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Final sale of 2019 silver Enhanced Proof coin (19XE)

The following comes from an e-mail sent to the numismatic press today
The remaining quantity of 2019 American Silver Eagle one-ounce Enhanced Reverse Proof coins product code 19XE will go on sale at noon EDT, Wednesday, August 12, 2020.  This product will only be available for sale on the Mint website

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Award-winning Guide Book of United States Paper Money coming in an updated seventh edition

(Pelham, Alabama) — An updated and revised seventh edition of the Guide Book of United States Paper Money will be available in September 2020. The new book is a collector’s price guide and history of the paper currency of the United States dating from federal issues introduced during the Civil War to modern-day cash

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars

I have been collecting PCGS Silver Eagles for more than six years, marveling at their toning. You can see my PCGS Showcase set by clicking here

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Q&A: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system, as did most other countries that subsequently emerged from British domination?
A: The reason was not, as some have suggested, to disassociate the United States from everything English

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on a great book

Whenever anyone asks me for suggestions on several books to start a good numismatic library, I always recommend the standard work by  William H. Sheldon, Early American Cents, 1949,  mostly available in its 1958 second edition retitled Penny Whimsy

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Award-winning Guide Book of United States Paper Money coming in an updated seventh edition

(Pelham, Alabama) — An updated and revised seventh edition of the Guide Book of United States Paper Money will be available in September 2020. The new book is a collector’s price guide and history of the paper currency of the United States dating from federal issues introduced during the Civil War to modern-day cash

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on a great book

Whenever anyone asks me for suggestions on several books to start a good numismatic library, I always recommend the standard work by  William H. Sheldon, Early American Cents, 1949,  mostly available in its 1958 second edition retitled Penny Whimsy

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Q&A: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: As the American colonies were once British possessions, why did we not adopt the sterling currency system, as did most other countries that subsequently emerged from British domination?
A: The reason was not, as some have suggested, to disassociate the United States from everything English

Continue reading on Coin Update News

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PCI Silver Eagles versus PCI Morgan dollars

I have been collecting PCGS Silver Eagles for more than six years, marveling at their toning. You can see my PCGS Showcase set by clicking here

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Connecticut American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof coin available

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The United States Mint (Mint) began accepting orders for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof coin honoring Connecticut on July 21 at noon EDT

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United States Mint announces designs for George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 coin and Barbara Bush First Spouse gold coin

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) today officially announced the designs for the George H.W

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Bowers on collecting: Liberty Head double eagles

Time flies, and it seems like only yesterday that I with the help of Robert J. Galiette created what turned out to be a very popular book: Liberty Head Double Eagles 1849-1907: The Gilded Age of Coinage

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Bowers on collecting: Liberty Head double eagles

Time flies, and it seems like only yesterday that I with the help of Robert J. Galiette created what turned out to be a very popular book: Liberty Head Double Eagles 1849-1907: The Gilded Age of Coinage

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United States Mint announces designs for George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 coin and Barbara Bush First Spouse gold coin

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) today officially announced the designs for the George H.W

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Connecticut American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof coin available

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The United States Mint (Mint) began accepting orders for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof coin honoring Connecticut on July 21 at noon EDT

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NGC Innovation dollar slab was to be part of cancelled American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money festivities

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Pittsburgh, PA — The August 4 to 8 ANA Convention cancellation disrupted plans that were already in place to enhance the weeklong event

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United States Mint statement on circulating coins

Washington — The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in the disruption of the supply channels of circulating coinage — the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters that the American people and businesses use in their day-to-day transactions. The United States Mint is part of the solution to this issue, but we need your help as well

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United States Mint statement on circulating coins

Washington — The impact of COVID-19 has resulted in the disruption of the supply channels of circulating coinage — the pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters that the American people and businesses use in their day-to-day transactions. The United States Mint is part of the solution to this issue, but we need your help as well

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NGC Innovation dollar slab was to be part of cancelled American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money festivities

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Pittsburgh, PA — The August 4 to 8 ANA Convention cancellation disrupted plans that were already in place to enhance the weeklong event

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Q&A: Who argued for the inclusion of a silver half dime among the early coinage denominations, and what was his argument?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Jefferson and Hamilton favored the copper half cent as a coin useful to the poor

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Q&A: Who argued for the inclusion of a silver half dime among the early coinage denominations, and what was his argument?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Jefferson and Hamilton favored the copper half cent as a coin useful to the poor

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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Attempt made to sell fake $300,000 gold coin

