Category Archives: 2017

World and Ancient Coin sales hit $49 million in 2017 at Heritage Auctions

The following is a press release courtesy of Heritage Auctions.
Dallas, Texas (January 3, 2018) — High-profile sales in World and Ancient Coins propelled one of Heritage Auctions’ fastest-growing categories to $49 million in sales in 2017, the category’s second-best year ever

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Ukraine: Centenary anniversary of National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture celebrated with new silver coin

The National Bank of Ukraine have issued (7th December) two new collector coins which are minted in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, which is the successor of the Ukrainian State Academy of Arts. Founded on the 18th December 1917, on the initiative of prominent public figures, patrons of the arts, and artists, the academy was inaugurated at a time of great hardship in Ukraine

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Ukraine: Bi-metallic series “Oblasts of Ukraine” continues with Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk collector coins

The National Bank of Ukraine have issued (12th December) two additional coins which are part of their ongoing and recently introduced series “Oblasts of Ukraine,” which will feature motifs and crests of all 26 oblasts (or administrative divisions) which comprise modern Ukraine. The series continues with the two latest issues dedicated to the oblasts of Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk who are both celebrating the 85th anniversary of their official founding

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Netherlands: Latest silver Proof ducat coin features the historical province of Friesland

The Royal Dutch Mint have issued (15th December) the latest silver ducat in their present series entitled “The Twelve Provinces,” which highlights all of the provinces which comprise the current Kingdom of the Netherlands. The traditional trade coin, which was a staple of European commerce in addition to many colonial states in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, is re-created to exact specifications and issued in a variety of designs

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Red Book recollections: Dennis Tucker

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book, now in its 70th edition. “Red Book Recollections” features personal reflections written by Red Book contributors, collectors, and others with the aim of providing different perspectives on the long-lived reference work

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Q&A: Why is there less color variation in U.S. paper money?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers, 5th edition:
Q: The color green is so historically traditional the backs of our paper money that we refer to U.S

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A preview of the 2018 New York International Numismatic Convention

The New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) is traditionally held sometime during the first few weeks of the year. Taking place for many years at the Waldorf-Astoria in downtown Manhattan, the show has now moved down the block to the Grand Hyatt for the first time, where it will be held from January 12th to the 14th

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Czech Republic: New silver coins commemorate 650th anniversary of the consecration of St. Wenceslas Chapel at St. Vitus Cathedral

The Czech National Bank have issued (1st December) new collector coins which honour the 650th anniversary of the consecration of one of the most important treasures of medieval architecture: Saint Wenceslas Chapel at Saint Vitus Cathedral. The chapel, the design of which is the work of Peter Parler (1333-1399), the German-Bohemian architect and sculptor from the Parler family of master builders and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV (1316-1378), which is situated above the tomb of St

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Greece: Famed artist is featured on first Greek collector coin to include colour

The Bank of Greece have issued (12th December) a new collector coin which is minted in remembrance of the 175th birthday of one of the country’s most important and celebrated artists, Nikolaos Gyzis, (1842-1901). Gyzis is considered one of the finest modern Greek painters and whose influence in the discipline has been far-reaching outside the borders of the Greek state

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Czech Republic: New coin celebrates 100 years of the Czech Astronomical Society

The Czech National Bank have issued (1st December) new collector coins minted in celebration of the centenary anniversary of the Czech Astronomical Society, which was founded on the 8th December 1917, and was located in the capital city of Prague. The history of the Czech Astronomical Society dates back to the first thoughts of its founding before World War I during a time when Czech lands were still a part of the Habsburg monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire

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Can you pass the no-bid coin test?

Below you will find a dozen screen shots of problem coin lots that a knowledgeable hobbyist would never bid on. Can you identify the issue on the coin, label, flip, or description?
I’ll provide a hint with each sample

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Newman Numismatic Portal partners with David Lisot

The Newman Numismatic Portal, an online repository for American numismatic research, has concluded an agreement with David Lisot that will make available the extensive archive of the David Lisot Numismatic Video Library dating back to the 1980s. David Lisot, current CoinTelevision

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United States Mint releases 2018 Native American $1 Coin reverse design

Washington — The United States Mint officially announced the reverse (tails) design of the 2018 Native American $1 Coin. The coin’s theme pays homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe

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Poland: Exquisite gold and silver coins issued in ongoing Historical Kings series, featuring Sigismund II Augustus

The National Bank of Poland have issued (7th December) two new coins in their ongoing and popular coin series entitled “The Treasures of Stanislaw August” which highlights the succeeding monarchs of the Polish state from the year 992 and the reign of King Bolesław Chrobry to the last Polish King Stanisław August Poniatowski, whose reign came to an end in 1795.
The 13th coin of this popular and continuing series focuses on Sigismund II Augustus (also known as Zygmunt II August), son of Zygmunt I and Bona Sforza d’Aragona, who was the last independent grand duke of Lithuania from 1529, and king of Poland

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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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Austria: Alfred Adler features on latest Vienna Schools of Psychotherapy gold coin

The Mint of Austria have launched (19th December) their second coin in the enlightening the Vienna Schools of Psychotherapy gold coin series which is dedicated to the third Viennese school of psychotherapy. The second coin is dedicated to Alfred Adler (1870-1937)

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PNG member helps FBI nab theft suspects

All dealers should be cautious about possible long-term ramifications of cashing fraudulent checks
(Temecula, California) December 19, 2017 — A long-time member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in solving a case involving an attempt by suspected thieves to purchase $2 million of gold using a bank check with the forged signature of a deceased New York City woman.
It is a cautionary tale for all dealers about the potential long-term effects of cashing a fraudulent check, even if they first verified the account with the bank

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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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United States Mint releases 2018 Native American $1 Coin reverse design

Washington — The United States Mint officially announced the reverse (tails) design of the 2018 Native American $1 Coin. The coin’s theme pays homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe

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South Africa: New Proof and colour coins feature Cape West Coast biosphere diversity

The South African Mint have launched their second set of colourised coins following closely on the successful 2016-dated series which highlighted the rich diversity of the flora and fauna of the country’s Kogelberg Biosphere, east of Cape Town. This 2017-dated range of colour coins celebrates the rich diversity and astounding beauty of the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve, situated in the coastal zone north of Cape Town

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Heritage Auctions’ most valuable Hong Kong World Coin and Currency Event surpasses $5.4 million

Immaculate Chinese strikes command six-figures; rare 1953 10-yuan note tops currency offerings December 6-8
Dallas, Texas — Setting a house record as the highest-grossing World Coins and Currency Auctions held in Hong Kong, Heritage Auctions’ December 6-8 event realized $5,484,035, as collectors sought out Chinese Proof coins and 19th-century dollars in superb condition. A record 1,685 bidders participated in the $4

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi — and the coins to match

Last Friday, December 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened in theaters and scored the second largest opening in sales ever, only to be outdone by the previous installment, The Force Awakens, which was released two years prior. After earning a staggering $450 million in just three days, the film appears to be another box office success

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Specimen 1795 Dollar and error rarities highlight Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins FUN Sale January 3-8

1943 Bronze Cents from Philadelphia and San Francisco featured in January 4 Platinum Night
Dallas, Texas (December 18, 2017) — Nearly 7,000 lots from private collections, including early U.S

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The new NGC Registry preview

NGC is proud to announce a limited preview of its redesigned NGC Registry.
The most frequent visitors to the current NGC Registry have been invited to preview it and give their feedback before we share it with other members

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More than $2 million in world bank notes, currency, offered January 4-8 by Heritage Auctions

Set of German New Guinea Australian Occupation notes may exceed $200,000 At Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention
Dallas, Texas (December 19, 2017) — More than 1,600 lots of world paper money from around the globe are expected to be among the most coveted lots presented by Heritage Auctions at the FUN World Currency Auction January 4-8 in Tampa, Florida.
“This event has been extremely successful for us in recent years, and we anticipate similarly strong results this year,” Heritage Auctions Currency Consignment Director Dustin Johnston said

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PNG member helps FBI nab theft suspects

All dealers should be cautious about possible long-term ramifications of cashing fraudulent checks
(Temecula, California) December 19, 2017 — A long-time member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in solving a case involving an attempt by suspected thieves to purchase $2 million of gold using a bank check with the forged signature of a deceased New York City woman.
It is a cautionary tale for all dealers about the potential long-term effects of cashing a fraudulent check, even if they first verified the account with the bank

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Armenia: New technology incorporated into latest bank note featuring Noah’s Ark theme

