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  • I’ll do it, but I’ll probably hate myself in the morning!

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    scott
    14 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Eh… What’s up, doc? Hey bub… did ya hear dat de Royal Canadian Mint is going Looney Tunes? Cashing in on the commercialism demonstrated by the New Zealand Mint, who produces coins of Warner Brothers rival Disney characters, and helping Warner Brothers celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Looney Tunes cartoons, the Royal Canadian Mint [...]
  • How much is a 1973 Silver Dollar worth?

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    Max Breitenbach
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Curious about the value of a 1973 "Ike" dollar? Read below to find out how much it's worth.   The Eisenhower dollar was the first dollar coin produced by the U.S. Mint since the end of the Peace silver dollar series in 1935.  First struck in 1971, Ike dollars were created to commemorate President Dwight Eisenhower and the national space program.  The obverse of the coin features a left-facing bust of Eisenhower, while the reverse side features a bald eagle landing on the moon (the insignia of the Apollo 11 mission).  The U.S. Mint had stopped producing silver coins for general circulation…
  • 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set

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    Robert L. Wilson
    11 May 2015 | 9:05 am
      MULTI •D•P•S• The 2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Kisatchie National Forest 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 and an image of Kisatchie National Forest – is available today! Buy It Now Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
  • Langbords win their Double Eagles… for now!

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    scott
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    News out of Philadelphia that an three-judge appeals panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has overturned a lower court’s ruling and order the U.S. Government to return the ten 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coins originally seized by the government after being certified as genuine by the U.S. Mint. The [...]
  • Gold, Silver Drop on Week; US Mint Coin Sales Improve

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    22 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Gold, silver and platinum declined heading into the three-day weekend with U.S. markets closed on Monday for Memorial Day. Gold for June delivery was actually almost flat on the day, dropping a dime... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Gold, Silver Drop on Week; US Mint Coin Sales Improve

    CoinNews.net
    22 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Gold, silver and platinum declined heading into the three-day weekend with U.S. markets closed on Monday for Memorial Day. Gold for June delivery was actually almost flat on the day, dropping a dime... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2015 $20 Polar Bear Silver Coin with Canadian Jade

    CoinNews.net
    22 May 2015 | 5:58 am
    A unique collector coin from the Royal Canadian Mint sports a polar bear in jade with two engraved cubs in an Arctic scene. Limited to 8,500 and struck in 99.99% pure silver to proof quality, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Precious Metals Change Slightly, US Mint Bullion Sales Gain

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    21 May 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Precious metals posted only modest changes Thursday, with gold dropping 0.4% and silver advancing 0.1%. Gold for June delivery dipped $4.60 to settle at $1,204.10 an ounce on the Comex division of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • American Fighter Aces Gold Medal Awarded, Bronze for Public

    Darrin Lee Unser
    21 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Members of the U.S. Congress honored a group of elite fighter pilots this week by awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal. During a ceremony held in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol Visitor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Mint Sales: Eisenhower Sets Debut

    Mike Unser
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    The United States Mint last week introduced the 2015 Silver Proof Set and the Eisenhower Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set. Both opened with stronger sales than recent issues. On... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • I’ll do it, but I’ll probably hate myself in the morning!

    scott
    14 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Eh… What’s up, doc? Hey bub… did ya hear dat de Royal Canadian Mint is going Looney Tunes? Cashing in on the commercialism demonstrated by the New Zealand Mint, who produces coins of Warner Brothers rival Disney characters, and helping Warner Brothers celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Looney Tunes cartoons, the Royal Canadian Mint [...]
  • Summary of April 2015 coin-related legislation

    scott
    6 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    For those of us who are political junkies, April was a relatively quiet month. At least there was something to watch that was more related to the hobby than the usual partisan bickering. Here are the coin and currency-related legislation moving through congress: S. 925: Women on the Twenty Act Sponsor: Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) [...]
  • Women on 20s gets congressional attention

    scott
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    A few weeks after the Women on 20s group began their campaign, they gained the attention of congress to have two bills submitted to require the change be made. First up is Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) who introduced Women on the Twenty Act (S. 925) on April 14, 2015 and referred to the Committee on Banking, [...]
  • Langbords win their Double Eagles… for now!

