Hahn Prize for Chemistry and Physics awarded in 1967, and is considered the highest German award for outstanding scientific achievements.
  • The Roger Adams Medal given by the American Chemical Society in 1973. It is cast in 10 carat gold, weighs 258.9 grams, and is three inches in diameter.
  • The Adolf Von Baeyer medal awarded in 1953 to Prof. Wittig.  It is gold-plated, weighs 83.3 grams and is two inches in diameter.
Prof. Georg Wittig's 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Prof. Georg Wittig’s 1979 Nobel Prize gold medal for chemistry

Full descriptions of all the medals are available online at: https://historical.ha.com/itm/miscellaneous/georg-wittig-nobel-prize-medal-in-chemistry-received-in-1979-together-with-four-additional-medals/p/6165-67001.s?ic5=CatalogHome-FeaturedItems-071515.

“Most of Dr. Wittig’s scientific work, including that which won him the Nobel Prize, was conducted during his years at the University of Tübingen. He was known as a meticulous teacher who set very high standards for his students, and he established a productive research group of young, promising scientists,” said Bierrenbach.

Prof. Wittig died on August 26, 1987, just a few weeks after his 90th birthday.

For additional information about the medal or other items offered in this auction, contact Heritage Auctions at (877) 437-4824 or visit online at www.HA.com.

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ANA Shares Seven Things You May Not Know About Olympic Medals

August 20, 2016 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Bronze, Collecting, Education, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver

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The American Numismatic Association has shared the following release:

(Colorado Springs, CO)—With so much excitement around the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, here are seven obscure Olympic medal facts courtesy of the Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colo. The museum is currently exhibiting “Olympic Games—History & Numismatics,” honoring the history, ideals and pageantry of the world’s finest athletic event.

#1. Olympic gold medals aren’t really gold

The last series of medals made of solid gold were awarded at the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm. Traditionally, Olympic gold medals are required to be made from at least 92.5% silver, and… Full article at the source>

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As Rio prepares for the Olympics, the Athletes prepare for the medals

August 2, 2016 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Commemorative, Competition, Education, Entertainment, Gold, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Adobe Rio 2016

Embracing their dedication to sustainability, The Brazilian Mint has constructed the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics medals with recycled materials.

The gold, silver, and bronze medals will each contain 30% melted down and recycled metals from the area. For the coveted gold medal, the strictest of guidelines were followed for their creation. The recycled materials extracted were done so without the use of mercury, and the remaining 70% carefully mined under heavy supervision.

Sculptors and design teams have shown great care and dedication while creating the intricate details displayed on this year’s summer Olympic… Full article at the source>

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2016 Ronald Reagan $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set Opens Near 6,000 Sales

July 13, 2016 in Bronze, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, Education, Exunumia, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint, USA Coins

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The 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set had a strong debut last week, according the U.S. Mint’s latest sales report. The set moved 5,910 units between Tuesday and Sunday of last week, giving it the most successful launch for a Presidential dollar and First Spouse Medal Set since the Kennedy issue was launched a year ago. With the exception of the Kennedy set, the Reagan set had the best opening since Coin Update began publishing sales reports in 2010.

The set, which includes a Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and a bronze replica… Full article at the source>

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The Brazilian Mint to help produce 2016 Olympic Medals partially constructed of recycled products

June 17, 2016 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver

By: Angela Raymond Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Rio-Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympics are just around the corner, and Rio de Janeiro has been busy getting ready for the grand event. Making sure to not overlook a single detail, the Rio design team has developed a set of gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as participation medals, which beautifully illustrate Brazil’s dedicated to sustainability by constructing the said medals from recycled electronic equipment.

Working exclusively with the Brazilian Mint, the Rio 2016 design team has commissioned the establishment to produce over 75,000 participation medals and 5,000 award medals.

“The medals are one of the most important symbols… Full article at the source>

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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Seeks Two New Members

March 18, 2016 in Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Politics, PSA, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee has announced that it is seeking applications for two new members–one qualified to represent the “interests of the general public” and the other known for expertise in “numismatic curation.”

The positions entail making recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury on topics such as coin and medal designs, commemorative themes, and mintage levels for commemorative coins. Each member serves a four-year term and is reimbursed for travel expenses related to the committee’s 6-8 yearly meetings. Aside from these expenses, the position is not salaried; officers or employees of the Federal Government are not eligible for… Full article at the source>

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CCAC Will View Designs for 2017 American Liberty HR Gold Coin

March 11, 2016 in Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Investing, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, US Mint

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The Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee has announced that they will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 15 to discuss designs for several expected 2017 releases. Of particular note is the inclusion of design candidates for a new American Liberty High Relief gold coin and silver medal, which is the first we’ve heard of concrete plans to follow up the 2015 Liberty HR Gold.

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Meets March 15

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at United States Mint Headquarters, in Conference Room… Full article at the source>

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Medal Collectors: The 2017 Red Book and MEGA RED Feature Popular U.S. Medals

March 11, 2016 in Books, Bronze, Collecting, Education, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

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1920 Manila Mint medal.