The Central Bank of Armenia have issued (22nd November) a new commemorative bank note which pays homage to the story of Noah’s Ark — a biblical story which has a particular connection to the land of Armenia and its people. In the Book of Genesis, the Mountains of Ararat are the place where Noah’s Ark came to rest after the great flood

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More than $2 million in world bank notes, currency, offered January 4-8 by Heritage Auctions

Set of German New Guinea Australian Occupation notes may exceed $200,000 At Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention
Dallas, Texas (December 19, 2017) — More than 1,600 lots of world paper money from around the globe are expected to be among the most coveted lots presented by Heritage Auctions at the FUN World Currency Auction January 4-8 in Tampa, Florida.
“This event has been extremely successful for us in recent years, and we anticipate similarly strong results this year,” Heritage Auctions Currency Consignment Director Dustin Johnston said

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Specimen 1795 Dollar and error rarities highlight Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins FUN Sale January 3-8

1943 Bronze Cents from Philadelphia and San Francisco featured in January 4 Platinum Night
Dallas, Texas (December 18, 2017) — Nearly 7,000 lots from private collections, including early U.S

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Specimen 1795 Dollar and error rarities highlight Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins FUN Sale January 3-8

1943 Bronze Cents from Philadelphia and San Francisco featured in January 4 Platinum Night
Dallas, Texas (December 18, 2017) — Nearly 7,000 lots from private collections, including early U.S

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The new NGC Registry preview

NGC is proud to announce a limited preview of its redesigned NGC Registry.
The most frequent visitors to the current NGC Registry have been invited to preview it and give their feedback before we share it with other members

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Heritage Auctions’ most valuable Hong Kong World Coin and Currency Event surpasses $5.4 million

Immaculate Chinese strikes command six-figures; rare 1953 10-yuan note tops currency offerings December 6-8
Dallas, Texas — Setting a house record as the highest-grossing World Coins and Currency Auctions held in Hong Kong, Heritage Auctions’ December 6-8 event realized $5,484,035, as collectors sought out Chinese Proof coins and 19th-century dollars in superb condition. A record 1,685 bidders participated in the $4

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Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold mints the first five-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone”

In a previous article, we covered the IACA award won by the state mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Bavarian State Mint for their polymer coin.
On 8 December 2017, Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold has struck the very first 5-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone

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A silver bar walks into a mint

By Gabriel Leif Bellman
A surprise 2017 release from the Mexican Mint comes to us in kilo silver. The first surprise is that the 2017 kilo silver Libertad is the key to the series

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U.S. Mint Sales Report: Week ending December 10, 2017

This U.S

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio expands operations to Singapore, Frederick Yow joins staff as consignment director of Southeast Asia

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce that Frederick Yow has joined the staff as consignment director based in Singapore and will be serving clients in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia as well as greater Asia. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading rare coin and bank note auction firm in Asia, with landmark auction events held in Hong Kong several times a year

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — With great pleasure, Stack’s Bowers Galleries brings to market The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States paper money, the largest, finest, and most complete collection of large size United States paper money types in existence today

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New million dollar coin: David Lawrence sells 1879 Coiled Hair Stella

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) acquired, on behalf of a client, one of the rarest U.S

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King Michael of Romania dies, aged 96

The press office of the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, the official residence of the former Romanian royal family, have announced the death of Romania’s former King Michael, who passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 96. The royal family’s statement indicated that Michael died at his long-time home in Switzerland, where he had lived for several decades while in exile

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Gibraltar: First 50-pence coin issued with a Christmas theme

The government and treasury of Gibraltar have issued (13th December) a new 50-pence coin and is their first such coin to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. During the holiday season, coins are often exchanged as gifts since the story of the Nativity teaches that the three kings (or wise men), seeking out the Messiah, came upon the baby Jesus who was born in a manger

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Transportation and shipping security seminar

A Loomis Armored representative will discuss transportation and shipping security at the upcoming Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) will host the seminar

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi — and the coins to match

Last Friday, December 15, 2017, Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened in theaters and scored the second largest opening in sales ever, only to be outdone by the previous installment, The Force Awakens, which was released two years prior. After earning a staggering $450 million in just three days, the film appears to be another box office success

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Transportation and shipping security seminar

A Loomis Armored representative will discuss transportation and shipping security at the upcoming Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show. The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) will host the seminar

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King Michael of Romania dies, aged 96

The press office of the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, the official residence of the former Romanian royal family, have announced the death of Romania’s former King Michael, who passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 96. The royal family’s statement indicated that Michael died at his long-time home in Switzerland, where he had lived for several decades while in exile

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Gibraltar: First 50-pence coin issued with a Christmas theme

The government and treasury of Gibraltar have issued (13th December) a new 50-pence coin and is their first such coin to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. During the holiday season, coins are often exchanged as gifts since the story of the Nativity teaches that the three kings (or wise men), seeking out the Messiah, came upon the baby Jesus who was born in a manger

Continue reading on Coin Update News

U.S. Mint Sales Report: Week ending December 10, 2017

The top-selling Mint product for the week of 12/10/2017: The 2017 United States Mint Proof Set (17RG).
This U

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U.S. Mint Sales Report: Week ending December 10, 2017

This U.S

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio expands operations to Singapore, Frederick Yow joins staff as consignment director of Southeast Asia

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce that Frederick Yow has joined the staff as consignment director based in Singapore and will be serving clients in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia as well as greater Asia. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading rare coin and bank note auction firm in Asia, with landmark auction events held in Hong Kong several times a year

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries presents the Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States Paper Money

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — With great pleasure, Stack’s Bowers Galleries brings to market The Joel R. Anderson Collection of United States paper money, the largest, finest, and most complete collection of large size United States paper money types in existence today

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New million dollar coin: David Lawrence sells 1879 Coiled Hair Stella

David Lawrence Rare Coins (DLRC) acquired, on behalf of a client, one of the rarest U.S

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Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold mints the first five-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone”

In a previous article, we covered the IACA award won by the state mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Bavarian State Mint for their polymer coin.
On 8 December 2017, Assistant Undersecretary Walter Leibold has struck the very first 5-euro collector coin “Subtropical Climate Zone

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A silver bar walks into a mint

By Gabriel Leif Bellman
A surprise 2017 release from the Mexican Mint comes to us in kilo silver. The first surprise is that the 2017 kilo silver Libertad is the key to the series

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PCGS to display the Miller/Ashmore Morgan Dollars Super Set at FUN

(Newport Beach, California) — The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will display the Miller/Ashmore Morgan Dollars Super Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921) at the Florida United Numismatists Show (FUN) at the Tampa Convention Center January 4-7, 2018.
The Morgan Dollars Super Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921), consists of 331 Morgan Silver Dollars, including the standard Morgan major variety rarities and the Major VAM set with many scarce VAM rarities

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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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Confused over proposed tax legislation and like-kind exchanges?

There is some misinformation floating out around the dealer community intermingling “like-kind exchanges” and three different sections of the tax code (1031, 1099-b and bartering).
The Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) has produced a white paper which goes into detail providing a comprehensive explanation of each section of the tax code

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U.S. Mint announces pricing for the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

The United States Mint has announced (December 11) pricing for the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar products as follows:

Coin

Introductory Price

Regular Price

World War I Centennial Proof Silver Dollar

$51.95

$56

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King Michael of Romania dies, aged 96

The press office of the Elisabeta Palace in Bucharest, the official residence of the former Romanian royal family, have announced the death of Romania’s former King Michael, who passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 96. The royal family’s statement indicated that Michael died at his long-time home in Switzerland, where he had lived for several decades while in exile

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Affordable colonial era foreign coins

18th-century colonial America (and even into the 19th-century) saw a wide variety of coins in circulation to satisfy monetary demand. Many of these early American and American-related coinage are very rare and highly demanded by colonial coin specialists (such as the crudely struck 1652 New England coinage)

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“One-man library” Q. David Bowers to contribute a weekly column starting on January 3

The late, great, Ed Reiter once called Q. David Bowers a “one-man library” due to his propensity to not only produce a massive amount of content, but to imbue each and every article, column, or book with quality as well

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United Kingdom: The Royal Mint unleashes the Red Dragon of Wales on new silver coin

The Royal Mint has launched (4th December) one of the latest coins which is part of the ongoing and popular series entitled “The Queen’s Beasts.” This latest coin is one of ten heraldic Queen’s Beasts that can be seen cropping up through centuries of British Heraldry

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GreatCollections and honest numismatic photos