    scott
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    News out of Philadelphia that an three-judge appeals panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has overturned a lower court’s ruling and order the U.S. Government to return the ten 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle gold coins originally seized by the government after being certified as genuine by the U.S. Mint. The [...]
  • Do we dump Andy for a woman?

    scott
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:30 am
    During the course of searching for information, I stumbled upon the website for Women on 20s. It is a site dedicated to replacing the image of President Andrew Jackson with a woman by 2020. The group has targeted the $20 Federal Reserve Note to be replaced 2020 because it is the 100th anniversary of the [...]
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    Ancient Coin Collecting

  • CCPIA: Then and Now

    6 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act of 1983 (CCPIA) has been in effect for more than 30 years and was massaged through the legislative process over a 13-year span.  The fact that this law has withstood many challenges and is still regarded by most as a fair and well thought out piece of legislation, places it in a class with few parallels.  The reason for that can surely be ascribed in part to a deliberative process in its creation that focussed intently on well articulated concerns from diverse interests. Mark Feldman representing the U.S. State Department before…
  • ACCG Comments at Italy CPAC Hearing

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:52 am
    Below is a transcript of the oral comments presented by Wayne G. Sayles, representing the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild, at the 2015 hearing of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee on April 8 at Washington, DC.  The hearing included public comment on a proposed extension of the current Memorandum of Understanding with Italy.  Formal written comments were submitted earlier and may be seen here.Madam Chair and distinguished committee members,The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild was founded as a non-profit organization in 2004.  Since then, I've appeared eight times before this…
  • Surviving the chase

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Once I heard about a collector who didn't care what he had to pay for a coin, and cared even less what he could eventually sell his collection for.  I have yet to meet him, but he probably does exist—somewhere.  More typically, collectors envision their accumulations as having some value above and beyond the ethereal benefit that comes from personal satisfaction.  But is that really true?  Do we stand a chance, financially, of surviving the chase?  Most of us don't think about that too much, perhaps as a defense mechanism to ward off anxiety attacks.  But…
  • Did the Ancients believe the Earth was round?

    10 Feb 2015 | 8:26 pm
    A debate over whether the ancients knew the world is round has been simmering for centuries, and still pops up now and then.  In the February 1998 issue of The Celator, Michael Marotta presented a well thought out argument for the affirmative ("Ancient coins show they knew it was round"). Examining the literature and numismatic evidence, he concluded that the ancients did indeed know the world is round and that the globes depicted on ancient coins (both Greek and Roman) are sometimes a representation of the Earth.  Evidence and interpretations in these sorts of debates may continue…
  • Truth is still important

    9 Feb 2015 | 1:58 pm
    My post of last week provoked a response that deserves some attention.  A Punk Archaeologist @adreinhard posted on Twitter three Facebook profile photos of me with bold captioned "quotes":1. "The AIA taps your phones to find out where your archaeology is hid"2. "The AIA uses drones to pursue its agenda of world domination"3. " The 'I' in AIA is for 'Illuminati' "In another place my blog post was referenced as "AIA Is Isis".I hesitate to post those images here because someone will surely claim that I endorsed them.  When I tried to "Follow" the Twitter account above and explain my…
 
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  • Krause Errors

    24 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Is anyone aware of any asw or agw irregularities in the 2015 1901-2000 42nd edtion?I have a 2013 guide and the gold and silver weights are different.For example the 2013 guide has a agw for a 1908 French 20 Franc as .1867 but the 2015 has it as .1855.Canadian silver is also lower in the new guide.   Comment from Amazon:   "This edition of the Standard Catalog of World Coins has an acknowledged error by the publisher for actual silver and gold weights of coins. Unless you want to compute your own ASW and AGW I do not recommend purchasing this particular edition. If you already own…
  • Alexander the Great Tetradrachm Identification (32mm Coin)

    22 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    Hello everyone.   I'm new to the hobby. I purchased my first coin (an Alexander), listed online with this heading:   "Alexander the Great Tetradrachm 175-125 BC Large Silver Coin".     I'm attempting to retrieve some information on the region in which it was struck, and any other information applicable to the coin's production. Given the date, it was produced a couple centuries after his death.     The listing contained the following verbiage...   "Alexander the Great Silver Tetradrachm 175-125 BC. Two special things to notice about this particular coin, the…
  • Police and Gendarmerie of France

