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  • Many factors affect coin prices

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    Dave Harper
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    I had a couple of emails yesterday from collectors who asked why the prices of certain coins are what they are.That’s a tough question to answer.I expect they want to be told that there is some formula. After you input all the variables, you then get an answer. That price is correct. All others by implication would be wrong.It does not work that way.There are tendencies in the coin market. There are no absolutes.If a large number of collectors are interested in a particular coin series, those pieces tend to be priced higher than a similar series where there are very few collectors.Coins in…
  • Canadian 2014 $5 Poinsettia Silver Coin with Niobium Coloring

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    Darrin Lee Unser
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Royal Canadian Mint launched its third release from a series featuring popular flowers with the 2014 $5 Poinsettia Fine Silver Coin with Niobium Coloring. Highlighting the coin's design is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Epic Discovery.

    CoinPeople Main Numismatic Forums
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Where to begin?  When in doubt, from the start is always a good option.   I purchased this via eBay, a plaque/medal mounted in a 8 X 8 inch mahogany wood frame.  It is of the poet Ludovico Ariosto(1474 -1533) signed by Domenico Ambrogi(1600-?- 1678 or later) here are two of the vendors pictures.   I have taken some of my own pictures which help to show the quality of the piece.     I was surprised to find no entry in Forrer's Bio........ for Domenico Ambrogi, searching the web I came across this auction result.     As you can see there is a…
  • bronze/copper hammered coins?

    CoinPeople Main Numismatic Forums
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Hey! I'm new and i'm assuming you get a lot of people like me coming here for some help, i tend to get quite a few coins every now and then and occasionally I can't find anything about them, so i wondered if I can get some help? I have 2 coins here and I really haven't got a clue where to find anything about them. I know they are hammered, and that's about it! Photo quality isn't great, I'd be very great full for any help! Hopefully you'll be able to get onto the Flickr album and view them, https://www.flickr.com/gp/124912966@N02/8617RL Cheers!
  • US Mint Sales: Coin Covers and Coin Sets Debut

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    Mike Unser
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    New $1 coin covers, quarters sets and annual uncirculated sets sparked interest and helped buoy sales across other United States Mint products. Sales gains widened with 91 older products... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • US Mint Sales: Coin Covers and Coin Sets Debut

    Mike Unser
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    New $1 coin covers, quarters sets and annual uncirculated sets sparked interest and helped buoy sales across other United States Mint products. Sales gains widened with 91 older products... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Canadian 2014 $5 Poinsettia Silver Coin with Niobium Coloring

    Darrin Lee Unser
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The Royal Canadian Mint launched its third release from a series featuring popular flowers with the 2014 $5 Poinsettia Fine Silver Coin with Niobium Coloring. Highlighting the coin's design is a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gold Gains for Second Session, Silver for Third

    CoinNews.net
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Gold prices advanced for a second session in a row Tuesday, though many investors were sidelined, looking ahead to the Fed's policy announcement on Wednesday. Gold for December delivery added $1.60,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Mint Numismatic Gold Coin Prices May Decline

    Mike Unser
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    United States Mint numismatic gold coin prices are poised for reductions Wednesday, keeping them better aligned with falling gold. Wednesdays are when the U.S. Mint averages recent London gold Fix... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2014 Presidential $1 Four-Coin Sets from Denver and Philadelphia

    Rhonda Kay
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Today, Sept. 16, the United States Mint began selling its annually issued Presidential $1 Four-Coin Sets. Like past sets, buyers have options of two products. One is with coins struck at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • S.S. Central America Shipwreck Gives Up More Gold Bars and Coins

    A.C. Dwyer
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Odyssey Marine Exploration has just released their latest operational report concerning their salvage operation of the S.S. Central America shipwreck. Over the past five months, Odyssey as recovered... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Couple on Stroll Discovers $10 Million U.S. Gold Coin Hoard in Rusty Cans

    A.C. Dwyer
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) has authenticated, graded and certified 1,411 U.S. 19th century gold coins that were found in eight, decaying metal canisters buried on private... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • $38 Million Treasure Recovered from Shipwreck

    A.C. Dwyer
    8 Aug 2013 | 7:15 am
    It’s the dream of every treasure hunter who’s ever scoured the local beach with a metal detector: the big score. And Odyssey Marine Exploration has pulled in its biggest haul yet — and reportedly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2013 American Buffalo Gold Coins Now Available

    A.C. Dwyer
    23 May 2013 | 1:00 pm
    WASHINGTON - The United States Mint opened sales for the 2013 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin on May 23, at noon Eastern Time (ET). Pricing for the .9999 fine, 24-karat gold coin will be based on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ancient Copper Coins Reveal Australia Discovered 600 Years Before Capt. Cook