Before sharing an interview with GreatCollections President Ian Russell concerning his company’s practice of providing honest numismatic photos, I want to discuss the dishonesty and risk of buying coins with altered or poor photos.
Here’s a poor photo of a coin that I took a risk with, bidding based on a Proxibid lot that didn’t capture the true condition

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Impressive collections anchor Legend’s Regency Auction XXIV — December 14th in Las Vegas

(Lincroft, NJ) Legend Rare Coin Auctions is proud to present the 24th Regency Auction in conjunction with the ever-popular PCGS Members’ Show on the evening of Thursday, December 14th at Caesar’s in Las Vegas. As always, Legend’s boutique auction venue has brought together impressive collections that anchor the sale

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Malaysia: New silver coin celebrates National Archives anniversary

The Banka Negara Malaysia have launched (4th December) two new coins in recognition of the country’s National Archives institute which was founded on the 1st December 1957. The institute was founded originally as the Public Records Office before changing their current name in 1963 and is located in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia

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The 1964 U.S. Proof and Uncirculated Sets heralded the first Kennedy half dollars

Given the fact that we are now celebrating the centenary anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, I thought it would be prudent to discuss the first sets from the Mint to include the Kennedy half dollar: the 1964 U

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The 1964 U.S. Proof Set heralded the first Kennedy half dollar

Given the fact that we are now celebrating the centenary anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, I thought it would be prudent to discuss the first Mint Set to include the Kennedy half dollar

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Latvia: Centenary anniversary of the Latvian Provisional National Council celebrated on new silver coin

The Bank of Latvia have issued (4th December) a new silver coin which is in remembrance of the-then province’s first session of the Latvian Provisional National Council (LPNC) held in Valka 100 years ago, one of the most significant events which resulted in establishing Latvia’s statehood.
Between a complicated and vast war breaking out in Europe in late 1914 and the abdication of Czar Nicholas II in March 1917, circumstances all over the would-be former empire were about to change significantly

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Bitcoin: Digital bullion, or just digital?

Image by Uberpenguin.
In a recent interview on the “Fast Money Halftime Report,” renowned trader Mark Fisher discussed the similarities between the current hype for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and the silver rush seen in the late 1970s and 1980s

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Bitcoin: Digital bullion, or just digital?

In a recent interview on the “Fast Money Halftime Report,” renowned trader Mark Fisher discussed the similarities between the current hype for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and the silver rush seen in the late 1970s and 1980s. Fisher attributes Bitcoin’s rapid rise in value to its organic popularity (i

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Poland: Precursor to independence, National Committee, is celebrated on new silver coin

The National Bank of Poland have issued (15th November) a new coin which remembers the auspicious day when the establishment of Poland’s National Committee. The famed legislative body undertook the arrangements of the re-establishment of Polish independence after more than 146 years of partition

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Did you know that the buffalo on the “Buffalo Nickel” is not a buffalo at all?

While the official name is the Five Cent Indian head, this coin has come to be known in the hobby as a “Buffalo Nickel.” Peculiarly, the sturdy animal featured on the coin is not an actual buffalo — it is an American bison!
One may understandably have a hard time distinguishing between the animals

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Stack’s Bowers Galleries to present The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money at the NY International Convention

The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money, to be offered in two auction catalogs, is one of the finest ever cataloged and represents an important event in Latin American numismatics. The Eldorado Collection is so sweeping in scope, that these catalogs are only the initial offerings, featuring many of the rarest and highest grade selections from this epic cabinet

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Affordable colonial coinage

Colonial American coins are somewhat of a misnomer in the field of numismatics. While many of them were indeed struck before the United States declared independence from Great Britain, others were made afterward, yet are still classified as colonial coins

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Poland: Founding member of National Committee, Roman Dmowski, featured on new gold and silver coins

The National Bank of Poland have issued (8th November) two new coins which were minted in remembrance of Poland’s momentous day in November 1917 when an independent Polish state was on the road to being recognised after more than 146 years of living under the yoke of various European empires and kingdoms. Statesman Roman Dmowski played an important role in the organising of a National Committee that became the governing body which first saw recognition by the European powers as Poland’s legitimate representation before independence was formally recognised in November 1918

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Affordable colonial coinage

By Dennis Hengeveld
Colonial American coins are somewhat of a misnomer in the field of numismatics. While many of them were indeed struck before the United States declared independence from Great Britain, others were made afterward, yet are still classified as colonial coins

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

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be showcasing the first installment of The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money as part of their official auction January 11–13, 2018, during the New York International Convention at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Eldorado Collection, offered in two auction catalogs, is an important auction event in Latin American numismatics and is the finest ever cataloged

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Review of NGC versus PCGS

By Michael Bugeja
Last year at this time NGC chairman Mark Salzberg made this announcement, on which he expanded at the beginning of 2017:
[A]ll coins currently in NGC Registry sets—including those graded by other services—will be allowed to stay in those sets. There will be no NGC Registry point deductions or rank changes for these coins or sets

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Peruvian coin selected “Best in the World” by Real House of Coin

The Real House of Coin in Spain awarded this coin for having the “Best Design in History.”
Two years after announcing the creation of 5-sol coins, Peru has written a new chapter in their award-winning history when the 1-sol coin, the Ceramic Shipibo Konibo of Ucayaliwas, was awarded the 2017 Nexonum ”Best in the World” in the category of “Legal Course Currency of 2016

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NGC signs Don Everhart, prolific coin sculptor and engraver, to autograph labels

Don Everhart was involved in the creation of some of the most memorable U.S

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Ireland: Famed satirist and poet Jonathan Swift features on latest silver coin

The Central Bank of Ireland have officially launched (30th November) their latest silver crown coin which is in recognition of the 350th anniversary of the birth of satirist and poet Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), whose wit and outlook on life in Ireland during his lifetime is remembered from his many works and essays. He is best remembered as the author of Gulliver’s Travels, an adventure story involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, which was first published in 1726

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

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be showcasing the first installment of The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money as part of their official auction January 11–13, 2018, during the New York International Convention at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Eldorado Collection, offered in two auction catalogs, is an important auction event in Latin American numismatics and is the finest ever cataloged

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

The Royal Australian Mint have released (23rd November) two new collector coins which are produced to celebrate the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Australia, April 4–15, 2018. The XXI Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, located on Australia’s east coast, with events also taking place in Brisbane, Cairns, and Townsville

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Polymer coin wins IACA award for Best Coin Innovation

The IACA Excellence in Currency 2017 Coin Awards were conferred during The Coin Conference in Warsaw on October 24, 2017. The state mints of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the Bavarian State Mint were awarded the prize for Best Coin Innovation for their coin featuring a polymer ring

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

The USS Constitution Museum, named after the planet’s oldest still-commissioned vessel, the USS Constitution, has revealed that it is offering a limited edition medallion minted from copper taken from the ship itself. The USS Constitution was named by none other than President George Washington himself, and has stayed afloat since its launch in 1797

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Review of NGC versus PCGS

Last year at this time NGC chairman Mark Salzberg made this announcement, on which he expanded at the beginning of 2017:
[A]ll coins currently in NGC Registry sets—including those graded by other services—will be allowed to stay in those sets. There will be no NGC Registry point deductions or rank changes for these coins or sets

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World’s most valuable private coin collection revealed

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

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

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

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

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new silver coin which is in itself a first-ever, more a replica model rather than a coin with a traditional surface struck with a relief finish. Arguably one of the most famous starships of all, Star Trek’s celebrated USS Enterprise NCC-1701 is instantly recognizable by the rounded saucer shape and nacelles

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

The final product the Mint has scheduled for 2017 is the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park 2017 Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin from the Philadelphia Mint. There will be no household order or product limits, but the mintage limit is 25,000

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

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

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

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — The official auction of the 2017 Whitman Coins & Collectibles Winter Expo held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries was an astounding success, realizing over $13.3 million across eight sessions of United States coinage and related issues

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

The Mint of Singapore have launched (21st November) a new set of Chinese-zodiac collector coins which depict images featuring the Year of the Dog. As the new year on the lunar calendar commences on the 16th February (according to the Gregorian calendar), we say goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and welcome in the Year of the Dog

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

SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA — The official auction of the 2017 Whitman Coins & Collectibles Winter Expo held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries was an astounding success, realizing over $13.3 million across eight sessions of United States coinage and related issues

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Estonia unveils designs of commemorative coin programme celebrating centenary of independence

The Bank of Estonia have announced (14th November), that, as part of the Country’s national celebration of their centenary of independence proclaimed in 1918, they will be issuing several coins consisting of a silver collector coin, a gold coin, and a two-euro coin with a special design for the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The bank unveiled the chosen designs for their gold and silver issues and confirmed they will also participate in a joint-issue which will include a two-euro coin