Seller is suspect in another counterfeits case
(Temecula, California) July 14, 2020 — Acting on a tip from the Anti-Counterfeiting Educational Foundation (ACEF), federal and local California law enforcement agents now are investigating the attempted sale of $400,000 of counterfeit coins including a fake example of the historic 1879 Coiled Hair gold $4 “Stella” that brought $300,000 at auction last year. The seller also is a suspect in an earlier case involving fakes, according to Doug Davis, Director of the ACEF Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force (ACTF)

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United States Mint opens sales for set of Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve coins on July 10

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will accept orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set honoring Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve in the U

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Heritage Auctions sells more U.S. Coins than all other auctioneers combined during first six months of 2020

Record Sale: $2,160,000 for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 (Double Eagle) sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2020. Images by Heritage Auctions

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U.S. rare coin market quite active despite pandemic, reports Professional Numismatists Guild

With a winning bid of $2,160,000, this 1927-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle was the most valuable U.S

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Bowers on collecting: Some really rare $20 gold coins

A Real 1850 Double Eagle
In 1926 numismatists and others were startled when they read this Associated Press dispatch datelined Demopolis, Alabama:
Aided by old papers his father left him, Gayus Whitfield, of Middleboro, Ky., has unearthed buried gold valued at more than $200,000 on the Whitfield farm, near here

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PCGS Banknote grades ultra-rare $1,000 Grand Watermelon note

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The 1890 $1,000 Grand Watermelon was the first banknote to cross the million-dollar threshold at auction
(Santa Ana, California, July 9, 2020) — The finest-known example of the ultra-rare 1890 $1,000 “Grand Watermelon” Treasury Note, which in 2005 became the first banknote to bring $1 million at auction, has been certified and graded by PCGS Banknote

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Bowers on collecting: Some really rare $20 gold coins

A Real 1850 Double Eagle
In 1926 numismatists and others were startled when they read this Associated Press dispatch datelined Demopolis, Alabama:
Aided by old papers his father left him, Gayus Whitfield, of Middleboro, Ky., has unearthed buried gold valued at more than $200,000 on the Whitfield farm, near here

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U.S. rare coin market quite active despite pandemic, reports Professional Numismatists Guild

With a winning bid of $2,160,000, this 1927-D Saint-Gaudens double eagle was the most valuable U.S

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Heritage Auctions sells more U.S. Coins than all other auctioneers combined during first six months of 2020

Record Sale: $2,160,000 for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 (Double Eagle) sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2020. Images by Heritage Auctions

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CCAC recommends new reverse designs for 2021 gold and silver bullion coins

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee convened by telephone in administrative and public meetings on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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2020 Native American $1 coin available to Alaska financial institutions

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The 2020 Native American $1 coin features a design of Elizabeth Peratrovich, a member of the Tlingit Nation, whose advocacy for Alaskan Natives and an impassioned speech in the Alaskan Senate was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law in the Alaskan territorial legislature

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United States Mint announces 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program designs June 30, 2020

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) today officially announced the designs for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program. The new designs will appear on the reverses (tails) of $1 coins honoring innovations and/or innovators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina

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Bowers on collecting: The famous Randall Hoard

Of all 19th-century American coin finds, the most famous is the so-called Randall Hoard, named after a later owner of the cache. Even today, mention of the Randall Hoard recurs with frequency in auction catalogs and sale lists

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Bowers on collecting: The famous Randall Hoard

Of all 19th-century American coin finds, the most famous is the so-called Randall Hoard, named after a later owner of the cache. Even today, mention of the Randall Hoard recurs with frequency in auction catalogs and sale lists

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New special-edition Red Book celebrating the 1920–2020 centennial of the Manila Mint is sold out!

The front cover, back cover, and spine of the 1920–2020 Manila Mint special edition distinguish it from the regular-edition Red Book. 260 copies were printed; 48 were damaged in transit, leaving 212 for sale to collectors

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CCAC recommends new reverse designs for 2021 gold and silver bullion coins

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee convened by telephone in administrative and public meetings on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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2020 Native American $1 coin available to Alaska financial institutions

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The 2020 Native American $1 coin features a design of Elizabeth Peratrovich, a member of the Tlingit Nation, whose advocacy for Alaskan Natives and an impassioned speech in the Alaskan Senate was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law in the Alaskan territorial legislature

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United States Mint announces 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program designs June 30, 2020

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) today officially announced the designs for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program. The new designs will appear on the reverses (tails) of $1 coins honoring innovations and/or innovators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina

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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meets by teleconference June 23

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting by teleconference on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 9:00 a.m

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PCGS Coin Quest 2020 winners announced

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(Santa Ana, California, May 30, 2020) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Quest 2020 has come to an exciting end with the recognition of two winners! The quest, which kicked off early in the year, challenged collectors to find circulating examples of 2020 Philadelphia and Denver cents, nickels, and dimes and to be among the first to submit them to PCGS for a coveted PCGS Early Find label

