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Learning from the news of the day

December 5, 2017 in Blogs, Collecting, Education, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion

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

Although this blog is about numismatics, there are times when the news of the day reminds us that we not perfect beings and there are lessons learned that should apply to the hobby. For the last few months, there have been reports about how sexual harassment has been pervasive in industries where men hold a […] Full article at the source>

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Over $15.4 million in U.S. coins and currency sold at Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ official auction of the 2017 Whitman Coins & Collectibles Winter Expo

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — The official auction of the 2017 Whitman Coins & Collectibles Winter Expo held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries was an astounding success, realizing over $13.3 million across eight sessions of United States coinage and related issues. Nearly $2 million in paper money also crossed the block with superb results. The sale was highlighted by significant collections including the Cardinal Collection, the Alexander Collection, and the Murray Hill Collection, in addition to many other cabinets that created great excitement and attracted enthusiastic bidding. (All quoted prices to follow include the 20% buyer’s premium.)

An impressive offering of Numismatic Americana Full article at the source>

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Estonia unveils designs of commemorative coin programme celebrating centenary of independence

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Bank of Estonia have announced (14th November), that, as part of the Country’s national celebration of their centenary of independence proclaimed in 1918, they will be issuing several coins consisting of a silver collector coin, a gold coin, and a two-euro coin with a special design for the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The bank unveiled the chosen designs for their gold and silver issues and confirmed they will also participate in a joint-issue which will include a two-euro coin. The special design celebrates the centenaries of all three Baltic States, including Latvia and Lithuania, to recognise the Full article at the source>

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A Thanksgiving gem at Stack’s Bowers

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Brandon Christopher Hall

Recently, Stack’s Bowers held a successful auction at the 2017 Whitman Coins & Collectibles Winter Expo in which over $15.4 million worth of coins and paper money were exchanged. In a rather apropos fashion, Stack’s Bowers provided a bountiful selection of numismatic memorabilia very close to the year’s most bountiful holiday: Thanksgiving. In my own browsing of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, I happened across a relevant gem for the holidays: A 1934 Choice Uncirculated Abundance silver coin in lot 6347. The coin was designed by Albert Laessle and only 125 of them were ever struck. The striking beauty of the Full article at the source>

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Weekly World Numismatic News for November 26, 2017

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

By scott The reason why I search for news about topics related to numismatics from outside the industry allows me to get an understanding of how others see numismatics. I find even the most innocuous story about a country considering redesigning their currency, a find of a coin thousands of years old, and how pocket change finds […]

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Singapore: Year of the Dog features on new gold and silver collector coins

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Mint of Singapore have launched (21st November) a new set of Chinese-zodiac collector coins which depict images featuring the Year of the Dog. As the new year on the lunar calendar commences on the 16th February (according to the Gregorian calendar), we say goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and welcome in the Year of the Dog. The Chinese zodiac change their symbols in 12-year cycles, and every year, the lunar calendar highlights a unique zodiac sign which features either a mythical or a real-life animal, each with specific traits and qualities.

Those born under the sign of the Full article at the source>

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Portugal: Celebrated athlete Carlos Lopes is honoured on last Portuguese collector coin in “National Sports Heroes” series

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Imprensa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM) have announced (14th November) they are releasing three new collector coins which are part of the two-coin series “National Sport Heroes” commemorating personalities which achieved outstanding performances in their fields and who have left their mark close to the Portuguese nation as well as internationally. The new coins are also the second and last coin of the program, thus completing the series.

The second sports personality honoured in the series is Carlos Lopes, who was the winner of the marathon of the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. Lopes is well-remembered as having brought Full article at the source>

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The Mint’s final product scheduled for 2017 to go on sale December 5 at noon

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Brandon Christopher Hall

The final product the Mint has scheduled for 2017 is the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park 2017 Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin from the Philadelphia Mint. There will be no household order or product limits, but the mintage limit is 25,000. The coin, and corresponding national park, honor the bravery and actions of Lieutenant Colonel George Rogers Clark and his men who fought valiantly during the American Revolution. Clark’s unexpected capture of Fort Sackville is still, to this day, considered one of the most monumental victories of the American Revolution. His capture of this fort also aided in the Full article at the source>

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The enigma of Southern States currency

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Coin Update

The following is an excerpt written by author Hugh Shull from the Guidebook of Southern States Currency

The initial foundation for this book can be traced as far back as my early childhood. When I was seven my father, Cothran H. Shull Sr., passed on to me a collection of old coins that he had inherited from his father. These were in a small tin pickle can along with a folded-up, badly torn, and falling apart 1864 Confederate States of America $5 bill. My coin-collecting interest spiked on and off over the next 48 years. All of those old coins Full article at the source>