    21 May 2015 | 2:29 pm
    silver jeton struck for the French Police and Gendarmerie Nationale. i'm not sure when this one was struck but i'm led to believe that the octagonal variety was first struck circa 1780 and during the reign of Louis XVI. Any info would be much appreciated.   The designs (both obv and rev) have been in use on jetons struck for this institution on round (28mm diameter) jetons in both silver and copper since 1720. The octagonal variety is however more difficult to come across and as a consequence, usually a wee bit more expensive.  
  • Unknown coin

    20 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    I have recently acquired this coin and i cant work out what it is, it appears to have been clipped .   Attached Thumbnails
  • William I Hammered?

    20 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    I bought an old coin collectors box at the weekend - an empty one - and found this hammered coin under a piece of felt! I would love to know more about it - mint etc - any help much appreciated! Attached Thumbnails
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  • King of the Washington Quarters in Long Beach Expo

    gila lunatic
    24 May 2015 | 5:29 am
    The "King of the Washington Quarters", a 1932-D Washington Quarter graded MS66 by PCGS is one of the numerous highlights of Heritage Auction June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction. The 1932-D Washington Quarter is the most challenging coin to find in high mint state condition for the entire Washington Quarter series.The offering of this coin is far and away one of the most important events that Washington quarter collectors will experience. The 1932-D is widely known as the scarcer of the two first-year keys, particularly in high grades, but this landmark coin ranks with just…
  • International Coin Design Competition (ICDC) 2015

    gila lunatic
    23 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    Japan Mint invites everyone around the world to join the International Coin Design Competition (ICDC) 2015. All ages and nationalities are eligible to enter and submit their entry starting from June 1st, 2015 for general category and June 15th, 2015 for student category.When I check the past winners for the Competition, I found out some Malaysian have won the ICDC in the past. Searching their names, I also found out that some of them is actually a designer for Bank Negara Malaysia Kilang Wang or once known as Royal Mint of Malaysia.Mohd Jamil bin Mohd Isa- (Jury's Special Award ICDC 2010-The…
  • 1808 quarter eagle sold for $2.25 million

    gila lunatic
    20 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    A 1808 quarter eagle sold for $2.25 million in the sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, presented by auctioneers Stacks Bowers Galleries and Sotheby’s in New York City on May 20, 2015. The 207-year-old coin have a face value of $2.50 and were minted only made in small quantities.A new world record for any coin of the quarter eagle denomination. It also became the most valuable 19th-century U.S. gold coin ever sold at auction. One side of the coin depicts Lady Liberty and an eagle is on the other side.Collectors spent $25.3 million to purchase just 128 coins in the Tuesday night auction.a…
  • 100 tons silver coins found in World War II Ship

    gila lunatic
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    100 tons silver coins found in a World War II Ship, SS City of Cairo sunk by a German submarine 480 miles south of St. Helena on November 4 1942 en route from Bombay to England. The treasure of the sunken ship found at depth of 17,000 feet – some 4,500 feet deeper than the Titanic, a new record for world undersea salvage.SS City of Cairo was a mixed cargo and passenger ship belonging to Ellerman Lines and was on a voyage from Bombay to England, via Cape Town and Recife, Brazil, unescorted, in late 1942.The ship was spotted by a German U-68 Submarine on the 6th of November 1942 and torpedoed…
  • Sikorsky Austrian Black Hawk Silver Coin

    gila lunatic
    20 May 2015 | 8:11 am
    The Austrian Mint in Vienna has issued silver and copper 5 euro coins to commemorate 60th anniversary of the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer). Both coins show an image of a Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter on reverse, to recognize the role of the aircraft in the Bundesheer operation.The Bundesheer operates nine BLACK HAWK helicopters to perform homeland security, disaster relief, firefighting and international peacekeeping missions. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).The coin reverse side shows a Black Hawk helicopter hovering in place while…
 
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    Mint News Blog

  • Applications Sought for New CCAC Member

    Mint News Blog
    22 May 2015 | 6:41 am
    The United States Mint recently published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that they are seeking membership applications for a new member of of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCCA). The CCAC advises the Secretary of the Treasury on any theme or design proposals relating to circulating coins, bullion coins, Congressional Gold Medals, and national or other medals produced by the United States Mint. The CCAC also makes recommendations for people, places or events to be commemorated in future commemorative coin programs and makes recommendations with respect to mintage…
  • American Fighter Aces Bronze Medal