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PCGS Coin Quest 2020 winners announced

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(Santa Ana, California, May 30, 2020) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Coin Quest 2020 has come to an exciting end with the recognition of two winners! The quest, which kicked off early in the year, challenged collectors to find circulating examples of 2020 Philadelphia and Denver cents, nickels, and dimes and to be among the first to submit them to PCGS for a coveted PCGS Early Find label

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 38 shows that, even in lockdown, rare coin market is robust

1879-O Liberty Head $20, PCGS AU-53, Blue Hill Collection Pedigree. Hover to zoom

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United States Mint begins sales of Kennedy half dollar product options on June 1

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for rolls and bags containing 2020 Kennedy half dollar coins on June 1 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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United States Mint begins sales of Kennedy half dollar product options on June 1

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for rolls and bags containing 2020 Kennedy half dollar coins on June 1 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency Auction 38 shows that, even in lockdown, rare coin market is robust

1879-O Liberty Head $20, PCGS AU-53, Blue Hill Collection Pedigree. Hover to zoom

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United States Mint opens sales for 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program on June 4

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Washington — Products in the United States Mint (Mint) 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program will go on sale June 4 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site on sale May 18

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will accept orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut beginning on May 18 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site available

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) is accepting orders for products featuring the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut today at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site available

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) is accepting orders for products featuring the America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut today at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site on sale May 18

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will accept orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut beginning on May 18 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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Bowers on collecting: The latest book update

As you read these words I am immersed in writing a book for Whitman about the numismatic world from 1932 to date. In that year the world was in the depth of the Depression, and in America, many would consider the year and the beginning of the next to represent the point when the economy touched bottom

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Message to Mint customers

The following comes from an e-mail sent to the press today
The United States Mint’s (Mint) highest priority continues to be the health, safety, and well-being of our workforce, and we have implemented numerous measures to reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19. These measures have understandably had an impact on the availability, on-sale dates, and delays in delivery of some of our numismatic products, as well as longer wait times when calling our customer service number

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Bowers on collecting: A favorite medal

1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston
“The Land Was Ours”
250 to 400 known in copper
Among numismatically popular early medals associated with the life of George Washington, the Eccleston medal of 1805, from dies cut by Thomas Webb, is certainly the largest (76 millimeters), and it is among the most interesting.
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Bowers on collecting: A favorite medal

1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston
“The Land Was Ours”
250 to 400 known in copper
Among numismatically popular early medals associated with the life of George Washington, the Eccleston medal of 1805, from dies cut by Thomas Webb, is certainly the largest (76 millimeters), and it is among the most interesting.
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Message to Mint customers

The following comes from an e-mail sent to the press today
The United States Mint’s (Mint) highest priority continues to be the health, safety, and well-being of our workforce, and we have implemented numerous measures to reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19. These measures have understandably had an impact on the availability, on-sale dates, and delays in delivery of some of our numismatic products, as well as longer wait times when calling our customer service number

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Q&A: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?
A: The onset of war, with its requirement of vast expenditures of money and the orientation of priorities for non-consumer goods, traditionally creates inflationary monetary conditions

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Q&A: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?

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The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Why did the United States begin producing nickel five-cent coins in 1866 when they had been, and still were, coining silver half dimes?
A: The onset of war, with its requirement of vast expenditures of money and the orientation of priorities for non-consumer goods, traditionally creates inflationary monetary conditions

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British rarities rank among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U

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British rarities rank among the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation announced in April 2020 that its London affiliate, NGC UK, has certified a 1952 British penny. If an American collector focuses only on U

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Uram continuing as Chairman and Tucker as Numismatic Specialist on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Coin collectors get a fresh dose of the blues

The Best-Selling Blue Book Tells How Much Your Coins Are Worth
Of all the numismatic books Whitman Publishing has created over the years, including many recent titles that have already matured into standard references, the Guide Book of United States Coins—the “Red Book”—is by far the most popular. It’s hard to argue popularity when generations of coin collectors have bought more than 24 million copies in total!
The hobby community has another long-running annual price guide, though: one that deserves at least a tiara if not the record-holder’s crown

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Uram Continuing as Chairman and Tucker as Numismatic Specialist on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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Coin collectors get a fresh dose of the blues

The Best-Selling Blue Book Tells How Much Your Coins Are Worth
Of all the numismatic books Whitman Publishing has created over the years, including many recent titles that have already matured into standard references, the Guide Book of United States Coins—the “Red Book”—is by far the most popular. It’s hard to argue popularity when generations of coin collectors have bought more than 24 million copies in total!
The hobby community has another long-running annual price guide, though: one that deserves at least a tiara if not the record-holder’s crown

