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Winter Wonderland Themed US Mint Ornaments Available November 20

The United States Mint will open sales on November 20 at noon EST for the new 2020 Mighty Minters™ Ornament and the 2020 United States Mint Ornament. The 2020 Mighty Minters Ornament (product code 20XT) features Mighty Minters Alex, Sophie, and Eli the fox, the Mint’s coin collecting ambassadors. This year’s ornament has a colorful […]

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New 50p Continues Raymond Briggs Father Christmas Collection

We could all do with a little bit of cheer this year and therefore, following the amazing success of the 2018 and 2019 Father Christmas coins, The Pobjoy Mint is proud to present a new design for this year featuring Father ChristmasTM, the character derived from a British Children’s book written and illustrated by Raymond […]

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New Crown Coin Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Dickens’ Christmas Carol

The Pobjoy Mint is delighted to announce the new release and first Christmas coin of 2020 on behalf of Ascension Island. As Ascension Island is actually mentioned in Charles Dickens’ book Bleak House, we felt this would be a perfect fit for the issue of a Christmas Crown. We are excited to share the new […]

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New 50 Pence Coin From Pobjoy Features Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Following the amazing success of the 2018 Father Christmas coin, Pobjoy Mint is proud to present a new design featuring Father ChristmasTM 2019. Father ChristmasTM is a character derived from a British Children’s book written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs. The books known as Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday were published in […]

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United States Mint Holiday Ornaments on Sale August 13

The United States Mint is releasing two products in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season: the 2019 Mighty Minters Ornament and the 2019 United States Mint Ornament. Both products will go on sale on August 13 at noon EDT. 2019 Mighty Minters Ornament (product code 19XC) This first-ever kids ornament from the Mint is a […]

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Jeff Garrett: What to Give a Numismatist for Christmas

A coin, book or membership can make a memorable gift By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… If you’re like everyone else, you are probably searching for holiday gift ideas to please that “hard to buy for” friend or relative. It seems like the world revolves around something electronic these days, and there […]

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Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coins Make up Christmas Tree of Pure Gold

By Austrian Mint …… A Christmas tree adorned with the 2018 Vienna Philharmonic, the golden hallmark of the Austrian Mint, caused a sensation in Ginza in Tokyo. This year, we are also bringing it to Munich. The renowned precious metals dealer Pro Aurum, in cooperation with the Austrian Mint AG, is showing the gold tree, […]

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A Coin Collecting Christmas: Numismatic Holiday Ideas

Yes, budget-conscious Coindexters, there is a Santa Claus By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……   I truly hope that all of my fellow Coindexters had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. This great American holiday, at least when I was a youngster, was but a tasty prelude that ushered us […]

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New Coin Featuring Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas Now in Silver Piedfort

Father Christmas is a short animated film based on two books written by Raymond Briggs: Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, published in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Father Christmas in these publications is a different interpretation of the stereotypical character. He still looks like the Santa we all know and love with his […]

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Celebrate the Holidays With New 50p Featuring Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Father ChristmasTM is a short animated film based on two books written by Raymond Briggs: Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, published in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Father Christmas in these publications is a different interpretation of the stereotypical character. He still looks like the Santa we all know and love with his […]

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Silver Stacking – Collecting Silver Rounds and Bars

By Al Doyle for CoinWeek ….. Whether they admit it or not, silver stackers get excited about watching their holdings grow by anywhere from a few pre-1965 dimes to a few 100-ounce bars at a time. While “stacking” is enjoyable, it’s possible to get two forms of entertainment from the process. Thousands of different one-ounce silver rounds and bars […]

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of our valued readers

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers who have visited Coin Update this year a very happy holiday season. Christmas and the New Year seem to always arrive so soon and leave us all too quickly

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Finland unveils new silver coin to remember the 200th anniversary of the birth of Zacharias Topelius

The Mint of Finland have launched (18th December) a new coin which was created in honour of the country’s best-known author, poet, journalist, and historian. Once regarded as one of the most influential figures in society, Zacharias Topelius (1818-1898) is still remembered today as a master storyteller and as a lyricist of best-loved Christmas carols

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USA Coin Album: Coin Ghosts of Christmas Past

By David W. Lange, Research Director at NGC …….. Because the holiday season is rapidly approaching, I’ll finally break precedent and do something I’ve never done before — write a holiday-themed column. It’s not that I dislike Christmas or any other holiday, but I’ve long resisted the temptation to write anything too obvious or predictable. […]

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5 Gifts Your Favorite Numismatist Might Actually Like

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …..   Do you have a coin collector in your life but don’t know what to get them? Fear not fellow traveler, CoinWeek is here with five numismatist-approved gift suggestions that you don’t need to be a rare coin expert to get right.   1. Coins & […]

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2018 African Elephant Gold & Silver Coins Available from APMEX

Holiday-themed Elephant coins also available APMEX, Inc., a leading online Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is thrilled to offer the full range of 2018 Gold and Silver Somalian Elephant coins now available to order. In 1999, the Bavarian State Mint, known locally as Das Bayerisches Hauptmünzamt Mint, first manufactured Gold and Silver Elephant […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 15, 2017: Christmas Gold Coins, Bitcoin News, Greek Coins