    Mint News Blog
    20 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Earlier today, the Congressional Gold Medal was collectively awarded to the American Fighter Aces in recognition of their heroic service to the United States throughout the history of aviation warfare. The award of the medal was authorized under Public Law 113-106. An American Fighter Ace is a fighter pilot who served honorably in a United States military service and destroyed five or more confirmed enemy aircraft in aerial combat during a war or conflict in which American armed forces participated. Aces have served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. More than…
  • 2015 ATB 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin Update

    Mint News Blog
    18 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    On May 7, the United States Mint had announced the sell out of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins featuring Kisatchie National Forest. These coins had gone on sale to authorized purchasers on April 20. Information on the Mint’s website shows total sales for the Kisatchie bullion coins at 42,000 pieces. Significantly, this is the highest sales total for an individual design of the series since 2011. For all bullion issues from 2012 to the first release for 2015, sales had ranged from 20,000 to 35,000 pieces per release. Based on information provided by the US Mint,…
  • 2015 United States Mint Silver Proof Set

    Mint News Blog
    14 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Today, May 14, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the 2015 Silver Proof Set. This 14-coin set includes seven coins struck in a special composition of 90% silver. Each 2015 Silver Proof Set includes the following proof coins struck at the San Francisco Mint and carrying the “S” mint mark: 2015-S Proof Lincoln Cent 2015-S Proof Jefferson Nickel 2015-S Proof Roosevelt Dime 2015-S Proof America the Beautiful Quarters – featuring Homestead National Monument of America, Kisatchie National Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway, Bombay Hook National Wildlife…
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set, March of Dimes Set Update

    Mint News Blog
    12 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    Today, May 12, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set featuring Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mamie Eisenhower. Each set contains an uncirculated Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar and the Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Bronze Medal. This represents the first availability of the bronze medal, which will also be included within a four medal set issued near the end of the year. The coin and medal come mounted on a plastic card containing images of the President and First Lady with their facsimile…
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  • America the Beautiful 2015 Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    17 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    MULTI •P•D• This 10-coin set contains five uncirculated America the Beautiful Quarters minted in Philadelphia and five minted in Denver. The 2015 set features America the Beautiful Quarters honoring Homestead National Monument of American in Nebraska, Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware and Saratoga National Historical Park in New York. Buy It Now Image/Copy: U.S. Mint
  • Kisatchie National Forest 2015 Uncirculated Five Ounce Silver Coin

    Robert L. Wilson
    15 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    PHILADELPHIA •P• The United States Mint is proud to offer the 2015 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring Louisiana’s Kisatchie National Forest. Three inches in diameter and made of .999 fine silver, it can be part of your collection today! Buy It Now Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
  • 2015 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    13 May 2015 | 8:13 am
    The Definitive Uncirculated Coin Set for Your 2015 Collection MULTI (D)(P) The 2015 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set is a prized addition for any collector. Each 14-coin folder includes uncirculated versions of the following 2015-dated coins: four Presidential $1 Coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia, five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, one Native American $1 Coin from the United States Mint at Denver, one Kennedy half dollar, one Roosevelt dime, one Jefferson nickel and one Lincoln penny, for a total of 28 coins. This product is available…
  • 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin Set

    Robert L. Wilson
    11 May 2015 | 9:05 am
      MULTI •D•P•S• The 2015 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Kisatchie National Forest 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 and an image of Kisatchie National Forest – is available today! Buy It Now Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
  • Celebrate the Graduate in Your Life

    Robert L. Wilson
    9 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    Give a special gift that encourages them to dream big! Timeless Gifts FOR YOUR NEWLY MINTED GRADUATES Our American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is available in the Congratulations Set as well as classic packaging. Our gold coins include the American Eagle Gold Proof in a range of sizes. Shop Now Image/Copy:  U.S. Mint
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  • Swiss bank UBS to cooperate with Justice Department