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Portugal: Revered writer and journalist remembered on new €2 commemorative coin

The Impresa Nacional Casa da Moeda (INCM) have announced (14th November) they are releasing a new commemorative €2 coin in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Raul Brandão (1867–1930), a Portuguese writer, journalist, and military man noted for the realism of his literary descriptions and the lyricism of his language. As he was born in 1867 into a family of sailors, the ocean and sailors were often referenced in his work

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2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Three-Coin Set available November 27 at noon

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (product code 17AH) on November 27 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
This set contains two Uncirculated quarters—one from the Philadelphia Mint and one from the Denver Mint—and one Proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint, all with reverse designs by U

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The evolution of American quarters

The following is an excerpt written by AIP designer Barbara Fox from the Guide Book of Washington Quarters, 2nd edition
From 1932 to 1999, our quarters all looked the same. The dates changed every year, but George Washington’s profile remained stoically on one side, and an eagle gracefully lifted his wings on the reverse

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Bank of Korea: National Parks series debuts with new silver coins dedicated to Jirisan and Bukhansan

The Bank of Korea has issued two new Proof-quality silver coins which are dedicated to Korean national parks in an effort to make the beauty of Korea’s natural environment and the future value of ecological preservation more widely known. This year’s coins, the first in a new multi-year series, features the national parks of Jirisan and Bukhansan

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Ascension: 70-ounce mega-sized silver coin celebrates an extraordinary royal anniversary

The government and treasury of Ascension Island have issued (14th November) an extraordinary tribute for the platinum wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who reached this milestone today (20th November 2017). A 70-ounce silver Proof coin has been produced for the anniversary with a very limited mintage

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Monaco: Bicentenary of the foundation of the Prince’s Guard celebrated on new €2 coin

The treasury of the Principality of Monaco have issued (13th November) a new €2 commemorative coin celebrating the bicentenary anniversary of the founding of the Princely Guard, or Compagnie des Carabiniers du Prince — which is the entity charged with the protection of the sovereign of Monaco as well as the princely family. Founded on the 8th December 1817 by HSH the Prince of Valentinois, Honoré Grimaldi, hereditary prince of Monaco and administrator of the principality, on behalf of his father, Prince Honoré IV, the Princely Guard have been the primary source of continual protection of the Monegasque sovereign for 200 years

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Sealand: For 50th anniversary of independence, new silver coin celebrates a remarkable story

The treasury of the Principality of Sealand, the world’s only man-made and self-proclaimed independent micro-nation, have unveiled (15th September) the designs for their commemorative coin. The coin is to be issued in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sealand’s declaration of independence, which occurred on the 2nd September 1967

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Renowned numismatist, polymath, and prolific writer Eric P. Newman passes away at the age of 106

ERIC PFEIFFER NEWMAN died Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at his home in Clayton at the age of 106. Devoted husband of the late Evelyn Edison Newman for 75 years, brother of the late Ivy Steele of Chicago, beloved father of Linda Newman Schapiro of New York and Andrew (Peggy) Newman of St

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Latvia: Historic regions feature on new €2 commemorative coins

The Bank of Latvia have issued (14th November) two 2-euro commemorative coins dedicated to the historic provinces of Kurzeme and Latgale. Since the re-establishment of Latvian independence in 1991, the division of Latvia into cultural and historical regions of Vidzeme, Latgale, Kurzeme, and Zemgale is stipulated by article three of the Satversme, or the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia

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United Kingdom: 2018 sovereigns with special privy mark honour 65th anniversary of Queen’s coronation

The Royal Mint has struck a series of gold sovereigns which are specially produced to remember the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen’s coronation. The celebratory editions of the 2018-dated sovereigns, the “Coins of the Monarch,” feature a special mintmark depicting a royal crown with “65” entwined in the design

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U.S. Mint launches final America the Beautiful quarter of 2017 near the banks of the Wabash

Hannah Swan, a musician and former Vincennes University student, sings the National Anthem during the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter launch in Vincennes, Indiana. The coin is the 40th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program

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U.S. Mint launches final America the Beautiful quarter of 2017 near the banks of the Wabash

The Mint held a ceremony today near the Wabash River in Vincennes, Indiana, to officially launch the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter, the 40th release in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program and the final coin of 2017.
The reverse design featured on this latest quarter depicts George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville

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Australia: Imaginative coin collection features solar system depicted on all denominations

The Royal Australian Mint have released a new 10-coin collection which imaginatively uses all of the current (and two previously circulating) coin denominations to depict the our solar system’s nine planets (including Pluto), plus the sun. Using all six denominations presently in circulation, from the five-cent to the $2 coins, plus the previous one- and two-cent coins (which were officially discontinued in 1992), the design cleverly depicts the various planets which correspond to their size on the largest and smallest coins

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How counterfeiting could one day be irrevocably stifled by smartphone apps

Yesterday, the coin-collecting hobby got an update for the next generation: Lookzee. The app takes advantage of an iPhone’s camera to take an image of a collector’s coin, which is then cross-referenced against a database built from thousands of coins sorted by Tim Rathjen’s revolutionary “Machine

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Lookzee arrives to App Store, IOS users may download immediately

Bellingham, Washington — Stamp and Coin Place is pleased to announce the release of Lookzee, a smart, efficient, and easy way to image and share coins. Among Lookzee’s features are easy image acquisition, computer vision-assisted image handling, account creation with options for saving coin images, and in-app open chat forums to share and discuss coins

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Malta: Voting rights for women celebrated on new silver €10 Proof coin

The Central Bank of Malta have unveiled (3rd November) their latest collector coin, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of universal suffrage in the small nation. On the 25th to the 27th October in 1947, the women of Malta (still a British Crown colony) exercised for the first time their right to vote

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New Zealand: Queen’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary celebrated on new Proof $1 coin

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have issued (1st November) a new silver Proof $1 coin which celebrates the extraordinary occasion of the 70th (platinum) wedding anniversary of New Zealand’s Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who married in a lavish ceremony in 1947 — just two years after the end of the Second World War. Their enduring love story began somewhat sooner than previously thought, as then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark were said to have become engaged in 1946

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NGC, NCS, and PMG accepting submissions at Maastricht International Fair in December

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced that it will be joining Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) and Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) at the Maastricht International Fair, which will be held December 8–10, 2017, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
MIF 2017 will take place at the Maastricht Exhibition & Convention Center (MECC), Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht, the Netherlands

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America the Beautiful Quarters 2017 Circulating Coin Set to go on sale November 21 at noon

On November 21, the America the Beautiful Quarters 2017 Circulating Coin Set will go on sale at noon on the Mint’s website. The set includes the 10 currently circulating America the Beautiful quarters of 2017, with half coming from the Philadelphia Mint and the other half coming from the Denver Mint

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The psychological profile of a counterfeiter, according to Criminal Minds

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

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Monaco: Numismatics gears up for upcoming international Monte Carlo auction and coin show

Monaco’s “Numismatique 2017” is fast approaching, and Editions Gadoury (the Monte Carlo–based coin and auction company who are known publishers of a wide selection of catalogues and price guides of world coins) are also the organisers of the event, and are keeping busy making final preparations. The upcoming show will be the 25th year of Monte Carlo’s Grand Bourse Numismatique et Cartophile, which brings together coins, stamps, bank notes, medals, and historic postcards under one bourse

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NGC, NCS, and PMG at the December 2017 Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has revealed that they will be joining Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) and Paper Money Guaranty (PMG) at the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) at the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong, December 8–10, 2017.
The following services will be offered at the HKINF:
PMG Expedited Grading
PMG will offer its popular expedited-grading special for notes received during the December HKINF or at its Hong Kong office December 4–7

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France: Popular “7 Arts” series continues with gold and silver coins featuring the art of French sculptor Auguste Rodin

The Monnaie de Paris has released new coins which are part of their ongoing series entitled “The 7 Arts.” The series focuses on various disciplines in the art world, including: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry, dance, and performance arts such as acting

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United States Mint releases product options with George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarters on November 13

United States Mint products featuring America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park will be available for purchase starting on November 13 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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Q&A: How can I maximize my future profit when buying a coin?

