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  • 1788 (2 or 5 kopecks) TM overstrikes - do you know any?

    CoinPeople Main Numismatic Forums
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Do you know any TM coins with signs of overstrikes.  I believe it was assumed that the first lot of 2 kopecks TM was overstruck from crossiform 5-kopecks.  I think Vinkler wrote about this, and many others after him.  Although nobody's ever seen any 2 kopecks with signs of overstrikes at all!  May be someone has one somewhere?
  • Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coin

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    gila lunatic
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    United States Mint will released a gold coin to commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar coin in 2014. The Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coin will be struck at the United States Mint's facility in West Point and will contain three-quarters of a troy ounce of .9999 fine, 24-karat gold. The obverse design of the coin depicts a portrait of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy- the youngest person ever elected to the office-by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Gilroy Roberts. Roberts based this profile on a portrait prepared for Kennedy's presidential medal. He…
  • 2014 Kennedy Half-Dollar Clad Set Logs 4-Day Sales of 84,593

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    Mike Unser
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Collectors over the weekend picked up 14,619 more 2014 Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Sets, lifting their four-day sales total to 84,593. The set was released by the United States Mint on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Please some one help me to sopt if these coins are fake or real.

    CoinPeople Main Numismatic Forums
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    1st side: http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/ODUzWDgyNA==/z/NaIAAMXQ3kNTjXuc/$_57.JPG 2nd side: http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/ODQxWDg0Ng==/z/LyoAAMXQ1ZhTjXuS/$_12.JPG  
  • 1964 Kennedy Portrait Restored for 2014 50th Anniversary Coins

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    Mike Unser
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    This article describes how the U.S. Mint restored the original portrait design on 1964 Kennedy Half-Dollars for 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollars in .9999 fine gold, .900 fine silver and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 2014 Kennedy Half-Dollar Clad Set Logs 4-Day Sales of 84,593

    Mike Unser
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Collectors over the weekend picked up 14,619 more 2014 Kennedy Half-Dollar Uncirculated Coin Sets, lifting their four-day sales total to 84,593. The set was released by the United States Mint on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gold Backs Below $1,300; Silver Edges Higher

    CoinNews.net
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Gold slipped to below $1,300 an ounce Tuesday with demand dipping on a stronger U.S. dollar. Gold for August delivery settled down $5, or 0.4%, to $1,298.30 an ounce on the Comex division of the New... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 1964 Kennedy Portrait Restored for 2014 50th Anniversary Coins

    Mike Unser
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    This article describes how the U.S. Mint restored the original portrait design on 1964 Kennedy Half-Dollars for 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollars in .9999 fine gold, .900 fine silver and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Mint Survey to Inquire about Low Denomination Coins

    Darrin Lee Unser
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    A survey will soon be conducted for the United States Mint to hear about the public's use and perception of U.S. circulating coinage. Special emphasis will be directed toward the use off low... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rare 1787 Brasher Doubloon at ANA World’s Fair of Money

    CoinNews.net
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Collectors attending the upcoming 2014 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill. will have the opportunity to see a 1787 Brasher Doubloon, Monaco Rare Coins has announced. Graded NGC MS63,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • After further review…

    scott
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Since my post about the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, I had a few readers suggest that my interpretation of the meeting may not be accurate. Several mentioned that the discussion was a follow up of the April meeting where these issues were initially discussed. It was also pointed out [...]
  • To the moon!

    scott
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are [...]
  • High relief special eagle and missed opportunities

    scott
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This afternoon, the Citizens Coin Advisory Committee approved a proposal by the U.S. Mint to produce an ultra-high relief or just a high relief gold coin whose design has not been determined. The coin will comply with all applicable design laws but the obverse will be a more modern interpretation of liberty and the reverse [...]
  • High relief speculation

    scott
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Last week, the U.S. Mint sent a notice on its press list to announce the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 3 PM. As usual, the meeting will be held at the U.S. Mint Headquarters located at 801 Ninth St. NW, in Washington, DC. What caused a buzz amongst the numismatic [...]
  • Are you having fun?