Medal collecting today is a popular and robust segment of the numismatic hobby. These coin-like pieces are similar to tokens but typically are not issued as substitutes for money; instead they are “to be held and enjoyed, commemorating an accomplishment or individual, or perhaps promoting a cause,” as Q. David Bowers relates in The Expert’s Guide to Collecting and Investing in Rare Coins. They have been called “a mirror of history.”

Medals are a longtime pursuit of mine. I’ve studied them almost as long as I’ve been interested in coins. They make up a good portion… Full article at the source>

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Historic medal celebrates Australia’s first 100 years of settlement

January 22, 2016 in Blogs, Education, History, Medals, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint

By: Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

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The 11 ships of the First Fleet set sail from Portsmouth, England on 13 May 1787. Aboard were more than 1,300 colonists, including approximately 730 male and female convicts from Britain’s overcrowded prisons. The expedition was under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip, who had accepted instructions from the British Home Secretary, Lord Sydney, to establish Britain’s first colony in Australia.

The ships began arriving in Botany Bay on 18 January 1788, which 17 years earlier had been charted by Lieutenant James Cook. Despite Cook’s indication that the land was suitable for cultivation, Phillip quickly determined that the area would not… Full article at the source>

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UK’s Royal Mint Issues Exclusive Star Wars Medals

December 15, 2015 in Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Copper, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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The Royal Mint has issued exclusive collector medals in advance of the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Featuring “Vehicles” and “Battles” respectively, these releases are each limited to 10,000 units and are available for £15.50.

The covers of these medals are also collector’s items, produced as part of a collaboration between the Mint and the Royal Mail, with each cover bearing a unique serial number.

The obverse of the Vehicles medal features an image of the Millennium Falcon with the inscription THE FASTEST HUNK OF JUNK IN THE GALAXY placed along the rim. The… Full article at the source>

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First Look: 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set

September 2, 2015 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Dollar Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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The U.S. Mint has updated its product page for the 2015 John F. Kennedy Coin & Chronicles Set, due for release on September 16 at noon ET. The page now includes images of the set, as well information on its order limit, which is listed as two per household.

The set includes a Reverse Proof Presidential dollar that is only available as part of this set, a silver John F. Kennedy Presidential Medal, a Kennedy postage stamp issued in 1964, and a booklet containing images and historical information. It will be available for $57.95 per set and will… Full article at the source>

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Six Silver Medals to Honor Earth Day

April 19, 2015 in Blogs, Collecting, Collector Sets, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals

By: Admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Earth Day is coming and one fun way to bring awareness to environmental issues is by collecting the World Wildlife Fund’s silver medal set. Issued by the Royal Mint in honor of the WWF’s 50th anniversary in 2011, this set features six animals the organization protects. A famous quote from the WWF founder is broken […] Full article at the source>

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Bronze Medals Offered for African-American History Month

February 17, 2015 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Mint

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In recognition of African-American History Month, the United States Mint has created a new section of their online product catalog to showcase medals commemorating the achievements of African-Americans and their contributions to the nation’s history. In all cases, the medals represent bronze duplicate versions of Congressional Gold Medals which were authorized under Acts of Congress.

Some of the medals included in this section were originally issued during the course of the past few years and have been previously covered on Mint News Blog. For example, the medal honoring Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King was issued Full article at the source>

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Firefighter medallion fans curiosity

December 11, 2014 in Blogs, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint

By Blog Team Perth Mint Blog

Do you know anything about this medallion?

Every summer the prospect of prolonged hot and dry weather creates the potential for destructive fires in Australia.

And each year firefighters put their lives on the line to protect people and property from the devastating consequences of fire.

As well as permanent and retained firefighters, there are also thousands of volunteer firemen and women who play a significant and vital role in defending communities all across Australia.

As the nation once again focuses attention on the bushfire Full article at the source>

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Western Australian Centenary 1929 Medal (part 2)

October 15, 2014 in Blogs, Bronze, Collecting, Medals, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint

By Blog Team (Perth Mint Blog)

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Centenary 1929 Bronze Medal

What happened to all the medals produced in celebration of Western Australia’s Centenary in 1929? Glenn Burghall’s research reveals that they were presented to a broad range of people – from ordinary school children right up to the reigning monarch!

Approximately 85,000 medals were struck at the Perth Branch of the Royal Mint to commemorate the Western Australian Centenary in 1929, and about 85% of these were distributed to the school-aged children of the State.

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Marvelous Rarities and Collections at Gorny & Mosch

August 27, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, History, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, World Coins

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Be it an ox hide ingot, a unique silver medallion of Trajan, the largest collection of religious amulets and medals the market has ever seen or a nicely assorted collection of numismatics: Gorny & Mosch has spectacular offers for its October sale.