The following Q&A is excerpted from Clifford Mishler’s Coins: Questions & Answers, 5th edition:
Q: I have often been told that when buying a given coin, one should always buy an example of the best quality available, but I am wondering if there is valid justification for paying a multiple of ten times more for an MS-65 (Select) than for an MS-63 (Uncirculated with attractive eye appeal), or a like multiple for an MS-67 (Gem) over and MS-65.
A: The practice of buying the best quality available is certainly an appropriate and applicable rule

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Latvia: National folklore song “Smith Forges in the Sky” features on latest silver collector coin

The Bank of Latvia have issued (2nd November) a new silver coin which is dedicated to Latvian folk songs, and features some lines from one of them, titled “Smith Forges in the Sky.” The Latvian name for folk songs, “dainas,” is borrowed from Lithuanian and has become a keyword for the folk song tradition and the accomplishments of Krišjānis Barons (1835–1923), as well as a symbol of the Latvian identity

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United States Mint releases product options with George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarters on November 13

United States Mint products featuring America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park will be available for purchase starting on November 13 at noon Eastern Time (ET).
The coin’s reverse design features George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville with the inscriptions GEORGE ROGERS CLARK, INDIANA, 2017, and E PLURIBUS UNUM

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Israel: Biblical Art series continues with gold and silver coins featuring the story of creation, Adam and Eve

The Bank of Israel have issued (30th October) a new set of coins which feature the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. According to the story of creation in the Old Testament, God created Adam and placed him in the Garden of Eden (or the Garden of Delight) — the best place on earth — where pleasant trees and fruits were in abundance and there was no need to work hard

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Red Book recollections: Ginger Rapsus

Coin Update continues its series dedicated to reflecting on the long history of Whitman Publishing’s Guide Book of United States Coins, also known as the Red Book, now in its 70th edition. “Red Book Recollections” features personal reflections written by Red Book contributors, collectors, and others with the aim of providing different perspectives on the long-lived reference work

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The centenary anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth passes us by while many more are still concerned learning about his death

Following the initial release of 2,891 documents previously withheld by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Thursday, October 19, the Internet went up in storm

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Netherlands: New silver Proof ducat coin representing the historical province of Utrecht is issued

The Royal Dutch Mint have issued (29th September) the latest silver ducat in their present series,“Silver Ducats.” The traditional trade coin, which was a staple of European commerce and in many colonial states in the Americas, Asia, and Africa, is re-created to exact specifications and issued in a variety of designs

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The centenary anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth passes us by while many more are still concerned learning about his death

Following the initial release of 2,891 documents previously withheld by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Thursday, October 19, the Internet went up in storm

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Bank notes of the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands — known for their offshore bank accounts, sandy beaches, great snorkeling, and more — are a group of three individual islands located in the western Caribbean Sea. An autonomous British Caribbean territory, the islands did not have an indigenous population but were first settled by the British towards the end of the 17th century

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Thailand: Treasury prepares for new coins and bank notes after late king’s final send-off

The government of Thailand continues to prepare to say their final farewell to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej Mahidol, who passed away on the 13th October 2016 after an astonishing reign of 70 years. The royal treasury of the kingdom are beginning the many preparations of transition, which will include portraits and effigies of the new king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, on the country’s next series of bank notes and coins

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Design of Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal approved at last Wednesday’s CCAC meeting

Last Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held a meeting to discuss the design of the upcoming Congressional Gold Medal to honor Bob Dole. Bob Dole is a lawyer, former congressman of Kansas, former Republican Leader of the United States Senate, and 1996 presidential candidate who is renowned for his valiant service in World War II

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Australia: Lunar Year of the Dog features on latest gold and silver coins

The Royal Australian Mint have released a selection of new coins which are in celebration of the upcoming new year, according to the Chinese Lunar cycle. Every year, the Lunar calendar also highlights a unique zodiac sign within the 12-year cycle, which features both mythical and real animals — all with specific traits and qualities for those born under each sign

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Congressmen press the U.S Mint for action on counterfeit gold and silver coins

Washington, DC (October 29, 2017) — Congressmen Alex Mooney (R-WV) and Frank Lucas (R-OK) delivered a formal letter to the United States Mint and the Secret Service on Friday, urging aggressive action on the growing problem of high-quality counterfeits of U.S

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Choice Mint treats collectors to Día de los Muertos-themed silver round

While well known for its coverage of United States coinage, Whitman Publishing is also known for its extensive coverage of classic Mexican coinage in the Whitman Encyclopedia of Mexican Money. Since my first articles published on Coin Update were a numismatic tour of Mexican coinage, anything that even mimics that style tends to play my nostalgia like a fiddle as well

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Congressmen press the U.S Mint for action on counterfeit gold and silver coins

Washington, DC (October 29, 2017) — Congressmen Alex Mooney (R-WV) and Frank Lucas (R-OK) delivered a formal letter to the United States Mint and the Secret Service on Friday, urging aggressive action on the growing problem of high-quality counterfeits of U.S

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British Virgin Islands: Unique tri-colour coin celebrates milestone wedding anniversary of Elizabeth and Philip

The government and treasury of the British Virgin Islands have issued (24th October) a new and unique coin in celebration of an extraordinary anniversary, which will be observed on the 20th November within the British royal family. On this day, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will have been married for 70 years — this is a milestone anniversary never before reached by a reigning sovereign and consort in England or the United Kingdom

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United States Mint announces new one-ounce platinum Proof coin series

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint announced today that it is launching a three-year platinum Proof-coin series starting in 2018 and continuing through 2020. The three-year program, titled “Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series,” will feature newly designed 1-ounce Proofs struck in 99

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United States Mint unveils designs for Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coins

NEW YORK – The United States Mint today unveiled the winning designs in the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Design Competition. The event took place at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s headquarters in New York

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Austria: Tercentenary of the birth of Empress Maria Theresa marked with second silver coin

The Mint of Austria have unveiled (16th October) their second new coin ahead of its official issue in November. It marks the tercentenary anniversary of the birth of the Habsburg Empire and Austria’s only female ruler to date: the Empress Maria Theresa (1717–1780)

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Germany: Outgoing finance minister presented with unique and personalised euro bank note

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is to be replaced after the recent elections in Germany in September, in which Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrats party won the right to form the next coalition government. As a result of the election, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, after holding his post for the last eight years, is to be replaced — with Schäuble slated to become the president of the Bundestag (German parliament)

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New Zealand: The story of how Māui captured the Sun told on new gold and silver coins

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have issued (18th October) four new coins which feature an exceptional tale that is one of the most familiar legends in the Polynesian world. The legends of Māui are stories shared across many Polynesian islands, despite the considerable distance between islands such as Hawaii, Tonga, and even New Zealand — the similarities between many of the legends is uncanny

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Germany: Outgoing finance minister presented with unique and personalised euro bank note

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is to be replaced after the recent elections in Germany in September, in which Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrats party won the right to form the next coalition government. As a result of the election, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, after holding his post for the last eight years, is to be replaced — with Schäuble slated to become the president of the Bundestag (German parliament)

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U.S. Mint posts complete 2018 calendar

The Mint has begun filling in its calendar-year 2018 sales schedule—and in a move that will be welcomed by collectors, the Mint has abandoned this year’s one-month-at-a-time announcement style. In years past, the Mint announced the first few months’ release dates in detail, then provided a general quarterly schedule for the rest of the year

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Germany: Noted historian and father of modern archaeology honoured on new silver coin

The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (VfS) have released (12th October) their latest silver coin for the year which marks the tercentenary anniversary of the birth of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), the founder of scientific archaeology and art history. The coin is the fifth and final silver-coin issue scheduled for 2017

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My first CCAC Meeting: A spirited discussion and a rare inside glimpse into the design process

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 , I had the pleasure of attending my first Citizens  Coinage Advisory Committee meeting (on the phone, since I live in Atlanta and not in Washington). As a relative novice to the world of coin design, I understand the apprehension most collectors feel when first putting themselves into the fray with much more experienced numismatists and artists

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A response to increasing cyberattacks and wasteful spending: The Coins Act

In the wake of the devastating Equifax breach, which exposed the private financial information of an estimated 143 million Americans, lawmakers in Washington are scrambling for solutions to the increase in sophisticated cyberattacks targeting private citizens. Other attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2017 affected almost a quarter of a million Windows users worldwide in over 150 countries, extorting payments in bitcoin in exchange for restored access to important personal files

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Germany: Noted historian and father of modern archaeology honoured on new silver coin

The Verkaufsstelle für Sammlermünzen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (VfS) have released (12th October) their latest silver coin for the year which marks the tercentenary anniversary of the birth of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), the founder of scientific archaeology and art history. The coin is the fifth and final silver-coin issue scheduled for 2017

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My first CCAC Meeting: A spirited discussion and a rare inside glimpse into the design process