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Assembling sets by price rather than grade

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canada: USS Enterprise is the focus for innovative first-ever space ship shaped silver coin

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new silver coin which is in itself a first-ever, more a replica model rather than a coin with a traditional surface struck with a relief finish. Arguably one of the most famous starships of all, Star Trek’s celebrated USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is instantly recognizable by the rounded saucer shape and nacelles. This fictional spacecraft has a worldwide following all its own: the “Trekkies” (ardent followers of the television series) who have become experts on Star Trek and on the now-immortal crew who “boldly go where no man has gone before.”

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The future of numismatics in a cashless society

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Dennis Hengeveld

In a recent article in the New York Times, it was argued that more and more societies around the world are on their way to become a cashless society. In many places, card and digital transactions are up and cash transactions are down. Sweden, in particular, is on the forefront of this, as over 99% of adults has made a non-cash payment. As a numismatist this makes me wonder what this trend, if it does indeed continue, would mean for our hobby. Will coins and bank notes become as obsolete as the VHS tape which became forgotten in mere Full article at the source>

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

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Coin Update

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

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World’s most valuable private coin collection revealed

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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The Tyrant Collection is to be displayed in a multi-year series of exhibits at the Long Beach Expo

(Beverly Hills, California) November 27, 2017 — The existence of a previously unreported collection of the world’s most famous and valuable ancient, world, and United States rare coins is being revealed for the first time. The Tyrant Collection, which includes a treasured 1937 Edward VIII Proof set, will be publicly displayed over the course of several years through a series of exhibits at upcoming Long Beach Expo conventions.

“For a number of years, the Tyrant collector has been assembling what is undoubtedly the world’s Full article at the source>

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

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Michael Alexander

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

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

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Brandon Christopher Hall

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

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

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

By Coin Update

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

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

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

November 30, 2017 in News, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

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

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Weekly Numismatic World News for November 19, 2017

November 20, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Sometimes, I find it difficult to keep an open mind with some of the non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins that are on the market. Some of the themes have started as interesting ideas have turned into blatant commercialism that I am not sure how to interpret its benefits to the hobby. From superheroes to movie […] Full article at the source>

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Coingrader “fails”

November 16, 2017 in Auctions, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Photography, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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

Too often numismatic writers give the impression that they always win in online auctions, but all of them will fail on occasion, including me. That is what this post is about. Perhaps my examples here might inform you about issues that often result in cleaned or damaged coins after they are sent in for holdering.

Sometimes, in my view, the holdering company gets it wrong, as I wrote about earlier in the article, “Resubmitting or Living with Grades.”

More often I fail in winning coins because of poor photography, or sharp photography that doesn’t give me a clear view of the… Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for November 12, 2017

November 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Crypto Currency, Currency, Digital Currency, Education, Entertainment, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

As I peruse the Interwebs for numismatic-related stories from non-numismatic sources, my searches are inundated with stories about Bitcoin, crypto-currencies, and blockchains. Most of the time, the stories are just noise given my objective to find information relevant to collectors including the issuance of circulating currencies and the impact of precious metals on the market. […] Full article at the source>

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Thoughts on this weekend’s Whitman Expo

November 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coin Dealers, Coin Shows, Coins, Coins for sale, Conventions, Education, Entertainment, Events, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Whitman Expo came to Baltimore this weekend to fill up three large halls in the Baltimore Convention Center. Like every Whitman Expo, dealers come from all over making it a must-attend east coast destination. I was able to attend on Friday afternoon. It was not for long because I had to work half of the […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 29, 2017

October 30, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Twelve years ago, when I went looking for numismatic information online, there were a few resources. The major numismatic publications had not fully embraced the online world and writing about numismatics strictly from the collector’s point of view was non-existent. I took a chance and started writing my own blog. On October 29, 2005, I […] Full article at the source>

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Numismatics: The road ahead

October 28, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Education, Events, History, News, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

On October 16-17, the U.S. Mint held its second annual numismatic forum at its headquarters in Washington, DC, bringing together representatives of the Mint, the coin industry, the numismatic media, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, and other stakeholders in the numismatic community. This year’s theme was “Numismatics: The Road Ahead.”

Like last year’s meeting, the latest forum was designed to foster greater dialogue among the various stakeholders; discuss implementation of ideas discussed at the 2016 forum; provide information about forthcoming products and improvements and innovations in how the Mint does business; and elicit suggestions from participants about how… Full article at the source>

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