    scott
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    There was an interesting buzz around the numismatic world when it was announced that Professional Coin Grading Service was going to display the “End of the Trail” Morgan dollars registry, the lowest graded basic set of Morgan Dollars. The End of the Trail registry set is the finest set in the PCGS Registry of “Low [...]
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  • 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…
  • State Department MOU hearing leaves room for optimism

    11 Jun 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The public session of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee hearing to consider a potential Memorandum of Understanding with Egypt (June 2nd) has drawn considerable interest among the regular pontificators on both sides of the issue.  Being one of that group, not necessarily by choice, we probably ought to add a few comments here about the experience.This was the seventh CPAC hearing that I have personally presented oral comments before, and the eighth hearing in which the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild has done so.  Kerry Wetterstrom represented the ACCG at the Bulgarian MOU…
 
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  • Please some one help me to sopt if these coins are fake or real.

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    1st side: http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/ODUzWDgyNA==/z/NaIAAMXQ3kNTjXuc/$_57.JPG 2nd side: http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/ODQxWDg0Ng==/z/LyoAAMXQ1ZhTjXuS/$_12.JPG  
  • Yuan Shi Kai coins (aka Fat man)

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Thought I'll make this into a postcard format and see how it looks like. Doesn't look too bad in this format to be honest. Bought most of them before the prices went out of control for them.    
  • fake?

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Ok I normally just steer completely cleasr of anything on ebay that is being sold in India. Well, I dropped a bid this time w/o noticing its from India. I would like to ask the seller to rescind my bid but would want to make sure this is not a fake. What do you all think?   http://www.ebay.com/itm/390895160328?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1426.l2649  
  • 1788 (2 or 5 kopecks) TM overstrikes - do you know any?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Do you know any TM coins with signs of overstrikes.  I believe it was assumed that the first lot of 2 kopecks TM was overstruck from crossiform 5-kopecks.  I think Vinkler wrote about this, and many others after him.  Although nobody's ever seen any 2 kopecks with signs of overstrikes at all!  May be someone has one somewhere?
  • Looking for info on double-tailed nickel

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I hope someone can explain what I've found.   The coin is struck with the reverse on both sides (double-tailed), so it has no date stamp or mint mark. The sides are offset by about 90 degrees (a quarter turn).     It has clearly been circulated, as I received it in charge at a local store. I only became aware of it because a vending machine wouldn't take it (which I assume means that the weight is wrong).   The condition could best be described as "good."   Since there are no reports on the Web for double-tailed nickels, I'm wondering if this is a "mule" or some sort…
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  • 17th Asian Games Coins Incheon 2014

    gila lunatic
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    On April 24, the Bank of Korea has announced that it will issue a set of gold, silver and bronze coins this August to commemorate the 17th Asian Games or officially known as the XVII Asiad. The set includes two gold coins, three silver coins and one bronze coin. The purity of both the gold and silver coins is 99.9 percent. The bronze will be made with 65 percent of copper and 35 percent zinc.A maximum of 8,000 gold coins will be issued with a face value of 20,000 Korean Won and 15,000 Korean Won each. Up to 12,500 silver coins will be issued with a face value of 10,000 Korean Won and two…
  • Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coin

    gila lunatic
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:31 pm
    United States Mint will released a gold coin to commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy half-dollar coin in 2014. The Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coin will be struck at the United States Mint's facility in West Point and will contain three-quarters of a troy ounce of .9999 fine, 24-karat gold. The obverse design of the coin depicts a portrait of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy- the youngest person ever elected to the office-by former United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Gilroy Roberts. Roberts based this profile on a portrait prepared for Kennedy's presidential medal. He…
  • 2014 Australia Mini Koala Gold Coin

    gila lunatic
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Perth Mint has released their adorable and affordable 2014 Australia Mini Koala Gold Coin. Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 0.5g of 99.99% pure gold. The cute Mini Koala coin will make a beautiful gift or collectable, adding it in your Mini Australian Gold coin after the released of 2014 Australian Kookaburra Miniature gold coin on June this year.The coin reverse portrays a close-up portrait of a koala, the new 2014 koala design with The Perth Mint’s historic ‘P’ mintmark also included in the design. Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian…
  • The World’s First Gold-backed Physical Bitcoins