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 , I had the pleasure of attending my first Citizens  Coinage Advisory Committee meeting (on the phone, since I live in Atlanta and not in Washington). As a relative novice to the world of coin design, I understand the apprehension most collectors feel when first putting themselves into the fray with much more experienced numismatists and artists

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U.S. Mint posts complete 2018 calendar

The Mint has begun filling in its calendar-year 2018 sales schedule—and in a move that will be welcomed by collectors, the Mint has abandoned this year’s one-month-at-a-time announcement style. In years past, the Mint announced the first few months’ release dates in detail, then provided a general quarterly schedule for the rest of the year

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My first CCAC Meeting: A spirited discussion and a rare inside glimpse into the design process

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 , I had the pleasure of attending my first Citizens  Coinage Advisory Committee meeting (on the phone, since I live in Atlanta and not in Washington). As a relative novice to the world of coin design, I understand the apprehension most collectors feel when first putting themselves into the fray with much more experienced numismatists and artists

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American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set goes on sale today at noon

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set (product code 17XD) today at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is the fourth and final product released this year to mark this milestone in the bureau’s history

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Aruba: National bird, prikichi, features on new colourful silver coin

The Central Bank of Aruba have issued (12th October) a new silver crown-size coin which celebrates the island nation’s national bird — the “prikichi.” Responding to a concerted effort and request by Aruban Bird Conservation, the Council of Ministers of Aruba approved a proposal to declare the prikichi Aruba’s national bird on the 7th February 2017

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Aruba: National bird, prikichi, features on new colourful silver coin

The Central Bank of Aruba have issued (12th October) a new silver crown-size coin which celebrates the island nation’s national bird — the “prikichi.” Responding to a concerted effort and request by Aruban Bird Conservation, the Council of Ministers of Aruba approved a proposal to declare the prikichi Aruba’s national bird on the 7th February 2017

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American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set goes on sale today at noon

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set (product code 17XD) today at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is the fourth and final product released this year to mark this milestone in the bureau’s history

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United Kingdom: Remembrance Day, the end of the Great War, displayed on new crown coin

The Royal Mint have released a new crown coin which honours the observance of Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the end of the Great War (later, after 1945, referred to as World War I). As the world reaches the centenary anniversary of the conclusion of this deadly conflict, once referred to as the “war to end all wars” due to the new weapons and strategies utilised on the battlefields, the ceremony known as Remembrance Day takes on a greater degree of solemnity and historical importance

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Final product marking the Mint’s 225th anniversary goes on sale on October 19

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set (product code 17XD) on October 19 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is the fourth and final product released this year to mark this milestone in the bureau’s history

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Ireland: Latest Europa silver coin issue features Dublin’s own Ha’Penny Bridge

The Central Bank of Ireland debuted their latest silver collector coin which is issued in conjunction with the ongoing Europa collector-coin series. This year’s design features Dublin’s iconic and beloved landmark, the Ha’penny Bridge

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The World of Leading Bullion Coins book launch

Metals Focus has announced the launch of it new reference book, The World of Leading Bullion Coins, at an event at the LBMA/LPPM Conference in Barcelona. The book was produced with the support of five sponsors—the Perth Mint, the Austrian Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Rand Refinery, and the Royal Mint

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The World of Leading Bullion Coins book launch

Metals Focus has announced the launch of it new reference book, The World of Leading Bullion Coins, at an event at the LBMA/LPPM Conference in Barcelona. The book was produced with the support of five sponsors—the Perth Mint, the Austrian Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Rand Refinery, and the Royal Mint

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Revisiting the Mint’s American Arts gold bullion medals

A recent email blast from the Mint reminded that October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). While the celebratory occasion was initially established 30 years ago as National Arts Week, in 1993 it was reformed into National Arts and Humanities month in order to “raise public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives

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Ireland: Latest Europa silver coin issue features Dublin’s own Ha’Penny Bridge

The Central Bank of Ireland debuted their latest silver collector coin which is issued in conjunction with the ongoing Europa collector-coin series. This year’s design features Dublin’s iconic and beloved landmark, the Ha’penny Bridge

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Falkland Islands: Centenary of the House of Windsor celebrated with new crown coin set

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (9th October) a new set of crown coins which mark the centenary anniversary of the establishment of the British Royal House. The Royal House came about due to the circumstances just after the fighting for the Great War began (1914–1918)

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PCGS certifies two highly unusual and rare Washington quarter errors

 

(Newport Beach, California) – The Professional Coin Grading Service recently certified two extremely rare and unusual Washington quarter errors.
The first is the third-known example of a two-tailed quarter, likely struck in the 1965–1967 period

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Canada: Year of the Dog features on latest Lunar New Year silver coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have released their latest collector silver coin which highlights the Lunar New Year’s sign of the Dog for 2018. The Lunar zodiac runs in a cycle of 12 years; the next Lunar New Year begins on the 16th February 2018 and concludes on the 4th February 2019

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Canada: Stanley Cup’s 125th anniversary marked with unique, trophy-shaped silver coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new coin which is a replica of the famed Stanley Cup trophy. It has been minted for the 125th anniversary of its establishment as the premier prize in the sport of ice hockey — considered Canada’s national pastime

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2019 quarters and the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemoratives subjects of the next public CCAC meeting

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for October 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m

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United Kingdom: Remembrance Day, the end of the Great War, displayed on new crown coin

The Royal Mint have released a new crown coin which honours the observance of Remembrance Day, the anniversary of the end of the Great War (later, after 1945, referred to as World War I). As the world reaches the centenary anniversary of the conclusion of this deadly conflict, once referred to as the “war to end all wars” due to the new weapons and strategies utilised on the battlefields, the ceremony known as Remembrance Day takes on a greater degree of solemnity and historical importance

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Final product marking the Mint’s 225th anniversary goes on sale on October 19

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Silver Four-Medal Set (product code 17XD) on October 19 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is the fourth and final product released this year to mark this milestone in the bureau’s history

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2019 quarters and the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemoratives subjects of the next public CCAC meeting

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for October 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m

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2019 quarters and the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemoratives subjects of the next public CCAC meeting

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for October 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m

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Canada: Stanley Cup’s 125th anniversary marked with unique, trophy-shaped silver coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have released a new coin which is a replica of the famed Stanley Cup trophy. It has been minted for the 125th anniversary of its establishment as the premier prize in the sport of ice hockey — considered Canada’s national pastime

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PCGS certifies two highly unusual and rare Washington quarter errors

 

(Newport Beach, California) – The Professional Coin Grading Service recently certified two extremely rare and unusual Washington quarter errors.
The first is the third-known example of a two-tailed quarter, likely struck in the 1965–1967 period

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Canada: Year of the Dog features on latest Lunar New Year silver coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have released their latest collector silver coin which highlights the Lunar New Year’s sign of the Dog for 2018. The Lunar zodiac runs in a cycle of 12 years; the next Lunar New Year begins on the 16th February 2018 and concludes on the 4th February 2019

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

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today revealed the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U

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

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today revealed the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U

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Falkland Islands: Centenary of the House of Windsor celebrated with new crown coin set

The government and treasury of the Falkland Islands have issued (9th October) a new set of crown coins which mark the centenary anniversary of the establishment of the British Royal House. The Royal House came about due to the circumstances just after the fighting for the Great War began (1914–1918)

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Canada: Renowned Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate centenary anniversary with new dollar coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have unveiled (7th October) a new dollar coin which is in celebration of one of the country’s beloved and revered hockey teams — the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs. With the start of the 2017–18 season, the Leafs mark 100 years since they first took to the ice

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With order limit removed, 2017 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set achieves “sellout”

As of Sunday morning (October 9), the 2017 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set appears to have reached the sellout point. The sets were released at noon on October 5 with a household order limit of two

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Canada: Centenary anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge honoured with new circulation $2 memorial coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued (5th October) a $2 commemorative circulation coin honouring the brave Canadians who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago and paved the way to the Allied victory which ended the First World War. This special circulation coin was specially unveiled at the Military Museums in Calgary

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United States Mint unveils winning designs to be featured on World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint unveiled the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Design Competition today. The unveiling took place during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E

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Canada: Centenary anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge honoured with new circulation $2 memorial coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has issued (5th October) a $2 commemorative circulation coin honouring the brave Canadians who fought at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100 years ago and paved the way to the Allied victory which ended the First World War. This special circulation coin was specially unveiled at the Military Museums in Calgary

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United States Mint unveils winning designs to be featured on World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint unveiled the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Design Competition today. The unveiling took place during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E

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With order limit removed, 2017 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set achieves “sellout”