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Thomas Uram and Dennis Tucker renominated on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

CCAC members Tom Uram and Dennis Tucker with General Tony Taguba (middle) and the design of the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal, June 2017. (Photo by Richard Jewell)

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United States Mint to resume West Point operations

The following comes from an e-mail sent to the press today
The United States Mint (Mint) will resume limited production Tuesday morning, April 21st at the Mint facility at West Point. During the temporary suspension of operations at the West Point Mint, in consultation with local public health officials, a thorough cleaning of the facility was conducted in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines

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United States Mint announces design for 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial silver medal

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) officially announces the design for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial silver medal

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling dated 1652

This week I showcase one of my all-time favorite coin varieties, a specimen of which is fascinating to contemplate in any grade—from well worn, as usually found, to challenging Mint State. In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners

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Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo cancels June bourse, plans to reopen in November

Ongoing Public Health Crisis Has Restricted the Baltimore Convention Center
Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, Will Hold its Auction in California.
(Baltimore, Maryland) — Maryland’s ongoing state of emergency, declared March 12 by Governor Larry Hogan to help control the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, has closed the June 2020 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo bourse

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Bowers on collecting: The Pine Tree shilling dated 1652

This week I showcase one of my all-time favorite coin varieties, a specimen of which is fascinating to contemplate in any grade—from well worn, as usually found, to challenging Mint State. In The Numismatist, November 1909, Howland Wood gave the following advice under the title of “Numismatic Maxims for Beginners

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United States Mint announces design for 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial silver medal

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) officially announces the design for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial silver medal

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United States Mint to resume West Point operations

The United States Mint (Mint) will resume limited production Tuesday morning, April 21st at the Mint facility at West Point. During the temporary suspension of operations at the West Point Mint, in consultation with local public health officials, a thorough cleaning of the facility was conducted in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines

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Bowers on collecting: Let’s go back to 1883!

Apart from certain Morgan silver dollars, the most available issue of federal coins available in Mint State today is the 1883 without CENTS Liberty Head nickel.
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Glenna Goodacre, famous sculptor and coin designer, has left us

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New Mexico artist Glenna Goodacre—well known to coin collectors as the designer of the Sacagawea dollar—has died of natural causes at the age of 80

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Glenna Goodacre, famous sculptor and coin designer, has left us

The monument at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, designed by Goodacre.
New Mexico artist Glenna Goodacre—well known to coin collectors as the designer of the Sacagawea dollar—has died of natural causes at the age of 80

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Bowers on collecting: Let’s go back to 1883!

Apart from certain Morgan silver dollars, the most available issue of federal coins available in Mint State today is the 1883 without CENTS Liberty Head nickel.
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Coins Q&A: Selling online

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Selling your coins yourself, in online auctions, can be fun if you have the time and talent to do it. This typically requires some skill with scanning or photography (buyers like to examine potential purchases)

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Money Talks speakers wanted for Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money

American Numismatic Association (ANA) members are encouraged to share their ideas and research with fellow hobbyists by delivering a Money Talks presentation at the 2020 World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh, August 4-8 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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Limited edition Apollo 13 coins with astronaut autograph

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PCGS Grades and Certifies Fred Haise Signed Commemorative Coins
Kennedy Space Center, Florida (April 4, 2020) — A very limited number of 2019 Apollo gold, silver, and clad commemorative coins have been graded and encapsulated by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) with special Apollo 13 50th anniversary inserts, each autographed by Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise to commemorate his historic mission

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On 2020 “W” mint mark America the Beautiful quarters

The following comes from an e-mail sent to the press today:
The period from May 8 to September 2, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II. In recognition of this significant anniversary, the Mint will manufacture “W” mint mark quarters that feature a special privy mark signifying the allied victory in World War II

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2020 American Gold Buffalo one-ounce Proof coin on sale April 9

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2020 American Gold Buffalo one-ounce Proof coin (product code 20EL) on April 9 at noon EDT

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Numismatics weathers the storm: The collecting community comes together in tough times resulting in strong prices realized at Legend’s Regency Auction 37

(Lincroft, NJ — March 27, 2020) With the uncertainty and chaos that the current COVID-19 global pandemic is bringing to the markets and people’s everyday lives, numismatics seems to be providing a safe haven and comfort to collectors all over. Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 37th Regency Auction was scheduled to take place at Le Meridien in Philadelphia

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In the wake of the outbreak of the Wuhan strain of the COVID-19 virus, we need our hobby and activity more than ever