    Pat Heller
    22 May 2015 | 10:34 am
    Last Wednesday, five banks, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup from the US, Barclay’s and Royal Bank of Scotland from the United Kingdom, and UBS from Switzerland, agreed to pay fines totaling more than $5 billion to settle charges over rigging prices of US dollar/Euro foreign exchange transactions from 2007 to 2013.The American and British banks pled guilty to criminal charges, but nobody at any of the banks is going to prison for these actions. Criminal convictions violate a number of regulations imposed on banks, which would lead to restrictions on continuing operations. The Justice Department…
  • Philippines to make coin hoarding illegal

    NMN
    22 May 2015 | 9:54 am
    By Richard GiedroycYou know you have a bad economic situation when your government makes it clear candy is not legal tender and cannot be used as a substitute for coins when making change.The Central Bank of the Philippines is looking to ban coin collecting as a form of hoarding.Making change by substituting candy for coins is a violation of the Consumer Act of the Philippines. According to the March 22 issue of The Negros Chronicle newspaper, candy is being given regularly as a substitute for 1-, 10-, and 25-centavo coins, which are all in short supply.Dr. Gregorio Baccay is a senior…
  • Pakistan works on currency problems

    NMN
    22 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    By Richard GiedroycThe Finance Department of the Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan’s central bank, announced March 31 that all banking businesses should stop re-issuing older design 10- and 100-rupee bank notes.An older style Pakistani rupee that the government will withdraw from circulation.According to the March 31 The News Teller newspaper, “These bank notes in circulation will remain legal tender till further order. SBP [Bank of Pakistan] directs the commercial and micro-finance banks to accept these bank notes from [the] public by exchanging the same with bank notes of new designs and coins…
  • Watermelon $100 tops CSNS sale

    NMN
    22 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    An 1890 $100 “Watermelon” Treasury Note, Fr. 377, from the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society was the top lot in Heritage Auctions’ Central States Numismatic Society Currency Signature Auction, April 22-28 in Chicago.The rarity, noted for its zeroes on the back that resemble watermelons, sold for $199,750.The Newman “Watermelon” $100 went for $199,750.The cataloger said of these Treasury Notes, “…the original number of notes issued was quite small, especially for the largest denominations. For the $100, only 120,000 notes were printed, and today a mere 35 survivors…
  • Holey Dollar goes to auction in July

    NMN
    22 May 2015 | 9:33 am
    The pierced five shilling coins issued in New South Wales in 1813 are an integral part of Australian history. They glory in the name “Holey Dollar.”A Holey Dollar will be auctioned in July by Noble Numismatics.Less than 100 are believed to still exist. Most show their age. High grade examples are extremely rare; as-struck examples are scarcer than hens’ teeth. Consequently collectors with deep pockets and/or compliant bank managers are expected to be out inforce at Noble Numismatics’ July 28-30 sale. A superb, as-struck, and historically important Holey Dollar will go on the block for…
 
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  • How much is a 1973 Silver Dollar worth?

    Max Breitenbach
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Curious about the value of a 1973 "Ike" dollar? Read below to find out how much it's worth.   The Eisenhower dollar was the first dollar coin produced by the U.S. Mint since the end of the Peace silver dollar series in 1935.  First struck in 1971, Ike dollars were created to commemorate President Dwight Eisenhower and the national space program.  The obverse of the coin features a left-facing bust of Eisenhower, while the reverse side features a bald eagle landing on the moon (the insignia of the Apollo 11 mission).  The U.S. Mint had stopped producing silver coins for general circulation…
  • Investing in Gold Coins Part 1 - Bullion Coins

    Max Breitenbach
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Gold coins have been a store of value for over 2000 years, from the first natural electrum coins struck in ancient Lydia to modern American gold eagles.  Gold serves as a valuable hedge against uncertain financial markets, and coins are the most convenient way to hold physical gold.  Coins have more liquidity than gold bullion bars, and there's no excitement to investing in gold via a precious metals ETF - holding gold in your hand is half the fun! Anyone interested in gold coin investment has an unlimited range of options.  But for the purposes of this article, I'll divide gold coins…
  • The 5 Most Essential Books for Coin Collectors

