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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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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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The psychological profile of a counterfeiter, according to Criminal Minds

November 12, 2017 in Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Fake Coins, History, News, Numismatic Crimes, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins

By: Brandon Christopher Hall News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

Recently, I happened to get back into watching the show Criminal Minds, which centers around the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU). While most television crime shows tend to focus on the forensic and anthropological aspects of violent crimes, Criminal Minds, in keeping with its namesake, tends to focus on the psychological aspects of criminally deviant behavior. Two nights ago, I happened to be watching season one’s episode three, which is entitled “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” While the episode opened with a graphic scene of a man’s lower extremities being blown off by a car bomb in… Full article at the source>

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October 2017 Numismatic Legislation Review

November 1, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Legal, Legislation, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, USA Coins

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

It seems that when I write these posts about the monthly numismatic-related legislation reviews, I note how frustrating it is to follow the workings of Congress. Even though I work as a part-time political analyst and have some contacts I can leverage, even the insiders cannot explain why things happen. Let’s look at recent legislation. […] Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 29, 2017

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

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

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

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Time for the olde guard to wake up to new technology

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

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

I have a tremendous amount of respect for the people who have been in the numismatic industry and has been responsible for keeping alive and solid over the last number of years. Their knowledge of the art and business of numismatics are invaluable. I wish some would write more about what they know. However, the […] Full article at the source>

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LeRoy Transfield discusses designing WWI Commemorative

October 20, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins

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

NOTE: I reached out to LeRoy Transfield, the design winner of the design competition for the World War I Centennial Commemorative dollar coin to ask about his experience with the design and competition. He sent me a copy of his story with permission to publish it here. The following is what he sent. I had […] Full article at the source>

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Diehl & Moy endorse change

October 18, 2017 in Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Dollar Coins, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Could the recent cyber attacks and growing severity of cybersecurity issues become the motivation for Congress to vote to reform United States currency? According to Philip Diehl and Edmund Moy, former Directors of the U.S. Mint, the discussion as to remove the cent and paper dollar from circulation should be part of the current budget […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, USA Coins, World Coins

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

  As you read this, the old round £1 coins have ceased to be legal tender in the United Kingdom. British news outlets are reporting that millions of the old round pounds are still in circulation but that might not be bad news for many Britons. There are reports that many coin-operated systems have not been […]Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for October 8, 2017

October 10, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Earlier this week, the White House announced the nomination of David J. Ryder to be next Director of the U.S. Mint. If the name sounds familiar it is because Ryder served as the 34th Mint Director from September 1992 through November 1993 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Ryder’s biography in the President’s […] Full article at the source>

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1943-D Bronze Cent makes a TV appearance, sort of

October 6, 2017 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Blogs, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Pennies, Rare Coins, USA Coins

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

Fans of the NBC show The Blacklist that watched on Wednesday, October 4, would have noticed there was a numismatic role added to the script. Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader, was trying to gain the attention of a high-rolling thief and found himself at a numismatic auction. The item up for bid was the […] Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for September 17, 2017

September 18, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, Treasure, USA Coins, World Coins

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

As this is being posted I am packing up after working this past weekend at the DC Big Flea Market and Antique Show in Chantilly, Virginia. Since I have been working in the collectibles business, I have been trying to sell at one show a month with DC Big Flea being the show I work […] Full article at the source>

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire…

September 2, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, Art, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles  Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

The Committee for Cultural Policy has pointed out on several past occasions that exaggerated media reports, of Islamic State (ISIS) income from the sale of looted antiquities to art and coin collecting communities, are and have from the start been unfounded. The persistence of outright lies has cast a cloud over the credibility of several major media outlets and their academic “experts” who fed the flame for what is obviously an ideological anti-trade agenda. In their August 2017 newsletter, the CCP presents a report on the findings of a Dutch National Police investigation that flatly debunks… Full article at the source>

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August 2017 Numismatic Legislation Review

September 1, 2017 in Blogs, Numismatica, Numismatics

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

We send our hopes and wishes out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. I ask that my readers help those in the affected region by donating to a charity that is working in the region to help. The American Red Cross needs blood donors. If you can give blood, visit redcross.org/hp/harvey3 to find a blood […]

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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

For immediate release
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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How about a Numismatic World News Podcast?

August 23, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Fun, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Online Tools, Opinion, US Mint, USA Coins, World Coins

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

For the last few weeks, I have been publishing the Weekly Numismatic World News every Sunday evenings. These posts consist of links to the articles that I find around the Interwebs along with a commentary on one of the articles or something else related to the news. I had an idea. Rather than just post […] Full article at the source>

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A sign of the times?

August 20, 2017 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coin Dealers, Collecting, Education, Foreign Policy, History, Investing, Legal, Legislation, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, World Coins

By: Wayne G. Sayles Ancient Coin Collecting (Wayne G. Sayles)

Over the past decade, collectors of ancient coins have been faced with constant pressure from left wing radicals of academia—particularly the archaeological community leadership and their sycophants. Among the ardent supporters of anti-collector groups are a small but well entrenched cadre of bureaucrats in Washington. The level of governmental infiltration by these cultural property nationalists—bent on eliminating or controlling international trade in cultural property—is in itself cause for some concern. History is replete with examples of ideology supplanting law and individual rights in a quest for social management. It has been the cause of more than… Full article at the source>

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Unlucky at the ATM

August 20, 2017 in Bank Notes, Blogs, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Paper Money, U.S. Notes, US Federal Reserve

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

You need a quick amount of cash. After all, not every transaction can be made with a credit card. You hop in the car and drive to the bank to use the ATM. Within seconds, the machine spits out money and you drive away. Early the next morning you look at the bills and notice […] 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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Adding Collecting Guides

August 16, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Rare Coins, USA Coins, World Coins

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

Over the last few weeks, I have been working on a few writing projects that include primers about collecting numismatics. While some of these articles have allowed me to repurpose blog posts, I have had to create some content not posted before. In the past, I posted a few including the series on small dollars […] Full article at the source>

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Weekly Numismatic World News for August 13, 2017

August 14, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Counterfeit, Education, Euro Coins, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Reference, USA Coins, World Coins

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

The reasons why counterfeiters are successful is that people do not pay attention. Even when people do allegedly pay attention, it is almost as if the brain is not engaging. A report from the U.K. says that people returning from mainland Europe are trying to pass euros because they look like the new £1 coin. […] Full article at the source>

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Lack of leadership at the U.S. Mint

August 13, 2017 in Blogs, Coins, Collecting, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Politics, US Government, US Mint, USA Coins

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

Following the sell out of the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set, a few readers asked if I was going to post a comment. I declined to let the rest of the industry have this discussion. I would rather have a discussion about a different issue related to the U.S. Mint: the lack of leadership. […]

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