The Wuhan strain of the COVID-19 virus has, for the most part, overtaken world headlines as many countries battle an unseen enemy. It’s hard to believe, just eight weeks ago, that many of us in the coin industry were attending the World Money Fair in Berlin

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PCGS-certified Pogue 1804 U.S. silver dollar sold for $1.44 million by Stack’s Bowers

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(March 25, 2020) — Known as “The King of American Coins,” an 1804 United States Draped Bust dollar certified by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as PCGS PR-55 was sold for $1,440,000 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries on March 20, 2020

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Bowers on collecting: Numismatics in the time of coronavirus

Turn on the television or check the news on the Internet and 90% of the coverage seems to be about the coronavirus pandemic. Events, including coin shows, have been canceled left and right

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Bowers on collecting: Numismatics in the time of coronovirus

Turn on the television or check the news on the Internet and 90% of the coverage seems to be about the coronavirus pandemic. Events, including coin shows, have been canceled left and right

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Quarter launch and coin forum canceled

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In order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has signed an executive order banning all gatherings of more than 250 people

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How to safely receive packages during a pandemic

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With many a coin show or auction postponing or canceling in-person venues in lieu of recent social distancing recommendations, many collectors and dealers are now turning to the Internet to continue their trade via delivery services

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Can coins and paper money spread coronavirus?

This article is only an analysis of the available information regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and does not substitute for medical advice from a doctor. If you have any questions, please contact your medical provider or review information presented by the official medical organization(s) available in your area

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The 1920 Maine Centennial half dollar

In two days, the United States Postal Service’s 2020 Maine Bicentennial stamp will go into circulation. A 55-cent “Forever” stamp, the piece features the painting, Sea at Ogunquit, by Edward Hopper

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Maryland state of emergency forces Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo to cancel bourse

Stack’s Bowers Galleries Auction to Be Held as Scheduled in California.
(Baltimore, Maryland) — On Thursday, March 12, under a state of emergency declared by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Baltimore Convention Center suspended operations and activities in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

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Bullion and coin sales-tax exemption successfully defended again in Maryland

Repeal attempt fails in committee after opposition by Whitman Expos, ICTA, Visit Baltimore
The Maryland House of Delegates’ Ways and Means Committee stopped a proposed repeal to the state sales tax exemption for certain coin and bullion sales on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The committee’s Unfavorable Report on House Bill (HB) 1284 came after opposition from Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, and Visit Baltimore

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Bowers on collecting: The advantages of the Internet

Today, in the time of the coronavirus, we can all be thankful for the Internet, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.
While nothing equals the excitement of attending an auction or convention in person, if this is not possible, participation in virtual reality from the keyboard of your computer comes in a strong second

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March 10, 2020, CCAC meeting: Barbara Bush Gold Coin and Bronze Medal Program

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Bill Fivaz: Open letter to the Mint

The following is a copy of a “Letter to the Editor” of Coin World I wrote back on November 23, 2015. I never heard back from the Mint director on any of my correspondence:

Open Letter to the Mint
I have, upon at least two occasions, sent a recommendation to the Mint regarding a more acceptable and comprehensive way to handle the marketing of new products, especially new coin releases

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Update: Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to meet by teleconference March 10-11

In accordance with recommended precautions regarding the coronavirus, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will now hold a two-day public meeting by teleconference on March 10-11, 2020.
The March 10th session will run from 1:00 p

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Bowers on collecting: Social news of a century ago

The November 1919 issue of The Numismatist told of the annual convention of the American Numismatic Association held at Philadelphia from October 4 through the 8th. Included was “The Social Side of the Convention,” which told this:
The automobile ride to Valley Forge on Sunday afternoon was one of the most enjoyable features on the program

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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meets March 10-11

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a two-day public meeting on March 10-11, 2020, at the United States Mint Headquarters, 801 9th St. NW, Second Floor Conference Room, Washington, D

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High-value “cherrypicker” coins take the stage at the ANA National Money Show

Cherrypickers’ Guide volume editor Larry Briggs, author Bill Fivaz, associate editor Brandon Hall, and publisher Dennis Tucker at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020.
Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, and Dennis Tucker, publisher at Whitman Publishing, along with Whitman Associate Editor Brandon Hall, spoke to a standing-room-only audience at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on Thursday, February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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The health of the hobby, 2020

For several years when I was a kid, my father and I would plant, nurture, and eventually harvest a big vegetable garden. It was something special he and I shared—my one older brother still living at home didn’t really take to it; my mother helped, but she focused mainly on her flower gardens

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Bowers on collecting: Collecting Liberty Seated quarters

Collecting United States coins by mintmark varieties did not become popular until the publication in 1893 of Augustus G. Heaton’s Treatise on Mint Marks

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2020 United States Mint Proof Set available February 27