    gila lunatic
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:10 am
    A gold coin for bitcoin might be sound like a good investment for some of you, right? A news about "The World’s First Gold-backed Physical Bitcoins" has been reported published on 8btc.com, a bitcoin website in China. The owner of the post shared few pictures that shows a .9999 gold coin with Bitcoin logo and wording BITCOIN 2014 OPEN SOURCE P2P MONEY on the obverse. The gold coin reverse have their private keys engraved and its own unique serial number with inscription "THE WORLD'S FIRST GOLD-BACKED PHYSICAL BITCOINS". The coin weigh one ounce 9999 fine gold. The owner announced that the…
  • Peace Dollar Rarities To Be Sold by Stack’s Bowers

    gila lunatic
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    A group of five unusual Peace dollars consigned to Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2014 ANA Sale proves to include important Patterns, a unique Specimen, and a pair of coins from the early hub style trials for the regular issue 1922 Low Relief, shedding important new light on the development process for this important commemorative design.The coins were originally part of the holdings of Raymond T. Baker, who served as the mint director from March 1917 to March 1922. During this time, he oversaw the end of the Morgan dollar era and the birth of the new Peace dollar. He was intimately…
 
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  • First Look at 2014 Proof Platinum Eagle Design

    Mint News Blog
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    While visiting the West Point Mint, I was able to get an early look at the design for the upcoming 2014 Proof Platinum Eagle. The coin will represent the final release within the six issue design series highlighting the core concepts of American democracy as found in the Preamble to the Constitution. The previous releases of the series have featured the concepts To Form a More Perfect Union (2009), To Establish Justice (2010), To Insure Domestic Tranquility (2011), To Provide for the Common Defence (2012), and To Promote the General Welfare (2013). The design for the final release will…
  • Procedures for Puchasing Gold Kennedy Half Dollars at ANA Convention

    Mint News Blog
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    The American Numismatic Association has announced public safety procedures for those who will seek to purchase the 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Gold Proof Coins at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois on August 5-9, 2014. As covered in this previous post, the United States Mint will have 2,500 of the gold coins at the convention, with 500 coins made available for purchase each day. An initial ordering limit of two coins per person will be established for sales at the ANA convention and other retail locations. Purchases at all Mint over-the-counter…
  • 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set

    Mint News Blog
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Today, July 28, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint began sales of the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Young Collectors Set. This special product contains information geared towards younger collectors and includes an uncirculated example of the clad half dollar from the commemorative coin program. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins originally went on sale March 27, 2014. The program included $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad half dollars featuring a distinctive curved shape which served to accentuate the design common to all three coins. The concave…
  • Kennedy Half Dollar Clad Set First Day Sales Reach 68,974

    Mint News Blog
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    The United States Mint has just indicated that opening day sales for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set reached 68,974 units. This amount has already exceeded the Mint’s initial production level by a wide margin and portends strong demand for the two forthcoming anniversary releases. Each set contains one 2014-dated Kennedy Half Dollar each struck at the Philadelphia and Denver Mint facilities in standard copper nickel clad composition. The coins both carry the original 1964 portrait design on the obverse, making them distinct and separate issues from…
  • 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set

    Mint News Blog
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
    Today, July 24, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Uncirculated Coin Set. This is the first of three special numismatic products which will be released to celebrate the milestone for the series. The Kennedy Half Dollar was first issued in 1964, authorized following the assassination of President Kennedy. The obverse designed by Gilroy Roberts  featured a portrait of Kennedy based on his inaugural medal. The reverse was designed by Frank Gasparro based on the Presidential Seal. A large portion of the initial…
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  • 2014 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coin – Grace Coolidge

    Robert L. Wilson
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    The second released in 2014, the Grace Coolidge First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait of Grace Coolidge on its obverse (heads). As first lady, she promoted education for the deaf and drew attention to the needs of the disabled. Mrs. Coolidge used her position to promote many groups, including leadership and community service activities for boys and girls. The reverse (tails) of this coin depicts three hands finger-spelling the letters USA in American Sign Language against the backdrop of the White House. This coin is available today! Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
  • 2014 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coin – Florence Harding