As of Sunday morning (October 9), the 2017 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set appears to have reached the sellout point. The sets were released at noon on October 5 with a household order limit of two

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United States Mint unveils winning designs to be featured on World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint unveiled the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Design Competition today. The unveiling took place during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E

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United Kingdom: New crown coins celebrate the longest Royal marriage in British history

The Royal Mint have unveiled (2nd October) the new crown coins to mark the 70th (platinum) wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The anniversary is unprecedented in the British Royal family, as no other sovereign or consort has ever achieved this milestone

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Latvia: Outstanding poet honoured and remembered with new silver collector coins

The Latvijas Bankas have issued (5th October) two distinct and creative silver coins to honour one of the country’s more memorable and admired poets on the 150th anniversary of his birth. Eduards Veidenbaums (1867–1892) holds a special place in the hearts of many Latvians, as the power of his talent — while unknown to a wider range of readers during his own lifetime — has been recognised over the years and now plays an important role in Latvian poetry

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Canada: Renowned Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate centenary anniversary with new dollar coin

The Royal Canadian Mint have unveiled (7th October) a new dollar coin which is in celebration of one of the country’s beloved and revered hockey teams — the legendary Toronto Maple Leafs. With the start of the 2017–18 season, the Leafs mark 100 years since they first took to the ice

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Latvia: Outstanding poet honoured and remembered with new silver collector coins

The Latvijas Bankas have issued (5th October) two distinct and creative silver coins to honour one of the country’s more memorable and admired poets on the 150th anniversary of his birth. Eduards Veidenbaums (1867–1892) holds a special place in the hearts of many Latvians, as the power of his talent — while unknown to a wider range of readers during his own lifetime — has been recognised over the years and now plays an important role in Latvian poetry

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United Kingdom: New crown coins celebrate the longest Royal marriage in British history

The Royal Mint have unveiled (2nd October) the new crown coins to mark the 70th (platinum) wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The anniversary is unprecedented in the British Royal family, as no other sovereign or consort has ever achieved this milestone

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Slovakia: Prominent literary figure Božena Slančíková-Timrava remembered on new silver coin

The National Bank of Slovakia have issued (20th September) a new coin which remembers one of the country’s leading exponents in the late realism style in Slovak literature on the 150th anniversary of her birth. Božena Slančíková-Timrava (1867 – 1951) typically featured rural workers, the rural intelligentsia, and groups promoting Slovak national interests in her stories

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How fonts can make or break a project, numismatic or otherwise

A recent Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit has indirectly called good-natured attention to Chris Costello, who has designed the reverse of the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters, the silver obverse of the 2016 Mark Twain gold commemorative coins, and the reverse for the 2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary commemorative silver coins for the U.S

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How fonts can make or break a project, numismatic or otherwise

A recent Saturday Night Live (SNL) skit has indirectly called good-natured attention to Chris Costello, who has designed the reverse of the 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters, the silver obverse of the 2016 Mark Twain gold commemorative coins, and the reverse for the 2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary commemorative silver coins for the U.S

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Slovakia: Prominent literary figure Božena Slančíková-Timrava remembered on new silver coin

The National Bank of Slovakia have issued (20th September) a new coin which remembers one of the country’s leading exponents in the late realism style in Slovak literature on the 150th anniversary of her birth. Božena Slančíková-Timrava (1867 – 1951) typically featured rural workers, the rural intelligentsia, and groups promoting Slovak national interests in her stories

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Italy: Latest silver coin highlights historic Sassi and the Stones of Matera as part of “Italy of the Arts” series

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) have released (19th September) a new €10 silver Proof coin which is part of the massively successful series “Italy of the Arts.” This year’s coin is dedicated to the artistic town of Matera, located in the southern region Basilicata

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Jersey: Momentous platinum wedding anniversary of Elizabeth II and Philip celebrated with new crown coin

The treasury of the Bailiwick of Jersey, Channel Islands, have issued a new range of crown coins which celebrate an amazing milestone in the life of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, who, along with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will celebrate an unprecedented 70th (or platinum) wedding anniversary. The Queen and the duke, as sovereign and consort in the United Kingdom, are the first royal couple to ever reach this momentous anniversary

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Revised “Yellow Book” a must-have guide for all collectors

The revised and updated edition of Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting includes the basics from previous editions along with pertinent new information for both newcomers and experienced numismatists. In this review, we’ll cover in depth the content for new hobbyists, but we also want to address the numismatic experts early in this critique

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New Zealand: Latest kiwi gold and silver coins feature little spotted kiwi for 2018

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have issued (27th September) their latest coins which highlight the various breeds of the kiwi, which is an internationally recognised symbol of the country. The latest coins feature the little spotted kiwi, or Apteryx owenii

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France: €2 commemorative coin honours the Pink Ribbon Foundation and promotes breast cancer awareness

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (29th September) a new €2 commemorative coin which honours the 25th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Foundation and what it signifies — breast cancer awareness. The Pink Ribbon Foundation was launched in 1992 as the pink ribbon itself emerged as an international symbol for those suffering from breast cancer

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Our 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters take shape: CCAC advises the Treasury on five historic new coins, part 4

Part 4 of 6: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter (Texas)
Another souvenir I bought during my September visit to United States Mint headquarters in Washington was an Uncirculated five-ounce version of the Ellis Island America the Beautiful quarter. The Philadelphia Mint strikes these large (three-inch–diameter) coins in 99

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France: €2 commemorative coin honours the Pink Ribbon Foundation and promotes breast cancer awareness

The Monnaie de Paris have launched (29th September) a new €2 commemorative coin which honours the 25th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Foundation and what it signifies — breast cancer awareness. The Pink Ribbon Foundation was launched in 1992 as the pink ribbon itself emerged as an international symbol for those suffering from breast cancer

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Our 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters take shape: CCAC advises the Treasury on five historic new coins, part 4

Part 4 of 6: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter (Texas)
Another souvenir I bought during my September visit to United States Mint headquarters in Washington was an Uncirculated five-ounce version of the Ellis Island America the Beautiful quarter. The Philadelphia Mint strikes these large (three-inch–diameter) coins in 99

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New Zealand: Latest kiwi gold and silver coins feature little spotted kiwi for 2018

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand have issued (27th September) their latest coins which highlight the various breeds of the kiwi, which is an internationally recognised symbol of the country. The latest coins feature the little spotted kiwi, or Apteryx owenii

Continue reading on Coin Update News

Revised “Yellow Book” a must-have guide for all collectors

The revised and updated edition of Whitman Guide to Coin Collecting includes the basics from previous editions along with pertinent new information for both newcomers and experienced numismatists. In this review, we’ll cover in depth the content for new hobbyists, but we also want to address the numismatic experts early in this critique

Continue reading on Coin Update News

Jersey: Momentous platinum wedding anniversary of Elizabeth II and Philip celebrated with new crown coin

The treasury of the Bailiwick of Jersey, Channel Islands, have issued a new range of crown coins which celebrate an amazing milestone in the life of the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II, who, along with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, will celebrate an unprecedented 70th (or platinum) wedding anniversary. The Queen and the duke, as sovereign and consort in the United Kingdom, are the first royal couple to ever reach this momentous anniversary

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Italy: Latest silver coin highlights historic Sassi and the Stones of Matera as part of “Italy of the Arts” series

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) have released (19th September) a new €10 silver Proof coin which is part of the massively successful series “Italy of the Arts.” This year’s coin is dedicated to the artistic town of Matera, located in the southern region Basilicata

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The 23rd edition of Legend’s Regency Auction will be the largest yet

Press release courtesy of Legend Rare Coin Auctions.