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New This Year: Premium 2020 Jefferson nickel from the West Point Mint
Washington — The 2020 United States Mint Proof Set (product code 20RG) will be available for purchase starting on February 27 at noon EST

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In God We Trust author William Bierly will sign books at the ANA National Money Show

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing author William Bierly will meet collectors and autograph copies of his new book, In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show, February 27 and 28, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia. The 352-page hardcover book will be available at the show at the Stanton Books and Stone Mountain Supply booth

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Bowers on collecting: Revisiting the Prairie Flower

Several years ago I contributed an article to the Civil War Token Journal, on one of my favorite tokens.
I revisit it and send along with some excerpts:
The Prairie Flower Token
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I start the article with comments on time, patience, and the love for tokens in worn grades—musings about Civil War tokens in general

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Smartminting — the next generation

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At the World Money Fair 2020, CIT Coin Invest presented the first product of a new generation of smartminting coins: Now, coins can be produced with even higher relief on both sides, in a variety of metals, and featuring new designs never achieved before

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Defining “greatness” among modern world coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker
(Pelham, Alabama) — In March 2020 Whitman Publishing will release 100 Greatest Modern World Coins, by numismatists Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. The 168-page coffee-table hardcover will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online

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Set of 2020 America the Beautiful quarters silver Proof coins on sale starting February 20

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Washington — The 2020 United States Mint (Mint) America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (product code 20AQ) will be available for purchase starting on February 20 at noon EST

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2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set honoring National Park of American Samoa on sale February 18

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set containing coins honoring the National Park of American Samoa on February 18 at noon EST

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Bowers on collecting: Suddenly it is 1861!

Here are some historical notes from this year, including some of numismatic relevance:
Following South Carolina’s lead, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and North Carolina seceded from the Union. Delegates from six of these states met in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 4 to form the government of the Confederate States of America

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Liberty Seated, Barber, Mercury, and Roosevelt dime photographs sought for new Cherrypickers’ Guide

Research materials at the May 2019 Cherrypickers’ Guide editorial summit in Chattanooga.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing will release the newest volume of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins at the August 2020 World’s Fair of Money in Pittsburgh

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2020 Native American $1 coin products on sale February 12

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for product options containing the 2020 Native American $1 coin on February 12 at noon EST

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Ninth Uncirculated example of 1999/2000 Libertad mule discovered

Although it has been minted for almost 40 years, the Mexican Silver Libertad is a series that continues to see the discovery of scarce variety and error coins, including just recently the ninth Uncirculated example of the rare 1999 with the obverse of the 2000 one-ounce mule.
In 2000 the Banco de Mexico replaced the obverse Libertad design that previously depicted the Mexican coat of arms by itself with a new design showing that emblem along with prior versions encircling it

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America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring the National Park of American Samoa on sale February 6

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring the National Park of American Samoa (product code 20AJ) on February 6 at noon EST

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United States Mint celebrates Carson City Mint sesquicentennial

Carson City, Nevada — United States Mint Director David J. Ryder today joined officials of the state of Nevada and representatives of the Nevada State Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first coin produced at the Carson City Mint

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United States Mint celebrates Carson City Mint sesquicentennial

Carson City, Nevada — United States Mint Director David J. Ryder today joined officials of the state of Nevada and representatives of the Nevada State Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first coin produced at the Carson City Mint

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America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring the National Park of American Samoa on sale February 6

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring the National Park of American Samoa (product code 20AJ) on February 6 at noon EST

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Ninth Uncirculated example of 1999/2000 Libertad mule discovered

Although it has been minted for almost 40 years, the Mexican Silver Libertad is a series that continues to see the discovery of scarce variety and error coins, including just recently the ninth Uncirculated example of the rare 1999 with the obverse of the 2000 one-ounce mule.
In 2000 the Banco de Mexico replaced the obverse Libertad design that previously depicted the Mexican coat of arms by itself with a new design showing that emblem along with prior versions encircling it

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Queen Victoria, her remarkable reign, and legendary coins

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In November 2019, the East India Company Bullion (EIC), in association with the South Pacific island country of Niue, launched a collector’s set of gold coins which featured a new interpretation of Una and the Lion

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2020 pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, Platinum, and Palladium Products Grid

The United States Mint announces 2020 revisions to include price increases for the platinum Proof coins within the Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, Platinum, and Palladium Products Grid.
An excerpt of the grid with a recent price range for the American Platinum Eagle Proof coin appears below:
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Bowers on collecting: Still makes sense!

Today in 2020 many people are obsessed with high grades. It is a fact that most current coins sold at a premium by the United States Mint—commemoratives and Proofs being examples—approach perfection and can be graded 68 to 70

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Bowers on collecting: Still makes sense!