    A.C. Dwyer
    22 May 2013 | 10:21 am
    Five copper coins found in northern Australia could rewrite the country's history. The coins are thought to date back as early as the 900s and are believed to have originated in Africa. Written... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • As gold falls so will U.S. Mint prices

    scott
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    If you have not seen what has been going on in the gold market, the prices have been falling. The financial press has not provided a single reason as to why the gold market is going down but there is a consistent view that the United States economy showing strength with unemployment dropping and low [...]
  • Always Remember

    scott
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Congressional Gold Medal Awarded to the Fallen Heroes of September 11, 2001 WASHINGTON – Three Congressional Gold Medals were awarded today in honor of the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The ceremony took place in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. [...]
  • U.S. Mint previews new online catalog

    scott
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    After a few years of playing with the look-and-feel of their website, the U.S. Mint is in the process of redesigning and reprogramming their online catalog. Face it, the U.S. Mint has not been the paragon of customer service. Their website and fulfillment process has been severely lacking. There were times when the site would [...]
  • Here we go again: U.S. Mint fights collectors

    scott
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    After all the U.S. Mint has tried to do to make itself more appealing to the collecting community, they are now reverting to their old form and attacking a collectors for owning a coin they claim is “contraband.” The argument is over a 1974-D Lincoln cent made of aluminum that was to be auctions by [...]
  • ANA Responds to Kennedy Launch Fiasco

    scott
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The American Numismatic Association issued a statement on August 28 about the 2014 World’s Fair of Money. As part of the statement, the fiasco of the Kennedy half-dollar gold coin was addressed. Before I add my commentary, I do not blame the ANA or the U.S. Mint for the problems at the Kennedy Half-Dollar gold [...]
 
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  • On Second Thought—a chance for rule of law?

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
    The SAFE endorsement of Britain's Article 11c of Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012 at first blush might seem lacking in forethought.  Here we have major cultural sites being demolished wholesale by civil war in Syria and Britain responds by prohibiting import, export and transfer of Syrian antiquities that would be preserved by caring collectors.  Of course, endorsement of regulation, any regulation, seems a quite natural response from the liberal "do-good" community.  They rarely consider the consequences of their emotional solutions.   Early in reading of the SAFE…
  • Kafkaesque

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The trials and tribulations of ancient coin collectors today are nothing short of Kafkaesque.  Almost 100 years ago, Franz Kafka wrote the short story below.  We share it here because it will resonate so profoundly with many friends and associates in the numismatic world.  At the end, I have taken the liberty of adding a short sequel.Before the Law Franz KafkaBefore the Law stands a doorkeeper. To this doorkeeper there comes a man from the countryand prays for admittance to the Law. But the doorkeeper says that he cannot grantadmittance at the moment. The man thinks it…
  • Daily Record: Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO's patience

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    The Daily Record, a news service for Maryland based business and legal professions, ran an interesting report about the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild forfeiture case in its July 13, 2014 issue.  This test case is described in numerous news items at the guild website.  The Daily Record piece by Legal Affairs staff writer Danny Jacobs is apparently available online only by paid subscription.  The headline is catchy, to say the least: "Five years on, test case on coins tries USAO's patience".  The essence of this balanced report is distilled from a recent filing in Baltimore…
  • A Shot in the Foot

    6 Jul 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Archaeologist Paul Barford, a self-appointed spokesperson for the archaeological lobby and crusader for the views of Cultural Property Nationalists, is well known to those who follow cultural property matters in cyberspace.  The typically outrageous behavior of "Mr." Barford (he apparently lacks academic position or institutional affiliation) is routinely challenged by those he targets, but is rarely commented on publicly by the archaeological community outside of a small circle of troll enablers.  The posts on Mr. Barford's blog and in his comments elsewhere online are not normal…
  • Vested Interests

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    In the comments section of a recent Biblical Archaeology Review article there is a post that some with an interest in Cultural Property management might find interesting.  The article has generated 56 comments from the public and still counting.  The author of the article being discussed, and of the comment in question (#12), is Professor Nathan Elkins of Baylor University.  Elkins says "it merits pointing out that some of the negative commentators have affiliations that inform the nature and tenor of their comments".  He goes on to identify those he is referring to as…
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  • 5kop1769/8EM overdate

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    New acquisition:-  5 kopeks 1769/8 EM overdate. A little too worn for my taste but I like the clear overdate and the untouched color. Sigi     
  • If you love cats and have a piggy bank... it's time for a cat bank

    17 Sep 2014 | 2:48 am
    Thought this was pretty hilarious and cute. Would be an awesome gift to coin collectors that love cats.   http://en.rocketnews24.com/2014/09/17/cute-cat-bank-collects-coins-makes-fiscal-responsibility-adorable-%E3%80%90videos%E3%80%91/    
  • bronze/copper hammered coins?