(Lincroft, NJ)—Legend Rare Coin Auctions has just put the finishing touches on the cataloging of the Regency Auction XXIII to be held on the evening of October 26, 2017, at the Philadelphia PCGS Members Only Show

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Italy: First bi-metallic five euro coin dedicated to the memory of comedian Totò

The Istituto Poligrafico Zecca della Stato (IPZS) have launched (19th September) their first bi-metallic €5 base-metal coin, which remembers the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Italy’s more memorable and irreverent comedians, known nationally by the stage name “Totò.” Born Antonio Clemente on the 15th February 1898, he was the son of Anna Clemente, a Sicilian woman of modest background, and allegedly, the Neapolitan Marquis Giuseppe De Curtis

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COINEX, London’s premier coin event, has an impressive turnout

This year’s COINEX international numismatics show was eagerly anticipated and once again well attended by both local and international visitors. Those who were fortunate enough to take advantage of both a favourable exchange rate for the dollar and euro against the pound additionally benefited from the considerable amount of items on offer, including the items advertised in numerous auctions taking place during the week of COINEX

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Professional Numismatists Guild offers three expert tips to avoid gold scams

Following the recent fraud charges filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission against a California gold seller, a trade group composed of veteran precious-metals experts is urging investors to take three important steps before making any purchases of gold, silver, or platinum bullion coins or ingots.
“To avoid paying too much when you buy, or receiving too little when you sell, and to avoid potential scams, investors absolutely must know the credentials of the bullion dealer—not just what the dealer may tout on TV advertisements or with a fancy website,” cautioned Barry Stuppler of Woodland Hills, California, president of the nonprofit Professional Numismatists Guild

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Our 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters take shape: CCAC advises the Treasury on five historic new coins

Part 1 of 6: The Lowell National Historical Park Quarter
This past Tuesday, September 19, 2017, I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with fellow Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) members Thomas Uram and Erik Jansen on H Street in downtown Washington, D.C

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Our 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters take shape: CCAC advises the Treasury on five historic new coins part 2

Part 2 of 6: The American Memorial Park Quarter (Northern Mariana Islands)
My late-morning flight from Atlanta to the September 19, 2017, Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting in Washington was quick and easy—no delays, no bad weather or turbulence. It’s an hour-and-a-half trip from The Big Peach to our nation’s capital

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Portugal: “Youth and the Future” a focus for latest silver collector coin

The Imprensa Nacional–Casa do Moeda (INCM) have unveiled (6th September) a new coin which intends to focus on the country’s youth with a design personally created by a youngster.
According to the INCM, the demographics of collectors in the numismatic market is growing older

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Our 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters take shape: CCAC advises the Treasury on five historic new coins, part 3

Part 3 of 6: War in the Pacific National Historical Park Quarter (Guam)
Every time I go to Washington for a meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, I visit the gift shop on the ground floor of United States Mint headquarters at 801 Ninth Street. Most of the facility is closed to the public, but the lobby gift shop (they call it a “sales counter”) is open from 10:00 a

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ACTF reorganizes research group, adds three work groups

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets’ Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force has reorganized one of its original work groups and added three new groups since its early August meeting prior to the World’s Fair of Money in Denver. Additionally, new members have joined the Steering Committee and work groups

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Professional Numismatists Guild offers three expert tips to avoid gold scams

Following the recent fraud charges filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission against a California gold seller, a trade group composed of veteran precious-metals experts is urging investors to take three important steps before making any purchases of gold, silver, or platinum bullion coins or ingots.
“To avoid paying too much when you buy, or receiving too little when you sell, and to avoid potential scams, investors absolutely must know the credentials of the bullion dealer—not just what the dealer may tout on TV advertisements or with a fancy website,” cautioned Barry Stuppler of Woodland Hills, California, president of the nonprofit Professional Numismatists Guild

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Portugal: “Youth and the Future” a focus for latest silver collector coin

The Imprensa Nacional–Casa do Moeda (INCM) have unveiled (6th September) a new coin which intends to focus on the country’s youth with a design personally created by a youngster.
According to the INCM, the demographics of collectors in the numismatic market is growing older

Continue reading on Coin Update News

Our 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters take shape: CCAC advises the Treasury on five historic new coins part 2

Part 2 of 6: The American Memorial Park Quarter (Northern Mariana Islands)
My late-morning flight from Atlanta to the September 19, 2017, Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting in Washington was quick and easy—no delays, no bad weather or turbulence. It’s an hour-and-a-half trip from The Big Peach to our nation’s capital

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Weighing the costs for the 2017 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set and American Liberty Four-Medal Set

In the past few days, the Mint has posted retail prices for its next two product releases: the 2017 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (LESPS) and the 2017 American Liberty Four-Medal Set.
First up is the LESPS (product code 17RC), which will be available for purchase at noon on October 5, 2017

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Our 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters take shape: CCAC advises the Treasury on five historic new coins

Part 1 of 6: The Lowell National Historical Park Quarter
This past Tuesday, September 19, 2017, I enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with fellow Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) members Thomas Uram and Erik Jansen on H Street in downtown Washington, D.C

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Palladium bullion sales to commence September 25

The Mint announced yesterday (September 18) that it will begin first-ever sales of a 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs) commencing September 25.
As with American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins, the palladium bullion coins will be made available to the public through the Mint’s AP network

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First photos of the 2017 American Eagle palladium bullion coin

The Mint will begin selling its 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs) on September 25. Until now, no photos of the coins have been available, and the curious have had to content themselves with photos of the plaster models or with graphic designers’ renderings

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Austria: Majestic Alpine ibex graces the latest gold coin in Wildlife in Our Sights series

The Austrian Mint has launched (12th September) their latest gold coin which highlights some of the European continent’s more interesting and diverse wildlife and habitats. The series was initiated in 2013 and is entitled “Wildlife in Our Sights

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United Kingdom: Bank of England releases new Jane Austen £10 polymer note

The Bank of England have officially released their latest £10 bank note with significant changes made from the previous (and current) bank note issued in 2000 with the image of Charles Darwin on the back. The new “G” series, which includes the latest £5 polymer bank note featuring the image of Sir Winston Churchill, is also printed on polymer and includes a familiar image of the well-known 19th-century author Jane Austen (1775–1817)

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ALERT: Obsolete paper money stolen in Georgia

The Numismatic Crime Information Center advises collectors to be on the lookout for the following obsolete bank notes, stolen from a car in Georgia:
The Coweta County, Georgia, sheriff’s department is investigating a burglary resulting in the loss of the following obsolete notes:

Merchants and Planters Bank $1 (1857) $1 (1859) $2 $3 $5 $10 $20 $50 $100
Timber Cutters Bank $1 $2 $10 $20 $50
State of Georgia Bank of Commerce $1 $2 $5 $20
Farmers and Mechanics Bank $1 $2 $5 $10 $100
Planters Bank $1

All were in a black binder marked “Currency Album” in gold leaf. All notes were from the 1850, and drawn on Savannah, Georgia, chartered banks

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ALERT: Obsolete paper money stolen in Georgia

The Numismatic Crime Information Center advises collectors to be on the lookout for the following obsolete bank notes, stolen from a car in Georgia:
The Coweta County, Georgia, sheriff’s department is investigating a burglary resulting in the loss of the following obsolete notes:

Merchants and Planters Bank $1 (1857) $1 (1859) $2 $3 $5 $10 $20 $50 $100
Timber Cutters Bank $1 $2 $10 $20 $50
State of Georgia Bank of Commerce $1 $2 $5 $20
Farmers and Mechanics Bank $1 $2 $5 $10 $100
Planters Bank $1

All were in a black binder marked “Currency Album” in gold leaf. All notes were from the 1850, and drawn on Savannah, Georgia, chartered banks

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Austria: Majestic Alpine ibex graces the latest gold coin in Wildlife in Our Sights series

The Austrian Mint has launched (12th September) their latest gold coin which highlights some of the European continent’s more interesting and diverse wildlife and habitats. The series was initiated in 2013 and is entitled “Wildlife in Our Sights

Continue reading on Coin Update News

Kingdom: Bank of England releases new Jane Austen £10 polymer note

The Bank of England have officially released their latest £10 banknote with significant changes made from the previous (and current) bank note issued in 2000 with the image of Charles Darwin on the back. The new “G” series, which includes the latest £5 polymer bank note featuring the image of Sir Winston Churchill, is also printed on polymer and includes a familiar image of the well-known 19th-century author Jane Austen (1775–1817)

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First photos of the 2017 American Eagle palladium bullion coin

The Mint will begin selling its 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs) on September 25. Until now, no photos of the coins have been available, and the curious have had to content themselves with photos of the plaster models or with graphic designers’ renderings

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A quick look: Live images of the American Eagle palladium bullion coin

The Mint will begin selling its 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs) on September 25. Until now, no photos of the coins have been available, and the curious have had to content themselves with photos of the plaster models or with graphic designers’ renderings

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Palladium bullion sales to commence September 25

The Mint announced yesterday (September 18) that it will begin first-ever sales of a 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs) commencing September 25.
As with American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins, the palladium bullion coins will be made available to the public through the Mint’s AP network

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Palladium bullion sales to commence September 25

The Mint announced today (September 18) that it will begin for first-ever sales of a 1-ounce American Eagle palladium bullion coin to Authorized Purchasers (APs), commencing September 25.
As with American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins, the palladium bullion coins will be made available to the public through the Mint’s AP network

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