Today in 2020 many people are obsessed with high grades. It is a fact that most current coins sold at a premium by the United States Mint—commemoratives and Proofs being examples—approach perfection and can be graded 68 to 70

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Queen Victoria, her remarkable reign, and legendary coins

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In November 2019, the East India Company Bullion (EIC), in association with the South Pacific island country of Niue, launched a collector’s set of gold coins which featured a new interpretation of Una and the Lion

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Strike gold in Atlanta: Y’all are invited!

The great state of Georgia is no stranger to organized numismatics. You might remember a few years ago when the Whitman Coin and Collectibles Expo—usually hosted in Baltimore three times a year—was held in Atlanta

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Final release in Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series on sale January 30

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will release the third and final coin in its Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series (product code 20EJ) on January 30 at noon EST

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Magnificent Fenton Collection of New Zealand coins headlines New York International Numismatic Convention auction

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(January 18, 2020) — A collection of rare and popular New Zealand coins certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is turning heads at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) this week, where it will be offered for sale by Stack’s Bowers Galleries on January 18, 2020

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2020 National Park of American Samoa five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin to be released February 6 at noon

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On February 6 at 12:00 noon (ET), the Mint will release the 2020 National Park of American Samoa five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin (20AJ)

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2020 edition (55th edition) of Coins of England now available in U.S.

The 2020 edition of Coins of England and the United Kingdom is the 55th update and revision of the long-time standard. Now edited by Emma Howard, the two-volume set is divided into pre-decimal issues in hardback and decimal issues in paperback

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Donald Scarinci on the 100 Greatest Modern World Coins

(Pelham, Alabama) — In March 2020 Whitman Publishing will release 100 Greatest Modern World Coins by numismatists Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. The 168-page coffee-table hardcover will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online

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Legendary 1884 and 1885 Trade dollars from the E. Horatio Morgan Collection to be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Baltimore Auction

1884 T$1 PR-63 PCGS. Images by Heritage Auctions

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Australia: New gold and silver Proof coins remember historic first gold rush

The Royal Australian Mint has released new collector coins which pay tribute to the era of Australia’s famed gold rush, which was first discovered in 1851. New South Wales was the scene of the country’s initial discovery of large deposits of gold when Edward Hammond Hargraves (1816–1891), a gold prospector, claimed to have found gold in Australia in 1851, effectively starting an Australian gold rush

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2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set goes on sale January 14

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) 2020 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (product code 20AP) will be available for purchase on January 14 at noon EST

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2020 United States Mint Congratulations Set on sale January 9

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Washington — The 2020 United States Mint (Mint) Congratulations Set (product code 20RF) will be available for purchase beginning on January 9, 2020, at noon EST

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2020 American Silver Eagle one-ounce Proof coin on sale January 9

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will accept orders for the 2020 American Silver Eagle one-ounce Proof coin (product code 20EA) beginning on January 9, 2020, at noon EST

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The Franklin Mint’s legacy for modern numismatics

The since-demolished Franklin Mint Museum next to the former headquarters in Wawa, Pennsylvania.
On December 21, Joseph Segel, a lifelong entrepreneur, best known for starting two iconic businesses, the Franklin Mint and QVC home shopping network, among other businesses, died at the age of 88 of congestive heart failure in Gladwyne, PA

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Best wishes for your numismatic New Year!

Welcome to 2020. How was 2019 for you and your collection? Were you able to remove any stubborn longstanding wants from your want-list? Did you capitalize on opportunities in slower parts of the market? Were you lucky enough to get the year’s Enhanced Reverse Proof American Silver Eagle at issue price? How many U

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2020 Happy Birthday Coin Set to be released on January 3, 2020

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On January 3, 2020, at 12:00 noon (ET) the Mint will release its first two products of the new year: The 2020 Birth Set (2oRD) and the 2020 Happy Birthday Coin Set (20RE)

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Bowers on collecting: Retrospective this week

For this week’s blog I reprint  information from a circular issued in 1885 by the Pacific Bank of San Francisco giving the status of money in the state at the time and paying respect to the double eagle, in particular (excerpts):
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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to display the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation tribute to Benjamin Franklin’s Libertas Americana medal

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Santa Ana, CA (December 19, 2020) — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce that it will display an incredible tribute to the Libertas Americana medal, assembled by the Cardinal Collection Education Foundation, at the upcoming Florida United Numismatists Convention in Orlando, January 9-11, 2020

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Bowers on collecting: Glories of the numismatic past