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Hey! I'm new and i'm assuming you get a lot of people like me coming here for some help, i tend to get quite a few coins every now and then and occasionally I can't find anything about them, so i wondered if I can get some help? I have 2 coins here and I really haven't got a clue where to find anything about them. I know they are hammered, and that's about it! Photo quality isn't great, I'd be very great full for any help! Hopefully you'll be able to get onto the Flickr album and view them, https://www.flickr.com/gp/124912966@N02/8617RL Cheers!
  • Epic Discovery.

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Where to begin?  When in doubt, from the start is always a good option.   I purchased this via eBay, a plaque/medal mounted in a 8 X 8 inch mahogany wood frame.  It is of the poet Ludovico Ariosto(1474 -1533) signed by Domenico Ambrogi(1600-?- 1678 or later) here are two of the vendors pictures.   I have taken some of my own pictures which help to show the quality of the piece.     I was surprised to find no entry in Forrer's Bio........ for Domenico Ambrogi, searching the web I came across this auction result.     As you can see there is a…
  • Completed entire Soviet commemorative silver coinage (excluding Olympics)

    12 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    This was a rather difficult challenge. Would have been a lot easier if I didn't put silly restrictions on myself.I started this challenge back in 2008 and was determined to find Soviet coins struck from 1988 to 1991. This must be complete with COA and the boxes. Turns out this was not a good idea. If I decided to go with the coins alone, I would have completed them a long time ago. What makes this remarkable is that there's only 12 coins to this yet it took 6 years to hunt them down; the last coin taking at least three years to find! Please note that I was not actively hunting them down.Note…
 
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  • MNS Auction 161 on 28 Sept 2014

    gila lunatic
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Malaysia Numismatic Society (MNS) will held their 3rd auction for 2014 at Muzium Negara, Jalan Petalawati, Kuala Lumpur on 28 September. The MNS Auction No. 161 is open to all Malaysian but you need to be a MNS members to be allowed to join the bidding. The auction normally start at 10.30am and will finish around 1.00pm. 238 lots will be offered by the society with a variety of collections; Malaysia comemmorative coins, Malaysia Parliament coins, Bank Negara Souvenir tokens, Malaysia banknotes, Malaya & British Borneo banknotes, Singapore banknotes, Malaysia replacement banknotes,…
  • BNM banknote auction: selling numbers or equal opportunity?

    gila lunatic
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    Among Malaysia numismatic community, many already knew on 27 September 2014, MNP Auctioneers Sdn Bhd will be conducting the 1st public auction of Malaysian banknotes with special serial numbers on behalf of Bank Negara Malaysia. They're some questions that play in our mind about the real purpose of the auction, whether they're selling special serial numbers or provide equal opportunity to public?The best answer that I can think is that the auction real purpose is to gain profit, the same purpose as the other auctions house around the world. It it wrong to gain profit from auction? In my…
  • Special Malaysia notes auction by MNP Auctioneers Sdn Bhd

    gila lunatic
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:23 pm
    MNP Auctioneers Sdn Bhd has released some information about Special Malaysia notes auction on 27 September 2014 at Auditorium, Sasana Kijang, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Kuala Lumpur. 231 lots of Fancy Number Malaysian Banknotes (Low Number, Solid and Ladder) will be in the public auction, the first public auction sold on behalf of BNM.On March 2014, Bank Negara has been inviting Malaysian auctioneers to state their Expression of Interest to be pre-qualified to auction Malaysian Banknotes, you can read them in this article; BNM invites auctioneers to auction Malaysian Banknotes.On September…
  • Lim Chee Choong Shop

    gila lunatic
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    I think many of the collectors of old coins in North Malaysia already know Sifu Lim Chee Choong. He is one of the well known coin dealer in Sungai Petani, Kedah. Its already more then 10 years since my last visit to Sungai Petani. Today, Sifu Lim Chee Choong send me information about his little shop via Facebook.His shop is at Level 2, SP Plaza. You can go there by Keretapi Tanah Melayu KTM train and stop at the Sungai Petani station. SP Plaza is located approximately 1 kilometer from the KTM station. Taxi service is also available at the KTM station.If you are using your own car, use the old…
  • Standard Catalogue of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Coins and Paper Money

    gila lunatic
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:34 am
    Every Malaysian, Singaporean and Brunei Numismatic Collectors have at least a copy of the Standard Catalogue of Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei Coins and Paper Money by Steven Tan. The 1st edition of the book was published in 1976 and the latest edition is the 21th edition. Steven Tan catalog is a must have for Malaysia coin collector.For anyone who still don't know, Mr. Steven Tan is the Managing Director of International Stamp & Coin Sdn Bhd. He was born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan in June 1938. Last year when I interview Mr. Steven Tan, He told that he started dealing in stamps since…
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  • 2014 Presidential Dollar Four Coin Sets, Possible Price Decrease for Gold Products