Make sure to keep the week from 13 to 17 October, 2014, free! For there will be something spectacular at Gorny & Mosch’s agenda. Auction sale #224 offers magnificent rarities dating from ancient Full article and pictures at the source>

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PCGS Plans “Worst of the Worst” Morgan Dollars And Superb, Historic Assay Medals Displays At ANA

July 9, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Association), Antique Coins, Coin Grading, Coins, Collecting, Events, Gold, Gold Coins, Medals, Morgan Silver Dollars, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Silver Dollars, US Mint, USA Coins

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PCGS Plans “Worst of the Worst” Morgan Dollars And Superb, Historic Assay Medals Displays At ANA

Two extremely difficult to assemble numismatic collections that are the finest of their kinds in the PCGS Set Registry® will be displayed for the first time in public by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.pcgs.com) at the upcoming American Numismatic Association 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, August 5 – 9.

This 1860 U.S. Assay Commission medal, graded PCGS SP64BN, is part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection that will be displayed by PCGS at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money.   Photo credit: PCGS

This 1860 U.S. Assay Commission medal, graded PCGS SP64BN, is part of the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection that will be displayed by PCGS at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.
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The superb quality “Numismatic Americana Reference Collection” of Medals of the United States Assay Commission and the “End of the Trail VIII Collection” of Morgan dollars with the lowest grade point average in the “Low Ball” registry will be exhibited at the PCGS booth (#701) at the ANA convention.

The all-time finest registry set of historic U.S. Assay Commission medals of 1860 to 1977 is owned by PCGS Authorized Dealer Bill Shamhart of Numismatic Americana, Inc. in New Jersey.  The set has a Mint State weighted grade point average of 62.345.

The Assay Commission was established in 1792 to supervise the annual testing of gold and silver coinage produced by the United States Mint to ensure that the metal content met specifications.  The commission members appointed each year were private citizens including numismatists.

Medals were produced for commission members every year from 1860 through 1977, except during the Civil War era, 1862 -1866, and in 1954.

“Most U.S. Assay medals are rare because they were only issued in very limited quantities, usually from about 50 to 200 of each.  They were struck in various sizes ranging from 33 millimeters in diameter, a little larger than a modern half dollar, to 76 millimeters, about twice the size of a Double Eagle.  There’s also a vast array of interesting and beautiful designs in the series.  PCGS recently began authenticating and grading these important medals,” explained PCGS President Don Willis

PCGS has produced a brochure about U.S. Assay Commission medals in the Numismatic Americana Reference Collection featuring illustrations of Shamhart’s ten favorite medals.  Copies of the brochure will be available free while supplies last at the PCGS booth at the ANA convention.

The entire collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=118273.

PCGS also will display at the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money the lowest graded basic set of Morgan Dollars.

This 1878 eight tail feathers Morgan dollar, graded PCGS PO-1 (none worse!), is from the End of the Trail VIII Collection of Low Ball Morgan dollars that will be exhibited for the first time during the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money.   Photo credit: PCGS

This 1878 eight tail feathers Morgan dollar, graded PCGS PO-1 (none worse!), is from the End of the Trail VIII Collection of Low Ball Morgan dollars that will be exhibited for the first time during the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.
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“The appropriately named ‘End of the Trail’ Morgan dollar collection has a Poor weighted grade point average of only 1.130.  It is the all-time finest, or in this case, the worst-of-the-worst basic Morgan dollar set in the Low Ball category.  While collectors have a lot of fun with the Low Ball sets, remember that it often is just as difficult and exciting to build a low grade set as it is to assemble a high grade collection,” said Willis.

Free, educational brochures about this collection will be available at the show while supplies.  The brochure includes illustrations of the top ten favorite low-grade Morgan dollar coins of the set’s owner, collector Mike Hoyman of Alaska.

Hoyman’s number one favorite is an 1878 eight tail feathers variety that is missing more than 99 percent of the obverse but has enough reverse design remaining to distinguish the eight feathers.  It is graded PCGS PO-1.

PCGS authenticators were unable to determine the specific VAM variety for that coin and some others in the collection because the grades are so low.  Of the 97 coins in the set, 87 of them are graded Poor (PCGS PO-1) and the other 10 are graded Fair (PCGS FR-2).

The entire End of the Trail VIII Collection can be viewed online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/alltimeset.aspx?s=82663.

“PCGS launched the Low Ball registry category in 2007 as a fun and challenging way for collectors to compete to see who has the lowest graded coins.  It’s much harder than you would think, but there are now 825 registered Low Ball sets of U.S. coins,” said BJ Searls, Collectors Universe Set Registry & Special Projects Director.

The PCGS Set Registry (www.pcgs.com/setregistry) was established in 2001 and now hosts over 70,000 U.S. and world coins sets. For additional information about PCGS and its services, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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Vatican to issue medals for canonization of John XXIII, John Paul II

February 2, 2014 in Bronze, Commemorative, Medals, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Silver, Vatican

By: CWN (Catholic World News) – January 29, 2014

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The Vatican will issue special medals to commemorate the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

The medals, which will be issued March 3, will feature profiles of the two Pontiffs on one side, and the coat of arms of Pope Francis on the other. They will be released through the Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office in advance of the canonization ceremony, which is scheduled for April 27.

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