The Kring van Draiiorgelvrienden, a Dutch group of enthusiasts who collect and admire street organs, has as its motto:
While looking at the future, do not forget the glories of the past.
Similarly, in numismatics, we consider and try to predict the future while we are dealing with the present, and those who like history contemplate the glories of the numismatic past

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U.S. Mint sales report update: December 16, 2019

As many have eventually come to learn, the United States Mint’s cumulative sales figures have not been updated weekly on the Mint’s website since November 3, 2019. Thankfully, an update to sales figures between November 3 to December 16 has just been released

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Q&A: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers:
Q: Is collecting any type of coin a good investment?
A: No! The hobby collector—be it of coins, back-scratchers, or Bavarian beer mugs—is occasionally persuaded to purchase by impulse or sentiment. Indulging frequent lapses into irrationality is part of the fun of maintaining a hobby

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Georgia American Innovation $1 coin products on sale December 19

Washington — The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for products containing American Innovation $1 coins honoring Georgia on December 19 at noon EST. The Uncirculated coins are produced at the Mint’s Philadelphia and Denver facilities

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Bowers on collecting: A lonely chair

In looking through some old publications the other day I came across this editorial by James Risk, written for Coin Galleries, a division of Stack’s, in 1970 (lightly edited):
This Editor, and I suspect any other of his species, in introspective moments feels that he occupies a lonely chair. Time and time again he expounds basic truths, numismatic or otherwise, only to suspect that he’s whistling up a chimney

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Bowers on collecting: “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs”

Ever since I was a kid I have enjoyed Sherlock Holmes stories. Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels about the detective hero

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Bowers on collecting: A favorite coin

While poking around in my safety deposit box the other day, I paused to look at one of my favorite coins. I bought this in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction at the Whitman Coin Expo in March 2012, where it was described as follows:
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Key date coins, the 2019-S Enhanced Reverse Proof, and the future of American Silver Eagles: An interview with Eric Jordan

Eric Jordan, who has degrees in engineering and business, started as a collector of classic American issues like Prooflike Morgan dollars in the 1980s, but in the 1990s discovered he would not be able to complete that set and that indexed to inflation his collection had “leveled out or worse.” His attention then shifted to “the radical drop in high-end modern coin mintages” and the “low-risk opportunity they presented,” as he wrote in his well-received book, Modern Commemorative Coins (Krause, 2010)

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Bill Fivaz will update the hobby on cherrypicking coin die varieties at the ANA National Money Show, February 27, 2020

Dennis Tucker and Bill Fivaz reviewing die varieties at a November 21, 2019, editorial meeting.
(Pelham, Alabama) — Bill Fivaz, coauthor of the Cherrypickers’ Guide to Rare Die Varieties of United States Coins, will give an overview of today’s hobby and the market at the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show on February 27, 2020, in Atlanta

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United States Mint’s last America the Beautiful quarters three-coin set of 2019 on sale November 26

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Washington — The United States Mint will release the final America the Beautiful quarters three-coin set of 2019 on November 26 at noon EST

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Bowers on collecting: Excitement!

All bets were off, the room was up for grabs, and the sky was the limit at the Whitman Coin Expo in Baltimore last week. Stack’s Bowers Galleries, the official auctioneer, issued not one but seven catalogs and sold nearly 10,000 lots! Price records rose left and right, especially for colonial and early American coins

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John W. Adams Collection of Comitia Americana Medals makes history

“1776” (1792) United States Diplomatic reverse progress cliche. Loubat-19

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Final Presidential Silver Medal of 2019 on sale November 18

Washington — The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the John Quincy Adams Presidential Silver Medal (product code S806) on November 18 at noon EST. This is the sixth release in the Presidential Silver Medal series and the final medal of 2019

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Who do you thank in a numismatic book?

“It takes a village to raise a child,” the old saying goes, and the same could be said about creating a good numismatic book. This brings to mind the most prolific numismatic writer of all time, Q

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Bowers on collecting: Goal to go for the expo!

The Whitman Coin Expo opens in the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday and continues through Saturday. If you plan to attend and want to say hi to me, track me down on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning

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Bowers on collecting: Goal to go for the expo!

The Whitman Coin Expo opens in the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday and continues through Saturday. If you plan to attend and want to say hi to me, track me down on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning

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Who do you thank in a numismatic book?

“It takes a village to raise a child,” the old saying goes, and the same could be said about creating a good numismatic book. This brings to mind the most prolific numismatic writer of all time, Q

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Why I wrote In God We Trust

(Pelham, Alabama) — In November 2019 Whitman Publishing will release In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion. The 352-page hardcover volume will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online

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Bowers on collecting: To certify or not to certify, that is the question

I have been part of a recent discussion as to whether early American medals should be certified by PCGS or NGC when they are offered at auction.
This is a conundrum

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