    Mint News Blog
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Today, September 16, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint started accepting orders for the 2014 Presidential $1 Four Coin Sets. There are separate four coin sets available from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints facilities. Each set contains circulating quality examples of the 2014-dated Presidential Dollars featuring Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The coins feature a portrait of the President on the obverse along with inscriptions indicating the order of Presidency and dates served. The common reverse design features a rendition of…
  • 2014-P Great Sand Dunes National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

    Mint News Blog
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    Today, September 15, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the Great Sand Dunes National Park Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. This will represent the twenty-fourth overall release within the numismatic series. The reverse design carries the image of a father and son playing in the sand within the park next to a creek bed. The background includes the distinctive mountains and sand dunes of the site. Inscriptions around the outer circumference read “Great Sand Dunes”, “Colorado”, “2014″, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The…
  • US Mint Circulating Coin Production August 2014

    Mint News Blog
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Updated circulating coin production figures have been provided by the United States Mint. Monthly production fell to the lowest level of the year, however it did remain above the level of the year ago period. During the month of August 2014, total production reached 913.38 million pieces across the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities. This compares to production in the prior month of more than 1.3 billion coins and production in the year ago period of August 2013 of 724.91 million coins. The production for August 2014 represents the lowest monthly level of the year and only the second…
  • 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential $1 Coin Cover

    Mint News Blog
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Yesterday, September 10, 2014, the United States Mint began accepting orders for the 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential $1 Coin Cover. This represented the 32nd release within the American Presidency $1 Coin Cover Series. Following the format of the series, each cover contains two 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Dollars sourced from the first day of production at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities. This occurred on March 5, 2014 at Philadelphia and on April 14, 2014 at Denver. The two circulating quality $1 coins are mounted within an illustrated envelope bearing A Flag…
  • Fallen Heroes of September 11, 2001 Bronze Medals

    Mint News Blog
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    At a ceremony held today, three Congressional Gold Medals were awarded in honor of the men and women who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The medals, which were authorized under Public Law 112-76, honor the fallen heroes of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania. The United States Mint had initially prepared from ten to fifteen different design candidates for the obverse and reverse of each medal. These were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) in…
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  • End congressional commemoratives

    Dave Harper
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    It is time to abolish the issuance of congressionally approved modern commemorative coins.The current baseball program aside, recent issues simply leave modern collectors cold.There is an impulse to try to fix something that seems broken, but I think it should be resisted in the case of this commemorative program.When the modern series began in 1982, there had been no regular commemorative coin issues since 1954. Collectors were starved for them. The bought them in huge numbers.If you look at the mintages of the 1982 George Washington half dollar, you might be astounded. The uncirculated coin…
  • Many factors affect coin prices

    Dave Harper
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    I had a couple of emails yesterday from collectors who asked why the prices of certain coins are what they are.That’s a tough question to answer.I expect they want to be told that there is some formula. After you input all the variables, you then get an answer. That price is correct. All others by implication would be wrong.It does not work that way.There are tendencies in the coin market. There are no absolutes.If a large number of collectors are interested in a particular coin series, those pieces tend to be priced higher than a similar series where there are very few collectors.Coins in…
  • Modern Commemorative Coins

    NMN
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    You’ve seen commemorative coins at shows for years, and you may have a couple, but do you know which modern commemoratives have the best potential for profit?Modern Commemorative CoinsA great book to help you with commemorative coin collecting is Modern Commemorative Coins, Invest Today Profit Tomorrow, a new book from Krause Publications. Author Eric Jordan and Contributing Editor Debbie Bradley show you how to include modern commemorative coins (issued since 1982) in your investments, such as your IRA and make them part of your estate plan. They also identify the coins with the best…
  • Dollar up, gold down; why?

    Pat Heller
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The U.S. Dollar Index closed last Friday at 84.25. For the ninth consecutive week, the Dollar Index has finished higher than the quote from the end of the previous week. This is the longest string of consecutive weekly increases since the first quarter of 1997.The U.S. dollar reached its highest level in six years against the Japanese yen.This is the highest the index has been over the past couple of years except for two days in May 2013.In reaction, the price of gold fell to a multi-month low and silver dropped to its lowest levels since May 2010.There are several reasons why the dollar is…
  • Stater tops Gorny & Mosch coin sale

    NMN
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gorny & Mosch will hold auctions No. 224-226 Oct. 13-17.The Munich, Germany, firm will put ancients through modern coins on the block.A stater from Knossos on Crete, c. 425-360, B.C.E. graded very fine has an estimate of 30,000 euros or $38,700.Highlighting the sale is an archaic silver stater from Knossos on Crete that depicts the Minotaur on its obverse and a  maze on its reverse. It has a presale estimate of 30,000 euros, or $38,700.A stater of the Delphic Amphictiony, that was used to finance the building of the new Temple of Apollo after the fire in about EF also is estimated at…
 
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