    Max Breitenbach
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:59 pm
    "Buy the book before you buy the coin."  That's one of the guiding principles of coin collecting, a lesson that many collectors unfortunately have to learn the hard way.  In the field of numismatics, knowledge is power, and that power can make the difference between buying a valuable coin or a worthless counterfeit.  Coin collecting is one of the oldest hobbies in the world, with thousands of numismatic books written over the centuries.  And with the hobby's recent rapid expansion, thousands more have been written over the past couple decades.  This list pares all those thousands down…
  • A Guide to Toned Gold Coins

    Max Breitenbach
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    It's not just copper and silver coins that tone - gold coins tone too!  Surprisingly, many coin collectors remain unaware that gold even tones at all.  While gold has little chemical reactivity compared to some of its metallic brother elements, gold is not completely inert.   A quick chemistry note here: what coin collectors call "toning", a discoloration of a coin's surface, actually encompasses a wide range of chemical reactions between the surface of the coin and outside elements.  For example, the "rainbow" toning seen on many Morgan dollars is the result of a reaction between…
  • Choosing the Best Coin Album

    Dave Burton
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Coin albums are essential for coin collectors interested in collecting an entire set of coins, or those who just want an easy, safe, and impressive way to store and display their collection.  Finding the best coin album can be a challenge, especially with so many different options on the market—that's why we've put together this helpful guide to compare and review some of the best.    The Definitive Guide to Coin Albums Chart Picture Name Selection Price Rating Dansco Coin Albums All U.S. coin sets, many world sets (83 albums) 4.8 Intercept Shield Album Only the most popular U.S. coin…
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    Old Coin Roll Hunting

  • A 1964 Silver Dime I Found Coin Roll Hunting

    20 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    I got up much later than I wanted to today and I wasn't able to get much change after I went into town. Usually I take Tuesday as a day to go to the bank or ATM to get my money and this is also a day I take time for myself. Usually I get a meal and only get change based on how much time I have before the bus comes back around on its route. Today I got into town so late I only got to pick up fifty dollars in dimes. I only found one silver out of this but there were many older date dimes that might go for more on an auction. I was able to order another box of dimes though, so lets hope I have…
  • Two Canadian Quarters And Two Canadian Nickles I Got For Free From A Coin Counting Machine

    17 May 2015 | 9:07 pm
    I recently discovered that there is a magnet that my fingers can touch under the holes where you deposit coins in the machine at one of the banks I use. This magnet is suppose to catch metal junk that people accidentally dump in the machine when they are depositing coins. I've found that if often picks up coins as well and the last time I was using it I found these four Canadian coins. This is like finding free money. So know each time I use it I'm going to check it to see if I can pick up a few free coins. Here is a scan of the two Canadian quarters and two nickles I found. Maybe I'll get…
  • Five Wheat Pennies I Scored Today

    12 May 2015 | 11:17 pm
    I could have sworn I had six wheat pennies when I started to make this post but one of them has gotten away from me. I dropped one on the floor and spent several minutes looking for it. I finally found it but then I counted and I only had five. Maybe I am losing my memory as I get older or maybe I just can't count on more than one hand. At any rate I have five wheat pennies as I fire up my printer and do my usual scan of the front face of these old coins.. Here is the image of what I have to add to my penny collection. Nothing really spectacular today. I was only able to pick up fifteen…
  • I Found Three Silver Roosevelt Dimes In My First Bank Box

    12 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    I have been meaning to grab my first full box of dimes but I just haven't had the money until now. Since I finally got my taxes back I have tons of cash and can get just about all the change I want. A box of dimes will cost me $250 but it really is one of the best investments you can make when you are coin roll hunting. Silver dimes don't have that much more silver in them than war nickles have. They only have about 25% more but for some reason they go for two or three times as much on eBay. It would seem to me that the nickles would be worth about the same as the dimes because they are older…
  • Nine More Wheat Pennies I Found Coin Roll Hunting

    8 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    So I finished going through another full box of pennies I picked up from the bank. I have really been hitting it hard when it comes to coin roll hunting lately. I think I'm getting burned out and I might have to slow down some though. I guess I just need a break from searching through all these dirty old coins. Sometimes I hit a really good box and that makes the effort and the filthy fingers I get worth it but most of the time I'm lucking to find ten wheat pennies from coin roll hunting a twenty-five dollar box like this one. This time I actually only got nine hits from the whole box. Pretty…
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