    Robert L. Wilson
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin, the first in the series released in 2014, features her portrait on the obverse (heads). The reverse (tails) features multiple facets of Harding’s life, including stylized ballots and a ballot box, camera, torch and initials referencing World War I veterans. This coin is available today with proof and uncirculated finishes! Image/Copy: U.S. Mint
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Uncirculated Coin Set – a 10-coin set containing five uncirculated America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins minted in Philadelphia and five minted in Denver. The 2014 set honors Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee; Shenandoah National Park in Virginia; Arches National Park in Utah; Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado; and Everglades National Park in Florida. Plus, educational information about each site. Available today! Image/Copy: U.S. Mint
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin | Arches National Park Inbox x

    Robert L. Wilson
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    The United States Mint is proud to offer the 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Arches National Park in Utah. Three inches in diameter and made of .999 fine silver, the reverse (tails) depicts Delicate Arch, a 65-foot freestanding natural arch, with La Sal Mountains in the background. It is a widely recognizable landmark in Utah and the most famous arch found in the park. The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics passed through this arch. Inscriptions are ARCHES, UTAH, 2014, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver…
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set | Arches National Park

    Robert L. Wilson
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The 2014 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set – Arches National Park features one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Philadelphia, one uncirculated quarter from the United States Mint at Denver, and one proof quarter from the United States Mint at San Francisco. This set, featuring coins held in a durable plastic card with an image of Arches National Park, is available today! Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
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  • Bullion gets promotion?

    Dave Harper
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Bullion in bar form has long been viewed as a convenient way of trading in precious metals. But is it collectible?That might seem like a foolish question from anyone who lived through the one-ounce silver bar collecting boom of the early 1970s, or who regularly buys one-ounce theme pieces sold by many companies to celebrate births and anniversaries and special events.Also, bars of gold or silver bullion from sunken shipwrecks like the S.S. Central America are collected as historical artifacts. They change hands in numismatic auctions and in private treaty sales.So bars certainly have a place…
  • Mint offers old Danish gold on web

    NMN
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Collectors who have ever wanted to purchase one or more of the recent Danish coins reported in World Coin News, but been unable to find a supplier, can now do so through the new webshop set up by the Royal Danish Mint. The new website, http://royalmint.dk/shop/frontpage.html, became effective on May 27. It offers thematic and commemorative coins along with coin sets and uncirculated bank notes of both Denmark and Faroe Islands.Among the many items on sale are old uncirculated Danish gold coins. These are the 10 and 20 kroner minted between 1913-1917 in the reign of King Christian X.  The…
  • More gold from sea

    NMN
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    The second salvage process being conducted in the wreck of the S.S. Central America might not produce as much treasure as the first did in 1988, but an inventory of what has been recovered so far is enough to cause coin collectors to drool.An inventory posted July 17 on the website of Odyssey Marine Exploration, shows in addition to more than 90 1857-S $20 gold coins, 11 Kellogg & Co. gold $20s, two Moffat & Co. gold $10s as well as two $20s from the same source, two Wass Molitor & Co. gold $10s and two $20s, and a Kellogg & Humbert Assayers 24.58-ounce gold bar.Artist J.
  • Visit coin shops to see what works

    Pat Heller
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I have previously written about the educational value that collectors can obtain by visiting their local coin shops, even if it turns out that a local dealer is not really able to serve a particular collector’s interests.Coin dealers can also pick up numerous benefits from visiting other coin shops to find out what works and what doesn’t.I have visited dozens if not hundreds of coins shops from New England to Florida to Texas to California. I visited one in northwest Arkansas just last week.What can a coin dealer learn, whether or not he or she has their own physical store? Plenty.No one…
  • On your mark, get set, gold!

    Dave Harper
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    If you want to be among the first to buy a 50th anniversary gold Kennedy half dollar Aug. 5 at the World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., you had better be prepared to stand in line yourself.On Friday the American Numismatic Association announced the procedure it will ask potential buyers of the gold Kennedy coins to follow. Chief among them is a prohibition on individuals holding spots in line for others.The Mint will make 500 gold Kennedy coins available on the first day of the convention. At 8 a.m., the ANA will begin a line outside the bourse floor. It will have signs directing people…
 
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