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 15, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Ancient Jewish Coins – Fame, Fortune and Fakes Did you get gelt? No, not the chocolate kind but honest-to-goodness gelt. Maybe you were lucky to receive a genuine Judaean coin for Chanukah. Or a medallion from the early years from the State […]

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2017 Holiday Coin Picks by Dillon Gage Metals

World Sovereign Mint’s Gold and Silver Coins Make Meaningful Holiday Gifts Just in time for Christmas, and as part of an annual tradition dating back several years, executives with international precious metals wholesaler Dillon Gage Metals are out with their short list of favorite 2017 holiday-themed coins. Many of the world’s sovereign mints including The […]

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Isle of Man Post Office releases Christmas 2017 £5 coin

The Isle of Man Post Office (IOMPO) reinforces the message of peace, love, and happiness this festive season by giving its customers an opportunity to purchase the IOM government treasury’s 2017 Christmas £5 coin, which features a dove — a well-known and universal symbol of peace.
The £5 coin depicts a very familiar image of a dove carrying an olive branch with outstretched wings, surrounded by a Christmas wreath

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The Image of Jesus on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz …. As with politicians, nothing is more important to gods than image … Perhaps this is the secret of the longevity of the God of Israel, that He never allowed an image of Himself[1]. THE OLD TESTAMENT’S STRICT PROHIBITION of idolatry inhibited the development of religious art in […]

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Holiday Memories and Gift Ideas for the numismatist on your shopping list

Gift Ideas for the numismatist (or potential numismatist) on your shopping list By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The eternal youngster in me notes that, as this article posts, we are a few short weeks away from the Christmas holiday. As the countdown begins in earnest, presently here in New England it is […]

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63 Kilos of Pure Gold: The First Christmas Tree from the Vienna Philharmonic Bullion Coin

A very special Christmas tree can now be admired in Tokyo. The resident precious metals dealer Ginza Tanaka shows a Christmas tree, which consists of 2017 golden Vienna Philharmonic coins. The approximately three-meter-high, unsalable tree thus has a total value of about 310 million yen or 2.3 million euros [A little over $2.7 million USD. […]

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Royal Mint Celebrates Christmas 2017 with Special £5 Coin & Gold Peter Rabbit

The Royal Mint has launched three special coins for Christmas 2017, in celebration of Yuletide traditions. The Christmas Tree 2017 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin, designed by print maker Edwina Ellis, captures the excitement of the festive season. The Royal Mint is supporting an age old British Christmas tradition by encouraging families to stir The […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 6, 2017: Australia 5 Cent, Money Evolves, Wu-Tang Clan…

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 6, 2017: Brain Food 1.) INFOGRAPHIC: 58 Insane Facts About Bitcoin You probably have heard a lot of people talking about Bitcoin recently, so you’ll want to save this infographic via BitcoinPlay.net to learn what Bitcoin is, when it started, and who uses this cryptocurrency the most… […]

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New Swiss Commemorative Gold Coin, Christmas Coin Set Released

By The Federal Mint Swissmint …. On September 14, 2017, the Federal Mint Swissmint opened sales for a new gold collector coin commemorating the famous Saint Bernard dog Barry, as well as the 2017 Swiss Christmas coin set and medal. Barry At the Great St. Bernhard Pass at 2469 m above sea the Augustine Chorherren […]

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APMEX Joins Food Bank in Providing Six Million Meals This Holiday Season

APMEX.com, a leading online Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is once again teaming with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in the fight against hunger. This holiday season’s campaign, Hunger Never Takes a Holiday, runs from Nov. 15, 2016 through January 15, 2017. Last year, APMEX.com provided more than half a million meals […]

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United Kingdom: First Christmas-Themed British Coin Launched in Time for Festive Season

The Royal Mint has officially launched their first-ever Christmas-themed coin, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season. The new coin fits into their range of high-value coins sold at their face value (in the case of this new coin, £20-for-£20)

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 21, 2016 Brain Food 1.) What is the Average Lifespan of a Coin? Coins are tough little devils. Over the course of a coins’ lifespan, they will be dropped, kicked, stepped on, possibly run over by a vehicle, or involved in some children’s experiment to discover just how […]

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New Bullion Coin from Pobjoy Mint: 2016 Isle of Man Gold Christmas Angel

Issued on behalf of the Isle of Man with a mintage of only 1,000 coins This is the last Christmas Gold Angel to be released by Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the Isle of Man Every year a special 1/20oz Gold Angel is released on behalf of the Isle of Man to celebrate the Christmas […]

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Red Kettle Report: November 25 – December 5

By CoinWeek News Staff…. Every year beginning in November and carrying on through Christmas Eve, volunteers for the Salvation Army ring the bell and man the red kettles outside many a storefront and mall. And every year, anonymous and not-so-anonymous donors alike deposit gold coins (both foreign and domestic) in the iconic kettles, parting with […]

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United States Mint Rolls Out 2015 Holiday Campaign

On December 3, the United States Mint officially announced its Holiday Campaign for 2015. The Mint’s 2015 Holiday Campaign will run until January 2, 2016. In addition to its annual print Holiday Catalog, the bureau has also launched a new Digital Holiday Gift Guide. The seven-page guide is divided into six gift categories, each with […]

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